Pulp-Paperworld.com / N.American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:46:56 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Wisconsin’s Paper Industry: Keys to printing continued success http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7352-wisconsin-s-paper-industry-keys-to-printing-continued-success http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7352-wisconsin-s-paper-industry-keys-to-printing-continued-success

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Wisconsin has long been known as America’s Dairyland. However, for decades we have also been the epicenter of America’s papermaking industry. For over 50 years, the state has been the nation’s leading producer of paper products. According to the Wisconsin Paper Council, the Wisconsin paper industry directly or indirectly employs over 140,000 workers and produces over 5 million tons of paper annually.

While printing and writing paper is the most visible product produced, paper manufacturers in the state create a wide variety of paper products, often employing sophisticated technologies. These products include towel and tissue products, tape, protective liners, diapers, and wipes – just to name a few.

Over recent years the industry has experienced a challenging environment as technology and the internet have disrupted the role paper plays in our daily lives. The reduced role of paper coincided with the Great Recession and the result has been a difficult period for paper manufacturers.

While the disruption is still evident, there are signs of demand stabilization in certain areas. Take the book industry, for instance. The arrival of e-Readers was thought to bring the death of the paperback book. However, in recent years the printing of books has stabilized. This stabilization has been aided by technological advancements that allow books to be printed digitally, at a lower cost, and in small batches which creates less inventory and more customization.

There are several industries within paper production that enjoy very stable end-markets. For example, demand for towel and tissue products in the U.S. closely aligns with population growth and GDP, and has an inelastic demand – people need toilet paper regardless of the economy. Wet wipes and diapers also benefit from stable demand. Many areas in specialty paper manufacturing produce paper for the food industry, another stable end-market.

In addition to end-market adjustments, trade policy has also been an important driver of change for paper manufacturers. The industry has successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce on several occasions over the years when foreign competitors dump cheap products on the market. Trade relationships and decisions will unquestionably continue to impact the industry. Trade moved back into the headlines this spring as the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a preliminary determination for countervailing duties on lumber imported from Canada. Paper manufacturers have been faced with volatile prices for this key raw material over the past few months in anticipation of the announcement.

With all the market disruption, paper manufacturers that innovate products and processes will be the most successful at navigating the industry. This year, the majority of U.S. companies will spend up to 10 percent of their budgets on technology upgrades. Here in Wisconsin, smart companies are investing in innovation to simplify daily tasks, expand product offerings and enter new industries.

The speed of disruption in the paper and forest products industry requires companies to put new efficiencies to work faster to stay ahead of competitors. As the economy evolves it will be important for paper manufacturers to focus on expanding and participating in the stable and growing end-markets within the broad paper industry, and to manage their costs and financing on a long-term basis. Having a partner who understands the nuances of the industry can help companies navigate the good and bad on the road to long-term success. That’s the power of having expertise and capital ready to execute the strategies.

Drew Slocum, senior vice president of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Wisconsin.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:54:03 +0200
    PIVOT unlocks data for tissue converters: grand opening in Green Bay, US http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7349-pivot-unlocks-data-for-tissue-converters-grand-opening-in-green-bay-us http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7349-pivot-unlocks-data-for-tissue-converters-grand-opening-in-green-bay-us

    The worldwide tissue market continues to undergo changes. Consumer preferences, economic uncertainty and improved technology offer more questions than answers. Tissue manufacturers have an increasing amount of data available to make decisions. “The challenge is collecting and measuring that data and turning it into actionable decisions. As a result, many wonder about future success.” says Dario Giannini, Fabio Perini S.p.A. Business Development Manager.

    Manufacturers must continue to win customer loyalty while maintaining profit margins. “This requires concise, usable information. Old methods do not work. Industry 4.0 is here, opening a new realm of data-driven decision-making.” Asserts Nicola Scaramuzza, Fabio Perini S.p.A. Global Marketing Director.

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    New Data-driven Service Available

    Fabio Perini, a global leader in tissue converting, recently introduced PIVOT: the company's answer to data based tissue solutions. It is a breakthrough initiative providing tissue converters data easily understood and collected in a simplified manner. “This in-house laboratory helps understand tissue from pulp fibers to finished product. But it is more than a laboratory.” Says Claudio Munoz, Strategic Marketing Manager of Fabio Perini North America.

    “PIVOT is an advisory service unlocking data for every aspect of tissue converting. It tracks data for web handling, embossing, winding, log formation and packaging. The result is actionable information on every stage of the tissue converting process. Even interactions between machinery and paper will reveal a path to optimized performance.” Adds Dario Giannini

    2017 08 10 103608Tissue converters now have a data resource covering caliper, firmness, absorbency, and strength. PIVOT also collects data on machine parameters such as speed, pressure of rubber rolls and other parameters. This provides a high-level of information helping optimize manufacturing for maximum profitability.

    The PIVOT laboratory service began in 2016 at Fabio Perini corporate headquarters in Lucca, Italy. A second lab is now in Green Bay, Wis., the company’s North American headquarters. A third facility in Brazil will open late in 2017 followed by a fourth lab in China in 2018. “The goal is helping customers around the world with easy access to critical data. All data is collected into a centralized, global database, providing customers a powerful resource.” Declares Claudio Munoz

    Benefits for Tissue Converters

    Besides learning more about a converter's paper, PIVOT also provides data on machinery. This is an added benefit for tissue converters. Too often companies buy machinery without full understanding of the capabilities. PIVOT analyzes data of a company’s tissue samples and the machine. It translates that data into:

    • Recommendations on the best machine configuration for the paper product
    • Suggestions to deliver consistent quality

    PIVOT is only two years old, but has already demonstrated value for customers:

    • PIVOT troubleshoots problems and maximizes test duration during checkouts. “A recent checkout revealed an opportunity for product optimization. Data provided by PIVOT measured tissue caliper and tensile strength at different stages of converting. This did reveal the best embossing pattern compatible to use in bulk production of the tissue.” says Dario Giannini
    • Another checkout helped a customer after purchasing new equipment. “The customer wanted to measure characteristics of a certain paper. They were not getting the results expected on the new equipment and hoped PIVOT could help. PIVOT's data identified the best paper to run on the machine and maximize line productivity.” adds Dario Giannini
    • Data from PIVOT helped a customer make an informed buying decision. “The original intent was making products with a larger diameter. Data from PIVOT confirmed the ability to make larger products. It also uncovered more reasons to invest in Constellation technology. It could use a less expensive fiber mix while maintaining strength and faster production.” Concludes Dario Giannini

    PIVOT has already provided many concrete answers based upon data. “This is the goal of Industry 4.0” says Nicola Scaramuzza “using that data to drive the manufacturing process. PIVOT’s unique database is both local and global, helping deliver answers tissue converters need. These answers also include direction for better packaging results.”

    Data from PIVOT has another use that benefits tissue converters. Fabio Perini engineers use this data to develop better tissue converting technology, such as Constellation.

    Total Solution Package for Tissue Converting

    A total solution for tissue converting is here: PIVOT, a global database that is the lynchpin in the spirit of Industry 4.0. It harnesses data to support customers in growing their business profitably and sustainably in the years to come. In a highly competitive market, where premiumization is one of the big challenges, it becomes vital to bring the right value on the shelves and PIVOT is the way.

    Learn more about PIVOT and Fabio Perini S.p.A. at http://www.fabioperini.com

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:29:24 +0200
      GPA Improves Operator Performance Thru Control System Migration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7348-gpa-improves-operator-performance-thru-control-system-migration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7348-gpa-improves-operator-performance-thru-control-system-migration

      GPA is proud to announce the successful completion of a legacy DCS migration to Rockwell’s PlantPAX control system platform at the International Paper facility located in Riegelwood, North Carolina.

      2017 08 07 111120The control system migration of the mill’s Flakt Dryer machine from a mixture of legacy ABB MOD300 and Allen Bradley PLC’s to PlantPAX was the fifth PlantPAX control system installed by GPA in the Pulp & Paper industry specifically. GPA control experts performed a full spectrum of tasks for the project, including project estimation, project management, network, control system and cabinet design, functional specification documentation, programming, testing, as well as startup and commissioning services.

      By converting to Rockwell’s PlantPAX platform, IP gained a familiar automation platform that has already improved system reliability, reduced troubleshooting time, and provided quicker operator response through the use of high performance HMI standards, HMI level troubleshooting tools including “point and click” interlock and control function navigation, and alarming improvements using alarm rationalization.

      About Global Process Automation

      Global Process Automation (GPA) is headquartered in Wilmington, NC with regional offices in Chester, VA, Longview, WA, Lago Vista, TX, Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR is a recognized leader in process automation, control and information systems. GPA has been involved in the pulp and paper, life science, and specialty chemical industries for over 20 years. Working with many leading DCS platforms, GPA has designed, engineered, integrated, and migrated many legacy DCS systems to modern platforms – which are needed in today’s ever-changing manufacturing environment. GPA’s staff of over 40 engineers, many of which are factory trained, bring years of process control experience to all facets of automation projects. Also, with a strong IT staff which understands the unique needs of process control, GPA is able to provide its clients with leading edge solutions in data analytics, networking, data center design, virtualization, and cyber security. For more information on Global Process Automation, visit www.global-business.net

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:12:23 +0200
        Fitnir to upgrade us mill’s digester control with online ft-nir analyser http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7343-fitnir-to-upgrade-us-mill-s-digester-control-with-online-ft-nir-analyser http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7343-fitnir-to-upgrade-us-mill-s-digester-control-with-online-ft-nir-analyser

        FITNIR Analyzers Inc. is excited to announce that a noteworthy pulp mill in the southern United States has selected FITNIR’s state-of-the-art online FT-NIR analyzer to replace its Modo-Chemetics auto-titrator for digester control. With its current technology nearing the end of its life, the mill was looking to upgrade to a measurement technology with minimal maintenance and excellent uptime.

        2015 11 10 091839Primarily selected based on FITNIR Online’s proven track record for requiring less maintenance and providing more repeatable and accurate measurements, the mill decided on upgrading to the new technology. FITNIR Online also matched the mill’s criteria for a system with multiple applications for future consideration, as well as the ability to analyze properties beyond REA, such as total solids, dissolved lignin content and organic and inorganic solids.

        FITNIR Online will replace the mill’s Modo-Chemetics auto-titrator measurement equipment on its continuous digester to measure key white liquor properties (EA, AA, sulfide, sulfidity, carbonate and %CE) and weak black liquor properties (residual effective alkali, lignin content, inorganic content, organic solids and total solids).

        “This mill has been a long-time customer through a service contract for its Modo-titrator,” said Tom Sands, President of FITNIR Analyzers. “We are pleased to continue working with the team to help the mill achieve optimal pulp properties and production targets.”

        Start-up is expected to be underway in October 2017.

        About FITNIR Analyzers Inc.

        FITNIR’s automated online and benchtop analyzers reliably measure complete pulp liquor compositions. Fast, frequent and accurate measurements drive control strategies that decrease process variability and environmental impact for improved efficiencies and profitability. Proven applications for the digester, recausticizer, recovery boiler, ClO2 generator, brownstock washer, and now kappa measurements for wet and dry pulp, FITNIR is the next generation of process analyzers. www.fitnir.com

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:05:15 +0200
          Verso Introduces Two Specialty Paper Selector Guides http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7341-verso-introduces-two-specialty-paper-selector-guides http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7341-verso-introduces-two-specialty-paper-selector-guides

          Showcasing Over Sixty Release Liner and Pressure Sensitive Facestock Papers

          Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading producer of flexible packaging, technical, and label and converting papers, have just announced the release of two printed Specialty Paper guides titled "Release Liner Paper Selector" and "Pressure Sensitive Facestock Paper Selector."

          "Verso's focused product development and innovation initiatives have resulted in a portfolio of label and release liner papers that now includes more than 60 unique products, making it the largest offering in North America," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "Verso's breadth of specialty products makes it easy for our customers to choose the paper that best fits their unique needs, and these paper selectors now make that selection easier than ever."

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          "These paper selectors detail the light to heavyweight release liners and multipurpose to special application facestock papers Verso has developed for our customers' pressure sensitive laminating needs," said Ed Buehler, Vice President and General Manager of Verso's Specialty Papers business. "We've highlighted end-use applications, mill locations and specifications for many of our respected brands, all in one simplified printed piece that provides customers with a convenient guide to the right Verso specialty paper to meet their needs, no matter how complex the end-use application."

          Verso and high performance papers go hand-in-hand. These pressure sensitive papers are manufactured using northern hardwood and softwood kraft pulp to provide excellent strength and smoothness properties. Verso's specialty papers are manufactured in the U.S. with skill and pride, shipped worldwide, and backed by an unmatched level of technical service and customer commitment, making them ideal for large, multisite pressure sensitive laminators.

          To order your Verso Specialty Paper Selectors, please contact your Verso Sales Representative. For more information on other products in Verso's broad specialty papers offering, email specialtypapers@versoco.com or visit versoco.com/specialtypapers.

