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Week of 17 June 2024: Procurement--Understanding the Legal Aspects

Week of 17 June 2024: Procurement--Understanding the Legal Aspects

Forty years ago, I was up to my eyeballs in a major rebuild of the paper machine where I worked. One day, a couple of months before the actual commencement of the shutdown for the rebuild, I got a call in my office. It was a truck driver that was in the administration building. He had walked there from where he left his truck, about two miles down the road (no cell phones in those days). I went out to see what I could do for him. He took me to his truck. It was barely off the two-lane highway. One set of the trailer's rear axle tires were gone, and the wheel hubs were worn down to the axle. We are talking about two axles.

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Week of 10 June 2024: Procurement--Honest and Ethical

Week of 3 June 2024: Qualifications for Procurement

Week of 27 May 2024: One more thing...

Week of 20 May 2024: How to impact energy usage within and outside the industry

Week of 13 May 2024: Energy Stability

Week of 6 May 2024: Energy Follies

Week of 29 April 2024: Wash, rinse, repeat

Week of 22 April 2024: Corporate Induced Safety Distractions

Week of 15 April 2024: Cell Phone Safety

Week of 8 April 2024: Macho Nonsense

Week of 1 April 2024: The role of standards in safety

Week of 25 March 2024: How to fix your maintenance--really

Week of 18 March 2024: Maintenance as a morale booster

Week of 11 March 2024: Maintenance on the fringes

Perspectives

Wildfire Risk Management

Wildfire Risk Management

There were 55,571 wildfires in 2023 across the US, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. On May 20, 2024, a memo was sent from the US Secretary of the Interior to several agencies with a 2024 direction to wildland fire leadership.

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Plastic Alternatives

Innovation Developments

Latest Research Developments

Too soon for electric vehicles

The First Step to Success

Green Energy Trends

Innovation Trends

Paperitalo Point of View

Beyond Numbers: Transform Procurement with the Art of Storytelling

Beyond Numbers: Transform Procurement with the Art of Storytelling

In 1905 the largest diamond at the time, the Cullinan Diamond, was shipped from South Africa to England as a gift to King Edward VII. The diamond was escorted to England with great security, starting with a grand procession onto a steamboat that took it on the long voyage. Armed guards ensured a safe passage across the high seas. Then once on land in England, the precious gemstone was brought to the palace. In reality however, the diamond wasn't actually on the steamboat. It was wrapped up in a plain box and shipped via postal service. The stone on the steamboat was a decoy, and the Cullinan Diamond arrived safely in England via the daily mail. Clearly, someone was very good at getting their (unorthodox) ideas across. And getting your ideas across is equally important in procurement as well.

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Energy and Sustainable Solutions (...but are they effective?)

Great Balls of Digital Fire

Preventative Maintenance Made Memorable

A Simplified Solution for Transportation Troubles

Investing in Tomorrow's Paper: Capital Projects

Unlocking Semiconductor Gridlock

Making Batteries Better... With Paper

Thoughts on the industry

Two Quotes to Apply to Creating Customers

Two Quotes to Apply to Creating Customers

I'm a fanatic when it comes to consuming quotes and memes. My Photos library is full of those that I tuck away through my surfing habits on the web. If I read something that strikes me as fundamental or sound or pithy - something that strikes "a chord" for me - it's an automatic screen capture and highlighter tool. This obsession preceded these modern tools of cataloguing my finds.

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Difficult times are relative to what you're going through

Difficult times are relative to what you're going through

As a jack-leg millwright, I had quite a few difficult days at the mill. just like everyone else that's ever walked through the front gate...

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Portfolio Effect: Best of Breed or Single Provider?

Crashing the wrong party

Interview from the Top - Part II

The time I cheated death at the mill

Interview from the Top - Part I

Technology

Danone, DMC, Michelin and Crédit Agricole Centre France join forces to create a cutting-edge biotechnology platform

Danone, DMC, Michelin and Crédit Agricole Centre France join forces to create a cutting-edge biotechnology platform

Two major French industrial leaders Danone and Michelin, the American start-up DMC Biotechnologies and Crédit Agricole Centre France, a key investor in the region, have agreed to create the Biotech Open Platform to bolster the development of advanced fermentation processes, particularly precision fermentation, on a larger scale. Precision fermentation is a revolutionary biotechnological process to produce bio-based materials and ingredients.

