Pulp-Paperworld.com / American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:03:35 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Verso to Launch New Specialty Label Papers at Labelexpo Americas 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        About International Paper

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

        SOURCE International Paper

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:51:52 +0200
          Ricardo Domingues joins Toscotec. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7861-ricardo-domingues-joins-toscotec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7861-ricardo-domingues-joins-toscotec

          Toscotec has revealed plans to expand its tissue and paper & board businesses in Brazil. Toscotec announced that Ricardo Domingues has joined the group as Sales Manager of the Brazilian market, both for tissue and paper & board.

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          Toscotec is set to consolidate its market position with the support of Domingues, who brings over 20 years of experience in the tissue and paper industry in Brazil.

          Thanks to Domingues’ international expertise in design, sales and services, Toscotec is taking a new step in growing its customer base in Brazil.

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:13:37 +0200
            Resolute to Sell Fairmont, West Virginia, Recycled Pulp Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Commemorating the Largest Business Development Project in Brown County History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:03:58 +0200
                  Celupaper S.A. boosts production with a new Toscotec-supplied MODULO-PLUS in Argentina. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7851-celupaper-s-a-boosts-production-with-a-new-toscotec-supplied-modulo-plus-in-argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7851-celupaper-s-a-boosts-production-with-a-new-toscotec-supplied-modulo-plus-in-argentina

                  Toscotec will supply a new MODULO-PLUS tissue line to Celupaper S.A. of the leading South American group Grupo Vual, based in Argentina. The MODULO-PLUS machine - PM5 - is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2019 and it will be installed at Papelera Nicaragua mill.

                  The MODULO-PLUS has a daily production of 65 tpd and is equipped with TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM and TT Milltech-MGYH Multigen hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the steam and condensate system and the machine and distribution control system.

                  PM5 is the fourth repeated order awarded by Celupaper to Toscotec in 4 years. The Italian manufacturer had previously supplied a major rebuild on PM2 in 2015, then a MODULO machine - PM3 - in 2016 and finally PM4, a MODULO-PLUS line, which started up in mid-July 2018.

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                  Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager Gabriele Romanini said, “The fact that Celupaper chose to work again with us on their PM5 project is an exciting challenge to exceed their expectations on productivity and energy reduction. Our TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package, in combination with our Multigen Hood in cogeneration mode, is the core of this effort. We are currently working on the engineering, where the design of our system will integrate into the mill’s cogeneration plant with a gas turbine. Back in 2011, our Energy and Environment department won the PPI Efficiency Improvements of the Year Award with the Spanish producer L.C. Paper 1881 SA, for the effective integration of the tissue machine’s hood system with the cogeneration facility. Drawing on that experience, we expect to achieve substantial energy recovery and very interesting cuts on the machine operating costs”.

                  Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. commented on the order, “We invest in leading-edge technology to step up our growth in the high-quality tissue market in South America. Toscotec’s tailor-made design has once again provided us with the flexibility and competitive advantage we need to succeed. We knew that Toscotec had significant experience with cogeneration plants and therefore we have great expectations for the performance and consumption of PM5”.

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:56:37 +0200
                    Toscotec to supply TTSteelDryers to Cascades Packaging at Cabano Mill, Canada. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7850-toscotec-to-supply-ttsteeldryers-to-cascades-packaging-at-cabano-mill-canada http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7850-toscotec-to-supply-ttsteeldryers-to-cascades-packaging-at-cabano-mill-canada

                    Cascades Packaging selected Toscotec for the supply of TTSteelDryers to be installed at its Cabano mill in Canada. This is a repeated order, following a previous order by Cascades Packaging for a major dryer section rebuild at Kingsey Falls mill. Cascades Packaging confirmed its trust in Toscotec, as the right partner to achieve its strategic objectives of paper machine optimization.

