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Naylor, LLC
Weekly Spotlight
Georgia-Pacific LLC, Atlanta, Ga., USA, reports that GP Cellulose Group, an entity it controls, has chosen to convert to a "long form" merger in the pending acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc., Memphis, Tenn., and to terminate the previously announced tender offer in accordance with the merger agreement with Buckeye Technologies. G-P and GP Cellulose have chosen to convert to the merger as a result of the previously announced second request from the Department of Justice regarding the nonwovens business. The "long form" merger affords Buckeye Technologies' shareholders the opportunity to vote to approve the merger.

Under the merger agreement announced April 24, Buckeye Technologies has agreed to hold a special meeting of its shareholders promptly to consider and vote on adoption of the merger agreement. Adoption of the merger agreement requires the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the outstanding shares of Buckeye Technologies' common stock. Subject to the receipt of shareholder approval and the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions to the merger, Buckeye Technologies' shareholders will receive $37.50 in cash per share in the merger, the same price they would have received in the tender offer.

The previously announced tender offer by GP Cellulose Group for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Buckeye Technologies expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City (Eastern) time, on Tuesday, June 25. At the expiration of the tender offer, due to pending regulatory review, conditions related to expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and the receipt of other required regulatory approvals, had not been satisfied, G-P reports.

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), the depositary for the tender offer, advised G-P that at the expiration of the tender offer, approximately 33,379,812 shares had been validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the offer. This represents approximately 83% of the 40,127,758 shares of Buckeye Technologies' common stock deemed issued and outstanding, on a fully-diluted basis, as of June 25.

Two Sides US, Chicago, Ill., USA, this week announced its Ecographic Challenge, a contest to develop an engaging infographic that clearly presents facts about the sustainability of print and paper. The contest is open to amateur and professional graphic designers who are U.S. residents and are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Individual and team entries will be accepted.

"Two Sides is reaching out to the country's most creative talent to help us promote the sustainability of print and paper in a way that's fun and easy to understand," says Two Sides President Phil Riebel. "We're providing all of the facts and asking contestants to create an ‘ecographic' that will help correct common misperceptions about the sustainability of printed communications, like the ones perpetuated by misleading environmental marketing claims that urge people to switch from paper to electronic communications to protect the environment."

Two Sides will award one $2,500 cash prize to the winning individual or team. Entries will be accepted until 9 p.m. EDT on August 16. The winner will be announced at the Print13 Conference in Chicago on September 10, and will be acknowledged in all published versions of the ecographic.

More information, including complete rules, ecographic specifications, and an entry form are available online, or by email.

Support for the Ecographic Challenge is provided by the following Two Sides members: Ariva, Boise Inc., Domtar Corp., Lindenmeyr Munroe, PrintMediaCentr, Unisource Worldwide, UPM, and Western States Envelope & Label.

Verso Paper Corp., Memphis, Tenn., USA, reports that the New York Stock Exchange will commence proceedings to delist its common stock due to the company's failure to satisfy the NYSE's continued listing standard relating to market capitalization. As previously reported, on December 21, 2011, the NYSE initially notified Verso that it had fallen below the NYSE's continued listing standard relating to market capitalization. To maintain the listing, the NYSE requires that Verso have an average market capitalization over a consecutive 30-trading-day period of at least $75 million.

On February 6, 2012, Verso submitted to the NYSE a plan to achieve compliance with the market capitalization standard within 18 months after the initial notice from the NYSE, and the NYSE notified Verso of its approval of the plan on March 16, 2012. Verso's market capitalization exceeded the $75 million requirement during much of the 18-month plan period; however, it was not able to maintain such level at the end of the plan period as required by the NYSE. As of this past June 21, the last day of the plan period, Verso's 30-trading-day average market capitalization was $60.5 million.

Under the NYSE's rules, Verso has the right to a review of the NYSE staff's delisting determination by a committee of the board of directors of the NYSE. Verso has notified the NYSE that it intends to seek such review. Verso expects that the NYSE will permit the common stock to continue trading on the NYSE during the review process.

Verso is a producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and specialty paper products. Its paper products are used primarily in media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs, and commercial printing applications such as high-end advertising brochures, annual reports, and direct-mail advertising.

Now an established event during London Pulp Week, this year's BWPA (British Wood Pulp Association) and Hawkins Wright Symposium moves to the historic Freemasons Hall in London, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch. The registration fee is £305 (VAT included).

This year's program includes:

  • Diego Iscaro, IHS Global Insight
  • The Global Economic Outlook
  • João Cordeiro, Jaakko Pöyry
  • Pulp Wood Supply Trends in Asia and Latin America
  • Hani Nuqul, Nuqul Group
  • Tissue: Prospects in the MENA Markets
  • Heikki Vappula, UPM
  • Pulp Production and Bioenergy - Strategic Opportunity or Risk?
  • Oliver Lansdell, Hawkins Wright
  • The Outlook for Market Pulp.

For more information email Amanda Marcus or phone at: +44 (0) 7802449144.

Coldwater Seals
Market Roundup
Total U.S. printing and writing (P&W) paper shipments in May were down 7% compared with May 2012, with total inventory levels increasing 1% from April, according to the AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA) May 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report. Additional key findings include:
  • May shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 2% compared with May 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments up less than 1% compared with 2012. Imports of CFS papers increased 22% in April compared with the same period last year.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 5% year-over-year in May. For the year, shipments are down 4% in 2013. Imports of UFS in April increased 26% compared with April 2012.
  • May uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 11% compared with May 2012, with year-over-year imports through April up 5%.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in May decreased 13% compared with May 2012. Shipments of CM are down 12% for the year, with imports through April up 14%.
Wood chips are one of the few forest products commodities that have seen a steadily increasing trend in globally traded volumes the past decade, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA. With the exception of 2009, when global production of pulp fell by about 10% and the demand for wood fiber was down, international trade of wood chips has increased every year from 2000 to 2011, WRQ notes.

From 2009 to 2012, global chip trade increased by 6.5 million tons to just over 31 million tons, valued at more than $5 billion, slightly below the all-time high reached in 2011. Much of the increase in chip imports has been because of the expansion of MDF production capacity in Turkey and due to major investments in pulp capacity in China.

The top ranking of chip-importing countries has changed quite considerably the past five years. Although Japan is still, by far, the largest chip importer in the world, import volumes have declined from a record-high of almost 15 million tons in 2008 to just over 11 million tons in 2012. China, on the other hand, has gone from being a net exporter of chips less than 10 years ago to become the second largest importer of wood chips in the world.

With the expansion of pulp production capacity in China and the lack of domestic fiber sources, it is likely that China will surpass Japan as the world largest chip importer within two to three years. Japan and China are the two dominant consumers of globally traded chips. Their dominance is particularly accentuated for hardwood chips, where they imported 83% of the world's total imports in 2012.

Pulp mills in Finland, the third largest chip importer, have for a long time relied on residual chips from Russian sawmills with close proximity to the border and on chips from the Baltic States, as reported by the WRQ. This trade has increased in recent years. The fourth on the import ranking list for 2012 is Turkey, which has become a major chip destination in just the past few years.

It is likely that global trade of wood chips will continue to go up in the coming years for two main reasons—there are limited forest resources in some of the countries that are expanding industry capacity, and some forest companies are making the strategic decision to diversify their supply sources and import wood chips rather than procure marginal fiber supplies locally, according to the WRQ.

More information is available online.

Brazilian pulp and paper exports rose 4.4% this year through May, compared with the same period in 2012, according to figures released this past week by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa), São Paulo, Brazil. The value totaled $2.87 billion, of which $2.04 came from foreign sales of pulp, which rose 7.5%, and $831 million from paper, whose revenues dropped 2.5%.

The volume of pulp exported totaled 3.8 million metric tons from January to May, with growth of 9.4% over the same period last year. The greatest growth in consumption came from China, where sales expanded 20.6% and totaled $637 million, coming closer to the value obtained with sales to Europe of $837 million.

