Pulp-Paperworld.com / N.American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:29:11 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Verso to Launch New Specialty Label Papers at Labelexpo Americas 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018

Verso Corporation has just announced the launch of three new label papers, OptiLabel™ HB, OptiLitho™ C1S and OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS, further expanding its specialty label paper portfolio, the largest in North America.

"We are pleased to be launching three new innovative label products for pressure sensitive, label and converting, and inkjet food contact applications to satisfy the growing needs of our specialty paper customers," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "We are very proud to be featuring these new products for the first time at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago next week."

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Verso's OptiLabel™ HB family of general purpose pressure sensitive face stock papers expands with the addition of a new 58 lb. (3300 ft2 / 86 gsm) basis weight offering that is optimized for laminating, label printing, die cutting and high speed label application processes. The OptiLabel™ HB family is also offered in a 53 lb. (3300 ft2 / 78 gsm) basis weight and is designed for high-end, pressure sensitive label applications requiring premium label appearance and high strength for matrix stripping and runnability. Ideal for flexographic printing, OptiLabel™ HB features premium brightness and an enhanced blue-white shade, combined with high opacity and a semi-gloss finish.

OptiLitho™ C1S is a new family of C1S glue-applied cut and stack label papers for label and converting applications. OptiLitho™ C1S is offered in 55 lb. (3300 ft2 / 81 gsm) and 60 lb. (3300 ft2 / 89 gsm) and features a smooth surface, excellent ink holdout for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing, and is designed to perform in demanding and unique printing and converting applications.

OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS joins the OptiPrime™ family of specialty pressure sensitive label papers for emerging label printing technologies and is offered in 42 lb. (3300 ft2 / 62 gsm) and 38 lb. (3000 ft2 / 62 gsm). OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS is a wet strength label paper designed for premium aqueous inkjet and flexographic direct food contact pressure sensitive label applications requiring wet strength performance for better durability in higher moisture environments. OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS has high strength for fast die cutting, matrix stripping and runnability along with a high brightness, high opacity and premium blue-white shade.

"OptiLabel™ HB and OptiLitho™ C1S products are made on the No. 3 paper machine known for making high quality release liner and label papers at Verso's Escanaba Mill in Michigan, a fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facility," said Verso Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Papers Ed Buehler. "OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS is produced at Verso's Stevens Point Mill in Wisconsin, North America's largest state-of-the-art specialty paper mill."

These new offerings join Verso's label paper portfolio which includes Aspect®, Sterling®, OptiTherm™, UniTherm™, DuraPoint, ProPoint, OmniPoint, LithoPoint, EcoPoint and CraftPoint™ - the most comprehensive label paper portfolio produced in North America.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:01:19 +0200
    WestRock Provides Update Following Hurricane Florence http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7874-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-florence http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7874-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-florence

    WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has just provided an update following the landfall of Hurricane Florence.

    2015 10 18 094836We are pleased that we have had no reported employee injuries and do not believe we have suffered any material physical damage to our facilities during the recent storm. We are working to restore normal operations at our facilities in the impacted region. We idled our kraft linerboard mill in Florence, South Carolina, in the middle of last week in advance of the landfall of Hurricane Florence. Yesterday, two of the three paper machines at the mill resumed operations, and we expect normal operations to resume after the transportation network in the region returns to normal.

    WestRock operates an extensive network of mill and converting facilities in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia that were in the storm’s potential path. We incurred incremental costs in preparing these facilities and moving inventory, finished product and critical supplies in advance of the storm.  With flooding expected across the region, we may have additional increased input and operational costs and issues in our supply chain, as well as experience negative impact from disruptions at our customers’ locations. We expect to provide an estimate as to the impact on our business and financial results later this month.

    About WestRock
    WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:55:17 +0200
      Neenah Refreshes and Transforms The Design Collection: A New Three-Part System Lets Designers Shop by Paper Attribute http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7867-neenah-refreshes-and-transforms-the-design-collection-a-new-three-part-system-lets-designers-shop-by-paper-attribute http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7867-neenah-refreshes-and-transforms-the-design-collection-a-new-three-part-system-lets-designers-shop-by-paper-attribute

      Neenah announces the release of The Design Collection, a newly refreshed portfolio of high-end, specialty papers for print communication and luxe packaging. The Design Collection now includes new brands, new colors and has been re-imagined as a three-part portfolio, curated by paper attribute.

      The Design Collection is an international portfolio of 22 brands, 100+ colors and 15+ textures, inspired by Italy’s top fashion houses and America’s leading designers. “With so many items now in The Design Collection, it became necessary to completely reimagine the way the papers were presented to the market,” said Auburne Gahlman, Brand Manager. "We brought Design Army on board to help us think through possibilities. Their charge was to create a pathway to enable designers to more quickly and intuitively experience this growing range of papers." 

      Design Army started the process by reimaging how designers specify paper. “We broke the portfolio down then built it back up, exploring different ways to 'create sensation' with paper,” said Pum Lefebure, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Design Army. Ultimately, three paths were selected: 1) the visual sensation of pearlized, shimmery papers; 2) the subtle sensation created by a super-soft touch material; 3) and, the textural sensation created through a highly tactile surface. The Design Collection is now re-presented in three-parts, organized by optics and touch. “Curating the papers in this new way will make it easier for designers to start with the feeling they wish to elicit in each of their designs,” said Lefebure. 

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      The Design Collection: Pearlized
      These are the papers and substrates that shimmer. “In this collection, designers get a full spectrum of iridescent papers including translucent and velvety glows,” said Gahlman. 

      • New STARDREAM 2.0 Papers introduces five sparkling new colors into the Pearlized portfolio: Eris, Pluto, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

      The Design Collection: Soft Touch
      These are the papers with an extraordinary, high touch factor. “When you touch these papers, they feel like something you already know, something that’s instantly familiar to you like a rose petal, a leather jacket or a smooth plastic. Soft touch papers are ideal for high end collateral and packaging,” said Gahlman.

      • New LEATHERLIKE® Papers are inspired by the fashion industry. Gahlman said, “These papers are just like their namesake, soft, rich, velvety. Think leather handbag or custom Italian shoes.” This new line is available in a natural-looking White, a chocolaty Brown, and a deep Black.

      The Design Collection: Tactile
      If texture is the first thing that comes to mind, take a look at this collection. “There’s nothing delicate about these papers. They’re strong, organic…almost masculine. These are the papers that command attention through touch,” said Gahlman.

      • New REEF® Papers are a unique brand that feels like the touch of fine sand. This highly tactile, yet refined new surface is available in a beachy White and midnight sky Black.

      “When you design something that’s three-dimensional, you’re designing it to be touched,” said Lefebure. “As with fashion or interior design, where the material is often the first source of inspiration, the papers in The Design Collection are meant to create sensation, to infuse feeling into the printed piece.”

      Contact your local Neenah sales representative to get The Design Collection swatchbook set.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:20:14 +0200
        International Paper Announces Senior Leadership Retirement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7863-international-paper-announces-senior-leadership-retirement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7863-international-paper-announces-senior-leadership-retirement

        International Paper have just announced the retirement of C. Cato Ealy, senior vice president, Corporate Development after 26 years with the company.  His retirement will be effective December 31, 2018. 

        IPLOGOMr. Ealy joined the company in 1992 as director of Corporate Development.  In June 1996, he was promoted to vice president and was elected as a senior vice president in June 2003.  Mr. Ealy has been responsible for the company's acquisitions and divestitures. Most notably, he played a key role in developing and executing the company's transformation plan, which included significant divestitures and several important acquisitions transforming International Paper into a leading global packaging, pulp and paper company.

        "Cato has been a key contributor to the success of International Paper for nearly three decades helping to make IP a more sustainable and profitable company," said Mark S. Sutton, chairman and CEO. "All of us wish him the very best in retirement."

        About International Paper

        International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Russia and India. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com

        SOURCE International Paper

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:51:52 +0200
          Resolute to Sell Fairmont, West Virginia, Recycled Pulp Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill

          Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with ND Paper LLC, a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited ("Nine Dragons"), for the sale of its Fairmont, West Virginia, recycled bleached kraft pulp mill, for $55 million plus certain elements of working capital, payable in cash.

          abiti122011Nine Dragons is primarily engaged in the production and sale of a broad variety of packaging paperboard products, including linerboard, high-performance corrugating medium, coated duplex board, as well as recycled printing and writing paper and specialty paper.  In addition to nine paper mills operating in Asia, Nine Dragons, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ND Paper, also operates two U.S.-based facilities in Wisconsin and Maine.

          ND Paper has agreed to offer employment to Fairmont mill employees, effective upon closing of the transaction, which is expected within the next two months.   

          "We are proud of the progress we have made together with the mill employees over the years to improve the Fairmont operation," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We are pleased that the local community and broader region of the state will continue to benefit from the economic and social impact of the mill's operation."

          "Proceeds from this asset sale will enable us to further increase liquidity, and continue to improve our balance sheet and financial flexibility," added Laflamme. "Over the coming days, we will communicate with our customers to discuss the transition of supply as we seek to optimize our recycled bleached kraft pulp business at our Menominee, Michigan facility."

          BMO Capital Markets is acting as Resolute's financial advisor on the transaction. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Jackson Kelly PLLC are acting as Resolute's legal counsels.

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:17:51 +0200
            Green Bay Packaging Inc. Breaks Ground on New Green Bay Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7854-green-bay-packaging-inc-breaks-ground-on-new-green-bay-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7854-green-bay-packaging-inc-breaks-ground-on-new-green-bay-mill

            Commemorating the Largest Business Development Project in Brown County History

            Just two months after announcing plans to replace its current, 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill, leaders from Green Bay Packaging Inc. formally broke ground on constructing the first new paper mill in the State of Wisconsin in over 30 years. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined the company to mark the beginning of the largest business development project in the history of Brown County, Wisconsin.
             
            2018 09 04 091532“We are proud to officially begin construction of our new, state-of-the-art paper mill in the city where our company was founded over 85 years ago,” said Green Bay Packaging President and CEO Will Kress. “This new facility is the result of the continued hard work and success of our dedicated employees and loyal customers.”
             
            The $500-plus million investment will have a profound positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy and the environment. “The new Green Bay Mill will preserve more than 1,100 Green Bay Packaging jobs across Brown County, position the company to grow its local workforce, significantly increase our production and product quality capabilities, and benefit the entire regional supply chain, all while operating as one of the most environmentally sustainable paper mills in the world,” added Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations.
             
            Green Bay Packaging is not only furthering its commitment to Northeast Wisconsin by making this long-term investment in Green Bay, but by also partnering with local companies to design and construct the facility and install its equipment.
             
            Neenah-based Miron Construction has been selected as the general contractor to construct the new mill. The design and construction of the mill will create 1,000 additional construction jobs and require approximately 1.5 million labor hours. Green Bay Packaging has also contracted with Voith, whose North American headquarters is in Appleton, to install a new paper machine showcasing cutting edge technology and to serve as the single full line supplier for all corresponding papermaking equipment.
             
            “The deep and talented workforce that Northeast Wisconsin offers across the skilled trades made it an easy decision to partner with local companies to construct this historic project. Our goal throughout this process was to make the best decision for not only Green Bay Packaging, but for Brown County and the entire State of Wisconsin. We wanted to make it clear that Green Bay Packaging is here to stay,” said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of Green Bay Packaging. 

            The new Green Bay Mill is expected to be fully operational in the spring of 2021. The current mill will continue to operate at full capacity throughout the entire construction process.

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:14:01 +0200
              John Holton joins Toscotec North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7852-john-holton-joins-toscotec-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7852-john-holton-joins-toscotec-north-america

              Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that John Holton has joined the group as Technical Support and Service Coordinator for North America.

              logo optHolton comes to Toscotec with over 30 years of Tissue Industry experience and will assist Toscotec’s growing customer base in North America.

              Holton is a 30 Year TAPPI Member active at the Committee Level and past presenter and contributor to Tissue World Exhibitions in both the US and Europe.

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:03:58 +0200
                WestRock to Acquire Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging

                WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has just announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging, a German-based supplier of a full range of leaflets and booklets.

