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Innovations in Sustainability

Innovations in Sustainability

Recently, we reported that Mondi announced that it launched with Reckitt, a paper-based packaging for Finish dishwasher tabs with 75% less plastic. This will eliminate 2,000 tonnes of plastic each year once the roll-out is complete.

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Quality in Service

Managing Diversity in the Workforce

Effective customer communication is essential

Paperitalo Point of View

Packaging Innovation and Strategy

Packaging Innovation and Strategy

We've come a long way - from disintegrating paper straws to being on the verge of having plastic-free packaging, and a fully recyclable beer bottle with a wood fiber outer lining. Cellulose and pulp are in the forefront of the away-from-plastic movement (as it should be).

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How Returns and Allowances Boost Sales in the Mill

Management Best Practices

Stating it Clearly: WV vs. EPA

Technology

MoistTech Provides Slide Systems to Increase Productivity

MoistTech Provides Slide Systems to Increase Productivity

Producing paper, films and other converting applications can require a moisture and coating reading across the web of the product - MoistTech's Near-Infrared sensing technology can now be mounted and traversed for more accuracy and control.

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Failure Prevention Associates--Vibration Analysis Training Seminars in October and November

Failure Prevention Associates--Vibration Analysis Training Seminars in October and November

Failure Prevention Associates (FPA) will be conducting two Vibration Analysis Training Seminars in October and November, Level 1 Seminar Oct. 4-7, and Level 2 on Nov. 7-11.

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Spotlight

Industry Leaders Recognized at Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers' Association's Annual Meeting

Industry Leaders Recognized at Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers' Association's Annual Meeting

Celebrating the highest honor of the multiwall bag industry, the 2022 Richard E. Storat - PSSMA Annual Industry Excellence Award was presented to Mr. John Smith from the Hood Packaging Corporation in Madison, MS. Mr. Smith is the 4th recipient of this distinguished award.

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The Unavoidable Shift From Paper to PET Liner

The Unavoidable Shift From Paper to PET Liner

The labeling industry is about to be dealing with yet another rapid change that we'll have to adjust to. What's the crisis this time? Another massive paper release liner shortage.

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DS Smith Survey: Online Shoppers Swamped With Soggy Deliveries

International Paper Awarded AF&PA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for Fighting Period Poverty in Our Communities Initiative

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

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

I am just from the SAP Conference in Madrid and I have to tell you my head is still spinning. One cannot understand the rapid advancement being made in business and process software unless one listens to the users.

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Industree 4.0

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WestRock Acquisition of Grupo Gondi Complete

The acquisition of Grupo Gondi includes four paper mills, nine corrugated packaging plants and six high graphic plants throughout Mexico that produce sustainable packaging for a wide range of end markets in the region.

Environmentalists ask SEC to examine P&G's wood pulp supply chain claims

An international environment advocacy group on Wednesday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to evaluate whether Procter & Gamble Co's claims that its wood pulp suppliers practices help keep forests intact a...

Domtar Announces CEO Transition Plan

John Williams to retire on June 30, 2023; Steve Henry is named successor.

Western Forest Products to temporarily reduce lumber production levels in December

The Vancouver-based forest products company says the reduction will amount to about 200 million fewer board feet.

Judge orders Ron Van Den Heuvel to begin repaying $200 a month to victims of his $9.4M in fraudulent business dealings

Ron Van Den Heuvel, who formerly headed Green Box of De Pere, was sentenced Jan. 23, 2019, to 7½ years in prison. He was released early from federal prison because of the COVID-19 epidemic. He has been living in the Cheboyga...

Enviva Celebrates Its Recently Opened Terminal at the Port of Pascagoula with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

Enviva's terminal at the Port of Pascagoula connects Mississippi to global economies through the export of sustainably sourced wood pellets to help de-fossilize heavy industry

Georgia Pacific to invest $160 million in Brewton, Alabama mill

The scope of the project includes replacing two end-of-life lime kilns with a new modern kiln, construction of several chemical processing assets, and the addition of automation and electrical upgrades.

