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APP

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is expected to obtain more loans from Chinese banks to fund expansion projects in Indonesia. The company’s parent group, Sinar Mas, has secured a $1.5 billion loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) and ICBC Financial Leasing. 

Fibria

Fibria was selected to receive the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award from Rainforest Alliance, a non-governmental organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, and founder of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). 

Unifor

Members of Unifor Local 1291 have voted in favor of a new collective agreement. The members work for Ariva, a division of Domtar. The agreement includes annual wage increases, in addition to other gains. It achieves all key elements of Unifor’s Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern. 

Bad Month

Mitsubishi

Japan’s Mitsubishi Paper Mills (MPM) has indefi- nitely halted production on a paper machine and an offline coater at its mill in Takasago city, Hyogo prefecture. PM 3 manufactured thermal paper, carbonless paper and base paper for converting into inkjet paper products. 

 

Georgia-Pacific

According to MLive, Georgia-Pacific is closing its Epic manufacturing plant in Parchment by the end of 2015, eliminating 57 jobs. The plant, which is part of Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie division, manufactures food wraps and other items for the food industry. That work will be move to plants in Green Bay, WI, and Hattiesburg, MS. 

Fustelpack

A fire broke out in the transformation area of the corrugated box manufacturer Fustelpack in Capocolle di Bertinoro in Italy. Production was supposed to resume at least partially by mid-May. The blaze seriously damaged two rotary die-cutters and partially damaged a flat die-cutter. 

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The tissue sector is one of the few in the industry that still can say it enjoys a growing market, particularly in developing countries. New technologies have broadened the quality of various tissue types: facial, bathroom, toweling and napkin. The growth of the private label is another area of great interest. Finally, the At Home and Away from Home sectors continue to evolve.

Air emissions, liquid effluent, sustainability, certification, life cycle analyses, relationships with NGOs: The environmental sector in the pulp and paper industry has come to mean so much. How mills co-exist with the world around them is much more than meeting the variety (and ever more stringent and broadening array) of government legislation. It also affects companies’ relationships with the market and their ability to sell their products. PPI keeps abreast of the technical, legislative and social issues affecting the industry’s inter-action with the environment.

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Except for an integrated mill, every ounce of pulp and paper made has to be shipped. The cost of transport and logistics is a large percentage of a company’s overall production costs. There are a myriad issues that a producer must face whether on land or by sea. Besides the obvious legislative concerns, these include capacity (of the shipper), transport availability, port and road infrastructure, and energy costs. And, a producer must meet different countries’ regulations often on the same shipment of pulp or paper.

Much has been written and said about the opportunities the bio-economy represents for the pulp and paper industry, and although it seems the industry has been slow to adopt new ideas and technologies, behind the scenes a lot of work is being done. These opportunities cover a multitude of differing new revenue streams, from green energy and bio-fuels and from nanocellulose to sophisticated chemicals, all derived from the forest. PPI’s Bio-Insight keeps a close eye on all the developments going on in this fascinating sector.

The consumer, end user and brand owner has finally got the message, loud and clear, that fiber-based packaging has a much better environmental footprint that competing substrates, and now the paper and board industry has a huge opportunity to exploit that message. PPI Packaging Technology will bring you all you need to know about advances in substrates, converting equipment and allied technology that will keep fiber based packaging at the top of its game.

OptiConcept M containerboard line for Yuen Foong Yu Packaging

Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Yuen Foong Yu (YFY) Packaging Inc. for the company's Xin Wu site in Taoyuan County in Taiwan. The new production line will produce high-quality fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

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Overheating investment activity in North American tissue business

By Esko Uutela Fri, Jul 11, 2014

STARNBERG, GERMANY, July 11, 2014 (RISI) -After the Great Recession of 2009 and the recovery in 2010, North American tissue supply and demand have been well balanced, and from time to time, the business has been a seller's rather than a buyer's market. This was the case in the first nine months of 2012.

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Diverging trends emerging in China's paper packaging market

By Han Yao Mon, Apr 28, 2014

BEIJING, CHINA, April 28, 2014 (RISI) -Overall market conditions in the Asian region improved toward the end of 2013. Even so, the region's largest paper packaging market, China, recorded divergent trends for the second consecutive year: stronger growth in the boxboard sector and weaker growth on the containerboard front.

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European graphic paper industry profitability levels stubbornly low

By Alejandro Mata Fri, Oct 25, 2013

BRUSSELS, Oct. 25, 2013 (RISI) -Industry profitability levels for the main graphic paper grades in Western Europe have been in decline ever since the financial crisis started to impact the markets during late 2008. This year will be no exception as profitability levels in Europe will (probably) reach their lowest point in modern paper-making history.

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Viscose pulp demand benefiting from Chinese government price supports for cotton

By Rod Young Tue, Oct 01, 2013

The Chinese government has been aggressively supporting domestic cotton prices since the third quarter of 2011. The cotton price in China (represented by the 328 grade) closely followed the A-grade cotton price benchmark from 2000 to 2009, with a small premium that averaged $80/tonne after adjusting for the 17% VAT on the 328 cotton price.

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