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Navigating Regulations... What's Next?

Navigating Regulations... What's Next?

As the EUDR (European Deforestation Regulation) deadline draws (some would say perilously) closer (Dec 31, 2024), industries and countries across the world are speaking up and requesting extensions. That part isn't surprising. What is surprising is that the extension requests are for more varied reasons than usual. (We need more people, new software, etc.) The biggest issue, from the paper side of things is, the technology needed to trace the fiber flow to comply with this requirement does not currently exist.

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Beyond Numbers: Transform Procurement with the Art of Storytelling

Energy and Sustainable Solutions (...but are they effective?)

Great Balls of Digital Fire

Preventative Maintenance Made Memorable

A Simplified Solution for Transportation Troubles

Investing in Tomorrow's Paper: Capital Projects

Unlocking Semiconductor Gridlock

Thoughts on the industry

Technology That Changes Habits

Technology That Changes Habits

One aspect of modern society that has greatly changed over my lifetime is how my entertainment is consumed. I'm squarely in Generation X. There is probably a wide range of generations reading this article, from Baby Boomers to Millennials - I would be surprised if we appeal to any Y's or Z's. Do they even consume opinion columns not on TikTok? That only feeds my point of how entertainment consumption changes. Nevertheless, changing of personal habits over time, through technology adoption, is a common theme whatever generation you happen to find yourself.

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Tire Ride

Tire Ride

I am thinking of my very best 'toy' as a youngster living in a rural section near Pine Bluff, AR that my sweet parents encouraged me and my lil brother to play with. It was a discarded 16 inch tire.

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Two Quotes to Apply to Creating Customers

Difficult times are relative to what you're going through

Portfolio Effect: Best of Breed or Single Provider?

Crashing the wrong party

Interview from the Top - Part II

Technology

Danone, DMC, Michelin and Crédit Agricole Centre France join forces to create a cutting-edge biotechnology platform

Danone, DMC, Michelin and Crédit Agricole Centre France join forces to create a cutting-edge biotechnology platform

Two major French industrial leaders Danone and Michelin, the American start-up DMC Biotechnologies and Crédit Agricole Centre France, a key investor in the region, have agreed to create the Biotech Open Platform to bolster the development of advanced fermentation processes, particularly precision fermentation, on a larger scale. Precision fermentation is a revolutionary biotechnological process to produce bio-based materials and ingredients.

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Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

The AI application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage won the international Innovation of Innovations prize. Metsä Fibre's Future Sawmill concept was recognised in the Business innovations category.

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Spotlight

AF&PA Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling on Good Neighbor Ruling and Chevron Deference

AF&PA Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling on Good Neighbor Ruling and Chevron Deference

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's recent decisions to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's "Good Neighbor" plan and overturn the longstanding Chevron precedent...

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DS Smith and Carlsberg Poland Introduce Rounded Corners and Reduce up to 224 Tons of CO2 Annually with DS Smith Round Wrap

DS Smith and Carlsberg Poland Introduce Rounded Corners and Reduce up to 224 Tons of CO2 Annually with DS Smith Round Wrap

DS Smith Round Wrap is a pioneering multi-pack packaging solution that rounds corners, and it is designed to reduce CO2 emissions when compared to standard corrugated multi-packs. The product solution is fully recyclable, and the curved corners work to reduce the use of shrink film on the pallet.

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On Jim's column, Procurement: Knowledge of the Use and Need

Eco-Conscious Economy: Consumer Data Reveals Young Shoppers Prioritize Sustainability

Jim's 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.

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Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington, wins Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award

Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington, wins Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award

We had an opportunity to gather on the evening of 6 October 2022 and award the Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award to Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington. Todd came in on budget on a tough project that was done entirely during the Covid Era. Todd learned the meaning of Force Majeure and still pulled it in on budget. Great job, Todd!

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International SAP Conference For Forest Products, Paper and Packaging in Madrid

Industree 4.0

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State board rescinds tax breaks for canceled upgrade of Billerud U.P. paper mill

The Michigan Strategic Fund board on Tuesday voted to rescind $29.4 million in tax incentives for a $1.06 billion transformation of an Upper Peninsula paper mill after the facility's Swedish owner canceled the project earlier...

Sprinkler system helps contain fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford, Oregon

Firefighters with the Medford Fire Department put out a small fire that sparked at Roseburg Forest Products Tuesday evening, July 9.

