Pulp-Paperworld.com / American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Tue, 22 May 2018 09:25:26 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb PMP Appoints New Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7740-pmp-appoints-new-director-pulp-paper-business-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7740-pmp-appoints-new-director-pulp-paper-business-north-america

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Georgia-Pacific

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

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 11:11:50 +0200
      Resolute to Invest Over $52 million in its Saint-Félicien Pulp Mill in Quebec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7727-resolute-to-invest-over-52-million-in-its-saint-felicien-pulp-mill-in-quebec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7727-resolute-to-invest-over-52-million-in-its-saint-felicien-pulp-mill-in-quebec

      Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has just announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.

      abiti122011"The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20%," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

      On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré (Quebec) wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.

      During today's press conference, Yves Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.

      Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

      The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Fri, 18 May 2018 10:39:53 +0200
        James Cropper takes Paper solutions stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 10:09:27 +0200
          Resolute Invests close to $13 Million in its La Doré Wood Products Facilities in Quebec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7710-resolute-invests-close-to-13-million-in-its-la-dore-wood-products-facilities-in-quebec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7710-resolute-invests-close-to-13-million-in-its-la-dore-wood-products-facilities-in-quebec

          Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced major investments totaling $12,956,700 in its La Doré wood products facilities, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made during a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, as well as dignitaries and company employees.

          abiti122011The investments will be used to integrate new technologies into the manufacturing processes in order to sustain the facilities' continuously enhanced performance in an ever-changing competitive environment. Also through these investments, energy efficiency will be improved as operational processes are modernized.

          "This is a significant investment for the future of our La Doré facilities," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "We can count on innovation, regional solidarity and the pride our people have in their work to overcome the challenges facing our industry."

          Mr. Laflamme also mentioned the efforts of workers, elected representatives and governments, as well as regional economic, education and development organizations, to improve future prospects in the forest products industry.

          Resolute employs close to 250 people at the La Doré sawmill, planer mill and finger-jointing facility, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

          The investments announced today involve upgrades to several areas of the operations:

          "We will rebuild the infeed section of the sawmill and add multiple programmable logic controllers, allowing the potential of each log to be better identified, used appropriately and optimally cut," explained Gilbert Demers, division vice president, Wood Products – Sawmills and Engineering. "We are also initiating the launch of a new lumber packaging system in the planer mill, using prototypes developed by manufacturers from the region. Finally, we are completing the project by adding two new electric boilers in order to generate the quantity of steam required for drying."

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Wed, 09 May 2018 10:05:51 +0200
            Resolute Announces Tentative Agreement with Unifor http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7708-resolute-announces-tentative-agreement-with-unifor http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7708-resolute-announces-tentative-agreement-with-unifor

            Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members. Unifor represents the majority of hourly employees working across the company's Canadian pulp and paper operations.

            abiti122011The master agreement covers eight of Resolute's Canadian pulp and paper mills. The agreement applies to the Amos, Baie-Comeau, Dolbeau, Gatineau, Kénogami and Saint-Félicien facilities in Quebec, as well as the Thunder Bay mill and currently indefinitely idled Thorold operation in Ontario.

            "We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with Unifor national and local leadership that recognizes the contribution of employees to the success of the business and provides stability for our customers, shareholders, communities and other company partners," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Once ratified, this agreement will support long-term investments in our Canadian operations."

            The collective agreement covers approximately 1,100 employees represented by Unifor. The agreement builds on the cooperative relationship that has been established between Resolute and Unifor.

            Details will not be discussed publicly until the union leadership has had an opportunity to present the agreement to its members.

            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 Wed, 09 May 2018 09:42:48 +0200
              Solenis to Increase Prices on all Process Chemicals Globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally

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

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

              About Solenis

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

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:08:30 +0200
                Voith and SEPAC: Successful partners in yet another tissue machine start-up in Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7688-voith-and-sepac-successful-partners-in-yet-another-tissue-machine-start-up-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7688-voith-and-sepac-successful-partners-in-yet-another-tissue-machine-start-up-in-brazil

                Voith Paper, world leader in innovation for the paper industry, completed the successful start-up of the TM 6 XcelLine machine at SEPAC, a company headquartered in the Brazilian state of Paraná that is among the country’s five largest manufacturers of tissue paper for sanitary purpose. Installed in the company’s Mallet plant in Paraná, the TM 6 machine went into service at the end of 2017 and produced paper within the necessary quality specifications from the very first day. The machine is capable of producing nearly 110 metric tons of paper per day and has a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute.