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

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:52:33 +0200
            PCMC names Steve Schubring as Value Stream Leader of tissue packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7335-pcmc-names-steve-schubring-as-value-stream-leader-of-tissue-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7335-pcmc-names-steve-schubring-as-value-stream-leader-of-tissue-packaging

            Schubring’s sales support and project management expertise will add value for customers

            2017 07 25 092611Steve Schubring has joined Paper Converting Machine Company as the Value Stream Leader of tissue packagingPaper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide—is pleased to announce that Steve Schubring has joined the organization as the Value Stream Leader of tissue packaging.

            In this role, he will provide overall leadership for the tissue packaging value stream, focusing on everything from sales support and project management, to acceptance of equipment in customers’ facilities.

            “Steve’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead our packaging group as it continues to thrive in the marketplace,” said Bart Hardy, PCMC’s Vice President of Major Machinery. “His proven track record of successfully aligning internal operations to exceed customer expectations and enhance their trust will help expand our tissue packaging footprint globally.”

            Schubring comes to PCMC from AECOM, a Fortune 500 global engineering firm, where he most recently served as an operations manager. In addition to his master’s in geology from Indiana State University, he also holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Norbert College.

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

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

            ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER
            Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to www.barrywehmiller.com

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:26:56 +0200
              Verso to Permanently Close 200,000 Tons of Annual Production Capacity at its Androscoggin Mill in Maine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7326-verso-to-permanently-close-200-000-tons-of-annual-production-capacity-at-its-androscoggin-mill-in-maine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7326-verso-to-permanently-close-200-000-tons-of-annual-production-capacity-at-its-androscoggin-mill-in-maine

              Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced plans to permanently shut down the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment at its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, reducing annual coated paper production capacity at the mill by approximately 200,000 tons.  The shutdown will be effective August 1 and is expected to be complete by the end of the third quarter of 2017.  The No. 3 paper machine and a recovery boiler and digester that support it were idled in January of this year in response to declining customer demand that resulted in more coated paper capacity than could be filled.  Most products made on the No. 3 paper machine were transitioned to lower-cost machines in other Verso mills. 

              verso logo 2017"Verso is leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to move the company toward sustained profitability in a market where customer demand for our graphic paper products continues to decline," said Verso Chief Executive Officer B. Christopher DiSantis.  "Consistently matching the supply of our graphic paper products with customer demand for them, dramatically reducing our costs and rapidly diversifying our product portfolio into growing markets are essential keys to Verso's future success, and we're relentlessly pursuing all three across the company.  Although the footprint of the Androscoggin Mill is getting smaller, we continue to take steps to position the facility as a leading producer for the growing specialty papers market."

              The permanent shutdown of the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment will impact approximately 120 employees at the Androscoggin Mill.  Employees affected by the shutdown will receive severance in accordance with Verso's severance policy and Maine state law.   Verso's Human Resources team will immediately begin scheduling individual meetings with these employees to provide support and detailed information on severance and related issues.

              "While permanently closing this capacity is the right strategic decision for Verso as a whole, we are mindful of the effects this action will have on the people at the Androscoggin Mill who are directly affected, and we are committed to treating them with fairness, dignity and respect during this difficult time," DiSantis said.  "On behalf of the entire Verso team, I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to them for their dedicated service and many contributions to the mill and to our company."

              About Verso

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

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:41:31 +0200
                ANDRITZ AUTOMATION opens two new offices to expand its presence in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7317-andritz-automation-opens-two-new-offices-to-expand-its-presence-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7317-andritz-automation-opens-two-new-offices-to-expand-its-presence-in-north-america

                ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has opened two new US locations in Pensacola, Florida, and Eugene, Oregon, thus demonstrating its commitment to provide its customers with individual and local support.

                The local teams are committed to delivering progressive solutions and high-quality support for their customers’ electrical, control, and instrumentation systems in those regions.

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                “The decision to increase our presence in the US was a strategic step in our business growth strategy,” said Milind Karkare, Senior Vice President for the ANDRITZ AUTOMATION Solutions division, which is responsible for serving the automation, electrification, instrumentation, and training needs for a wide range of industries, including local pulp and paper, mining, and lime customers. “These two locations bring us closer to our customers and also increase our ability to serve current and future markets as well as new industries”.

                Address and contact details of the two new offices:

                ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, Pensacola, Florida:
                Contact: Mr. Stephen Stepp, Branch Manager

                Email: Stephen.Stepp@andritz.com
                Mobile: +1 (850) 460 4436

                ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, Eugene, Oregon
                Contact: Mr. Carl Robichaud, Branch Manager

                Email: Carl.Robichaud@andritz.com
                Mobile: +1 (541) 213 1791

                The ANDRITZ GROUP

                ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                ANDRITZ AUTOMATION

                More than 2,000 ANDRITZ employees worldwide develop automation solutions and products for digitization and
                networking of systems and components. ANDRITZ AUTOMATION helps industrial facilities around the world to realize their full potential by maximizing output, minimizing costs, and optimizing operations. The experienced ANDRITZ
                AUTOMATION team focuses on the design of electrical, control, and instrumentation systems, drawing on some of the world’s leading simulation, advanced process control, and operator training tools.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:55:33 +0200
                  The Design Collection Surface Issue: A new lookbook of imagery, techniques, and touch on Neenah’s most luxurious papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7313-the-design-collection-surface-issue-a-new-lookbook-of-imagery-techniques-and-touch-on-neenah-s-most-luxurious-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7313-the-design-collection-surface-issue-a-new-lookbook-of-imagery-techniques-and-touch-on-neenah-s-most-luxurious-papers

                  A new page-turning promotional lookbook of unique surface design treatments — including arresting images, unconventional diecuts, spectacular printing, and specialty techniques — has just been released by Neenah. The book is crafted on papers from The Design Collection, Neenah’s range of pearlized surfaces, unique textures and dramatic colors, inspired by Italy’s top fashion houses and America’s leading designers.

                  “These are highly unique papers that naturally draw attention,” says Auburne Gahlman, Associate Brand Manager, Neenah. “With this lookbook, we set out to consider surface design in relation to these extraordinary papers. The result shows how conceptual aesthetics, through means such as line, texture, color, light, and patterning, can be alluring to both hand and eye.”

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                  The five sections of this sumptuous 30+-page, 8.5 x 10.75 in. book represent the concepts that embody the spirit of The Design Collection: Luxury, Form, Beauty, Function, and Taste. Big dramatic images, either peek from behind short sheets and overlays or instantly wow with the turn of a page. Each spread pairs interesting surface treatments in layered effects, making this book not just eye candy, but a sense of wonder to the touch.

                  “The Design Collection Surface Issue provides a reference to visual and tactile combinations that designers may draw upon time and again to create unexpected effects for packaging and high-touch collateral,” said Gahlman. Detailed production credits in the back of the book provide insight and reference to the craftsmanship throughout.

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                  The Design Collection, comprised of 15 specialty paper lines, is a portfolio of premium papers for luxury packaging and high-end print collateral. Offset, digital, and specialty processes are featured in The Design Collection Surface Issue, on STARDREAM®, MONNALISA®, PLIKE®, OXFORD®, EAMES™, STARWHITE®, NATURAL EVOLUTION, CANALETTO, SO…SILK®, WILD® and ESSE® Papers. This is the first time Neenah has featured print demonstrations on ASTROKING® Papers.

                  “This piece embodies the spirit of the collection — beautifully luxurious papers for when craftsmanship, storytelling, simplicity, transparency, and experience are paramount,” said Gahlman.

                  Get a free copy of The Design Collection: Surface Issue, valued at $14.99, through your Neenah rep or your local merchant. Find a Neenah distributor here: http://www.neenahpaper.com/resources/findadistributor

                  About Neenah
                  For more than 100 years, Neenah Paper (NYSE: NP) has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of papers for premium writing, text, cover, digital, packaging and specialty needs. The Neenah signature portfolio, including market leading brands such as ASTROBRIGHTS®, CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, and ROYAL SUNDANCE® Papers. The company also offers envelopes in thousands of unique colors, finishes and styles. Neenah Packaging provides unique and sustainable packaging papers, boards and labels as well as custom solutions for premium and luxury packaging. Neenah is committed to developing relevant mobile and online technologies including Neenah Cabinet™ for iPad, iPhone and Android. With multiple manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, prime importance is also placed on recycled and alternative fiber products through the Neenah Green initiative. For more information on Neenah call (800) 558-5061. Follow Neenah on Twitter: @neenahpaper; subscribe to the Neenah Facebook page; or visit Against the Grain, Neenah’s blog for designers, printers and paper-lovers.

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:45:29 +0200
                    Seeq Expands Ignition Software Support with Integration Module http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7304-seeq-expands-ignition-software-support-with-integration-module http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7304-seeq-expands-ignition-software-support-with-integration-module

                    Inductive Automation customers can now easily access Seeq from their Ignition Vision displays for faster insights on production data.

                    Seeq Corporation (www.seeq.com) announces the availability of a Seeq connection module for Inductive Automation’s Ignition SCADA system. The new Seeq integration module simplifies integration of Seeq Workbench into Ignition displays and server gateways. Ignition customers in manufacturing, mining, pulp &paper, food & beverage, and other process industries use Seeq Workbench to rapidly find insights in their data leading to better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency. 

                    “The easier deployment of Seeq and integration into Ignition Vision displays provides tremendous opportunity for Inductive Automation’s system integrator partners,” says David Schmidt, Controls Engineers at Industrial Automation Group, a systems integrator partner of Inductive Automation. “Customers are always seeking more insights, faster, from their data, so this is a win for the vendors, partners, and customers.”

                    Seeq is a software application for engineers in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Seeq has been recognized by multiple analyst firms for its modern approach to the pressing problem of finding actionable insights in complex data sets.

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                    “We are very pleased to increase our support for Inductive Automation, and look forward to helping our shared customers get even more value from their Ignition SCADA systems,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “The innovative approach Inductive Automation has taken in building modern industrial software is impressive, and it’s exciting to be a part of their ecosystem of partners."

                    Ignition is an innovative SCADA platform used in more than 100 countries, and is the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry, with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support.

                    "We are very happy to have Seeq’s support for the Ignition platform, which we describe as The New SCADA because it redefines SCADA technology and licensing," notes Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. "Many attendees at our annual Ignition Community Conference were very pleased with the flexibility and productivity offered by Seeq."

                    Seeq and the Ignition SCADA platform, working together, form a great combination, enabling customers to get the best of both an innovative monitoring and a data management platform, as well as rapid, interactive analytics on collected data.  Customers can achieve insights to improve production results, a task that was often too time consuming.

                    “This collaboration between Seeq and Inductive Automation will benefit the mutual customers of both organizations because it will make it easier to gain additional real-time intelligence from their data,” according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “Enabling engineers in industrial organizations to use Seeq to more rapidly leverage the critical information in their Ignition SCADA system provides them the opportunity to make more intelligent decisions faster, resulting in greater positive impact to the customers production and profits.”

                    Customers with an interest in using Seeq with Ignition should contact Seeq for information on Seeq Workbench and connectivity options. In Seeq’s most recent release, R17, new features enable support for the integration of structured data from SQL Server, MySQL, and CSV files. This means data from these data sources may be seamlessly integrated with Ignition data for analytics and insights.

                    About Seeq Corporation

                    Founded in 2013, Seeq is a privately held company that publishes Seeq, an application for engineers and operations analysts to rapidly find insights in process manufacturing data. Seeq is currently being used in the Oil & Gas, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, utility, renewal energy and many other vertical industries to improve production outcomes, including yield, margins, quality, and safety.  Seeq is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with employees across the United States and sales representation in Canada, Europe, and South America. For more information visit Seeq online at www.seeq.com.

                    About Inductive Automation

                    Inductive Automation creates industrial software that empowers organizations to swiftly turn great ideas into reality by removing all technological and economic obstacles. By cross-pollinating IT with SCADA technologies, Inductive Automation created Ignition software, the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:46:59 +0200
                      International Paper Agrees to Settle Kleen Products Class Action Litigation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7297-international-paper-agrees-to-settle-kleen-products-class-action-litigation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7297-international-paper-agrees-to-settle-kleen-products-class-action-litigation

                      International Paper (NYSE: IP) has just announced that it has entered into an agreement to settle the Kleen Products antitrust class action lawsuit, which was filed in 2010 against the Company and seven other containerboard producers and is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

                      IPLOGOIf approved by the court, the agreement would resolve disputed claims involving the price of containerboard products purchased directly from International Paper, Temple-Inland Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Company by the class members at any time prior to the date of court approval.  Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will pay $354 million into a settlement fund in return for dismissal and release of all claims.  The Company will record a reserve for the expected settlement, which will result in a pre-tax charge of $354 million ($219 million, net of tax) in the second quarter of 2017.

                      "We continue to maintain that the allegations are baseless and without merit," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "However, we have agreed to settle this lawsuit in order to avoid substantial on-going legal expenses and the inherent risks of a multi-billion-dollar class-action lawsuit."

                      In this complex class-action case, where any award would be tripled and potentially paid by International Paper alone, this settlement avoids the substantial uncertainty of continued involvement with this litigation and a possible adverse jury verdict.

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

                      SOURCE International Paper

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:46:56 +0200
                        SCA to close tissue production plant in the US http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7291-sca-to-close-tissue-production-plant-in-the-us http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7291-sca-to-close-tissue-production-plant-in-the-us

                        To further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the Professional Hygiene business in North America, SCA has decided to close the tissue production plant in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the US.

