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Week of 11 November 2019: Sources of Innovation

Week of 11 November 2019: Sources of Innovation

Many years ago, when I purchased a motorcycle, I wanted the equivalent of a "cruise control" for it. I shopped around and found this clever little mechanical device that fits on the right handlebar and gently locks the accelerator into position. With the flick of a handy little lever, you could turn it off. My cousin, a machinist, saw this and said, "I can copy that." I didn't let him. I think inventions should belong to the originator in perpetuity (I think we should still be paying royalties to the descendants of the inventor of tables and chairs--marvelous inventions in and of themselves). At least that is the way I used to think...

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Week of 4 November 2019: Innovation

Week of 28 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 4

Week of 21 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 3

Week of 14 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 2

Week of 7 October 2019: A whole different look at quality, part 1

Week of 30 September 2019: What will management in the future look like?

Week of 23 September 2019: The Most Important Machine

Week of 16 September 2019: Bean Bags and other Nonsense

Week of 9 September 2019: The Second Most Important Task

Week of 2 September 2019: The Most Important Management Job

Week of 26 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Fourth Week: Fos commutes

Week of 19 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Third Week: Fos in the Supply Room

Week of 12 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019 - Second Week

Week of 5 August 2019: Pulp Rats for 2019--first week

Week of 29 July 2019: Rebuttal to column of 8 July 19, "Thoughts on the Environmental Dialogue"

Week of 22 July 2019: Other Regulatory Impacts

Week of 15 July 2019: Remember this about Regulators

Week of 8 July 2019: Thoughts on the environmental dialogue

Technology

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

The United States Patent Office awarded Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. patent number 10,301,202 B2 on May 28, 2019. The title of the patent is "System and Method for Aeration by Air Infusion." The inventor is listed as Dean A. Caldwell, DeRidder, LA. Caldwell is the CEO of Airmaster Aerator.

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Latest IDC Survey: Customers Are on the Move to SAP S/4HANA

Business innovation goes hand in hand with business process innovation. Intelligent enterprises connect business processes end-to-end for better outcomes.

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Spotlight

 'Bible business has really gone soft': Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas

'Bible business has really gone soft': Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas

An enterprise that printed more than a billion Bibles since its founding during the Civil War says its Northeast Philadelphia plant will be shut by Christmas.

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Paper Industry International Hall of Fame dinner set for 3 Oct in Appleton, Wisc.

Paper Industry International Hall of Fame dinner set for 3 Oct in Appleton, Wisc.

The 25th annual dinner event is hosted by the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, which is located inside the Paper Discover Center on the Fox River in Appleton.

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Exclusive Interview with Cascades-Sonoco's Jeff Stacy, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security added to Specialty Papers US 2019 Program

Bringing B2C Principles to B2B Services and Support

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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Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson
Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson

A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

I just love to visit our clients. Today (13 May 2019), I was visiting Devon Barnes, President of Advanced Coil Technology, LLC in Owatonna, Minnesota. Advanced Coil makes liquid-to-air coils for any application.

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Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Jim Thompson asked to speak at Georgia Tech

Industree 4.0

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Log truck driver killed in crash

Deputies are investigating a deadly crash involving a log truck Friday morning.

Bulgaria takes a step toward certified forests through PEFC endorsement

Bulgaria has become the latest member to achieve PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system. The PEFC General Assembly voted for the endorsement of the Bulgarian system in a postal ballot.

Tolko closing Kelowna, B.C. mill forever

On Friday morning, Nov. 8, managers somberly gathered at the Tolko office in Kelowna to call 140 workers one by one to tell them the lumber mill will close forever Jan. 8.

Södra will extend production stoppages at its sawmills during the Christmas and New Year period

The stoppages are expected to reduce production by 30,000 cubic metres.

Georgia-Pacific opens $135 million state-of-the-art lumber facility in Warren County, Georgia

The new facility currently adds more than 80 workers to the existing workforce, employing a total of 179 full-time employees.