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Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

The AI application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage won the international Innovation of Innovations prize. Metsä Fibre's Future Sawmill concept was recognised in the Business innovations category.

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Spotlight

AF&PA Supports NY Legislature's Decision to Shelve and Improve EPR Proposal

AF&PA Supports NY Legislature's Decision to Shelve and Improve EPR Proposal

While the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) supports efforts to improve recycling, the legislation lacked provisions to ensure it would not negatively impact highly recycled materials like paper and paper-based packaging.

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Booksellers and librarians agree: young readers are fueling the printed book boom

Booksellers and librarians agree: young readers are fueling the printed book boom

Millennials and Gen Z are known as "robust samplers," meaning they are accustomed to a risk-free subscription model for media consumption. Think Netflix, Amazon Unlimited, Audible, and Spotify. As it turns out, according to a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), "in the traditional, print-centered book publishing ecosystem, libraries are the place for robust sampling."

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Chasing Fiber

FSEA Announces 31st Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Award Honorees

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

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Sealed Air Names WestRock's Patrick Kivits as New CEO

Protective packaging supplier Sealed Air (SEE) has announced the appointment of Patrick Kivits as its new chief executive officer, effective 1 July 2024. Kivits is now serving as president of corrugated packaging at paper and...

Conifex curtails sawmill and planer operations due to transportation challenges

Conifex announced the curtailment of its sawmill and planer operations for two weeks starting June 17, 2024. This decision follows ongoing weather-related transportation issues that have delayed spring log deliveries, resulti...

Tumut paper mill fined more than $200,000 for water pollution

Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd must pay more than $200,000 after untreated wastewater from their Tumut paper mill polluted local creeks in October 2022.

WestRock, Smurfit Kappa Stockholders Approve Combination

WestRock Company, a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based paper and packaging solutions, announced that, based on the preliminary vote count, WestRock stockholders voted to approve the Transaction Agreement and other pr...

Metsä Group and Andritz start investigation on capturing wood-based carbon dioxide

Metsä Group and the technology company Andritz will investigate the possibility of building a carbon capture facility in connection with the bioproduct mill. The work focuses on the capture of 4 million tonnes of carbon diox...

Hundreds evacuated from Kimberly Clark facility during fire

The cause is under investigation by the fire marshal's office.

Pixelle Specialty Solutions Announces Significant New Funding

The recent financing, which includes new capital investment and amendments to the Company's credit facilities, was completed in collaboration with the Company's existing lenders and has substantially bolstered the Company's c...

Suzano S.A. acquires a 15 percent stake in Lenzing from B&C Group

Under the terms of the agreement, Suzano will acquire a 15 percent stake in Lenzing from B&C and the two shareholders will form a long-term syndicate which will hold the majority stake (52.25 percent) in the company. Subj...

Leading Stories

Sealed Air Names WestRock's Patrick Kivits as New CEO

Sealed Air Names WestRock's Patrick Kivits as New CEO

Protective packaging supplier Sealed Air (SEE) has announced the appointment of Patrick Kivits as its new chief executive officer, effective 1 July 2024. Kivits is now serving as president of corrugated packaging at paper and packaging company WestRock, overseeing all the company's business in Central America.

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Conifex curtails sawmill and planer operations due to transportation challenges

Conifex curtails sawmill and planer operations due to transportation challenges

Conifex announced the curtailment of its sawmill and planer operations for two weeks starting June 17, 2024. This decision follows ongoing weather-related transportation issues that have delayed spring log deliveries, resulting in lower-than-expected log inventories, according to the company.

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Tumut paper mill fined more than $200,000 for water pollution

Tumut paper mill fined more than $200,000 for water pollution

Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd must pay more than $200,000 after untreated wastewater from their Tumut paper mill polluted local creeks in October 2022.

