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Office supplies are no exception to the consumer drive for products that promise wellness and sustainability. More than half of small office and home office consumers buy environmentally friendly office supply products, according to Understanding the Small and Home Office Consumer, the latest report from global information company The NPD Group.
The Finnish research institute Innventia has developed what it calls “Biorefinery Test Methods” to facilitate the sale of lignin and development of new products. These methods are based on existing methods and ‘best practice’ for wood and pulp, and have been tested and, where necessary, adapted for lignin samples, says the company. Repeatability data have also been developed.
CBC News has learned the name of the company engaged in negotiations to purchase Tolko’s kraft pulp and paper mill in The Pas, Man. The mill is slated to be shut down in December.
Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp. have discontinued the lawsuit previously commenced against Catalyst Paper. The lawsuit pertained to an alleged breach of confidentiality.
The packaging industry’s first corrugating database and analytical tool, FisherSolve Corrugating, is now available from Fisher International. The tool is built specifically for box producers and their suppliers, the breakthrough business resource is structured to helps industry professionals optimize their performance in the corrugated packaging marketplace.
Weyerhaeuser will sell North Pacific Paper Company, the company's printing papers business, to One Rock Capital Partners. The transaction includes the printing papers mill located in Longview, Wash. Weyerhaeuser has operated the business through a joint venture with Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
Several PAPTAC groups have announced dates for their fall meetings, which are spread across the country and include three mill tours.
A team working with UBC mechanical engineering professors Sheldon Green and Srikanth Phani have created what is likely the first complete mathematical model of creping, the crinkling process that helps make tissue paper soft and resilient.
Craig Kerschner has joined Allnorth, a B.C.-based engineering and technical services consulting company. Kerschner will be director of pulp and paper USA for the consulting company. With more than 22 years of experience in kraft pulping, Kerschner brings a wealth of knowledge to Allnorth.
There may be hope for the Tolko pulp and paper mill in The Pas, Man. Tolko Industries confirmed on Sept. 27 that it has a signed letter of intent from a potential buyer for the mill that is scheduled to close on Dec. 2.
Operating across two time zones and two Canadian provinces, with a combined area the size of continental Europe, hasn't stopped the Central Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee from setting a new standard for community building, partnerships and member participation. In recognition of this outanding effort, the committee received the SFI Implementation Committee Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference.
Domtar's plan to optimize fluff pulp manufacturing at its Plymouth, N.C., mill includes the permanent closure of the small pulp dryer and idling of related assets, in addition to a workforce reduction of approximately 100 positions.
Roger Gaudreault, formerly of Cascades, is the winner of the 2016 Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual). This national individual award, sponsored by GreenCentre Canada, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.
FPInnovations’ near-neutral brightening (NNB) technology and other technical services will be introduced to the forest products industry in Alabama, and over time to the broader U.S. Southeast, as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by FPInnovations and Auburn University, through its Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE).
BioFuelNet Canada strongly disagrees with the findings of a recent study by Professor John DeCicco from the University of Michigan and colleagues which states that biofuels are worse than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
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