Weekly Spotlight
K-C to Close Tissue Mill at Fullerton, Calif.

Over the Wire


Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Member
Closure reportedly is part of a restructuring announced by Kimberly-Clark last month.
Appvion Enters into Sale Agreement with Group of Lenders
Purchaser to provide stalking horse bid in court-supervised sale process.
IP Named One of World's Most Ethical Companies for Twelfth Year
Ethisphere Institute recognition honors those who operate with purpose and incorporate integrity into their ecosystems.
100 North American Companies Remove "Go Paperless – Go Green" Claims
Two Sides’ anti-greenwash campaign reaches a milestone as more leading corporations change their marketing messages to recognize the sustainable features of print on paper.
Market Roundup
U.S. BSK, BHK Pulp Exports Soar through Fourth Quarter 2017
Country’s sharp rise in fourth quarter exports follow a mid-¬¨year plunge.
Confectionery Packaging Market to be Nearly $13,200 Million in 2027
Packaging market is nearly $9,200 million in 2017 and is anticipated to touch nearly $13,200 million in 2027, in the process exhibiting a CAGR of 3.7% during the 2017-2027 forecast period.
Canada’s NBSK Pulp Exports Hold Steady in 2017
NBSK pulp exports were unchanged y/y and down 2.6% to China..
BASF Corporation
Pulp & Paper
Andritz to Modernize DIP Line at Metsä Tissue, Finland
Andritz has received an order from Metsä Tissue to modernize and upgrade the existing deinked pulp (DIP) line at the Metsä Tissue mill in Mänttä, Finland.
Carta Fabril Starts up TM in Brazil with World’s Largest Steel Yankee
Andritz PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine with steel yankee dryer and steam-heated hood comes on line at Carta Fabril mill in Anápolis, Brazil.
Drenik Orders Second Recard Paper Machine for Mill in Hungary
Machine in a 1,850-m/min., 2,850-mm format, with a production capacity of 120 metric tpd.
Sappi Gratkorn Orders Valmet Wet End Rebuild for Mill in Austria
Goal of the rebuild is to improve paper machine (PM 9) efficiency, reliability, and energy efficiency.
XcelLine from Voith Provides High Performance Tissue Production at Recent Installations
Since 2015, customers around the world have purchased more than 20 machines, including the world’s fastest tissue machine with a steam-heated dryer hood.
Warehouse Specialist
Duni Acquires Biopac U.K.
Biopac is a supplier of sustainable disposable packaging for food and beverages in the U.K.
Golden West Packaging Acquires Fleetwood-Fibre Packaging & Graphics
Acquisition follows Golden West’s June 2017 acquisition of Northern California-based independent packaging producers.
SCA Launches Environmental Impact Study for New PM at Obbola Mill
New machine would increase production of kraftliner from 450,000 metric tpy to 850,000 metric tpy.
Smurfit Kappa Orders Valmet Cooking Plant Rebuild, BSW Equipment for Sweden Kraftliner Mill
Startup of the cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing equipment is planned for May 2019.
Valmet to Replace First-Ever Damatic Classic Automation System at Pankaboard Mill
Valmet automation system has been operating at mill in Finland since 1979. Valmet also will upgrade the mill's existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA.
Klabin Acquires Interest in Israeli Startup Melodea
Melodea is a pioneer in the technology for extracting cellulose nanocrystalline (CNC), a 100% biobased and renewable product.
WPT Nonwovens Chooses A.Celli Nonwovens for U.S. Investment
A.Celli will supply a latest-generation winding line for the production of nonwovens at WPT’s new facilities in Beaver Dam, Ky., USA.
New Products
AkzoNobel, Evonik Start JV for Chlorine and Potassium Hydroxide
New facility in Germany uses state-of-the-art membrane electrolysis technology to produce up to 120,000 metric tons of potassium hydroxide and 75,000 metric tons of chlorine per year, as well as hydrogen.
Mondi Relaunches IQ Intelligent Paper Brand
Brand update includes new logo, freshly designed ream wrappers, and new sales and marketing tools.
UPM Raflatac Introduces High Performing Adhesive for Chilled Food Labeling
RP48 AT performs well at a wide variety of temperatures, and excels at chilled conditions in particular, ensuring labels on food packaging remain firmly in place and retain their shelf appeal.
Toscotec S.p.A
Published Pricing
Solenis to Increase Prices on Polyacrylamides across North America, EMEA
Depending on the product, prices will increase by 3% to 7% in North America, and 5% to 10% across EMEA.
Sonoco Raising Paperboard Tube and Core Prices
Company will bump up prices by a minimum of 8%in the U.S. and Canada, effective with shipments beginning March 1, 2018.
Dunkin' Donuts to Eliminate Foam Cups Worldwide by 2020
New double-walled paper cups to phase into U.S. restaurants beginning spring 2018.
Philadelphia, Baltimore Schools Replace Polystyrene Plates with Molded Fiber Compostables
The American-made round plates now being used in school cafeterias are produced from 100% pre-consumer recycled paper fibers. The new plates, manufactured in Maine by Huhtamaki North America, are keeping 19 Million polystyrene serving items out of landfills.
UPM Raflatac Launches Plant-Based PE Film for Home, Personal Care
White plant-based material provides a sustainable alternative to fossil-based films for a wide variety of end uses.
Solaronics SA
Albany International Announces New CEO
Olivier Jarrault has been named president, CEO, and a member of the board to succeed Joseph G. Morone, effective March 2, 2018.
Cenveo Announces Management Appointments
Company announced the appointment of Mark S. Hiltwein as CFO, effective March 2018, and Ayman Zameli, Cenveo's EVP, Corporate Strategy and Capital Markets, as the company's chief restructuring officer (CRO).
Five Star Holding Appoints Ukropina CEO
Prior to joining Five Star, Ukropina was SVP overseeing Graphic Packaging's $2.4 billion Consumer Packaging Division, served as president of ASG-Worldwide, and held a variety of management positions within International Paper's packaging operations.
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TAPPI Industry Career Center: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Seeks Sales Technical Service & Applications Development Specialist
This position will be part of the Global Polyethylene Application Group at Chevron Phillips in Bartlesville, Okla., USA.
Gain Insight into the State of the Nonwovens Industry at NETInc 2018
Curious about what new opportunities exist in the nonwovens industry? What about current trends in the North American nonwovens market? Attend NETInc 2018 and gain insight into the current state of the Nonwovens Industry.
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Spring Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability (YDRSC) Meeting to be Held March 19-20
TAPPI members can attend the Spring Meeting at no charge, and visitors may attend one time as a guest.