James Cropper has received the first bales of used coffee cups from a pioneering pilot scheme in collaboration with Forge Recycling, environmental charity Hubbub and Leeds City Council.    

The delivery marks a significant step in the papermaker’s ambition to help recycle some of the estimated three billion take-away cups that are currently thrown away in the UK each year. Through its unique  CupCycling™ technology - the world’s first process dedicated to upcycling disposable coffee cups – James Cropper has the capacity to upcycle 500 million used coffee cups.

Forge Recycling has collected 159,000 single-use coffee cups - from workplaces, coffee shops, universities, shopping centres and on street cup bins - since launching on 18thOctober 2018. Instead of the cups going to waste they have been delivered to James Cropper for upcycling. 

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Running until March 2019, the pilot runs alongside the #LeedsByExample campaign and seeks to improve the ‘on the go’ recycling infrastructure for coffee cups, and other packaging such as plastics and cans, for consumers in Leeds. Waste is collected by Forge Recycling, which has introduced a new paper cup collection service in parallel. Focusing on closed loop systems, Forge Recycling has performed a cup collection service for Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University. 

With the help of James Cropper, all 159,000 cups collected will be given a second life as beautiful papers and packaging.  The delivery will make its way through James Cropper’s CupCycling facility - which launched in September 2017 – and has already upcycled over 30 million disposable cups. 

James Cropper Chairman and CEO Phil Wild said: “With the capacity to upcycle 500 million coffee cups per year we welcome the thousands of discarded cups brought to Kendal today and hope this is just one of many local initiatives we can support to meet the capacity that we have. This scheme demonstrates that with the right infrastructure, great in-roads can be made to tackle the coffee cup issue. 

“There needs to be a change in mindset in how we handle waste and source materials, and ensuring packaging is easy for consumers to recycle is key to this. The delivery marks a pivotal moment for   recycling in the UK – and for us, it’s a step towards realising the potential of our CupCycling capabilities.”

A host of major brands, such as such Asda, Coca-Cola GB, Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Pret a Manger, Starbucks and Shell, have joined Hubbub’s #LeedsByExample initiative to date. While the trial in Leeds ends in March 2019, Forge Waste & Recycling estimate that the number of coffee cups it could deliver to James Cropper in one year from Leeds alone could exceed one million – a fantastic example of the circular economy in action. 

Gavin Ellis, Director at Hubbub, commented:“It’s not widely understood by consumers that coffee cups have to be recycled via a different waste stream, which is why we focus on developing infrastructure and communications in cities that make it easier for people to recycle properly while on-the-go.

“Almost three billion coffee cups go to waste every year. While the results of the trial are just the tip of the iceberg, they do demonstrate that with the right infrastructure and partners, coffee cups can become a profitable waste stream. Our goal is to extend the activity to include further cities in 2019 and encourage more waste companies to take inspiration from Forge and explore how they can adapt their operations to benefit from this valuable resource.”

Sam Goodall, Operations Director Forge Waste & Recycling said:“In just three months we’ve quickly moved from collecting very few cups to nearly two-hundred-thousand that are ready for delivery to the James Cropper mill. The pilot shows that the potential for our work with Hubbub and James Cropper to transform UK waste and embed circular economy thinking when it comes to coffee cups in cities is very real.” 

The CupCycling process involves removing the plastic coating that makes take-away cups waterproof, while preserving the precious paper fibres and instead of going to waste, the cups are transformed into fine papers for consumer packaging such as the iconic yellow Selfridges carrier bag. 

Going a step further, James Cropper’s latest innovation in  plastic-free packaging – COLOURFORM™ – uses paper fibre from renewable forests, as well as used coffee cups to create moulded packaging. With over 173 years’ worth of experience in papermaking behind it, COLOURFORM was a natural evolution for James Cropper, offering brands like LUSH, and in turn consumers, more choice. The packaging is recyclable and biodegradable, which means that even if it is not recycled, it breaks down without any harm to the environment.

Phil Wild concludes: “We’re incredibly proud to work with Forge and Hubbub, who have successfully delivered a game-changing system which can help usbecome a nation that truly creates value from waste. We encourage more cities across the country to explore how they can adopt this pioneering initiative.”