International Paper faces state fines for wastewater released into Savannah River

International Paper Company faces nearly $28,000 in state fines for discharging wastewater with unacceptable levels of potential fecal material from its Port Wentworth mill into the Savannah River over a six-month period in 2...

Clearwater Paper fined $350K for unreported chlorine releases at Lewiston mill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Clearwater Paper Corporation of Lewiston, Idaho, will pay a combined $367,088 in penalties for failing to properly report releases of hazardous chlorine emissions that o...

Green Bay Packaging expanding with new facility in Wisconsin

The 270,000 square-foot space will be used for increased manufacturing capabilities and streamlined operations. The facility will feature cutting-edge equipment, including a 6-color plus 1-color inside RDC, a litho laminator,...

Suzano begins testing the first high-capacity electric truck to improve sustainable transportation

The Atlas truck has the potential to save up to 8,300 liters of diesel per month and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 21 tons.

Fire at New-Indy draws first responders from more than a dozen agencies

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat-related injuries, emergency management said.

Smurfit WestRock CFO: Consumer demand coming 'along nicely'

The chief financial officer of newly formed paper packaging giant Smurfit WestRock said consumer demand is coming "along nicely" and at similar levels in the second quarter to the growth seen in the first three months of the ...

Leading Stories

State board rescinds tax breaks for canceled upgrade of Billerud U.P. paper mill

State board rescinds tax breaks for canceled upgrade of Billerud U.P. paper mill

The Michigan Strategic Fund board on Tuesday voted to rescind $29.4 million in tax incentives for a $1.06 billion transformation of an Upper Peninsula paper mill after the facility's Swedish owner canceled the project earlier this year.

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Sprinkler system helps contain fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford, Oregon

Sprinkler system helps contain fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford, Oregon

Firefighters with the Medford Fire Department put out a small fire that sparked at Roseburg Forest Products Tuesday evening, July 9.

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International Paper faces state fines for wastewater released into Savannah River

International Paper faces state fines for wastewater released into Savannah River

International Paper Company faces nearly $28,000 in state fines for discharging wastewater with unacceptable levels of potential fecal material from its Port Wentworth mill into the Savannah River over a six-month period in 2023, according to an order made public by Georgia environmental officials Monday.

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Clearwater Paper fined $350K for unreported chlorine releases at Lewiston mill

Clearwater Paper fined $350K for unreported chlorine releases at Lewiston mill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Clearwater Paper Corporation of Lewiston, Idaho, will pay a combined $367,088 in penalties for failing to properly report releases of hazardous chlorine emissions that occurred in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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Green Bay Packaging expanding with new facility in Wisconsin

Green Bay Packaging expanding with new facility in Wisconsin

The 270,000 square-foot space will be used for increased manufacturing capabilities and streamlined operations. The facility will feature cutting-edge equipment, including a 6-color plus 1-color inside RDC, a litho laminator, and a specialty folder gluer.

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Suzano begins testing the first high-capacity electric truck to improve sustainable transportation

Suzano begins testing the first high-capacity electric truck to improve sustainable transportation

The Atlas truck has the potential to save up to 8,300 liters of diesel per month and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 21 tons.

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Fire at New-Indy draws first responders from more than a dozen agencies

Fire at New-Indy draws first responders from more than a dozen agencies

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat-related injuries, emergency management said.

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Smurfit WestRock CFO: Consumer demand coming 'along nicely'

Smurfit WestRock CFO: Consumer demand coming 'along nicely'

The chief financial officer of newly formed paper packaging giant Smurfit WestRock said consumer demand is coming "along nicely" and at similar levels in the second quarter to the growth seen in the first three months of the year.

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Responders put out fire at Marcal Paper mill

Responders put out fire at Marcal Paper mill

History fortunately did not repeat itself Friday, July 5, when a fire broke out at Marcal Paper as an afternoon blaze was extinguished with no injuries.

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Smurfit Westrock Makes Its Debut in New York and London

Smurfit Westrock Makes Its Debut in New York and London

Smurfit Westrock plc, a global leader in sustainable packaging, is pleased to announce its primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), under the ticker 'SW,' following the completion of the previously announced combination of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock on July 5, 2024.

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UPM sells its 50% stake in recovered paper sorting plant ASD Altpapier Sortierung Dachau GmbH in Germany

UPM sells its 50% stake in recovered paper sorting plant ASD Altpapier Sortierung Dachau GmbH in Germany

UPM has signed an agreement on the sale of its 50% stake in the recovered paper sorting plant ASD Altpapier Sortierung Dachau GmbH in Germany, ("ASD") to ROWE GmbH, a company specialized in services, processing and logistics in the field of recovered paper.

