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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Member
Cristini
Company advances delivery of second production line by three weeks and consolidates its global leadership in the sector.
 
Domtar Inaugurates Second Generating Unit at Canadian Mill
Startup of Domtar's second generating unit, built for $36 million, will improve efficiency of energy produced from renewable resources at the company's Windsor, Que., Canada, mill, while reducing overall production costs.
 
IP Contributes $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Company to also donate more than 100,000 boxes to aid relief.
 
Thirty Three Companies Join VTT to Develop Sustainable Forest Products
Future Fiber Products project coordinated by VTT will transform laboratory-scale results into pilot-scale demonstrations for products and processes with a low carbon footprint. It will also explore how the current paper and board production infrastructure can be utilized in the field of new packaging solutions, non-woven materials, porous insulation materials, or even as replacements for EPS-based materials.
 
APP Denies Plan to Buy Eldorado Brasil
Parent Sinar Mas Group denies it was planning to buy pulp maker Eldorado Brasil Celulose.
 
Veritiv Celebrates Toilet Paper Day with 25,000 Roll Donation to Love Rolls
Contribution is the third largest corporate donation in the history of Love Rolls.
 
Nirmala Sitharaman: India's Paper Industry Needs to Reformulate, Continue Progressing
Union Minister asked paper manufacturers to "reformulate" business models and make use use of degraded land to plant trees that can be availed as raw material by the industry.
 
Market Roundup
World Pulp Shipments a Mixed Bag through July 2017
Shipments were up 5.2% y/y, but down 11% m/m.
 
Student Spending on Textbooks Falls to $579 During 2016-2017 Academic Year
 
China’s Paper/Paperboard Sector Profits up in First Seven Months of 2017
Total profits were up 39% y/y through July 2017--the smallest gain for the sector this year.
 
BASF Corporation
Pulp & Paper
Coldenhove Installs New Pulper
Paper mill in the Netherlands replaces 25-year old pulper with new unit that ensures a 30% increase in production with consistently high quality.
 
DS Smith Completes Acquisition of Interstate Resources
"We look forward to working with all Interstate stakeholders and building a successful business in North America, as part of DS Smith’s overall growth strategy," Miles Roberts, DS Smith group chief executive, stated.
 
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy Acquires Hydro Facilities from Madison Paper
Eagle Creek has acquired the 9-MW Anson and 19-MW Abenaki facilities located on the Kennebec River in Madison, Anson, and Starks, Maine. The two facilities were part of the Madison Paper mill complex and formerly provided power to the mill until it closed in May 2016.
 
India's Paper Sector Capacity Expansion Hit by Pulp Wood Shortage
Industry sees potential in tissue paper and packaging boards, but needs access to raw materials.
 
James Cropper in Bloom at Turkish Tulips Exhibition
Papermaker supplies paper for Turkish Tulips exhibition at the Bowes Museum in England.
 
Online Shopping Prompts Japan Pulp to Invest in India
Japan's biggest paper trader, Japan Pulp and Paper, is set to launch a recycling business in India, collecting and selling used paper. The company will establish a used-paper collection facility near the western Indian city of Mumbai by year's end at a cost of nearly 100 million yen ($920,000).
 
Pöyry Investor Partnership Process Results in Spinnova, Fibria Joining Forces
Innovative startup company and leading eucalyptus pulp producer connected for new high-value bio-based products.
 
Valmet Technology Plays Key role at Metsä’s New Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill
Equipment delivered by Valmet represents the latest technology and is highly energy-efficient. The gasification technology and recovery boiler will maximize the use of bioenergy and make the pulp mill totally fossil fuel-free. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line, and lime kiln are the largest in Europe.
 
Voith Digital Solutions Opens High-Tech Digital Campus in Raleigh, N.C.
Ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural event was held at Research Triangle location.
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Atlantic Packaging Forms Strategic Partnership with York Container
"Atlantic is always looking for progressive and well-managed companies to team up with. We feel that York Container is a wonderful addition to our partnership portfolio," said Irving Granovsky, chairman of Atlantic Packaging.
 
Label Technology Installs PCMC Fusion C Flexographic Press
The Fusion C press saves space and cost with a smaller footprint and fewer parts.
 
More Details on PM 3 Conversion from Fine Paper to Krafliner at Wallula Mill
The conversion of PM 3 to kraftliner production would provide the company with "much needed linerboard capacity" and enable further optimization and enhancement of PCA's mill capacity and corrugated box plant operations, said Mark Kowlzan, PCA chairman and CEO.
 
