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Asymmetric Information: I'll show you mine if you show me yours

Asymmetric Information: I'll show you mine if you show me yours

There are many examples of transaction costs I could get into (e.g. brand promises, goodwill on balance sheets), but let's just focus the meat of the column on how this may apply to commercial relationships between buyers and sellers.

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Working with the bullgang

Working with the bullgang

The year was 1962, and a 19-year-old future papermaker decided to "audition" for a spot on the bullgang at a small one-machine operation at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (Dierks Paper Company)

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Becoming Big(ger)

True Grit: Case Studies in Fight or Flight Scenarios

Death of a Salesman (Or Salesperson if you will)

Thoughts on Sustainability in the Pulp & Paper Industry

Technology

Moisture Can Quickly Affect Plant Safety: A Fail-Proof Solution

Moisture Can Quickly Affect Plant Safety: A Fail-Proof Solution

A fail proof solution for the production line is a NIR moisture measurement solution that allows for full monitoring.

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Tetra Pak and Lund University Launch New Research Hub To Develop Future Food and Material Innovations

Tetra Pak and Lund University Launch New Research Hub To Develop Future Food and Material Innovations

Biotech Heights is a new research hub, aiming to establish an open innovation environment focused on bioprocessing technologies.

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Spotlight

The Paperitalo Supplier Directory simply works!

The Paperitalo Supplier Directory simply works!

The new Paperitalo Supplier Directory has opened its first month, January 2024, with almost 26,000 visitors worldwide as independently verified by our software platform provider. It is well on its way to becoming the destination for seekers of pulp and paper equipment, supplies, technology and expendables anywhere on earth.

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Consumer Preference and Industry Efforts Pave the Way for Corrugated Boxes

Consumer Preference and Industry Efforts Pave the Way for Corrugated Boxes

As consumers increasingly voice their environmental concerns, industries worldwide are actively seeking sustainable alternatives to reduce their carbon footprint.

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PPC Carton Competition: Submit Your Best Designs Today!

DS Smith box plant reduces energy use by 20%, shrinking CO2 emissions with steam system in S.C.

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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Domtar to Curtail Paper Operations at Arkansas Ashdown Mill

The company said it "restarted the previously idled A62 paper machine in 2021 at a time when our North American customer base needed additional supply of uncoated freesheet paper," but now "demand for these products has reach...

International Paper Riegelwood Mill shuts down after 'cyberattack'

International Paper is in the process of starting up its Riegelwood Mill after shutting it down due to a cyberattack, a company spokesperson said Thursday morning.

Veritiv Acquires Vivabox Solutions

Veritiv Corporation, a leading specialty distributor of value-added packaging, facility solutions and print products and solutions, announced today that it has acquired Vivabox Solutions, a full-service provider of customized...

Canfor mill worker dies 12 days after being electrocuted

Pipefitter Gary Lefebvre, 45, was injured in a Jan. 31 accident at Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George.

DS Smith invests Euro 13 million in two facilities in Austria

The investment will increase its production in Austria by 20%.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company to Sell Augusta Paperboard Manufacturing Facility to Clearwater Paper Corporation

The transaction value is approximately $700 million, based on Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $100 million.

Regional Firefighters Unite to Battle Massive Blaze at Interfor Lumber Mill

Effingham County Fire Rescue says they'll continue to fight a lumber yard fire into the night, this after crews have been there most of Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18.

Mohawk Fine Papers shutdown leaves nearly 100 jobless

Nearly 100 workers lost their jobs at Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., when the company announced an immediate shutdown during a meeting with employees on Tuesday afternoon.

Leading Stories

Domtar to Curtail Paper Operations at Arkansas Ashdown Mill

Domtar to Curtail Paper Operations at Arkansas Ashdown Mill

The company said it "restarted the previously idled A62 paper machine in 2021 at a time when our North American customer base needed additional supply of uncoated freesheet paper," but now "demand for these products has reached a level that no longer requires this production capacity."

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International Paper Riegelwood Mill shuts down after 'cyberattack'

International Paper Riegelwood Mill shuts down after 'cyberattack'

International Paper is in the process of starting up its Riegelwood Mill after shutting it down due to a cyberattack, a company spokesperson said Thursday morning.