                2016 09 22 073412Voith’s scope of supply covered the entire tissue machine, which was fitted with a MasterJet Pro T headbox, a CrescentFormer, a NipcoFlex T shoe press, an EvoDry Y steel Yankee cylinder, a high-efficiency EcoHood T hood and a MasterReel winder. The project also included the ancillary systems, automation systems, as well as installation supervision, commissioning and complete start-up assistance.

                The project’s main features are the NipcoFlex T shoe press and its 4.8 meter steel Yankee cylinder, which besides ensuring greater speed and quality, enables SEPAC’s machine to consume up to 20 percent less thermal energy.

                The project is part of the growth strategy pursued by SEPAC, a company focused on manufacturing tissue paper from virgin cellulose fibers, and will increase its annual production capacity to approximately 180,000 tons, making it one of the country’s largest tissue manufacturers. SEPAC’s growth strategy began in 2007, with the purchase of its TM 3 from Voith. Over the last ten years, Voith has supplied four tissue machines to SEPAC – a clear demonstration of the successful partnership built on trust and respect that the companies have developed over the period.

                About SEPAC
                Sepac is one of Latin America’s largest tissue paper producers, with 40 years of experience in the domestic and international markets. Headquartered in the state of Paraná, the company is a market leader in the segment of tissue paper for sanitary purposes in Brazil’s South Region. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mallet (located in the Brazilian state of Paraná) and its successful distribution network reinforce the company’s significant growth potential. Sepac’s towels, napkins and toilet papers are marketed in all regions of Brazil and the Mercosur countries under the Duetto, Paloma, Maxim and Stylus brands.

                In 2017, Sepac also joined the personal care segment with the launch of its BabyBoo disposable diapers brand. The operation is initially focused on the special and value segments with the BabyBoo “Fases” and BabyBoo “Dia a Dia” lines, which are distinguished by their attributes of absorption, comfort and anatomical shape.

                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 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:28:44 +0200
                  Twin Rivers Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire Pine Bluff, Arkansas Paper Mill from Mondi Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  About Twin Rivers Paper Company

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

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

                  About Mondi Group

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

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

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

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

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

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:21:39 +0200
                    Voith to build new XcelLine paper machine and BlueLine stock preparation for Grupo Gondi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7682-voith-to-build-new-xcelline-paper-machine-and-blueline-stock-preparation-for-grupo-gondi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7682-voith-to-build-new-xcelline-paper-machine-and-blueline-stock-preparation-for-grupo-gondi

                    Grupo Gondi has entered into a contract with Voith to supply a new paper machine with an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tons. The new paper machine will be located in a facility in Monterrey in Northern Mexico. Voith will supply the complete BlueLine stock preparation and XcelLine paper machine from wet end process to winder, which should minimize the number of interfaces for the customer and maximize the operating efficiency of the project.

                    voith logo 2013From early 2020, the new state-of-the-art PM 7 will operate at the new Papel y Empaques Monterrey (PEM) plant. The machine will have a working width of 6,660 mm at the reel and a design speed of 1,200 m/min to produce testliner and corrugated medium with basis weights in the range of 90 to 250 g/m2.

                    "With the new paper machine, Grupo Gondi will strengthen its position in the Mexican market for high-performance light weight recycled containerboard. It will also enhance our integration levels since our converting capacity has risen in recent years as we have expanded converting plants and grown through acquisitions. Voith will supply an extended scope of services, including the stock preparation, the paper machine, supporting sub systems and automation. Voith’s ability to deliver an advanced, full-line, state-of-the-art system was very important to us and we continue to work closely with our partners at WestRock in connection with project planning and execution," states Eduardo Posada, CEO at Grupo Gondi.

