Weekly Spotlight
Domtar Donates $100,000 to National Backpack Foundation

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August 13, 2015
Domtar's donation to the award-winning program will help provide children across the country with the supplies they need to succeed as the new school year begins. Domtar notes that promoting education and emphasizing literacy is an important pillar of its commitment to support the sustainable development of local communities.
Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
Softwoods have the potential to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. Altering the hard and fast distinction between softwoods and hardwoods — which process into largely separate product streams — could also create opportunities for the industries that process biomass for profit.
Paper Packaging Flow Study Launched in U.K.
The research comes during a period of uncertainty for paper recyclers, following the closure of major paper mills UPM Shotton and Aylesford Newsprint in the past 12 months. Commenting on the research, Simon Weston of the Confederation of Paper Industries said the work would help identify where improvements on paper packaging recycling were needed.
Tissue 101 Course—Space Still Available
In TAPPI's most popular tissue course, you will increase your understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by the manufacturing process. The course offers an introductory level curriculum designed for anyone new to tissue or who needs to strengthen their existing knowledge to help or train others.
Free TAPPI Webinars on Tissue Topics
Don't miss your chance to immerse yourself in several educational webinars on specific tissue topics. The archived versions are free to TAPPI members who login to the website.
Tissue360° Forum Invites Speakers
Mill personnel, R&D professionals, suppliers, students, and academics will participate in a diverse, forward thinking program. Be part of the only peer-reviewed tissue technical program in North America!
Market Roundup
Corrugated Waste Prices Rise 20% Since March
OCC prices look like they’ll continue to head upward. Demand from China has increased since the end of the Chinese Spring Festival and their paper production plant maintenance period ended. Large Chinese paper producers such as Nine Dragons Paper and Lee & Man Paper have started preparing for the busiest box season, which began in July.
Insulated Packaging Market Worth $14.2 Billion by 2020
The insulated packaging industry has a positive outlook due to a high growth in the packaging industries. The growing demand for insulated packaging in developing countries, such as China, India, and Brazil, is due to the improved economic conditions and lifestyles, which is driving the growth of the insulated packaging industry.
Russia Pulp Exports Increase 10.9% in First Half of 2015
Pulp exports from Russia increased by 5.1% in value and totaled some $524.4 million.
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Pulp & Paper
Kemira Starts up New Resins, Polymers Line for Tissue and Paper in Finland
The new plant serves Kemira’s customers in both paper and O&M segments in the Nordics, Western Russia, and Eastern European rim and strengthens its capabilities in the growth areas. Strength products will respond to the growing demand of tissue, packaging boards, and specialty papers.
Norske Skog to Convert Bruck Mill Newsprint PM to Tissue
The project will cost some EUR 80 million ($87 million), with debt financing covering 75% of that and equity financing the remainder. The converted machine will have 70,000 metric tpy of parent reel production capacity, made from recycled and virgin fiber and marketed to both integrated and independent tissue converters.
Premier Paper Acquires Advocate Brand from Tullis Russell Administrators
Premier Paper Group, based in the U.K., has decided to purchase the Advocate brand from the former paper producer. Advocate was already available exclusively through Premier. This purchase assures the company will continue to stock and distribute Advocate papers. Plans are also being made to extend this range.
Pulsar America Moves to Green Bay, Wis.
Pulsar America Inc. has moved to a larger location in Green Bay, Wis. Offices and workshop have been set up together with a new "show room"—a space where Pulsar will show some of its latest innovations. The new location will be officially inaugurated with an Open House September 21- 25.
Recard to Supply Turnkey Tissue Plant to Egyptian Producer
The plant will be equipped with one three-backstands double slitter-rewinder with a variable crown calender. The start-up is planned for spring 2016. It will be the third Recard machine installed in Egypt.
SCA to Build New Incontinence Products Facility in Brazil
SCA established a presence in the Brazilian market for incontinence products in 2011. Since then, SCA has increased its sales and market share in Brazil. It is now the second largest company in the Brazilian market for incontinence products, with its global brand TENA and the local brand Biofral.
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Corrugated Container Corp. Wins Silver ADDY from American Advertising Federation
CCC was the only box maker of any type to win a prestigious national award at AAF's National Advertising Awards. The Powhatan Arrow Rail Car display is a detailed corrugated board model of passenger train cars pulled by the classic Norfolk & Western Class "J" steam locomotives, impressively demonstrating the company's capabilities.
KapStone Imposes Latest Contract Offer
The company announced this past Thursday it will implement several key components of its last contract offer starting this week, acting after it declared a bargaining impasse the week before. Union members in Washington state will get raises through 2021, but members refused to ratify the contract because of concerns about health insurance plans.
Schoellershammer to Install New Voith Line for Corrugated Board Base Papers
The new PM 6 will be designed with a wire width of 6,300 mm, speed of 1,200 m/min, and annual production capacity of 250,000 metric tons. Startup is scheduled for the end of 2016. Voith will also supply the entire automation and clothing package.
Sonoco Partners with Rethink Robotics for Advanced Packaging Technologies
The partnership will give Sonoco Alloyd’s manufacturing customers a flexible, adaptable, and low-cost solution to more fully automate their custom packaging lines. Rethink Robotics helps manufacturers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining trainable, safe, and cost-effective robots with skilled labor.
U.S. Corrugated Secures $43.5 Million for New Packaging Facility in California
A unique syndication package for U.S. Corrugated arranged by First Niagara's Asset-Based Lending and Capital Markets teams included combining existing asset-based lending financing with term loans to support the company's plant expansion and refinancing of an existing lender relationship.
