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Explosion Rocks IP’s Cantonment, Fla., Mill

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Member
Pulp mill explosion at International Paper's lightweight containerboard and specialty fluff pulp mill sprayed chemical pulping contents across nearby roads and property areas, and caused significant structural damage to a digester and the facility's power plant.
WestRock to Buy Multi Packaging Solutions for $1.39 Billion
Deal will boost WestRock's exposure to the fast growing healthcare market as well as the spirits, confectionary, and cosmetics markets.
Stora Enso Reconsiders Plans to Build Chemical Pulp Mill in Beihai, China
Company is removing authorization for a new hardwood chemical pulp mill from its investment permit. The final decision is still subject to the decision of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors.
New Report Explores Growth of Second-Generation Biofuel Facilities
For more than a century, fossil fuels have been the primary source of a wide array of products, including fuels, lubricants, chemicals, waxes, pharmaceuticals and asphalt. In recent decades, questions about the impacts of fossil fuel reliance have led to research into alternative feedstocks for the sustainable production of those products, and liquid fuels in particular.
Buckman Announces New CEO, Board Leadership
Steven Buckman, president/CEO, will retire effective April 28, 2017. Junai Maharaj, managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East, and Africa, will become CEO, and Kathy Buckman Gibson, International president and COO, will become chairman of the board.
Market Roundup
Global Coated Paper Market Worth $7.18 Billion by 2021
New report projects that the global coated paper market will reach $7.18 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 3.2% from 2016 to 2021.
China Output of Paper and Board at All-Time High
China’s total output of 123.19 million metric tons in 2016 was up 3.1% y/y.
U.S. Households Able to Recycle Food and Beverage Cartons Now at 60%
Currently 60% of U.S. households are able to recycle food and beverage cartons through their local recycling programs.
$25 Billion Global Protective Packaging Market Poised for Steady Growth
Demand for flexible protective packaging products is expected to dominate the global market throughout the forecast period, 2016 -2026.
South Korea’s BHK, BSK Pulp Imports Decline
BHK pulp imports were down 5% y/y in 2016, with BSK imports falling 4% y/y.
Global Specialty Paper Market to Grow at 4.37% CAGR, 2017-2021
Report covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global specialty paper market for the next five years. To calculate the market size, the report considers the volume of specialty paper produced by the vendors for application in various sectors. The market is divided into three segments based on geography—Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
Safety Hats - Direct Digital Manufacturing Services
Pulp & Paper
Andritz Rebuilds Sludge Screw Press at Stora Enso Anjala Mill
Turnkey upgrade of the sludge screw press included dismantling of the baskets and shaft, rebuild of the baskets with new screen plates, overhaul of the counter-pressure unit, supply of all parts needed for the overhaul, as well as erection of the unit.
Catalyst Paper Receives Final Order for Recapitalization and Privatization
Supreme Court of British Columbia has issued its final order approving the company's recapitalization and privatization pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
CNG's Lindenmeyr Munroe Division Acquires KFI Technology
KFI Technology is known as the source for "Everything Wide-Format," serving one of the printing industry's fastest growing market segments with equipment and supplies for wide-format printing, sign and display, exhibit/trade show graphics, and reprographic services.
Two New Toscotec Tissue Machines Delivered to Vinda Paper in China
TM 3 and TM 4 will be installed at Vinda's Longyou mill. The machines are scheduled to begin installation in the spring and complete startup in mid-2017.
Valmet to Supply Defibrator System to Luso Finsa in Portugal
"As we have had an EVO-56 defibrator for 10 years, we know that the system works well and it was natural to choose the same system also in this new project. The operational cost of the system is low and Valmet was able to handle the short delivery time we needed," said Manuel Mera Franqueiro, technical manager at Finsa.
Universal Electric Corp.
Crown Paper Announces Promotions, Investments, Improvements at Montebello Container
Montebello Container Corp., a Southern California-based corrugated sheet producer, was acquired by Crown Paper in September 2015.
Iggesund Paperboard No. 21 on Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations Index
Reaching the position on Global 100 is especially important for Iggesund Paperboard. The company’s products, Invercote and Incada, are targeting the high end packaging segment where a good track record in sustainability is a valuable asset.
Oji Fibre Solutions to Build New Plant in Australia
"It will expand our packaging business in Australia, allowing us to better service existing customers and to grow new customers in this part of Australia," CEO Jon Ryder said. Facility will supply corrugated packaging products to end use markets throughout Queensland, northern NSW, and the Northern Territory.
Sappi, Felix Schoeller to Jointly Develop Sustainable Packaging
Two companies will be combining their unique competencies in their respective business fields in the future to provide brand owners with more sustainable and more efficient packaging solutions for their products.
Smurfit Kappa Designs Win Five WorldStar Awards
This year's awards demonstrate the breadth of innovation across Smurfit Kappa's EMEA network and are comprised of winners from Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Denmark.
Valmet to Supply Three Board Machine Rebuilds in North America
Goals of the rebuilds are to increase production and the use of recycled and non-bleached fibers. Startups of the rebuilt board machines are scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
WestRock to Divest Home, Health and Beauty Business for $1.025 Billion
Silgan Holdings will purchase the WestRock business for $1.025 billion in cash, plus the assumption of approximately $25 million in foreign pension liability. WestRock expects to receive net after-tax proceeds from the divestiture of approximately $1 billion.
Nanofibers Developed for Healing Bone Fractures
In the future, it may be possible to use nanofibers to improve the attachment of bone implants, or the fibers may be used directly to scaffold bone regeneration.
