Weekly Spotlight
2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Winners Announced

Over the Wire


March 19, 2015
The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to a group of researchers from Japan and France for their development of an energy-efficient method to produce nanofibrillated cellulose. Stabilizers in chemicals, food, and cosmetics, raw materials for new types of textile fibers or composites, or materials for wound dressing are just a few examples of the wide field of possible applications.
Renewable Bioproducts Institute Hosts Record Number at Annual Executive Conference
Meeting brings together researchers, company executives to discuss bioeconomy.
Research Opens Door for Robotic Walking Papers
Experimental paper devices capable of unattended motion are under development in a number of labs, and may someday have legs in commercial applications.
TAPPI Centennial Celebration Gala to Entertain, Inform, Delight
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., April 20, at the Atlanta Convention Center America’s Mart, the Gala promises to be an exciting evening. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the past, present, and future potential of the global pulp, paper, packaging, and related industries while interacting with industry professionals and enjoying dinner and entertainment provided by Juice Studios.
2015 OpEx Reliability Workshop Features Record 13 Expert Speakers
TAPPI offers top experts covering the themes of Improving Production Reliability in the first half and Reliability Strategies, Management, and Technologies in the afternoon session, April 21 at PaperCon in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
Tissue360° Forum Features 11 Full Sessions on Latest Technology Developments
2015's Tissue360° Forum April 20-22 at 2015 PaperCon in Atlanta, Ga., USA, features nearly a dozen sessions examining the latest technology developments and innovations as well as discussing chemicals/additives and process control sides of the industry. One of the many popular sessions will be the joint T5 event with NETInc. on April 21, exploring nonwovens interaction with tissue in advanced manufacturing processes.
Course: Tissue 201 - Operations and Runnability - April 22-24
You have little more than a week left (until March 27) to save money on your registration for this popular course scheduled for April 22-24 in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
Explaining Yankee Doctor Blade Vibration
The Tissue360° Forum, April 20-22, at PaperCon 2015 in Atlanta, Ga., USA, features an expert panel that will discuss the challenges of yankee doctor vibration, including the most common tools and techniques to diagnose and control this challenging area.
Yankee Dryer Committee to Hold Spring Meeting in Atlanta
TAPPI’s largest committee will hold its Spring 2015 meeting April 22-23 at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga., USA. 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.
Market Roundup
Paper, Paperboard to Grow by Nearly a Fifth by 2030
Graphic paper is facing huge challenges in particular; however, demand for printing paper continues to grow in certain emerging markets. Demand for packaging material will continue to grow globally by a consistent percentage. Experts cited forecast a strong need for structural changes in the paper industry as a result of these anticipated future trends. Conversions from traditional papermaking to paper packaging production is one option for mills to consider.
U.S. Sanitary Price Paper Price Index Edges Lower in February
For the U.S., this represents the fourth decline in the past five months.
Pulp & Paper
Eurovast Starts up New Toscotec Tissue Machine at Mill in Italy
The new machine is a MODULO-PLUS crescent former with double press configuration and steel yankee dryer TT SYD-3200MM with a maximum speed of more than 1,500 m/min. Environmental performance, eco-sustainabilty, and tech. innovation were key factors behind Eurovast’s choice of tissue machine for this installation.
H.I.G. Completes Recapitalization of Fox River Fiber in Wisconsin
Fox River is a "green" producer of premium deinked pulp using post-consumer wastepaper, operating out of a highly automated state-of-the-art facility. The company’s products are sold to paper mills for use in printing and writing, tissue and towel, and FDA grade recycled paper applications. This transaction is designed to set the company for significant growth.
Japan’s Paper Mills Seek Methods to Diversify, Expand Abroad
Japan’s market for printing paper is continuing to contract by significant margins, as reported earlier this week. Companies now concentrate on packaging, energy production, and hygiene and diaper production. Japan's paper companies are also introducing novel concepts for utilizing paper-based fiber in new batteries being released to the market for the first time to help meet new efficiency standards adopted by their international trading partners.
Spooner Industries Named One of Britain’s "1000 Companies to Inspire"
This accolade for Spooner, a well-known manufacturer of industrial process machinery for the P&P industry, follows a visit of PM David Cameron last month. The visit included meeting the directors and a tour of offices and the factory floor in the wake of a buoyant order book and continued year-on-year growth. Commenting on his visit, PM Cameron said that "Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this government is trying to get behind."
ÅR Packaging Raises EUR 35 Million in Subsequent Bonds to Finance MWV Acquisition
Proceeds from the subsequent issue will, together with existing cash and a EUR15 million junior unsecured loan, fully finance the previously announced acquisition of the European folding carton operations of MeadWestvaco Corp., Richmond, Va., USA.
MWV Launches Third Annual Packaging Matters Study
"For those of us in the industry who see the impact of packaging every day, we are pleased to confirm that consumers consider packaging important to their product satisfaction," said Tracy Doherty, senior director, marketing and innovation, MWV. "The categories where consumers report packaging as having the biggest impact on their purchasing behavior, however, also have the lowest levels of satisfaction. The question is: how can we close that gap?..."
