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The combination of Ahlstrom and Munksjö is approved by the European Commission and expected to be completed in the beginning of April 2017

(Helsinki, Finland, March 13, 2017) The combination of Ahlstrom and Munksjö is approved by the European Commission and expected to be completed in the beginning of April 2017 The European Commission has today approved the merger between Ahlstrom Corporation (“Ahlstrom”) and Munksjö Oyj (“Munksjö”). Ahlstrom and Munksjö have now received all pre-closing competition approvals required for completing the merger. The merger is currently expected to be completed on or about April 1, 2017. As communicated earlier, the completion of the Read More...

Cellwood to upgrade stock preparation line for Sattur Sri Duplex Boards in Sattur, India

(Nässjö, Sweden, March 14, 2017) Cellwood Machinery was awarded an order from Sattur Sri Duplex Boards to upgrade the stock preparation line with a 75 Tpd - Krima Dispersing Unit. This new Krima unit will be used for improving the quality of top layer. The delivery will take place summer 2017. For further information, please contact: sales@cellwood.se Cellwood Machinery develops, manufactures and supplies machinery and systems for the pulp and paper industry. We are known for our brand products Krima, Grubbens and Algas. Cellwood Read More...

Metsä Board Introduces Innovative One-Piece Paper Cup, Lidloc

(Helsinki, Finland, March 6, 2017) Metsä Board introduced a new paperboard cup design concept called ‘Lidloc’ at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 1–2 March. According to Metsä Board, the Lidloc patented design is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid. This innovative design completely removes the need for a separate plastic lid and will re-invent how paperboard cups are produced, consumed and recycled. Cyril Drouet, Metsä Read More...

Caraustar to Increase Price on All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Grades

(USA, March 9, 2017) Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced a price increase of $75 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) grades effective starting with shipments on April 3, 2017. This announcement comes on the heels of a $60 hike for URB that Caraustar put into effect with shipments on Feb. 10. In a press release, the company said, “The increase is in response to the additional increased raw materials and other costs in 2017 to date, including the various grades Read More...

Resolute Announces Indefinite Idling of Thorold Newsprint Mill

(Thorold, ON., Canada, March 10, 2017) Resolute Forest Products today announced the indefinite idling of its paper mill located in Thorold, Ontario. The facility, which employed over 100 workers, has an annual production capacity of approximately 197,000 metric tons of newsprint on one machine using 100 percent recycled furnish. The difficult decision to proceed with the indefinite idling is driven by the ongoing significant decline in North American newsprint consumption, coupled with the increasing cost of recovered paper. The company Read More...

International Paper Named As a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company

(Memphis, USA, March 13, 2017) International Paper has been recognized once again by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®. For the eleventh straight year, IP was named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies despite a large number of global nominees. International Paper secured a spot on the list by maintaining its focus on the ethical business practices and standards that have Read More...

BMO’s 2017-2018 Forecast Rollout (for pulp/paper)

(Montreal, Canada, January 2017) The pulp and paper space faces some challenges in 2017. The upward bias on an already-dominant U.S. dollar will put significant pressure on pulp and paper grade pricing, and supply conditions still remain a key concern for both segments, though for different reasons. Capacity expansion in South America and Asia will challenge the market balance for hardwood pulp, but smaller expansions in the U.S. and Sweden will likely see NBSK grade pulp slide US$10 to $928/tonne Read More...

Eldorado postpones start-up of Três Lagoas BEK pulp line to 2020

(Gernsbach, Germany, March 03, 2017) Eldorado Brasil has revised the start-up date of the planned BEK pulp line at the Três Lagoas mill. The 2.5 million tpy line is supposed to start operating in 2020. Brazilian pulp manufacturer Eldorado Brasil expects to start up the new pulp line at the Três Lagoas mill in 2020. The line was originally expected to start operating in the first half of 2018. The company announced it was currently awaiting the proposals from major technology Read More...

Valmet to supply two containerboard machines for Nine Dragons; will produce testliner and fluting

(Helsinki, March 08, 2017) Valmet will supply two containerboard production lines and related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd. in China. The new production lines (PM 39 in Quanzhou and PM 40 in Chongqing) are planned to produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2018. The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not Read More...

Link: Indian paper cos push through price hikes supported by costlier imports

(Mumbai, March 09, 2017) Since January, most paper companies have raised prices at least twice, believing demand-supply balance will return and imports will get costlier. Prices of most varieties have gone up by three to four per cent; over a year, by eight per cent, on average. A higher price for wood pulp globally has had a big role in making imported paper costlier. The price has risen in three months by about 20 per cent, to around $600 Read More...

Link: BILT in talks with banks to raise funding

(New Delhi, February 13, 2017) The debt-laden Ballarpur Industries Ltd (BILT) is in advanced stage of talks with banks for various options, including infusion of private equity funding, for itself and its subsidiaries, Live Mint reports. BILT is reported to be saddled with an estimated consolidated debt of over Rs6,000 crore. An earlier Live Mint report dated Jan. 23, 2017, quoting unnamed sources had said that Bilt Graphic Paper Products Ltd (BGPPL), a unit of Ballarpur Industries Ltd (BILT), was Read More...

ANDRITZ to convert paper machine and supply a new stock preparation line for Burgo Avezzano, Italy

(Graz, Austria, March 06, 2017) International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Italian Burgo Group to rebuild and convert its PM2, a printing and white writing paper machine, and its approach system into a modern brown packaging paper machine at the Avezzano mill, Italy. After full conversion, the PM 2 will have an annual production capacity of over 200,000 tons, with a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a paper width at reel of 5,340 mm. The Read More...

2017 Paper Industry Trends

(Canada, January 24, 2017) The continuous advances in the tissue paper industry have enabled businesses to become more connected to their distributers and end-users. Industry products are evolving to seamlessly serve the visions and values of modern businesses. As we forecast for the year ahead, here are some of the top industry trends for 2017: E-Commerce Like business-to-consumer (B2C) trends, the business-to-business (B2B) market is increasing its online sales -10% of B2B sales are already being completed online. The online shopping Read More...

Euromoney Institutional Investor to acquire RISI for $125 million

(London, UK, March 3, 2017) Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”), the international online information and events group, has agreed to acquire 100% of the equity of RISI, the leading price reporting agency (“PRA”) for $125 million. Highlights of the deal are: • Euromoney acquires RISI, a leading price reporting agency, for $125 million • Founded in 1985, risi has been part of axio group, an epiris managers’ business, since 2013In calendar year 2016 risi’s unaudited revenues were $29.6 million and its unaudited ebitda was Read More...

Link: Waste from paper-making could create a stronger sunscreen

(Canada, March 03, 2017) Sunscreen’s UV-blocking power could get a major boost from the addition of an all-natural waste product from the pulp and paper industry. Chemical engineer Shiping Zhu and colleagues have found that lignin – a material found in the support tissues of vascular plants – can help sunscreen prevent ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. To read complete report Go To: “Waste from paper-making could create a stronger sunscreen” (Source: Knowridge Science Report) Cover Image courtesy Knowridge Science Report Read More...
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