Brazilian production of pulp rose 3.9% through May, while paper production increased 1.4% over the same months in 2012. Production totaled 6 million metric tons of pulp and 4.2 million metric tons of paper in the first five months of the year.

Naylor, LLC
Pulp & Paper
BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden, has ordered from Metso, Finland, a cooking plant rebuild, a brown stock washing plant, and a screening plant for its mill in Gruvön, Sweden. Startup of the rebuilt cooking plant and brown stock washing plant is planned for May 2014 and the screening plant is scheduled to come online in May 2015. The value of the order was not disclosed.

"The rebuilt cooking plant together with the new brown stock washing plant will more efficiently utilize the wood raw material and lower the chemical consumption in the pulping process. In addition, the cooking plant rebuild and the new screening plant will substantially lower the energy consumption within the process area," said Alf Sondell, production manager at BillerudKorsnäs, Gruvön mill.

Metso's scope of supply will include a rebuild of the existing cooking plant to feature a CompactCooking G2 digester. The delivery also will include a new ImpBin chip impregnation system, a new pressure diffuser, and a screening plant.

BillerudKorsnäs, formed in 2012, has eight production facilities and sales offices in 10 countries. It has about 4,400 employees. The Gruvön mill's production capacity is 685,000 metric tpy and it produces kraft paper, sack paper, containerboard (fluting, liner), liquid carton board, cup stock, and market pulp.

CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC), Brazil, has finalized an agreement for Metso, Finland, to supply the key technology for its Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. Total value of the project is around EUR 800-900 million, of which some EUR 400 million consists of Metso's own equipment and systems.

The new pulp line, which is an expansion of the existing Guaíba pulp mill, will have a capacity of 1.3 million metric tpy, and will be able to reach 1.5 million metric tpy with minor investments. The new pulp line will be built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2015.

Metso's delivery will include the main parts of the pulp line: the cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, a recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, an integrated automation solution, and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.

The order will be supplied by Metso's units in Europe and Brazil. The total impact on employment will be approximately 300 man-years in the Metso group and, during the peak of construction, approximately 4,000 people will be working for Metso at the construction site.

"The confirmation of the agreement concludes an important stage in the construction process of this new pulp mill in Brazil. This is a significant step in the consolidation of a project involving a lot of people and resources. Guaíba II is a project in which many people have worked professionally and tirelessly. Metso's professionalism and commitment to health and safety was a key element for CMPC during the decision process," said Gonzalo García, general secretary, Empresas CMPC.

CMPC Celulose Riograndense is part of the Chilean group CMPC Celulosa, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produce around 2.8 million metric tpy of pulp.

Coldwater Group Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, has moved its manufacturing operations in China to a new facility in Kunshan, Jiangsu, just outside of Shanghai. The new facility incorporates many green technologies in its construction and operations, and offers significantly more room for Coldwater's growth serving the Chinese paper industry.

The new facility manufactures and distributes Coldflex rubber graphite suction roll seals and accessories, UHMW drainage elements, doctor blades, edge control systems, and the full line of other Coldwater products, in cooperation with its partners at Asia Paper Tech.

The new facility is managed by Clare Tao, who can be reached for more information at +86 512 5777 7690.

Domtar Corp., Montreal, Que., Canada, this past week released its 2012 Sustainable Growth Report, providing a Year-1 update on its 2020 sustainable business roadmap. Progress is being tracked through a framework of 35 key performance indicators that cover the range of the company's sustainability efforts, from increasing production efficiency and environmental footprint reductions to promoting the development of employees, serving customers better, and contributing more effectively to host communities.

The report highlights a long list of Year-1 achievements: the company's best year on record for health and safety performance; close to 85% renewable energy use; decreasing greenhouse gas emissions intensity; and increasing FSC certified fiber use. Additional focus in the report is also given to innovations that have resulted in almost half of what was previously considered mill by-product "waste" now providing economic value through beneficial re-use; greater employee engagement around sustainable business issues; and Domtar's deep connections to local communities.

"From paper communication that helps inform, entertain, and connect us, to personal care products that provide hygienic solutions and dignity and quality of life to families, the promise of quality and sustainability that we bring to the world is unwavering," noted John D. Williams, Domtar's president and CEO. "We encourage our stakeholders to have a look for themselves at the progress we've made already and also where we've still got work to do—we need your input on this long-term journey."

Domtar produces a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers, and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce paper grade, fluff, and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America. The company employs approximately 9,300 people.

Global Tissue Group Inc. (GTG), Medford, N.Y., USA, a private label producer of bath tissue, facial tissue, napkins, and paper towels, has signed a licensing agreement with the U.S. Army brand that will allow GTG's customers to honor their troops and veterans by offering a variety of products for the home. GTG's line of U.S. Army branded products including paper towels, paper napkins and facial tissue will be distributed to drug stores, grocery stores, club stores, and discount retailers nationwide.

Additionally, special to the partnership is the patriotism the program offers. "What we're really excited about is that the sales of this product will benefit the MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) program for all soldiers, veterans, and their families. It's good to give back to a worthy program," CMO Philip Shaoul exclaimed. "The brand fits perfectly with the durable and lasting qualities of our products and also stands for the 'there when you need it to be' quality found both in our products and in our troops."

Ilim Group, St. Petersburg, Russia, has officially inaugurated its new pulp mill in Bratsk (Irkutsk Oblast), the largest investment project completed in the Russian pulp and paper industry over the past 30 years, and the world's largest fiberline. A symbolic "key turning" ceremony was attended by Dmitry Medvedev, Russian prime minister, Zakhar Smushkin, chairman of the board of directors of Ilim Group, John Faraci, chairman and CEO of International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA (co-owner of Ilim Group), and Sergey Eroschenko, governor of the Irkutsk Oblast.

Total investments in the Big Bratsk project exceeded $800 million. Annual capacity of the new fiberline after ramp-up will reach 720,000 metric tons of bleached softwood market pulp, with the total annual pulp and paper products output of the Bratsk Mill of OJSC Ilim Group exceeding 1 million metric tpy.

This successfully completed project will make the Bratsk Mill more efficient and more environmentally friendly, Ilim notes. In addition to the construction of a new fiberline, the project involved the upgrade of the infrastructure, including construction of a new recovery boiler, new woodyard, new chemicals preparation plant, etc.

In his speech, Medvedev congratulated participants of the inaugration ceremony with a startup of the new fiberline. "This is an important and long-awaited event. This industry has not seen such large investments over a long time, and this is a remarkable milestone for the entire industry," said the prime minister. "The Big Bratsk project is a good example of well-coordinated efforts of business community and regional and federal authorities."

Smushkin said that "we have completed an ambitious project. Rebuild of the Bratsk Mill will give a new impetus to the development of the mill, the city, and the region as a whole. New high-qualified jobs have been created together with new opportunities for implementation of social programs. In the immediate future, we will be learning to ramp up the new fiberline. I would like thank all those who have been involved in the implementation of the project—our mill employees, our contractors, and all vendors who have worked with us."

Faraci added that "we have planned large-scale investments and have completed our plans. I believe that Ilim Group is a spectacular and unique example of a joint venture in this industry. It sets an example of how two international companies may come together and collaborate. To bring this project into life, we needed a joint venture and a true partnership."

Imperial Bag & Paper Co., Bayonne, N.J., USA, has acquired Morton Paper Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. Robert Tillis, CEO of Imperial, anticipates that "the combined businesses will generate in excess of $325 million in annual revenue." The acquisition by Imperial Bag & Paper will expand its category strengths to now include retail items, as Morton Paper is a major distributor of retail and paper goods in the Metro New York area.

Imperial Bag & Paper reports that it has grown its business 250% over the past five years by providing a vast array of quality products at competitive prices with an exceptional level of service. Both Imperial and Morton Paper will continue to operate under their respective names. The management and the sales force of the two companies will remain unchanged. Closing of the acquisition is set for July 31.

