Weekly Spotlight
Kruger Packaging to Invest C$250 million in Trois-Rivières Mill

Over the Wire

TAPPI

September 17, 2015
Nalco, an Ecolab Company
The modernization project will generate significant growth opportunities for the Trois-Rivières facility, contributing to secure operations and the 270 jobs at the mill. The project has received $190 million in support from the Québec government, which includes an C$84-million loan to finance the cost of the conversion.
 
N.C. State Seeks Department Head, Forest Biomaterials
Reporting to the dean, the department head oversees academic, administrative, and budgetary matters and is the departmental spokesperson to the college, university administration, external clientele, and outside constituents and stakeholders.
 
TAPPI Yankee Dryer Group Helps Tissue Mills Improve Safety
Where can you go to meet the world’s leading yankee dryer owners and service providers and hear ideas to improve yankee dryer safety and productivity? The TAPPI Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability (YDS&R) Committee meets twice a year for just that purpose!
 
Bulk up Your Tissue Knowledge
TAPPI Tissue 101-Properties and Processes Course offers an introductory-level curriculum designed for anyone who wants to strengthen their knowledge of overall tissue operations.
 
Tissue360° Forum Invites Speakers
Be part of the only peer-reviewed tissue technical program in North America to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, on May 16-18, 2016.
 
Market Roundup
Global Paper Packaging, Paperboard Market to Reach $213 Billion by 2020
With increasing environmental issues of landfill and degradation of packaging material, a shift has been seen from plastic to more use of paper and paperboard in the packaging industry.
 
U.S. Sanitary Price Index Drops to Lowest Level in 4.5 Years
The August 2015 U.S. sanitary paper price index dropped to its lowest level since February 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.
 
U.S. Wine Packaging Market Worth $2.9 Billion in 2019
The recent adoption of bag-in-box by premium wine brands, particularly in 3-liter sizes, is helping to mitigate the stigma of "boxed wine" as inferior in quality to bottled wine. Bag-in-box wines offer a variety of benefits for consumers, including lower cost per unit of volume, extended freshness, and easier dispensing and storage.
 
GapCon
Pulp & Paper
Kajo Neukirchen to Acquire Neenah Lahnstein Mill in Germany
Pending approval from the competition authorities, the deal is expected to close this fall. Financial information was not disclosed. Neenah Lahnstein operates a mill near Koblenz, Germany, employing some 200 people.
 
Lee & Man Orders Two New Valmet Tissue Lines
The company ordered an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line, which is scheduled to start up at the Chongqing mill in China later this year.
 
Midland Paper Acquires Shaughnessy, Kniep, Hawe Paper Company
Shaughnessy (St. Louis, Mo., USA) is a full-line, full-service merchant distributor of printing and writing papers, magazine and catalog papers, digital and specialty substrates, wide format graphics, graphic supplies, and packaging. The transaction is expected to close on Friday.
 
Paper Prime to Install New Toscotec Tissue Line in Portugal
The new tissue line is scheduled to come on stream in the last quarter of 2016. The Trevipapel S.A. investment is estimated to be EUR 35 million, and its goal is to supply paper reels for the Trevipapel converter units and for export.
 
Pöyry Awarded EPCM Services for Horizonte 2 Mill in Brazil
This state-of-the-art mill is based on the use of best available technologies and best environmental practices. With this expansion, Fibria’s total production capacity will increase from 5.3 million to more than 7 million metric tons of pulp per year.
 
Renova to Install Valmet Advantage NTT Tissue Machine in Portugal
To be installed at the Torres Novas mill in Zibreira, Portugal, the new line will allow Renova to increase its paper production capacity by 50%. Startup is scheduled for the end of 2016.
 
Södra Cell Mörrum Meets New Environmental Standards
Södra officially inaugurated a new water treatment plant to meet the latest environmental standards for sustainable industry, in compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Pulp production is a water-intensive business, so treating and recycling process water to the highest standard is vital for a sustainable business.
 
Naylor Association Solutions
Containerboard/Packaging
Five Key Trends Shaping Food and Beverage Packaging
Demographic changes are leading to changes in household dynamics and eating behaviors, such as multi-shopper households, more meals being eaten alone, and frequent snacking on more occasions.
 
Bennett Packaging to Expand in Kansas City
Bennett plans to start occupying the building on September 21 and add 37 employees there this year. Within a year, 20 more employees will be added at the site. In 10 years the company expects to be employing 97 at the 131,000-sq. ft. Sam’s Club building and an adjacent 24,000-sq. ft. building formerly occupied by a Petco store.
 
GIDUE Becomes Bobst Firenze
The Italian manufacturer of presses for the labels and packaging industry is changing its name to Bobst Firenze S.r.l. Although under a new name, the management team, plant location and its design, production, and service activities will continue as before.
 
Shengda Packaging Group Goes Private
As a result of the transactions that will make the company private, Yida International Acquisition Ltd. (Carson City, Nev., USA) acquired approximately 90.8% of the total issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Shengda. On Tuesday the company filed to be delisted from the NASDAQ.
 
Legislative
In the Matter of Resolute versus U.S.D.A.
According to the court, the government's explanation of its decision to exclude certain softwood lumber manufacturers from paying or voting on the tax "strains credulity," and the USDA was either "hiding the ball" or else "ill informed" about the number of companies it had exempted.
 