PCA to build recycling facility at Wallula mill

The company said it will add 350,000 tons per year of OCC pulping capacity at its Wallula, Wash. mill, which currently produces predominantly virgin linerboard and medium, materials used in containerboard production.

SIG to acquire Visy Cartons in Australia

SIG has reached agreement to acquire Visy Cartons Pty Ltd from VisyPak Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Pratt Consolidated Holdings Pty Ltd, for AU$70m (US$48.2m), subject to customary conditions being met.

Quad Broadens Its Commitment to Sourcing Sustainable Wood Fiber, Announces Founding Membership in Forests in Focus

Quad/Graphics, Inc. announced that it is a founding member of Forests in Focus, a sustainability initiative from GreenBlue, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society, and the American...

Leading Stories

Log truck driver killed in crash

Log truck driver killed in crash

Deputies are investigating a deadly crash involving a log truck Friday morning.

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Bulgaria takes a step toward certified forests through PEFC endorsement

Bulgaria takes a step toward certified forests through PEFC endorsement

Bulgaria has become the latest member to achieve PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system. The PEFC General Assembly voted for the endorsement of the Bulgarian system in a postal ballot.

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Tolko closing Kelowna, B.C. mill forever

Tolko closing Kelowna, B.C. mill forever

On Friday morning, Nov. 8, managers somberly gathered at the Tolko office in Kelowna to call 140 workers one by one to tell them the lumber mill will close forever Jan. 8.

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Södra will extend production stoppages at its sawmills during the Christmas and New Year period

Södra will extend production stoppages at its sawmills during the Christmas and New Year period

The stoppages are expected to reduce production by 30,000 cubic metres.

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Georgia-Pacific opens $135 million state-of-the-art lumber facility in Warren County, Georgia

Georgia-Pacific opens $135 million state-of-the-art lumber facility in Warren County, Georgia

The new facility currently adds more than 80 workers to the existing workforce, employing a total of 179 full-time employees.

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PCA to build recycling facility at Wallula mill

PCA to build recycling facility at Wallula mill

The company said it will add 350,000 tons per year of OCC pulping capacity at its Wallula, Wash. mill, which currently produces predominantly virgin linerboard and medium, materials used in containerboard production.

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SIG to acquire Visy Cartons in Australia

SIG to acquire Visy Cartons in Australia

SIG has reached agreement to acquire Visy Cartons Pty Ltd from VisyPak Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Pratt Consolidated Holdings Pty Ltd, for AU$70m (US$48.2m), subject to customary conditions being met.

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Quad Broadens Its Commitment to Sourcing Sustainable Wood Fiber, Announces Founding Membership in Forests in Focus

Quad Broadens Its Commitment to Sourcing Sustainable Wood Fiber, Announces Founding Membership in Forests in Focus

Quad/Graphics, Inc. announced that it is a founding member of Forests in Focus, a sustainability initiative from GreenBlue, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society, and the American Forest Foundation (AFF), a conservation organization that works with family landowners in the United States.

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Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls sold to Niagara Worldwide

Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls sold to Niagara Worldwide

It's unclear how many jobs will be restored when Niagara Worldwide takes over.

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West Linn paper mill reopens as Willamette Falls Paper Co., with 125 employees

West Linn paper mill reopens as Willamette Falls Paper Co., with 125 employees

The newly formed Willamette Falls Paper Co. quietly restarted two months ago and is now trying out new classes of paper made from pulp and agricultural waste instead of wood.

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UPM closes paper machine 2 in Rauma

UPM closes paper machine 2 in Rauma

The reduction of personnel is 179 (159 permanent and 20 temporary contracts not prolonged).

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Fire at Louisiana-Pacific Corporation facility in Hanceville, Ala.

Fire at Louisiana-Pacific Corporation facility in Hanceville, Ala.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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Shakeup at the top: BillerudKorsnäs appoints Lennart Holm as acting CEO

Shakeup at the top: BillerudKorsnäs appoints Lennart Holm as acting CEO

The Board of Directors of BillerudKorsnäs AB has appointed the current Chairman of the Board, Lennart Holm, as acting CEO from November 5, 2019. Petra Einarsson leaves as CEO with immediate effect.

