Weekly Spotlight
ND Paper to Purchase Old Town, Maine Pulp Mill

Over the Wire


Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Member
Prior to its idling in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Old Town Mill was engaged in the business of manufacturing and distributing approximately 155,000 air dried metric tpy of bleached hardwood kraft pulp. ND Paper announced yesterday it will reconfigure the mill to operate at substantially lower manufacturing costs.
Paper Excellence Canada to Acquire Catalyst Paper
Catalyst Paper manufactures 1.3 million metric tons of pulp and paper products, including industrial packaging, food service, coated groundwood, newsprint, and directory papers.
ND Paper Announces Capital Upgrades at Wisconsin and Maine P&P Mills
Company will invest $300 million at Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wis., mills. Combined, the projects will create 77 additional jobs in both states.
Domtar Donates to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts
Although this week was marked by the arrival of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico, the Carolinas are still continuing to recover from September's major storm that hit the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The Canadian paper manufacturer has stepped up to help those affected by the serious issues caused by the record flooding.
Market Roundup
U.S. Sanitary Paper Prices at 11-Month High
U.S. sanitary paper producers’ price index rose to an 11-month high in Sept., 2018, according to data maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more by following a graph showing the price index from 2008 through Sept. 2018.
Mexico’s Kraft Pulp Imports a Mixed Bag
BSK imports through the first seven months were up 16.7% y/y, while BHK imports were down 10.7% y/y.
Global Demand for Paperboard Cups and Lids to Grow 4% Annually
Paperboard usage will continue to grow, in part because many of the faster growing markets – especially in the Asia/Pacific region – are more reliant on paper cups for foodservice and instant noodle packaging than foam cups, which have more of a market presence elsewhere.
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
A.Celli Paper To Supply Innovative Yankee Dryer To Mexican Blue Tissue
Company will provide a new generation yankee cylinder for the Apizaco plant, in the district of Tlaxcala, Mexico. iDEAL forged YD is the new production technology conceived and patented by A.Celli , characterized by a cylinder with a shell made from a single piece of steel that is shaped and worked with hot forging and rolling systems.
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals Now Nouryon
Relaunched company is ready to unleash its full potential as an independent group.
Expera Sale to Ahlstrom-Munksjo Now Complete in Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Besides the Thilmany mill, the sale includes Expera’s Nicolet plant in De Pere and Expera mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander. The total workforce in Wisconsin is about 1,900 employees. Nelson said the acquisition secures good-paying jobs in Wisconsin.
Honeywell to Transform Austrian Sappi Plant Into One of World's Most Modern
Honeywell technologies will improve product quality, reduce costs, enable first-ever visualization of operations, and boost cybersecurity protection at 400-year-old mill.
ICT Ibérica Turns New PM 22 Machine On
New PM22, a Valmet Advantage DCT with capacity of 70,000 metric tpy, incorporates cutting edge technologies capable of manufacturing HQ products featuring thickness, smoothness, and efficiency including significant energy savings. Described as "the perfect machine to tackle the challenges presented by the tissue market both with regards to quality and costs".
International Paper Announces $2.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program
New authorization is in addition to $430 million remaining as of the end of Q3 from a previous repurchase program. During the third quarter, International Paper (IP) repurchased approximately $200 million in common stock at an average price of $52.03 per share.
Navigator Company Starts up New Rewinder in Portugal
New A.Celli, Italy, rewinder, which manages rolls of 5,670 mm on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3,000 mm and for a weight of between 11 and 40 gsm, was designed to meet all of the customer's needs, ensuring excellent performance and a maximum operating speed of 1,800 m/min.
PMP Supports Arctic Paper with "315" Project at Kostrzyn Plant in Poland
Project will be completed in 2019, when the new press section with a PMP Intelli-Nip Shoe Press will be implemented on PM 1. Goal of the project is to increase manufacturing capacity, to boost paper properties, and to implement energy saving solutions.
Taison Group Starts up Two Sets of A.Celli Paper’s E-Wind
Designed with a speed of 1,000 m/min and an untrimmed roll width of 5,600 mm, the machines were started up and put into production in less than one month. The customer praised the professionalism of the A.Celli paper technicians and efficient, smooth startup of the lines.
Warehouse Specialist
Carthage Paperboard Managers Abandon Plans to Acquire Company
Although manager of the former mills will not be purchasing the mill, it appears that a confirmed prospective buyer has come forward with an intent to make paper headquartered in Seattle, Wash., USA. A $9 million dollar offer has been made by the group for a set of mills.
