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  April 2012
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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Metso Paper
Issue Spotlight
Georgia-Pacific Professional, Atlanta, Ga., USA, is hosting the Brawny Industrial Brand Great American Worker contest to honor the champions of America's workforce.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, reports that it recently conducted a survey showing that sustainability activities play an important role in relationships with customers.
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To provide North American families access to diapers during times of catastrophic disasters, the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and the Huggies brand have pledged to donate one million diapers to American Red Cross.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, Kimberly-Clark, Dallas Texas, USA, and International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA,, have been named among the world's most ethical companies by the American Ethisphere Institute.
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The U.K. paper recycling rate in 2011 increased by nearly 5% over 2010, according to figures recently released by the U.K.-based Confederation of Paper Industries.
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Dr. Howard W. Penrose, an active reliability consultant, publisher, and writer, will be the keynote speaker for TAPPI’s OpEx Reliability Seminar, April 23- 24, being co-located with the TAPPI PaperCon event, April 22 – 25, in New Orleans, La., USA.
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Voith Paper
From The Experts
The wave of capacity investments announced in the past two years in North America created a concern for downward pressure on operating rates, but with the closure of Kimberly-Clark’s Everett, Wash., mill last year and the recently announced closure of Kruger’s two machines in British Columbia, the North American market appears to be more in balance.
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Market Roundup
Södra, Sweden, has raised the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp.
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Suzano Pulp and Paper, Brazil, has increased the price for its bleached eucalyptus pulp (BEK) sold in Asia by $30 per metric ton.
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Vietnam has topped Australia as the world’s largest supplier of wood chips to pulp mills in Asia. exporting 5.4 million metric tons in 2011, triple that in 2007.
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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
Ahlstrom Corp, Finland, estimates that the transfer of the Brazilian operation of its former wipes fabrics business, Home and Personal, to Suominen Corp. of Finland will take place in the second quarter this year.
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APP China has decided to add 12 more tissue machines with a combined capacity of 240,000 metric tpy to its ongoing tissue paper expansion plan in China.
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Kimberly-Clark Corp. recently announced two key executive promotions. Christian Brickman, currently president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been elected president of Kimberly-Clark International, and Elane Stock, SVP and chief strategy officer, has been elected president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, succeeding Brickman.
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Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, Texas, USA, reports that Robert N. "Bob" Stargel Jr., VP of Global Nonwovens, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2012 list of "Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America."
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Kruger Products, a subsidiary of Montreal, Que., Canada-based Kruger Inc., reports that its New Westminster, B.C., Canada, mill will cut 187 jobs at the end of August.
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Lila Kagit’ has started up a Metso (Finland)-supplied Advantage DCT 200 TS tissue production line at its mill in Corlu, Turkey, about 100 km west of Istanbul.
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LLC Pulp Invest, Kazan, Russia, has ordered from Paper Converting Machine Co. (PCMC), Lucca, Italy, an Amica converting line to produce high-quality toilet rolls and kitchen towels.
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A product that helps tissue makers optimize production is the first result of a strategic partnership between Nalco and SKF, a global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, and lubrication systems.
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SCA, Sweden, has upgraded its 43,000 metric tpy tissue machine at the company’s Svetogorsk mill in Russia.
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SCA reports that the privatization of Everbeauty under Taiwanese law has been completed, and as a result, the agreement for SCA to acquire Everbeauty has now been signed by both parties.
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Vinda, a branded seller and manufacturer of tissue paper products in China and Hong Kong, has awarded an order to Toscotec, Italy, for eight new tissue machines.
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New Technologies
SCA has expanded its Tork® Xpressnap® napkin dispensing system with a new dispenser that guarantees a 25% reduction in napkin usage and features rounded edges and an enhanced color palette.
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Metsä Tissue reports that its Lambi brand has launched a new easy-to-open toilet paper packaging, with a zipper-like opening mechanism that allows the top to tear away cleanly for greater convenience.
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Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee
TAPPI held its semi-annual Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee Meeting prior to Tissue World Americas in Miami on March 19.
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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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Account Executive, Naylor, LLC

Larry N. Montague
President and CEO

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Vice President, Operations

Glenn Ostle
Editorial Director/Associate Publisher

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