                    On this project, Toscotec will supply seven TTSteelDryers for the first dryer section, specifically designed for an operating steam pressure of up to 11 barg. The new steel drying cylinders will allow a boost of production and an increase in sheet width at the beginning of the dryer section. Thanks to their reduced shell thickness, TTSteelDryers feature a higher heat transfer rate, compared with cast iron dryers. Since the thermal conductivity of steel and cast iron is similar in the range of operating temperatures, steel dryers with thinner shells offer a higher drying capacity. The scope of supply also includes erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

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                    Toscotec thus further strengthens its partnership with the Cascades Group in North America. With this new reference, the Italian supplier also reinforces its leadership with respect to the design and upgrade of the dryer section of paper machines.

                    Delivery is expected for mid-November 2018.

                    About the Cascades Group

                    Established in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Tue, 28 Aug 2018 07:24:18 +0200
                      WestRock to Acquire Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging

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

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

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

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

                      The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        Source: Domtar Corporation Domtar Corporation

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:48:35 +0200
                          Valmet to supply an Advantage tissue production line to CMPC Tissue in Argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7839-valmet-to-supply-an-advantage-tissue-production-line-to-cmpc-tissue-in-argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7839-valmet-to-supply-an-advantage-tissue-production-line-to-cmpc-tissue-in-argentina

                          Valmet has been chosen as the supplier of a complete tissue production line by CMPC Tissue S.A. The tissue line will be installed at CMPC's Zarate mill in Argentina.

                          The new production line is planned to be started up in the fourth quarter of 2019, and it will add over 50,000 tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company's annual production. Valmet has previously delivered a Valmet Advantage DCT200 tissue line to the Talagante mill in Chile, a tissue machine to Altamira in Mexico and an Advantage ViscoNip rebuild to CMPC's Caieiras mill in Brazil.

                          valmet logoThe value of the order will not be disclosed. The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2018 orders received.

                          "Our experience of running the Advantage DCT concept has been very good in terms of energy efficiency, production capacity and tissue quality. We are convinced that the new tissue line will support our market leading position in Argentina," says Pedro Muzzio Castelletto, Corporate Development Manager, Industrial & Supply Chain, CMPC Tissue.

                          "The Latin American tissue market is growing both in respect of capacity and quality. Valmet has the tissue making technologies to meet current and future demands of the market," says Johan Björn, Sales Director, Valmet. "We are very pleased that CMPC chose us as their supplier and selected Valmet's Advantage tissue technology to increase their current production in means of quality and capacity."

                          Technical information about the delivery

                          Valmet's delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and tissue machine including the most advanced technology options focused on a superior consistent quality, an energy and water efficient operation and cost competitive manufacturing setup. The scope will also include control systems, electrification, mill engineering as well as installation. The production line will be optimized to enhance final product quality and reduce energy consumption. The raw material for the new line will be virgin and DIP pulp.

                          About CMPC Tissue

                          CMPC is one of the leading pulp and paper companies in Latin America with operations in the fields of forestry products, wood pulp, paper and tissue. CMPC runs 23 tissue machines in seven countries with an annual production capacity of 700,000 tonnes of tissue products for the Latin American consumer and away from home market.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:25:23 +0200
                            Voith wins contract with Copamex for a BlueLine stock preparation system http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7837-voith-wins-contract-with-copamex-for-a-blueline-stock-preparation-system http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7837-voith-wins-contract-with-copamex-for-a-blueline-stock-preparation-system

                            Voith recently reached a deal with Copamex of Monterrey, México, for the installation of a BlueLine stock preparation system at their mill in Anáhuac, which is being converted to drive Copamex’s growth into the containerboard and packaging markets in México.

                            • New BlueLine stock preparation system from Voith is a key step in Copamex’s expansion plans
                            • After the new stock preparation system starts up in early 2019, the mill will output 260,000 metric tons of testliner and corrugated medium
                            • The system will utilize a variety of raw material including Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) and mixed waste

                            Previously, Copamex focused on printing and writing grade paper, but the new BlueLine stock preparation system from Voith is a key step in their expansion plans. The system will utilize a variety of raw material including Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) and mixed waste.

