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International Paper Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Results

Jan. 27 - "In 2021, International Paper grew revenue and earnings in a highly challenging operating and cost environment. "Throughout 2021, we serviced strong...

Packaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2021 Results

Jan. 26 - "Demand in our Packaging segment remained very strong, with our corrugated products plants delivering record fourth quarter total shipments and...

Essity Announces Price Increases in All Product Categories

Jan. 26 - Essity announced price increases in all product categories and markets to compensate the substantially higher costs for raw materials, energy and...

UPM Raflatac's Linerless Products Certified by the Carbon Trust

Jan. 26 - UPM Raflatac announced that the carbon footprint of its Linerless products has been certified by the Carbon Trust, a global climate consultancy driven by the mission to...

Sonoco Announces Price Increase for Paperboard Tubes and Cores

Jan. 25 - Sonoco yesterday announced it will raise the price for all paperboard tubes and cores by a minimum of 6 percent, effective with shipments in the United States and...

Historic Frogmore Paper Mill in the UK Damaged by Fire

Jan. 24 - A fire that was deliberately set has caused "extensive damage" to the historic Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley, near Hemel Hempstead in the UK...

AKT Blockade against UPM Not Helping Labor Negotiations with Paperworkers' Union

Jan. 24 - The Transport Workers' Union AKT announced a blockade against UPM in Finland to support the strikes of the Paperworkers' Union and...

Total U.S. Boxboard Production in Q4 2021 Increased Two Percent Compared to Q4 2020

Jan. 21 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its Q4 2021 Boxboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q4...

Mactac to Acquire Spinnaker Coating for $40 Million

Jan. 21 - The deal consists of Spinnaker's manufacturing facility and headquarters based in Troy, Ohio, and North American distribution centers located in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and...

Verso Corporation Files Preliminary Proxy Statement in Connection with BillerudKorsnäs Merger Agreement

Jan. 21 - The preliminary proxy statement provides detailed disclosure regarding, among other things, the robust process overseen by the Special Committee, the Special Committee's...

Appvion Appoints Laurie Andriate as Its New Chief Executive Officer

Jan. 20 - Appvion, LLC announced today that it has appointed Laurie D. Andriate as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding George Wurtz upon his retirement. Prior to joining Appvion, Andriate led Henkel...

UPM Says Finnish Paperworkers' Union to Extend Strike, Talks Need Be Business-Specific

Jan. 20 - "Only in the negotiations will it be possible to open up the goals of the parties and seek solutions together. Our businesses are very different from each other, which is why business-specific agreements are...

Precision Roll Grinders Names Deborah Smalley as Corporate Controller

Jan. 20 - Precision Roll Grinders announced that Deborah S. Smalley has been named Corporate Controller. In this position she will support all accounting and financial functions, establish and implement financial...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments One Percent in December 2021

Jan. 20 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Valmet to Supply Board Machine Rebuild to Increase Production Capacity at Stora Enso's Skoghall Mill in Sweden

Jan. 20 - Valmet will supply a board machine rebuild to Stora Enso's Skoghall mill in Sweden. The main goal...

Greif to Increase Prices On All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Grades and Tube, Core, Protective Packaging

Jan. 19 - Greif announced that it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Essentially Flat in December 2021

Jan. 18 - Total printing-writing paper shipments remained essentially flat (+0.1 percent) in December compared to December 2020. U.S. purchases of...

Smurfit Kappa to Invest $33 Million in Expansion of Fortaleza Packaging Plant in Brazil

Jan. 18 - The expansion, which includes the installation of a new corrugator, will significantly extend the plant's Shelf Ready Packaging capability for FMCG customers in a range of...

U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Record for Containerboard Production in 2021

Jan. 18 - AF&PA has released preliminary 2021 data from U.S. paper and paperboard mills indicating record containerboard production. The preliminary data indicates...

Unifor and PPWC Reach Wage Pattern Deal with Canfor

Jan. 17 - Two of the country's largest pulp and paper unions, Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada, have reached a tentative deal with Canfor that...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Completes Acquisition of Majority Stake in Chinese Decor Paper Producer Minglian

Jan. 14 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö has successfully completed the acquisition of a 60% stake in Chinese decor paper producer Minglian and forms a joint...

New Paper Bags for Waste to Be Tested in Sweden

Jan. 14 - Four companies in central Sweden are working together to give paper bags a...

Europe Sleepwalked Into an Energy Crisis That Could Last Years

Jan. 13 - The retired salt caverns, aquifers, and fuel depots that hold Europe's stockpiles of natural gas have never been so empty at this point in winter. The crisis has left...

