Pulp-Paperworld.com / American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:58:34 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with the world’s largest steel Yankee dryer in Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7638-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-machine-with-the-world-s-largest-steel-yankee-dryer-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7638-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-machine-with-the-world-s-largest-steel-yankee-dryer-in-brazil

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine with steel Yankee dryer and steam-heated hood delivered to Carta Fabril, for its mill in Anápolis, Brazil. Due to the outstanding and short commissioning period, paper production on the new tissue machine started well ahead of schedule.

The world’s largest steel Yankee for the Carta Fabril mill in Anápolis, Brazil, delivered by ANDRITZ. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.The world’s largest steel Yankee for the Carta Fabril mill in Anápolis, Brazil, delivered by ANDRITZ. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

The PrimeDry Steel Yankee delivered by ANDRITZ has a diameter of 22 ft. and thus is the largest in the world for tissue applications. The combination with the steam-heated hood enables highly efficient drying with substantial energy savings compared with conventional drying sections with cast Yankee dryers and gas-heated-hoods. The steam-heated hood is equipped with an innovative, automatic cleaning system to ensure easy maintenance and safe operations.

The ANDRITZ PrimeLineST W22 has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a width of 5.55 m. It will produce tissue with grammage of 15 g/m2 that is used for two-ply toilet paper.The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant and approach flow system, which processes 100% short fiber (eucalyptus) as raw material. The centerpiece of the line is the ANDRITZ Papillon refiner, which treats fibers gently in the cylindrical refining zone in order to achieve superior fiber properties at low energy consumption.

“The early start-up was only possible because of our cooperation with ANDRITZ. We are now proud to have the world’s largest steel Yankee, which is predicted to enable efficient drying with substantial energy savings. Our target is “green production” by minimizing energy consumption, liquid and solid waste, effluents, and CO2 emissions. The new tissue machine will use 100% renewable energy generated from biomass and converted into steam. The project presents a very good example of environmental, economic, and social sustainability,” says Victor Coutinho, CEO, Carta Fabril.

Start-up of the PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine on December 31, 2017. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.Start-up of the PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine on December 31, 2017. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

The successful start-up of the world’s first tissue machine with a 22 ft. steel Yankee confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

Carta Fabril ranks among the key players in the Brazilian tissue business, covering the complete product range for tissue.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:20:10 +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
          Resolute Announces Appointment of Yves Laflamme as President and CEO, Succeeding Richard Garneau http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7627-resolute-announces-appointment-of-yves-laflamme-as-president-and-ceo-succeeding-richard-garneau http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7627-resolute-announces-appointment-of-yves-laflamme-as-president-and-ceo-succeeding-richard-garneau

          Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced the selection and appointment of Yves Laflamme as Resolute's new president and chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, succeeding Richard Garneau. The announcement of Mr. Garneau's retirement today coincides with the announcement of the company's fourth quarter and 2017 annual results.

          2018 02 02 100952"The Resolute Board of Directors enthusiastically supports Yves Laflamme's selection, recognizing his good judgment and strong business acumen. Yves has a strong reputation in the industry, a well-refined focus on costs, and built teams that consistently deliver results. There is no better person to lead Resolute into the future," stated Bradley P. Martin, chairman of the Board of Directors. "The choice of an internal candidate to succeed Richard Garneau is a credit to the internal talent developed by the company. Yves' appointment is also a reaffirmation of our strategic direction."

          Under Mr. Garneau's leadership, Resolute established a competitive cost structure and diversified asset base, a conservative capital structure and a sustainable business strategy. His unwavering commitment to a safe workplace and environmental stewardship has earned North American and global recognition.

          In expressing its appreciation to Mr. Garneau, the Board of Directors recognize his dedication, strength of purpose and personal integrity. "Resolute is a stronger, more dynamic and far more sustainable company today following Richard's seven-year tenure as president and CEO," added Mr. Martin. "Richard personified courageous leadership, not only tackling complex issues but also challenging the status quo. Richard above all else is a man of his word, and Resolute in turn reflects this transparency and integrity. His principled leadership and insistence on truly sustainable outcomes have set the foundation for shared prosperity."

          "I am honored to now lead Resolute as we take our next steps, further defining our collective future. We will build on the positive momentum, and continue to make Resolute a profitable and sustainable company," stated Yves Laflamme. "Richard led by example, exemplified principled leadership, and built upon his knowledge with a commitment to life-long learning. We are very pleased that Richard has agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity working with me on specific mandates."

          Mr. Laflamme currently serves as senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology for Resolute. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as Resolute and its predecessor companies. Mr. Laflamme began his career in Finance working at Donohue Inc.'s Saint-Félicien integrated pulp mill and wood products operations in 1981, and moved on to serve as controller for the company's integrated newsprint and wood products facilities in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Over the past 15 years, he held a series of successive roles as vice president and senior vice president, covering the overall wood products business, including both Operations and Sales, as well as the company's former Recycling business. Over the past several years, Mr. Laflamme expanded his scope to also include a wide range of corporate support functions, including IT and Global Procurement, among others. In addition, he led a number of important mandates for the company, including M&A activity and enterprise resource planning (ERP), and has represented Resolute in major negotiations with governments. Mr. Laflamme currently serves as chairman of Resolute-LP Engineered Wood joint ventures, a Board member of Toundra Greenhouse, an Executive team member of the Quebec Forest Industry Council, and is a past chairman of the Canadian Wood Council. He is a CPA (CMA), after pursuing his university education in administration and finance.   

          "Yves has the depth of experience, necessary skill set and track record of success, prerequisites for the top job in this challenging industry environment. Yves is a tireless worker who has never lost sight of his roots. He has high expectations and is fair," said Richard Garneau. "Yves' strong leadership traits have positioned Resolute's wood products business as top tier, and have given the company a competitive edge across business cycles." 

          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) Canadian News Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:10:19 +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.

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                "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.

                  SOURCE Verso Corporation

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:19:14 +0100
                    Voith and Suzano Papel e Celulose Strengthen Successful Technological Partnership with the Start-Up of Two Tissue Machines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7589-voith-and-suzano-papel-e-celulose-strengthen-successful-technological-partnership-with-the-start-up-of-two-tissue-machines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7589-voith-and-suzano-papel-e-celulose-strengthen-successful-technological-partnership-with-the-start-up-of-two-tissue-machines

                    As part of its strategy to expand into the tissue segment, Suzano Papel e Celulose, the world’s second-largest eucalyptus pulp producer, commissioned Voith Paper, a global technology leader in innovation for the paper industry, to supply complete production lines for the manufacture of sanitary (tissue) paper.

                    The multinational German group successfully concluded the start-up of two complete double-width XcelLine VTM 4 machines installed in the Brazilian paper manufacturer's plants in Imperatriz (state of Maranhão) and Mucuri (state of Bahia). Each machine has the capacity to manufacture approximately 220 metric tons of paper per day at a speed of 2,000 meters per minute.

                    2016 09 22 073412According to Fabio Prado, Executive Director for Consumer Goods at Suzano Papel e Celulose, Voith's partnership is strategic for the company's operational and business objectives. "Voith has been Suzano's partner for decades, and we are absolutely convinced that the high-performance machines supplied to our sanitary paper mills in the Northeast of Brazil and Voith's management service in the supply of auxiliary equipment will enable us to achieve excellent productivity rates, as well as to offer the best paper in the Brazilian market", states Prado.

                    Voith's XcelLine machines feature seamlessly coordinated and integrated components, technologies and services that enable fast start-up, excellent performance and high added value for its customers' investments. Voith's scope of supply includes technologies that enable increased productivity and a lower use of energy and natural resources, including the MasterJet Pro T headbox, the Crescent Former, the modern NipcoFlex T shoe press, the EvoDry Y steel plate Yankee cylinder, the high-efficiency EcoHood T drying hood, the EcoChange T reel with automatic spool exchange, and complete automation packages.

                    Voith supplied both projects in the PLP (Process Line Package) concept, including all auxiliary equipment and services for the machine's complete operation. The new VTM 4 in Mucuri (state of Bahia) was put into service in September 2017, while the machine installed in Imperatriz (state of Maranhão) was started up at the end of November.

                    About Suzano Papel e Celulose
                    Suzano Papel e Celulose is the world's second largest producer of eucalyptus pulp and Latin America's leading printing and writing paper manufacturer. As a subsidiary of Suzano Holding and part of the Suzano Group, it has a tradition of more than 90 years operating with cutting-edge technology in the pulp and paper industry. It runs five paper mills in Brazil, international offices in six countries and a global distribution structure to supply its products to more than 60 countries. Besides pulp, the company produces coated and uncoated printing and writing paper, packaging paper, tissue (sanitary) paper, fluff pulp (used in diapers and sanitary napkins), and lignin (a byproduct that can be used as a replacement for oil derivatives in high-end applications). It works on the genetic development of forest crops and the biotechnology industry through its FuturaGene subsidiary. It is a public company that operates under the Brazilian stock exchange's Novo Mercado guidelines, which reinforces its commitment to the continuous advancement of corporate governance practices.

                    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) South American News Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:24:46 +0100
                      U.S. Department of Commerce Finds that Canada Improperly Subsidizes Producers of Uncoated Groundwood Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7587-u-s-department-of-commerce-finds-that-canada-improperly-subsidizes-producers-of-uncoated-groundwood-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7587-u-s-department-of-commerce-finds-that-canada-improperly-subsidizes-producers-of-uncoated-groundwood-paper

                      Levelling the playing field for the U.S. industry, Canadian uncoated groundwood paper imports to now require CVD deposits to enter the country legally

                      North Pacific Paper Company has just commended the U.S. Department of Commerce for its preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) determination covering subsidized uncoated groundwood papers from Canada. As a result of these determinations, the Department of Commerce will impose tariffs on imports of uncoated groundwood papers to offset the unfair advantage provided by Canadian government subsidies.

                      2018 01 10 064711“Today’s affirmative decision by the Department of Commerce confirms that Canadian uncoated groundwood papers benefit from significant levels of government subsidies,” said Craig Anneberg, CEO of NORPAC. “What the U.S. uncoated groundwood papers industry wants is a level playing field, and this decision is an important step forward for American producers, workers and their families that have been the victims of unfair Canadian trade practices for too long.”

                      The Department of Commerce found that Canadian uncoated groundwood paper was subsidized by an average of 6.53 percent.

                      “NORPAC has a world-class facility that can compete with anyone around the world, but we need to be able to compete on a level playing field. This decision will protect American jobs in Washington, Mississippi and Georgia, and may even serve to create jobs in the U.S. as idled paper machines restart,” said Anneberg.

                      Today, there are groundwood paper mills operating across the U.S., primarily located in Washington state, Georgia and Mississippi, which support family-wage jobs and countless community businesses and supporting industries.

                      In the face of unfair competition since 2012, more than ten American mills have closed costing approximately 2,150 jobs, reducing the U.S. groundwood paper industry’s production capacity by nearly 70 percent. During this time, U.S. producers’ share of the American market has plummeted from 60 percent to 36 percent. 

                      The U.S. uncoated groundwood papers industry and NORPAC are not alone in seeking and finding relief from unfair trade. Today’s Department of Commerce decision follows similar trade cases in the last five years, which also found that supercalendered papers and softwood lumber imports from Canada were being subsidized causing material injury to U.S. manufacturers and jobs. Other cases found that imports of foreign coated and uncoated papers were also being subsidized causing injury.

                      “While we understand the concerns recently surfaced by some newspaper publishers, we strongly disagree with the notion that their industry requires low-priced, government-subsidized, imported newsprint from Canada to sustain its business model. High-quality journalism in communities across the country should not depend on unfairly traded inputs that cause material injury to a U.S. industry and American jobs,” added Anneberg. “We estimate the impact this ruling would have on the cost to produce the average printed newspaper would be less than $.05 per newspaper – a small price to pay to preserve American manufacturing jobs.”

