Pulp-Paperworld.com / N.American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:31:18 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb WestRock Announces Agreements to Acquire Plymouth Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7561-westrock-announces-agreements-to-acquire-plymouth-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7561-westrock-announces-agreements-to-acquire-plymouth-packaging

WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has just announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire substantially all of the assets of Plymouth Packaging, Inc. (“Plymouth”). Plymouth is a corrugated packaging company that derives approximately 70% of its sales from its “Box on Demand” systems and corrugated fanfold, and 30% from traditional corrugated box packaging.

2015 10 18 094836Plymouth’s market-leading “Box on Demand” systems are located on the customer’s site and use fanfold corrugated to produce custom, on-demand corrugated packaging that is accurately sized for any product type according to the customer’s specifications. Fanfold corrugated is continuous corrugated board, folded periodically to form an accordion-like stack of corrugated material. Plymouth installs “Box on Demand” machines on its customers’ sites under multi-year exclusive agreements for the fanfold corrugated supply.

Approximately 40% of the “Box on Demand” systems’ sales are to e-commerce customers, with the remaining customers serving building products, furniture and other markets. Plymouth currently supplies more than 100 customers with proprietary “Box on Demand” machines, manufactured by Panotec. As part of the transaction, WestRock will acquire Plymouth’s equity interest in Panotec and Plymouth’s exclusive right to distribute Panotec’s equipment in the United States and Canada.

The acquisition of Plymouth will further integrate the company’s containerboard system. WestRock currently provides one-third of the nearly 60,000 tons of containerboard used by Plymouth annually, and intends to fully integrate these tons after the transaction closes. WestRock expects additional containerboard integration opportunities as the Company serves this growing on-demand packaging market.

“The acquisition of Plymouth Packaging will further develop our innovation platform and our differentiation strategy,” said Jeff Chalovich, president of WestRock’s corrugated packaging business. “The addition of the ‘Box on Demand’ system will enhance our automated packaging systems business and WestRock’s differentiation in e-commerce and other custom applications where on-site box making is needed. The acquisition will improve our margin profile, our growth prospects in our corrugated packaging business and move us closer to our goal to be 80% integrated.”

Plymouth was founded in 1991 by Paul Magnell and is currently owned by the Magnell family. Greg Magnell is currently the president of the company and will continue in his leadership role following the closing of the transaction.

“We are excited to become part of WestRock and believe there is a strong cultural fit with our two organizations,” said Greg Magnell. “The combination provides access to a much broader geographic footprint and significant additional resources that will help this business continue to grow and serve our customers.”

The transaction includes Plymouth’s fanfold corrugated facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan; Ft. Worth, Texas; and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and all of the company-owned “Box on Demand” machines located in customers’ facilities. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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

Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:48:56 +0100
    Following facility closure, assets from U.S. Paper Converters Inc. to be sold via public auction on Aucto.com http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7554-following-facility-closure-assets-from-u-s-paper-converters-inc-to-be-sold-via-public-auction-on-aucto-com http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7554-following-facility-closure-assets-from-u-s-paper-converters-inc-to-be-sold-via-public-auction-on-aucto-com

    Paper converting equipment to be sold in a webcast auction on Aucto.com

    Paper converting equipment and machinery from U.S. Paper Converters Inc. will be sold in a public auction on December 14th on Aucto.com.

    The Wisconsin-based paper converter announced plans to shut down its Appleton facility in late October. The plant specialized in converting paper, packaging, film and non-woven products. The closure is the latest in a series of closures and layoffs from paper companies in the Fox Valley estimated to have affected more than 850 jobs.

    Picture Gallery below click to see more

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

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

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

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

    To view the complete auction catalog, click here.

    Featured equipment includes:

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

    ABOUT AUCTO.COM

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

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUCTION, PLEASE CONTACT:

    BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide
    818.508.7034
    shawn@biditup.com

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUCTO.COM, PLEASE CONTACT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The Millennial Boom

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

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

      Working Smart for the Long Term

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

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

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

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

      Sustainability Commitment Resonates with Job Seekers

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

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

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

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:31:22 +0100
        Clearwater Paper Announces New Board Chair http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7539-clearwater-paper-announces-new-board-chair http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7539-clearwater-paper-announces-new-board-chair

        Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) has just announced that Beth Ford has been appointed as chair to the company's board of directors effective January 1, 2018.

        ClearwaterPaper logo01Ms. Ford, the chief operating officer for Land O'Lakes Businesses, has served on the Clearwater Paper board of directors since 2013. As chief operating officer, Ms. Ford oversees Land O'Lakes' multi-billion dollar U.S. businesses, which include Purina Animal Nutrition, Land O'Lakes Dairy, and Winfield United, which provides crop inputs and agriculture technology solutions. In her 30 years in business, Ms. Ford has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies across six industries, including roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company, and Hachette Book Group and Scholastic, Inc.

        "We greatly value the retail, supply chain, and operations insight Beth brings to us, which will help us improve our competitive position and succeed in the marketplace," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "On behalf of the Clearwater Paper team, we extend our congratulations to Beth as our new board chair."

        Ms. Ford will succeed Boh Dickey as chair. Mr. Dickey has been a Clearwater Paper board member since 2008 and chair since 2013. He is expected to retire from the company's board at the end of his current board term in May 2018 pursuant to the company's corporate governance guidelines.

        "Boh has been a driving force in developing and guiding our strategy, positioning Clearwater Paper as one of the largest private label tissue manufacturers and an efficient paperboard manufacturer, serving our customers well over the years," added Massman. "I thank him for his numerous contributions and critical decisions that have helped make our company more successful."

        With today's announcement, Clearwater Paper will be one of the few publicly-traded companies in the U.S. with women serving as the CEO and non-executive board chair.

        ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

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

        Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation - http://www.clearwaterpaper.com/

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:45:52 +0100
          Neenah reveals the magic of combinations in The Alchemy of Design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7532-neenah-reveals-the-magic-of-combinations-in-the-alchemy-of-design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7532-neenah-reveals-the-magic-of-combinations-in-the-alchemy-of-design

          Alchemy is an ancient practice that blends science with spiritual belief. Practitioners of early Greek alchemy believed that nature’s four basic elements, air, fire, water and earth were the basis of all matter. The practice later became more scientific, often used in attempts to magically transform lesser-valued metals into precious gold. Today’s idea of alchemy has evolved into the broader philosophy of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Neenah embraces this concept of combining and transforming in its newest promotion The Alchemy of Design.

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          “This is an inspiration book that reinterprets the meaning of alchemy within the realm of print design, where the four essential elements are audience, message, paper and print. The Alchemy of Design demonstrates ways to creatively combine those elements to amplify everyday design projects. Even those projects that have lower design budgets are still expected to have high impact. Throughout the book, the designs explore mixing and mingling of paper colors and textures, inspiring designers to think outside of that one swatchbook,” says Auburne Gahlman, Marketing Manager, Neenah.

          Designed by Willoughby Design, The Alchemy of Design blends three very different brands — ROYAL SUNDANCE®, ASTROBRIGHTS®, and ENVIRONMENT® Papers — in unexpected ways. Presented in a beautiful die-cut slipcase, the 9 x 11 double-sided accordion fold book takes deep dives into four different branding projects (for a total of 20+ printed pull-out samples) each using the three different Neenah grades to add layers of color and texture and impact.

          For example, Earth | Worth is a handcrafted ceramic home goods brand featured in Alchemy. Knowing that a brochure is the single printed piece most handled by its loyal and potential customers, the brand uses the toothy texture of ROYAL SUNDANCE to evoke the weighty and natural essence of its products. The brand package extends to the smooth touch and natural shades of ENVIRONMENT, coupled with an accent of ASTROBRIGHTS, Terra Green™, to create a hangtag system. Using three complimentary papers for a hangtag system, and printing them all in one print run with one color, is a low-cost/high ROI idea for expressing the brand personality at the point of sale.

          This is a promotion that has to be explored page by page to fully appreciate the idea-generating combinations of print and paper. Get your free copy of The Alchemy of Design, valued at $10.99, through your Neenah representative.

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

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:24 +0100
            New Product Category Rules Issued for Paper Products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7526-new-product-category-rules-issued-for-paper-products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7526-new-product-category-rules-issued-for-paper-products

            The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), in collaboration with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and FPInnovations issued Product Category Rules (PCR) for Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard, Containerboard and Tissue products manufactured in North America.

            logo twisidesThe PCR provides rules and requirements for conducting paper product life cycle assessment (LCA) reports as well as developing Type III Environmental Product Declarations that communicate the environmental footprint of products to customers. The PCR development process included the participation of a broad stakeholder group including manufacturers, trade associations, government agencies, non-government organizations, retail representatives, independent parties, academia and other Environmental Product Declarations program operators.

            “This PCR has been approved by an independent peer review panel of recognized LCA experts,” said Debbie Steckel, Executive Director of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.  “It conforms to the requirements of ISO International Standards, providing consistent and transparent environmental evaluation standards with the highest degree of credibility.”

            Lal Mahalle, project leader for FPInnovations, said, “Paper buyers can feel confident that product sustainability documentation using our PCR guidance covers the environmental impact categories that are published in recognized scientific literature and are most relevant to pulp and paper products made in North America”.

            The PCR is available on the FPInnovations website:

            PCR for North American Pulp Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Products, Tissue and Containerboard

            The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:01:06 +0100
              AkzoNobel completes $10 million sulfur derivatives investment in the US http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7509-akzonobel-completes-10-million-sulfur-derivatives-investment-in-the-us http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7509-akzonobel-completes-10-million-sulfur-derivatives-investment-in-the-us

              AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne sulfur derivatives plant in the US, which supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries.

              Located in Alabama, the investment includes a 20,000 dry metric ton expansion for the production of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining and specialty polymers segments.

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              "This is a key expansion which will help to support growing customer demand," explains Sulfur Derivatives General Manager, Ignacio Garin. "The LeMoyne facility employs unique AkzoNobel technology which provides NaSH at lower impurity levels and higher concentrations than competing processes, providing a significant sustainability benefit for customers."

              AkzoNobel is the only company to produce a high strength, high purity NaSH at 60% concentration, which means the product qualifies as an eco-premium solution, offering advantages in terms of energy efficiency, emissions and waste water.

              Commenting on the expansion, Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals, adds: "This project is just the latest in a series of capital investments we have made to support the growth of our customers across a range of end-use markets. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability."

              AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:52:26 +0100
                Voith sets records with start-up of XcelLine tissue machine supplied to Little Rapids Corp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7499-voith-sets-records-with-start-up-of-xcelline-tissue-machine-supplied-to-little-rapids-corp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7499-voith-sets-records-with-start-up-of-xcelline-tissue-machine-supplied-to-little-rapids-corp

                Voith Paper concluded, in October, the start-up of the new XcelLine VTM 3 tissue machine it has supplied to US tissue and specialty paper manufacturer Little Rapids Corporation. The new machine has replaced the company’s old PM 3 at its Shawano production facility in Wisconsin.

                The new VTM 3 went online six days ahead of the contract schedule, thereby achieving a total plant downtime of just 30 days from paper to paper, that is, between dismantling the previous equipment and erecting and starting-up the new machine. Besides this outstanding achievement, the second jumbo roll of tissue paper already provided marketable quality, and the machine reached its maximum operating speed during its first week in service.

