Pulp-Paperworld.com / N.American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Wed, 27 Mar 2019 03:11:59 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Domtar Corporation Connects Old Pointe Elementary Students and Local Law Enforcement Through PaperPal™ Handwriting Program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.5 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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

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

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

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

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

    ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

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

    Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      About Solenis

      Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 41 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        About International Paper
        International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ 53,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          About WestRock

          WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

          Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                About WestRock

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

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:11:46 +0200
                Solenis Introduces New imPress™ ID Paper Additives for HP Indigo Digital Presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                About Solenis

                Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 35 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit solenis.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  About WestRock

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

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:43:12 +0200
                    Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH sets up own sales organization in the U.S. for all North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america

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

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

                    BRIGL & BERGMEISTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      The Sofidel Group

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

                      Sofidel America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                          ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                            About Verso

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

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

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

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

                              Improved reliability and wrinkle-free runs

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

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

                              Information about Neenah service center

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

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

                              For further information, please contact:

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

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

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

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

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

                              Valmet's net sales in 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:04:52 +0200
                                Verso to Launch New Specialty Label Papers at Labelexpo Americas 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7876-verso-to-launch-new-specialty-label-papers-at-labelexpo-americas-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                      About International Paper

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

                                      SOURCE International Paper

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:51:52 +0200
                                        Resolute to Sell Fairmont, West Virginia, Recycled Pulp Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7855-resolute-to-sell-fairmont-west-virginia-recycled-pulp-mill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                          Commemorating the Largest Business Development Project in Brown County History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:03:58 +0200
                                              WestRock to Acquire Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7848-westrock-to-acquire-schlueter-print-pharma-packaging

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

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

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

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

                                              The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                Source: Domtar Corporation Domtar Corporation

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:48:35 +0200
                                                  Voith awarded historic contract from Green Bay Packaging for new paper mill in North America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7824-voith-awarded-historic-contract-from-green-bay-packaging-for-new-paper-mill-in-north-america

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                    Investments Will Increase Release Liner Paper Capacity for Pressure Sensitive Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:45:23 +0200
                                                      Verso's Stevens Point Mill Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence in Specialty Papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7809-verso-s-stevens-point-mill-celebrates-100-years-of-excellence-in-specialty-papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                         

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                            Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

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

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

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

                                                            About Resolute Forest Products

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

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

                                                            SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) North American News Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:24:45 +0200
                                                                    ABB team honored by TAPPI with prestigious Jasper Mardon award at PaperCon 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7775-abb-team-honored-by-tappi-with-prestigious-jasper-mardon-award-at-papercon-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                        About PMP:

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

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:13:23 +0200
                                                                          Expera Coated Products Launches Ultra-Modern Line of AeroBak Liners for Advanced Composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7750-expera-coated-products-launches-ultra-modern-line-of-aerobak-liners-for-advanced-composites

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                            TAPPI Presents Leonard Fiore with Process Control Division Technical Award 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                "We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

                                                                                "This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

                                                                                About Georgia-Pacific

                                                                                Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company operates nearly 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly.

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 11:11:50 +0200
                                                                                  James Cropper takes Paper solutions stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7720-james-cropper-takes-paper-solutions-stateside

                                                                                  British master papermaker James Cropper attended this year’s Luxe Pack New York and is using the opportunity to impress the US market with its expertise in creating black papers, as well as its latest innovations in sustainable paper packaging.

                                                                                  The premier trade show, took place on 16 and 17 May at Pier 92, James Cropper demonstrated its Tailor Made paper service, its collection of black papers for packaging, while introducing attendees to its award-winning CupCycling initiative and Colourform moulded fibre solution.

                                                                                  James Cropper works closely with clients to develop custom papers as part of its Tailor Made service. With colour expertise across the spectrum, its in-house colour lab holds recipes for over 50 shades of black alone.  The business will showcase examples of recent packaging projects that demonstrate its black capability at the show, including a unique solution for luxury online handbag retailer Zesh.

