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Caraustar Announces Continued Implementation of Price Increase on Paperboard Tubes and Cores and Protective Packaging Products

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 6 min ago
ATLANTA, June 23, 2017 -- Caraustar Industries, Inc. today announced the continuation of the previously announced price increase on paperboard tubes and cores and protective packaging products."The April announced price increase on our paperboard products was in response to the increased cost in uncoated recycled paperboard (URB)," reported Rick Moreland, Vice President of Sales for Caraustar's Industrial Products Group. "As a result of the continued escalation in cost it has become necessary to complete implementation of the previously announced increase."

About Caraustar Industries: Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For additional information on Caraustar, please visit the company's website at www.caraustar.com.

New set-up for Holmen Paper sales in Spain and Portugal

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 7 min ago
June 24,2017--From 1 October 2017 all Holmen Paper sales in Spain and Portugal will be managed by the organization of CellMark.As communicated in 2016, Holmen’s Madrid mill has been sold and will be converted for containerboard production. This conversion will be initialized in mid-September 2017, and the mill will from this point cease to produce newsprint. Consequently, Holmen Paper’s local sales office in Madrid will be closed during the fall, and CellMark will from 1 October be representing Holmen Paper and the paper products offered from the Swedish paper mills.

“With regards of the market prerequisites following the divestment of our Madrid mill, we believe that CellMark is well suited to take on and further develop our future solutions in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Holmen Paper and CellMark also have a long history of cooperating together in other markets – an experience we now aim to utilize in the best way possible for our customers”, says Nils Ringborg, CEO Holmen Paper.

Holmen Paper and CellMark today have a partnership in several markets globally:

“I’m very excited to see how our extensive collaboration with Holmen Paper is evolving. Based on mutual trust and transparency, Holmen Paper and CellMark have created a business concept to secure supply and continued good service for customers in Spain and Portugal. We believe that this agreement and future collaboration between our two companies is the way forward that will lead to sustainable business growth in a changing paper industry”, commented Fredrik Anderson, CEO CellMark.

Together with CellMark we now look forward to continue to provide our unique, fresh-fibre paper products to the Spanish and Portuguese markets.

Palatka, Florida, Mill Selected For Georgia-Pacific $400 Million Investment To Grow Tissue And Towel Business

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 8 min ago
ATLANTA, June 23, 2017-- Georgia-Pacific today announced that its Palatka, Florida, mill has been selected as the location for the company's previously announced investment of more than $400 million in its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investment supports continued growth for key customers' premium private label towel products.

Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, as well as adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure. Engineering and related work is beginning immediately, and startup of the upgraded operation is scheduled for 2019.

Approximately 80 jobs will be created to operate the new papermaking complex, in addition to the mill's 850 current employees. An average of 160 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill every day during the project, with a potential peak of 700 contract workers per day at the height of construction.

"This upgrade to our operations in Florida underscores our long history of investment in the state by Georgia-Pacific and Koch companies," said Christian Fischer, Georgia-Pacific president and chief executive officer. "We appreciate the ongoing support of the local community, Putnam County and state officials in our efforts to continue making our Palatka mill more competitive for the long-term."

In the last 10 years, capital investment and acquisitions in the Palatka mill have totaled $306 million and statewide investments have totaled $1.5 billion.

"The Palatka mill has been a major economic contributor in Putnam County for 70 years," said Larry Harvey, chairman, Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. "It is gratifying that Georgia-Pacific continues to see our community as a solid location for significant investment. With this new manufacturing technology coming to the Palatka mill, we look forward to many more decades of opportunity together."

The Palatka mill currently operates two kraft paper machines, three paper machines manufacturing paper for bath tissue and paper towels, and a number of converting operations producing finished paper products.

The improvements will allow Georgia-Pacific's current and potential customers to grow their premium private label towel brands, as well as expand the company's Brawny® premium paper towel brand.

"This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to GP's consumer business, our hard-working teams and our current and potential customers," said Kathy Walters, Group President – Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group. "It also allows us to further leverage the many advantages we have, including our breadth of offerings, excellence in manufacturing operations and research and development to create products that consumers value."

