Weekly Spotlight
Verso Permanently Closes Wickliffe, Ky., Paper Mill

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Mill has been idle since November 2015, the result of a continuing and accelerated decline in demand for the company's coated paper products and a significant influx of imports driven by the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies.
Renewable Bioproducts Institute Executive Conference Highlights Technology Advancements, Possibilities
This year’s event, Reimagining Bioproducts Industries: New Ideas—New Opportunities, featured advancements and possibilities in manufacturing processes and products from renewable forest-based raw materials.
Commercial-Scale West Fraser Lignin Recovery Plant in Hinton a Canadian First
State-of-the art facility will recover lignin from the pulping operation using a novel technology, and transform this wood byproduct into useful, environmentally friendly bioproducts.
Canada Launches WTO Complaint Against U.S. on Glossy Paper Duties
Canada said the so-called countervailing measures were inconsistent with WTO rules. The U.S. now has 60 days in which to settle the dispute through bilateral talks, after which Canada could ask the WTO to adjudicate on the case.
USGBC Pathway Encourages Environmentally Responsible Forest Management in LEED
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has issued a LEED alternative compliance path that recognizes wood and paper from the SFI program as part of an integrated approach to encouraging environmentally responsible forest management and eliminating illegal wood from the building material's supply chain.
Free VTT Webinar on Biocomposites—Insights and Patent Landscape Set for May 17
Webinar reviews the status of thermoplastic biocomposite research as well as the limitations and biggest challenges. The current research and industry trends will be highlighted by examining the patent landscape. Additionally, the valorization potential of forest and agro side streams will be exhibited through case studies.
G-P Big Island Mill to Give Away 1,500 Seedlings to Public
Georgia-Pacific’s mill is giving away 1,500 tree seedlings to the public April 14 and 15 to celebrate its 125th anniversary and to emphasize environmental sustainability. Three seedling varieties are being made available by the company to the public: crabapple, mulberry, and indigo bush.
Twin Rivers Contributes $100,000 to Edmundston Amphitheatre Project
"We are invested in the community we work in. Edmundston is our home and we want to help it grow and thrive," said Timothy Lowe, CEO of Twin Rivers Paper Co. in Maine, USA. "On behalf of our 1,000 workers, we are extremely proud to support this project and help build our community."
Does the Forest Industry Need an Elon Musk?
In North East U.S. forestry, it is often a question of "if only there was a market for this wood." That is where a reporter believes the example of the visionary Musk truly shines. Though they may seem distant to us at present, there do exist opportunities for new pulp markets beyond paper that could be only one bold entrepreneur away.
Market Roundup
Global Pulpwood Costs Fall
On a worldwide basis, softwood and hardwood pulpwood price indices declined significantly in 2015, with costs in the 4Q/15 being at their lowest levels in more than 10 years, reports the "Wood Resource Quarterly," Seattle, Wash., USA.
China Manufacturing PMI Highest in Nine Months
New China stimulus has pushed March’s official manufacturing PMI above 50 for first time in nine months Other indices also rose.
Despite Brazilian Economic Crash, Domestic Pulp Market Thrives
Recession and political upheaval have brought Brazil’s currency down 3/5 against the dollar since 2011. That's a boon to pulp producers, who export nearly all of their output. S&P's rating agency predicts that production costs will be dropped by $50 per metric ton in 2015; another $40 per metric ton was saved on maintaining mills
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Pulp & Paper
American Eagle to Replace Coal Fired Boiler with Natural Gas Unit
Project includes a new Babcock and Wilcox natural gas boiler, as well as an equipment upgrade to the mill’s power distribution infrastructure. When operational, the new system will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the mill by converting from coal to natural gas.
ISMA Brings PM 1 On-Stream after Toscotec Dry End Rebuild
Toscotec TT DOES package on PM 1 at La Torre de Claramunt mill in Barcelona, Spain, came online smoothly according to the time schedule, following a major dry-end rebuild.
Kadant Acquires PAALGROUP
Kadant acquired Germany-based company for approximately EUR 51 million in cash. PAAL manufactures channel balers and related equipment used in the processing of recyclable and waste materials.
