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Weekly Spotlight

U.S. Paper companies Appleton Coated LLC, NewPage Corp., and Sappi Fine Paper North America, this week applauded the efforts of more than 100 Members of Congress who wrote to President Obama asking for action on Chinese subsidies to their paper producers. The letter to the President urges that he "carefully examine the practices employed by the Chinese government to provide its paper industry an artificial and unfair advantage in the U.S. market, and determine the extent to which these practices cause or threaten to cause harm to American producers." The letter was spurred by the impact that Chinese paper exports are having on the industry in the U.S. Tthe letter's signatories come from thirty-one states representing more than half of the country.

The letter points to a study recently released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) which highlighted the continuing efforts of the Chinese government to promote the development of its paper producers at almost any expense. The academic study, authored by Dr. Usha Haley, identified roughly $33 billion in subsidies provided to China's paper producers in a variety of forms that have stimulated enormous capacity increases and jeopardized production and jobs in the U.S.

This study backs up the facts that underlie the trade case that was filed by the three U.S. paper companies and the United Steelworkers (USW) union last September. That case alleged that Chinese and Indonesian paper producers benefitted from subsidies and were dumping their products in the U.S. market. At each stage of the government's review of the cases, the concerns were validated and relief has been authorized.

"We deeply appreciate Congress' strong interest in the future of the domestic paper industry. While our trade case involves only a subset of the entire industry, it has been deeply injured by China's unfair trade practices. The letter to the President shows how important it is for our government to act on our case and provide real, effective relief," stated George Martin, senior VP, operations of NewPage Corp.

Mark Gardner, president and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America said that "elected leaders from more than half of the states have shown their concern about Chinese unfair trade practices and their impact on our industry. Our trade case gives the government the chance to act to help restore a competitive market in coated paper."

Sandra Van Ert, president and CEO of Appleton Coated LLC, noted that "this letter shows that Congress recognizes how important our domestic paper sector is to our economy and jobs. It's time for our government to act on the broad range of subsidies that China employs to undermine competitive companies and their workers. Chinese subsidies, starting with currency manipulation, must be addressed. The trade case we've filed gives the Obama Administration the ability to show that they truly are going to enforce our trade laws."

The companies and the USW filed unfair trade cases on September 23, 2009, with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that certain coated paper from China and Indonesia had been dumped and subsidized, resulting in injury to the domestic industry and its employees. The paper products covered by the petitions include coated paper in sheet form used in high-quality writing, printing, and other graphic applications, with a GE brightness rating of 80 or higher and weighing up to 340 grams per square meter.

The domestic industry has experienced capacity reductions and under-utilization resulting in the loss of jobs in communities across the country. The petitions show that unfairly traded imports from China and Indonesia are a significant contributor to that underutilization of capacity, mill closures, and resultant job loss. The three companies employ about 6,000 production workers represented by the USW at 20 paper mills operating in seven states.


A first-of-a-kind map plotted by scientists using data from U.S, space agency NASA satellites shows the Earth's tallest and shortest forests. It is hoped that the map can be used to predict the spread of forest fires, monitor the effects of deforestation and climate change, and track/calculate carbon absorption activity and capacity.

Scientists from NASA revealed the unique map detailing world forests this past week. Compiled using data from NASA satellites, it is the first of its kind to span the entire globe. Previously, forestry maps were either local or at best regional.

The map found the world's tallest forests were in the Pacific Northwest America and South East Asia, while shorter forests were found in broader areas across Canada and Eurasia. The map is being used by scientists to calculate the amount of carbon released by humans every year that gets absorbed by the forests. However according to a statement on NASA's website, one of the more immediate and practical uses of the map is predicting the spread of forest fires.

The map could also provide a means of monitoring the effects of climate change and deforestation on the world's forests. Deforestation and land change use is responsible for 20% of the world's emissions, and 48% of the world's deforestation occurs in Brazil, according to a 2008 report by the World Resources Institute. The NASA map can be viewed online.