                All of the new VTM 3’s technologies and components are seamlessly coordinated and integrated with each other. Besides the new XcelLine tissue paper machine and its auxiliary equipment – not counting the Yankee cylinder, which has been reused from the old machine – Voith’s scope of supply also included stock preparation and approach flow systems, a steam box, a gas hood, and a mist removal and dust reduction system. The order was rounded off by Voith's automation package, comprised of the DCS and MCS systems, as well as field services.

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                This project’s key benefits include an improvement in paper quality and increased production capacity, since the new machine will now be producing at a speed of more than 1,800 meters per minute.

                All of these measures are not only indicative of the project’s enormous success, but also the outstanding synergy between the Voith, Little Rapids Corporation, and Contract Companies teams. “We are extremely proud of the teamwork demonstrated by all parties involved to safely execute the rebuild within a very compressed timeframe. We are also encouraged by the performance that we are seeing at this early stage of the machine’s start-up ramp and optimistic that this investment will provide additional capabilities and quality enhancements that our customers value,” said Ron Thiry, Vice President and General Manager at Little Rapids Corporation.

                About Little Rapids Corporation
                Little Rapids Corporation was founded by Charles Egan in 1947 and remains a family-owned business. The company’s core product lines serve the medical and beauty market segments, flexographic printing for a variety of packaging markets, and tissue, MG paper, and wet crepe paper for the specialty paper market. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, the company, which employs 450, also has a paper manufacturing facility in Shawano, Wisconsin. In addition, the company donates to the region via the Little Rapids Corporation - Egan Family Foundation, a private foundation established by the Egan family in 1986 with the mission to fund charities in communities where Little Rapids Corporation has facilities.

                About Voith Paper
                Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

                About Voith
                For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:43:33 +0100
                  International Paper Chairman and CEO to Speak at Citi Basic Materials Conference http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7490-international-paper-chairman-and-ceo-to-speak-at-citi-basic-materials-conference http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7490-international-paper-chairman-and-ceo-to-speak-at-citi-basic-materials-conference

                  IPLOGOInternational Paper (NYSE: IP) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark S. Sutton will speak at the Citi Basic Materials Conference November 29, 2017 in New York City. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:45 am ET and will be followed by a question and answer session. All interested parties are invited to view the presentation and/or listen to the webcast live via International Paper's Internet site http://www.internationalpaper.com by clicking on the "Performance" tab and then clicking on the "Presentations and Events" link.  A replay of the webcast will be available on the website approximately three hours after the presentation.

                  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 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

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:19:31 +0100
                    WestRock Recognized for Design Excellence by Paperboard Packaging Council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7473-westrock-recognized-for-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7473-westrock-recognized-for-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council

                    Company Receives 13 Awards at Annual Paperboard Packaging Competition, Including Prestigious Eco Award

                    WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, was recognized for design excellence at the 74th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.  The company won 13 awards—the most of any entrant—including the prestigious Eco Award for its unique 8 pack designs for Budweiser and Bud Light’s 16 oz aluminum bottles.

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

                    The Eco Award recognizes an outstanding use of paperboard in replacing a non-paperboard substrate, creating extremely sustainable packaging, and/or fostering materials reductions or better cubing.

                    “At WestRock, we know that packaging matters in helping our customers win with consumers,” said Pete Durette, president of Enterprise Solutions & Strategy for WestRock.  “We are extremely proud to have been honored by the Paperboard Packaging Council.  The designs that were recognized represent the value that we can create for our customers when we combine our market insights with the design and innovation capabilities of our talented employees.”

                    In addition to the Eco Award, WestRock earned four gold and eight excellence awards for a variety of packaging solutions. CanCollar™, WestRock’s durable, environmentally friendly, paperboard-based multipack solution for cans, was awarded gold in all three categories.

                    A full list is below, and images can be viewed here.   

                    • Project Ironman: Eco Award of the year; Gold Award, General, Eco and Innovation categories
                    • CanCollar™: Gold Award, General, Eco and Innovation categories
                    • WestRock Folding Carton Tool Kit: Gold Award, General and Innovation categories
                    • The Vault: Gold award, General category
                    • Budweiser Holiday Pack: Excellence award, General category
                    • Econo StrongPak™: Excellence award, General category
                    • Two-piece Carrier: Excellence award, General category
                    • XYZAL® Allergy 24 HR: Excellence award, General category
                    • Hershey Greeting Cards: Excellence award, General category
                    • Sharpie® Back-to-school: Excellence award, General category
                    • EnShield® Promotional Packet: Excellence award, General category
                    • ZEPATIER® DosePak®: Excellence award, General category

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

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:57:38 +0200
                    Turn-Key Paper Mill Opportunity for Packaging Grades - Appleton Coated Paper WI http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7468-turn-key-paper-mill-opportunity-for-packaging-grades-appleton-coated-paper-wi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7468-turn-key-paper-mill-opportunity-for-packaging-grades-appleton-coated-paper-wi

                    2017 10 20 073719Appleton Coated LLC, a manufacturer of coated, uncoated, and specialty papers, as well as containerboard medium, liner, white top and coated white top has been sold to Industrial Assets Corp., a California-based corporation specializing in the acquisition and subsequent resale and or leasing of distressed manufacturing companies in their entirety. IA Corp., is now seeking to sell or lease the facilities and equipment to a single buyer or co-operators. Appleton produced over $300M in annual sales and has recently entered the brown paper and coated board marketplace.

                    Steven Mattes, CEO of Industrial Assets Corp., states the site has over a billion USD of investment capital put into the infrastructure and equipment at the site. The workforce is determined to keep the mill in operation with a high level of technical knowledge and work ethic. Industrial Assets and its partner, Maynards Industries, are uniquely suited to find the perfect strategic buyer, most likely in the growing packaging grade sector. This mill’s infrastructure is very desirable, featuring a 50 MW Cogeneration system, which will provide low cost energy, the site includes rail service, all permits in place for an immediate restart for a domestic or foreign buyer.  This 55-acre site with 1.2 million sq. ft. is ideal for running containerboard grades. The (3) paper machines have trim widths ideal to serve the corrugator converters with a customer base ready to enter into production output agreements.  The Jagenberg off-machine coater laminator provides the distinct advantage to produce linerboard to the growing demand of the high end graphics segment of commodity packaging. 