Imperial Bag & Paper has taken an additional 139,000 sq. ft. in the Pulaski Distribution Center, in Jersey City, N.J., to accommodate the expansion of its business. The state-of-the art LEED certified facility is currently under construction and will open in 2014. Imperial will then occupy 535,000 sq. ft. in the new building strategically located four miles from the Port of New York/New Jersey, near Newark Airport and approximately three miles from New York City and the New Jersey Turnpike.

International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA, has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, showing progress against voluntary goals including certified fiber use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, and water quality improvement. In 2011, IP announced 12 environmental and social goals to achieve by 2020. Using a 2010 baseline, the company is reporting goal progress that includes:
  • A 10% absolute reduction in on-site fossil fuel GHG emissions. This puts the company halfway toward its 2020 goal.
  • A 15% reduction in criteria pollutant emissions through energy savings and fuel mix changes. This significant reduction exceeds the company's overall 2020 reduction target.
  • Achieving a 27% reduction in oxygen depleting substances in water released from mill operations, which exceeds the company's 2020 water quality goal.
  • Boosting purchases of third party certified fiber by 18%, exceeding IP's 15% goal for 2020.
  • A 30% drop in life-changing injuries and fatalities between 2010 and 2012.

The report also highlights groundbreaking collaborations with prominent sustainability organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Collaborations for 2012 and early 2013 include:

  • Joining the CEO-led World Business Council for Sustainable Development and its Forest Solutions Group where IP will provide global business leadership in expanding sustainable forestry.
  • A major donation to and collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create the "Forestland Stewards" initiative.
  • Joining WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network in North America and Brazil.
  • Joining the U.S. Department of Energy Better Plants Program, which commits IP to reduce energy intensity by 15% over 10 years at all U.S. facilities.
  • Collaboration with the Dogwood Alliance—a non-profit working to improve how southern U.S. forests are managed—on a forest mapping pilot project in the southeastern U.S.

The complete report is available online.

IP is a global producer of packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers. The company employs some 70,000 people in more than 24 countries. Its net sales for 2012 were $28 billion.

Metso, Finland, this week closed the acquisition of the lime kiln and recausticizing technology of FLSmidth. The acquired business has been affiliated with Metso's Pulp, Paper, and Power segment, Fiber business line. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

A new lime kiln technology center is established in Copenhagen, Denmark. In total, more than 20 employees experienced in the lime kiln and recausticizing business will join Metso in connection with the transaction. The technology center for recausticizing will continue to be located in Karlstad, Sweden.

Moorim Paper, Seoul, South Korea, reports that it has decided to invest KRW 50 billion ($43.7 million) to change its main product from printing paper to higher value-added industrial paper. The company said it anticipates that operating profits will increase about 10% after the change, which will be made next year.

For this plan, Moorim Paper began consulting last year with Poyry, a Finland-based international consulting group specialized in the paper industry, and has now decided to make the change and invest in the equipment. Moorim Paper's new products will mostly be aimed at the global market rather than the domestic market.

Voith, Germany, reports that its VTM 1 tissue machine has impressed its first customers. The machine is already successfully running with a Brazilian tissue producer. In Indonesia a customer will start up its first VTM 1 at the end of this year. The VTM 1 tissue machines have a particularly compact design and offer high operating speeds and easy operation, Voith notes.

The VTM 1 is designed to operate at a speed of 1,800 m/min. The web width at the reel is up to 2,850 mm. The yankee cylinder can be supplied with a 15 ft or 16 ft dia. and with a shell manufactured as a cast iron or steel cylinder. In addition, Voith is also providing all clothing and roll covers as well as, at the customer's request, the entire automation for the VTM 1.

The VTM 1 can be supplied with different press concepts, including the NipcoFlex T shoe press. Compared with conventional press rolls, dry content with the NipcoFlex T technology after press is up to 5% higher, i.e. up to 20% of the thermal energy can be saved. This is achieved with no change in paper quality and very uniform CD moisture profiles. This technology also allows increasing machine efficiency and improving paper quality.

Wausau Paper Mosinee, Wis., USA, this past week confirmed the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement entered into on May 18 to sell its specialty paper business to Expera Specialty Solutions LLC, a newly formed company sponsored by KPS Capital Partners L.P., a New York-based private equity firm. The transaction includes Wausau Paper's mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander, Wis., and resulted in net cash proceeds to Wausau, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, of approximately $105 million after settlement of transaction-related liabilities, transaction costs, and taxes.

A portion of the net proceeds will be used to eliminate the currently outstanding balance on the company's revolving-credit agreement of approximately $67 million.

Wausau Paper produces a complete line of away-from-home towel and tissue products.

Tissue producer Von Drehle Corp., Hickory, N.C., USA, says that its Natchez, Miss., plant will be the company's only "all-under-one-roof" facility. The operation will have pulp converting and tissue paper manufacturing capabilities, the company's only plant to have both, according to a report this past week by the Natchez Democrat. Reportedly, the mill has already started producing pulp and hopes to be converting tissue products by the end of this year.

Von Drehle announced in January of this year that it would locate manufacturing facilities in Natchez, on the site of the former Mississippi River Pulp mill it just acquired. Mississippi River had closed its doors in November 2012. Von Drehle said at that time that it expected to create at least 100 new jobs at the site in Natchez. The facility currently has some 30 employees, and prior to the Mississippi River shutdown had about 80. A company spokesperson stated in the Natchez Democrat article that Von Drehle has already started producing pulp products.

The company will soon install converting equipment, the newspaper report said, to produce the final products. The equipment will take parent rolls, up to 92 in. in diameter, and roll them to make a log on a core. The rolls then will go down an assembly line where they are cut and eventually packaged and sold.

ZE. Metsä Oy, Finland, owned by an international investor, has purchased forest estates from UPM in Finland. The purchase advised and subsequently managed by Latifundium Management GmbH covers 5,900 hectares of forest estates located in Kuhmo, Joensuu, and Vieremä in Eastern Finland. In addition to the real estate deal, the parties have signed a long term wood purchase and forest management agreement. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

"Last year we signed an agreement with UPM for the purchase of 7,200 hectares of forest area in Finland on behalf of a closed fund managed by us. We remain positive about Finland as a forest investment region and have therefore decided to increase our presence in the country with this transaction," said Latifundium's representative Maximilian Graf von Maldeghem.

"We are pleased to see that foreign investors are interested in buying forest properties from UPM in Finland. It is a sign that they have recognized the value of sustainably managed Finnish forests as a profitable investment," noted Sauli Brander, VP, UPM's Forestry Business.

UPM has sold its forest assets steadily as a part of land use management. The latest bidding opportunity concerning big forest entities was closed at the end of May. Detailed information on estates and lake shore plots for sale are available online.

Bohui Paper, China, has ordered a new pre-treatment stage for its BCTMP (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp) line at its mill in Shandong Province. To be supplied by Andritz, Graz, Austria, the new pre-treatment stage for the board production line will have a capacity of approximately 600 metric tpd. It includes an Andritz Impressafiner MSD, impregnator, and chip bin discharger. Startup is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

The Impressafiner MSD is a key component in pre-treatment for Andritz mechanical pulping systems, and is essential for state-of-the-art TMP processes, Andritz notes. The benefits of pre-treatment with the Impressafiner MSD includes maximum liquor uptake while squeezing out unwanted extractives and heavy metals. Also, chip treatment in the pre-treatment stage balances the chip bulk density and moisture profile, preparing the chips for the refining process, which delivers optimum pulp properties and energy savings.

Bohui Paper is a Chinese producer of folding boxboard, testliner, kraftliner, and printing and writing papers.

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp., Northbrook, Ill., USA, this past week announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act in connection with the previously announced acquisition of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging. This means that the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice have completed their review of the submissions made by the parties and determined not to take any enforcement action with respect to the proposed transaction during the HSR Act waiting period. The expiration or termination of the waiting period was a condition to the closing of the transaction.

