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Ence Announces Progressive Price Hike for Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp

(Spain, June 19, 2017) Spanish pulp producer Ence has announced a price increase rise of $50/tonne for its bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP) setting its list price at $900/tonne for the third quarter of 2017. Ence said that the price increase will be implemented in stages as follows: July 1, $15; August 1, $15; and September 1, $20. Ence noted that the “market outlook for BHKP, globally, remains positive with strong demand in all the markets, inventories continue trending down and Read More...

Link: Chile’s Copec in talks to buy pulpmaker Eldorado Brasil

(Sao Paulo/Santiago, June 19, 2017) A unit of Chile’s Empresas Copec SA is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Brazil pulpmaker Eldorado Brasil Celulose SA, whose controlling family ensnared in a corruption scandal put it on the block after signing a plea deal with prosecutors. In a Friday securities filing, Copec and unit Arauco said they signed a non-disclosure agreement with Eldorado with the purpose of exploring a possible investment, without elaborating further. Earlier in the day, a Read More...

Link: spike in Chinese demand boosts OCC prices

(London, U.K., May 11, 2017) Having nosedived around the start of the second quarter, prices paid by Chinese mills for European supplies of OCC have rebounded strongly - a sure sign, say recovered paper industry experts, of ‘a shortage of fibre’. In the opening quarter of 2017, Europe’s leading recovered fibre exporter -- the UK -- saw its OCC export prices to China peak at upwards of £150 per tonne (approaching Euro 180) before plummeting to around £75 (Euro 90) Read More...

Lecta Merchanting Division Announces Price Increase for Its Paper Grades

(Spain, June 13, 2017) Lecta Merchanting Division, made up of Torraspapel Distribution in France, Spain and Portugal and Polyedra in Italy, recently announced a price increase for deliveries of coated and uncoated woodfree papers, carbonless and other grades effective 1 July 2017. In a press release Lecta said, “This is the second movement in prices this year after the first applied in March and it is a consequence of the continuous price increase applied by producers in different paper qualities Read More...

Graphic Packaging Agrees to Acquire Carton Craft Corporation

(USA, June 13, 2017) Graphic Packaging Holding Company today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., has agreed to acquire substantially all the assets of Carton Craft Corporation and its affiliate Lithocraft, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Carton Craft is an independent converter focused on the production of paperboard based air filter frames and folding cartons, and operates two converting plants in New Albany, Indiana. The combined businesses generated revenues of approximately $70 million and Read More...

Valmet to Supply Tissue Production Line to Sofidel in Spain

(Helsinki, Finland, June 19, 2017) Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line to Sofidel’s Ibertissue mill in Buñuel, Navarra, in Spain. The delivery includes an Advantage NTT 200 tissue production line, stock preparation equipment and automation system. Start-up of the new line is scheduled for third quarter 2018. The value of the order was not disclosed. The up-coming new line in Spain will be Sofidel’s fourth Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Sofidel’s machine fleet. Previously the company has bought Read More...

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Announces Price Increase for Thermal and Carbonless Papers

(Germany, June 14, 2017) Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has announced a price increase of 6 – 7% for its THERMOSCRIPT thermal paper and GIROFORM carbonless paper, worldwide, for deliveries from 1 September 2017. In a press release, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper said, “Further increases in costs for pulp, chemicals and logistics make this adjustment necessary.” Customers will be contacted directly by the Mitsubishi sales team, the company added. Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan. The company Read More...

Sonoco Restating Price Increase for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products

(USA, June 14, 2017) Sonoco [yesterday] announced it has restated and is implementing a previously announced price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) products in the United States and Canada, effective July 10, 2017. The low yield on the previously announced April URB price increase, along with the impact of rising raw material and other costs, makes it necessary to go back to the market to recover those costs, explained Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales Read More...

Arkansas Expects $2 Billion Pulp Mill Build to Start in March ’18

(USA, June 19, 2017) The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce announced the planned $1 billion pulp mill to be located in southwest Arkansas is now in the pre-engineering stage with construction set to begin in March 2018. The plant, operated by , is expected to consumer 10K tons of southern pine chips a day with the end product eventually shipped and sold to makers of rayon clothing. Sun Bio is part of the giant Read More...

Link: Rewritable light-printable, ink-free rewritable paper

(USA, May 2017) Scientists in the U.S are hoping to commercialise a new type of rewritable paper. The paper -- a light-printable, ink-free rewritable paper that uses nano technology – has been developed by the Yin Group at the University of California, Riverside, Department of Chemistry led by Professor Yadong Yin, and specialises in the “synthesis and functionalisation of nanostructured materials”. Yin’s team has published a research paper detailing their latest findings in the field of high-performance light-printable rewritable paper. The Read More...

Digital and Print Media to be Combined Into One; “Next generation paper” project

(UK, May 19, 2017) The University of Surrey’s Professor David Frohlich has won £1.17m funding from the Digital Economy programme, to research and develop paper materials that would allow readers to “interact” with printed materials like Harry Potter portraits. The project is called “Next generation paper” and will develop a new form of paper with hyperlinks to the web. Readers will be able to obtain related information on nearby digital devices, just by turning a page or touching the surface Read More...

Steady Growth Forecast for Global Specialty Paper Market During 2017 to 2027

(London, June 9, 2017) Sales of specialty paper will reach nearly 25000 thousand tons in 2017, and this number is further estimated to exceed 40,000 thousand tons by 2027-end, according to a report by Future Market Insights (FMI). FMI’s report projects the global specialty paper market to register a steady 5.2% volume CAGR during the forecast period 2017 to 2027. The market is estimated to exhibit an absolute $ opportunity of US$ 21.59 billion during the forecast period. Specialty paper Read More...

Visy Board New Zealand to Build $100 Million Corrugated Packaging Plant

(New Zealand, June 12, 2017) Visy recently announced that Visy Board New Zealand will build a second corrugated packaging plant to be established in the Waipa District, south of Hamilton in the Waikato Province, New Zealand. Visy Board New Zealand will expand its capacity with a $100 million investment on an 8.5 hectare site at Hamilton Airport, with construction having commenced in April 2017. “A growing focus on export supply chains associated with food processing, fruit and produce, meat and dairy Read More...

Kemira Opens Its New Sizing Production Line in Nanjing, China

(Helsinki, Oct. 12, 2017) Kemira announced today the opening of its new AKD emulsion and cationic rosin production lines at its production site in Nanjing, Jiangsu province in China. With the inauguration of the new production line, Kemira is able to produce and supply all types of sizing agents (ASA, AKD, cationic rosin, surface size) to serve customers in mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and other Asia-Pacific region. The investment broadens Kemira’s paper chemicals product offering and strengthens its Read More...

Orchids Paper Starts Up New Tissue Paper Machine at Barnwell, SC

(USA, June 12, 2017) Orchids Paper Products announces the startup of its new 100% state of the art QRT Paper Machine in Barnwell, South Carolina, with paper machine capacity of 35,000 tons per year. The QRT Paper Machine, developed by Valmet, is new technology capable of manufacturing both ultra-premium and premium tissue, towel, facial, and napkin paper at a lower manufacturing cost compared to traditional ultra-premium machines. This paper is an integral part of Orchids strategy to penetrate the Read More...
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