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WestRock, Smurfit Kappa Stockholders Approve Combination

WestRock, Smurfit Kappa Stockholders Approve Combination

WestRock Company, a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based paper and packaging solutions, announced that, based on the preliminary vote count, WestRock stockholders voted to approve the Transaction Agreement and other proposals related to the combination of Smurfit Kappa Group plc ("Smurfit Kappa") and WestRock (the "Combination") at WestRock's Special Meeting of Stockholders held earlier today (June 13).

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Metsä Group and Andritz start investigation on capturing wood-based carbon dioxide

Metsä Group and Andritz start investigation on capturing wood-based carbon dioxide

Metsä Group and the technology company Andritz will investigate the possibility of building a carbon capture facility in connection with the bioproduct mill. The work focuses on the capture of 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from a mill the size of the Kemi bioproduct mill. The Kemi mill is the largest wood-processing mill in the northern hemisphere.

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Hundreds evacuated from Kimberly Clark facility during fire

Hundreds evacuated from Kimberly Clark facility during fire

The cause is under investigation by the fire marshal's office.

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Pixelle Specialty Solutions Announces Significant New Funding

Pixelle Specialty Solutions Announces Significant New Funding

The recent financing, which includes new capital investment and amendments to the Company's credit facilities, was completed in collaboration with the Company's existing lenders and has substantially bolstered the Company's cash liquidity position.

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Suzano S.A. acquires a 15 percent stake in Lenzing from B&C Group

Suzano S.A. acquires a 15 percent stake in Lenzing from B&C Group

Under the terms of the agreement, Suzano will acquire a 15 percent stake in Lenzing from B&C and the two shareholders will form a long-term syndicate which will hold the majority stake (52.25 percent) in the company. Subject to the closing of the transaction, B&C will hold a 37.25 percent stake in Lenzing and keep the role as controlling member of the new syndicate, with Suzano holding the minority stake of 15 percent. The price per share will be EUR 39.70, with a total acquisition purchase price of EUR 230 million to be fully paid at closing.

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Smurfit Kappa invests over €30 million in Spain to further reduce CO2 emissions

Smurfit Kappa invests over €30 million in Spain to further reduce CO2 emissions

Smurfit Kappa, Europe's largest paper packaging producer has invested over €30 million across two projects in Spain to further reduce CO2 emissions.

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Starkraft boosts kraft paper production capacity to 350,000 tons annually

Starkraft boosts kraft paper production capacity to 350,000 tons annually

Starkraft, a business unit of Heinzel Pöls, part of the Heinzel Group, announces the successful launch of its PM6 at the Steyrermühl paper mill in Austria, marking a significant milestone in its journey towards enhanced productivity and global expansion. With this strategic investment, Starkraft elevates its production capacity to a total of 350,000 tons of kraft paper per year.

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Sappi union workers in Cloquet authorize possible strike

Sappi union workers in Cloquet authorize possible strike

Sappi say the company's most recent three-year contract offer included wage increases, retirement plan improvements and a signing bonus but said a majority of the 150 union workers represented by the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Union turned down the company's offer and have voted to authorize a potential strike.

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Suzano eyes debt financing for potential International Paper deal - Jefferies

Suzano eyes debt financing for potential International Paper deal - Jefferies

Analysts from Jefferies are predicting a potential cash offer for IP in the range of $54-57 per share, a figure that aligns with previous investor expectations. However, IP's board may value the company significantly higher.

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Sustana Appoints Nathan Jeppson as CEO to Lead Next Stage of Growth

Sustana Appoints Nathan Jeppson as CEO to Lead Next Stage of Growth

Sustana, an innovator of clean materials and the industry-leading producer of sustainable, recycled fiber-based products and services, announced the appointment of Nathan Jeppson as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Fabian de Armas. Mr. Jeppson brings more than 20 years of leadership experience driving growth and innovation at premier manufacturing, industrials, and materials businesses, including global roles at Shell Chemical LP and Dow.

