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Daio Paper Poised to Acquire Nisshinbo’s Tissue Business (2/14/2017)

According to a report this week by the Nikkei Asian Review (NAR), Daio Paper, Japan, reportedly will pay some 20 billion yen ($178 million) for Japan-based Nisshinbo Holdings' paper business, including three mills in Japan. A final decision could come as early as this week, with the deal possibly closing by the end of March, NAR added.

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FSC Board Approves Plan to Address False Claims in FSC System (1/17/2017)

The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) international Board of Directors (Bonn, Germany) has approved a new approach for addressing misleading and false claims in the FSC system. The set of actions compliments the newly revised CoC standard.

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CMPC to Pay $150 Million Fine in Tissue Collusion Case (1/30/2017)

CMPC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has agreed to pay Chilean Peso 97.6 billion (approximately $149.9 million) as restitution to consumers by amounts unduly or in excess paid, as a result of facts denounced by the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) in the Chilean tissue market.

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SSA Suspends Mailing of Earnings Statements (1/13/2017)

Consumers for Paper Options, a coalition advocating for access to important paper-based services and information, Washington, D.C., USA, yesterday (Jan. 11, 2017) expressed strong opposition to a new decision by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to suspend the mailing of Social Security Statements to workers under the age of 60. The move comes despite a measure in the Fiscal Year 2014 funding bill requiring the Social Security Administration to “significantly restore” the mailing of earnings statements. In response to Congress’ 2014 directive, the agency resumed mailing a statement every five years to every American ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60, who has not signed up for online statements.

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U.S Material Recovery Business to Grow 5.6% Annually through 2020 (12/07/2016)

Revenues from material recovery, the fastest-growing segment of the broader U.S. waste management services industry, are expected to climb at an average annual rate of 5.6% through 2020. Rising oil prices will spur sales of recovered materials such as plastic resins as alternatives to petroleum-based inputs in manufacturing.

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Smurfit Kappa, Sun Chemical Develop New Packaging Coding (2/27/2017)

Smurfit Kappa, Ireland, has collaborated with Sun Chemical Parsippany, N.J., USA, a producer of printing inks and coatings, to deliver a robust and efficient, digital laser-based coding solution that supports customer packaging and labeling requirements. The new coding solution for secondary cartons combines Smurfit Kappa’s flexo printed corrugated boxes with Sun Chemical’s SunLase activated coating system, resulting in high quality, reliable, late stage coding, which allows customers to laser mark packaging at the end of manufacturing operations. With the capacity to laser mark at the typical speed of an automated packing line, it offers a replacement for direct thermal labeling.

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Toscotec to Rebuild PM1 Tissue Machine at Correll Tissue, South Africa (12/06/2016)

Toscotec, Italy, has been awarded a contract to rebuild PM1 at Correll Tissue, in Durban, South Africa. Startup of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second half of 2017.

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Army Developing “Comfortable” Flame-Resistant Wool for Combat Uniforms (12/12/2016)

Flame-resistant. Breathable. Moisture wicking. These words don’t usually come to mind when thinking of wool, but Army researchers are hoping a wool-blend fabric that does all three will improve combat uniforms for troops.

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Stora Enso Upgrading Flagship Carton Board (2/20/2017)

Based on customers' insights, Stora Enso's (Finland) luxury and graphical board Ensocoat will be upgraded to provide even better whiteness and shade. This will contribute to excellent print results and high performance with all finishing treatments.

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Sonoco to Invest $20 Million in New Atlanta-Area Packaging Center (12/09/2016)

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, this week announced it will invest $20 million in the development of a new packaging center to support Duracell’s new North America battery packaging operation.

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Lee & Man Starts up Four Tissue Lines within Three Months (1/31/2017)

Four Valmet (Finland) supplied tissue lines have been successfully started up at Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing's Chongqing mill in China, within three months. The new lines, designed for production of high quality tissue products with low energy consumption, were all producing sellable paper from the start.

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Madison Paper Industries Sells Related Mill Assets in U.S (1/03/2017)

UPM-Kymmene Inc. Finland, and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of the New York Times Co., New York, N.Y., USA, this past week announced the sale of Madison Paper Industries' mill site located in Madison, Maine, to a joint venture of New Mill Capital Holdings of New York, Perry Videx of Hainesport, N.J., and Infinity Asset Solutions of Toronto, Ont., Canada.

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U.S. Households Able to Recycle Food and Beverage Cartons Now at 60% (1/26/2017)

The Carton Council of North America, Denton, Texas, USA, this week announced that 60% of U.S. households are currently able to recycle food and beverage cartons through their local recycling programs. This is an important milestone because food and beverage carton recycling is now available to a substantial majority of consumers and, according to the Federal Trade Commission green guidelines, can now carry the standard “Please Recycle” logo.

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Young Canadian Researcher Chosen to vie for Global Innovation Award (12/01/2016)

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Ottawa, Ont., Canada, this week announced that a PHD graduate from McGill University, Goeun Sim, has been chosen as the Canadian finalist for the global Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award, based on her environmentally leading proposal to advance innovation in the forest products sector. 

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Glatfelter Names Hess to Lead Specialty Papers Business Unit (1/10/2017)

Glatfelter, York, Pa., USA, has promoted Timothy R. Hess to SVP and business unit president, Specialty Papers. In this role, Hess will have overall P&L responsibility and will guide the strategic direction for the business unit. He will report directly to Dante C. Parrini, chairman and CEO. John P. Jacunski, who has led Specialty Papers since April 2016, in addition to his role as CFO, will continue serving in his primary role as the CFO of Glatfelter.

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Huggies Ramps up Efforts to Close Diaper Gap (1/04/2017)

In early 2017, Huggies will become the first global diaper brand to offer a program that will enable diaper banks to purchase bulk quantities of high-quality Huggies diapers at competitive prices. Additionally, through the end of December 2016, Huggies matched all Rewards Point diaper donations made to help babies in need.

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Sonoco Raising Prices of Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products (1/17/2017)

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, this past week also announced it is implementing a $60 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the U.S. and Canada.

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West Linn Paper Launches SonomaJet High-speed Digital Inkjet Web Paper (2/22/2017)

West Linn Paper Co., West Linn, Ore., USA, has launched Sonoma®Jet, a high-speed, digital inkjet matte paper with 88 brightness and available in 45 lb. and 60 lb. basis weights. The web matte grades are designed to work on high-speed, inkjet presses and provide printers with outstanding ink holdout and press performance.

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Konig to Become President of Bosch Packaging Technology (12/06/2016)

Dr. Stefan Konig will become president of Bosch Packaging Technology, Germany, on Jan. 1, 2017. Dr. Konig holds a PhD in data mining and has been a member of the executive management since 2011. He oversees Technology (comprising Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality), the Confectionery & Food and Liquid Food business units, as well as Assembly Systems and Special Machinery.

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Ontex Starts up New Incontinence Products Plant in France (12/12/2016)

Ontex Group, Belgium, this past week officially opened its new incontinence products production site in Dourges, France. The new site will allow Ontex to optimize production processes, service its French and international customers better, and improve the working conditions of its staff. The project involves an investment of EUR 45 million.

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