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Week of 17 December 2018: Energy Data Continued

Week of 17 December 2018: Energy Data Continued

One reader last week challenged my citation of Wikipedia stating the consumption of kerosene for illumination, even today, equals that of the consumption of jet fuel (essentially kerosene) in the United States. If anyone has a solid, better source of data, please share it and I will be happy to pass it on here in one of the remaining columns this month. In The Economist issue of 1st - 7th of December 2018, right on schedule, their Technology Quarterly special section was titled "Towards Zero Carbon--Conquering CO2." The good news, and I believed I read this portion of the magazine fairly carefully, was that the pulp and paper industry was barely cited--steel and cement manufacturing were the bad boys of the industrial sector.

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Week of 10 December 2018: Energy Shocks

Week of 3 December 2018: Energy Update

Week of 26 November 2018: Put a proper perspective on strategic decisions

Week of 19 November 2018: Strategic Politics

Week of 12 November 2018: Pulling the Plug

Week of 5 November 2018: Innovation and Strategy--Back to the Future

Week of 29 October 2018: It wasn't Camelot

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

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

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

Irving Tissue, SUNY Adirondack workforce partnership could become New York state model

Irving Tissue, SUNY Adirondack workforce partnership could become New York state model

Local businesses and schools are getting the state's attention for their pipeline partnerships that get students ready for the workforce and employed with well-paying jobs right at home.

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Supreme Court Orders New Review in Weyerhaeuser Frog Habitat Case

Supreme Court Orders New Review in Weyerhaeuser Frog Habitat Case

The U.S. Supreme Court told a lower court to take another look at the federal designation of privately owned land in Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog.

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MIT expert: Carbon-neutral biomass 'accounting fraud'

Smurfit Kappa's Van Mierlo plant celebrates centenary

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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Graphic Packaging to invest $350M in Augusta, Georgia paper facility

Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Thursday said it is investing $350 million in the Augusta paper mill it acquired earlier this year from International Paper.

Stora Enso Makes an Environmental Investment in Sweden

Stora Enso will invest EUR 22 million (SEK 232 million) at Skoghall Mill in Sweden in an expansion of the existing water treatment plant.

Kimberly-Clark to receive up to $28 million in state money to keep Cold Spring, Wisconsin facility open

The state is offering Kimberly-Clark up to $28 million to keep its Cold Spring Facility in Fox Crossing open.

Firefighters put out fire at Pratt Industries facility in North Wichita, Kansas

Firefighters with the Wichita Fire Department Thursday night fought to extinguish a fire at a Pratt Industries facility in North Wichita.

Kimberly-Clark to Close Conway, Arkansas Facility

Next year marks 60 years that a Kimberly-Clark plant has called the industrial park in Conway home. But, as of Thursday afternoon, they won't be calling it home for too much longer.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper Mark Five-Year Anniversary, $15 Million Invested to Conserve Southern Forests

Public-Private Partnership on Pace to Restore and Protect 400,000 Acres of Wildlife Habitat and Working Forests Throughout the Southeast

OSHA is investigating after Kimberly-Clark employee is killed on the job in Paris, Texas

"An employee, identified as Carl Kuhle, age 60 from Bogata, was struck by a vehicle at the loading dock area," said Officer Curtis Garrett. "OSHA will be investigating the incident."

Outgoing Wisconsin governor vows to save Kimberly-Clark jobs

Gov. Scott Walker says he's going to do everything in his power to save a Kimberly-Clark facility in the Fox Valley and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.

Leading Stories

Graphic Packaging to invest $350M in Augusta, Georgia paper facility

Graphic Packaging to invest $350M in Augusta, Georgia paper facility

Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Thursday said it is investing $350 million in the Augusta paper mill it acquired earlier this year from International Paper.

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Stora Enso Makes an Environmental Investment in Sweden

Stora Enso Makes an Environmental Investment in Sweden

Stora Enso will invest EUR 22 million (SEK 232 million) at Skoghall Mill in Sweden in an expansion of the existing water treatment plant.

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Kimberly-Clark to receive up to $28 million in state money to keep Cold Spring, Wisconsin facility open

Kimberly-Clark to receive up to $28 million in state money to keep Cold Spring, Wisconsin facility open

The state is offering Kimberly-Clark up to $28 million to keep its Cold Spring Facility in Fox Crossing open.

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Firefighters put out fire at Pratt Industries facility in North Wichita, Kansas

Firefighters put out fire at Pratt Industries facility in North Wichita, Kansas

Firefighters with the Wichita Fire Department Thursday night fought to extinguish a fire at a Pratt Industries facility in North Wichita.

