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Extend Paper Machine Uptime: NSK.

March - TL series spherical roller bearings — tough, long-life bearings for dryer rolls increase Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) under high-heat stress...

Rick Zaffiro of Leader Paper to Receive AIPPM's 2024 Peyton Shaner Award

March 1 - The Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants (AIPPM) announced that Rick Zaffiro, Sales & Marketing Manager at Leader Paper...

DS Smith to Invest $60.6 Million in New Pulping Line at Kemsley Paper Mill in England

Feb. 29 - DS Smith has unveiled a ₤48 million ($60.6 million) investment in a new fiber preparation line (F-line) at its Kemsley, England paper mill....

Suzano Board Approves João Alberto Fernandez de Abreu to Succeed Walter Schalka

Feb. 29 - Suzano announced that its Board of Directors have approved a CEO transition process, whereby João Alberto Fernandez de Abreu will succeed Walter...

Suzano Invested R$18.6 Billion in 2023, New Pulp Mill to Start-Up June 2024

Feb. 29 - "Our investment cycle, including the highest annual investment ever, in 2023, represents the largest in our centennial history with over R$50 billion spent between 2019 and 2023...

FDA, Industry Actions End Sales of PFAS Used in US Food Packaging

Feb. 28 - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing that grease-proofing materials containing PFAS are no longer being sold for use in...

Christian Fischer, CEO of Georgia-Pacific, Named PaperAge's Executive Papermaker of the Year

Feb. 27 - PaperAge announced that Christian Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia-Pacific is the recipient of PaperAge's 37th annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" award. PaperAge selects its...

SCA Announces Price Increase for White and Brown Grades of Kraftliner in Europe

Feb. 27 - SCA announced that it will increase the prices on white and brown kraftliner in Europe by EUR 80 per tonne. The new price is effective from...

Metsä Group's New Kemi Bioproduct Mill Strives for Efficient Logistics

Feb. 26 - At the Ajos port, pulp bales are directed to Metsä Group's new 37,000 square meter product warehouse, where unloading is automated. Fossil fuels in the port...

Lecta to Increase Prices for Its Range of Specialty Papers by 8-10%

Feb. 26 - Lecta will increase prices for its specialty paper by 8-10% for all markets, effective April 1, 2024. "Due to the significant increase in raw material costs, especially...

Fedrigoni CEO Provides Clarity on Acquisition of "Certain Assets" of Mohawk Fine Papers

Feb. 24 - "For the sake of clarity, Fedrigoni did not acquire Mohawk as a whole legal entity, but only certain selected assets. The sharing of core values such as...

Fedrigoni Acquires Certain Assets of US-based Mohawk Fine Papers

Feb. 23 - Italian specialty paper producer Fedrigoni announced the acquisition of certain assets of Cohoes, New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers. Mohawk operates...

Motion Enters Definitive Agreement to Purchase Two Fluid Power Companies

Feb. 23 - Motion Industries signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the operating assets of Perfetto Manufacturing and SER Hydraulics...

Domtar to Indefinitely Curtail Paper Production at Ashdown Mill in Arkansas

Feb. 22 - The Ashdown Mill's A62 paper machine and associated sheeter will be indefinitely idled by the end of June, reducing Domtar's annual uncoated freesheet capacity by...

Clearwater Paper Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2023 Results; Strategic Update

Feb. 21 - "We had a great year, driven by a significant improvement in our tissue margins and strong operational execution across both businesses. Tissue demand...

Graphic Packaging to Sell Augusta Paperboard Mill in Georgia to Clearwater Paper

Feb. 20 - "Augusta is an outstanding asset with a great team, which we concluded is a more compelling fit with Clearwater Paper's strategic growth plans than...

Graphic Packaging Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Feb. 20 - "While 2023 was a year of transition for consumer packaging, it was one of outstanding execution for Graphic Packaging. We significantly expanded...

DS Smith Announces EUR 13 Million Investment in Austrian Plants

Feb. 19 - DS Smith announced that it is making significant investments in Austria: a total of EUR 13 million in its Margarethen am Moos and Kalsdorf...

Valmet Appoints Thomas Hinnerskov as Its Next President and CEO

Feb. 19 - Valmet's Board of Directors has appointed Thomas Hinnerskov President and CEO of Valmet. He will start in the position during the second half of 2024...