Tetra Pak Reports Progress toward Environmental Goals
In 2014, the company launched the world's first fully renewable carton package made solely from paperboard and plant-based plastics. The package is currently being trialed in retail outlets across the country. TP secured the FSCT Chain of Custody certification for the last seven of its 92 facilities and legal entities worldwide last year as well. This means the company can deliver FSC labelled packages from anywhere in the world.
New Products
Archroma Receives FDA Approval for Cartaguard KST in Paper and Board Packaging
Archroma, Reinach, Switzerland, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals, has announced U.S. FDA approval for the use of its new Cartaguard® KST in the production of paper and board for food packaging.
Mondi, Arctic Paper, UPM Release New High-Speed Ink-Jet Paper Lines
Three of the top paper companies operating across the globe have all recently introduced new signature lines of inkjet paper - the new products are all geared toward use in high speed printing applications, a promising sector for promoting more individually focused commercial (paper-based) labeling technology.
Sappi NA Launches 94 Bright Opus Sheet
"The increased brightness for Opus Sheets demonstrates Sappi's continued commitment to deliver brilliant brand experiences," said Jennifer Miller, EVP of the coated business and chief sustainability officer, Sappi North America.
Verso Introduces New Coated Web Product Lineup
Verso's two new brands, Focus and Balance, will be produced to the same standards as its other brands. Coated web papers are used primarily in commercial printing applications, including magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail, and retail inserts.
Published Pricing
Emin Leydier to Raise Recycled Containerboard Prices
The producer attributed the move to "solid" market demand, reasonable stock levels at mills, and the necessity to recover this previous year’s margin loss.
First Retail Rollout of U.S. High Performance Biomass Diesel Fuel - 18 Stations Launch in California
Incorporating diesel refined from renewable biomass through advanced hydrotreating technology, Propel's 'HGR' fuel based on its NEXBTL formula meets the toughest specifications required by automotive and engine manufacturers, enabling the fuel to be used by any diesel vehicle. Wood-based and cane-sourced cellulosic biomass diesel may reach up to 70% greenhouse gas reduction vs. traditional petroleum diesel.
New Biomass Based Boiler Plant to Supply Energy to SCA Tissue Mill
The new heating station will produce process steam for the SCA Hygiene Products paper mill and the Nokian Renkaat factory, as well as district heat for residential customers. The fossil natural gas previously used for energy production will be replaced with more affordable biofuels, such as timber chips and whole tree chips. In addition, the boiler can utilize milled peat and sludge from the paper mill.
U.S. Biomass Doesn’t Destroy Forest Resources
Loggers separate and sell their harvested fiber for the highest possible value for use in construction, furniture, or pulp and paper. Otherwise, there would be pricing issues with these valuable forest resources, none of which are now designed to go to waste, which should be considered a great development and leap forward for the domestic forest industries.
Norske Skog Nominates Enger as New Member of BOD
Enger is the chair of REC Solar ASA, and prior to this was the president and CEO of REC Solar ASA, SAPA AB, and Elkem AS.
Free TAPPI Webinar: Improving Mill Systems with a Common Language Approach
TAPPI's PIMA IT Committee presents this helpful, no-cost webinar to explain how pulp and paper mills can vastly improve overall productivity by incorporating a common language to harmonize all aspects of the mill production system. This webinar is presented by Joff Cowan of Pulmac.
PPSA Announces Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Course
"This course is ideal for health and safety personnel who are looking for primary information on industrial hygiene," said Sue Cooper, M.S, CSP, Manager of Safety/Ergonomics at Weyerhaeuser. "It will provide an introduction to IH principles along with practical information on hazard identification and methods of measurement and control that is sure to be of great value to all attendees." Register by April 6 to save $100!
IBBC 2015 Call For Presentations Deadline Extended to April 1
Authors interested in presenting should upload their abstract to TAPPI's Speaker Management System by April 1. This is an extended deadline. TAPPI would like to remind presenters interested that they can demonstrate a well-prepared Power Point Presentation and that a formal paper is not required at this time.
Filling your Wet End Chemistry Toolbox: Part 1 Fundamentals
This four part webinar series will be hosted by Dr. Przemyslaw Pruszynski of Nalco, an Ecolab Company. The first installment of the series on Thursday April 2 at noon EST will focus on fundamentals and is offered at no charge.
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.
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 25.
Full PaperCon 2015 Program Posted
Offering the most comprehensive program, exhibits, networking opportunities, and access to industry leaders. Don't miss out on this big event April 19-22 in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
TAPPI Advanced Printing Course Leads Into PaperCon, too.
This two-day event, April 18-19 in Atlanta, Ga., USA, is designed for those who need to understand how to heighten print quality, attend and conduct print trials, and troubleshoot quality problems.
Utilize Your Process Control System to Yield Savings
Applying the concepts taught in this course, April 23 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., USA, can enable to you to determine steps toward immediate and lasting payback, as well as smoother operations.
TAPPI Press: Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials
Members will save $70 dollars off list price for this important text on recently completed research to create high strength nano-fibers. Nanotechnology as it relates to modern forestry methods, potential, and advanced cellulose production is now a strongly emerging and highly advanced topic of interest the global allied industries.