                2015 10 18 094836Schlüter will become part of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions business.

                “Schlüter has an excellent reputation as a high-quality supplier to customers in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries, and this acquisition will enable us to build our business in these growing markets,” said Marc Shore, president of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions business. “It will also expand our geographical footprint to better serve customers throughout Europe.”

                "We are excited about what becoming part of WestRock means for our customers and employees,” said Andreas Schlüter, owner of Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging. “We firmly believe that WestRock is well positioned to grow the business and continue developing solutions that will help our customers address the challenges they face today and in the future.”

                The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:08:42 +0200
                  Domtar Corporation Announces Pulp and Paper Mill Leadership Transitions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7846-domtar-corporation-announces-pulp-and-paper-mill-leadership-transitions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7846-domtar-corporation-announces-pulp-and-paper-mill-leadership-transitions

                  Domtar Corporation has just announced leadership transitions for two fluff pulp producing mills, in Plymouth, North Carolina and Ashdown, Arkansas. Both mills are getting new, exceptionally qualified leaders as 40-year pulp and paper industry veteran, Bob Grygotis, prepares to retire as the General Manager at Ashdown on Sept. 1.

                  dom logoAllan Bohn, manager of Domtar's Plymouth Mill, will move to Ashdown, replacing Gryotis. Everick Spence, who currently works in the Fort Mill headquarters office as director of Continuous Improvement, is being promoted to replace Bohn as Plymouth Mill manager. Both Bohn and Spence will report to Steve Makris, Pulp business vice president, effective Sept. 1.

                  “It is hard to say goodbye to a leader who is so highly regarded and brings so much experience to the operation of Ashdown, our largest mill. However, after more than 40 years in the pulp and paper industry, Bob deserves the opportunity to return with his family to their home in Kingsport, Tennessee,” said Domtar CEO and President, John D. Williams.

                  “We have a deep bench of proven manufacturing leaders, so we are well equipped to keep the Ashdown and Plymouth mills competitive in their respective markets today, and prepared to compete in changing markets tomorrow.”

                  President of Domtar’s Pulp & Paper division, Mike Garcia, is charging Allan with continuing Grygotis' success at ramping up fluff pulp production at the Ashdown Mill and getting the product qualified with customers.

                  According to Garcia, operations at the Plymouth mill will not miss a beat when Bohn heads to Ashdown, since Spence will be replacing Bohn.

                  “Everick Spence is going to do a great job as the new General Manager at Plymouth,” Garcia said. “He is both passionate and practical in his approach to driving continuous improvement in manufacturing operations. And he brings an interesting breadth of manufacturing experience to the table, which helps us look at issues in a new light.”

                  Source: Domtar Corporation Domtar Corporation

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:48:35 +0200
                    Voith awarded historic contract from Green Bay Packaging for new paper mill in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america

                    Citing Voith capabilities and technology leadership, Green Bay Packaging has announced a landmark contract award that tasks Voith with providing a complete packaging production line. The new PM 4 will be installed at Green Bay Packaging’s location in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.

                    The family-owned paper and packaging producer Green Bay Packaging awarded Voith an order for a 300 inch (7.62 m) wide production line for testliner. The order includes an effluent treatment plant, BlueLine stock preparation, WEP, XcelLine paper machine with a design speed of 3,940 ft/min (1,200 m/min) and a VariFlex Performance winder. The package also includes paper machine clothing, a seven-year Total Roll Management contract for several machines, and Papermaking 4.0 products.

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                    “Partnering with a family-owned company whose North American headquarters is in Appleton, Wisconsin, Green Bay Packaging is advancing its commitment to positively impacting the local economy and becoming a more sustainable producer. We appreciate Voith’s ability to get this advanced paper machine fully operational on a condensed timeline to help meet our customer demands,” said Will Kress, President and CEO of Green Bay Packaging.”

                    “Voith is proud of this historic project, and we are eager to continue our strong partnership with Green Bay Packaging,” said Martin Jauch, President Business Line Projects, Voith Paper North America.

                    The contract is of a breadth and scope previously unseen in the United States papermaking industry as a complete mill order has never before been sourced from a single manufacturer. Voith is the region’s only manufacturer capable of providing components for such a complete installation. The construction of the mill will be handled by Miron Construction Co, Inc., while KSH will supply the engineering, targeting a start-up in early 2021.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:16:24 +0200
                      Verso Announces Strategic Investments in its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7819-verso-announces-strategic-investments-in-its-androscoggin-mill-in-jay-maine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7819-verso-announces-strategic-investments-in-its-androscoggin-mill-in-jay-maine

                      Investments Will Increase Release Liner Paper Capacity for Pressure Sensitive Markets

                      Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that it will make strategic investments in its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, focused on technology upgrades that will increase the release liner paper capacity of its No. 4 paper machine. Made over the next 18 months, these investments will better position Verso to meet the growing needs of pressure sensitive laminators worldwide.

                      verso logo 2018"The Androscoggin Mill and its No. 4 paper machine have a rich history of manufacturing specialty products," said Verso's President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "When enhanced with these technology upgrades, the No. 4 paper machine's six-meter width, technical capabilities and fully integrated pulp platform will be particularly well suited to support the growing release liner market. Additionally, these investments advance Verso's strategy to reposition 100 percent of the Androscoggin Mill's production to serve specialty paper and packaging markets."

                      The investments will be spread across two project phases which include technology upgrades in pulping and refining systems, stock flow piping and paper winding capabilities. The first project phase is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2018 with completion of the second project phase expected in 2019.

                      Verso's release liner and pressure sensitive label paper portfolio includes over 60 highly engineered paper grades made across four Verso U.S. mills. Verso specialty papers are shipped worldwide and backed by an unmatched level of technical and customer service.

                      To learn more about Verso's specialty papers, please visit versoco.com/specialtypapers or email specialtypapers@versoco.com

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:45:23 +0200
                        Verso's Stevens Point Mill Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence in Specialty Papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers

                        Verso Corporation's (NYSE: VRS) Stevens Point Mill in Wisconsin this month celebrates a century of excellence in making specialty papers. With a 100-year tradition of innovation, passion and customer commitment that continues today, the Stevens Point Mill is North America's largest state-of-the-art specialty paper mill with the capacity to produce 200,000 tons of high-performing specialty paper annually.

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                        "We are extremely proud of the generations of dedicated men and women whose papermaking expertise has made the Stevens Point Mill an industry leader over the past century," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "As we celebrate the mill's 100-year anniversary, our Steven's Point team is more committed than ever to delivering the innovative products that help make our customers successful."

                        "Our mill's long-standing reputation for quality products, unmatched customer service, committed environmental stewardship and generous community involvement is a testament to the exceptional people who've worked here over the years," said Stevens Point Mill Manager Craig Helgeson. "I want to thank all of our team members, past and present, for their dedication to our mill, our customers and our neighbors."

                        On July 11, 1918, the Consolidated Water Power and Paper Company began construction of a hydroelectric plant and paper machine complex that produced its first ton of paper in 1919. The mill's two paper machines manufactured 15 tons of fruit wrap tissue, tissue paper, toweling and crepe paper per day, transitioning over the next few years to waxed bread wraps and high-grade crepe papers. When consumers moved away from paper bread wraps to plastic in the mid-1950s, the mill diversified its product line into flexible packaging papers with a focus on food packaging – a forward thinking decision that continues to benefit the mill and its customers decades later.

                        The mill invested over $300 million in the 1990s, increasing capacity to more than 480 tons per day and providing the opportunity to meet customer needs in additional markets such as thermally printed labels, wet strength beverage labels and release liner papers. Continuing investment and rapid innovation in the 2000s have resulted in exciting new customer partnerships and additional capacity, now at approximately 550 tons per day.  

                        "Verso's Stevens Point Mill was founded on hard work, integrity, innovation and a relentless drive to satisfy our customers," said Verso Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Papers Ed Buehler. "These values and ideals, combined with our state-of-the-art facility and unwavering commitment to excellence, continue to position the mill as a specialty papers leader among packaging converters and consumer brands nationwide and in more than 20 countries around the globe."

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:03:52 +0200
                          Domtar Invests in Prisma Renewable Composites, LLC http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7804-domtar-invests-in-prisma-renewable-composites-llc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7804-domtar-invests-in-prisma-renewable-composites-llc

                          Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) has just announced it has acquired a majority interest in Prisma Renewable Composites, LLC, a company focused on developing advanced materials from lignin and other natural resources.

                          With its investment, Domtar will help commercialize the process of using lignin to make engineered plastic compounds such as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and other high-value fiber and lignin applications.

                          dom logo"Innovation is core to Domtar Biomaterials' growth strategy," said Domtar Biomaterials vice president, Mark DeAndrea. "We're pleased to have the opportunity to partner with an industry leading renewable composite company. Domtar Biomaterials is a bridge between science and commercialization. This investment leverages Prisma's scientific research capabilities and unique product development strategy with Domtar's commercialization and lignin production expertise."

                          "We are excited about this partnership with Domtar," Prisma CEO Adam McCal said. "We believe their commercialization plans and capabilities give Prisma an incredible advantage in establishing a robust supply chain from lignin to the final material production."

                          Lignin – the natural glue that holds wood fibers together – is a byproduct of the Kraft pulping process that has traditionally been burned to provide energy to a mill. However, it also has the potential to be used in a wide range of industrial applications as a sustainable and bio-degradable alternative to petroleum and other fossil fuels. Domtar is a leader in lignin separation and the development of lignin-based materials. The company recently installed a demonstration plant in Ontario, Canada, to show how lignin pellets can potentially be used as a bio-alternative to plastic, chemicals and other petroleum-based products.

                           

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:24:45 +0200
                            Sonoco Implementing Price Increase for All Rigid Paper Containers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7802-sonoco-implementing-price-increase-for-all-rigid-paper-containers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7802-sonoco-implementing-price-increase-for-all-rigid-paper-containers

                            Sonoco has just announced it is implementing a 4 percent price increase for all composite cans and corresponding metal ends in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments beginning August 1, 2018.  

                            logo blu“Sonoco’s global sourcing power and commitment to supply security have allowed us to effectively mitigate historic inflationary pressures,” said Robin Gordon, division vice president of sales for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada composite cans and metal ends. “However, the recent trade announcements assigning tariffs on the steel and aluminum supply, along with strong regional demand, have placed unprecedented stress on our suppliers’ feedstocks and corresponding input costs. While we will continue to monitor the domestic and global sourcing landscape to find ways to mitigate inflation, we do need to recover our current cost exposure. We will continue to work with our suppliers to ensure supply security and find ways to bring input costs down over the coming months.”

                            About Sonoco
                            Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 21,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to Better Packaging. Better Life., and ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2018 list. For more information, visit www.sonoco.com

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:21:29 +0200
                              United States Department of Commerce Announces Termination of Supercalendered Paper CVD Order http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7798-united-states-department-of-commerce-announces-termination-of-supercalendered-paper-cvd-order http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7798-united-states-department-of-commerce-announces-termination-of-supercalendered-paper-cvd-order

                              Resolute Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Commerce is formally revoking the countervailing duty order on supercalendered (SC) paper from Canada, retroactive to August 3, 2015. Collection of cash deposits on imports of SC paper from Canada will cease, and all cash deposits that have been collected from importers of record since August 3, 2015, will be returned with interest. 

                              Resolute's cash deposits as of June 30, 2018, total $60 million. The company will also receive accumulated interest on these deposits. The precise timing of the refund will be set out in a Federal Register Notice to be published in the upcoming days.   

                              abiti122011Revocation of the countervailing duty order is pursuant to issuance today of a final determination in the Changed Circumstances Review that the Department initiated on May 14, 2018. The Department initiated the Changed Circumstances Review after Verso Corporation, the principal remaining producer of SC paper in the United States and the only remaining petitioner, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 21, 2018, that it was no longer interested in the continuation of the countervailing duty order. All other interested parties in the SC paper proceedings, including the federal and provincial governments in Canada, notified the Department that they supported Verso's request for a Changed Circumstances Review. 

                              Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

                              Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical results, performance, financial condition, or other historical information of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They include, for example, statements regarding the anticipated revocation of the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada and return of cash deposits associated therewith. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "will," "expect" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on our business or our shareholders.

