Pulp-Paperworld.com / N.American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:53:32 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Verso Introduces Influence® Coated Paper Promotion 30 Years of Influence®. Made for Life. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8345-verso-introduces-influence-coated-paper-promotion-30-years-of-influence-made-for-life http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8345-verso-introduces-influence-coated-paper-promotion-30-years-of-influence-made-for-life

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading North American producer of coated papers, has just introduced a new promotion for its market-leading No. 3 coated paper, Influence®, titled 30 Years of Influence. Made for Life.

"Over the past 30 years, the Influence® brand has gained a solid reputation with printers because of its consistent quality and unparalleled pressroom performance, printability and runnability," said Verso President Mike Weinhold. "This reputation is largely due to the dedicated and proud Verso workforce that takes personal ownership in making and delivering a high quality product to our customers."

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Influence® is designed to perform on web offset or rotogravure printing presses, is available in a variety of basis weights and finishes, and offered with chain-of-custody certification and recycled content. It is ideally suited for printing applications including publication covers, catalogs, magazines, brochures, direct mail and custom publishing that is targeted to a particular audience or type of consumer.

"Influence® is made in America's northern heartland at our Quinnesec and Escanaba mills in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and our Wisconsin Rapids Mill," said Verso Brand Manager Tim Nordin. "These central locations put us close to major Midwest printing hubs such as Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit, allowing us to service printers with better lead times, greater availability and faster deliveries."

Nordin adds, "Influence® is recognized for its optical properties and excellent surface gloss and smoothness, resulting in truer, more vibrant image reproduction and contrast. In addition, it heightens the sensory experience of print, giving it the touch, feel and eye-grabbing appeal you simply can't get with electronic media. Studies continue to show that print on paper is a highly effective way to reach people and is still a critical part of the marketing media mix. And we can all feel good about using paper because it's made from trees grown in responsibly managed forests, one of earth's most renewable resources."

For more information about Influence®, please visit www.versoco.com

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

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:30:03 +0100
    Verso Corporation Announces Appointment of Two Independent Members to its Board of Directors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8323-verso-corporation-announces-appointment-of-two-independent-members-to-its-board-of-directors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8323-verso-corporation-announces-appointment-of-two-independent-members-to-its-board-of-directors

    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that Nancy M. Taylor and Randy J. Nebel have been appointed as independent members of Verso's Board of Directors effective immediately.

    Co-Chairman of the Board, Gene Davis, said, "We are very excited to welcome both Nancy and Randy. Each brings exceptional leadership, strategic and operating experience that will further diversify the Board's perspectives and skillsets. Given their vast experience and perspectives, we are confident that they will make immediate contributions to our Board, our stockholders and the company."

    Verso LogoWith more than 20 years in senior management, as well as leadership roles in manufacturing and sales, Ms. Taylor brings extensive strategic, finance and corporate governance knowledge to the Board. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tredegar Corporation, a manufacturing company, from February 2010 to June 2015, and currently serves on the board of two other NYSE-listed companies.

    Mr. Nebel brings extensive paper and packaging industry knowledge and senior leadership experience to the Board. He served as Executive Vice President of Integrated Packaging at KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation from January 2017 to November 2018, and previously served on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers.

    "We are honored to have these exceptionally talented leaders join our Board," said Co-Chairman of the Board, Alan Carr. "Each of these senior executives brings with them an abundance of experience and a proven track record of business accomplishment and operational excellence. We look forward to benefitting from their guidance and insight as we implement our strategic process and continue in our effort to maximize shareholder value over the long term."

    About Verso

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

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:34:44 +0100
      Verso Corporation Announces Sale of Androscoggin and Stevens Point Mills for $400 million http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8319-verso-corporation-announces-sale-of-androscoggin-and-stevens-point-mills-for-400-million http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8319-verso-corporation-announces-sale-of-androscoggin-and-stevens-point-mills-for-400-million

      Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS or the "Company") has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Androscoggin mill, located in Jay, Maine, and its Stevens Point mill, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC for $400 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

      The sale, which has been unanimously approved by the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"), is subject to and conditioned upon the receipt of approval from the Company's stockholders at a special meeting of stockholders, as well as certain regulatory and other customary approvals. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

      Verso LogoGene Davis, Co-Chairman of the Board, stated "We have undergone a thorough and comprehensive strategic process and firmly believe that the sale of these two mills at the agreed upon terms and conditions is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders. We could not be more pleased by the efforts of the entire Senior Leadership Team and of Les Lederer, our Interim Chief Executive Officer since April."

      Net cash proceeds of the transaction are anticipated to be approximately $336 million, after the assumption by Pixelle of approximately $35 million of pension liabilities, anticipated working capital adjustments, and the payment of transaction related expenses.  The Board intends to return a significant portion of the net proceeds to stockholders either by way of dividend or share repurchase, conducted either by way of modified Dutch tender offer, accelerated share repurchase program or open market purchases, and to determine and announce the amount and form of such return promptly following the closing of the transaction. In addition, Verso will utilize approximately $54 million of the net proceeds to reduce a portion of its unfunded pension liability. Any remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes while the Board continues its ongoing review of the Company's strategic alternatives.

      Verso today also announced that Adam St. John had been named as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and appointed as a member of the Board.  Mr. St. John has been Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for all Verso mills and a long-standing member of the Senior Leadership Team.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. St. John served in a senior management capacity at Georgia Pacific.  Mr. Lederer will continue to serve as a Senior Transaction Advisor to the Company.

      Alan Carr, Co-Chairman of the Board, further stated:  "With almost three decades of paper industry experience and more than a decade of experience with Verso, we are confident that Adam is the right choice to lead the Company consistent with our strategic focus.  Under Adam's guidance, we expect that our remaining mills will generate sufficient EBITDA and cash flow to permit the Company to enhance its competitive market position, so as to create future growth and other opportunities."

      Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal counsel to the Company in connection with the transaction.

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

      Participants in the Solicitation
      The Company, its directors, executive officers and other persons related to the Company may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company and their ownership of Company common stock is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 2018, as amended on April 30, 2019. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when such materials become available.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:10:59 +0100
        Willamette Falls Paper Company Trials First Run of Non-wood Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8311-willamette-falls-paper-company-trials-first-run-of-non-wood-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8311-willamette-falls-paper-company-trials-first-run-of-non-wood-paper

        Willamette Falls Paper Company has made its first successful trial of non-wood paper grades using pulp from local agricultural waste – producing both coated and uncoated grades using 10% non-wood pulp fiber.
         
        Additional machine and press trials are ongoing to refine the paper properties and specifications. However, preliminary outcomes from press room trials and initial customer feedback show very promising results. The mill expects to announce the commercial production of coated and uncoated grades by mid-November.

        2019 09 19 105309“We want to be the first coated paper mill to offer non-wood grades made in the U.S. and sourced with local agricultural waste, in this case, straw,” says Phil Harding, Director of Technology and Sustainability at Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Our long-term focus is sustainable papermaking, and successful trials using non-wood raw materials is another step toward this goal.”
         
        Working with several key suppliers, including Trinseo, Willamette Falls is confident it is one step closer to developing both uncoated and coated grades that will have similar characteristics to the mill’s standard grades.
         
        “Trinseo is pleased to partner with Willamette Falls Paper Company in the development of the first domestic non-wood containing coated papers. Finding innovative ways to increase the use of sustainable materials is a critical focus for us, the industry, and modern society, so we’re thrilled to continue our support in their development and commercialization of this new product,” said Todd Crook, North America Latex Binders business director for Trinseo.
          
        ABOUT WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. 
        Willamette Falls Paper Company is a newly formed company that owns and operates a mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production, including the use of non-wood fibers as an alternative pulp source. www.wfpaperco.com

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:59:40 +0100
          WestRock Honored for Packaging Design Excellence by Paperboard Packaging Council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8303-westrock-honored-for-packaging-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8303-westrock-honored-for-packaging-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council

          Company Receives 13 Awards at Annual Paperboard Packaging Competition, Including the Sustainability Award of the Year

          WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, was recognized for packaging design excellence at the 76th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. The company won 13 awards - the most of any entrant - including the Sustainability Award of the Year.

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

          The First Alert package produced by WestRock, which received the Sustainability Award of the Year, replaces a fully enclosed PET blister clamshell with a NatraLock® blister card, a sturdy, flexible, more sustainable alternative to traditional blister seal and clamshell applications.

          “WestRock connects people to products through innovative, sustainable packaging,” said Pat Lindner, Chief Innovation Officer and President, Consumer Packaging for WestRock. “We are proud to have been honored by the Paperboard Packaging Council and even prouder of the trust our customers have placed in us. These winning designs represent the value we can provide our customers when we combine our market insights and commitment to sustainability with the design and innovation capabilities of our talented employees.”

          In addition to the Sustainability Award of the Year, WestRock received two Gold and 10 Excellence awards for a variety of packaging solutions. A full list is included below, and images can be viewed here.

          • First Alert, Sustainability Award of the Year & Excellence Award
          • Keurig 2018 Winter Holiday Collection, Gold Award
          • WestRock Paper Palette, Gold Award
          • Chick-fil-A Menu XL Menu Tab with Hinged Tray, Excellence Award
          • Oatly Gift Pack, Excellence Award
          • XOFLUZA™ Dosepak, Excellence Award
          • MAYZENT® BAF312 Dosepak, Excellence Award
          • Heineken/Eisenbahn EconoDozen®, Excellence Award
          • Nestlé Goodnight Pillow Pack, Excellence Award
          • Glad® ForceFlex® Plus with MetPet, Excellence Award
          • Michelob ULTRA Beveled Corner 8-Pack, Excellence Award
          • Coca-Cola Shaped Packs, Excellence Award

          WestRock

          WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s team members support customers around the world from 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 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:31:27 +0100
            Honeywell and Papertech collaborate on camera- based quality control system for the flat sheet industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8297-honeywell-and-papertech-collaborate-on-camera-based-quality-control-system-for-the-flat-sheet-industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8297-honeywell-and-papertech-collaborate-on-camera-based-quality-control-system-for-the-flat-sheet-industries

            Offering fuses Honeywell’s expertise in flat sheet quality control systems with Papertech’s know-how in web monitoring and inspection to help manufacturers boost production quality and efficiency

            Honeywell has just announced its collaboration with  Papertech to develop and market TotalVision™, a connected, camera-based detection system for the flat sheet industries. The system enables customers to identify and resolve defects on the production line, improving quality and efficiency. The fully integrated total quality control solution is designed for flat sheet and film processes in which surface detection and production break monitoring capabilities are critical for competitive success. This new solution is designed for paper, pulp, tissue, board, extruded film, calendaring, lithium-ion battery, copper and aluminium foil producers.

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            Combining Honeywell’s  ExperionMX™ technology with market-leading Papertech’s TotalVision™ defect detection and event capturing capabilities, the solution provides a single-window operating environment for all aspects of process and quality control. Customers benefit from faster root cause determination of runnability and quality problems, thereby saving significant time in lost or downgraded production. When integrated with connected offerings such as  Honeywell QCS 4.0, system data and analytics can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from any device.

            “Honeywell represents an ideal collaborator for Papertech as our industry-leading WebInspector WIS and our WebVision web monitoring system (WMS) single platform TotalVision™ camera system seamlessly integrate with Honeywell’s quality control systems for a range of industries,” said Kari Hilden, CEO of Papertech Inc. “We look forward to working with the global Honeywell team and their customers.”

            Honeywell will continue to support existing camera system users with parts and services, while offering an easy migration path to the new solution. Given the collaborative nature of the agreement, customers can choose to take a single party, single-window approach or to engage with Honeywell and Papertech separately.

            “As the world moves from plastic to biomaterial-based packaging, and from hydrocarbon-based transportation to electric vehicles, flat sheet producers are under increased pressure to ensure output consistently meets a variety of performance and safety requirements,” said Michael Kennelly, Global Business Leader for sheet, film and foil industries, Honeywell Process Solutions. “By bringing together Honeywell’s core strengths of measurement, control, connected applications and services in flat sheet production with Papertech’s leadership in web monitoring and inspection systems, we uniquely provide customers with that capability along with industry-beating lifecycle costs.”

            Papertech is the global industry-leading machine vision system supplier for a range of web-based production lines with more than 1200 TotalVision™ installations in 42 countries. It is part of the IBS Paper Performance Group, a company with a more than 50-year history in delivering papermakers a full range of proven machine efficiency and product quality optimization solutions.

            For more information visit Honeywell Quality Control Systems and  Papertech TotalVision solutions.

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:49:59 +0100
              Domtar Joins Forces With the Student Conservation Association to Revitalize the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville, SC http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8295-domtar-joins-forces-with-the-student-conservation-association-to-revitalize-the-community-kitchen-of-bennettsville-sc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8295-domtar-joins-forces-with-the-student-conservation-association-to-revitalize-the-community-kitchen-of-bennettsville-sc

              Employee volunteers from Domtar’s Bennettsville paper mill and Tatum converting facility helped transform the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville with construction and installation of new picnic tables, benches, shade sails and storage bins.