Sappi Europe to Increase Prices for Its Packaging & Speciality Products

Feb. 19 - Sappi Europe announced that it will increase prices for its Packaging & Speciality products by 5-8% effective on deliveries from...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 4 Percent in January 2024

Feb. 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association released the January 2024 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 9 Percent in January 2024

Feb. 16 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper...

Mohawk Reportedly in "Final Stages" of Acquisition by Italy's Fedrigoni

Feb. 16 - According to an article by the Times Union, an Albany, New York-based news organization, Mohawk Fine Papers, located in Cohoes, NY, is being sold to...

International Paper's Vicksburg Containerboard Mill Selected for Carbon Capture Pilot Program

Feb. 15 - A first-of-its-kind for the pulp and paper industry, the pilot will be at IP's Vicksburg Containerboard Mill. The project aims to capture 120,000 metric tons of...

Michigan State University Investing $25 Million to Expand School of Packaging

Feb. 15 - The $25 million investment will double the size of the building and significantly increase research capacity, creating space for more faculty and graduate students...

Sonoco Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Feb. 14 - "In 2023, Sonoco made further progress on our strategic initiatives and delivered solid financial results in a challenging macroeconomic environment. We achieved the second best year of financial results in our...

Georgia-Pacific Names Chris Warburton Chief Customer Officer for Consumer Products Group

Feb. 14 - Prior to his promotion, Warburton served as senior vice president of sales, responsible for trade marketing, customer investment, category management, customer...

Europe's Paper and Board Sector Impacted by Lower Level of Demand, High Production Costs

Feb. 13 - Production of pulp and paper in Europe experienced a decline in 2023 due to several compounding external factors: a poor economic environment, destocking and...

Cascades Announces Optimization of Its Containerboard Packaging Operations

Feb. 13 - The currently idled Trenton, Ontario corrugated medium mill will not restart operations, while the Belleville, Ontario and Newtown...

Metsä Group Announces Significant Investment Plans for Its Tissue Mill in Mänttä, Finland

Feb. 12 - Metsä Group aims to develop the mill's production and environmental efficiency by investing in paper machine and converting line modernizations as well as...

Mondi Considering All Share Combination with DS Smith; Could Create Packaging Giant

Feb. 9 - Mondi believes that a possible all share combination with DS Smith represents an exciting opportunity to create an industry leader in European paper-based...

Canfor Pulp Announces Agreement to Sell Taylor Pulp Mill for $7 Million

Feb. 8 - Canfor Pulp announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell its Taylor pulp mill site for a price of $7 million. The pulp mill has...

Metsä Group Reports Fourth Quarter 2023 Results

Feb. 8 - "In 2023, economic activity was low, and growth was weak. This was clearly reflected in Metsä Group's business operations and overall result. The prices of capital goods, which increased amid the...

Industry Groups Say EPA's New PM NAAQS Rule "Defies Common Sense"

Feb. 7 - "EPA's rule delivers a devastating blow to U.S. manufacturing and the economy while doing nothing to address the largest sources of particulate...

Kadant Acquires Swedish Simulation Software Company FrontWay

Feb. 7 - FrontWay provides fiber processing industries with simulation software and consulting services for process optimization with a focus on pulp and paper...

Sappi Delivers Solid First Financial Quarter 2024 Results in Difficult Economic Climate

Feb. 7 - "Within the context of ongoing challenging global macroeconomic conditions and weak paper markets I am pleased that the group delivered EBITDA...

ND Paper Completes Massive Overhaul of Rumford Mill in Maine

Feb. 6 - ND Paper announced that its pulp and paper mill in Rumford, Maine, recently wrapped up an historic outage. "This outage was a massive undertaking and...

Sonoco Announces Closure of Uncoated Paperboard Mill in Sumner, Washington

Feb. 5 - Sonoco Products Company announced that it will permanently close its uncoated paperboard (URB) mill operations in Sumner, Washington, effective...

Mondi Completes $5 Million Acquisition of Hinton Pulp Mill in Canada

Feb. 5 - Mondi intends to invest in the mill to improve productivity and sustainability performance and, subject to pre-engineering and permitting, invest in expanding...

Bobst North America to Open New Competence Center in Atlanta in April

Feb. 5 - Scheduled to open its doors on April 15-16, visitors will gain valuable insights into the future of label and flexible packaging production through live demos...

Stora Enso Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Results

Feb. 2 - In a world being rapidly reshaped, we must adapt, streamline, and develop our business to meet the evolving needs of our customers. We have faced unprecedented...

