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Stora Enso and Orthex Combine Wood Fiber, Bioplastic into Durable Consumer Products

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TAPPI

Thursday, August 09, 2018 - Member
Cristini
In recent years, the Finnish plastics industry has actively sought innovative bio and recycling materials. At the same time, the forest industry has developed wood-based materials to replace fossil raw materials. Both Stora Enso and Orthex believe in the global growth of the market for bio-based products.
 
Regenerating Cellulose Waste Streams into Feed Protein
System is capable of using waste paper or the by-products generated in paper products to make proteins. The other application is the short fibers out of a paper mill that have proven that their fibers can be easily converted.
 
Understanding Why 34% of Shoppers Return an Online Purchase Because of Packaging
Brand and marketing managers, design leaders, packaging professionals, and tech leaders gain knowledge of shopper’s preferences in packaging within the food and beverage category in this study.
 
Will Pulp Prices Continue Increase to Retail Level?
Pulp is the only component in many tissue products, and is part of most diapers and pads. Demand from China, the world’s biggest and fastest-growing consumer of pulp, is at the heart of the global shortfall.
 
Market Roundup
U.S. BSK Pulp Exports Rise 1.2% in June
Through the first half of 2018, 12.9% more BSK pulp was shipped to Mexico than in the prior year.
 
Chile Pulp Exports up Slightly in First Half of 2018
BSK (bleached softwood kraft) pulp exports were +2.1%, BHK (bleached hardwood kraft) pulp exports were +1.9%, and UKP (unbleached kraft pulp) exports were +5.7%.
 
Kraftliner Market Predicted to Hold High Potential for Growth by 2027
Kraftliner, with a current CAGR expected at or above 3%, has gained strong market traction in the past few years to the increase in the consumption of the corrugated packaging, particularly in the e-commerce and retail ready industry.
 
TMR: De-inking Agents Market to See Incredible Growth – 2025
Rising demand for recycled paper and increasing focus on reducing energy consumption are some of the key factors driving the market.
 
Report Names Top Players in 2013-2018 Nanocellulose Market
The report also noted that its survey results showed that 35.51% of the nanocellulose market is consumed in the Paper and Board industry category. Over the next five years, this report projects that nanocellulose will register a 46.3% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach $380 million by 2023, from $39 million in 2017.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
CMPC Tissue to Install Valmet Advantage Tissue Line in Argentina
Planned startup of the new production line is in the fourth quarter of 2019, and it will add more than 50,000 metric tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company's annual production.
 
G-P Installing New Paper Fiber Recycling Technology at Oregon Mill
Juno Technology has been designed to allow the G-P mill to extract the usable fiber from landfill waste and feed it into the mill’s existing pulping process, while stripping away plastic coatings and food contamination that make many paper products unrecyclable.
 
Mondi to Shut Down One PM at Merebank, South Africa Mill
Oswald said the decision was defined by declining margins on unintegrated paper production following the rapid rise in hardwood pulp input costs. This had led to a net special item charge of EUR 18 million in the six months ended June 30. The machine was operating at 70,000 metric tpy production capacity.
 
Papelera San Andrés de Giles to Install Advantage DCT Tissue Line
New tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It will add 35,000 metric tpy of capacity to the mill’s current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue, and kitchen towels.
 
Rolland: What Happens to Paper When it is Recycled?
As a manufacturer of commercial papers with up to 100% recycled content, Rolland sees waste paper as a valuable resource. Learn how to understand the complete process of the post-consumer rehandling of paper products as part of their unique recycling.
 
SCA’s Östrand, Sweden Pulp Mill Starts-up Andritz Upgrades
The mill expansion was one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden and the largest ever in northern Sweden. SCA Östrand is doubling its annual production capacity from 430,000 to 900,000 metric tons, thereby becoming the largest mill in the world for softwood kraft pulp.
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Advance Packaging Invests $13 million in Corrugated Managing Equipment in Michigan
The Grand Rapids, Mich., USA, based company is currently hiring a total of 25 employees, including the BentLine crew starting at $24 per hour. Unlike other machines that randomly spot-check products, the BentLine system individually inspects 100% of its output to ensure each piece is error-free.
 
Resource Label Group Expands N.A. Footprint
Resource Acquires Toronto, Canada-Based Ingenious Packaging. "I am honored to welcome the talented team at Ingenious to our growing family," said Bob Simko, president and CEO of Resource Label.
 
Sealed Air Acquires AFP
AFP specializes in custom-engineered protective packaging for retail, e-commerce, and direct shipping applications. With recent acquisitions in this sector, Sealed Air stated it will seek to further expand its capability to provide fabricated designs directly to customers in markets such as electronics and transportation.
 