About James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. 

Throughout 173 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.  

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk.

About Hubbub 

Hubbub is a charity which explores innovative ways to interest mainstream consumers in important sustainability issues, through different ‘hubs’ of activity: Food; Fashion; Homes; Neighbourhoods. Hubbub’s previous campaigns have included #SquareMileChallenge, the UK’s first large scale solution to coffee cup recycling, #NeatStreets to cut litter in UK cities and For Fish’s Sake (#FFSLDN) to tackle litter in the Thames.

https://www.hubbub.org.uk/

About Forge Waste & Recycling 

Forge Recycling are a local company, established in November 2010, with a depot and office team based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Forge offer a flexible waste management service with an emphasis on making recycling easy. Forge understands the importance of combining a cost effect service, with the highest rates of recycling as possible. Alongside its Commercial/Business waste collection service, Forge also offer a full recycling service; collecting mixed recyclables, food waste, paper and card, glass bottles, and most recently ‘Paper Cups’; all recovered using a fleet of specialist collection vehicles.

About #LeedsByExample

#LeedsByExample is a 6 month trial led by Hubbub to test different ways to recycle food and drink packaging on the go in Leeds city centre. Successes from the trial will be rolled out to other UK cities to revitalise on the go recycling in the UK.

#LeedsByExample partners include Forge Recycling, Leeds City Council, HW Martin and Zero Waste Leeds, and the initiative is backed by a unique collaboration of companies: Alupro, Asda, Association of Convenience 

Stores,  Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, British Plastics  Federation, Bunzl, Caffe Nero, Coca-Cola GB, Costa, Co-op, Crown Packaging, Danone, Ecosurety, Greggs, Highland Spring,  Innocent, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), Lucozade  Ribena Suntory, Marks and Spencer, McDonald’s, Morrisons,  PepsiCo, Pret, Starbucks and Shell.

Stora Enso has been top-rated in combatting global warming by the international non-profit organisation CDP, which works to build a sustainable global economy. CDP has included Stora Enso on its new 2018 Climate A List, which identifies the global companies that are taking leadership in climate action.

stora new 2017“We are proud of this recognition of our long-term work to reduce our emissions,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels. In December 2017, Stora Enso became the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout our value chain.”

Stora Enso has also signed a Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) loan where part of the pricing is based on the group’s performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This progress is reported in Stora Enso’s annual and interim reports. In addition, Stora Enso has published a Green Bond Framework and asks suppliers about their carbon dioxide emissions in all tenders.

“Ultimately, it is our renewable materials that make a difference,” Morrin says. “They are a key solution to combatting global warming as they store carbon and replace fossil-based materials.”

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP says: “Congratulations to all companies that made it onto CDP’s A List this year. We need to urgently scale up environmental action at all levels in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s clear that the business world is an essential player in this transition and the A List companies are set to make a substantial contribution to those goals.”

Thousands of companies annually submit climate disclosures to CDP. In 2018, disclosures were requested by 650 investors representing over USD 87 trillion in assets, and over 7 000 companies submitted their climate data.

In addition to the CDP rating, Stora Enso has been top-ranked in both the quality of greenhouse gas management and carbon performance by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). TPI is a global initiative led by asset owners and supported by asset managers and looks into how companies’ carbon performance now and in the future might compare to the international targets and national pledges made as part of the Paris Agreement.

Stora Enso’s fossil carbon emission summary for 2017

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 7,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the over 750 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. cdp.net 

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2017 were EUR 10 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com 

Metsä Board has once again been highlighted as a global leader in corporate sustainability by CDP, a non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, by achieving a place on the CDP A List for both climate change and water security. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company has been included on the CDP Water A List and the third consecutive year on the CDP Climate A List. Metsä Board also scored A- in the CDP’s Forest programme.

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Metsä Board is among the top 27 companies placed on the global Water A List. This achievement is in recognition of Metsä Board’s actions in the last reporting year to manage water more sustainably. Additionally, Metsä Board is among the top 126 of companies featured on the global Climate A List. This positioning is a recognition for the company’s activities in cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks and developing the low-carbon economy. In 2018, over 7,000 companies disclosed through CDP.

