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UPM's CEO Says Company Delivered All-time High Sales and Earnings in 2022

Feb. 2 - "2022 was a pivotal year for UPM. We delivered all-time high annual sales and earnings, driven by success across all of our businesses. At the same time, our...

Voith to Convert Idled Paper Machine at Stora Enso's Oulu Mill to Packaging Grades

Feb. 1 - Voith will convert an idle paper machine at Stora Enso's Oulu Mill in northern Finland to the production of high-volume consumer board. The machine...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Results

Feb. 1 - "I'm pleased to report that WestRock grew packaging revenue and margins in the first quarter, even in this challenging environment. We also finalized the acquisition of Grupo Gondi, which expands...

International Paper Reports Full-Year and Fourth Quarter 2022 Results

Jan. 31 - "In 2022, International Paper grew revenue and earnings in a dynamic and challenging...

Valmet to Supply Sappi with Paper Machine Conversion Rebuild at Somerset Mill in Maine

Jan. 30 - Valmet announced that it will supply an extensive rebuild for paper machine 2 (PM2) at Sappi North America's Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine...

MM Board & Paper to Make Major Investments in Modernization Projects at Three Mills

Jan. 30 - MM Board & Paper will rebuild board machines at its mills in Frohnleiten (Austria), Neuss (Germany) and Kolicevo (Solvenia), implementing...

Billerud Gains Funding Approval from Michigan Legislators in Support of Escanaba Mill Conversion

Jan. 30 - Billerud announced that the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate has passed legislation approving an appropriation of up to $200 million in funding to...

Total U.S. Boxboard Production Decreased Three Percent in Q4 2022

Jan. 30 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its Q4 2022 U.S. Boxboard report. According to the report, total boxboard production...

Total U.S. Containerboard Production Decreased 5 Percent in Q4 2022

Jan. 28 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its Q4 2022 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total U.S. containerboard production...

Stora Enso to Sell Hylte Newsprint Mill to Sweden Timber for EUR 18 Million

Jan. 27 - Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its paper mill in Hylte, Sweden and all its related assets to Sweden Timber, a Sweden-based sawmill and...

Norske Skog Skogn to Invest NOK 180 Million in New Thermomechanical Pulp Line

Jan. 27 - Norske Skog Skogn (Norway) will invest around NOK 180 million in a new thermomechanical pulp production line (TMP) that will replace expensive recycled...

Arauco Mill Produces First Bale of Pulp on New Production Line in Chile

Jan. 26 - Arauco on January 20 produced the first bale of pulp on the new production line (Line 3) at Arauco Mill in southern Chile. The construction of the new production line is...

Packaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results

Jan. 25 - Packaging Corporation of America reported fourth quarter 2022 net income of $212 million and...

Dutch Paper Producer Crown Van Gelder Files for Bankruptcy

Jan. 25 - The District Court of Noord-Holland has declared specialty paper producer Crown Van Gelder B.V. bankrupt. Despite excellent financial performance in...

International Paper Reaches Agreement to Sell Ownership Interest in Ilim Joint Venture

Jan. 24 - International Paper announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its 50% interest in Ilim SA, the holding company for its Ilim joint venture, to its...

Opal Considers Closure of White Paper Operations at Maryvale Mill Due to Wood Fiber Supply Shortage

Jan. 24 - Opal Australian Paper is "seriously considering" closing the "white side operations" of its Maryvale pulp and paper mill due to a supply shortage of timber used for...

Innovation to Add New Value for $425 Billion Fibre-based Packaging Market

Jan. 24 - The sustainability agenda means corrugated board, folding cartons, moulded pulp, flexible and speciality papers, are all receiving new interest from...

Voith Acquires Stake in Dry Molded Cellulose-based Packaging Company, Yangi

Jan. 24 - Voith has acquired shares in Yangi, a Swedish company that offers manufacturing technology for dry formed cellulose-based packaging...

Graphic Packaging International Moving Its Bristol, UK, Packaging Operations to New Site

Jan. 23 - Graphic Packaging International is moving its Bristol, UK beverage packaging manufacturing operations to a new, state-of-the-art facility nearby, creating up to...

Paper Excellence Investing $50 Million to Restart Paper Operations at Crofton Mill

Jan. 20 - Paper Excellence announced that it will invest nearly $50 million to upgrade its Crofton mill's paper operations and towards reductions in its...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 13 Percent in December 2022

Jan. 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging...