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Hood Container Corporation Announces Agreement to Purchase Louisville, KY based Independent II, LLC

Hood Container Corporation Announces Agreement to Purchase Louisville, KY based Independent II, LLC

Agreement emphasizes Hood Container Corporation's continued focus on corrugated packaging operations and includes all Independent II's corrugated, design, and manufacturing operations in Louisville, Kentucky

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Smurfit Kappa-WestRock deal takes effect

Smurfit Kappa-WestRock deal takes effect

The combined firm, Smurfit WestRock PLC, will have standard London listing, surrendering FTSE 100 status.

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Irving showcases its pulp mill expansion plans to the public

Irving showcases its pulp mill expansion plans to the public

Irving Pulp and Paper, a subsidiary of J.D. Irving, Ltd., offered one of its first chances for the public to learn about the proposed $1.1B expansion Thursday at the Lancaster legion branch.

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Ratification of new collective agreement for Kruger Products' Crabtree plant and Joliette warehouse

Ratification of new collective agreement for Kruger Products' Crabtree plant and Joliette warehouse

KP Tissue Inc.which has a limited equity interest in Kruger Products Inc., is pleased to announce that the 482 unionized employees at its Crabtree plant and Joliette warehouse have ratified a new five-year collective agreement.

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Smurfit to merge with WestRock on Friday after Irish court sanction

Smurfit to merge with WestRock on Friday after Irish court sanction

It anticipates its shares to delist from the London Stock Exchange's Main Market and the Euronext Dublin next week Monday, with Smurfit WestRock shares to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange that day.

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Ansell Completes Acquisition of Kimberly-Clark's Personal Protective Equipment Business

Ansell Completes Acquisition of Kimberly-Clark's Personal Protective Equipment Business

Ansell Limited, a global leader in protection solutions, announced it had successfully completed the acquisition of Kimberly-Clark's Personal Protective Equipment (KCPPE) business.

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Lenzing's CEO stepping down 'by mutual agreement'

Susana Alejandro takes on the Presidency of Saica Group

Eletrobras and Suzano join forces to study the development of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels

Former Sonoco president and chairman Charlie Coker passes away at age 91

Industry News

Novolex Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

Novolex Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

Report highlights a firm commitment to sustainability goals, including greenhouse gas reduction, certifications, enhanced data capturing, and new innovative products.

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DS Smith partners with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to encourage environmental stewardship and foster clean water for Atlanta community

DS Smith partners with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to encourage environmental stewardship and foster clean water for Atlanta community

Sustainability is core to DS Smith's purpose of redefining packaging for a changing world.

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Pregis Achieves Significant Milestones in 2023 Sustainability Report

Pregis Achieves Significant Milestones in 2023 Sustainability Report

Annual report showcases significant strides toward 2K30 sustainability goals, underlining an unwavering commitment to the Pregis Purpose.

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Stora Enso signs EUR 435 million funding agreement with European Investment Bank

Stora Enso signs EUR 435 million funding agreement with European Investment Bank

Stora Enso's EUR 1 billion investment in its Oulu mill in Finland is being financed, in part, by a new long-term bilateral loan.

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Ingevity, Georgia-Pacific Agree to Terminate Crude Tall Oil Supply Agreement

Ingevity, Georgia-Pacific Agree to Terminate Crude Tall Oil Supply Agreement

Ingevity said it has ended its crude tall oil supply agreement with Georgia-Pacific as part of a review to restructure its performance chemicals business.

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Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

If you are looking for goods and services in the pulp and paper industry, you need to check out the Paperitalo Directory!

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Volpak and Lecta Test Eco-Friendly Paper-Based Packaging Materials

Volpak and Lecta Test Eco-Friendly Paper-Based Packaging Materials

Volpak, a Coesia company, specialized in horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the packaging industry, and Lecta, a premier European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers, have embarked on a collaborative project aimed at testing and validating sustainable materials for packaging applications.

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EcoVadis Grants Huhtamaki Gold Medal Fourth Year in a Row

EcoVadis Grants Huhtamaki Gold Medal Fourth Year in a Row

Huhtamaki has received the prestigious Gold Medal from EcoVadis for the fourth consecutive year, placing the company in the top 5% of more than 130,000 rated companies worldwide.