              Domtar Logo 0 0Domtar Corporation has just announced that it joined forces with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in a conservation project to revitalize the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville. More than 80 employees from our Bennettsville, S.C. paper mill and Tatum, S.C. converting facility transformed the Community Kitchen’s courtyard through construction and installation of new picnic tables, porch swings, benches, shade sails and storage bins. The volunteers also created planters with native flowers and bushes, installed solar lighting, as well as sleeping benches and mats for the homeless. Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet paper, as well as an innovator in absorbent technology. The company’s Bennettsville paper mill employs 348 people and the Tatum converting facility employs 33 people in the community.

              “Caring is one of Domtar’s core values—caring for our employees, customers, and the communities we serve,” said Domtar corporate responsibility manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. “Sustainability is one of Domtar’s community investment focus areas, which is why we lead community conservation projects with non-profit partners like the Student Conservation Association that engage employees, benefit our neighbors, and enrich our environment.”

              “This was the most fantastic event we have ever had,” said Roger Griggs, founder and owner of the Community Kitchen. “We are so grateful to Domtar and all of the volunteers who came together for this project. The work that was done will make a huge difference in this community.” The Community Kitchen of Bennettsville offers food, clothing and housing for less fortunate citizens of the community. It serves over 150 lunches, Monday through Friday, to people in need in the local community.

              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 $5.5 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.

              About Student Conservation Association

              The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s largest and most effective youth conservation service organization. SCA conserves lands and transforms lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead, while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and 70% of its alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. For more, visit www.thesca.org.

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:18:56 +0200
                Valmet to supply a coated board machine to Graphic Packaging International in the United States http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8282-valmet-to-supply-a-coated-board-machine-to-graphic-packaging-international-in-the-united-states http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8282-valmet-to-supply-a-coated-board-machine-to-graphic-packaging-international-in-the-united-states

                Valmet will supply a coated board machine for Graphic Packaging International’s (GPI) mill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the United States. With this investment in the latest coated board technology, GPI is committing to sustainable packaging with exceptional product quality and cost competitiveness for producing coated recycled board (CRB) grades. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2022.

                The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed. 

                valmet logo“Valmet has offered us innovative yet proven technology to reach our high product quality targets. We have had a long and good cooperation with Valmet. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, which is very important in large projects like this one,” says Rusty Miller, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology, GPI.

                “Valmet has a very good relationship with Graphic Packaging International, and we have had successful projects with them. We are happy to be involved in this important project to provide a new coated board machine in the United States,” says Dave King, Area President, North America, Valmet.

                Technical details about the delivery

                The board machine will produce coated recycled board (CRB) grades (white line chip board, WLC grades) with an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 short tons which corresponds to 454,000 metric tons.

                Valmet’s operations in North America

                Valmet’s operations in North America support the pulp, paper and energy industries with 1,334 employees and a network of 18 service, production and sales units across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Valmet’s machines produce 86 million tons of paper, board, tissue and pulp per year. This represents 70 percent of the North American production.

                Information about the customer Graphic Packaging

                Graphic Packaging International, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. The company is a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies. The company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States, and holds leading market positions in coated recycled paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and solid bleached sulfate paperboard. The company’s net sales in 2018 were approximately USD 6 billion. It has over 70 facilities and over 17,000 employees worldwide.

                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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 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

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:37:45 +0200
                  Domtar to Reduce Papermaking Capacity at Two Mills http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8258-domtar-to-reduce-papermaking-capacity-at-two-mills http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8258-domtar-to-reduce-papermaking-capacity-at-two-mills

                  Domtar Corporation has just announced that it will permanently shut down two of its paper machines.

                  The closures will take place at the Ashdown, Arkansas pulp and paper mill, and the Port Huron, Michigan paper mill. These measures will reduce the Company’s annual uncoated freesheet paper capacity by approximately 204,000 short tons, and will result in a workforce reduction of approximately 100 employees. The closure of the Ashdown paper machine will be effective immediately and the closure of the Port Huron machine by mid-November.

                  Domtar Logo 0 0“I wish to sincerely thank colleagues impacted by the closures and recognize their hard work and contribution to Domtar over many years. As difficult as these actions are, we believe they are necessary in light of the declining market for uncoated freesheet paper. We will be working closely with our customers to assure they continue to receive the high quality products and exceptional service they have come to expect from us,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar.

                  The Ashdown mill will continue to operate one paper machine with an annual uncoated freesheet paper production capacity of 200,000 short tons and employ approximately 725 people. In addition, the mill operates one of the world’s largest fluff pulp machines, with the flexibility to produce softwood pulp depending on market conditions. As a result of the closure of the paper machine, the mill will produce an incremental 70,000 ADMT of softwood and fluff pulp, which will ramp up over the next 12 months.

                  The Port Huron mill will continue to produce a wide variety of technical and specialty papers for a broad range of customers, utilizing three machines with a total annual production capacity of 95,000 short tons. Following the closure, the mill will employ approximately 212 people.

                  “The closure of the two paper machines will enable us to right-size our paper production capacity with our customer demand. This proactive measure is necessary due to increased imports and declining paper demand,” added Williams.

                   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 $5.5 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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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:33:47 +0200
                    California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8253-california-lawmakers-reject-bill-to-ban-paper-receipts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8253-california-lawmakers-reject-bill-to-ban-paper-receipts

                    California lawmakers recently rejected a bill meant to ban paper receipts. The proposal would have required businesses to ask customers if they wanted a paper receipt before printing one, and businesses would have been forbidden to print coupons or advertisements on receipts unless requested by the customer.

                    Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco stalled in the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee as the legislature pared bills before the final two weeks of the session. Advocates of the California bill to ban paper receipts, dubbed Skip the Slip, suggested it would reduce paper waste in the state.

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                    The bill initially would have required businesses to provide customers electronic receipts unless a paper printout was requested. After an outcry about privacy concerns related to digital receipts and what it would cost small businesses to use new payment software, that provision was dropped. The move to ban paper receipts also faced strong opposition from the California Restaurant Association and the California Retailers Association.

                    The bill also sought to ban the use of certain chemicals on paper receipts by promoting myths about the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) in lightweight thermal paper, the health risks associated with handling thermal paper and claims that BPA and BPS make paper receipts unrecyclable.

                    “The defeat of this legislation to ban paper receipts is an important victory for Domtar,” says Tom Howard, Domtar’s vice president for government relations. “California represents almost 10 percent of the receipt paper market, and other states, including Illinois and New York, have watched developments with the bill closely. California legislators took a hard look at the value receipts bring to consumers and decided consumers’ interests are paramount.”

                    Jessica Mause of the Keep the Receipt opposition group told the Los Angeles Times, “Public policy should be based on facts and sound science, not misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. We’re pleased that legislators recognized paper receipts are not only preferred by the majority of consumers but are also safe for consumers and employees.”

                    Paper Receipts Are Safe and Recyclable

                    Lawmakers in Illinois and Connecticut have approved measures to ban paper receipts and other documents that are printed on thermal paper that contains BPA. New York has a similar bill under consideration.

                    But such bills promote myths about this type of paper. Lightweight thermal receipt paper manufactured in the United States is BPA-free. We know because we make it at our Marlboro Mill and send it to Appvion in Appleton, Wisconsin, which applies the BPA-free thermal coating. At the time of this writing, Appvion is the largest North American producer of thermal point-of-sale receipt paper, and the company hasn’t used BPA since 2006.

                    While BPA can still be found in lightweight thermal receipt paper produced in Asia and Europe (the EU is phasing it out), the amounts are well within the acceptable levels monitored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Paper receipts made from imported thermal paper don’t pose the significant health risk mentioned in the Skip the Slip bill to ban paper receipts. The same is true for all lightweight thermal receipt paper that contains BPS.

                    Similarly, claims that paper receipts can’t be recycled are overstated. Lightweight thermal receipt paper is just as recyclable as any other paper and doesn’t pose any more of a threat to the recycling stream than other materials containing phenols, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. In fact, as BPA levels in imported lightweight thermal receipt paper continue to fall, this will become even less of a concern.

                    Howard says the disruptions caused by attempts to ban paper receipts will negatively impact businesses models that are predicated on paper.

                    “Not all areas have sufficient internet connectivity to sustain this [type of] bill,” he says. “And not everyone carries a smartphone all the time. That would be problematic for businesses like dry cleaners and wholesale superstores where paper is an essential part of business operations.”

                    Skip the Myths

                    When it comes to legislation to ban paper receipts, skip the myths before you skip the slips.

                    “We are committed to not only protecting our industry’s interests but also advocating for people’s right to choose paper,” Howard says.

                    Debunk other paper myths by reading these articles:

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:11:01 +0200
                      Mark Sterry and Barbara Ness to Join Willamette Falls Paper Company Sales Team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8241-mark-sterry-and-barbara-ness-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-sales-team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8241-mark-sterry-and-barbara-ness-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-sales-team

                      Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce that industry professionals, Mark Sterry, and Barbara Ness have joined the company as Regional Sales Managers.

                      Barbara Ness’ background includes over 25 years of extensive paper, printing and packaging experience with Georgia Pacific, Wausau, Graphic Packaging, and most recently with iVEX. Her previous roles in new business development, as well as technical service and sales, will bring a broad understanding of all aspects of paper and packaging uses. Ms. Ness will cover the Pacific Northwest region.

                      2019 09 19 105309Mark Sterry has worked in the printing and paper industry for over 30 years. He started his career in corporate print purchasing and worked on both the mill side with Repap, Stora Enso, New Page and Moorim, as well as on the merchant side with Unisource, Veritiv, and Pro-Con. He has held various positions as a regional sales manager and specialty sales manager. Mr. Sterry is located in Northern California and will cover the Southwest region.

                      “Barbara and Mark will bring a wealth of paper knowledge and valuable experience to our customers and help develop long-lasting partnerships,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “We are excited to reintroduce a variety of products to market and look to Barbara and Mark to use their expertise to help find new opportunities and grow our market share in the West.”

                      COLUMBIA VENTURES CORPORATION (CVC) is a private equity diversified holding company. Notably, CVC is the majority owner of Northwest Straw Pulp, LLC which is in the final stages of constructing a first-of-its-kind pulp mill near Starbuck, Washington, to manufacture high-quality pulp fiber from wheat straw. At full production, it expects to annually produce 140,000 tons of pulp that will be able to directly substitute for hardwood pulp in terms of specifications and quality.

                      WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. is a newly formed company which owns and operates the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. Willamette Falls Paper Company is a leader in environmentally sustainable paper production.

                      For additional information, please email inquiries to:
                      info@wfpaperco.com

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:53:40 +0200
                      WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8230-westrock-to-reconfigure-north-charleston-sc-paper-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8230-westrock-to-reconfigure-north-charleston-sc-paper-mill
                      • Shut down of one paper machine will reduce linerboard capacity by approximately 288,000 tons
                      • Focuses mill on manufacture of differentiated DuraSorb® and KraftPak® products
                      • Enables approximately $40 million EBITDA improvement

                      WestRock Company have just announced that it is reconfiguring its North Charleston, SC, paper mill to improve the mill’s operating efficiency and long-term competitiveness.

                      2015 10 18 094836As part of the reconfiguration, WestRock will permanently shut down one of the mill’s three paper machines and related physical infrastructure, eliminating approximately 288,000 tons of linerboard capacity. The reconfigured mill’s production capacity will total approximately 605,000 tons per year, consisting of three grades: kraft linerboard; KraftPak, an unbleached folding carton kraft paper; and DuraSorb, a saturating kraft paper used for decorative laminate and industrial end uses.

                      “The actions that we are taking at our North Charleston mill will substantially improve the long-term competitiveness of the mill by reducing our on-going operating costs and capital needs, and focusing more than half of the mill’s production on the high-value, differentiated DuraSorb and KraftPak products,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “Reducing the production of linerboard at this mill will help balance our supply with customer demand across our system.”

                      The company anticipates that the reconfiguration will increase WestRock’s annual EBITDA by approximately $40 million, primarily due to the reduction in operating costs from the shutdown of the paper machine and its associated infrastructure. This reconfiguration includes an anticipated workforce reduction of approximately 260 positions at this mill over a five-month period, starting in January 2020.

                      “We understand that this reconfiguration will impact our employees, their families and the community,” continued Voorhees. “Our teams are working to provide support and resources to our employees and their families as we move forward.”

                      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 team members support customers around the world from 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 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:17:21 +0200
                        Verso Announces New Anthem Plus® Coated Paper Promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8228-verso-announces-new-anthem-plus-coated-paper-promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8228-verso-announces-new-anthem-plus-coated-paper-promotion

                        American Product. American Jobs. American Pride.

                        Verso Corporation, a leading producer of coated papers, has just introduced a new promotion for its economy coated paper, Anthem Plus®, titled Anthem Plus®. Solid Performer. The promotion features the product's satin finish and matching digital companion, Blazer Digital®.