                              The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on Resolute's management's current assumptions, beliefs and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in this press release. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual future performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include, the potential risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

                              All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements set out or referred to above and in the company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

                              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 close to 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 www.resolutefp.com for more information.

                              SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:18:51 +0200
                                Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Tours Pratt Industries Valparaiso http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7796-indiana-lt-governor-suzanne-crouch-tours-pratt-industries-valparaiso http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7796-indiana-lt-governor-suzanne-crouch-tours-pratt-industries-valparaiso

                                Our 100 percent recycled paper mill and adjacent box plant in Valparaiso, Indiana received a visit from Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch this week. Then Indiana Governor Mike Pence officially opened the mill in 2016 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

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                                The mill at capacity produces 500,000 tons of the industry’s best 100% recycled paper and supplies our rapidly expanding Midwest box-making operations. As part of Crouch’s mission statement to, “Strengthen Indiana’s rural economies and communities through capacity building, advocacy and innovation in agriculture, small business, tourism, defense development, housing, and community economic development,” she is committed to supporting growing organizations, like Pratt Industries, within her state. With 500 happy employees working at the Valparaiso campus, Pratt fulfilled its original promise to create more jobs with the addition of the new paper mill.

                                With an emphasis on the importance of the need for cleaner recycled paper, site leaders Paul England and Jay Hennessey did a great job incorporating a strong message of sustainability into the tour, showcasing Pratt’s commitment to the environment.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 09 Jul 2018 07:58:49 +0200
                                  Magnolia Table Brings Lynx Paper Into the Kitchen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7789-magnolia-table-brings-lynx-paper-into-the-kitchen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7789-magnolia-table-brings-lynx-paper-into-the-kitchen

                                  Millions of fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Magnolia Homes and HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame, are getting a taste of quality from Domtar’s Rothschild Mill this year. That’s because Joanna Gaines’ new cookbook, “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering,” was printed on 80-lb. Lynx® paper made at Rothschild Mill.

                                  The book, published by HarperCollins, includes personal stories and homestyle recipes of family favorites and classic comfort food from the couple’s new restaurant in Waco, Texas. It has received glowing reviews from lovers of all the Magnolia Homes brand and was a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

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                                  Our Rothschild Mill colleagues also received high marks from the publisher; Domtar has worked with HarperCollins for more than 20 years. It’s rewarding to know that our customers and partners value our high-quality Lynx paper and excellent customer service.

                                  When the book’s paper run began, Rothschild Mill Manager Dave Faucett and key team members made the 10-hour drive from Rothschild to HarperCollins’ printer in Willard, Ohio, to discuss the quality of the Lynx paper rolls and the project’s specifications.

                                  While there, the group met Tracey Menzies, HarperCollins’ vice president of creative operations and production, who was at the facility to inspect print quality. They had an opportunity to talk about Domtar’s history, values, capabilities and commitment to sustainability. Faucett also emphasized Domtar’s excellent customer service and attention to product quality.

                                  Menzies was impressed, both with Lynx paper and with what she learned in the conversation. The interaction and the successful project prompted her to write a thank-you note to the mill. She also included several copies of the finished cookbook.

                                  Joanna Gaines’ next book, “Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave,” also will be printed on Lynx paper made at Rothschild Mill. It will include advice on designing spaces, ideas for every room in the house and photos from inside the Gaines’ family farmhouse. Publication is set for November 2018.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:39:10 +0200
                                    PCMC launches enhanced anti-bounce functionality for Fusion presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7781-pcmc-launches-enhanced-anti-bounce-functionality-for-fusion-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7781-pcmc-launches-enhanced-anti-bounce-functionality-for-fusion-presses

                                    The patent-pending SteadyPrint technology monitors and reduces bounce in real time

                                    Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce the launch of SteadyPrint, a new anti-bounce feature that is now part of the Fusion series of flexographic presses. SteadyPrint helps to mitigate the challenges of bounce and further enhance the Fusion’s ability to produce high-quality output through a wide speed range.

                                    2018 06 27 092427“Printers have historically faced challenges with printing certain bounce-causing attributes of brand images,” shared Dave Wall, PCMC’s Printing, Coating and Laminating Value Stream Leader. “Through a complete review of mechanical and controls design, the team has developed a design package that will help to mitigate those challenges.”

                                    SteadyPrint enhances the design of mechanical elements to minimize the effects of forces experienced during printing. The technology monitors and reduces bounce in real time, reduces press vibration and noise, and allows printing through speed ranges without changing impression.

                                    “PCMC always takes the time to listen to and learn from the industry and our customers,” said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s Printing, Coating and Laminating Sales Director. “This new technology is something that our customers were telling us was a need. We’re excited to be able to offer this addition to our presses.”

                                    SteadyPrint will be a standard feature on all Fusion presses moving forward. Customers can view this technology in person during Impact, an event hosted by PCMC at its Green Bay headquarters on August 22, 2018.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) North American News Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:24:45 +0200
                                      ABB team honored by TAPPI with prestigious Jasper Mardon award at PaperCon 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018

                                      Prominent ABB scientist Dr. Shih-Chin Chen and cross-generational team are recognized for Best Papermaking Technology Paper presented at PaperCon Conference

                                      ABB announced that global pulp & paper trade organization TAPPI recently honored a team of ABB experts, Dr. Shih-Chin Chen, Ake Hellstrom and ChangYuan Liu, with the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize for the Best Papermaking Technology Paper presented at PaperCon.  The annual award is the highest honor for a technical paper at the event. The ABB team collaborated on the winning paper, entitled “Best Practices for Maintaining QCS Scanning Systems at Pristine Conditions.”

                                      TAPPI CEO, Mr. Larry Montague presented the award at PaperCon 2018 in Charlotte, NC in April.  It recognizes the paper from the previous year’s conference that “best advances the science of papermaking.”

                                      Left to right: ChangYuan Liu (ABB), Larry Montague  (TAPPI),  Dr. Shih-Chin Chen (ABB)Left to right: ChangYuan Liu (ABB), Larry Montague (TAPPI), Dr. Shih-Chin Chen (ABB)

                                       “We are very proud of our team and their dedication to improving the process of papermaking for the industry, “said Jim Fisher, Local Business Manager, Process Industries in US for ABB. “They have devoted their careers to discovering and developing methods and technologies to improve the papermaking process. This paper is a great example of sharing best practices for the greater good of the industry. We are honored that their work has been recognized by TAPPI.”

                                      The paper was authored by Dr. Chen, Ake Hellstrom and ChangYuan Liu, a multi-generational team of experts in the process of papermaking.  Dr. Chen is Corporate Executive Engineer with ABB’s Pulp & Paper business, and has been with the company for 34 years. Ake Hellstrom, Principal Engineer for scanners and sensors, retired from ABB in 2009 after 40 years of services for ABB, and still collaborates with colleagues at ABB on ideas and practical solutions. ChangYuan Liu joined ABB in 2013; since then he has worked with Dr. Chen and other technology development and service teams as Regional Technology Advisor (RTA). The authors drew upon their collective experience to write the winning paper.

                                      The paper discussed how online quality measurement and control systems (QCS) are critical equipment that papermakers need to achieve intended sheet qualities and to optimize production throughput for most sheet-making processes. The most crucial mechanical systems within the QCS are the scanners that carry various sheet quality measurement sensors; these traverse across running sheets continuously during production. Long lifespan, high reliability, and consistent accuracy in harsh environments are all critical for these scanners. The paper examined the potential issues faced with QCS scanners and introduces new measurement and analysis methods to evaluate the conditions of scanning systems, and the best practices to keep QCS scanners operating in the most pristine condition possible.

                                      Awarded each year by TAPPI, The Jasper Mardon Prize honors the memory of legendary industry scientist and author Dr. Jasper Mardon. During his 50-year career, Mardon made many significant contributions to paper making technology in areas including machine design, operation optimization, training and education and research management.

                                      Formed in 1915, TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) has around 14,000 member engineers, managers, scientists, academics, suppliers and others from around the world. The trade organization serves professionals working in the global pulp and paper industry and related fields.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:55:02 +0200
                                        International Paper Will Not Make Offer to Acquire Smurfit Kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7771-international-paper-will-not-make-offer-to-acquire-smurfit-kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7771-international-paper-will-not-make-offer-to-acquire-smurfit-kappa

                                         International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) have just confirmed that the company will not make an offer for Smurfit Kappa Group plc ('Smurfit Kappa'), given the lack of engagement by Smurfit Kappa's Board of Directors and Management.

                                        IPLOGOIn February 2018, International Paper provided representatives of Smurfit Kappa's Board of Directors with a proposal to acquire the company. Following discussions with shareholders of both companies, IP put forward a revised proposal on March 26, 2018. IP believes the revised proposal was highly attractive and formed a sound basis for engagement, which the company viewed as essential to determining the full value potential of the combination.

                                        "While we continue to believe in the strategic and financial potential of this combination, our commitment was to proceed in a disciplined manner that would create value for both sets of shareholders," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO of International Paper. "Moving forward, we remain focused on executing our strategy and are excited about our outlook. We have many levers to create shareholder value and will be responsible stewards of our shareholders' capital," added Sutton.

                                        As a result of this announcement, International Paper is bound by the restrictions set out in Rule 2.8 of the Irish Takeover Rules. International Paper reserves the right within the next 12 months to set aside this announcement where so permitted under Rule 2.8 (including Rule 2.8(c)(ii)).

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:47:48 +0200
                                          PMP is expanding its presence at the North American P&P market! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7766-pmp-is-expanding-its-presence-at-the-north-american-p-p-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7766-pmp-is-expanding-its-presence-at-the-north-american-p-p-market

                                          pmp logo 2016PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) is pleased to announce that Al Pospischil has joined their team as a Regional Sales Manager in the Southeast, USA. Al brings over 35 years of experience to the PMP team and will help represent PMP’s products in mills in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia and Northern Florida.

                                          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: www.pmpgroup.com

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:13:23 +0200
                                            Expera Coated Products Launches Ultra-Modern Line of AeroBak Liners for Advanced Composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites

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                                            Expera Coated Products have just announced a new brand of liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. AeroBak™ liners are designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the extreme challenges encountered during the manufacture and delivery of prepreg. These properties represent years of development of both the base sheet and the coatings.

                                            Expera Coated Products’ AeroBak™ liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Expera Coated Products. “Through collaboration, our team leverages the depth of experience we have in both paper and coating technologies to provide a distinct product to address individual requirements. Expera Coated Products is committed to this industry as witnessed by our recent investment in capacity designed around the unique needs of the composite market.”

                                            While customized to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace segment, AeroBak™ liners are also used in Ballistics, Recreational, and Wind Energy applications.

                                            To learn more about AeroBak™ Liners for Advanced Composites visit www.expera.com

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 24 May 2018 15:51:42 +0200
                                              Ametek surface vision engineer recognized for outstanding contribution at tappi awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7743-ametek-surface-vision-engineer-recognized-for-outstanding-contribution-at-tappi-awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7743-ametek-surface-vision-engineer-recognized-for-outstanding-contribution-at-tappi-awards

                                              TAPPI Presents Leonard Fiore with Process Control Division Technical Award 2018 

                                              An expert engineer from AMETEK Surface Vision, a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions, was presented by TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), with a prestigious technical award at its recent PaperCon event in Charlotte, NC.

                                              Senior Hardware Engineer Leonard (Lenny) Fiore received the 2018 Process Control Division Technical Award, which is presented annually by TAPPI in recognition of outstanding contributions to paper industry science and technology.

                                              2018 05 23 213737from left to right): Paul Durocher, Chair TAPPI Board of Directors, ; Leonard Fiore, Senior Hardware Engineer AMETEK Surface Vision; and Larry Montague, TAPPI President & CEO

                                              Mr. Fiore has spent more than 40 years in the pulp and paper industry, starting in 1977 with Foxboro, and been involved with web-based monitoring and inspection for the past 25 years. He is responsible for many important design and technical developments for the paper sector and is named as an inventor on six US patents.

