Mar. 15, 2018 - Wainbee is distributing the icountPD online particle detector from Parker, describing it as a permanently mounted laser detection particle counter for monitoring equipment conditions.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Fluid Components International (FCI) says it is now offering the industry’s broadest offering of Safety Integrity Level (SIL) compliant thermal flow meters and liquid/gas flow switches and level switches.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Brooks Instrument has added a new Foundation Fieldbus transmitter to its MT3809 variable area (VA) flow meter, which it says will make it easier for users to integrate the unit into their automation control systems for more efficient data capture and digital communication across the plant enterprise.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Twiflex now has compact hydraulic brake packages that aim to provide single-source convenience for a range of industrial applications. Standard packages are available with three different spring applied, hydraulically released brake models with braking force ratings ranging from 6.8 kN to 119 kN.
Mar. 14, 2018 - Emerson has introduced the Rosemount 8712EM wall mount magnetic flow meter transmitter offering diagnostic capabilities and usability features for users in various process industries.
Mar. 10, 2018 - Newcastle Systems, a provider of mobile-powered workplace solutions, has launched a new app called the MotionMeter, a real-time activity tracker which it says is designed to “quickly and accurately” perform time studies within the warehouse and identify waste.
Mar. 2, 2018 - The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-27 inductive linear position sensors using LVIT technology, describing them as contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial and commercial applications. With an IP rating of IP67, the series is also suitable for pulp and paper mill operations. 
Mar. 2, 2018 - Bosch Rexroth Canada is offering free Automation Resource Kits at, providing technical information and advice on a variety of engineering and automation-related topics.
Feb. 28, 2018 - The new DST P100 pressure sensor from Danfoss is said to provide improved reliability, durability and performance.
Feb. 27, 2018 - In addition to the IndraDrive Mi motor-integrated and motor-near drives, Rexroth says it has developed decentralized supply and mains modules that allow machine manufacturers to install all electrical drive components directly on the machine. The company has equipped these modules with new cooling options for a range of production environments and, in doing so, also expanded the range of applications.
Feb. 27, 2018 - Pro-face America has released Proface Connect, describing it as a ready-to-use embedded HMI service that allows customers to access machines from anywhere at anytime.
Feb. 27, 2018 - A new widget offered with B&R’s web-based HMI solution aims to make it easier for users to visualize complex manufacturing processes with dynamic HMI content. Called Paper, the widget allows users to animate SVG images with runtime data.
Mar. 19, 2018 - Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Brampton, Ontario-based York Fluid Controls has recently began distributing Sandpiper’s Signature Series line of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps, which includes a variety of Heavy Duty Flap (HDF) pumps designed to handle solid materials and abrasive slurries with better suction.
Mar. 13, 2018 - Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz on March 8, 2018, unveiled Canada’s new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond. Held on International Women’s Day, to highlight the pioneering contributions of Desmond, the unveiling ceremony took place at the Halifax Public Library.
Mar. 7, 2018 - Effective today, Solenis International has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Topchim NV. Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Topchim is an ecological coating company for the paper, cardboard, and packaging converting industries in Europe. Solenis will integrate the Topchim business as part of its strategy to expand its offering to the pulp and paper market.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Are you working securely? Cybersecurity is a hot-button issue these days and while it’s been commonly noted that manufacturing companies must be proactive in protecting themselves, some organizations may not know where to begin. John DiMaria, senior product manager of systems certification for BSI Americas, shares six action areas businesses should keep in mind when implementing a cybersecurity plan.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Valmet will supply three winders for Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. According to the company, the capacity of the three winders will cover the production of two board machines. Start-ups of the winders are scheduled for the end of 2018.
Feb. 21, 2018 - Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree and makes up 20 to 30 per cent of the composition of wood.
Feb. 16, 2018 - Winters Instruments has promoted Kelly Lessard to executive vice president of Winters Canada and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Feb. 5, 2018 - Eurocon and MoRe Research are cooperating to offer analysis, mapping and system design for the collection and destruction of pulp mills’ diluted non-condensable gases, describing this as a “complete and simplified project process” for pulp mills.
Feb. 5, 2018 - BASF has completed the divestiture of the production site for styrene-butadiene-based paper dispersions in Pischelsdorf, Austria, to Synthomer Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of the British specialty chemicals manufacturer Synthomer plc. The purchase price amounts to €30 million (roughly C$44 million); the 42 employees who work at the Pischelsdorf site have been taken on by Synthomer Austria GmbH, according to the company.
