Twin Rivers Paper Company has achieved PEFC chain of custody certification, a third-party standard focused on sustainable fiber sourcing. The certification supports the company’s commitment to sustainable fiber sourcing principles.
Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association planted 74 million tree seedlings in Alberta’s forests during the 2016 planting season. This means that for every Albertan, 18 trees were planted this spring and summer. The industry replants an average of 2 trees for every 1 that is harvested.
Expera Specialty Solutions is launching a new product brand around its natural paper products known as Expera trulyNatural™. In Expera’s words, “Natural papers offer a higher log-to-paper yield than bleached papers, and require much less energy and fewer chemicals to process while still maintaining a high level of performance integrity.”
For all armchair lumberjacks, Husqvarna has released the first virtual reality (VR) chainsaw game – Husqvarna Limberjack. Via the Steam platform, the game is now available to download world-wide for anyone that wants to test their limbing skills and compete for the new world championship title.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is launching a large-scale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests.
Two Sides has released a new fact sheet designed for teachers from kindergarten to grade 12, in Canada and the U.S.
Dr. Robert Beauregard will join the FPInnovations research organization as its scholar-in-residence for a one-year term that began on August 8. Beauregard has more than 35 years of experience as an educator, forestry and carbon management expert.
Resolute Forest Products and Serres Toundra will deploy enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology from CO2 Solutions at Resolute's Saint-Félicien pulp mill.
Renowned environmentalist David Suzuki weighed in on the complex issue of biofuel sustainability, finding no one-size-fits-all solution.
The Canadian government has invited Resolute Forest Products and other private sector companies to join the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC).
Alberta’s draft plan to facilitate the recovery of woodland caribou herds is facing criticism from wildlife conservation groups, CBC News reports. According to the CBC article, “The draft plan includes an experiment to fence a 100-square-kilometre area where caribou would be able to breed, and any predators that pose a threat to the enclosed herd would be killed.”
Kruger Products has received Walmart Canada’s sixth-annual Vendor Sustainability Award. The award recognizes a company’s sustainability efforts and achievements and applauds its assistance in helping Walmart reach its own sustainability goals. Kruger Products was selected for this honour from more than 100 other suppliers.
A workplace incident left an employee of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper with serious burns, according to a local newspaper. The mill’s general manager, Ric Tull, told The Western Star that the employee was cleaning out a large vessel when he was splashed with boiling hot pulp stock.
Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) recently met in Vancouver to prepare for bargaining in 2017. This is the third joint meeting of the two largest unions in Canada's pulp and paper sector.
A fine of $50,000 has been assigned to Bag to Earth Inc./Sac au Sol Inc., which manufactures paper packaging products, after a worker was injured by a paper-bag-making machine.
The BC Forest Safety Council’s (BCFSC) board of directors recently appointed Rob Moonen as the new CEO of the BC forest sector’s health and safety association, effective March 16, 2016. 
Irving Tissue Corp. pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered an injury while performing maintenance on a machine that produces bath tissue.
Catalyst Paper’s Crofton mill was shut down temporarily last week to mourn the death of an employee who died in an industrial accident.
An industrial vehicle roll-over on Jan. 27 at Catalyst Paper’s Crofton mill has resulted in the death of an employee.
The employee of a contractor working at West Fraser’s Hinton kraft pulp mill died on Nov. 23 when he became tangled in a piece of equipment.
Alberta has announced a “Climate Leadership Plan” that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.
A female employee of Domtar was killed in a railcar accident on Sept. 18 at the company's pulp and paper mill in Ashdown, Ark.
A demolition and salvage company has been fined $55,000 after a worker fell and suffered fractures while removing equipment from a decommissioned mill on Strathcona Avenue in Thunder Bay, Ont.
The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past 5 years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean energy initiatives, and the economy—they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
For most corrugated converters, the concept of digital printing has been intriguing but too limited in scope to merit serious consideration.
Consolidation, vertical integration and globalization are three trends affecting the containerboard and corrugated industries, according to Mark Wilde, managing director of BMO Capital Markets. Wilde provided an update on North American containerboard and corrugated markets at the annual meeting of AICC Canada in September.