Lake States TAPPI and North Central PIMA will hold their 2010 kick-off meeting on Tuesday August 24 at the Bull’s Eye Country Club in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., USA. A morning shotgun, scramble golf outing is planned with dinner to follow. Prizes will be awarded and individual pin events will be held. Registration fees remain the same as last year.

Those submitting their registration with their fee, postmarked by August 10, will be assigned holes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Later registrations will be assigned as space is available. Foursome sponsors and all singles will be notified of their hole assignment via phone, fax, or email. The scramble will have prizes and individual pin events.

Check-in registration will be at the main entrance of the golf course club house. Golf clubs will be unloaded, tagged, and placed on golf carts for assigned hole. Beverage carts will also be available throughout the day on a cash basis. Lunch will be provided at the turn, with the standard fine cuisine of brats, hamburgers, and beverage.

Prizes and donations will be awarded after dinner. In the past, various suppliers to the paper industry have been generous in donating raffle prizes. These types of donations will be appreciated again this year. Recognition will be provided during the presentations and will be published in the next issue of the "Reflections" for those who have been so generous. Please make sure the raffle items identify your company.

Registration fees are $110 per person (includes golf with cart, dinner, prize drawing, and Lake States TAPPI membership fee). For the dinner only, prizes, and Lake States TAPPI membership, the registration fee is $40 per person. Send registration fees (postmarked by August 10) to Clark H. Schabo, Schabo Printing, W5562 Center Valley Road, Black Creek, WI 54106. Make check payable to: Lake States Section of TAPPI. More information and the registration form are available on the Lake States TAPPI web site. For more information, you can also call Clark Schabo at 920-734-5073. Completed forms and credit card registration can optionally be faxed to Clark Schabo at 920-830-9610.

Market Roundup

Global market pulp prices are deteriorating, according to Mark Wilde, senior analyst, Deutsche Bank. The upheaval that started with China, is now spreading rather rapidly and more dramatically to other regions, Wilde says. Last week, at least five major producers in North America announced $30/metric ton price cuts on North American NBSK, effective August 1. Alpac announced $40/metric ton price cut on U.S. NBHK. In China, Ilim has cut BHK prices by $160/metric ton, and Arauco has cut BEK by $40-50/metric ton. Market observers expect big Brazilian producers to trim their list prices by at least $30/metric ton this week.

These list price reductions don't capture the ballooning in discounts given to medium/large customers, Wilde adds. Those discounts now appear to be as high as 20% - 25%, rendering "list" prices less and less relevant, he adds. With U.S. spot NBSK prices declining, producer inventories expected to rise in June, slower summer demand, mill starts/restarts, and sharp cuts in Chinese prices, North American pulp prices seem destined to continue correcting downward.


North American list prices on extensible sack kraft rose $30/ton in July to $1,010 - $1,030/ton, Wilde reports. While some producers implemented the full $60/ton price increase in July, other producers are passing through the increase in two tranches of $30/ton each in July and August. Overall demand appears strong (mill backlogs of 2-3 months) with reports suggesting some customers are on allocation. Producers have also announced price increases for August. Kapstone has announced a $60/ton price increase on bag and sack grades and $40/ton on unbleached kraft multiwall, converting kraft, and specialty kraft grades, effective August 1. Delta Natural kraft also announced a similar price increase, effective August 7. Georgia-Pacific announced a $50/ton increase on all unbleached and bleached kraft paper grades, effective August 1.

Prices are also rising outside of North America, Wilde notes. In Europe, Mondi recently announced a EUR 100/metric ton hike for all sack kraft grades, effective August 1. Overall sack kraft paper demand remains strong due to robust economic growth and large infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, he says.


