Weekly Spotlight
Burrows Paper Sells Packaging Operations to Novolex, Paper to Twin Rivers

Over the Wire


Novolex will acquire Burrows’ U.S. operations in Franklin and Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Reno, Nev., and Ft. Madison, Iowa, as well as in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, and Heshan, China. Twin Rivers will acquire Burrows’ operations in Little Falls and Lyonsdale, N.Y., and Pickens, Miss.
Verso to Restructure into Graphic and Specialty Paper Units, Relocate Headquarters to Ohio
"We expect that the strategic initiatives announced today will enable Verso to be more agile in adapting to an evolving marketplace, more responsive to our customers, more efficient and cost-effective in our operations, and ultimately more financially successful," said Robert M. Amen, Verso's chairman of the board.
2016 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Announced at Annual Meeting
Five member companies recognized for exemplary sustainability programs.
IP Partners with Mid-South Food Bank to Fight Hunger in Greater Memphis
Company will provide $1.25 million for modernizing warehouse operations and will donate 250,000 boxes used to deliver 15 million lb. of food to Mid-South residents in need. Company spouses raise an additional $82,000 that will provide 250,000 meals.
Canadian Government Invests $2.5 Million in Clean Technology for Developing Countries
Canada's contribution comes as Denmark, the European Commission, Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, and the U.S. also commit funding of more than $22 million to the CTCN.
Michelman Volunteers Participate in 5th Annual Global Day of Service
Hundreds of employees around the globe left their offices, labs, and email behind to volunteer their time at a wide variety of locations.
Miami University Seeks Executive Director of Paper Science and Engineering Foundation
Executive director is the key operating officer of the PS&E Foundation and is responsible for all functional aspects of the organization.
Market Roundup
N.A. Wood Fiber Prices Continue Downward Trend
Prices for wood fiber consumed by the pulp industry in North America have fallen during the past year in all regions of the continent with the exception of the U.S. South.
China Continues Strong Export of Paper, Board Products
All exports remain strong, with cartonboard up 27% y/y at a 2 million metric ton annual rate.
Liquid Packaging Market to Grow by 5.4% CAGR to 2021
Market size for liquid packaging is projected to reach $370.75 billion by 2021, driven by high demand from the food and beverages industry while flexible liquid packaging is the fastest-growing liquid packaging type, globally.
Canada’s NBSK Pulp Exports Unchanged in 2016
Exports were unchanged through the first nine months of this year., but the average export value per metric ton was down $24 since July 2016.
Safety Hats - Direct Digital Manufacturing Services
Pulp & Paper
Cascades, David Suzuki Foundation Partner to Raise Awareness of Green Practices
Through this new association, Cascades will be supporting the Foundation in its mission to protect nature's diversity and our quality of life, thereby expanding its positive impact on the planet's health.
Fortress to Make Major Investment in Birch Project at Dissolving Pulp Mill
Birch trees grow abundantly across Canada and are considered an underutilized species of tree. The project will ensure a better use of the mixed forest in the local region, increase economic activity, and result in other ancillary economic benefits.
Georgia Pacific Green Bay Retiree Tour Offers View of Improvement
During the next nine months, GP will hold such visits. The tour is meant to show how the company has evolved and, continues to evolve, as a critical employer in Green Bay. Program is designed to highlight 70 million dollars on plant improvements last year alone, and similar investments planned moving forward.
SCA, Fotografiska Partner in Focus on Hygiene and Health
Collaboration is aligned with SCA’s focus on hygiene, health, well-being and its commitment to sustainability, as well as with Fotografiska’s "Fotografiska for Life" platform – photo exhibitions and dialogs that highlight challenges for society and people around the world.
Stora Enso to Install Another Valmet PQV System at Sunila Mill
By monitoring dirt and shives on the mill's No. 6 pulp drying line, the system optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency.
Velvet Care to Expand Tissue Mill in Poland
Company reportedly will purchase a new tissue machine that will raise its output capacity by about 70,000 metric tpy.
Wepa Professional Hygiene to Improve Energy Efficiency at Polish Tissue Mill
Company plans to install a new 110/20 kV substation to increase the mill’s energy supply capacity from the current 5 MV to 12 MV, raising its output capacity and its energy efficiency.
Universal Electric Corp.
Aluprint Folding Cartons Acquired by Grupo Gonda
Acquisition will further Grupo Gondi’s market share in high graphic packaging ("Sexy Boxes") and extend its range of solutions to meet the growing and dynamic industry of consumer goods in Mexico and the U.S.
