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Week of 22 October 2018: Using quality to manage your business

Week of 22 October 2018: Using quality to manage your business

There is an old phrase, "We don't have time to do it right, but we have time to do it over!" So true. When you produce off-spec goods you will break into production to remake the order so you don't lose the customer. The losses are incalculable. Examining why you make poor quality goods or deliver poor quality services is instructive and a good place to start to buff up the overall management of your organization. Why did you produce poor quality goods? There are only three or four key high-level metrics that need to be examined out the gate...

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Week of 15 October 2018: Quality and Plastic Contamination

Week of 8 October 2018: The future of quality

Week of 1 October 2018: Quality Hypocrisy

Week of 24 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 4

Week of 17 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 3

Week of 10 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 2

Week of 3 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 1

Week of 27 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Fourth Week

Week of 20 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Third Week

Week of 13 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Second Week

Week of 6 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, First Week

Technology

Cleaning and Conditioning of Dryer Fabrics

Cleaning and Conditioning of Dryer Fabrics

Dryer fabric contamination can affect sheet handling, threading, and drying rate -- as well as creating sheet defects and/or sheet breaks.

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Deflection analysis for optimum creping performance

Deflection analysis for optimum creping performance

The limitations of tissue production at the doctor blade are determined by the weakest point of the sheet blade interface. This is the point where the sheet will break, corrugate, pick or tear causing the machine slow down to run. To optimize your tissue machine, periodic doctor blade alignment is usually made, however, very few machines have also performed a Deflection Analysis.

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Spotlight

Pratt celebrates 3 years of paper at Valparaiso, Indiana mill

Pratt celebrates 3 years of paper at Valparaiso, Indiana mill

This month, Pratt Industries is celebrating three years of making paper at its $260 million recycled paper mill in Valparaiso.

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1,000 Copies and counting! You should be 1001. Here's why...

1,000 Copies and counting! You should be 1001. Here's why...

This year, AstenJohnson published a complete update to the hard-bound reference book Paper Machine Clothing.

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Billionaire Versus Billionaire: Meat Kings Clash With Pulp Heir

West Fraser donates $50,000 to Wounded Warrior Project in memory of former employee, soldier

Jim's upcoming travels

Where is Jim this week?

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

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UPM Shotton death: Driver 'thought he ran over paper bundle' in mill

A worker who fatally injured a colleague at a Flintshire paper mill, initially thought he ran over a bundle of paper, an inquest has heard.

Blaze at International Paper facility in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Fire responded to a blaze at International Paper on Monday.

ND Paper Completes Acquisition of Old Town, Maine Pulp Mill

After a series of phased capital investments, ND Paper expects the Mill will restart in the first quarter of 2019 and ultimately produce 275,000 admt annually of unbleached kraft pulp.

DS Smith to launch sale of plastics packaging unit in November

DS Smith is expected to launch the sale of its plastic packaging division in November, three sources familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be worth around $800 million.

Judge OKs Carthage Specialty Paperboard Mill Sale

A federal bankruptcy court judge in Syracuse made it official Friday: Ox Industries is the new owner of Carthage Specialty Paperboard. That's according to people present in federal court for the judge's ruling.

Fire at Visalia, California International Paper facility

The fire caused nearly $25,000 in damage to the paper production unit and ceiling materials, but due to the quick extinguishment, more than $70 million worth of property was saved.

Worker killed in fall at Georgia-Pacific facility

Worker had been with the company for 12 years.

Firefighters respond to fire in the wall at Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay firefighters responded to a fire in a wall at Green Bay Packaging on Wednesday afternoon.

Leading Stories

UPM Shotton death: Driver 'thought he ran over paper bundle' in mill

UPM Shotton death: Driver 'thought he ran over paper bundle' in mill

A worker who fatally injured a colleague at a Flintshire paper mill, initially thought he ran over a bundle of paper, an inquest has heard.

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Blaze at International Paper facility in Savannah, Georgia

Blaze at International Paper facility in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Fire responded to a blaze at International Paper on Monday.