China's Tissue Paper Production Capacity Growing at Record Pace

Jan. 13 - According to the China National Household Paper Industry Association, in 2021, newly added production capacity in China's tissue paper industry reached...

Rayonier Advanced Materials Earns ISCC Plus Certification At Fernandina Beach Facility

Jan. 13 - The certification will allow RYAM's customers to procure ISCC+ certified High Purity Cellulose, addressing sustainability requirements in their end markets...

PulPac Appoints Emelie Andersson as Brand and Creative Manager

Jan. 13 - PulPac announced that Emelie Andersson has joined the company as Brand and Creative Manager. Anderersson brings 15 years of experience of brand communication with a focus on strategic and...

Norske Skog Names Paperboard as Containerboard Agent in Poland

Jan. 11 - Norske Skog has named Warsaw-based Paperboard as their exclusive representative for sales of containerboard in the fast-growing Polish market. "Poland will be...

Grupo Modelo Partners with WestRock and Grupo Gondi in Transition to CanCollar Eco Packaging

Jan. 11 - In a partnership with WestRock and Grupo Gondi, Grupo Modelo is investing roughly 4 million dollars in the sustainable, fiber-based CanCollar...

CPH Group Stops Paper and Packaging Production Following Cyberattack

Jan. 10 - CPH Group reported that a cyberattack was perpetrated on its IT systems on January 7 and, as a precautionary measure, CPH stopped...

Clearwater Paper Launches Nuvo with BioPBS Compostable Cup Stock

Jan. 10 - Clearwater Paper has introduced NuVo with BioPBS, a sustainable cup stock that provides foodservice operators with a compostable alternative to...

Ence's Navia Pulp Mill Achieved Outstanding Safety and Environmental Results in 2021

Jan. 10 - Ence announced that its Navia pulp mill closed 2021 with outstanding results in both safety and environmental performance — two of...

Green Bay Packaging to Build New 600,000 sq. ft. Corrugator Plant in Fort Worth, Texas

Jan. 6 - Green Bay Packaging (GBP) announced plans to construct a new 600,000 square-foot corrugator plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The new "super-plant" will be...

Nordic Paper Completes Acquisition of Glassine Canada

Jan. 6 - Nordic Paper has completed the acquisition of Glassine Canada Inc., a specialized manufacturer of demanding greaseproof paper grades primarily for...

The Navigator Company to Apply 15% Surcharge to Its Tissue Products Prices

Jan. 5 - The Navigator Company will apply an energy, logistics and commodities surcharge to its tissue products, amounting 15% of the sales price, to offset...

Oliver Acquires Tulsa-Based Professional Image and aspecialtybox.com

Jan. 5 - Oliver Inc. has acquired Professional Image and aspecialtybox.com. Professional Image is a leading manufacturer of custom folding carton packaging and...

Graphic Packaging Names New Executives in Americas and International Business Units

Jan. 5 - Graphic Packaging announced that Maggie Bidlingmaier will join Graphic Packaging as EVP and President of the Americas business unit. Ms. Bidlingmaier was most recently President, Performance Solutions for...

Motion Completes $1.3 Billion Acquisition of Kaman Distribution Group

Jan. 4 - The strategic addition of KDG to Motion will significantly boost the latter's concentration in core industrial products and services as well as in the growing...

Greif to Divest Stake in Flexible Packaging Joint Venture to Gulf Refined Packaging for $123 Million

Jan. 4 - "While we have worked closely with our joint venture partner, each partner held different views of the appropriate path forward for...

Ox Industries Acquires Tube and Core Producer York Industries in South Carolina

Jan. 3 - Ox Industries has acquired York, South Carolina-based York Industries. The company is a leading producer of green protective packaging and paper...

Union Employees Begin Strikes at UPM Mills in Finland

Jan. 2 - Members of the Paperworkers' Union, the Finnish Electrical Workers´ Union and the Trade Union Pro have started strikes at UPM mills in Jämsänkoski, Kouvola, Lappeenranta, Pietarsaari, Rauma, Tampere and...

Sonoco Recycling Acquires American Recycling of Western North Carolina

Dec. 31 - Sonoco Recycling has acquired American Recycling of Western North Carolina, a privately owned recovered paper recycler located in Asheville, North Carolina...

Northern Pulp Files Lawsuit Against N.S. Government For Damages (external link - CBC News)

Dec. 29 - Northern Pulp is suing the Province of Nova Scotia for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars related to the early end of its lease to use...