As announced on June 10, KapStone Kraft Paper Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of KapStone, agreed to acquire the stock of Longview from Brookfield Capital Management in a cash-free, debt-free transaction for $1.025 billion in cash and subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Closing of the acquisition is still subject to approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in response to the parties' joint application and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. is a producer of unbleached kraft paper and corrugated products. The company is the parent company of KapStone Kraft Paper Corp. and KapStone Container Corp., which includes three paper mills and 15 converting plants across the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. The business employs approximately 2,700 people.

Longview is an integrated producer of lightweight multiwall and specialty kraft papers and corrugated containers and containerboard in the Pacific Northwest region.

Packaging Dynamics Corp., Chicago, Ill., USA, has completed the previously announced sale of its Thilmany Papers business unit to Expera Specialty Solutions, which is controlled by investment funds sponsored by KPS Capital Partners (KPS). Concurrently, Expera also closed on its previously announced acquisition of Wausau Paper's specialty paper business.

Roger Prevot, CEO of Packaging Dynamics, noted that "this is truly an extraordinary opportunity to contribute our Thilmany Papers business to form a larger specialty papers company that will deliver lasting value to customers, employees, and to the communities in which it operates, and for us to focus exclusively on growing our core packaging and converting businesses, which are now approaching $500 million in annual sales."

Seth Hollander, a partner at Kohlberg & Co., said that "we are pleased that our efforts to transform Thilmany's mill operations and to build a world-class organization have positioned it to take this next step." We look forward to building on Packaging Dynamics' strength in fiber-based flexible food and consumer packaging with additional organic growth investments and acquisitions."

Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., China, has ordered from Metso, Finland, an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for its Pinghu site in Zhejiang Province in China. The new line will produce high-quality containerboard grades out of 100% recycled raw materials. Startup of the machine is scheduled for 2014. The value of the order was not disclosed.

"The line ordered by Zhejiang Jingxing Paper will be the fourth OptiConcept M-type production line to be supplied to Asia. The first line delivered was started up in China in December 2012. This latest project introduces the newest member in the OptiConcept M family, widening Metso's offering to serve the narrower trim width of 5,650 mm. This represents Metso's strategic move to enter this narrow segment, especially in China and Asia-Pacific," said Petri Paukkunen, VP, paper mills sales and marketing, Metso.

According to Sami Anttilainen, R&D director, paper business line, Metso, the development project of this new trim width range has been very dynamic. "The confidence shared by the entire development team in the new concept created a strong basis for uniform engineering, resulting in a well-functioning, fit-for-purpose concept."

Metso's delivery will include a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems and chemical systems. The automation package will include dilution headbox controls.

The new 5.65-m-wide (trim) machine, PM 16, will produce fluting grades out of recycled raw materials in the basis weight range of 70-120 gsm. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 880 metric tpd and the design speed is 1,100 m/min.

Zhejiang Jingxing produces kraft linerboard, white top linerboard, high strength corrugated base paper, other special paper, corrugated cardboard, and tissue papers. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in Pinghu, China.

New Products
GapCon, Germany, has unveiled its new EconSOFT™ tissue machine. Based on the company's Crescent Former technology, all key sections of the EconSOFT have been completely redesigned from the ground up.

GapCon notes that in a world of rising energy costs "where each kilowatt is precious," the EconSOFT has been designed from the outset to combine optimum energy efficiency with the flexibility to manufacture a wide range of products from the very compact to the very bulky. "All of this is achievable with just one machine, enabling the producer to meet a wide variety of customer needs in a timely manner while maintaining the lowest possible cost base, an essential consideration in such a cost sensitive industry as tissue production," the company emphasizes.

Highlights of the EconSOFT include:

  • Substantial improvement in product formation compared with conventional crescent formers
  • High solids content in both the headbox and the former
  • Drastic reduction of up to 40% in the power requirements of the approach flow
  • Improved press performance delivering an energy saving of 30%, compared with standard drying techniques
  • Fiber savings on all tissue grades without compromising physical properties of the paper
  • Flexibility in production to deliver a wider range of tissue grades
  • Easier control of tissue bulk, density, and elongation during the manufacturing process
  • Superior softness in all grades of personal and toilet tissue
  • Superior strength in all towel and napkin grades
  • Easy operation and maintenance.
In a first for the carton packaging industry, Tetra Pak, Lausanne, Switzerland, this week announced that it will sign an agreement with Braskem, São Paulo, Brazil, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas, for the supply of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil. This initiative, which will be limited in scope to Brazil only for the duration of the trial, is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2014.

According to the plan, Tetra Pak will use bio-based LDPE as a component of its packages produced in Brazil. The planned move to bio-based LDPE means that 100% of Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil, about 13 billion, will have up to 82% packaging material from renewable sources.

"The new agreement to be signed with Braskem demonstrates our commitment to bring environmental innovations to our customers and is a further step in our journey to develop fully renewable packages," said Tetra Pak President and CEO Dennis Jönsson.

Braskem will use ethanol derived from sugar cane to produce ethylene, which will then be converted into LDPE. The LDPE made from renewable sugar cane has the same technical properties as LDPE made from fossil sources, and the environmental benefits of being from a renewable source. Braskem biopolymers are known under the trademark "I'm green."

"The new bio-based I'm green LDPE is as inert, resistant, and recyclable as the polyethylene made from fossil sources but, contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the sugar cane growth process," said Braskem President Carlos Fadigas. "The expansion of the green products line reinforces our commitment to adding value through sustainable development for the value chain."

Published Pricing
Ahlstrom, Finland, has announced price increases on vegetable parchment materials produced by its Food and Medical business area. The company notes that the price increases are being implemented to compensate for the continued high level of raw material costs as well as energy related inflation.

The price increases will affect all vegetable parchment products worldwide and will be effective for all orders placed as of August 1. The increase will be up to 5%, depending on markets as well as the product and the agreements in place.

Ahlstrom's vegetable parchment products include food packaging materials for cooking, baking, and wrapping. The Food and Medical business area's main end-use applications are teabags, coffee filters, food packaging, baking papers, masking tape, and surgical gowns and drapes.

Caraustar Industries, Atlanta, Ga., USA, has announced a price increase of $40 per ton on all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard products. The increase will be effective starting with shipments on July 15. The increase is in response to the continuing increase in costs, including raw materials, the company notes.

Caraustar Industries is an integrated producer of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper, and specialty paperboard products.

Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions, Cranford, N.J., USA, this week announced a $45 per ton price increase on all coated grades of recycled paperboard. The company noted that the new prices would become effective with shipments on or after July 15.

"The increase is necessary to recover the escalating costs of recovered fiber, fuel, and other raw materials," Raymond Vargo Jr., VP of sales, Newark Paperboard Mills, said.

Newark is an integrated producer of 100% recycled paperboard and paperboard products in the U.S. and Canada. The company serves a diverse market, offering raw materials to finished products. It employs more than 1,500 people and operates 34 facilities.

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, reports that it will raise the price for all paperboard tubes and cores by 5%. The increase becomes effective with shipments in the U.S. and Canada beginning July 15.

"This price increase is necessary to recover recently announced paperboard price increases," said James Harrell, VP, Tubes and Cores—North America.

Sonoco is the largest producer of paper-based tubes and cores in North America used to serve the paper, textiles, plastic films, and tape and specialty industries. The company is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and packaging supply chain services. It has annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, and has 19,900 employees working in 348 facilities in 35 countries.

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing, China, appointed Li King Wai Ross executive director of the company, effective July 1. Li is the GM of the company and its subsidiaries (the Group), and is responsible for the global procurement of recovered paper business as well as maintaining various levels of government relationship in China.

Li has more than 10 years of experience in production management and in technological research and development. He was the assistant GM of the Group between December 2002 and January 2010, then rejoined the Group in September 2010 as deputy GM. Li also served as an executive director of the company between Dec. 8, 2005, and Jan. 22, 2010.

Li entered into a service contract with the company for an initial period of three years beginning July 1, which continues thereafter unless and until terminated by either the company or Li giving to the other not less than three calendar months' notice in writing to terminate the service contract, so as to expire at no earlier of three years from July 1, 2013.