Blue Paper to Build RDF Steam Plant at Strasbourg Mill in France
Project is directly connected to the approved capacity increase at the Blue Paper recycled packaging paper mill to 400,000 metric tpy.
Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Buys Tolko’s Manitoba Operation, Assets
All current Manitoba employees will transition to Canadian Kraft Paper Industries, and maintain operations going forward.
Evergreen Packaging Launches National School Garden Contest
Carton 2 Garden contest provides hands-on sustainability lessons while inspiring a focus on school garden programs
Evergreen Packaging Mill in Canton, N.C. May Close Due to Draught
Evergreen notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on November 14 that the mill may have to suspend operations if the drought persists — and all indicators say it will persist for another month at least.
Grupo Gondi Places Large Orders for Bobst, BHS Corrugated Lines
"These investments will support the rapid expansion we are undertaking by updating and expanding our production capabilities with state-of-the-art technology and by adding the extra capacity we need for the near future," said Euardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi,
Turkey Considers Anti Dumping Duties for Brown Kraftliner Imports
Brazilian records reported on October 30 that their government opened an antidumping investigation into imports of unbleached kraftliner from Brazil, Finland, Poland, and Russia.
New Products
BellHawk Offers White Paper on AI and the Smart Industrial Warehouse
Artificial Intelligence can be used to improve the efficiency of industrial warehouses, prevent mistakes, and enable customer orders to be shipped on time.
DeZurik KGO O-Port Gate Valves Designed for Difficult, Abrasive Media
Valves are specially constructed to handle high-consistency paper stock, wood chips, and fly ash, as well as slurries with high solids content and highly viscous fluids.
Charta Global Expands Foopak Offering with Biodegradables
New products include U.S. FDA approved biodegradable cups and baking papers. Offering provides food service and restaurant industry with a single, comprehensive family of paper solutions for all of their food and beverage needs.
Elopak Launches Pure-Pak Sense Aseptic Carton
Easy-to-fold lines enable the squeezing out of significantly more product, helping to combat food waste, and the convenient flattening of cartons to reduce volume in waste and recycling facilities.
Laser Anilox Cleaning Solution for Flexible Packaging and Narrow Web
The Eaglewood Technologies Laserlox Systems have been designed uniquely for flexible packaging and narrow web converters to compliment the Sanilox Systems, which are highly effective for corrugated and specialty converters.
Voith Introduces XcelLine New Generation of Paper Machines
Machines from the XcelLine offer fast and easy startup, excellent value for money, pioneering technologies, ease of use, and integrated solutions.
Metsä Board Positioned on CDP’s Water A List for Consecutive Years
This year 607 companies disclosed their water management to CDP, and Metsä Board is one of only 24 global companies to make the 2016 Water A List. The company was also on the 2015 list, which happened to be the first year the list was compiled.
Sonoco Recognizes Ohio Facility for Sustainability Progress
Sonoco Sustainability Star Award goes to company's Alpha facility in Beavercreek, Ohio, for driving landfill reduction through improved waste stream management.
CCL Industries Appoints Dargan President of Checkpoint
John Dargan joins CCL from Jabil Circuit Inc., a large, publicly quoted electronics manufacturer headquartered in Florida, USA, where he heads strategic development for new business ventures. Prior to Jabil, Dargan was CEO of Worldmark Ltd., a private equity owned label business based in Scotland.
Kimberly-Clark Appoints Hsu President and COO
Michael D. Hsu, currently group president North American Consumer Products, has been named president and COO and will join K-C's board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Naylor Association Solutions
Recruit Talent at 2017 Student Summit
Find the talented, educated candidates you’re looking for at the industry’s leading Career Fair event in January.
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.
New Pulping and Paper Manufacturing Courses from TAPPI Academy eLearning
TAPPI’s online educational offerings have expanded by more than 20 new courses, each consisting of several modules, providing a large increase in opportunities to enhance industry knowledge.
Two Weeks Remain for TAPPI Press Fall Sale
Don't miss out on your chance to save 30% from now until November 30 on select publications from TAPPI Press.
PIMA Accepting Nominations for 2017 Woman of the Year Award
December 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for TAPPI/PIMA’s Woman of the Year award. The award recognizes women that have demonstrated excellence in leading, motivating, and developing others within the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, and related industries.