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Lecta commits to renewable gas and moves forward with its decarbonization plan

IP Celebrates National Forest Week and Public-Private Partnerships That Bolster Healthy Forests for All

Longtime papermaker Elwood Beach passes away at age 95

Mats Nordlander to leave SCA

Ahlstrom introduces a new range of filtration materials with unique fluoro-free technology and extended durability for challenging environments

SCA to hike kraftliner prices by €60 per tonne

Ontario invests in new action centre to help laid-off Cascades workers in Belleville and Trenton, Canada

Sappi Awarded Highest Sustainability Level by EcoVadis for Six Consecutive Years

UPM and Nokian Tyres partner to revolutionize the tire industry by introducing the first concept tire with UPM BioMotionTM Renewable Functional Filler

Sappi Europe releases one-side-coated paperboard product

RafCycle™ by UPM Raflatac recycling service leads the way with DEKRA validated CO2 calculation method

Pregis Introduces Sustainable Innovations in EverTec Ready-to-Pack Mailing Solutions

Quad celebrates Ad Age agency recognition amid marketing solutions evolution

Academic Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

The Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University was founded in 1960 through the donations of several local paper mills and corporations who wanted to ensure the education of future paper engineers. The foundation continues to actively work with students in the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Kate Ross. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Miami.

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Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Paperitalo Publications interviewed senior Paul Sausville and we asked him about his experiences at Syracuse.

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Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Nathan Roth, a senior in the program, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at UWSP.

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Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation was incorporated in 1952 by 12 UMaine graduates financially supporting and preparing well-educated engineering students for careers in the pulp and paper and allied industries. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Connor Alley. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at UMaine.

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Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

The Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by industry leaders in 1958. The mission of the corporation has been and continues to be to support the Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Kateyn Gyurich, who is a sophomore in the program. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Western Michigan.

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Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Paperitalo Publications was able to interview Nino Panetta, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at Georgia Tech.

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$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

The UMaine Sustainable Packaging Initiative is a research-based public and private consortium that focuses on using forest-based materials to accelerate the transition to renewable and recyclable packaging made from forest fiber.

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Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

At the University of Minnesota, the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discovers and teaches solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and the enhancement of the environment. Megan Tardoni is a student in the program, and she shares some of her experiences at Minnesota.

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The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

There are 10 colleges or universities in the United States offering certificates or degrees in paper science and engineering. In the past decade there has been a sharp decline in college enrollment that affects the already dwindling number of paper engineering programs

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SAP Selects

About SAP Selects

This section contains a collection of Paperitalo articles highlighted by SAP for their relevance to how the paper and packaging industry is evolving and how technology can help support that progress.

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Just around the corner now

Just around the corner now

A bit of technology five years in the making. It is about time.

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Could Industry 4.0 provide transparency for the recycled fiber markets?

Directed Search

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Frustrated when you search for "pulp" and come up with "John Travolta"? This should help:

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People in the News

BuildDirect appoints Kerry Biggs as new CFO

BuildDirect announces that the Board of Directors has appointed Kerry Biggs to the role of Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") of the Company effective July 22, 2024.

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Gunnar Eberhardt appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers and member of the Group Executive Team

Gunnar Eberhardt has been appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers. He will be a member of UPM's Group Executive Team and report to Massimo Reynaudo, President and CEO. He will start in his role in October 2024.

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Novolex Appoints Ted Jackson as President of Performance Solutions

Most recently, Jackson was Executive Vice President, Operations for the Novolex Food & Delivery segment.

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Ahlstrom appoints Konraad Dullaert as EVP for Food and Consumer Packaging division and Chief Innovation Officer

Konraad Dullaert has been appointed Executive Vice President for Food and Consumer Packaging division and Chief Innovation Officer effective June 19, 2024. He continues as a member of the Executive Management Team. He succeeds Mark Ushpol, who will pursue his career outside Ahlstrom, as previously announced.

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Billerud Announces Executive Changes

Billerud announced that Kevin Kuznicki, President, Billerud North America and member of the Group Management Team, is leaving the company to pursue other ventures, effective 14 June 2024.

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FPA Announces President & CEO Departure

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the leading advocate and voice for the growing U.S. flexible packaging industry, announces that its long-serving President & CEO, Alison Keane, will step down from her position on August 1, 2024. The organization announced at the same time that it is initiating a search to identify a new leader.