                                              In presenting the award, the TAPPI Awards Committee noted Mr. Fiore’s exceptional accomplishments throughout his long paper industry career and his involvement in the development of landmark products and systems. Those include Champion video capture view, rheometer automation design, Sartell quality information control system, roll diameter prediction and AMETEK Surface Vision’s SmartAdvisor® web monitoring and inspection system, with its incorporation of high-definition cameras and board redesign.

                                              “This award is a thoroughly deserved recognition of Lenny’s technical skills and achievements. Those include his integral role on the team that designed and developed AMETEK Surface Vision’s innovative SmartNet® scalable quality control solution,” commented Marius Westermann, AMETEK Surface Vision Business Manager.

                                              “It acknowledges the dedication and expertise of Lenny and many others at AMETEK Surface Vision, who have made us a world leader in our field.”

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 23 May 2018 21:38:37 +0200
                                                PMP Appoints New Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7740-pmp-appoints-new-director-pulp-paper-business-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7740-pmp-appoints-new-director-pulp-paper-business-north-america

                                                PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) announced the selection and appointment of Greg Welcher as PMP's new Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America.

                                                logo pmp passion“Greg’s paper industry experience provides PMP with a valuable asset and makes our North American team much stronger.” Rocky Matuska – General Manager PMP Americas.

                                                Greg Welcher brings more than 34 years of experience in the pulp & paper industry and has been involved in paper machine equipment design, research, and commissioning throughout his career.

                                                “PMP Group has a well-respected equipment brand name and I am excited to join the PMP Group and look forward to helping grow the North American business segment.” Greg Welcher – Director Pulp & Paper Business – North America

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 21 May 2018 10:39:48 +0200
                                                  Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7733-valmet-and-georgia-pacific-enter-agreement-on-etad-tm-technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7733-valmet-and-georgia-pacific-enter-agreement-on-etad-tm-technology

                                                  Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

                                                  The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

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                                                  "We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

                                                  "This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

                                                  About Georgia-Pacific

                                                  Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company operates nearly 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly.

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 11:11:50 +0200
                                                    James Cropper takes Paper solutions stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside

                                                    British master papermaker James Cropper attended this year’s Luxe Pack New York and is using the opportunity to impress the US market with its expertise in creating black papers, as well as its latest innovations in sustainable paper packaging.

                                                    The premier trade show, took place on 16 and 17 May at Pier 92, James Cropper demonstrated its Tailor Made paper service, its collection of black papers for packaging, while introducing attendees to its award-winning CupCycling initiative and Colourform moulded fibre solution.

                                                    James Cropper works closely with clients to develop custom papers as part of its Tailor Made service. With colour expertise across the spectrum, its in-house colour lab holds recipes for over 50 shades of black alone.  The business will showcase examples of recent packaging projects that demonstrate its black capability at the show, including a unique solution for luxury online handbag retailer Zesh.

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                                                    In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling initiative, which ‘upcycles’ used disposable cups, giving them another lease of life by transforming them into beautiful papers and packaging.  A great example of the work the business is doing to create value from this waste stream is the closed-loop collaboration with British retailer Selfridges, where cups from the brands own offices and retail outlets are transformed into paper for its iconic yellow shopping bags. 

                                                    The company will also be presenting Colourform plastic-free packaging that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.  Colourform provides all of the premium appeal that discerning consumers expect from packaging and demonstrates a significant environmental benefit when used in preference to plastic alternatives.  Made using 100 per cent renewable paper fibre from well managed forests and recycled coffee cups, it can be manufactured in any colour or shape, is fully recyclable with household paper and is naturally biodegradable – so if it is inadvertently discarded then it will leave no trace in the environment.

                                                    Colourform’s mission is to offer brands a sustainable packaging option for their products, without losing the excitement and quality of experience that outstanding packaging provides.  Every Colourform project is bespoke in terms of colour, shape, surface finish and functionality with the packaging used for a wide range of product categories from cosmetics to consumer electronics.  It is already used by environmentally conscious brands such as Lush handmade cosmetics and Floral Street fragrances.

                                                    Ivan Iannetta, USA sales manager at James Cropper, said: “It’s a really exciting year for James Cropper, particularly when it comes to our sustainable solutions for the luxury packaging market, and we look forward to demonstrating our expertise in this arena at Luxe Pack.

                                                    “Using our 173-year heritage, superior craftsmanship and innovative approach to paper production, we’re able to inspire creativity while helping brands to do their bit for the environment. CupCycling and Colourform are true examples of sustainability and ingenuity colliding and we can’t wait to see how they’re received at the show.”

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 10:09:27 +0200
                                                      Solenis to Increase Prices on all Process Chemicals Globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally

                                                      Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by five to 30 percent on all process chemicals, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow. The price increases are due to increases in key raw material costs, escalating freight costs and decreased market availability of several raw materials.

                                                      2018 04 24 070924“We are committed to delivering high-value, innovative solutions to help customers maximize their productivity,” said Varun Ratta, Senior Vice President, Product and Pricing Management. “While these price increases are necessary for us to reliably supply and support our customers, we’ll continue our efforts to help mitigate these increases and control their costs with beneficial process improvements.”

                                                      About Solenis

                                                      Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:08:30 +0200
                                                        Twin Rivers Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire Pine Bluff, Arkansas Paper Mill from Mondi Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group

                                                        Twin Rivers Paper Company LLC has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the paper mill located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas owned by Mondi Group. Twin Rivers, headquartered in Madawaska, Maine, produces specialty packaging, label, publishing, and technical specialty papers as well as dimensional lumber. It is owned jointly by Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed in Q2 2018. Terms were not disclosed.

                                                        twin riverThe mill to be acquired under this agreement produces Multiwall, Converting and Grocery Bag grade unbleached kraft papers serving a variety of food, agricultural, and industrial applications. With basis weights between 40# and 78#, the mill has a capacity in excess of 140,000 US short tons.

                                                        “Twin Rivers is a nimble, high quality, integrated forest products company that is well positioned as a market leader in the packaging, publishing, label and technical specialties markets,” said Bob Snyder, Chief Executive Officer of Twin Rivers. “The addition of the Pine Bluff mill is consistent with the evolution of our company and fully complements our overall mill system, product offerings and strategic direction.”

                                                        “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add this facility and its valued associates to our company,” said Ken Winterhalter, President of Twin Rivers. “The proposed transaction will provide a logical grade-line extension to our current offerings and is

                                                        evidence of our ongoing commitment to enhance the value we provide to our customers.”

                                                        “With this agreement and its recent acquisition of Burrows Paper, Twin Rivers continues to strengthen its hold atop the marketplace,” said Tim Fazio, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Atlas Holdings. “This is an exciting step for the business and we look forward to welcoming the team in Pine Bluff to the Twin Rivers family.”

                                                        “We are excited to add Pine Bluff to the Twin Rivers portfolio,” said Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital. “The strategic acquisition positions the company well to grow with and better serve its customers and other stakeholders.”

                                                        Clemens Willee, CEO Packaging Paper, Mondi Group, said, “We believe that the interests of the mill and its employees are better served by the new owners where there is a closer long-term strategic alignment.”

                                                        About Twin Rivers Paper Company

                                                        Twin Rivers Paper Company, headquartered in Madawaska, Maine, is an integrated specialty paper company that produces specialty packaging, label, publishing, and technical specialty papers as well as dimensional lumber. Targeting its manufacturing capabilities to specific market segments, Twin Rivers creates competitive advantages through nimble innovation

                                                        and product development, service excellence and an unfailing commitment to quality. The company’s brands include Acadia® packaging products, Alliance® label products, and Pharmopaque® pharmaceutical papers. Twin Rivers is owned jointly by Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital. For more information, visit

                                                        About Mondi Group

                                                        Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, employing around 26,000 people in over 30 countries. We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do, with clearly defined commitments across 10 action areas. We delight our customers with our innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions.

                                                        Our major operations are in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2017,

                                                        Mondi had revenues of €7.1 billion and a return on capital employed of 19.7%.

                                                        Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for

                                                        Mondi Limited under the ticker MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. We are a FTSE 100 constituent, and have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:21:39 +0200
                                                          Neenah introduces new retail-focused promotion: CLASSIC® Retail Revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution

                                                          Retail is alive and well. Despite doom and gloom from mainstream media, a recent study by the IHL Group reported retailers were opening 4,080 more stores in 2017 than they were closing, and planned to open over 5,500 more this year. The National Retail Federation reported 85% of brands were opening stores or holding steady. The once negative retail narrative is turning a corner. 

                                                          In fact, many see a retail revolution evolving, with studies showing that Gen Z’s prefer bricks to clicks. In a highly competitive retail market, brands that succeed will be those that create extraordinary customer experience, both online and in-store. 

                                                          2018 04 11 112808In light of this exciting trend, Neenah has released CLASSIC® Retail Revolution, a resource for designers working with retail clients to help them see new and unique ways to use printed pieces as a tangible element of today’s retail experiences.

                                                          “Today’s consumer is fiercely loyal and shares their brand love with the world through social media. In order for a brand to impress potential loyalists, it must first grab their attention in the crowded retail space….details matter,” says Auburne Gahlman, Brand Manager, Neenah, “This is precisely where design and paper can help elevate a brand’s status with high-touch tools.”

                                                          The book isn’t just eye candy; its thought-provoking stats are good bookmarks for designers. For example, research shows 57% of people say postcard marketing makes them feel more valued and creates a more authentic relationship. 44% say a gift card has sent them into a store they otherwise wouldn’t have visited. “CLASSIC Retail Revolution will enable designers to provide more insight and perhaps be an even more valuable counselor for their retail clients,” says Gahlman.

                                                          Designed by Dallas-based creative firm Matchbox Studio, the piece features four case studies of four distinct brands in the growing health and wellness markets. Thoughtfully designed print collateral demonstrates ways to get customers in the door, engage and excite customers in-store, help spread the word, and help brands build a following. Each brand features samples produced on CLASSIC® Papers.

                                                          Apparel: Knetics, a dynamic athletic brand uses an oversized postcard and a gift card in a creative die-cut carrier to get attention. A grommeted hangtag combines three different shapes, three different papers and movement to deliver this brand’s active messaging.

                                                          Skincare: Pack Apothecary is a men’s line. This brand sample includes a box for its coal facial exfoliant, which cleverly uses the texture of CLASSIC® Stipple to suggest the product within.

                                                          Resort: Desert Mothers Spa appeals to the desire to combine decadence with spirit, mind and body wellness. Its brochure is a geometric, accordion fold that uses the appeal of natural visuals with the texture of CLASSIC CREST® Classic Natural White.

                                                          Food subscriptions: Odyssey delivers on the luxury side of the home meal kit trend. The pairing of CLASSIC® Linen, photography and blind embossing create an elegant presentation. 

                                                          The 10 x 12 red Wire-o bound book with a dozen pull-out, standalone samples feature beautiful combinations of texture, color, design, and print on Neenah’s iconic CLASSIC® Papers: CLASSIC CREST®, CLASSIC® Linen, CLASSIC® Laid, CLASSIC COLUMNS®, CLASSIC® Stipple, and the newest highly-textural additions to the line CLASSIC® Techweave, and CLASSIC® Woodgrain Papers.

                                                          Matchbox Design’s Principal/Creative Director, Liz Burnett said, “When it comes to brand recall, paper is an important aspect of any design. Studies show that 70% of purchase decisions are made in the store, and 85% of consumers cite color as the primary reason they buy a particular product.”

                                                          “What we hoped to communicate with this piece is that a paper’s texture and color has the power of persuasion. CLASSIC® Retail Revolution shows how much more memorable printed collateral can be with the right combination of design and paper,” added Burnett.