New Products
Appvion Introduces kaBoom! Colored Papers
For printers and converters, kaBoom! offers a wide variety of brilliant colors such as storm'n orange, yowza yellow, gripping green, electric blue, and firecracker red, a range of basis weights, and physical properties that provide excellent performance on offset, laser, and desktop inkjet printers.
 
Catalyst Paper Re-launches Oxford C1S, Expanded Coated Paper Line-up
"Oxford C1S has a long history of quality and performance and we're thrilled to bring this new expanded range of products to the C1S market. We're confident these new options and our industry leading service will continue to be a very compelling combination," said Matt Hickey, senior director, Specialty Papers.
 
Breast Roll Shaker Improves Board and Paper Quality
With an axial shaking force of 120 kN—double that of the original FormMaster—the new FormMaster 120 improves strength properties and formation by optimizing fiber web structure on the wire. FormMaster 120 makes it possible to use less refining energy, minimize starch usage, and reduce calendering.
 
Verso Announces Additions to Blazer Digital Offering
Blazer Digital is an economical, coated digital paper with weight and finish choices similar to conventional folio formats. Offered in gloss and satin, text, and cover weights, it provides good performance on dry and liquid toner, production color laser printers, and digital offset technologies.
 
Voith Launches New Forming Fabric for Tissue Machines
The new forming fabric combines a very fine 2-shed paper side to obtain a smooth surface with a 4-shed wear side. The woven structure of the fabric ensures fast drainage and a high level of sheet support while maximizing dimensional stability.
 
Naylor Association Solutions
Sustainability
AkzoNobel, Eneco, Groningen Seaports Invest in Sustainable Steam Generation
The agreement became possible after Eneco was given the go-ahead to retrofit its biomass facility—Bio Golden Raand in Delfzijl (the Netherlands)—to produce steam in addition to electricity. AkzoNobel will now purchase sustainably generated steam for the next 12 years, as well as investing in new infrastructure at the Delfzijl Chemical Park.
 
SCA Included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
SCA was awarded particularly high scores in the areas of branding, innovation, environmental management system, as well as environmental and social reporting.
 
Sonoco Achieves Five Year Sustainability Targets
In addition to releasing their sustainability report for 2014-2015, the company has made more commitments through the year 2020 based on 2014 as a new baseline.
 
People
Lindquist Appointed New CFO at Södra
Jörgen Lindquist holds a degree in business administration, having studied at Växjö University and Lund University, and has extensive experience as a CFO and VP. He will be joining Södra from IKEA, where he has spent the past five years working as CFO and acting VP of the company's industry division Swedspan International.
 
TAPPI News
Free TAPPI Webinar: Filling your Wet End Chemistry Toolbox
Extractives Control will discuss how paper machine deposition problems related to natural pitch, stickies, and coated broke synthetic binders significantly affect paper machine efficiency and product quality.
 
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Interface Performance Materials Seeks Electrical Engineer
Interface Performance Materials is currently seeking an Electrical Engineer for its New York facility.
 
Experts Needed for Review of Sulfuric Acid Standard
The 10-year review of T 602 cm-06, "Analysis of Sulfuric Acid," has been delayed due to lack of SSIG members. This method describes analytical procedures for the testing of sulfuric acid used in pulp and paper manufacture to determine total acidity, Baumé gravity, nonvolatile matter, iron, sulfur dioxide, and arsenic.
 
Final Agenda Announced for Paper Recycling Conference Europe
The conference program will include many top-level representatives from the paper industry addressing topics and issues confronting the sector today. The event attracts business leaders from both the supply and consuming sides of the industry, creating an active dialogue while generating trading opportunities.
 
2015 PEERS Conference Offers Workshop on Emission Testing Programs
This special four-hour workshop, to be held Wednesday, October 28, from 1:30-5:30 p.m., will explore the challenges of emission testing in regard to environmental measurement disciplines.
 
TAPPI Becomes PACK EXPO Las Vegas Partner
Supporting the event as a Gold Member of the Partner Program, TAPPI joins nearly 50 other top associations who are leading forces in the exchange of ideas and collaboration with an invested interest in the future of processing and packaging.
 
Register and Resolve to Solve with TAPPI–IDCON Courses
TAPPI is working together with IDCON on a combined set of courses to help you improve manufacturing reliability and lower costs. Special hotel rates are offered for the dates on these courses.
 
Complimentary Webinar: Cloud-Based Computing
Is a cloud based system right for your mill? TAPPI invites you to a complimentary webinar on Tuesday September 22, at 12:00 p.m. EST, hosted by Christophe Deslandes, VP and CTO of KapStone Paper and Packaging, to learn more about this exciting topic.
 
Webinar: Drying and Profiling of Steam Profilers
Complimentary webinar on Tuesday, September 29, at noon EST, will be presented by Dr. Seyhan Nuyan, VP, Valmet Pulp & Paper Applications, North America.
 
30% Off TAPPI PRESS Book of the Month: Kraft Recovery Boilers
In addition to covering recovery boilers in great depth, the book also covers fundamental chemical and mechanical engineering principles that bear directly on black liquor and recovery boilers.