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Sealed Air (SEE) Announces Resignation of Chief People & Digital Officer Jannick Thomsen

On June 13, 2024, Sealed Air and Jannick Thomsen, Vice President and Chief People & Digital Officer of the Company, mutually agreed that Mr. Thomsen will be stepping down from his current position as an executive officer, effective June 17, 2024, and continue to serve in an advisory role through July 15, 2024.

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Anu Pires appointed SVP, Human Resources at Valmet

Anu Pires joins Valmet from Paulig Group, where she has worked as SVP, Human Resources since 2018.

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Bill Garvey, Athens Paper Company, Named PIAS' 2024 Person of the Year

Bill Garvey, Athens Paper Company in Nashville, Tennessee, was named by the Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (PIAS) as their 2024 Person of the Year. This honor was bestowed at a banquet held on June 4, 2024 during the PIAS Annual Convention at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

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Change in UPM's Group Executive Team

Mika Kekki assumes interim role leading UPM Communication Papers business area as of 1 August 2024.

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3 to be inducted into Paper Industry International Hall of Fame

Three people will be inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.

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Greif Inc adds Chart Industries CEO to board

In her statement, Evanko expressed her honor in joining the board and her anticipation to support Greif's commitment to innovation, customer service, and strategic goals.

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Ward Dickson Appointed to Avery Dennison Board of Directors

Dickson, 61, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for WestRock Company, a leading sustainable, fiber-based packaging solutions company with $20.3 billion in fiscal 2023 revenues, from July 2015 to November 2021.

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SCA appoints Per Funkquist as new Vice President Sustainability

SCA has recruited Per Funkquist as new Vice President Sustainability. Per Funkquist, who holds a degree in forestry from SLU - the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is joining from a role as Director of Communication and Sustainability Procurement & Wood Supply at another forest industry company.

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FRA elects new board chair

During the April 29 - May 1 FRA 2024 Annual Meeting, the Forest Resources Association's Board of Directors elected Josh Sandt, Vice President, Fiber Procurement & Residuals, Canfor Southern Pine, to serve as the association's Chairman of the Board for the next two years.

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Weyerhaeuser Appoints Brian Chaney as Senior Vice President of Wood Products

Chaney to replace Keith O'Rear, who is retiring after 36 years with the company.

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Monadnock Paper Mills Welcomes New Director of Marketing and Communications

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chloe Jones as the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Boise Cascade Announces Promotion of Chris Forrey

Chris joined Boise Cascade in 2005 and was promoted to his most recent role of Senior Finance Director in March 2022, where he has led the tax, financial reporting, accounts payable, and financial systems teams. He has also been a key contributor to the investor relations and M&A efforts for the Company.

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FPA Announces 2024 Board of Directors

The Board assumed directorship on March 20, 2024.

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Richard Meyer Appointed as New Sales Director at Willamette Falls Paper Company

Rich is based in Illinois and has worked for Resolute Forest Products, Progressive Converting, Pactiv Evergreen, and Liberty Packaging representing coated, uncoated, packaging, and specialty papers.

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Women MAKE Awards Recognize Excellence In Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute Honored International Paper's Sarah Dale.

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New Board member - Beate Flamm appointed as Chief Culture & Communication Officer at Progroup AG

Beate Flamm joined the Board of the containerboard and corrugated sheetboard manufacturer Progroup. She is responsible for the areas of human performance management (personnel), communications and marketing, and corporate social responsibility.

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The nomination committee's proposal for Södra's AGM in 2024

Södra's election committee now presents its proposal for the board and chairman. Magnus Hall is proposed to be re-elected as chairman of the board and Håkan Larsson is proposed to be elected as a new member of Södra's board.

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Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team

Marina Madanat, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and a member of the Huhtamaki Global Executive Team, has decided to leave Huhtamaki to pursue other career opportunities.

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Supplier News

Smurfit Kappa taps ABB for modernisation project at Mexican mill

Smurfit Kappa Mexico has awarded a significant contract to ABB for the modernisation of its Paper Machine 5 (PM5) board machine at its Cerro Gordo mill, located north of Mexico City.

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Valmet to supply the third Advantage DCT 200 tissue production line to Velvet CARE Paper Mill in Poland

Valmet and Velvet CARE have a strong history of cooperation, and Valmet has previously delivered two tissue lines to the same mill, starting up in 2018 and 2021.