                    Taso Sofikitis, CEO/President of Maynards “We have a combined ability to provide direct financing and leasing program for all size companies to take advantage of this very unique opportunity.“ 

                    “We are pleased that the sale process has concluded and we have a clear direction,” said Doug Osterberg, President and CEO of Appleton Coated LLC.  “We are working closely with Industrial Assets and their partners to secure a strategic buyer or co operators for this mill and to reemploy as many people in Combined Locks as possible, as we have for almost 130 years.” 

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:37:41 +0200
                      Celebrate the Sustainability of Paper from Well Managed U.S. Forests http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7464-celebrate-the-sustainability-of-paper-from-well-managed-u-s-forests http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7464-celebrate-the-sustainability-of-paper-from-well-managed-u-s-forests

                      Each year since 1960, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Forest Products Week in the U.S. It is a time to recognize the essential role that forests play in the country’s history, culture, environment and economy. Our forests are a source of clean air and water, are home to a diversity of fish and wildlife, a place to enjoy, provide us with many products made from wood and are a source of employment for people who work in and manage the forests.

                      2017 10 20 072010From houses to paper to packaging to fuel to furniture to railways, wood products are an irreplaceable part of our daily lives. But those are just the traditional uses of forest products! What about all the surprising everyday items that contain products from wood? Wood cellulose, released when wood is processed into pulp, is used to make ping pong balls, sports helmets, nail polish and synthetic fibres, which are made into clothes and towels – just to name a few. 

                      The forest products industry directly employed over 900,000 people in 2017 in the U.S. and provided 2.4 million supporting jobs in 45 states across the country.  The industry generates 4% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP and wood products are a globally-traded commodity that supports U.S. economic growth. The U.S. is one of the world's most diverse exporters of sustainable forest products.

                      One of the great qualities of forest products made in North America, is that they come from a renewable and sustainable resource: trees! And not only are wood products durable and energy efficient; healthy, growing forests are an important part of our culture as well as playing a key role in absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and storing carbon over time. For more information on the renewable energy use and carbon footprint of making paper see this Two Sides Fact Sheet.

                      Our forest products, including pulp and paper, are being produced from sustainable forestry in the U. S. where forest area increased from over 302 million ha in 1990 to almost 309 million ha in 2010 and about 310 million ha in 2015, a total increase of almost 8 million ha (UNFAO, 2016).

                      So, look around you this week and count up the many ways that forest products are important in your life.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:21:27 +0200
                        Verso Corporation Announces Board Chairman Succession Plan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7443-verso-corporation-announces-board-chairman-succession-plan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7443-verso-corporation-announces-board-chairman-succession-plan

                        logoVerso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that Robert M. Amen, chairman of the company's board of directors, has decided not to stand for reelection at the company's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders and, in connection with his decision, has resigned as chairman of the board effective October 6, 2017.  In connection with Amen's resignation as chairman, the Verso board has selected Eugene I. Davis, chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee and chair of the Finance and Planning Committee of the board, and Alan J. Carr, chair of the Compensation Committee of the board, as interim co-chairmen of the board.

                        In a joint statement, Davis and Carr said, "On behalf of the entire board, we want to express our gratitude to Rob for his service to Verso. With grace, wisdom and dedication, Rob led by example as chairman of the board. We are pleased that he intends to remain on the board until the end of his term as a director, and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors."

                        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 www.versoco.com 

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:54:48 +0200
                          PCMC names Dave Wall as Value Stream Leader of flexographic printing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7424-pcmc-names-dave-wall-as-value-stream-leader-of-flexographic-printing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7424-pcmc-names-dave-wall-as-value-stream-leader-of-flexographic-printing

                          Wall brings in-depth knowledge and years of experience serving customers to his new role

                          Paper 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 Dave Wall has accepted the position of Printing, Coating and Laminating Value Stream Leader.

                          2017 10 04 065704In this role, he will provide overall leadership for PCMC’s printing, coating and laminating (PCL) value stream, focusing on everything from sales support and project management, to acceptance of equipment in customers’ facilities.

                          “Dave has a proven track record of successfully aligning internal operations to exceed customer expectations and enhance their trust,” said Bart Hardy, PCMC’s Vice President of Major Machinery. “His leadership skills and knowledge of the PCL product line make him an asset to the value stream.”

                          Wall has been part of PCMC’s PCL value stream for 25 years. He started as an Electrical Engineering Co-op in 1992 while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as an Electrical Engineer for 12 years. Wall was an integral part of PCMC’s first gearless press developments, and has continued to accept increasing levels of responsibility. For the past 13 years, he has been an Engineering Leader in the PCL group.

                          Wall 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 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 $2.8 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 (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:57:35 +0200
                            The Next Phase in Industrial Dust Explosion Protection http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7413-the-next-phase-in-industrial-dust-explosion-protection http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7413-the-next-phase-in-industrial-dust-explosion-protection

                            Among its directives, NFPA 652 outlines deadlines for sampling and analysis to identify potential risk areas for dust explosions in industrial facilities. Spotlight now turns to mitigation equipment

                            For a wide range of facilities that manufacture, process, blend, convey, repackage, generate or handle items that could be categorized as combustible dusts or particulate solids, new NFPA Standards and even the first deadline to conduct a dust hazard analysis are now on the books adding to the responsibilities of owners and operators of such facilities.

                            Explosions can result from an ignition of a combustible gas, mist or dust when mixed with air during processing, handling or storage operations. A rapid rise in pressure occurs in the containing structure, and if it is not of adequate strength to withstand the pressure, extensive damage and injury to personnel can occur.