Truvant Receives Procter & Gamble External Business Partner Excellence Award

Packaging services provider Truvant is pleased to announce that it has received the Procter & Gamble External Business Partner Excellence Award in recognition of Truvants performance and long-standing relationship with th...

Leading Stories

WestRock Acquisition of Grupo Gondi Complete

WestRock Acquisition of Grupo Gondi Complete

The acquisition of Grupo Gondi includes four paper mills, nine corrugated packaging plants and six high graphic plants throughout Mexico that produce sustainable packaging for a wide range of end markets in the region.

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Environmentalists ask SEC to examine P&G's wood pulp supply chain claims

Environmentalists ask SEC to examine P&G's wood pulp supply chain claims

An international environment advocacy group on Wednesday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to evaluate whether Procter & Gamble Co's claims that its wood pulp suppliers practices help keep forests intact are misleading to investors.

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Domtar Announces CEO Transition Plan

Domtar Announces CEO Transition Plan

John Williams to retire on June 30, 2023; Steve Henry is named successor.

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Western Forest Products to temporarily reduce lumber production levels in December

Western Forest Products to temporarily reduce lumber production levels in December

The Vancouver-based forest products company says the reduction will amount to about 200 million fewer board feet.

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Judge orders Ron Van Den Heuvel to begin repaying $200 a month to victims of his $9.4M in fraudulent business dealings

Judge orders Ron Van Den Heuvel to begin repaying $200 a month to victims of his $9.4M in fraudulent business dealings

Ron Van Den Heuvel, who formerly headed Green Box of De Pere, was sentenced Jan. 23, 2019, to 7½ years in prison. He was released early from federal prison because of the COVID-19 epidemic. He has been living in the Cheboygan, Michigan, area, and has been earning income, U.S. District Judge William Griesbach wrote in a five-page decision last week.

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Enviva Celebrates Its Recently Opened Terminal at the Port of Pascagoula with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

Enviva Celebrates Its Recently Opened Terminal at the Port of Pascagoula with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

Enviva's terminal at the Port of Pascagoula connects Mississippi to global economies through the export of sustainably sourced wood pellets to help de-fossilize heavy industry

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Georgia Pacific to invest $160 million in Brewton, Alabama mill

Georgia Pacific to invest $160 million in Brewton, Alabama mill

The scope of the project includes replacing two end-of-life lime kilns with a new modern kiln, construction of several chemical processing assets, and the addition of automation and electrical upgrades.

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Truvant Receives Procter & Gamble External Business Partner Excellence Award

Truvant Receives Procter & Gamble External Business Partner Excellence Award

Packaging services provider Truvant is pleased to announce that it has received the Procter & Gamble External Business Partner Excellence Award in recognition of Truvants performance and long-standing relationship with the consumer goods giant.

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Graphic Packaging spill into Kalamazoo River in Michigan triggers state and city violations

Graphic Packaging spill into Kalamazoo River in Michigan triggers state and city violations

Violations are being issued against Graphic Packaging Industrial following a spill of paper mill wastewater that made its way to the Kalamazoo River last month.

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Man injured in accident at PCA mill in DeRidder

Man injured in accident at PCA mill in DeRidder

According to Sheriff Mark Herford, a man was injured between a truck and a trailer. He was treated at a local hospital and was released around 5:30 p.m.

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Suzano breaks ground on its Innovability Hub development in China

Suzano breaks ground on its Innovability Hub development in China

With an investment of over US$10 million, the Innovability Hub will mainly consist of an advanced laboratory, an interactive experience center and various collaboration spaces.

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More Northern California victims who lost homes in Mill Fire sue lumber mill owner

More Northern California victims who lost homes in Mill Fire sue lumber mill owner

A complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court alleges that Roseburg Forest Products Co. conducted operations at its mill "in a reckless manner that they knew or should have known caused an unreasonable risk of catastrophic fire."

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Smurfit Kappa completes investments in plants in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Smurfit Kappa completes investments in plants in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Smurfit Kappa has completed significant investments in its manufacturing plants in Olomouc in the Czech Republic and Obaly Štúrovo in Slovakia respectively. The investments of more than Euro 20 million announced last year further highlight Smurfit Kappa's expansion and commitment to investing in its Central and Eastern European operations.

