Weekly Spotlight
Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Commemorates 100th Anniversary

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In January, the Canadian mill kicked off its commemoration by donating 5,000 lb. of copy paper to The United Way of Greater Kingsport and 30 of its member agencies. Additional activities and events will be announced throughout the year as Domtar’s Kingsport mill continues to demonstrate its commitment to the community
Manufacturing "Sterilizes" Corrugated Boxes for Food Packaging
A new study confirms what proponents of single-use corrugated containers have been saying for years, that "the corrugating process uses temperatures high enough to kill germs, ensuring that the boxes don’t introduce pathogens into the food supply chain."
Newspapers: A Dying Necessity?
In an age where governments delete emails and people take down tweets or posts that garner too much negative attention, there is something right and just about keeping a permanent written record. Public funding alone will probably not save print journalism.
Establishing Models of Fiber Swelling When Paper is Wetted or Dried
The new "CD Laboratory for Fibre Swelling and its Influence on the Properties of Paper" at Graz University of Technology in Austria, will investigate how to optimally combine key characteristics of paper to achieve the desired result, very precise modeling of fiber swelling under the varying conditions of wet and dry.
First Print Exclusive U.K. Daily Newspaper Launched in 30 Years
A spokesman for the new print newspaper said that "people can interact with the publication through Facebook and Twitter, but we will not be posting news and other content online. There are lots of other sites doing that really well so that is not the space we are going to compete in." It will be printed on 54 gsm SCA Grapholnvent, which is brighter and thicker than most newsprint.
American Tree Farm System Celebrates 75 Years
ATFS originated in 1941 with the dedication of the first Tree Farm in Washington state. The program was created, by the then-known American Lumber Manufacturers Association, as a way to engage and support landowners to ensure the health and safety of the forests and wood supply that came from them.
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.
Market Roundup
U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Decline
Kraft paper shipments in January 2016 totaled 127,800 thousand tons, 8.5% lower than January 2015.
U.S. Sanitary Paper Price Index Drops to Five-Year Low
The U.S. sanitary paper producer price index dropped to a five-year low in January 2016, according to data maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics.
U.S. Containerboard Output Creeps Higher
The month-to-month average daily production compared with December 2015 was 5.3% higher. The containerboard operating rate for January increased to 95.2%.
North American P&W Paper Demand Down in January
North American printing and writing (P&W) paper demand was down 5.9% y/y in January 2016. Demand for coated mechanical grades plunged a total of 18%, according to the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC).
Global Specialty Papers Market 2015-2019
The global specialty paper market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.28% over the period 2015-2019. A surge in the adoption of paper-based flexible packaging papers is fueling growth.
Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB) Industry Size, Growth by 2016
With the development of industry, global cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) production increased from about 42,000 metric tons in 2011 to 55,000 metric tons in 2015. Global average production increase rate was about 7% during 2011-2015.
Pulp & Paper
American Eagle Paper Mills Opens New Warehouse in Pennsylvania
New 50,000 sq. ft. building in Tyrone will provide American Eagle with a world class warehouse facility and new corporate sales and logistics offices to support its growing business.
James Cropper Provides Paper for Fashion Show Set
The paper manufacturer supplied beautiful and tactile papers for the scenography of the show, which took place on February 19 at The Vinyl Factory and marked the designer’s second collection to be exhibited at the prestigious event.
Khanna Paper Mills Orders PM Wet End Rebuild by Valmet
The main targets of the rebuild are to improve end product quality, increase production, and add paper grades by extending the basis weight range. Startup of the rebuilt paper machine PM 5 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.
Oji Kinleith Mill Showcases New Image
The mill's management noted how new ownership by Oji Fibre Solutions have helped them reduce sheet breaks. Ownership is aiding them as they work to get more out of their assets. Japanese government commitment opens the possibility of expansion and upgrades to become more likely in the future.
Schweitzer-Mauduit to Retire Specialty PM at Mill in France
Company plans to shutdown 5,000 metric tpy specialty paper machine PM 1 at its Papeteries de Saint-Girons in France, cutting some 55 jobs.
Sofidel to Install New Valmet NTT Tissue Machine at Delitissue Plant
Advantage NTT 200 machine at Ciechanów, Poland, can produce both conventional; and structured grades of tissue, and will allow Sofidel to improve the quality of its product range and further increase the plant’s energy efficiency.
Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech
Mondi Group to Acquire SIMET Plant in Poland
With this acquisition, Mondi will have six box plants in Poland. The plant produces a wide range of flexo printed packaging including American cases, die-cut, and multipoint folder-glued boxes.