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Veritiv Acquires Vivabox Solutions

Veritiv Acquires Vivabox Solutions

Veritiv Corporation, a leading specialty distributor of value-added packaging, facility solutions and print products and solutions, announced today that it has acquired Vivabox Solutions, a full-service provider of customized, premium marketing solutions including tailored, multi-brand kitting solutions and packaging products for global luxury and premium consumer brands.

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Canfor mill worker dies 12 days after being electrocuted

Canfor mill worker dies 12 days after being electrocuted

Pipefitter Gary Lefebvre, 45, was injured in a Jan. 31 accident at Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George.

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DS Smith invests Euro 13 million in two facilities in Austria

DS Smith invests Euro 13 million in two facilities in Austria

The investment will increase its production in Austria by 20%.

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company to Sell Augusta Paperboard Manufacturing Facility to Clearwater Paper Corporation

Graphic Packaging Holding Company to Sell Augusta Paperboard Manufacturing Facility to Clearwater Paper Corporation

The transaction value is approximately $700 million, based on Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $100 million.

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Regional Firefighters Unite to Battle Massive Blaze at Interfor Lumber Mill

Regional Firefighters Unite to Battle Massive Blaze at Interfor Lumber Mill

Effingham County Fire Rescue says they'll continue to fight a lumber yard fire into the night, this after crews have been there most of Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18.

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Mohawk Fine Papers shutdown leaves nearly 100 jobless

Mohawk Fine Papers shutdown leaves nearly 100 jobless

Nearly 100 workers lost their jobs at Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., when the company announced an immediate shutdown during a meeting with employees on Tuesday afternoon.

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Environmental and water management permits for Metsa Group's Kemi bioproduct become legally binding

Environmental and water management permits for Metsa Group's Kemi bioproduct become legally binding

The Supreme Administrative Court of Finland dismissed the appeal made against the environmental permit package for Metsä Group's Kemi bioproduct mill, as well as the appeal regarding the decision on the environmental permit package issued by the Vaasa Administrative Court on November 14, 2022.

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Interfor Announces Lumber Production Curtailments in Oregon and British Columbia

Interfor Announces Lumber Production Curtailments in Oregon and British Columbia

Interfor announced that it will indefinitely curtail its sawmill operations in Philomath, Oregon. This curtailment is in response to persistent high log costs in the region and ongoing weak lumber market conditions.

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Enviva nears bankruptcy amid wood pellet pricing misstep

Enviva nears bankruptcy amid wood pellet pricing misstep

Enviva, the leading exporter of wood pellets in the United States, is on the brink of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following a significant misjudgment in future commodity prices, which led to substantial financial losses. Maryland-based company might proceed with the bankruptcy filing by the end of this week, pending the expiration of a 30-day grace period due to a missed $24 million interest payment to bondholders, according to reports.

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Metsä Group invests Euro 370 million in Mariestad tissue paper mill in Sweden

Metsä Group invests Euro 370 million in Mariestad tissue paper mill in Sweden

Metsä Group's tissue and greaseproof paper business is investing in three new state-of-the-art converting lines for folded and rolled tissue paper to its mill in Mariestad, Sweden. The investment will enable large scale high quality hand towel production in Scandinavia. In addition it entails efficiency and energy savings as well as improved working environment and safety.

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Members Ratify WestRock Contract: New Master Agreement Covers 5,500 Paperworkers in 24 States

Members Ratify WestRock Contract: New Master Agreement Covers 5,500 Paperworkers in 24 States

Members at more than four dozen WestRock locations across 24 states voted in December to ratify a new four-year master agreement covering more than 5,500 USW members.

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Stora Enso publishes its Annual Report 2023

Stora Enso publishes its Annual Report 2023

Stora Enso also reports against the SASB's Sustainability Accounting Standards for Forest Management and Containers & Packaging.

