Apr. 18, 2018 - Voith says its new SkyCal doctor blades are designed for enhanced cleaning on Voith composite calendar covers.
Apr. 18, 2018 - Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma is highlighting its solutions this week at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2018.
Apr. 13, 2018 - Honeywell Intelligrated has launched TechSight, a real-time augmented reality (AR) solution designed to reduce repair time and minimize operational disruption in the event of an unplanned outage.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Global producer of specialty chemicals Solenis has introduced its new MicroSol advanced retention and drainage solutions designed to help printing and writing paper producers “stay competitive through increased productivity and superior product offerings,” it says.
Mar. 29, 2018 - Endress+Hauser has introduced the Proline Prosonic Flow E 100 ultrasonic flowmeter for measurement of flow, temperature and volume of process water.
Mar. 26, 2018 - BASF will launch VINOFAN, a vinyl acrylic latex binder for the paper coating industry, at PaperCon 2018. VINOFAN will join BASF’s APEX platform of high strength binders developed for paper and board producers to reduce binder parts in their coatings.
Mar. 26, 2018 - Alliance Sensors Group, a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC, has expanded its linear position sensor line with the LHA-19-R series AC-LVDTs (linear variable differential transformers).
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 - 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. 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.
Apr. 18, 2018 - A University of Toronto Engineering researcher hopes to strengthen technological innovation and enhance sustainability in the pulp and paper industry.
Apr. 13, 2018 - Domtar says it has led advancements in lignin separation and the development of lignin-based materials in an effort to develop a bio-alternative to petroleum-based materials.
Apr. 13, 2018 - Grupo Gondi, a paper packaging company in Mexico, has entered into a contract with Voith to supply a new paper machine with an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tonnes.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Valmet and Fortum say they are developing a technology to produce advanced lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids, in a move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Kemira has announced a multi-million-euro investment to expand production at its Joutseno chlor-alkali site in Finland, which it says will help address the growing need for sodium hydroxide in the country.
Apr. 5, 2018 - Up until now, the only International Standard that specified the requirements for paper permanence was ISO 9706, developed by the Technical Committee ISO/TC 46 on Information and documentation. Although this standard is primarily intended for archival and library documents stored in protected environments, it is also applicable to all types of unprinted papers.
Apr. 4, 2018 - Quebec’s TÉLUQ University, in partnership with Groupe DDM, has received a $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the Engage Grant partner program for universities to help fund the use of drone imaging in forestry.
Apr. 4, 2018 - A new fluidized bed combustion system is offsetting tipping fees at an Ontario recycled paper mill. In operation for more than a year, a Precision Energy Services (PES) sludge-to-energy system at Atlantic Packaging’s Whitby mill processes 100,000 tonnes per year of paper mill sludge that was previously being sent to local area landfills, eliminating the cost of sludge disposal and reducing the cost of fossil fuels by the offset generation of plant steam.
Apr. 3, 2018 - At PaperWeek Canada 2018 in Montreal, Que., I attended a reliability session on February 7; two of the presentations were given by J.D. Irving employees on how they improved reliability in their paper mill in Saint John, N.B. There has been a focus on fostering a sustainable reliability process over the last several years, which has had an impressive payback. The first of these presentations was given by Tony Bass and Sean McKinley, both lubrication technicians at the mill.
Apr. 3, 2018 - AkzoNobel announces the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion.
Mar. 29, 2018 - Valmet will supply a multifuel power boiler and auxiliary process equipment to Kipas Holding’s greenfield paper mill in Söke, Turkey.
Mar. 27, 2018 - Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. is just one Canadian forestry firm that is forging ahead in the biomass sector. The company recently acquired S2G Biochemicals, a British Columbia-based company that produces xylitol, a food industry sweetener best known as the artificial sweetener in chewing gum.
Apr. 10, 2018 - The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood overseas, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets. 
Apr. 5, 2018 - Greenpeace International has announced it is not renewing its membership in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global timber certification scheme for which the NGO was a founding member 25 years ago.
Mar. 26, 2018 - Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has received its fifth award from the Indonesian Sustainability Reporting Awards (SRA), a Special Commendation for early adoption of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
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.
Apr. 20, 2018 - British Columbia’s Skookumchuck Pulp mill has been fined $241,081 for failing to control combustible dust.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada says it will be placing 1,000 youth in green jobs using the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) network of program participants, conservation leaders, Indigenous partners and community groups.
Apr. 11, 2018 - Taking collective action on climate change has never been as critical as it is today. From floods to severe storms, Ontarians are already experiencing the impact of climate change.
Apr. 10, 2018 - The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and FPInnovations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work collaboratively on enhancing safety performance in the forest industry by sharing scientific and technical applications.
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.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Pulp manufacturers in many countries have seen their wood fibre costs go up during 2017, with the biggest increases in U.S. dollar terms occurring in Western North America, Europe, Russia and Australia, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Global Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) increased for the third consecutive quarter to reach $89.08/odmt in the 4Q/17, 4.0 per cent higher than in the same quarter in 2016.
Mar. 27, 2018 - Trade of softwood lumber reached an all-time-high in 2017 as demand for wood was strong in most key markets around the world, as reported in the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. Lumber prices from Canada, the Nordic countries and Russia moved up to the highest levels in over two years in the 4Q/17.
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.

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