                    The XcelLine paper machine offers a range of special technical features that both improve the quality of the finished paper and reduce energy consumption. The scope of supply also includes a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopFormer F, and an EcoCal calender. Moreover, the PM 7 will be equipped with a VariFlex NG winder with an operational speed of 2,500 m/min, with MCS, DCS and QCS completing Voith’s scope of delivery. Voith will supply the project with an extended scope, including detailed engineering for process, automation and electrical engineering.

                    In addition to the paper machine and the BlueLine stock preparation system, MERI, a Voith company, will supply the major sub-systems – material handling, internal water treatment, sludge handling, and reject handling. These systems are designed to lower operating costs while maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

                    About Grupo Gondi
                    Grupo Gondi is a leading paper packaging company in Mexico, strongly committed to its consumers, collaborators, investors, the environment and Mexico – where, over the past 65 years it has positioned itself as one of the major players in the paper and packaging industry. WestRock Company, a multinational provider of paper and packaging solutions for consumer and corrugated packaging markets, is a minority shareholder of Grupo Gondi.

                    Grupo Gondi is composed of 14 companies and a labor force of more than 7,500 employees. Thanks to our multi-plant approach the company offers integral packing and packaging solutions, specializing in the production of recycled paper, corrugated cardboard boxes, pre-printed corrugated boxes and solid fiber containers, folding containers, micro-corrugated and digital cardboard boxes as well as services that support the manufacture of these products.

                    Grupo Gondi relies on certified processes, international standards which allow the company to offer high-quality products and services on the market, based on a vertical integration that comprises the manufacture of paper from 100% recycled fibers as well as the creation of consumables and tools that contribute to the manufacture of the final product. In addition, Grupo Gondi exports packaging products indirectly to over 189 countries, having presence in the five continents.

                    About Voith
                    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.

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

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:05:00 +0200
                      Neenah introduces new retail-focused promotion: CLASSIC® Retail Revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      About Neenah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        About Solenis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                          About Solenis

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

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:05:23 +0100
                            Fabio Perini launches MYPERINI in Latin America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7665-fabio-perini-launches-myperini-in-latin-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7665-fabio-perini-launches-myperini-in-latin-america

                            Complete turnkey tissue converting and packaging lines at competitive price and faster delivery times

                            • For customers looking for complete line solutions, without much need of customization
                            • Most cost-effective solution in the market with the right balance between technology, quality and price
                            • Reduced lead time for production & installation

                            Fabio Perini presents to prospects and clients in Latin America its new family of products for converting and packaging of tissue paper: easy operation, high performance, technological excellence and reliability are the strongest points of MYPERINI family for manufacturers looking for production at speeds in the range of 450 to 800 m/min.

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                            “These are standard lines, factory pre-configured aimed to be a smart solution. Simpler, though not less effective, with reduced delivery times”, said Dineo Silverio, Regional President. “With any of the MYPERINI lines, our clients have the flexibility to produce 1, 2 or 3 ply products, and make embossed and laminated rolls for retail or private label market.”, adds Claudio Muñoz, Americas Marketing Director.

                            MYPERINI lines are offered in several versions, all of them combining high technology, quality and safety. For converting, the family is comprised of 3 versions suitable for different production needs: an entry level line, the MySincro (450 m/min); a mid-level, the MyLine (550 m/min) and a high level, the MyTime (800 m/min). All the lines feature the possibility of completing the system by including the MyPack offer for packaging up to 200 packs/min and 20 bundles/min.

                            Fabio Perini is the undisputed global leader in the supply of equipment and services for tissue converting and packaging, and the only one with full-scale capabilities in South America. The ideal commercial partner for those looking for innovation, growth and distinctiveness.

                            COMPANY PROFILE

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

                            www.fabioperini.com

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:24:34 +0100
                              Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions together for the first time at Tissue World Miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                              COMPANY PROFILE

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

                              www.fabioperini.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    About Endress+Hauser in the U.S.

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

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:09:25 +0100
                                      Valmet Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry rebuild delivering top results at Alas Doradas, El Salvador http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7659-valmet-advantage-visconip-and-redry-rebuild-delivering-top-results-at-alas-doradas-el-salvador http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7659-valmet-advantage-visconip-and-redry-rebuild-delivering-top-results-at-alas-doradas-el-salvador

                                      Valmet has successfully delivered and started up a rebuild of Alas Doradas' PM4 tissue machine, close to San Salvador, El Salvador. The rebuild delivered top results right from the start. Targets were reached and surpassed already in the first week after the startup which was on January 23, 2018.