                            After a string of incidents in the early 2000s, organizations such as OSHA stepped up the requirements, as with the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program of 2008, which is still in effect today.

                            The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), which has been issuing Standards and guidelines for decades, is doing the same with publication of NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, in 2016. This new Standard  consolidates best engineering practice and provides reference to all of the existing combustible dust standards in a single, overarching document that applies to all facilities that handle potentially explosive dusts.

                            While the new Standard does an admirable job of unifying the various existing equipment and industry specific codes, NPFA 652 goes a step further by specifying – for the first time – a deadline for owners and operators of at-risk facilities to conduct a dust hazard analysis.

                            “Perhaps the most important aspect of the introduction of NFPA 652, is that is requires all owners and operators of a dusty industrial process to do a dust hazard analysis,” says Geof Brazier, president of BS&B Pressure Safety Management , a manufacturer of a broad range of dust explosion prevention and protection technologies.

                            According to Brazier, NFPA 652 specifies facilities must complete this dust hazard analysis within 3 years. However, recent revisions to NFPA 654 and 61 that additionally apply to many facilities have extended that deadline to 5 years.

                            While a significant step in the right direction, NFPA 652 is essentially requiring owners and operators of at-risk facilities to confront and address an issue that many may not fully understand in terms of both the potential for such an event and what steps must be taken to mitigate those risks.

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                            The NFPA Standards, for example, outline requirements that can range from improved housekeeping to installing dust-collection equipment and offering protective equipment for personnel.

                            In addition, protection or hazard mitigation devices may also be required. Because these typically represent some capital expenditure, many owners and operators are seeking out information on the available technologies on the market.

                            Explosion Protection Devices

                            To protect process equipment and personnel, a hybrid of technical measures is often required. Among the options are passive devices like vents or containment systems along with active devices such as explosion suppression or spark detection and extinguishing systems.

                            In addition, chemical or mechanical isolation devices are required to protect connected equipment and piping from propagating to a secondary event, which can often be more dangerous and destructive than the initial event.

                            Explosion Vents

                            During the early stages of a dust or gas explosion, explosion vents open rapidly at a predetermined burst pressure, allowing the combustion process to escape to the atmosphere and limiting the pressure generated inside the process equipment to calculated safe limits.

                            Venting is the most popular and widely adopted protection mechanism, in part because it is economical and requires little attention or maintenance once installed.

                            “In the US, there are well over 20,000 vents applied every year on equipment,” says Brazier, adding that a single piece of equipment might require multiple vents according to the NFPA 68 design calculations that assess both dust reactivity and the volume as well as shape of the equipment to be protected.

                            For decades, explosion vents have traditionally been designed using a “composite” approach that sandwiches plastic film between more resistant stainless steel sheets with holes, or slots, cut into it. These vents are designed to “open” at typically 1 to 1.5 PSI set pressure, a result of the slot and hole pattern placed into the sheet metal.

                            Over time, however, this type of vent is prone to tears in the plastic film, which is the seal between the process conditions and the atmosphere.

                            With this type of technology, the holes and slots in the stainless steel sheets can admit particulates and debris over time. In addition to being unsanitary, particularly for food processors, the build-up can eventually affect the functionality of the vent.

                            “A vent that becomes heavier in weight due to build-up will open slowly and less efficiently, and ultimately the pressure in the equipment will be higher than expected which is a safety concern,” explains Brazier.

                            In 1990, BS&B Systems patented the first single-section explosion vent, comprised of a solitary sheet of stainless steel in a domed configuration. Perforations around the perimeter to aid opening at the desired low set pressure are protected with gasket materials.

                            The single-section domed design produces a vent that is more robust, lighter in weight and also largely eliminates the potential for build-up or contamination.

                            In 2010, the company improved on the design by altering the shape of the dome to a unique compound geometry that delivers even greater rigidity for high vacuum or vibration applications.

                            Despite its popularity, explosion vents will not work for every application. With venting, the combustion process will release a large ball of flame into the atmosphere that might be 10 times the size of the protected equipment for a few milliseconds.

                            While this might be an acceptable consequence for equipment that is outdoors at a remote location, for applications within a plant compound or inside a building it could endanger personnel or equipment, and even lead to a secondary explosion external to the protected equipment.

                            In cases where a flameball must be avoided, flame arrestors can be deployed. These devices are designed to absorb the pressure wave, flame and at least some of the dust that would normally be ejected by a vented explosion.

                            The 3 dimensional flame arrestors applied downstream of explosion vents are heavy and when installed directly on top of a vent damage can result.

                            To address this concern, companies like BS&B Pressure Safety Management provide a flameless system designed with the vent installed inside the flame arrestor. In doing so, the heavier flame arrestor is mechanically mounted directly to the equipment, reducing the weight load transmitted through the more sensitive vent and eliminating the risk of damaging the vent .

                            It also serves the dual purpose of allowing for easy inspection of the vent and arrestor while installed. NFPA Standards require periodic inspection of explosion safety equipment.

                            Suppression Equipment

                            For processes where an explosion would ideally be prevented altogether, suppression systems are the best alternative.

                            Explosion suppression equipment detects a dust explosion in the first milliseconds of the event and then signals extinguishing modules to release a flame quenching medium into the process equipment. This effectively stops the explosion in its infancy and only low pressure is produced that is safe for the protected equipment.

                            “Suppression can be preferable for indoor equipment, simply because the explosion doesn’t really propagate; it starts, but it never evolves into a full blown event,” says Brazier.

                            For a 24/7 process, a suppression system can be very desirable, because the speed of clean up and refit allows for a quick return to production.

                            “If you use venting or flameless venting, you are allowing the explosion to fully develop in process equipment, so you have cleanup to deal with, you may have fire-related damages and other consequences that take time to get the process back into operation,” adds Brazier.