                                                          About Neenah

                                                          For more than 100 years, Neenah, Inc. (NYSE: NP) has been the market leader in the creation and manufacturing of papers for premium writing, text, cover, digital, packaging and label applications.  The Neenah signature portfolio includes market leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, and ROYAL SUNDANCE® Papers. The company also offers envelopes in thousands of unique colors, finishes and styles. Neenah Packaging provides unique and sustainable packaging papers, boards and labels as well as custom solutions for premium and luxury packaging. With multiple manufacturing facilities, prime importance is also placed on recycled and alternative fiber products through the Neenah Green initiative. For more information on Neenah call (800) 558-5061. Follow Neenah on Instagram @neenahpaper, Twitter @neenahpaper, Facebook Neenah Paper and Packaging, and Against the Grain, Neenah’s blog for designers, printers and paper-lovers.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:29:51 +0200
                                                            Solenis Launches MicroSolSM Advanced Retention and Drainage Solutions for Papermakers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7678-solenis-launches-microsolsm-advanced-retention-and-drainage-solutions-for-papermakers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7678-solenis-launches-microsolsm-advanced-retention-and-drainage-solutions-for-papermakers

                                                            Solenis introduces a no-compromise solution for printing and writing paper producers seeking to maximize retention and drainage without sacrificing formation

                                                            Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced its new MicroSolSM advanced retention and drainage solutions to help printing and writing paper producers stay competitive through increased productivity and superior product offerings.

                                                            MicroSol is a revolutionary technology package that combines the company’s new patented PerForm™ SP7242 structured polymer with its uniquely structured PerForm™ MP9031 colloidal silica to give printing and writing paper producers a no-compromise solution for maximizing retention and drainage without sacrificing formation in the manufacturing process. As a result, papermakers enjoy a wider operating window that increases flexibility, improves machine efficiency and reduces operating costs.

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                                                            “MicroSol builds on Solenis’ vast experience with retention and drainage aids,” said James Woodward, marketing manager, Printing and Writing - North America. “We significantly changed the retention and drainage landscape when we introduced our patented PerForm SP structured polymer in the early 2000s. Early generations of PerForm SP set the bar for first-pass ash retention. Now, with the introduction of PerForm SP7242 and our MicroSol package, Solenis is raising the bar even higher. To complement this technology, we’ve also created PerForm MP9031, a colloidal silica that adds to the retention initiated by PerForm SP yet promotes excellent drainage.”

                                                            PerForm SP molecules are highly anionic, three-dimensional structures that interact readily with cationic sites on fibers, fines and fillers in the forming paper. This structure allows the molecules to grab hold of ash and distribute it evenly to increase paper strength, retention and formation.

                                                            The PerForm MP colloidal silica offers a similar microstructure developed with attention to its size, surface area, structure, surface modification and solids content to ensure optimal performance in today’s paper machine processes. Used together, PerForm SP and PerForm MP offer a dynamic breakthrough combination that gives papermakers the ability to maximize retention and drainage without sacrificing formation.

                                                            Solenis designed MicroSol as a flexible component in a papermaker’s retention and drainage program, which could also include cationic or anionic polyacrylamide. The end result is a controllable program with a linear dosage response that offers papermakers an improved operating window with more versatility.

                                                            Visit www.Solenis.com/MicroSolNews for more information on Solenis MicroSol advanced retention and drainage solutions, including a downloadable brochure and video.  

                                                            About Solenis

                                                            Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:37:24 +0200
                                                              Solenis Launches TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7669-solenis-launches-tapestrysm-yankee-coating-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7669-solenis-launches-tapestrysm-yankee-coating-solutions

                                                              New solution package from Solenis helps tissue makers optimize their Yankee cylinder performance through enhanced coating reliability.

                                                              Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has launched its new TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers produce a consistently reliable Yankee coating while improving manufacturing performance and controlling operational costs.

                                                              The new Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions offering includes a family of advanced chemistries and technologies, a team of application and field service specialists experienced in optimizing Yankee coating properties, and R&D support focused on tissue-making science and innovation.

                                                              “Tissue makers face consumer demands every day — demands for softer, stronger and more absorbent products,” said Richard Cho, global marketing director, Tissue and Towel. “The Yankee cylinder is critical to meeting these demands, but difficulties with Yankee operation can affect manufacturing productivity, product quality and, in some cases, asset life. The new Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions from Solenis can help tissue makers overcome these challenges.”   

                                                              Solenis has introduced Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers develop a consistently reliable Yankee coating while controlling costs and improving mill profitability.Solenis has introduced Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers develop a consistently reliable Yankee coating while controlling costs and improving mill profitability.

                                                              A reliable Yankee coating is essential for the efficient operation of a tissue machine, yet many mills struggle to achieve and maintain high performance due to inconsistencies in temperature, moisture and/or other operating conditions. The Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions include the most advanced chemistries on the market to optimize Yankee performance.

                                                              Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions enables the development of a coating that provides several benefits, including:

                                                              Doctorability – Solenis Tapestry chemistries deliver a coating with the right rheology for optimum creping — a coating that remains stable and consistent throughout the life of the creping blade and quickly reestablishes itself after the blade changes. It also absorbs potential blade vibrations.

                                                              Edge Control – The right coating leads to clean edges on the Yankee cylinder, which reduces sheet breaks and delivers predictable creping quality.

                                                              Coating Uniformity – Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions produce a more uniform coating that helps to eliminate lumps or wrinkles in the finished roll of paper and improves the operational stability of the Yankee system.

                                                              The resulting improvements to creping performance and tissue quality can ultimately impact a tissue mill’s bottom line through enhanced productivity and improved product quality attributes such as softness and strength. In addition, a dependable coating is a key element in protecting tissue machinery.

                                                              Solenis will highlight its Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions program at Tissue World Miami 2018, March 20-23, in booth M-300. In addition, the company will conduct a technical presentation on how to widen the operating window in premium quality tissue grades, during the Yankee Operations Workshop on continuous improvement.

                                                              For more information on Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions, including a downloadable brochure, infographic and several case studies, visit www.solenis.com/tapestry-news

                                                              About Solenis

                                                              Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:05:23 +0100
                                                                Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions together for the first time at Tissue World Miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami

                                                                Converting & packaging, rolls & folded tissue, embossing: the innovative solutions from the 3 companies that will be present for the first time together at the American exhibition.

                                                                Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions, companies that belong to the Business Area Tissue of the international technologies provider Körber Group, present themselves at Tissue World Miami with their latest innovative solutions dedicated to converting and packaging machines of tissue rolls, folded towels and embossing rollers.

                                                                2018 03 20 122132“Tissue World Miami is one of the most important trade fairs in the tissue industry that brings together the main players of the sector. It is a key meeting place for us with our American customers”, emphasizes Oswaldo Cruz, Member of the Board of the Business Area Körber Tissue and CEO of Fabio Perini S.p.A.. and –“Thanks to the newest member of our Business Area, MTC, who is a globally leading provider of solutions for folded and interfolded products, we now present ourselves with a complete technology portfolio dedicated to tissue that is unique in the market. With Fabio Perini we are a point of reference in converting and packaging, while with Engraving Solutions we provide innovative products and systems for the embossing”.

                                                                To illustrate the strength of this combined portfolio for customers, MTC also presents itself at Tissue World Miami with the corporate image of Körber Tissue.

                                                                “ Cruz continues: “We always put our customers at the center of our way of working: understanding their needs, offering innovative technology solutions and a focus on acting in the proximity of our customers with services offerings also playing a key part are just some our joint values which are now also emphasized by using the same look and feel.” same values that”.

                                                                For over 50 years Fabio Perini has been a point of reference for all players in the tissue industry due to the high rate of innovation and technology of its lines and integrated systems for the transformation and packaging of tissue for a wide range of products: toilet rolls, kitchen towels, industrial rolls.

                                                                MTC is globally leading in the development, production and commercialization of folding and interfolding machines for tissue products.

                                                                Engraving Solutions, founded in 2003, provides complete solutions for the construction of embossing rolls to maximize the benefit of the finished product.

                                                                COMPANY PROFILE

                                                                Fabio Perini S.p.A. was born in 1966 in Lucca, Italian hub and world tissue production and converting technology center. Today, with its 5 production facilities in Italy, the United States, Brazil and China, it helps its customers stay competitive and grow thanks to complete production solutions for converting and packaging. Technology, globalization and ongoing, continuous investments in research have led the company to stand out internationally and to be acknowledged as a true excellence in the world of tissue.

                                                                www.fabioperini.com

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:19:01 +0100
                                                                  Valmet to supply a linerboard production line for WestRock Florence, South Carolina Mill in USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7663-valmet-to-supply-a-linerboard-production-line-for-westrock-florence-south-carolina-mill-in-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7663-valmet-to-supply-a-linerboard-production-line-for-westrock-florence-south-carolina-mill-in-usa

                                                                  Valmet will supply a linerboard production line with a wide automation package for WestRock Company at its mill in Florence, South Carolina, United States. The delivery will include a state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine to replace three older, narrow-width paper machines.

                                                                  valmet logoThe company anticipates the new machine will produce 644,000 metric tons (710,000 short t) of kraft linerboard annually. The investment will significantly increase the mill's efficiency, end-product quality and service levels. When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. Start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

                                                                  The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

                                                                  Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

                                                                  Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

                                                                  Valmet's net sales in 2017 were approximately EUR 3.2 billion. Our more than 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:12:07 +0100
                                                                    Mercer International Inc. Announces Decision in NAFTA Claim http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7661-mercer-international-inc-announces-decision-in-nafta-claim http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7661-mercer-international-inc-announces-decision-in-nafta-claim

                                                                    Mercer International Inc. announces that it has received the decision of the tribunal in respect of its previously announced claim against the Government of Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA").

                                                                    2018 03 19 141341In a split decision, a majority of the tribunal ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide certain of the Company's claims under NAFTA and, with respect to the Company's other NAFTA claims, that they were highly complex and technical and that it would be inappropriate for the tribunal to re-determine matters calling for specialist judgment and, as a result, there was no violation of NAFTA. As is customary in these matters, the tribunal awarded costs to Canada of approximately $6.9 million.

                                                                    Mercer had initiated its NAFTA claim against the Government of Canada in January 2012. The claim related to the Company's investment in the Celgar mill and arose from the treatment of the mill's energy generation assets and operations by the Province of British Columbia, primarily through the actions of B.C. Hydro and Power Authority, a provincially owned and controlled enterprise, and the British Columbia Utilities Commission, a provincial government regulatory agency. The basis of the claim was that the Celgar mill had received unfair and discriminatory treatment regarding its ability to purchase and sell energy compared to other pulp mills and entities that generate and sell electricity within the Province of British Columbia.

                                                                    David Gandossi, President and CEO of Mercer, commented: "While we are disappointed in the outcome, we believe that it was important for the Company to bring this claim in order to seek the fair treatment of its investments in Canada. We thank the members of the tribunal for their time and effort in adjudicating this matter."

                                                                    Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in Germany and Canada with consolidated annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of NBSK pulp and 550 million board feet of lumber. To obtain further information on the company, please visit its web site at http://www.mercerint.com

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:14:15 +0100
                                                                      Endress+Hauser Announces Picomag Electromagnetic Flowmeter http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7660-endress-hauser-announces-picomag-electromagnetic-flowmeter http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7660-endress-hauser-announces-picomag-electromagnetic-flowmeter

                                                                      A smart plug-and-play flowmeter that measures and monitors flow and temperature of conductive liquids.

                                                                      Endress+Hauser announces the Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter, an in-line transmitter for measuring temperature and flow of conductive liquids in pipe sizes ranging from ½” to 2”, such as drinking and industrial water. It measures flow up to 198 gal/minute with ±0.5% full scale accuracy and ±0.2% repeatability, and temperatures from 14 to 158°F (-10 to 70°C) with ±4.5°F accuracy.

                                                                      The Picomag combines a sensor and transmitter in the same housing, with a 1.4-inch TFT color display showing flow, totalizer and temperature readings, as well as warning and alarm messages.

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                                                                      Outputs include 4-20mA, pulse, switch and 2-10V. IO-Link connectivity provides flexible integration into automation systems. The Bluetooth wireless interface allows direct access to process and diagnostics data, and enables the user to configure the measuring device on the fly. The device can be operated and configured on Android and iOS devices via the free SmartBlue App.

                                                                      The IO-Link interface allows installation into fieldbus and other existing infrastructures. The IO-Link Master allows data access from the control room, and automatically transfers configuration parameters after a device replacement.