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                                                                                  In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling initiative, which ‘upcycles’ used disposable cups, giving them another lease of life by transforming them into beautiful papers and packaging.  A great example of the work the business is doing to create value from this waste stream is the closed-loop collaboration with British retailer Selfridges, where cups from the brands own offices and retail outlets are transformed into paper for its iconic yellow shopping bags. 

                                                                                  The company will also be presenting Colourform plastic-free packaging that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.  Colourform provides all of the premium appeal that discerning consumers expect from packaging and demonstrates a significant environmental benefit when used in preference to plastic alternatives.  Made using 100 per cent renewable paper fibre from well managed forests and recycled coffee cups, it can be manufactured in any colour or shape, is fully recyclable with household paper and is naturally biodegradable – so if it is inadvertently discarded then it will leave no trace in the environment.

                                                                                  Colourform’s mission is to offer brands a sustainable packaging option for their products, without losing the excitement and quality of experience that outstanding packaging provides.  Every Colourform project is bespoke in terms of colour, shape, surface finish and functionality with the packaging used for a wide range of product categories from cosmetics to consumer electronics.  It is already used by environmentally conscious brands such as Lush handmade cosmetics and Floral Street fragrances.

                                                                                  Ivan Iannetta, USA sales manager at James Cropper, said: “It’s a really exciting year for James Cropper, particularly when it comes to our sustainable solutions for the luxury packaging market, and we look forward to demonstrating our expertise in this arena at Luxe Pack.

                                                                                  “Using our 173-year heritage, superior craftsmanship and innovative approach to paper production, we’re able to inspire creativity while helping brands to do their bit for the environment. CupCycling and Colourform are true examples of sustainability and ingenuity colliding and we can’t wait to see how they’re received at the show.”

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 18 May 2018 10:09:27 +0200
                                                                                    Solenis to Increase Prices on all Process Chemicals Globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7697-solenis-to-increase-prices-on-all-process-chemicals-globally

                                                                                    Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by five to 30 percent on all process chemicals, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow. The price increases are due to increases in key raw material costs, escalating freight costs and decreased market availability of several raw materials.

                                                                                    2018 04 24 070924“We are committed to delivering high-value, innovative solutions to help customers maximize their productivity,” said Varun Ratta, Senior Vice President, Product and Pricing Management. “While these price increases are necessary for us to reliably supply and support our customers, we’ll continue our efforts to help mitigate these increases and control their costs with beneficial process improvements.”

                                                                                    About Solenis

                                                                                    Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:08:30 +0200
                                                                                      Twin Rivers Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire Pine Bluff, Arkansas Paper Mill from Mondi Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7686-twin-rivers-paper-announces-agreement-to-acquire-pine-bluff-arkansas-paper-mill-from-mondi-group

                                                                                      Twin Rivers Paper Company LLC has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the paper mill located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas owned by Mondi Group. Twin Rivers, headquartered in Madawaska, Maine, produces specialty packaging, label, publishing, and technical specialty papers as well as dimensional lumber. It is owned jointly by Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed in Q2 2018. Terms were not disclosed.

                                                                                      twin riverThe mill to be acquired under this agreement produces Multiwall, Converting and Grocery Bag grade unbleached kraft papers serving a variety of food, agricultural, and industrial applications. With basis weights between 40# and 78#, the mill has a capacity in excess of 140,000 US short tons.

                                                                                      “Twin Rivers is a nimble, high quality, integrated forest products company that is well positioned as a market leader in the packaging, publishing, label and technical specialties markets,” said Bob Snyder, Chief Executive Officer of Twin Rivers. “The addition of the Pine Bluff mill is consistent with the evolution of our company and fully complements our overall mill system, product offerings and strategic direction.”

                                                                                      “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add this facility and its valued associates to our company,” said Ken Winterhalter, President of Twin Rivers. “The proposed transaction will provide a logical grade-line extension to our current offerings and is

                                                                                      evidence of our ongoing commitment to enhance the value we provide to our customers.”