Domtar's Kingsport Mill Resumes Operation; Produces First Containerboard Roll

Jan. 18 - Domtar announced that its Kingsport Mill in Tennessee recently produced its first 100 percent recycled containerboard...

Mercer International to Curtail Production at Celgar Pulp Mill Due to Lack of Fiber

Jan. 18 - Mercer International announced that, due to a lack of appropriate fiber availability, its Celgar pulp mill in British Columbia, Canada, is planning to take...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Nine Percent in December 2022

Jan. 18 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

Voith Expands Regional Service of OnPerformance.Lab with New Location in China

Jan. 17 - Voith announced that it has opened an OnPerformance.Lab (OPL) in Kunshan, China. Voith's OPL offers data-based services such as...

PulPac Announces US-based SustainaPac has Joined Its Licensee Network

Jan. 17 - PulPac announced that USA-based manufacturing venture SustainaPac has joined its licensee network and will use Pulpac's "Dry Molded Fiber" technology to produce...

Felix Schoeller Group Forms New Management Board for 2023

Jan. 16 - The Felix Schoeller Group has started 2023 with a newly formed Management Board. As part of the realignment, Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp has been appointed...

Mondi Completes Acquisition of Duino Paper Mill in Italy from Burgo Group

Jan. 13 - Mondi has completed the acquisition of the Duino paper mill near Trieste (Italy) from the Burgo Group for a total consideration of EUR 40 million...

Willamette Falls Paper Company Names Mary Beth McCabe as Director of Business Development

Jan. 13 - Willamette Falls Paper Company announced that Mary Beth McCabe will join the company as the Director of Business Development. McCabe brings considerable...

Canfor Pulp to Permanently Close Kraft Pulp Line at Prince George Mill

Jan. 12 - "In recent years, several sawmills have permanently closed in the Prince George region due to reductions in the allowable annual cut and challenges...

Suzano and Corteva Boost Tree Genetics Research with Release of Eucalyptus Genome Data

Jan. 12 - FuturaGene, the biotech division of Suzano, will make available the highest quality Eucalyptus genome sequence ever released to the public, in collaboration...

Valmet to Rebuild Cooking, Fiberline and Evaporation Plant for Andhra Paper in India

Jan. 12 - Valmet has been selected to rebuild the cooking, fiberline and evaporation plant of Andhra Paper's Rajahmundry pulp and paper mill in India. The delivery is...

Central National Gottesman Acquires Business Products Wholesaler S.P. Richards

Jan. 11 - Central National Gottesman announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire S.P. Richards (SPR), an independent business...

Progroup Starts-up New Corrugated Sheet Feeder Plant in Poland

Jan. 11 - Progroup announced that production has officially started at its new sheet feeder plant (PW14) in Stryków, Poland. The new high-tech plant will produce up to...

USDA Appoints 2023 Paper and Packaging Board Members

Jan. 11 - The Paper and Packaging Board announces three new board members appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose terms begin immediately. Appointed to...

Metsä Board's Kemi Mill Reaches Production Milestone with 15 Million Tonnes of Kraftliner

Jan. 10 - Metsä Board's Kemi mill in Finland recently reached the milestone of fifteen million tonnes of premium kraftliner on the 12th of December 2022...

Monadnock Paper Mills Names Brigitte O'Connor as Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Jan. 10 - O'Connor has more than 25 years of experience in the industry with a strong background in graphic communications, paper, packaging and printing. Most recently, she was a senior account executive for...

UPM Appoints Christian Librera as Senior Vice President Biofuels

Jan. 10 - UPM has appointed Christian Librera as Senior Vice President Biofuels to lead the company's Biofuels business platform as of 1 January 2023. Librera joins UPM coming from Clariant where he had been...

Packaging Corporation of America Resuming Production at Jackson Mill

Jan. 9 - Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) reportedly is resuming production at its Jackson, Alabama paper mill, bringing about 400 employees back to work....

Stora Enso Completes EUR 1.02 Billion Acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group

Jan. 6 - Stora Enso has completed the acquisition of the Netherland-based company De Jong Packaging Group, one of the largest corrugated packaging...

AF&PA and AWC Call for Achievable Path to NAAQS Standards

Jan. 6 - "We are disappointed that EPA is proposing to significantly tighten the current NAAQS Standard for particulate matter without a clear path to achieve it...