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ND Paper Completes Acquisition of Old Town, Maine Pulp Mill

ND Paper Completes Acquisition of Old Town, Maine Pulp Mill

After a series of phased capital investments, ND Paper expects the Mill will restart in the first quarter of 2019 and ultimately produce 275,000 admt annually of unbleached kraft pulp.

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DS Smith to launch sale of plastics packaging unit in November

DS Smith to launch sale of plastics packaging unit in November

DS Smith is expected to launch the sale of its plastic packaging division in November, three sources familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be worth around $800 million.

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Judge OKs Carthage Specialty Paperboard Mill Sale

Judge OKs Carthage Specialty Paperboard Mill Sale

A federal bankruptcy court judge in Syracuse made it official Friday: Ox Industries is the new owner of Carthage Specialty Paperboard. That's according to people present in federal court for the judge's ruling.

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Fire at Visalia, California International Paper facility

Fire at Visalia, California International Paper facility

The fire caused nearly $25,000 in damage to the paper production unit and ceiling materials, but due to the quick extinguishment, more than $70 million worth of property was saved.

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Worker killed in fall at Georgia-Pacific facility

Worker killed in fall at Georgia-Pacific facility

Worker had been with the company for 12 years.

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Firefighters respond to fire in the wall at Green Bay Packaging

Firefighters respond to fire in the wall at Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay firefighters responded to a fire in a wall at Green Bay Packaging on Wednesday afternoon.

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Andritz closes acquisition of Xerium

Andritz closes acquisition of Xerium

Andritz says it has closed the acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

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Two companies vie for Carthage Specialty Paperboard mill at upcoming auction

Two companies vie for Carthage Specialty Paperboard mill at upcoming auction

Two companies have submitted bids for Carthage Specialty Paperboard in time for a private auction.

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WestRock mill in Panama City, Florida still being repaired after extensive damage from hurricane

WestRock mill in Panama City, Florida still being repaired after extensive damage from hurricane

WestRock Company has provided updated information on the impact of Hurricane Michael on its containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.

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Fire damages WestRock warehouse in Aurora, Illinois

Fire damages WestRock warehouse in Aurora, Illinois

A machine on the second floor at WestRock in Aurora, ignited a blaze Wednesday morning. One person was injured.

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Smurfit Kappa's new website recognized for best-in-class user experience

Smurfit Kappa's new website recognized for best-in-class user experience

Smurfit Kappa's innovative new website has won a 2018 Sitecore Experience Award for its outstanding user experience.

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White Birch Paper mill employee found dead in Quebec City

Ronald Van Den Heuvel convicted in second fraud case

Boise Cascade to acquire Arling Lumber

Kimberly-Clark Is Picking Bidders for European Tissue Sale

WestRock Provides Update Following Hurricane Michael

Pipeline Explosion Forces Closure of Two Prince George Canfor Pulp Mills

Shuttered Old Town, Maine paper mill to be sold to ND Paper

Irving Pulp & Paper to Pay $3.5 Million Penalty 1/3 Dedicated to Wild Atlantic Salmon Research and Conservation

Employment Perspectives

Are you struggling to fill Maintenance Technician roles?

Are you struggling to fill Maintenance Technician roles?

According to the BLS, "Overall employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026." If you're like most U.S. manufacturers today, these resources are extremely challenging to find, hire, and retain. What is your strategy?

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Change is Easy. You go first.

Are You Attractive?

Industry News

Andritz to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Arauco's pulp mill in Chile

Andritz to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Arauco's pulp mill in Chile

Andritz has received an order from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for modernization and extension of the Arauco pulp mill in Horcones, Arauco, Chile.

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Northern Pulp mill confirms effluent leak near Pictou Landing

Northern Pulp mill confirms effluent leak near Pictou Landing

The Northern Pulp mill has responded to a leak from one of their effluent pipes, with the company saying they took "immediate action" to stop the leak.

