Weekly Spotlight
European Paper Recycling Rate Reaches 71.5%

Over the Wire


Compared with 2010, collection and recycling has increased by almost one million metric tons of paper.
Aboriginal Company from B.C. Honored by Forest Industry
The 2016 Aboriginal Business Leadership Award was presented to Chilcotin Plateau Enterprise Ltd. (CPE) owned by the Toosey Indian Band.
Two Sides Shares What They Think about Consumer Survey
Some 88% of respondents in the U.S. felt it was acceptable to use trees from well managed forests to make lumber for construction or pulp for paper for printing.
SCA Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change
"We take climate change very seriously and this acknowledgement proves that our climate initiatives are best-in-class. It is gratifying that it is being noticed," said Magnus Groth, president and CEO of SCA.
Valmet Included in CDP's Climate A List
Valmet was ranked among the top 9% of all the included companies. From the Nordic countries, a total of 14 companies were included in the list.
Market Roundup
U.S. P&W Paper Shipments Decline in September
Printing and writing paper shipments decreased 8% in September 2016 compared with September 2015.
N.A. P&W Paper Demand Declines in September, YTD
Printing and writing paper demand was down 4.3 % y/y in September 2016, and 3.9% ytd.
N.A. Pulp Prices Dip in October
Trade Tree Online pulp price indices are all lower, reflecting U.S. spot transactions completed between Sept. 16, 2016, and Oct. 15, 2016.
Global Consumer Board Market Worth $131.6 Billion by 2021
Report considers the present scenario of the worldwide consumer board market and its strategic assessment for the period 2016-2021.
Containerboard Output by U.S Producers Mixed in September
Production was 2% higher in September 2016 that in September 2015, while the month-over-month average daily production compared with August 2016 was 1.4% lower.
Safety Hats - Direct Digital Manufacturing Services
Pulp & Paper
Bracell Completes $1.1 Billion Privatization
Bracell will be part of the Royal Golden Eagle group, which manages world-class companies operating in pulp and paper, palm oil, viscose staple fiber, and energy, with combined assets exceeding $15 billion and more than 50,000 employees.
Carta Fabril to Install New Andritz Tissue Machine with World’s Largest Yankee
The PrimeDry Steel Yankee has a diameter of 22 ft. and thus is the largest for tissue worldwide.
Domtar Kingsport Mill Taking Downtime to Reduce Inventory
"At Domtar we must continually monitor our production output and inventory with that of customer orders," Domtar spokesman Mike Cunningham said.
Norske Skog Still Committed to Tissue Conversion Project at Bruck Mill
Norske Skog founded a joint venture with the Italian tissue paper and products manufacturer Rotocart for this project. However, the JV-partnership was terminated in the first half of 2016.
Rottneros Starts up Valmet High Consistency Bleaching System
Bleaching system is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The long term goal is to increase both availability and total production volume of Rottneros’ two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 metric tpy.
Sappi N.A. to Upgrade Woodyard Systems at Somerset Mill in Maine
New line will further reduce wood losses and enhance the mill’s reliability and performance. It has a design capacity of 300 tons per hour of hardwood chips and 270 tons per hour of softwood chips.
Veritiv to Host 2016 Chicago Paper Show
Paper Show attracts approximately 800 prominent designers, corporate end-users, and commercial printers from the Greater Chicago area--one of the most exciting graphic arts markets in the country. The theme of this year's show is "MAKER—a person that makes or produces something."
Universal Electric Corp.
Huhtamaki to Boost Growth in Flexible Packaging Segment
Company will set up three new manufacturing units to boost growth in its Flexible Packaging business segment. The largest of the new units will be located in the greater Cairo area in Egypt and the other two in North East India.
Pritzker Group to Acquire Flexible Packaging Manufacturer ProAmpac
ProAmpac has more than 2,400 employees across 18 manufacturing locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. It offers a broad range of products and capabilities, including: wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paperboard, and nonwovens; metallizing; pouching; bag converting; and rotogravure and flexographic printing.