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Huhtamaki expands paper-based packaging capacity at its facility in Nules, Spain

Huhtamaki expands paper-based packaging capacity at its facility in Nules, Spain

As part of its overall commitment to support its customers' increasing demand for paper-based packaging, Huhtamaki has today inaugurated the extension to its existing manufacturing site in Nules. The extension, which will commence production in January 2023 represents a €20 million investment and will double the site's capacity.

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Rengo begins construction of Ehime Toon plant in Japan

Rengo begins construction of Ehime Toon plant in Japan

Rengo Co., Ltd. announces that it has begun construction of its Ehime Toon Plant in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

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Södra launches project to electrify transportation

Sappi North America completes sale of its hydroelectric assets to Dichotomy Power

Federal court signs off on $1.1 million fine against New-Indy paper mill

Sonoco to end tube and core operations at Wisconsin Rapids facility

The closing of Pixelle Jay, Maine paper mill has been delayed

Workers at Woodland pulp mill may go on strike

Industry News

Clyde Anderson, former president of Inland Empire Paper, dies at 96

Clyde Anderson, former president of Inland Empire Paper, dies at 96

Clyde Anderson, a former president of Inland Empire Paper Co. and Washington State Parks commissioner who played a key role in the creation of the 40-mile Centennial Trail that follows the Spokane River into Idaho, died at Fairwinds retirement community in Spokane on Saturday. He was 96.

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Ennis Acquires School Photo Marketing

Ennis Acquires School Photo Marketing

Ennis, Inc. announced its acquisition of School Photo Marketing in Morganville, New Jersey. School Photo Marketing provides printing, yearbook publishing and marketing-related services to over 1,400 school and sports photographers servicing schools around the country.

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Interfor Completes Acquisition of Chaleur Forest Products and Announces Additional Long Term Debt Financing

Interfor Completes Acquisition of Chaleur Forest Products and Announces Additional Long Term Debt Financing

Interfor announced that it has completed the previously announced transaction to acquire 100% of the equity interests in the entities comprising Chaleur Forest Products ("Chaleur") in New Brunswick, Canada from an affiliate of the Kilmer Group.

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Stora Enso received approval for the acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group

Stora Enso received approval for the acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group

Stora Enso has received regulatory approval from the EU Commission to proceed with the acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group, announced in September 2022. Closure of the transaction is still ongoing and expected to be finalised at the beginning of 2023.

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Strike imminent? Evergreen Canton paper mill union members vote down proposed labor contract

Strike imminent? Evergreen Canton paper mill union members vote down proposed labor contract

Canton paper mill union members have voted against proposed contract terms for a second time, according to union president Troy Dills.

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Mondi scores recycled paper at Sustainable Packaging News awards and further contributes to a circular economy

Mondi scores recycled paper at Sustainable Packaging News awards and further contributes to a circular economy

Mondi is closing the loop by recycling Tesco's warehouse corrugated waste to create EcoVantage paper.

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Ahlstrom Advances Base Paper Technology to Develop Replacement Solutions for Plastic and Film Packaging

Ahlstrom Advances Base Paper Technology to Develop Replacement Solutions for Plastic and Film Packaging

Through continued innovation and collaboration with brand owners, Ahlstrom has identified specific technology enabling highly developed base papers - the key to solving the barrier requirements in flexible packaging, while still utilizing the inherent end-of-life benefits that paper has to offer. Ahlstrom has the unique set of capabilities and wide breadth of technical applications to allow them to develop some of the strongest performing base papers available.

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350 Cascades employees have chosen to drive electric

350 Cascades employees have chosen to drive electric

Five years ago today, Cascades announced the launch of a unique and innovative transportation electrification program for its employees. Today, the company is making a positive assessment of the program as 350 employees have chosen to drive electric since the launch.