                            With its BlueLine Portfolio Voith is a full-line supplier of stock preparation components.With its BlueLine Portfolio Voith is a full-line supplier of stock preparation components.

                            “By partnering with Voith, we’re working with the company that has the most knowledge in processing highly contaminated furnish, and this will assist us with successfully launching our growth in the containerboard and packaging markets in México,” said Alonso González, CEO, Copamex. “The Voith team consistently understands the needs of our projects and customizes our stock preparation systems accordingly.”

                            As the a full-line supplier, Voith and MERI will be providing Copamex with all of the elements of the stock preparation system, including reliable material handling with automatic wire cutting, reject compactors, sludge handling, water clarification and effluent treatment. Realizing the project different steps have been taken to limit energy and water consumption, as well as making waste management improvements.

                            When the new stock preparation system starts up in early 2019, the mill will output 260,000 metric tons of testliner and corrugated medium per year for use in containerboard production.

                            “Copamex is known for their quality, innovation and versatility. Earning their continued business speaks volumes about our relationship and our experience with this type of raw material,” said Michael Hmielewski, Vice President of Project Sales, Stock Preparation, Voith North America. “When we worked together on other projects, we worked beside Copamex throughout every step of the process and we look forward to supporting them again as we all bring our expertise to this new facility in Anáhuac.” 

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:17:34 +0200
                              Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Papelera San Andrés de Giles in Argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7835-valmet-will-supply-a-new-advantage-dct-tissue-production-line-to-papelera-san-andres-de-giles-in-argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7835-valmet-will-supply-a-new-advantage-dct-tissue-production-line-to-papelera-san-andres-de-giles-in-argentina

                              Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT100HS tissue production line, including an extensive automation package, to Papelera San Andrés de Giles in Argentina. The new tissue line will fulfill Papelera San Andrés de Giles' demand of new capacity of high quality tissue products for the Argentinian market. Start-up is planned for the second half of 2018.

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

                              valmet logo"Our first contact with Valmet was at their Tissue Making Conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2012. Since that moment, we have been convinced that Valmet's technology is what we need to differentiate and keep our position as a frontrunner in the Argentinian tissue market," says Mr. Sebastian Schiaffino, Plant Manager, Papelera San Andrés de Giles.

                              "Even more important is to work with skilled people within Valmet. This is a long-term partnership for us. Valmet has met, and exceeded, all expectations as an advisor during our cooperation," Mr. Schiaffino continues.

                              "This newfound relationship means a lot for Valmet. This will be the first running Advantage DCT tissue machine in Argentina," says Kent Nika, Sales Manager at Valmet. "Not only does this mean breaking ground in Argentina, but we are also excited to welcome Papelera San Andrés de Giles to our ever-growing tissue community. And of course, we are very proud that our capability to supply tissue mill equipment with superior technology, e.g. Advantage ViscoNip press, were considered as important success factors in their expansion plans."

                              Both companies are now looking forward to step in to the future with a shared aim of realizing Papelera San Andres de Gilés' expansion plans and ambitions of providing high quality products to their customers.

                              Technical information about the delivery

                              The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 meters/minute. It will add 35,000 tons of tissue paper per year to Papelera San Andrés de Giles' current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue and kitchen towels.

                              Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise of a tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet steel Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls, tissue line training simulator and Valmet IQ quality controls. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning is also included in the delivery.

                              Information about the customer

                              Papelera San Andrés de Giles today has an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons of tissue for facial, toilet, kitchen, towel and napkin for the Argentinian market and surrounding region. The highly modern tissue mill, with its converting lines, is situated in the Buenos Aires province and has 150 employees.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:23:39 +0200
                                Toscotec’s TTSteelDryers are going to land in Canada. Cascades Packaging selected Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild at Kingsey Falls Mill. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7831-toscotec-s-ttsteeldryers-are-going-to-land-in-canada-cascades-packaging-selected-toscotec-to-supply-a-dryer-section-rebuild-at-kingsey-falls-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7831-toscotec-s-ttsteeldryers-are-going-to-land-in-canada-cascades-packaging-selected-toscotec-to-supply-a-dryer-section-rebuild-at-kingsey-falls-mill

                                Cascades Packaging entrusted Toscotec with a major rebuild of the dryer section of PM1 at Kingsey Falls mill, Canada. In view of the challenging targets of the project, Cascades decided that Toscotec’s technology was the right match for this rebuild, thanks to the flexibility and high level of customization guaranteed by the Italian supplier with regards to the seamless integration between the existing equipment and the new tailor-made solution.