                      Continuing to innovate, retool and invest for the future, NORPAC operates one of the largest and most efficient paper mills in the U.S., which produces a broad range of high-quality papers to customers across the United States and around the world. Recently, the company unveiled affordable, sustainable Natural Choice Paper™, which is made with a process that yields twice as much paper from the same amount of wood, compared to standard copy paper.

                      “NORPAC is one of the largest employers in rural Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon,” concluded Anneberg. “These are strong, family-wage manufacturing jobs that cannot be replaced in a rural community that faces some of the highest unemployment in the region.”

                      On August 9, 2017, NORPAC filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the U.S. government. The Department of Commerce will issue its preliminary determination in the companion antidumping investigation on March 7, 2018. The Department is expected to make final antidumping and countervailing duty determinations in July 2018, and the International Trade Commission will make its final injury determination in August 2018.  

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:48:03 +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
                          Toscotec successfully completed a dryer section rebuild for Smurfit Kappa in Barbosa (Colombia). http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7585-toscotec-successfully-completed-a-dryer-section-rebuild-for-smurfit-kappa-in-barbosa-colombia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7585-toscotec-successfully-completed-a-dryer-section-rebuild-for-smurfit-kappa-in-barbosa-colombia

                          In 2016 Smurfit Kappa awarded Toscotec with the rebuilding of the Company´s Barbosa paper machine’s dryer section. The target operating speed of the machine after startup was set at 1,000 mpm.

                          Following an extensive project that lasted 25 months, with 36 days of setup from paper to paper, the PM was successfully commissioned and started up in July 2017. 

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                          The main target of the project was to improve the efficiency of the PM, by increasing its operating speed and production. The alliance between Toscotec and Smurfit Kappa has lead the packaging company to increase containerboard production to 120,000 tonnes per year which means an increase in the corrugating machines production.

                          Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s Paper & Board Sales Manager stated, “Toscotec’s long-standing experience in dryer section rebuilds, using TT SteelDryer, our unique dryers with an extremely high drying capacity, and the advanced rope-less tail threading system, was the deciding factor in the customer’s choice. We are very proud of our partnership with Smurfit Kappa and we would like to thank the SK team in Barbosa for their great cooperation during the entire project”.

                          According to Carlos Mario Londoño, the project manager, "This was a very complex project to carry out. Thanks to the collaboration of suppliers such as Toscotec, we achieved the our goal within the time we had established”.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:46:49 +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
                              New fluidized bed combustion systems generate steam and offsets tipping fees at two Toronto-area paper mills. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7579-new-fluidized-bed-combustion-systems-generate-steam-and-offsets-tipping-fees-at-two-toronto-area-paper-mills http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7579-new-fluidized-bed-combustion-systems-generate-steam-and-offsets-tipping-fees-at-two-toronto-area-paper-mills

                              Commissioned in 2011, Precision Energy Services, Inc. (PES) of Hayden, Idaho, supplied the first sludge-to-energy system to Atlantic Packaging’s 111 plant location. This system replaced a combustion technology that was unable to reliably burn the wet paper mill sludge.

                              Precision Energy Services designed and supplied a second recycled paper mill sludge-to-energy system for Atlantic Packaging in Ontario, Canada. This system is designed to process 100,000 tons per year of paper mill sludge that was previously being sent to local area landfills. The system eliminates the cost of sludge disposal as well as reduces the cost of fossil fuels by the offset generation of plant steam.

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                              In 2016, PES received a design, supply, supervise and startup contract for a complete biomass energy system incorporating its Fluid Bed Combustion System. PES designed the system to supply the necessary energy in the form of hot gas to dry the 60 % + MC wet basis sludge to 40% MC wet basis with the majority of the energy produced from the sludge used to generate process steam. The combined energy is produced from a single PES system without the use of natural gas. Natural gas is only used for startup of the system to obtain the required temperature for sludge feeding.

                              Producing process steam from the sludge-waste residuals, or biomass, promotes the plant’s green energy independence and the company’s green recycling plan by reducing the volume of waste sent to landfills.

                              The PES system processes recycled paper mill sludge in an environmentally sustainable and economic manner.

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                              PES designed the complete system and supplied all the system equipment including: the wet and dry sludge storage bins, the wet sludge feed system to the dryer, a single pass rotary drum dryer, the dry sludge collection and storage bin, the dry sludge fuel metering and conveyance system, the PES Fluidized Bed Combustion System with automatic ash cleaning system, a 35,000 PPH, 250 psig waste heat boiler specially designed by PES to allow removal of the high ash quantities generated from the fuel, the boiler economizer and air heater, gas cleaning system and ash collection and storage silo.

                              The majority of the system was designed by PES to fit into the plant’s existing infrastructure. This allows the majority of the equipment, including the boiler system, to be inside the existing building with only the dryer, baghouse and ash silo outside of the building. A small portion of the building roof was removed to install the boiler system, although the height of equipment required a penthouse to be installed over the boiler.

                              The PES system receives the incoming sludge and processes it through PES’ proprietary fluid bed technology, which completely combusts the sludge leaving only an ash that is white in color with no carbon residual. This ash is collected from 9 points throughout the boiler, economizer, air heater, multiclones and baghouse and is conveyed pneumatically to an ash silo. The ash system was designed and supplied by PES to have no rotary valves, which are a constant maintenance issue on biomass boilers. The sealed ash system conveys all of the fly ash to a sealed ash silo for unloading into sealed trailers. This feature ensures that the complete boiler system is sealed from the point the fuel is pneumatically conveyed into the fluid bed combustor, providing a clean plant environment.

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                              The ash is held in the ash silo for pick up by a nearby cement plant where it is utilized as an admixture to the concrete manufactured by the plant. The beneficial utilization of the ash from the sludge is a major advantage to the plant as there is not a requirement for ash landfilling.

                              Specifically, the ash produced by the boiler system has very similar properties to Kaolin clay, a feedstock which accounts for approximately 40% of cement’s composition. The sludge ash can be added (substituted) at approximately 5% by weight, and actually, improves the final concrete performance. If the ash were to be used in a Ready-Mix plant, it could be used to directly substitute cement, but the sludge ash would require grinding to a consistent, fine particle size. PES has successfully designed and implemented ash-grinding equipment in other energy systems to increase the marketability of the ash.

                              Mike Oswald, President of Precision Energy Services, said: “We are excited to announce that our client’s second sludge-to-energy plant was completed in early 2017. Our client will see a sufficient reduction in the plant’s overall waste disposal cost as well as a major reduction of their energy cost by the savings obtained in burning the biomass fuel to produce steam, offsetting the use of natural gas.”

                              About Precision Energy Services: Precision Energy Services, Inc. is a biomass company that specializes in the design and supply of biomass energy systems. Our mission is to help our clients achieve their goal of being more environmentally sustainable and increase their energy independence through the use of wood waste, biomass and organic waste residuals that would otherwise be disposed of.

                              Visit www.pes-world.com for more information.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:07:55 +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.

                                      Picture Gallery below click to see more

                                      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
                                          Thermal Energy Announces $11 Million Energy Efficiency Project with Pulp & Paper Customer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7546-thermal-energy-announces-11-million-energy-efficiency-project-with-pulp-paper-customer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7546-thermal-energy-announces-11-million-energy-efficiency-project-with-pulp-paper-customer

                                          Resulting emissions reduction expected to be equivalent to preventing the burning of more than 21 million kilograms of coal per year

                                          ther ene logoThermal Energy International Inc. (“Thermal Energy” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: TMG), a global provider of industrial and institutional energy efficiency solutions, has been engaged by an existing pulp and paper customer to design, develop and implement a major energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas reduction project. The project includes the installation of two of Thermal Energy’s proprietary FLU-ACE® Heat Recovery Systems and the conversion of the mill’s steam traps to Thermal Energy’s proprietary GEM™ Steam Trap system.

                                          Once completed, the $11 million project is expected to provide the customer with annual natural gas savings of more than 35%, while reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20%, or approximately 43,000 metric tonnes.

                                          “Pulp and paper is one of the most energy intensive sectors and our energy efficiency solutions represent a win-win scenario,” said William Crossland, CEO of Thermal Energy. “We have been working in partnership with this customer over the past year to develop a turn-key project that meets both their energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction goals. This resulted in our largest single order to date and a project that can serve as a blueprint for other large energy users around the world looking for an optimal solution for fighting climate change, by providing significant reductions in carbon emissions and energy use while, at the same time, delivering a high return on investment”

                                          The estimated annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the project, once complete, is equivalent[1] to:

                                          • Removing 9,208 passenger vehicles from the road
                                          • Preventing the burning of more than 21 million kilograms of coal
                                          • The benefit from installing 11 large scale wind turbines with an estimated cost of about $47 million[2]

                                          This project represents Thermal Energy’s largest heat recovery and largest GEM orders to date and is expected to be substantially completed and revenue earned over the next 18 months.

                                          About Thermal Energy International Inc.

                                          Thermal Energy International Inc. is an established global supplier of proprietary, proven energy efficiency and emissions reduction solutions to the industrial and institutional sectors. We save our customers money and improve their bottom line by reducing their fuel use and cutting their carbon emissions. Our customers include a large number of Fortune 500 and other leading multinational companies across a wide range of industry sectors.

                                          Thermal Energy is also a fully accredited professional engineering firm and by providing a unique mix of proprietary products together with process, energy and, environmental engineering expertise, Thermal Energy is able to deliver unique turnkey projects with significant financial and environmental benefits for our customers.  

                                          Thermal Energy's proprietary products include; GEMTM - Steam traps, FLU-ACE® - Direct contact condensing heat recovery, and Dry-Rex® - Low temperature biomass drying systems.

                                          Thermal Energy International Inc. has offices in Ottawa, Canada as well as Bristol, U.K., United States, Germany, Italy and China. The Company’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol TMG.

                                          For more information, visit our website at www.thermalenergy.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GoThermalEnergy

                                          [1] United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator: www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

                                          [2] The Cost of Wind Energy in the US: www.awea.org/falling-wind-energy-costs

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:38:34 +0100
                                            Clearwater Paper Announces New Board Chair http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7539-clearwater-paper-announces-new-board-chair http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7539-clearwater-paper-announces-new-board-chair

                                            Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) has just announced that Beth Ford has been appointed as chair to the company's board of directors effective January 1, 2018.

                                            ClearwaterPaper logo01Ms. Ford, the chief operating officer for Land O'Lakes Businesses, has served on the Clearwater Paper board of directors since 2013. As chief operating officer, Ms. Ford oversees Land O'Lakes' multi-billion dollar U.S. businesses, which include Purina Animal Nutrition, Land O'Lakes Dairy, and Winfield United, which provides crop inputs and agriculture technology solutions. In her 30 years in business, Ms. Ford has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies across six industries, including roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company, and Hachette Book Group and Scholastic, Inc.

                                            "We greatly value the retail, supply chain, and operations insight Beth brings to us, which will help us improve our competitive position and succeed in the marketplace," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "On behalf of the Clearwater Paper team, we extend our congratulations to Beth as our new board chair."

                                            Ms. Ford will succeed Boh Dickey as chair. Mr. Dickey has been a Clearwater Paper board member since 2008 and chair since 2013. He is expected to retire from the company's board at the end of his current board term in May 2018 pursuant to the company's corporate governance guidelines.

                                            "Boh has been a driving force in developing and guiding our strategy, positioning Clearwater Paper as one of the largest private label tissue manufacturers and an efficient paperboard manufacturer, serving our customers well over the years," added Massman. "I thank him for his numerous contributions and critical decisions that have helped make our company more successful."

                                            With today's announcement, Clearwater Paper will be one of the few publicly-traded companies in the U.S. with women serving as the CEO and non-executive board chair.

                                            ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

                                            Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer partnerships through quality and service.