                        "Anthem Plus® is the all-American economy coated paper with all the qualities and performance commercial printers want at the price they need," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Mike Weinhold. "It has 92-bright, blue-white optics in gloss and satin finishes, from 60 lb. text to 130 lb. cover. It also offers USPS-compliant 7 pt. and 9 pt. basis weights and a matching digital product, Blazer Digital®. Anthem Plus® is made with pride right here in the U.S., supporting local economies and American jobs. That's why it's known as the all-American product."

                        The promotion demonstrates the print quality of Anthem Plus® Satin 100 lb. text and cover and includes crossover pages showcasing the compatibility of Blazer Digital® Satin 100 lb. text. With beautiful solids and brilliant reproduction, Anthem Plus® and Blazer Digital® are the go-to economy coated stocks for offset and digital applications.

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                        "Anthem Plus® is a great sheet that comes with Verso's superior service and immediate availability, which means our customers get what they need, when and where they need it," said Verso Brand Manager Tim Nordin. "With more than 200 Anthem Plus® SKUs in our warehouses across the country, we're ready to meet our customers' needs day-in and day-out, even when demand surges. Verso is willing and able to quickly cut custom sizes of Anthem Plus® to meet our customers' just-in-time delivery needs."

                        "Verso's paper mills have served the toner market with the very best in coated papers for more than two decades, delivering digital papers expertise, dedicated production capacity and the broadest digital papers product portfolios in the industry," said Verso Brand and Product Manager Michelle Garrett. "Blazer Digital® is an economical, 92-bright coated digital paper with basis weight and finish choices similar to Anthem Plus®."

                        Anthem Plus® has the flexibility to perform in virtually every sheetfed printing application, including direct mail, brochures, catalogs, posters, newsletters, calendars, bill stuffers, flyers and manuals. It is available with post-consumer recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® - C014984 -BV-COC-953662), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™ - BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI® - BV-SFICOC-US09000011) standards.

                        To learn more about Anthem Plus® and Blazer Digital®, please visit versoco.com.

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

                        SOURCE Verso Corporation

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:10:07 +0200
                          Verso Showcases Sterling® Premium Coated Paper in ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION Promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8220-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-coated-paper-in-elevate-your-impression-promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8220-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-coated-paper-in-elevate-your-impression-promotion

                          Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate the power of print in its latest promotion titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION. Sterling® Premium is Verso's premium coated sheetfed printing paper.

                          "Sterling® Premium has set a new standard for premium coated papers," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Mike Weinhold. "The combination of optics with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability, Verso service and an affordable price makes Sterling® Premium a great choice for marketers who want to elevate their brand's image and make a lasting impression."

                          ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION. This beautifully printed set of cards is the fourth in a series of promotions for Sterling® Premium. The cards showcase the 96 bright, white shade, exceptional surface and print quality of 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Silk Cover and 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo Silk Cover through colorful, attention-grabbing imagery printed using creative techniques and special inks, including chrome (metallic), fluorescent DayGlo® and vibrant Kaleido® inks.

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                          "This promotion demonstrates and celebrates the power and possibilities of print," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Ryan Graham. "In branding, a great first impression entices customers to explore and learn more. Print not only delivers an immediate and captivating draw to your brand with rich, colorful imagery, but also provides a tactile experience that no electronic media can match. There's no doubt that printing on Sterling® Premium delivers eye-catching graphics and a human touch that will elevate your brand and leave a lasting impression," he said.

                          Made in the U.S.A., Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes and finishes including gloss, silk and matte, with weights to meet a broad spectrum of requirements. Sterling® Premium offers true premium selection, with the industry's broadest range of basis weights—70 lb. text through 130 lb. cover, including 7 pt. and 9 pt. caliper guaranteed products for direct mail. The product line also includes two matching digital companion products, Sterling® Premium Digital™ and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, guaranteed on all digital offset, toner and HP Indigo print equipment. Sterling® Premium is manufactured with 10% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® - C014984 -BV-COC-953662), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™ - BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI® - BV-SFICOC-US09000011) standards.

                          To learn more about Sterling® Premium, please visit our website versoco.com.

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

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:11:01 +0200
                            Ensuring paper quality - web monitoring and inspection on a high-speed paper coating line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8218-ensuring-paper-quality-web-monitoring-and-inspection-on-a-high-speed-paper-coating-line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8218-ensuring-paper-quality-web-monitoring-and-inspection-on-a-high-speed-paper-coating-line

                            AMETEK Surface Vision has delivered a reliable, comprehensive state-of-the-art solution for early defect detection and classification on a major paper manufacturer’s premium paper coating line, increasing productivity and winder throughput.

                            Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a paper manufacturer based in Bielefeld, Germany. Known for high-quality products, it is part of the Japanese company Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd, and produces coated inkjet, thermal, carbonless, label and barrier papers.

                            The Bielefeld site operates two paper machines, three coating machines, and seven winders. The premium coating machine, designated SM3, is the most productive coating line at the plant, used for the coating of thermal paper for different applications, so defects need to be detected as early as possible.

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                            The coated paper produced by the SM3 line has to meet the quality standards demanded by customers. The existing web inspection system was aging and no longer able to meet Mitsubishi’s increased requirements, and so had to be replaced with a state-of-the-art web inspection solution that delivered the best available results.

                            Marco Saitta, Sales Account Manager at AMETEK Surface Vision, said: “Over the years, Mitsubishi assessed the best service and support to be delivered by AMETEK Surface Vision directly. They also found our inspection systems were the easiest to use and provided the most accurate results in terms of defect detection and classification.”

                            The AMETEK Surface Vision solution

                            To provide the highest-quality solution for SM3, AMETEK Surface Vision supplied the company’s SmartView and SmartAdvisor® inspection systems, which offers a complete and integrated set of web inspection and web monitoring tools on the same machine.

                            SmartView is AMETEK Surface Vision’s versatile, modular system for the detection, monitoring and reporting of surface defects on a range of products. It combines powerful software, linescan camera technology, high-intensity lighting and industry-leading engineering to deliver a trusted, automatic solution.

                            SmartAdvisor is an easy-to-use, reliable video monitoring and process analysis solution for continuous production lines. Using high-speed video and camera synchronization technology, it boosts machine efficiency, finds defects and detects process upsets from startup.

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                            These products can also be coupled together in a comprehensive Smart System configuration. This allows synchronization of the final quality camera images with the over-the-line, distributed process monitoring cameras, so final defects can be traced through the line, identifying the root cause of the defect.

                            The Smart System is supported by the Advanced Winder Advisor (AWA), a precision marking solution developed specifically for SmartView systems operating in the paper industry.

                            Axel Kümper, Mitsubishi’s Production Manager for SM3, said: “We have found the AWA to be a very impressive tool, because it stops within a maximum of 10 centimetres from the defect. While there are other solutions available, this has proven to be the most effective one for identifying defect locations for easy removal or patching.”

                            Meeting customer requirements

                            Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe Gmbh reported excellent results from using the new system on SM3.

                            Axel Kümper said: “With this new system, we are able to meet the highly demanding quality requirements of the thermal paper market, delivering defect-free material to our customers.”

                            About AMETEK Surface Vision

                            AMETEK Surface Vision is a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions with a broad product portfolio optimized for web and surface inspection and monitoring and process surveillance applications.

                            Its product portfolio includes two distinct product lines: SmartView® systems and SmartAdvisor® systems. Each product line uniquely enables customers to inspect the surfaces of materials processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens and glass industries. Learn more by visiting ameteksurfacevision.com.

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:02:03 +0200
                              Willamette Falls Paper Company is now FSC Certified http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8210-willamette-falls-paper-company-is-now-fsc-certified http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8210-willamette-falls-paper-company-is-now-fsc-certified

                              Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc. has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification through SCS Global Services.
                               
                              FSC Chain-of-Custody certification assures consumers that the products they are purchasing have been responsibly managed and harvested. FSC-certified products are tracked throughout their life cycle, from forest to end product. For a final product to be certified, all companies along the supply chain (in this case from forest to paper mill) need to be FSC certified. All certification audits and assessments are done by third-party companies. Certification for Willamette Falls Paper Company (FSC-C151152) was performed by SCS Global Services.
                               
                              2019 09 19 105309By becoming FSC certified, Willamette Falls Paper Company is one step closer to achieving its sustainability goals.
                               
                              “We are dedicated to offering environmentally sound options to our customers,” says Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Our long-term focus is sustainable papermaking, and FSC certification is just the first stage.”
                               
                              Looking to the future, Willamette Falls Paper Company will explore the use of non-traditional fiber sources such as wheat straw and hemp in the papermaking process. The company also plans to work with local waste management companies to find better solutions for paper recycling in the West Linn region.
                               
                              ABOUT WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC.
                              Willamette Falls Paper Company is a newly formed company which owns and operates the machinery and equipment at the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production. www.wfpaperco.com.

                              ABOUT SCS GLOBAL SERVICES
                              SCS Global Services is a leader in environmental and sustainability certification. A founding member and one of the first certification bodies accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1996, SCS is one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers with more than 35 million acres of responsibly managed forests and 4000 companies in the FSC supply chain worldwide. SCS programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. Learn more at www.scsglobalservices.com.
                               
                              ABOUT FSC
                              FSC is the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry. FSC certified forests conserve biological diversity, water resources and crucial ecosystems. The FSC standard also upholds worker rights and supports economic prosperity in surrounding communities. The FSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that certified wood products are tracked from forest to final product (and if applicable, that qualified recycled materials are used), adding legitimacy to the FSC claim throughout the supply chain.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:52:10 +0200
                                AstenJohnson announces end of proposed transaction to merge Heimbach and AstenJohnson PMC businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8193-astenjohnson-announces-end-of-proposed-transaction-to-merge-heimbach-and-astenjohnson-pmc-businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8193-astenjohnson-announces-end-of-proposed-transaction-to-merge-heimbach-and-astenjohnson-pmc-businesses

                                AstenJohnson CEO Kevin Frank said: “We regret to announce that the proposed transaction to merge the Heimbach and AstenJohnson PMC (Paper Machine Clothing) businesses has been called off. While both companies have a high level of respect for each other and saw great potential to merge, the obstacles simply proved too great to overcome at this time.”

                                astenjohnson logoAstenJohnson is committed and confident of delivering superior value to all its stakeholders and continues to focus on its growing PMC and Nonwovens business while searching for future strategic growth opportunities.

                                About AstenJohnson

                                AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer of pulp & paper machine clothing, advanced and filtration fabrics, filaments, and nonwoven fabrics for filtration, automotive, cured-in-place piping and composites. As a supplier to the paper industry since 1790, it has a thorough knowledge of technical textiles and processes – and knows how to apply its expertise to help customers be more profitable. The company employs approximately 2,100 people. Its corporate headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:49:52 +0200
                                  Battery Ventures Acquires Forest2Market, Inc., and Fisher International, Inc. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8181-battery-ventures-acquires-forest2market-inc-and-fisher-international-inc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8181-battery-ventures-acquires-forest2market-inc-and-fisher-international-inc

                                  Combined companies will offer unprecedented data-driven insights to global forest products markets

                                  Battery Ventures, a global technology-focused investment firm, announced that it has acquired two companies:

                                  fisher logoForest2Market, Inc. a firm supplying data, analytics, supply chain expertise and strategic consulting services to the global forest products industry; and Fisher International, Inc. a firm supporting the pulp and paper industry with business intelligence and strategy consulting services.

                                  Forest2Market and Fisher International will continue to operate individually as the transition is planned and implemented.

                                  "We believe both Forest2Market and Fisher International are leaders in their industry, with sophisticated business intelligence platforms that offer data-intense, technology-based solutions for the global forest products industry. Combined, the companies will offer greater insight to customers and provide better customer solutions and service, while setting the stage for dynamic, profitable growth for both companies going forward," said Jordan Welu, principal at Battery Ventures. Welu and Battery’s Dave Tabors will join Peter J. Stewart, founder and CEO of Forest2Market, on the board of directors.

                                  Stewart will also become CEO of the combined organizations. Rod Fisher, the founder and president of Fisher International, will step away from the day-to-day management of the company and serve as a senior advisor to both the new CEO and Fisher International customers.

                                  The Forest2Market team and the balance of the Fisher International team will remain in place. "I look forward to working with the Fisher International and Forest2Market teams. We believe this will create powerful new products and services and provide unprecedented global data-driven insight to our customers," said Stewart.

                                  These acquisitions put both companies on a path to attain their long-term corporate goals. "Forest2Market's goal for the last five years has been to expand both internationally and across the value chain, from wood raw materials to end-products markets, and the combination of Forest2Market and Fisher International will accelerate that growth,” Stewart added. “We will continue to work with Battery to grow the companies, build out the value chain and offer the data and analytics that our forest products industry customers around the globe rely on to make complex business decisions."