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Brazil Prosecutors Push to Unwind $3 Billion Paper Deal Over Foreign Land Ownership

Brazil Prosecutors Push to Unwind $3 Billion Paper Deal Over Foreign Land Ownership

Brazilian federal prosecutors are asking a judge to unwind a 2017 deal handing control of pulp and paper company Eldorado from Brazilian firm J&F to Paper Excellence Group, citing restrictions on foreign land ownership.

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Update: Fire at UP Paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

Update: Fire at UP Paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

While the exact cause of the fire was not known, it was baled material to be recycled that was ignited at the Number 4 storage pad.

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Cascades closing two facilities in Ontario, one in Connecticut, 310 jobs affected

Cascades closing two facilities in Ontario, one in Connecticut, 310 jobs affected

The paper and packaging company says its corrugated medium mill in Trenton, Ont., that is currently idled will not restart operations, while converting plants in Belleville, Ont., and Newtown, Conn., will close by May 31.

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Antalis to acquire Pakella

OCED Selects Four Projects in KY, MS, TX, and WY to Advance Technologies to Reduce Harmful Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Metsä Group to invest Euro 100 million into its tissue paper mill in Mänttä, Finland

Canfor Pulp Products announces sale of Taylor pulp mill for $7 million

Industry News

Florida couple imprisoned for plywood duty evasion, to pay $44 million in fees for seized illegal wood

Florida couple imprisoned for plywood duty evasion, to pay $44 million in fees for seized illegal wood

A Florida couple, Noel and Kelsy Hernandez Quintana, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison each for their role in a scheme to evade approximately $42 million in duties by disguising the Chinese origin of plywood imports worth between $25 million and $65 million.

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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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Boise Cascade Announces Leadership Transitions

Boise Cascade Announces Leadership Transitions

Mike Brown, Executive Vice President of Wood Products, will retire effective May 3, 2024.

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Sappi Europe to hike prices for its Packaging & Speciality products

Sappi Europe to hike prices for its Packaging & Speciality products

This increase is necessary to maintain the viability of Sappi's business, the actual amount will depend on the product.

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Mondi expands production of paper-based EcoWicketBags to meet demand for sustainable packaging in home and personal care industry

Mondi expands production of paper-based EcoWicketBags to meet demand for sustainable packaging in home and personal care industry

Mondi is increasing production of paper-based EcoWicketBags at its plant in Szada (Hungary), leveraging the Group's integrated value chain, from in-house paper production to coating and converting.

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Södra in pilot project for sustainable construction

Södra in pilot project for sustainable construction

Södra and the construction company SSEA will build 12 apartments in Malmö in a new pilot project in sustainable construction. The project, which is carried out on behalf of MKB Fastighets AB, aims to halve the climate impact by, among other things, using cross-glued wood.

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Suppliers secured for Rottneros Group's investment in renewable energy

Suppliers secured for Rottneros Group's investment in renewable energy

Last spring, the board of the Rottneros Group decided to invest 93 MSEK in a solar park and energy storage.

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Stora Enso partners with IUCN to advance positive impacts on biodiversity

Stora Enso partners with IUCN to advance positive impacts on biodiversity

Stora Enso has, as a forest industry forerunner, developed a science-based framework to verify net positive impact on biodiversity.

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Georgia-Pacific Awarded on the Forbes America's Best Large Employers 2024 List

The plans 2024-2026 within UPM share incentive arrangements

Metsä Group and ANDRITZ are aiming for ambitious climate goals

Weyerhaeuser Announces Partnership to Support Workforce Development

Tetra Pak invests to further boost recycling across EU

Stora Enso partners with IUCN to advance positive impacts on biodiversity

CJK Group Acquires Kodi Collective from LSC Communications

First-ever skateboard half pipe successfully built from containerboard to highlight material values

Gender Equity: A Priority in Lecta's Sustainability Agenda

Amcor to support Cadbury Australia's move to 50% recycled plastic across core chocolate portfolio wrappers

DS Smith recognized with 'A' score for transparency on climate change

Atlantic Packaging recognized with 'A' score for transparency and action on climate change

Antalis acquires Italian packaging company Tecnoprimaf

Academic Spotlight

VTT Info: Aiming for Emission-Free Pulping, Forest Industry and Scientific Community Join Forces

VTT Info: Aiming for Emission-Free Pulping, Forest Industry and Scientific Community Join Forces

Thanks to the strong support from the forest industry and public funding, 10 research organizations, universities, and companies are establishing a groundbreaking research program with around 20 full-time researchers.