                            A typical suppression system consists of sensors and several explosion suppression “cannons,” which propel an extinguishing agent, such as sodium bicarbonate, into the process equipment. Nitrogen is often used to provide the motive power.

                            Although some available systems combine nitrogen and extinguishing agent in a single canister, this means the cannon must be oriented vertically downward to discharge properly. If not, the extinguishing powder could be left behind.

                            In the BS&B suppression system the nitrogen and extinguishing chemical are kept separate until the instant of activation. For this reason, discharge cannons can be installed facing vertically down, horizontal, or even upwards.

                            For installation purposes, this provides tremendous flexibility for placing cannons in the ideal location.

                            Separating the extinguishing agent and providing it in an easily replaced canister also means that on-site personnel can refit the system in case of an event. This can be a significant advantage given that some systems require a service technician to travel to the facility to re-set the system.

                            Containment Systems

                            To “contain” an explosion, process equipment is built strong enough to resist the pressures generated by the combustion occurring inside a sealed container.

                            With this type of system, there is a high cost of construction since the design pressure has to be typically over 100 psig, and sometimes over 150 psig, which is far above the normal, required operating pressure conditions of the equipment.

                            As a consequence, containment is only economically viable for processes that are small volumes and / or high added value, such as some pharmaceutical manufacturing and for industries handling toxic materials that cannot be released to the environment.

                            In this type of system, the isolation devices play a critical role in preventing damage to connected equipment and piping. For this, fast activating knife gate or pinch valve device can be used, as well as chemical isolation systems.

                            With containment systems, however, isolation equipment must also be able to withstand greater pressures, up to 150 psig, unlike similar equipment required with vents or suppression devices that must survive only 3-10 psig.

                            Regardless of the type and combination of equipment installed, the appropriate solution for each application is a hands-on, collaborative endeavor.

                            “There is always more than one way to achieve combustible dust safety,” says Brazier. “The expertise is in reviewing each option for a particular industrial process and arriving at a combination of technologies that is technically effective, as well as cost effective in meeting the owner / operator’s responsibilities under NFPA Standards.”

                            For more information, contact BS&B Safety Systems at 7455 East 46th Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-6379, (918) 622-5950, e-mail: sales@bsbsystems.com or visit www.bsbsystems.com

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:37:12 +0200
                              International Paper to Convert Riverdale Paper Machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7407-international-paper-to-convert-riverdale-paper-machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7407-international-paper-to-convert-riverdale-paper-machine

                              Conversion will Support Customer Growth and Enhance System Flexibility

                              IPLOGOInternational Paper has just announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma, Ala. from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed by mid-year 2019. The investment will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.

                              Converting Riverdale No. 15 will position International Paper to grow its Industrial Packaging business, continue to provide attractive jobs to Riverdale team members and remain a significant supplier of uncoated freesheet in North America.

                              "Our customers expect us to support their growth and this machine conversion will meet their needs," said Tim Nicholls, IP's senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. "Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades."

                              Nicholls added its Industrial Packaging mill system allows the business to optimize product mix, increase service and reduce costs. "Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall."

                              As a result of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated imaging paper products. 

                              "International Paper's uncoated freesheet business remains a strategic part of the company and we are well positioned to support current and future customer demand," said Mike Amick, Jr., IP's senior vice president, Paper the Americas & India. "This investment proactively repositions Riverdale No. 15 to serve our growing packaging business, while enabling us to optimize our North American Papers business."

                              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 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 (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:40:35 +0200
                                Verso Corporation Board of Directors Forms Strategic Alternatives Committee http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7406-verso-corporation-board-of-directors-forms-strategic-alternatives-committee http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7406-verso-corporation-board-of-directors-forms-strategic-alternatives-committee

                                Verso Corporation has just announced that its board of directors, as part of its ongoing efforts to maximize stockholder value, has formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee comprised of independent directors Eugene I. Davis, Alan J. Carr and Steven D. Scheiwe, with Mr. Davis serving as chairperson. The committee, with the assistance of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., the company's financial advisor, will lead Verso's continuing efforts to identify and evaluate a range of potential strategic transaction alternatives, including the possible sale of some Verso mills, engage in discussions and oversee the due diligence process with parties potentially interested in transactions with the company, and recommend to the board whether any proposed transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

                                Verso Logo"Verso is committed to exploring strategic transaction alternatives, and the committee will facilitate this process," said Verso Chairman of the Board Rob Amen. "The committee is charged with proceeding expeditiously, but will evaluate alternatives carefully for their ability to provide superior value to Verso's stockholders."

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

                                About Verso

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

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:47:39 +0200
                                  PCMC announces new 52-inch Fusion C flexographic press http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7404-pcmc-announces-new-52-inch-fusion-c-flexographic-press http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7404-pcmc-announces-new-52-inch-fusion-c-flexographic-press

                                  The versatile Fusion C now will be available in 42- and 52-inch web widths

                                  Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of inline and CI presses, has announced that it will begin to offer its innovative Fusion C press in a new 52-inch web width.

                                  The Fusion C was unveiled at an open house at PCMC in August of 2016, and has only been offered in a 42-inch width up until this point.

                                  2017 09 21 090211PCMC's Fusion C is now available in two widths, both offering customers efficiency and accessibility

                                  “We listened to our customers, and they told us they had a real need for a wider web width in our Fusion C press,” said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s Printing, Coating and Laminating Sales Director. “Being able to offer a new size of the Fusion C will be a tremendous tool for our customers, and we’re excited that we can accommodate their changing needs.”

                                  The Fusion C is a unique offering in the market because of its accessibility and ease of use. It is loaded with fast make-ready and waste-saving features, and has a smaller footprint and fewer parts—saving customers both space and cost.