Prado Karton Poised to be Sold to New Owner, Restarted
Prado, Portugal, hopes that its paperboard machine can restart within the next three to four weeks once a new ownership structure is in place.
Pro-Gest Signs with Valmet
The agreement includes a new machine for the production of lightweight recycled case material for Pro-Gest’s new plant in Mantova, Italy. The high speed machine will have an installed capacity of 550.000 tons of recycled paper. Supply includes high capacity winder, machine auxiliaries, and Valmet’s mill-wide DNA technology.
Sonoco Listed Among "World’s Most Admired Companies"
Sonoco ranked first in Financial Soundness and second in Innovation, People, Social Responsibility, and Quality of Products/Services. It ranked second overall in the packaging sector.
Oregon Considers Swapping Wood for Corrugated Pallets
According to the group, corrugated paperboard pallets have the power to reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of millions of metric tons by transporting more product on fewer trucks and planes than is possible with conventional wood pallets. The Oregon, USA, legislative chamber is considering pro-corrugated pallet legislation.
New Products
Appleton Coated Introduces Ethos™ Uncoated Umbrella Brand
The Ethos brand name helps customers understand what the company has developed and brought to market under a broad range of uncoated grades. It collects all of them under a single umbrella brand, similar to Utopia®, Appleton's flagship coated brand introduced 20 years ago.
MAVERICK Launches New Alarm Response Management Solution
OnTrack Alarm Response helps operators reduce uncertainty and inconsistency in alarm response processes, which can impact manufacturing safety or process efficiency.
Metrohm Releases New Coulometer
Vivid touchscreen display, simple method recall, and an integrated pump combined with reagent and sample handling make the 917 compact coulometer the fastest and most convenient solution for routine moisture analysis.
Monadnock Paper Mills, Michelman Announce Strategic Innovation
Monadnock has commercialized its next-generation of mill-applied coating solutions to satisfy the increasingly demanding performance standards for HP Indigo qualified print media.
Quad/Graphics Introduces Sleeker, Thinner Paperboard VR Viewer
This is thinner than the corrugated paper-based Cardboard virtual reality viewer recently popularized by Google, and can be easily distributed. Viewer's flexible paper design makes the project suited to affordable commercial applications. Flat paper on a page is simply folded to make the viewer work with a smartphone and a visor.
Sappi North America Introduces McCoy Paper Gift Cards
McCoy gift cards, to be sold to card printers and converters, allow for effortless design defined by the details—rich images that pop, superior surface quality that reflects an expanded range of light and fine details, durability for daily use, and production through renewable resources that help reduce environmental impact.
WestRock Introduces PerfPak® Patient Med-Adherence Wallet Card
The paperboard medicine package product's unique design provides flexibility with various medication regimens and ample billboard area for patient education and instructions, which makes it ideal for a wide variety of clinical trial requirements. It includes a visible calendar with the wallet card and allows patients to easily track their dose.
Toscotec S.p.A
Universal Electric Corp.
PaperWorks Announces Two Senior Level Promotions
Karl Broderick has been named VP of sales and Peter Jesus will now be VP of packaging development and support services for the Pennsylvania, USA, based paper packaging company.
UPM’s Kolunsarka to Transfer to Ramirent
Tapio Kolunsarka, EVP of UPM Raflatac and a member of UPM's Group Executive Team, will leave UPM to join Ramirent PLC, Finland, an equipment rental solutions business, as president and CEO.
TAPPI Standards, Technical Information Papers, and Useful Methods
The Standards include approximately 240 documents on a cd-rom that have been developed and reviewed by TAPPI Standard-Specific Interest Groups. For easy reference, included is a search engine, reference materials list, test equipment suppliers, a supplier directory, safety sources, test laboratories, and research facilities.
PEERS Announces Keynote Speaker for 2016 Conference
Paul G. Boynton is the chairman, president, and CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials, the world's leading producer of high-value specialty cellulose fibers.
Register for TAPPI Tissue Operations and Runnability Course
Seats are filling up quickly for the TAPPI Tissue 201 course.
IDCON Expands Your Toolbox with Sharper Skills
Avoid maintenance problems with a course of prevention on March 17-18 in Raleigh, N.C., USA.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Solenis seeks Lab Technician Staff
The Solenis Research Center is looking for lab technician staff for the company's Wilmington, Del., USA, location. The center is a modern research complex on a scenic 55 acre campus.