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Student Spotlight: Bailey Feeney of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Bailey Feeney 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 Bailey Feeney. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at Miami.

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Student Spotlight: Serena Brandt of Syracuse

Student Spotlight: Serena Brandt of Syracuse

Paperitalo Publications interviewed senior Serena Brandt and we asked her about her experiences at Syracuse.

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Interview with University of Maine senior Alia Parsons

Interview with University of Maine senior Alia Parsons

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 Alia Parsons. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at UMaine.

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Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering senior and May 2023 graduate Jenny Nguyen

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering senior and May 2023 graduate Jenny Nguyen

Jenny Nguyen shares her experiences at N.C. State.

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Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Marcie Nelson

Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Marcie Nelson

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Marcie Nelson, a senior in the program, and we asked her a few questions about her experiences at UWSP.

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Student Spotlight: Elisha Ewing of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Elisha Ewing 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.

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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

Directed Search

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

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People in the News

International Paper Company Announces Not Stand for Re-Election of Raymond G. Young as Member of the Board of Directors

Young's decision is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices.

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International Paper Company Announces Resignation of Donald G. Macpherson as Member of the Board of Directors

Macpherson's resignation is not due to a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices.

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Change in Kemira Oyj's Management Board: Harri Eronen appointed as Interim President, Pulp & Paper segment

Harri Eronen (1974) has been appointed as Interim President of Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment and a member of Kemira's management board as of February 12, 2024.

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Georgia-Pacific Names Chris Warburton Chief Customer Officer for Consumer Products Group

Warburton to lead sales team for both retail and away from home businesses; Erin Beckman promoted to senior vice president - GP PRO Sales

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JK Paper Limited Announces Executive Changes, Effective April 1, 2024

The Board took note that Shri Bharat Hari Singhania, Chairman, has expressed his desire to step down as Chairman and Director of the Company with effect from April 1, 2024 as he have decided to curtail his close involvement in various businesses in which he has been associated for several decades.

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Kemira appoints Harri Eronen as Interim President, Pulp & Paper segment

Harri Eronen has been appointed as Interim President of Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment and a member of Kemira's management board as of February 12, 2024. The former President of the Pulp & Paper segment Antti Salminen will start as President & CEO of Kemira on February 12, 2024.

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Roseburg Forest Products names Cybelle White new Chief Of Staff

Ms. White stepped into this role at the first of the year.

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Restoration Forest Products Group appoints Tony Flagor as CEO

Flagor has 25 years of experience in sawmill operations, including plant and production management positions at Boise Cascade, Interfor, Roseburg Forest Products, Swanson Group and Potlatch.

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AF&PA Welcomes Howard Coker as Board Chair

Officers Introduced at Winter Board of Directors Meeting

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Kimberly-Clark Appoints Grant McGee as Senior Vice President and General Counsel

McGee rejoins Kimberly-Clark from American Airlines, where he served as vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary.

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David Diekelman to Assume Role as Vice President of Sales at Willamette Falls Paper Company

Willamette Falls Paper Company is pleased to announce the appointment of David M. Diekelman to the role of Vice President of Sales. Mr. Diekelman has already assumed the position previously held by Mark Sterry, effective January 1, 2024.

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GreenFirst Announces Completion of Operational Decentralization and New Paper Mill CEO

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the previously announced decentralization of its lumber mill and paper mill operations.

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Boise Cascade announces retirement of senior executive Tom Hoffmann

Boise Cascade Company announced the retirement of Tom Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Purchasing, Building Materials Distribution (BMD) division, effective March 1, 2024.

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Cepi names Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe, as incoming Chairperson

Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe takes over as Chairperson of Cepi from his predecessor Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Group. Marco Eikelenboom will carry out his two-year tenure as Cepi's chairperson.

