Top 10 stories of 2017

P&PC Staff
December 22, 2017
By P&PC Staff
Dec. 22, 2017 - What a year 2017 has been for those in the forest products industry. Join us for a trip down memory lane as we recap the top 10 most-read stories from Pulp & Paper Canada, as chosen by you.


U.S.-based Rayonier promises to continue Tembec’s Canadian operations post-acquisition
An American high purity cellulose company acquiring a Canadian forestry one, while a potentially new Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) looms overhead, has raised a few questions.


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Canadian Kraft Paper celebrates first anniversary
Last month the paper mill in The Pas, Man., celebrated its first anniversary after being purchased by Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd., an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corp. (AIAC).



The neuroscience of paper emotions
This June, the results of a unique survey to determine the preference for the use of paper over digital communications were released after a yearlong process that involved the input of more than 7,000 consumers across 10 countries. The survey concludes that there is a clear preference for print on paper across all countries and regions analyzed.



Publicly traded Catalyst Paper goes private
Catalyst Paper Corp. has announced it is no longer a publicly traded company. According to the company, the move improves its financial strength and wipes out its roughly US$125-million debt.


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On time and on budget
When a kraft pulp mill has to shut down for 10 to 14 days every year for scheduled maintenance, millions of dollars are spent, and millions more in revenue from lost production are not coming in — resulting in a significant impact on cash flow and a company’s quarterly results. But what if that annual outage could be extended out to every 18 months or even longer?


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Diversifying operations: Kruger commits to specialty niches
In this time of transformation, one way mills can stay innovative is by identifying new markets and product areas to specialize in. This September Kruger announced a $377.6-million transaction to diversify operations at its Brompton and Wayagamack Mills in Quebec into specialty niches, such as flexible food packaging, labelling and digital printing.  


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Columbia Pulp breaks ground on Lyons Ferry straw pulp mill
Columbia Pulp has begun the construction of the 140,000-tonne/year Lyons Ferry wheat straw pulp mill. Described as the first modern mill of its kind in North America, the facility will produce commodity and specialty straw pulp for direct sale to paper and packaging manufacturers as an alternative to wood-based pulp material.


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Four technologies poised to disrupt the specialty paper market
Smithers Pira has identified four novel technologies set to increase capacity and enable new product opportunities for manufacturers of specialty papers across the next five years.



Poorly maintained tension gauges may cause severe damages
Almost every paper mill using forming fabrics has one — a mechanical tension gauge to measure the tension of paper machine clothing, mostly forming fabrics. When these instruments are not in perfect condition, they can cause serious problems, such as torn fabrics, too narrow and/or too long fabrics, and bearing failure.


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Kimberly-Clark to power North American mills with wind energy
Kimberly-Clark has announced a commitment to renewable energy with agreements to annually purchase approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma.

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