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Clearwater Paper Announces Revised Multi-Year Sustainability Goals and Continued Commitment to Progress in 2022 ESG Report

Clearwater Paper Announces Revised Multi-Year Sustainability Goals and Continued Commitment to Progress in 2022 ESG Report

Clearwater Paper Corporation released its 2022 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report. Along with a continued commitment to create sustainable paper products, the report also highlights a significant increase in company-wide priorities to meet several key sustainability benchmarks.

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Irving Consumer Products Announces Public Sustainability Goals for its Tissue Manufacturing Operations

Irving Consumer Products Announces Public Sustainability Goals for its Tissue Manufacturing Operations

Irving Consumer Products, a member of the J. D. Irving Group of Companies, is continuing its commitment to the environment by introducing sustainability goals for its tissue manufacturing operations. While the environment has long been a core value of the company, this is the first time Irving Consumer Products will publicly release sustainability goals.

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CellMark enters into sales and marketing agreement with Norske Skog for Italy

Mondi consumer trend survey reveals generational attitudes towards e-commerce

Resolute Forest Product adds drones to its Ontario seeding and mapping operations

Groundless bankruptcy filing for Metsä Fibre - the company has a strong financial position and solvency

Weyerhaeuser to Support Southeast Oklahoma in Wake of Tornado Damage

Sonoco ThermoSafe and LATAM Cargo Sign Global Master Lease Agreement

Huhtamaki's proprietary breakthrough high-precision technology delivers home compostable paper-based coffee capsules

Stora Enso - Batteries from trees, enabling sustainable electrification

Enviva Selected As A 2022 "Enlightened Growth Leadership" Award Recipient,

UPM biochemicals refinery progressing

Kimberly-Clark Named to Seramount's Inclusion Index for Third Consecutive Year

Academic Spotlight

Updated: Dr. Bill Scott, retired professor of Miami's Paper program, passes away

Updated: Dr. Bill Scott, retired professor of Miami's Paper program, passes away

Gary R. Rudemiller, PhD, Executive Director of the Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Foundation, announced on Friday night, May 27: "Friends of Miami's Paper Program, I am saddened to share with you that today, Dr. Bill Scott, retired professor of Miami's Paper program, passed away in Oxford. I have no details to convey at this point. Please keep his wife Ginny in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I will share more information along with the scheduled funeral services in the coming days."

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Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Student Aitana Blevins

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Student Aitana Blevins

Aitana Blevins shares her experiences at N.C. State.

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Student Spotlight: Rebecca Wolf of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Rebecca Wolf of Miami University

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Rebecca Wolf, who will graduate in May 2022. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Miami.

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Interview with University of Maine senior Olivia Gervais

Interview with University of Maine senior Olivia Gervais

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.

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Student Spotlight: Sophia Louden of Western Michigan

Metsä Group donates nearly one million euros in total to six universities

62nd Annual Miami Paper Science & Engineering Foundation Banquet & Annual Meeting is April 12

A random walk with Gene

Gees, Is This Ever Random

Gees, Is This Ever Random

Fleas and ticks seem particularly bad this year. If your cat or small dog seems lethargic, they may be overrun with fleas. They can literally drain the life out of a small animal. Our vet recommends a vet supplied topical treatment rather than OTC medicines from retail stores.

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Teaching and Dash Cams

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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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

Metsä Group appoints Katariina Kemppainen as SVP, Group R&D

Metsä Group continues to accelerate its investments into research and development. A new Group R&D function was set up in summer of 2021 and the consequent build-up phase has integrated the function well into the larger Metsä Group entity.

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Ahlstrom names Jorn P. Jensen as CFO

Ahlstrom appoints Jorn P. Jensen as new CFO and a member of the Group Executive Management Team, effective December 1, 2022. Jorn has 27 years of experience as CFO, most recently at Dyson Ltd and earlier at Carlsberg A/S.

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DS Smith names Biffa's Pike as new finance boss

Biffa PLC said Friday that Richard Pike has resigned as chief financial officer to join DS Smith as group finance director.