Seeing the Opportunity in Canada's Forests: Looking Ahead to 2022

Dec. 29 - Forests are intrinsic to Canadian life. We know that with the great power of Canada's forest resources, comes an even greater duty for...

Essity Acquires U.S. Based Advanced Wound Care Specialist Hydrofera

Dec. 29 - Essity announced that it has acquired Hydrofera, a developer of an advanced line of wound care products designed to shorten healing times, lower...

Valmet to Convert Newsprint Machine to Containerboard Production for Model Paper Eilenburg

Dec. 29 - Valmet will supply Model Paper Eilenburg in Germany with an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild, which will convert...

Metsä Fibre Announces Changes in Its Management Team

Dec. 28 - Metsä Fibre has announced the following changes in its management team: Timi Hyppänen is appointed Senior Vice President, Supply Chain of Metsä Fibre, and...

Sappi Europe Says Unparalleled High Energy Tariffs Force Further Price Hikes

Dec. 27 - Sappi Europe has informed its customers that the ongoing challenges with unparalleled high energy tariffs will force it to address its pricing early in 2022...

IBS Paper Performance Group Acquires Metering Systems Specialists in Germany

Dec. 27 - IBS Paper Performance Group said that it has acquired V.I.T. Papertec and V.I.T. PapierMaschinen-Service, both based in Gerlingen, Germany. The acquisitions will...

Canfor Pulp Announces Extended Production Outage at Northwood Pulp Mill

Dec. 23 - Canfor Pulp announced an extended outage on one production line at its Northwood NBSK Pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia...

Stora Enso Investing EUR 23 Million to Increase Containerboard Capacity at Varkaus Mill

Dec. 22 - Stora Enso said that it is investing EUR 23 million in its Varkaus pulp and paper mill in Finland. The aim of the investment is to increase...

SCA Announces US$40 per Tonne Price Increase for NBSK Pulp

Dec. 22 - SCA announced that it will increase the price of its NBSK (Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft) pulp in Europe by US$40 per tonne, effective January 2022...

Glatfelter Announces Partnership with ALPLA to Develop Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Dec. 21 - Glatfelter and ALPLA are joining together to develop high-quality cellulose-based products, like screw caps, that are fully biobased and potentially ocean biodegradable...

Graphic Packaging Named to Newsweek's List of America's Most Responsible Companies

Dec. 21 - Graphic Packaging has been named to Newsweek's 2022 list of America's Most Responsible Companies for a second year in a row. The recognition is based on...

Dunn Paper Appoints Brent Earnshaw as CEO; Promotes Wade Kemnitz to President

Dec. 20 - Dunn Paper announced the appointments of Founder Brent Earnshaw as Chief Executive Officer and promotion of Wade Kemnitz to President of the company...

UPM to Adjust Unexplained Gender Pay Gaps in All Locations

Dec. 20 - UPM has completed its company-wide pay equity review and now eliminates unexplained gender pay gaps. UPM has employees in 46 countries and the pay gaps...

Verso to Be Acquired by BillerudKorsnäs for Approx. $825 Million

Dec. 19 - Verso announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BillerudKorsnäs will acquire all of the outstanding shares...

Valmet to Convert Fine Paper Machine at VPK's Alizay Mill to Containerboard Production

Dec. 17 - Valmet will supply a grade conversion rebuild to VPK's Alizay mill in Normandy, France. The mill's paper machine, which currently has the capacity to produce...

Kruger Products to Double Production of Its Future Tissue Machine in Sherbrooke

Dec. 17 - Kruger Products will double the size and production of its future tissue machine in the Brompton borough of Sherbrooke, Canada. An additional $111.5 million...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased Two Percent in November 2021

Dec. 17 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its November 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Georgia-Pacific Investing $500 Million to Increase Tissue Capacity at its Green Bay Broadway Mill

Dec. 16 - Investments to the Green Bay mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, as well as adding associated converting...

Resolute Announces Indefinite Idling of Pulp and Paper Operations at Calhoun Mill

Dec. 16 - Resolute announced the indefinite idling of pulp and paper operations at its Calhoun (Tennessee) mill. Tissue manufacturing and converting will continue...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased Two Percent in November 2021

Dec. 16 - U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased nine percent in November compared to the same month last year. Inventory levels...

New Survey Signals Recovery in Printing Paper, With Quality and Carbon Neutrality Becoming More Important

Dec. 16 - A new survey commissioned by Stora Enso indicates an expected recovery for office printing paper...

Valmet to Supply Kivanç Tekstil with New Containerboard Machine in Turkey

Dec. 15 - The new board making line (PM 1) will produce testliner and fluting grades with a basis weight range of 50-135 g/m2. The design speed will be...