All major North American producers have announced a third $60/ton price increase for containerboard, effective early August, Wide reports. Hikes in January and April added $110/ton to domestic list prices. While industry fundamentals are very favorable, macro indicators (soft employment, easing in ISM index, etc.) are suggesting that hike No. 3 will be tougher than expected, he adds. Industry fundamentals point to a snug market—continued recovery in box shipments (June +3.7% y/y), high operating rates (96.7%), and inventories still at 30-yr lows.

Permanent capacity reductions of ˜3 million tons since the fourth quarter of 2008 and spring maintenance downtime have further tightened the markets. Conditions are tight elsewhere. Smurfit Kappa and Mondi last week announced EUR 60/metric ton price increases on unbleached kraft linerboard in Europe, effective September 1. European producers have already boosted prices by EUR 150/ metric ton ($176/short ton) in 2010. Including the latest announcement, the European moves, at current exchange rate, would sum to $247/short ton— $77/ton above the North American proposals, Wilde points out.


North American unbleached kraft board list prices in July rose $10/ton to $865 - $925/ton, following the $30/ton June price increase, according to Wilde. At current levels, prices are +4.7% y/y. The $40/ton increase over the last two months is the first price increase since August 2008. The current price increase is driven by strong beverage demand and a pick-up in back-to-school activity. This increase will help in restoring the spread with coated recycled board prices, which rose in September 2009, January 2010, and April 2010.


New Zealand’s exports of pine logs and lumber increased substantially during the first months of 2010, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA, reports. Unfortunately for the manufacturing sector, log exports have increased much faster than the exports of manufactured products, WRQ adds.

For the period January through May, the value of wood, pulp, and paper products reached almost $1.2 billion (NZ$1.7 billion), which was up 54% from last year. The increase in shipments the past few years is to a large extent due to the continued strong demand for most forest products and wood raw-material in China, WRQ continues. The big story from New Zealand continues to be the expanding exports of Radiata pine logs to Asia. In 2009, China was, for the first time, the number one destination for Radiata logs. The volume reached 4.8 million cubic meters last year, up from 2.1 million in 2008 and from only 680,000 cubic meters five years ago. So far this year, exports to China are up an additional 38% from the earlier record set last year.

The total log shipments in 2009 reached 8.7 million cubic metres and could very well be moré than 10 million cubic metres this year, WRQ says. An interesting development, it adds, is that India imported a record 810,000 cubic metres of Radiata pine in 2009, making it the third most important world market behind China and South Korea. During the first five months of 2010, shipments to India were up 54% compared with the same period in 2009. More information is available online.

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APRIL Fine Paper has ordered a fine paper production line from Metso, Finland, to be installed at the company’s mill in Xin Hui, Guangdong province, China. Startup of the production line is scheduled for the last quarter of 2011. The value of the order is not disclosed; however, Metso notes that a typical market value for this size production line is about EUR 80-120 million depending on the scope of the delivery.

Metso’s delivery of the complete production line for woodfree uncoated paper includes a stock preparation system, a paper machine, two winders, and an extensive automation package. The scope of supply will also include a Metso machine clothing package for the entire production line.

The annual production capacity of the new 8.65-m-wide production line will be 450,000 metric tons. The paper machine design speed is 1,800 m/min.

APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) Co. Ltd is part of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), one of the world’s largest producers of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and a producer of sustainable fiber, pulp, and paper with manufacturing operations in Indonesia and China.


Appleton, Appleton, Wis., USA, reported this week that it expects its West Carrollton, Ohio, paper mill to return to full production within a couple of weeks following the recent collapse there of some internal structures of a coal silo. The incident occurred on July 10 and caused no injuries.

While most of the West Carrollton facility was undamaged, the partial collapse of the coal silo reduced the mill’s ability to produce power and steam and resulted in a temporary shutdown of the mill on July 10 and 11. Portions of the mill returned to production on July 12. A combination of repairs and the installation of temporary boilers are underway.

"We are thankful no one was hurt at the mill," said Appleton’s CEO Mark Richards. "Since the incident occurred, our operation, planning, logistics, and sales and customer service teams have been very resourceful at managing order demand and leveraging the strength of our network of manufacturing facilities. Our goal is to minimize the impact of the incident on our customers."