                                  "Pete and I have worked on specific engagements over the years, and we've talked about ways our companies can work together to enhance the value we bring to all of our customers," said Fisher. "Battery Ventures recognized the opportunity to join these two complementary companies as a way to increase the efficiency with which both companies deliver data, end-to-end insight, guidance and platform solutions. The synergies are clear, and I am excited to see the many advantages we will bring to our customers as a result of our working together."

                                  About Forest2Market, Inc.

                                  Forest2Market provides pricing data, supply chain expertise and strategic consulting services to participants in the global wood and fiber supply chain. The Forest2Market's unique databases contain more than 400 million rows of transaction data; they are the foundation for all analytics available in the firm's business intelligence platform, SilvaStat360, as well as client resource studies and consulting engagements. Founded in 2000, Forest2Market is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. To learn more, visit www.forest2market.com.

                                  About Fisher International, Inc.

                                  Fisher International supports the pulp and paper industry with business intelligence and strategy consulting services. With research resources in nearly every pulp and paper producing country in the world, Fisher’s comprehensive databases, analytical technologies and expert consultants are used by the paper industry around the world every day. Founded in 1985, Fisher is headquartered in South Norwalk, Conn. To learn more, visit http://www.fisheri.com.

                                  About Battery Ventures

                                  Battery strives to invest in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, web infrastructure, consumer internet, mobile and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to private equity and invests globally from offices in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Israel and New York. Follow the firm on Twitter (@BatteryVentures) and at www.battery.com, and find a full list of Battery investments here.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:37:28 +0200
                                    Dr. Phil Harding to Join Willamette Falls Paper Company as the Director of Technology and Sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8160-dr-phil-harding-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-as-the-director-of-technology-and-sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8160-dr-phil-harding-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-as-the-director-of-technology-and-sustainability

                                    Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces Dr. Phil Harding will join Willamette Falls Paper Company as the Director of Technology and Sustainability.
                                     
                                    Dr. Harding has spent the past twelve years serving as the Linus Pauling Chair of Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University. He will bring his wealth of industrial chemical engineering and business experience to develop paper and other products from wheat straw, recycled fiber, and hemp. His background includes work in the paper industry with James River Corporation and in microelectronics with Hewlett-Packard, with responsibilities including process engineering, research and development, product reliability, global manufacturing and research strategy. He is the winner of the Oregon State University Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, is a certified Professional Engineer, and holds 15 patents.

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                                    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Harding to the team at Willamette Falls Paper Company,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “His expertise in our industry and his innovation and forward thinking on sustainability will be critical for our new product development and the long-term viability of the business.”
                                     
                                    “It is an honor to join Brian Konen and Columbia Ventures Corporation CEO, Ken Peterson, in not only restarting the paper mill, but also creating new market segments that synergistically engage economic opportunity and sustainability,” states Dr. Harding. “State and federal regulatory movement on managing carbon emissions strongly favor our location and business interests.”
                                     
                                     
                                    COLUMBIA VENTURES CORPORATION (CVC) is a private equity diversified holding company. Notably, CVC is the majority owner of Northwest Straw Pulp, LLC which is in the final stages of constructing a first-of-its-kind pulp mill near Starbuck, Washington, to manufacture high-quality pulp fiber from wheat straw. At full production, it expects to annually produce 140,000 tons of pulp that will be able to directly substitute for hardwood pulp in terms of specifications and quality.
                                     
                                    WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. is a newly formed company which owns and operates the machinery and equipment at the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:36:43 +0200
                                      Paper Formulation Technology is a Key Driver for Sustainable Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8158-paper-formulation-technology-is-a-key-driver-for-sustainable-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8158-paper-formulation-technology-is-a-key-driver-for-sustainable-packaging

                                      As interest groups raise awareness about plastic waste, governments around the world are starting to ban various types of plastics, especially single-use packaging items. We all know the reasons behind this push: Plastic waste is filling our landfills and waterways and breaks down very slowly in the environment.

                                      Ultimately, the impact will not be confined to items such as grocery bags and straws. Analysts expect the movement to extend to plastic bottles, disposable cups, food-service packaging and ready-meal containers. In fact, several major consumer brands, as well as a significant number of European retailers, have moved to reduce or eliminate their use of plastics in packaging. And more will certainly follow.

                                      Renewed Focus on Paper Materials

                                      In this new paradigm, the pulp and paper industry has an opportunity to rise to the challenge of providing more environmentally friendly fiber-based solutions to replace all those plastic straws, bottles, disposable cups and food containers. But before that happens, it’s important to address the foundational aspects of packaging production that will enable these products to be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives, especially in food applications.

                                      Made with Solenis Barrier Coatings technologyMade with Solenis Barrier Coatings technology

                                      The Enabling Technologies

                                      Almost anything, of course, is technically recyclable at a cost. But what makes a paper package most valuable in this new world is whether a material is repulpable. To this end, the goal is to replace paraffin wax or polyethylene (PE), fluorocarbon for grease barriers and the use of PE in cups and food-service applications. To achieve this goal, special formulations are required for paper packaging that act as a barrier to water, hot/cold liquids, greases and oils, moisture and water vapor—to name just a few. Suitable replacement formulations include barrier biowaxes used for different applications. Individual barrier products can also form a “system” consisting of one to three different coatings, each having different functions, with the final system design depending on the end producer’s requirements.

                                      As the packaging industry moves toward fiber-based material for more sustainable solutions, there are some key issues to consider when it comes to paper material formulation.

                                      Is it repulpable? Repulpability enables creation of a segregation system for post-consumer cups that can be repulped, where the fiber is recovered and reused to produce paper and paperboard products, perhaps even back into cups. The value of the fiber in these cups is very high, enough to make it economically feasible to develop the infrastructure needed to collect, segregate and recover these containers after use. Therefore, the barrier formulation should enable repulpability. This is not typically economically viable with PE-coated cups.

                                      Is it compostable? The long-term objective, of course, is to recover the fiber. In the short term, if the material can be redirected to composting facilities – as opposed to landfills – this helps with consumer messaging and is a step forward for brand owners and the environment as well. As a result, fiber material with compostable barrier formulations have a significant advantage over PE products, which cannot be composted. However, this is still secondary to repulpability.

                                      How is the formulation produced? This is a key point on sustainable sourcing, where many consumer brand owners have aspirational goals of using more than 50 percent sustainably sourced raw materials. Manufacturers of paper barrier coating formulations are seeking to minimize non-fossil fuel derived components and maximize renewably sourced raw materials. Some barrier solutions for example are 100% non-fossil based. 

                                      Is the barrier formulation functional? Barrier formulations must meet the functional requirements of the material being replaced. These requirements include resistance to oil, grease and water in applications like hamburger wrap, and resistance to staining for on-the-go coffee cups. Many paper-based packages are designed for consumer appeal and branding, and involve printing, sealing, gluing, flexibility and elasticity. As a result, paper barrier formulations must still allow the same packaging functionality while meeting sustainability goals.

                                      Does the formulation facilitate manufacturing? One of the biggest advantages with some barrier coating formulations is that you can apply them using paper machine coaters, off-machine coaters or even flexo/reverse gravure printing presses. With some barrier coatings you can even convert the coated board into cups on existing cup-making machines designed to work with PE. As a result, very little capital expenditure is required to utilize these barrier systems; paper manufacturers can run them now if they have a coater.

                                      The good news is that awareness of fiber as a functional packaging alternative continues to gain ground. For example, in the Next Gen Cup Challenge, a global consortium that includes major food industry players recently issued a challenge to “identify and commercialize existing and future solutions for the single-use, hot and cold fiber cup system.” Solutions could include cup lids, sleeves and straws, as well as reusable and alternative delivery systems. Nearly 500 entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists from more than 50 countries, including a team from Solenis, responded enthusiastically with ideas and potential solutions. Solenis was recognized as one of 12 final winners and work to scale its proposed solution is underway.

                                      Working together, the paper industry can make a difference in reducing plastic waste in the environment and supporting the circular economy in 2019 and beyond.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:23:55 +0200
                                        West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8155-west-linn-paper-mill-site-to-re-open-as-willamette-falls-paper-company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8155-west-linn-paper-mill-site-to-re-open-as-willamette-falls-paper-company

                                        Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces the purchase of the paper-making assets associated with the mill located in West Linn, Oregon and has entered into a five-year lease with renewal options for the related real estate and buildings.

                                        The new operation owns three paper machines, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with the potential capacity of 260,000 tons. Willamette Falls Paper Company plans a near-term startup of at least one paper machine, returning it as the only coated freesheet producer on the West Coast. Initially, the mill will employ about 85 people, which will increase as they bring up one or two of the remaining paper machines.

                                        2019 07 08 121500While the mill’s initial focus will be on traditional paper products, the long-term focus on sustainable paper-making will be its key to success. Willamette Falls Paper looks to integrate the use of non-traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw, agricultural waste and the new farm crop of hemp into the process. In addition to making paper from sustainable fiber, the mill also plans to work with local waste management companies to help find solutions to improve the recycling rate in the region. Recent export restrictions on paper waste have made paper disposal a problem. The mill looks to address the need for better recycling options.

                                        “We look forward to working with former customers to produce the quality products that they need,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Paper has been a part of the West Linn community for 130 years, and I am confident there are many more years of production ahead of us. Our previous employees were shocked and disappointed when the mill shut down 20 months ago, and it has been a goal of mine to find a new owner and restart the plant. Many highly skilled and experienced employees want to return to work in West Linn, and we are excited to welcome them back.”

                                        Ken Peterson, CEO of Columbia Ventures Corporation says, “I am very optimistic because we were able to quickly develop a business plan to justify acquiring and reopening the paper mill. I am thankful to the various parties, including Portland General Electric, for working quickly and cooperatively to make it happen. The mill’s success means a reliable source for U.S. paper production to displace foreign paper imports. As we re-establish the business, we also intend to look for other ways to contribute to the economic life of the community outside of just pure paper-making.”

                                        COLUMBIA VENTURES CORPORATION (CVC) is a private equity diversified holding company. Notably, CVC is the majority owner of Northwest Straw Pulp LLC which is in the final stages of constructing a first-of-its-kind pulp mill near Starbuck, Washington, to manufacture high-quality pulp fiber from wheat straw. At full production, it expects to annually produce 140,000 tons of pulp that will be able to directly substitute for hardwood pulp in terms of specifications and quality.

                                        WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. is a newly formed company which owns and operates the machinery and equipment at the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:13:34 +0200
                                          North American paper producer eases into the future with ABB digital solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8153-north-american-paper-producer-eases-into-the-future-with-abb-digital-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8153-north-american-paper-producer-eases-into-the-future-with-abb-digital-solutions

                                          Port Townsend Paper Company (PTPC) moves forward with ABB Ability™ Advanced Digital Services

                                          PTPC, a North American producer of pulp and paper products, began an evolution path in April 2018 for its mill in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The mill’s distributed control system (DCS), which was nearing the end of its lifecycle, started a phased evolution upgrade. As a result, the mill will be able to continue operations and avoid a weeks-long shutdown while ABB performs services and upgrades during planned downtime.

                                          2015 10 07 184308As part of the agreement, ABB migrated the mill’s existing Human Machine Interface (HMI) to ABB Ability™ System 800xA.  As the industry’s leading control system, System 800xA also serves as an integrated electrical control system, a safety system and a collaboration enabler with the capacity to improve engineering efficiency, asset utilization and operator performance.

                                          The mill also added OPT800 Cook/B, which is part of the ABB AbilityTM Advanced Process Control offering for pulp mills.  OPT800 Cook/B is the latest version of the Advanced Batch Digester Management System that sequences and schedules PTPC’s batch digesters to process wood chips into pulp more efficiently, helping to increase production. PTPC will also benefit from minimized kappa variation and steam leveling, which will result in reduced chemical and steam usage.

                                          The mill also receives ABB Pulp and Paper Care as part of the agreement. This is a modular service agreement framework designed to cut complexity, control cost, and maximize capital for ABB customers. ABB Pulp and Paper Care can address customer needs such as:

                                          • Rapid Response guarantees fast and flexible service response to maximize equipment availability. Services include spare parts management programs, 24/7 technical support, and remote support services.
                                          • Lifecycle Management provides powerful tools and ABB knowledge base to optimize and extend equipment life through use of ABB Automation Sentinel subscription.
                                          • Performance Improvement increases productivity through usability and efficiency optimization of equipment and processes. Services provided can include Site Services, Resident Service Engineering, and System 800xA Performance Services.

                                          Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) produces kraft pulp, paper, containerboard, and specialty products by blending virgin and recycled fibers at its mill headquarters in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. Along with its sister corrugated packaging facility, Crown Packaging in British Columbia, PTPC offers a variety of sustainable solutions to its customers. PTPC is recognized as a market-driven, entrepreneurial specialty kraft paper and containerboard producer that consistently provides high quality products. Its mission is to maximize EBITDA while continuously upgrading manufacturing assets and improving employee capabilities.