PulpEye Reports Major Order from Iggesund
Iggesund paperboard bought two complete PulpEye sets, one for the unbleached and one for the bleached pulps. Both PulpEye cabinets are equipped with modules for online analysis of kappa number, brightness, fiber, shives, and fiber wall thickness, as well as the dot analyzer DotEye.
Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf Selects Toscotec for Dryer Section Rebuild
Mill is one of the leading producers of containerboard in Europe., with PM 6 producing kraftliner with a 7.4 m reel trim and 1,100 m/min. speed. With this rebuild, Toscotec breaks new ground and takes it to the next level, by supplying a new dryer section for a large-format paper machine.
Jamaican Government Launches Big Bamboo for P&P Production Project
Kitchen and facial towels (paper), diapers (nonwovens), bed sheets (cellulosic textiles) likely can be produced from investing in the raw-source local product.
New Products
Lecta Presents New Divergence Paper Product Book
"Divergence" is an original concept that explores the beauty of opposites through image. The project juxtaposes suggestive visual work to show the contrast and difference enabling one to easily distinguish one thing from the rest.
Qualitasse Coffee Roasters Launches Compostable Paper Cups
Featuring renewable biopolymer that is biodegradable, this new product has an effective PLA lining that is non-plastic. Qualitasse said that they hope this will also be a good thing for their home country's economy (U.K.)
Sappi Launches Verve – Sustainable Dissolving Wood Pulp for Thriving World
Demand for DWP continues to grow as consumer preference increases for products made from renewable, sustainably sourced, and processed wood fiber.
Tetra Pak Launches Total-Plant Management Service
New service starts with a detailed audit of all equipment and systems across the customer's value chain. This analysis, combined with Tetra Pak's knowledge of the industry and benchmark data on food manufacturing, enables specialists to identify opportunities and implement improvements across the customer's entire operation.
Published Pricing
BASF Increases Prices for Paper Wet-End and Water Chemicals in EMEA region
Company increased prices for paper wet-end and water chemicals in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), effective at the beginning of this month (Oct. 1, 2018) or as existing contracts allow so as to compensate for increased cost factors. Prices of individual chemicals affected range from 4% to 8% increases.
Buckman Announces Price Increase for North America
Effective Nov. 1, 2018, or as contracts allow, Buckman will implement the following freight delivery increases:
Buckman-arranged bulk tank truck orders - $.02 - $.04/lb and Buckman-arranged IBC/drum truck orders - $.02/lb.
Cenveo Announces Price Increase on Envelopes
Due to continued cost escalation of raw materials and other market conditions, the company is announcing a 5% increase on all envelope grades effective with shipments beginning Nov. 5, 2018.
Solenis to Increase Prices on All Product Lines Globally
Price increase on water treatment chemicals is reported as necessary due to the steep increase in raw material costs and the supply-demand tightness experienced throughout 2018 which is expected to continue and increase during 2019.
Crown More Than Halfway Toward Fulfilling 2020 Sustainability Goals
Company surpasses target for one of its two goals that aim to reduce global environmental impact. Company has also made substantial progress toward its goal of reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 10% per billion standard units of production from 2015 levels.
Japanese Paper Companies Pushing to Replace Plastic Sectors
Specially established divisions will be used to fast-track innovations that represent a paper solution to any given packaging quandary and also centralize the sales pitch for paper as both governments and corporations lay out their ambitions to curb plastic bags, plastic straws and other "one use" items.
Packaging Industry Leaders Join to Create New Sustainability-Focused Company
Mauser Packaging Solutions company combines four packaging industry leaders into a single company. From new packaging made from recycled content, to reconditioning, reuse, and recycling, Mauser Packaging Solutions brings true sustainability at scale to companies all over the world.
Tesa Tape, Inc.
Stora Enso and Gasum to Make Renewable Energy from Wastewater in Sweden
Expected LBG production of the plant is 75-90 GWh per year, equivalent to the amount of fuel needed annually for more than 200 average long haul lorries in Sweden. Production is expected to start during 2020.
BillerudKorsnäs Appoints SVP Paper
BillerudKorsnäs announced Oct. 8 that Helene Biström is appointed as SVP for Paper, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organization that came into effect at the beginning of this month. She will take the positon, at the latest, in April of 2019.
Sofidel CEO Inducted in Paper International Hall of Fame
Luigi Lazzareschi has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF), part of an exclusive number of big names in the global tissue production industry. Lazzareschi is the first Italian to be given this honor.
Dow Silicones Corporation
Naylor Association Solutions
In Memoriam: Prof. Lothar Göttsching
A special person, an outstanding figure, a great researcher, teacher, and a good friend departed from us on Sept. 26, 2018.
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