Appleton said that it quickly shifted production of some of the carbonless and thermal paper products produced at the West Carrollton mill to the company’s manufacturing facilities in Appleton, Wis., and Roaring Spring, Pa.

Some Appleton customers, primarily those who purchase carbonless rolls, may be affected by the incident at the West Carrollton mill. Those customers have already been contacted directly by the company. Appleton has adjusted schedules for the mill’s production crews while repairs are underway at the mill. No jobs will be lost at the mill as a result of the incident.

Appleton believes the incident will have no material impact on its financial performance nor will it significantly affect the company’s ability to fulfill current or future orders for its paper products.


Appleton, Appleton, Wis., USA, the largest U.S. producer of thermal paper (the type used in cash register and credit card receipts) reported this week that it is no longer using the controversial ingredient, bisphenol A (BPA), in the production of this grade of paper. The company made the statement in the wake of an independent report issued by the Environmental Working Group that found high levels of BPA in 40% of receipts sampled from major U.S. businesses and services. Appleton notes that it dropped BPA from its thermal paper formulation in 2006 due to growing concerns about the safety of the chemical.

"After reviewing toxicology reports and available studies, we concluded removing BPA from our thermal products was the responsible thing to do," said Kent Willetts, Appleton's VP of strategic development. "We are committed to actively managing the safety of all our products."

In Jan. 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that recent studies provide reasons for concern about the potential adverse health effects of BPA in infants and children, especially for applications with direct contact to food. BPA bans are in place in Japan, Canada, and a growing number of U.S. states, and Congress is considering a federal ban on BPA in all food and beverage containers.

Appleton representatives participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's partnership program Design for the Environment, which involves multi-stakeholder alternative assessments to help reduce environmental releases of and subsequent exposure to BPA. The first assessment focuses on finding safer alternatives to BPA for use as a developer for dyes in thermal paper. Appleton creates product solutions through its development and use of coating formulations, coating applications, and Encapsys microencapsulation technology.

Appleton produces carbonless, thermal, and security papers, and Encapsys products. The 100% employee-owned company has manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and employs approximately 2,000 people.


International Paper Co., Memphis, Tenn., USA, this past week said that it reached agreement to sell 163,000 acres of properties located in the southeastern U.S. for approximately $200 million in a transaction with an affiliate of Rock Creek Capital (the Partnership). A minimum of $160 million will be received at closing, with the balance, plus interest, to be received no later than three years from closing. In addition, IP will receive 20% of the Partnership's net profits after it achieves certain financial returns.

"This sale will substantially complete the monetization of our forest land and realty holdings," said Dave Liebetreu, IP's VP, global sourcing and forest resources. "The transaction represents good value in this economic environment and allows us to participate in the upside potential as the real estate market recovers."

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010.


Marcal Manufacturing, Elmwood Park, N.J., USA, is providing 50,000 rolls of toilet paper free to City of Newark, N.J. employees. The toilet paper is being distributed today from a Marcal tractor trailer parked across the street from Newark City Hall. With a retail value of $35,000, the 50,000 rolls of 100% Small Steps recycled bath tissue are being distributed to all city employees with a valid employee ID, in response to Newark’s budget-inflicted toilet paper austerity crunch.


NewPage Corp., Miamisburg, Ohio, USA, this week announced that the a 262-in. trim No. 3 paper machine at its Escanaba, Mich., mill will manufacture release liner and general purpose label papers for North American and International pressure sensitive markets.

"Based on customer feedback, market growth, and our long history of serving the pressure sensitive industry, we determined that Escanaba's No. 3 paper machine is an excellent manufacturing platform for meeting the stringent performance requirements of this market," said Ed Buehler, general manager for specialty papers. "This product line expansion creates more facestock and release liner options for label converters, and uniquely positions NewPage with the most comprehensive offering of pressure sensitive papers in North America."