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill Appoints Michael Shamma as New General Manager

Jan. 6 - Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM) has appointed Michael Shamma as its new General Manager. Shamma is a strategic and entrepreneurial minded...

Imperial Dade Names Scott Crocco as Chief Financial Officer

Jan. 6 - Imperial Dade announced that Scott Crocco has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 18. Crocco replaces Chris Dirx who resigned for family-related health issues. Dirx will...

Ilim Group Nearing Start-up of New Kraftliner Machine at Ust-Ilimsk Mill in Russia

Jan. 5 - Ilim Group has successfully completed the first water run of the Voith XcelLine kraft linerboard machine at the company's new KLB Mill in Ust-Ilimsk, Russia...

Reno de Medici Restarts Recycled Board Mill in Villa Santa Lucia, Italy

Jan. 5 - Reno de Medici has restarted its recycled board mill in Villa Santa Lucia, Italy, after the forced closure of a local waste treatment plant in August of 2022. The treatment...

International Paper Announces Changes to Executive Team

Jan. 4 - International Paper announced changes to its senior leadership team today including the retirement of a long-serving executive and organizational shifts to enhance...

WEPA Group Starts-Up New Tissue Machine in Bridgend, Wales, UK

Jan. 3 - The WEPA Group in mid-December put a new tissue machine into operation at its site in Bridgend, Wales, in the UK, thereby doubling its production capacity of...

Sylvamo Completes the Acquisition of Stora Enso's Nymölla Pulp and Paper Mill

Jan. 2 - Sylvamo has completed the acquisition of Stora Enso's uncoated freesheet paper mill in Nymölla, Sweden, for 150 million euros. The integrated mill has...

CellMark Launches New Division: CellMark Packaging & Paper

Jan. 2 - CellMark today announced the launch of a new division — CellMark Packaging & Paper — which is the result of a merger of its two existing...

Resolute, Paper Excellence Merger Receives Canadian Competition Bureau Approval

Dec. 30 - Once the combination has been finalized, Domtar will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Resolute stock for $20.50 per share and one contingent...

RYAM's Specialty Cellulose Mill in Jesup, Georgia, Impacted by Natural Gas Supply Disruption

Dec. 27 - Rayonier Advanced Materials announced that its facility at Jesup, Georgia, has been impacted by a force majeure declared by its natural gas provider...

UPM in Final Phases of Construction on Its Eucalyptus Pulp Mill in Uruguay

Dec. 23 - UPM is finalizing the construction works of the greenfield eucalyptus pulp mill in Uruguay. The start-up of the 2.1 million tonne/year mill...

Marcal Paper Acquires von Drehle Corporation in North Carolina

Dec. 22 - New Jersey-based tissue producer Marcal Paper has acquired von Drehle Corporation, a premier provider of quality towel and tissue products for...

Georgia-Pacific Launched or Completed about $1.8 Billion in Capital Improvement Projects in 2022

Dec. 22 - Georgia-Pacific has launched or completed approximately $1.8 billion in capital improvement projects throughout the company. Projects include...

Valmet to Deliver Coating Section Upgrade with Electric Heated Air Dryers to Stora Enso Imatra Mills

Dec. 21 - Valmet will upgrade the coating section of Board Machine 5 at Stora Enso Imatra Mills, Tainionkoski in Finland. In addition to electric heated OptiDry Coat air...

SCA Acquires Wind Farm with 36 Turbines in Piteå, Sweden

Dec. 21 - The Skogberget wind farm was commissioned in 2014 and was acquired with the purchase of 100% of the shares in Skogberget Vind from Enercon for approximately...

Sappi North America Awarded $1 Million From the Maine Technology Institute as Part of Maine's Forestry Recovery Initiative

Dec. 20 - The grant funds will be used to improve Sappi's pulp yield in the Somerset Mill, specifically through...

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtailing Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George, BC

Dec. 20 - Canfor Pulp Products announced the immediate curtailment of its Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, which is expected to...

Stora Enso to Divest its Beihai Pulp and Paper Mill and Forestry Operations in China

Dec. 16 - Stora Enso has initiated a sales process for a possible divestment of its consumer board production site in Beihai, China. The divestment would also include...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased One Percent in November 2022

Dec. 16 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its November 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 9 Percent in November 2022

Dec. 16 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its November 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging...

Michigan Strategic Fund Approves Support for Billerud's Escanaba Mill Transformation Project

Dec. 15 - Billerud U.S. Production is analyzing whether to bring advanced technology and advanced manufacturing capability to its Escanaba operations, a project that...

