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  January 2012
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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Issue Spotlight
Grabbing a paper towel in a public restroom may leave more on your hands than you bargained for, according to an article in WebMD Health News. The article,reports that researchers at Laval University in Canada say they’ve found bacteria, including some that are known to make people sick, in unused paper towels.
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Sustainability, carbon footprint, and green initiatives are among the hottest topics in the tissue business today. Customers and consumers, retailers and distributors, governments and NGOs, buyers, and sellers are all focusing more attention on this area.
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Kimberly-Clark Corp (K-C), Dallas, Texas, USA, Prologis Inc., Denver, Colo., and Southern California Edison (SCE), Rosemead, Calif., reports that K-C’s Redlands, Calif. distribution center has received one of the largest single rooftop solar power installations in the country.
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Georgia-Pacific's "Toilet Tissue through the Ages," is "a glimpse into the evolution of one of mankind's greatest necessities."
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Voith Paper
From The Experts
Faced with poor share performance and a struggling paper business, Wausau Paper, Mosinee, Wis., USA, has launched a series of restructuring initiatives designed to renew the focus on its towel and tissue and specialty papers businesses.
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Market Roundup
The majority of Canadian forest and paper products companies posted lower third quarter earnings compared with the same period in 2010. Ten of the largest U.S.-based companies reported net earnings of $1,407.6 million for the third quarter, down from $2,372.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. Ten of the largest European companies reported overall losses of EUR 122.5 million for the third quarter, down from EUR 743.9 million in profit for the third quarter of 2010.
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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, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.
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November pulp shipments from the PPPC show continued weakness in the industrial nations, Mark Wilde, senior analyst with Deutsche Bank, reports, adding that this was offset by strong Chinese shipments.
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Stora Enso, Finland, reportedly will increase its price for NKSK (northern bleached softwood kraft) pulp in Europe and China to $850/metric ton and $670/metric ton, respectively.
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U.S. pulp and paper industry consumption of recovered paper in November 2011 was 2.4 million tons, 5% lower than November of last year, and 5% lower than October 2011, according to the AF&PA.
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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
PT Graha Cemerlang Paper Utama (GCPU), a subsidiary of Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia, has brought its second brand-new Intelli-Tissue 2100 machine on stream at its Cikampek mill in Indonesia.
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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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Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, Texas, USA, reports that its pulp mill at Everett, Wash., will permanently close by the end of March, after negotiations to sell it to Atlas Holdings recently broke down over environmental issues.
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Laibin ZhengFa Paper Ltd. (Guangxi Province, China) has begun construction of a new 100,000 metric tpy high-grade tissue paper production line.
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Marcal Mfg. LLC, Elmwood Park, N.J., USA, has made its Small Steps® tissue products available through, Middleton, Wis.,.a retail platform that allows producers to sell directly to consumers with free shipping and other benefits.
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Metsä Tissue, part of the Metsäliitto Group, Espoo, Finland, reports that it will close its production, converting, and supply chain operations at the Konstancin-Jeziorna mill near Warsaw, Poland.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, reported this week that it has completed forming the previously announced joint venture partnership with the Australian company Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) that involves SCA’s existing operations in Australasia.
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Södra Cell, Sweden, this week appointed Marcus Hellberg the new business area manager for Tissue & Board, effective immediately.
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Wausau Paper, Mosinee, Wis., USA, this week agreed to sell the its remaining timberland holdings, totaling approximately 80,200 acres in Northern Wisconsin, for $42.9 million.
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Wausau Paper, Mosinee, Wis., USA, this week appointed Matthew L. Urmanski to the position of SVP – Tissue, and Michael R. Wildenberg to the position of SVP - Tissue Strategy.
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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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