Stora Enso Imatra Web Inspection/Monitoring Upgrade Boosts Quality of BM 4
Web inspection and web monitoring system allows company to better investigate the root causes of web breaks, reduce the number of breaks, and increase production efficiency.
China Continues to Dominate Global Polyamide Supply Chain
For the past decade, China has been the epicenter of the global PA6/PA66 industry, underpinning much of the increase in global polyamide demand.
FiberVisions to Showcase Next Generation Fibers at Hygienix
"As the world leader in polyolefin and bicomponent fibers, we have been participating and innovating in this market for more than 30 years and we are confident that soft coverstock will continue to be widely desired by consumers," explained John Wolhar, Americas Hygiene regional sales manager, FiberVisions.
NeatCheeks Launches Berry Lemonade Flavored Face Wipes
Company has launched its newest flavor of face wipes through an Indiegogo campaign that will raise donations for Baby2Baby, a national organization that provides low-income children with the basic necessities that every child deserves.
Study Explains Strength Gap between Graphene, Carbon Fiber
Rice University scientists found the polymer chains that make up a common carbon fiber are prone to misalign during manufacture, a defect the researchers compared with a faulty zipper that weakens the product.
2D-Nanocellulose: Piezoelectric Driven By a Hydrogen Bonds Pattern
Researchers from ICN2 Phononic/Photonic Nanostructures publish in Scientific Reports findings providing the basis for new electromechanical designs using 2D-nanocellulose. Reinterpretation of electrical features for hydrogen bonds here introduced could pave the way in the understanding of life-essential molecules and events.
New Products
Ergodyne Releases ProFlex Gel Knee Pad Series
Workers will enjoy the same high quality and functionality of the current knee pads, but with a refreshed look and new innovative design.
Webex Announces On-Time Shipment Guarantee for Standard Idler Rolls
With its program targeting Standard Idler Rolls, including up to 10 aluminum or carbon steel, dead shaft, and live shaft idler rolls, Webex will guarantee a three-week lead time or you will receive 25% off of your next idler roll order of equal or lesser value.
Published Pricing
Buckman Announces Global Price Increase
Price increase will be 2% - 6%, dependent on geographic location and products and services sold. In some areas, increases may be higher where exchange rate based adjustments are necessary.
Barry-Wehmiller Taps O’Neill to Lead Packaging Group
In the newly-created role of group president of Barry-Wehmiller Packaging, Carol O’Neill will lead efforts to enhance the alignment and capabilities of the six businesses within Barry-Wehmiller’s packaging platform.
Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions Hires Howard as Controller
In this newly created position, Richard Howard will oversee Hyde’s finance department.
Sonoco Names Florence Corporate VP, General Counsel, Secretary
In this new position, John Florence reports to Sonoco President and CEO Jack Sanders.
Back in Print: New Edition for the First Time in More than 10 Years!
The second edition of Corrugator Bonding is back in print from TAPPI Press.
Nano 2017: Call for Abstracts Open
Share your latest discoveries, technical advances, applications at the International Nanotechnology Conference for Renewable Materials, June 5-8, 2017, in Montreal, Que., Canada.
Slate Announced for 2017 TAPPI Board of Directors and Officers
TAPPI’s 2016 Nominating Committee presents candidates for the 2017 TAPPI Board Slate.
Present at Specialty Papers Europe 2017
With the global market for Specialty Papers estimated at 26.5 million metric tons in 2014 and projected to reach 29.3 million metric tons by 2020, this is the perfect opportunity to present yourself as a key industry player.
Don’t Miss the Industry’s Most Comprehensive P&P Course
Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology is the ideal course for anyone new to pulp and paper, those who need a refresher, and those taking on a new role in mill operations.
TAPPI Connect: What’s In It for You?
Learn how your committee can do more with Connect. Collaborate on projects and store documents all in one place.
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