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  December 2011
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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Issue Spotlight
Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, reports that it has received a binding offer from SCA to acquire the Georgia-Pacific EMEA business for EUR 1.32 billion ($1.8 billion).
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Lucchese spa of Italy and its parent company Lucart Group have signed an agreement to acquire Georgia-Pacific Italia, well-known for consumer tissue product brands such as Tenderly and Tutto.
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ish restaurant guests do not have a very high opinion of the restaurant industry and restaurant hygiene, according to this year's "Barometer of Public Washroom Opinion" from SCA’s Tork hygiene products.
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From The Experts
Special Over the Wire--Tissue Edition analysis examines market conditions that may have driven SCA to partner with Pacific Equity.
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Market Roundup
Pulp prices are still falling, reports Mark Wilde, senior analyst with Deutsche Bank, "but there are signs suggesting that the bottom could be near," he adds.
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The global demand for market pulp has been weakening for the past four months, particularly for bleached hardwood kraft pulp (BHKP).
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Slowing lumber markets throughout the world have resulted in declining sawlog prices in many of the major lumber-producing regions in Europe and North America
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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
ABK Group, France, a designer and manufacturer of complete machines and specialized equipment for the paper and board industry, has announced the setup of a new company, ABK Italia S.p.A. (formerly Over Meccanica S.p.A.), with plant facilities based in Verona, Italy.
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Cascades, Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, recently received two corporate responsibility awards—Excellence in Corporate Responsibility, awarded by Green Living Enterprises, and Greening the Supply Chain, awarded by the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.
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Clearwater Paper Corp., Spokane, Wash., USA, has completed the sale of its Lewiston, Idaho, sawmill to Idaho Forest Group of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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HengAn has set a new speed record for an Advantage ViscoNip press at its Weifang mill in Weifang, Shandong province, China.
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The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals, Newton Square, Pa., USA, recently announced that Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, is the large company recipient of its 2011 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA).
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Kleenex brand, Dallas, Texas, USA, has introduced Kleenex Cool Touch tissue, which actively releases a cool sensation to soothe dry, sore noses on contact.
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Metsä Tissue, Espoo, Finland, part of the Metsäliitto Group and a tissue and cooking paper supplier Europe-wide, has decided to close its production, converting, and supply chain operations at the Konstancin-Jeziorna mill near Warsaw, Poland.
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Petrocart, Romania, has ordered a new, complete tissue production line from Toscotec, Italy, to be installed at the company’s mill in Piatra Neamt, capital of the Neamt district in the Moldavia historical region.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, reports that its European hygiene operations will be organized into three business units.
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Mika Joukio, head of M-real Corp.’s (Finland) Consumer Packaging Business Area and a member of M-real’s Management Team, has been appointed the new CEO of Metsä Tissue Corp. of Finland.
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To mark the U.N. International Year of Forests, Metsa Tissue, Espoo, Finland, reports that it is offering personnel training on themes related to sustainable development, providing a comprehensive briefing on forest issues.
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New Technologies
Cascades Tissue Group, Waterford, N.Y., USA, has launched Elite high-end hardwound roll towel for the away-from-home (AFH) market.
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Xerium Technologies Inc., Raleigh, N.C., USA, a global manufacturer of industrial textiles and rolls used primarily in the paper production process, this week announced full global availability of Impact TS, advanced tissue felt technology, as part of its clothing (PMC) technology designed to improve operating performance and reduce energy consumption.
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Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee
More than 100 people visited Miron Construction in Neenah, Wis., USA, in November, as they generously served as host for two TAPPI meetings—the Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee (YDS&RC) and the Lakes States TAPPI/North Central PIMA Energy Forum.
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Ken Patrick
Editorial Director
30 years' experience writing for the pulp, paper, packaging, and allied industries

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

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