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Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Member In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
From The Experts
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
New Products
Technology Group Voith is conscious of its social responsibilities and for a long time now has been demonstrating its commitment to society through a wide range of measures. Last year, Voith stepped up its commitment by launching the #VoithCares program.
Weekly Spotlight
Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc. is proud to announce that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for a second consecutive year. The award consolidates Kyocera’s reputation as an organization that places people at the core of all operations and a workplace that is both supportive and fulfilling for employees.
Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, completed the acquisition of the stock of the Grand Invest Group on February 6, 2023. As part of the acquisition, Solenis will acquire all Grand Invest Group operating assets, including key strategic production and warehousing facilities.
The Fedrigoni Group announced that it has entered into two strategic agreements. First, a manufacturing partnership with the Quzhou mill — a specialty paper producer of translucent papers in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
When retailers are looking for a sustainable and efficient packaging solution to complete their sustainable brand profile, paper carrier bags are a good choice. However, there can be differences in the quality of paper bags.
Beat the Heat: TL-Series Bearings from NSK.
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Under the high temperatures and thermal stresses of dryer rolls in paper making machines, conventional bearings can experience cracking damage and fail prematurely. NSK’s Tough and Long Life (TL) Spherical Roller Bearings dramatically increase MTBF and significantly reduce maintenance costs and machine downtime.
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From The Experts
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Board of Directors announced advocacy priorities to pursue this year.
Lubrizol, Inc.
Market Roundup
The global nanocellulose (NC) market has accelerated over the last few years as producers in Japan and to a lesser extent North America and Europe bring products to market. The development of these remarkable materials has compelled major paper and pulp producers to gravitate their traditional business towards advanced biorefineries, which have met with initial success and resulted in production capacity increases.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company reported Net Income for fourth quarter 2022 of $156 million, or $0.50 per share, based on 309 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to fourth quarter 2021 Net Income of $39 million, or $0.13 per share, based on 309 million weighted average diluted shares.
The global Thermal Paper Market is expected to grow from USD 4.49 billion in 2022 to USD 6.9 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 5.7% during the Projection period 2023-2030, according to GreyViews latest report.
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. announced the planned curtailment of operations at Cariboo Pulp & Paper located in Quesnel, British Columbia, beginning in mid-April for a month and then for another month in the third quarter.
Norske Skog said that its Bruck mill in Austria is getting close to starting-up paper machine 3 (PM3), which is being converted from the production of newsprint to recycled containerboard. The machine conversion is an EUR 90 - 100 million investment.
UPG Unified Purchasing Group
Stora Enso Oyj and AFRY have agreed an engineering assignment for converting decommissioned paper machine into a consumer board production line at the company’s mill in Oulu, Finland.
Mill Rock Packaging Partners LLC announced that it has acquired Keystone Paper & Box Company, a leading specialty packaging company that manufactures custom folding cartons for consumer and healthcare end markets.
Packaging industry veteran Robert Egan, in partnership with Atlas Holdings, a $16 billion diversified holding company with substantial interests in the global paper and packaging industry, announced the launch of Packaging Exchange — a packaging solutions company founded with the mission to re-imagine the packaging supply chain by bringing together our market expertise, proprietary Exchange iO software, and extensive network of industry partnerships.
Independent 2, a privately-owned and operated corrugated manufacturer, is partnering with Rabbit Hole Distillery, located in Louisville, KY, which produces its own recipes of one-of-a-kind super premium American whiskey. Creating its extraordinary shipping cases with outstanding shelf appeal that helps sell this unique brand, is a fantastic collaboration with their partner. Independent 2’s capabilities include designing, manufacturing, warehousing, and delivering corrugated and packaging that protect their customers’ products in-transit and sells them on store shelves.
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New Products
As an addition to the proven OceanCoat roll cover, Voith has now developed the OceanCoat P. The new coater backing roll cover is specially made for high-demand positions in blade coater applications.
Amtech Software
Finnish startup Fiberwood, a producer of 100% ecological wood fibre insulation and packaging materials made from mechanical wood industry side streams, has raised a late seed funding round. The round was led by Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring, and the round included public financing from Business Finland.
In 2022, the electricity generated by Södra's own operations amounted to 1,913 GWh, just over 130 percent of the Group's annual electricity needs. That corresponds to surplus electricity of 460 GWh, in a year when electricity prices rose to historically high levels.
Smurfit Kappa has once again been recognised as a top ESG performer by leading research and analytics company Morningstar Sustainalytics. Following a thorough analysis of global companies, Smurfit Kappa’s 2022 ESG Risk Rating improved, seeing the FTSE 100 listed company positioned in Sustainalytics’ list of Top Rated companies both for the industry and regional categories.
Keit Spectrometers
Menasha Corporation announced that James M. Kotek will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer in March. The Menasha Corporation Board of Directors has appointed Christopher D. Drees to succeed Kotek effective March 13, 2023. Drees will also join the Menasha Corporation Board on that date. 
TAPPI honors member: Brian W. Attwood. He was a member for 46 years (1976-2022) and passed away at the age of 94 years old.
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Engage in in-depth discussions with industry peers across key industry segments.
Only one week until the Lignocellulose Fractionation for Zero-Waste Biorefinery webinar held Monday, February 20th 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM (ET).  Don’t forget to register today!
Register today for the “A Foray into Feedforward Control” webinar held Wednesday, March 08th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (ET).
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