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Green Bay Packaging expands after acquiring SMC, boosts Midwest presence

Green Bay Packaging expands after acquiring SMC, boosts Midwest presence

SMC Packaging Group operates across multiple locations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

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PaperWorks Celebrates 150 Years of Excellence

PaperWorks Celebrates 150 Years of Excellence

PaperWorks Industries Inc., formerly Boehmer Box, is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 150th Anniversary on Saturday, June 22, from 10 AM to 2 PM at 120 Trillium Drive. This milestone event will honour the company's rich history and significant impact on the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

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Ahlstrom completes its investment in Brazil for a new lamination line supporting the global filtration industry

Ahlstrom completes its investment in Brazil for a new lamination line supporting the global filtration industry

Ahlstrom, in its ongoing dedication to addressing the global need for clean air and water, has successfully completed a EUR 2 million investment for a new laminator at its Louveira plant in Brazil.

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Norske Skog plans to invest in pulp production line at Saugbrugs mill in Norway

Norske Skog plans to invest in pulp production line at Saugbrugs mill in Norway

Norske Skog will initiate a main study aiming to enter the bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) market by starting production at Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden, Norway.

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Smurfit Kappa acquires Bag in Box plant in Bulgaria

New-Indy settles for $103 million in cash, remediation

WestRock's First Virtual Power Purchase Agreement Project Reaches Commercialization

International Paper Seeks to Reassure DS Smith as Suzano Plots Bid

Industry News

Frontwood® by Södra is being used for interior design in an impressive innovation cluster

Frontwood® by Södra is being used for interior design in an impressive innovation cluster

Södra's Frontwood® has been chosen for parts of the interior design in Construction City to create a unique and harmonious impression. The ongoing construction of Construction City, a 100,000 square meter office building, are expected to be completed by 2025.

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Essity 2023 Annual and Sustainability Report: Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Essity 2023 Annual and Sustainability Report: Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN SDGs provide the global community with a roadmap on how to combat challenges related to economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

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Ingevity releases 2023 sustainability report, details commitment to actions and product innovations that enable a more sustainable world

Ingevity releases 2023 sustainability report, details commitment to actions and product innovations that enable a more sustainable world

Ingevity Corporation has published its seventh annual Sustainability Report highlighting the advancement of environmental, social and governance sustainability initiatives and commitment to innovating products that assist customers and end users with reducing ecological impact.

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Conifex Timber secures $25 million term loan

Conifex Timber secures $25 million term loan

Conifex Timber Inc. announced that it has completed a $25 million secured term loan with PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. ("Pender"), an independent investment firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A portion of the term loan was utilized to repay and retire Conifex's existing lumber segment credit facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada in the amount of approximately $11 million. The balance of the term loan will be available for working capital and general corporate purposes.

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Monadnock Paper Mills Redefines Sustainable Giving with 100% Post-Consumer Waste Gift Card Solution

Monadnock Paper Mills Redefines Sustainable Giving with 100% Post-Consumer Waste Gift Card Solution

In today's retail landscape, gift cards are a popular staple of modern shopping experiences for busy consumers. However, this convenience comes at a considerable environmental cost. According to the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), nearly 30 billion plastic cards are produced globally each year.

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Sappi Wins Telly and TITAN Awards for

Sappi Wins Telly and TITAN Awards for "The Power of Trees" Video

The video campaign showcases Sappi's dedication to responsible forestry management using recyclable wood fiber.

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Find your packaging zen: Mondi's ProVantage SmartKraft brings peace of mind to packaging decisions

Find your packaging zen: Mondi's ProVantage SmartKraft brings peace of mind to packaging decisions

Mondi introduces ProVantage SmartKraft Brown and White, an innovative blend of fresh and recycled fibres, setting new standards in sustainability and performance.

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Tetra Pak introduces pioneering solution to eliminate foaming and reduce costs from protein mixing

Tetra Pak introduces pioneering solution to eliminate foaming and reduce costs from protein mixing

Tetra Pak announces the launch of the Tetra Pak® Industrial Protein Mixer, a groundbreaking new product designed to reduce product loss in liquid protein mixing.