Sappi Europe Announces Major Paper Machine Modernization Project at Its Gratkorn Mill

Dec. 15 - Sappi Europe announced a modernization project at its Gratkorn mill in Austria. The project will focus on Paper Machine 11, which will undergo extensive...

Mondi Begins Production at New Kraft Paper Bag Plant in Morocco

Dec. 14 - Mondi announced the start of production at its EUR 16 million greenfield kraft paper bag plant in Morocco, which can produce 100 million paper bags each year...

Crown Paper Group Names Will Lindsay as Chief Executive Officer

Dec. 14 - Lindsay brings to Crown Paper Group more than three decades of experience in the paper and packaging industry, including leadership across global sales and marketing, supply chain, and...

BW Integrated Systems Names Daniela Israel as Vice President, Market Strategy

Dec. 14 - BW Integrated Systems announced the addition of Daniela Israel to its executive leadership team as Vice President, Market Strategy. Israel has spent most of her career with leading manufacturing and technology...

Lecta Announces Price Increases for Its Range of Thermal Papers

Dec. 13 - Lecta has announced a price increase of 8% for all of its thermal paper ranges. The new prices will be applied in all markets on deliveries from...

Ahlstrom Appoints Helen Mets as Its New President and CEO

Dec. 13 - Ahlstrom announced the appointment of Helen Mets as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2023. Mets will succeed Hans Sohlström, who has contributed greatly to Ahlstrom's success since 2016...

Stora Enso to Invest EUR 80 Million in Two Specialised Pulp Production Projects

Dec. 13 - Stora Enso strengthens its focus on specialised pulp grades by investing EUR 38 million in unbleached kraft pulp (UKP) production at its...

Felix Schoeller Group to Invest Over $100 Million to Expand Capacity in North America

Dec. 13 - The Felix Schoeller Group is systematically implementing its growth program for North America. Starting in 2023, capacities at the...

ND Paper Awarded $1 Million in Grant Funding for Efficiency Project at Rumford Mill in Maine

Dec. 10 - Maine Governor Janet Mills announced an award of $1 million from the final round of the Forest Recovery Initiative of her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to ND Paper for...

Veritiv CFO Steve Smith to Retire, Eric Guerin Named Successor

Dec. 9 - Veritiv announced that Stephen J. "Steve" Smith, the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has informed the Veritiv Board of Directors that he intends to retire from the company in ...

Valmet to Supply Complete Automation System for Melitta Europa's Paper Mill in Germany

Dec. 8 - Valmet will supply a complete automation solution to Melitta Europa for its paper mill in Minden, Germany. The order includes Valmet's distributed...

Stora Enso and Huhtamaki Welcomes First Partners in Paper Cup Recycling Initiative

Dec. 7 - The Cup Collective initiative, which is the first of its kind in Europe, aims to recycle half a billion paper cups in Europe within the first two years. The first...

Georgia-Pacific to Invest $160 Million to Modernize Operations at Brewton Containerboard Mill

Dec. 6 - The project involves upgrades to the facility's pulp processing systems that will reduce energy and chemicals consumption, other ...

Appvion Names Paul Charapata as Chief Executive Officer

Dec. 5 - Appvion announced that Paul Charapata, former President and CEO of recently acquired Nekoosa Coated Products, has been named CEO of the Appvion platform. The current CEO...

Stora Enso Appoints Minna Björkman as Head of Sourcing and Logistics

Dec. 5 - Stora Enso has appointed Minna Björkman as Head of Sourcing and Logistics and a member of the Group Leadership Team. Björkman joined Stora Enso in 2019 as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and...

Twin Rivers Paper to Sell Its Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Lumber Mill to Groupe Lebel

Dec. 3 - Group Lebel is a longtime supplier to Twin Rivers Paper. The deal includes a long-term supply agreement for the Plaster Rock mill to continue providing Twin Rivers with ...

WestRock Completes Acquisition of Grupo Gondi in Mexico

Dec. 2 - The acquisition of Grupo Gondi includes four paper mills, nine corrugated packaging plants and six high graphic plants throughout Mexico that produce...

Stora Enso Received Approval for the Acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group

Dec. 1 - Stora Enso has received regulatory approval from the EU Commission to proceed with the acquisition of De Jong Packaging. Closure of the transaction is...

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