Sofidel America Produces First Parent Roll of Tissue at Duluth Mill

Feb. 2 - Sofidel America on Feb. 1 started production and produced its first parent roll of tissue at its newly acquired mill in Duluth, Minnesota. Sofidel acquired the mill...

Pulp and Paperworkers' Resource Council Workers Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Policies Impacting Manufacturing Jobs

Feb. 2 - American workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry descended on Washington, D.C...

International Paper Reports Full-Year and Fourth Quarter 2023 Results

Feb. 1 - "We executed well and delivered $260 million of Building a Better IP benefits, while accelerating cost reduction efforts across our operations and supply chain. Although earnings were impacted by lower demand and cost inflation...

WestRock Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

Feb. 1 - "During the quarter, we grew external containerboard shipments, while we felt the impact of lower paperboard market demand. We continue to expect significantly improved demand in the second half of our...

Stora Enso Plans Programme to Improve Long-Term Profitability and Competitiveness

Feb. 1 - The profit improvement programme is designed to improve Stora Enso's long-term competitiveness by focusing on core business activities that can drive...

Smurfit Kappa to Invest EUR 54 Million to Double Capacity of Spanish Bag-in-Box Plant

Feb. 1 - The investment is set to strengthen the sustainability of both the plant's operations and its product portfolio, with enhanced waste management systems and...

Sonoco to Sell Its Protective Solutions Business to Black Diamond Capital for $80 Million

Jan. 31 - Sonoco's Protective Solutions business is one of North America's premier manufacturers of molded expanded polypropylene and expanded polystyrene...

Cascades Launches New Line of Recyclable Corrugated Cardboard Produce Baskets with Flaps

Jan. 31 - Made from up to 100% recycled fibers, the new produce baskets with flaps offer produce growers a sustainable alternative to replace more hard-to-recycle packaging...

Valmet to Supply Suzano Aracruz Mill with New Tissue Machine, Converting Equipment and Biomass Boiler

Jan. 30 - The order includes an Advantage DCT 200 tissue machine with OptiFlo headbox and Yankee cylinder, converting equipment, an extensive...

Roundwood Prices for Sawlogs and Pulpwood in Sweden Increased in 2023

Jan. 29 - In 2023, the roundwood prices on delivery timber increased for sawlogs by 12 percent and for pulpwood by 37 percent in comparison to 2022. The prices are...

Shandong Huatai Paper Successfully Starts-up PM 11 after Rebuild by Voith

Jan. 29 - Shandong Huatai Paper and Voith successfully started up PM 11 in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. PM 11, a former newsprint machine, was...

Opinion: Deforestation in Canada and Other Fake News

Jan. 29 (Woodbusiness.ca) - Unfortunately, there is widespread public (and media) confusion about what deforestation is and isn’t. From a dictionary point of view, it would be easy to conclude that deforestation is simply about...

Total U.S. Containerboard Production Increased 12 Percent in Q4 2023

Jan. 28 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its the Q4 2023 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total containerboard production...

Total U.S. Boxboard Production Decreased 10 Percent in Q4 2023

Jan. 28 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its Q4 2023 Boxboard report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q4 decreased...

Kadant Acquires KWS, Producer of Bulk Material Handling Equipment, for $84 Million

Jan. 26 - Kadant has completed the acquisition of KWS Manufacturing Company for approximately $84 million in cash. KWS is a leading manufacturer of...

Unifor Disappointed by Indefinite Curtailment of Paper Production at Crofton Mill

Jan. 26 - Unifor is calling for an immediate response by all levels of government to support the Vancouver Island forestry sector following Paper Excellence's announcement...

Paper Excellence Canada to Indefinitely Curtail Paper Operations at Catalyst Crofton Mill

Jan. 25 - Paper Excellence Canada announced the indefinite curtailment of paper operations at the Catalyst Crofton facility. "Market dynamics, inflationary pressures...

Packaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Jan. 25 - "Throughout the quarter, demand in the Packaging segment was stronger than our expectations. In addition, the higher volume along with...

VPK Group Announces Joint Venture with Italian Corrugated Packaging Producer IEMME

Jan. 25 - VPK explained that the joint venture enables it to offer a diverse range of sustainable paper-based packaging solutions in Italy, including printed Fanfold, digitally printed ...