                                            Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation - http://www.clearwaterpaper.com/

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:45:52 +0100
                                              Brazil: exports from the planted tree sector surpass US$ 7 billion through October 2017 (+10.9%) http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7533-brazil-exports-from-the-planted-tree-sector-surpass-us-7-billion-through-october-2017-10-9 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7533-brazil-exports-from-the-planted-tree-sector-surpass-us-7-billion-through-october-2017-10-9

                                              From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets, and paper exports grew 0.4% with almost 1.7 million tons traded. This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$ 7 billion mark in the first 10 months of the year, growth of 10.9% over the same period in 2016. This created a US$ 6.15 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 12.7%.

                                              2017 06 06 090206Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 42nd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

                                              Export revenues – In the first ten months of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 5.2 billion (+13.7%), while paper exports were US$ 1.6 billion (+1.7%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 242 million (+20.4%).

                                              Export destination – For the combined period spanning January to October of this year, China continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, with a share of 39.7%, representing revenues of US$ 2.1 billion (+18.0%). The second largest destination for pulp was the European countries, which during this period accounted for 31.4% of exports and more than US$ 1.6 billion (+5.6%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first ten months of the year, with export revenues exceeding US$ 1.0 billion (+11.6%) and US$ 126 million (+16.7%), respectively.

                                              Production – The productive sector utilizing planted trees presented positive results in 2017. From January to October of this year, pulp production surpassed 15.9 million tons (+2.9%), and paper reached 8.7 million tons (+0.9%).

                                              Domestic Sales – For the first ten months of 2017, the wood panel section showed positive results, with sales of more than 5.3 million cubic meters on the domestic market (+2.5%); at the same time, the paper industry reached the 4.5 million ton mark (-0.4%) during the same period.

                                              ABOUT IBÁ

                                              The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 55 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at www.iba.org

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:02:26 +0100
                                                Neenah reveals the magic of combinations in The Alchemy of Design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7532-neenah-reveals-the-magic-of-combinations-in-the-alchemy-of-design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7532-neenah-reveals-the-magic-of-combinations-in-the-alchemy-of-design

                                                Alchemy is an ancient practice that blends science with spiritual belief. Practitioners of early Greek alchemy believed that nature’s four basic elements, air, fire, water and earth were the basis of all matter. The practice later became more scientific, often used in attempts to magically transform lesser-valued metals into precious gold. Today’s idea of alchemy has evolved into the broader philosophy of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Neenah embraces this concept of combining and transforming in its newest promotion The Alchemy of Design.

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                                                “This is an inspiration book that reinterprets the meaning of alchemy within the realm of print design, where the four essential elements are audience, message, paper and print. The Alchemy of Design demonstrates ways to creatively combine those elements to amplify everyday design projects. Even those projects that have lower design budgets are still expected to have high impact. Throughout the book, the designs explore mixing and mingling of paper colors and textures, inspiring designers to think outside of that one swatchbook,” says Auburne Gahlman, Marketing Manager, Neenah.

                                                Designed by Willoughby Design, The Alchemy of Design blends three very different brands — ROYAL SUNDANCE®, ASTROBRIGHTS®, and ENVIRONMENT® Papers — in unexpected ways. Presented in a beautiful die-cut slipcase, the 9 x 11 double-sided accordion fold book takes deep dives into four different branding projects (for a total of 20+ printed pull-out samples) each using the three different Neenah grades to add layers of color and texture and impact.

                                                For example, Earth | Worth is a handcrafted ceramic home goods brand featured in Alchemy. Knowing that a brochure is the single printed piece most handled by its loyal and potential customers, the brand uses the toothy texture of ROYAL SUNDANCE to evoke the weighty and natural essence of its products. The brand package extends to the smooth touch and natural shades of ENVIRONMENT, coupled with an accent of ASTROBRIGHTS, Terra Green™, to create a hangtag system. Using three complimentary papers for a hangtag system, and printing them all in one print run with one color, is a low-cost/high ROI idea for expressing the brand personality at the point of sale.

                                                This is a promotion that has to be explored page by page to fully appreciate the idea-generating combinations of print and paper. Get your free copy of The Alchemy of Design, valued at $10.99, through your Neenah representative.

                                                About Neenah, Inc.
                                                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 Twitter: @neenahpaper; subscribe to the Neenah Facebook page; or visit 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 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:24 +0100
                                                  Over half of South America´s Pulp and Paper Production rated on WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7528-over-half-of-south-america-s-pulp-and-paper-production-rated-on-wwf-s-environmental-paper-company-index http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7528-over-half-of-south-america-s-pulp-and-paper-production-rated-on-wwf-s-environmental-paper-company-index

                                                  WWF presents the results of the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. The Index is published for the fifth time. Together, the EPCI 2017 participants from Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America disclose the environmental performance of 26% of the world´s tissue, 23% of the world´s graphic paper, 17% of the world´s newsprint, 9% of the world´s packaging and 15% of the world´s pulp. South America has taken a leadership role in participation this year with the disclosure of over 50% of the total volume of pulp and paper produced in the region.

                                                  2015 03 18 115559“The willingness by many companies to participate every two years in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index, many for the third time, is an important signal that transparency is increasingly valued across the globe and that the EPCI is positively received as a voluntary mechanism to encourage this transparency” said Alistair Monument, Leader, WWF Forest Practice.

                                                  WWF´s EPCI tracks how a company´s performance on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting changes over time. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company and shows a historical timeline since 2013. By doing so, the Index helps track companies’ and also the sectors’ journey towards sustainability. Find the results of all participating companies on epci.panda.org.

                                                  “WWF´s EPCI is a valuable tool for companies to reflect on their operations,” said Trevor Walter, WWF´s Pulp and Paper Southern Alliance Coordinator. “Given the scale and footprint of the industry in our region, it is heartening to see more South American companies participating in the EPCI than ever before, and we hope this will encourage further transparency in the sector.” 33% of the pulp purchased globally comes from South America. Over half of all pulp and paper exports from the region go to China and the EU and demand as well as production continue to increase.

                                                  “Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, with a potentially lower footprint than substitute materials if managed and produced responsibly. However, the sector's size and impacts are expanding”, said Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF´s global lead on Sustainable Paper and Packaging. “This is why it is crucial for companies to demonstrate leadership in transparency and a commitment to continual improvement, reducing the sector´s forest, climate and water footprint.”

                                                  The bi-annual Environmental Paper Company Index started in its current form in 2010 and has since increased in scale and global reach.

                                                  The 2013, 2015 and 2017 Index results are comparable and allow assessments of continual improvement over time. Due to some changes in the methodology, the results of 2010 and 2011 are not fully comparable to the later evaluations. Company scores are not ranked.

                                                  WWF’s Living Forests Report 1 projects paper production and consumption may double in the next three decades, and overall wood consumption may triple.

                                                  About WWF

                                                  WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:08:27 +0100
                                                    New Product Category Rules Issued for Paper Products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7526-new-product-category-rules-issued-for-paper-products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7526-new-product-category-rules-issued-for-paper-products

                                                    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), in collaboration with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and FPInnovations issued Product Category Rules (PCR) for Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard, Containerboard and Tissue products manufactured in North America.

                                                    logo twisidesThe PCR provides rules and requirements for conducting paper product life cycle assessment (LCA) reports as well as developing Type III Environmental Product Declarations that communicate the environmental footprint of products to customers. The PCR development process included the participation of a broad stakeholder group including manufacturers, trade associations, government agencies, non-government organizations, retail representatives, independent parties, academia and other Environmental Product Declarations program operators.

                                                    “This PCR has been approved by an independent peer review panel of recognized LCA experts,” said Debbie Steckel, Executive Director of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.  “It conforms to the requirements of ISO International Standards, providing consistent and transparent environmental evaluation standards with the highest degree of credibility.”

                                                    Lal Mahalle, project leader for FPInnovations, said, “Paper buyers can feel confident that product sustainability documentation using our PCR guidance covers the environmental impact categories that are published in recognized scientific literature and are most relevant to pulp and paper products made in North America”.

                                                    The PCR is available on the FPInnovations website:

                                                    PCR for North American Pulp Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Products, Tissue and Containerboard

                                                    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:01:06 +0100
                                                      Smurfit Kappa’s PM1 in Barbosa, Colombia is up & running! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7515-smurfit-kappa-s-pm1-in-barbosa-colombia-is-up-running http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7515-smurfit-kappa-s-pm1-in-barbosa-colombia-is-up-running

                                                      In January 2016, Smurfit Kappa signed another contract with PMP for a press part rebuild of PM1 in its Mill in Barbosa (Colombia). PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has been chosen again as a strategic partner supporting Smurfit Kappa’s development. Thus, it is our pleasure to announce that PM1 has started-up successfully on 18th July 2017, at 21:45 of local time.

                                                      Project goals were focused on generating energy savings, improving PM1’s runnability, and increasing paper properties as well as its annual capacity by 31%. The main idea was to apply a state-of-the-art Intelli-TriNip® Press Section with an Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press. The shoe press technology played a key role in the final success, bringing ultra-high dryness (from 43.5% before rebuild, up to 52% after press). It is important to mention that 1% more dryness after press brings 4% steam saving in the dryer section. The shoe press technology enables significant improvement of paper properties (especially bulk & bursting strength) and significantly supports PM1’s runnability increase.

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                                                      PMP’s scope of delivery included the Intelli-TriNip® Press section with the Intelli-Nip® Shoe Module (design nip load 1400 kN/m, shoe press module type 1300). A compact design of a new press section IntelliTriNip® is ensuring reduction of open draws and is significantly increasing PM1’s runnability. Intelli-Nip® shoe press has been already appreciated by paper mills worldwide (just to mention recent PMP projects in USA, Mexico, China, Russia and Poland), due to its reliable performance confirmed by patented solutions, top sheet dryness level (up to 53%) resulting in significant steam consumption savings and user-friendliness. Scope of delivery in the case of the Smurfit Kappa project covered also Intelli-DCR® (Deflection-Compensation Roll), PM auxiliaries systems such as PM controls & panels, mechanical drives, press pulper, as well as base plates and spare parts. Structural machine components are designed for a design speed of 1000 m/min. PMP was also responsible for on-site services, including on-site erection and start-up supervision.

                                                      This particular project is an example where PMP’s technological knowledge combined with high-tech equipment can become a key factor to achieve common success. This project is also another step forward in partnership development between PMP and Smurfit Kappa.

                                                      About Smurfit Kappa:

                                                      Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 34 countries and with revenue of €8.2 billion in 2016. Smurfit Kappa is located in 21 countries in Europe, and 13 in The Americas. The Company is the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. With their pro-active team, they relentlessly use extensive experience and expertise, supported by their scale, to open up opportunities for customers. Smurfit Kappa collaborates with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. The Company has an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of their integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from their own paper mills. Smurfit Kappa products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of their customers. (learn more: www.smurfitkappa.com)

                                                      About PMP:

                                                      PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:17:34 +0100
                                                        Burgo supports Vancouver's declaration: together for a sustainable future http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7510-burgo-supports-vancouver-s-declaration-together-for-a-sustainable-future http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7510-burgo-supports-vancouver-s-declaration-together-for-a-sustainable-future

                                                        Companies that use natural resources have the duty to ensure the resources come from responsible sources. The Vancouver Declaration is a public promise, with which companies of all sizes and origins are committed to contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, while underlining their commitment to a more sustainable forestry chain.

                                                        burgo logoThe Declaration was presented during the 2017 FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, last October; in addition to Burgo, other companies signed in support of the initiative: IKEA, H & M, SIG, Marks & Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Fuji Xerox. The objective is to attract even more companies involved throughout the supply chain. Given the growing membership rate, this declaration, according to FSC, will have a positive impact on three key areas of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Obtaining collective enterprise support in the struggle to protect our forests and our planet is a fundamental step in combating climate change and ensuring the protection of ecosystems.