                                          ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:05:33 +0200
                                            SEALS DELIVER LONG LIFE IN CHEMICAL PROCESSING APPLICATIONS http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8128-seals-deliver-long-life-in-chemical-processing-applications http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8128-seals-deliver-long-life-in-chemical-processing-applications

                                            Based on a proprietary and patented crosslinking system that has been developed specifically for the chemical processing industry, DuPont™ Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 seals exhibit minimal swelling and improved retention of physical properties when exposed to aggressive chemicals such as concentrated nitric acid, organosilanes, chlorosilanes, pure ethylene oxide, butyraldehyde, amines, vinyl monomers and acrylic monomers. Kalrez® 7275 seals are available in the UK from authorised distributor Dichtomatik Ltd.

                                            2019 06 26 191617DuPont™ Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 seals exhibit minimal swelling and improved retention of physical properties when exposed to aggressive chemicals.

                                            Any process plant that uses chemicals as an inherent part of its operations knows the importance of reliable, long-lasting seal technology. With Kalrez® 7275, which is a special perfluoroelastomer product, users enjoy excellent compression set resistance and good retention of physical properties after ageing at high temperatures. In fact, the seals will deliver a higher level of performance in any aggressive chemical processing application with temperatures up to 300°C, especially where high resistance to strong oxidisers such as nitric acid, chlorine and chlorine dioxide is required.

                                            2019 06 26 191646Durability of Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 relative to the MTBR of the incumbent FFKM in a chlorine dioxide/water stream.

                                            Among those able to vouch for the benefits of Kalrez® 7275 is a paper mill in North America that relies on chlorine dioxide for its pulp bleaching operations. The paper mill was experiencing frequent failures of a pump handling chlorine dioxide in water. According to the reliability engineer, the incumbent non-black FFKM seal typically failed within 5 months of installation because of the extremely aggressive nature of the stream. However, following replacement of the seals with Kalrez® 7275, seal life doubled to more than 12 months, removing the pump from the paper mill’s list of “bad performers” and into routine yearly maintenance. Increasing the MTBR (mean time between repair) in this way contributes to reduced maintenance costs and longer equipment life, while improving process safety.

                                            Aside from pumps, Kalrez® 7275 will benefit many other applications which depend on mechanical seals as part of their critical processes, including valves, compressors, filtration columns and analytical equipment.

                                            2019 06 26 191707Pump seal life was more than doubled when using Kalrez® 7275 seals at a paper mill in North America.

                                            Uniquely identifiable by its light brown colour, Kalrez® 7275 offers: a Shore hardness (A) of 75 (on the slab) and 81 Shore M (on the O Ring); 100% Modulus of 9.7 MPa; tensile strength at break of 14.5 MPa; elongation at break of 160%; and compression set of 22% (70 hours at 204°C). The product is available in a broad series of standard O-ring sizes and custom parts for a wide range of sealing applications.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:24:53 +0200
                                              James Smith joins Toscotec North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8124-james-smith-joins-toscotec-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8124-james-smith-joins-toscotec-north-america

                                              Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that James Smith has joined the group as Paper & Board Sales Manager for North America.

                                              James Smith, Paper & Board Sales Manager for North AmericaJames Smith, Paper & Board Sales Manager for North America

                                              James has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 years of experience in the paper industry with various roles of technical and sales leadership for key industry players. These include Beloit Corporation for North America and Asia Pacific, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Paperchine and PMT Italia for the North American market.

                                              James will actively contribute to Toscotec’s growing paper and board business in North America, catering to new customers in the U.S. and Canada.

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:30:52 +0200
                                                PMP to support Convertipap’s tissue business expansion in the Americas! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8123-pmp-to-support-convertipap-s-tissue-business-expansion-in-the-americas http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8123-pmp-to-support-convertipap-s-tissue-business-expansion-in-the-americas

                                                The Tissue sector is performing a continuous growth worldwide, and this trend is about to even strengthen in the coming years. Currently tissue papers are daily necessities of every human being. Taking current trends into account, Latin America and Eastern Europe are the key areas that are ready to grow.

                                                logo pmp passionConvertidor de Papel, S..A de C.V. (Convertipap) is a paper producer that decided to follow above trends and to expand its tissue business. Now, the family business has strategically expanded and has two plants located in the Mexican Republic; but it’s not over, currently Mexican producer decided about another investment, that will shift its business to the next level.

                                                The company just announced a market expansion that will be possible thanks to the investment in the new tissue machine, that will be added to its already impressive fleet. Convertipap decided to award PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) with an order for a delivery of Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 2100 Tissue Machine.

                                                PMP will supply a new Crescent Former Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 2100 machine with a maximum capacity of 41,000 tpa, reel trim of 2850 mm and the maximum balance speed of 2100 mpm. Machine will produce high quality tissue with the basis weight range of 12.5-40 gsm at the reel.

                                                The new project will be an exciting step in the Mexican’s market development. Convertipap presents an aggressive development strategy with a plan to continue its increase of the market share. One of the main goals is to become the preferred tissue supplier in the Mexican region, offering a wide span of premium tissue products.

                                                PM6 will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment designed and manufactured by PMP, including core technological units, such as hydraulic headbox Intelli-Jet V®, Intelli-Former® CF type, Intelli-Press®, gas heated yankee hood Intelli-Hood®, 15’ steel Yankee Dryer Intelli-YD® as well as reel Intelli-Reel® with extended rail storage. Scope of supply will cover also stock preparation system, dust & mist removal systems, recovery steam generator, mechanical & electrical drives, steam & condensate system, vacuum system, lubrication system, TM controls, baseplates, start-up supervision and training services. Delivery and start-up are scheduled for the middle of 2020.

                                                The whole project will definitely open the door to success both for Convertipap, that is continuously developing in the Mexican market, but also for PMP, as their first tissue project in Mexico will be its flag reference in the Latin American market.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:44:01 +0200
                                                  Kathy Buckman Gibson named Woman of the Year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8097-kathy-buckman-gibson-named-woman-of-the-year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8097-kathy-buckman-gibson-named-woman-of-the-year

                                                  Kathy Buckman Gibson was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI’s) Women in Industry Division at its recent annual PaperCon conference.

                                                  Kathy Buckman Gibson Kathy Buckman Gibson Buckman Gibson is a TAPPI Fellow and received the association’s Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award in 2007. She has served as a Trustee of the TAPPI Foundation and is a past Board Member of TAPPI, PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association), and the Center for Paper Business Industry Studies (CPBIS). She also served on the Board of the Pulp and Paper Foundation of North Carolina State University.

                                                  Buckman Gibson is an owner and Director of Buckman. She has been involved with the pulp and paper industry for more than 25 years while working at Buckman in various capacities including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chairman of the Board.

                                                  Currently Buckman Gibson is CEO and President of KBG Technologies, LLC, a joint venture between herself and Buckman established in 2018. KBG Technologies is a certified woman-owned business providing chemistries and smart technologies to the pulp and paper industry and water treatment market.

                                                  Buckman Gibson currently focuses her community efforts on expanding early childhood education and Pre-K in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.  She has also served in various leadership roles for National Girls Incorporated, United Way of the Mid-South, Mid-South Reading Alliance, the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum and more. 

                                                  About Buckman

                                                  Buckman is completely committed to helping our customers succeed, regardless of the challenges facing them, the industry they operate in or their location in the world. To fulfill that commitment, we surround our rigorously trained industry experts with the highest-quality chemicals, the latest smart technology and advanced data analysis. All focused on helping our customers’ operations improve productivity, increase profitability and ensure safety, compliance and sustainability. That’s more than chemistry. That’s Chemistry, connected.

                                                  About KBG Technologies

                                                  KBG Technologies believes the right chemistry can mean the difference between good and great results.  Founded by Kathy Buckman Gibson, former chairman of the board of Buckman, KBG Technologies is a full-service distributor for Buckman as well as other chemical suppliers, providing personal customer service and a North American distribution network. As a certified woman-owned business, KBG brings a unique approach that not only helps facilities meet their profitability and efficiency goals, but also their diversity goals.

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 09 May 2019 23:11:13 +0200
                                                    BIDITUP & Maynards Announces Liquidation of the Complete Facility and Total Assets of Oregon Paper Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8080-biditup-maynards-announces-liquidation-of-the-complete-facility-and-total-assets-of-oregon-paper-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8080-biditup-maynards-announces-liquidation-of-the-complete-facility-and-total-assets-of-oregon-paper-mill

                                                    logo biditupBIDITUP Auctions and Appraisals Worldwide and Maynards, global leaders in asset conversion is announcing that the entire plant and assets of West Linn Paper Mill will soon be coming to auction. West Linn Paper Mill is closing its door after 128 years as one of the Oregon’s premier industrial businesses. This significant 2-day global “online only” webcast auction of some of the most sought-after assets in the paper milling industry will take place on Wednesday and Thursday June 19th & 20th, 2018, starting each day at 8AM PDT.

                                                    There are over 2,000 lots in this huge sale. Featured assets include:

                                                    • • Complete Fourdrinier Paper Machines (3)
                                                    • • Coating Plant
                                                    • • Stock Preparation System Equipment
                                                    • • Lamb-Grey Roll Wrapping Line
                                                    • • Maxson Sheeter
                                                    • • Shop Equipment including: Lab Equipment, Store Rooms, Tool Rooms & Machine Shops
                                                    • • Rolling Stock including: Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, Roll Clamp Trucks, Industrial Carts & Golf Carts
                                                    • • Misc. Shop Equipment, Spares & Tools, Electrical, Plant Support Equipment
                                                    • • Plus Much More!

                                                    For a catalog and complete listing of the assets for sale, please visit us on the web at www.biditup.com.

                                                    "A sale of this magnitude is really a very important development for the any customers in the paper milling industry -- especially those who are looking to upgrade, update or add to their services and equipment with high-quality assets from a well-established company,” said Steven Mattes, CEO of BIDITUP. “With over 2000 lots being offered, this opportunity should provide interest to our customers in all industries, as there is literally something for everyone in all asset categories,” Mattes added.

                                                    This global “online only” webcast auction will commence at 8AM PDT on Wednesday June 19th and Thursday June 20th, 2018.  Assets will be available for inspection at West Linn Paper Mill, 4800 Mill Street, West Linn, Oregon 97068. Inspections will take place on Monday, June 17th and Tuesday, May

                                                    18th from 9am - 4pm OR By Appointment. For more information please call 818-508-7034 or contact us

                                                    at smattes@biditup.com.

                                                    BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide (www.biditup.com) is a subsidiary of Industrial Assets and was established in 1977 and is a global leader in asset conversion and provides auction, real estate, and appraisal

                                                    services to a comprehensive array of markets. The company is recognized as one of the world's leaders in the auction industry.

                                                    Maynards Industries (www.maynards.com) was founded in 1902. As auctioneers with an established global presence, Maynards conducts over 100 asset auctions and liquidations each year worldwide.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Sun, 05 May 2019 10:56:46 +0200
                                                      Valmet continues to strengthen its stable business by acquiring J&L Fiber Services Inc. in the U.S. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8076-valmet-continues-to-strengthen-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-j-l-fiber-services-inc-in-the-u-s http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8076-valmet-continues-to-strengthen-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-j-l-fiber-services-inc-in-the-u-s

                                                      Valmet has on May 1, 2019 completed the acquisition of J&L Fiber Services Inc., a manufacturer and provider of refiner segments to the pulp, paper and fiberboard industry. The company is located in Wisconsin, U.S. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 51 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments.

                                                      valmet logoJ&L Fiber Services manufactures and supplies low-consistency refiner segments that are important wear parts used in pulp and paper production, complementing Valmet's offering in refiner segments. It also supplies high-consistency refiner segments that are used in thermomechanical pulping and medium density fiberboard (MDF) refining.

                                                      In the last twelve months, the company had net sales of approximately EUR 30 million with an EBITA margin of around 15 percent. The acquired operations employ about 100 people, most of whom are located in Wisconsin, U.S. J&L Fiber Services operates globally through a sales representative and distribution network. Over 75 percent of its sales goes to North America. The acquired business becomes a part of Valmet's Services business line, as Waukesha Service Center.

                                                      "We are continuously strengthening our stable business, meaning Services and Automation. The recent acquisition of North America -based GL&V is now followed by adding J&L Fiber Services' complementary refiner segment products to our services offering. This acquisition also further strengthens our local presence especially in North America. I warmly welcome the 100 new employees to become part of the Valmet team and into our strong, global Services organization," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

                                                      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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 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 Sat, 04 May 2019 22:54:17 +0200
                                                        Verso Announces Closure of Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8074-verso-announces-closure-of-paper-mill-in-luke-maryland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8074-verso-announces-closure-of-paper-mill-in-luke-maryland

                                                        Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced it will permanently close its paper mill in Luke, Maryland, in response to the continuing decline in customer demand for the grades of coated freesheet paper produced at the mill, along with rising input costs, a significant influx of imports, and rising compliance costs and infrastructure challenges associated with recent environmental regulation changes. The closure, which is expected to be complete by June 30, will reduce Verso's coated freesheet production capacity by approximately 450,000 tons, reducing total annual paper production capacity to approximately 2.7 million tons.

