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KMP Webinar: Advocating for Consumer Choice on Paper vs Digital

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Member
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Keep Me Posted North America (KMP) believes every consumer should be able to choose, free of charge and without penalty, how they receive important information – on paper or electronically – from their corporate service providers. Learn more about this Aug. 15 webinar...
 
Large Newspapers Laid Off 27% Of Staffers In 2018
According to the analysis, a smaller share of newspapers had layoffs this year than last, with 32% of those papers taking a hit in 2017 and 27% in 2018. However, many of those large papers, 31%, had more than one round of layoffs last year.
 
World's Largest Education Publisher 'Forces' Change
The decision to phase out printed textbooks is divisive: 39% expect this to negatively impact students. Perhaps surprisingly, students are more likely to see this move as negative (44%) than parents (39%), suggesting we have not yet truly reached a generation ready to go “digital-first."
 
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Market Roundup
P&P Chemicals Market Summary and 2019's Major Players
Market for pulp & paper chemicals is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 2% during the forecast period 2019-2024. Environmental hazards from the pulp & paper industry and stringent water treatment regulations are likely to hinder the market’s growth. Top 18 corporate players for forecast period are listed.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
BillerudKorsnäs Rebuild of Gruvön PM 6 Successfully Completed
In the press section the existing roll press was taken out of the second position and installed in the first press position. Now a new NipcoFlex shoe press is being used as the second press. The Voith NipcoFlex package delivered to BillerudKorsnäs is the first one which can achieve lineloads of up to 1,700 kN/m.
 
Catalyst Powell River Mill Extends Curtailment Period
The company had originally announced a curtailment from Saturday, July 20, through to Tuesday, August 6. In a bulletin dated Friday, August 2, Krista Cuddy, GM for the Powell River operation, said she regrets to announce the curtailment of PM 10 and 11 will be extended to Monday, August 12.
 
Rayonier Announces Sale of Matane Pulp Mill to Sappi
The mill, sold for $175 million, produces approximately 270,000 metric tons of high-yield pulp and sells the product globally for use in manufacturing paperboard, packaging, printing, and writing paper. The Matane mill was acquired by the company as part of its acquisition of Tembec Inc. in November of 2017.
 
Stora Enso to Sell Stake in Dawang Paper Mill to Huatai
The joint venture Stora Enso Huatai (Shandong) Paper Company Limited operates the Dawang paper mill at Dongying in Shandong province in China. The mill has an annual production capacity of 140k metric tons of super-calendered (SC) magazine paper and other publication paper grades based on recovered fiber. After this, Stora Enso will not have any paper production in China. 
 
WestRock Announces Plans to Sell Newberg Property
“Partnering with the city, we have explored many options for developing the property,” said John Stakel, SVP and treasurer of WestRock. “We believe that selling it for a possible mixed-use development will provide the most value for both WestRock and the city..."
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Graphic Packaging to Invest $600 Million for CRB Machine in U.S. Midwest
The company is planning to make the investment in either Ohio or Michigan, subject to a number of conditions, including environmental permitting and negotiations currently underway relative to government incentives and labor relations. The machine will have a capacity of approx. 500,000 tpy of coated recycled board.
 
Smurfit Kappa Sees Interest Surge in Paper Packaging for Fresh Produce
The packaging leader, which launched its Better Planet Packaging initiative last year, has been working on a portfolio of products designed to replace less sustainable packaging as many brands come under increasing pressure to become more sustainable. In a recent survey, 75% of consumers indicated a preference for paper-based packaging against less sustainable alternatives.
 
Legislative
AF&PA Commends EPA on New Source Review Project Emissions Rule
“We appreciate the EPA’s recognition of the need for sensible NSR accounting procedures that will provide a clear and concise approach to air permitting under the Clean Air Act. Codifying the concepts in the March 2018 PEA memo to allow increases and decreases in emissions to be counted together will exclude minor projects from a burdensome and inefficient permitting process..."
 
New Tariffs on Books Loom
New tariff threat comes a little more than a month after Trump suspended plans to place 25% tariffs on the same group of products (referred to by the U.S. Trade Representative as List 4) after trade talks with China resumed.
 
USW Joins Filing Seeking Anti-Circumvention Inquiry in Uncoated Paper Orders
The original case before the U.S. Dept. of Commerce covered uncoated paper in sheets, largely copy paper. Foreign producers have shifted to flooding the U.S. with essentially the same product but doing so in rolls which are then converted into sheets. This is now having the same devastating impact on domestic producers and workers.
 
New Products
ANDRITZ Launches New StrataPress SX Single-seam Press Felt Tech
StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines. Its patented, integrated seam ensures strength and durability while delivering rapid and safe installation.
 