Mativ Announces Initiatives Expected to Reduce Costs by $40 Million

Jan. 24 - The first wave of the initiative is primarily driven by workforce reductions and indexed toward senior levels of the organization. The second wave of savings will be...

Kimberly-Clark Announces Fourth Quarter/Full Year 2023 Results

Jan. 24 - Fourth quarter sales of $5.0 billion were in line with prior year, with organic sales up 3 percent, driven by a 2 percent increase in price from ongoing revenue growth...

Great Northern Continues Support for International Corrugated Packaging Foundation with $50,000 Donation

Jan. 24 - ICPF is currently strengthening existing programs and services, while expanding their work to address...

WestRock to Build New Corrugated Box Plant in Wisconsin

Jan. 23 - This investment will position WestRock to increase its production capabilities and improve its cost profile in the Great Lakes region. Construction is estimated to cost...

Steady Growth for North American Folding Carton Market Predicted Through 2027

Jan. 22 - The Paperboard Packaging Council announced the release of its 2023-2024 Trends Industry Outlook & Market Data Report, which features overall growth forecasts for...

Cascades Celebrates 60 Years in 2024

Jan. 22 - Cascades is proud to announce that it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding in 2024. Under the theme Together, the organization will be highlighting its history, culture, values and employees throughout...

Fedrigoni Completes Acquisition of Arjowiggins China, Includes Specialty Paper Mill in Quzhou, China

Jan. 20 - The deal concludes an agreement that Fedrigoni reached with Arjowiggins in February 2023, whereby Fedrigoni entered a manufacturing partnership with...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Essentially Flat in December 2023

Jan. 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association released the December 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 14 Percent in December 2023

Jan. 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper...

Aiming for Emission-Free Pulping, Forest Industry and Scientific Community Join Forces

Jan. 17 - The Emission Free Pulping program aims to significantly reduce biomass burning and increase the product yield of wood material used for pulping from...

UPM Raflatac to Build New Converting and Distribution Terminal in Toronto, Canada

Jan. 17 - The Toronto area terminal will house the newest generation equipment and a large warehousing space to enable storage of high-quality film and paper...

Willamette Falls Paper Company Appoints David Diekelman as Vice President of Sales

Jan. 17 - Willamette Falls Paper Company recently appointed David M. Diekelman to the role of Vice President of Sales. Diekelman takes over the position from ...

Putney Paper Mill in Vermont to Close Immediately

Jan. 16 - Soundview Vermont Holdings LLC, a division of Marcal Paper but known by its historical and well-known name of Putney Paper, is closing. The paper mill and its converting plant, which is located...

Sappi Concludes Consultation Process at Sappi Lanaken Mill; Ceases Paper Production

Jan. 16 - The persistent global economic downturn is proving to be much tougher than anticipated with depressed markets, geopolitical instability and weak economic...

Voith and Schumacher Packaging Start-up Rebuilt PM 2 at Myszków Mill in Poland

Jan. 16 - Voith and Schumacher Packaging have successfully started up PM 2 in Myszków, Poland. The successful rebuild of the PM 2 will significantly increase...

Clearwater Paper Suspends Idaho Operations Due to Severe Weather Conditions

Jan. 15 - Clearwater Paper announced that it has had to temporarily suspend its operations in Lewiston, Idaho due to uncertainty in natural gas supply and...

WEPA Professional Acquires Star Tissue UK

Jan. 15 - WEPA Professional has announced the successful acquisition of Star Tissue UK, a prominent British hygiene paper provider based in Blackburn, Lancashire. The newly acquired entity will operate under...

Lucart Reasserts Commitment to Sustainability, Joins the Science-Based Target Initiative

Jan. 15 - By joining the program, Lucart commits to setting specific reduction targets by 2026 for emissions directly controlled by the company (Scope 1), indirect...

Valmet to Supply Key Technology for Shandong Jin Tian He Paper's Board Machine in China

Jan. 12 - Valmet will supply key technology to Shandong Jin Tian He Paper's board machine PM 13 food grade folding boxboard line in China. The delivery will include...

Mondi On Track with Energy Efficiency Projects at Mondi Neusiedler Mill in Austria

Jan. 12 - The investment program includes upgrades of the recovery boiler, pulp dryer, steam accumulator and steam turbine at the pulp mill in Kematen...

Joint Venture Group Acquires Assets of Pixelle's Paper Mill in Jay, Maine

Jan. 11 - JGT2 Redevelopment LLC has acquired the assets of Pixelle Specialty Solutions in Jay, Maine. The acquisition includes the real estate of the main...