                                                        Verso Logo"It is unfortunate that we had to make the decision to close the Luke Mill, but the continuing decline in demand for the grades of paper manufactured there left us no choice but to close this facility that has struggled with profitability for a number of years," said Verso Interim Chief Executive Officer Leslie T. Lederer. "The company explored the possibility of producing alternate grades of paper products but the conclusion remained the same – we could not achieve profitability at the mill in today's market environment.  Consistently matching the supply of our graphic paper products with customer demand for these products, reducing our costs and rapidly diversifying our product portfolio into growing markets remain essential drivers for Verso's long-term success, and we continue to vigorously pursue these objectives."  

                                                        Most of the Luke Mill's paper grades are already qualified to be produced on other Verso paper machines, and the company is working to assure all customer needs are met, according to Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Michael A. Weinhold.  "Because Verso is continually evaluating the best use of our highly flexible manufacturing system to assure we deliver the quality, reliability and value our customers depend on, our Luke Mill customers can remain confident in Verso's ability to meet their needs now and in the future," he said.  "We will be working closely with our customers to assure they continue to receive the high quality products and exceptional service they have come to expect from Verso."

                                                        Approximately 675 employees will be impacted by the closure of the Luke Mill.  Employees were notified in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that their last day of employment with Verso is expected to be June 30.  Eligible hourly employees will receive a severance allowance in accordance with local collective bargaining agreements, and the company will begin effects bargaining with the local unions soon.  Salaried employees will receive a severance allowance in accordance with Verso's established severance policy.  In compliance with the WARN Act, Verso sent notification of the decision to close the mill to the appropriate authorities in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, and will continue to work with state and local officials to help Luke Mill employees take full advantage of all available support resources.

                                                        "The decision to close this mill that has been in operation for more than 130 years was an extremely difficult one, and is in no way a reflection on the dedicated men and women who work there," Lederer said.  "We know that this will be an extraordinarily emotional and challenging time for our Luke Mill team, and Verso is committed to treating them with fairness, respect and dignity during this difficult time. We will also do our utmost to ensure employee safety during the transition. I want to thank each and every member of the Luke team for their hard work and dedicated service to the mill, to Verso and to our customers."

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

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Sat, 04 May 2019 22:21:01 +0200
                                                          Resolute Announces Four-Year Renewal of U.S. Labor Agreements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8067-resolute-announces-four-year-renewal-of-u-s-labor-agreements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8067-resolute-announces-four-year-renewal-of-u-s-labor-agreements

                                                          Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has just announced a four-year renewal of the master collective agreement covering unionized employees of three U.S. pulp, paper and tissue mills. Unionized employees voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement at facilities in Calhoun (Tennessee), Augusta (Georgia) and Coosa Pines (Alabama).   

                                                          abiti122011"We are pleased to have reached agreement prior to contract expiration, indicative of our collaborative working relationship. As we look ahead, we have enhanced operational stability as, together, we focus on improving efficiency and the overall competitive position of these mills," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Our continued union/management partnership serves the best interests of our employees, customers, shareholders and a range of other stakeholders."

                                                          The agreement takes effect for the Calhoun pulp, paper and tissue mill in May 2019 and runs through April 2023, in addition to spanning the four-year period between May 2020 and April 2024 for the Augusta newsprint mill and Coosa Pines fluff pulp operation.   Approximately 775 unionized employees are covered by the agreement and are represented by the United Steelworkers (USW), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada (UA). The agreement improves wages in each of its four years. 

                                                          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 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.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 14:06:45 +0200
                                                            Voith and TSP form joint venture http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8061-voith-and-tsp-form-joint-venture http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8061-voith-and-tsp-form-joint-venture

                                                            Voith and TSP, a leading American technology service company, have launched a new joint venture – TSP OnCare Digital Assets Inc.

                                                            “With the new joint venture between Voith and TSP, Voith is enlarging its footprint in North America in the important field of automation and digitalization services. With TSP, we have the right partner to expand our customer base and tap into new markets,” states Marcos Blumer, Executive Vice President & COO of Voith Digital Ventures.

                                                            • Joint venture will be one of the main QCS service providers in the United States
                                                            • Combined market share of more than 20 percent in the United States
                                                            • Voith greatly expands its capabilities for automation and digital products services
                                                            • The joint venture will continue to provide multi-vendor service and support for all OEMs

                                                            voith logo 2013The new company TSP OnCare Digital Assets, in which Voith holds the majority, will be led by a united management team comprised of both Voith Digital Ventures and TSP. The company is headed by Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, Senior Vice President Automation Services and Upgrades at Voith Digital Ventures North America. This approach to leadership will utilize the combined expertise of both companies while ensuring consistency and continuity for customers.

                                                            “The strategic position of TSP OnCare Digital Assets to support all digital systems within our customers’ complex environment is reducing complexity and risk in the plant maintenance of our customers’ digital assets,” said Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, President TSP OnCare Digital Assets “and is complimented with a lean, flexible service organization and strong training and recruiting capabilities.”

                                                            TSP OnCare Digital Assets will combine the business strengths of both companies to provide a superior, multi-vendor service experience for all OEMs, combining more than 20 percent of the market in paper machine quality control systems (QCS) and monitoring systems services. As part of an ongoing and continuous effort to serve all systems within a customer’s complex environment, TSP OnCare Digital Assets is dedicated to invest in employee training to maximize capabilities and in remote service and training systems.

                                                            “Our primary business purpose is to provide excellent service to our industrial automation customers,” said Rick Skaggs, Director TSP OnCare Digital Assets and President and founder of TSP. “Our customers can expect to continue receiving superior service, now strengthened by Voith’s technology expertise.”

                                                            To learn more about TSP OnCare Digital Assets Inc. visit www.oncaredigitalassets.com

                                                            About the Voith Group
                                                            The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company 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 large family-owned companies in Europe.

                                                            The Group Division Voith Digital Ventures bundles the Voith Group’s long standing automation and IT expertise with the deep know-how in the fields of hydropower, paper machines and drive engineering. As an incubator, this Group Division is pushing for the development of new digital products and services. For decisively shaping the digitalization of mechanical and plant engineering, Voith is driving the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) forward. The Group Division plays a central role in digital innovations and applications for new markets as well as the development and responsibility for existing and new digital venture activities.

                                                            About TSP
                                                            Founded in 2002, TSP is an award-winning and customer-endorsed technology service company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. From data center and network services to backup and disaster recovery, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT services and solutions tailored for each clients’ business needs.

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 13:45:10 +0200
                                                              AstenJohnson and Heimbach to merge their PMC businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8056-astenjohnson-and-heimbach-to-merge-their-pmc-businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8056-astenjohnson-and-heimbach-to-merge-their-pmc-businesses

                                                              The shareholders and boards of AstenJohnson and Heimbach are in advanced negotiations to merge the Paper Machine Clothing and Advanced Fabric businesses of both companies. Together they employ over 3,400 employees globally, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The merger is subject to further due diligence and approval by competition law authorities and is expected to close in the second half of 2019. The Heimbach Technical Textiles and Filtration businesses and the AstenJohnson Eagle Nonwovens and Foss Performance Materials businesses will not be part of the transaction.

                                                              astenjohnson logoTogether, these companies share a history of family ownership that dates back well over 200 years. This common foundation will result in exceptional value and support for our customers globally. In addition, we believe this long-term orientation and ability to exceed customer expectations will ensure ongoing stability for employees worldwide. 

                                                              AstenJohnson and Heimbach have a lasting association as global partners in technology. There is a deep respect between these two companies, noted for their quality of people, inventive solutions and products. The combination of AstenJohnson and Heimbach presents an unparalleled opportunity to provide our customers in the pulp and paper industry with a unique world-class suite of products, services and solutions.  

                                                              As we get regulatory approval and move forward, we will provide our employees and customers with additional details regarding our next steps to unlock the value in this merger.

                                                              About AstenJohnson
                                                              AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer of pulp & paper machine clothing, advanced and filtration fabrics, filaments, and nonwoven fabrics for filtration, automotive, cured-in-place piping and composites. As a supplier to the paper industry since 1790, it has a thorough knowledge of technical textiles and processes – and knows how to apply its expertise to help customers be more profitable. The company employs approximately 2,100 people. Its corporate headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

                                                              About Heimbach Group
                                                              Heimbach is one of the world‘s leading suppliers of innovative products and services supplying Paper Machine Clothing to the paper industry. Their main expertise is in development, manufacture and sales of forming fabrics, press felts, dryer fabrics and transfer belts for paper machines – worldwide. Nine production sites provide employment for a 1,300 strong work force. Their technologically advanced products come with comprehensive customer service and on-site technical support.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 10:40:43 +0200
                                                                Verso Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8055-verso-corporation-announces-executive-leadership-change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8055-verso-corporation-announces-executive-leadership-change

                                                                Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that B. Christopher DiSantis has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Verso Corporation board of directors effective as of April 5, 2019.  Leslie Lederer, former chairman, interim president and CEO of Catalyst Paper Company, has been named as interim Chief Executive Officer as of April 5 in order to ensure a smooth transition until such time as a permanent CEO has been identified and retained.  Verso's board of directors intends to undertake a robust succession process to find a successor for DiSantis, including a search process that will include internal and external candidates.

                                                                Verso Logo"On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Mr. DiSantis for his leadership and contributions to Verso's success and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Co-Chairman of the Board Alan Carr.  Co-Chairman Gene Davis added, "We are thrilled to have Les join us and, given his industry expertise and proven leadership qualities, we look forward to him leading our talented and experienced team."

                                                                "I feel honored and privileged to have been part of Verso's leadership team and board," DiSantis said.  "The economic turnaround driven by Verso's management and associates is a great victory for stockholders.  I leave the company in capable hands, poised for continued success and wish my many colleagues the brightest of futures."

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

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 10:38:19 +0200
                                                                  Technidyne showcases emtec´s innovations at the PaperCon 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8029-technidyne-showcases-emtec-s-innovations-at-the-papercon-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8029-technidyne-showcases-emtec-s-innovations-at-the-papercon-2019

                                                                  The paper and packaging professionals will meet again this year at Tappi´s PaperCon 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from May 05th to 08th. At booth no. 707, the company Technidyne will be the contact for all inquiries regarding the innovative testing equipment from the German company emtec Electronic GmbH. The representative from the U.S. will showcase a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

                                                                  The smallest, lightest and most-modern charge measuring systems for the wet-end in paper and board production are the CAS touch! and the FPA touch! These instruments are used to measure the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

                                                                  FPA touch & CAS II touchFPA touch & CAS II touch

                                                                  Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A useful tool to determine those surface properties of paper and board, that are relevant for the converting process, in particular the surface hydrophobia (sizing) as well as the surface porosity. Both parameters help to predict the converting behavior while printing, coating and gluing. The usage of the device enables the optimal runnability during the finishing or converting processes of paper and board.

                                                                  Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the popular TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling: the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize the tissue production and converting processes. New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 29 Mar 2019 08:39:50 +0100
                                                                    Domtar Corporation Connects Old Pointe Elementary Students and Local Law Enforcement Through PaperPal™ Handwriting Program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program

                                                                    Old Point Elementary students and officers from York County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Hill Police exchanged handwritten letters for six months. Domtar employees host event for them to meet face-to-face for the first time.

                                                                    dom logoDomtar Corporation announced that employee volunteers from the company’s converting facility in Rock Hill, SC visited Old Pointe Elementary School to host a PaperPal™ event for Fifth Grade students and local York County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Hill Police officers. The PaperPal program brings generations together through handwritten letters. The officers and students exchanged letters for six months and met in person for the first time today. Research shows that handwriting has tremendous neurological benefits for the developing minds of young children, and it is an effective way to communicate on a more emotional level. Domtar makes a wide variety of every day products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet papers, as well as a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions. The company’s Rock Hill converting facility employs 50 people in the local community.

                                                                    “Authentic handwriting is not just practice for our students, its how we can relate to and connect with the real world”

                                                                    “Authentic handwriting is not just practice for our students, its how we can relate to and connect with the real world,” said Bill Cook, superintendent of Rock Hill Schools. “Our partnership with Domtar has been a great way to connect our students to the larger community. We are grateful for partners like Domtar who demonstrate through action that we are on one team with one mission for one Rock Hill.”

                                                                    “The PaperPal program was a great way for our officers to meet students on a personal level and let them know that we care and we’re here to protect them,” said Kevin R. Tolson, York county sheriff.

                                                                    Domtar started the PaperPal program in 2015 with a school and retirement community in Van Nuys, Calif. The idea, chronicled in a short video, was so successful that the groups wanted to continue writing letters even after the initial two-month program officially ended.

                                                                    “Besides the educational and cognitive benefits of PaperPal, we are excited to see how this program sparks smiles and hugs for both children and adults,” said Michelle Osborne, Domtar Rock Hill’s administrative coordinator.

