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  August 2011
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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Issue Spotlight
Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, Texas, USA, has announced that its Kleenex Brand facial tissues is committing $500,000 to help fund an important component of children's education—school field trips.
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Procter & Gamble, Cincinnatti, Ohio, USA, this past week opened a new packaging customization facility at its plant in Auburn, Maine. In partnership with the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Health & Human Services, this new FlexiCenter facility will offer local employment opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental challenges, as well as disabled veterans.
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Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, reports that it will purchase from Constellation Energy, Baltimore, Md., Green-e® Energy Certified power sourced from wind energy facilities in Texas.
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The TAPPI Tissue Properties & Manufacturing Course, being held this week (August 10 – 11) at the association's headquarters in Norcross, Ga., USA, delivers a comprehensive and structured overview of tissue manufacturing processes, and their effects on product performance for those operations and administrative personnel that are new to the industry or process of tissue production.
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From The Experts
The global tissue industry scene continues to change and evolve. Tissue suppliers are especially active, as pure plays, diversified competitors, start-ups, FMCGs, and new entrants continue to invest and grow.
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Market Roundup
North American pulp prices remain under pressure in August, reports Mark Wilde, senior analyst with Deutsche Bank.
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Pulp mills in the Western U.S. have seen their wood costs go up for four consecutive quarters, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review, Seattle, Wash., USA.
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In the aftermath of the collapsed Management Investment Schemes (MIS), plantation ownership and management of the Australian timber resources is in a transitional mode, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.
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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, this week announced that it will purchase the remaining 50% of shares it does not hold in Papersource Converting Mill Corp. (Papersource), located in Granby, Que.
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Clearwater Paper Corp., Spokane, Wash., USA, reports that it will offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified premium and ultra-premium bath tissue, and ultra-premium paper towel products to retail customers.
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Europe Virgin Fund L.P. (EVF), a private equity fund sponsored by Ukrainian-based Dragon Capital, has acquired a majority stake in Tissico Limited, a Cyprus-based holding company for VGP, a major producer of sanitary products including toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and handkerchiefs, located in Lutsk, western Ukraine.
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The Fibertect nonwoven textile wipe developed at Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, USA, and invented by Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar of TTU, has received additional funding from the U.S. Army.
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Futura North America, Alpharetta, GA., USA, has named Christian Viviers its new CEO. Viviers has served as VP and COO of Futura since 2008.
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Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, in July announced that it expects to raise $3 billion to $3.5 billion in unsecured financing to refinance its secured indebtedness outstanding under its existing senior secured credit facilities.
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Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, and the United Steelworkers (USW), Pittsburg, Pa., have reached an agreement setting terms that will be offered in USW labor contracts as they are renewed at 13 of G-P’s pulp and paper mills between 2011 and 2014.
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A U.S. federal appeals court has sided with Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, Wis., USA, in a trademark dispute with Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga
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Metsä Tissue, Espoo, Finland, reports that its Baking and Cooking investment program in Düren, Germany, is proceeding on schedule, with the rebuild of both PM 5 and related facilities completed and the new converting lines now operational.
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LLC Pulp Invest, Kazan, Russia, has ordered from Andritz, Graz, Austria, a PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine. Startup is scheduled for the end of 2012.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, is acquiring 95% of the Turkish hygiene products company San Saglik, producer of incontinence care products, from the family-owned MT Group.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, this week reported that it has invested £15 million in new state-of-the-art equipment at its Tyne Valley (Prudhoe mill) production site in the U.K.
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Ken Patrick
Editorial Director
30 years' experience writing for the pulp, paper, packaging, and allied industries

Scott Springmier
Associate Editor
20 years' experience in the pulp, paper, packaging, and allied industries

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