The Escanaba mill is a fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facility with an annual capacity of 845,000 tons on three paper machines, producing label facestock and release liner, high-end commercial printing, catalog, magazine, and book grades. The Escanaba mill is third-party certified to three chain-of-custody systems, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

NewPage is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2009. The company's product portfolio includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint, and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging applications, and direct mail advertising. NewPage operates paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nova Scotia, Canada, with a total annual production capacity of approximately 4.4 million tons of paper, including 3.2 million tons of coated paper, 1.0 million tons of uncoated paper, and 200,000 tons of specialty paper.


Tembec, Temiscaming, Que., Canada, this week reported that a new collective agreement covering 680 unionized employees at its operations in Temiscaming has been ratified. Employees who are members of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union voted on the new agreement over the past week. The new agreement is for five years and establishes a framework that will improve the competitive position of the various operations located at the Temiscaming site. A large integrated site, Temiscaming is Tembec’s largest facility and produces high yield pulp, specialty dissolving pulp, coated paperboard, and specialty chemical products.

"Our Temiscaming facility is one of the key sites for our company and the ratification of this new agreement represents an important milestone. This new, long term agreement represents a key element of our long term plan for Temiscaming and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to improving the competitive position of the operations near term and to achieving critical operational and cost improvements required to support the pursuit of significant upgrades to the site," said James Lopez, president and CEO of Tembec.

The company noted that it is in the process of evaluating a number of options for capital upgrades to the Temiscaming site aimed at maintaining and enhancing its long term competitiveness. Once this evaluation is completed, options will be brought forward to Tembec’s board of directors. Mill capital investment plans normally span a 5 to 10 year period, the company adds.


Appleton, Appleton, Wis., USA, this past week announced that it has completed the sale of its Performance Packaging operations to a newly formed company named NEX Performance Films Inc. which is owned by Mason Wells, a Milwaukee-based private equity firm. The purchase price paid in the transaction was approximately $58 million. Appleton intends to use proceeds from the sale to reduce debt and for general corporate purposes.

The operations Appleton sold produce high-quality single and multilayer polyethylene films and are comprised of American Plastics Company, Inc., located in Rhinelander, Wis.; and New England Extrusion Inc., which has facilities in Turners Falls, Mass., and Milton, Wis.

The sale of the Performance Packaging operations is a strategic move to consolidate Appleton’s offerings and to allow the company to focus on its specialty paper and Encapsys microencapsulation businesses.


Chenzhou Yunong Paper Co., Hunan province, China. has ordered a new bleached chemi-mechanical pulping (CTMPc) line from Metso, Finland. The line will have a capacity of 500 metric tpd and is to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2011. The order value is below EUR 10 million.

The delivery from Metso involves a conical disc high consistency refiner, low consistency refiners, screens in the screen room, as well as technical assistance during erection, startup,and commissioning. The mill uses eucalyptus as raw material.

Chenzhou Yunong Paper Co. Ltd is part of the Yunfu Starch Processing Group. Chenzhou Yunong Paper was founded in 2008 at a green field area with a focus on production of mechanical market pulp. The pulp production is scheduled to be in operation in 2011.


Koch Industries, owner of Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, is reportedly in "deep discussions" to buy packaging maker Pactiv Corp., according to Reuters and New York Post reports this past week. The Post reported that bids for Pactiv, which makes Hefty brand trash bags, were likely in early to mid-August.

Georgia-Pacific was reported to be among the bidders for Pactiv in May. According to Reuters, a source familiar with the situation previously told them that buyout firm Apollo was also in discussions to buy the company.


Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA), Elgin, Ill., USA, reports that Deborah White has been named its new executive director. Prior to joining RPTA, White was SVP and chief legal officer at the Food Marketing Institute (the supermarket industry’s trade association) and an attorney at Keller & Heckman, the law firm that RPTA uses for the Food Safety Protocol. Dave Ruby will serve RPTA as executive director emeritus until October 31. Joanne Arnold and Fran McGowan will continue their tradition of service in their roles at RPTA.