                                  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 $2.8 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 (Ianadmin) North American News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:03:03 +0200
                                    BW Papersystems acquires Zerand - Merger expands company’s machine solutions in the folding-carton industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7397-merger-expands-company-s-machine-solutions-in-the-folding-carton-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7397-merger-expands-company-s-machine-solutions-in-the-folding-carton-industry

                                    BW Papersystems, a Barry-Wehmiller company and capital equipment supplier for the paper industry, has acquired North American Cerutti Corp.’s Zerand division, from Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti S.p.A. The transaction closed on September 15, 2017, and is Barry-Wehmiller’s 94th acquisition. Fredericks Michael & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cerutti.

                                    Zerand, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of high-speed platen and rotary die-cutting machinery for the print and converting industry. By adding Zerand into BW Papersystems, both manufacturers will strengthen their positions in the industry and expand their product offerings. Zerand, which will be called BWP Zerand, will remain in New Berlin, and the team will work cooperatively with three other BW Papersystems facilities and team members in Wisconsin, as well as with other team members at locations internationally.

                                    BW Papersystems has acquired Zerand, which will continue to be based in New Berlin, Wisconsin.BW Papersystems has acquired Zerand, which will continue to be based in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

                                    Zerand is a market leader for die-cutting lines in the folding-carton industry. The Zerand brand was established in 1962, but the company’s engineering expertise and tradition of customer support extend back to 1939. The company created the world’s first generation of web- fed die-cutters. Today, over 1,000 installations around the world attest to Zerand’s global leadership in web systems and solutions for the paperboard-converting industry. The company has been part of Gruppo Cerutti, a primary supplier of printing and converting solutions, since 1998.

                                    "We are extremely pleased to welcome Zerand to BW Papersystems. The acquisition of the Zerand business provides an exciting opportunity to build broader, more diverse product lines for the folding-carton industry,” said Neal McConnellogue, President of BW Papersystems. “We are grateful to add 70 new team members, whose knowledge, talent and legacy will benefit BW Papersystems.”

                                    BW Papersystems, with its new Zerand team members, now employs more than 1,700 team members worldwide.

                                    “Joining forces offers Zerand’s and BW Papersystems’ teams, and our customers, a network of sales and service support that is stronger than ever. It’s a win-win situation, and we look forward to our new partnership,” said Luigi Pessarelli, Zerand’s Vice President.

                                    Dr. Cerutti, Chairman and CEO of Gruppo Cerutti, commented: “I am certain that Barry-Wehmiller will further grow the Zerand business that Gruppo Cerutti has been able to strengthen significantly over the past 20 years, both technically and commercially. Business relations between Barry-Wehmiller and Cerutti are excellent and could allow for future development of joint projects for the benefit of their shared customers.”

                                    “We are delighted to share Barry-Wehmiller’s caring culture and welcome the Zerand team members who, thanks to Gruppo Cerutti’s leadership, bring significant product expertise and industry knowledge into BW Papersystems,” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to working together to create long-term value for all of our stakeholders, and we are thankful to Dr. Cerutti for entrusting us with the Zerand team members, who will benefit from Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric culture, financial strength and unwavering commitment to purpose-driven growth.”

                                    BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines extremely strong brands, innovative technologies and long-standing global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging, and stationery, book-binding and security-documents industries. BW Papersystems brings together 10 brands—BW Bielomatik (BWB), BWP Zerand, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited (MWU), SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik (WPB) and Wrapmatic—that synthesize manufacturing in the paper process industries. We offer market-leading technology for full corrugators in a variety of configurations, rugged rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers, as well as starch-mixing systems. Customers rely on us for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials. In addition, BW Papersystems’ portfolio includes stationery, passport production and specialized paper-converting applications, as well as book-on-demand binding lines, digital print finishing and RFID processing technology. For more, go to www.bwpapersystems.com

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:53:44 +0200
                                      Seeq To Sponsor Ignition Community Conference (ICC), Announces Reseller Program for Inductive Automation System Integrators http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7393-seeq-to-sponsor-ignition-community-conference-icc-announces-reseller-program-for-inductive-automation-system-integrators http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7393-seeq-to-sponsor-ignition-community-conference-icc-announces-reseller-program-for-inductive-automation-system-integrators

                                      Seeq highlights expanded support for Ignition SCADA System, and introduces partner program for system integrators to provide services and support for Seeq for Ignition customers.

                                      Seeq Corporation (www.seeq.com) will be a sponsor of the annual Ignition Community Conference (ICC) to be held on September 18-20, 2017 in Folsom, CA. This ICC is hosted by Inductive Automation for partners and customers of the Ignition SCADA system.

                                      Seeq introduced a Seeq connection module for Inductive Automation’s Ignition SCADA system in the first half of 2017, which has been updated to work with the latest version of Seeq, R18. The 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. 

                                      Seeq also introduced a new reseller program for systems integrators in the Inductive Automation partner program to resell Seeq and provide installation and training services for Seeq products. With the rapid growth of both Seeq and Ignition products, the new program will address the demand for modern analytics on data collected by Ignition systems in countries around the world including Australia, India, the Americas, and Europe.

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                                      “The easier deployment of Seeq and improved integration into Ignition Vision displays provides tremendous opportunity for Inductive Automation’s system integrator partners,” says Armin Fahnle, Managing Director at Applied Tech Systems (a division of ATS Global B.V.), the authorized training provider for Ignition in Australia in Melbourne, Australia. “With the new reseller program, we are able to offer a single, integrated, solution for modern SCADA and analytics products to our 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.

                                      “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,” comments Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “This new reseller program will ensure our joint customers can access local system integrator expertise for Seeq deployment, training, and integration—regardless of their location."

                                      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. "We appreciate Seeq’s support for our annual Ignition Community Conference and expect our customers will be very pleased with the flexibility and productivity offered by Seeq."