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing specializes in the production of a range of linerboard and corrugating medium used to produce cardboard boxes for packaging purposes.

Catalyst Paper Corp., Richmond, B.C., announced changes to its board of directors with the appointment of Jill Leversage and the resignation of Giorgio Caputo. Leversage is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and M&A advisory services, particularly in the forest and manufacturing industries. She holds a commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a chartered business valuator and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.

Leversage is chair of the British Columbia Innovation Council, a director and chair of the audit committee of Eagle Star Minerals Corp., and a director of Delta Gold Corp. Active on numerous community boards, she received a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate from BCIT in June 2013.

"I would like to welcome Ms. Leversage, who brings extensive financial and industry experience to the board," said Chairman and Interim CEO Les Lederer. "We thank Mr. Caputo for his support during Catalyst's reorganization and his contribution to the governance of Catalyst since the company emerged from restructuring last September."

Munksjö Oyj, Finland, reports that it has elected Fredrik Cappelen deputy chairman of the board. The company also established an audit committee and a remuneration committee to assist its board of directors.

The primary task of the Audit Committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its supervisory responsibilities and prepare certain accounting and auditing matters to be handled by the board. In addition, the Audit Committee makes recommendations for the election and removal of the external auditors and for their compensation and approves the external auditors' audit plan based on the auditors' proposal. The board decided that the Audit Committee consists of the following three members: Elisabet Salander Björklund (chairman), Jarkko Murtoaro, and Sebastian Bondestam.

The Remuneration Committee's principal task is to assist the board in the efficient preparation and handling of matters pertaining to the appointment and dismissal of the CEO and other executives and their remuneration. The Remuneration Committee is responsible for planning the remuneration of executive management and preparing the principles underlying the remuneration of Munksjö's personnel. The board decided that the Remuneration Committee consists of the following three members: Peter Seligson (chairman), Fredrik Cappelen, and Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson.

The Munksjö Group is a specialty paper producer. Its products include decor paper, release liners, electrotechnical paper, abrasive backings, and Interleaving paper for steel.

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, announced that Marcy Thompson has been named VP, marketing and innovation. Thompson will lead Sonoco's marketing function, including an initiative to develop a focused consumer insights and end-use market strategy to better serve the company's customers. Thompson reports to Rob Tiede, SVP, global Consumer Packaging and Services, and John Colyer, SVP, global Industrial Products and Protective Solutions.

Previously, Thompson headed the North American Rigid Paper division since 2011. Group VP Howard Coker will temporarily take over the division's day-to-day operations until a successor is named and will maintain responsibilities for Sonoco's global Rigid Paper, Closures, and Plastics businesses. To assist Coker during this interim period, Tiede will assume executive leadership of the company's global Plastics businesses.

Thompson joined Sonoco in 2006 as division VP of sales and marketing for the North American Industrial Products Division where she later became division VP and GM. Prior to becoming a corporate officer in 2011 and leading Rigid Paper North America, she was division VP and GM, Sonoco Recycling LLC, and division VP and GM of the company's North America Tubes and Cores Division.

Thompson joined Sonoco from General Electric's Commercial Finance business where she was chief marketing officer, Healthcare Financial Services. She previously held several sales, marketing, and business leadership positions with General Electric, The Gillette Co., and Inland Steel Co. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in metallurgy, and has earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.

Seats are filling for the 2013 TAPPI Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course.  Save with the early-bird discount by completing your registration by July 5.

This efficiently, expertly planned course will be held August 5-6 at the TAPPI Training Facility in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, USA.

You can expect to network among your peers already registered from BTG Inc., Buckman, Domtar, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Packaging Corp. of America, Weyerhaeuser, and others. You can also plan your trip ahead of time.

Meet our instructor:

Dr. Michael Kocurek is one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry. As Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University, Dr. Kocurek's focus is on pulp and paper technology, paper properties, and workforce and professional development. He has taught pulping and bleaching to both undergraduate and graduate students, and groups of technical personnel and operators for more than 40 years. He is active in teaching distance learning courses and has taught in-mill company classroom short courses on kraft pulping manufacture at more than 15 mill locations.

Dr. Kocurek is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp and paper. He has authored/co-authored six video courses, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series - again covering the entire field of pulp and paper. Dr. Kocurek received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University.

He has served as Paper Science Department head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founde, and N.C. State University. His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.

Course Curriculum:

The 2013 Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course is "the kind of course that offers a view of the entire puzzle, so to speak, rather than a detailed focus on one or two operations," explains Dr. Kocurek. "There are few if any that combine this field of focus into one course."

You will learn how to:

•  Expand overall understanding of kraft pulp mill operations
•  Broaden awareness of how one part of the process affects other operations
•  Demonstrate the affect of processes on kraft pulp quality
•  Build confidence for effective interaction among process engineers and operators
•  Help with troubleshooting product quality problems.
Register soon to take part.  We look forward to seeing you here at the TAPPI headquarters in August.


Are you ready to go further, faster in your safety career? The Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) class can take you there.

Your opportunity to attend the highly reputable
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Course
 is coming July 15-19, at the TAPPI Training Facility in metro Atlanta, Ga., USA.

Not only will you learn how to read and understand the OSHA 1910 and 1926 CFRs and help your company avoid OSHA citations that cost millions of dollars, but more importantly, by learning how to work safely on a job site, you can teach your company how to lower fatalities and near misses. Almost 47% of COSS graduates responding to our survey indicate that, since taking COSS, their company's injury rate and/or OSHA recordables have decreased by as much as 25% and others attest to as much as a 100% decrease!

Request a Course Outline & Syllabus for more information.

COSS curriculum is updated every year for the highest integrity of accuracy because safety rules and OSHA standards are often changing. The cost of this nationally-known program is minimal if you compare it with the potential cost of even one accident.
This course is designed for all job levels so that anyone can become a leader in safety management on the job. COSS instructors are Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers, a highly complex level of commitment - meaning these trainers are passionate about safety.  You'll learn from the best in the profession. This class also addresses the psychology of safety, the true cost of an accident, hazard recognition, how to start up a health and safety program, behavior based safety, system safety, and much more!

What Will You Receive?
Upon successfully completing the class, you will obtain your national Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) designation, your OSHA 10-hr. card of completion in construction, and your OSHA 10-hr. card of completion in general industry.

National Program Recognitions
COSS is currently one of only 37 programs in the world recongnized and accredited by the American Petroleum Institute (API). In addition, the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universties and technical/trade schools, American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), has also recongnized our program. COSS is the only non-degree program to receive this national endorsement. Lastly, COSS has been established as a mandatory course for students in the Construction Management Program at Louisiana State University.

Program Content
The program consists of 40 hr. of hands on, face-to-face learning, which is delivered by an Authorized OSHA outreach trainer in both construction and general industry. Case studies and workshops are used extensively to bring learning objectives into focus. Guest speaker from areas such as OSHA and other governmental agencies are used to enhance the learning experience. Student presentations, daily quizzes, practical reviews, and a comprehensive final exam will allow you to demonstrate your competency.

The only prerequisite for the COSS class is you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. In each class, we tend to have a mix of non-experienced, first time safety persons, as well as safety professionals who have been in the safety field for 20+ years. But, we have learned that regardless of the numbers of years of experience you have in safety, everyone leaves the COSS class with a wealth of knowledge!

Visit the COSS website for FAQs
, testimonials and a list of clients that have taken COSS.

Register now.

If you would like more information on the COSS program, contact Beth Gordon at 877-610-2677.

The Online Piping System Fundamentals Course

Offered in Six Sessions:
 July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25
This Online Piping System Fundamentals Course offered in six, two-hour sessions supplies anyone working on piping systems the practical knowledge and troubleshooting skills needed to perform job tasks better than ever before.

Who benefits?

This is a course for anyone, including junior engineers, as well as a good refresher course for senior engineers. It also helps operations and maintenance supervisors, design and process engineers, and operators and maintenance personnel better understand how piping systems operate.