“We all need to act to combat climate change. Sustainability has to be an integral part of a responsible business and it must lead to concrete actions. I am proud that the work we do at Metsä Board was once again acknowledged by CDP and that we held our A level rating in both Climate and Water programmes,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

Metsä Board
www.metsaboard.com

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

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking. The results were published today, January 22, 2019.

valmet logoCDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.  

"It is an honor to receive this acknowledgement for our contribution to climate change mitigation. Valmet's technology and services increase raw material efficiency and enable our customers to manufacture sustainable products from renewable resources. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations with a focus on sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. We continuously investigate new ways to improve the energy, water and material efficiency of our solutions and to bring new innovations to the market," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

In 2018 Valmet was also included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.

CDP's list of all companies publicly taking part in climate change program this year is available on CDP's website https://www.cdp.net/en/scores

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 3.1 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.

Read more www.valmet.com

Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its second Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by Stora Enso, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator.

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The Accelerator programme provides an exceptional opportunity for disruptive startups and Stora Enso to actively ideate and innovate new solutions. This year’s programme focuses specifically on the circular economy, especially in regard to circular solutions, raw material management, packaging, separation and sorting, and energy.

“With global megatrends, the circular economy will play a significant role in business and society in the coming years. We are teaming up with startups to further explore how Stora Enso can best contribute,” says Malin Bendz, Executive Vice President, HR. “We have been greatly encouraged by our first Accelerator programme, which has resulted in two ongoing partnerships, with Sulapac and Trä Group, building on renewable solutions.”

The final six startups emerged from a rigorous and competitive selection process. After submitting a written application and video, more than 85 startups were evaluated and filtered down to the top 40. Reviewed by Stora Enso Scouts and Vertical, 20 of these startups were invited to Selection Days, a two-day event for presentations and intensive interviews. A shortlist of twelve startups presented to Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team for the selection of the final six.

The startups invited to join the 2019 Accelerator Programme are:

Over the next few months, the startups will work side by side with Stora Enso participants, delving into and advancing know-how, capabilities, technologies and market opportunities. Co-location takes place at Vertical accelerator, one of the largest and most prominent startup communities in Finland.

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2017 were EUR 10 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com 

On 24 January Metsä Board’s Husum mill, in Sweden, celebrates its 100-year anniversary. The mill started as a pulp mill in 1919 with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes of unbleached softwood kraft pulp. Today Metsä Board Husum is a modern and efficient integrated mill site with production capacities of 400,000 tonnes folding boxboard, 250,000 tonnes white kraftliner and 730,000 tonnes of bleached hardwood and softwood pulps.

During the past years Metsä Board has developed the mill heavily. In 2015 one of the paper machines was converted to a white kraftliner machine. The new folding boxboard machine started up in 2016 and a 100,000-tonne extrusion line a year after in 2017. The products are used for a wide variety of demanding end-uses in consumer, retail packaging and food service globally with the added logistics benefit of the mill’s own deep-sea port.

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“Over the years the Husum site has been successfully adapted and improved ensuring an ongoing commitment to driving greater efficiency and market leading product development. However, none of this would have been achieved without the support of our dedicated employees,” states Olov Winblad von Walter, VP, Metsä Board Husum Board and Pulp Mill.

Metsä Board

www.metsaboard.com

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

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Metsä Group

www.metsagroup.com

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

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2017, and it employs approximately 9,100 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

Papelera del Plata, part of CMPC Tissue Latam group, fired up a TT SYD-12FT supplied by Toscotec. The new TT SYD is installed on PM3 at Papelera del Plata - Zarate mill in Argentina. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who in 2010 fired up another TT SYD at CMPC Tissue’s Industria Papelera Uruguaya SA in Uruguay. These TT SYD replaced two existing Steel Yankee dryers supplied by another manufacturer.