In Florida, Georgia-Pacific operates three facilities and employs nearly 1,600 people with total annual compensation and benefits of more than $143 million.

About Georgia-Pacific
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, Dixie® as well as STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary is among the world's largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates approximately 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com.

Climate hypocrisy: Norway tells Brazil off about deforestation while expanding Arctic oil exploration

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 18:58
Earlier today, during a visit to Oslo, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, met Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg. After the meeting, Solberg said, “If preliminary figures about deforestation in 2016 are confirmed, it will lead to a reduced payout in 2017.” She added that Norway’s rainforest payments to Brazil are “based on results”. Between 2009 and […]

Bark beetles getting worse, forester says

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 17:55

Bark beetle problems continue to worsen on Northern Idaho forest lands, a university forester says.

23 June 2017 | NZ$24 million sawmill redevelopment complete

International Forest Industries - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 15:16

Japanese-owned Pan Pac Forest Products has completed the NZ$24million redevelopment of its Milburn sawmill which is now fully operational and staffed.

The Milburn plant, south of Dunedin, near Milton, has some of the newest and most environmentally efficient equipment on site, from its fuel source, to air emission cleansing to its “latest technology” kiln drying facilities.

Milburn uses 100% radiata pine to mill appearance grade lumber, at present solely for export to Asian customers. The more than year-long redevelopment has doubled output from 50,000cum of lumber a year to 100,000cum, with plenty of capacity to spare.

Pan Pac has been operating in Hawke’s Bay for 44 years and 30 months ago bought part of the former Southern Cross Forest Products company out of receivership, which is its first foray into Otago. With minimal loss to production, the dry sorting equipment from the Milton plant was moved to Milburn, and other new sawmilling equipment installed, all in large sheds.

“Really, at 100,000cum we are in the niche market area. Output of 500,000 cu m has become the commercial industry standard,” Pan Pac managing director Doug Ducker said. Pan Pac’s operations manager at Milburn, Blair Watson, said logs were sourced from around Otago, from small forest holdings and also City Forests, Matariki and Wenita. Mr Watson said the kiln was the largest one of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Mr Ducker said emission issues at the former Milton site had been overcome with the installation of a $1.5million electrostatic precipitator, which is the final cleanser for emissions. The filtration system removes fine particles from gases using an induced electrostatic charge. The plant uses just 5ha of the total 37ha of land around it.

Mr Ducker said expansion was part of the future plans. The new plant itself was operating at about 50% of capacity at the moment. He expected that in 10 to 15 years there would be a large amount of 1990s-planted Otago forests “coming on stream”, largely from small forest owners.

Source: odt.co.nz

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Wildfire risk management challenges posed by global change

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:28
Forest fires of Pedrógão Grande (Portugal) with more than 60 fatalities shows how complex are becoming the wildfire risk management under the global change context. Additionally to the vegetation growth induced by rural depopulation and natural forest and plantations expansion, extreme and recurrent weather events reinforced by the climate change […]

The future of fashion? Our forests!

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:21
Cotton, silk, leather... it is time to move on from these old-fashioned materials, to something better! This evening in Perugia, in the heart of Italy, young designers will be revealing their ideas of our clothing future, and their inspiration? Forests! Our forests have so much to offer us. Yarns...

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PulpEye No. 50 Bought by Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:20
June 23,2017--PulpEye has now reached the milepost of 50 units sold as Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk in Sweden invests in a PulpEye system for pulp analyses online. Bleached and unbleached kraft pulp is produced at the Aspa mill and the PulpEye they have acquired contains modules for determination and measuring of kappa number, brightness, dots and pH.

Jonas Pettersson-Hagel, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk, and Öjvind Sundvall, PulpEye, confirm the purchase of PulpEye No.50 together with colleagues from Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk and PulpEye.