                                      Seeq and the Ignition SCADA platform, working together, enable 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 often too time consuming in the past using spreadsheet analysis and other manual tools.

                                      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, R18, new features enable support for the integration of structured data from SQL Server, MySQL, and CSV files, as well as the easy distribution of analyses to coworkers. This means data from these data sources may be seamlessly integrated with Ignition data for analytics and insights.  System integrators in the Ignition partner program are encouraged to contact Seeq for more information.

                                      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 (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:51:25 +0200
                                        Endress+Hauser Aids Texas Plants Affected by Hurricane Harvey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7378-endress-hauser-aids-texas-plants-affected-by-hurricane-harvey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7378-endress-hauser-aids-texas-plants-affected-by-hurricane-harvey

                                        Endress+Hauser and its partner for Sales and Service, Vector Controls, are helping Texas plants assess damage, troubleshoot problems, replace damaged instrumentation, and get chemical plants and refineries back up and running – safely and quickly.

                                        Endress+Hauser and its partner for Sales and Service, Vector Controls and Automation Group in LaPorte, Texas, are coordinating efforts. More than 70 technicians and engineers are in the area, and Endress+Hauser is anticipating needs by increasing production at its US manufacturing facilities.  Endress+Hauser and Vector Controls will be providing 24/7 support as customers work to get operations back online. 

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                                        Endress+Hauser and Vector Controls have teams ready in LaPorte, TX and around the country to provide the support needed locally – from phone support to onsite visits to product repair and replacements.

                                        Onsite, the companies are assisting with site walk through, commissioning, and plant start-up. “Our technicians can examine process control loops and assess damage, troubleshoot loop issues, and calibrate and repair Endress+Hauser—as well as devices from other vendors—and recommend replacements if needed,” says Todd Lucey, General Manager of Endress+Hauser’s US operations.  “Our technicians also have the full support of the Endress+Hauser US production centers to provide replacements and spare parts quickly.”

                                        “We can provide individual technicians as well as an entire start-up team,” Lucey says. “Start-up teams could include project engineering managers, commissioning managers, control system programmers, instrumentation technicians, as well as valve technicians. Endress+Hauser service and support teams are ready to be an extension of a plant’s existing teams to help make a re-start be safe and as efficient as possible.”

                                        Endress+Hauser is setting up an employee donation program which the company will match.

                                        “Our hearts are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey,” adds Lucey.  “The spirit of the people of Texas, and the Vector team amazes and inspires the Endress+Hauser team.  We understand the challenges now, and to come, and are here to help.”

                                        “A lot of work, time, energy, thought process and actions have already been done by many people working at all hours of the day over the last week since Hurricane Harvey first came ashore,” observes Lucey.  “I would like to personally thank everyone who has already gone above and beyond to help, and will continue to do so in the coming months.”

                                        About Endress+Hauser    

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

                                        The Endress+Hauser Group

                                        Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. The Group employs 13,000 personnel across the globe, generating net sales of more than 2.1 billion euros in 2016.

                                         

                                        Structure

                                        With dedicated sales centers and a strong network of partners, Endress+Hauser guarantees competent worldwide support. Our production centers in 12 countries meet customers’ needs and requirements quickly and effectively. The Group is managed and coordinated by a holding company in Reinach, Switzerland. As a successful family-owned business, Endress+Hauser is set for continued independence and self-reliance.

                                        Products

                                        Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. The company supports customers with automation engineering, logistics and IT services and solutions. Our products set standards in quality and technology.

                                        Industries

                                        We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact.

                                        History

                                        Founded in 1953 by Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser, Endress+Hauser has been solely owned by the Endress family since 1975. The Group has developed from a specialist in level measurement to a provider of complete solutions for industrial measuring technology and automation, with constant expansion into new territories and markets.

                                        For further information, please visit www.endress.com/media-center or www.endress.com.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:20:29 +0200
                                          International Paper Contributes $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7368-international-paper-contributes-1-million-to-assist-hurricane-harvey-relief-efforts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7368-international-paper-contributes-1-million-to-assist-hurricane-harvey-relief-efforts

                                          International Paper (NYSE: IP) has pledged $1 million to support disaster relief efforts in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey.

                                          IPLOGOThe International Paper Foundation will contribute $750,000 to the American Red Cross chapters in Texas and Louisiana, and will contribute $250,000 to Feeding America. International Paper has established strategic partnerships with these organizations to provide disaster relief in communities where IP employees live and work. 

                                          The company has already produced 100,000 boxes, which will be donated to the American Red Cross and Feeding America, who will use them to deliver food, water and other critical supplies to those in need. IP employs nearly 5,000 team members throughout the two states.

                                          "Our hearts go out to the many families impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO, International Paper.  "We know these communities are resilient and hope that our contributions help accelerate relief efforts and the distribution of essential goods."

                                          International Paper mobilizes its people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where employees live and work. The company's community engagement efforts include financial contributions, employee volunteering and product donations focused on addressing four Signature Causes: Hunger, Education, Health & Wellness and Disaster Relief.

                                          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 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 

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) North American News Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:34:47 +0200
                                            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.

                                            Bank of America Merrill Lynch” is the marketing name for the global banking and global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending, derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation (“Investment Banking Affiliates”), including, in the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp., both of which are registered broker-dealers and Members of SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, by locally registered entities. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. are registered as futures commission merchants with the CFTC and are members of the NFA. Investment products offered by Investment Banking Affiliates: Are Not FDIC Insured • May Lose Value • Are Not Bank Guaranteed. 

                                            ©2017 Bank of America Corporation

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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.

                                                          2017 07 12 075510ANDRITZ AUTOMATION offices in North America

                                                          “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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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.

                                                                                      2017 05 23 093410

                                                                                      “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 (Ianadmin) 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

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) 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.

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                                                                                                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 (Ianadmin) 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 (Ianadmin) North American News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:29:09 +0200