                                                                                      “With this agreement and its recent acquisition of Burrows Paper, Twin Rivers continues to strengthen its hold atop the marketplace,” said Tim Fazio, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Atlas Holdings. “This is an exciting step for the business and we look forward to welcoming the team in Pine Bluff to the Twin Rivers family.”

                                                                                      “We are excited to add Pine Bluff to the Twin Rivers portfolio,” said Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital. “The strategic acquisition positions the company well to grow with and better serve its customers and other stakeholders.”

                                                                                      Clemens Willee, CEO Packaging Paper, Mondi Group, said, “We believe that the interests of the mill and its employees are better served by the new owners where there is a closer long-term strategic alignment.”

                                                                                      About Twin Rivers Paper Company

                                                                                      Twin Rivers Paper Company, headquartered in Madawaska, Maine, is an integrated specialty paper company that produces specialty packaging, label, publishing, and technical specialty papers as well as dimensional lumber. Targeting its manufacturing capabilities to specific market segments, Twin Rivers creates competitive advantages through nimble innovation

                                                                                      and product development, service excellence and an unfailing commitment to quality. The company’s brands include Acadia® packaging products, Alliance® label products, and Pharmopaque® pharmaceutical papers. Twin Rivers is owned jointly by Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital. For more information, visit

                                                                                      About Mondi Group

                                                                                      Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, employing around 26,000 people in over 30 countries. We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do, with clearly defined commitments across 10 action areas. We delight our customers with our innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions.

                                                                                      Our major operations are in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2017,

                                                                                      Mondi had revenues of €7.1 billion and a return on capital employed of 19.7%.

                                                                                      Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for

                                                                                      Mondi Limited under the ticker MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. We are a FTSE 100 constituent, and have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:21:39 +0200
                                                                                        Neenah introduces new retail-focused promotion: CLASSIC® Retail Revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7679-neenah-introduces-new-retail-focused-promotion-classic-retail-revolution

                                                                                        Retail is alive and well. Despite doom and gloom from mainstream media, a recent study by the IHL Group reported retailers were opening 4,080 more stores in 2017 than they were closing, and planned to open over 5,500 more this year. The National Retail Federation reported 85% of brands were opening stores or holding steady. The once negative retail narrative is turning a corner. 

                                                                                        In fact, many see a retail revolution evolving, with studies showing that Gen Z’s prefer bricks to clicks. In a highly competitive retail market, brands that succeed will be those that create extraordinary customer experience, both online and in-store. 

                                                                                        2018 04 11 112808In light of this exciting trend, Neenah has released CLASSIC® Retail Revolution, a resource for designers working with retail clients to help them see new and unique ways to use printed pieces as a tangible element of today’s retail experiences.

                                                                                        “Today’s consumer is fiercely loyal and shares their brand love with the world through social media. In order for a brand to impress potential loyalists, it must first grab their attention in the crowded retail space….details matter,” says Auburne Gahlman, Brand Manager, Neenah, “This is precisely where design and paper can help elevate a brand’s status with high-touch tools.”

                                                                                        The book isn’t just eye candy; its thought-provoking stats are good bookmarks for designers. For example, research shows 57% of people say postcard marketing makes them feel more valued and creates a more authentic relationship. 44% say a gift card has sent them into a store they otherwise wouldn’t have visited. “CLASSIC Retail Revolution will enable designers to provide more insight and perhaps be an even more valuable counselor for their retail clients,” says Gahlman.

                                                                                        Designed by Dallas-based creative firm Matchbox Studio, the piece features four case studies of four distinct brands in the growing health and wellness markets. Thoughtfully designed print collateral demonstrates ways to get customers in the door, engage and excite customers in-store, help spread the word, and help brands build a following. Each brand features samples produced on CLASSIC® Papers.

                                                                                        Apparel: Knetics, a dynamic athletic brand uses an oversized postcard and a gift card in a creative die-cut carrier to get attention. A grommeted hangtag combines three different shapes, three different papers and movement to deliver this brand’s active messaging.