                        sca newlogoThe closure of the Flagstaff tissue production plant is part of SCA’s Tissue Roadmap and is aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the geographic production footprint to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Professional Hygiene business area.

                        The Flagstaff tissue production plant has an annual capacity of 55,000 tons for the Professional Hygiene business. Production will be discontinued in June 2017.

                        The restructuring costs for the closure are expected to amount to approximately SEK 250m and will be recognized as an item affecting comparability, mainly taken in the second quarter of 2017. Approximately SEK 40m of these costs are expected to impact cash flow.

                        SCA, with the leading global brand Tork, is the second largest player in the US professional hygiene market. The US is the Group’s largest market, based on net sales in 2016, and is highly prioritized by SCA.

                        SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that sustainably develops, produces and sells personal care, tissue and forest products. Through the recently acquired company BSN medical, the Group offers products within wound care, compression therapy and orthopedics. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. As Europe’s largest private forest owner, SCA places considerable emphasis on sustainable forest management. In 2016, the Group had approximately 46,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 117bn (EUR 12.4bn). SCA was founded in 1929, has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. SCA is dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. More information at www.sca.com

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:52:27 +0200
                          WestRock to Acquire Assets from Island Container Corp. and Combined Container Industries LLC http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7286-westrock-to-acquire-assets-from-island-container-corp-and-combined-container-industries-llc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7286-westrock-to-acquire-assets-from-island-container-corp-and-combined-container-industries-llc

                          WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) has just announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire substantially all of the assets of Island Container Corp. and Combined Container Industries LLC, which together are independent producers of corrugated boxes, sheets and point-of-purchase displays.

                          2015 10 18 094836The assets to be acquired include a corrugator and the corrugated converting operations located in Wheatley Heights, New York, and certain related fulfillment assets located in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.

                          “Island Container and Combined Container have longstanding relationships with customers in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food markets in the Northeastern United States, and we look forward to continuing these relationships,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “This acquisition will enable us to integrate more than 80,000 tons of containerboard into our corrugated packaging business.”

                          WestRock will pay total consideration representing an EBITDA multiple of less than 4.5 times on a post-synergy basis. The consideration will be made in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

                          About WestRock

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

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:25:17 +0200
                            PCMC welcomes Gino Santi to North American-based sales team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7282-pcmc-welcomes-gino-santi-to-north-american-based-sales-team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7282-pcmc-welcomes-gino-santi-to-north-american-based-sales-team

                            Santi primarily will focus on serving independent tissue converters

                            Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries—is pleased to announce that Gino Santi has joined the company’s North American-based team from PCMC Italia, its operations in Lucca, Italy.

                            2017 06 21 100353In his new role as Global Sales Executive, Santi will serve PCMC’s tissue customers throughout North America, primarily focusing on independent tissue converters. As these customers continue to battle the ever-growing complexities of competing globally, Santi’s years of international experience will offer them an all-inclusive view of the industry and provide them with the unique solutions necessary to stand out in the market today.

                            Santi joined PCMC Italia in 2010, and as a sales executive, he focused on the business development of the Middle and Far East tissue market.

                            “Gino’s enthusiasm and passion for PCMC, customer service and the tissue industry as a whole will bring a new dimension to how we serve our customers,” said Jason Hilsberg, Sales Director of Tissue Converting for PCMC. “With his significant international experience, Gino will further connect our Italian- and North American-based teams, allowing us to provide truly unique global solutions.”

                            ABOUT PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC)

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

                            ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                            Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com.

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:04:12 +0200
                              WestRock Completes Acquisition of Five Facilities from U.S. Corrugated Holdings, Inc. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7267-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-five-facilities-from-u-s-corrugated-holdings-inc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7267-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-five-facilities-from-u-s-corrugated-holdings-inc

                              WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) have just announced that it has completed the acquisition of certain operations of U.S. Corrugated, a large independent manufacturer of corrugated products for packaging and displays.

                              2015 10 18 094836WestRock acquired five corrugated converting facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana from U.S. Corrugated, through which it provides a comprehensive suite of products and services to customers in a variety of end markets, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics.

                              The five facilities will operate as part of WestRock’s Corrugated Packaging segment.  WestRock intends to integrate 105,000 tons of containerboard converted annually by the acquired facilities and another 50,000 tons under a long-term contract with a newly created company formed from the remaining assets of U.S. Corrugated. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings in year one.

                              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 and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

                              Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:57:58 +0200
                                WestRock Completes Acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7264-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-multi-packaging-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7264-westrock-completes-acquisition-of-multi-packaging-solutions

                                WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, have just announced the completion of the acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited (NYSE:MPSX) (MPS).

                                2015 10 18 094836WestRock refinanced MPS debt as part of the transaction.

                                “I am excited about our acquisition of MPS, which is an important step in the continuing development of WestRock,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “MPS is a leader in the value-added packaging sector, and the addition of MPS to WestRock strengthens our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions.”

                                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 and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:36:30 +0200
                                  Xerium Recognized as Participant Partner at N.C. State University’s Nonwovens Institute http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7256-xerium-recognized-as-participant-partner-at-n-c-state-university-s-nonwovens-institute http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7256-xerium-recognized-as-participant-partner-at-n-c-state-university-s-nonwovens-institute

                                  Huycon Forming Belts Selected for New Reicofil 4 Pilot Line

                                  Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, was recently presented an award for Participating Partner during the open house for The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

                                  2017 06 02 075254Randy Woodson - Chancellor N.C. State University (L), John Schauer - Global Product Manager - Nonwovens, Xerium (R) (Photo: Business Wire)The award was presented by N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson to Xerium’s John Schauer, Global Product Manager - Nonwovens.

                                  The May 22nd event and ribbon-cutting highlighted the NWI’s commissioning of its new world-class, 1 meter wide, Reicofil 4 bicomponent spunbond pilot machine.

                                  Additionally, as a leading technical supplier of advanced forming belts for the global nonwoven fabric manufacturing industry, Xerium was also selected as supplier of choice for this new state-of-the-art pilot machine. The new machine will startup with Xerium’s Huycon line of products for spunmelt/meltblown production. In addition, Xerium will continue the advanced development of the Huycon forming belts portfolio utilizing the NWI’s vast research and development assets.

                                  “We are truly honored to be such a close partner with The Nonwovens Institute”, said Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are also very proud to have been chosen as supplier of choice to run on the world’s newest and most advanced nonwoven pilot machine, and look forward to additional technical advancements from this partnership. This project would not have been possible without the guidance and leadership of Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute, and I’d like to thank him publically for his support.”

                                  The new Recofil R4 line consists of; Hills’ bicomponent and monofilament die packs, two unwinders, a thermobonding calendar from Andritz, two Perfojet hydroentanglement units, a kiss roll, through-air dryer and A.Celli winder and slitter.

                                  ABOUT XERIUM TECHNOLOGIES

                                  Xerium Technologies, Inc. (XRM) is a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services. Xerium, which operates around the world under a variety of brand names, utilizes a broad portfolio of patented and proprietary technologies to provide customers with tailored solutions and products integral to production, all designed to optimize performance and reduce operational costs. With 28 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries around the world, Xerium has approximately 2,950 employees.

                                  Source: Xerium Technologies, Inc.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:51:27 +0200
                                    Augustine named 2017 Tappi Fellow http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7251-augustine-named-2017-tappi-fellow http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7251-augustine-named-2017-tappi-fellow

                                    Peter R. Augustine, President of Fabio Perini North America was named a 2017 TAPPI Fellow. TAPPI, a leading association for the global pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries honored Augustine with the title in Minneapolis, Minn., during PaperCon. The Fellow designation is given to less than three percent of the association’s membership based upon significant technical or service contributions to the industry and/or TAPPI.

                                    2017 06 01 164334Augustine joined Fabio Perini S.p.A. in 2011 as General Manager for North America and promoted to his current position as President in 2013. He oversees the entire operation for Fabio Perini in North America, including strategic planning, sales and production. Augustine holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Purdue. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army.

                                    During his tenure with Fabio Perini, the company has introduced several technological innovations for the tissue converting industry. These include ConstellationÔ and its Weareable remote service product. ConstellationÔ changed the tissue converting industry by providing control, quality and production efficiencies previously unavailable in the industry while Weareable offers unsurpassed ability to provide technical service even when on-site service is not available.

                                    “Pete was brought to my attention a few years ago as a strong leader, futuristic thinker and a man of integrity,” said Larry Montague, TAPPI CEO & President. “He has certainly lived up to these descriptions. Our goal was to expand our reach into the tissue arena and eventually have a tissue division. His commitment to developing a strong global strategy for the tissue industry is evident. The name Pete Augustine and Fabio Perini has brought instant validity to the world that shows TAPPI and Fabio Perini are dedicated to tissue.”

                                    Augustine currently serves on the TAPPI Board of Directors as its Vice Chair in addition to his duties as President of Fabio Perini North America.

                                    COMPANY PROFILE

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

                                    www.fabioperini.com

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:42:05 +0200
                                      ANDRITZ to acquire Paperchine, USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7247-andritz-to-acquire-paperchine-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7247-andritz-to-acquire-paperchine-usa

                                      International technology Group ANDRITZ has signed a contract for acquisition of Paperchine, Inc., owned by AstenJohnson Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Charleston, SC. Paperchine and its subsidiaries have approximately 180 employees in total and manufacturing facilities in the USA (Rockton, IL, Springfield, MA, and Tucker, GA), Canada (Vancouver), Thailand (Bangkok), and Germany (Maintal). The purchase is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities and is expected to be closed by the end of June 2017.

                                      andPaperchine is a global supplier of highly engineered equipment and services to the paper industry’s leading manufacturers. For ANDRITZ, the acquisition of Paperchine strengthens its presence in North America and adds new products, such as the horizontal GapFormer, SigmaPro headbox, dewatering elements (former Johnson Foils), moisturizer (former VIB), and related service to its offerings for international clients. “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends the ANDRITZ product range for paper and board machines,” says Michael Pichler, SVP ANDRITZ Global Pulp Drying and Paper Division Manager.

                                      AstenJohnson CEO, Kevin Frank, comments: “The sale of Paperchine fits with our strategy to focus on growth in technical textiles, including paper machine clothing, advanced fabric, and nonwovens. Our friends and associates at Paperchine have successfully positioned the company as a leading global brand. They will have the opportunity to continue to grow with the support of ANDRITZ, while building on the strong foundation they have established as a part of the AstenJohnson family.”

                                      The two companies are excited to be working together on a formal marketing alliance with the equipment supplied by Paperchine and ANDRITZ to better support paper industry customers. More details will be forthcoming as the agreement is finalized.

                                      The ANDRITZ GROUP

                                      ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                                      About AstenJohnson

                                      AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer of pulp & paper machine clothing, advanced and filtration fabrics, filaments, and nonwoven fabrics for filtration, automotive, cure-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 2,000 people. Its corporate headquarters are in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

                                      ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

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

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:55:42 +0200
                                        WestRock to Acquire Five Facilities from U.S. Corrugated Holdings, Inc. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7241-westrock-to-acquire-five-facilities-from-u-s-corrugated-holdings-inc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7241-westrock-to-acquire-five-facilities-from-u-s-corrugated-holdings-inc

                                        WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain operations of U.S. Corrugated, a large independent manufacturer of corrugated products for packaging and displays.

                                        2015 10 18 094836WestRock will acquire five corrugated converting facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana from U.S. Corrugated, through which it provides a comprehensive suite of products and services to customers in a variety of end markets, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics. WestRock will not acquire U.S. Corrugated’s facilities in California, Georgia, and in Ashland, Ohio, nor its affiliates in New Jersey and Tennessee.

                                        “This acquisition will enhance our capabilities to serve customers across the Midwest, increase our integration and improve the margins of our corrugated packaging business,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock.  “We will be pleased to have the U.S. Corrugated employees at these five facilities join WestRock.”

                                        “When the transaction closes, we expect to realize significant synergies from supply chain optimization, better procurement, and integrating approximately 105,000 tons of the containerboard converted annually by the acquired facilities and another 50,000 tons under a long-term contract with a newly created company formed from the remaining assets of U.S. Corrugated,” said Jeff Chalovich, president, Corrugated Packaging, WestRock.

                                        WestRock will pay a total consideration of approximately $192 million, representing an EBITDA multiple of 5 times on a post-synergy basis. The consideration includes a combination of cash and WestRock common stock. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings in year one, and is expected to close in June 2017.

                                        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 36,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 26 May 2017 09:26:14 +0200
                                          ANDRITZ to supply TAD tissue machine to First Quality Tissue, USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7238-andritz-to-supply-tad-tissue-machine-to-first-quality-tissue-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7238-andritz-to-supply-tad-tissue-machine-to-first-quality-tissue-usa

                                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from First Quality Tissue to supply a PrimeLineTAD tissue machine with complete stock preparation for its mill in Lock Haven, USA. Start-up is scheduled for 2019.

