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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Member
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Packaging Digest report this week suggests digital integration in the manufacturing process, everyday luxury upscaling of food and beverages, multi-use designs, and a wide range of container design types for marijuana (as state-by-state legalization of the market is continuing to be tolerated federally) are all rising as big, new trends in paperboard packaging.
 
Sappi: Driving Diversification in Speciality Papers, Bioproducts, Nano
This week Industry Europe provided a company profile detailing the successes achieved by Sappi in the forest products industry in recent years. Special note is given to the high level of product diversification Sappi has invested in.
 
APP: A Response to Auriga’s Allegations of Deforestation in East Kalimantan
APP remains firmly committed to its Forest Conservation Policy and zero-deforestation pledge. From the time the company made this commitment in 2013, it said can now prove that only 100% plantation wood from responsible sources has been used in APP mills.
 
Market Roundup
Specialty Paper Market 2022 Analysis
Specialty Paper market accounted for $12.4 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $26.2 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 11.3%. Increasing demand for specialty paper in packaging & labelling, and the rapidly growing Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry are the factors driving the market growth.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Billingsfors, Sweden Pulp Mill Scheduled for Valmet Upgrade
Main objective is to increase the capacity of the recovery boiler and boost environmental performance. Value of this kind of order is typically above EUR 10 million. Lower part of the recovery boiler will be replaced with a new pressure vessel based on the latest designs for Valmet's high-performing RECOX boilers. Start up scheduled for mid-2019.
 
Columbia Pulp Opens Pilot Plant Producing Paper Pulp from Waste Straw in Washington
Columbia Pulp expects the pilot plant to produce 10 short tons of pulp per day, and to be fully operational by September. Once construction is completed on its Lyons Ferry mill, Columbia's pilot plant will remain open to produce smaller client orders.
 
Metsä Group’s Pulp & Bioproduct Mill Reaches Full Production Capacity
This makes Metsä Group the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp. The bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland produced its one millionth metric ton of pulp on August 8. Key bioproduct development projects at the mill include pulp-based lignin products and textile fibers.
 
Taison Pulp Orders Two New Tissue Machines from Andritz
18ft PrimeDry Steel Yankee with steam-heated hood enables highly efficient drying with energy savings compared to conventional dryer sections with cast Yankee dryers and gas-heated hoods. Machines will produce up to 120,000 metric tpy and are designed for grammages from 12 to 42 g/m2 used for facial and toilet paper. Start-up is scheduled for 2019 in Suzhou, China.
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Burgo Plans to Convert Second Newest European Mechanical Coated PM to Containerboard
This is despite the fact that PM 9 is currently the second-newest LWC machine in Europe. The 9.6m-wide machine went into production in 2002 with a capacity of 400,000 metric tpy. Containerboard production on PM 9 is scheduled to begin in late 2019 and will be designed for a capacity of 600,000 metric tpy.
 
Copamex Converting Anáhuac Mill from Graphic Paper Production to Containerboard
The Voith reconfigured machine is scheduled to restart in the early part of this upcoming year. It will have a capacity of approx. 260,000 metric tpy making testliner and fluting. The design chosen by Copamex can use a special combination of raw material such as OCC and mixed paper types.
 
Mondi Acquires Suez Bags in Egypt
Suez Bags is an industrial bags producer operating one plant near Cairo, Egypt serving mostly regional customers and is Mondi’s second industrial bags acquisition in Egypt, following the acquisition of NPP in June this year. Mondi now owns 96% of the company.
 
Shanying Int. Has Valmet Supply Additional OptiConcept M Containerboard Line
New production line with wide automation package is following the delivery of previous OptiConcept M board machine announced in Dec. 2017 and three winders announced this February. PM 23 is designed to produce high-quality fluting grades up to 1,200 metric tpd. Value around EUR 30-40 million. Start up scheduled for late 2019 in Hubei, China.
 
WestRock Acquires Schlüter Packaging in Germany
Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging's ownership expressed excitement and optimism about working as part of WestRock, commenting that they believe WestRock is well positioned to grow the Germany-based business and develop solutions for their customers today and in the future.
 
Legislative
Twin Rivers Leads Consumer Organizations in Filing for Review of SEC Rule 30e-3
SEC states the purpose of the new rule is to permit electronic delivery of fund shareholder reports, while maintaining the ability of shareholders who prefer paper to receive reports in that form. This is despite how the current system already allows for electronic delivery where investors prefer, an option that has been in place for over a decade.
 
U.S. Commerce Dept. Issues Revised Duties for Canadian Uncoated Groundwood Paper
Department determined that two individually investigated companies had final dumping rates of 0.00%, and one company had a final dumping rate of 16.88%. The department also determined that the final dumping margin assigned to all other producers is a rate of 0.00%.
 
Nanotechnology
Nano Approach to Slippery Packaging Aims to Cut Food Waste
So as to cut food loss, nano-roughness can be achieved two ways: the surface material is roughened with a type of applied coating, or the surface material consists of an absorbent polymer. In the latter case, the molecular structure of the material itself exhibits the necessary nano-roughness.
 