Lincoln Tissue, Old Town Pulp Mill Auction Set for April 19-22
Four-day public auction of the former Lincoln Paper & Tissue Co., Lincoln, Maine, USA, as well as the Expera Old Town Mill, Old Town, Maine, will take place April 19-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Bangor, Maine.
Recard Announces New Global Challenges
Company’s challenge for 2016 involves expanding horizons and opening up to new markets. It has already taken its first steps in the direction of new countries in Africa and Asia, while at the same time strengthening its presence in Latin America and Europe.
Rottneros Vallvik Mill to Install Valmet White Liquor Filter System
New filter for chemical recovery process is part of Rottneros AB's larger rebuild project called Agenda 500, which aims to increase availability and total production volume at both of Rottneros AB's pulp mills, with a target to reach a capacity of 500,000 metric tpy.
SCA Completes Divestment of Business in South East Asia, Taiwan, South Korea
Divestment is for integration of businesses with Vinda International Holdings. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China's largest hygiene companies.
Sofidel Selects A.Celli Tissue Rewinder for U.K. Mill
The machine that A.Celli will provide, a Mod. 865 shafted in a 3400-mm format, will be housed in Sofidel U.K.’s Lancaster plant. Delivery is scheduled for the summer (July 2016).
Oji Holdings Details Strategy in Buying Malaysian Paper Companies
During the past few years, Oji Group (Japan) has made news in Malaysia as it began to expand very quickly in the country by way of acquiring local companies, and then expanding its factories in the country.
Stora Enso Completes Divestment of Arapoti Mill
The consideration was approx. EUR 17 million. The transaction reduces Stora Enso’s net debt by approximately EUR 12 million. The transaction to a Chilean paper company decreases Stora Enso’s sales by approximately EUR 100 million.The Arapoti mill is the only producer of coated magazine paper in South America.
Visy Paper Reassures Staff as Boiler Speculation Causes Alarm
A hazard audit said build-up of chloride in a recovery boiler was causing corrosion, increasing risk of water tube failure, and internal explosion. The GM said speculation with the boilers caused unnecessary alarm. In February, the Tumut, Australia, mill won a risk improvement award. It's now classified as a highly protected risk facility.
Eastman Chemical Co.
Bobst to Acquire WIFAG-Polytype’s Coating Business
Acquisition is part of Bobst's strategy to successfully drive and continuously expand its existing product portfolio. With this acquisition, Bobst intends to leverage the strengths of both companies and to continue growing its coating technology business internationally.
China Company Orders Valmet Technology for Two Containerboard Machines
Valmet's delivery to confidential customer includes headbox and press section technology and a machine control system.
Macfarlane Packaging Launches Innovation Lab
Company has invested £300,000 in the facility, located in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire, England), to bring together for the first time the latest technology under one roof.
Packsize International Opens Subsidiary Operation in Australia
"Packsize International welcomes this opportunity to empower the Australian and New Zealand markets with the many benefits brought about by On Demand Packaging," said company founder and CEO Hanko Kiessner.
Engineering Student Uploads Video Synthesizing Nanocellulose
Understanding the concept of the manipulation of cellulose on the nano-level can be an abstract process for many people. Within a private lab, nanocellulose samples can now be produced and explained visually by an engineering student.
New Nanocoating Provides Superior Insulation for P&P Mills
Seshasayee Paper used the new coatings for a number of applications in their factory, which subsequently won energy conservation awards from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association. Industrial Nanotech is also working to reach into the N.A. pulp and paper industry.
Stronger Plastic Created by Adding 50% Nanoscale Lignin
A new production process interconnects equal parts of nanoscale lignin in a synthetic rubber matrix to produce a meltable, moldable, ductile material that's 10x tougher than ABS. The resulting thermoplastic—called ABL for acrylonitrile, butadiene, lignin—is recyclable, can be melted three times, and still perform well.