                                          The TAD (Through-Air-Drying) tissue machine has a capacity of approximately 70,000 tons per year. The improved softness, absorbency, and bulk generated by the TAD technology give these products superiority over products made using conventional processes. ANDRITZ has supplied two TAD machines previously to First Quality Tissue’s Lock Haven mill.

                                          2017 05 24 1002253D sketch of an ANDRITZ PrimeLineTAD tissue machine. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                          First Quality Tissue, which markets its products under the brand name “PlentyTM”, is one of the leading private label producers worldwide of TAD premium quality tissue and towel products. It currently operates five tissue machines in the USA (two at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and three at Anderson, South Carolina).

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

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:22 +0200
                                            Printed Specialties increases production with new eCon folio sheeter from BW Papersystems http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7228-printed-specialties-increases-production-with-new-econ-folio-sheeter-from-bw-papersystems http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7228-printed-specialties-increases-production-with-new-econ-folio-sheeter-from-bw-papersystems

                                            New folio sheeter now produces press ready stacks without pile turning

                                            Printed Specialties increases production with a new eCon folio sheeter from BW Papersystems. Printed Specialties produces printing and paperboard packaging for the retail, electronics, and food, health and beauty industries. They are a family-owned folding carton business that provides high-value, multiple color retail packaging. Printed Specialties has two facilities in Carrollton, GA, USA and have been there since 1982. One facility converts large rolls to sheets, and the other manufactures the final product.

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                                            Recently, Printed Specialties purchased a new eCon folio sheeter from BW Papersystems to replace an aging, outdated machine that was not meeting their current production needs. The eCon sheeter is a machine champion for an affordable price. It’s a dual rotary sheeter, with world-leading knife technology that provides 1,000 gsm capacity, on machine blade sharpening, low power consumption and best speed curve. Printed Specialties needed a machine that was easy to maintain and produced press ready stacks without pile turning.

                                            During discussions about the machine, representatives realized their two companies shared like-minded values. BW Papersystems strives to build a better world through business, and Printed Specialties strives for customer satisfaction through quality, security, speed to market, and cost leadership. Together they share an expectation of quality, and superior service.

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                                            “BW Papersystems exceeded our expectations for delivery, installation, training and start up. The eCon sheeter is top-notch in terms of design, performance and ease of operations,” said Greg Smith, president of Printed Specialties. Max Rawson, sales leader for BW Papersystems said, “It was a pleasure to work with the team at Printed Specialties, they are dedicated to serving their customers, and I know the eCon sheeter will provide the quick delivery they need.”

                                            ABOUT BW PAPERSYSTEMS

                                            BW Papersystems incorporates nine of the strongest brands in the industry: BW Bielomatik, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik and Wrapmatic. Market leading technology is available for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials, plus stationery, passport production, RFID processing, Book-on-Demand finishing and specialized paper converting applications.  For the corrugating industry, we offer full corrugators, rotary die cutters, flexo folder gluers and starch mixing systems. bwpapersystems.com

                                            ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                            Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2-plus billion organization with 11,000-plus team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to www.barrywehmiller.com

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:34:47 +0200
                                              PCMC announces Let’s Roll 2017 show to reveal the Omnia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7213-pcmc-announces-let-s-roll-2017-show-to-reveal-the-omnia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7213-pcmc-announces-let-s-roll-2017-show-to-reveal-the-omnia

                                              This new tissue embosser-laminator will offer customers flexibility and safety in a small footprint

                                              Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), a division of Barry-Wehmiller, has announced that registration is now open for Let’s Roll 2017, a one-day show that will feature the unveiling of the new Omnia tissue embosser-laminator, along with a live demonstration. The event will take place on June 13, 2017, at PCMC’s Cormier location in Green Bay.

                                              2017 03 31 104015The Omnia, which in Latin means “all, everything,” marks a new era for PCMC in the embossing and laminating market. This full-featured machine will deliver safety, flexibility, fast changeovers and productivity for customers, all in a compact footprint. Other highlights include an open design for accessibility and ergonomics, the elimination of hydraulics, modularity for easy upgrades and automatic roll changes.

                                              At Let’s Roll 2017, the Omnia will be showcased with PCMC’s Forte Genius line, making it possible for attendees to see all the latest packaging equipment from PCMC. In addition, Northern Engraving’s state-of-the-art Forte Pilot line will be showcased, running NTT base sheet from Valmet and producing laminated tissue rolls.

                                              “We’re thrilled that our customers have the opportunity to view our first Omnia,” said Jason Hilsberg, Tissue Sales Director at PCMC. “The fact that we are able to showcase a variety of our equipment for our customers at one time is very exciting.”

                                              To learn more about Let’s Roll 2017 and to register, please visit pcmcletsroll.com. This event is made possible in part thanks to the following sponsors:

                                              • American Roller Company
                                              • Clarke Roller & Rubber Ltd.
                                              • Convermat Corporation
                                              • Goldenrod Corporation
                                              • Henkel
                                              • InterFlex
                                              • Pamarco
                                              • Rockwell Automation
                                              • Sonoco

                                              Valmet

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 12 May 2017 10:13:23 +0200
                                                Valmet's Advanced Process Control application improves combustion at WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7198-valmet-s-advanced-process-control-application-improves-combustion-at-westrock-s-covington-mill-in-virginia-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7198-valmet-s-advanced-process-control-application-improves-combustion-at-westrock-s-covington-mill-in-virginia-usa

                                                Valmet's Advanced Process Control (APC) application, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager, has improved combustion for the biomass boiler at WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA.

                                                By optimizing combustion, the mill has been able to maximize and increase the main steam output of the biomass boiler beyond the maximum continuous rating (MCR). Other benefits include more stable and controlled boiler steam output as well as improved operational uniformity across shifts, furnace symmetry and spray valve control. Valmet's APC application estimates the British thermal units (BTU) of the biomass fuel in real time and ensures a consistent optimum fuel power-to-air ratio.

                                                The application has lowered the average O2 by about 0.3 percentage points, which improves boiler efficiency, reduces NOX emissions and subsequently minimizes NH3 consumption. Additionally, Valmet's advanced load controller now properly allocates the fuel demand between the feeders, taking into account any control and/or mechanical process limitations.

                                                2017 05 05 072338Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager protects the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances.

                                                "This improvement has enabled us to run a higher, more stable load, resulting in a record-setting steaming average the following month," says Barry Hensley, Powerhouse Superintendent, WestRock.

                                                The combustion control application is part of the boiler plant's Valmet DNA automation system.In 2012, Valmet was chosen as the automation supplier for the new biomass bubbling fluidized bed boiler at the Covington mill. The scope of the system included the boiler, Balance of the Plant, auxiliaries and a training simulator. Valmet's strong project execution team and close cooperation with Covington personnel made it possible to meet the challenging project deadlines.

                                                "Valmet's commitment to a shared journey forward together with the Covington mill is how the APC project came about. The ROI for the project was less than six months. With our solution and biomass expertise, and working together with the mill's personnel, we were able to exceed all the project targets," says David Eapen, Solution Manager, Automation, Valmet.

                                                Technical information about Valmet's Advanced Process Control 

                                                Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is an advanced control application for the optimized combustion of both bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers. The purpose of the application is to protect the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances.

                                                As a result, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager provides several environmental, operational and financial benefits, including a stabilized combustion process, increased boiler efficiency, a wider boiler operation range, minimized flue gas oxygen content, as well as minimized NOX and CO emissions.

                                                Information about the customer WestRock

                                                WestRock partners with its customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock's 39,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning  North America,  South America,  Europe and  Asia.

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

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

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

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 05 May 2017 07:24:25 +0200
                                                  Neenah releases Explore 5: Creative ideas to optimize digital print projects for hospitality, plus free dielines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7196-neenah-releases-explore-5-creative-ideas-to-optimize-digital-print-projects-for-hospitality-plus-free-dielines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7196-neenah-releases-explore-5-creative-ideas-to-optimize-digital-print-projects-for-hospitality-plus-free-dielines

                                                  Neenah announces another edition to its popular Explore series. The new Explore 5 focuses on the hospitality industry, providing designers with practical, creative ideas to help differentiate their clients with digital print projects. To accompany the Explore 5 portfolio of samples, Neenah offers free downloadable dielines.
                                                  “Hospitality is in a state of vibrant growth. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in this space will continue to look to designers to help create the personalized customer experience that today’s guests demand. With the ripple effect of social media, brands that create authentic customer experiences and memorable brand touchpoints will ultimately drive brand loyalty,” said Greg Maze, Sales & Marketing Manager, Digital & Wide Format, Neenah.

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                                                  Explore 5 demonstrates that creativity and good design, combined with digital printing on colored, textured papers, can deliver unexpected benefits to businesses and their guests in practical ways. “Each of the samples in Explore 5 addresses one of the five E’s of hospitality: Entice, Enter, Engage, Exit or Extend,” said Maze. “For instance, what ideas help ‘extend’ the guest’s visit, long after they’ve left an establishment?”

                                                  The digital design solutions in Explore 5 are practical and strategic. “For example, a two-piece box for concept brand Limone Brothers demonstrates how an innkeeper might partner with a local, bespoke confectionery to create a special ‘exit’ gift for departing guests. This idea can ultimately benefit both businesses,” said Maze. “Our design brief was to create digitally printed samples that designers could use as a springboard for their own hospitality client assignments. We think of these samples as idea starters.”

                                                  Explore 5 features a range of premium Neenah papers, including new items from its CLASSIC® Papers line. Maze says that combining colored and textured papers with digital print can bring a new dimension to the simplest of designs. “When you introduce the idea of combining different papers into the mix, you start to see creativity come to life. Explore 5 celebrates the many strengths of digital printing on colored, textured papers with four-color, fluorescent inks, match colors, metallic’s and white ink technology. Designers will take these ideas and run with them,” he said.

                                                  Free, downloadable dielines
                                                  Neenah recognizes that designers are often expected to do great work with limited means. To help stretch the budget, dielines for all of the printed samples featured in Explore 5, and the entire Explore series, are available to download, free, at: www.neenahpaper.com/resources/dielines.

                                                  About Neenah Digital Papers
                                                  Explore 5 debuts with the just-announced expansion of the Neenah Digital Papers line. The addition of 70 new items creates a comprehensive digital portfolio with 22 brands, 19 unique textures, 60+ colors and multiple packaging and labeling options. And, with the recent refresh of its CLASSIC® Papers line, the Neenah Digital portfolio now includes 237 digital items from the CLASSIC® Brands alone, including the fast selling branded textures, Woodgrain and Techweave. “Neenah’s digital paper offering is simply unmatched,” said Maze.

                                                  About the Explore Series
                                                  Explore 5 is the fifth installment of Neenah’s popular, swatchbook-sized series, inspired by Neenah’s print partners. “The inherent value of the Explore series that it helps the creative community see fresh ways they can push the boundaries of possibility for all kinds of digital print and packaging projects,” said Maze. “And, they have tangible samples to show their clients, that yes, we can do this.”

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 04 May 2017 09:26:31 +0200
                                                    A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7195-a-bright-beautiful-sbs-paperboard-caliper-cover-that-fits http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7195-a-bright-beautiful-sbs-paperboard-caliper-cover-that-fits

                                                    Verso Introduces New Productolith® Pts. Promotion

                                                    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just released "A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits," a new printed promotion showcasing its Productolith® Pts. product line. Productolith® Pts. is the ultimate combination of a solid bleached sulfate (SBS) construction produced with a bright, beautiful fine-paper surface. Its SBS construction provides better consistency and stability than multi-ply boards, ensuring cleaner die cutting, sheeting and other finishing techniques.

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                                                    "Productolith® Pts. is a proven performer with the right optics, printability and price to do the job it's needed to do," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "It offers all the attributes you want from a graphical paperboard or coated cover—and a new 16 pt. C1S and C2S in both a folio and digital product offering to better serve the needs of our customers."

                                                    "This promotion is a demonstration piece that showcases the breadth of applications that are beautifully created using Productolith® Pts.," said Verso Brand Manager Tanya Pipo. "Using a variety of print techniques and post press applications, this promotion illustrates the smooth, bold, enhanced 92-bright, whiter-white offering of Productolith® Pts. and Productolith Pts. Digital®."

                                                    Pipo adds, "Productolith® Pts. SBS construction and fine-paper surface support a quality image in a wide range of applications. Postcards to posters. Packaging to point-of-purchase displays. Tags to tickets. Calendars to greeting cards. Book covers to laminated corrugated board. Productolith® Pts. is perfect for printing and post press applications, including converting, scoring, folding, die cutting, film laminating, foil stamping, or embossing to create something that will get your brand noticed."

                                                    Productolith® Pts. is made in America on fine-paper machines with Verso expertise. It is available in a wide selection of stocking items as well as custom sizes through Verso's three-day PressDate® Service program, saving customers time and money. Productolith® Pts. matching sheets, digital and web products are all backed by Verso's guarantee of full customer and technical support from start to finish.

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

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 04 May 2017 09:22:33 +0200
                                                      North Charleston Mill Incident http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7192-north-charleston-mill-incident http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7192-north-charleston-mill-incident

                                                      KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) – At approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 30, 2017, an incident occurred at our North Charleston, SC paper mill involving employees performing maintenance work in an operating area that was offline for repairs. The incident resulted in the fatality of one employee and injuries to a second employee. The second employee was transported to a local hospital and released.

