Weekly Spotlight
Digital Electronics to be Manufactured Using Wood Fiber?

Over the Wire


February 26, 2015
Wood fiber based housings for electronics, essentially e-paper products, aren't commercially available yet, but the potential they hold is great. Sustainability from greater recyclability, lighter weight, and energy savings could be offered by novel e-concepts all based around the use of P&P products. Take a look at the "paper laptop" and the "paper watch."
Gorham Paper and Tissue Discuss Future for Maine Operations
The mill currently produces tissue paper that it sells as parent rolls for the private label market. The company's CFO would eventually like to see the company go into the retail business and sell a tissue product under its own brand name.
Wisconsin Industry on Solid Ground Because "Paper is Not Just Paper"
An astounding percentage of this state's paper industry is no longer based around making newsprint or classic P&W and copy paper. Paper packaging has taken over a good portion of production although some specialty papers do remain profitable. Tissue is also on the rise.
Yankee Dryer Committee Plans Spring Meeting in Atlanta
TAPPI's largest committee will meet April 22-23 at the Omni CNN Center. The committee will discuss new ways to improve safety and reduce downtime, including steel yankee inspections, doctor blade vibration systems, and a review of recent yankee incidents.
Latest Tissue Webinars from TAPPI
Don't miss out on these multiple opportunies for a convenient way to pick up some nuggets from TAPPI's certified experts.
Tissue 201 – Tissue Operations and Runnability Course
People with three-years of experience in tissue should attend this course. Make your plans now to be in Atlanta, Ga., USA, on April 22-24, 2015.
Tissue 101 – Process and Properties Course
This introductory course has been announced covering basic tissue manufacturing methods and chemistry. It will be offered Nov. 17-18, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
From The Experts
Corrugated Industry Stands Solid on New Package Cleanliness Research, Sustainability
For growers, shippers, and packers, food safety is essential and always top of mind, but what about the cleanliness of containers used to ship produce? New studies show that corrugated boxes might be one of the top choices for packaging when it comes to sanitation.
Market Roundup
North American January P&W Paper Demand Down 4.4%
Year by year demand rate affected 1% total.
U.S. Containerboard Production Edges up in January
Month over month average daily production was only slightly higher but still measurable.
N.A. Folding Carton Market to Hit CAGR of 4.23% by 2019
For the purposes of this report, folding cartons are defined as paperboards that are cut, folded, laminated, and printed. There are many new technologies that offer aesthetic appeal to folding cartons, the report notes.
Boxboard Output in U.S. a Mixed Bag
Unbleached kraft boxboard production decreased over the same month last year and decreased compared with last month.
Russian Authorities May Restrict Pulp and Paper Exports
The issue was brought up by a sudden paper price increase in Russia. Reportedly, prices for some types of paper increased by more than 60% during a four month period starting from September 2014.
Shipments of U.S. Kraft Paper Decline
Both bleached and unbleached kraft decreased slightly.
Pulp & Paper
Australian Paper Announces Closure of Shoalhaven Mill
Australian Paper’s COO said that despite the best efforts and ongoing support of employees at Shoalhaven during a difficult number of years to remain competitive, the market for specialty and security papers such as cheque and watermark papers has continued to experience a significant and sustained drop in demand.
Ecofibras Starts up TM 5 after Major Rebuilding in Zalla, Spain
The project’s scope was to rebuild the existing machine into a crescent former. TM 5 was originally equipped with a suction breast former and sloped wire configuration, to produce lower tissue grades, improve the machine’s speed, and improve overall runnability and maintenance.
Felix Schoeller Group Commissions Rebuilding of PM 14 in Günzach, Germany
The extensive rebuild of the paper machine is scheduled to take place in Q4 of this year. It includes a new headbox, an IR drier, a new calender, and a "TURBOCombiSizer"—including the size mixing station.
G-P to Get $1-2 Million Subsidy to Support $135 Million Investment at Muskogee Tissue Mill
Eric Miller, director of the port authority’s business and economic development division, described G-P as "a corporate and civic stalwart in Muskogee." In a media release issued Tuesday after directors approved the Oklahoma mill's incentive package, Miller said he was "delighted to be able to support Georgia-Pacific's Muskogee facility's continued growth and vitality."
South Florida Paper Recycler Files Chapter 11 after $8 Million in Sales Dwindle
The debtor's attorney in Miami said the company had expanded into the waste and refuse collection service and had several contracts with Waste Management. While that business had strong revenues, it operated at a loss because of high expenses. The company will attempt to return exclusively to paper recycling.
Vinda Group Orders Three New Toscotec Tissue Machines
Due to increased demand, the company says it is "stepping up its expansion plan" and, in line with a strong partnership with Toscotec, Marlia, Italy, it has decided to place orders for three new tissue lines at its two mills in Sichuan and Shandong provinces.
Board24 Orders BHS Corrugator as Part of £9 million Growth Plan
The machine includes the very latest developments for the production of a wide range of board grades – from the lightest recycled papers and specialty coated papers, to heavy kraft papers. These can be produced at the highest production speeds with board performance levels that will be second to none in the U.K.
