Weekly Spotlight
Internet Not Suddenly Killing Printed Books

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Most people still prefer them... Physical "collectible" stories like the Harry Potter series remain far preferred in paper book format, even for a young reader base. Some 65% of adults in the U.S. said they had read a printed book in the past year, the same percentage that said so in 2012.
KapStone to Build New Corrugated Sheet Plant in California
New sheet plant is expected to be manufacturing boxes by January 2017 and is intended to primarily supply the company's Victory Packaging operations in Southern California as well as other KapStone customers.
Port Townsend Paper Brings Stage 1 of Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Online
Benefits include cleaner air emissions, a more competitive mill, and domestically-sourced fuel.
Paper and Sustainable Forests: Some Great Facts to Note!
Recent forestry-related news items confirm that forest products such as paper can be a key driver of sustainable forest management.
NPTA Announces 2016 PAPER Foundation Scholarship Recipients
The PAPER Foundation awarded 10 scholarships worth $2,000 each to student based on their academic achievements, who are enrolled in a four-year college in 2016 and whose parent or grandparent works at an NPTA member company.
Market Roundup
U.S. Pulp Imports at 4.75 Million Metric TPY Rate through July
In July 2016, bleached softwood kraft (BSK) pulp was up 5.1% y/y, and bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp was up 4%.
Global Packaging Tapes Market to Grow at 5.34% CAGR by 2020
To calculate the market size, the report considers the volume of packaging tapes manufactured for different industries such as automotive packaging, retail ready packaging, food and beverage packaging, e-commerce packaging, and others.
U.S. Tissue Tracker: Glimmer of Hope
In July 2016, production and converted product shipments both increased y/y, while operating rates declined over the same period (and m/m). Parent roll prices inched up m/m and were higher on a y/y basis.
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Pulp & Paper
Deutsche Bank Offers Three Company Priorities in Meeting with IP
International Paper appears confident on Industrial Packing Fundamentals and is optimistic that demand will grow. IP remains focused on domestic containerboard and fluff pulp, but is also evaluating how some businesses fit within the company's portfolio. Paying down debt is also a top priority for the company.
Expera Specialty Solutions Completes Triple Chain-Of-Custody Certification
Offering FSC, SFI, and PEFC certification not only supports customer requirements, it also confirms Expera's sustainability commitment known as SOAR.
Hengan Starts up Valmet Tissue Machine Ahead of Schedule at Wuhu, China Mill
New tissue machine adds another 60,000 metric tpy of tissue products to Hengan's current production of more than one million metric tpy.
Munksjö to Rebuild Specialty Paper Machine at Arches Mill in France
After the rebuild, the machine will continue to be able to produce both decor and abrasive backings. The rebuild also will enable additional capacity within latex impregnated abrasive backings and hence allow for new product applications and a more efficient production,
Resolute's Calhoun Tissue Operation on Track for Q1 2017 Startup
"We are on schedule with the $270 million project, our largest investment since 2010," said Richard Garneau, president and CEO."
SCA Invests in Efficiency Realignment of EU Tissue Production
Restructuring measures at sites in France are aligned with the company’s strategy to improve production efficiency to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the tissue business area.
SFI Launches Conservation Impact Project
Group has launched its large-scale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida.
Solenis to Acquire Nopco Paper Technology
Company signed an agreement to acquire the shares in Nopco Holding AS and related subsidiaries (Nopco), Germany, a producer and supplier of advanced chemical solutions for the pulp and paper industry.
Stora Enso Completes Divestment of Kabel Mill
Total cash consideration for the divestment is approximately EUR 25 million, subject to final closing adjustments.
Ten Toscotec Tissue Machines Now Running at Vinda’s Sanjiang Mill in China
Company has started up two new Toscotec machines, TM 9 and TM 10. Both machines are AHEAD-2.0M, with a design speed of 1,800 m/min. TM 10 is the 21st machine supplied by Toscotec to Vinda.
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Caraustar Acquires Los Angeles Paper Box Co.
"With the acquisition of Los Angeles Paper Box, we will service our West Coast customers in a more efficient manner," said the GM of Caraustar Consumer Packaging. "We also are pleased... we are expanding our product assortment available to the food industry by offering a large variety of custom and stock packaging containers."
Imperial Bag & Paper Co. Acquires Accommodation Mollen
Accommodation is a regional distributor in the Greater Philadelphia, Penn., USA, area of janitorial and sanitary supplies. According to Imperial, the acquisition provides the companies’ customers with more types of products including direct consumer use of their pulp made bags and paper with better customer service
Liqui-Box to Acquire Conotainer
Conotainer is a leading manufacturer of bag-in-box products specializing in the wine and beverage segments across mainland Europe.
Mondi Forms New Trading Venture with Nantongpack International
Venture with International Trading Company Ltd, opens up new business opportunities and gives access to a brand new market for Advantage SpringPack Plus in China.
Sonoco ThermoSafe Acquires AAR Cold Chain Solutions Assets
As a result of Sonoco's TermoSafe Division aquiring the PharmaPort360 assets from AAR Cold Chain Solutions, advanced temperature control technologies may soon be employed in forest product packaging by one of the largest U.S. companies currently producing paper/containerboard and cellulose for high-tech packs.
Australian Paper will Pay More for Fuel Under New Legislation
"Our gas contracts are due for renewal in the next few years and it's vital that we maintain competitively-priced contracts, given the important role natural gas plays in our energy mix," said Australian Paper National Manager of Sustainability and Communications, Craig Dunn.