Warneke Paper Box Begins Installation of First Heidelberg Primefire in U.S.
The first available industrial inkjet digital printing system in the 70x100 (40˝) format, the Primefire 106 is designed for high production volumes. Based on the platform of the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, the machine gives packaging printers confidence of over 80% available print uptime, also integrating seamlessly into offset environments.
 
Legislative
NORPAC’s Tariff Debate
OPINION ARTICLE: In response to "U.S. Lawmakers, Printers and Publishers Testify Against Import Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint" published on July 26, 2018.
 
Nanotechnology
Cellulose-chitin Nanofiber Could Replace Plastic Packaging
Material shows what is reported as a 67% reduction in oxygen permeability compared to polyethylene (PET), which is one of the most common plastics employed in transparent food packaging today. This improvement comes from the crystalline structure of the nanofibers and means that it could, in theory, keep foods fresher.
 
Dust Filter Material Created from Nanofibers Could Challenge Woven Fibers
Design is made from polymers which could eventually be produced from a better alternative from the forest products industry. Industrial and energy processing class filtration example provides opportunity for better efficiency in mills & could displace the number of traditional macro-woven fibers towards surge in nonwoven 'smart' nano-material due to its key advantages.
 
Japanese Paper Firms take New Approaches to Cellulose Fiber Reinforcement
Mitsubishi Paper said that lower cost cellulose microfibers, or even millifibers, can adequately reinforce thermoplastics for many applications and they can be incorporated into the polymer matrix much more easily than traditional CNF, particularly when exploiting the company's papermaking expertise.
 
New Products
UPM Raflatac Launches Sustainable RAFNXT+ Version BPA-free Thermal Label Materials
In addition to being BPA-free, the label materials are proven to be 20% more carbon positive than standard paper materials, using less energy and water and generating less waste during their lifecycle.
 
Winder Upgrade by Voith: 15% increase in Capacity
Improvements are due to SmoothRun damping bearing system.
 
Toscotec S.p.A
Published Pricing
Suzano Announces Price Increase for Uncoated Freesheet
Next month Suzano P&P will increase prices by 5-8% on the following products: Suzano Branded and Private Label Office Papers; Paperfect Offset Rolls and Sheets, Prisma Bright Offset Rolls and Sheets.
 
Sustainability
IP Continues Multimillion-dollar Commitment to Forest, Wetlands
International Paper contributions were made possible via Forestland Stewards, the company’s public-private conservation partnership with NFWF. During its first five years, Forestland Stewards were able to leverage IP’s $7.5 million investment and generate $24.5 million in matching funds.
 
Sonoco Sets New Commitments for Sustainable Packaging and Recycling
Sonoco's Corporate Responsibility Report also highlighted several key environmental milestones accomplished over the past year, including reducing total greenhouse gas emissions from operations by approximately 6.2%, and reducing total landfill disposal by approximately 9.4%.
 
Tesa Tape, Inc.
Energy
Attis to Build Pulp and Energy Production Refinery in Georgia
Barnesville, Ga., USA, facility will have the capacity to produce more than 30,000 tpy of pulp for sale into conventional pulp and paper markets, and as a feedstock for renewable fuel production
 
Lignin as an Ideal Source to Produce Biofuel?
Lignin is a common and plentiful by-product in the pulp, paper, paperboard and related industries. In contrast to the traditional ways of lignin conversion, the approach described does not require catalysts, acids, or even solvent recovery.
 
People
Buckman Announces Shutzberg to Serve on Board of Directors
Larry Shutzberg is the EVP and CIO with GEC Packaging Technologies, a privately owned global company doing business as Graham Packaging, Evergreen Packaging, and Closure Systems International.
 
Columbia Pulp Announces Two New Executive Hires
New VP Mike Schock has more than 35 years of experience in paper making and paper converting and previously worked at Sonoco in South Carolina. New Production Manager Tony Waldo spent more than 20 years in the nuclear and P&P industries. He has experience managing laboratories, development, engineering, and software design.
 
Lechner in as New CEO at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica
"Our order books are full. This year a raft of presses we have sold will go into operation worldwide. Especially in the field of flexible packaging, our Evo series is in great demand." said Dr. Peter Lechne, the new CEO of the paper-based flexible packaging products company.
 
Valmet Makes Changes in Executive Team
Sami Riekkola has been appointed Valmet Business Line President, Automation. Sakari Ruotsalainen, current Valmet Business Line President, Automation, will retire on Sept. 30, 2018.
 
Camso
TAPPI News
Learn Industry Best Practices for Higher Reliability and Maintenance
TAPPI and IDCON Deliver Back-to-Back Training this Fall to Improve Operations and Minimize Costs.
 
Safety is Paramount
Learn the latest solutions for work truck safety in box plants at Corrugated Week 2018, September 24 – 27 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA
 
In Memoriam: Tom Vilardi
Thomas A. Vilardi, Sr., Publisher and President of NV Publications, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. He was 56.