The Packaging Co. Named Finalist for Canada Post E-commerce Awards
Disruptive Canadian packaging firm recognized for innovation in custom packaging for online retailers of any size.
 
Nanotechnology
Pöyry, Betulium Sign Bio-Based Business Cooperation Agreement
Pöyry and Betulium share common objectives in the bioindustry: together they have the know-how and experience which can be used especially in the field of nanocellulose for composites, plastics, and similar materials, as well as for wood-based nanocellulose and material testing in both the forest and chemical industries.
 
Scientists Create Touch-Powered Paper Platform for Microfluidic POC Diagnostics
The SPED format is based on microfluidic channels in which electrochemically detected colorimetric assays are carried out. The SPED structure is created in two layers. The top layer is composed of untreated cellulose paper with patterned hydrophobic domains in which the microfluidic channels wick up the sample for testing.
 
New Products
Elopak Launches Pure-Pak Cartons with Natura LifeT by Stora Enso
New paperboard retains natural brown color of the wood fibers and has a visible fiber structure.
 
K-C Launches IdeaStorm Brainstorming Tool to Help Teams Innovate
Kimberly-Clark’s IdeaStorm is a new, dynamic brainstorming tool that unlocks the power of different thinking styles.
 
Ingredion Incorporated
Published Pricing
NORPAC Announces Price Increase for Newsprint Grades
Price of 30 lb. (48.8 gsm) standard newsprint will increase by $30.00 per metric ton, effective Oct. 1, 2017.
 
Resolute Increases Price of White Paper Grades
Paper grades will increase by $35/short ton.
 
UPM Announces Price Increase for SC and Coated GW Grades
The transaction price of supercalendered (SC) grades will increase $2.00/cwt, including all basis weights and finishes. The transaction price of coated groundwood grades will increase $1.00/cwt, including all basis weights and finishes.
 
Sustainability
Agroindustrial Waste Can be Used for Housing and Infrastructure
Agroindustrial waste, which includes biomass left over from the initial logging process at a paper or paper products mill, has been demonstrated to created durable housing and infrastructure for those in need. A project focusing on the use of non-toxic materials and sustainable production has already created fiber cement panels and biomass particleboard for multiple uses.
 
Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites
Surprisingly perhaps, landfill sites share many of the same characteristics as the digestive systems of animals: they are dark, anoxic, or un-oxygenated spaces, with a high content of cellulose from paper and wood products.
 
For India, a New Score in both Energy and Waste Management
The rapidly industrializing / highly populated nation is expected to make a strong impact on future world markets. In a move that signals a preference for biofuels (related to prosperity in the Indian forest industry), the nation has recently moved towards the use of more green energy, including cellulosic ethanol in place of their liquid fuels.
 
Total Corbion Now Producing PLA Bioplastics from Sugarcane
Latest achievement allows converters and brand owners to use a certified PLA (poly lactic acid) bioplastic that has been produced from sugarcane grown supporting the principles of sustainable agriculture.
 
Universal Electric Corp.
People
Insteness Promoted to Director, Business Development at AWT Labels & Packaging
Insteness is deeply networked in the Healthcare and OEM market segments from his 20+ years' experience in package engineering and design across multiple industries.
 
Maxcess Names Irons Global Product Manager for Webex
Darren Irons named global product manager for the Webex Precision Rolls Division of Maxcess.
 
University of Maine Names Irving Woodlands Professor
University of Maine at Fort Kent and Irving Woodlands LLC partner to enhance forestry research. A University of Maine system graduate, Neil Thompson is no stranger to the diverse research being conducted in the woodlands of Maine.
 
Naylor Association Solutions
TAPPI News
High Demand for CorrExpo 2017
Interest, and registrations, for the corrugated event of the year keeps growing.
 
TAPPI Members Get Special Discount at Specialty Papers US
TAPPI members enjoy a special 15% discount at the 2017 Specialty Papers US Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., USA. They will join other specialty paper professionals to learn the latest technologies, processes, and methods available in the industry.
 
TAPPI on a Roll with Tissue Training
The TAPPI Training team has been working with many exceptional, recognized experts in the dynamic and growing tissue industry to deliver several educational opportunities that will be of interest specifically for those involved in operations. Learn more about the four upcoming tissue courses.
 
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