                                                        From a social point of view, the role and importance of people in forestry cannot be underestimated; this is why the Vancouver Declaration strengthens the commitment so that all people living in the forest and its surrounding areas are involved in decisions that are of interest to "their" forests. The core of the FSC system is, in fact, the guarantee of the stakeholders’ commitment, democratic decision-making processes and the protection of forest workers.

                                                        Companies supporting the Declaration and the new FSC standards contribute concretely in ensuring forest workers worldwide receive a fair salary for the work they do and the protection of people who depend on forests for their sustenance.

                                                        Measures taken to protect the environment and people, protect the future of the industry itself.

                                                        This collective action and end-to-end collaboration is becoming increasingly strategic.

                                                        As Burgo, we signed the Vancouver Declaration because we are fully aware that forest resources are the essential component in paper production and that business continuity depends on long- term access to these raw materials. Without forestry products, we will not be able to serve our customers with products that meet their expectations: functionality, quality, availability, and sustainability. As a result, we recognize the responsibility we have in helping to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable way and for quite some time now we’ve been actively committed to this undertaking by offering FSC-certified products. We have therefore taken this additional opportunity to offer visible and credible guarantees regarding our commitments to our customers and other stakeholders through shared and global action.

                                                        Burgo Group

                                                        Burgo Group is one of the leading European producers of coated and specialty paper. The Group is a complete 'system' developed around the world of paper: including production, distribution, paper recycling and processing of forestry products and also factoring and energy.

                                                        FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)

                                                        FSC is a non-governmental, independent and non-profit international organization, founded in 1993 to promote responsible management of forests and plantations. The FSC® brand identifies products containing wood from forests that are managed in a correct and responsible manner according to rigorous environmental, social and economic standards. The source forest has been independently checked and evaluated in accordance with these standards (principles and criteria of good forest management), established and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council® a.c. through the participation and consent of the parties involved.

                                                        For more information: burgogroup.com fsc.org

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:12:38 +0100
                                                          AkzoNobel completes $10 million sulfur derivatives investment in the US http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7509-akzonobel-completes-10-million-sulfur-derivatives-investment-in-the-us http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7509-akzonobel-completes-10-million-sulfur-derivatives-investment-in-the-us

                                                          AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne sulfur derivatives plant in the US, which supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries.

                                                          Located in Alabama, the investment includes a 20,000 dry metric ton expansion for the production of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining and specialty polymers segments.

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                                                          "This is a key expansion which will help to support growing customer demand," explains Sulfur Derivatives General Manager, Ignacio Garin. "The LeMoyne facility employs unique AkzoNobel technology which provides NaSH at lower impurity levels and higher concentrations than competing processes, providing a significant sustainability benefit for customers."

                                                          AkzoNobel is the only company to produce a high strength, high purity NaSH at 60% concentration, which means the product qualifies as an eco-premium solution, offering advantages in terms of energy efficiency, emissions and waste water.

                                                          Commenting on the expansion, Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals, adds: "This project is just the latest in a series of capital investments we have made to support the growth of our customers across a range of end-use markets. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability."

                                                          AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:52:26 +0100
                                                            Voith sets records with start-up of XcelLine tissue machine supplied to Little Rapids Corp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7499-voith-sets-records-with-start-up-of-xcelline-tissue-machine-supplied-to-little-rapids-corp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7499-voith-sets-records-with-start-up-of-xcelline-tissue-machine-supplied-to-little-rapids-corp

                                                            Voith Paper concluded, in October, the start-up of the new XcelLine VTM 3 tissue machine it has supplied to US tissue and specialty paper manufacturer Little Rapids Corporation. The new machine has replaced the company’s old PM 3 at its Shawano production facility in Wisconsin.

                                                            The new VTM 3 went online six days ahead of the contract schedule, thereby achieving a total plant downtime of just 30 days from paper to paper, that is, between dismantling the previous equipment and erecting and starting-up the new machine. Besides this outstanding achievement, the second jumbo roll of tissue paper already provided marketable quality, and the machine reached its maximum operating speed during its first week in service.

                                                            All of the new VTM 3’s technologies and components are seamlessly coordinated and integrated with each other. Besides the new XcelLine tissue paper machine and its auxiliary equipment – not counting the Yankee cylinder, which has been reused from the old machine – Voith’s scope of supply also included stock preparation and approach flow systems, a steam box, a gas hood, and a mist removal and dust reduction system. The order was rounded off by Voith's automation package, comprised of the DCS and MCS systems, as well as field services.

                                                            XcelLine VTM 3 Little RapidsXcelLine VTM 3 Little Rapids

                                                            This project’s key benefits include an improvement in paper quality and increased production capacity, since the new machine will now be producing at a speed of more than 1,800 meters per minute.

                                                            All of these measures are not only indicative of the project’s enormous success, but also the outstanding synergy between the Voith, Little Rapids Corporation, and Contract Companies teams. “We are extremely proud of the teamwork demonstrated by all parties involved to safely execute the rebuild within a very compressed timeframe. We are also encouraged by the performance that we are seeing at this early stage of the machine’s start-up ramp and optimistic that this investment will provide additional capabilities and quality enhancements that our customers value,” said Ron Thiry, Vice President and General Manager at Little Rapids Corporation.

                                                            About Little Rapids Corporation
                                                            Little Rapids Corporation was founded by Charles Egan in 1947 and remains a family-owned business. The company’s core product lines serve the medical and beauty market segments, flexographic printing for a variety of packaging markets, and tissue, MG paper, and wet crepe paper for the specialty paper market. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, the company, which employs 450, also has a paper manufacturing facility in Shawano, Wisconsin. In addition, the company donates to the region via the Little Rapids Corporation - Egan Family Foundation, a private foundation established by the Egan family in 1986 with the mission to fund charities in communities where Little Rapids Corporation has facilities.

                                                            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
                                                            For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:43:33 +0100
                                                              Domtar is Making Xerox Paper Even Better http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7496-domtar-is-making-xerox-paper-even-better http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7496-domtar-is-making-xerox-paper-even-better

                                                              In 2013, the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media line joined the Domtar family of paper products. Today, with updated packaging and several product enhancements, the Xerox Paper brand is stronger than ever.

                                                              Our colleagues worked diligently to ensure that the Xerox Paper brand was successfully integrated into our product portfolio and that it maintained the quality people had come to expect from the brand. They also looked for ways to streamline or improve the product line in order to offer customers a wide range of the highest-quality printing options.

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                                                              Meredith Collins, Xerox Paper brand marketing manager, said the process has been challenging but rewarding.

                                                              “We wanted to clearly reestablish the brand to make it a premium line, with products that people buy for better results,” Collins said.

                                                              Rethinking the Xerox Paper Brand

                                                              The integration process involved redesigning the packaging and enhancing the product line.

                                                              “One of the most significant things we’ve done is make the packaging more appealing and easier to understand,” she said. “We chose words carefully, to really speak to the customer in language that conveys quality — words like ‘brighter,’ ‘whiter’ and ‘sturdier.’ Those words are more effective with consumers than industry terms like ‘caliper’ or ‘98 brightness.’”

                                                              But it wasn’t all about the words. The Xerox Paper and Specialty Media line was enhanced to offer top quality and the right product mix.

                                                              “By streamlining the product line, we are now able to focus on the products that are in the greatest demand,” Collins said. “It will be easier for our sales team to identify customer needs and offer the most effective solutions.”

                                                              Three Quality Xerox Paper Lines

                                                              Domtar is the primary manufacturer of the Xerox Vitality™ Office Papers line, which many businesses and offices use for everyday copy paper. The brand is sold in various stores, including Staples and CVS, as well as online in the United States and Canada.

                                                              Another line of quality Xerox Paper that Domtar manufactures is the Xerox Bold™ Professional Office and Digital Printing Papers line. Designed to help customers make a good impression, the line is engineered and optimized for printing, resulting in crisp text, vivid colors and outstanding images.

                                                              Xerox Revolution™ Specialty Media is a line of specialized papers, films and materials that allow customers to create printable and customizable business-building tools. Although the majority of the Xerox Revolution products are manufactured by our partners, Domtar fiber is often used in the construction of these specialty products.

                                                              The production of our Xerox Paper and Specialty Media line involves nearly every part of our Pulp and Paper division. Several Domtar paper mills manufacture paper in the Xerox line: Ashdown, Windsor and Kingsport mills produce Vitality grades; Johnsonburg and Rothschild mills make Bold grades; and Hawesville and Nekoosa manufacture Pastels. The majority of our converting facilities are qualified to convert Xerox-branded paper.

                                                              “It’s neat to see how many people touch the products,” Collins said. “In the past few years, across the division, we’ve been proud to take a good product line and make it better.”

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:06:26 +0100
                                                              UPM and the Government of Uruguay sign an investment agreement to establish a competitive operating platform for a possible new pulp mill in Uruguay http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7495-upm-and-the-government-of-uruguay-sign-an-investment-agreement-to-establish-a-competitive-operating-platform-for-a-possible-new-pulp-mill-in-uruguay http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7495-upm-and-the-government-of-uruguay-sign-an-investment-agreement-to-establish-a-competitive-operating-platform-for-a-possible-new-pulp-mill-in-uruguay

                                                              UPM and the Government of Uruguay have signed an investment agreement, which outlines the local prerequisites for a potential pulp mill investment. The agreement details the roles, commitments and time-line for both parties as well as the relevant items to be agreed prior to the final investment decision.

                                                              upm logoThe agreement defines the requirements for the operating environment of a world-class pulp mill project. The site of the mill would be close to the city of Paso de los Toros, in the department of Durazno in central Uruguay.

                                                              A long-term industrial operation requires stable and predictable operational environment. This will be supported by several measures in the areas of regional development, environment, forestry and land planning as well as labour and energy conditions.

                                                              Infrastructure development as key enabler 

                                                              The Government will develop the rail and road network by tendering the construction and long-term maintenance of the network. The total investment by the Government has been reported to be approximately USD 1 billion. This investment is necessary to enable the establishment of efficient logistic infrastructure in the Uruguayan inland. The Government will also promote concession for a terminal specializing in pulp in the Montevideo port with rail access in order to secure reliable and competitive outlet to export markets.

                                                              Once the permitting requirements are fulfilled, the Government will grant the mill a free trade zone status, which is necessary to ensure competitiveness on international markets.

                                                              UPM will carry out an engineering study and permitting process for a pulp mill with an annual capacity of about 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus market pulp. The preliminary estimate for a pulp mill investment on site is approximately EUR 2 billion.

                                                              In addition, a successful project requires off-site investments in plantation land and forestry, road network and nursery capacity, harvesting and transport equipment, rolling stock for the rail, export facilities and human development.

                                                              "Robust infrastructure is elemental for industrial development. The Government of Uruguay is stating their serious intent with this agreement and timeline. The agreement sets the foundation for UPM's planning of a state-of-the-art pulp mill investment," says Jaakko Sarantola, UPM's Senior Vice President, Uruguay Development.

                                                              Global demand for sustainable pulp continues its strong growth

                                                              "A competitive world-class pulp mill must have a solid wood supply, well-working logistic infrastructure and efficient mill operations. The environmental performance of the mill would be secured with competent and engaged personnel and with best available technology. When in operation, the mill, forestry and related activities would employ 8,000 additional people in its full value chain. The operations would also have a significant positive impact on the central and north-eastern regions."

                                                              "The signing of this agreement confirms that we are now entering the second preparation phase of this prospect, which is expected to take some 1.5 to 2 years. Achieving significant progress in the implementation of the infrastructure initiatives is critically important for the final investment decision," says Sarantola.

