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Showcasing Over Sixty Release Liner and Pressure Sensitive Facestock Papers

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading producer of flexible packaging, technical, and label and converting papers, have just announced the release of two printed Specialty Paper guides titled "Release Liner Paper Selector" and "Pressure Sensitive Facestock Paper Selector."

"Verso's focused product development and innovation initiatives have resulted in a portfolio of label and release liner papers that now includes more than 60 unique products, making it the largest offering in North America," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "Verso's breadth of specialty products makes it easy for our customers to choose the paper that best fits their unique needs, and these paper selectors now make that selection easier than ever."

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"These paper selectors detail the light to heavyweight release liners and multipurpose to special application facestock papers Verso has developed for our customers' pressure sensitive laminating needs," said Ed Buehler, Vice President and General Manager of Verso's Specialty Papers business. "We've highlighted end-use applications, mill locations and specifications for many of our respected brands, all in one simplified printed piece that provides customers with a convenient guide to the right Verso specialty paper to meet their needs, no matter how complex the end-use application."

Verso and high performance papers go hand-in-hand. These pressure sensitive papers are manufactured using northern hardwood and softwood kraft pulp to provide excellent strength and smoothness properties. Verso's specialty papers are manufactured in the U.S. with skill and pride, shipped worldwide, and backed by an unmatched level of technical service and customer commitment, making them ideal for large, multisite pressure sensitive laminators.

To order your Verso Specialty Paper Selectors, please contact your Verso Sales Representative. For more information on other products in Verso's broad specialty papers offering, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

About Verso
Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at

Metso has received recognition for promoting safety at the worksites of Codelco and Anglo American in Chile. Metso has been able to improve the safety of operations at both sites by developing and implementing innovative safety enhancements. The award from Codelco and the written testimonial from Anglo American were received at customer-hosted events. 

metso logo new oneA mobile application tool developed by Metso is used by the health, safety, environment and quality personnel at the Codelco worksite. By utilizing a pre-formatted checklist, it evaluates the various conditions that must be controlled in field supervision, such as the application of risk control sheets and training of personnel involved. All this yields a supervision performance result to ensure proper implementation of controls and application of preventive measures. 

Similarly, Metso's commitment to the goal of zero incidents has been recognized by Anglo American, specifically the implementation of job risk assessment procedures that enable operational continuity in the plants, a task always focused on critical controls.

"We encourage other companies in the industry to follow the example set by Metso and implement similar initiatives to improve the safety of their operations," says Hernán Cabello, Superintendent, Gabriela Mistral, Codelco.

"We are honored to receive these recognitions. For us at Metso, it is important to engage everyone in initiatives that improve safety. The highest safety standards are shared across Metso and we are committed to keeping it as our top priority in the future as well," says Aldo Cermenati, Senior Vice President, Pacific Rim market area.

Metso is committed to safety

Health, safety and environmental matters are top priorities for Metso, and prioritizing the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners is fundamental to everyone at Metso. Therefore, all Metso employees actively participate in eliminating safety risks. Also, partners and subcontractors are required to take care of occupational health and safety within their operations.

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki, Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced the appointment of Patrice Minguez as president of the company's tissue group. This is a new role, reporting to Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

abiti122011Patrice Minguez will serve as a member of Resolute's Executive Team and will oversee all tissue operations as well as sales and marketing functions. This includes the Atlas Tissue operations in Florida and the new state-of-the-art tissue and converting facilities at Calhoun, Tennessee. He will also be accountable for the company's Calhoun pulp and paper mill.

Founder and former president of Cellynne Holdings, Inc., Patrice Minguez built his business from the ground up, ultimately positioning Cellynne as the biggest independent tissue converter in North America. In addition to his extensive background selling both away-from-home and at-home bath tissue and towel, Mr. Minguez led the successful installation and start-up of new tissue machines, and managed multiple production locations.

"Patrice Minguez has a strong reputation in the marketplace and a proven track record of success. His knowledge, experience and entrepreneurial background will strengthen Resolute's presence in the tissue market," stated Richard Garneau. "Patrice will play an important role in the company's ongoing transformation strategy. Under his leadership, we believe our tissue business will be positioned for sustained growth and performance."

This appointment will take effect on August 1, 2017.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in over 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

There will be steady increases in demand for liquid paperboard materials across the next five years according to the latest in-depth industry study from Smithers Pira. 

pira logoExclusive data published in The Future of Liquid Paperboard to 2022, shows production of liquid packaging board (LPB) and food/cupstock (FCS) boards combined passed the 7 million tonne mark in 2015. This has grown by over 3% annually on average since 2012. Reaching 7.2 million tonnes in 2016, this segment of the packaging market was worth $9.5 billion to the paper mills.

