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Appleton Coated to Acquire Spectra Jet Business (6/13/2017)

Since 2015, Appleton Coated has been the exclusive producer, for Spectra Jet, of Silverback3 paper, a product that utilizes Spectra Jet’s proprietary technology. 

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Sofidel Expanding in U.S. with New, Integrated Tissue Mill in Oklahoma (3/19/2018)

New $360 million mill (two tissue machines and a converting plant) in Inola will have an output of 120,000 metric tpy of toilet tissue and towels. Startup is scheduled for 2020.

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Even as Pulpwood Supply Outpaces Paper Demand, Costs Stay High for Some (6/20/2017)

Markets are being challenged by dislocations of paper demand growth and wood fiber supplies. 

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WestRock Chairman Luke Named 2018 Outstanding Director (3/02/2018)

Luke has served as non-executive chairman of WestRock, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, since 2015. He is the former chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corp.

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Appvion CFO Ferree to Retire; Kelly Named to Succeed Him (6/15/2017)

Tom Ferree, CFO for the past 10 years, will retire from Appvion on June 30. Luke Kelly will succeed him and serve as VP of finance and CFO.

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IP Announces Senior Leadership Moves (2/24/2017)

International Paper Co., Memphis, Tenn., USA, this week announced the following senior leadership changes.

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K-C Joins Forces with World Wildlife Fund to Help Save Global Forests (6/13/2017)

Initiative is part of an eight-year partnership between the two organizations, and is a natural next step in advancing responsible forestry through consumer education and engagement.

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Suzano and Fibra Merge, Creating Global Pulp Giant (3/19/2018)

Combined company will have 37,000 employees and contractors. Its 11 industrial units will produce annually 11 million metric tons of market pulp and 1.4 million metric tons of paper, with annual exports of around BRL 18 billion and investments planned for 2018 of about BRL 6.4 billion.

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New Major Nanocellulose Project Starting in Northern Sweden (2/15/2017)

With the aim to establish production of crystalline nanocellulose (CNC), a project will be started for development of the test bed TinyBTalented and new applications on a large scale. With a budget of SEK 8 million, the project also aims to establish working methods for future application development. SP Processum will be acting as project leader for this project, several participants, including Holmen, Melodea, Mid Sweden University, MoRe Research, Organofuel, RISE Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces, as well as S2Medical, SEKAB E-Technology, and Tetra Pak

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Mondi Joins WWF’s Climate Savers Business Leadership Program (3/13/2018)

Global packaging and paper group adopts 2050 science-based targets to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C. 

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KPA Unicon to Deliver Biomass-Fired Steam Plant to Metsä Tissue Mill (2/16/2017)

Finland-based Metsä Tissue AB and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract for the delivery of Biograte 8 MWth steam boiler plant to Metsä Tissue Nyboholm, Sweden. The plant uses as a fuel biosludge in addition to wood chips, bark, and sawdust, and it produces steam for the paper mill machinery. The new plant enables efficient combustion of process residues, such as biosludge, generating steam for the mill.

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Fear of Automation Could be Affecting Workers Health (3/06/2018)

New article published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, found that exposure to automation risk may be negatively associated with health outcomes, plausibly through perceptions of poorer job security. 

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Hong Kong Consumers Willing to Pay Premium for Sustainable Paper Products (2/13/2017)

Gold East Trading (Hong Kong) Co., Hong Kong, China, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia, this week announced results of the "Sustainable and Safe Paper Usage in Hong Kong" survey, which revealed that nearly 70% of Hong Kong consumers are willing to pay an additional 5% or more to purchase paper products from sustainable sources. Additionally, more than 70% of respondents prefer to visit restaurants that use safe food packaging.

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Burgo Announces Conversion to Containerboard Plan for Line 2 at Avezzano Mill (2/28/2017)

Burgo Group S.p.A., Italy, one of the main European producers of graphical and special papers, this week announced the start of a conversion plan for Line 2 at the Avezzano (AQ) paper mill, from graphical paper to containerboard, with the view of making the mill a true national center of excellence for “cardboard” production.

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Paper and Digital Go Hand-in-Hand (3/12/2018)

The following blog is by Mark Pitts, AF&PA executive director, printing-writing and pulp, Washington, D.C., USA.

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International Paper Elects Sullivan to Board of Directors (2/15/2017)

International Paper Co., Memphis, Tenn., USA, this week announced the election of Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan to its board of directors, effective March 1, 2017.

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A.Celli Rebuilds Slitting Section for KC Malaysia Tissue Machine (3/07/2018)

A.Celli combined a winder from the 1980s with a new slitting section on the mill’s TM 1.

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Resolute Building New Tissue Distribution Center at Calhoun Mill (3/14/2018)

New 300,000 sq. ft. distribution center at the Tennessee mill is the latest phase of $400 million Resolute is spending since it announced it was entering the tissue market in 2015.

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Neenah Renews Annual $25 Million Stock Repurchase Program (6/01/2017)

BOD renews annual share repurchase program for up to $25 million during next 12 months.

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BillerudKorsnäs Nomination Committee Makes Proposals Regarding Board Election (3/12/2018)

Company’s nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Kristina Schauman, and Victoria Van Camp as members of the board, and the election of Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as new members of the board.

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