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Kimberly-Clark to Close Conway, Arkansas Facility

Kimberly-Clark to Close Conway, Arkansas Facility

Next year marks 60 years that a Kimberly-Clark plant has called the industrial park in Conway home. But, as of Thursday afternoon, they won't be calling it home for too much longer.

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper Mark Five-Year Anniversary, $15 Million Invested to Conserve Southern Forests

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper Mark Five-Year Anniversary, $15 Million Invested to Conserve Southern Forests

Public-Private Partnership on Pace to Restore and Protect 400,000 Acres of Wildlife Habitat and Working Forests Throughout the Southeast

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OSHA is investigating after Kimberly-Clark employee is killed on the job in Paris, Texas

OSHA is investigating after Kimberly-Clark employee is killed on the job in Paris, Texas

"An employee, identified as Carl Kuhle, age 60 from Bogata, was struck by a vehicle at the loading dock area," said Officer Curtis Garrett. "OSHA will be investigating the incident."

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Outgoing Wisconsin governor vows to save Kimberly-Clark jobs

Outgoing Wisconsin governor vows to save Kimberly-Clark jobs

Gov. Scott Walker says he's going to do everything in his power to save a Kimberly-Clark facility in the Fox Valley and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.

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Former Verso mill in Wickliffe, Kentucky now officially Phoenix Paper

Former Verso mill in Wickliffe, Kentucky now officially Phoenix Paper

It was announced on Tuesday that the mill's new name will be Phoenix Paper. Signs with the new name have been put up around the mill.

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Supreme Court declines to hear dispute over flushable wipes

Supreme Court declines to hear dispute over flushable wipes

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a lower court ruling that allows a customer to sue the manufacture of flushable wipes over false advertising.

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Fortress Global licenses Mondelēz xylitol technology

Fortress Global licenses Mondelēz xylitol technology

Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. has entered, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc. ("Fortress AB"), into a Technology License and Collaboration Agreement with Mondelēz International, Inc., one of the world's largest snacking companies.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö's sustainable fiber material used in fabric for Nobel Banquet dress

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's sustainable fiber material used in fabric for Nobel Banquet dress

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has for the past years cooperated to develop a recyclable textile material made from locally sourced wood fiber.

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UPM plans to invest EUR 2 billion in a new mill

UPM plans to invest EUR 2 billion in a new mill

UPM plans to invest EUR 2 billion in a new mill to be located near the city of Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay. The new mill would have capacity to produce about 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus pulp annually.

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Metsä Fibre acquires a biogas plant in Äänekoski, Finland

Asaleo Care to sell tissue business to Solaris Paper

Smurfit Kappa acquires Papcart in France

Cascades acquires plants in the United States; doubles its production of moulded pulp packaging

Fire at Huhtamaki facility in Maine contained

DS Smith looking to sell plastics division

Smurfit Kappa acquires two corrugated box plants in Western France

Asia Pulp and Paper starts up tissue machines at its OKI mill in Indonesia

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

Possible Buyer for Shuttered Fort Frances Paper Mill

Possible Buyer for Shuttered Fort Frances Paper Mill

A possible buyer has emerged for the closed Resolute Forest Products paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario.

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Kadant to Acquire Syntron Material Handling

Kadant to Acquire Syntron Material Handling

Kadant Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Syntron Material Handling Group, LLC and certain of its affiliates ("Syntron") from entities affiliated with Levine Leichtman Capital Partners for approximately $179 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments.

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European Commission approves creation of joint venture combining Solenis and BASF's chemicals business

European Commission approves creation of joint venture combining Solenis and BASF's chemicals business

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over a newly created joint venture combining Solenis and BASF's global paper and water chemicals business ("BASF DOM") by BASF SE of Germany and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. ("CD&R") of the US.

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AF&PA Welcomes New Proposed WOTUS Rule

AF&PA Welcomes New Proposed WOTUS Rule

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announcement of a new proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

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Asia Pulp & Paper signs corrugated container joint venture agreement with Japan's Oji Holdings

Asia Pulp & Paper signs corrugated container joint venture agreement with Japan's Oji Holdings

PT Purinusa Ekapersada, an Asia Pulp & Paper company, and Oji Holdings Corporation have agreed to enter into a $35 million joint venture to set up a new converting factory in Indonesia.

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Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn't prove makers Georgia Pacific, WestRock fixed prices

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn't prove makers Georgia Pacific, WestRock fixed prices

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged they conspired to fix prices. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

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Mercer International completes acquisition of Daishowa-Marubeni International

Mercer International completes acquisition of Daishowa-Marubeni International

Mercer International Inc. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. ("DMI").