Crown Letsgo Paper Now Available in Sheets
As of now, Crown supplies part of the Letsgo range also in sheets in the sizes SRA3, A3 en A4 to customers in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany. Via www.cvgwebshop.com sheets can be ordered online with a short delivery time.
 
DS Smith Rapak Enters Bag-in-Box for Paint & Coatings Market
In the Bag-in-Box packaging format, the only point of contact with the product is a thin and resistant flexible bag, which is 50% lighter than tin cans and uses 76% less plastic than HDPE jerrycans of the same size. The bag is surrounded by an outer cardboard box that protects the bag during the transport and handling.
 
Voith Launches SupremeFilm Polyurethane Roll Cover for Film Presses
To positively influence paper characteristics like printability, coating and starch are applied to the paper in the coating and sizing section using applicator units. Voith’s new SupremeFilm roll cover works well in the Voith Speed Sizer AT, and is also suitable for challenging applications in film presses produced by other manufacturers.
 
John Crane
Sustainability
Domtar's Land Restoration Efforts Create Wildlife Habitats in Johnsonburg
Driven by a passion for wildlife and a desire to leave a different kind of legacy, the Johnsonburg Mill found a perfect use for the nutrient-rich byproducts of the paper manufacturing process. Domtar's land restoration efforts are bringing new life to the natural spaces in their Pennsylvania community.
 
From 12 to 81: The Story of PEFC Membership & Governance
PEFC is much more than just the secretariat in Geneva. They are an alliance of national forest certification systems, NGOs, labour unions, businesses, trade associations, forest owner organizations and committed individuals. Together, they work towards a vision of a world that values the contribution of sustainable forests to our planet and our lives.
 
Lucart Presents 2018 Sustainability Report
In 2018, the company's turnover increased by 12% despite the rising price of cellulose. Major investments include the acquisition of three production plants in Spain and the construction of a new plant in Hungary. 53% of the materials used by Lucart for the production of paper originate from recycled paper
 
Metsä Board Aims for Fossil Free Mills by 2030
This ambitious target includes both emissions from the company's own energy production (scope 1) as well as purchased energy (scope 2). Currently, 82% of the energy used at Metsä Board mills is fossil free.
 
Monadnock: The Forgotten Plastics in Grocery
In a world that’s demanding less plastic, Monadnock identified a need for a line of high-performance, renewable paper products that were purposefully engineered to replace plastic in grocery stores. The renewable ENVI Paper Gift Card, Channel Strip, and Point-of-Purchase (P-O-P) Signage were conceived with the needs of the industry in mind.
 
Resolute Wins Sustainability Initiative of the Year for Climate Mitigation Efforts
“We are proud to reward and recognize Resolute for its sustainability efforts,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world.”
 
Sonoco Releases Corporate Responsibility Report
The report highlighted several key environmental milestones accomplished over the past year, including reducing normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 3.2% and water usage by 1.7%. Since 2009, the Company has reduced normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 27% and water use by 40.3%.
 
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Safety
DS Smith De Hoop Paper Mill Wins Health & Safety Award
The Royal VNP forms part of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), which represents almost 500 companies across Europe. During the Royal VNP’s annual Fibre Future Festival DS Smith De Hoop Paper Mill were awarded the Occupational Health and Safety Cup.
 
People
Nilpeter Appoints New West Coast Regional Representative
Richard Hernandez has spent the last 3 years in the region providing exceptional sales and service for an industry leading supplier. Previously, in a converter capacity, he has built his career in production and plant management responsible for all production control and supply chain requirements.
 
TAPPI News
Last Chance to Register for TAPPI’s Comprehensive Three-Day Extrusion Coating Course
There’s Still Time to Register for TAPPI’s International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division’s Three-Day Extrusion Coating Course
 
Webinar: Make TAPPI Committee Work Easier
Attend this one-hour webinar and learn how TAPPI Connect’s Committee Communities can make committee work easier
 
TAPPI Press Inventory Audit Will Delay Order Processing

TAPPI will be performing its fiscal year-end inventory audit starting August 27th. As a result, TAPPI Press orders will not be processed from August 26th through September 2nd. Orders received during this time will be shipped in the order they have been received starting September 3rd. All normal payment processing will resume on September 3rd.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  This process allows us to better serve our members.

 
NAPIM/NPIRI Fall Technical Conference
Focuses on Technical and Regulatory Updates and New Technology in the Ink Industry
 
Falling for Paper Making Education
This fall, head back to school at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and reignite your passion for paper making education.
 
Georgia-Pacific, Fabio Perini, AF&PA and More Slated to Speak at TissueCon 2019
As the premier opportunity for industry insights and networking, TissueCon 2019 (October 1 – 4, Orlando, Florida) includes multiple presentations that focus on the latest tissue business trends and opportunities. 
 
Naylor Association Solutions