Through to 2022, demand for LPB will accelerate significantly at 4.5% per year, driving a total market value of $4.69 billion in 2017 to reach $5.83 billion in 2022. The Smithers study segments this market and provides extensive value and volume figures by board type, end-use application, regional geographic and key national markets.

Production of liquid paperboard materials is highly concentrated; especially liquid packaging board, which is produced in only ten countries around the world. Consumption of converted board products is spread across all global regions; however, in contrast to some other packaging segments, three-quarters of all converted LPB is still used in the Americas and Europe, with Asia holding only a moderate 17% market share in 2016.

Demand for liquid paperboard is heavily dependent on a few segments, although there is scope to expand into new areas. In 2016, more than 70% of LPB consumption occurred in the dairy industry, with juice packaging accounting for a further 20% plus. Smithers Pira tracks how evolution in these core segments and new evolving end-use applications will impact the market across the next five years.

Stephen Harrod, author of the report, says: ‘Consumption of dairy products has slowed in Western Europe but Eastern Europe has enjoyed rapid growth in demand, sustaining volume demand for liquid paperboard. Globally, however, the industry is seeing growing competition from ‘alt-milk’ products, such as nut-based ‘milks’. However, these products may actually stimulate demand for LPB, as they open up new niche markets. LPB consumption will be maintained over the medium term, assisted by the healthy eating trend, together with growing consumption patterns in the emerging markets.’

In spite of increasing competition from other alternative beverages, including ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee, energy drinks and the like – especially amongst younger consumers – demand for LPB in the dairy industry will see continued good growth, with nearly 400,000 tonnes of additional LPB materials needed to meet demand growth between 2017 and 2022.

An overall trend across the packaging industry is to minimise the environmental impact of packaging, which is stimulating both technical innovations and new business models across the value chain. This interest includes consumers, brand owners, converters and regulators and spans a number of different means to realise the goal of furthering the use of sustainable, recyclable and compostable packaging into the mainstream.

Marketing to more environmentally aware consumers will increasingly be an important differentiator for packaging suppliers and FMCG brand owners in the future. This is driving the development of more sustainable LBP products such as Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex Bio-based, Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30, and the Tetra Top carton bottle, as well as the Combidome low-acid carton bottle from SIG Combibloc and Elopak’s Pure-Pak Sense Aseptic carton.

This latest Smithers Pira report The Future of Liquid Paperboard to 2022, analysing the key drivers of demand for the various liquid paperboard products. The liquid paperboard market includes food service products made from food and cupstock board (FCS) and liquid packaging board (LPB) materials used in various packaging applications. The major end-use markets for liquid packaging board are quantified and segmented, with discussion of the key trends affecting demand for the end-use products as well as the consumption of liquid packaging board in these markets

About Smithers Pira
Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information please visit

2017 06 06 090206The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry reached US$2.9 billion from January to May of 2017, growth of 4.9% compared to the same period last year. During the year, the sector accumulated total exports of US$ 3.3 billion, 3.2% higher than the same period in 2016. Pulp sales abroad reached US$ 2.4 billion (+4.1%), while foreign sales of paper were US$ 767 million (-2.0%) and of wood panels were US$ 113 million (+25.6%).

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 37th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Production – Brazilian pulp production reached 8 million tons (+5.3%) between January and May of 2017, and paper registered 4.3 million tons (-0.6%).

Exports – demand for Brazilian pulp remains high in the international market. During the first five months of the year 5.5 million tons of pulp were exported, an expansion of 4.7% over the same five months of 2016. The paper sector recorded exports of 892,000 tons (+1.8%), and wood panels reached 490,000 cubic meters (+36.5%).

Destination of Exports – China has maintained its position as the main destination for Brazilian pulp, representing more than 43% of the total exported by Brazil and generating income of approximately US$1 billion for the year, an increase of 27.7% compared to the first five months of 2016. Meanwhile, Latin America remains the main market for the paper and wood panel sectors, generating revenues of US$ 492 million (+10.3%) and US$ 62 million (+26.5%), respectively.

Domestic Sales – Sales of paper and wood panels on the domestic market remained stable at 2.1 million tons and 2.6 million cubic meters, respectively.


The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 60 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at

Conference in Neuwied, Germany, focused on adding value in the direct mail market

Direct Mail Days proved to be an exciting forum for those in the envelope, printing and supplier industries. Organized by Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D), in cooperation with the European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers (FEPE), the event attracted around 110 participants to Neuwied from June 28 to 29, 2017.

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Association and industry experts offered insights and spoke extensively about direct mail, as well as about the current market trends in Europe and the U.S. Above all, the focus of the event was on the enormous potential of envelopes to create added value for mailings, with haptics, layouts and personal approaches increasing open and response rates by more than 30 percent in recent direct mail examples.