                                                              "The world megatrends support a strong growth of the market pulp demand. UPM's customers value the stable quality of the Uruguayan eucalyptus pulp and hence Uruguay could be a competitive alternative for addressing UPM's pulp market opportunities in the 2020s. The possible new capacity in Uruguay would support UPM's multifibre strategy; to serve customers in growing hygiene, packaging and speciality end-use segments," concludes Sarantola.

                                                              In July 2016, UPM commenced discussions with the Government of Uruguay regarding the prerequisites for long-term industrial development in Uruguay. The aim of these discussions during the first preparation phase was to come to a mutual understanding on an investment agreement that defines the local prerequisites for industrial investment as well as initiatives for infrastructure development. The investment agreement was signed 7 November 2017.

                                                              The subsequent second preparation phase consists of an engineering study, tendering and permitting process as well as achieving significant progress in the implementation of the agreed infrastructure initiatives. Any relevant items are to be agreed prior to the possible final investment decision. This second phase is expected to last 1.5 to 2 years.

                                                              If these two preparation phases are concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision.

                                                              UPM in Uruguay

                                                              UPM's operations in Uruguay include the Fray Bentos pulp mill, the UPM Forestal Oriental forestry and wood sourcing company with its two nurseries, as well as the UPM Foundation.

                                                              UPM Forestal Oriental manages about 250,000 hectares of plantable land including own and Fomento partner producers' land. All of UPM's forest plantations are certified.

                                                              The Fray Bentos pulp mill started operations in 2007 and remains one of the world's most modern and efficient pulp mills. Its annual production capacity is 1.3 million tonnes of eucalyptus pulp. Besides pulp, the Fray Bentos mill is a significant biomass-based energy producer, accounting 8% of Uruguay's total energy production. The mill's wood raw material comes from sustainably managed local plantations.

                                                              Founded in 2006, the UPM Foundation works in coordination with local stakeholders to promote the development of rural communities through education, training and entrepreneurship, fostering a culture of safety and healthy living.

                                                              UPM employs directly and indirectly altogether 7,000 people in Uruguay and its contribution to Uruguay's GDP is 1.4%. www.upm.uy

                                                              UPM

                                                              Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:58:08 +0100
                                                                International Paper Chairman and CEO to Speak at Citi Basic Materials Conference http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7490-international-paper-chairman-and-ceo-to-speak-at-citi-basic-materials-conference http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7490-international-paper-chairman-and-ceo-to-speak-at-citi-basic-materials-conference

                                                                IPLOGOInternational Paper (NYSE: IP) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark S. Sutton will speak at the Citi Basic Materials Conference November 29, 2017 in New York City. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:45 am ET and will be followed by a question and answer session. All interested parties are invited to view the presentation and/or listen to the webcast live via International Paper's Internet site http://www.internationalpaper.com by clicking on the "Performance" tab and then clicking on the "Presentations and Events" link.  A replay of the webcast will be available on the website approximately three hours after the presentation.

                                                                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 and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and Wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit www.internationalpaper.com

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:19:31 +0100
                                                                  Brazilian planted tree industry - Trade balance for the sector grows 12.1% http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7482-brazilian-planted-tree-industry-trade-balance-for-the-sector-grows-12-1 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7482-brazilian-planted-tree-industry-trade-balance-for-the-sector-grows-12-1

                                                                  The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry surpassed US$ 5.5 billion from January to September of 2017, a growth of 12.1% compared to the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the year, the industry recorded US$ 6.3 billion in exports (+10.3%), with pulp sales abroad reaching US$ 4.6 billion (+13.2%), paper sales of US$ 1.4 billion (+0.6%), and wood panels sales of US$ 212 million (+19.8%).

                                                                  2017 06 06 090206Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 41st edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

                                                                  Export Destination – For the combined period spanning January to September of this year, China held firm as the main destination for Brazilian pulp (40.3%), representing revenues of US$ 1.9 billion (+21.5%). The second largest destination for pulp was Europe, which during this period was responsible for 31.5% of exports, corresponding to US$ 1.5 billion (+5.8%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first nine months of the year, with export revenues of US$ 928 million (+11.7%) and US$ 111 million (+16.8%), respectively.

                                                                  Export Volume – Brazilian pulp continues to demonstrate positive numbers in the foreign market. Between January and September 2017, 10.0 million tons were sold abroad (+4.2%). During the same period, paper exports remained practically stable with 1.6 million tons (-0.2%). The wood panels segment reached 937,000 m3 sold to other countries (+27.7%).

                                                                  Production – During the first three quarters of 2017, Brazilian pulp production reached 14.3 million tons (+2.7%). Paper manufacturing registered 7.8 million tons (+0.7%).

                                                                  Domestic Sales – From January to September 2017, domestic sales of paper surpassed the 4.0 million ton mark (-0.5%), while the wood panels sector registered internal sales of 4.8 million m³ (+1.7%).

                                                                  ABOUT IBÁ

                                                                  The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 55 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at www.iba.org.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:59:46 +0100
                                                                    WestRock Recognized for Design Excellence by Paperboard Packaging Council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7473-westrock-recognized-for-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7473-westrock-recognized-for-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council

                                                                    Company Receives 13 Awards at Annual Paperboard Packaging Competition, Including Prestigious Eco Award

                                                                    WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, was recognized for design excellence at the 74th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.  The company won 13 awards—the most of any entrant—including the prestigious Eco Award for its unique 8 pack designs for Budweiser and Bud Light’s 16 oz aluminum bottles.

                                                                    2015 10 18 094836Sponsored by the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), the competition is judged by a panel of packaging experts.  The awards recognize cartons that represent the best in converting excellence, innovation, and sustainability that the North American folding carton industry has provided its customers over the past year.

                                                                    The Eco Award recognizes an outstanding use of paperboard in replacing a non-paperboard substrate, creating extremely sustainable packaging, and/or fostering materials reductions or better cubing.

                                                                    “At WestRock, we know that packaging matters in helping our customers win with consumers,” said Pete Durette, president of Enterprise Solutions & Strategy for WestRock.  “We are extremely proud to have been honored by the Paperboard Packaging Council.  The designs that were recognized represent the value that we can create for our customers when we combine our market insights with the design and innovation capabilities of our talented employees.”

                                                                    In addition to the Eco Award, WestRock earned four gold and eight excellence awards for a variety of packaging solutions. CanCollar™, WestRock’s durable, environmentally friendly, paperboard-based multipack solution for cans, was awarded gold in all three categories.

                                                                    A full list is below, and images can be viewed here.   

                                                                    • Project Ironman: Eco Award of the year; Gold Award, General, Eco and Innovation categories
                                                                    • CanCollar™: Gold Award, General, Eco and Innovation categories
                                                                    • WestRock Folding Carton Tool Kit: Gold Award, General and Innovation categories
                                                                    • The Vault: Gold award, General category
                                                                    • Budweiser Holiday Pack: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • Econo StrongPak™: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • Two-piece Carrier: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • XYZAL® Allergy 24 HR: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • Hershey Greeting Cards: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • Sharpie® Back-to-school: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • EnShield® Promotional Packet: Excellence award, General category
                                                                    • ZEPATIER® DosePak®: Excellence award, General category

                                                                    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, 24 Oct 2017 06:57:38 +0200
                                                                    AkzoNobel expands Chemical Island to support growth of Fibria, the world's leading producer of eucalyptus pulp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7470-akzonobel-expands-chemical-island-to-support-growth-of-fibria-the-world-s-leading-producer-of-eucalyptus-pulp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7470-akzonobel-expands-chemical-island-to-support-growth-of-fibria-the-world-s-leading-producer-of-eucalyptus-pulp

                                                                    AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has completed the expansion of a Chemical Island in Brazil to support a major project for Brazilian forestry company Fibria. The world's leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, Fibria has invested $2.2 billion to more than double pulp capacity at its mill in Três Lagoas to 3.25 million tons per year.

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                                                                    The expansion of the Chemical Island (a concept developed by AkzoNobel) includes the installation of a second chlorine dioxide plant, as well as increased space for storage and logistics. The Chemical Island concept provides pulp mill customers with a sustainable and cost-effective solution

                                                                    for the production and supply of bleaching chemicals as well as services for other chemical processes.

                                                                    "We are a dedicated partner with Fibria and have now supplied five of their six chlorine dioxide units, including the two at Três Lagoas," explains Antonio Carlos Francisco, General Manager of Bleaching Chemicals South America for AkzoNobel's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business.

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                                                                    "The close proximity to our customer provides important sustainability benefits by reducing transportation, and we also reduce our carbon footprint by operating the Chemical Island with 100% bio-energy from biomass that derives from the pulp mill."

                                                                    The new production line in Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state) is now the largest single pulp line in the world and strengthens Fibria's leading market position.  The new Chemical Island is also the largest of the four being operated by AkzoNobel to serve the Brazilian pulp industry.

                                                                    "We are proud to have a well-established and sustainable footprint for the pulp industry in Brazil," says Niek Stapel, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business. "It emphasizes our long-term strategic commitment to growing with our customers and also to this increasingly important market."

                                                                    Click here for the video about Chemical Islands.

                                                                    About AkzoNobel

                                                                    AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do. 

                                                                    About Fibria

                                                                    The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet - in a sustainable manner - the growing global demand for products from planted forests. With annual pulp production capacity of 7.25 million tons, the company has industrial units located in Aracruz (Espírito Santo state), Jacareí (São Paulo state) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia state), where it operates Veracel in a joint operation with Stora Enso. Fibria has 1,056,000 hectares of forests, which include 633,000 hectares of planted forests, 364,000 hectares earmarked for environmental preservation and conservation, and 59,000 hectares allocated for other uses. The pulp produced by Fibria is exported to more than 35 countries and is the raw material for educational, health, hygiene and cleaning products. For more information please visit www.fibria.com

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:07:32 +0200
                                                                      Turn-Key Paper Mill Opportunity for Packaging Grades - Appleton Coated Paper WI http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7468-turn-key-paper-mill-opportunity-for-packaging-grades-appleton-coated-paper-wi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7468-turn-key-paper-mill-opportunity-for-packaging-grades-appleton-coated-paper-wi

                                                                      2017 10 20 073719Appleton Coated LLC, a manufacturer of coated, uncoated, and specialty papers, as well as containerboard medium, liner, white top and coated white top has been sold to Industrial Assets Corp., a California-based corporation specializing in the acquisition and subsequent resale and or leasing of distressed manufacturing companies in their entirety. IA Corp., is now seeking to sell or lease the facilities and equipment to a single buyer or co-operators. Appleton produced over $300M in annual sales and has recently entered the brown paper and coated board marketplace.

                                                                      Steven Mattes, CEO of Industrial Assets Corp., states the site has over a billion USD of investment capital put into the infrastructure and equipment at the site. The workforce is determined to keep the mill in operation with a high level of technical knowledge and work ethic. Industrial Assets and its partner, Maynards Industries, are uniquely suited to find the perfect strategic buyer, most likely in the growing packaging grade sector. This mill’s infrastructure is very desirable, featuring a 50 MW Cogeneration system, which will provide low cost energy, the site includes rail service, all permits in place for an immediate restart for a domestic or foreign buyer.  This 55-acre site with 1.2 million sq. ft. is ideal for running containerboard grades. The (3) paper machines have trim widths ideal to serve the corrugator converters with a customer base ready to enter into production output agreements.  The Jagenberg off-machine coater laminator provides the distinct advantage to produce linerboard to the growing demand of the high end graphics segment of commodity packaging. 

                                                                      Taso Sofikitis, CEO/President of Maynards “We have a combined ability to provide direct financing and leasing program for all size companies to take advantage of this very unique opportunity.“ 

                                                                      “We are pleased that the sale process has concluded and we have a clear direction,” said Doug Osterberg, President and CEO of Appleton Coated LLC.  “We are working closely with Industrial Assets and their partners to secure a strategic buyer or co operators for this mill and to reemploy as many people in Combined Locks as possible, as we have for almost 130 years.” 