                                                                                        Skincare: Pack Apothecary is a men’s line. This brand sample includes a box for its coal facial exfoliant, which cleverly uses the texture of CLASSIC® Stipple to suggest the product within.

                                                                                        Resort: Desert Mothers Spa appeals to the desire to combine decadence with spirit, mind and body wellness. Its brochure is a geometric, accordion fold that uses the appeal of natural visuals with the texture of CLASSIC CREST® Classic Natural White.

                                                                                        Food subscriptions: Odyssey delivers on the luxury side of the home meal kit trend. The pairing of CLASSIC® Linen, photography and blind embossing create an elegant presentation. 

                                                                                        The 10 x 12 red Wire-o bound book with a dozen pull-out, standalone samples feature beautiful combinations of texture, color, design, and print on Neenah’s iconic CLASSIC® Papers: CLASSIC CREST®, CLASSIC® Linen, CLASSIC® Laid, CLASSIC COLUMNS®, CLASSIC® Stipple, and the newest highly-textural additions to the line CLASSIC® Techweave, and CLASSIC® Woodgrain Papers.

                                                                                        Matchbox Design’s Principal/Creative Director, Liz Burnett said, “When it comes to brand recall, paper is an important aspect of any design. Studies show that 70% of purchase decisions are made in the store, and 85% of consumers cite color as the primary reason they buy a particular product.”

                                                                                        “What we hoped to communicate with this piece is that a paper’s texture and color has the power of persuasion. CLASSIC® Retail Revolution shows how much more memorable printed collateral can be with the right combination of design and paper,” added Burnett.

                                                                                        About Neenah

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

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:29:51 +0200
                                                                                          Solenis Launches MicroSolSM Advanced Retention and Drainage Solutions for Papermakers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7678-solenis-launches-microsolsm-advanced-retention-and-drainage-solutions-for-papermakers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7678-solenis-launches-microsolsm-advanced-retention-and-drainage-solutions-for-papermakers

                                                                                          Solenis introduces a no-compromise solution for printing and writing paper producers seeking to maximize retention and drainage without sacrificing formation

                                                                                          Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced its new MicroSolSM advanced retention and drainage solutions to help printing and writing paper producers stay competitive through increased productivity and superior product offerings.

                                                                                          MicroSol is a revolutionary technology package that combines the company’s new patented PerForm™ SP7242 structured polymer with its uniquely structured PerForm™ MP9031 colloidal silica to give printing and writing paper producers a no-compromise solution for maximizing retention and drainage without sacrificing formation in the manufacturing process. As a result, papermakers enjoy a wider operating window that increases flexibility, improves machine efficiency and reduces operating costs.

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                                                                                          “MicroSol builds on Solenis’ vast experience with retention and drainage aids,” said James Woodward, marketing manager, Printing and Writing - North America. “We significantly changed the retention and drainage landscape when we introduced our patented PerForm SP structured polymer in the early 2000s. Early generations of PerForm SP set the bar for first-pass ash retention. Now, with the introduction of PerForm SP7242 and our MicroSol package, Solenis is raising the bar even higher. To complement this technology, we’ve also created PerForm MP9031, a colloidal silica that adds to the retention initiated by PerForm SP yet promotes excellent drainage.”

                                                                                          PerForm SP molecules are highly anionic, three-dimensional structures that interact readily with cationic sites on fibers, fines and fillers in the forming paper. This structure allows the molecules to grab hold of ash and distribute it evenly to increase paper strength, retention and formation.

                                                                                          The PerForm MP colloidal silica offers a similar microstructure developed with attention to its size, surface area, structure, surface modification and solids content to ensure optimal performance in today’s paper machine processes. Used together, PerForm SP and PerForm MP offer a dynamic breakthrough combination that gives papermakers the ability to maximize retention and drainage without sacrificing formation.

                                                                                          Solenis designed MicroSol as a flexible component in a papermaker’s retention and drainage program, which could also include cationic or anionic polyacrylamide. The end result is a controllable program with a linear dosage response that offers papermakers an improved operating window with more versatility.

