COVID-19 Impact
Handling Tumultuous Times in the Tissue and Towel Market

Over the Wire


Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Member
The unfolding of the past several months has led to more unpredictability than any of us could have imagined. Stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and consumer panic buying have created major irregularities in tissue and towel market dynamics and consumption patterns.
Weekly Spotlight
A.Celli Paper Acquires PMT Italia
A.Celli Paper SPA, main affiliate of Italia Technology Alliance group, announces the acquisition of PMT Italia - Paper Machinery Technology, a company operating in the production of machinery for tissue and paper industry.
Mondi Invest in Szczecin Plant in Poland to Expand E-Commerce Portfolio
Mondi has successfully completed the installation of new equipment at its corrugated box production plant in Szczecin, Poland to meet growing demand for e-commerce packaging.
Fabio Perini Celebrates 100 Constellation Sold in 5 Years All Over the World
Fabio Perini celebrates the technology that has revolutionized the converting sector for quality of the finished product, ease of use and better OEE.
Metsä Board Launches a State-of-the-Art Excellence Center to Accelerate Paperboard and Packaging Innovation
Growing consumption and demand for more sustainable packaging is boosting the need for new innovations. To develop solutions for packaging today and into the future, Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up operations in its new Excellence Centre at the unique bioeconomy site in Äänekoski, Finland.
Calender Roll Bearing Failures? Beat the Heat with the TL-Series from NSK.
NSK Americas
Under the extreme and rapid heating of calendar rolls in paper making machines, the typical bearing will rapidly fail due to repeated hoop stresses. TL-Series Spherical Roller Bearings from NSK were created to dramatically increase service life and maintenance intervals, while dramatically reducing costs.
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Market Roundup
SCA Increases Pulp Price by $40
SCA increases the price on bleached softwood kraft pulp, NBSK, by $40 per metric ton.
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
New PMP Intelli-Reel to be Delivered to Paper Mill in France
One of the leading global hygiene company reached an agreement with PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) for a new project execution of design, production and commissioning of a new reel Intelli-Reel® in a paper mill, located in France.
Zen Clean Energy Solutions Leads Hydrogen Study for BC’s Pulp & Paper Sector
Zen Clean Energy Solutions (Zen) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the BC Bioenergy Network, in partnership with FortisBC, The BC Pulp and Paper BioAlliance and The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions to complete a PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDY: HYDROGEN GENERATION IN BC’S PULP & PAPER SECTOR.
Valmet to Supply New Bleach Plant and Upgrade of Batch Cooking and Fiberline to ITC’s Bhadrachalam Pulp Mill in India
The Bhadrachalam pulp mill has an increased demand of pulp due to continuous expansion in board production. The company has recently invested in Valmet’s board machine, a new high power recovery boiler and ash leaching plant.
Oji Holdings to Invest USD 37.5 Million in New Corrugated Container Plant in Southern Malaysia
Oji Holdings Corporation recently announced that it will invest USD 37.5 million (JPY 4 billion) to establish a new corrugated container plant in Johor in southern Malaysia. The plant will have an approximate production capacity of 7 million m2 per month.
ABB Supplies Electrical Package and Drives Automation to Grupo Gondi's New Recycled Containerboard Mill in Mexico
ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for Grupo Gondi at its new 400,000 metric tons per year recycled containerboard mill located just north of Monterrey, Mexico. The project includes switchgear, transformers, motors, drives, and automation for the paper machine drive system with ABB's Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system.
Mayr-Melnhof Karton to Cease Cartonboard Production at Hirschwang Mill in Lower Austria
Mayr-Melnhof Karton announced that it will cease cartonboard production at its paper mill in Hirschwang, Lower Austria. The mill operates one paper machine, BM4, which has the capacity to produce 80,000 tons per year of recycled cartonboard in a range of grammages from 400 - 700 gsm.
New Products
Cannon Artes Zerogas® Deaerator: High Efficiency Solution for Pulp & Paper Market
Cannon Artes, from the very beginning, supports main operators of the pulp and paper market in choosing the best solutions for water treatment of steam generation. This is one of the main and engaging challenges for Cannon Artes, considering that the Holdings of the market put a lot of attention in the sustainability and energy efficiency of its activities.
Metris DryQ from ANDRITZ Improves Performance at Montes del Plata
The new intelligent solution for pulp drying, Metris DryQ, developed by ANDRITZ, is operating successfully at the Montes del Plata pulp mill in Punta Pereira, Uruguay. It was installed in September 2019 as part of a mill-wide service agreement called SYNERGY, which includes remote support and local assistance by ANDRITZ experts, with the aim of boosting dryer performance and stabilizing the process.
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Sappi Announces Project to Convert Boiler 11 at Gratkorn Mill from Coal to Renewable Fuels
As part of Sappi's global long-term commitment to sustainability and the focus it has on climate action, a decision has been reached to invest in a complete modernization of boiler 11 at its Gratkorn pulp and paper mill in Austria. According to Sappi, the investment in state-of-the-art technology will see the mill shift from a coal boiler to a multi-fuel boiler in two phases with the goal to finally use only sustainable and renewable fuels.
Seaman Paper and Plastic Pollution Coalition Team Up to Reduce Worldwide Single-Use Plastic Packaging Waste
Seaman Paper Company (Seaman Paper), a leading global manufacturer of environmentally sustainable specialty paper and packaging solutions, and Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC), an NGO and global alliance working toward a world free of plastic pollution, are pleased to announce a partnership focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic used in packaging applications across retail, eCommerce, and other supply chains.
Kuraray America, Inc.
Gregg Diethorn Strengthens BAHMÜLLER Sales Force in the US
Effective from 1st September 2020, Longreach International LLC, Virginia, will strengthen the sales team of BAHMÜLLER Corrugated Board Converting systems in the eastern territory of the United States.
AWC Welcomes Jackson Morrill as New President & CEO
The American Wood Council (AWC) will welcome Jackson Morrill, President of the Composite Panel Association (CPA), as AWC’s new President & CEO on September 16.
Juan P. Perez, CFO Smurfit Kappa The Americas, Appointed President of ACCCSA
Juan Pablo Perez, CFO for Smurfit Kappa The Americas, has been appointed as the new President of the Corrugators Association of the Caribbean and Central and South America (ACCCSA). For 40 years this association has contributed to the development and growth of the Latin American corrugated industry through the exchange of experiences, ideas and technological knowledge.
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