Weekly Spotlight
Appvion Receives Court Approval of First Day Motions to Support Ongoing Operations

Over the Wire

TAPPI

Thursday, October 06, 2017 - Member
Cristini
Company obtains interim access to $85 million new debtor-in-possession financing facility, Operations to continue in the ordinary course during restructuring process.
 
Irving Consumer Products Breaks Ground on $400 Million Tissue Plant in Georgia
"We’re excited to begin construction on this new plant. The plant will create over 200 permanent, skilled jobs and allow us to continue to meet our customers’ growing demands," said Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products.
 
National Museum of Industrial History Restoring Rare Fourdrinier Machine
Eighteen-foot-long, 84-year-old model (built in 1933) is mechanically sound, but will require several months of cleaning, troubleshooting, and minor repairs, plus connections to utilities and a supply of pulp.
 
AF&PA Statement on Administration Regulatory Agenda
AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman and Clearwater Paper Corp. President and CEO and AF&PA Board Chair Linda Massman issued a statement after attending the White House "Cut the Red Tape" event where VP Mike Pence outlined the administration’s regulatory agenda.
 
Print and Paper Packs a Punch in a Digital World
62% of global respondents to an international survey believe the switch to digital is because the sender wants to save money, not because it is "better for the environment".
 
Market Roundup
Brazil’s Production, Exports of Forest Products Grow in 2017
Performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper, on the order of 3.6% and 0.4%, respectively.
 
China’s Paper and Paper Products Profits up through August
Country’s paper and paper products business were up 39% y/y in January-August 2017.
 
Dwindling Numbers for Oregon’s Paper Industry
Paper manufacturing in Oregon has declined for decades, but remains an important industry in the U.S. state. Paper provides about 4,200 jobs in Oregon, down from 10,000 in 1976. In 1976, paper manufacturing accounted for more than 5% of Oregon’s manufacturing jobs; by 2016 its share was down to 2.3% of employment.
 
Nonwovens Forecast as Fastest Growth Area for Fluff Pulp over Next 10 Years
Global fluff pulp consumption in 2017 is 5.8 million air-dried metric tons and has a value of $4.6 billion, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira, U.K.
 
Paper Towel Dispenser Market to Grow at 3.61 % by 2021
There has been an increase in the number of hand paper towel dispenser manufacturers. Both local and international manufacturers are introducing various products, thus giving many options to users.
 
Prices for Ordinary Recovered Paper Grades Fall in Italy
August and September were very turbulent months when it came to ordinary recovered paper prices in Italy. The trend in prices for these grades is clearly pointing lower with sources saying that prices are plunging..
 
BASF Corporation
Pulp & Paper
BASF Concentrates European Production of Paper Coating Dispersions in Ludwigshafen and Hamina
As a result of this decision, BASF has signed a contract with Synthomer Austria, a subsidiary of the British specialty chemicals manufacturer Synthomer plc, for the sale of the BASF production site for styrene butadiene dispersions for paper coating in Pischelsdorf, Austria. The buyer will take over 42 employees at the site.
 
Coldwater Acquires CoorsTek Ceramic Drainage Elements Business
"The Paper Industry remains very important to CoorsTek, and we’ve had a very successful working relationship with Coldwater for many years. We are pleased to see the CoorsTek/Wilbanks reputation live on in their capable hands," said CoorsTek VP Dennis Cavanaugh.
 
Columbia Pulp Breaks Ground on Lyons Ferry Straw Pulp Mill
Described as the first modern mill of its kind in North America, the facility will produce commodity and specialty straw pulp for direct sale to paper and packaging manufacturers as an alternative to wood-based pulp material.
 
Final Rule on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Kraft Mills
AF&PA issues statement on final rule on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Kraft pulp mills, issued under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Residual Risk and Technology Review process.
 
Port Hawkesbury Paper Celebrates Five Years of Staying Open
There have been a few short market-related shutdowns in the past two years, but company officials have generally reported strong order books. The relative strength of the Canadian dollar has also helped the mill, which exports most of its product to the U.S.
 