In a new report, Moody’s analysts highlight the headwinds facing boxboard prices as enhancements to capacity come online, in addition to the supply overhang in China and Europe and the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar weighing on coated recycled board (CRB) tonnage.
Specialty Papers US brings together the entire supply chain, including leading researchers who are working to perfect new applications that improve paper’s ability to resist oils and serve as a substrate, as well as identify specific attributes and unique applications.
Two business-oriented panel discussions are on the schedule at the International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference, Sept. 28-30, in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2016 TAPPI PEERS conference will help attendees discover new ways to improve mill reliability with innovative best practices. The theme for this year’s event is Mill Innovations: Process Reliability to Breakthrough Technologies.
Pulp mills in Eastern Canada may have become more competitive following sharply declining wood costs the past four years. Wood costs reached their lowest levels in 15 years in the first quarter of 2016, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
The leader of Quebec’s official opposition party is calling on Premier Philippe Couillard to take action on countervailing duties applied to supercalendered paper exports to the United States. Sylvain Gaudreault, member of provincial parliament for Jonquière and leader of the opposition, says the duty is threatening the future of two mills in his territory.
Exports of wood pellets from North America totaled 6.1 million tons in 2015, which is almost four times as much as in 2010, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the second half of 2015, export volumes from Southern Gulf ports were up almost 70 per cent.
Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 2.6 per cent per year to US$41.2 billion in 2020, as both nondurable goods manufacturing and retail sales post healthy gains, according to The Freedonia Group.
PAPTAC will host the 2017 International Chemical Recovery Conference in Halifax. The event will run from May 24-26, 2017.
PAPTAC has announced a change of venue for the PaperWeek Canada conference and trade show. The event will be held at the Sheraton Centre Montreal.
Coldwater has sold and completed the start-up of a PCA Dryer Passivation System at a recycled mill in the southwestern U.S.
Valmet has recently received nine orders for its automated paper testing laboratory from paper mills around the world. Three of the Valmet Paper Lab units will be delivered to North America, four to Europe and two to Asia. The deliveries will take place later this year.
Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research centre has developed solvents which are able to extract 50 per cent of the lignin from wood in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing.
Specialty chemicals producer Solenis has received patents in both the U.S. and Europe for its Biobond technology, an innovative program that improves sustainability and productivity for manufacturers of recycled paperboard.
Valmet is presenting a free two-day Shoe Press Users Group (SPUG) conference in Florida in October. The event will give mill personnel a chance to share tips, techniques and best practices for improving mill production and operational efficiency.
Kotkamills' rebuilt board machine 2 (BM2) restarted on July 22 in Finland. Valmet supplied key technology and an automation package for the extensive paper machine grade conversion project. The printing paper (MFC) production line was converted to produce a range of folding boxboards and food service boards.
American specialty paper manufacturer Little Rapids Corp. has signed a contract with Voith Paper Brazil to purchase a new tissue paper machine. This new machine will replace the existing PM3, located in Shawano, Wis.
Andritz has received an order from the Italian Pro-Gest Group to deliver the complete waste paper processing plant and approach system for its new paper machine in Mantova, Italy.
Kadant Solutions is expanding its manufacturing capacity for Kadant’s new CeraEdge creping blade line used in tissue manufacturing. The additional production equipment, located in Auburn, Mass., allows for a quick turnaround time of ceramic-tipped blades compared to bringing the product in from Kadant’s European-based blade production facility.
Chinese papermake Sun Paper successfully started up its new kraft liner paper machine, which has an annual capacity of 800,000 tonnes, at its location in Zoucheng. The paper machine consists of the right-hand machine PM 31 and the left-hand machine PM 32, both provided by Voith.
A new round of research and innovation funding aimed at growing a sustainable bioeconomy in Alberta has been announced. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies.
Andritz has received an order from S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa (SAICA) to supply a FibreFlow drum pulping system for its paper mill in El Burgo de Ebro, Spain.

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