Feb. 5, 2018 - Why is it important to use OEM genuine parts when repairing your equipment? Here are three simple, yet important, reasons.
Jan. 31, 2018 - Seeking profitability, pulp and paper companies have found growth in segments such as corrugated paper, packaging and specialty tissue papers, but are challenged by rising production and raw material costs. In addition, many are experiencing soldout asset availability which is restricting their production potential.
Mar. 20, 2018 - Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Western Forest Products Inc. today announced the signing of a Reconciliation Protocol Agreement, which symbolizes the continued progress on the shared path to reconciliation and a joint vision for a “safe, competitive and forward-looking forest sector” in the Alberni Valley, they say.
Mar. 16, 2018 - Norbord Inc. says a shortage of wood will cause it to temporarily suspend production at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in 100 Mile House, B.C.  The company expects the suspension to commence on or about May 14, 2018 and to continue for approximately one month.
Mar. 16, 2018 - Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. has signed a share purchase agreement with S2G Biochemicals Inc. and its shareholders.
Mar. 14, 2018 - UPM says it is one of the first companies to offer copy paper with the Singapore Green Label logo under the enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), which is managed by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC).
Feb. 27, 2018 - Farnell Packaging Limited of Dartmouth, N.S., has achieved certification by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) organization. Established in 1961, Farnell is a family-owned and operated company focusing on providing high-quality, innovative flexible packaging work. 

Nearly two-thirds of Farnell’s flexible packaging work is produced for the food industry with the balance being used in markets for tissue, personal care, horticulture, and other industrial applications.
Feb. 5, 2018 - Biomass isn’t a word most people know. But this renewable, cost-effective fuel is becoming increasingly important to our planet. It helps reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and curtail the demand for purchased electricity while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Feb. 2, 2018 - The steelhead is an endangered species in many parts of North America, and is at risk of becoming endangered in the Fraser Basin in British Columbia.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Ottawa is funding six forestry and biomass projects in B.C. in an effort to encourage innovation and diversification in forestry and support collaboration with Indigenous communities.
Jan. 23, 2018 - McDonald’s has announced plans to improve its packaging and help reduce waste in the communities the company serves around the world.
Jan. 15, 2018 - Tolko Industries says Tolko Woodlands has officially received SFI Sustainable Forest Management and Fibre Sourcing certifications after months of hard work, replacing any current CSA certification it holds.
Jan. 4, 2018 - Precision Energy Services (PES) has designed and supplied a second recycled paper mill sludge-to-energy system for Atlantic Packaging, processing 100,000 tonnes per year of paper mill sludge that was previously being sent to local area landfills. Along with eliminating the cost of sludge disposal, the system also reduces the cost of fossil fuels by the offset generation of plant steam.
Dec. 29, 2017 - Canada’s non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than eight per cent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) of solar, biomass and wind-generated power, according to the National Energy Board’s (NEB) 2017 update of the Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape report.
Feb. 27, 2018 - How many times you have heard the phrase “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I’m pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases at one point or another. As a safety professional at a sawmill, it can be challenging at times to know which approach is the best for motivating employees and staff to be more safety conscious in the workplace and at home.
Feb. 27, 2018 - According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While the market is currently dominated by smartwatches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Smartwatches are not the only wearable tech. The sector has rapidly expanded and now includes radiation-blocking underwear, smart shoes and emotion-sensing bracelets. As well as weird and wonderful applications, wearable tech is becoming a staple factory technology by offering safety and productivity benefits.
Feb. 20, 2018 - Over 120 Unifor delegates kicked off bargaining preparation for the pattern agreement in the pulp and paper industry in Eastern Canada by selecting Resolute Forestry Products as the target company.
Feb. 9, 2018 - WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the forestry sector. The 2018-2020 Forestry High-Risk Strategy is a renewed three-year strategy for prevention activities in harvesting and related operations.
Jan. 30, 2018 - J.D. Irving says it will need to hire people to fill 1,510 new jobs in Canada and 190 in the United States over the next three years, saying its hiring plans include finding people to help build ships in Atlantic Canada for the Canadian navy and to staff a $400-million tissue plant in Macon, Ga.