WestRock Announces Acquisition of SP Fiber Holdings
SP Fiber produces containerboard and kraft and bag paper for end use in consumer and corrugated packaging. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber, these products have earned FSC, SFI, and PEFC certifications. The total value of this transaction is $288.5 million.
Multi-Generation Native Defends Port Townsend Mill's Water Use
Tom Camfield grew up in the town when it respected the opportunities offered by the paper mill. He has a grandfather who came to town 88 years ago to build it. He finds himself defending what has become the most efficient use of water possible at the mill from a city council member who would like to scale back water resources to unacceptable levels.
New Products
Essentra Introduces Tapes for Hard-To-Stick UV Coated Material
The company has introduced several double-sided tapes, which, among other beneficial properties, will adhere well to UV coated material such as boxes, cartons, posters, P.O.P. displays, lightweight forms, easels, shelf tabs, wobblers, danglers, and many other printed materials.
Fabio Perini’s New Constellation—Only Limit is Imagination
This revolutionary new rewinder radically changes the concept of winding, the company notes. Fabio Perini emphasizes that it is committed to offering customers evolved solutions to be able to compete in the global market with the most advanced equipment available.
PCMC Introduces Invisible Coreless Winding
The new technology is applied to rewinders that also run with cores, and is not a specialty machine for dedicated coreless production. Thus, it can quickly and easily switch between production with or without cores.
Pulsar Harmoniser Software Solves Converting Automation Problems
Harmoniser can establish communications between rewinder, accumulator, logsaw, wrapper, bundler, palletizer, case packer, conveyors, etc., by managing communication protocols (up to integration with OPC server).
Smurfit Kappa Launches Paper Navigator
The Paper Navigator steers customers through the paper selection process to deliver optimum packaging solutions that drive business value, the company explains.This product is part of the customer "journey" that focuses on delivering "right first time" packaging solutions for businesses.
Toscotec DOES Optimizes Tissue Machine Drying Section
The new TT DOES modular approach combines the latest technology developments of Toscotec pressing systems with low carbon footprint MILLTECH yankee hoods, creating a synergy of different equipment dedicated to improving performance of tissue machines, to reduce energy consumption and cut operating costs.
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Published Pricing
Evonik Raises Hydrogen Peroxide Prices in North America
Evonik's Resource Efficiency segment is North America’s largest producer of the eco-friendly bleaching and oxidizing agent hydrogen peroxide, which is used primarily in paper and pulp bleaching.
Domtar Releases 2015 Sustainability Report
Domtar states that the corporation's commitment to sustainability begins with recognizing the unique operational context of each facility, conducting an in-depth analysis to gain a holistic understanding of the risks and opportunities at the facility level.
Menasha Publishes 2014-2015 Social Responsibility / Sustainability Report
The 2014-2015 report provides data and information on activities and progress related to corporate economic, environmental, and social performance, including updates on GHG emissions, water use, waste, safety, certifications, as well as acquisition and expansion activities.
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Kapstone Chairman and CEO Takes Leave of Absence
Roger W. Stone will be taking a leave of absence from the company due to health reasons. Earlier this week, the Board of Directors appointed Matthew Kaplan, the company’s president and COO, as the interim Chairman and CEO.
Perälampi Appointed VP, Communications at Ahlstrom
Perälampi joins Ahlstrom from Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Co., where she worked as SVP, communications, responsible for external and internal communications. Previously she has worked at Pöyry Plc, where she was VP, corporate communications and investor relations.
Taylor Appointed P&G President, CEO
David S. Taylor joined P&G in 1980. He has helped to build many of P&G’s core businesses. He has led global businesses, and lived and worked in North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Taylor served as group president of Global Beauty, Grooming, and Health Care.
2015 PEERS Conference Offers Easy Access to Industry Experts
Learn new ways to make your mill more efficient.
IBBC: Dedicated to Advancing Biorefineries
TAPPI’s International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference October 28-30 is dedicated to advancing biorefineries in the forest products industry.
Top 20 Under 30 Award Nominations 2016
It’s time to submit your nominations for TAPPI’s "Top 20 Under 30" Awards for 2016. The deadline is September 20.
Complimentary Webinar: Cloud-Based Computing–What can it Do for Your Mill?
Cloud-based systems can streamline key areas of your business, such as supply chain optimization, real time maintenance and integration with other areas of the company. Is it right for your mill? Find out at this September 22 webinar.
In Memoriam: Dennis White
Dennis White was a professional who had been a member of TAPPI since 1989. He was a Level III AE, Level III UT, and renowned as one of the world's best experts on acoustic emission of yankee dryers. He had multiple patents filed in his name and wrote multiple papers and made numerous presentations for the association during his career.
Student Summit 2016 Call for Speakers
The 2016 Student Summit Technical Program Committee is looking for speakers for the 2016 Student Summit, January 16-18, 2016, in Portland, Maine, USA. Don't miss your chance to speak to over 200 students and attendees.
Don't Miss the Summer Discount at TAPPI Press
For a limited time, until August 31, customers of TAPPI Press can save half-off any purchase from the book store by using the special summer promo code.
PPSA Announces Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Course
In addition to gaining a basic understanding of the more common IH hazards that may be present at their site, participants at this September 16-17 course will learn how to sample and measure those hazards and the primary methods of controlling and eliminating them, as well as the IH standards and exposure limits.
TAPPI Press Performs Year-End Inventory at End of August
Orders received from August 25 to 31 will be shipped in the order they have been received starting September 1. All normal payment processing will resume on September 1.
Improving Paper Machine Performance Course Returning This Fall
The only Improving Paper Machine Performance Course to be held in 2015 is scheduled for October 13-15 in Peachtree Corners, (Atlanta) Ga., USA.