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Kotkamills' rebuilt board machine 2 (BM2) restarted on July 22 in Finland. Valmet supplied key technology and an automation package for the extensive paper machine grade conversion project. The printing paper (MFC) production line was converted to produce a range of folding boxboards and food service boards.
Published in Equipment & Systems
In a new report, Moody’s analysts highlight the headwinds facing boxboard prices as enhancements to capacity come online, in addition to the supply overhang in China and Europe and the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar weighing on coated recycled board (CRB) tonnage.
Published in Global Trends
Finnish board maker Metsä Board is exiting from several unprofitable paper businesses, and has concentrated the company’s production in linerboard and folding boxboard.
Published in Financial Reports
TAPPI’s new online forum, TAPPI Connect, provides an online resource for members, non-members, and volunteers to collaborate, share knowledge and expand their personal and professional networks.
Published in Industry News
Specialty Papers US brings together the entire supply chain, including leading researchers who are working to perfect new applications that improve paper’s ability to resist oils and serve as a substrate, as well as identify specific attributes and unique applications.
Published in Conferences/Shows
Chinese papermake Sun Paper successfully started up its new kraft liner paper machine, which has an annual capacity of 800,000 tonnes, at its location in Zoucheng. The paper machine consists of the right-hand machine PM 31 and the left-hand machine PM 32, both provided by Voith.
Published in Equipment & Systems
The 2016 TAPPI PEERS conference will help attendees discover new ways to improve mill reliability with innovative best practices. The theme for this year’s event is Mill Innovations: Process Reliability to Breakthrough Technologies.
Published in Conferences/Shows
Michelle A. Cormier, Martin Couture and Patrick Lemaire have joined the board of directors of Cascades Inc.
Published in Industry News
Planet Paper Group of Ontario has acquired Tricor POP of Cleveland, adding to its paper converting holdings in Canada. A family-owned company, Planet Paper employs more than 300 people and provides packaging products, and display and fulfillment services.
Published in Industry News
After three years of rigorous product development and field trial work, Cascades Sonoco, is introducing a water-based barrier coating to replace the standard polyethylene coating used on folding carton grades to make traditional food take-out containers. Incorporating the new FlexSHIELD barrier coating makes the take out box compostable when applied to recycled paperboard, without compromising critical barrier performance, the company says.
Published in Industry News
In recognition of his contribution as an exceptional citizen, Joseph Kruger II, chairman and CEO of Kruger, was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec in May.
Published in Industry News
Stora Enso has commissioned Voith Paper to install a fully automated VariFlex winder on the BM1 board machine at its Kaukopää mill in Imatra, Finland. The winder’s innovative concept increases processing capacity and makes production safer and more reliable.
Published in Equipment & Systems
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, showcasing the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry's commitment to sustainability across the value chain.
Published in Industry News
In 2015, the European paper industry’s performance in total was second best in the world after China, with a stable production and increased consumption compared to 2014, according to data gathered by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). CEPI members produced 90.9 million tonnes of paper and board in 2015.
Published in Industry News
Specialty Papers US 2016 will feature a two-day agenda filled with insights, discussions and presentations focused on specialty paper packaging, alternative sources of wood pulp, and new technologies with raw materials and fibers. 
Published in Industry News
Packaging and tissue manufacturer Cascades has launched its third sustainable development plan, which covers the 2016–2020 period. The past six years have shown Cascades that a sustainable development plan can be profitable on a number of fronts.
Published in Sustainability
An online tool to help match job openings at Canadian forest products companies with job seekers, and provide detailed labour market information about the sector, has been launched by Forest Products Association of Canada and the federal government.
Published in Industry News
Evergreen Packaging has introduced a new line of cup stock made with renewable materials, including bio-based polyethylene. The company says this cup stock is one of the first of its kind. It is suitable for both hot and cold applications.
Published in Sustainability
The Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) elected Michael (Mike) Lafave, senior vice-president, containerboard, packaging and recycling for Kruger Products, as its chairman for the one-year term beginning in May, 2016.
Published in Industry News
The Norampac division of Cascades has completed an exchange with U.S.-based Rand-Whitney Container, acquiring a plant in Newtown, Connecticut, in exchange for certain assets of Norampac’s New England plant, located in Thompson, Connecticut. The Newtown plant manufactures corrugated packaging.
Published in Industry News

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