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Week of 4 May 2015: How to innovate

Week of 4 May 2015: How to innovate

The advantage children have over us older folks is they don't know what can't be done. Take a group of 40- to 50-year-old papermakers and put them in a room. Ask them to come up with new ways to make paper. If someone dares raise their hand and proffer a suggestion, it will be batted down by the rest of the crowd before they can complete three sentences. Experience and legacy investments prevent innovation. This industry is certainly loaded with both, but there are ways around these barriers...

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Week of 27 April 15: Where to start


Week of 20 April 15: When everyone seems to be against you


Week of 13 April 15: Being Thorough


Week of 6 April 15: Benchmarking


Leading Stories

KapStone to acquire Victory Packaging

KapStone to acquire Victory Packaging

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation and Victory Packaging/Golden State Container jointly announced 5 May 2015 that they have signed an agreement for KapStone to acquire the assets of Victory Packaging in a cash-free, debt-free transaction for $615 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments.


AkzoNobel completes divestment of paper chemicals business to Kemira

AkzoNobel completes divestment of paper chemicals business to Kemira

AkzoNobel has finalized the €153 million divestment of its global paper chemicals business to Kemira. The deal was first announced in July 2014.


Metsä Board divests mill in Germany

Metsä Board divests mill in Germany

Metsä Board Zanders GmbH contains the business operations of Gohrsmühle mill located in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Gohrsmühle mill has approximately 480 employees and its main products are cast coated and label papers.


New tissue products use wheat straw and bamboo


Worker killed in accident at Quad/Graphics facility


Contractor injured in accident at International Paper mill in Texas


3 people injured in accident at International Paper's Reigelwood, N.C. mill


A random walk with Gene

Getting an Unexpected Gift on a Rainy Day

Getting an Unexpected Gift on a Rainy Day

The kindness of strangers is gratefully received by the recipient, but the doing of kind deeds is also a great teaching moment for young people.


'Saving' trees


Headlines and safety


Personal observations of a coffee drinker


Industry News

Green Bay Packaging Inc. acquires Baird Display

Green Bay Packaging Inc. acquires Baird Display

Green Bay Packaging Inc. announced that is has acquired Baird Display, a Wisconsin Corporation. The acquisition was effective 30 April 30, 2015 and terms of the deal were not disclosed, the company said.


MeadWestvaco announces completion of the sale of European tobacco folding carton business

MeadWestvaco announces completion of the sale of European tobacco folding carton business

MeadWestvaco Corporation announced on 30 April 2015 the completion of the previously announced sale of its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB.


Arbitration case in Montes del Plata settled

Arbitration case in Montes del Plata settled

The parties have now signed a settlement agreement and will withdraw the case from arbitration. The settlement agreement results in a USD 44 million (EUR 40 million) cash payment to be made by Montes del Plata of which Stora Enso's share is 50%.


Solenis opens new world headquarters


Georgia-Pacific and Aldi in bathroom brawl


Smurfit Kappa to sell some Dutch, Belgian and UK operations


Metsä Fibre to build a next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland


Perspectives

Trees are the answer!

Trees are the answer!

Wood is good, and improving the industry's communications with the public is vital.


Facing the Challenges of New Product Marketing: A Case Study

Facing the Challenges of New Product Marketing: A Case Study

Any company introducing a totally new product must be prepared to react quickly to unexpected problems. Although many traditional methods are available to assist in product marketing, these have to be adapted to the specific situation...


Uncoated Freesheet in Freefall

Uncoated Freesheet in Freefall

Australia manufactures about 0.6% of the world's uncoated freesheet (UFS) paper, an amount almost insignificant in the more than 53 million metric tons globally consumed each year. It was therefore surprising to see Australian Paper (owned by Nippon Paper) named and shamed as one of the companies accused of dumping into the US market.


Jim's and Steve's Book & Film Club

Let us review your new text!

Steve Roush and Jim Thompson share their literary and arts experiences...


Jim's upcoming travels

Where is Jim this week?

As I travel, I am always looking for someone to go to dinner with, share a barbeque sandwich lunch and so forth.


Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio Directory

Amateur Radio Directory

If you are an amateur radio operator (ham radio), please let us know your name, call sign and license class.  We will publish them here.

Send your call sign to KK4WET@qsl.net to be included.

 

 


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