Late last month RPTA relocated to a "virtual" office, and its physical office was closed. The The main telephone number for RPTA will remain the same: (847) 622-254, and individual straff members can be reached by pressing: 1 for Deborah White, 2 for Joanne Arnold, 3 for Fran McGowan, and 4 for Dave Ruby.  E-mail addresses are as follows: Deborah White (dwhite@rpta.org), Joanne Arnold (jarnold@rpta.org), Fran McGowan (fmcgowan@rpta.org), and Dave Ruby (druby@rpta.org). RPTA’sne mailing address is: Recycled Paperboard Technical Association, PO Box 5774, Elgin, IL 60121-5774. To send a package, please contact the appropriate RPTA staff member for a street address.


Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, reported this week that it is voluntarily targeting a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the company's more than 300 global manufacturing plants by 2014. Harris E. DeLoach Jr., chairman, president, and CEO, announced the new goal in a letter to stakeholders from the company's 2009-2010 Sustainability Report http://www.sonoco.com that was issued this week.

"Last year, we committed to reducing GHG emissions from our uncoated recycled paper mills in the U.S. and Canada by approximately 15% by 2013. I am pleased to report that our efforts in 2009 led to an approximate 13% reduction," DeLoach said. "We have put in place a global web-based environmental management system that collects GHG emissions from all of our international manufacturing facilities. We have taken these data, established 2008 as our baseline year, and set a goal of reducing GHG emission from our more than 300 manufacturing facilities by 15% by 2014."

DeLoach added that the significant progress Sonoco made in 2009 toward reducing GHG emissions came from decreasing energy consumption and by converting steam boilers at some of the company's paperboard mills to less carbon-intensive fuels. As an example, overall energy consumption at Sonoco's North American paperboard mills was reduced by 3.3% in 2009, which saved the company approximately $2.2 million and reduced GHG and other emissions. Further projects are underway at company mills in North America, Italy, and Greece.


Varel Paper and Board, Varel, Germany, has awarded Germany-based Voith Paper a major rebuild of its PM 4. The sophisticated project is aimed at increasing production capacity and extending the product range of PM 4, but is also focused on efficient energy use and environment-friendly paper production. The rebuild will begin before the end of this year.

Varel currently produces corrugating medium and testliner in a basis weight range of 120 to 220 g/m2 on PM 4. The rebuild will hoost capacity of PM 4 to 300,000 metric tpy and, in the future, about 50% of its production will be white liner grades. Because of the additionally required raw materials, the rebuild involves a major extension of the stock preparation system to three lines.

PM 4 will undergo a complete modernization. It will be equipped with new approach flow systems, the headboxes will be renewed, and both fourdrinier wires will be extended. A DuoD hybrid former will be installed for the back ply, while the top ply will be equipped with a DuoShake unit.

The dryer section will be completely renewed, and a SpeedSizer film press including non-contact web drying will replace the old unit. In addition, PM 4 will receive a new soft calender and a MasterReel unit. On the winder, a new unwind station for larger parent rolls will be installed. Voith Paper Automation will completely modernize the paper machine control system. A particularly interesting aspect of this rebuild is the working width of the new components, which will be widened from 5.1 m to 5.3 m.

Varel Paper Mill will handle engineering and planning and will be assisted by Voith Paper. Startup of rebuilt PM 4 is scheduled for mid-February 2011.

With this rebuild, Varel plans to achieve considerable energy savings, but also is planning for several energy and environmental gains. Thus, one key target of the rebuild is to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions throughout the paper production process.

Published Pricing

Caraustar Industries, Inc. will increase prices by $40 per ton on all coated recycled paperboard grades produced by its mills, including Britone Newsback, Pearlback, Freezetone, and Whitone. The increase is effective with shipments on and after August 16.