                                      The main target of the project was to increase the production capacity and save energy. Now, with all facts on hand, the joint efforts to reach top results have really been fulfilled.

                                      "We are very satisfied with the results of the rebuild project. The combination of Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry have exceeded our highest expectations. The results show capacity increase by 20% and drying energy savings of 20-25%," says Carlos Jerez, Engineering Director at Alas Doradas. "In addition, we have also seen significant quality improvements with bulk increase," Carlos continues.

                                      A happy startup team with members from Valmet and Alas Doradas in front of the first jumbo roll on January 23.A happy startup team with members from Valmet and Alas Doradas in front of the first jumbo roll on January 23.

                                      The key to success comes from the synergy effect gained when combining two of Valmet's foremost innovations. In this case, the energy saving Advantage ViscoNip press, which has a unique ability to adapt to the Yankee dryer shell, is boosted by the Advantage ReDry web heater. The Advantage ReDry further enhances dryness by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.

                                      "We are proud that Alas Doradas has selected our well proven Advantage technologies which have been truly spot-on for this upgrade," says Kent Nika and Sergio Vargas, Sales managers at Valmet.

                                      "We are also honored to have been given the confidence to provide guidance and support throughout this important expansion and performance improvement that Alas Doradas is going through."

                                      Close cooperation and mutual responsiveness have also been factors in the success of the project.

                                      "The cooperation between Valmet's and Alas Doradas' teams has been very successful," says Valmet's project manager Pyry Hämäläinen. "Our confidence in one another, which was strong to begin with, has been reinforced on this joint quest to move from good to great. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership."

                                      Technical information about the delivery

                                      Valmet's delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of the current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReDry web heater for increased production capacity and decreased energy consumption. The rebuild also includes mist removal system, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning. It also features integration of the new equipment with the current automation systems.

                                      Information about the customer Alas Doradas

                                      Alas Doradas is one of three main tissue paper manufacturers in Central America. Alas Doradas is renowned for its "green practices", using 100% recycled paper as raw material. The company operates in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, generating more than 38,000 tons of paper products annually, the main ones being toilet paper, paper towels and napkins.

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

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

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

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:01:59 +0100
                                        Essity restructures in Chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7649-essity-restructures-in-chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7649-essity-restructures-in-chile

                                        Essity is restructuring its production facility in Santiago, Chile, to further improve quality and cost for the Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene businesses in the country. These measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene business areas.

                                        2018 02 28 100908The restructuring measures include the closure of one tissue machine and two converting lines.

                                        The restructuring costs amount to approximately SEK 140m, and will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the first quarter of 2018. Approximately SEK 30m of these costs are expected to impact cash flow.

                                        For additional information, please contact:   

                                        Henrik Sjöström, Media Relations Manager, +46 8 788 51 36, henrik.sjostrom@essity.com  

                                        Johan Karlsson, Vice President Investor Relations, +46 8 788 51 30, johan.ir.karlsson@essity.com

                                        Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as Jobst, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2017 amounted to approximately SEK 109bn (EUR 11.3bn). The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:08:32 +0100
                                          MACDUE aims to break into the American market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7644-macdue-aims-to-break-into-the-american-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7644-macdue-aims-to-break-into-the-american-market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:26:32 +0100
                                            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.

                                                          2015 03 04 102358Valmet's OptiConcept M board machine

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

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

                                                          Technical details about the delivery

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

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

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

                                                          Information about the customer Pratt Industries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                            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.

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

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

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

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

                                                                                To view the complete auction catalog, click here.

                                                                                Featured equipment includes:

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

                                                                                ABOUT AUCTO.COM

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

                                                                                CONTACT INFORMATION

                                                                                FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUCTION, PLEASE CONTACT:

                                                                                BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide
                                                                                818.508.7034
                                                                                shawn@biditup.com

                                                                                FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUCTO.COM, PLEASE CONTACT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                  The Millennial Boom

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

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

                                                                                  Working Smart for the Long Term

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

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

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

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

                                                                                  Sustainability Commitment Resonates with Job Seekers

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

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

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

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