                                                      chalreston

                                                      Our primary concern is for the privacy and welfare of the families involved and for the safety and well-being of employees working on our site.

                                                      The incident was reported to South Carolina OSHA and is currently under investigation.

                                                      Further information will be provided, as appropriate, when it becomes available.             

                                                      About KapStone

                                                      Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation is the fifth largest producer of containerboard and corrugated packaging products and is the largest kraft paper producer in the United States. The Company has four paper mills, 21 converting plants and 65 distribution centers. The business has approximately 6,300 employees.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 02 May 2017 09:23:17 +0200
                                                        Pure Nature: Biochemicals of the Lenzing Group Given Official Biocertification http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7188-pure-nature-biochemicals-of-the-lenzing-group-given-official-biocertification http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7188-pure-nature-biochemicals-of-the-lenzing-group-given-official-biocertification

                                                        The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants its “biobased” certificate to the acetic acid, furfural and magnesium lignosulfonate produced by the Lenzing Group.

                                                        Lenzing – The biochemicals acetic acid, furfural and magnesium lignosulfonate manufactured in the biorefinery of the Lenzing Group were granted the Biobased Product Label by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This prominent certification is further official proof that the above-mentioned products of the Lenzing Group are derived 100% from the natural and renewable raw material wood.

                                                        2017 04 28 112839“Lenzing stands for a responsible approach to nature. For this reason, we use 100% of the natural resource wood, from the core to the bark – as pulp, bioenergy and biochemicals such as acetic acid”, explains Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky. “That is why we are very pleased that our pioneering role with respect to the issue of sustainability has gained worldwide recognition”, Mr. Doboczky adds.

                                                        The Lenzing Group produces dissolving pulp at its sites in Lenzing, Austria and Paskov, Czech Republic. All the valuable raw materials are extracted from the wood within the framework of a cascading use. Acetic acid is derived from beech wood in the pulp production process, is recovered in several process steps and processed into high quality, food-grade acetic acid, for example for the food industry. Furfural is a product utilized as a solvent in the refining of lubrication oil, to name one example. Magnesium lignosulfonate is found in animal food or fertilizers.

                                                        On this basis of this award, Lenzing once again underlines its very high ecological standards. Just a few months ago, Lenzing Modal® fibers and Lenzing Viscose® fibers, including all product families, were also given the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The particularly environmentally compatible TENCEL® fibers have already been certified as biobased since the year 2011.

                                                        BioPreferred program
                                                        The certification of biobased products is part of the BioPreferred program implemented by the USDA. It is designed to motivate government institutions and companies to purchase biobased products or those which largely consist of biological materials.

                                                        The Lenzing Group

                                                        The Lenzing Group is a world market leader headquartered in Austria, which operates production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing supplies the global textile and nonwovens industry with high-quality, botanic cellulose fibers. Its portfolio ranges from dissolving wood pulp to standard and specialty cellulose fibers.

                                                        Lenzing’s quality and innovative strength set global standards for cellulose fibers. With 79 years of experience in fiber production, the Lenzing Group is the only company in the world which is able to produce significant volumes of all three cellulose fiber generations – from the classic Lenzing Viscose® branded fibers to the Lenzing Modal® branded fibers and the TENCEL® lyocell fibers. In 2016 Lenzing introduced the RefibraTM branded recycling fiber, a product innovation based on recycled cotton scraps.

                                                        The Lenzing Group’s success is based on consistent customer orientation combined with innovation, technology and quality leadership. Lenzing is committed to the principles of sustainable management with very high environmental standards and can underscore this commitment with numerous international sustainability certifications for its business processes as the most sustainable company in the sector. In addition to fibers, which form the core business, the Lenzing Group is also active to a lesser extent in the field s of engineering and plant construction.

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:29:09 +0200
                                                          PCMC’s XF800 wrapper offers a simpler operating system and increased flexibility for Sun Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7178-pcmc-s-xf800-wrapper-offers-a-simpler-operating-system-and-increased-flexibility-for-sun-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7178-pcmc-s-xf800-wrapper-offers-a-simpler-operating-system-and-increased-flexibility-for-sun-paper

                                                          The state-of-the-art wrapper meets the ever-changing needs of the tissue industry

                                                          Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry-Wehmiller family, has announced the sale of a new XF800 wrapper to Sun Paper in Duncan, South Carolina.

                                                          The XF800 is replacing a reciprocating wrapper that was a bottleneck on one of Sun Paper’s existing winder lines.

                                                          2017 04 19 091015PCMC will install an XF800 wrapper at Sun Paper later this year

                                                          “PCMC’s continuous flow technology gives us increased throughput on a broad range of products from a single machine,” said Joe Salgado, Executive Vice President at Sun Paper. “We’re also excited about the improved change repeatability and the simpler operating system that the XF800 provides.”

                                                          As part of the family of packaging products from PCMC, the XF800 wrapper features a continuous motion design, flexible layout options and motorized adjustments for fast initial pack setup. With an optional fifth infeed lane and third level, it can adapt to a variety of packaging projects to meet the ever-changing needs facing the tissue industry today.

                                                          “This purchase is the result of creative thinking to solve a customer’s problem and steward the trust placed in us,” said Bob Schuh, Tissue Packaging Sales Director for PCMC. “Project team members from Sun Paper and PCMC took a holistic view of Sun Paper’s current production environment and future goals. In doing so, we actually codeveloped a solution outside of the original scope of the project that positions Sun Paper for even greater success through added efficiency and easier operations.”

                                                          The Sun Paper XF800 wrapper, the latest in an extraordinary boom in PCMC packaging equipment orders, is scheduled for installation in October 2017.

                                                          Sun Paper is a family-owned consumer products manufacturer in Duncan, South Carolina, with a primary focus on private label bath tissue, kitchen towels, napkins and facial tissue. Sun Paper’s products are found in major retailers across the country.

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                                                          ABOUT PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC)

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

                                                          ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                                          Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:10:42 +0200
                                                            How RocktTenn (WestRock) Doubled their Speed, OEE and Reliability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7177-how-rockttenn-westrock-doubled-their-speed-oee-and-reliability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7177-how-rockttenn-westrock-doubled-their-speed-oee-and-reliability

                                                            All manufacturing leaders know what’s expected of them. They face financial statements, customers, stakeholders, etc. on an ongoing basis. There’s no denying the what. Truly world-class leaders continually search for the best how, and they ask, how are we going to do this? What is the best way to achieve our expectations? Even the best companies struggle with asking and implementing these questions, and they’ll struggle with it at the top of the organization. Once Leadership has consensus on the how, then it’s just a matter of maintaining that commitment and continually communicating that vision to the organization.

                                                            2017 04 19 090254Beau Groover, Director of Performance Excellence with RockTenn (WestRock), says “RockTenn was not much different from most companies in how it previously established goals. We would look at where we are performing currently in a measure and then say, ‘How do we improve that by 5 percent, how do we improve that by 3 percent?’ And that would set about how they frame up their resources and their capital and their people.”

                                                            RockTenn (WestRock) is a leading producer of corrugated and consumer packaging and recycling solutions; and is one of several companies that reached out to Performance Solutions by Milliken to helped adopt their own, unique version of the Milliken Performance System (MPS). An award-winning system geared to compliment, revamp, and accelerate current performance systems towards new levels of success.

                                                            At RockTenn, Groover serves as a conduit interacting with teams working in plants, managing the relationship with Performance Solutions, and bringing information to RockTenn’s steering committee.  He says, “at the end of the day, there are thousands of books written on lean, six sigma, and TPS. If the leadership isn’t capable or willing to go through what it takes to build a high-performing team, it doesn’t matter how many tools and how many super-duper black belts you hire, you’ll never get there. And the Milliken system, in my opinion, focuses directly on the culture. And that’s what has enabled them to reach the performance levels they have.”

                                                            Groover notes that the Performance Solutions approach is heavily weighted on the front end to how an organization puts in the Performance System, and, on the back end, weighted to the actual performance it gets from the system. “We get so wrapped up in the results that we fail to look at the process.” He uses a baseball analogy of how well a team conducts batting and fielding practice will usually parallel with how well the team performs in a game. In manufacturing, it means focusing on the processes that yield an output target, such as OEE, rather than how to move the metric.

                                                            “Through the Milliken process, we’re trying to get our plants thinking about OEE as an output mechanism,” says Groover. “How well we run the equipment, how well we train our associates, how well we take care of our equipment, how well we prepare our inventory — all of that leads to the result. And the result is a high OEE number, which is what we want.” In approximately one year, the process work at RockTenn began to move the organization across never before seen thresholds of performance, adds Groover, yielding double-digit improvements in speed, OEE, and reliability.  “We’ve uncovered/created the equivalent of 3 full sites worth of capacity that we didn’t even know was achievable.  The financial impact of that goes far beyond the P/L and starts impacting decisions such as capital investment and footprint rationalizations.”

                                                            “It’s a different way of thinking about where your problems are and where your opportunities lie.  We become very accepting of our reality that we see. We start just accepting things instead of challenging them to say, ‘Why does it work like that, or why do we have that failure, or why do we have that downtime?’ The Performance System takes all that emotion and acceptance out of it, and it makes it a data question. Here’s where you’re performing. Here’s where you’re losing dollars. What are you going to do about it?”

                                                            ABOUT PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS BY MILLIKEN
                                                            Performance Solutions by Milliken brings a unique, Practitioner-based value proposition to its clients and has built an enviable record of helping companies achieve substantial and sustainable improvements in their operations and safety excellence efforts.  This approach, built on the foundation of lessons learned while Milliken & Company created and implemented its own world-class performance system, helps client organizations engage and empower their associates by working side-by-side to establish a culture of continuous improvement and drive breakthrough operations impact. Performance Solutions currently serve companies in more than 100 operating locations in 28 countries across a wide range of industry sectors.
                                                            performancesolutionsbymilliken.com

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:03:17 +0200
                                                              Verso Showcases Brighter, Whiter Sterling® Premium in New Printed Promotion: "Sterling® Premium. ELEVATED." http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7176-verso-showcases-brighter-whiter-sterling-premium-in-new-printed-promotion-sterling-premium-elevated http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7176-verso-showcases-brighter-whiter-sterling-premium-in-new-printed-promotion-sterling-premium-elevated

                                                              Promotion Features Innovative U.S. Manufacturer Oru Kayak®

                                                              Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate innovative U.S. manufacturers that share its passion for being the best at what they do with the release of the second in its series of printed promotions titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATED.

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                                                              "Verso's Sterling® Premium challenged the paper quality/cost paradigm to create a first – premium paper at a budget friendly price," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "We established a new status quo, and then challenged it again, improving shade and brightness to a whiter-white 96 – at the same great price." 

                                                              "Sterling® Premium's new, brilliantly bright optics combined with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability and service have elevated the definition of what it means to be the best of the best," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Tanya Pipo. "When we were looking for like-minded companies that share the same passion and courage for elevating their brands to the next level we were introduced to Oru Kayak® in San Francisco. Like Sterling® Premium, Oru Kayak is elevating the expectation of how to make quality kayaks with premium attributes at a reasonable price."

                                                              ADVENTURE, ELEVATED. Oru Kayak® co-founder and designer Anton Willis developed the concept of a foldable kayak designed with quality, aesthetics and portability in mind. "It was origami that got me thinking," he says. "What if you could actually make a kayak that folded up like a piece of paper?" Through great design, portability, lighter weight and lower price than a conventional craft with no sacrifice in performance, Oru Kayak® is changing the game, elevating adventure on the water by making it more accessible to more people.

                                                              PAPER, ELEVATED. This new printed brochure showcases the brighter, whiter shade and exceptional print quality of Sterling® Premium through detailed imagery of beautifully crafted kayaks. The print demonstrations on gloss, dull/silk and matte finishes highlight the paper's premium surface quality, and the print comparisons between Sterling® Premium sheetfed and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo show the flawless print quality from offset to digital. The promotion is enhanced with a short video featuring the founders of Oru Kayak® using Layar® technology, a leading augmented reality app. Verso Marketing Communications Manager Julie Davis explains, "When printed images are scanned using the Layar® app, the technology recognizes the image and relates it to a piece of registered content with Layar®. This is an exceptional way to show how print links to new technology for a deeper experience without ever leaving the printed page."

                                                              Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes, finishes and weights to meet any need. 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 available with post-consumer 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 versoco.com.

                                                              About Verso

                                                              Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. The FSC® trademark license code for Verso Corporation is FSC® C014984. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

                                                              About Oru Kayak®

                                                              Oru Kayak is a San Francisco-based company that manufactures and markets a line of unique high-performance folding kayaks. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami (Oru means "fold" in Japanese), the company's patented technology, lightweight skin and ingenious design enable Oru Kayaks to be folded down, stowed in a trunk, checked on a plane and hiked into remote waters. This enables lovers of the outdoors to get out there, enjoy the water and explore like never before. Oru Kayak aims to change the way people connect with water, whether it's for an hour, afternoon or full weekend adventure. Through innovative products and services, the company and its people hope to make paddling more convenient, fun and freeing for everyone. Learn more about this extraordinary company at orukayak.com.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:58:13 +0200
                                                                Second edition of Paper Machine Clothing book available for pre-order on web or during PaperCon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7175-second-edition-of-paper-machine-clothing-book-available-for-pre-order-on-web-or-during-papercon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7175-second-edition-of-paper-machine-clothing-book-available-for-pre-order-on-web-or-during-papercon

                                                                AstenJohnson, the people who “wrote the book” on paper machine clothing, have done it again.