Reebok Introduces Sublite Cushion Tactical Line of Lightweight, Responsive Duty Footwear
Lline of tactical footwear is designed for law enforcement and first responder professionals.
New Products
A.Celli "Steps into the Future" with Sinamics Upgrades
Migrating from Simovert to Sinamics will improve the safety and performance of A.Celli plants.
Mohawk Announces New Lower Minimum Order Quantities for Premium Envelopes
Beginning immediately, customers can order as little as 1,000 envelopes in standard sizes, even if that envelope is not in stock.
Sulzer’s At-Speed Balancing Facility Achieves 20 Years in Service
As an integral part of the diagnostic and repair process for large rotating components, this facility offers plant owners and OEMs a specialty service that ensures continued reliability.
Thiele Showcasing SWF TF 600V Tray Former
Tray Former offers customers unsurpassed efficiency, with speeds up to 60 trays per min. The compact footprint is ideal for box rooms, and the machine’s portability gives customers the flexibility to change settings based on their needs.
UPM Raflatac Introduces Residue-Free Textile Label Adhesive RP38 TXL
New adhesive ensures that labels stay in place without discoloring the fabric or leaving residue when removed.
Valmet Introduces Renewed Version of IQ Web Monitoring System
Web monitoring system is now more compact in size. Its enhanced features provide pulp and papermakers with higher-quality images than before for analysis purposes, enabling them to take virtually instantaneous corrective measures. These features maximize production line efficiency and product quality.
Verso Introduces Ideal TrueJet Line of Uncoated Inkjet Roll Papers
Ideal TrueJet is a specialized line of uncoated inkjet roll papers for commercial printers and document centers with high-speed inkjet printers.
Voith WebDetect-nx Reliably Protects Against Machine Damage
Voith develops dependable web break detection with innovative multi-light sensor measuring process.
Published Pricing
Solenis Increases Process Chemical, PAM Product Prices in Asia Pacific
A 5%-10% increase will occur on select process chemicals and PAMs, while varying increases can be expected for different products and countries where there has been significant local currency devaluation.
Avery Dennison ClearIntent™ Portfolio Enables Sustainability Improvements
ClearCut™ adhesive technology combined with an FSC-liner offers improved sustainability with no compromise on performance. Company has more than 1,100 FSC-certified label constructions offered, including bio-based PE film made from plant-based feedstock, which avoids the use of petroleum resources.
Company Stores Lipstick in FSC-certified Paper Packaging
"Think about it. You may use a lipstick for three months. But that plastic tube will last for hundreds of years. That’s really awful. So I wanted to see if something can be done about it," said the co-owner of Rocky Mountain Soap Co. The company uses a paper-based biodegradable pot that can handle waxy substances.
Stora Enso Awarded Position on Supplier Climate A List
The group has been awarded a position on the Supplier Climate A List by CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. Stora Enso is among 3% of corporations participating in CDP’s supply chain program to be awarded a position on the list.
UPM BioVerno and GrowDex® Chosen as Examples of Nordic Bioeconomy
Wood-based UPM BioVerno reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%, which corresponds to 250,000 metric tons less CO2 emissions annually or 80,000 cars removed from European roads. GrowDex is suitable for various cell culture purposes, especially for 3D cell culturing that can replace animal testing.
Pick Heaters, Inc.
Aukeman Promoted to TricorBraun Package Qualification Manager
Company promoted Gregg Aukeman to package qualification manager and expanded the packaging quality team by hiring Ryan Fichuk as packaging quality engineer. Aukeman has been with TricorBraun since 2014.
Homoelle Presented First John S. Michelman Award for Technical Contributions
John B. Homoelle, outgoing director of new technology and regulatory affairs at Michelman, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, became the first recipient of the company’s Dr. John S. Michelman Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions.
Janssen Joins MOCON as SVP, Sales and Marketing
Maurice Janssen has joined the company as its SVP of global sales and marketing and will be based at the company's headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., USA.
Monadnock Hires New Senior Product Manager in R&D
Dr. Fuushern Wuu has joined the company as senior product manager in its R&D, Technical Services Department. Wuu is the author of several patents and has extensive experience with wet-end paper chemistry and specialty coatings.
Naylor Association Solutions
In Memoriam: Bengt Leopold
Dr. Leopold was very active in TAPPI. He joined TAPPI in 1956 and served on a number of committees, including as chairman of the Research and Development Division. Ten years later he assumed the editorship of TAPPI Journal.
Fiber Polymer Composites Event to Include Cellulose Nanocomposites Workshop
Learn about the opportunities that lignocellulosic nanomaterials and nanocomposites offer.
Minimize Downtime Using Six Steps
Learn how to stay on budget and reduce downtime with this partnership training from TAPPI and IDCON.
TAPPI and Check Five Productions Offer Exclusive Flexography Training Opportunities
The series starts in March, beginning with the Monitoring and Controlling Color in the Pressroom course.
Improve Corrugator Performance at the 2017 Best Practices on the Corrugator Course
This TAPPI course focuses on current trends, new production needs, managing all resources required to be highly productive, maximizing "up" time, and increasing run speeds. It’s all about runnability - eliminating the roadblocks to maximum output.
Enhance Your Industry Library
Whether you are a seasoned professional, or someone just starting out in the papermaking industry, the Papermaking Science and Technology book series is a must have for your personal or professional library.
Honor a Young Professional
The deadline is rapidly approaching to nominate a young industry leader with TAPPI’s Top Outstanding Young Professionals Contest. Are you or someone you know a potential nominee?