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Rayonier Announces the Election of Gregg A. Gonsalves to its Board of Directors

Gonsalves is an Advisory Partner at Integrated Capital, a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm. Prior to joining Integrated Capital, Mr. Gonsalves served at Goldman Sachs for 20 years, most recently as a Managing Director in its Real Estate Group and Merger Leadership Group; he was also the Partner responsible for Goldman's Real Estate Merger & Acquisition Business.

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Lionel Bonte Named New President of Mativ's Healthcare and Wellness Business Unit

He is joining Mativ from Ahlstrom where he led its Medical Business unit.

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DuPont Announces New Vice President, Sustainability

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability Jane Schindewolf has announced her retirement.

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Metsäliitto elects Eija Pitkänen to its Cooperative's Board of Directors

The Supervisory Board of Metsä Group's parent company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, elected Eija Pitkänen as a new member of the cooperative's Board of Directors as of 1 January 2023.

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Nico Reiner appointed new Chief Financial Officer of Lenzing AG

Nico Reiner to succeed Thomas Obendrauf on January 1, 2023.

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Valmet appoints Emilia Torttila-Miettinen as Business Line President, Automation Systems

Emilia Torttila-Miettinen has been appointed Business Line President, Automation Systems at Valmet as of December 1, 2022. She will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

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Mativ Announces COO Resignation

Mativ announced that on October 21, 2022, Omar Hoek, the Company's Chief Operating Officer, tendered his resignation effective as of March 1, 2023, to pursue other opportunities.

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Portrait of a professional: Pulp expert in Singapore

Mikael Engman helps Metsä Fibre's Asian customers obtain maximum benefit from Finnish pulp. In his work, he also gets to inform customers about sustainability topics.

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RYAM Elects Charles R. Eggert to the Board of Directors

Eggert has been an Operating Partner at iSelect Fund Management, a venture capital firm focused on early stage agriculture, food, nutrition, and wellness growth companies, since 2019.

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Truvant Announces Addition to Board of Directors

Mrs. Soukup recently retired from General Mills, Inc. after a 39-year career with the Minnesota-based multi-national food company. Her last position upon retirement was Chief Procurement Officer.

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Stora Enso CEO, Annica Bresky, and IUCN-US CEO and IUCN Director, North America, Tracy Farrell, Elected to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations.

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Norske Skog Skogn names Håvard Busklein as Managing Director

Håvard Busklein has been appointed Managing Director at Norske Skog Skogn AS. He has been employed by Norske Skog Skogn for 14 years, however, with a short period as Technical Manager at Trønderbilene AS.

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International Paper's Gregg Named to Manufacturers Association Board of Directors

The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Aimee Gregg, Vice President, Containerboard, International Paper, has been named to the NAM Board of Directors.

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Sealed Air SVP, CFO Christopher Stephens Intends To Retire

Stephens will continue in his role until a successor is in place.

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Setra CEO resigns

Setra's CEO Katarina Levin leaves her position at Setra's Annual General Meeting in May 2023.

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Enviva appoints Mark Coscio as EVP and Chief Development Officer

Enviva Inc. has appointed Mark Coscio as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. In his new role, Coscio will be responsible for leading Enviva's corporate development and construction functions.

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Pregis Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Pregis®, a leading global manufacturer of flexible packaging and protective packaging solutions, announced it is expanding its senior leadership roles, with Kevin Baudhuin adding the title of chairman in addition to his chief executive officer role, and Laurin Darnell promoted to chief operating officer.

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UFP Industries names Will Schwartz president of UFP Retail Solutions

UFP Industries announced that Will Schwartz has been named president of UFP Retail Solutions, LLC, effective January 1, 2023.

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Clearwater Paper Adds New Board Member

Jeanne Hillman Joins the Board

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Sappi Leaders Recognized for Excellence

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has bestowed Rebecca Barnard, Sappi Forestry Certification Manager, with the Young Forester Leadership Award for her dedication to sustainability and responsible forestry.

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Ennis Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer

Ennis, Inc., announced that Mr. Wade Brewer has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Terry Pennington has been appointed as Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Brewer and Mr. Pennington will continue reporting to Keith Walters, Chairman, President and CEO of Ennis.