What do we cover?
 Session 1 (July 9): Course Introduction/Piping System Terminology and Units
 Session 2 (July 11): Centrifugal Pumps
 Session 3 (July 16): Tanks/Processes and Process Equipment
 Session 4 (July 18): Pipes/Valves & Fittings
 Session 5 (July 23): Control Valves/Process Measurement and Control
 Session 6 (July 25): The Total Piping System

Webinars are held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST).

What You Get 

CRANE's Technical Paper No. 410:  A copy of the most current CRANE Technical Paper No. 410 (TP410) US Version, the quintessential guide for to understanding the flow of fluid through valves, pipes, and fittings, enabling you to select the correct equipment for your piping system.

Piping System Fundamentals: The Complete Guide to Gaining a Clear Picture of Your Piping System US Version is an extensive look at the main conditions effecting the operation of a piping system, describing the interaction between of pumps, compressors, pipelines, control valves, and other components.

Comprehensive Course Workbook: To maximize the value of your learning experience during and after the training course, your extensive course manual has been designed with many useful guidelines and key points of information covered in the course. You will find this manual to be an excellent resource for retrieving concepts taught during the seminar and applying them back on the job.

1.2 Continuing Education Credits: 1.2 Continuing Educational Units (CEU) or 12 Professional Development Hours will be awarded to course participants.

Course Certificate: At the conclusion of the training course, you will be awarded an attractive certificate of completion with course content description included for confirmation of your continued education credits.

Once you register, a confirmation will be sent to you along with an additional web session invitation closer to the start of the class.

If you have any questions, call Fluid Fundamentals at 800-786-8545 or send an email.


Alabama Southern will host a one-day-only Operator Training Conference & Workshop. This complimentary event, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with NPT2, will help HR professional and mill leaders add value to their existing operator training programs and provide practical advice on how to create a more competitive and better trained workforce.

Date: Friday, July 18
Location: Alabama Southern, Thomasville, Ala.
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m  CST

Discover new tools, learn best practices, and better equip your operator workforce. For more details or to register for the event, please contact Martha Wynn by email or by phone at 334.637.3194.

Southern pine oxygen delignified pulps produced in a Berty throughflow reactor: How to obtain the highest degree of delignification while maintaining pulp yield and quality

Originally published in March 2012 issue of TAPPI Journal, this unique study employs a Berty through-flow reactor – a technology traditionally used for catalytic studies in the petrochemical industry – to show how environmentally-friendly oxygen delignification technology can attain >60% delignification without impacting the strength and physical properties of fibers. Unlike batch reactors, the Berty reactor keeps alkali concentration low and uniform through a continuous resupply, allowing a higher degree of delignification without cellulose damage. Application of this technology opens possibilities similar to injection of white liquor at different locations in kraft cooking, and a patent was recently filed for a version of this technology, with a potential to influence current oxygen delignification reactor design.

Download your free copy today.

TAPPI Journal is a world-recognized technical publication focused on the forest products and related industries. Coverage includes pulp, paper, packaging, printing, and wood fiber research, along with emerging fields such as biorefining, nonwovens, nanotechnology, and other innovative cellulosic-based products and technologies. Through its stringent peer-review process and distinguished editorial board of academic and industry experts, TAPPI Journal publishes peer-reviewed, impactful basic and applied research articles, communications, and technical reviews. For more information on how to get published, visit our website.

Nominations for the major TAPPI 2014 awards are due by August 1. The awards that may be presented in the upcoming year are:

Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award - The Association's highest technical honor may be presented annually to recognize an individual or individuals for preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven commercial benefit to the world's pulp, paper, board, and forest products industries and the other industries that TAPPI serves.

Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award - The Association's highest award for service may be presented annually to recognize leadership and service that have significantly and demonstrably contributed to the advancement of the Association.

Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award - The highest honor for Local Sections may be presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service to one or more Local Sections, which have resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Local Section members.

TAPPI Fellow - TAPPI Fellows are individuals who have been members of TAPPI for not less than 10 years prior to the nomination, and who have contributed meritorious service to the Association and/or the paper and related industries. Retiring members of the TAPPI Board of Directors become Fellows automatically at the end of their term.

The TAPPI Awards and Honors page has links to these awards that will show the qualifications required and links to the nomination forms that must be completed. You may submit all nomination forms by email to standards@tappi.org, or you may fax them to the attention of the awards department at +1-770-446-6947, or send them by mail to TAPPI, Awards Department, 15 Technology Parkway South, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, USA.

The 2014 PLACE Technical Program Team is actively seeking technical presentations, panels, tutorials, roundtables, and case studies from the packaging and academic community to be presented at this year's conference. Interested in being a session chair or know someone who would be a great presenter? Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before August 1. Space is limited so submit now! Final papers will be due on or before March 17, 2014.  

View the list of suggested topics and an extended abstract example.  

The 2014 PLACE Conference is the premier North American event for the flexible packaging industry and will have something for the whole supply chain, including suppliers, converters, extruders, retailers, and brand owners.

Join us for this comprehensive event with more targeted content, topic variety, and program ideas than ever before. This event will use traditional content delivery methods like primers/tutorials, panel discussions, and interactive content delivery methods.

Submission Deadline is August 1, 2013.
 Feel free to contact Kristi Ledbetter if you have any additional questions.
 Kristi Ledbetter
 Converting Division Manager
 15 Technology Parkway South
 Peachtree Corners, GA  30092
 Phone:  770-209-7319
 Fax:  770-446-6947

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Winding Machines and Measurements

Item Number: 0102B068

Non-member: $229 / Non-member Sale: $160
Member: $154 / Member Sale: $108

Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements is the definitive book on the science of winding written by noted experts Dr. David Roisum and Dr. J.K. Good. This three-part book (with supplemental CD-ROM) describes the various classes and arrangements of winding machinery commonly found in the web industries including discussion of controls and defects; describes how roll stresses and roll defects can be predicted by mathematical models and what factors are important; and discusses almost every method for measuring and evaluating wound roll quality. The book describes how and why many wound roll defects occur. In more than a few cases, it even describes when defects occur based on winding models that have matured to the point of trustworthy application. In these cases, we have science at its best, a predictive tool.

A CD with an easy-to-run winding model is included with every book. However, one need not be a scientist to appreciate and use this text. Much of it is written in everyday language describing the machines we work with, the defects we see, and the many measures of roll quality. It is a book that most plants with a winding department would want to have.

Dictionary of Paper, Fifth Edition
Item Number: 0102B058
Non-member: $112 / Non-member Sale: $78
Member: $75/Member Sale: $53

An essential reference tool for everyone in the industry, this dictionary defines more than 5,300 terms commonly used in the pulp and paper industry. The dictionary was revised and updated by a team of industry experts led by Michael Kouris, TAPPI JOURNAL Editor Emeritus. The 5th edition of The Dictionary of Paper is the most comprehensive dictionary ever published by TAPPI.

Film Extrusion Manual, Second Edition

Item Number: 0101R313

Non-member: $205 / Non-member Sale: $144
Member: $137 / Member Sale: $96

The Film Extrusion Manual, Second Edition focuses on the technology and science of polymer film extrusion. The material in this book's 42 chapters can be used to learn the basics of applied extrusion theory, as well as provide troubleshooting guidelines and solutions to many common problems encountered in the fabrication of thermoplastic films.

This book can be used as a stand-alone training resource for all levels of professional and operations personnel working in the plastics film industry, including plastic film manufacturing, converting, equipment suppliers, and polymer suppliers.

The Coating Processes
Item Number: 0102B057

Non-member: $155/Non-member Sale: $109
Member: $103/Member Sale: $72

This book covers fundamentals and practical applications of paper coating. The book is divided into eight chapters that outline the process of making coated paper, the preparation, application and drying, and treatment of the dried coated surface. Each chapter is written by an expert in the particular subject area covered. This book is an excellent resource for both businesses and universities.