“We are very pleased to have sold PulpEye unit No. 50,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye. “During the last few years we have seen an ever increasing demand for our analysis equipment for continuous monitoring of pulp quality, irrespective of pulp type. As we cooperate with leading research institutes we have been able to introduce entirely new technique and thus by and by satisfy customers’ need for quick and reliable pulp analyses. That Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk bought PulpEye No. 50 is no coincidence as they have a well-deserved image of embracing new technique in order to be able to be at the forefront.”

“We evaluated a number of alternatives for analysis of pulp online and chose to acquire PulpEye,” says Jonas Pettersson-Hagel, Production Manager Pulp at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk. “PulpEye has for many years supported our kappa analyser and as we have that experience it was logical to choose PulpEye as our future platform. We have high demands on our specialty pulps which is why our PulpEye contains modules for measuring kappa number, brightness, dots and pH. We are planning to install the whole package with modules, test points and pipes for the samples to the analysis modules during our maintenance break in the autumn.”

“The quality demands on different pulp qualities are ever increasing which means that our customers need to be able to control pulp characteristics through the whole process, from digester to drying, and not only at just a few test points,” says Öjvind Sundvall. “The mills want complete control of the quality and possibilities to, early in the process, spot and correct deviations in different process steps. Our latest orders thus comprises test points covering the customers’ complete fibre lines, which is evidence of their confidence and trust in our technique.”

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk produces bleached and unbleached hardwood sulphate pulp. This was the first mill in the world to install oxygen bleaching, already 1974 and in 1989 it was also the first mill to be able to offer 100 % chlorine-free sulphate pulp.

For more information, please contact:

Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye AB,

Tel. +46 70 618 63 02, email: ojvind.sundvall@pulpeye.com

PulpEye AB is an innovative measurement technology company, focusing on online applications and services for the pulp and paper industry globally. Main products are the PulpEye pulp analyser and the ScanChip chip analyser. Head office is in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. PulpEye products are sold globally through sales offices and sales representatives in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Oceania.

UPM Launches A New, Economical Solution For The Thin Print Market

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:19
UPM, Helsinki, June 22, 2017 - The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The revolutionary paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions. By choosing this new paper, UPM's customers will benefit from significant cost savings compared to a conventional paper solution.

"The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading experience or folding properties of the paper," stated Joonas Järvinen, New Business Development Manager, News and Retail at UPM.

UPM EcoLite is available in 29, 32, 34 and 38 g/m2. A lighter paper equals a smaller environmental footprint as it requires fewer raw materials, less water and less energy to produce and transport.

"The development of lightweight papers is a perfect example of resource efficiency, which is one of the cornerstones of our sustainable operations. Our customers get the same printing area using less materials. At the same time, the environmental impacts of production and the supply chain as a whole decrease significantly," Järvinen added.

Over the past few years, UPM's performance and continuous work on corporate responsibility has been recognized by several international bodies. The company has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year. As of January 2016, UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD as the first forest industry company.

For further information on the new paper, please visit www.upmpaper.com/ecolite

For further information, please contact:
Joonas Järvinen, New Business Development Manager, UPM Paper ENA
Tel. +358 400 448 314, joonas.jarvinen@upm.com

UPM, Media Relations
Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET
Tel. +358 40 588 3284

About UPM Paper ENA
UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) is the world's leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as for home and office use. The high-performance papers and service concepts of UPM add value to our customers' businesses, while actively fulfilling demanding environmental and social responsibility criteria. With its headquarters in Germany, UPM Paper ENA employs approximately 8000 people. Find out more about UPM Paper ENA and its products at www.upmpaper.com

About UPM
Through its renewal of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are all recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

Prices To Rise On Greaseproof Papers From Nordic Paper

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:18
June 23,2017 --The company will increase prices on greaseproof papers by 5% on all despatches from 1st September 2017.Business Unit Sales and Marketing Director, Peter Warren says “Over the past two years our business has endeavoured to keep cost inflation to a minimum by driving internal efficiency and making targeted investments. However, we face increases over a wide range of input costs which we have accepted to ensure supply stability. Many of these costs have been absorbed but we have to pass on some through higher market prices.”