“Advertisers are increasingly realizing that concentrating on digital media like email is not enough—successful campaigns require a clever combination of print and online media,” said Frank Eichhorn, Managing Director of W+D. “Direct mailing offers tremendous potential again, and W+D sees its future in this area.”

The event also showcased various creative envelopes, such as shape-cut formats, alongside demonstrations of the machines that created them. The W+D 410 Easy Enveloper, now equipped with two window patching stations, showed how fast and easy it can convert envelope formats, as well as implement printing changes with the newly developed inline flexo blank printing units for inside and outside envelope printing. Another helpful application was demonstrated by an innovative cloud solution that can create personalized envelopes on demand, which were printed on the W+D 234 dL printing machine display.

Direct Mail Days is a W+D initiative, in cooperation with FEPE, that promotes personalized direct mailings and presents creative future concepts. Due to widespread positive feedback from customers and exhibitors, the next Direct Mail Days will take place in 2018, with an exact date to be announced.

2017 07 25 093128Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) offers a wide range of highly efficient, integrated system solutions for the mail and postal industry, as well as for the tissue and hygiene industry. With more than 100 years of industry-shaping innovations, W+D has core competence in the converting and processing of thin and in-homogeneous materials—such as paper, tissue and nonwovens—at high speeds and tight tolerances. With innovative and tailor-made system solutions and services, W+D focuses on the entire internal value chain for its customers. Part of the Barry-Wehmiller family, W+D has production and distribution sites in Germany, Malaysia and the United States, with sales and service support around the world. For more, go to

Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to

Schubring’s sales support and project management expertise will add value for customers

2017 07 25 092611Steve Schubring has joined Paper Converting Machine Company as the Value Stream Leader of tissue packagingPaper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide—is pleased to announce that Steve Schubring has joined the organization as the Value Stream Leader of tissue packaging.

In this role, he will provide overall leadership for the tissue packaging value stream, focusing on everything from sales support and project management, to acceptance of equipment in customers’ facilities.

“Steve’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead our packaging group as it continues to thrive in the marketplace,” said Bart Hardy, PCMC’s Vice President of Major Machinery. “His proven track record of successfully aligning internal operations to exceed customer expectations and enhance their trust will help expand our tissue packaging footprint globally.”

Schubring comes to PCMC from AECOM, a Fortune 500 global engineering firm, where he most recently served as an operations manager. In addition to his master’s in geology from Indiana State University, he also holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Norbert College.

Schubring will operate from PCMC’s headquarters in Green Bay.

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide. Our comprehensive product offerings include rewinding, laminating, printing, embossing, perforating and packaging equipment for tissue and towels; folding and converting machines; and a complete range of flexographic printing presses, serving the flexible-packaging, prime-label and carton-converting industries. For more about PCMC, which is part of Barry-Wehmiller, go to

Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to

In April 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Australian Paper for delivery of an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox for their paper machine 2 (M2), located in Morwell, Australia.

pmp logo 2016The new headbox is an investment in the future operating performance of M2.

The project goal is to exchange the existing headbox for a PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. Australian Paper has chosen PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox due to its high performance and impressive references. The project drivers are based on machine maintenance and quality, achieved through the application of state-of-the-art technology.

The scope of delivery is for a 5 meter Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry. It is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. There are 138 Intelli-Jet V® headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.

PMP looks forward to supporting Australian Paper through the entire project process. The delivery, installation, and start-up are scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2018.

About Australian Paper:

Australian Paper - owned by Nippon Paper Industries, is an Australian registered company with a long and proud history in local manufacturing of pulp, paper and packaging. Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill has been located in Gippsland, Victoria since 1937 and is a major employer in the region. The company is Australia’s leading manufacturer of office, printing and packaging papers. Learn more about Australian Paper at:

About PMP:

PMP – PMP is a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology and has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. The Company has its headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland and has 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both the paper & tissue industry. Learn more about PMP at:

Nordic Paper is a leading Swedish-based producer of kraft and greaseproof paper. Three of Nordic Paper’s mills are located in Sweden, and the fourth one in Norway.

nordicpaper logoA China-based pulp and paper company, Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Co., LTD (“Anhui Shanying Paper”), has entered into an agreement to  acquire 100 % of the shares in Nordic Paper Holding AB from Special Situation Venture Partner lll and Petek GmbH.

The new owner, Anhui Shanying Paper, is a part of Taison Group. The company is listed at the Shanghai Stock Exchange since 2001. Anhui Shanying Paper has communicated to the stock market its intention to expand and diversify, both in terms of product portfolio and geographically. Today its core business consists of recycled fibre trading, kraft paper manufacturing, packaging, design, printing and logistics.