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Greif announces price hike for tube and core and protective packaging products

Georgia-Pacific Relaunches ARIA®, a 100% Recycled, Three-Ply, Paper Wrapped Bath Tissue

Metsä Board scores 91/100 and Platinum level in EcoVadis rating

KBX Logistics/Georgia-Pacific Awarded Paper Transport 2023 CPG Dedicated Carrier of the Year

Kimberly-Clark Reports Progress Toward 2030 Sustainability Goals

Sonoco Implementing Hike for Uncoated Recycled Paperboard in the U.S. and Canada

Lecta Publishes its 2023 Sustainability Report

LP Building Solutions Honored with The Tennessean's Top Workplaces Award for Third Consecutive Year

Tork Partners With Wells Fargo Center to Deliver a Superior Arena Experience Through Sustainable Hygiene Management

Mercer International Receives SFI President's Award for Promoting Mass Timber and SFI Certification in the Supply Chain

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Sonoco-Alcore to Hike Tube & Core Prices in the EMEA Region

A mural will be created in Kingsey Falls on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Cascades

Academic Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

The Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University was founded in 1960 through the donations of several local paper mills and corporations who wanted to ensure the education of future paper engineers. The foundation continues to actively work with students in the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Kate Ross. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Miami.

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Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Paperitalo Publications interviewed senior Paul Sausville and we asked him about his experiences at Syracuse.

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Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Nathan Roth, a senior in the program, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at UWSP.

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Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

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. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Connor Alley. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at UMaine.

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Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

The Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by industry leaders in 1958. The mission of the corporation has been and continues to be to support the Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Kateyn Gyurich, who is a sophomore in the program. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Western Michigan.

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Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Paperitalo Publications was able to interview Nino Panetta, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at Georgia Tech.

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$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

The UMaine Sustainable Packaging Initiative is a research-based public and private consortium that focuses on using forest-based materials to accelerate the transition to renewable and recyclable packaging made from forest fiber.

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Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

At the University of Minnesota, the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discovers and teaches solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and the enhancement of the environment. Megan Tardoni is a student in the program, and she shares some of her experiences at Minnesota.

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The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

There are 10 colleges or universities in the United States offering certificates or degrees in paper science and engineering. In the past decade there has been a sharp decline in college enrollment that affects the already dwindling number of paper engineering programs

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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

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Frustrated when you search for "pulp" and come up with "John Travolta"? This should help:

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People in the News

Anu Pires appointed SVP, Human Resources at Valmet

Anu Pires joins Valmet from Paulig Group, where she has worked as SVP, Human Resources since 2018.

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Bill Garvey, Athens Paper Company, Named PIAS' 2024 Person of the Year

Bill Garvey, Athens Paper Company in Nashville, Tennessee, was named by the Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (PIAS) as their 2024 Person of the Year. This honor was bestowed at a banquet held on June 4, 2024 during the PIAS Annual Convention at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

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Change in UPM's Group Executive Team

Mika Kekki assumes interim role leading UPM Communication Papers business area as of 1 August 2024.

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3 to be inducted into Paper Industry International Hall of Fame

Three people will be inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.

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Greif Inc adds Chart Industries CEO to board

In her statement, Evanko expressed her honor in joining the board and her anticipation to support Greif's commitment to innovation, customer service, and strategic goals.

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Ward Dickson Appointed to Avery Dennison Board of Directors

Dickson, 61, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for WestRock Company, a leading sustainable, fiber-based packaging solutions company with $20.3 billion in fiscal 2023 revenues, from July 2015 to November 2021.

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SCA appoints Per Funkquist as new Vice President Sustainability

SCA has recruited Per Funkquist as new Vice President Sustainability. Per Funkquist, who holds a degree in forestry from SLU - the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is joining from a role as Director of Communication and Sustainability Procurement & Wood Supply at another forest industry company.

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FRA elects new board chair

During the April 29 - May 1 FRA 2024 Annual Meeting, the Forest Resources Association's Board of Directors elected Josh Sandt, Vice President, Fiber Procurement & Residuals, Canfor Southern Pine, to serve as the association's Chairman of the Board for the next two years.