Jan. 25, 2018 - J.D. Irving is reporting that after “multiple air tests,” it is confirming zero readings of butane at the Irving Wallboard, Irving Paper and or Bayside Drive Offices after its January 11 announcement of possible butane levels at its operations. As well, the tests confirm zero butane readings at its water and sewers lines.
Jan. 16, 2018 - The Ontario government has increased the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that do not meet workplace health and safety standards.
Jan. 16, 2018 - Vision 2020, developed by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), expects to renew the workforce in the forest products industry with at least 60,000 new recruits. To help the pulp and paper industry address the challenges associated with the increased workforce, FPInnovations has developed different training programs with a focus on newly hired employees and those who need to update their skills.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Did you know that business success can often be predicted? The first indicator is employee engagement. To perform, people in your organization need to be engaged, focused, at their post, able to handle complexities, plan, make decisions, build relationships — and for that they need to be safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Nov. 30, 2017 - Catalyst Paper has implemented a new recruitment and onboarding system that will make it “faster and easier for prospective employees to access current and future career opportunities,” it says.
Nov. 23, 2017 - Isabelle Males of Temiskaming First Nation from New Liskeard, Ont., and Tristan Flood of Matachewan First Nation from North Bay, Ont., are this year’s recipients of the CCFM-FPAC Indigenous Youth Award.
Oct. 4, 2017 - J. D. Irving (JDI) recently awarded scholarships to nine post-secondary students at a ceremony at Irving Paper in Saint John, N.B.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Canfor has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Feb. 20, 2018 - West Fraser has announced its 2017 annual and fourth quarter results.
Feb. 16, 2018 - Overall growth in dollar value terms for packaging was depressed for the years spanning the middle of the decade – although this is largely attributable to relative strength of the dollar against other currencies across that period. Still in 2017, value reached US$851.1 billion, a 2.8 per cent growth compared to 2016 at constant prices. This steady expansion is anticipated to continue across the next five years, rising slightly to 2.9 per cent year-on-year across this period, to reach $980.4 billion in 2017.
Feb. 16, 2018 - American workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry descended on Washington, D.C., this week and made over 485 visits with members of Congress and administration officials. Their goal was to educate officials on the impacts of legislative and regulatory decisions on the environment as well as the families and communities that depend on forest products manufacturing for their livelihood.
Feb. 8, 2018 - Domtar today reported a net loss of $340 million ($5.42 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to net earnings of $70 million ($1.11 per share) for the third quarter of 2017 and net earnings of $47 million ($0.75 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $1.3 billion.
Feb. 5, 2018 - Demand for tissue paper converting machines is directly dependent on the demand for tissue paper products. Global sales of tissue paper converting machines was valued at US$1.12 billion in 2016, and is expected to reach US$1.91 billion by the end of 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 5.0 per cent during the forecast period.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. has reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, of US$13 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss of $45 million, or $0.50 per share, in the same period in 2016. Sales were $898 million in the quarter, an increase of $9 million from the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $14 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to a net loss, excluding special items, of $7 million, or $0.08 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Feb. 1, 2018 - merQbiz, an online marketplace for the buying and selling of recovered paper (RCP), has announced it is collaborating with C.H. Robinson, a global third-party logistics provider (3PL) — a move they say will bring “unmatched freight capacity, competitive real-time pricing and a powerful supply chain network” to the platform.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Kimberly-Clark Corp. has announced its year-end 2017 results and provided its 2018 outlook. The company also announced a new global restructuring initiative and established a multi-year savings target for its ongoing cost-savings program.
Jan. 29, 2018 - By now, you will have likely heard about the global pulp price indices and trading platform called Trade Tree Online (TTO). Founded in May 2016 by Brian McClay and Fraser Hart, TTO is an independent company that turns verified spot pulp price movements into reliable reference price indices. It collects monthly spot pricing data from market participants in a standardized and consistent manner and then confidentially aggregates this pricing to generate volume weighted-average, transactions-based indices.
Jan. 25, 2018 - On January 10, the Canadian government made public a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint over the United States’ trade remedy measures, arguing its use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties violates global trade rules. The 32-page complaint, filed December 20, cites nearly 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, many of which are unrelated to Canada and are against other trading partners such as China, Japan, Germany and the European Union.
Jan. 8, 2018 - BillerudKorsnäs says wet and mild weather in the fall and early winter has led to a shortage of pulpwood in late 2017 and early 2018.

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