For further information please contact Marie Stenquist, Communication Manager, Nordic Paper

marie.stenquist@nordic-paper.com

Kemsley Paper Mill Audit Successes

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:17
June 23,2017--In May 2017, Kemsley Mill successfully passed the external audits for their Quality, Environmental, and Energy Management systems, retaining its ISO9001, ISO 14001 and ISO50001 accreditations.

The auditor was particularly impressed with the rollout of Our Paper Operating Model, calling it a very positive step forward to drive improvements all around the mill. A particular success lay in the description of our employees as “competent and enthusiastic”.

Our Paper Operating Model launched in 2016. Based on the LEAN culture, Our Paper Operating Model (OPOM) defines how our teams work in our paper mills. Its 8 Key Principles are:
Our People

1. Health & Safety of all colleagues is the Number One business priority.

2. We manage pro-actively with a sustainable view.

3. We “go and see” to understand what’s happening.
Our Customers

4. We solve problems at the root cause.

5. We build quality into our processes to avoid creating or passing on defects.
Our Continuous Improvement

6. We use standardised work as our foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment.

7. We use visual management to expose problems, inspire improvement and understand situations at a glance.

8. We spread our best practice and share our ideas inside our Group.

After one year of OPOM, it’s great

Rosanne Burns Joins JP Gould Ocean Paper

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:16
June 22, 2017---Ocean Paper welcomes Rosanne Burns. Rosanne is a sales veteran with over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. Rosanne has numerous long standing client and vendor relationships that will complement the value proposition and service that Ocean Paper delivers.

Ivy Frimer, President of Ocean Paper noted “Rosanne’s vast industry knowledge along with her client and vendor partners provides the perfect fit for Ocean Paper as we continue to expand the services of the Division.” Rosanne is based in Tampa Florida reporting to Ms. Frimer.

About JP Gould
With revenues of more than $1 billion, JP Gould is among North America’s largest distributors of printing, publishing, and business papers. Clients include printers, packagers, manufacturers, corporations and governments worldwide.

JP Gould, in concert with its parent, Japan Pulp & Paper (USA) Corporation, has offices in virtually every major city the world over. Japan Pulp & Paper has revenues in excess of $5 billion.

GROWING MERCHANTS’ WOOD BUSINESS

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 11:18

BMF ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH GROWN IN BRITAIN With around a fifth of general merchant business comprising timber & wood products, maximising sales opportunities in the category is key to profitability.With this in mind, the Builders Merchants Federation has embarked on a strategic partnership with British timber promotion campaign Grown in Britain, to help BMF […]

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Ivory seizure exposes Japan’s lax domestic ivory trade controls

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:49
Tokyo, Japan, 23rd June 2017—Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on 20th June the seizure of 18 ivory tusks believed to be in illegal trade in violation of LCES[1], the Japanese legislation that regulates trade in threatened species.

How Growing Trees Helps Fight Poverty in Cameroon

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:33

Originally published on the website of National Geographic “If I’m a farmer in Cameroon the true reality is that I’m not part of the value chain of cash crops on international market. I’m the victim of the prices,...

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Can REDD+ help Brazil roll back rising deforestation rates?

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 04:00

Role of REDD+ in stemming deforestation since 2004 is unclear—as is its potential for reversing the recent upward trend

Russ Vaagen: Prescribed fire – important tool for the forest when used correctly 

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 03:59

People are talking about prescribed fire as a tool for fuels reduction and forest restoration.

A washed-out road sharpens concerns about a Bitterroot timber project

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 03:19

A portion of the upper road sloughed away, creating a landslide that swept mud, logs and boulders down the hillside and across the lower roadway clear to Willow Creek itself.

Prescribed Fire

GFIS - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 21:50

There’s a great deal of talk in today’s forest management circles about the use of prescribed fire as a tool to manage forests.  Fire can certainly be a great tool to reduce forest fuels and maintain tree spacing.  It’s been used by mother nature for eons.  So much so that many tree species like Ponderosa … Continue reading "Prescribed Fire"

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