Recent SEC Breach Amplifies Need for Paper Options
SEC Proposed Rule 30e-3 would eliminate the current default requirement for financial companies to transmit information to their investors in paper form.
 
Sappi Honored for Investments in Cloquet Mill
"We see a bright future for the mill," said Sappi North America CEO Mark Gardner. "We'll be growing in North America over the next few years."
 
Questions Go Unanswered Monday on Appleton Coated's Fate
On the fifth day, which was Monday, the court closed at 4:30 p.m. with nothing filed. Many questions linger about what’s going to be in the final documents according to the report. The judge had asked lawyers to have a modified purchase agreement complete in five business days.
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Graphic Packaging Completes Acquisition of Spain-Based Norgraft Packaging
Norgraft is a leading folding carton producer in Spain focused on the food and household goods markets.
 
IP to Halt Newsprint Production in Madrid, Switching to Containerboard
Reports indicate that the Spanish operation came to a halt during the middle and second half of September. The sites PM62 will be converted to production of containerboard slated to start in the fourth quarter of this year, as planned. The company is targeting a full ramp-up of the machine for early 2018.
 
Paperboard Packaging Alliance Announces 2018 Student Design Challenge Scenario
PPA Student Design Challenge is open to undergraduate packaging, industrial, and graphic design collegiate students in North America.
 
Seville Flexpack Acquired by Südpack
Südpack is one of Germany’s leading providers of flexible packaging.
 
New Products
Digital Servo Driver Improves Speed, Precision for Laser Beam Steering
Cambridge Technology Launches DC3000 Plus for laser marking applications.
 
Greycon Releases Demand Management Solution
Greycon Forecasting is based on Microsoft Business Intelligence technology on the back-end and the familiar Microsoft Excel on the front-end. Greycon Forecasting seamlessly integrates into your business and can be utilised as part of a complete solution with other Greycon products or as a stand-alone solution.
 
Troubleshooting Skills Training Software Modules Now Available in Spanish
Simutech Multimedia's September 2017 release makes all six of its electrical troubleshooting training software modules available in Spanish.
 
Ingredion Incorporated
Published Pricing
Solenis Raising Prices on Silicone Defoamers in North/South America
Company will increase prices on all silicone defoamers by 5% to 25%, depending on their silicone concentration.
 
Sustainability
Holmen Receives Global Sustainability Award
The Golden Peacock Awards jury made particular reference to Holmen’s absorption of carbon dioxide in its growing forest and the climate benefit from its products.
 
New Zealand Forest Management Companies Take First Initiative for Transparency
This is said to be timely in a context of a broader discussion to develop spatial data at FSC, but also could represent a breakthrough internationally in the forestry sector in general.
 
Tetra Pak publishes 2017 Sustainability Report
For the first time since it started publishing a Sustainability report in 2004, the company has adopted Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, the most widely-used international framework for measuring and communicating sustainability performance.
 
Universal Electric Corp.
People
Miele Named VP of Operations at Allnorth Americas
Jay Miele is a 30-year veteran of the pulp and paper sector. He will lead the operational expansion of Allnorth Americas from a new office in Alpharetta, Ga.
 
PCMC Names Wall Value Stream Leader of Flexographic Printing
Dave Wall brings in-depth knowledge and years of experience serving customers to his new role.
 
Naylor Association Solutions
TAPPI News
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Amec Foster Wheeler seeks Senior Process Engineer
Amec Foster Wheeler is seeking a Forest Industry Senior Process Engineer  for its Atlanta, Ga. or Greenville, S.C., USA  locations.
 
Nano 2018: Call for Abstracts Now Open
Share your latest technical developments and applications of renewable nanomaterials. Submission deadline is December 1.
 
Attend the Most Comprehensive Introductory Training in Tissue
Today and tomorrow (October 6) represent the deadline to save on registration for the TAPPI Tissue 101 course!
 
Apply for TAPPI Scholarships
TAPPI is now accepting applications for academic year 2018-2019 scholarships. Don’t miss this opportunity let us help fund your education!
 
Innovation versus Disruption. Where is our Industry Headed?
Find out when Robert Tiede keynotes PEERS 2017.