Caraustar is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. It serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores, folding cartons, gypsum facing paper, and specialty paperboard products.


Graphic Packaging International (GPI), Marietta, Ga., USA, , a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Co., has announced a price increase of $50 per ton on its SUS coated unbleached kraft paperboard, effective with shipments on or after August 23. The increase affects GPI's coated folding carton grades, Pearl-Kote and Omni-Kote, as well as the Aqua-Kote carrier grade.


The Newark Group, Cranford, N.J., USA, is increasing prices on all of its coated grades of recycled paperboard. The $40 per ton increase by the company’s Paperboard Mill Division becomes effective with shipments beginning August 23.


Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Chicago, Ill., USA, reported this week that its Recycling division has named Alex Ding sales director in China. Ding, in his new role based in the company's Shanghai office, will focus on maintaining and developing preferred supplier relationships with Smurfit-Stone's customers, government agencies, and service providers. He has extensive knowledge of the paper and recycling industries, and will lead Smurfit-Stone's Recycling sales team in China and represent its interests in global packaging solutions, corporate procurement, cross-divisional sales, and business opportunities in China.

Attend TAPPI’s Lean Maintenance for the Corrugated Industry Course, August 17-18, 2010 in Norcross, Georgia.

Designed to provide you with the information and knowledge required to create a smoothly functioning, effective and efficient maintenance team in your corrugated plant, this two-day course focuses on the critical elements that drive maintenance efficiency and effectiveness.  This course will be led by industry expert Jeffrey Hahn.  With more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing, Hahn has led significant improvements of maintenance processes at two of the largest pulp and paper mill sites in the world and will bring value to course participants by focusing on how to organize a maintenance department and put into place the processes required to reduce downtime and improve productivity. 

What will you learn?

You’ll learn how to organize a maintenance department and put into place the processes required to reduce downtime and improve productivity.

The six elements will be presented in a "Lean Maintenance" context focused on eliminating waste at every opportunity.  Excess repair parts inventory, excessive downtime, excessive crew size and poorly defined jobs are examples of areas that have waste that can be reduced.  Root Cause Failure Analysis will be reviewed as a tool to reduce repeat failures.  In addition, application of 5 S’s and visual work practices will be covered as well as processes such as Reliability Centered Maintenance and the Visual Workplace.

The six elements will be reviewed in sufficient detail to allow you to develop an action plan for making improvements upon return to your plant.

Each participant will receive a workbook containing a copy of the presentations used during the two days and space for notes.

As a result of attending this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the part maintenance plays in plant operations.
  • Use of Root Cause Analysis to define problems.
  • Define maintenance tasks that prolong the life of equipment, reduce downtime and reduce the cost of maintenance
  • Understand the requirements for the maintenance department to maintain keen troubleshooting and problem solving skills, as well as sharp technical and craft skills.

Learn more about this course.
Make your hotel reservation at the Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden by August 2 for the 2010 Nanotechnology Conference to take advantage of the reduced rate.

Dr. Hiroyuki Yano will make a keynote presentation at the 2010 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry. This event is sponsored by TAPPI along with programming partner VTT. It will take place September 27-29, 2010 at the Dipoli Congress Centre in Espoo, Finland. The theme of this year’s event is "Getting Down to Business with Nanotech Products."

Dr. Yano will present "Potential of Cellulose Nanofiber-Based Materials" on Monday, September 27, 2010. He is a Professor at the Research Institute of Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. This Nanotechnology Conference brings together leading researchers, industry experts, government representatives and other stakeholders. In technical sessions and face-to-face meetings, they share developments, perspectives and discuss new ideas and breakthrough concepts on nanotechnology-based advances.