Fedrigoni Acquires Minority Stake in Connected Solutions Pioneer, SharpEnd

Jan. 11 - The Fedrigoni Group announced that it has acquired a minority stake in SharpEnd / io.tt, an Internet of Things partner for consumer brands...

Cepi Announces Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe, as Incoming Chairperson

Jan. 11 - Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, announced that Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe, takes over as...

Valmet to Supply IQ Web Inspection System to Yueyang Forest & Paper in China

Jan. 10 - Valmet has received an order from Yueyang Forest & Paper Co., Ltd. to supply an IQ Web Inspection System for its paper machine 8...

Voith Paper's Jeff Berg named Chair of Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors

Jan. 10 - Voith is proud to announce the appointment of Jeff Berg, Vice President Operations, Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems North America, as Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors...

UPM Raflatac Says All Papers Sourced are Now Third-Party Forest Certified

Jan. 10 - UPM Raflatac announced that all papers sourced by the company, whether used as a face paper or a release liner in its labeling materials, are now certified under...

Gould Paper Acquires Stake in French Paper Distributor EFP-Chavassieu

Jan. 9 - Japan Pulp & Paper announced that its subsidiary, Gould Paper Corporation (OVOL USA), has acquired shares in EFP-Chavassieu — a paper, paperboard and...

Two Sides North America Announces Retirement of President Kathi Rowzie

Jan. 9 - Two Sides North America (TSNA) today announced that Kathi Rowzie will retire as its president effective February 1. Under Rowzie's leadership, TSNA has persuaded dozens of major corporations, government...

Metsä Group Appoints Pekka Kittilä as VP, Mill Manager at Kemi; Tomi Seppä as Project Director

Jan. 8 - Metsä Group announced that Pekka Kittilä has been appointed VP, Mill Manager of Metsä Fibre's new Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland, effective...

Ox Industries to Increase Price for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard and Tube and Core and Protective Packaging

Jan. 8 - Ox Industries announced a price increase of $50 per ton for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard and...

Scientists Find Naturally Occurring Pathogenic Fungi to Control Eucalyptus Snout Beetle

Jan. 8 - Scientists have found naturally occurring pathogenic fungi infecting the Eucalyptus snout beetle in Eucalyptus forest plantations, and characterised them to develop a...

Hood Container Acquires Sumter Packaging in South Carolina

Jan. 5 - Hood Container has acquired the corrugated packaging business of Sumter Packaging based in Sumter, South Carolina. This includes all of Sumter's...

Greif to Increase Price for URB, Tube and Core and Protective Packaging Products

Jan. 5 - Greif is implementing a $40 to $70 per short ton increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) and a minimum 6.0 percent increase on all...

PIF Completes Investment in the Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO)

Jan. 5 - The Public Investment Fund (PIF) has completed a deal to invest in the Middle East Paper Company, a manufacturer specialized in producing and recycling paper-based...

Two Sides Welcomes European Manufacturers Paper Honeycomb Association as New Member

Jan. 5 - Two Sides announced its newest member, the European Manufacturers Paper Honeycomb Association (EMPHA), the pan-European association for...

Sofidel Acquires ST Paper's Tissue Mill in Duluth, Minnesota

Jan. 4 - Sofidel announced the acquisition of ST Paper's tissue mill in Duluth, Minnesota. The mill has the capacity to produce 65,000 metric tons per year of bath...

Green Bay Packaging Pledges Additional $100,000 to International Corrugated Packaging Foundation

Jan. 4 - "ICPF is grateful to have the continued support of Green Bay Packaging. In addition to the time and valuable input that Green Bay Packaging commits to...

AV Terrace Bay Pulp Mill in Ontario, Canada, Temporarily Idled

Jan. 3 - AV Terrace Bay announced the temporary idling of its pulp operations in Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada, with immediate effect. The company said idling of the mill is due to...

Graphic Packaging Names Mark Connelly as New SVP, Investor Strategy and Development

Jan. 3 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company has named Mark Connelly as Senior Vice President, Investor Strategy and Development. Connelly brings more than 20 years of...

Paperboard Packaging Council Names Emily Leonczyk Executive Director and Vice President

Jan. 2 - The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has promoted Emily Leonczyk to Executive Director and Vice President. Leonczyk will oversee PPC's operations while...

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