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Facing continued price erosion for many of its products, Catalyst Paper announced adjusted earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $17.1 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA before specific items was $17.7 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA before specific items of $19.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Valmet and Biochemtex have launched a development project centered on the conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The collaboration will combine and adapt Valmet’s LignoBoost technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor and Biochemtex's Moghi proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.
PAPTAC’s student community at the University of Toronto recently had a booth at Science Rendezvous, an annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. The group helped participants, including kids, teenagers, and adults, to make their own paper from pulp.
The Pulp and Paper Centre at University of British Columbia is planning a celebration. The centre will host an open house event and an alumni dinner to mark its 30th anniversary.
Kadant Johnson Inc. has successfully started up its ThermoMax steam system at Norampac’s corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Quebec. The steam system serves a new corrugator line that was part of a $26 million modernization project that doubled the production capacity of the plant. The corrugator has a face-width of 110 in. and is designed to operate at sustained speeds of 450 m/min. It is the first of its kind in Canada.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported a net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, excluding special items, of US$18 million, almost equal to the net loss, excluding special items, of US$19 million in the same period in 2015. Sales were $877 million in the quarter, down $43 million, or five per cent, from the first quarter of 2015.
Paper Excellence is having some of the papermaking buildings at the company’s Prince Albert, Sask., mill demolished. The facility was purchased by Paper Excellence in 2011, with the intention to produce dissolving pulp. But a Chinese duty on dissolving pulp from Canada put those plans on hold, and the company has announced no firm date for restarting the pulp lines.
Chinese papermaker Sun Paper is building its first North American facility – a US$1-billion pulp mill in Arkansas.
The Québec government has announced who will lead the five major workshop groups it has tasked with identifying the problems and finding solutions and methods that will help the forest products industry to move forward.
Weyerhaeuser is planning to sell its Cellulose Fibers pulp mills – including the site in Grande Prairie, Alta. – to International Paper for US$2.2 billion in cash.
Serge Constantineau has been appointed research manager of FPInnovations’ SM2 Initiative. This initiative will oversee research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies that have the potential to impact the global forest sector. These technologies are expected to maximize the usage of fibre currently being harvested and enable the creation of innovative bioproducts from the sub-product material produced during the manufacturing process.
Canfor Pulp Products reported net income of $23.1 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $29.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $28.0 million for the first quarter of 2015.
Lucien G. Rolland was the last member of the Rolland family to run the family’s fine paper business before its sale to Cascades in 1992. He passed away in April 19 after a short illness.
Kallima Coated Cover C2S 16 pt is the latest extension of Tembec’s line of bleached paperboard products. The company says this new product release stems from Tembec’s continuous investment into its research and development operations as well as a focus on providing customers with superior quality products. This light weight grade is FSC® certified.
On the heels of a successful 2015, FITNIR Analyzers continues to build on the momentum in 2016. The Vancouver-based technology company had seven projects awarded in 2015 and three in Q1 of 2016.
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