International Paper to Build Corrugated Packaging Plant in Pennsylvania

Dec. 15 - International Paper announced it will build a state-of-the-art corrugated packaging plant in Atglen, Pennsylvania. The facility will employ...

Paperworkers' Union Issues Strike Announcement for Several UPM Businesses in Finland

Dec. 15 - The Finnish Paperworkers' Union has issued a strike announcement to UPM. The strike would start at the mills on Saturday 1 January 2022 at 6.00 EET...

Critical Shortages of Recovered Paper Pressuring Paper Mills in South Africa

Dec. 14 - The South African paper recycling industry is facing a critical shortage of various grades of waste paper, in particular pre-consumer (K3) and post-consumer (K4)...

CMPC to Acquire Brazil's Iguaçu Celulose Papel for R$945.7 Million

Dec. 13 - CMPC announced an agreement to purchase the forest and industrial assets of the pulp, paper and sack businesses of Iguaçu Celulose, Papel, located in...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Appoints Mark Ushpol as Exec. VP of Food Packaging & Technical Solutions, Robyn Buss to Retire

Dec. 13 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced that Mark Ushpol has been appointed Executive Vice President of the Food Packaging & Technical Solutions business area and...

Stora Enso Appoints Johanna Hagelberg as Executive Vice President, Biomaterials Division

Dec. 13 - Stora Enso has appointed Johanna Hagelberg Executive Vice President, Biomaterials division. She will continue as a member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT). Markus Mannström, the previous...

Valmet to Collaborate with Metsä Board Husum to Increase Folding Boxboard Production Capacity

Dec. 10 - Valmet will supply a long-term Performance Agreement and a board machine rebuild to Metsä Board Husum in Sweden. The main goal is to...

Smurfit Kappa Completes $75 Million Upgrade to Water Treatment Plant at Its Barranquilla Paper Mill

Dec. 9 - Smurfit Kappa announced the completion of a two-phase upgrade of its facilities at the Barranquilla Paper Mill in Colombia. The US$7.5 million investment will...

Valmet Partners with GORE-TEX Professional to Provide Smelt Protection Solution to Pulp and Paper Producers

Dec. 9 - Valmet has entered into an agreement with GORE-TEX Professional to be the exclusive...

Clearwater Paper Appoints Michael Urlick as New Consumer Products Leader

Dec. 9 - Clearwater Paper Corporation announced a key divisional executive appointment. Michael (Mike) Urlick has been named senior vice president and general manager of the consumer products division, effective...

Pregis Starts-up $14 Million Production Plant for Recyclable Paper Mailers in Georgia

Dec. 9 - The 298,000 square foot facility will be producing the Pregis EverTec™ mailer which features lightweight, curbside recyclable paper, cushioned construction....

Sappi Cloquet Dissolving Pulp Mill Completes Higg FEM Assessment

Dec. 8 - The mill achieved a final score of greater than 80% on the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit, which is an endorsement of...

The Navigator Company to Increase Prices for Its UWF Paper in Jan. 2022

Dec. 8 - The Navigator Company will increase the list price for all of its UWF (Uncoated Woodfree) paper products by 10-15 percent, effective with shipments from...

Appvion Acquired by Private Equity Firm, Wynnchurch Capital

Dec. 7 - Wynnchurch Capital, a middle market private equity firm, has acquired the thermal coating business assets of Appvion Holding Corp. and its subsidiaries...

PCMC Opens New Packaging Innovation Center in Green Bay

Dec. 7 - The Packaging Innovation Center will be the home of a Fusion C flexographic press, Hudson-Sharp's Ares 400-SUP stand-up pouch machine, a Meridian Elite...

PPC Addresses Cybersecurity, Sustainability, and Economic Outlook at Fall Meeting

Dec. 7 - Sustainability, cybersecurity, powering the future, curbing burnout, and the global economic outlook were just some of the critical topics discussed...

Rayonier Advanced Materials Elects Vito Consiglio as President and CEO; Paul Boynton to Retire

Dec. 6 - Rayonier Advanced Materials' Board of Directors elected Vito Consiglio to succeed Paul Boynton as President and Chief Executive Officer and Board member effective January 1, 2022. Boynton, who has served...

Sonoco-Alcore to Increase Tube & Core Prices in the EMEA Region

Dec. 6 - Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. announced that it will raise prices by 10 percent on all tube and core grades sold in the Company’s EMEA regions...