                                                                    To understand more about the benefits of handwriting for different generations, consider the research and expert opinions cited below:

                                                                    • Experts at Indiana University conducted brain scans on pre-literate children to determine whether printing letters, tracing them or typing is the most effective method in the learning process. The children tried each method, and then received a functional MRI scan in a device designed to look like a spaceship. The results? If children wrote by hand, the experts saw neural activity in three areas of the brain that was far more enhanced. These areas get activated in adults when they read and write.
                                                                    • A study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows how hand-writing can help adults learn new symbols – anything from music notes to Mandarin. Researchers found that if adults wrote the symbols, there was a stronger, longer-lasting recognition.
                                                                    • Good handwriting can play a role in classroom performance. It can take a generic classroom test score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad penmanship could tank it to the 16th, said an education professor at Vanderbilt University.
                                                                    • Handwriting can be a useful cognitive exercise for baby boomers trying to keep their minds sharp as they grow older, according to a neuroscientist at Duke University.
                                                                    • Children in grades two, four and six wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand instead of with a keyboard, according to a study by a University of Washington professor of educational psychology.

                                                                    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 $5.5 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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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:30:09 +0100
                                                                      Clearwater Paper Launches NuVo® Cup Paperboard Solution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8022-clearwater-paper-launches-nuvo-cup-paperboard-solution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8022-clearwater-paper-launches-nuvo-cup-paperboard-solution

                                                                      Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) has just introduced NuVo®, a new brand of cup stock paperboard that provides foodservice operators choice and differentiation through customized material to fit their specific brand needs. The newly-branded cup stock paperboard is now available to Clearwater Paper’s customers.

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                                                                      “We are excited to introduce NuVo to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from any other paperboard cup product in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president of the pulp and paperboard division. “Our newly-branded NuVo products are an important part of our plan at Clearwater Paper to offer innovative and sustainable solutions that fit the evolving needs of our customers.”

                                                                      NuVo is distinct, offering an option of up to 32% post-consumer recycled fiber. Operators may also choose an enhanced surface technology which offers uniform and consistent ink coverage, a premium white shade and a high definition process print capability. The brand also offers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) chain of custody certification which helps operators show their commitment to sustainability.

                                                                      NuVo is a brand promise that Clearwater Paper intends to continually evolve to provide customers innovative choices to maximize differentiation and sustainability.

                                                                      ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

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

                                                                      Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:18:43 +0100
                                                                        Solenis TopScreen™ Barrier Coating Technology Named One of World’s Best in NextGen Cup Design Challenge http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8011-solenis-topscreen-barrier-coating-technology-named-one-of-world-s-best-in-nextgen-cup-design-challenge http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8011-solenis-topscreen-barrier-coating-technology-named-one-of-world-s-best-in-nextgen-cup-design-challenge

                                                                        Solenis has been named as one of only 12 winners in the NextGen Cup Challenge, a global innovation competition backed by giants of the food-service industry to redesign and create a widely recyclable and/or compostable fiber hot and cold to-go cup. The Challenge attracted nearly 500 entries from more than 50 countries.

                                                                        Solenis received the award in the Innovative Cup Liners category for its TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology.

                                                                        Solenis TopScreen barrier coatings are suitable for packaging applications that require specific liquid/moisture vapor barrier properties and can replace barriers composed of polyethylene (PE). In the same family are formulations designed to replace perfluorocarbon (PFC) in a variety of applications where grease resistance and moisture vapor barrier properties are required.

                                                                        Solenis TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology replaces plastic liners for fiber to-go cups.Solenis TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology replaces plastic liners for fiber to-go cups.

                                                                        TopScreen formulations are produced with a minimum or no fossil fuel components and a maximum of sustainably sourced raw materials. Ideal as a more sustainable and cost-effective barrier option for PE-free cups, Solenis TopScreen barrier coatings can be used to produce fully recyclable and repulpable paper and paperboard packaging. TopScreen barrier coatings can be applied on paper machine coaters or offline coating equipment, providing flexibility for cup makers and utilization of existing cup-making equipment. As a truly global materials supplier, Solenis is uniquely positioned to implement the TopScreen barrier coating solution for paper cups anywhere in the world.

                                                                        More than 250 billion fiber to-go cups are used annually. The PE lining that keeps them from leaking also prevents them from being recycled or composted. Instead, they wind up in landfills or waterways, contributing to the growing plastics pollution problem.

                                                                        The NextGen Cup Challenge was initiated by the NextGen Consortium, a multi-year partnership of leading food-service industry players convened by Closed Loop Partners to address single-use food packaging waste globally. 

                                                                        “This is outstanding recognition for the great work done over the past several years by our research and development team,” said Larry Hutchinson, Solenis global market development manager for Consumer Board. “The demand for a more sustainable paper cup is growing worldwide and this award confirms that Solenis is among the leaders in providing an immediate and viable solution.”

                                                                        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 41 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com.

                                                                        About Closed Loop Partners
                                                                        Closed Loop Partners (CLP) is an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financials returns and tangible social impact. In 2018, CLP launched the Center for Circular Economy, a New York City-based collaboration center for innovators to commercialize products, services and technologies that are leading the transition from a linear take, make, waste economy to a restorative one in which materials are shared, re-used, and continuously cycled. Learn more at www.closedlooppartners.com

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:04:09 +0100
                                                                          International Paper Named One Of The 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies® By Ethisphere For The Thirteenth Time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8001-international-paper-named-one-of-the-2019-world-s-most-ethical-companies-by-ethisphere-for-the-thirteenth-time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8001-international-paper-named-one-of-the-2019-world-s-most-ethical-companies-by-ethisphere-for-the-thirteenth-time

                                                                          International Paper (NYSE: IP) a world leader in renewable fiber based packaging, pulp and paper products, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies.

                                                                          IPLOGOInternational Paper has been recognized for thirteen consecutive years, and is one of only two honorees in the forestry, paper and packaging industry, underscoring their commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.

                                                                          In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics with a strong sense of purpose.

                                                                          "It is an honor once again to be included on this list and to be among companies whose principles and practices uphold the highest standards of ethics and corporate social responsibility," said Sharon Ryan, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. "Our work does not stop inside International Paper, we expect our business partners to share our values and principles as described in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Throughout our global supply chains, we promote safe and healthy working conditions; high ethical standards; protection of human rights and dignity; responsible use of natural resources and compliance with all applicable laws."

                                                                          "Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at International Paper for earning this recognition."

                                                                          Methodology & Scoring
                                                                          The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

                                                                          Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

                                                                          ­­Honorees
                                                                          The full list of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.

                                                                          Best practices and insights from the 2019 honorees will be released in a report and webcast in March and April of this year. Sign up to receive the report.

                                                                          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 world-wide 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., employ 53,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

                                                                          About the Ethisphere Institute
                                                                          The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at: https://ethisphere.com

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:50:04 +0100
                                                                            WestRock Named to Fortune’s List of World’s Most Admired Companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7976-westrock-named-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7976-westrock-named-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies

                                                                            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

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:36:58 +0100
                                                                              International Paper Again Selected to FORTUNE's List of World's Most Admired Companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7975-international-paper-again-selected-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7975-international-paper-again-selected-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies

                                                                              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

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:35:17 +0100
                                                                                Domtar Corporation Names New Mill Managers for Kingsport, TN and Nekoosa, WI http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7974-domtar-corporation-names-new-mill-managers-for-kingsport-tn-and-nekoosa-wi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7974-domtar-corporation-names-new-mill-managers-for-kingsport-tn-and-nekoosa-wi

                                                                                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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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:33:00 +0100
                                                                                  WestRock Provides Update on Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Panama City, Florida, Mill and its Expected Return to Operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7928-westrock-provides-update-on-hurricane-michael-s-impact-on-panama-city-florida-mill-and-its-expected-return-to-operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7928-westrock-provides-update-on-hurricane-michael-s-impact-on-panama-city-florida-mill-and-its-expected-return-to-operations

                                                                                  WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today provided updated information on the impact of Hurricane Michael on its containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.

                                                                                  2015 10 18 094836The Panama City area has been substantially impacted by Hurricane Michael, and the priority remains the safety and health of our employees and their families. We are pleased to report that all of Panama City mill’s employees have been accounted for and are safe. The Company is working to support our team and the community as recovery continues.

                                                                                  As previously reported, the Company’s mill in Panama City received extensive damage from Hurricane Michael. Due to the extraordinary efforts of employees, contractors, vendors, our insurance carrier and government officials, the Company has already made substantial progress in assessing the damage and implementing required repairs to return the mill to operation.

                                                                                  The Company expects that the linerboard production system will return to full production capacity within 30 days. Market pulp production is expected to begin by the end of November, but will likely be limited to no more than 50% of the mill’s market pulp production capacity for an estimated period of approximately six months. The mill has normal annual production capacity of 353,000 tons of linerboard and 292,000 tons of market pulp.

                                                                                  The total cost to the Company from Hurricane Michael is currently unknown. While the Company maintains property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, there will be a time lag between the initial incurrence of costs and the receipt of insurance proceeds as the Company restores the mill back to normal operations.   

                                                                                  The Company will provide an additional update on the status of the mill on its November 5, 2018, earnings conference call.

                                                                                  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, 19 Oct 2018 09:11:46 +0200
                                                                                  Solenis Introduces New imPress™ ID Paper Additives for HP Indigo Digital Presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses

                                                                                  Designed specifically for HP Indigo digital presses, the new imPress™ ID chemistries are up to eight times more efficient at generating print adhesion

                                                                                  Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced a new line of imPress™ ID paper additives designed exclusively for HP Indigo digital presses. The new imPress™ ID chemistries are up to eight times more efficient at generating Indigo print adhesion. With these new additives, paper mills can efficiently and cost-effectively produce papers with a three-star rating for HP Indigo digital presses.

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                                                                                  “As digital printing continues to take market share from offset presses, the demand for papers optimized for digital printing systems will increase,” said Tom Hayden, Global Marketing Director, Printing and Writing. “Our imPress™ ID additives are very easy to run, so papermakers can diversify by quickly adding Indigo-approved grades to their portfolios. Mills that already produce Indigo grades can enjoy a number of additional benefits.”

                                                                                  A main benefit is improved runnability. With imPress™ ID paper additives, no changes are required to the size press or machine settings. The chemistry is non-charged, so it doesn’t form deposits, agglomerate or cause stickies-related issues. In addition, the new imPress™ ID products are exceptionally versatile and work well with optical brightening agents and other size press chemistries.

                                                                                  “Our researchers spent a great deal of time refining this product,” said Dan Varnell, Solenis Research Fellow. “The result is an innovative chemistry that dramatically increases the performance of the paper printed on Indigo presses."

                                                                                  In the past, polyethyleneimine (PEI) or poly(ethylene/acrylic acid) was used to promote Indigo image adhesion, but PEI resulted in yellowing issues and P(Et/AA) dispersions required special conditions. The Solenis imPress™ ID technology relies on thermodynamic attraction of the print ink to the paper treatment. Free energy drops as the ink and the treated paper interact with each other, resulting in more efficient adhesion.

                                                                                  Currently, imPress™ ID-115 and ID-120 are available in North America, and imPress™ ID-215 and ID-220 are available in Europe.

                                                                                  For more information about Solenis imPress™ ID paper additives and technology, visit www.solenis.com/imPress.

                                                                                  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 35 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 solenis.com.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:44:17 +0200
                                                                                    WestRock Provides Update Following Hurricane Michael http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7917-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-michael http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7917-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-michael

                                                                                    WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today provided an initial update following the landfall of Hurricane Michael and its impact on the company’s containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.  

                                                                                    2015 10 18 094836As always, our first priority is the safety of our employees and their families. The Panama City area has been devastated by this hurricane, and we are working to support our employees and this community as the recovery begins.

                                                                                    An orderly shut-down process was started on Monday. The mill was in the direct path of the hurricane’s landfall, and it sustained a substantial amount of damage to buildings and equipment.

                                                                                    Our team is currently assessing the extent of the damage to the mill.  At this time, we do not know when the mill will resume operations; this will depend upon the extent of the damage to our facility and the storm’s impact on local infrastructure, including available power supply, the ability of our employees to travel to the mill, and other factors. 

                                                                                    The mill has annual production capacity of 353,000 tons of linerboard and 292,000 tons of market pulp.

                                                                                    The continued storm path is projected to traverse several states in which we have additional operations and the potential impact, if any, on these operations is unknown at this time.

                                                                                    We will provide additional updates as more information is available, and we have fully assessed the impact to our employees, local infrastructure and the mill.

                                                                                    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 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:43:12 +0200
                                                                                      Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH sets up own sales organization in the U.S. for all North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america

                                                                                      b b logoAs part of ROXCEL HOLDING, Brigl & Bergmeister (B&B) is now present in the U.S. with its own sales organization. Roxcel Trading is located in Greenville, SC and Portland, OR, and plans to open an Atlanta, GA office in 2019 to support the company’s growth. “The demand for our label and packaging papers is still growing," says B&B Managing Director and owner Ahmad PORKAR. "By maintaining a permanent presence at additional locations, we can shorten delivery times and transport routes, are even closer to our customers and can also further improve our local service quality.