Nordic Paper will remain as an independent European pulp and paper company and there will be no changes regarding the business or operations at the moment.

The transaction is subject to approvals by relevant Chinese authorities as well as the shareholders’ meeting of Anhui Shanying Paper.

We have been producing paper in Scandinavia since the late 19th century and continue to make top-quality paper and pulp that suits our customers’ needs today. We are an independent manufacturer and our modern paper and pulp mills are the heart of our business. Living and working in the heart of Scandinavia, we are surrounded by nature, where the vast forests of inland Sweden and Norway provide the raw materials for the premium Natural Greaseproof and Kraft paper we produce.We are your global paper partner; today we supply customers in more than 80 countries. We deliver the paper you want with the specifications you need. We work with you to develop and manufacture exactly the right paper to help you do better business.We have mills in Bäckhammar, Säffle and Åmotfors in Sweden, as well as in Greåker in Norway. Our headquarter is located in Bäckhammar.

The Recycling Today Media Group, a business unit of GIE Media Inc., Valley View, Ohio, has announced the agenda for its 18th annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (PPRC, The event is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in Chicago at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile and is produced in partnership with the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS). The event is designed to provide maximum value to those in the recycling industry, generators of recyclables, mills and material consumers, those seeking zero waste-to-landfill solutions, government officials and industry suppliers.

2017 07 24 101018The Recycling Today Media Group also hosts the MRF & Recycling Plant Operations Forum ( Oct. 9-10 at the same venue in cooperation with RRT Design and Construction, Melville, New York. The forum, which begins with a networking reception the evening of Oct. 9, is designed for those seeking to optimize their plants, whether they process single-stream or dual-stream recyclables, mixed waste or C&D materials.

In its second year, the MRF & Recycling Plant Operations Forum targets plant managers, maintenance managers, regional managers, owners, consultants, engineers, government officials, equipment suppliers and anyone else who is interested in better understanding plant operations and technology.

Registration rates for the forum are designed to be cost-effective, with special discounts available for multiple attendees from the same organization. Those who attend the forum and the PPRC receive even greater discounts.

The PPRC begins with a series of workshops Wednesday, Oct. 11, that start at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 3:45. Topics to be covered include maximizing the value of UBCs (used beverage cans), insight into RISI’s pricing models, details on plastics scrap pricing indices and the finer points of municipal contracting.

The workshops are followed by the keynote session, Executive Roundtable: The Future of Recycling, that begins at 4 p.m. This executive-level discussion explores the future of residential and commercial recycling by discussing changes affecting collection streams, service fees and the quality of recyclable commodities. Speakers also look at how to bring difficult-to-recycle or nontraditional materials into the recycling stream, sustainability initiatives and the future of disposal in North America.

A variety of sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12:

  • From 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Processing Plant of the Future examines what future processing plants will look like and how they will function. This session examines new and evolving technologies and how they might affect plants of the future.
  • From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) updates attendees on the outcome of its meeting to discuss moisture levels in bales of recovered paper.
  • From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., The Changing Paper Industry explores what higher old corrugated containers (OCC) prices mean for consumers, the effects on mill operations and the future of the secondary fiber sector.
  • Also from 1:30 to 2:30, panelists in the Plastics Mill Buyers session examine what drives the plastics recycling business and share their insights into where markets are headed.
  • From 3 to 4 p.m., Postindustrial Plastics: Distribution Centers and Beyond provides an overview of the postindustrial plastics recycling landscape, focusing on various generating sectors and consuming markets.
  • Also from 3 to 4 p.m., speakers during the session Smooth Sailing share their expertise on the latest happenings at seaports.
  • From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Export: ASEAN focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, with speakers highlighting how recycling markets there are doing today.
  • Also from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., leaders whose recycling businesses are blooming speak during the session Smaller but Mighty.

Friday’s programming includes Export: National Sword, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., which looks at how China’s crackdown on contaminants in incoming loads of scrap has played out. The conference concludes with The Effect of E-Commerce on Recycling from 10 to 11:15 a.m., in which panelists examine how closures of traditional retail outlets and associated distribution changes and the growth in e-commerce affect recycling markets from OCC to plastics.

The PPRC also features two evening cocktail receptions to get attendees and exhibitors mingling with one another. Lunch and breakfast also are provided in the exhibit hall.

Visit for an up-to-date list of speakers, to access the complete agenda and to register.

Founded in 1980, GIE Media Inc. is a leading business-to-business media company operating in more than 20 industries. The company’s mission is to publish the highest quality business magazines, multimedia, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries with a quality standard based on editorial value and market leadership.

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