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  November 2012
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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Metso Paper
Issue Spotlight
Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, Texas, USA, has decided to terminate disposable nappies production and sales in Western and Central Europe and exit the diaper category.
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The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, this past week announced new fiber sourcing goals for pulp it purchases for its tissue-towel, baby care, and feminine hygiene brands.
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SCA, Sweden, is implementing a new cost cutting program in its global hygiene products operations, in addition to its program launched last year, that will impact some 1,500 employees in its hygiene business sector.
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Orchids Paper Products Co. was recently ranked No. 70 on the Forbes 2012 list of the "100 Best Small Companies in America."
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Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), China, and "China Business News," a China-based business publication, have jointly initiated a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to enhance awareness of personal hygiene and help cultivate healthier lifestyle habits among youths living in China’s rural areas
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TAPPI, Norcross, Ga., USA, has issued a call for papers for the Tissue360° Forum, Papermaking, and RPTA (recycled paperboard) programs at PaperCon 2013.
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Voith Paper
Kadant Inc.
Market Roundup
Total U.S. pulp and paper industry consumption of recovered paper in September was 2.36 million tons, 8% lower than August 2012.
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Metsä Fibre, Finland, raised the price of its Botnia Nordic Pine NBSK (northern bleached softwood kraft) in Europe, effective November 1.
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Södra, Sweden, also raised the price of its softwood pulp in Europe to $820.00 per metric ton, effective November 1.
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Ashland Water Technologies, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., reports that it will increase prices for its portfolio of polyacrylamide and polyacrylate chemistries sold in Europe by a minimum of 5% to 10%, or as contracts allow.
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Pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil became more competitive in 2012, mostly thanks to a weakening Brazilian real, with pine sawlog prices, in U.S. dollar terms, falling 22% in just one year, and prices in the 2Q/12 below where they were just before the financial crisis that hit in 2008.
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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
Cia. Canoinhas de Papel, Canoinhas, Santa Catarina, Brazil, reportedly has started up its rebuilt No. 1 tissue machine, restructured from a conventional fourdrinier to a crescent former.
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C&S Paper Yunfu, Luoding, Guangdong Province, China, has ordered two PrimeLineST tissue machines from Andritz, Graz, Austria, each with a steel yankee dryer.
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Clearwater Paper Corp., Spokane, Wash., USA, announced that Linda K. Massman will become the company’s next CEO, succeeding Gordon L. Jones, who will be retiring from his roles as CEO and chairman of the board of directors on December 31.
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Toscotec S.p.A., Italy, has named Michael Drage (more than 20 years of tissue industry experience) director of business development for North America.
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First Quality Tissue reportedly will install a Voith ATMOS Technology tissue machine at its Anderson, S.C., USA, mill, with startup planned for 2014.
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The HengAn Group in China has awarded Metso a repeat order for four complete tissue production lines, two which will be located at Shandong HengAn Paper Co. in Weifang City, Shandong Province, and two at HengAn Wuhu Paper Co. in Wuhu City, Anhui Province.
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The HengAn Group, China, has successfully completed a total of four tissue machine startups planned for this year, and is now running nine Andritz tissue machines, two of which are fitted with the largest steel yankees in operation worldwide.
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MP Hygiene, France, has started up a new Toscotec complete tissue production line at its mill in Annonay, Ardeche Department on Rhone-Alps Region, France, smoothly on schedule, 15 months after the order signature of the turn key contract.
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Tissue Machinery Co. S.p.A. (TMC), Italy, has awarded its Technology and Passion 2012 –Innovation Award to Robert Snyder, president and CEO of Orchids Paper Products Co., Pryor, Okla., USA.
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Orchids Paper Products Co., Pryor, Okla., USA, reports that it "has new understandings" with several retailers for the supply of converted products and expects to begin receiving orders this quarter.
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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, at a capital markets day (CMD) in Stockholm, reported that to further strengthen profitability in its hygiene operations, measures are being taken to decrease costs and improve efficiency.
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Italian paper machinery manufacturer Toscotec recently celebrated the sale of its 100th steel yankee dryer for tissue production with a ceremony held in its new factory unit at Marlia, Lucca.
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Xiamen Xinyang Paper Corp. has brought its new Metso (Finland)-supplied tissue machine online at its mill in Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China, one week ahead of schedule.
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New Technologies
ABB, Dundalk, Ireland, recently launched its new High-Performance Infrared and Fiber Weight (HPIR-FW) sensor that provides precise, high resolution moisture and fiber weight measurement.
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SCA, Boston, Mass., USA, makers of the Tork brand of away-from-home paper products, has announced the North American launch of its new collection of hand towels, which includes Premium Extra Soft, Premium, and Advanced Soft.
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OpTest Equipment Inc., Hawkesbury, Que., Canada, will launch the fourth generation of its Fiber Quality Analyzer (FQA) in January 2013.
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Ken Patrick
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30 years' experience writing for the pulp, paper, packaging, and allied industries

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