New Products
Appvion Launches Coated High-Speed Inkjet Paper
Appvion Triumph Coated Ultra Brite-Matte High-Speed Inkjet Paper delivers superior quality and productivity for the newest generation of sheet-fed inkjet presses that use pigment aqueous inks.
Bonomi Introduces "One Number" High-Performance Butterfly Valve Packages
New packages combine Bonomi Series 8000 (carbon steel) and 9000 (stainless steel) butterfly valves with heavy-duty Valbia electric actuators. The valves are available in 2-in. through 12-in. sizes in both lug and wafer styles and ANSI Class 150 and 300.
MiniLab Allows On-Site Oil Analysis for Rapid Determination of Machinery Health
MiniLab 153 analyzes oil for contamination, chemistry, and machinery wear by integrating instrumentation for particle count, viscosity, infrared spectroscopy, ferrous wear, and wear particle characterization.
SKF Launches New Rolling Bearings in Paper Machines Handbook
Latest edition of the handbook includes up-to-date information according to advances in SKF bearing design and performance, and offers guidance on application-specific bearing selection, for everything from the forming section to the reeler, in line with the changes in bearing dynamic load ratings in recent years.
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Published Pricing
Flambeau River Papers to Increase Price for Business and Office Papers
According to a recent release by Flambeau River Papers to one of its retailers, the company will raise prices $3.00/cwt by May 1 for all FRP branded and private label cut size business and office papers.
Resolute Announces Price Increase for Ponderay Newsprint Company
Effective with May 1 shipments, Resolute (Calhoun, Tenn,) will be increasing the price of 48.8 gsm newsprint from the company's Ponderay Newsprint Mill by $20 per metric ton.
Rolland Announces Price Increase for Two Paper Grades
Rolland Paper will implement a 6%-7% price increase on all cutsize products in the following grades (Rolland Enviro Copy and ReproPlus), effective with all orders placed on or after May 2.
Universal Electric Corp.
Anthony Pratt Named N.A. Packaging CEO of the Year
Pratt will be presented with the award at RISI’s International Containerboard Conference (ICC), November 3-4 in Chicago, Ill., USA.
Bonnot to Succeed Harrington as IP Controller, Finance VP
Vincent Bonnot will succeed Terri Herrington as IP's controller and VP for finance. Herrington plans to retire December 31,
Clearwater Paper Adds Two New Board Members
John P. O’Donnell and Alexander Toeldte join company board.
Greenwood Named Case Paper VP of Paperboard Sales
Todd Greenwood has 25 years of experience selling paper and board to the commercial print and packaging industries. His new responsibilities include continued development of Case Paper's paperboard division.
Precision Global Names Martinez GM of Precision Mexico/Precision Venezuela
Martinez brings considerable packaging experience and plastic processing to Precision Global, and will report directly to Eugenio Bergoglio, regional manager of Precision Global's Latin America operations.
TAPPI Corrugating Course to be Held May 3-5
Are you looking to identify and address downtime issues or develop a better understanding of machine calibration? If you are, then the Troubleshooting Flexos & Die Cutters Sustain Board Caliper and Improve Printing course is for you.
TAPPI Webinar – Nanotechnology in Fibrous Materials: 101
TAPPI’s NET Division will host a free nanotechnology webinar on 7 April 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
In Memoriam: Neil George Vander Linden
Vander Linden was technical manager for Mead Westvaco in Charleston for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He was president of the Georgia Tech Pulp and Paper Foundation, and was selected as a TAPPI Fellow in 1992, the association's highest honor for those who have served an entire career in the industry as Vander Linden had.
May 1 Deadline to Apply for William L. Cullison Scholarship
The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the William L. Cullison Scholarship!
TAPPI Press Book of the Month: Process Control Fundamentals for the P&P Industry.
As requested by our members, Process Control Fundamentals for the Pulp and Paper Industry is back in stock.
Registration in Full Swing for NC State Financial Analysis Workshop
If you want to bolster your financial confidence and begin making a positive impact on the bottom line, attend the Financial and Strategic Analysis Workshop at NC State.
Exceptional Maintenance is All in the Planning
Learn proven best practices in cost-effective management.