                                Toscotec’s rebuild will achieve an 8% production increase. The Italian supplier will accomplish this substantial upgrade without increasing the overall length of the dryer section and without increasing the actual width of the dryers’ frame in cross direction. Toscotec’s TTSteelDryer allows better performances in terms of specific evaporation rate, thanks to its reduced shell thickness. Due to its shorter taper length, TT SteelDryer dries a wider sheet with the same space requirements of a traditional dryer section.

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                                The scope of supply includes a number of TTSteelDryers, specifically designed for an operating steam pressure of 14 barg, as well as doctors, wire tensioning system, guiding and sheet stabilizing components. Toscotec’s service specialists will also provide supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

                                With this new contract, Toscotec strengthens its reputation as a top P&B machinery supplier on technically demanding markets such as North America. In particular, through its proven ability to supply all-round tailor-made solutions based on the specific features of the existing equipment and to deliver significant upgrades, over the years Toscotec gained the trust of major papermaking producers across the globe.

                                Delivery is forecast within the end of August 2018.

                                About the Cascades Group

                                Established in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:05:38 +0200
                                  Voith awarded historic contract from Green Bay Packaging for new paper mill in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    Investments Will Increase Release Liner Paper Capacity for Pressure Sensitive Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:45:23 +0200
                                      Toscotec’s MODULO-PLUS fired up at Celupaper S.A., Argentina. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7810-toscotec-s-modulo-plus-fired-up-at-celupaper-s-a-argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7810-toscotec-s-modulo-plus-fired-up-at-celupaper-s-a-argentina

                                      Celupaper S.A. successfully started up PM4, a new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec, at its Papelera Nicaragua mill, Argentina. The tissue machine started producing sellable paper immediately after start-up and is scheduled to reach the target speed in the following weeks, after careful fine-tuning.

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                                      The new MODULO-PLUS produces 65 tpd and it features a single layer TT Headbox, TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM, TT Milltech-MYH monosystem gas-fired hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the electrification & control system, training, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

                                      PM4 is part of a series of repeated orders awarded to Toscotec by the leading South American tissue producer. In 2015, the Italian manufacturer carried out the rebuilding of PM2, an existing Fourdrinier machine, and supplied a new steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-2500MM and the complete steam and condensate system. In 2016, Toscotec supplied PM3, a complete MODULO tissue line.

                                      Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. says, “Thanks to the continued production increase implemented with Toscotec’s plants, we have grown significantly in the South American market. Since 2015, we boosted production by over 100 tpd. Tissue quality, machine efficiency and energy reduction are our key standards of investments in new equipment. Throughout 4 years of close partnership with Toscotec, we have achieved good results with respect to all of these aspects and have continuously improved such results”.

                                      “PM4 project evinced once again the excellent cooperation we have with Celupaper. With every new project, we aim to improve their performances. We worked intensively together on the reduction of energy consumption, starting from the design, with our TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings) all the way to the fine-tuning of the plants at the mill site. On PM4, we also optimized the layout of the electrical and auxiliary plants, to guarantee better access for the operators to the different areas of the machine" commented Toscotec’s Project Manager Pier Paolo Brunazzi.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:09:31 +0200
                                        Verso's Stevens Point Mill Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence in Specialty Papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                              Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

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

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

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

                                              About Resolute Forest Products

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

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

                                              SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) North American News Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:24:45 +0200
                                                      International Paper And World Wildlife Fund Collaborate To Develop Science-Based Targets For Forests And Advance Forest Restoration In Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7779-international-paper-and-world-wildlife-fund-collaborate-to-develop-science-based-targets-for-forests-and-advance-forest-restoration-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7779-international-paper-and-world-wildlife-fund-collaborate-to-develop-science-based-targets-for-forests-and-advance-forest-restoration-in-brazil

                                                      How much forest land—and what quality—is needed to ensure forests can continue to provide people, plants and animals worldwide with clean air and water, food and the goods and services they need to thrive?