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Weyerhaeuser Appoints Brian Chaney as Senior Vice President of Wood Products

Chaney to replace Keith O'Rear, who is retiring after 36 years with the company.

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Monadnock Paper Mills Welcomes New Director of Marketing and Communications

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chloe Jones as the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Boise Cascade Announces Promotion of Chris Forrey

Chris joined Boise Cascade in 2005 and was promoted to his most recent role of Senior Finance Director in March 2022, where he has led the tax, financial reporting, accounts payable, and financial systems teams. He has also been a key contributor to the investor relations and M&A efforts for the Company.

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FPA Announces 2024 Board of Directors

The Board assumed directorship on March 20, 2024.

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Richard Meyer Appointed as New Sales Director at Willamette Falls Paper Company

Rich is based in Illinois and has worked for Resolute Forest Products, Progressive Converting, Pactiv Evergreen, and Liberty Packaging representing coated, uncoated, packaging, and specialty papers.

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Women MAKE Awards Recognize Excellence In Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute Honored International Paper's Sarah Dale.

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New Board member - Beate Flamm appointed as Chief Culture & Communication Officer at Progroup AG

Beate Flamm joined the Board of the containerboard and corrugated sheetboard manufacturer Progroup. She is responsible for the areas of human performance management (personnel), communications and marketing, and corporate social responsibility.

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The nomination committee's proposal for Södra's AGM in 2024

Södra's election committee now presents its proposal for the board and chairman. Magnus Hall is proposed to be re-elected as chairman of the board and Håkan Larsson is proposed to be elected as a new member of Södra's board.

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Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team

Marina Madanat, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and a member of the Huhtamaki Global Executive Team, has decided to leave Huhtamaki to pursue other career opportunities.

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Change in Stora Enso's Group Leadership Team

Stora Enso appoints Tuomas Hallenberg as Executive Vice President of the Forest division and a member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT).

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FRA Announces Interim President

The Board of Directors of the Forest Resources Association (FRA) has named Tim O'Hara Interim President. Mr. O'Hara succeeds Keith Gray, who has resigned from his position as President of the Association.

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Henrik Ehrnrooth to continue as the Chair of the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Henrik Ehrnrooth was elected as Chair, and Kim Wahl as Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation at the Board of Directors' constitutive meeting that took place following the Annual General Meeting.

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BlueLinx Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Mike Wilson has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

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Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG: Peter Oswald reappointed as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO

The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has unanimously reappointed Peter Oswald (61) as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO until May 31, 2029 following his first period of office, which expires on March 31, 2025. At the same time, the Management Board, which currently includes CFO Franz Hiesinger (58) alongside him, will be expanded to three members.

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Stora Enso Oyj Announces Management Appointments

Kari Jordan (Chair), Håkan Buskhe and Reima Rytsölä were elected members of the People and Culture Committee. Christiane Kuehne (Chair), Helena Hedblom and Richard Nilsson were elected members of the Sustainability and Ethics Committee.

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Supplier News

Inside information, positive profit warning: Valmet revises upwards its Comparable EBITA guidance for 2024

Valmet estimates that net sales in 2024 will remain at the previous year's level in comparison with 2023 (EUR 5,532 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2024 will increase in comparison with 2023 (EUR 619 million).

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Solenis Acquires Lilleborg from Orkla

Strategic acquisition provides enhanced quality and sustainability for food and beverage and institutional customers.

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Toscotec upgrades tissue machine at Fortissue's Viana do Castelo mill in Portugal

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.

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Runtech delivers ropeless tail threading to Munksjo Caieiras in Brazil

Runtech delivers a ropeless tail threading systems to Munksjo Caieiras Ltda, Brazil. The delivery includes Runshooter technology with detailed engineering and startup support. With the upgrade Caieiras targets more fluent and faster tail threading and improved operator safety.

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Solenis Acquires Aqua ChemPacs, Expanding Offering of Cleaning and Disinfection Solutions

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, announced it has acquired Aqua ChemPacs, LLC, on June 10, 2024.