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:37:41 +0200
                                                                        Celebrate the Sustainability of Paper from Well Managed U.S. Forests http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7464-celebrate-the-sustainability-of-paper-from-well-managed-u-s-forests http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7464-celebrate-the-sustainability-of-paper-from-well-managed-u-s-forests

                                                                        Each year since 1960, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Forest Products Week in the U.S. It is a time to recognize the essential role that forests play in the country’s history, culture, environment and economy. Our forests are a source of clean air and water, are home to a diversity of fish and wildlife, a place to enjoy, provide us with many products made from wood and are a source of employment for people who work in and manage the forests.

                                                                        2017 10 20 072010From houses to paper to packaging to fuel to furniture to railways, wood products are an irreplaceable part of our daily lives. But those are just the traditional uses of forest products! What about all the surprising everyday items that contain products from wood? Wood cellulose, released when wood is processed into pulp, is used to make ping pong balls, sports helmets, nail polish and synthetic fibres, which are made into clothes and towels – just to name a few. 

                                                                        The forest products industry directly employed over 900,000 people in 2017 in the U.S. and provided 2.4 million supporting jobs in 45 states across the country.  The industry generates 4% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP and wood products are a globally-traded commodity that supports U.S. economic growth. The U.S. is one of the world's most diverse exporters of sustainable forest products.

                                                                        One of the great qualities of forest products made in North America, is that they come from a renewable and sustainable resource: trees! And not only are wood products durable and energy efficient; healthy, growing forests are an important part of our culture as well as playing a key role in absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and storing carbon over time. For more information on the renewable energy use and carbon footprint of making paper see this Two Sides Fact Sheet.

                                                                        Our forest products, including pulp and paper, are being produced from sustainable forestry in the U. S. where forest area increased from over 302 million ha in 1990 to almost 309 million ha in 2010 and about 310 million ha in 2015, a total increase of almost 8 million ha (UNFAO, 2016).

                                                                        So, look around you this week and count up the many ways that forest products are important in your life.

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:21:27 +0200
                                                                          Klabin supports sustainable practices through issue of green bonds abroad http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7445-klabin-supports-sustainable-practices-through-issue-of-green-bonds-abroad http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7445-klabin-supports-sustainable-practices-through-issue-of-green-bonds-abroad

                                                                          Sustainability is in Klabin's DNA, and to sustain its investments in these practices, the company recently (September 2017) raised funds in the international market through its first issue of green bonds amounting to around R$ 1.6 billion, maturing in 10 years. The company, which pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices, is a benchmark in sustainable development and its issue received the "High Standard" rating from consulting firm Sustainalytics. The offering drew significant investor interest, with demand exceeding the offer of green bonds sevenfold.

                                                                          klabinSustainability governance at Klabin is strongly structured and functions on four key pillars: Sustainability Committee; Sustainability Commission; Sustainability and Communication Department; and a working group on impacts of climate change, all with the mission to raise the level of transparency across the company and structure its actions.

                                                                          Klabin has been, for three years, prominently featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international organization that analyzes companies' efforts to minimize and manage the environmental impacts of their operations. In 2016, it was elected "Sustainable Company of the Year" and the most sustainable company in the paper and pulp sector by Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade. Moreover, since 2014, it has been included in the portfolios of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa).

                                                                          The issue of green bonds strengthens initiatives under Klabin's sustainable strategic planning and is in synergy with the company’s Vision and commitments to its Sustainability Policy.

                                                                          More information about Klabin's projects that were selected in each category available for Green Bonds can be obtained from the Sustainalytics report: http://www.sustainalytics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Klabin-Green-Bond-Framework-and-Opinion-08302017_FINAL.pdf. Updates on the allocation of funds will be made annually on Klabin's Investor Relations website: http://ri.klabin.com.br/

                                                                          The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or any state securities laws, and they may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. This notice does not constitute an offer to sell the Notes or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from Klabin and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.

                                                                          About Klabin

                                                                          Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, the only company in the country to offer a one-stop solution in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags markets. Founded in 1899, it has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina.

                                                                          With its entire management guided by sustainable development, Klabin pursues integrated and responsible growth that combines profitability, social development and environmental commitment. Klabin has been a component of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa) since 2014. It is also a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for the principles of sustainability. 

                                                                          Learn more at www.klabin.com.br

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:12:23 +0200
                                                                            Verso Corporation Announces Board Chairman Succession Plan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7443-verso-corporation-announces-board-chairman-succession-plan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7443-verso-corporation-announces-board-chairman-succession-plan

                                                                            logoVerso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that Robert M. Amen, chairman of the company's board of directors, has decided not to stand for reelection at the company's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders and, in connection with his decision, has resigned as chairman of the board effective October 6, 2017.  In connection with Amen's resignation as chairman, the Verso board has selected Eugene I. Davis, chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee and chair of the Finance and Planning Committee of the board, and Alan J. Carr, chair of the Compensation Committee of the board, as interim co-chairmen of the board.

                                                                            In a joint statement, Davis and Carr said, "On behalf of the entire board, we want to express our gratitude to Rob for his service to Verso. With grace, wisdom and dedication, Rob led by example as chairman of the board. We are pleased that he intends to remain on the board until the end of his term as a director, and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors."

                                                                            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 www.versoco.com 

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:54:48 +0200
                                                                              Valmet to supply a new Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer for CMPC Celulosa in Chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7431-valmet-to-supply-a-new-valmet-brown-stock-quality-analyzer-for-cmpc-celulosa-in-chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7431-valmet-to-supply-a-new-valmet-brown-stock-quality-analyzer-for-cmpc-celulosa-in-chile

                                                                              Valmet will supply a Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer (Valmet Kappa Q1) for CMPC Celulosa in Santa Fe, Chile for its fiber line 1 producing ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) bleached eucalyptus pulp. To be installed in the blow line of the continuous digester, the Valmet Kappa Q1 will provide rapid and frequent Kappa number information for better digester and subsequent O2 stage control. Two larger multiline Valmet Kappa Analyzers have been successfully operating on the mill's larger fiber line 2 since startup in 2006.

                                                                              The process sampling device is safely accessible without a process shutdown.The process sampling device is safely accessible without a process shutdown."Safety was an important factor in our decision and the design of Valmet Kappa Q1 avoids unnecessary exposure to risk when maintenance is required. We have always had good experiences of Valmet products, fast and good support, with both existing Valmet Kappa Analyzers consistently providing better uptime compared with other devices in the mill," says Patricio Montanares, Mill Technician, CMPC Celulosa.

                                                                              About the Valmet Kappa Q1

                                                                              The new Valmet Kappa Q1 has been developed as a stage specific analyzer to provide increased measurement frequency of Kappa number in high yield kraft pulping. Using a similar sweep measurement (pat. pending) as Valmet's very successful multi-point kappa analyzer, the advanced technology ensures exceptional accuracy and stability. The analyzer utilizes well proven sampling device technology with a new and innovative sample handling principle to the nearby compact measuring unit where it is washed and pulp Kappa number measured. Unlike single point Kappa measurements mounted directly to process piping, only the process sampling device is connected to the pressurized process, the measurement itself is thus unaffected by vibration and safely accessible without a process shutdown.

                                                                              "The increased measurement frequency fulfills all pulping process control needs and safely provides the genuine pulp Kappa number in dedicated process stage applications from unbleached brown stock pulp to oxygen delignification," says Risto Rinne, Fiberline Analyzer Business Manager, Valmet.

                                                                              Self-adjusting process sampling and sample transportation, optimized sample washing and pre-calibration with customer pulp samples all make commissioning exceptionally fast and easy. Two models are available with measurement characteristics optimized for Kappa ranges of 9 to 50 or 35 to 120. User safety is further improved with the built-in laboratory sample collector isolated from the process. The analyzer requires minimal maintenance and features chemical based self-cleaning for trouble free operation. With the built-in touch screen display, all analyzer operating parameters, operating sequences and diagnostics together with operating instruction are all instantly available. Remote configuration and operation as well as Industrial Internet capabilities also provide the possibilities of remote specialist support from Valmet.

                                                                              About the customer

                                                                              Santa Fe is the largest Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft pulp mill in Chile with production capacity of 1,425,000 ADt/year. It is located 500 km south of Santiago in Bío Bío region.

                                                                              This CMPC Pulp mill began operating in 1991. It currently houses two production lines that meet the most stringent environmental standards for the industry in the world.

                                                                              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) South American News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:01:20 +0200
                                                                                PCMC names Dave Wall as Value Stream Leader of flexographic printing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7424-pcmc-names-dave-wall-as-value-stream-leader-of-flexographic-printing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7424-pcmc-names-dave-wall-as-value-stream-leader-of-flexographic-printing

                                                                                Wall brings in-depth knowledge and years of experience serving customers to his new role

                                                                                Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide—is pleased to announce that Dave Wall has accepted the position of Printing, Coating and Laminating Value Stream Leader.

                                                                                2017 10 04 065704In this role, he will provide overall leadership for PCMC’s printing, coating and laminating (PCL) value stream, focusing on everything from sales support and project management, to acceptance of equipment in customers’ facilities.

                                                                                “Dave has a proven track record of successfully aligning internal operations to exceed customer expectations and enhance their trust,” said Bart Hardy, PCMC’s Vice President of Major Machinery. “His leadership skills and knowledge of the PCL product line make him an asset to the value stream.”

                                                                                Wall has been part of PCMC’s PCL value stream for 25 years. He started as an Electrical Engineering Co-op in 1992 while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as an Electrical Engineer for 12 years. Wall was an integral part of PCMC’s first gearless press developments, and has continued to accept increasing levels of responsibility. For the past 13 years, he has been an Engineering Leader in the PCL group.

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

                                                                                ABOUT PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC)

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

                                                                                ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                                                                Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.8 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:57:35 +0200
                                                                                  Brazil: Production and exports of forest products grow in 2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7421-brazil-production-and-exports-of-forest-products-grow-in-2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7421-brazil-production-and-exports-of-forest-products-grow-in-2017

                                                                                  The results for exports and production from the planted tree sector are positive for the first eight months of 2017. In comparison with this same period last year, exports of pulp rose 4.9%, wood panels 30.4%, and paper 0.6%. This performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper, on the order of 3.6% and 0.4%, respectively. For wood panels, the good news is that the domestic market for this product is beginning to thaw, with sales 1% higher than during the same period in 2016.

                                                                                  2017 06 06 090206Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 40th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

                                                                                  Export revenue – From January to August of 2017, revenue from exports reached US$ 5.5 billion (+9.6%); of this total, US$ 4.1 billion (+12.4%) came from sales of pulp abroad, US$ 1.2 billion (-0.3%) came from paper sales, and US$ 191 million (+23.2%) was the result of wood panels sales. As a result, the trade balance in the sector was positive, with a value of US$ 4.85 billion during the first eight months of the year (+11.4% compared to 2016).

                                                                                  Export destinations – Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first eight months of the year, with export revenues of US$ 806 million (+11.2%) and US$ 100 million (+20.5%), respectively. China continues to be the main destination for pulp produced in Brazil, accounting for 40.2% of these exports and revenues of US$ 1.6 billion (+22.0%). The second largest destination for pulp is Europe, which during this period was responsible for 31.5% of exports, corresponding to US$ 1.3 billion (+3.9%).

                                                                                  Export volume –  8.9 million tons of pulp were exported (+4.9%), the paper segment traded 1.4 million tons (+0.6%), and 840,000 m³of wood panels were sold (+30.4%) between January and August of this year.

                                                                                  Production – Brazilian pulp production reached 12.7 million tons (+3.6%) and paper surpassed the 6.9 million ton mark (+0.4%).

                                                                                  Domestic sales – Between January and August of 2017, domestic sales of paper reached 3.5 million tons (-0.8%), while the wooden panel sector registered internal sales of 4.2 million m³ (+1.0%).