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Valmet to supply operator training simulator to Graphic Packaging International in Waco, Texas, United States

Valmet has signed an agreement with Graphic Packaging International (GPI) to provide an operator training program that includes a site-specific Valmet Training Simulator for the Waco, Texas facility in the United States.

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Mayr-Melnhof installs roll handling and wrapping equipment at Kotka mill in Finland

Raumaster Paper Oy supplied roll handling and roll wrapping systems to MM Kotkamills' factory. The successful scheduling of the extensive project in the current global situation required the right kind of resource allocation and smooth operation in all areas.

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Andritz to supply world's largest lignin production system to Södra pulp mill in Sweden

Swedish forest industry group Södra has selected international technology group Andritz to supply a complete solution for kraft lignin production to its Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden.

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EPIQ increases its automation capacity with a new division: NOVIMEQ Automation

EPIQ Machinery Chief Executive Officer, Éloïse Harvey, ADF Engineering Plant Head, Bhushan Bachhav, and NOVIMEQ Automation Managing Director, Rishabh Kaushik and Services Director, Rupali Kaushik are announcing proudly the inauguration of their new spinoff entity: NOVIMEQ Automation.

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Andhra Paper to install new tissue machine at Kadiyam mill in India

The start-up is scheduled for the end of 2025.

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Bellmer to upgrade PM 3 at Mpact Felixton mill in South Africa

Paper packaging manufacturer Mpact had again opted for the modernization specialist Bellmer for its current modernization of the PM 3 at Mpact Felixton recycled containerboard mill in South Africa

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Valmet to supply both a papermaking line and a paper machine rebuild to a customer in Asia-Pacific

Both will produce uncoated woodfree grades, and the start-ups are scheduled for 2026.

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Valmet receives the second order of converting lines to Metsä Tissue in Mariestad, Sweden

Valmet is to provide two complete tissue converting lines including packaging solutions to Metsä Tissue's mill in Mariestad, Sweden.

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Solenis and PhaBuilder cooperate to develop PHA-based materials for sustainable paper-based packaging market

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has signed an agreement with Beijing PhaBuilder Biotechnology Co., Ltd., (hereinafter referred to as PhaBuilder), an innovative synthetic biology enterprise, to collaborate on further developing key PHA-based (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) technology for the paper packaging market.

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Inside information, positive profit warning: Valmet revises upwards its Comparable EBITA guidance for 2024

Valmet estimates that net sales in 2024 will remain at the previous year's level in comparison with 2023 (EUR 5,532 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2024 will increase in comparison with 2023 (EUR 619 million).

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Toscotec upgrades tissue machine at Fortissue's Viana do Castelo mill in Portugal

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.

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Runtech delivers ropeless tail threading to Munksjo Caieiras in Brazil

Runtech delivers a ropeless tail threading systems to Munksjo Caieiras Ltda, Brazil. The delivery includes Runshooter technology with detailed engineering and startup support. With the upgrade Caieiras targets more fluent and faster tail threading and improved operator safety.

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Solenis Acquires Aqua ChemPacs, Expanding Offering of Cleaning and Disinfection Solutions

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, announced it has acquired Aqua ChemPacs, LLC, on June 10, 2024.

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Valmet to deliver pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi

Valmet has secured a contract to provide a 50 MW pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi AB, which will be located at Mölndal Energi's Riskulla site in Mölndal, Sweden. The plant, set to start operations in late 2026, will enhance the renewable energy capacity in the region​​.

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Inside information, positive profit warning: Kemira upgrades its outlook for 2024

Kemira upgrades its outlook for 2024, particularly for operative EBITDA. Kemira's end-markets have continued to recover, and Kemira's strong performance in both segments has continued.

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ABB and Cartiera Fornaci partner to transform paper testing

Italian recycled cardboard manufacturer chooses ABB's L&W Autoline for automated paper testing.

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Andritz acquires machine vision specialist Procemex

Andritz has acquired the Finnish company Procemex, the global leader in integrated web monitoring and web inspection solutions for the pulp and paper industry. The acquisition further strengthens Andritz's automation and digitalization portfolio.

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Valmet to deliver dewatering elements to Al Dhafra Paper Manufacturing Company in United Arab Emirates

The delivery is scheduled for the Q2 2024.

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Heinzel Group starts up paper machine converted by Andritz at Steyrermühl mill in Austria

Andritz has completed the conversion of a graphic paper machine at Heinzel Group's Steyrermühl mill in Austria.

