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Thursday, July 05, 2018 - Member
As explained in a Portland Tribune article, Oregon's recycling industry has high hopes that the shuttered, empty paper mill in the Northwest can be restarted, providing a market for the mountains of scrap paper that are piling up since China halted purchases of mixed paper and plastics collected in a curbside recycling program.
Nicolet Mill Recognized for Energy Efficiency
Expera’s Nicolet Mill, De Pere, Wis., USA, received Focus on Energy’s "Energy Efficiency Excellence Award" for its commitment to reducing energy waste.
North America Grows Many More Trees than it Harvests
Net forest area in the U.S. has been stable since the early 1900’s and has increased from 754 to 766 million acres between 2005 and 2015.
Bio-Plastic Made from Lignin Could be on Shelves within Five Years
Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that the organic "tree glue" called lignin, which holds cellulose fibers together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned into a strong, moldable plastic.
Market Roundup
World-20 Pulp Trade Stats up 2% in May
Producer stocks were down two days for both BSK pulp and BHK pulp.
U.S. Sanitary Paper Price Index up Two Straight Months
Price index was up two straight months through May 2018, after hitting a 10-year low in March.
Pulp & Paper
Irving Tissue Sets Valmet IQ Fiber Milestone with Installation at Saint John
200th Valmet IQ Fiber Measurement Sensor was on Irving Tissue's No.1 tissue machine in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Nine Dragons Completes Acquisition of Catalyst Mills in Maine, Wisconsin
"We are very excited about the new products, team members, and new business opportunities we can create with this acquisition," said Ken Liu, CEO of ND Paper.
Opengate Capital Sells Norpaper to Gemayel Freres & Chaoui Group
Sale of French recycled paper producer represents full lifecycle of a buy and build investment strategy.
Two New Toscotec PRODERGY Tissue Machines Start up at APP OKI Mill, Indonesia
Toscotec fires up other two AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines at APP’s OKI mill, in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
Valmet to Supply Pulp Analyzer to UPM in China
Valmet MAP with freeness module and optional Fiber Image module will be installed with six sampling devices for UPM's PM 2 in Changshu.
Warehouse Specialist
CCL Industries Completes Acquisition of Treofan Americas
CCL is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and specialty extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional, and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in the consumer packaging markets.
Smurfit Kappa Completes Acquisition of Reparenco
Reparenco's strong strategic fit with SKG's existing European businesses is expected to deliver synergies of in excess of EUR 30 million.
Stora Enso Evaluates Board Development Opportunities at Oulu Mill
Feasibility study and EIA evaluate a potential conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board production.
Tetra Pak Index 2018 Says Smart Packaging Offers Exciting Opportunities
Online grocery shopping is growing at a double-digit rate, while traditional stores are being reinvented, merging together into an omnichannel where consumers expect to be able to buy whenever, wherever, and however they choose, with the smartphone as their compass.
New Products
Appvion Launches DocuCheck Inkjet Security Papers
Appivon has expanded its portfolio of specialty papers by introducing a line of its DocuCheck® Security Papers for the production inkjet printing platform.
Winder Upgrade by Voith: 15% increase in Capacity
Improvements are due to SmoothRun damping bearing system.
Toscotec S.p.A
Published Pricing
BASF to Raise Paper Chemical Prices in EMEA Region
Company will boost the price of wet end paper chemicals in Europe, Middle East, and Africa by 4% to 12% beginning Feb. 1, 2018.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Renews EcoVadis Gold for Corporate Social Responsibility
With a corporate social responsibility engagement level assessed as advanced, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is in the top 1% of suppliers assessed, regardless of their industry. Compared to the results from the past year, the company reports that progress was especially made within the dimension of new fair business practices.
APP Begins Island Community Water Security Initiative
Project will also be working on education programs, teaching tourists smarter water usage, and waste reduction. APP's initiative on Pari Island (Thousand Islands) Indonesia coincides with this year's World Environment Day theme #BeatPlasticPollution, working with smaller communities to strive for a waste-free water supply.
McDonald’s in U.K., Ireland Ditch Plastic Straws for Paper
Transcend Packaging in Wales, and Huhtamaki in Belfast, will supply the paper straws for all 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants The straws will use paper from certified sustainable sources, the company said.
Tesa Tape, Inc.
AF&PA Elects Two New Board Members at Summer Meeting
Resolute Forest Products President and CEO Yves Laflamme and Sonoco Products Co. President and CEO Robert Tiede will serve on its board of directors.
Crown Holdings Names Bourque New Transit Packaging President
Robert Bourque will succeed Mark Burgess, who, following a brief transition period, will leave the company on Sept. 30, 2018.
Goh Named President of Crown Holding’s Asia Pacific Division
Goh joined the company in 1989 and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within finance, accounting, and operations.
Kangas New Mill Manager of Ortviken Paper Mill
SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, has employed Magnus Kangas as new mill manager of Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall, Sweden. He will take on his new position as of Jan. 1, 2019.
Merichem Company
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Spotlight on TAPPI Member Dr. James Chantler
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Learn to Optimize Key Processes at PEERS 2018
Chemical recovery, including recovery boiler, recaust, lime kiln, and power generation can have a powerful impact on pulp mill production. Gain fundamental and practical knowledge on efficient and optimal operations of these areas in the Engineering, Power & Recovery, Recaust & Lime Kiln program track at PEERS 2018.