Weekly Spotlight
G-P Brewton Mill Completes $388 Million Energy Improvement Project

Over the Wire


Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Member
Company is investing an additional $50 million for upgrades to its paperboard machine, to begin this summer.
ST Tissue Announces Major Expansion of Virginia Plant
Addition of 50,000-tpy crepe tissue machine, downstream converting line fuels growth, fills needs of Away from Home customers.
Bear Island Newsprint Mill to Indefinitely Close
Company blames the closure on "difficult market pricing, challenging cost fundamentals, and declining demand."
Dr. Ragauskas Receives Distinguished Service Award for Bioenergy Research
UC Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology recognizes Dr. Art Ragauskas of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for collaborative research related to bioenergy and pretreatment topics.
Schalka, CEO of Suzano, Named Latin American CEO of the Year
Walter Schalka has been named three-time winner for transparent business practices.
Global Paper Industry Meets to Advance Priorities
AF&PA joins global paper industry executives and CEOs in Germany for the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations annual meeting and eighth International CEO Roundtable.
Valmet Hires Record Number of Summer Trainees
Nearly 500 young people will work and train for the summer in Finland.
Market Roundup
North American P&W Paper Demand Slides 9.2% in April
Demand for P&W paper in North America during the first four months of 2017 was off 6.4%.
Flexible Packaging Market to Reach $131-plus Billion by 2022
Global market projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% during the next five years.
Russia BSK, BHK Pulp Exports Down in Q1 2017
BSK pulp exports fell 0.7% through the first quarter, while BHK pulp exports declined 13%.
BASF Corporation
Pulp & Paper
Andritz to Supply TAD Tissue Machine to First Quality Tissue
PrimeLineTAD machine with complete stock preparation will be installed at company's mill in Lock Haven, Pa. Startup is scheduled for 2019.
Clariant, Huntsman to Combine in Merger of Equals
Combination of companies, to be named HuntsmanClariant, will create a leading global specialty chemicals company with sales of some $13.2 billion.
CO2 Solutions Provides Update on Greenhouse Carbon Capture Project
Project involves deployment of a carbon capture unit at a pulp mill in the Saint-Félicien region of Quebec, and reuse of captured CO2 by a greenhouse facility.
Hansol Contracts Valmet for Off-Machine Coater Rebuild in South Korea
The goal of the rebuild is to convert the paper mill for thermal paper production. Startup is scheduled for 2018.
Orchids Paper Comments on Unusual Trading Activity
Board member sells 215,000 shares of company’s stock between May 12 – 22, 2017.
Paper Prime Starts up Toscotec AHEAD Tissue Machine in Portugal
Startup of new TM 1 with a 16-ft.-dia steel yankee dryer went smoothly and on time.
Warehouse Specialist
BillerudKorsnäs Fluting Production at Gruvön up and Running
Mill earlier experienced a major breakdown in the digester at its semichemical pulp line at the Gruvön mill in Sweden. The problem has now been resolved.
BillerudKorsnäs to Install Valmet Pulp Dewatering, Pulper Feed System at Gruvön
Order is part of an investment in the mill’s new board machine and rebuild of the existing pulp mill at the Gruvön site in Sweden.
Iberpapel to invest EUR 180 million in Production of Flexible Packaging Paper
Spain–based company will proceed with Project Hernani, which involves the installation of a new machine/yankee dryer for production of MG paper to be used in the manufacture of flexible packaging.
Not Just Paper: Beverage Cartons Can Be Used to Make Dispensers
At the Pulire exhibition, Lucart presents an example of circular economy unprecedented in Italy. The sustainability and innovation of this product have allowed Lucart to win the coveted EU Ecolabel award.
Pöyry Awarded Engineering Services for Smurfit Kappa PM 1 Modification at Roermond, Netherlands
Assignment includes process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, automation, and instrumentation engineering.
Sonoco Named a "Best for Vets" Company
A certified Palmetto Military Employer, Sonoco recognizes the valuable skills U.S. military veterans bring to its team, including a strong work ethic, loyalty, and unwavering determination to be the best.
Tetra Pak Launches First Customer Innovation Center in Asia
New center in Singapore will help food and beverage brands develop and test innovative solutions through simulations.
New Products
GP PRO Debuts Dixie Ultra SmartStock System Solutions
A revolutionary solution helps increase food safety and reduce waste.
Solenis Launches G1.5 Kymene 500LV Wet-Strength Resin
G1.5 Kymene 1500LV, a new generation of wet-strength resin, delivers high performance, high solids, and low VOC in accordance with recent compliance standards and government regulations.
Voith Launches New VECO-Drive for Compressors and Pumps
Peak component efficiency of 97% saves energy costs by more than EUR 100,000/yr. Easy motor start protects grid from high inrush currents. Smaller main motor rating saves capital expenditures.
Spraying Systems Co.
Universal Electric Corp.
Greenbelt Resources, Andrew J. Young Foundation to Co-Develop Duckweed Biorefinery
Project will focus on growing duckweed as a cash crop and selling it as a biofeed to the new biorefinery in southeast U.S.
Sweden Opens First Hydrocracker for Forestry-Based Green Liquid Fuels
Country’s first slurry hydrocracker for forestry-based green diesel was opened this past week in Piteå. Here, academics, institutes, and the private sector can test the technology for producing green fuels, e.g., from lignin oils or other types of bio-oils.
Hämälä Named President, CEO of Metsä Group
Ilkka Hämälä has worked for Metsä Group since 1988. Since 2008, he has been the CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy and a member of the Metsä Group Executive Management Team.
IP Names Gutierrez VP of Investor Relations
Gutierrez joined IP in 1994 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in finance, sales, marketing, supply chain, and general management.
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TAPPI Journal Editorial Board Selects Best Research Paper Runner Up
Appearing in the October 2016 issue, TAPPI Journal editorial board members selected the research paper for its insight into the commercial functionality of polyvinyl alcohol nanowebs.
Enhancing Functionality of Cellulose Nanomaterials
Hear the latest advances in these areas and more at Nano 2017 in June.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Tate & Lyle Seeks Applications Development Specialist
Tate & Lyle is seeking an Applications Development Specialist for its Decatur, Ill., USA, location.
Panel to Share Water Usage Benchmark and Reduction Goals at Tissue 2017 Conference
Gain valuable insight on water usage in the tissue industry from an expert panel at TAPPI and RISI's Tissue 2017 Conference and Expo Oct. 3-6, 2017, in Miami, Fla., USA, at the Eden Roc Resort.
Now Available from TAPPI Press: Book Chronicles Interesting Firm's History
New book chronicles the history of Longview Fibre Company.