Weekly Spotlight
Whole Oceans to Convert Closed Verso Paper Mill in Maine to Salmon Farm

Over the Wire


Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Member
Company purchases mill site in Bucksport, Maine; plans to commercially grow Atlantic salmon with land-based aquaculture operation. Maine-based company has already pre-sold 100% of production for the next 10 years.
SEC Paperless Rulemaking: Consumer Groups Set Record Straight with Congress
Groups call on key appropriators to approve U.S. Senate language blocking rule 30e-3, which would make electronic delivery the default for investment reports; groups instead urge streamlined, investor-friendly report format recommended by SEC advisory committee.
Kruger Ranked No. 2 on Forbes' "Canada's Best Employers" List 2018
The Company is dedicated to finding new ways to engage with, develop, and grow employees.
Sappi Releases "True or False" Guide about Coated and Uncoated Paper
New educational resource challenges preconceived notions about paper.
Market Roundup
North American P&W Paper Demand Down 6% y/y in January
Printing and writing paper shipments/capacity ratio was 91% versus 90% a year ago.
U.S. Packaging Paper Shipments Decline 9.5% y/y in January
Bag & Sack shipments were down 13.4% month-over-month and Multiwall shipments were down 19.0%. Food Wrapping shipments were up 0.4%.
World-20 Pulp Shipments Unchanged in January
January 2018 pulp shipments were basically the same y/y, with producer stocks up one day to a total of 35 days.
Protective Packaging Market Worth $32.02 Billion by 2022
Market size projected to grow from $24.31 billion in 2017 to $32.02 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.67%.
U.S Containerboard Output up Slightly in January
Production was up 0.7% compared with January 2017, and month-over-month average daily production compared with December 2017 was 2.9 % lower.
New Report Examines Key Trends in Global Pulp Market
Revenues from worldwide sales of pulp are estimated to exceed $60,000 Million by 2026
U.S. Boxboard Production Decreases in January
Output decreased 0.8% compared with January 2017 and was down 1.2% from last month.
BASF Corporation
Pulp & Paper
After Destructive Fire, Essel Tissue Mill in Turkey Returns to Normal Operation
Recard restarts PM 2 in record time following a fire that destroyed the facility on June 10, 2017.
Boise Paper Launches New Digital Papers Program
Boise Paper creates new program to deliver rolls and sheets, tested and guaranteed to run on digital equipment.
Essity to Strengthen Professional Hygiene Business in Europe
Company has decided to invest in creating a center for napkin production in the existing production facility at Altopascio, Italy.
Sappi Concludes Acquisition of Cham Paper Group Specialty Paper Business
Transaction includes the acquisition of CPG's Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland, as well as all brands and know-how.
Shanying International Places Order for Three Valmet Winders in China
Capacity of the three winders, scheduled to start up at the end of 2018, will cover the production of two board machines.
Warehouse Specialist
Farnell Packaging Purchases Laserlox Anilox Cleaning System
Farnell chose Laserlox as part of its sustainability initiative to replace the plant’s liquid cleaning operation with an environmental solution.
KapStone Investing $6 Million in Cowpens, S.C., Corrugated Mill
Investment will allow the company to install a new hydraulic dilution control headbox, as well as a new bottom-ply chain conveyor, increasing the speed, efficiency, and quality of its products.
GPI Develops Packages for Young’s N.A. Seafood Expansion
Graphic Packaging International’s packages are designed specifically for U.K.-based Young’s North American market expansion.
Lollicup Continues Expansion, Increasing Service to U.S. East Coast
"It is important that we have superior customer service and the ability to deliver quickly to our customers nationwide. This is why we are opening facilities throughout the nation and manufacturing in the U.S.," said CEO and founder Alan Yu.
Sappi N.A. Joins Recycling Partnership to Improve Recycling in Communities across U.S.
Global provider of sustainable wood fiber products and solutions invests more in recycling.
Sincerity Launches New Project Development Initiatives with Key Industry Players
New initiatives expected to add millions in revenue in 2018.
New Products
Andritz Taking Mill Operations to Next Level with Metris Augmented Reality Glasses
The very latest technology innovations at Andritz, Austria, provide the pulp and paper industry with specifically enhanced potential for interactive operation and maintenance where and when it is needed most.
Voith SkyCal Doctor Blades Provide High Calendar Cover Cleaning Performance
Fiber-reinforced blades reduce ring formation and deposits, and give more even, effective cleaning compared with steel blades; can be used in all paper machines, regardless of manufacturer.
Highcon Launches Euclid IIIC for Corrugated
Machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the market.
Mondi Relaunches IQ Intelligent Paper Brand
Brand update includes new logo, freshly designed ream wrappers, and new sales and marketing tools.
Toscotec S.p.A
Published Pricing
Lecta to Increase CWF, UWF Prices by 6% to 7%
The new prices will be effective on deliveries beginning April 2, 2018.