                                                                                          Visit www.Solenis.com/MicroSolNews for more information on Solenis MicroSol advanced retention and drainage solutions, including a downloadable brochure and video.  

                                                                                          About Solenis

                                                                                          Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:37:24 +0200
                                                                                            Solenis Launches TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7669-solenis-launches-tapestrysm-yankee-coating-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7669-solenis-launches-tapestrysm-yankee-coating-solutions

                                                                                            New solution package from Solenis helps tissue makers optimize their Yankee cylinder performance through enhanced coating reliability.

                                                                                            Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has launched its new TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers produce a consistently reliable Yankee coating while improving manufacturing performance and controlling operational costs.

                                                                                            The new Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions offering includes a family of advanced chemistries and technologies, a team of application and field service specialists experienced in optimizing Yankee coating properties, and R&D support focused on tissue-making science and innovation.

                                                                                            “Tissue makers face consumer demands every day — demands for softer, stronger and more absorbent products,” said Richard Cho, global marketing director, Tissue and Towel. “The Yankee cylinder is critical to meeting these demands, but difficulties with Yankee operation can affect manufacturing productivity, product quality and, in some cases, asset life. The new Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions from Solenis can help tissue makers overcome these challenges.”   

                                                                                            Solenis has introduced Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers develop a consistently reliable Yankee coating while controlling costs and improving mill profitability.Solenis has introduced Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers develop a consistently reliable Yankee coating while controlling costs and improving mill profitability.

                                                                                            A reliable Yankee coating is essential for the efficient operation of a tissue machine, yet many mills struggle to achieve and maintain high performance due to inconsistencies in temperature, moisture and/or other operating conditions. The Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions include the most advanced chemistries on the market to optimize Yankee performance.

                                                                                            Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions enables the development of a coating that provides several benefits, including:

                                                                                            Doctorability – Solenis Tapestry chemistries deliver a coating with the right rheology for optimum creping — a coating that remains stable and consistent throughout the life of the creping blade and quickly reestablishes itself after the blade changes. It also absorbs potential blade vibrations.

                                                                                            Edge Control – The right coating leads to clean edges on the Yankee cylinder, which reduces sheet breaks and delivers predictable creping quality.

                                                                                            Coating Uniformity – Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions produce a more uniform coating that helps to eliminate lumps or wrinkles in the finished roll of paper and improves the operational stability of the Yankee system.

                                                                                            The resulting improvements to creping performance and tissue quality can ultimately impact a tissue mill’s bottom line through enhanced productivity and improved product quality attributes such as softness and strength. In addition, a dependable coating is a key element in protecting tissue machinery.

                                                                                            Solenis will highlight its Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions program at Tissue World Miami 2018, March 20-23, in booth M-300. In addition, the company will conduct a technical presentation on how to widen the operating window in premium quality tissue grades, during the Yankee Operations Workshop on continuous improvement.

                                                                                            For more information on Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions, including a downloadable brochure, infographic and several case studies, visit www.solenis.com/tapestry-news

                                                                                            About Solenis

                                                                                            Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:05:23 +0100
                                                                                              Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions together for the first time at Tissue World Miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7664-fabio-perini-mtc-and-engraving-solutions-together-for-the-first-time-at-tissue-world-miami

                                                                                              Converting & packaging, rolls & folded tissue, embossing: the innovative solutions from the 3 companies that will be present for the first time together at the American exhibition.

                                                                                              Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions, companies that belong to the Business Area Tissue of the international technologies provider Körber Group, present themselves at Tissue World Miami with their latest innovative solutions dedicated to converting and packaging machines of tissue rolls, folded towels and embossing rollers.

                                                                                              2018 03 20 122132“Tissue World Miami is one of the most important trade fairs in the tissue industry that brings together the main players of the sector. It is a key meeting place for us with our American customers”, emphasizes Oswaldo Cruz, Member of the Board of the Business Area Körber Tissue and CEO of Fabio Perini S.p.A.. and –“Thanks to the newest member of our Business Area, MTC, who is a globally leading provider of solutions for folded and interfolded products, we now present ourselves with a complete technology portfolio dedicated to tissue that is unique in the market. With Fabio Perini we are a point of reference in converting and packaging, while with Engraving Solutions we provide innovative products and systems for the embossing”.