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Beacon appoints Carmelo Carrubba as Interim CFO

Beacon announced the appointment of Carmelo Carrubba, Beacon's current Vice President of Strategy and Transformation, as Interim CFO, effective January 20, 2024, while the Company conducts an external search for its next CFO.

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Mill Manager appointments at Metsä Group's mills in Kemi

Pekka Kittilä, M.Sc. (Eng.), has been appointed VP, Mill Manager of Metsä Fibre's new bioproduct mill as of 1 February 2024.

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Voith Paper's Jeff Berg named Chair of Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors

Voith announces the appointment of Jeff Berg, Vice President Operations, Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems North America, as Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors.

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Former forest products company CEO to become CN's chief commercial officer

CN, which is the largest hauler of forest products in North America, named Lalonde as its executive vice president and special advisor to the CEO, a role he'll hold until he transitions to chief commercial officer later this year.

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Two Sides North America Announces Retirement of President Kathi Rowzie

Two Sides North America (TSNA) announced that Kathi Rowzie will retire as its president effective February 1. Over the past four years, Rowzie has led the non-profit membership organization chartered to eliminate unsubstantiated and misleading environmental claims about print, paper and paper-based packaging and to promote the paper industry's continuously improving sustainability performance.

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LP Chair and CEO Brad Southern appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's board

LP Building Solutions (LP) announced the appointment of LP Chair and CEO Brad Southern to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Board of Directors for its Nashville Branch.

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Graphic Packaging welcomes Mark Connelly as new SVP, Investor Strategy and Development

This new role augments Graphic Packaging's outreach capability with an aim to expand and diversify the company's investor network globally.

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Enviva Inc. Appoints Glenn T. Nunziata to the Board of Directors

Nunziata serves as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and also serves as the Company's principal accounting officer.

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Rayonier EVP Named to International Forest Stewardship Coalition Office

Rayonier EVP Doug Long is among three directors named to global leadership positions.

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Change in the ANDRITZ Executive Board

ANDRITZ and Domenico Iacovelli have mutually agreed upon amicable terms for his resignation effective December 31, 2023. He has played a key role on the Executive Board, overseeing Metals business area.

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Dieffenbacher names Lukas Langer as new CFO

German machine and plant manufacturer Dieffenbacher is changing the responsibilities and composition of its Management Board effective January 1, 2024. With the appointment of Dieffenbacher shareholder Lukas Langer to the management team, it will grow from three to four members.

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International Sustainable Forestry Coalition announces incorporation and first Office Holders

After substantial participation at COP28 in Dubai, an expanding group of leading global sustainable forestry companies working together as the International Sustainable Forestry Coalition (ISFC), has announced the formalization of the organization.

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International Paper Company (IP) Appoints Santiago Arbelaez as the Chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board

International Paperis pleased to announce the appointment of Santiago Arbelaez as the Chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) Board of Directors. This leadership appointment was made by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and marks a pivotal moment for the organization.

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P&G Appoints Ashley McEvoy to Board of Directors

The Procter & Gamble Company announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ashley McEvoy, former Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman of MedTech at Johnson & Johnson, to the Company's Board of Directors, effective December 12, 2023.

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West Fraser appoints Sean McLaren to Board of Directors

As previously announced, Sean McLaren will succeed Ray Ferris as President and CEO following Ray's retirement at the end of the year.

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Tony Ramm named Senior Vice President of HR and Labor of Roseburg

Roseburg is pleased to announce that Tony Ramm has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Labor, effective Dec. 11, 2023. In his new role, Ramm will oversee the company's human resources, benefits and compensation, recruitment, and environmental health and safety teams.

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Ahlstrom announces changes to its Board of Directors

Jyrki Vainionpää has been appointed as a member of Ahlstrom's Board of Directors as of December 11, 2023. Jyrki, who is independent of the company and non-independent of its significant shareholders, also assumes the role of President and CEO of A. Ahlström Corporation as of December 11.

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Domtar Corporation and Paper Excellence Group Announces Resignation of Patrick Loulou as Director

On December 4, 2023, Mr. Patrick Loulou, a director of Domtar Corporation, announced his retirement from the Company and the Paper Excellence Group effective in the first quarter of 2024.