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Metsä Board names Tero Ojala as Project Director at Kaskinen mill in Finland

Metsä Board appoints Tero Ojala as Project Director in the pre-engineering project of the Metsä Board Kaskinen folding boxboard mill in Finland, effective 1 October 2022. He moves to Metsä Board from the position of UPM's Project Director.

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Glatfelter reaches $300K consulting agreement with fired CEO Dante Parrini

Charlotte-based Glatfelter Corp. has reached a separation agreement with former CEO Dante Parrini. It includes a three-month consulting agreement, for which Parrini will receive $100,000 a month.

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DS Smith's Finance Director Adrian Marsh to retire

DS Smith Plc announces that Adrian Marsh has informed the Company of his intention to retire from the Board and from his role as Group Finance Director once a successor is in place.

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Sonoco Announces New Vice President of Global Mergers and Acquisitions

Munday has over 20 years of experience in financial consulting, investment banking, and transaction advisory.

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Kimberly-Clark Appoints Tamera Fenske to Chief Supply Chain Officer

Fenske will have global responsibilities for procurement, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, safety, and sustainability, as well as the company's Global Nonwovens division.

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Change to Essity's Executive Management Team

Don Lewis, President Professional Hygiene and member of Essity's Executive Management Team has decided to leave Essity.

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LP Building Solutions Elevates Yelle and Sweet to Vice President Roles

Jeff Yelle named Chief Information Officer; Jeff Sweet to oversee Engineering.

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DS Smith appoints new managing director

DS Smith, a sustainable packaging leader, announced that it has named Keith Tornes as managing director, paper, forestry and recycling for North America.

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UFP Announces Personnel Changes to Focus on Innovation

UFP Industries announced the appointment of Allen Peters to executive vice president of innovation, effective January 1, 2023. Allen's new duties will include leading UFP's Innovation Accelerator and Innov8 Fund teams.

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Karin Dernegård new Mill Manager for Södra Cell Mönsterås

Karin Dernegård is the new Mill Manager for Södra Cell Mönsterås. She will take up the role on 1 September 2022.

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Supplier News

ANDRITZ to supply key components for broke handling to Sappi Austria, Gratkorn mill

ANDRITZ has received an order from Sappi Austria Produktions GmbH & Co KG to supply key components for a new broke handling system for its mill in Gratkorn, Austria.

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Andritz to supply tissue machine to Xuan Mai Paper's mill in Vietnam

Start-up is scheduled for 2024.

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Voith Successfully Starts Up World's Largest Kraftliner Machine for SCA in Obbola

With a design speed of 1,400 meters per minute, the high-performance machine will produce 725,000 tons of kraftliner per year sustainably and efficiently.

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Valmet to supply steam profiler to Zhejiang Jingxing Paperboard in China

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler to Zhejiang Jingxing Paperboard Co., Ltd. in China. The system optimizes moisture profile and improves end-product quality.

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Voith to rebuild Laakirchen Papier's PM 11 at Laakirchen site in Austria

Austrian paper manufacturer Laakirchen Papier AG has commissioned the leading full-line supplier Voith to implement the comprehensive rebuild of PM 11 at its Laakirchen site.

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Solenis opens two new centers

Solenis has opened two new international centers of excellence to help drive more sustainable solutions for the consumer paper packaging industry.

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TIME Selects the PFAS-Free Packaging Line from Zume and Solenis as One of The Best Inventions of 2022

Zume, the global sustainability solutions company creating molded-fiber substitutes for single-use plastics, has been named one of TIME's Best Inventions of 2022 for its line of PFAS-free packaging developed in partnership with Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals.

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Valmet to rebuild Koehler Paper's power boilers in Oberkirch and Kehl, Germany

Valmet will rebuild Koehler Paper's power boilers at its Oberkirch and Kehl paper mill sites in Germany to increase the production of sustainable energy from renewable sources

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Voith's XcelLine Paper Machine Nominated for German Sustainability Award

The DNP is one of the most important sustainability awards in Europe.