                                                                                      Phillip Flauder, who has long term sales experience in North America, has recently taken over market responsibility for B&B sales. Philipp will be based in in the new Atlanta office once established. (contact details: philipp.flauder@roxcel.com)

                                                                                      BRIGL & BERGMEISTER

                                                                                      B&B is the leading manufacturer of label papers and flexible packaging papers. Annually, some 100 billion labels are printed on B&B papers, and our papers bear the face of innumerable famous brands.

                                                                                      The Brigl & Bergmeister plant is located at the heart of Europe, in Niklasdorf in Styria | Austria.

                                                                                      ENAGES, the thermal recycling plant of B&B, supplies the factory with 100% CO2-neutral energy in the form of steam and electricity.

                                                                                      The Papirnica Vevče factory is situated in Slovenia, in the greater area of Ljubljana. A cooperation that had originally started as a joint venture has developed into a fully-fledged partnership. Since 2004, Papirnica Vevče has been a 100% subsidiary of Brigl & Bergmeister.

                                                                                      Brigl & Bergmeister, ENAGES, as well as Papirnica Vevče are part of the Vienna-based Roxcel Holding.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:26:23 +0200
                                                                                        Sofidel America partners with Toscotec for the turnkey supply of two tissue lines at its new Oklahoma mill. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7907-sofidel-america-partners-with-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-two-tissue-lines-at-its-new-oklahoma-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7907-sofidel-america-partners-with-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-two-tissue-lines-at-its-new-oklahoma-mill

                                                                                        Toscotec will provide a complete plant with two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines on a full turnkey basis to Sofidel America’s integrated plant (paper mill and converting) in Inola, Oklahoma, the second greenfield investment of the Group in the United States. The start-up is scheduled for the last quarter of 2019 for PM1 and for the first quarter of 2020 for PM2.

                                                                                        The supply includes two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines, equipped with second generation TT SYD and gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH Duosystem Hoods, with a high level of energy recovery. Each  AHEAD-2.0L machine features a sheet trim of 5,500 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and is designed for an annual production capacity of over 80,000 tons.

                                                                                        The supply also comprises the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring increased operation efficiency, the Distribution Control System (DCS) and Quality Control System (QCS) and the dust and mist removal systems.

                                                                                        The project’s turnkey scope includes the boiler plant, the compressed air station, the bridge crane, the shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems, the chemical preparation system, the hall ventilation system and the water treatment system (Fresh Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant).

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                                                                                        Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering according to US codes and standards, the construction management, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs.

                                                                                        The two tissue lines are dedicated to the production of toilet paper and towels and will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp.

                                                                                        Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, states: "Toscotec’s tissue lines represent an important part of our expansion plan in the US, one of the most important markets for our Group. A key technology investment for our new, integrated plant in Inola to serve the South-Central and Central-Western United States. We opted for one of the most advanced and energy-efficient technology, to help pursuing our penetration in the American market and sustaining the high quality of our products."

                                                                                        The construction of the plant – that will combine sustainability and technological innovation – started in March 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Once fully operational, the new facility will employ 300 full-time workers. Since the beginning of the expansion to the United States in 2012, Sofidel has now operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

                                                                                        Sofidel is a family-run company owned by Stefani and Lazzareschi families, and is the second biggest player in Europe today, and the sixth worldwide in tissue paper manufacturing, with net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017).

                                                                                        "We are honoured to have been selected for such an important investment by Sofidel. And even more so, this project represents the joint effort of two Lucca-based Italian companies who set out to succeed in the USA. I know that we have already achieved important synergies and I firmly believe that working together for a shared expansion target will lead to a successful outcome," says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec. 

                                                                                        The Sofidel Group

                                                                                        The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) / 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

                                                                                        Sofidel America

                                                                                        Sofidel America is a subsidiary of the Sofidel Group. It was established in 2012 through the acquisition of the Cellynne tissue company which was founded in 1988 with two converting plants in Green Bay (Wisconsin) and Henderson (Nevada), and one integrated plant in Haines City (Florida). The company is now active in seven states – the original three already listed, as well as Oklahoma (Tulsa), Mississippi (Hattiesburg), Ohio (Circleville) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) where the company has its American headquarters. Furthermore, a new integrated plant is currently under construction in Oklahoma (Inola).

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:02:37 +0200
                                                                                          Sofidel tissue company opens manufacturing plant in Circleville, Ohio, its largest, most innovative worldwide http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7901-sofidel-tissue-company-opens-manufacturing-plant-in-circleville-ohio-its-largest-most-innovative-worldwide http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7901-sofidel-tissue-company-opens-manufacturing-plant-in-circleville-ohio-its-largest-most-innovative-worldwide

                                                                                          Italian tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel has just opened a 280-acre plant, one of its most technologically and environmentally advanced paper plants in the world, with innovative machinery that increases both the quality of its products and the energy efficiency of its operations.

                                                                                          The Circleville, Ohio, plant is Sofidel’s largest worldwide and its first integrated paper mill built from the ground up in the United States. Since expanding to the United States in 2012, Sofidel now has operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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                                                                                          “The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,’’ said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This plant will help us fuel our growth significantly and further our commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible development. We are extremely proud of this plant and look forward to being an important part of the Circleville community for decades to come.”

                                                                                          “This is an historic moment for Sofidel,’’ said Emi Stefani, chairman of the Sofidel Group. “This facility is our largest, most modern and sustainable to date and employs the best technology available in the tissue paper industry.’’Sofidel has invested about $400 million in the site and, once running at full capacity, the facility will employ approximately 700 people.

                                                                                          The plant is an integrated facility that incorporates a paper mill, where pulp is transformed into paper, a converting plant that produces the finished product, and a state-of-the-art warehousing facility. The plant has a total production capacity of 140,000 tons a year.

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                                                                                          The facility is equipped with two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines, manufactured by Valmet, a global leader in the development and supply of technologies for the pulp, paper and energy processing industries. Advantage NTT 200 technology allows the production of standard tissue and textured paper and will enable Sofidel to further increase the quality of its products, reduce water usage, and recycle heat to power driers and fuel the plant. Each machine can produce 2,000 meters of 5.5-meter-wide paper sheets per minute.

                                                                                          The plant has 10 lines for producing the finished products, including three Constellation lines manufactured by Fabio Perini, with advanced reeling technology that preserves the product’s softness while ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.

                                                                                          The plant features a new system for recovering heat generated by turbines. The heat will be conveyed through extractor hoods and used to dry the rolls of paper, then produce steam. The system will supply almost all the energy needed to dry the paper and, under certain operating conditions, will power the entire machine.

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                                                                                          In addition, the plant has adapted techniques from the food and beverage industry to improve logistics. An automated system transfers paper reels from the paper mill to the converting lines using laser guided vehicles (LGVs). An automated Smart Store warehouse is capable of handling more than 50,000 pallets of finished product, creating a space savings of up to 40 percent.

                                                                                          At the grand opening, Lazzareschi and Stefani were joined by Brian Lenihan, acting executive director of SelectUSA, and Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer for Columbus 2020. Sofidel clients and suppliers, federal, state and local officials, and other stakeholders also attended the event. The project was made possible through assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, the Pickaway Progress Partnership and other public and private partnerships.

                                                                                          The Sofidel Group
                                                                                          The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:33:16 +0200
                                                                                            Clearwater Paper Announces New Pulp and Paperboard Leader http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7890-clearwater-paper-announces-new-pulp-and-paperboard-leader http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7890-clearwater-paper-announces-new-pulp-and-paperboard-leader

                                                                                            Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) has just announced a key divisional executive appointment. Effective October 1, 2018, Steve Bowden is named senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division.

                                                                                            ClearwaterPaper logo01"Steve truly exemplifies our core values and brings to Clearwater Paper his extensive experience in the print, packaging, and paperboard manufacturing businesses,” said Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that with Steve’s leadership, we will continue to strengthen our position as a leading manufacturer of high-quality paperboard while continuing our focus on operational efficiencies.”

                                                                                            Before joining Clearwater Paper, Mr. Bowden was the president of the America’s food and beverage division for Multi-Color. He also held key leadership roles at International Paper, including the executive vice president of marketing and strategy for xpedx, formally an International Paper division, and mill manager for the company’s Augusta, Georgia, coated paperboard facility.

                                                                                            Mr. Bowden received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and completed executive programs at Louisiana State University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

                                                                                            ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

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

                                                                                            For additional information on Clearwater Paper, please visit our website at www.clearwaterpaper.com

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:15:21 +0200
                                                                                              Verso Showcases Sterling® Premium in New Printed Promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7888-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-in-new-printed-promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7888-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-in-new-printed-promotion

                                                                                              Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate the power of print in its latest promotion titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. Sterling® Premium is Verso's premium coated sheetfed printing paper.

                                                                                              "Verso's Sterling® Premium challenges the paper quality/cost paradigm and delivers a first – premium coated paper at a budget-friendly price," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers, Mike Weinhold. "We've raised the bar on the status quo, delivering a more affordable premium coated paper that has a pleasing white shade and 96 brightness that brand owners desire and appreciate."

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                                                                                              ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. This new printed brochure, the third in a series, showcases the 96 bright, white shade and exceptional premium surface and print quality of 130 lb. Sterling® Premium Silk Cover and 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo Silk Cover through detailed imagery and the use of various techniques to enhance the subject matter. Only print can offer special techniques such as embossing, foil stamping and die cutting that grab attention, create memories, build brands and drive sales. 

                                                                                              "Sterling® Premium's optics combined with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability and Verso service continue to elevate the definition of a premium coated sheet," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Ryan Graham. "This promotion both demonstrates and celebrates the possibilities of print with special techniques and premium optics, and the No. 2 pricing of Sterling® Premium broadens the opportunity for brand owners to elevate their message. Think of it as gold for the price of silver."

                                                                                              Made in the U.S.A., Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes and finishes including gloss, silk and matte, with weights to meet a broad spectrum of requirements. Sterling® Premium offers true premium selection, with the industry's broadest range of basis weights—70 lb. text through 130 lb. cover, including 7 pt. and 9 pt. caliper guaranteed products for direct mail. The product line also includes two matching digital companion products, Sterling® Premium Digital™ and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, guaranteed on all digital offset, toner and HP Indigo print equipment. Sterling® Premium is manufactured with 10% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) BV-COC-953662, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), BV-SFICOC-US09000011 standards.

                                                                                              To learn more about Sterling® Premium, please visit our website www.versoco.com

                                                                                              About Verso

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

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:08:44 +0200
                                                                                                Valmet opens a new spreader roll service workshop in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7885-valmet-opens-a-new-spreader-roll-service-workshop-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7885-valmet-opens-a-new-spreader-roll-service-workshop-in-north-america

                                                                                                To strengthen its service capabilities close to customers in North America, Valmet has expanded the operations of its service center in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA, to include comprehensive spreader roll services. The new spreader roll workshop is ready to serve customers in the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries as of October 2018.

                                                                                                valmet logo"Our state-of-the-art spreader roll service workshop in Neenah, equipped with the latest designated technology and work areas, provides high quality and fast services to our customers," says Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet. "We have, for example, a dust-free clean room for the handling and installation of bearings, which ensures high quality and delivers longer roll running times. We also now perform our own rubber sleeve manufacturing in Neenah ensuring fast, flexible and high-quality services for our customers in every way."

                                                                                                Improved reliability and wrinkle-free runs

                                                                                                Valmet spreader roll reconditioning services result in a clear increase in service intervals and cut overall maintenance costs. In addition to keeping spreader rolls in excellent condition, spreader roll services also ensure optimized roll performance, improved end product quality and reliable, wrinkle-free runs.

                                                                                                In addition to Neenah, Valmet provides spreader roll services from 7 other locations around the world, and has globally serviced several hundred spreader rolls. Apart from spreader roll maintenance, Valmet can provide spare rolls and new spreader roll solutions for all spreading applications in the pulp and paper industry.

                                                                                                Information about Neenah service center

                                                                                                Valmet's roll service center in Neenah, Wisconsin, provides modular maintenance solutions such as roll maintenance services, roll reconditioning services and roll upgrades for all type of rolls - now also for spreader rolls.  The Neenah facility also provides a wide selection of roll covers to produce end quality that meets paper makers' every need.

                                                                                                Read more on valmet.com  Valmet service center in Neenah, North America

                                                                                                For further information, please contact:

                                                                                                Chuck Chase, Product Manager, Spreader Roll Services, North America, Valmet, tel. +1 603 303 5558

                                                                                                Andre Chouinard, Business Manager, New Rolls, North America, Valmet, tel. +1 514 926 3023

                                                                                                Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet, tel. +358 44 576 8207

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:04:52 +0200