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AF&PA Elects Board of Directors and Welcomes New Members

Board members will begin their new terms January 2024.

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Eric Geyer Named Roseburg Vice President of Corporate Strategy and External Affairs

In this new role, he will have broad responsibility related to strategic planning, business development and company growth, government affairs, and communications.

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GreenFirst Announces Appointment of Joel Fournier as Chief Executive Officer

Fournier is a seasoned executive with over two decades of hands-on experience in lumber mills in both Eastern and Western Canada.

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Two Sides North America Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Two Sides North America (TSNA) President Kathi Rowzie today announced that Jules Van Sant and Jill Crossley have joined the TSNA leadership team as Executive Director and Director of Operations, respectively.

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Jessica Nordin new Head of Sustainability at Södra

Jessica Nordin assumes the role of new Head of Sustainability at Södra with responsibility for leading and developing Södra's total sustainability work moving forward.

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Tomi Sederholm appointed Senior Vice President, UPM Business Control and Finance Operations

Tomi Sederholm has been appointed as Senior Vice President, UPM Business Control and Finance Operations as of 1 December 2023.

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Supplier News

Thomas Hinnerskov Appointed President and CEO of Valmet

Valmet's board of directors has appointed Thomas Hinnerskov president and CEO of Valmet, and he will start in the position during the second half of the year. Hinnerskov succeeds Pasi Laine, who will continue as the president and CEO of Valmet until his successor starts.

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Andritz to upgrade evaporation plant for Moorim P&P in South Korea

Andritz has received an order from Moorim P&P, South Korea, to upgrade an evaporation plant at its Ulsan mill, which produces bleached kraft pulp and different types of high-quality paper.

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Valmet to supply consistency measurements to DS Smith in Italy

The measurements will be delivered during the Q4 2024.

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Valmet to cut jobs in EMEA Services and Paper divisions

Valmet, a provider of technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy sectors, has commenced negotiations on February 15, 2024, aimed at restructuring its Services and Paper divisions within the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) territory.

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MiCROTEC to supply CT Log to JD Irving's sawmill in New Brunswick, Canada

JD Irving, Limited purchases a MiCROTEC CT Log for installation in its veneer sawmill, located in St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Valmet to deliver electrostatic precipitators to Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar mill in Sweden

The take over is scheduled to be in the end of 2025.

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Kadant Acquires Simulation Software Company FrontWay

FrontWay provides fiber processing industries with simulation software and consulting services for process optimization.

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Andritz starts up world's largest single mechanical pulping line at Wuzhou Special Paper in China

Andritz has successfully started up a new high-capacity chemi-thermomechanical pulping system supplied to Wuzhou Special Paper (Jiangxi) Co. Ltd. in Hukou County, Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province, China.

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Klabin recognizes ANDRITZ for excellent performance in Puma II project

Klabin has officially recognized ANDRITZ for its technical expertise and project management performance during the Puma II pulp and paper mill expansion project in Ortigueira, Brazil.

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Shandong Huatai Paper starts up PM 11 after rebuild

Shandong Huatai Paper and Voith Paper successfully started up PM 11 in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong.

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Toscotec to supply Yankee hoods upgrade to UnionPel in Argentina

Argentinian leading packaging paper and tissue producer UnionPel selected Toscotec to supply a technological upgrade of PM1 at their Pacheco mill in the province of Buenos Aires. The project is scheduled for the first half of 2024.

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Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products starts up new tissue production line at Chingshui mill in Taiwan

Taiwanese tissue producer Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products Co., Ltd. has successfully started up a new Andritz PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at its mill in Chingshui.

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Valmet to deliver complete tissue line and biomass boiler to Suzano Aracruz mill in Brazil

The order also includes a biomass boiler.

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A.Celli to supply rewinder to Guiping Qiaoyu Paper in China

The delivery of the machine is scheduled for August 2024.

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Guangdong Hengan Paper starts up tissue machines at Yunfu mill in China

Hengan has now 15 Andritz tissue machines in operation.

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Bellmer supplies new winder with maximum equipment to Sappi's mill in Germany

Delivery will take place this year, which means that commissioning of the machine is planned for January 2024.