View the TAPPI catalog (PDF) to see more from the bookstore.

Order online from the TAPPI Press website.

Albany International Corp. will launch the TAPPISAFE safety orientation program for its domestic sales team in North America. TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a standardized safety orientation program and is the only safety orientation program specifically designed for the pulp and paper industry by the industry.

"The TAPPISAFE program provides Albany International with a proven safety orientation system that will ensure our entire sales force will have the same safety orientation," says Albany International's Ken Walker. "The safety of our employees is of primary importance when working at any customer facility as well as one of our company locations. TAPPISAFE not only covers common basic safety but also reduces the amount of time our sales force in the field invests in redundant orientation."

Founded in 1895, Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company headquartered in Rochester, N.H. that operates 18 plants in 11 countries and employs 4,000 people. The machine clothing company is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts used in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries.

Key aspects of the program include standardized courses that help reduce redundant and potentially costly safety orientations, up-to-date OSHA compliance information, and instantly verifiable records. TAPPISAFE Programs also include PSM (Process Safety Management), Truck Driver orientation, and Employee orientation.

The Alliance Safety Council has more than 20 years of proven success in developing, delivering, and maintaining contractor safety orientations and has administered more than 1.2 million training units nationwide.

The Improving Paper Machine Performance Course, one of TAPPI's most popular intermediate to advanced courses, is back by popular demand. To be held August 20-22 in Peachtree Corners (metro Atlanta), USA, the three-day course is designed to teach attendees about measuring and improving performance and efficiency of paper machines. The course features four of the industry's most experienced and respected instructors: TAPPI Fellows Jim Atkins, Dick Reese, Chuck Klass, and Ken Hill.

"The course is ideal for engineers and manufacturing managers who need a better understanding of paper machine operations from the wet end through the dry end, including coating, sizing, and calendering," notes Scott Springmier, manager, Pulp and Paper Division, TAPPI. "The course not only covers the key technologies, it covers performance evaluations of each paper machine area against industry standard benchmarks to identify opportunities for improvement."

Topics covered include: how to establish a paper machine performance audit; measuring efficiency; and analysis of individual components/operations (head box, press section, forming section, wet end additives, dryer section, size press, and calendar). New to this year's course is a session on energy reduction strategies.   

Process engineers and manufacturing managers will find this course beneficial, along with service technicians and sales engineers from  chemical and equipment suppliers. A degree in engineering or other technical field is suggested but not required. A good working knowledge of the paper machine is recommended.

The Lake States TAPPI golf outing will be held this year at the Mid-Vallee Country Club in De Pere, Wis., USA, on Tuesday, August 13. An afternoon shotgun scramble golf outing is planned with dinner to follow. Prizes will be awarded and individual pin events will be held.

Those submitting registration with their fee, postmarked by August 9, 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 at the course on the day of the event.

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 after-dinner for those who have been so generous. Please make sure the raffle items identify your company. Events include:

  • 50-50 Raffle
  • Putting Contest
  • Hole Contest
  • Hole in One Contest
  • and Door Prizes!
This special event benefits scholarships for local TAPPI and PIMA programs!

Register now online.

The 2013 TAPPI Linerboard/Medium Manufacture Course, August 13-15 at the TAPPI Training Room, in Peachtree Corners, Ga., USA, is designed to help increase your understanding of linerboard and medium performance properties and manufacturing to improve corrugated box performance and runnability.

This intermediate-level course is ideal for process engineers and operators in linerboard and medium manufacturing facilities and converting plants with a more intermediate background. For those participants who require an overview background on pulp and papermaking technology, there will be an optional one day Introduction to P&P on Monday afternoon, August 12, prior to the beginning of the main course on Tuesday. This supplemental session is intended for corrugators, new P&P mill and supplier personnel, and those without exposure to pulp and paper operations.

If you are looking to increase your understanding of linerboard and medium performance properties and how they are achieved, build your confidence in interacting more knowledgeably within the mill with suppliers and with corrugators, and improve manufacturing operations to produce a more competitive product, then this course is for you.

There are only 25 seats are available for this course. Register now to reserve your spot.

The Forest Products Society (FPS) has announced it will utilize TAPPI for the delivery of a wide range of association management services. FPS, a non-profit association based in Madison, Wis., USA, is a leader in providing information to advance the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources through science and technology.

"We're very excited about the benefits of this partnership. The administrative support provided by TAPPI will allow FPS to provide a higher level of member services in a cost effective manner as well as help FPS expand and promote its brand and services," remarked Stefan A. Bergmann, EVP, FPS. "Since both associations serve complementary industries, TAPPI can appreciate and understand the issues that are important to our membership and this will make for a very effective partnership."

TAPPI President and CEO Larry Montague said that "we look forward to working with the Forest Products Society to support the important information network and services they provide for the advancement of sustainable use of our industry's cellulosic   resources. "The synergy provided by working together will serve our industries well by using the strengths of the two organizations to better educate the public, promote the exchange of technical information, foster innovative product development, and open up new applications for renewable materials."

Founded in 1947, the Forest Products Society's vision is to be the international leader for advancing the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources through science and technology. The international not-for-profit technical association convenes technical conferences, produces several journals including the peer-reviewed Forest Products Journal, and publishes books. Society members represent a broad range of professional interests including private and public research and development, industrial management and production, marketing, education, government, engineering, and consulting.

TAPPI is an official media partner of the NPIRI 2013 Printing Ink Technology Course.

This means huge savings for TAPPI members now eligible to register at NPIRI member prices to attend the only course in the industry that covers:
  • Where, how, and why raw materials are used
  • Formulation, testing, and application of printing inks linked to raw material characteristics
  • First hand exposure to printing presses (offset, flexo and digital).
 Register online today.

2013 NPIRI Printing Ink Technology Course Preview:

The Printing Ink Technology Course is one of the joint efforts presented by ink companies and Technical Associate Members (TAMs) through NPIR. It is intended to provide a platform that encourages a common understanding of fundamentals, and from that, a more effective working relationship with your suppliers and customers.

The course will provide comprehensive, in-depth yet flexible coverage of the subject matter and is intended for those involved in the technical and sales side of the ink industry. The course is designed to bring new employees up to speed quickly, as well as provide more experienced employees the fundamental understanding necessary to improve, update, and expand their skill sets.

View the 2013 syllabus
for all the technical topics that will be covered.

As TAPPI is getting ready to celebrate its 100th Year Anniversary in 2015, we were wondering how much industry expertise we have in this great group of professionals.

So, we decided to post a discussion question on our TAPPI Social Media outlets. We asked, "How many years of paper and/or packaging experience do you have?"
Who knew such a simple question would have such an impressive response.

With more than 7,000 TAPPI members, all over the world, we have counted 650-plus years of industry experience! And that's just counting the first 30 people who have responded. Now you probably can't find that anywhere else . So why don't you join us?

From those "born" into the industry to third generation professionals. From paper to packaging, to sustainability, environment, tissue, converters, and consulting. This TAPPI network has something for everyone.
Become a part of this unique community of paper and packaging professionals, and add your expertise to our group, and network with others to learn something new.

Visit our website to learn more today!

The soon-to-be-published, "Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials" is the latest TAPPI Press product to broaden the industry knowledge regarding who is researching nano technologies as well as leads on successful applications.

Anyone working in the nanomaterials field, or needing to understand the production and standards of the field, will want to add this volume to their reference material. Cellulose nano-crystals and cellulose nano-fibrils have been known for 20-50 years, but recent research suggesting very high strength properties and other unique physical properties have generated extensive interest in these materials.

Pre-order your copy today and save!

This new book will include:
  • A collection of two to three page summaries on recently completed and on-going research with these high strength materials
  • A list of who's-who of research as well as leads on successful applications
  • Topics on subjects such as production and modification, composites, other applications, modeling, and standards.
  • Special feature: Actual cellulose nanocrystals included within the overcoat varnish of the cover.