                                                                      The flowmeter is ideal for use on process skids, where space is often limited, or in difficult to reach locations. Picomag can be installed into any pipe up to 2-in. (50 mm) diameter, even in confined spaces. Various process connection adapters are available, including NPT-thread, R-thread, internal thread, Tri-Clamp or Victaulic, and it is available in models that accept ½-, ¾-, 1- or 2-inch process connections.

                                                                      The stainless steel Picomag flowmeter has high shock and vibration resistance, IP65/67 protection and a PEEK measuring tube. It fulfills EMC requirements according to IEC/EN 61326. It also conforms to the requirements of the EU and ACMA directives, and has a cULus listing.

                                                                      2018 03 19 140714Picomag 3D Scan the code and experience augmented reality with your smart device.

                                                                      For more information visit www.e-direct.endress.com/picomag.

                                                                      About Endress+Hauser in the U.S.

                                                                      Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition.  We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact. The Group employs 13,000 personnel worldwide and generated more than 2.2 billion dollars in 2016

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:09:25 +0100
                                                                        MACDUE aims to break into the American market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7644-macdue-aims-to-break-into-the-american-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7644-macdue-aims-to-break-into-the-american-market

                                                                        MACDUE is ready to pit and is warming up the engines that will bring the Company to inaugurate soon its sales and service branch in the USA. It is dedicated to the sale of automated packaging lines and machines for tissue (towel paper rolls and folded products) and plastic products (insulating panels, food thermic boxes, trays, plates and cups) and to the after-sales service.

                                                                        MACDUE aims to position itself in the US market by establishing there a branch, which is able to serve the customers closely and provide them with flexible, robust and efficient packaging solutions together with an ad hoc after-sales service.

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                                                                        MACDUE has a strong presence all over the world and a huge experience built up since 1981 on strong partnerships with customers and their feedback. All this allows the company, 100% Italian, to manufacture packaging machines beyond market expectations to enable customer companies to produce with maximum efficiency.

                                                                         "Customers all over the world have already trusted MACDUE for its flexible, robust and efficient packaging machines. Now we are ready to introduce our Company and its range of products in the US market with the opening of a branch office in Wisconsin whose staff will manage both the sales activities and the after-sales services "- states Fiorenzo Donetti, MACDUE CEO.

                                                                        It is not true then that the US market is only for big companies, it is also the seat of MACDUE; an Italian medium company, whose dimension is not indicative of the value that the company has been producing and disseminating in the world.

                                                                        MACDUE will exhibit to Tissue World Miami 2018 booth G240, 21-23 March. This could be an opportunity for the US prospect customers to meet the MACDUE team, share, and gather information on their packaging machines.

                                                                        MacDue was established in 1981 in Bologna, the Italian Packaging Valley.

                                                                        Today MacDue is a leading manufacturer of automated packaging lines for tissue products (paper towel rolls of and folded products), EPS and XPS insulating panels, and thermoformed products such as trays, plates, and cups.

                                                                        With about 6,800 machines installed worldwide, MacDue offers a complete service including consulting, design, project management, manufacturing, installation and after-sales service for its packaging lines and machines, which perfectly fit with the customer’s production process and layout. MacDue is globally connected with an extensive network of agents and dealers, one trade and service branch in North America and one production site in India that manufactures machines for the local market.

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:26:32 +0100
                                                                          History of Pratt Industries 100% Recycled Corrugated Boxes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7636-history-of-pratt-industries-100-recycled-corrugated-boxes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7636-history-of-pratt-industries-100-recycled-corrugated-boxes

                                                                          Pratt Industries has been America’s leading recycled paper and packaging company for over 25 years – dedicated to the sustainability of our planet, our customers and our people, and is recognized around the world for its environmental stewardship. This cornerstone of sustainability on which Pratt Industries, USA is based began with our Australian sister company Visy. From its inception, Visy steadily built its customer base by establishing a reputation for strong customer service, competitive prices and innovation. These were the key pillars that guaranteed a sustainable foundation from which the Visy business could expand.

                                                                          In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Visy opened its first paper recycling mills. It was an investment that not only recognized the need to use resources more sustainably, but also put Visy at the forefront of the recycling movement.

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                                                                          In the 1990’s, Visy began acquiring box plants and building a paper recycling mill in the United States. This led to Pratt Industries USA and a paper recycling contract with the City of New York in 1995, making them responsible for recycling 150,000 tonnes of the city’s waste paper every year. Our focus is on reclaiming fiber through recycling OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) and Mixed Paper and converting that discarded fiber into 100 percent recycled packaging, thereby reducing our impact and our customer’s impact on the environment. Landfill avoidance and minimizing the amount of useable fiber that goes to the landfill is essential for environmental stewardship – whether that is reusing discarded paper or gasifying materials that are otherwise destined for the landfill in our clean energy plant.

                                                                          Pratt Industries, which was born into a family heritage of sustainability and sustainable packaging, remains at the forefront of these sustainability efforts to this day due to a long record of engineering the best containerboard machines to meet the precise packaging needs for a wide range of markets. Our corrugated packaging is proudly made from post-consumer recycled fiber and most lines are completely recyclable. We use the most modern technology to manufacture advanced containerboard grade structures which had often been previously unavailable, using less material to create packaging that is equal or better than anything in the marketplace. Our commitment to lightweight packaging is resonating as an expanding customer base seeks to optimize its packaging needs. We continually strive to reduce paper weights to eliminate costly over-packaging as well as reduce the environmental impact.

                                                                          As the 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company in the USA and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, our series of corrugating facilities strategically placed throughout the United States and Mexico continue to fulfill Pratt’s mission to be the best vertically-integrated paper, packaging and resource recovery company in the western hemisphere.

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:29:27 +0100
                                                                            Metsä Board’s customers can now use the SFI on-product label in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7634-metsae-board-s-customers-can-now-use-the-sfi-on-product-label-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7634-metsae-board-s-customers-can-now-use-the-sfi-on-product-label-in-north-america

                                                                            Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboard, have just announced that its North American customers can now use Metsä Board’s products with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) on-product label that recognises global PEFC™ certifications. Metsä Board is the first European paperboard manufacturer to be approved to use this opportunity. A new rule under the SFI allows PEFC™ chain of custody manufacturers, with PEFC™ certified content from countries outside of the United States and Canada, to be able to use an SFI ‘global’ on-product label. SFI® is an independent North American forest certification programme endorsed by PEFC™.

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                                                                            The whole Metsä Group, including Metsä Board, supports forest certification schemes and encourages their adoption worldwide. Nina Happonen, VP Sales Americas, says: “The wood we procure always comes from certified or controlled forests, which means that we ensure its legality as well as the responsibility and sustainability of the whole supply chain. Of the wood we use, 80% is certified forest content according to the world's leading forest certification systems: PEFC™ or FSC®. We are happy now to be able to offer, in addition, the use of SFI on-product label to our customers in North America.”

                                                                            For further information:
                                                                            Anne Uusitalo, Product Safety & Sustainability Director, Metsä Board
                                                                            Mobile: +358 (0)50 313 0420
                                                                            E-mail: anne.uusitalo[at]metsagroup.com

                                                                            Metsä Board
                                                                            www.metsaboard.com

                                                                            Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

                                                                            The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                            Metsä Group
                                                                            www.metsagroup.com

                                                                            Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

                                                                            Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:06:23 +0100
                                                                              Albany International Announces New CEO http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7632-albany-international-announces-new-ceo http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7632-albany-international-announces-new-ceo

                                                                              Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) has just announced its Board of Directors has appointed Olivier Jarrault as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board to succeed Joseph G. Morone, effective March 2.

                                                                              AIlogo newMr. Jarrault, 56, is a 14-year veteran of Alcoa, where his career culminated in his appointment in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Group President of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions (“EPS”), leading a portfolio of global advanced-technology components manufacturing businesses serving a number of markets, including aerospace, industrial gas turbines, commercial transportation, and building and construction. At the helm of EPS until 2016, Jarrault drove, through a combination of organic growth and several acquisitions of high performance materials companies, the transformation of the EPS value-add portfolio into a global multi-material aerospace product and solutions leader. Under Jarrault’s leadership, focused on growth, disciplined execution and operational excellence, all of Alcoa’s downstream businesses successfully increased their financial performance. EPS aerospace customers include Safran, GE, United Technologies, Boeing and Airbus. In his role as EVP and Group President of EPS, Mr. Jarrault had extensive interactions with Alcoa’s investors and Board of Directors.

                                                                              Mr. Jarrault brings 26 years of aerospace and industrial experience to Albany. Prior to being named Group President of EPS, he served in a number of senior management positions at Alcoa - including as Chief Operating Officer of EPS in 2010 and President of Alcoa Fastening Systems from 2003 to 2009 - as well as at Fairchild Fasteners and LISI Aerospace. Born in Lille, France, Mr. Jarrault earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA, and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and France.

                                                                              Erkie Kailbourne, Chairman of Albany’s Board of Directors, said, "The Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Olivier Jarrault as our next President and CEO. Olivier’s experience leading a portfolio of manufacturing businesses across a broad market spectrum – including aerospace, industrial gas turbines, commercial transportation and construction - and his demonstrated talent for organizational leadership, make us confident of his ability to lead Albany’s Machine Clothing and AEC businesses. And given his particular experience in aerospace - addressing the same markets and working with the same customers as Albany’s AEC business segment - combined with his proven track record of leading a global Tier 1 aerospace supplier through a period of significant growth, both organically and through acquisition, he is the ideal person to build upon what Joe Morone has already accomplished, and lead AEC through its next stages of growth and maturity.”

                                                                              Dr. Joseph G. Morone, Albany’s outgoing President and CEO, added, "In a very short time, I have developed a deep respect for Olivier. He is a strategist, but also hands-on. He is a technology-driven, growth-oriented builder of businesses, but also pays strict attention to financial discipline. He has extensive experience with boards and investors, but stays close to operations, and has extensive experience negotiating long-term, high-value agreements with aerospace customers. In my opinion, he is superbly qualified to lead Albany. I have no doubt that building on Albany’s strengths in both businesses, he’ll take the Company to an entirely new level of capability and performance."

                                                                              Mr. Jarrault said, "I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead Albany - a company with such a proud and compelling history, with significant strengths and exceptional growth potential. I am excited to engage with the customers, the entire Albany organization and the Board, to continue and further expand the efforts already underway to provide greater value to our customers, and to deliver increased returns for our shareholders."

                                                                              About Albany International Corp.

                                                                              Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com

                                                                              Source: Albany International Corp.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:56:18 +0100
                                                                                Voith and US logistics group C. H. Robinson close partnership for digital commerce http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7606-voith-and-us-logistics-group-c-h-robinson-close-partnership-for-digital-commerce http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7606-voith-and-us-logistics-group-c-h-robinson-close-partnership-for-digital-commerce

                                                                                Voith continues to expand its digital agenda and extends the range of its trading platform for recovered paper (RCP) merQbiz. For this purpose, merQbiz and the American logistics provider C. H. Robinson have agreed to an exclusive cooperation: The customers are now offered unmatched freight capacity, competitive real-time pricing and a powerful supply chain network to the platform.

                                                                                The fact that we were able to win C. H. Robinson, one of the world's largest logistics groups, as a partner for our digital trading platform shows that we have hit a nerve in the market with merQbiz," says Dr. Hubert Lienhard, CEO of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.

                                                                                voith logo 2013The B2B-trading-platform merQbiz was launched in 2017 by Voith. It connects buyers and sellers of recovered paper in a digital marketplace.  The platform gives buyers and sellers the ability to directly network with one another and access timely and reliable information about the supply and demand of recovered paper. In addition, users can securely conduct their sales and purchasing transactions on the trading platform. Similar to the well-known online marketplaces, merQbiz evaluates the merchants, the buyers and the quality of the goods. This ensures a high level of security for all goods, logistics and payment flows as well as a high degree of transparency and professional handling. In the medium term, the trading platform's offers will also be available to customers outside the United States.