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Driver injured when tractor-trailer rolls near Verso mill in Jay, Maine

Driver injured when tractor-trailer rolls near Verso mill in Jay, Maine

The cab landed on a guardrail and the load of sawdust spilled down an embankment.

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Papermaking leader Jeff Reese passes away

Papermaking leader Jeff Reese passes away

Longtime International Paper and Georgia-Pacific papermaker Jeff Reese passed away Wednesday, 30 Oct. 2019. He was 56.

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WestRock closing Newark, N.J. facility; 114 could lose jobs

WestRock closing Newark, N.J. facility; 114 could lose jobs

WestRock is closing its Newark plant, potentially putting more than 100 employees out of work.

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Resolute issues statement on Ignace, Ontario sawmill shutdown

Resolute issues statement on Ignace, Ontario sawmill shutdown

The company blames lumber markets, weather, labour shortages and equipment.

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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper ceasing production on No. 7 machine for 11 days

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper ceasing production on No. 7 machine for 11 days

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited will be shutting down one of its two paper machines for 11 days.

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Georgia-Pacific closing facility in Green Bay; 55 jobs cut

Acquisition could point to Nine Dragons entering U.S. box market

Quad plans to sell $200M book business

Industry News

UPM shows its support to the magazine publishing industry

UPM shows its support to the magazine publishing industry

UPM Communication Papers is the headline sponsor of the 42nd FIPP World Media Congress on the 12th to 14th November in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Enviva breaks ground on wood pellet export terminal in Mississippi

Enviva breaks ground on wood pellet export terminal in Mississippi

Enviva broke ground on new marine export terminal in the Port of Pascagoula's Bayou Casotte Harbor, Mississippi. The ceremony marks the beginning of construction of the $90 million terminal.

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Kruger Products Becomes First Company to Be Certified ISO 50001 by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec

Kruger Products Becomes First Company to Be Certified ISO 50001 by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec

Kruger announced that its Kruger Products' Gatineau Plant was recently certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management.

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Domtar Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend And Announces An Increase To Its Share Buyback Program

Domtar Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend And Announces An Increase To Its Share Buyback Program

The company also announced that its Board of Directors authorized an increase of $300 million to Domtar's share buyback program.

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Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

If you are looking for goods and services in the pulp and paper industry, you need to check out the Paperitalo Directory!

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New Fujifilm Technology At Clemson University's Sonoco Institute Advances Learning, Prepares Students For Industry Needs

New Fujifilm Technology At Clemson University's Sonoco Institute Advances Learning, Prepares Students For Industry Needs

Students working in the Clemson University Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics can now output prototypes faster and on a wider range of materials than ever before thanks to a gift from Fujifilm, which includes the Acuity Select 26 digital UV flatbed press and the Illumina LED Retrofit System along with a three-year commitment including training and maintenance support.

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Graphic Packaging International Wins Paperboard Packaging Council's Package of the Year Award

Graphic Packaging International Wins Paperboard Packaging Council's Package of the Year Award

Graphic Packaging International won the Package of the Year award for a four-pack Wicked Weed basket carrier at the 2019 Paperboard Packaging Council's carton competition, held on Oct. 25 in Minneapolis.

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Conifex Timber completes the sale of Fort St. James sawmill in Canada

Conifex Timber completes the sale of Fort St. James sawmill in Canada

Conifex Timber Inc. has closed its previously announced transaction with Hampton Lumber for the sale of its Fort St. James sawmill and associated forest license.

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Sappi successfully concludes its acquisition of the Matane Mill in Quebec Canada from Rayonier Advanced Materials

Sappi successfully concludes its acquisition of the Matane Mill in Quebec Canada from Rayonier Advanced Materials

Sappi Limited announced that all conditions precedent relating to the acquisition of the Matane high yield hardwood pulp mill in Quebec Canada from Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) have been fulfilled and closing has been completed.

