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U.S. Sets Uncoated Paper Dumping Margins for Brazil, Indonesia, China, Australia, Portugal

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TAPPI

January 14, 2016
Cristini
Action follows a nearly year-long investigation into the pricing of imported uncoated sheets for copy paper, envelopes, book pages, utility bills, and other uses.
 
Barry-Wehmiller Acquires Winkler+Dünnebier and POEM from Körber
Headquartered in Neuwied and Löhne, Germany, and with additional locations in the U.S. and Malaysia, W+D is a recognized leader in highly efficient integrated system solutions for the mail and postal industry as well as for the tissue and hygiene industry.
 
Recarbonization Revolution: EUR 40 Billion Opportunity for Forest Industry
New "Point of View" by Pöyry calls for a recarbonization revolution of global material flows, representing a multi-billion euro business opportunity for the forest-based industries.
 
G-P’s Green Hand Project Supports UNICEF Hygiene Programs
Funds raised will help teach students in China proper hygiene practices and improve sanitation facilities—including toilets and hand-washing stations—in addition to training teachers on the importance of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene practices.
 
IP Foundation Awards Education, Public Safety Grants in Alabama
A total of 28 grants and two supplemental grants were awarded to local schools and organizations including School of Discovery, Dallas County High School, Selma High School, Valley Grande Elementary, McRae-Gaines Learning Center, Brantley Elementary, Blackbelt Benefit Group, as well as the Lawley Volunteer Fire Dept.
 
Tissue360° Forum: Practical, Applicable Solutions
TAPPI’s 4th annual Tissue360° Forum, May 16-18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, will bring together leaders to focus on technical advances and solutions in tissue making, converting, and on tissue education.
 
Tissue Operations and Runnability Course Opens Registration
Course will be conducted at the Miron facility in Neenah, Wis., USA. Register by March 22 to save.
 
Market Roundup
U.S. Tissue Tracker: Converted Products Gain Strength
Total At-Home shipments of converted tissue products increased 1.3% y/y in November 2015 (+1.7% 10 mo. YTD), with toilet paper volumes up 1.3% y/y, towels ahead 1.8%, and facial volumes flat y/y. Total Away-from-Home shipments rose 3.0% y/y (+3.0% 11 mo. YTD), with toilet paper volumes up 2.9%, towels ahead 2.4%, and napkin volumes 2.5% higher than a year ago.
 
P&P Demand to Push Latin America Defoamers Market to $273.1 Million by 2023
Latin America defoamers market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 3.8% between 2015 and 2023.
 
World Demand for Corrugated Boxes to Grow 3.7% Yearly Through 2019
World demand for corrugated boxes is approaching 260 billion sq. meters. In developed countries, the report indicates box demand tends to track economic growth and production trends and will continue to be relatively slow growing, while Africa and Mideast regions will grow fastest but still be less than 5% of total demand.
 
Microcrystalline Cellulose Market to Expand at 5.80 CAGR
The market will expand at a 5.80% CAGR over the report's forecast period and rise from a valuation of $632.9 million in 2013 to $936.3 million by 2020.
 
Pulp & Paper
Indonesian Paper Industry Demands Revocation of Forest License Freeze
The government will have to revoke a freeze on operating permits for more than 900,000 hectares of industrial forest or the local pulp and paper industry will lose its competitiveness due to a disruption in the supply of raw materials, business groups and analysts have said.
 
ITC’s Papers Division in Talks to Buy India's Sirpur Paper Mills
Due to high labor, material costs, and poor demand, Sirpur Paper shut operations in 2014. It has struggled to pay salaries and repay debt. ITC is said to be examining various options to revive the company's operations. ITC needs to expand paper producing capacity to take on cheaper imports and become more efficient.
 
Kruger's Gatineau Paper Mill Suspends Production After Fire
The fire is believed to have begun in the plant’s electrical system and the flames heavily damaged transformers powering one of the large paper machines. The company was unable to say how long production will be affected. There were no injuries.
 
Sappi Europe to Build Multi-Purpose Paper Storage Logistics Facility in Germany
State of the art facility of approximately 20,000 cubic meters will be located close to Wesel, Germany. The rail-linked operation will hold more stock keeping units for German and Benelux customers in particular.
 
SCA's Business Divestments for Integration with Vinda Approved
Divestment of company's businesses in South East Asia, Taiwan, and South Korea for integration with Vinda International Holdings, Hong Kong, has been approved by the independent shareholders of Vinda. The transaction is expected to close on February 1.
 
Sinar Mas Group's $3 Billion Pulp and Paper Mill to Start Production by Mid-2016
The mill, which is operated by subsidiary of OKI Pulp & Paper Mills and company majority shareholder APP, has been touted to be the largest in Asia, boasting up to 2 million metric tpy of pulp capacity. Most of the plant's production will be shipped overseas.
 
Twin Rivers Pledges $45,000 to Four Seasons Trail Association
The pledge will be used for acquisition of land on which the association's trails and lodge are located, to make the multi-use trails permanent.
 