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Valmet to deliver pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi

Valmet has secured a contract to provide a 50 MW pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi AB, which will be located at Mölndal Energi's Riskulla site in Mölndal, Sweden. The plant, set to start operations in late 2026, will enhance the renewable energy capacity in the region​​.

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Inside information, positive profit warning: Kemira upgrades its outlook for 2024

Kemira upgrades its outlook for 2024, particularly for operative EBITDA. Kemira's end-markets have continued to recover, and Kemira's strong performance in both segments has continued.

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ABB and Cartiera Fornaci partner to transform paper testing

Italian recycled cardboard manufacturer chooses ABB's L&W Autoline for automated paper testing.

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Andritz acquires machine vision specialist Procemex

Andritz has acquired the Finnish company Procemex, the global leader in integrated web monitoring and web inspection solutions for the pulp and paper industry. The acquisition further strengthens Andritz's automation and digitalization portfolio.

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Valmet to deliver dewatering elements to Al Dhafra Paper Manufacturing Company in United Arab Emirates

The delivery is scheduled for the Q2 2024.

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Heinzel Group starts up paper machine converted by Andritz at Steyrermühl mill in Austria

Andritz has completed the conversion of a graphic paper machine at Heinzel Group's Steyrermühl mill in Austria.

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Valmet signs two agreements with Papierfabrik Palm in Germany

Valmet and Papierfabrik Palm GmbH & Co KG have signed a three-year Service Agreement and a one-year Performance Agreement to further improve the performance of Palm's production lines Aalen PM5 and Wörth PM6 in Germany.

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ABB receives order from Södra Cell

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimization control for the pulp and paper manufacturer's mill in Värö, Sweden.

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lndah Kiat Pulp & Paper invests in complete OCC line at mill in Karawang, Indonesia

Andritz has received an order from lndah Kiat Pulp & Paper TBK to supply a complete old corrugated containers (OCC) line including a reject treatment system to the mill in Karawang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia.

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Andritz acquires NAF AB

Following approval by the relevant authorities, the acquisition of NAF AB business by international technology group Andritz has been completed. This acquisition further strengthens the Andritz product portfolio in the field of process control and automation systems for pulp and paper mills and other process plants.

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Nordic Paper chooses digital solution from AFRY

The Scandinavian paper and pulp manufacturer Nordic Paper has chosen AFRY's MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) and platform, AFRY PaperLine, to streamline its Scandinavian manufacturing processes.

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Papresa invests in bale tester at Errentería paper mill in Spain

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q4 2024.

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Södra Cell deepens collaboration with ABB by ordering advanced process control system for pulp production

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimization control that will help Sweden's largest forest-owner association and leading pulp manufacturer reach new levels of efficiency.

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Solenis named best managed company, fourth consecutive year

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals used in water-intensive industries, today announced it has been selected as a 2024 Best Managed Company and a Gold Standard winner, which honors organizations that have been recognized for four or more years as Best Managed Companies.

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Africaine Paper Mills installs new rewinder line at Rouiba tissue mill in Algeria

The start-up is scheduled for the Q4 2024.

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MEPCO commissions Voith with construction of complete production line for recycled containerboard at its Jeddah mill in Saudi Arabia

Construction will start in Q3 2024, with commissioning expected in Q4 2027.

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Caverion to deliver process electrical and instrumentation installations in the Stora Enso Oulu mill

Stora Enso Oulu Oy has chosen Caverion to deliver work related to process electrics and instrumentation installations in their Oulu mill. The work is related to the project, where one of the production lines in the Oulu mill is converted into a consumer packaging board line.

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Kemira strengthens product portfolio in Brazil's growing pulp market with exclusive distribution agreement with BIM Kemi

Under this agreement, Kemira will be the sole provider of BIM defoamer and drainage technology to Brazil's pulp market.

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Toscotec starts up tissue line at C. Y. P. Del R. S.A. in Colombia

Colombian tissue manufacturer C.Y.P. Del R. S.A. has started up a complete AHEAD 1.8 tissue line supplied by Toscotec at its mill in Risaralda. This is a repeat order for Toscotec who has successfully installed a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at the same mill on PM1 in 2021.