                                                                                  ABOUT IBÁ

                                                                                  The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 55 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at www.iba.org

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:39:06 +0200
                                                                                    Agreement between Recard and Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7420-agreement-between-recard-and-grand-bay-paper-and-care-products-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7420-agreement-between-recard-and-grand-bay-paper-and-care-products-group

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                                                                                    Agreement between Recard and Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group for the installation of a new paper mill in Guatemala

                                                                                    To be able to meet the growing demand in the different markets of the Latin-American area and pursue a regional growth plan, the Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group has stipulated an agreement regarding the installation of a new paper mill for the production of soft papers (toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue, kitchen towels) with the Italian company Recard.

                                                                                    This new investment will be set up in Guatemala, in Central America, through the branch company Papelera Internacional S.A., and will constitute the basis for the expansion of the activities in the region of Central America and the Caribbean.
                                                                                     
                                                                                    2017 10 03 071944The new machine, whose start-up is scheduled for mid-October 2018, boasts a drying capacity of 120 t/d and a maximum speed of 2000 m/min. The machine will run on 100% virgin fiber or 100% secondary fiber. Recard will supply a turnkey service that includes 3 pulp preparation lines for long fibers, short fibers and broke, approach flow system, related ancillary equipment and complete mechanical and electrical assembly.

                                                                                    “This new order by Painsa”, commented Mauro Michelini, General Manager, “is a great reason for pride for us because it allows us to work once again with people with whom we have established a great rapport, and this is foundational in order to pursue satisfactory technical results”.
                                                                                     
                                                                                    The Grand Bay group
                                                                                    The Grand Bay group is a Latin-American consortium with over 65 years’ experience in the area. Present in the markets of Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region, it carries out its activities directly from the facilities located in Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad, Panama and Guatemala, and is specialized in the production and sale of soft papers (toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue, kitchen towels), directly serving over 20 countries in Latin-America.
                                                                                     
                                                                                    With this new investment, the Grand Bay Group intends improving the service standards available to customers and offering high quality products that meet the increasingly pressing demands of consumers in the region, maintaining its leading position from a technological point of view and with a focus on responsible, efficient and ecosustainable management of the resources.

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:16:47 +0200
                                                                                      The Next Phase in Industrial Dust Explosion Protection http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7413-the-next-phase-in-industrial-dust-explosion-protection http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7413-the-next-phase-in-industrial-dust-explosion-protection

                                                                                      Among its directives, NFPA 652 outlines deadlines for sampling and analysis to identify potential risk areas for dust explosions in industrial facilities. Spotlight now turns to mitigation equipment

                                                                                      For a wide range of facilities that manufacture, process, blend, convey, repackage, generate or handle items that could be categorized as combustible dusts or particulate solids, new NFPA Standards and even the first deadline to conduct a dust hazard analysis are now on the books adding to the responsibilities of owners and operators of such facilities.

                                                                                      Explosions can result from an ignition of a combustible gas, mist or dust when mixed with air during processing, handling or storage operations. A rapid rise in pressure occurs in the containing structure, and if it is not of adequate strength to withstand the pressure, extensive damage and injury to personnel can occur.

                                                                                      After a string of incidents in the early 2000s, organizations such as OSHA stepped up the requirements, as with the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program of 2008, which is still in effect today.

                                                                                      The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), which has been issuing Standards and guidelines for decades, is doing the same with publication of NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, in 2016. This new Standard  consolidates best engineering practice and provides reference to all of the existing combustible dust standards in a single, overarching document that applies to all facilities that handle potentially explosive dusts.

                                                                                      While the new Standard does an admirable job of unifying the various existing equipment and industry specific codes, NPFA 652 goes a step further by specifying – for the first time – a deadline for owners and operators of at-risk facilities to conduct a dust hazard analysis.

                                                                                      “Perhaps the most important aspect of the introduction of NFPA 652, is that is requires all owners and operators of a dusty industrial process to do a dust hazard analysis,” says Geof Brazier, president of BS&B Pressure Safety Management , a manufacturer of a broad range of dust explosion prevention and protection technologies.

                                                                                      According to Brazier, NFPA 652 specifies facilities must complete this dust hazard analysis within 3 years. However, recent revisions to NFPA 654 and 61 that additionally apply to many facilities have extended that deadline to 5 years.

                                                                                      While a significant step in the right direction, NFPA 652 is essentially requiring owners and operators of at-risk facilities to confront and address an issue that many may not fully understand in terms of both the potential for such an event and what steps must be taken to mitigate those risks.

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                                                                                      The NFPA Standards, for example, outline requirements that can range from improved housekeeping to installing dust-collection equipment and offering protective equipment for personnel.

                                                                                      In addition, protection or hazard mitigation devices may also be required. Because these typically represent some capital expenditure, many owners and operators are seeking out information on the available technologies on the market.

                                                                                      Explosion Protection Devices

                                                                                      To protect process equipment and personnel, a hybrid of technical measures is often required. Among the options are passive devices like vents or containment systems along with active devices such as explosion suppression or spark detection and extinguishing systems.

                                                                                      In addition, chemical or mechanical isolation devices are required to protect connected equipment and piping from propagating to a secondary event, which can often be more dangerous and destructive than the initial event.

                                                                                      Explosion Vents

                                                                                      During the early stages of a dust or gas explosion, explosion vents open rapidly at a predetermined burst pressure, allowing the combustion process to escape to the atmosphere and limiting the pressure generated inside the process equipment to calculated safe limits.

                                                                                      Venting is the most popular and widely adopted protection mechanism, in part because it is economical and requires little attention or maintenance once installed.

                                                                                      “In the US, there are well over 20,000 vents applied every year on equipment,” says Brazier, adding that a single piece of equipment might require multiple vents according to the NFPA 68 design calculations that assess both dust reactivity and the volume as well as shape of the equipment to be protected.

                                                                                      For decades, explosion vents have traditionally been designed using a “composite” approach that sandwiches plastic film between more resistant stainless steel sheets with holes, or slots, cut into it. These vents are designed to “open” at typically 1 to 1.5 PSI set pressure, a result of the slot and hole pattern placed into the sheet metal.

                                                                                      Over time, however, this type of vent is prone to tears in the plastic film, which is the seal between the process conditions and the atmosphere.

                                                                                      With this type of technology, the holes and slots in the stainless steel sheets can admit particulates and debris over time. In addition to being unsanitary, particularly for food processors, the build-up can eventually affect the functionality of the vent.

                                                                                      “A vent that becomes heavier in weight due to build-up will open slowly and less efficiently, and ultimately the pressure in the equipment will be higher than expected which is a safety concern,” explains Brazier.

                                                                                      In 1990, BS&B Systems patented the first single-section explosion vent, comprised of a solitary sheet of stainless steel in a domed configuration. Perforations around the perimeter to aid opening at the desired low set pressure are protected with gasket materials.

                                                                                      The single-section domed design produces a vent that is more robust, lighter in weight and also largely eliminates the potential for build-up or contamination.

                                                                                      In 2010, the company improved on the design by altering the shape of the dome to a unique compound geometry that delivers even greater rigidity for high vacuum or vibration applications.

                                                                                      Despite its popularity, explosion vents will not work for every application. With venting, the combustion process will release a large ball of flame into the atmosphere that might be 10 times the size of the protected equipment for a few milliseconds.

                                                                                      While this might be an acceptable consequence for equipment that is outdoors at a remote location, for applications within a plant compound or inside a building it could endanger personnel or equipment, and even lead to a secondary explosion external to the protected equipment.

                                                                                      In cases where a flameball must be avoided, flame arrestors can be deployed. These devices are designed to absorb the pressure wave, flame and at least some of the dust that would normally be ejected by a vented explosion.

                                                                                      The 3 dimensional flame arrestors applied downstream of explosion vents are heavy and when installed directly on top of a vent damage can result.

                                                                                      To address this concern, companies like BS&B Pressure Safety Management provide a flameless system designed with the vent installed inside the flame arrestor. In doing so, the heavier flame arrestor is mechanically mounted directly to the equipment, reducing the weight load transmitted through the more sensitive vent and eliminating the risk of damaging the vent .

                                                                                      It also serves the dual purpose of allowing for easy inspection of the vent and arrestor while installed. NFPA Standards require periodic inspection of explosion safety equipment.

                                                                                      Suppression Equipment

                                                                                      For processes where an explosion would ideally be prevented altogether, suppression systems are the best alternative.

                                                                                      Explosion suppression equipment detects a dust explosion in the first milliseconds of the event and then signals extinguishing modules to release a flame quenching medium into the process equipment. This effectively stops the explosion in its infancy and only low pressure is produced that is safe for the protected equipment.

                                                                                      “Suppression can be preferable for indoor equipment, simply because the explosion doesn’t really propagate; it starts, but it never evolves into a full blown event,” says Brazier.

                                                                                      For a 24/7 process, a suppression system can be very desirable, because the speed of clean up and refit allows for a quick return to production.

                                                                                      “If you use venting or flameless venting, you are allowing the explosion to fully develop in process equipment, so you have cleanup to deal with, you may have fire-related damages and other consequences that take time to get the process back into operation,” adds Brazier.

                                                                                      A typical suppression system consists of sensors and several explosion suppression “cannons,” which propel an extinguishing agent, such as sodium bicarbonate, into the process equipment. Nitrogen is often used to provide the motive power.

                                                                                      Although some available systems combine nitrogen and extinguishing agent in a single canister, this means the cannon must be oriented vertically downward to discharge properly. If not, the extinguishing powder could be left behind.

                                                                                      In the BS&B suppression system the nitrogen and extinguishing chemical are kept separate until the instant of activation. For this reason, discharge cannons can be installed facing vertically down, horizontal, or even upwards.

                                                                                      For installation purposes, this provides tremendous flexibility for placing cannons in the ideal location.

                                                                                      Separating the extinguishing agent and providing it in an easily replaced canister also means that on-site personnel can refit the system in case of an event. This can be a significant advantage given that some systems require a service technician to travel to the facility to re-set the system.

                                                                                      Containment Systems

                                                                                      To “contain” an explosion, process equipment is built strong enough to resist the pressures generated by the combustion occurring inside a sealed container.

                                                                                      With this type of system, there is a high cost of construction since the design pressure has to be typically over 100 psig, and sometimes over 150 psig, which is far above the normal, required operating pressure conditions of the equipment.

                                                                                      As a consequence, containment is only economically viable for processes that are small volumes and / or high added value, such as some pharmaceutical manufacturing and for industries handling toxic materials that cannot be released to the environment.

                                                                                      In this type of system, the isolation devices play a critical role in preventing damage to connected equipment and piping. For this, fast activating knife gate or pinch valve device can be used, as well as chemical isolation systems.

                                                                                      With containment systems, however, isolation equipment must also be able to withstand greater pressures, up to 150 psig, unlike similar equipment required with vents or suppression devices that must survive only 3-10 psig.

                                                                                      Regardless of the type and combination of equipment installed, the appropriate solution for each application is a hands-on, collaborative endeavor.

                                                                                      “There is always more than one way to achieve combustible dust safety,” says Brazier. “The expertise is in reviewing each option for a particular industrial process and arriving at a combination of technologies that is technically effective, as well as cost effective in meeting the owner / operator’s responsibilities under NFPA Standards.”

                                                                                      For more information, contact BS&B Safety Systems at 7455 East 46th Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-6379, (918) 622-5950, e-mail: sales@bsbsystems.com or visit www.bsbsystems.com

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:37:12 +0200
                                                                                        International Paper to Convert Riverdale Paper Machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7407-international-paper-to-convert-riverdale-paper-machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7407-international-paper-to-convert-riverdale-paper-machine

                                                                                        Conversion will Support Customer Growth and Enhance System Flexibility

                                                                                        IPLOGOInternational Paper has just announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma, Ala. from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed by mid-year 2019. The investment will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.