New Products
Greaseproof Printing Co. Launches Eco-Friendly New Type of Paper
Free of traditional chemical treatment, Au Naturel paper uses the pulping stage in a specially formulated process that can make the fibers become so tight that any sort of space between them is eliminated to such a fine degree that greases are not able to pass through on a molecular level.
 
Neenah Introduces 100% Pure Cotton Papers
Created especially for letterpress design, modern correspondence, and events with gravitas, NEENAH® Cotton Papers provide the feel of fabric, a handmade aesthetic, and the natural strength to sustain letterpress, engraving, and foil stamping, as well as offset and digital printing.
 
ND Paper Launches Orion® Cover Weight Coated
These new cover weight products "...continue the tradition of coated free sheet at the Rumford mill as part of ND Paper," said Greg Savage, senior director, Commercial Sales and Coated Freesheet at ND Paper. "We are delighted to offer a broader line of Orion products to our valued customers."
 
Camso
Published Pricing
Clearwater Paper Announces Price Increase
In September, company will increase the price on all calipers of multiple lines of bleached paperboard grades.
 
Irving Paper Price Announcement
Effective with new and existing orders shipping on and after October 1, 2018 in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
 
Neenah Announces Price Increase on Specialty, Packaging Papers
The following brands are exempt from the approximate 3% increase set for Oct. 1: NEENAH® 100% Cotton, STARDREAM 2.0, LEATHERLIKE, REEF, and LABEL Papers as well as select specialty brands.
 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Price Increase
Company is increasing the pricing for Kallima Coated Cover grades (C1S, C2S, C1S Plus) rolls and sheets by approximately 3% to 5% on all shipments
 
Verso Announces Price Increase on Coated Freesheet Paper
Company is increasing the transaction price of Coated Freesheet sheets and sheeter roll grades on some lines up to 6% effective Sept. 7, 2018.
 
Zanders Announces Price Increase for Zanjet High-Speed Inkjet Paper
Price will increase 2-3%, effective for all U.S. orders that ship Sept. 1, 2018 or later.
 
Sustainability
Biossance Chooses Sustainable Paperboard for Skincare Products
Company selects Earth Pact paperboard from Veritiv to package its products. This line is made with 100% sugar cane bagasse fibers, an annually renewable, tree-free fiber source that's also recyclable and compostable.
 
Stora Enso Invests in Competence Center, Diversifying Fossil-Free Base for Biocomposites
Investment of EUR 7 million will further strengthen Stora Enso’s position as a renewable materials company. The investment covers a new Biocomposites Competence Center and the installation of new machinery for the milling of large fibers for the DuraSense™ by Stora Enso biocomposite material.
 
Tesa Tape, Inc.
People
BillerudKorsnäs Appoints SVP in Division Reorganization
Mikael Andersson, currently SVP for the current business area Corrugated Solutions, was appointed on Monday to become SVP, Board effective October 1.
 
Domtar Announces Fluff Pulp Mill Transitions
Bob Grygotis prepares to retire as GM at Ashdown on September 1. Allan Bohn will move to Ashdown, replacing Gryotis. Everick Spence is being promoted to replace Bohn as Plymouth Mill manager. Both Bohn and Spence will report to Steve Makris, Pulp business VP, effective September 1.
 
Graphic Packaging International Announces Management Changes
Alan Nichols, EVP of Graphic Packaging International’s Mills Division, elected to retire on September 15. Michael Farrell has been named successor. Farrell has held leadership positions at Graphic Packaging over the last 13 years, including VP, Recycled Board Mills.
 
Paper Excellence Announces New CEO
Brian Baarda has previously held key positions in supply chain, finance and operations, and has served as the COO with TimberWest.
 
Naylor Association Solutions
TAPPI News
TAPPI PRESS Inventory Audit
TAPPI Press orders will not be processed from August 28 through September 3. Orders received during this time will be shipped in the order they have been received starting September 4.
 
NPDES Regulatory Changes Have Significant Impact on Mills
Mills face constant challenges in order to meet new NPDES regulations impacting them both financially and operationally. The Environmental Track at PEERS 2018 addresses these challenges with a session on new advances in wastewater treatment as well as regulatory development in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Step up Your Industry Best Practices in Reliability and Maintenance
TAPPI and IDCON deliver two back-to-back training sessions designed to improve operations and minimize costs.
 
Add the Tissue 101 Course to Your Discounted Smook Book
Our most comprehensive introductory tissue training available is coming back to TAPPI.
 
TAPPI 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.
 
Speakers from Kimberly-Clark, Sofidel, RISI, and Fisher Highlight Tissue 2018
The tissue industry comes together in just a few weeks. Register by September 4 for early bird discounts.
 
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Looking for new employees, interns, or co-op candidates? Recruit at TAPPI-PIMA Student Summit
 
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