                                                                                              To illustrate the strength of this combined portfolio for customers, MTC also presents itself at Tissue World Miami with the corporate image of Körber Tissue.

                                                                                              “ Cruz continues: “We always put our customers at the center of our way of working: understanding their needs, offering innovative technology solutions and a focus on acting in the proximity of our customers with services offerings also playing a key part are just some our joint values which are now also emphasized by using the same look and feel.” same values that”.

                                                                                              For over 50 years Fabio Perini has been a point of reference for all players in the tissue industry due to the high rate of innovation and technology of its lines and integrated systems for the transformation and packaging of tissue for a wide range of products: toilet rolls, kitchen towels, industrial rolls.

                                                                                              MTC is globally leading in the development, production and commercialization of folding and interfolding machines for tissue products.

                                                                                              Engraving Solutions, founded in 2003, provides complete solutions for the construction of embossing rolls to maximize the benefit of the finished product.

                                                                                              COMPANY PROFILE

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

                                                                                              www.fabioperini.com

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:19:01 +0100
                                                                                                Valmet to supply a linerboard production line for WestRock Florence, South Carolina Mill in USA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7663-valmet-to-supply-a-linerboard-production-line-for-westrock-florence-south-carolina-mill-in-usa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7663-valmet-to-supply-a-linerboard-production-line-for-westrock-florence-south-carolina-mill-in-usa

                                                                                                Valmet will supply a linerboard production line with a wide automation package for WestRock Company at its mill in Florence, South Carolina, United States. The delivery will include a state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine to replace three older, narrow-width paper machines.

                                                                                                valmet logoThe company anticipates the new machine will produce 644,000 metric tons (710,000 short t) of kraft linerboard annually. The investment will significantly increase the mill's efficiency, end-product quality and service levels. When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. Start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

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

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

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

                                                                                                Valmet's net sales in 2017 were approximately EUR 3.2 billion. Our more than 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:12:07 +0100
                                                                                                  Mercer International Inc. Announces Decision in NAFTA Claim http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7661-mercer-international-inc-announces-decision-in-nafta-claim http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7661-mercer-international-inc-announces-decision-in-nafta-claim

                                                                                                  Mercer International Inc. announces that it has received the decision of the tribunal in respect of its previously announced claim against the Government of Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA").

                                                                                                  2018 03 19 141341In a split decision, a majority of the tribunal ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide certain of the Company's claims under NAFTA and, with respect to the Company's other NAFTA claims, that they were highly complex and technical and that it would be inappropriate for the tribunal to re-determine matters calling for specialist judgment and, as a result, there was no violation of NAFTA. As is customary in these matters, the tribunal awarded costs to Canada of approximately $6.9 million.

                                                                                                  Mercer had initiated its NAFTA claim against the Government of Canada in January 2012. The claim related to the Company's investment in the Celgar mill and arose from the treatment of the mill's energy generation assets and operations by the Province of British Columbia, primarily through the actions of B.C. Hydro and Power Authority, a provincially owned and controlled enterprise, and the British Columbia Utilities Commission, a provincial government regulatory agency. The basis of the claim was that the Celgar mill had received unfair and discriminatory treatment regarding its ability to purchase and sell energy compared to other pulp mills and entities that generate and sell electricity within the Province of British Columbia.

                                                                                                  David Gandossi, President and CEO of Mercer, commented: "While we are disappointed in the outcome, we believe that it was important for the Company to bring this claim in order to seek the fair treatment of its investments in Canada. We thank the members of the tribunal for their time and effort in adjudicating this matter."

                                                                                                  Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in Germany and Canada with consolidated annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of NBSK pulp and 550 million board feet of lumber. To obtain further information on the company, please visit its web site at http://www.mercerint.com

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:14:15 +0100