Visit www.tappi.org/10nano for additional keynoters and presentation updates.
The 5th Annual Pacific Section Golf Tournament will be at the Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland, Wash., on Friday, August 27, 2010.  The fun begins at 1 p.m. with a modified shotgun start for the 4-person scramble format. There are 144 spots available, so reserve your space now!  The entry fee is $125 per person and includes Green Fees, Cart, 2 Beverage Tickets, Prizes, Meal, Awards and LOTS OF FUN!

For more information and registration: 5th Annual Pacific Section Golf Tournament.
Corrugated Week is the only show of its kind in 2010 – offering more than you can get anywhere else, including a sold-out exhibit main floor!  This means even greater exposure to global expertise, products and services than ever before for attendees.

A Winning Partnership!

TAPPI - the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries, and AICC - the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters - join forces for this event to deliver ONE comprehensive educational and networking experience!

An entire week devoted to corrugated topics:

-  Two days of trade show exhibit opportunities
-  Training and insight from the best of the best in this industry
-  A cutting-edge technology showcase exhibit of innovative trends and design in production
-  Multi-track TAPPI sessions featuring Safety, Innovations, Sustainability and Renewability, and Color Consistency
-  Sales opportunities and networking events that include golf, welcome reception and spouse programs
-  AICC program topics and details, which can be found at www.aiccbox.org/meeting

Register by Friday, August  6, to benefit from early-bird savings.  And, you could be in Baltimore, Maryland, USA this fall!

We look forward to seeing you!
Poster Session Abstracts for the  11th TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium, October 11-12, 2010 in Munich, Germany, are now being accepted.

The TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium is the preeminent symposium for leading-edge research in the area of paper coating. It occurs every two years and attracts the world’s foremost experts in coating technology. Your next opportunity won’t come until 2012!
In addition to displaying your poster for informal discussions during breaks and lunch, you will have the opportunity to speak about your poster in front of all the attendees during the opening session. Your poster abstract will also be included in the conference proceedings which are distributed to all conference attendees and available for sale after the event. 

August 27, 2010 is the last day for submission of poster abstracts.

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If you have not yet made your decision about the TAPPI Introduction to Tissue Manufacturing Course now is the time. It's coming up soon -- August 11-12 -- in Kennesaw, Ga.

This two-day course is one of very few available on tissue manufacturing. It delivers a structured examination of manufacturing processes and the effect that those processes have on product performance and quality.

View the Preliminary Course Schedule to find out more.

Register here.

Your instructor will be Dr. Michael J. Kocurek, PhD, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and editor of books and many other publications. Kocurek is a TAPPI Fellow and Distinguished Service Recipient. In 2005, Kocurek was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on those who have made preeminent contributions to the global pulp & paper industry.

We look forward to seeing you August 11 and 12!
The 9th Research Forum on Recycling will continue its history of highlighting cutting-edge research results from around the world. Held every three years, this event will provide participants an extraordinary opportunity to hear the latest in recycling research, discuss and debate technical and operating issues, learn and network with experts and peers, and identify future research needs of the recycling community. One registration will gain you access to both the PEERS Conference and Research Forum on Recycling programs.

Esteemed engineers, scientists and practitioners will lead sessions on all aspects of recycling technologies and operations for raw materials, ranging from newsprint to mixed office waste, during more than 35 cutting-edge presentations.
The 2010 Empire State Fall Golf Outing will be held at Kingswood Golf Club, Hudson Falls, New York, on Thursday, October 7, 2010.   There is a 9 a.m. shotgun start, 4-Man Scramble. Included is an all-you- can-eat hot buffet, salads, desserts, beverages, and prizes after the round.  The registration deadline is September 24, 2010, and is limited to 72 players, so register early!

Help support this year’s event by sponsoring a hole! A $100 Sponsorship will have a sign denoting your contribution on a hole giving attendees the opportunity to see what you offer in the way of services, as well as an appreciation for supporting this year’s event.

For additional information and to register: Empire State Section Golf Tournament.

"Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich." – Henry Ford (1863 - 1947), American founder of Ford Motor Company, inventor and father of the modern assembly line.