                                                                2017 04 19 071258The Second Edition of Paper Machine Clothing is being finalized for print and will be available in September.  Interested papermakers, managers, engineers, professionals, and students can pre-order a copy in advance at a discounted price during PaperCon 2017 (April 23-26) in Minneapolis or by visiting AstenJohnson’s website. 

                                                                Paper Machine Clothing, which builds on the excellent work in the first edition authored by a former AstenJohnson associate, Dr. Sabit Adanur in 1997, is a hardback 200+ page reference resource providing information about key papermaking topics as well as some of the latest technology available in paper machine clothing.  Practical guides for troubleshooting and properly applying machine fabrics are included throughout the book.

                                                                In brief, the book gives an introduction to pulp and papermaking technology and then covers the main processes of Forming, Pressing, and Drying in detail.  Design, manufacturing, testing, application, and service of paper machine fabrics for each machine section are explained in detail.

                                                                New features in the Second Edition include:

                                                                • Includes international units
                                                                • Chapter devoted to Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
                                                                • Papermaking tips for forming, pressing, and drying
                                                                • Chapter on paper machine auditing
                                                                • Expanded troubleshooting section.

                                                                To see examples of Paper Machine Clothing, or to pre-order copies at a discount, visit AstenJohnson at PaperCon (booth 315) or browse to:  www.astenjohnson.com/papermachineclothing.

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:14:18 +0200
                                                                  Mercer International Inc. Announces Acquisition of Sawmill and Bio-Mass Power Plant http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7169-mercer-international-inc-announces-acquisition-of-sawmill-and-bio-mass-power-plant http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7169-mercer-international-inc-announces-acquisition-of-sawmill-and-bio-mass-power-plant

                                                                  Mercer International Inc., or "Mercer", (Nasdaq:MERC) (TSX:MERC.U) today announced that it has completed, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mercer Timber Products GmbH ("MTP"), its previously announced agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of one of Germany's largest sawmills and a bio-mass power plant, near Friesau, Germany (the "Friesau Facility"), for approximately $55.1 million plus defined working capital of approximately $6.5 million (the "Acquisition").  

                                                                  2017 04 18 091503In connection with the Acquisition, Mercer announced that it has also successfully replaced the existing €25 million revolving working capital facility of its subsidiary, Zellstoff-und Papierfabrik Rosenthal GmbH ("ZPR"), with a new €70 million joint revolving credit facility (the "New Facility") for ZPR and MTP. The New Facility is available to both ZPR and MTP, with MTP's borrowings not to exceed €45 million thereunder, has a five-year term, is secured by a first ranking security interest on the inventories, receivables and accounts of the borrowers and accrues interest at a rate of Euribor plus 2.95% per annum.

                                                                  Mr. David Gandossi, Mercer's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are excited with the acquisition of the Friesau Facility and welcome its employees to the Mercer Group and look forward to working together to enhance value for all of our stakeholders."

                                                                  Mercer International Inc. is a global pulp manufacturing company. To obtain further information on the company, please visit its web site at http://www.mercerint.com.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:13:22 +0200
                                                                    James Cropper brings tailor made to the big apple http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7166-james-cropper-brings-tailor-made-to-the-big-apple http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7166-james-cropper-brings-tailor-made-to-the-big-apple

                                                                    British master papermaker James Cropper is ramping up its presence across the pond with the launch of its Tailor Made service at this year’s Luxe Pack New York exhibition.

                                                                    Attendees at the event, which takes place on 10 and 11 May 2017, will be able to delve further into the company’s Tailor Made service, which has been launched to allow brands to develop unique, custom-made paper solutions for brand presentation and packaging.

                                                                    Susan Wilson, group packaging director at James Cropper, said: “We’ve always focused on creating personalised solutions for brands but now, with Tailor Made, we’re taking our bespoke service to a new level – and we’re sure it will be well received in a city as stylish as New York. With a wealth of experience in the world of premium and luxury, we’re very aware of how important it is for luxury brands to stand out and express their individuality through their packaging, and we’re here to work closely with them to facilitate that.”

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                                                                    The Tailor Made service offers a wide range of bespoke solutions, with clients able to choose everything from the individual fibres used to make paper to the ways they’re engineered, coloured, embossed and converted. For example, beautiful shades of unusual and tactile paper finishes can be developed for a sophisticated impression.

                                                                    Retailers looking to boost their environmental credentials are expected to be impressed with James Cropper’s policy of all fresh fibre being sourced from sustainably managed forests, as well as its use of ingredients such as coffee cup fibre or post-consumer waste.

                                                                    James Cropper has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family from its historic home in the English Lake District, and is renowned globally for its expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

                                                                    Ivan Iannetta, packaging industry expert and USA sales manager at James Cropper, said: “The Tailor Made service allows clients to focus on their vision and let their imaginations run wild, enabling them to tell their story through paper and packaging. We bring these ideas to life, using the experience, tools and expertise we’ve developed over almost two centuries.

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                                                                    “Our rich papermaking know-how and capability, combined with an innovative approach and superior craftsmanship, mean that the creative possibilities of such a versatile product are virtually endless. The result is a truly custom-made and sustainable paper that perfectly complements and elevates a brand’s offering.

                                                                    “James Cropper takes great pride in producing papers with a difference, unique to each brand. Combining our world-leading skills in colour-matching and post-production capabilities – such as embossing, laminating and coating – enables us to create papers for an extensive range of retail applications across presentation boxes, retail display, luxurious packaging and beautiful bags.”

                                                                    Vincent Villeger, a creative consultant for the luxury packaging sector, said: “Uncoated, coloured papers provide an understated, warm and tactile feel, also allowing for maximum contrast against metallic foils. I consider them an essential component of brand consistency, and an integral part of the luxury packaging experience, which is why I try to use them whenever the project allows.

                                                                    “Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to develop many bespoke shades – a real treat for any designer – and in order to justify the decision to develop a bespoke paper, the results must be nothing short of perfectly accurate and consistent. James Cropper understands this and, thanks to the dedication of their teams and their collaborative approach, they have always been able to deliver to my high standards.”

                                                                    To find out more about the ‘Tailor Made’ service, visit James Cropper at Stand B116.

                                                                    About James Cropper

                                                                    James Cropper are prestige paper innovators based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. Celebrating 170 years of high quality paper production in 2015, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

                                                                    A network of global sales and production facilities from Europe to the Far East provides local customer service to international clients, while its historic base in the village of Burneside retains nearly two centuries worth of papermaking expertise.

                                                                    About Technical Fibre Products (TFP)

                                                                    As well as paper products, James Cropper plc also incorporates Technical Fibre Products (TFP), manufacturers of non-woven materials from carbon, glass and polymer fibres, which play a key part in production of composites in the automotive, energy and aerospace sectors.

                                                                    About James Cropper 3D Products

                                                                    With James Cropper 3D Products, James Cropper plc has created the next generation of sustainable moulded paper packaging. Available in a wide variety of colours and with a naturally tactile finish, the product has a clear focus on quality and is design-engineered to suit all packaging needs. Features to improve product value and packaging integrity, such as personal embossing, natural hinges and cut-outs, enhance brand impact. All packaging products are recyclable and made from 100 per cent renewable natural fibres.

                                                                    For further information visit: www.jamescropper.com , www.jc3dp.com and www.tfpglobal.com.

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:53:49 +0200
                                                                      Valmet received a repeat order for Advantage THRU-AIR tissue line from First Quality Tissue, USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7158-valmet-received-a-repeat-order-for-advantage-thru-air-tissue-line-from-first-quality-tissue-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7158-valmet-received-a-repeat-order-for-advantage-thru-air-tissue-line-from-first-quality-tissue-usa

                                                                      Valmet will supply a complete Advantage ThruAir tissue line to First Quality Tissue (FQT) in USA. The new production line is planned to be started-up in the second quarter of 2018 and it will add 70,000 tons of ultra-premium quality tissue to the company's annual production.

                                                                      valmet logoThe order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

                                                                      Valmet has previously delivered three Advantage ThruAir lines to FQT's Anderson mill. They were started up in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

                                                                      "Once again we have been awarded with the opportunity to continue to support FQT on their expansion plans in the ultra-premium tissue category. The fact that this is the fourth machine shows that we can deliver according to very high expectations and we are excited to continue the very good partnership with FQT ", says Jan Larsson, Director of Tissue Technology Sales, North America at Valmet.

                                                                      Information about the customer First Quality Tissue

                                                                      First Quality Tissue is a member company of the privately held First Quality group of companies, headquartered in Great Neck, New York, a leading manufacturer of nondiscretionary consumer products. The company is a market leader that offers a very diversified and full product offering of high quality private label and branded products. FQT is currently operating five tissue machines in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and in Anderson, South Carolina.

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

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

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

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:23:44 +0200
                                                                        PMP to supply intelli-jet v® to Sappi north America’s pm12 in Minnesota, USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7144-pmp-to-supply-intelli-jet-v-to-sappi-north-america-s-pm12-in-minnesota-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7144-pmp-to-supply-intelli-jet-v-to-sappi-north-america-s-pm12-in-minnesota-usa

                                                                        In December 2016, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Sappi North America for delivery of an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox for their paper machine 12 (PM12), located in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA.

                                                                        The project goal is to improve headbox functionality and to improve product quality and production. Sappi chose PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox due to its high performance and impressive references. The project’s driving force is based on machine maintenance and quality, achieved through the application of state-of-the-art technology.

                                                                        pmp logo 2016The scope of delivery includes a 212” (5.38M) Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox that will significantly improve paper quality, including excellent formation. Other benefits of PMP’s technology include hydraulic and thermal stability, sheet edge quality, clean operation, improved headbox access and more. The headbox will be supplied with a sophisticated Consistency Profiling System to ensure excellent basis weight control, resulting in uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profiles. PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry. It is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. There are over 130 Intelli-Jet V® headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.

                                                                        In addition to the headbox, PMP will provide stock approach equipment including the CP Pump and Screen, as well as basic engineering of stock approach items. The delivery also includes a thermal compensation system which will stabilize the thermal performance of the headbox by maintaining a uniform temperature of the most crucial headbox parts. The control of temperature of these parts will have a direct impact on CD flow profiles and will help minimize the time required to obtain quality production after start-up. PMP looks forward to supporting Sappi through the entire project process of engineering, installation, start-up, operator training, maintenance training and optimization. The delivery, erection, and start-up are scheduled for October 2017.

                                                                        About Sappi:

                                                                        About Sappi North America

                                                                        Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast, PolyEX, Classics and Neoterix lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

                                                                        Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: www.sappi.com.

                                                                        About PMP:

                                                                        PMP – PMP is a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology and has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. The Company has its headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland and has 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both the paper & tissue industry. At the end of December 2015, PMP introduced a new branding initiative including launching of a new logo & a new visual identity. Learn more about PMP at: www.pmpgroup.com.

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:07:34 +0200
                                                                          International Paper's Pensacola Mill Resumes Full Operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7142-international-paper-s-pensacola-mill-resumes-full-operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7142-international-paper-s-pensacola-mill-resumes-full-operations

                                                                          International Paper's Pensacola Mill in Cantonment, Fla., has successfully resumed full operations following a digester incident that occurred on January 22, 2017. The company, with the assistance of independent third-party experts, has implemented enhanced procedures and protections across the enterprise to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.

                                                                          IPLOGO"We are pleased to report that full operations at our Pensacola site have resumed," said Tim Nicholls, senior vice president, International Paper. "Our primary focus remains on ensuring the health and safety of our employees, contractors and community members – along with providing our customers the excellent service they have come to expect," added Nicholls.

                                                                          Including capital expenses, the company estimates total costs related to the incident will be between $80 and $120 million. The majority of these costs are expected to be recovered through insurance coverage.

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

                                                                          SOURCE International Paper

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:25:56 +0200
                                                                            PCMC announces new tissue embosser-laminator http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7138-pcmc-announces-new-tissue-embosser-laminator http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7138-pcmc-announces-new-tissue-embosser-laminator

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                                                                            The Omnia will offer customers flexibility and safety in a small footprint

                                                                            Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry-Wehmiller family and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of tissue converting and packaging equipment, have just announced it will unveil the Omnia, a new tissue embosser-laminator, this summer.

                                                                            2017 03 31 104015The Omnia, which in Latin means “all, everything,” marks a new era for PCMC in the embossing and laminating market. This full-featured machine will deliver safety, flexibility, fast changeovers and productivity for customers, all in a compact footprint. Other highlights include an open design for accessibility and ergonomics, the elimination of hydraulics, modularity for easy upgrades and automatic roll changes.