                                                                                As a result of the expansion of the product range to include integrated logistics solutions, merQbiz now also offers the automation and improvement of previously manually performed logistics processes on a user-friendly digital platform. Absolute transparency in the market now applies not only to the pricing of recovered paper, but also to the shipping costs – competitive pricing is carried out in real time and customers receive prompt transport offers that match with their trading order. C. H. Robinson's capacities allow for access to previously unmatched freight capacities. C.H. Robinson is publicly listed on the NASDAQ. The group serves more than 113,000 customers worldwide today with logistic solution. 2,600 thereof are in the paper, board and packaging industry. In the last business year C.H. Robinson generated sales of approx. 10 billion Euros. „The integrated logistics solution is a game-changer for the industry. The supply of recovered paper will become even more predictable for our customers in the paper industry“, said John Fox, CEO of merQbiz.

                                                                                In addition to its existing research and development budget, Voith invests around 100 million euros annually in digital products and services.


                                                                                About merQbiz
                                                                                merQbiz is an online marketplace designed to improve the way buyers and sellers of recovered paper do business. The platform allows buyers and sellers to connect directly, take advantage of fully transparent pricing, and transact more efficiently. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, CA, merQbiz was founded by Voith in 2017. For more information on merQbiz, please visit www.merqbiz.com.

                                                                                About C.H. Robinson
                                                                                As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), C.H. Robinson provides a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and Managed Services for more than 113,000 customers and 107,000 contract carriers and suppliers to meet their supply chain goals through their integrated network of 280 offices and more than 14,000 employees.

                                                                                About Voith Paper
                                                                                Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

                                                                                About Voith
                                                                                Voith is a global technology group. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 26 Jan 2018 07:05:55 +0100
                                                                                  Innovative Online Marketplace and Powerful Supply Chain Transform Recovered Paper Industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7605-innovative-online-marketplace-and-powerful-supply-chain-transform-recovered-paper-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7605-innovative-online-marketplace-and-powerful-supply-chain-transform-recovered-paper-industry

                                                                                  merQbiz® Selects C.H. Robinson as Exclusive Logistics Provider for Ecommerce Platform

                                                                                  merQbiz, an online marketplace for the buying and selling of recovered paper (RCP), announces collaboration with C.H. Robinson, a leading global third-party logistics provider (3PL), to bring unmatched freight capacity, competitive real-time pricing and a powerful supply chain network to the platform. The collaboration leverages the deep market knowledge and digital expertise of both companies to enhance the RCP transaction experience.

                                                                                  “The integrated logistics solution is a game-changer for the industry”

                                                                                  2018 01 24 112422“The integrated logistics solution is a game-changer for the industry,” said John Fox, CEO of merQbiz. “C.H. Robinson’s capabilities are a perfect complement to the merQbiz digital platform. Together, we aim to provide unmatched logistics capacity, increased options and real value for our customers.”

                                                                                  merQbiz and C.H. Robinson aim to address the day-to-day challenges facing the $30 billion RCP industry by streamlining, automating and bringing transparency to the buying and selling process.

                                                                                  merQbiz, launched in early 2017 as a joint venture of Voith and Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, connects buyers and sellers of recovered paper in a marketplace that drives efficiency and business results by providing transformative digital solutions. The platform gives buyers and sellers the ability to directly network with one another and access timely and reliable information about the supply and demand of RCP.

                                                                                  “This collaboration is a natural fit, as C.H. Robinson continues to digitize and optimize supply chains. It enables merQbiz customers to seamlessly access C.H. Robinson’s unmatched contract carrier network and secure transportation at a competitive price,” said Chris O'Brien, chief commercial officer for C.H. Robinson. “Together with the merQbiz online marketplace, we are bringing both our supply chain and technology expertise to drive change and digital innovation in the RCP industry. The collaboration also enables us to better serve an industry where we already have a significant footprint.”

                                                                                  The logistics feature is now live and available on the merQbiz platform. For more information and to register for the marketplace, please visit www.merqbiz.com.

                                                                                  About merQbiz

                                                                                  merQbiz is an online marketplace designed to improve the way buyers and sellers of recovered paper do business. The platform allows buyers and sellers to connect directly, take advantage of fully transparent pricing, and transact more efficiently. merQbiz provides a robust end-to-end solution that makes the buying and selling process easier and more transparent. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, CA, merQbiz is a joint venture of Voith and BCG Digital Ventures. Voith is a global technology leader in major industrial markets including paper, energy and raw materials. BCG Digital Ventures is a corporate innovation, incubation, and investment arm of The Boston Consulting Group. For more information on merQbiz, please visit www.merqbiz.com or view our video.

                                                                                  About C.H. Robinson

                                                                                  As C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our knowledgeable people, proven processes and global technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and Managed Services for more than 113,000 customers and 107,000 contract carriers and suppliers to meet their supply chain goals through our integrated network of 280 offices and more than 14,000 employees.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:22:53 +0100
                                                                                    Valmet to supply a repeat order of OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt Industries in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7600-valmet-to-supply-a-repeat-order-of-opticoncept-m-board-production-line-for-pratt-industries-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7600-valmet-to-supply-a-repeat-order-of-opticoncept-m-board-production-line-for-pratt-industries-in-north-america

                                                                                    Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium. This will be the second OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt and is repeating the order of PM 16, which successfully started up in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, in 2015. The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

                                                                                    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

                                                                                    2015 03 04 102358Valmet's OptiConcept M board machine

                                                                                    "Start-up of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M (PM 16) in Valparaiso, Indiana, was exceptional. We have also been able to exceed some of the design features of the machine resulting in very good production figures. Both board machines in Valparaiso and Wapakoneta are showcases for the latest in 21st century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

                                                                                    Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials."We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging," says Pratt.

                                                                                    Technical details about the delivery

                                                                                    Valmet's scope of delivery will be similar to the Pratt PM 16 started-up in 2015 with a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder with a wide scope of automation.

                                                                                    "OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs. This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally. We are all proud to continue the work and cooperation with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America.

                                                                                    The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).

                                                                                    Information about the customer Pratt Industries

                                                                                    Pratt Industries is America's 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4,000 employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 25 years ago and, since then, has shown growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

                                                                                    Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

                                                                                    Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

                                                                                    Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:28:40 +0100
                                                                                      Verso Corporation Expands Strategic Alternatives Considerations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7599-verso-corporation-expands-strategic-alternatives-considerations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7599-verso-corporation-expands-strategic-alternatives-considerations

                                                                                      Verso Corporation has just announced that the Strategic Alternatives Committee formed by its Board of Directors in September 2017, has, at the direction of the Board, expanded its evaluation of potential transaction alternatives to include other alternatives, including but not limited to, a potential sale or merger of the entire company.

                                                                                      Verso LogoAs previously announced, the Committee, with the assistance of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., the company's financial advisor, has been charged with identifying and evaluating a range of potential strategic transaction alternatives to maximize value to Verso stockholders, and with recommending to the Board whether any potential transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

                                                                                      There is no assurance that the review of potential strategic alternatives will result in any transaction or other strategic alternative. Verso does not intend to make any further disclosure concerning these matters until a definitive transaction agreement is reached or a determination is made that none will be pursued.

                                                                                      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 versoco.com.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:19:14 +0100
                                                                                        WestRock to Upgrade Florence, SC Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7586-westrock-to-upgrade-florence-sc-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7586-westrock-to-upgrade-florence-sc-mill

                                                                                        WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has just announced a planned investment in its Florence, South Carolina kraft linerboard mill that will significantly increase the mill’s efficiency, quality and service levels.

                                                                                        2015 10 18 094836The $410 million investment over two years will include installing a 330” state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine and related infrastructure that will replace three older, narrow-width paper machines. The company expects the new machine to produce 710,000 tons of kraft linerboard annually. In addition, the company plans to invest approximately $60 million over the next five years to support the new machine and other mill projects.

                                                                                        When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. 

                                                                                        “This investment will make our Florence mill a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, sustaining good manufacturing jobs and promoting the long-term success of the mill,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “The support of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the South Carolina Department of Commerce helped make this investment possible and is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to contributing to the Florence community for many years to come.”

                                                                                        “Any time a company invests in our state, it shows a commitment to our citizens that we couldn’t be more grateful for. This investment is something that South Carolina should be proud of, and we know that the future is bright for the partnership between our state and WestRock,” said Henry McMaster, governor of South Carolina.

                                                                                        “WestRock is not only a leader in the packaging industry, but also a respected name in South Carolina’s overall business community. Today, I’m thrilled to congratulate this great company on their continued success in the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

                                                                                        “WestRock supports hundreds of jobs in Florence County and remains one of our top employers. We are very pleased that this industry will continue to be an important part of Florence County’s economy,” said Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle.

                                                                                        “Florence County is excited about WestRock and its investment in our area – one of the largest in recent history. This is a significant development for the people of Florence County,” said Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand.

                                                                                        “This new investment is an important step for Florence County in preserving jobs that support so many families in our community, and is evidence that companies that come to Florence stay in Florence. I’m very pleased that this project will help sustain the significant economic progress that Florence has made in recent years,” said South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman.

                                                                                        The new linerboard machine will be housed in a building adjacent to the existing complex, and the company expects production on the new linerboard machine and the shutdown of the three existing machines to occur in the first half of calendar 2020.

                                                                                        About WestRock 
                                                                                        WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:26:39 +0100
                                                                                          WestRock Completes Acquisition of Plymouth Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7584-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-plymouth-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7584-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-plymouth-packaging

                                                                                          WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) has just announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Plymouth Packaging, Inc. (“Plymouth”). Plymouth is a corrugated packaging company that derives approximately 70% of its sales from its “Box on Demand” systems and corrugated fanfold, and 30% from traditional corrugated box packaging.

                                                                                          2015 10 18 094836This acquisition represents WestRock’s entry into the growing on-demand corrugated packaging market that serves many e-commerce and other custom-packaging applications. The market-leading “Box on Demand” systems are located on the customers’ sites and use fanfold corrugated to produce custom, on-demand corrugated packaging that is accurately sized for any product type according to the customer’s specifications.

                                                                                          “We are pleased to welcome the Plymouth team to WestRock,” stated Jeff Chalovich, president, Corrugated Packaging, WestRock. “The addition of Plymouth Packaging and the “Box on Demand” capabilities furthers our differentiated packaging and packaging machinery strategies, and we look forward to growing this business in our portfolio.”

                                                                                          In addition to the market expansion opportunity represented by this acquisition, WestRock intends to fully integrate the nearly 60,000 tons of containerboard used annually by Plymouth Packaging and expects additional containerboard integration opportunities as the Company serves the growing on-demand packaging market.

                                                                                          About WestRock

                                                                                          WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

                                                                                          Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:35:27 +0100
                                                                                            Metso comments impacts of the US tax reform legislation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7578-metso-comments-impacts-of-the-us-tax-reform-legislation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7578-metso-comments-impacts-of-the-us-tax-reform-legislation

                                                                                            On December 22, 2017, President of the United States signed tax reform legislation which includes, among other things, a reduction in the USA federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent from the beginning of the tax year 2018.

                                                                                            metso logo new oneThe change will have a favorable impact on Metso's effective tax rate going forward. In the financial year 2017, the change will reduce Metso's deferred tax asset. According to a preliminary analysis, Metso estimates to report a reduction in deferred tax asset of approximately EUR 10 million in Q4 2017 and a corresponding deferred tax expense in the income statement.

                                                                                            The change in the deferred tax asset does not have any cash flow effect. Additionally, the change does not impact the time frame when the deferred tax asset is expected to be utilized.

                                                                                            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 in 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.

                                                                                            www.metso.com, twitter.com/metsogroup  

                                                                                            For further information, please contact:

                                                                                             Jarno Siivola, Vice President, Tax, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 50 468 1856

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:15:36 +0100
                                                                                              PMP Announces Partnership with Rollmeister, who becomes a PMP Roll Service Center! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7577-pmp-announces-partnership-with-rollmeister-who-becomes-a-pmp-roll-service-center http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7577-pmp-announces-partnership-with-rollmeister-who-becomes-a-pmp-roll-service-center

                                                                                              PMP is proud to announce the beginning of a partnership with Rollmeister Inc. Rollmeister became PMP’s tier-one supplier for roll services in the US market, expanding PMP’s portfolio together with PMP Americas Inc.