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ArborGen Leases Brotale Nursery to Expand Brazil Operations

ArborGen Leases Brotale Nursery to Expand Brazil Operations

ArborGen Brazil will begin operating the nursery on November 1st, 2019.

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Jean Irving, humanitarian and wife of J.K. Irving, dead at 93

Clock ticks down as Fort Frances reaches out for buyers for paper mill

International Paper Completes the Sale of Its India-based Printing Paper Business

WestRock Honored for Packaging Design Excellence by Paperboard Packaging Council

DS Smith Recycling and Co-op Sign New 5-Year Contract

Huhtamaki celebrates the inauguration of a new fiber packaging line in Russia

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's offers broad range of FluoroFree® grease-proof food packaging on a global scale

Metsä Wood to open a new terminal in the UK

LSC Communications Wins 12 Gold Ink Awards at Printing Impressions Annual Competition

Pixelle responds to emissions near Chillicothe, Ohio paper mill

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

A random walk with Gene

Testing...

Testing...

I’ve been working with kids preparing for the ACT/SAT for over 10 years. Through this time, I’ve come to some conclusions. I hope you find them of interest.

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Environmental Science

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

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Important information belongs on paper and should be shielded from broken hard drives, data breaches and foreign hackers. Paper is personal, permanent, safe and confidential.

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Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

A new International survey commissioned by Two Sides shows that most Americans and Canadians want to retain a choice to receive paper statements at no charge, and many prefer paper over digital.

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Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

As I prepare to enter my last year of graduate school, I look back and appreciate paper and paper products' role in my success throughout the past couple years.

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Contributing to the Circular Economy:  The Paper and Wood Products Industry

Contributing to the Circular Economy: The Paper and Wood Products Industry

The paper and wood products industry's efforts to promote sustainable forest management, do more with less in the manufacturing process and recover products for recycling form the foundation of our contributions to the circular economy.

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Nip Impressions to Go

September 2019

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August 2019

Download Audio File of the August 2019 Nip Impressions columns.

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July 2019

June 2019

Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment News

Your contributions are welcome in this department, regardless of point of view. A few criteria--if you send us a copyrighted piece, also provide a permission to publish statement from the owner. We will not publish overtly political pieces or anonymous pieces.


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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

LP Names Derek Doyle as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced the appointment of Derek Doyle to vice president, controller and chief accounting officer effective immediately.

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Dillard, Tomaszewski Assume New Leadership Roles at Sonoco

Sonoco has announced the promotions of two leaders: Rob Dillard and Jeff Tomaszewski. Dillard has been named Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Tomaszewski has been promoted to Vice President, Global Rigid Paper and Closures and Display and Packaging.

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UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen to continue in his current position until further notice

According to his executive contract he was entitled to retire in November 2020 at the age of 60.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes. Markus Westerkamp, the current Vice President of the Food Packaging business, part of the Specialties business area, is appointed Executive Vice President of the Advanced Solutions business area and a member of the Group Executive Management Team as of January 1, 2020.

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WestRock names Pat Lindner Chief Innovation Officer

WestRock Company announced that Pat Lindner, president, Consumer Packaging, has been named chief innovation officer in addition to his leadership role of the Company's Consumer Packaging segment.

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Fortress Global names Giovanni Iadeluca as a director

Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. announced that Mr. Iadeluca, the Company's President and CEO, appointed as a director to replace Terrence Kavanagh who has tendered his resignation from the Company's board of directors.

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Andritz appoints Norbert Nettesheim as new CFO

Mark von Laer, who has been CFO of Andritz AG since March 1, 2017, will leave Andritz AG at the end of 2019. The Supervisory Board has appointed Norbert Nettesheim as his successor, effective as of December 1, 2019.

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LP Names Nicole C. Daniel as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) announced that Nicole C. Daniel has been named to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

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Cockerham joins Paperitalo Publications, LLC as Sales Executive

Steve Cockerham brings with him over thirty years of experience in the pulp and paper industry.