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Kadant acquires KWS Manufacturing Company

Kadant Inc. has completed the acquisition of KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd. ("KWS") for approximately $84 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments.

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Smurfit Kappa Bento starts up Runtech-supplied vacuum system in Brazil

RunEco vacuum system with EP500-D2 Turbo Blower, EcoDrop water separator and EcoFlow dewatering measurement with seven measurement points has started up at Smurfit Kappa Bento PM1 in Brazil.

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ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls Team Up to Modernize Paper Machine Drive Systems in North America

The partnership combines Powerhouse Controls' drive solutions with ANDRITZ's extensive paper machine engineering expertise to provide customers with a tailored and comprehensive solution to their coordinated drive system challenges.

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Changes to ANDRITZ business areas

New business area established: Environment & Energy

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Voith supplies technologies for PM 2 rebuild at Schumacher Packaging in Myszków, Poland

Voith and Schumacher Packaging have successfully started up PM 2 in Myszków, Poland. Except for a few existing components, the entire production line was modernized to achieve the highest sustainability and efficiency standards.

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Runtech Systems delivers vacuum system to Sonoco Stainland

The delivery includes a RunEco EP600 Turbo Blower with ABB motor and drive, transformer, new EcoSep pre-separators, EcoFlow dewatering measurements and detailed engineering.

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Solenis to invest $193 Million in Suffolk, Va. expansion

Virginia successfully competed with Georgia and Texas for the project, which will create 34 new jobs.

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Valutec to supply wood dryers to Stora Enso's sawmill in Ala, Sweden

Stora Enso's sawmill in Ala, Sweden is investing in one TC progressive kiln, two FB-continuous kilns and three cart-fed batch kilns from Swedish Valutec.

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Valmet to supply key technology for Shandong Jin Tian He Paper's board machine in China

The start-up of the folding boxboard machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2025.

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Valmet to supply IQ Web Inspection System to Yueyang Forest & Paper in China

The delivery will take place in July 2024.

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Arup appointed to design Metsä Group's new tissue paper mill in Goole, the UK

With the planned investment Metsä Group's tissue paper business aims to replace almost half of imported essential tissue products and bring locally produced, sustainable tissue products to the UK, increasing the country's self-sufficiency in this sector by 30%.

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Andritz to deliver complete OCC line to Papel Prensa in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andritz has received an order from Papel Prensa S.A. to supply a complete old corrugated containers (OCC) line including a reject handling system to its mill in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Andritz to supply high-temperature yankee hood and air system to Kartogroup in Spain

Start-up is scheduled for the Q1 2024.

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Toscotec to supply major rebuild to Hamburger Containerboard Group in Turkey

Toscotec will supply an entire dryer section rebuild to Hamburger Turkey, part of the Hamburger Containerboard Group, at their paper mill in Çorlu in Northern Turkey. The project focuses on their containerboard machine (PM3) and is planned for the end of 2024.

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Valmet to acquire Demuth in Brazil

Valmet has entered into an agreement to acquire Demuth, a Brazilian company specializing in wood handling solutions for the pulp industry. This acquisition will strengthen Valmet's wood handling technology offering and services presence in South America.

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Andritz rebuilds Shandong Huatai Paper's mechanical pulping line at Dongying mill in China

Shandong Huatai Paper has successfully started up a mechanical pulping line rebuilt by Andritz at the mill in Dongying, Shandong Province, China.

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BTG Group to acquire FITNIR Analyzers

BTG Group plans to acquire FITNIR Analyzers Inc. FITNIR specializes in pulp liquor property measurement (on-line and bench top units), which complements BTG's offerings in Cooking, Bleaching and Chemical Recovery.

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Kemira appoints as Antti Salminen President and CEO

Antti Salminen has been appointed President and CEO of Kemira as of February 12, 2024. Petri Castrén will continue as the Interim President and CEO until February 12, 2024, after which he will continue as the CFO of Kemira.

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Nordic Paper partners with AFRY

Nordic Paper has selected AFRY as its engineering and project management partner for the strategic investment projects at its Bäckhammar mill in Sweden. The projects include a new wood room and a new electrostatic filter.