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Kleenex rebrands

Kleenex rebrands "mansize" tissues after complaints of sexism

Kleenex maker Kimberly-Clark says it will re-brand its "Mansize" tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist.

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Supreme Court to hear case on clean-up of mercury at northern Ontario mill site

Supreme Court to hear case on clean-up of mercury at northern Ontario mill site

The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear a legal dispute over whether the Ontario government can force Weyerhaeuser Co. and Resolute Forest Products to clean up a contaminated site upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö completes acquisition of Caieiras mill in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö completes acquisition of Caieiras mill in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has completed the acquisition of MD Papéis' Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil for a debt free purchase price of about Euro 98 million.

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Sappi North America Debuts First Paperboard Packaging Line

Sappi North America Debuts First Paperboard Packaging Line

Leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions unveils two new innovative, sustainable paperboard packaging products at Pack Expo International.

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Toscotec supplying two tissue lines to Marutomi Group in Japan

Toscotec supplying two tissue lines to Marutomi Group in Japan

Toscotec has been awarded a landmark contract by the Marutomi Group to supply two MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines.

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Paper machine at shuttered Madison, Maine mill sold to Chinese company

Paper machine at shuttered Madison, Maine mill sold to Chinese company

The paper machine at the former UPM Madison Paper Industries mill in Madison has been sold to a Chinese company for an undisclosed amount of money in a move the mill's new owners say they're hoping will open up the shuttered facility for redevelopment.

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Enviva Partners, LP Reports Limited Damage From Hurricane Michael

Enviva Partners, LP Reports Limited Damage From Hurricane Michael

Enviva Partners, LP reported that its facilities incurred only limited damage from Hurricane Michael.

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Brazil antitrust watchdog approves Fibria-Suzano tie-up

Brazil antitrust watchdog approves Fibria-Suzano tie-up

Brazilian antitrust regulators approved a tie-up between Fibria Celulose SA and Suzano Papel e Celulose SA, paving the way for the creation of the world's biggest pulp producer.

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Sofidel America's mill in Inola, Oklahoma getting two tissue machines from Toscotec

Mondi investing in new kraft top white machine in Slovakia

Rayonier Advanced Materials to create 79 jobs in Jacksonville

Unifor members welcome Catalyst sale to Paper Excellence

Ahlstrom-Munksjö completes acquisition of Expera Specialty Solutions

International Paper Announces $2.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program

Stora Enso to build biogas plant at paper mill in Sweden

Essity and the United Nations Foundation lead dialogue on UN's sustainable development goals

Kimberly-Clark lobbyist, wife gave Republicans $4K

Smurfit Kappa launches new 'EveryOne' Inclusion & Diversity program

WestRock Honored with 31 Design of the Times Awards for Excellence in Merchandising Displays

Academic Spotlight

Catching up with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Katie Ebelt

Catching up with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Katie Ebelt

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Katie Ebelt, a senior in the program. Miss Elbelt is from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and we asked her a few questions about her experiences at UWSP.

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Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Senior Kat Santoro

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Senior Kat Santoro

Close to 200 students are enrolled in the N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering program, and Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Kat Santoro, a senior in the program who is also pursuing the Process Control certificate.

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Catching up with Georgia Tech Paper Science and Engineering grad student Thomas Kwok

Catching up with Georgia Tech Paper Science and Engineering grad student Thomas Kwok

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Thomas Kwok, a graduate student in the program. Mr. Kwok is from San Francisco, California, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at Georgia Tech.

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A random walk with Gene

A passion for cars

A passion for cars

I'm convinced kids should learn to drive as early as possible in order to develop the muscle memory for routine tasks behind the wheel. Also, we should put our kids in the safest vehicles we can afford. These may or may not be the coolest ones on the road. Probably not.

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Recounting a Trip to Poland: May 18-26, 2002

Energy costs

CO2 containers

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

The purpose of the TALOtech groups on LinkedIn is to provide a convenient forum for people working within the manufacturing part of this industry to share technical and operating related dialog to promote safe and competitive operations.