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Valmet signs two agreements with Papierfabrik Palm in Germany

Valmet and Papierfabrik Palm GmbH & Co KG have signed a three-year Service Agreement and a one-year Performance Agreement to further improve the performance of Palm's production lines Aalen PM5 and Wörth PM6 in Germany.

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ABB receives order from Södra Cell

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimization control for the pulp and paper manufacturer's mill in Värö, Sweden.

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lndah Kiat Pulp & Paper invests in complete OCC line at mill in Karawang, Indonesia

Andritz has received an order from lndah Kiat Pulp & Paper TBK to supply a complete old corrugated containers (OCC) line including a reject treatment system to the mill in Karawang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia.

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Andritz acquires NAF AB

Following approval by the relevant authorities, the acquisition of NAF AB business by international technology group Andritz has been completed. This acquisition further strengthens the Andritz product portfolio in the field of process control and automation systems for pulp and paper mills and other process plants.

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Nordic Paper chooses digital solution from AFRY

The Scandinavian paper and pulp manufacturer Nordic Paper has chosen AFRY's MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) and platform, AFRY PaperLine, to streamline its Scandinavian manufacturing processes.

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Papresa invests in bale tester at Errentería paper mill in Spain

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q4 2024.

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Södra Cell deepens collaboration with ABB by ordering advanced process control system for pulp production

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimization control that will help Sweden's largest forest-owner association and leading pulp manufacturer reach new levels of efficiency.

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Solenis named best managed company, fourth consecutive year

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals used in water-intensive industries, today announced it has been selected as a 2024 Best Managed Company and a Gold Standard winner, which honors organizations that have been recognized for four or more years as Best Managed Companies.

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Africaine Paper Mills installs new rewinder line at Rouiba tissue mill in Algeria

The start-up is scheduled for the Q4 2024.

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MEPCO commissions Voith with construction of complete production line for recycled containerboard at its Jeddah mill in Saudi Arabia

Construction will start in Q3 2024, with commissioning expected in Q4 2027.

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Caverion to deliver process electrical and instrumentation installations in the Stora Enso Oulu mill

Stora Enso Oulu Oy has chosen Caverion to deliver work related to process electrics and instrumentation installations in their Oulu mill. The work is related to the project, where one of the production lines in the Oulu mill is converted into a consumer packaging board line.

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Kemira strengthens product portfolio in Brazil's growing pulp market with exclusive distribution agreement with BIM Kemi

Under this agreement, Kemira will be the sole provider of BIM defoamer and drainage technology to Brazil's pulp market.

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Toscotec starts up tissue line at C. Y. P. Del R. S.A. in Colombia

Colombian tissue manufacturer C.Y.P. Del R. S.A. has started up a complete AHEAD 1.8 tissue line supplied by Toscotec at its mill in Risaralda. This is a repeat order for Toscotec who has successfully installed a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at the same mill on PM1 in 2021.

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AFRY collaborates with Assocarta for decarbonizing Italian pulp & paper industry

AFRY has been selected by the Italian paper association, Assocarta to define a decarbonisation strategy for the pulp and paper sector that is in line with EU framework, country-specific conditions, and technological advancements.

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ANDRITZ Completes Combustion System Upgrade on Essity Tissue Machine in England

International technology group ANDRITZ successfully completed the upgrade of the combustion system on a through-air drying (TAD) tissue machine at the paper mill of Essity in Prudhoe.

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NOSTA Group transports goods for Felix Schoeller emission-free

In a pilot project, Felix Schoeller's logistics partner NOSTA Group is now supplying the plant with fully electric power.

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Valmet to deliver a fiberline upgrade to the Lecta Zaragoza mill in Spain

The delivery is scheduled for Lecta's annual shutdown in April 2025.

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Adara Pakkaus Oy to install Valmet-supplied IQ Moisturizer system

The target of the investment is to reduce warp waste, improve corrugated board quality and production efficiency.

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Prevas acquire Enmac and establish a strong strategic platform in Finland

Enmac's largest customers include Valmet, Andritz, Kemira, Metsä Group and Fortum.

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Valmet to deliver boiler rebuild to E.ON's power station in Scotland

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q2 2024.

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Paprima Industries, Inc. Strategic International Projects

Doug Wall, Vice President Global Sales, is pleased to announce that Paprima has secured two new strategic international orders for our industry-leading Reel-Jet™ S Water-Jet Turn-Up System.

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