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Valmet and Saipem signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop integrated solutions to support decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries

The companies will collaborate to offer effective solutions combining Saipem's technologies for CO2 management with the heat recovery and flue gas treatment units engineered and produced by Valmet for the pulp, paper and energy segments, thus bringing integrated and flexible options to their customers in both existing and new facilities.

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Andritz receives follow-up order from Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano

International technology group Andritz has received a follow-up order from Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano for a major conversion project at the Limeira pulp mill.

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Valmet and Saipem to develop solutions for decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries

Valmet and Saipem have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop joint solutions to decarbonize the industrial sectors that face significant challenges in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, also known as hard-to-abate industries.

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Valmet invests in roll cover production in Columbus service center, Mississippi

Valmet is investing in state-of-the-art process equipment at its roll service center in Columbus, Mississippi, United States to broaden the scope of process covers being manufactured.

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Valmet reaches two significant milestones in its Climate Program

Valmet's Climate Program - Forward to a carbon neutral future - was launched in 2021.

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Andritz to deliver BCTMP line to Dezhou Taiding New Material Science and Technology in China

Andritz has received an order from Dezhou Taiding New Material Science and Technology Co., Ltd., China, to deliver a second chemi-thermomechanical (P-RC APMP) line to the mill in Pingyuan County, Dezhou City, Shandong Province, China.

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Menasha Packaging Company Purchases Two Highcon Beam 2 Digital Die Cutting Systems

Highcon and Menasha have signed a LOI reflecting their intent to partner on the integration of new Highcon systems over the next 24 months.

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Valmet to supply automation and quality control systems to Union Paper Mills in Dubai

Valmet will supply Valmet DNA Distributed Control System (DCS) and Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with the latest web-based Valmet DNA User Interface to Union Paper Mills' paper machine PM 2 in its Dubai facility, in the United Arab Emirates.

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Andritz to supply dewatering and dispersing equipment to Rondo Ganahl's paper mill in Austria

Start-up is scheduled for end of 2024.

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Konecranes Oyj to deliver 3 cranes to Sofidel America for paper mill expansion

The order was won in late September 2023 with deliveries scheduled in Q3 2024.

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Andritz starts up fiberline and lime kiln plant at Nanning Sun Paper's mill in China

International technology group Andritz has started up a state-of-the-art, highly efficient fiberline and lime kiln plant at Nanning Sun Paper's pulp and paper mill in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China.

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Andritz to provide modular maintenance services for Suzano's new pulp mill

Brazilian pulp producer Suzano selected international technology group Andritz to provide modular maintenance services for its new mill being built in Ribas do Rio Pardo, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

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Kemira invests in water treatment chemicals production in the UK

The new capacity is planned to be in operation in Q3 2025.

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Toscotec receives second rebuild order from Ranheim Paper & Board in Norway

Norwegian cardboard producer Ranheim Paper & Board started up PM5 at its Ranheim paper mill after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.

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Andritz to supply the first methanol liquefaction plant to Japanese pulp industry

Andritz will supply a methanol liquefaction plant to Japanese unbleached kraft pulp producer Hyogo Pulp Industries Ltd.

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Bruks Siwertell to design and supply new biocarbon pellet plant in Columbus, Mississippi

Bruks Siwertell has secured a contract for the design and supply of a new biocarbon pellet plant, which will replace coal in steelmaking and deliver renewable energy to one of the first 'green steel' production facilities of its kind.

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Asia Symbol starts up Voith-supplied board machine at Rugao mill in China

Voith successfully started up Asia Symbol's BM 13 at Rugao, China. The state-of-the-art machine is 8.16 m wide with a design speed of 1,400 m/min and an annual capacity of around one million tons. It mainly produces high-quality white folding boxboard in the basis weight range of 170 to 400 gsm.

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ABB to provide manufacturing execution system at three Asia Symbol' tissue mills in China

As Asia Symbol Group, one of the biggest wood pulp producers in China, expands its pulp and paper business into tissue manufacturing, it has selected ABB to deliver the ABB Ability Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and system integration at three of its tissue mills in China.

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