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Perspectives

Free and Fair Trade Critical to U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry

Free and Fair Trade Critical to U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry

During National Forest Products Week, we underscore the importance of free and fair trade to our industry.

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Celebrating National Forest Products Week!

Celebrating National Forest Products Week!

National Forest Products Week (NFPW) is right around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited to get the party started!

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Editorial: Economy's future remains linked to Maine's forests

Editorial: Economy's future remains linked to Maine's forests

Since 2010, about half of Maine's pulp and paper mills have closed, devastating in just a few years' time an industry that took decades to build. To many communities, it felt like the end of something.

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Forests in Focus: helping family forest owners meet marketplace sustainability demands

Forests in Focus: helping family forest owners meet marketplace sustainability demands

Two Sides interviews Tom Pollock of GreenBlue about an innovative new tool allowing major corporations and family forest owners to work together on shared conservation goals.

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Nip Impressions to Go

September 2018

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August 2018

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July 2018

June 2018

Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment News

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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

Change to Essity's Executive Management Team

Margareta Lehmann, President of Health and Medical Solutions and a member of Essity's Executive Management Team, is stepping down from her position due to retirement.

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BillerudKorsnäs appoints Senior Vice President Paper

BillerudKorsnäs announced that Helene Biström is appointed as Senior Vice President for Paper, one of the company's three divisions in the new organisation that came into effect on the 1st of October.

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Clearwater Paper Announces New Pulp and Paperboard Leader

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

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BillerudKorsnäs appoints Kristina Schauman as acting CFO

BillerudKorsnäs has appointed Kristina Schauman as acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kristina will take office on November 1, 2018.

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Monadnock Paper Mills appoints Bob McDonald as Vice President of Manufacturing

Monadnock Paper Mills appoints Robert (Bob) McDonald as Vice President of Manufacturing.

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Bo Risberg leaves the Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj after the Annual General Meeting 2019

Mr Bob DeKoch will retire as independent non-executive director of the Board of directors of Sappi with immediate effect due to health reasons.

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Sappi appoints Zola Malinga as independent non-executive director

Mr Bob DeKoch will retire as independent non-executive director of the Board of directors of Sappi with immediate effect due to health reasons.

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Graphic Packaging International's EVP, Mills Division Al Nichols to Retire; Mike Farrell Appointed New EVP, Mills Division

Graphic Packaging Holding Company announced that Alan ("Al") R. Nichols, Executive Vice President of Graphic Packaging International's Mills Division, has elected to retire on September 15, 2018 after 29 years of dedicated service with the Company.

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Columbia Pulp Announces New Vice President, Production Manager at New Tree-free Pulp Mill in Washington

Columbia Pulp, LLC, North America's first tree-free pulp mill, announced the appointment of Mike Schock as Vice President of the company and Tony Waldo as Production Manager for the Lyons Ferry, Wash. Facility and the Pomeroy, Wash. Pilot Plant.

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Valmet appoints Sami Riekkola as Business Line President, Automation

Valmet appoints Mr. Sami Riekkola as Business Line President, Automation, effective September 1, 2018.

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Kimberly-Clark Names Tristram Wilkinson as President, EMEA Consumer Business

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced that Tristram Wilkinson has been named President, Kimberly-Clark Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately.

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WestRock Appoints Colleen F. Arnold as Director

The Board of Directors of WestRock Company announced the appointment of Colleen F. Arnold to the Board.

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Innventia's RISE appoints Marco Lucisano as new head of bioeconomy division

Innventia's RISE appointed Marco Lucisano as new head of the division Bioeconomy. Marco Lucisano will take office on August 1, 2018,

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Amcor names Aluisio Ragazzi Fonseca as Vice President, Flexibles, South America

Amcor has named Aluisio Ragazzi Fonseca Vice President and General Manager of its South America Flexibles business unit, effective July 2.

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The fine print...

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