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up turnkey tissue production line at Bashundhara Paper Mills

ANDRITZ successfully starts up turnkey tissue production line at Bashundhara Paper Mills

ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line - including stock preparation and automation system - delivered to Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited in Bangladesh.

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Arauco North America joins AWC

Arauco North America joins AWC

Arauco North America, headquartered in Atlanta, has joined the American Wood Council (AWC).

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UPM increases the IFRS fair value of its forest assets in Finland

UPM increases the IFRS fair value of its forest assets in Finland

UPM increases the IFRS fair value of its forest assets in Finland, mainly due to higher forest growth estimates.

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GP Breaks Ground at $135 Million Lumber Plant in Warrenton, Georgia

LSC Communications Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Elsevier to Provide Book Fulfillment and Distribution Services in USA

SCA is recruiting 80 summer workers to Piteå

Norske Skog to invest in its wood pellets facility in New Zealand

Valmet to supply a nonwovens rewinder to Papel Aralar in Spain

Voith installs VariFlex winder at Copamex's mill in Chihuahua, Mexico

Stora Enso to tackle plastic pollution with renewable straws

Smurfit Kappa demonstrates expertise in sustainable packaging in Argentinian awards

LSC Communications and The United Church of Canada Sign a Multi-Year Supply Chain Services Agreement

AF&PA Statement on Signing of Trilateral Trade Agreement

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Launches Extia 1000, a Breakthrough, High Performance and Durable Filtration Media

Academic Spotlight

Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University names Julie Bischoff Assistant Director

Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University names Julie Bischoff Assistant Director

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Daaniya Iyaz, a senior in the program. Miss Iyaz is from Sammamish, Washington, and we asked her a few questions about her experiences at UW.

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Catching up with University of Washington BSE Senior Daaniya Iyaz

Catching up with University of Washington BSE Senior Daaniya Iyaz

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Daaniya Iyaz, a senior in the program. Miss Iyaz is from Sammamish, Washington, and we asked her a few questions about her experiences at UW.

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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 Georgia Tech Paper Science and Engineering grad student Thomas Kwok

A random walk with Gene

Accidents and safety

Accidents and safety

Automobile safety remains in the forefront of my thoughts today as one of my senior students recovers for a serious accident.

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A passion for cars

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

Energy costs

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

Keeping Far Flung Family and Friends Close - One Holiday Card at a Time

Keeping Far Flung Family and Friends Close - One Holiday Card at a Time

Does anyone else feel the excitement of getting holiday cards in the mail?

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Think Before You Throw - Common Household Items that can be Recycled

Think Before You Throw - Common Household Items that can be Recycled

Let's do a quick survey - how many trash bins do you have in your home? Now, how many recycling bins do you have? Odds are, one of these numbers is greater than the other. Why is that?

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Five Reasons Why Your Estate Plan Needs Paper

Five Reasons Why Your Estate Plan Needs Paper

No one likes to think about death, but everyone should. We're all going to die someday. So why not greet the end of life with peace of mind, knowing that your estate plan is well organized and easy to find by those you leave behind?

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Paper and Wood Products Make Modern Life Possible

Paper and Wood Products Make Modern Life Possible

Our modern society is one that increasingly relies on technology for everyday life, work and study, yet the desire and benefits of paper and wood-based products remains consistent.

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Nip Impressions to Go

October 2018

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September 2018

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August 2018

July 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

Metsä Tissue names Jani Sillanpää an interim SVP, business unit AFH

Metsä Tissue names Jani Sillanpää an interim Senior Vice President, Business Unit Away From Home. He will be part of the Metsä Tissue's management team and will report to Metsä Tissue's CEO Esa Kaikkonen.

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Sonoco's CFO Saunders to Retire After Nearly 30 Years of Service

Sonoco announced Barry Saunders, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has announced his plans to retire after nearly 30 years with the Company, effective March 1, 2019.

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Norske Skog appoints Niels Petter Wright as new President and CEO

Norske Skog AS has appointed Niels Petter Wright as new President and CEO, effective 1 December 2018.

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Stora Enso names Pasi Kyckling as SVP, Group Treasury

Stora Enso has appointed Pasi Kyckling as SVP, Group Treasury. He will start in his new position on 1 January 2019.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö names Sakari Ahdekivi as new Deputy CEO and CFO

Greif, Inc. announced the appointment of Bala V. Sathyanarayanan as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Greif Names Bala V. Sathyanarayanan as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Greif, Inc. announced the appointment of Bala V. Sathyanarayanan as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer.

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