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The new TT SYD-12FT features a diameter of 3,660 mm and a face width of 2,800 mm. The scope of supply includes Toscotec’s patented deckle insulation system, which allows for safe and practical application of the deckle insulation on the Yankee’s heads without any machining, the drive group, support and bearings, and the main components of the steam and condensate system. The service package included the engineering design, installation supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance, as well as onsite training program. 

Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says “In order to meet the stringent delivery requirements of the customer, we manufactured and delivered the TT SYD in record time. From the project kick-off meeting to the notice of goods ready for shipment, it took us only 3 and a half months. Thanks to the good cooperation with Papelera del Plata, installation, commissioning and start-up were very successful and the TT SYD started performing well from day one.”

About CMPC

CMPC is one of the biggest pulp and paper producer in Latin America, with industrial operations in eight countries. Its products range from wood products, pulp, packaging paper and tissue and are marketed in 45 countries worldwide. CMPC uses fibres originating from sustainable, certified plantations and recycled materials, and has an annual tissue capacity of 700,000 tonnes.

For further information, please contact:

Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, Marco.Dallepiagge@toscotec.com

Gabriele Romanini, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division,  Gabriele.Romanini@toscotec.com

WestRock Company has just announced that it has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s annual list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth consecutive year.

WestRock ranked second among companies in the packaging and container industry.

2015 10 18 094836The World’s Most Admired Companies survey measures nine attributes considered critical to a company’s global success, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and people management. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. The list, widely considered to be the definitive report card on corporate reputation, is based on company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts. 

“WestRock is honored to be recognized by FORTUNE as one of the world’s most admired companies for the fourth consecutive year,” said Steve Voorhees, WestRock chief executive officer. “This ranking recognizes the commitment and dedication of our 50,000 team members around the world to delivering value for our customers and stockholders.”

The full list appears in the February issue of FORTUNE and is available now at http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/ and on newsstands.

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 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

2014 10 30 071412inter paper logoInternational Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that it has been named again by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "Worlds Most Admired Companies."  International Paper has earned this recognition sixteen times in the last seventeen years based on scores achieved in the following categories:

  1. Ability to attract and retain talented people
  2. Quality of management
  3. Social responsibility to the community and the environment
  4. Innovativeness
  5. Quality of products or services
  6. Wise use of corporate assets
  7. Financial soundness
  8. Long-term investment value
  9. Effectiveness in doing business globally

"This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper's 52,000 employees around the globe," said Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer. "We work with the world's leading brands to make products that improve peoples' lives and we mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. I want to thank our global team members for this well-deserved achievement."

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, India and Russia. 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

Domtar Corporation has announced two well-qualified leaders to manage its Kingsport, Tennessee and Nekoosa, Wisconsin, mills.

Marty Barfield has been named manager of the company’s mill in Kingsport, Tennessee. Since September 2015, Marty has been the Plymouth Mill's pulp production manager, leading manufacturing for two softwood fiber lines and two fluff pulp machines with a keen focus on employee safety. He was instrumental in the mill's successful NC2 retirement and NC5 transition, including his leadership on a number of continuous improvement projects to increase the mill's output.

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Marty brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. He began his career working a number of technical, engineering, maintenance and operational positions at Procter & Gamble before joining Domtar in 1989, where he has served in roles of increasing operational responsibility at the Marlboro and Plymouth mills. Marty earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from N.C. State University.

Marty Burkhardt has been named manager of the Nekoosa, Wisconsin mill. Marty previously was Nekoosa's operations manager, responsible for all aspects of safety, environmental, productivity, reliability and continuous improvement across Nekoosa's manufacturing operations. His commitment to reliability and continuous improvement has helped increase the mill's pulp production while also reducing its chemical usage.

Marty's 20-plus years of diverse experience include roles of increasing responsibility in the pulp mill, paper operations, the recovery process as well as power and utilities at both Verso Corp. and Alliant Energy before joining Domtar in 2017. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

“We are excited to promote these two deserving internal candidates to mill management positions” said Mike Garcia, president pulp and paper division. “Their commitment to production, employee safety, strategic planning and reliability will help ensure Kingsport and Nekoosa continue to drive value for our company.”

About Domtar
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com

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