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Riegsecker joins Paperitalo Publications, LLC as Sales Executive

Steve Riegsecker has joined Paperitalo Publications as Sales Executive.

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Kimberly-Clark Names Mark Smucker to Board of Directors

Mr. Smucker serves as President and CEO of The J.M. Smucker Company (Smucker), and is the fifth generation of the Smucker family to lead the iconic 122-year old company.

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Smurfit Kappa Group appoints CEO for Smurfit Kappa North America

Smurfit Kappa Group appointed Eduardo Rubio CEO for Smurfit Kappa North America (SKNA) beginning October 1.

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BillerudKorsnäs appoints EVP Sustainability

BillerudKorsnäs Sustainability Director Malin Ljung Eiborn will on the 1st of October take place in the Executive Leadership Team of BillerudKorsnäs.

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Kenneth Råman appointed Senior Vice President, UPM Treasury and Risk Management

Kenneth Råman has been appointed Senior Vice President, Treasury and Risk Management as of 1 September 2019.

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Sappi North America Appoints Mike Schultz as Vice President of Manufacturing

Cloquet, Minn. Mill Director with extensive safety record, commitment to sustainability tasked to lead North American operations.

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SCA appoints new General Counsel

Katarina Nilsson will take on her new position as of January 1, 2020.

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Sappi appoints Mike Haws as President and Chief Executive Officer of its North American operations

Mike Haws succeeds Mark Gardner (63), a 38 year veteran of Sappi in North America, who will retire at the end of September 2019.

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Supplier News

Valmet introduces new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system

Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system.

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Valmet introduces new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system

Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system.

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DuPont Announces 2030 Sustainability Goals

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Kemira announces a multi-million investment in water treatment chemicals production in the UK

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Voith and SCA Partner to Build A World-leading, Innovative Production Line At the Obbola Paper Mill

The new paper machine at the Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden, will produce 725,000 tons of kraftliner per year.

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Valmet maintains its position as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe

Valmet has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe since October 18, 2019 for the fourth consecutive year.

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Andritz presents MasterDry dryer fabric portfolio

Andritz presents its new "MasterDry™" dryer fabric portfolio based on premium-performance dryer fabric technology.

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Voith builds world's largest and fastest kraftliner machine for Ilim Group

Ilim Group, Russia's largest pulp and paper producer with an annual production volume of more than three million tons, will significantly expand its production capacity in a project now underway.

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Andritz to supply P-RC APMP fiberline to Dezhou Taiding in China

The new system will process poplar as raw material, and the fiber produced will be used on the company's own paper machines for P&W (printing and writing paper) and board grades.

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Valmet builds a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall

The new pilot facility will start up in October 2020.

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Kadant Johnson Expands Services Division

Kadant Johnson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), has expanded its Services division to enhance its offerings to the paper and corrugated packaging industries.

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Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India

Valmet will supply a board machine with an extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Limited's Fort Songadh Mill in India.

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Valmet to deliver TwinRoll dewatering press to Metsä Board in Finland

The total value of the order is around Euro 50 million.

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Valmet to supply a biomass boiler and a flue gas treatment plant to BS Energy in Germany

The total value of the order is around Euro 50 million.

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine at PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, Ukraine

ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt BM1 for PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill at their site in Obukhiv, Ukraine.

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Kadant Black Clawson Achieve Sales Milestone with 10,000 FibreWall Screen Cylinders Sold

Kadant Black Clawson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced the fabrication and sale of the 10,000th FibreWall screen cylinder.

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Voith Launches New Premium Polyurethane Roll Cover For Film Presses

With SupremeFilm, Voith is enhancing its product range for film presses with a new high-performance roll cover made from polyurethane (PU).

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ANDRITZ Launches New StrataPress SX Single-seam Press Felt Technology

International technology Group ANDRITZ has launched its new-generation "StrataPress™ SX" felt with patented, integrated single-seam technology.

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