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AFRY collaborates with Assocarta for decarbonizing Italian pulp & paper industry

AFRY has been selected by the Italian paper association, Assocarta to define a decarbonisation strategy for the pulp and paper sector that is in line with EU framework, country-specific conditions, and technological advancements.

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ANDRITZ Completes Combustion System Upgrade on Essity Tissue Machine in England

International technology group ANDRITZ successfully completed the upgrade of the combustion system on a through-air drying (TAD) tissue machine at the paper mill of Essity in Prudhoe.

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NOSTA Group transports goods for Felix Schoeller emission-free

In a pilot project, Felix Schoeller's logistics partner NOSTA Group is now supplying the plant with fully electric power.

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Valmet to deliver a fiberline upgrade to the Lecta Zaragoza mill in Spain

The delivery is scheduled for Lecta's annual shutdown in April 2025.

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Adara Pakkaus Oy to install Valmet-supplied IQ Moisturizer system

The target of the investment is to reduce warp waste, improve corrugated board quality and production efficiency.

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Prevas acquire Enmac and establish a strong strategic platform in Finland

Enmac's largest customers include Valmet, Andritz, Kemira, Metsä Group and Fortum.

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Valmet to deliver boiler rebuild to E.ON's power station in Scotland

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q2 2024.

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Paprima Industries, Inc. Strategic International Projects

Doug Wall, Vice President Global Sales, is pleased to announce that Paprima has secured two new strategic international orders for our industry-leading Reel-Jet™ S Water-Jet Turn-Up System.

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Valmet expands agreement with Capgemini to help enable its digital transformation

Capgemini announced that it signed a global, multi-year agreement with Valmet in Finland late in 2023.

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ABB control room, power distribution and robotics technologies help Metsä Fibre mill excel in productivity and efficiency

Rauma sawmill in Finland has been designed to reach productivity levels that are three times higher than typical outputs in Europe.

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Alkim Kagit invests in vacuum system at Kemalpasa mill in Turkey

Alkim Kagit produces over 90,000 tonnes of photocopy and offset paper annually at Kemalpasa site.

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ANDRITZ Successfully Starts Up its Second Tissue Production Line At Xuong Giang Paper, Vietnam

With this new line Xuong Giang Paper's tissue capacity will reach up to 72,000 tons per year.

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Kemira to close some manufacturing lines due to ongoing political strikes in Finland

Kemira's manufacturing lines in Oulu, Äetsä and Harjavaltam, Finland, serving pulp and paper customers will stop production this week.

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Valmet Oyj Reaches Significant Milestone for Automation Systems Business by Launching Valmet DNAe, the Next Generation Distributed Control System

Valmet Oyj is taking process automation further by introducing the next-generation distributed control system (DCS), the Valmet DNAe.

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Hengan starts up tissue machine at Xiaogan mill in China

Hengan's second TAD machine will be installed at their headquarters production base in Fujian province, and it is scheduled for start-up in 2024.

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Ittihad Paper Mill to take maintenance shutdown at Abu Dhabi mill in UAE

Ittihad Paper Mill (IPM) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has again selected Valmet as the main supplier of field services to its annual shutdown in 2024. The shutdown will take place at the end of July 2024.

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Roseburg Forest Products to install automated panel cutting and packaging solution at MDF plant

Roseburg Forest Products has selected IMA Schelling Group for their new state-of-the-art MDF plant in Dillard, Oregon. IMA Schelling will deliver a cut-to-size plant with two highly automated packaging lines.

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Solenis Recognizes BASF's White Stone Facility for a Boiler Water Optimization Program That Reduced Water Usage, Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions

Solenis LLC, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, is proud to announce that a BASF site located in White Stone, South Carolina, is among the winners of a 2023 Solenis Sustainability Award.

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Valmet to reduce 109 roles in Finland and Sweden

Valmet announced on February 15, 2024, the start of change negotiations in certain parts of Services and Paper business lines, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) area organization and corporate functions. These negotiations included a plan to consider measures aimed at improving the profitability and competitiveness of the business operations, as well as adapting to the changing market situation.

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