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Valmet strengthens its automation offering by acquiring NovaTech Automation's Process Solutions business

NovaTech Automation's Process Solutions business specializes in process control and optimization solutions for batch, continuous and hybrid processes.

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Klabin successfully starts up new gasification plant supplied by ANDRITZ

The ANDRITZ gasification plant enables entirely fossil-free operation of the lime kiln by replacing 100% of the heavy fuel oil with a biomass-derived gas.

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Andritz acquires Duro Dakovic Termoenergetska postrojenja in Croatia

Andritz has acquired Duro Dakovic Termoenergetska postrojenja (DD-TEP) in Croatia. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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ANDRITZ Oy and LUT University open new fiber research laboratory in Lahti, Finland

ANDRITZ Oy, part of international technology group ANDRITZ, and LUT University (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) launched an extensive collaboration in the field of fiber technology a year ago. As a result, a new state-of-the-art research laboratory for the joint development of sustainable fiber technologies will open at the LUT campus in Lahti on November 3, 2022.

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ABB Digital Solutions Present Huge Boon to Ever-Growing Pulp and Paper Industry

As more and more companies globally focus on efficiency and sustainability rather than just production volume, leading global technology systems provider ABB provides end-to-end digital solutions for process industries that seek to help organizations automate, optimize and future-proof their operations.

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Change in Valmet's Executive Team

Ms. Emilia Torttila-Miettinen (M.Sc. Eng.) has been appointed Business Line President, Automation Systems at Valmet as of December 1, 2022. She will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

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Valmet ranked third top employer in Finland among engineering professionals

Valmet has been ranked as the third top employer among engineering professionals in Finland according to a new study by Universum.

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Solenis plans $40 million R&D facility

The state's Council on Development Finance agreed Monday to give Solenis grants for the creation of jobs ($552,000) and the construction of lab space ($3.5 million) at the new facility.

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Valmet to deliver sixth tissue production line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production machine to Papel San Francisco in Mexico. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Mexicali and the start-up is planned for the first half of 2024.

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Valmet to deliver sustainable valve solutions to Mercer Stendal's pulp mill in Germany

Valmet and Mercer Stendal have signed an agreement to modernize valves at Mercer's pulp mill in Arneburg, Germany. The project will bring significant energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions. The delivery includes 800 intelligent Neles NDX valve controllers and 500 Neles B1 pneumatic actuators.

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Kadant Launches the kConnect™ Series of Smart-Connected Technologies

The kConnect blade cabinet provides a compact place to store blades while using RFID technology to track inventory, facilitating maintenance planning activities and blade replenishment to avoid stockouts.

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Klabin starts up world's first commercial-grade, concentrated sulfuric acid plant in pulp mill

The plant is a world first and has the capacity to produce 150 tons of commercial-grade sulfuric acid per day from concentrated odorous gases and elemental sulfur.

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Valmet to supply chip washing and defibrating machine system to VRG Dongwha MDF in Vietnam

Valmet will deliver a chip washing and EVO defibrating machine system to VRG Dongwha MDF, a joint stock company in Vietnam. The delivery is planned for September 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at around Euro 3-6 million.

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Voith Announces Development Partnership with Koehler Paper in the Field of Decarbonization

Development of new innovations is part of Voith's "Papermaking for Life" sustainability program.

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Voith to supply two paper machines to Shanying Suzhou Paper in China

The Chinese paper manufacturer Shanying Suzhou Paper commissioned Voith to supply two XcelLine paper machines with comprehensive digitalization and automation solutions as well as services and spare parts packages for its new site in Zhongying, Anhui Province, China.

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Andritz to supply complete OCC line to Minhan Paper in Vietnam

International technology group Andritz has received an order from Minhan Paper Joint Stock Company to supply a complete OCC line for its mill in Van Lam, Hung Yen Province, Vietnam.

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Andritz: Klabin successfully starts up the world's first commercial-grade, concentrated sulfuric acid plant in a pulp mill

The plant is part of the ANDRITZ CircleToZero product portfolio that focuses on eliminating unused side streams, creating new added-value products and laying the foundation for zero emissions and zero waste production.

