Weekly Spotlight
Sappi Announces $165 million PM Rebuild at Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine

Over the Wire


Thursday, February 09, 2017 - Member
Significant investment in the State of Maine will increase the Somerset Mill’s production capacity by 180,000 metric tpy, and further enhance its offering to graphic paper and the consumer packaging markets.
UPM to Shut 305,000 Metric TPY of Graphic Paper Capacity in Europe
Company will permanently close PM 3 at UPM Steyrermühl, Austria, and PM 2 at UPM Augsburg, Germany.
AF&PA Responds to Media Reports on Fluorinated Chemistry
AF&PA reported that its member companies do not use older, long-chained fluorinated chemistries such as PFOA and PFOS in the production of food contact paper and paperboard.
PCA Celebrates150th Anniversary
This year marks Packaging Corporation of America’s 150th year, with roots that trace back to 1867, when the North Star Mill was founded in Quincy, Ill., USA.
Invitation to Participate in Interlaboratory Study on Cellulose Nanomaterials
Interested participants should email or call Stephanie Beck at FPInnovations to let her know that you would like to participate in this study. Indicate whether you would like to participate in the acid-soluble metals or the ash determination ILC study, or both, by Feb. 10, 2017.
Market Roundup
USA Tissue Tracker: December Operating Rates Fall Despite Higher Shipments
Converted product shipments and parent roll production increased y/y while operating rates dropped m/m to 90.0%, below the 10-yr. average for December.
N.A. P&W Paper Shipment/Capacity Rate Plunges
Rate plunged to 84% and producers’ stocks soared in December 2016. Demand in 2016 was down 3.9%.
Global Synthetic Paper Market to Reach $595.3 Million by 2025
The Global Synthetic Paper Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 7.8% during the next decade.
Russian BSK Pulp Exports Rise
Bleached softwood kraft pulp exports were up 6.5% y/y through the first 11 months of 2016. Russia’s BHK pulp exports to China during that period were down 12% -17%.
Safety Hats - Direct Digital Manufacturing Services
Pulp & Paper
Andritz MeWa to Supply Pulper Rag Processing Line to Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel
Pulper rags are a very tightly entangled mechanical compound of metallic and non-metallic components formed during pulping of recovered paper or pulp in the vortex center of a pulper.
Fortress Paper Makes Early Repayment of $25,000,000 Debenture
Company has repaid in full the unsecured convertible debenture in the aggregate principal amount of $25,000,000 issued by the company in favor of Fonds de solidarité FTQ (FSTQ).
Lecta to Replace Specialty Papers Coating Machine with New Line
Barcelona, Spain, mill will replace its existing P1 coating machine for thermal papers with a new line to be installed at its Leitza, Spain, plant in the beginning of 2018.
Sappi to Boost Dissolving Wood Pulp Capacity by 30%
Company said his week that it would continue to invest in South Africa and develop its dissolving wood pulp at the Ngodwana and Saiccor operations.
Wärtsilä to Supply 55 MW Combined Heat and Power Plant to Russian P&P Mill
Wärtsilä’s scope covers an extended engineering and equipment delivery (EEQ), and includes Wärtsilä 50SG engines running on natural gas.
Warehouse Specialist
AR Metallizing's SilberBoard Wins European Business Award
Company has been awarded Belgian National Champion status in the category Environmental and Corporate Sustainability for its innovative and sustainable packaging board, SilberBoard.

