Feb. 14, 2018 - Honeywell today announced a new solution for real-time safety monitoring of workers in plant and remote operations.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Visual Workplace offers a line of customizable Key Performance Indicator (KPI) boards to support 5S and Lean activities, describing them as “excellent tools” to help track and reach objectives.
Feb. 1, 2018 - Xplore describes its two new 2-in-1 rugged tablets as purpose-built for mobile workers in manufacturing and other extreme environments that often work while on-the-go.
Jan. 31, 2018 - Endress+Hauser is offering Heartbeat Technology with its Liquiline CM44 and CM44R transmitters for use with Memosens pH and conductivity sensors.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Drills, mills, lathes, grinders, saws and other 120V machinery can abruptly shut down during operation due to a power interruption. When an unintentional shut down takes place, it is important that a machine does not automatically restart, catching the operator by surprise and leading to a serious accident.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Fluke has developed FieldSense technology that takes the open-fork, current-measuring functionality of its existing T5 Electrical Tester and adds AC voltage measurements, so users can use the tools to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements without test leads, it says.
Jan. 30, 2018 - With the upgraded modular system of the VarioFlow plus chain conveyor system, Rexroth says it is now offering users a series of standardized solutions for specific conveyor functions.
Jan. 25, 2018 - Valmet says its new compact moisturizer, Valmet IQ Converting Moisturizer, for self-adhesive laminating lines corrects all kinds of curl and cross-direction moisture profiles.
Jan. 13, 2018 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has launched its Honeywell Connected Plant Uniformance Cloud Historian, describing it as a software-as-a-service Cloud hosting solution for enterprise-wide visualization and analysis that helps customers improve asset availability and increase plant uptime.
Jan. 9, 2018 - Miura, a provider of steam boiler technology, will be showcasing its LX and EX Series boilers, as well as the new Quick Ship Xpress (QSX) program, at AHR Expo 2018.
Dec. 9, 2017 - SKF’s latest rolling bearings catalogue offers new features to help customers choose the optimum bearing arrangement for their project.
Dec. 6, 2017 - Andritz Separation, part of international technology group Andritz, has developed a new computer-assisted tool for operator training that aims to help maximize machine and process performance with minimal training time.
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.
Jan. 31, 2018 - It’s likely you have solids build-up if you have water or fluid in your process system. Solids build-up can cause trouble in the production process. Having a basic knowledge about particle size measurement, total suspended solids, fluid types and filtration screen basics is helpful when determining the correct filtration system to implement or when troubleshooting a challenging system.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Svenska Pappersbruket AB in Klippan, Sweden, has invested in a new tissue machine with an annual capacity of 30.000 MT, with start up planned for Q2 2019.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Valmet and Shanying International Holdings have signed a contract regarding a delivery of a mill waste-fired boiler plant to Shanying Huazhong Paper’s paper mill, in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China.
Jan. 29, 2018 - Some projects can demonstrate sustainability in one or two ways, but Columbia Pulp’s new Lyons Ferry pulp mill takes sustainability to an entirely new level. From slashing greenhouse gases to sourcing local feedstock to using efficient production processes, this plant does it all.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Nestled in the West Kootenays of British Columbia alongside the Columbia River in Castlegar lies Zellstoff Celgar, the first pulp mill built in the B.C. Interior.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Emerson has acquired ProSys Inc., a global supplier of software and services designed to help increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining industries.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and Andritz are bringing to the global market new AaltoCell technology for the production of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Developed under the lead of professor Olli Dahl, AaltoCell allows high capacity production of MCC in pulp mills instead of small production units, while using “significantly” smaller quantities of chemicals than before, he describes.
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.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Wastewater treatment professionals in the pulp and paper industry face difficult challenges. Many of the manufacturing processes are heavily reliant on water, resulting in large volumes of wastewater that can contain complex mixtures of dyes, liquors, organic pollutants, solids and other chemicals.
Dec. 19, 2017 - Thermal Energy International, a global provider of industrial and institutional energy efficiency solutions, has been engaged by Resolute Forest Products to design, develop and implement an energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas reduction project. The $11-million project — which includes the installation of two Thermal Energy FLU-ACE Heat Recovery Systems and the conversion of the mill’s steam traps to Thermal Energy EM Steam Trap system — aims to meet the energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction goals of Resolute’s Thunder Bay, Ont., mill.
Dec. 17, 2017 - Danish-Canadian clean-fuel company Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $76.8-million industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway, leading to a future commercial scale project.
Dec. 13, 2017 - At the inaugural Eco-Certifications Appreciation Lunch this week, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) announced that consumer goods company Kimberly-Clark has become the first to have 12 of its pulp and paper products become certified under the enhanced version of SEC’s Green Labelling Scheme.
Dec. 12, 2017 - UPM Raflatac says it plans to expand its RafCycle recycling solution to China.
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.
Sep. 14, 2017 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board says that — after conducting a multi-year engagement with experts and stakeholders — it is changing the way the board calculates employer premium rates, adding the process will be easier for employers to understand, and more accurately reflect the risks associated with operating their businesses.
Aug. 24, 2017 - Domtar says it has inaugurated its second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor, Que., mill.
Aug. 10, 2017 - When University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Lindsay Albers began her post-secondary studies, she didn’t know that forestry would be in the cards.
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.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Demand for imported softwood lumber to the U.S. has fallen by six percent during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. In contrast, Chinese import volumes have been up 21 per cent year-over-year.
Dec. 19, 2017 - Canada’s lumber industry has been able to survive the impacts of preliminary duties, largely thanks to soaring lumber prices. While industry production will remain virtually flat this year, industry revenues are on pace to grow by 8 per cent, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Outlook: Wood Products Manufacturing – Autumn 2017.

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