    Pre-order Price:
    Member: $149
    Nonmember: $149

    After July 15:
    Member: $189
    Nonmember: $259

    Product code: 0101R332
Make plans to attend the 2013 Building Sciences Committee Fall Meeting September 18-20.

The Building Sciences Committee has designed a strong technical program for production managers and engineers to provide firsthand knowledge to improve their fiberglass mat process with practical production-targeted papers.

This year's program will include papers on: Process Variation Reduction, Glass Sizing Basics; Burner Safety and Efficiency; Biological Treatment Case Study, Operator and Mechanical Training to Enhance Operational Effectiveness; IT Systems to Manage Roll Goods and Reduce Waste.

We are pleased that Tim Worms of 3M will return by popular demand to present his updated Roofing Market Overview and Forecast.

The meeting will be held at The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Fla. USA. TAPPI has negotiated a very economical room rate of $109.00 per night per guest. This rate is good for TAPPI members for stays of any length from Wednesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 22. Group dinners Wednesday and Thursday evenings will provide opportunities to meet other manufacturing personnel and suppliers, and their cost is included in the cost of the meeting. These will be excellent networking opportunities.

Thursday's afternoon recreational activity (also included in the registration price) is a choice of golf, coastal fishing, or an afternoon at the spa. Non-registered spouses and guests are welcome to participate in the activities and dinners for the following costs: $60 per dinner and $95 for golf, fishing, or the spa treatment. They do not have to pay the conference registration fee.

Click here for additional meeting information.

Paper Machine Wet Press Manual, Fourth Edition
Edited by: Richard A. Reese

Paper Machine Wet Press Manual provides an introduction to wet pressing technology in the paper industry and includes information on practical press section considerations on paper machines. The book provides an overview of press section equipment and key factors in optimizing press section performance. In addition, checklists are included to evaluate press section performance.

The book will be particularly useful to paper company personnel including paper machine superintendents, foremen, paper machine operators, process engineers, etc. Employees of suppliers to the paper industry involved in supplying press section equipment and evaluating press section performance will also find the book beneficial. The Paper Machine Wet Press Manual, Fourth Edition is a project of the Water Removal Committee of TAPPI's Engineering Division.

Item Number: 0102B042 • List Price: $124 • Tappi Member: $83
Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
By: Hans W. Maurer

Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Applications is a complement to Maurer's previous book, Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating. His new book, Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application, addresses issues in the preparation and application of starch and starch products for use in the wet stages of the papermaking process. This publication covers a wide range of subjects in starch utilization, ranging from the preparation of specific starch products to their use in papermaking for flocculation, retention, drainage, strength, and sizing control. Environmental issues in the use of starch and analytical procedures for starch analysis and charge characterization are also addressed.

Item Number: 0101R319 • List Price: $185 • Tappi Member: $125
Roll and Web Defect Terminology - E-Book
By: Jerome M. Gess and Paul H. Wilson

This book takes the reader through the process of making paper, pointing out where interruptions can occur and where elements that are added to the system can cause problems in that part or subsequent parts of the papermaking process. The aim of this book is to give papermakers and those involved in the papermaking process the information required to allow them to understand how to track down and solve problems at their source rather than where the problems surface.

Paper Machine Quality Control Systems - Volume 1: Measurement Systems and Product Variability - E-Book
By: Quality Control Systems Education Common Interest Group of the Process Control Division

This book describes in detail the measurement technology used in Quality Controls Systems (QCS). Individual chapters are devoted to the five most prevalent QCS measurements (basis weight, moisture, caliper, ash, and color) in the paper industry. Each of these chapters covers the physical principles involved in each measurement, sensor designs, various methods of implementation, and influence factors. A somewhat lighter coverage is given to 10 other QCS measurements that do not have such a broad installation base. Common issues that impact all sensors are explained, including how sensor performance is measured and reported, the impact of scanning processes, filtering, scanner designs and construction, and sensor calibration and correlation. Statistical methods are covered in depth from discrete one-dimensional variability to multi-dimensional variability. Guidance is provided for using these statistical methods to locate the sources of variability in the paper process. This book was written by the Quality Control Systems Education Common Interest Group of the Process Control Division.  
Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials
By: Alan W. Rudie, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory,
Michael A. Postek, National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Robert J. Moon, USDA Frost Service, Forest Products Laboratory,
Michael A. Bilodeau, University of Maine

Cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils have been known for upwards of 50 years, but recent research suggesting very high strength properties and other unique physical properties have generated extensive interest in these materials. The book will be a collection of summaries on recently completed and on-going research with these high strength materials. This book will highlight cutting-edge research as well as leads on successful applications. Topics will include: production and modification, composites, other applications, modeling, and standards.

The 2013 TAPPI PEERS Conference, September 15-18, in Green Bay, Wis., USA, has announced the detailed technical program focusing on sustainable manufacturing and other pressing business and technical questions faced by pulp and paper companies as they manage raw materials, assets, regulatory requirements, and production assets.  Register now and save.

In addition to the peer-reviewed technical program, Keynote Speaker Robert Feeser, SVP of Packaging with MWV, will share his insights on the day-to-day challenges he faces as he oversees the company's primary mill-based manufacturing businesses in the U.S. and Brazil. PEERS will also offer exclusive networking opportunities and insight into new technologies that can help you optimize your mill operations.  

For 2013, PEERS will be co-located with the 10th Research Forum on Recycling and the International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference, creating a value-added opportunity for you to expand your learning, networking, and resources by attending all three events.  

Learn more about the TAPPI PEERS Conference.

The corrugated packaging and converting industry is heading for Indianapolis, Ind., USA, October 7-9, 2013, for TAPPI CorrExpo 2013. The JW Marriott is the waypoint where ideas turn into innovation. Join your colleagues to take advantage of highly-sought-after speakers, seminars, workshops, exhibits, and programs you don't want to miss:
  • There will be two keynote presentations - Bob Chapman, CEO and chairman of Barry-Wehmiller, and Alexander Toeldte, president and CEO of Boise Inc.
  • Extensive networking and sales opportunities on the sold-out exhibit floor
  • Training and insight from the best in the industry
  • A cutting-edge technology showcase exhibit of innovative trends and design
  • Opportunity for one-on-one meetings with top-level attendees
  • Problem solving with industry experts
  • Numerous special events, including a welcome reception, golf tournament, gala at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and spouse/guest program
  • Eye-opener sessions tackling timely topics affecting box plants today, with plenty of time for questions and interaction with the speakers
  • Complimentary workshops on Wednesday afternoon for all registered exhibit visitors.

View the full program to see what's in store for you this October.

Register today.

The TAPPI Centennial Celebration will be a multi-year long series of outreach events and educational offerings showcasing the proud history and promising future of the global pulp, paper, packaging, and related industries. This once-in-a-lifetime event will expand public awareness, foster further connection, and provide outstanding opportunities for collaboration, growth, and investment in our future for all of those involved. Goals for the TAPPI Centennial Celebration are:
  • To honor TAPPI's 100 years of connection, education, and advancement as a foundation for the sustainable success of our members, our industries, and the world we share
  • To recognize the achievements of those who built our industry and to inspire those who seek to build its future
  • To celebrate the contributions and innovations of the global pulp, paper, and packaging industries to human culture, commerce, health, and social advancement
  • To sustain the industry and support its growth, vitality, and future through the TAPPI Foundation.
We invite you to be a part of this momentous event. The sooner you join us the more opportunities there are for recognition of your company, its products, and key innovations. Keep in mind that an early commitment allows you to spread your investment over multiple years' budgets.

For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities please contact dbell@tappi.org.

The sponsorship prospectus can be downloaded online.


Do you have a history book gathering dust on your shelf? TAPPI's 100th year is coming soon and we are looking for donations to the TAPPI Library. Specifically, we are interested in histories of companies and mills in the paper and packaging industry (both producers and suppliers). Each donated book will have a bookplate in the front cover recognizing the donor. For more information please contact David Bell.

Please send books to:
c\o David Bell
15 Technology Parkway, South
Suite 115
Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092

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