                                                      IPLOGOThrough a new collaboration between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Paper (NYSE: IP), research will be undertaken to help answer the question of the quantity and quality of forestland needed for the planet to thrive. The outputs of this work will be used to help create the world's first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world's forests. Such 'forest positive' actions include investing in responsible forest management, supporting forest conservation, restoring forestland, and raising awareness about the importance of forests with consumers.

                                                      "Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests," said Sophie Beckham, IP Senior Manager of Natural Capital Stewardship. "We are excited to build on our participation in WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network program through a significant and strategic initiative to advance conservation and restoration actions in forest ecosystems beyond our existing fiber supply chains."

                                                      In addition to delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the global level, the collaboration also will bring one local action to life—investing in a new ambitious restoration project in the Mogi Guaçu river basin of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. IP has operations and is already investing in restoration in this region, work that will ideally inspire other organizations to invest in forest restoration in Brazil and beyond.

                                                      "IP's investment and leadership will drive and deliver a better understanding of what forests need to stay well above their ecological tipping points," said Kerry Cesareo, vice president for forests at World Wildlife Fund.  "Given the large scale and fast pace of forest loss and degradation globally, bold and inspiring actions like this within the private sector are needed to sustain forests."

                                                      Through this expanded collaboration, IP demonstrates that investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital makes economic sense. As a company that transforms renewable resources into fiber-based products that people depend on every day, IP will continue to promote responsible forest stewardship, both within and beyond its supply chains, to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:22:43 +0200
                                                        ABB team honored by TAPPI with prestigious Jasper Mardon award at PaperCon 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                            About PMP:

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

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:13:23 +0200
                                                              Valmet to invest in a new Service Center in Concepcion, Chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7763-valmet-to-invest-in-a-new-service-center-in-concepcion-chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7763-valmet-to-invest-in-a-new-service-center-in-concepcion-chile

                                                              Valmet has made the decision to build a Service Center in Chile to further develop its local presence close to customers in South America. Valmet's new Service Center will be located in Concepcion province and it will be in operation by mid-2019.

                                                              The new Valmet Service Center will focus on the manufacturing of spare parts and the recovery of equipment for the pulp, paper and fiberboard industries and it will employ about 55 people.

                                                              "With a strong forestry based economy, Chile is an important market area for Valmet with customers in the pulp, paper, board, tissue and energy industries. Valmet has consistently strengthened its operations and competences in the country. Now it became the time to go one step further to better serve our customers by making the decision to invest in the new Valmet Service Center in Concepcion. With this step, we also show in concrete terms how serious we take our commitment to be close to our customers," says Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, at Valmet.

                                                              valmet logo"Our customers will strongly benefit from this new Service Center. With the new Service Center, it will be possible to reduce the delivery time of our deliveries and have the needed expertise more easily available. Additionally, our Chilean customers will be closer to the best of Valmet technologies and products," says Elio Krummenauer, Valmet's Special Projects Director in South America.

                                                              Valmet's new Service Center in Concepcion is in line with Valmet's Shared Journey Forward service approach which aims to provide our customers the best service experience with our services offering for process reliability and to move their performance forward. 

                                                              Besides the new Service Center that will be located in Concepcion, Valmet has another three centers in South America all of them located in Brazil. Valmet has in total 120 service centers around the world.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:32:38 +0200
                                                                Expera Coated Products Launches Ultra-Modern Line of AeroBak Liners for Advanced Composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                  TAPPI Presents Leonard Fiore with Process Control Division Technical Award 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                      "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.


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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.


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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