Mondi Group Acquires Excelsior Technologies
Mondi has acquired 100% of the outstanding share capital of Excelsior Technologies Ltd., U.K., from funds managed by Endless LLP and certain other minority shareholders, for a total consideration of £33 million (EUR 38 million).
Mondi Extends Heavy Duty Corrugated Offering to Polish Market
Company will reinforce its heavy duty corrugated capabilities in Europe with investments in its Mondi Simet plant near Poznań, Poland.
Rengo Makes Asahi Shiko a Wholly-Owned Corrugated Subsidiary
Company has acquired all of Nippon Paper Industries’ shares of Rengo consolidated subsidiary Asahi Shiko Co. (Konosu-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan).
Stora Enso Installing PE Extrusion Plant, Automated Roll Warehouse at Imatra Mills
With this investment, Stora Enso aims to increase and meet increasing customer demand for food service board and liquid packaging board.
Stora Enso Invests EUR 28 Million in Heinola Fluting
Investment improves quality as well as increases production capacity of company's AvantFlute SC product portfolio. Implementation of the investment is scheduled to start immediately with completion in the second quarter of 2018.
New Products
Clockwork Solutions Announces New Cloud-Based Predictive Analytics Platform
New cloud based release combines real-time and historical data for the most holistic view future maintenance and operational demands for strategic assets and fleets.
James Cropper Showcase Includes Tailor Made Service, Kendal Manilla Boards
Tailor Made was launched to allow brands to work with James Cropper to develop unique, custom-made paper solutions for brand presentation and packaging.
Open Systems Announces TRAVERSE Flex-Pack
New product is an integrated accounting, distribution, and manufacturing software, designed for the flexible packaging industry.
Published Pricing
Sappi Hikes Prices for European Coated/Uncoated Fine Papers
Company announces a price increase of 8% for all European coated and uncoated fine paper business, both sheets and reels, effective March 15, 2017.
Sealed Air Raises Price of N.A. Product Care Packaging
Company is implementing a price increase of 4% for the majority of its North American Product Care Division packaging products, effective March 1, 2017.
Sonoco Announces First Wooden Plugs Price Increase in Six Years
Company is implementing a general price increase for both new and recycled molded wooden plugs in the U.S. and Canada--the first price increase for its plug products since 2011. The price increase is expected to be in the range of 6%-8%.
Focus on Sustainable Procurement Intensifies across Globe
According to the EcoVadis/HEC Barometer Survey, 50% of sustainable procurement leaders experienced increased revenue from sustainability initiatives, a 33% increase over non-leaders.
U.S. Paper, Wood Product Companies Build on Sustainability Progress
AF&PA announces greenhouse gas reduction goal of 20% by 2020 under Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Initiative.
Pick Heaters, Inc.
Andritz Appoints von Laer new CFO
Supervisory Board Names Mark von Laer new CFO, effective March 1, 2017.
Bray Receives ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award
"Jack was nominated for this award as he is known in the industry for his leadership and mentorship, whether working with employees or the supplier base," said Keith Kemp, ASPI president and VP of global sales for AstenJohnson Advanced Fabrics.
Crown Holdings Announces Senior Management Changes
Gerard H. Gifford has been appointed EVP and COO, effective April 1, 2017.He will continue to report to Timothy J. Donahue, president and CEO, and will be responsible for the Americas and European Divisions. Didier Sourisseau, currently SVP of Food Europe, will be promoted to president of Crown Europe.
Graphic Packaging’s Doss Named ASPI Customer Executive of the Year
The Customer Executive of the Year Award is the highest honor that ASPI can bestow on an individual. The award is presented annually to a customer executive who has worked diligently within his company, and with his company’s suppliers, to dramatically increase the benefits to his company of its supplied goods and services.
Lopez Appointed to Avery Dennison Board of Directors
"We’re extremely pleased to welcome Andres to our board," said Peter K. Barker, chair of the Governance and Social Responsibility Committee of the Avery Dennison Board of Directors. "He brings more than 30 years of experience in the global markets for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical packaging."
Mondi’s Group CEO Hathorn to Retire, Oswald to Succeed Him
David Hathorn, Group CEO, has informed the company’s boards of his decision to retire. Peter Oswald, currently an executive director and CEO of the Europe & International Division, will succeed Hathorn as Group CEO.
Tembec Appoints Gignac New Director
Pierre Gignac joins Tembec's Board with broad international experience and expertise in enterprise risk management, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and finance.
Naylor Association Solutions
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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn the latest and greatest in corrugator technology at the 2017 TAPPI Best Practices Course.
Put Your Brand in the Spotlight
Showcase your products to more than 150 key decision makers from across the paper industry at Specialty Papers 2017.
Just How Organized is Your Parts and Stock Room?
Improving how you manage the spare parts and materials in your organization reduces maintenance costs, time, and parts inventory.
Get Published in Three Easy Steps
Make your basic or applied research papers accessible to the global academic community with TAPPI Journal.
Analyze Tissue Plant Layout Troubles from the Comfort of Your Seat
The Tissue 203: Converting System Analysis and Simulation course features an exclusive opportunity to use the latest technology for pinpoint problems and minimize bottlenecks.
Results are in for the 2016 TAPPI Industry Compensation Survey
Preliminary results for TAPPI’s Industry Compensation Survey are now available. Compare your compensation to others, see salary and benefit trends, and evaluate your potential career growth.
Marcus Shingles to Deliver Keynote at PaperCon
Are you ready for exponential change? Do you have a strategy for handling the many changes facing your business in the future? Marcus Shingles, CEO at XPRIZE, will give you insight on exponential innovation trends, how they will disrupt industries, and business strategies to navigate the change during his keynote presentation at PaperCon 2017.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Sappi North America seeks Sr. Research Assistant/Associate Research Fellow
Sappi North America is searching for a Sr. Research Assistant/Associate Research Fellow in Pulping, Bleaching and Recovery for its Westbrook, Maine location