Catalyst Wins Discontinuance of Lawsuits Filed By Halalt First Nation
"We are pleased Halalt has chosen to discontinue its participation in the litigation against Catalyst," said Catalyst's CEO. "Catalyst is focused on improving its long-term relationship with the Halalt... and working collaboratively to safeguard the environment along with developing mutually beneficial economic opportunities."
The Pas Tries to Save P&P Mill by Passing 840k Tolko Tax Break
The Pas is one town in Canada not willing to give up on a community paper industry creating high quality, decent-wage local jobs for the people living there. However, it may require tax sacrifice from the citizens. In addition to reducing the mill's financial stress, the city has a task force trying to keep it open.
New Products
Catalyst Paper Launches Glide Graphics
Glide Graphics is the first in a series of release liner base papers for North American pressure sensitive markets.
Expera Offers Extensible through Insu-Gard Product Line
"Need a higher holdout? Our Insu-Gard® XKL papers are ideal for asphalt, poly coating, and other applications," explained Robyn Buss, VP of sales and marketing for Expera Specialty Solutions.
James Cropper Unveils "Sustainable Alternative to Plastic"
The bespoke, design-engineered, molded paper packaging product developed by the group’s new business—James Cropper 3D Products—challenges plastic in terms of color, quality, and performance, and will add value for brand owners, designers, and other customers—going above and beyond the capabilities of any other molded fiber packaging.
Verso Introduces CraftPoint Family of Beverage Label Papers
CraftPoint is a family of premium pressure-sensitive and cut-and-stack beverage label papers designed to make craft beers, spirits, and wines stand out on the shelf or in the cooler.
Published Pricing
KapStone to Raise Containerboard Prices, WestRock Rumored to Follow
International Paper may have set a surprisingly fast-spreading trend late this past month, beneficial for producers of containerboard more so than consumers/box converters buying sheets of paper-based board as raw material. KapStone will follow in IP's footsteps on October 1, and WestRock is rumored to follow.
Sonoco-Alcore to Increase Prices for Tubes & Cores in Europe
"The increase follows a recent rise in coreboard prices across Europe, driven by higher raw material costs," said the director of Sonoco Sales/Marketing Europe. "We continue to do all we can to maintain tight cost control, but with coreboard a dominant part of our cost, we are unable to offset recent price increases."
BillerudKorsnäs Wins EcoVadist Award for Third Year in Row
It is quite a task to be recognized for one outstanding new detail attracting judges interest over 20,000 items, much less to be reonized as a Gold the evaluation shows that BillerudKorsnäs is among the very best of 150 companies in the same industry
Fire Reported at Alsip Paper Mill
No injuries have been reported according to the regional ABC Chicago affiliate covering the accidental blaze. Officials have not released any details about what may have caused the fire. It is unclear at this time if any details, even in the most minor sense, are in any way related to the conversion of the machinery in a way that would trigger fire.
Fortress Paper Appoints Iadeluca President of Dissolving Pulp Segment
Giovanni Iadeluca is a chartered professional accountant with more than 20 years of senior management experience in the manufacturing industry, and was formerly the CEO of AV Terrace Bay Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group.
Metso Appoints Four to Nominations Board
Kari Järvinen, Niko Pakalé, Risto Murto, and Mikko Mursula will be in charge of the Metso Shareholders' Nomination Board. Metso's chairman serves as the nomination board's expert member.
Monadnock Appoints Fuller VP of Business Development
In this new position, Will Fuller will pursue client-focused partnerships and identify new product opportunities as the company continues to expand its global presence and adapt to meet market needs.
Orchids Appoints Gloss CFO
Prior to joining the company, Gloss served between 2011 and 2016 as VP and CFO of Atna Resources Ltd., a public gold mining company.
Pope Resources Announces Change in Board Composition
"We are delighted to have Sandy McDade join the board," said Director Maria M. Pope, "as his extensive transactional and operational experience with the largest public company in our forest products space will be of great help as we endeavor to continue growing the partnership."
UPM Raflatac Adopts New Global Operating Model
The company appointed five new VPs on Tuesday (Sept. 6, 2016) as a result of creating new strategic business units within the operation.
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International Collaboration Brings IMPC 2016 to the U.S.
Eight years is a long time to wait for a conference focused specifically on the mechanical pulping industry, but that is just what the U.S. must do to host this premier event. Through the collaboration of its international co-sponsors, the International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC) is held in a different country every two years. This month, it will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, and offers mechanical pulping professionals the opportunity to discuss how the industry can best meet changing market and regulatory conditions world-wide.
In the Spotlight: Ingrid Rodriguez - "Her Trusted Resource"
New P&P Professional Turns to TAPPI .
TAPPI Career Center: FITNIR Analyzers Seeks Service Technician
FITNIR Analyzers Inc is currently seeking and E&I Pulp and Paper Service Technician for its Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada location.
New or Revised Standards, TIPS, and Useful Methods Now Available
Save when you purchase an individual subscription to Standards, TIPS and Useful Methods Online when you join or renew your TAPPI membership.
2016 SuperCorrExpo® kicks off next month in Orlando
Have you heard? 2016 SuperCorrExpo® is filled with amazing activities you don’t want to miss.
Submit your paper machine drying rate data for TIP 0404-07
Developed by TAPPI’s Drying Subcommittee in TAPPI’s Engineering Division, this TIP provides useful information to compare machine performance across the industry. Only drying rate and average steam temperature are needed. Submit your data today to be included in the next update.
Last Chance to Save for Specialty Papers US 2016
The early bird cut-off date is quickly approaching. Don’t miss your chance to save on registration to join more than 150 of your specialty papers colleagues in Chicago, Ill., USA, on September 21-23.