Caraustar Industries Completes Acquisition of Newark Group
Headquartered in Cranford, N.J., USA, The Newark Group has approximately 1,500 employees and operates more than 20 manufacturing facilities across North America. Caraustar Industries is an integrated producer of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products.
DS Smith Plans to Acquire Duropack
Duropack has number one or two market positions in many of the geographies in which it operates and, combined with DS Smith’s existing operations in Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria, will have a leading position across South Eastern Europe.
Iggesund Paperboard to Upgrade Pulp Drying Line
Iggesund Paperboard, headquartered in Sweden, is a member of the Holmen Group and a leading European producer of high-quality virgin fiber paperboard for use in the packaging and graphics sectors. International supplier Andritz will be supervising this upgrade.
IP Transitioning Workforce at Georgia Linerboard Mill
The company finds itself in the position of needing to fill as many as 150 maintenance and operations jobs over the course of the next decade as the plant’s longtime workforce experiences a rapid rate of retirements.
Paperlogic Turners Falls Mill Explores Nanocellulosic Future
The company has received a $350,000 grant from the federal government and help from papermaking equipment suppliers to start grinding wood pulp into nanofibers at its mill in Turners Falls, Mass., USA. Schelling hopes to get the new equipment up and running in the first half of 2015.
New Products
Sappi North America Launches New CPG Packaging Product
LusterCote has been fully qualified by leading label converters in the U.S. and Canada and is produced at Sappi's Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. It will be sold directly to label printers and converters. LusterCote is initially available in both 55 lb. and 60 lb. basis weights.
Family Firm Builds Solid Foundation for India’s Wastepaper Recycling Needs
Wastepaper as raw material is environmentally-friendly, reducing solid waste. However, the present recovery and use of wastepaper and waste materials in paper mills in India is lower than in many other countries. Currently, it is only 20% of the total paper and paper board consumed.
Portugal-Based Enerpellets Group to Build $60 Million Wood Pellet Plant in Florida
According to Enerpellets, the U.S. is an advantageous location in which to expand its wood pellet business due to the availability of raw materials, the cost of electricity, and excellent rail and port infrastructure.
K-C CFO Buthman to Retire at Year-End
Company has named Maria Henry as Buthman's successor. Henry, who was the CFO of Hillshire Brands Co. from 2012 to 2014, and CFO of Sara Lee's North American Retail and Food Service business from 2011 to 2012, will become SVP and CFO, effective April 27, and will work with Buthman on a smooth transition.
Sonoco Elects Kyle to Board of Directors
Kyle is president, CEO, and board member of The Timken Co., a $3 billion global company headquartered in North Canton, Ohio. Timken engineers, manufactures, and markets Timken bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, chain, and related products, and offers a spectrum of power system rebuild and repair services.
Thiele Nordic Hires Lempsink as Technical, Process Apps Manager
A native of the Netherlands, Lempsink holds a degree in Chemical Engineering. Afterwards he worked as a university lecturer.
TAPPI Announces 2015 NETInc (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) Program
The program features speakers from all segments of the nonwovens industry and is sure to have a little something for anyone wanting to further their knowledge.
TAPPI Webinar: Paper Machine Centrifugal Cleaner Systems
This is a brief tutorial offered FREE on Thurs., Mar. 5. Make sure you will have the opportunity to join in and learn!
TAPPI Press: Practical Papermaking CD-ROM Series
Practical Papermaking is for anyone involved in papermaking that needs a working knowledge of the papermaking process, including operators, production and technical staff, engineers, and technical service personnel.
PEERS 2015 Now Seeking Abstracts, Share Your Knowledge!
The PEERS Technical Program Committee is seeking abstracts from paper manufacturers, suppliers, and others to share best practices and practical solutions to increase process efficiency, reduce costs, and return more value on pulp mill assets. Presenters interested in submitting a paper should upload their abstract to TAPPI's Speaker Management System by March 2.
IBBC 2015 Call For Presentations Announced, Demonstrate Your Expertise!
As IBBC draws experts and key decision makers in forest biorefineries from around the world, you can obtain great visibility for your company or organization by presenting at IBBC 2015. Authors interested in presenting should upload their abstract to TAPPI's Speaker Management System by March 19.
TAPPI Announces Young Professionals Top 20 Under 30 Award Winners
A group of established TAPPI members reviewed the nomination forms and collaborated on selecting the winning individuals. The contest recognized individuals under the age of 30 who are emerging leaders in the global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries.
In the Spotlight: Micki Meggison - Steady as She Goes
This month's TAPPI member In the Spotlight says she gives thanks for a stable career serviced by steady membership with the association. From her old student chapter days with TAPPI to Northeast / PIMA chapters (TAPPI) she's helping manage in great dedication today, Micki has a stellar record with the association that she believes has served her career as well as TAPPI in mutual ways when it comes to career, networking, knowledge, and more...
TAPPI Press: 4th Edition Extrusion Coating Manual Now Available
TAPPI members will save significantly on this text detailing all aspects of extrusion coating. Become a TAPPI member today and enjoy discounts you can find on valuable industry resources such as this text and many other titles in the TAPPI Bookstore.