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ANDRITZ to supply four high-speed tissue production lines to Bracell SP Celulose Ltda., Brazil

Start-up is scheduled for 2024.

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Solenis To Acquire Paper Process Chemicals Business of KLK Kolb Group

KLK Kolb Group offers a broad portfolio of paper process chemicals, including deposit control, cleaning and foam control agents primarily for the EMEA pulp and paper markets.

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Shanying Suzhou Paper Commissions Voith to Supply Two XcelLine Paper Machines for the Production of Corrugating Medium

Voith will deliver two production lines with a wire width of 9,300 mm and a design speed of 1,300 m/min for the production of 812,000 tons of corrugating medium annually

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Valmet to supply a coated board making line to a customer in the Asia-Pacific region

Valmet will supply a coated board making line with automation and Industrial Internet solutions as well as spare parts and consumables packages to one of its customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The board making line with high productivity will produce folding coated board grades of premium quality.

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Valmet to supply key technology for Cheng Loong's new board machine in Vietnam

Cheng Loong decided to invest in this new recycled containerboard mill to tap into Vietnam's growing packaging demands.

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BID Group to deliver new turnkey composite pallet block plant for ArbaBlox in Winona, Mississippi

BID Group announces a new partnership with ArbaBlox Inc. to build its first state-of-the-art turnkey composite pallet block plant in Winona, Mississippi.

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Valutec to deliver continuous kilns to Moelven's sawmills in Norway and Sweden

Moelven is investing in five continuous kilns and the Valmatics 4.0 control system to its three sawmills in Scandinavia. It's the most extensive single order the Moelven Group has ever placed with Valutec.

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Kemira announces 4% energy surcharge for all product lines in North America

Kemira is implementing a 4% energy surcharge for all Pulp and Paper process and functional chemistries across North America for all non-contract customers, effective October 1, 2022. The surcharge announced in April for inorganic coagulants sold through Kemira's Industry & Water segment remains in effect.

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Andritz acquires environmental company J. Parpala Oy in Finland

Andritz has acquired J. Parpala Oy, a major player in the maintenance and repair of environmental equipment for industrial production and power generation plants in Finland. The company was founded in 2011 and operates sites in Kokkola and Kaskinen.

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Valmet to supply pulp technology equipment to Zellstoff Pöls in Austria

Valmet will supply pulp technology equipment for a new pulp stream of unbleached kraft pulp to Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria. The company is a part of the Heinzel group. The delivery is planned for June 2023.

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Imerys enters into exclusive negotiations for the sale of its assets serving the paper markets

Imerys has entered into exclusive negotiations with Syntagma Capital for the potential sale of most of its assets producing kaolin, ground calcium carbonate ("GCC"), precipitated calcium carbonate ("PCC") and talc, which primarily serve the paper markets for an enterprise value of €390 million including an earn out depending on the future performance of the business.

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Metsä Fibre's Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland successfully lifts up the world's first autonomous logyard cranes supplied by ANDRITZ

The world's first autonomously operated logyard cranes have been successfully lifted up at Metsä Fibre's bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland.

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USNR sells maintenance management software to DrekiTek

The DynaStar Maintenance Management System is a leading enterprise level asset and maintenance management software system, designed for today's cost competitive operational environments and includes comprehensive and integrated Maintenance, Inventory, Purchasing, Administration and Reporting modules.

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Valmet names Sami Riekkola as Business Line President, Pulp and Energy

Sami Riekkola has been appointed Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, at Valmet as of October 1, 2022. Sami Riekkola currently holds the position of Business Line President, Automation Systems, at Valmet. In his new position, he will continue as a member of Valmet's Executive Team reporting to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

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Toscotec to rebuild PM1 at KMK Paper in Turkey

The rebuild encompasses the entire paper machine from the forming section to the reel and it incorporates both Toscotec and Voith's leading technology.

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Kemira hikes prices for all product lines in EMEA

Costs for electricity and natural gas have rapidly increased and add to the general inflationary trends of the recent months.

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The fine print...

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Paperitalo Publications
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