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In Memorium: Jeff Reese

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Member
TAPPI Fellow Jeff Reese, International Paper, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 30, 2019, surrounded by song, prayers, and love after a courageous battle with cancer. As a TAPPI member, Reese exemplified service leadership and received many of the organization’s highest awards. The family will honor his passion for making a difference through the Jeff Reese IMPACT Scholarship at NCSU.
Valmet and Whakatane Mill Renew Their Performance Agreement in New Zealand
Valmet and Whakatane Mill Ltd have signed a multiyear agreement for continuous performance service for Whakatane PM3 board line in New Zealand. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The original performance agreement was signed in 2014 and was later extended for another three-year period. This renewal is the second extension with continuous and systematic development of Whakatane PM3’s productivity and quality with concrete targets regarding availability and optimization.
Combination of Wood Fibers and Spider Silk Could Rival Plastic
Achieving strength and extensibility at the same time has so far been a great challenge in material engineering: increasing strength has meant losing extensibility and vice versa. Now Aalto University and VTT researchers have succeeded in overcoming this challenge, inspired by nature.
Fabio Perini Introduces Tissue Performance Center
Fabio Perini introduces the Tissue Performance Center, a next generation technologic environment where expert engineers, supported by company data scientists, continuously register and analyze customers’ data to supply information on the machines status and suggest improvements to maximize the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of the production lines.
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Market Roundup
Cascades Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results
Cascades Inc. reports its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019.
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Pulp & Paper
Swedish Innovation Company CleanFlow Acquired by NORAM
CleanFlow’s products are being increasingly used in sulphate pulp mills around the world, with the ENCE Pontevedra mill in Spain as the latest addition. To be able to better service customers in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia, CleanFlow was looking for the right partner. NORAM has built a strong position in these markets and is actively positioning new products with strong service support.
Oji Holdings Plans Increase Thermal Paper Capacity in Brazil
Oji Holdings Corporation plans to expand thermal paper output at its Brazilian subsidiary Oji Papéis Especiais Ltda.The company has earmarked JPY13bn (~€110m) to upgrade existing coating facilities and install a new coater at its mill in Piracicaba.
Ilim Group Completes Kraftliner Capacity Expansion Project in Bratsk
Ilim Group announced that it has completed the KLB Line Rebuild Project in Bratsk (Irkutsk Oblast), Russia, with CAPEX worth more than USD 120 million. The mill started checkout and commissioning in October. The project, which is part of Ilim's large-scale investment program involving development of the existing facilities and launch of new capacities, will increase kraftliner production capacity of the Bratsk mill by 50% — from 198,000 tons up to 300,000 tons per year.
Fedrigoni Acquires Ritrama
Fedrigoni S.p.A., an Italian and European leader in the production of specialty papers and high value-added products for packaging and fine printing and self-adhesive labels, has signed an agreement to acquire the Ritrama group, an Italian multinational group specializing in self-adhesive products. Ritrama has manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile and China.
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UK Corrugated Cardboard Maker Launches New Factory
UK corrugated cardboard producer Ablebox has unveiled plans to create some 50 new jobs at its new factory in Henstridge. The producer invested some £7 million (US$9 million) in establishing a new production facility.
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UMaine’s Hafez to Develop Nanocellulose System to Purify Water
University of Maine’s Islam Hafez will develop a nanocellulose-based point-of-use purification system that removes arsenic from drinking water. The USDA awarded the postdoctoral researcher in UMaine’s School of Forest Resources US$132,403 for the two-year project. The university is contributing US$67,216 toward the project.
New Products
Smurfit Kappa Combines with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to Create Food Packaging
As part of its ongoing Better Planet Packaging initiative, Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with one of its partners, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, to create a new type of innovative and recyclable food-safe packaging. A combination of Smurfit Kappa’s expertise in paper-based packaging and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s strength in coated papers has led to the first product in the new range being shortlisted as a finalist in the Swiss Packaging Awards.
Fabio Perini Presents the Tissue Performance Center
Fabio Perini introduces the Tissue Performance Center, a next generation technologic environment where expert engineers, supported by company data scientists, continuously register and analyze customers’ data to supply information on the machines status and suggest improvements to maximize the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of the production lines.
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2019 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Announced At Annual Meeting
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2019 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 8 in Bluffton, South Carolina. Five AF&PA member companies received six awards.
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Dillard, Tomaszewski Assume New Leadership Roles at Sonoco
Sonoco, (NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has announced the promotions of two leaders: Rob Dillard and Jeff Tomaszewski. Dillard has been named Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Tomaszewski has been promoted to Vice President, Global Rigid Paper and Closures and Display and Packaging.
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Looking to Save a Life: Donate a Kidney to Help Peter Hart
Peter W. Hart, a long-standing contributor and leader of TAPPI local sections, TAPPI Journal, and holder of multiple National offices and a current TAPPI Board of Director, needs a kidney. 
Best Practices for Building Ventilation Improvements and Efficiency Webinar is Nov 19
Check out the latest free TAPPI webinar, Best Practices for Building Ventilation Improvements and Efficiency, being held November 19. Register now or learn more here.
Only One Week Until TAPPI’s Leadership Virtual Conference
There is still time to register for TAPPI’s industry-wide Leadership Virtual Conference. The conference kicks off in just one week and will be held on November 21 and 22. Register now or learn more here.
TAPPI Board of Directors Elections Begin December 2019
The 2019 TAPPI Nominating Committee announces the 2020 TAPPI Board Slate.
Kraft Recovery Team Helps You Solve Common Problems
Join a large panel of industry experts in January as they focus on solutions in kraft recovery!
Grab the remaining seats for TAPPI’s Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course
Only four weeks remain before the early-bird savings fly away!
Research, Collaboration and Exploration on Tap for Nano 2020
The spirit of collaboration and research is set to burn as bright in the Land of the Midnight Sun at TAPPI Nano 2020.  
Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI) Request for Proposal
(APPTI) is releasing a Request for Proposal in support of the APPTI Packaging Testing team. All proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than 8:00 am EST, January 13, 2020.
In Memoriam: TAPPI Member James E. Macklem

We honor James E. Macklem and send our sympathy and condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. James passed away in Beloit, WI, on September 4, 2019.

James graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1949 from Beloit College with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics.  He continued his education to receive a Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Chemistry.

James was a third-generation employee of Beloit Corporation and worked there for over 30 years. He supported various divisions in research, sales, and he bacame the head of the Estimating Department. For his work, he travelled extensively in Europe and the U.S. Throughout his life he kept well-informed of advances in paper machine technology and expanded this through his membership with TAPPI. James will surely be missed by our industry.

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