                                                                                              PMP Americas is one of PMP’s divisions, located in Machesney Park, Illinois, USA. PMP’s US division expands its portfolio by offering new replacement simple felt, spool and wire rolls as well as more complex rolls such as suction rolls and cc rolls in the North American market place. PMP Americas is leveraging their manufacturing plants in Poland and Asia to get optimum cost solutions while at the same time maintaining the same high quality final product. A flexible approach and on time delivery are the main priorities for PMP Americas. Engineering is provided out of the Illinois office as the best way to ensure high quality service.

                                                                                              In addition to the new offerings, PMP Americas has signed an agreement with Rollmeister, Inc. located in Neenah, Wisconsin. This agreement provides a PMP Service Center for PMP's roll market.

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                                                                                              Rollmeister is a recognized service supplier in the Midwest of the USA with an excellent reputation for high quality service and competitive pricing and understands customers’ needs and expectations in the market. They have been serving the paper industry for the past 23 years. Rollmeister has expertise in precision roll grinding, suction roll maintenance, paper machine roll inspection and roll mechanical repairs for the paper industry. Their team is comprised of highly skilled personnel that have an average of over 25 years of experience.

                                                                                              “I am very excited with the new partnership with PMP. This will allow Rollmeister to service more rolls in the North American market. It also gives us the engineering expertise that we did not currently have in our offerings. We each bring our own specialties to this partnership which will benefit current and future customers.” Mike Waller – President Rollmeister, Inc.

                                                                                              An official announcement was made during an Open House that took place on the 26th of September 2017 at Rollmeister’s facility in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA. The event was a great opportunity to present Rollmeister’s capabilities and announce the partnership to local mills. The event was supported by government representatives including Neenah Mayor - Mr. Dean Kaufert, State Representative - Mr. Mike Rohrkaste and District Director - Mr. Bill Kloiber.

                                                                                              After signing and announcing the agreement, both companies are working toward the common goal of growing the business in North America by offering high quality products and services for the paper industry.

                                                                                              “It is my pleasure to announce the partnership between PMP and Rollmeister. I believe Rollmeister’s dedication and experience will bring exceptional value to PMP’s business in North America. The Rollmeister team has impressive capabilities and their work ethic and management style blends well with our company. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.” – Rocky Matuska – General Manager PMP Americas, Inc.

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:50:00 +0100
                                                                                                WestRock Announces Agreements to Acquire Plymouth Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7561-westrock-announces-agreements-to-acquire-plymouth-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7561-westrock-announces-agreements-to-acquire-plymouth-packaging

                                                                                                WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has just announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire substantially all of the assets of Plymouth Packaging, Inc. (“Plymouth”). Plymouth is a corrugated packaging company that derives approximately 70% of its sales from its “Box on Demand” systems and corrugated fanfold, and 30% from traditional corrugated box packaging.

                                                                                                2015 10 18 094836Plymouth’s market-leading “Box on Demand” systems are located on the customer’s site and use fanfold corrugated to produce custom, on-demand corrugated packaging that is accurately sized for any product type according to the customer’s specifications. Fanfold corrugated is continuous corrugated board, folded periodically to form an accordion-like stack of corrugated material. Plymouth installs “Box on Demand” machines on its customers’ sites under multi-year exclusive agreements for the fanfold corrugated supply.

                                                                                                Approximately 40% of the “Box on Demand” systems’ sales are to e-commerce customers, with the remaining customers serving building products, furniture and other markets. Plymouth currently supplies more than 100 customers with proprietary “Box on Demand” machines, manufactured by Panotec. As part of the transaction, WestRock will acquire Plymouth’s equity interest in Panotec and Plymouth’s exclusive right to distribute Panotec’s equipment in the United States and Canada.

                                                                                                The acquisition of Plymouth will further integrate the company’s containerboard system. WestRock currently provides one-third of the nearly 60,000 tons of containerboard used by Plymouth annually, and intends to fully integrate these tons after the transaction closes. WestRock expects additional containerboard integration opportunities as the Company serves this growing on-demand packaging market.

                                                                                                “The acquisition of Plymouth Packaging will further develop our innovation platform and our differentiation strategy,” said Jeff Chalovich, president of WestRock’s corrugated packaging business. “The addition of the ‘Box on Demand’ system will enhance our automated packaging systems business and WestRock’s differentiation in e-commerce and other custom applications where on-site box making is needed. The acquisition will improve our margin profile, our growth prospects in our corrugated packaging business and move us closer to our goal to be 80% integrated.”

                                                                                                Plymouth was founded in 1991 by Paul Magnell and is currently owned by the Magnell family. Greg Magnell is currently the president of the company and will continue in his leadership role following the closing of the transaction.

                                                                                                “We are excited to become part of WestRock and believe there is a strong cultural fit with our two organizations,” said Greg Magnell. “The combination provides access to a much broader geographic footprint and significant additional resources that will help this business continue to grow and serve our customers.”

                                                                                                The transaction includes Plymouth’s fanfold corrugated facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan; Ft. Worth, Texas; and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and all of the company-owned “Box on Demand” machines located in customers’ facilities. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

                                                                                                About WestRock
                                                                                                WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

                                                                                                Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:48:56 +0100
                                                                                                  Following facility closure, assets from U.S. Paper Converters Inc. to be sold via public auction on Aucto.com http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7554-following-facility-closure-assets-from-u-s-paper-converters-inc-to-be-sold-via-public-auction-on-aucto-com http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7554-following-facility-closure-assets-from-u-s-paper-converters-inc-to-be-sold-via-public-auction-on-aucto-com

                                                                                                  Paper converting equipment to be sold in a webcast auction on Aucto.com

                                                                                                  Paper converting equipment and machinery from U.S. Paper Converters Inc. will be sold in a public auction on December 14th on Aucto.com.

                                                                                                  The Wisconsin-based paper converter announced plans to shut down its Appleton facility in late October. The plant specialized in converting paper, packaging, film and non-woven products. The closure is the latest in a series of closures and layoffs from paper companies in the Fox Valley estimated to have affected more than 850 jobs.

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                                                                                                  Rotarty knife sheeter AF Slitter rewinder Dual rotary sheeter Slitter rewinder Clamp truck

                                                                                                  BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide, a California-based auction firm, in conjunction with Maynards, an auction firm specializing in bankruptcy and liquidation auctions, will conduct the online auction. BIDITUP is considered a global leader in asset conversion, offering auction, real estate, and appraisal services to an array of markets.

                                                                                                  To provide a live audio stream and enable online bidding, the event will be hosted on Aucto.com. The auction is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 14th, 2017. Interested buyers are invited to register for the auction on Aucto.com to participate in the auction.

                                                                                                  Equipment available for bid includes late model paper converting equipment, such as dual rotary knife sheeters, slitter-rewinders, unwind stands, guillotine cutters and balers; material handling and rollstock equipment, such as roll clamp trucks and forklifts; as well as machine shop and general plant support equipment.

                                                                                                  To view the complete auction catalog, click here.

                                                                                                  Featured equipment includes:

                                                                                                  • 65” Marquip eCon Dual Rotary Sheeter
                                                                                                  • 110” Voith Conwind II Two Drum Slitter Rewinder
                                                                                                  • 130” A&F Slitter Rewinder
                                                                                                  • 76” E.C.H. Will Dual Rotary Knife Sheeter
                                                                                                  • Yale 12,000 Lb. Cap. Roll Clamp Truck

                                                                                                  ABOUT AUCTO.COM

                                                                                                  Aucto connects industrial equipment buyers and sellers on an easy-to-use, secure and global platform. For sellers, Aucto provides a marketplace to recover capital from surplus and used industrial equipment. For buyers, Aucto gives access to quality used equipment at liquidation pricing. Aucto is smart, simple and always working for you.

                                                                                                  CONTACT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUCTION, PLEASE CONTACT:

                                                                                                  BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide
                                                                                                  818.508.7034
                                                                                                  shawn@biditup.com

                                                                                                  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUCTO.COM, PLEASE CONTACT:

                                                                                                  Aaron Lee
                                                                                                  Aucto
                                                                                                  1-844-326-7305
                                                                                                  a.lee@aucto.com
                                                                                                  www.aucto.com

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:21:44 +0100
                                                                                                    Domtar’s Sustainability Commitment Attracts New Talent http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7550-domtar-s-sustainability-commitment-attracts-new-talent http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7550-domtar-s-sustainability-commitment-attracts-new-talent

                                                                                                    Our corporate sustainability commitment ensures that we manage our planet’s precious natural resources in a responsible manner. That commitment also helps attract new talent as millennials seek out jobs that help them make a difference.

                                                                                                    The job market in the United States is facing a sea change, with an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day. That’s nearly 4 million people stepping out of the workforce every year, creating personnel gaps in a wide range of industries.

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                                                                                                    Our company is feeling the effects of this so-called silver tsunami. Of our nearly 10,000 employees, almost 47 percent are at, or approaching, retirement age, according to our 2017 Sustainability Report. To sustain our current productivity levels and to encourage future growth, we must not only recruit the next generation of workers but also ensure the transfer of valuable knowledge from one generation to the next.

                                                                                                    Our strong sustainability commitment gives us an edge as we look to rebuild our ranks from among the many millennials entering or already actively engaged in the workforce.

                                                                                                    “The sustainability work Domtar does is, without question, the main reason young employees are interested in talking to us about career opportunities,” said Kimberly Riley, Domtar’s college recruitment coordinator. “What we find is that a lot of millennials watched their family members lose jobs and struggle with economic uncertainty. It’s put a different mentality inside them. Millennials are looking for companies that are stable and environmentally and socially responsible. This is where Domtar has the competitive advantage.”

                                                                                                    The Millennial Boom

                                                                                                    Millennials, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as those born roughly between 1982 and 1998, became the largest generation in the American workforce in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center.

                                                                                                    Sustainability is a major motivator for this large and influential group when it comes to seeking employment. According to a study by Cone Communications, 76 percent of millennials consider a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work (compared to a U.S. average of 58 percent). Additionally, 75 percent of millennials say they would take a pay cut to work for a company with a strong commitment to the environment (compared to a U.S. average of 55 percent). But working for an environmentally aware company is not enough; 89 percent of millennials said they want to be active participants in helping their company improve sustainability practices (compared to a U.S. average of 77 percent).

                                                                                                    Working Smart for the Long Term

                                                                                                    That’s where our focus on caring for people and communities, our dedication to efficient manufacturing and our commitment to responsible sourcing and logistics pay off. Our sustainability commitment is integrated into every corner of our business. Our 2017 Sustainability Report, “Working Smart for the Long Term,” highlights many recent accomplishments, including:

                                                                                                    • 4,000+ hours contributed by employees at company-sponsored community events in 2016
                                                                                                    • 33 percent reduction in the amount of waste pulp and paper mills sent to landfills since 2013
                                                                                                    • 75 percent renewable energy used in our mills in 2016
                                                                                                    • 13 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at mills since 2010

                                                                                                    Our sustainability report helps communicate our company priorities, challenges and performance, and it provides context for our work — a fact appreciated by millennials as a generation of future influencers.

                                                                                                    “Most of the college students we talk to home in on the sustainability of our company,” said Erin Boswell, a talent acquisition partner for Domtar. “But we are not resting on our laurels. The market is very competitive, so we’re working to build stronger relationships with universities and students.”

                                                                                                    Sustainability Commitment Resonates with Job Seekers

                                                                                                    We participate in college job fairs while also partnering with universities to develop industry-specific curriculum. We also offer scholarships, and we are committed to hiring interns and providing them with hands-on industry experience. Plus, we create personalized messaging aimed at the millennial audience. Along with a corporate video produced to accompany the 2017 Sustainability Report, we created a video starring our summer college interns, who spoke about what they liked about our sustainability commitment.

                                                                                                    “Our younger hires have a tremendous advantage,” said Riley. “They are coming in at a time when they can still learn from the vast knowledge of baby boomer employees. Then they can take that experience, put their stamp on it and move up faster within the company. It’s a great time to be a millennial at work.”

                                                                                                    To learn more about our sustainability commitment and to see one way we are reaching out to millennials, watch “Future Influencers Weigh In on Sustainability Report.”

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:31:22 +0100