UPM Celebrates Opening of Expanded Kymi Pulp Mill in Kuusankoski
UPM made a EUR 160 million investment in production expansion for the site in Finland. The investment marks a production capacity increase of 170,000 metric tpy to 700,000 tpy of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp annually.
 
Verso Sells Androscoggin Power to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy
Purchase price was approximately $62 million in cash. VAP owns four hydroelectric generation facilities associated with Verso's Androscoggin pulp and paper mill located in Jay, Maine, USA.
 
WestRock Reports Recent Share Repurchases
Since July 1, 2015, the company has repurchased 9 million shares under its 40 million share repurchase authorization.
 
Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech
Containerboard/Packaging
ÅR Packaging Forms Strategic Partnership with PT Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika
Agreement will establish a cooperation in the manufacture, procurement, sale, and marketing in Indonesia of packages made out of paperboard or other materials in combination with paperboard.
 
BillerudKorsnäs Strengthens Competence in Formable Packaging
BillerudKorsnäs’ 10% stake in the Danish packaging innovation company EcoXpac forms the foundation for collaboration and is part of commitment to innovation to solve packaging challenges of the future.
 
Graphic Packaging to Acquire Colorpac Folding Carton Company
Graphic Packaging International Inc. has agreed to purchase 100% of the outstanding shares of Colorpak, a folding carton supplier in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Model Group Acquires Corrugated Producer P-WELL GmbH
Takeover now makes it possible to comprehensively supply existing major customers throughout Germany and the Benelux countries.
 
Sonoco Officially Opens Innovative Packaging Solutions Studio
iPS Studio is a leading-edge research, development, and innovation center that connects consumer and market insights to the invention of new packaging solutions, all under one roof.
 
WestRock Corrugated Plant in Montville to Close Permanently
The Montville mill, which produces about 166,000 tpy of corrugated cardboard packaging was temporarily shut down in October before being reopened a month later. The company has not said what it plans to do with the plant.
 
Legislative
AF&PA Releases Top Legislative Advocacy Priorities for 2016
Priorities include stemming regulatory overreach, recognizing biomass energy as carbon neutral, maintaining paper based communication standards for government services, improving market access for industry exports through trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and reforming the U.S. tax code to improve competitiveness.
 
Washington's Paper Industry Argues Governor's New CO2 Emission Law Hurts Business
The region's paper industry association points out that mills cut fossil fuel dependence by 20% in the past 11 years and 83% of their energy now comes from carbon-neutral biomass, all without this type of regulatory burden creating penalties for failing to comply with the exact specifications of a 5% emission reduction every three years.
 
Nonwovens
Kimberly-Clark Breaks Ground on Tianjin Diaper Mill
The Tianjin mill will feature a fully-automated production line, and is designed according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, established by the U.S. Department of Energy and Green Building Association. K-C is reported to be reinforcing its commitment to long-term development in China.
 
New Products
SKF Offers New Lincoln Electrically Driven Lubricator
Utilizing progressive metering devices, the EDL1 has been developed for usage in sectional lubrication systems as well as in large machines with different lubrication requirements at varying distances.
 
Sustainability
Appleton Coated Achieves Green Master Award for Fifth Consecutive Year
"It is clear that Appleton Coated has embraced sustainability, and has integrated the idea into all facets of their business," praised the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Appleton has expanded product offerings to include items made with high levels of post-consumer recycled fiber and more items made with certified green power.
 
People
Director General Marco Mensink to leave CEPI in March
"Marco Mensink has had a lengthy career with CEPI and the overall paper industry sector. During that time, he has made a major contribution to progress and led many innovative initiatives and developments. Above all, he leaves a very professional team of colleagues behind," said Peter Oswald, CEPI chairman.
 
Norampac Announces Marc-André Dépin to Step Down as President and CEO
Dépin served as CEO of the company for more than 12 years. Charles Malo is succeeding him as President and COO.
 
WestRock’s Voorhees Receives ASPI 2016 Customer Executive of the Year Award
Steve Voorhees is scheduled to accept his award during the ASPI 2016 Spring Meeting, which will be held Feb. 24-26, 2016, in Miami, Fla.
 
TAPPI News
Nano 2016 Abstract Submittal Deadline is This Friday, January 15
There’s only few days left to be included in Nano 2016’s Technical Program. Submit your abstract today.
 
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TAPPI Press: Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials
TAPPI Press is known as an industry-specific publisher of current, reliable, practical, and useful products that help members, students, and other readers enhance their technical knowledge. All TAPPI Press publications are discounted by one-third for members.
 
In Memoriam: Jerry Higginbotham
This TAPPI member since 1992 worked with his parents and brothers to create and build their family business, Corrugated Container Corp., where he was VP of Manufacturing.
 
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Allnorth Seeks Director of Pulp and Paper
Allnorth is currently seeking a director of pulp and paper for its southwestern U.S. sector.