                                                                            “The Omnia proves that customers really can have it all in their embosser-laminator,” said Jason Hilsberg, Tissue Sales Director at PCMC. “Fueled by the desire for more simplicity and safety, our design meets those needs on all levels. The accessibility of the rolls from one location makes roll changes and maintenance easier and safer, and the Omnia takes up 25 percent less floor space than our previous designs. Despite its smaller size, it still delivers all the features our customers need to compete in the marketplace today without sacrificing quality.”

                                                                            The first Omnia is currently in production, and will be available for demonstration in June 2017.

                                                                            ABOUT PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC)

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

                                                                            ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                                                            Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2.5 billion organization with more than 11,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:39:00 +0200
                                                                              Resolute Announces Start-up of New Tissue Machine at Calhoun http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7132-resolute-announces-start-up-of-new-tissue-machine-at-calhoun http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7132-resolute-announces-start-up-of-new-tissue-machine-at-calhoun

                                                                              Resolute Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce the successful start-up of its new tissue machine in Calhoun (Tennessee). The first tissue parent roll was produced on February 28, 2017.

                                                                              The machine will continue its scheduled ramp-up through 2017 and is expected to be producing at maximum capacity toward mid-2018. With its fully operational converting facility, converted tissue products sold from Calhoun are now manufactured entirely from parent rolls produced on-site.

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                                                                              The Calhoun tissue operation, built at Resolute's pulp and paper mill, has the capacity to manufacture 66,000 short tons (60,000 metric tons) annually of premium private-label tissue, including bath and towel, aimed at the at-home market.

                                                                              With its state-of-the-art machine, three converting lines and integration of pulp from the existing Calhoun pulp mill, this will be one of the most efficient and cost-competitive tissue operations in North America once full production is achieved, positioning Resolute as a key player in this growing market segment.

                                                                              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 over 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:35:10 +0200
                                                                                Atlas Tissue Launches New Green Heritage Tissue Line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7131-atlas-tissue-launches-new-green-heritage-tissue-line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7131-atlas-tissue-launches-new-green-heritage-tissue-line

                                                                                Atlas Tissue is pleased to introduce the Green Heritage® line of recycled tissue products to the at-home market. Atlas Tissue, a business of Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP), is changing the way consumers view recycled products with its Green Heritage premium 100% recycled tissue line that is Soft on you. Easy on the planet.TM 

                                                                                2017 03 28 071153The Green Heritage brand is designed to offer today’s environmentally conscious consumers a first-in-class product that is additive-free, septic-safe and so much more. Green Heritage is manufactured with recycled pulp from Resolute’s Fairmont (West Virginia) mill. This allows for precise control of the entire production process, ensuring cost-competitiveness and consistent quality, while offering the flexibility and customization customers demand.

                                                                                “When comparing Green Heritage products to those of our competitors, third-party testing confirmed that our bath tissue is brighter, thicker and stronger than the leading recycled bath tissues on the market,” stated André Piché, senior vice president, Tissue Business Group, for Resolute Forest Products. “We are confident consumers will appreciate the quality and comfort of our new recycled product line.” 

                                                                                About Atlas Tissue

                                                                                Atlas Tissue has a manufacturing capacity of 62,000 short tons of tissue across three paper machines and 11 converting lines located in Hialeah (Miami) and Sanford (Orlando), in Florida. It also operates a paper recycling center in Tampa. Atlas Tissue produces branded and private-label products for at-home and away-from-home channels, and offers both virgin and recycled products, covering a wide range of grades. Branded products are marketed under Windsor Place®, Green Heritage®, Bunny Soft®, Harmony® and Eversoft®. Atlas Tissue is the proud recipient of the 2016 Tissue World Mill Award in the Most Energy-Aware Mill category. Visit www.atlastissue.com for more information and learn more about Green Heritage at www.greenheritagetissue.com.

                                                                                Atlas Tissue is part of Resolute Forest Products Inc., a publicly traded company listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol RFP.

                                                                                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 over 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. To learn more about Resolute Forest Products, visit www.resolutefp.com.

                                                                                SOURCE Atlas Tissue

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:39:30 +0200
                                                                                  Cascades Sonoco Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Birmingham, Ala., Facility to Support Innovative New Product Line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7127-cascades-sonoco-announces-multi-million-dollar-investment-in-birmingham-ala-facility-to-support-innovative-new-product-line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7127-cascades-sonoco-announces-multi-million-dollar-investment-in-birmingham-ala-facility-to-support-innovative-new-product-line

                                                                                  A Water-Based Barrier Coating That Allows Creation of Recyclable, Repulpable, Compostable Take-Out Containers

                                                                                  Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON) and Cascades Inc. (TSE:CAS) has just announced the investment of approximately $16 million for the expansion of its existing Birmingham, Ala., facility.This investment in world-class water based coating technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexShield™, FluteSHIELD® and SurfSHIELD™ coating technology. These coatings, recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, are revolutionary water-based functional and barrier coatings designed to replace the standard LDPE coating used in take-out container folding carton applications, as well as wax replacement technology for the corrugated industry. They offer solutions that are recyclable, repulpable and compostable.

                                                                                  sonoco logo 2014“This investment represents a significant geographic expansion for water-based products by Cascades Sonoco, especially in the fast-growing Southeastern United States,” said Rodger Fuller, senior vice president of Sonoco’s Paper & Engineered Carriers, U.S. & Canada, and Display & Packaging. With this exciting addition to its product portfolio, Cascades Sonoco remains dedicated to maintain its market leadership position in protective roll packaging for the paper industry.”

                                                                                  “We also wish to acknowledge the support of the Birmingham Business Alliance and all our partners as it influenced our decision to invest in the region,” added Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. “This strategic investment certainly helps Cascades Sonoco expand its product offerings into high-growth consumer-oriented markets.”

                                                                                  Installation of the new equipment and expansion of the existing Birmingham facility will begin early this year, and start-up is expected in the second quarter of 2018.  Once at full capacity, the new water-based coating line will be capable of producing 40,000-50,000 tons of sustainable coated materials annually.

                                                                                  “The Jefferson County Commission is pleased that Cascades Sonoco has decided to invest more than $16 million to expand its operations in our community,” said Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington. “This long-term commitment in capital and increased employment is a testament to our business climate and workforce.”

                                                                                  About Cascades
                                                                                  Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in close to 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.cascades.com.

                                                                                  About Sonoco
                                                                                  Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of nearly $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 35 countries, serving some of the world's best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2015/2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:04:31 +0200
                                                                                    Mohawk’s Tom O’Connor Jr. and Ted O’Connor Selected to Receive 2017 Peyton Shaner Award by AIPPM http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7124-mohawk-s-tom-o-connor-jr-and-ted-o-connor-selected-to-receive-2017-peyton-shaner-award-by-aippm http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7124-mohawk-s-tom-o-connor-jr-and-ted-o-connor-selected-to-receive-2017-peyton-shaner-award-by-aippm

                                                                                    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is pleased to announce Tom O’Connor Jr., Mohawk’s Chief Executive Officer and Ted O’Connor, Mohawk’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Envelopes and Converting have been named 2017 Peyton Shaner Awards recipients by AIPPM.

                                                                                    2016 09 26 092712AIPPM’s Peyton Shaner award was established to commemorate the founder of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants. The recipients are recognized as someone who has shared Shaner’s passion for the industry.

                                                                                    “I have always been a big fan of the O’Connor family and feel they run a top notch family business that is not afraid to explore new markets or reenergize traditional ones!” say Don Clampitt of Clampitt Paper. Bayard Tynes of Strickland Paper adds “Tom and Ted are a dynamic duo. They are lions in our industry that represent the first family in paper with old fashioned values and exciting new products and services that make this crazy business fresh and fun. When the O’Connor family succeeds, we all succeed.”

                                                                                    Tom O'Connor Jr. joined Mohawk in 1986 and was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. During his tenure, Mr. O’Connor has grown the company to become North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. O’Connor has doubled Mohawk’s business and positioned the organization for the future by leading Mohawk into new areas of growth. Through a series of strategic initiatives, Mr. O’Connor has expanded global sales, operations and distribution channels; diversified Mohawk’s product portfolio to include envelopes and specialty substrates for digital printing; upgraded IT and operational infrastructure; and has expanded Mohawk’s distribution base through strategic initiatives including the acquisition of several companies, including the iconic Strathmore line of fine papers which was acquired in 2005. Mr. O’Connor has served as chairman of the National Paper Trade Association, and on the boards of the American Forest Products Association, St. Gregory’s School, and the Advisory Board of M&T Bank. He is also a former member of The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC).

                                                                                    Ted O’Connor has been in the paper business on and off since 1980. From 1980-1982 he worked for the Carter Rice Paper Company as a Sales Representative for their Boston and West Haven, CT divisions. In 1982 Ted came to work for Mohawk Fine Papers as a Specification Sales Representative for the New York City market. In 1985 he became the District Sales Manager for upstate New York and Canada. In 1987 Ted was promoted to National Sales Manager. In 1992 he left Mohawk to work in Bond Sales for Lehman Brothers in New York City. From 1998-2008 Ted continued his career in Bond Sales at First Albany Corporation. He returned to Mohawk in 2008 as National Sales Manager for the Eastern Region and in 2011 was promoted to Senior Vice President Sales, responsible for sales of fine paper across the United States and Canada as well as Mohawk's growing envelope business. In 2016, Ted was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mohawk Envelope and Converting. In this new role, Ted leads Mohawk’s sales and marketing efforts for envelopes, while working closely with manufacturing and supply chain teams to enhance Mohawk’s rapidly growing envelope and converting businesses.

                                                                                    ABOUT MOHAWK

                                                                                    Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.  Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates, which connect designers and printers to new markets. 

                                                                                    As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

                                                                                    Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mohawkconnects.com.

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:15:48 +0100
                                                                                      Verso Announces 92-Bright Anthem Plus® Coated Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7122-verso-announces-92-bright-anthem-plus-coated-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7122-verso-announces-92-bright-anthem-plus-coated-paper

                                                                                      The American Workhorse: American Product. American Jobs. American Pride.

                                                                                      Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading producer of coated papers, has just introduced a new promotion titled Anthem Plus®. The American Workhorse. PUT US TO WORK., featuring its brighter, whiter Anthem Plus® economy coated paper.

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                                                                                      "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 Papers Mike Weinhold. "It has 92-bright, blue-white optics in gloss, dull and matte/satin, from 60 lb. text to 130 lb. cover. It also offers USPS-compliant 7 pt. and 9 pt. weights and a matching digital product, Blazer Digital®. Anthem Plus® has all of these attributes and is made with pride right here in the U.S., supporting local economies and American jobs. That's why it's become known as the American Workhorse."

                                                                                      Anthem Plus®. The American Workhorse. PUT US TO WORK. demonstrates the print quality of Anthem Plus® Gloss 100 lb. text and Matte/Satin 100 lb. cover and walks through all of the advantages of an American-made coated paper that is hard working, bright, versatile and economically priced.

                                                                                      "Anthem Plus® is a great sheet that comes with a commitment to service and availability, getting our customers what they need, when and where they need it," said Verso Brand Manager Tanya Pipo. "We carry over 200+ SKUs of Anthem Plus® in our warehouses across the country for immediate availability. That's inventory depth that meets our customers' day-in and day-out needs, including when demand surges. Verso is willing and able to cut custom sizes of Anthem Plus® fast to meet our customers' just-in-time delivery needs."

                                                                                      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®), BV-COC-953662; Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™), BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012; and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), BV-SFICOC-US09000011.

                                                                                      To learn more about Anthem Plus® please visit us at versoco.com.

                                                                                      About Verso

                                                                                      Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. The FSC® trademark license code for Verso Corporation is FSC® C014984. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:29:35 +0100
                                                                                        Sonoco Implementing Price Increases for All Rigid Paperboard Containers in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7118-sonoco-implementing-price-increases-for-all-rigid-paperboard-containers-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7118-sonoco-implementing-price-increases-for-all-rigid-paperboard-containers-in-north-america

                                                                                        Sonoco (NYSE:SON) has just announced it is implementing price increases for all round composite cans and shaped rigid paperboard containers in North America by a minimum of 5 percent. The increase is effective with shipments beginning April 15, 2017.

                                                                                        sonoco logo 2014“This price adjustment is necessary to recover continuing cost inflation, particularly in uncoated recycled paperboard, a primary raw material,” said Jeff Tomaszewski, vice president and general manager for Sonoco’s Rigid Paper and Closures North America Division. 

                                                                                        Sonoco is the largest producer of rigid paper-based round and shaped containers globally.  For more information about Sonoco’s complete line of products or to learn more about current pricing, please visit the Company’s website or contact the Company at +800-377-2692.

                                                                                        About Sonoco
                                                                                        Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and display and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 facilities in 33 countries, serving many of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:54:57 +0100
                                                                                          Rayonier Announces Acquisitions in U.S. South Coastal Atlantic Markets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7105-rayonier-announces-acquisitions-in-u-s-south-coastal-atlantic-markets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7105-rayonier-announces-acquisitions-in-u-s-south-coastal-atlantic-markets

                                                                                          Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) has just announced that the company has entered into three transactions with separate sellers to acquire approximately 95,100 acres of high-quality industrial timberlands located in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $217 million, or $2,280 per acre (the “Acquisitions”). The Acquisitions are comprised of highly productive timberlands located in some of the strongest timber markets in the U.S. South, primarily along the I-95 coastal corridor near Savannah, GA.

