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Top 10 Pulp & Paper Canada stories of 2020

December 21, 2020  By Kristina Urquhart

COVID-19 dominated the news cycle in 2020, and once again this essential industry has persevered.

The sector has much to be proud of with its response to the pandemic.

Thank you for your support in this most difficult year, and best wishes to you, your families and your businesses for a safe holiday season.


Check back in January for our pulp market outlook for 2021!

1. How pulp and paper mills are keeping workers safe during COVID-19

Our most popular article covered some of the ways pulp and paper mills were responding to the pandemic.

2. Introducing Pulp & Paper Canada’s inaugural Top 10 Under 40

Our first-ever crop of winners showed a strong work ethic, initiative and curiosity, as well as a commitment to training and safety. Congratulations to them!

3. Coronavirus will drive paper, pulp prices lower: Moody’s

Early predictions from Moody’s in March showed a negative outlook for the global paper and forest products industry.

4. How is COVID-19 impacting the Canadian pulp market?

As coronavirus cases climbed in Canada, a Fastmarkets RISI analyst told P&PC that the pulp market may continue to see low prices.

5. Kruger announces shutdown of Brompton paper mill

Kruger shut down its Brompton specialty papers mill temporarily in April, then permanently in September, leaving just the biomass and water treatment plants open.

6. Chip considerations: papermaking processes start with wood chip quality

This paper explores how critical wood chip size distribution is during kraft pulping operations.

7. Paper Excellence mills in B.C. hit by malware attack

The company became aware of the hit to its IT systems on the morning of Feb. 19. Communications were impacted for months as the company recovered.

8. Let’s talk tissue: Market outlook for 2020

Our market outlook on tissue was written well before the pandemic was declared, which makes it an interesting piece to look back on.

9. 2019 Safest Mill in Canada winners announced

Our Safest Mill in Canada contest has been running for 94 years. Which mills had the lowest recorded incidents last year?

10. ‘Stop the bleeding’: Emotions run high at Forest Nova Scotia AGM

The closure of Northern Pulp in January set off a shakeup in Nova Scotia’s forestry sector.

Bonus: Women working in forestry

Pulp & Paper Canada, along with Canadian Forest Industries and Canadian Biomass, launched the Women in Forestry website in March, which contained some of the year’s most-visited stories. Check them all out – and send a note to kurquhart@annexbusinessmedia.com about the great work your female colleagues are doing. We’ll be adding fresh new stories leading up to International Women’s Day 2021.

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