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APPTI Holds All-Members’ Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Member
First Alliance for Pulp and Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI) meeting of 2018 took place in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters of the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA).
In Defense of Flushable Wipes
Study after study of what exactly is in the accumulations of material on screens in wastewater collection systems reveals a consistent result. Nearly half of the debris are paper towels, followed in volume by baby wipes, other non-flushable wipes, and feminine hygiene products.
IP and Feeding America Help People Facing Hunger, Recovering from Disasters
To date, International Paper has donated 60,000 custom designed boxes as well as $250,000 to aid Feeding America in its disaster response efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria and the ongoing California fire crisis. IP also will donate an additional $1 million over two years to help end hunger in America.
USW Calls on Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Kimberly-Clark Plan
Local USW union is calling on the Wisconsin (USA) state senate to hold an immediate vote on a legislative subsidy package designed to keep two Wisconsin Kimberly-Clark, manufacturing plants in operation.
Market Roundup
Global Specialty P&P Chemicals Market to Reach $22,829 Million by 2023
Some specialty paper chemicals include: sodium hydrosulfite, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine, which are used as bleaching agents; sodium silicate, enzymes, and various surfactants used in the deinking process; and alkyl ketene dimers and alkenyl succinic anhydride used for sizing.
China Paper and Paperboard Price Index up in March
China’s paper and paperboard producers’ price index rose 1.3% m/m in March 2018.
U.S. Containerboard Output Rises in March
Production was up 3.5% compared with March 2017 and up 0.5% year-to-date.
Global Printing Paper Market to Reach $90 Billion by 2028
Coated Paper to Top by Type & Commercial Segment
China’s Pulp Imports Increase 5.9% in March
Country’s pulp imports were up 5.9% m/m in March 2018, and +2.1% y/y through Q1 2018.
U.S Packaging Paper Shipments Decline in March
March 2018 shipments were down 6.6% compared with March 2017, and down 6.5% year-to-date.
U.S. Demand for Paper Industry Machinery to Reach $3.6 Billion in 2022
Increasing paper and paperboard production expected to drive demand.
Pulp & Paper
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Investing EUR 27 Million to improve Financial, Environmental Performance
Company plans to increase pulp production capacity and improve environmental performance of the Billingfors pulp line, Sweden, and also to modernize the bailing line at Aspa pulp plant, Sweden.
Kimberly-Clark Announces Strategic Investment in Mobile, Ala., Mill
With an estimated investment of more than $100 million, this two-year project is expected to deliver improved capacity, greater manufacturing efficiency, and enhanced product quality.
Resolute Announces Tentative Agreement with Unifor
Four-year agreement, is subject to ratification by Resolute’s members. Unifor represents the majority of hourly employees working across the company's Canadian pulp and paper operations.
UPM Sells Myllykoski Mill Site, Premises to Redeve Oy
UPM closed its Myllykoski paper mill in 2011, and since then, has been searching for a solution to enable further usage of the site.
Voith Hydro Opens Renewable Energy Office in Sydney, Australia
New office strengthens Voith’s presence in a promising and dynamic energy market.
Warehouse Specialist
ProAmpac Acquires Pactech Packaging
Pactech's products complement ProAmpac's existing flexible packaging offerings, which primarily serve the medical, industrial, and consumer packaged goods markets.
Smurfit Kappa Continues to Invest in Facture Paper Mill
Company is investing in French mill to meet the growing demand for kraftliner grades in Europe.
Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Highland Packaging Solutions
Acquisition expands packaging portfolio in fresh produce and dairy For rapidly growing perimeter of the store.
Unboxing: 2018 Theme for International Packaging Design Competition (PIDA)
Unboxing, the moment when packaging is opened for the first time, is not only the consumer's first encounter with a product, but also increasingly critical for a brand's ability to make a first personal, and through social media, global impression.
New Products
New getPlus ESD Ecosystem Supports Factories’ Transition to Industry 4.0
Behind the buzz of the industrial internet of things and smart factories is a convenient and cost saving software quietly helping factories move towards industry 4.0.
Sappi Seal: New Paper-Based Packaging Solution with Integrated Sealing Functionality
Sappi introduces innovative paper for flexible packaging with improved sealing properties and increased sustainability.
VTT 3D Prints Smart Metal Part—a Step toward Artificial Intelligence
3D printing of items based on digital models enables the tailoring of parts and rapid manufacture on demand.
Toscotec S.p.A
Published Pricing
Sappi Europe ups Prices on Dye Sublimation, Large Format Inkjet Papers
Increase will be 5% to 8% for all Dye Sublimation grades and 6% to 9% for the Large Format Inkjet papers.
Nippon Paper Industries Increases Prices of Kraft Paper Grades
Company will increase the price of its kraft paper grades by a minimum of 15%, effective with shipments beginning June 21, 2018.
K-C to Recycle Sierra Nevada’s Used Gloves at its California and N.C. Facilities
Kimberly-Clark Professional's RightCycle Program has helped Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to divert more than 6,800 lb. of gloves, equivalent to the weight of more than 450 bowling balls, since 2016.
Sappi N.A. Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Receives Gold Rating from EcoVadis
Annual report highlights leading paper and packaging supplier's strong performance on long-term goals.
Solaronics SA
Valmet, Fortum, Preem Take Bio-Oil Development to New Level
Project is a natural continuation of the consortium's earlier bio-oil project with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which resulted in commercializing integrated pyrolysis technology for production of sustainable bio-oil to replace heating oil in industrial use.
Södra’s SunPine to Invest SEK 250 Million in New Bio-Diesel Plant
SunPine is a world leader in the production of second-generation renewable fuels. The raw material is a by-product from pulp and paper manufacturing.
Orchids Paper Products Announces New CFO
Company this week named Mindy Bartel CFO, effective immediately.
Schaller Takes Over as Head of Voith Group
Stephan Schaller already knows the company well thanks to three years of being on the Shareholders’ Committee.
Naylor Association Solutions
Gain a Competitive Edge in Papermaking
Learn from paper machine experts at the TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course.
TAPPI Tissue Professional Certificate Exams Provide Comprehensive Way to Elevate Industry Expertise
Our Professional Certificate exams have been designed to meet the needs of today’s competitive environment.
Register Today – Advanced Hands-On Papermaking
Further your knowledge in commercial papermaking with two courses: Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Formation and Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Additives. These two-day courses, led by Dr. Gerry Ring, provide hands-on training at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
CR Meyer to Conduct Facility Tour at Tissue 2018 Conference
The tour will also take visitors to the construction yard to see an exhibit of CR Meyer’s specialty equipment, learn about general contractor capabilities, and the design/build process.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: Clark Nexsen Seeks Industrial Department Head
Clark Nexsen is accepting applications for an Industrial Department Head in its Macon, GA office who will be responsible for overall technical quality within their department and support the development of design discipline staffing to meet the needs of the firm in terms of numbers, experience, and professional qualifications.
Don’t Warehouse this Opportunity! Attend 2018 SRW
Todd Tranausky, Senior Transportation Analyst with FTR Associates, to deliver keynote address at the 2018 Shipping, Receiving, and Warehousing Conference.
TAPPI Young Professional Member Spotlight: Sarah Garchinsky
Recently, we sat down with Young Professional, Sarah Garchinsky, of Solenis to talk about her current roles and responsibilities as well as what she sees is in store for her future.