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Acquires Sustana Group

Dec. 3 - Headquartered in De Pere, Wisconsin, Sustana Group, which comprises Sustana Fiber and Rolland, uses post-consumer materials to produce...

Canfor Pulp Announces Production Curtailments in Response to Supply Chain Challenges

Dec. 3 - Canfor Pulp Products is announcing temporary NBSK and BCTMP production reductions at Northwood Pulp and Taylor Pulp in response to the significant...

Red Leaf Pulp Awarded $3.8 Million to Commercialize Non-Wood Pulping Technology

Dec. 2 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada has awarded Red Leaf Pulp Ltd. $3.8 million to commercialize an innovative pulping technology using wheat straw and...

Paper Excellence Announces Indefinite Curtailment of Catalyst Paper tiskwat Mill

Dec. 2 - "The ongoing contraction of global paper markets and paper prices, particularly in Asia, are creating significant on-going financial losses at the mill. Despite...

Single-use Packaging is a Sustainable Choice for Society, the Science Says So

Dec. 2 - "We should stop the guessing game when we look at environmentally viable solutions, and we should trust the science and work together to make our...

Paper Excellence Completes $3 Billion Acquisition of Domtar

Dec. 1 - Domtar will operate as a stand-alone business entity within the Paper Excellence Group, with Domtar's current CEO and management team remaining in place. There are...

Stora Enso Introduces Portfolio for Bio-Based, Recyclable Packaging Foam

Dec. 1 - Stora Enso's offering consists of Fibrease and Papira. Both products are fully recyclable and can be used for protective and thermal packaging...

West Fraser Provides Operational Update Regarding Severe Weather, Flooding

Dec. 1 - "In recent weeks, severe weather and flooding in B.C. has caused transportation disruptions to rail and truck routes, including limiting access to ports for overseas shipments...

Celadon to Open North American Headquarters and Recycled Pulp Operations in Savannah

Nov. 29 - Celadon Development Corporation will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and recycled pulp operation in Savannah, Georgia...

Metsä Tissue Explores Carbon Footprint of Its Toilet Paper: Fresh Fiber vs. Recycled

Nov. 29 - Metsä Tissue, in cooperation with AFRY, has calculated the carbon footprint of toilet paper in its eight European mills, and also explored the differences in...

China Imported 30% of Its Total Volume of Softwood Logs from Europe in 2021

Nov. 24 - European softwood logs were practically non-existent at Chinese ports five years ago. However, a combination of a never-ending hunger for more wood...

UPM Preparing for Temporary Working Conditions if Talks with Paperworkers Union Stall

Nov. 23 - UPM continues to aim for business-specific collective bargaining with the Paperworkers' Union but has also begun preparations for arranging working conditions temporarily...

Stora Enso's Bio-based Battery Material Wins Metsä360 Award

Nov. 23 - "At our pilot plant in Kotka, Finland, we produce lignin-based carbon material as an alternative to the fossil-based graphite that is traditionally used in batteries. This allows...

Paper Excellence to Temporarily Curtail Production at Catalyst Paper Tiskwat Mill

Nov. 22 - "Severe challenges with local and global supply chain congestion exacerbated by British Columbia's recent atmospheric river event have caused...

AF&PA Says House Passage of the Build Back Better Framework is "Short-Sighted"

Nov. 19 - "AF&PA cannot support the corporate tax increases put forth in the Build Back Better Act. These tax increases would significantly impact U.S. manufacturing jobs and undermine...

Domtar, Paper Excellence Merger Receives Canadian Competition Bureau Approval

Nov. 19 - Paper Excellence B.V. and Domtar Corporation jointly announced that they have received Canadian...

Mondi Investing EUR 20 Million in Upgrade of Pulp Production at Frantschach Mill

Nov. 18 - "Our new plant equipment will make our pulp production even more efficient and sustainable. The modernisation and expansion will...

Cepi Names Metsä Group CEO, Ilkka Hämälä, as Its New Chairman in 2022

Nov. 18 - Cepi announced that Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group, will become the new Chairman of Cepi as of January 2022. Mr. Hämälä succeeds Ignazio Capuano (Burgo Group), who has served as Cepi's chairman since...

BIR Paper Division: Meeting Laments "Very Poor Quality of Service from Ocean Carriers"

Nov. 18 - Debate at the latest BIR Paper Division webinar on November 10 was dominated by an issue of paramount importance to recyclers of...

European Pulp and Paper Industry Supports EU Action to Safeguard World's Forests; Calls for Focus on Real Drivers of Deforestation

Nov. 17 - Cepi considers that, to make real changes when tackling commodity-induced deforestation, it is crucial...

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