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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.
An employee of White Birch Papers has been named a finalist in the Grands Prix santé et sécurité du travail, an awards program organized by Quebec’s occupational health and safety agency. Jocelyn Belley, of White Birch’s Stadacona mill in Quebec City, is a finalist in the “Leader” category.
Longer than expected maintenance shutdowns have affected sales and operating profit for Domtar Corp. The forest products company provided in mid-April an update on its financial performance for the first quarter of 2016, prior to releasing its Q1 results on April 28.
West Fraser has announced several executive changes in view of the fact that Peter Rippon, vice-president, pulp and energy, will retire at the end of April and Dave Lehane, vice-president, woodlands, will retire at the end of June 2016.
We need to be able to freely sell lumber to the U.S., Richard Garneau the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on International Trade. The president and CEO of Resolute Forest Products appeared before the committee in Ottawa on April 12.
The J.D. Irving group of companies has signed on as a premier sponsor of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition to be held in Moncton, N.B., on June 5-8. This event is Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology event for skilled trade and technology students and apprentices.
ABB has been chosen as one of the suppliers for the paper machine rebuild project at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill in Quebec. The project is part of Kruger’s $250-million investment to rebuild its No. 10 newsprint machine (PM10) to manufacture 100-per-cent-recycled, lightweight high-strength linerboard. Once the conversion is complete, PM 10 will produce 360,000 metric tonnes of linerboard annually for use in Kruger’s box plants and for the global packaging market.
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