Lecta to Raise Prices of Label Papers by 7%
Grades include coated 1s, metallized papers, cast coated, and self-adhesive papers.
Sappi Europe Hikes Prices for WFC, WFU Papers by 6% - 8%
Increases become effective with deliveries beginning April 1, 2018, for all European and Overseas markets.
Sappi Europe ups Mechanical Coated Paper Prices 4%
Company will address cost inflation by increasing LWC and MWC paper grades prices by 4%, effective with deliveries from April 1, 2018.
Voith to Raise Paper Machine Clothing Prices in EMEA
Beginning June 1, 2018, Voith will increase its machine clothing pricing in the EMEA between 1.6% and 2.4%.
Lecta Presents Newest Environmental Report
Report is an exercise in transparency, in which Lecta shares its progress and identifies upcoming challenges.
Stora Enso Bio-based Lignin a Renewable Replacement for Oil-based Phenolic Materials
Lineo is available to companies seeking more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.
Tetra Pak Delivers More Than Half a Billion Fully Renewable Cartons
World’s first fully renewable package featured in new display at the Museum of Brands.
Solaronics SA
Finch’s Cronin Named Forester of the Year
Honor recognizes Leonard Cronin’s contributions to the profession of forestry, the stewardship of forest resources in New York, and the objectives of the Society of American Foresters.
WestRock Chairman Luke Named 2018 Outstanding Director
John A. Luke has served as non-executive chairman of WestRock, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, since 2015. He is the former chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corp.
Naylor Association Solutions
Understand Complex Paper Machine Processes
Learn how to identify design and operation features of the paper machine to improve your understanding of all the operational functions at the TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course.
Surface Treatment System Training – A Sticky Matter That’s Good on the Surface
Improving surface adhesion is crucial for better product performance in coating applications. Learn how to make those improvements by attending the Corona & Atmospheric Plasma 101 Course this May in Wisconsin.
2018 TAPPI Board of Directors Includes Representatives from University of Maine, Greif, and Green Bay Packaging
TAPPI is pleased to announce the official results of the elections for its 2018 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors determines the policies and has general charge of the affairs of the Association.
New Topics in Wet End Chemistry Course
Explore innovations in enzymes, biological control, injection systems, and more at the TAPPI Introduction to Wet End Chemistry Course.
Boost Your Education Funds with the Cullison Scholarship
The May 1 deadline is approaching to apply for the William L. Cullison Scholarship.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Valmet Seeks Optimization Engineer
The Optimization Engineer provides high level expert services to optimize Valmet client’s mill performance in terms of production, quality, cost and environmental impact.
Experts Present Solutions for Improving Strength and Productivity at PaperCon 2018
Improving strength technology is a common subject discussed among packaging professionals. It is so important that PaperCon 2018 offers three technical sessions dedicated to strength solutions. Attend PaperCon 2018 and bring these new solutions back to your mill.