                                                                                          Key attributes of the Acquisitions include the following:

                                                                                          • Strong timber markets – located in the top three U.S. South timber markets based on average composite stumpage price by region (1)
                                                                                          • Diverse customer base – very competitive wood market with multiple pulpwood, grade and export customers
                                                                                          • Highly productive timberlands – 78’ site index; 73% plantable; sustainable yield* of approximately 450,000 tons (or 4.7 tons per acre per year on the acquired lands)
                                                                                          • Well-stocked timber inventory – 4.3 million tons of merchantable timber inventory* (or 45 tons per acre); average plantation age of 14 years
                                                                                          • Complementary to existing Rayonier landholdings – increases Rayonier’s ownership in U.S. South Coastal Atlantic markets by approximately 15%
                                                                                          • Primarily fee simple ownership – 89% fee simple ownership and 11% leased lands
                                                                                          • Accretive to cash flow – targeting an annual increase in Adjusted EBITDA** and Cash Available for Distribution (CAD)** of approximately $13 million and $10 million, respectively, over the medium-term

                                                                                          rayRayonier expects to finance the Acquisitions with cash on hand and the proceeds of a follow-on offering of Rayonier common shares, which the company also announced today. “The Acquisitions announced today are representative of Rayonier’s commitment to disciplined capital allocation and active portfolio management,” said David Nunes, President and CEO. “These Acquisitions are comprised of highly productive properties that meaningfully bolster Rayonier’s footprint in our strongest U.S. South markets. We expect these Acquisitions to generate a strong cash yield from timber harvest operations, which will thereby improve our overall cash flow profile, increase the percentage of our Adjusted EBITDA generated from timber segments, and enhance our ‘pure-play’ timber REIT focus,” concluded Nunes.

                                                                                          (1) Based on Timber Mart-South weighted average composite stumpage price by region assuming product mix of 50% pulpwood, 30% chip-n-saw and 20% sawtimber.
                                                                                          * References to “merchantable timber inventory” and “sustainable yield” are as defined in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.
                                                                                          ** “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Cash Available for Distribution” (or “CAD”) are non-GAAP financial measures. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. These targets are based on assumptions and are subject to significant uncertainties, many of which are outside of the company’s control. While management believes these targets and the underlying assumptions are reasonable, they are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results will vary, and those variations may be material. Please consult the Forward-Looking Statements discussion below for some of the factors that may cause variations. Nothing herein is a representation by any person that these targets will be achieved, and the company undertakes no duty to update its targets.

                                                                                          About Rayonier
                                                                                          Rayonier is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. As of December 31, 2016, Rayonier owned, leased or managed approximately 2.7 million acres of timberlands located in the U.S. South (1.85 million acres), U.S. Pacific Northwest (378,000 acres) and New Zealand (433,000 acres). More information is available at www.rayonier.com.

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:02:58 +0100
                                                                                            International Paper Named As A 2017 World's Most Ethical Company By The Ethisphere Institute For The Eleventh Year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7104-international-paper-named-as-a-2017-world-s-most-ethical-company-by-the-ethisphere-institute-for-the-eleventh-year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7104-international-paper-named-as-a-2017-world-s-most-ethical-company-by-the-ethisphere-institute-for-the-eleventh-year

                                                                                            Recognition honors those companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action

                                                                                            International Paper (NYSE: IP) has been recognized once again by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company®.  For the eleventh straight year, IP was named as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies despite a large number of global nominees. International Paper secured a spot on the list by maintaining its focus on the ethical business practices and standards that have defined the company since its inception 119 years ago.

                                                                                            2014 02 28 082945"At International Paper, it is our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Our 55,000 global employees are committed to improving people's lives, the planet and our company's performance by transforming renewable resources into products people depend on every day," said Sharon Ryan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. "I want to congratulate our global team for achieving this well-earned recognition."

                                                                                            2017 is the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

                                                                                            "Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World's Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at International Paper for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

                                                                                            Methodology & Scoring
                                                                                            The World's Most Ethical Company 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 way. 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%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

                                                                                            ­­Honorees
                                                                                            The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

                                                                                            Best practices and insights from the 2017 honorees will be released in a series of infographics and research throughout the year (view or download the 2016 insights). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World's Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics Quotient.

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

                                                                                            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. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://ethisphere.com.

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:14:03 +0100
                                                                                              Bekaert Solaronics to supply WebMate® electrical infrared system to Twin Rivers Paper Company, Madawaska mill, USA. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7098-bekaert-solaronics-to-supply-webmate-electrical-infrared-system-to-twin-rivers-paper-company-madawaska-mill-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7098-bekaert-solaronics-to-supply-webmate-electrical-infrared-system-to-twin-rivers-paper-company-madawaska-mill-usa

                                                                                              Bekaert Solaronics will supply a WebMate® infrared moisture profiling system to Twin Rivers Paper Company #5 Paper Machine. The system is equipped with 1 row of 39 electrical M2000 modules including 78 zones of fine profiling capability.

                                                                                              The partnership between Bekaert Solaronics and Twin Rivers started in 1994 with installation of a gas infrared drying system on #7 Paper Machine as part of a film sizer upgrade project.

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                                                                                              Today, Twin Rivers renewed its confidence in Bekaert Solaronics utilizing WebMate® technology providing improved moisture profiling capabilities to optimize paper quality with guaranteed peak moisture reduction.

                                                                                              The non-contact infrared drying system WebMate® assures optimal product quality, a high drying rate as well as a long lifetime use. The moisture profile correction is optimized thanks to the parabolic reflector technology that ensures a focused energy radiation only where it is needed.

                                                                                              About Twin Rivers Paper Company

                                                                                              Launched officially in April 2010, Twin Rivers Paper Company acts as a specialty papers business, with fully integrated operations comprised of a pulp and energy complex in Edmundston, a paper mill in Madawaska as well as a lumber mill located in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. On December 2016, Twin Rivers paper mill acquired the four paper mills assets from the Burrows Paper Corporation.  The transaction supports the strategic evolution of the group to grow in the lightweight packaging and technical specialty papers.

                                                                                              About Bekaert and Bekaert Solaronics

                                                                                              Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with almost 30 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1967, Bekaert Solaronics supplies customized drying and heating systems based on gas and electrical infrared technology to a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1 000 systems have been installed worldwide. The company also provides maintenance services and is available to assist on upgrades or improved energy efficiency of existing systems.

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:04:06 +0100
                                                                                                Futura further strengthens its presence in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7095-futura-further-strengthens-its-presence-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7095-futura-further-strengthens-its-presence-in-north-america

                                                                                                With strongly growing sales and interest in its technology in North America, Futura is increasing its presence and its ProCare service support in the region.

                                                                                                2017 03 10 074534Futura North America, already well-established with its headquarters in Alpharetta Georgia, is to benefit from a further injection of expertise from Futura’s centre of operations in Lucca. Experts joining Futura North America in operations management and service support will add valuable resources to the local team for the startup of new lines and servicing of existing ones.

                                                                                                Futura has also, for the first time on American soil, set up a demonstration of its remarkable Duplex Coremaker and associated core accumulator in Alpharetta. Together they form a key part of the game-changing Andromeda converting technology. The Duplex demonstration joins the existing JOI Center at Futura North America, which is fully dedicated to embossing technology.

                                                                                                Futura Vice President of International Operations, Piero Ceccon, said: “North America is a very quality-orientated market, receptive to innovation, and with a Smart Manufacturing vision. As such there is a strong appetite for Futura technology and we run many successful lines in the region. Aspects such as high efficiency, premium finished-product quality and strong service support feature high on the list of requirements, and we are, and have proved to be, the ideal partner in achieving best integrated performance and significant competitive advantages.”

                                                                                                Futura is with its clients every step of the way, creating tomorrow’s converting solutions through its core values of continuous innovation, superior product quality, dedication to service and long-term partnership. Best integrated performance and significant competitive advantages guaranteed.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:51:24 +0100
                                                                                                  The WestRock Foundation Supports Projects of The Nature Conservancy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7091-the-westrock-foundation-supports-projects-of-the-nature-conservancy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7091-the-westrock-foundation-supports-projects-of-the-nature-conservancy

                                                                                                  Paper and packaging company partners to preserve forestlands and freshwater in Virginia and Tennessee

                                                                                                  The Nature Conservancy and WestRock Foundation announced a partnership for two conservation projects in Southeast Virginia and along the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. Aligning with The Nature Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve lands and water for people today and for future generations, further demonstrates WestRock’s commitment to sustainable forestry and environmental stewardship.

                                                                                                  2015 10 18 094836“The Nature Conservancy thanks the WestRock Foundation for their generous support of our goal to restore longleaf pine forest in Virginia,” said Bill Kittrell, acting Director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia. “This gift will allow us to expand the Big Woods Conservation Area and protect vital floodplain forest along the Nottaway river, which will preserve water quality, support rare species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, and one day be home to the returning longleaf pine tree.”

                                                                                                  The WestRock Foundation’s funding in Virginia will help The Conservancy establish conservation easements over 10,000 acres of forestland along the Nottoway River and nearby Big Woods Conservation Area. These easements will preserve high-quality, ecologically diverse floodplain forest and support the restoration of longleaf pine savannas, home to rare red-cockaded woodpeckers and bobwhite quail. In addition to the forest and wildlife benefits of this project, a portion of the targeted conservation region includes acreage in one of the most biologically diverse stretches of the Nottoway River, which is a tributary of the Albemarle Sound. River protection resulting from the project will benefit freshwater flows into the Albemarle Sound estuary, which supports a variety of recreational and commercial uses.

                                                                                                  “With the support of the WestRock Foundation, The Nature Conservancy will also be able to preserve critical forestlands and important streams across Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau,” said Terry Cook, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. “Our scientific analysis has enabled us to target biologically rich and resilient forest areas that we will protect through acquisition and sustainable forestry agreements with private landowners. Thanks to the WestRock Foundation, these forests will remain intact and healthy, benefitting people as well as many imperiled species that live there.” 

                                                                                                  In Tennessee, the WestRock Foundation’s funding will support land acquisition for conservation, along with efforts to grow forest certifications and increase participation in The Conservancy’s Working Woodlands program in the Cumberland Plateau. Working Woodlands is designed to empower private landowners to conserve their lands as working forests while improving forest management and water quality in headwater streams through the application of forestry best management practices.

                                                                                                  “The initiatives, and the WestRock Foundation’s pledge, speak to the importance of shared goals,” says Kevin Hudson, senior vice president, WestRock and board member of the WestRock Foundation. “The mission and work of The Nature Conservancy and the WestRock Foundation’s commitment to sustainable forest management and environmental stewardship all align to promote sustained forest health, wildlife diversity and water quality for this generation and those to come.”

                                                                                                  About The Nature Conservancy
                                                                                                  The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

                                                                                                  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 39,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:47:37 +0100
                                                                                                    Verso Expands Ideal® TrueJet® Uncoated Inkjet Roll Papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7085-verso-expands-ideal-truejet-uncoated-inkjet-roll-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7085-verso-expands-ideal-truejet-uncoated-inkjet-roll-papers

                                                                                                    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading producer of digital printing papers, today announced that it has expanded its Ideal® TrueJet® offering to include 18/45 lb. and 28/70 lb. in its current offering of 20/50 lb. and 24/60 lb. uncoated text weights. Ideal® TrueJet® is a specialized line of uncoated inkjet roll papers for commercial printers and document centers with high-speed inkjet printers.

                                                                                                    verso logo 2017"We have added these weights to the Ideal® TrueJet® offering to better serve the growing need for a high quality uncoated inkjet paper for high-speed, personalized print runs," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "Ideal® TrueJet® is manufactured for roll-to-roll, roll-to-fold and roll-to-sheet applications and meets market expectations for high quality graphics, runnability and durability on the best-known, high-speed inkjet presses."

                                                                                                    With a brightness of 92, a smooth surface and high opacity, Ideal® TrueJet® is ideal for everyday transactional statements and documents, newsletters, manuals, legal documents and direct mail applications. Ideal® TrueJet® samples and sell sheets are available at Verso's booth #907 at Dscoop's "Imagine" / JetComm 2017 Conference March 3 and 4 in Phoenix, Arizona.

                                                                                                    "The lighter weight, 18/45 lb., provides greater savings on postage for direct mail applications and more pages per inch which is important in book publishing," said Dennis Essary, Director, Digital Papers for Verso. "The 28/70 lb. weight is a good option for customers looking for a better feel and higher opacity than the 24/60 lb."

                                                                                                    Ideal® TrueJet® joins Verso's Sterling® Ultra TrueJet® and TrueJet® Book inkjet products. Verso also offers premium digital products including Futura®, Sterling® Premium Digital™, Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, Sterling® Premium Digital™ Tough Tear, Blazer Digital® and Productolith Pts. Digital® C1S and C2S.

                                                                                                    To learn more about Verso's digital product portfolio stop by Verso's booth #907 during the Dscoop's "Imagine" / JetComm 2017 Conference or 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. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) North American News Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:41:03 +0100