                                                                                        Converting Riverdale No. 15 will position International Paper to grow its Industrial Packaging business, continue to provide attractive jobs to Riverdale team members and remain a significant supplier of uncoated freesheet in North America.

                                                                                        "Our customers expect us to support their growth and this machine conversion will meet their needs," said Tim Nicholls, IP's senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. "Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades."

                                                                                        Nicholls added its Industrial Packaging mill system allows the business to optimize product mix, increase service and reduce costs. "Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall."

                                                                                        As a result of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated imaging paper products. 

                                                                                        "International Paper's uncoated freesheet business remains a strategic part of the company and we are well positioned to support current and future customer demand," said Mike Amick, Jr., IP's senior vice president, Paper the Americas & India. "This investment proactively repositions Riverdale No. 15 to serve our growing packaging business, while enabling us to optimize our North American Papers business."

                                                                                        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 and Russia.  We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries.  Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion.  For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit www.internationalpaper.com 

                                                                                        SOURCE International Paper

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:40:35 +0200
                                                                                          Verso Corporation Board of Directors Forms Strategic Alternatives Committee http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7406-verso-corporation-board-of-directors-forms-strategic-alternatives-committee http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7406-verso-corporation-board-of-directors-forms-strategic-alternatives-committee

                                                                                          Verso Corporation has just announced that its board of directors, as part of its ongoing efforts to maximize stockholder value, has formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee comprised of independent directors Eugene I. Davis, Alan J. Carr and Steven D. Scheiwe, with Mr. Davis serving as chairperson. The committee, with the assistance of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., the company's financial advisor, will lead Verso's continuing efforts to identify and evaluate a range of potential strategic transaction alternatives, including the possible sale of some Verso mills, engage in discussions and oversee the due diligence process with parties potentially interested in transactions with the company, and recommend to the board whether any proposed transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

                                                                                          Verso Logo"Verso is committed to exploring strategic transaction alternatives, and the committee will facilitate this process," said Verso Chairman of the Board Rob Amen. "The committee is charged with proceeding expeditiously, but will evaluate alternatives carefully for their ability to provide superior value to Verso's stockholders."

                                                                                          There is no assurance that the review of 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 (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:47:39 +0200
                                                                                            PCMC announces new 52-inch Fusion C flexographic press http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7404-pcmc-announces-new-52-inch-fusion-c-flexographic-press http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7404-pcmc-announces-new-52-inch-fusion-c-flexographic-press

                                                                                            The versatile Fusion C now will be available in 42- and 52-inch web widths

                                                                                            Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of inline and CI presses, has announced that it will begin to offer its innovative Fusion C press in a new 52-inch web width.

                                                                                            The Fusion C was unveiled at an open house at PCMC in August of 2016, and has only been offered in a 42-inch width up until this point.

                                                                                            2017 09 21 090211PCMC's Fusion C is now available in two widths, both offering customers efficiency and accessibility

                                                                                            “We listened to our customers, and they told us they had a real need for a wider web width in our Fusion C press,” said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s Printing, Coating and Laminating Sales Director. “Being able to offer a new size of the Fusion C will be a tremendous tool for our customers, and we’re excited that we can accommodate their changing needs.”

                                                                                            The Fusion C is a unique offering in the market because of its accessibility and ease of use. It is loaded with fast make-ready and waste-saving features, and has a smaller footprint and fewer parts—saving customers both space and cost.

                                                                                            ABOUT PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC)

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

                                                                                            ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                                                                            Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.8 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com.

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:03:03 +0200
                                                                                              ANDRITZ successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7403-andritz-successfully-starts-up-fibria-s-new-pulp-mill-in-tres-lagoas-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7403-andritz-successfully-starts-up-fibria-s-new-pulp-mill-in-tres-lagoas-brazil

                                                                                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. All ANDRITZ processes were started up successfully on schedule.

                                                                                              ANDRITZ successfully started up a complete pulp mill on schedule for Fibria in Brazil “Photo: ANDRITZ”.ANDRITZ successfully started up a complete pulp mill on schedule for Fibria in Brazil “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                                                                              Fibria’s new pulp mill has a production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the existing mill at Três Lagoas the total production capacity reaches 3.25 million tons per year, thus making Três Lagoas one of the largest pulp production sites in the world.

                                                                                              With this successful EPC delivery and smooth start-up of the equipment, ANDRITZ has once again demonstrated its outstanding technological capabilities and its proven experience in handling very large projects.

                                                                                              Fibria pulp mill by night Photo: ANDRITZFibria pulp mill by night Photo: ANDRITZANDRITZ has supplied the following equipment to Fibria’s new pulp mill:

                                                                                              • A complete wood processing plant with four chipping lines each consisting of the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers with a capacity of 400 m3 solid-under-bark per hour. The scope also includes the chip screening station, chip storage with a round pile stacker-reclaimer, which also provides chips to the first pulp production line, and bark handling. The unique HHQ-Chipper contributes towards providing the highest and most uniform chip quality, which significantly increases fiber yield both in woodyard and in fiberline operations.
                                                                                              • A hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feed system, LoSolids continuous cooking, screen room and bleaching, and eight DD-Washers, which ensure low operating costs, low emissions, extremely high washing efficiency, and excellent fiber quality. The capacity (6,120 adt/d) is the highest in the world for a single fiberline.
                                                                                              • Two energy-efficient pulp drying lines (working width of 8,004 mm and capacity of 3,060 adt/d each) based on the high-capacity Twin Wire Former technology, air borne dryers, cutter-layboy, and five baling lines. The approach system includes a full cascade screening plant and ensures homogeneous pulp feed to the subsequent process stage. The pulp dewatering machine comprises a dilution-controlled headbox, Twin Wire Former, and press section with combi-press and shoe press. The drying plant is designed for a specific plant capacity of more than 380 tons per day and meter of working width, which has been very well proven for ANDRITZ pulp drying plants all over the world. The ANDRITZ airborne dryer is the most energy efficient of its kind. The reliable ANDRITZ cutter-layboy provides the pulp bales to be further processed in the high capacity baling lines, where the final pulp bales are produced.
                                                                                              • The largest black liquor evaporation plant in the western hemisphere (evaporation rate 1,950 t/h), which concentrates black liquor to a dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the HERB recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. Furthermore, the evaporation plant is integrated with the recovery boiler, which has an energy-efficient boiler feed water heating system.
                                                                                              • The largest recovery boiler in Latin America with a peak capacity of 8,250 tds/d. The ANDRITZ HERB recovery boiler is equipped with state-of-the-art combustion technology to minimize the emissions and maximize green energy production. It is capable of burning and destroying all the harmful non-condensable gases and the methanol produced in other process areas of the mill. The HERB recovery boiler supports and provides steam and power for the complete pulp mill and generates a large electricity surplus, which is to be distributed through the national grid.
                                                                                              • Energy-efficient and largest white liquor plant in the world (18,900 m3/d white liquor production), which meets the highest environmental standards and provides top performance and excellent availability under any process conditions. The white liquor plant consists of the single-line recausticizing plant and two lime kilns (840 t/d each), designed to burn oil, natural gas, and syngas.
                                                                                              • In addition, ANDRITZ has delivered a chloride and potassium removal system to enhance the chemical recovery process and a liquid methanol plant for production of biofuel.

                                                                                              The ANDRITZ GROUP

                                                                                              ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,400 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                                                                                              ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

                                                                                              ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

                                                                                               About Fibria

                                                                                              The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet – in a sustainable manner – the growing global demand for products from planted forests. With annual pulp production capacity of 7.25 million tons, the company has industrial units located in Aracruz (Espírito Santo state), Jacareí (São Paulo state) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia state), where it operates Veracel in a joint operation with Stora Enso. Fibria has 1,056,000 hectares of forests, which include 633,000 hectares of planted forests, 364,000 hectares earmarked for environmental preservation and conservation, and 59,000 hectares allocated for other uses. The pulp produced by Fibria is exported to more than 35 countries and is the raw material for educational, health, hygiene and cleaning products. For more information please visit www.fibria.com

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) South American News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:36:36 +0200
                                                                                                BW Papersystems acquires Zerand - Merger expands company’s machine solutions in the folding-carton industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7397-merger-expands-company-s-machine-solutions-in-the-folding-carton-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7397-merger-expands-company-s-machine-solutions-in-the-folding-carton-industry

                                                                                                BW Papersystems, a Barry-Wehmiller company and capital equipment supplier for the paper industry, has acquired North American Cerutti Corp.’s Zerand division, from Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti S.p.A. The transaction closed on September 15, 2017, and is Barry-Wehmiller’s 94th acquisition. Fredericks Michael & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cerutti.

                                                                                                Zerand, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of high-speed platen and rotary die-cutting machinery for the print and converting industry. By adding Zerand into BW Papersystems, both manufacturers will strengthen their positions in the industry and expand their product offerings. Zerand, which will be called BWP Zerand, will remain in New Berlin, and the team will work cooperatively with three other BW Papersystems facilities and team members in Wisconsin, as well as with other team members at locations internationally.

                                                                                                BW Papersystems has acquired Zerand, which will continue to be based in New Berlin, Wisconsin.BW Papersystems has acquired Zerand, which will continue to be based in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

                                                                                                Zerand is a market leader for die-cutting lines in the folding-carton industry. The Zerand brand was established in 1962, but the company’s engineering expertise and tradition of customer support extend back to 1939. The company created the world’s first generation of web- fed die-cutters. Today, over 1,000 installations around the world attest to Zerand’s global leadership in web systems and solutions for the paperboard-converting industry. The company has been part of Gruppo Cerutti, a primary supplier of printing and converting solutions, since 1998.

                                                                                                "We are extremely pleased to welcome Zerand to BW Papersystems. The acquisition of the Zerand business provides an exciting opportunity to build broader, more diverse product lines for the folding-carton industry,” said Neal McConnellogue, President of BW Papersystems. “We are grateful to add 70 new team members, whose knowledge, talent and legacy will benefit BW Papersystems.”

                                                                                                BW Papersystems, with its new Zerand team members, now employs more than 1,700 team members worldwide.

                                                                                                “Joining forces offers Zerand’s and BW Papersystems’ teams, and our customers, a network of sales and service support that is stronger than ever. It’s a win-win situation, and we look forward to our new partnership,” said Luigi Pessarelli, Zerand’s Vice President.

                                                                                                Dr. Cerutti, Chairman and CEO of Gruppo Cerutti, commented: “I am certain that Barry-Wehmiller will further grow the Zerand business that Gruppo Cerutti has been able to strengthen significantly over the past 20 years, both technically and commercially. Business relations between Barry-Wehmiller and Cerutti are excellent and could allow for future development of joint projects for the benefit of their shared customers.”

                                                                                                “We are delighted to share Barry-Wehmiller’s caring culture and welcome the Zerand team members who, thanks to Gruppo Cerutti’s leadership, bring significant product expertise and industry knowledge into BW Papersystems,” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to working together to create long-term value for all of our stakeholders, and we are thankful to Dr. Cerutti for entrusting us with the Zerand team members, who will benefit from Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric culture, financial strength and unwavering commitment to purpose-driven growth.”

                                                                                                BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines extremely strong brands, innovative technologies and long-standing global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging, and stationery, book-binding and security-documents industries. BW Papersystems brings together 10 brands—BW Bielomatik (BWB), BWP Zerand, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited (MWU), SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik (WPB) and Wrapmatic—that synthesize manufacturing in the paper process industries. We offer market-leading technology for full corrugators in a variety of configurations, rugged rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers, as well as starch-mixing systems. Customers rely on us for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials. In addition, BW Papersystems’ portfolio includes stationery, passport production and specialized paper-converting applications, as well as book-on-demand binding lines, digital print finishing and RFID processing technology. For more, go to www.bwpapersystems.com

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:53:44 +0200