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Verso Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Feb. 25 - "Despite 2020 being a challenging year, we continued to strengthen our operational efficiency and flexibility, manage our costs and working capital to generate free cash flow, and align our product...

SCA Closes Its Last Publication Paper Machine, LWC4, at Ortviken Mill in Sweden

Feb. 25 - SCA early this morning permanently shut-down paper machine LWC4 at Ortviken paper mill in Sweden. With this, SCA's production of publication paper has...

Roosevelt Paper Company Partners with Scholarship America to Establish New Scholarship Program

Feb. 25 - Roosevelt Paper Company announced that it has partnered with Scholarship America to establish a new scholarship program for the children and...

Berkley International Sells Its Molded Fiber Manufacturing Division to International Paper

Feb. 24 - Berkley International announced the sale of its Molded Fiber (pulp) manufacturing division, Berkley MF LLC, to International Paper for an undisclosed purchase price...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's CelluStraw Receives Compostability Certification

Feb. 24 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö's CelluStraw offering consists of specialty papers developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws, and runs well on high-speed converting...

Domtar Announces Management Committee Appointments

Feb. 24 - Domtar announced appointments to the company's management committee. These appointments streamline...

What does President Biden's '30×30? Order Aim to Protect?

Feb. 23 - President Biden signed an executive order setting a goal of protecting 30 percent of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030. What does "30×30" mean, and what does it "protect" these lands and waters from?

The Navigator Company to Increase Paper Prices by 6 - 8 Percent in the USA

Feb. 23 - The price adjustment involves all cut size office papers, including Navigator, Pioneer, and Discovery and all rolls, including Navigator Premium Inkjet and...

Voith Supplies Republic Paperboard with Innovate Curtain Coater Process

Feb. 23 - Voith announced that Republic Paperboard recently installed and commissioned a new curtain coater system that will allow Republic to produce...

Valmet to Supply Main Process Islands and Automation for Metsä Fibre's Kemi Bioproduct Mill

Feb. 22 - Valmet and Metsä Fibre have finalized the agreement for the key technology delivery covering all main process islands and automation systems for Metsä Fibre's...

Monadnock Paper Mills Enters New Distribution Partnership with Digital Color Ink

Feb. 22 - Digital Color Ink will be offering Monadnock's recently launched ENVIsual Board, the "Un-Plastic Alternative" for in-store marketing applications such as...

Mill Rock Packaging Partners Acquires All Packaging Company

Feb. 22 - Mill Rock Capital, a private investment firm, announced that its portfolio company Mill Rock Packaging...

Körber Tissue Appoints Mauro Luna as New Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Feb. 19 - Körber Tissue announced that Mauro Luna has been appointed Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He will report directly to CEO Oswaldo Cruz. Luna joined Körber Tissue in 2019 as...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased Two Percent in January 2021

Feb. 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Progroup Starts Construction of Corrugated Sheetfeeder Plant at Stryków Mill in Poland

Feb. 19 - Progroup announced that construction is starting for its "PW14" corrugated sheetfeeder facility located at the company's paper mill in Stryków, Poland. The new plant...

European Paper Industry Welcomes Revamped EU Trade Policy's Support to Green and Digital Transitions

Feb. 18 - The European Paper Industry welcomes the European Commission's resolve to ensure that trade tools accompany and promote value chains that are...

ABB Supplies Oji Fibre Solutions' Penrose Mill with Winder Safety System in New Zealand

Feb. 18 - ABB has supplied Oji Fibre Solutions' Penrose Mill in Auckland with a specially designed winder safety system — the first of its kind in New Zealand — as well as a winder drive control system and...

Clearwater Paper Suspended Arkansas Operations Due to Severe Weather Conditions

Feb. 17 - Clearwater Paper has temporarily suspended its pulp and paperboard operation in Cypress Bend, Arkansas (USA). The cold weather has resulted in the curtailment of...

RDM Group Agrees to Sell Its 100% Interest in La Rochette Cartonboard Mill in France

Feb. 17 - The La Rochette mill produces cartonboard for folding boxboard (FBB) based on virgin fibers and has the capacity to produce 165,000 tons per year. The mill operates...

SKF Announces Fal Dieso and Amy Sliwinski to Serve in Key Leadership Roles

Feb. 17 - SKF announced the hiring and promotion of two key additions to the executive leadership team of SKF USA. Fal Dieso joins SKF as vice president of marketing in North America, and Amy Sliwinski has been promoted to...

Corrugated Equipment Market Projected to Exceed $282.3 Million by 2027

Feb. 17 - Based on a Global Market Insights report, the Corrugated Equipment Market size was estimated at $226.77 million in 2020 and is slated to surpass $282.3 million by...

Case Paper Announces New Roles on Executive Management Team

Feb. 16 - Case Paper has announced recent changes to the Executive Management Team. Simon Schaffer has assumed the role of President of Case Paper. Previously, Schaffer served as...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 25 Percent in January 2021

Feb. 16 - AF&PA has released its January 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 25 percent in January...

Pixelle Specialty Solutions to Acquire Specialty Papers Business of Appvion Operations

Feb. 15 - Pixelle said that carbonless rolls formerly manufactured by Appvion will be manufactured by the Pixelle specialty papers mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, and...

Port Hawkesbury Paper Installs Towers to Monitor Wind for Potential Wind Farm in Nova Scotia

Feb. 15 - The two towers will collect vital wind data over the next twelve months. The collected data will serve to verify the wind resource over the project site and...

AstenJohnson Appoints Connie Wilson as VP Human Resources

Feb. 15 - AstenJohnson announced that Connie Wilson has accepted the role of VP Human Resources. Wilson has been with the company for over 30 years and has held a number of leadership roles including...

The Economics of Pulpwood Supply: New Markets are Essential

Feb. 15 - Timber and the land timber occupy are economic assets. As in any market, when there is strong demand, owners actively manage their assets to...

Safety, Sustainability, Recycling, Top AF&PA 2021 Advocacy Priorities

Feb. 15 - The American Forest & Paper Association Board of Directors announced advocacy priorities the association will pursue to ensure the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and...

Domtar: Manufacturing Byproducts Offer Benefits to Mills, Environment

Feb. 13 - Domtar's Nekoosa and Rothschild mills have discovered a mutual benefit to the lime byproduct produced in the process of making pulp. The two mills...

International Paper to Sell Kwidzyn Pulp and Paper Mill in Poland to Mayr-Melnhof for EUR 670 Million

Feb. 12 - International Paper has entered into an agreement to sell the Kwidzyn pulp and paper mill and supporting operations to Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG for ...

Ox Industries Acquires Corex US in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Feb. 12 - Ox Industries has acquired Corex US, LLC, a manufacturer of spiral wound tubes and cores located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This facility adds high strength...

Stora Enso's Cellulose Foam Wins "Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year"

Feb. 12 - Stora Enso's cellulose foam is a lightweight wood fiber-based foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material...

Domtar Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results

Feb. 11 - "Our paper shipments were in line with the third quarter and order activity remained stable across all channels, while paper pricing was...

AF&PA Elects Michael Doss as New Board Chair, Announces Officers

Feb. 10 - The American Forest & Paper Association announced the election of Graphic Packaging International President and CEO Michael Doss as...

European Demand for Packaging and Hygiene Papers Grew in 2020

Feb. 10 - Cepi announced that despite the slowing down of the European economy and the sanitary restrictions, most of the pulp and paper mills in Europe...

Rottneros to Hike Price for Softwood, Bleached Chemi-ThermoMechanical Pulp in South East Asia

Feb. 10 - Rottneros announced that it will increase the price for its SW BCTMP by USD 75 per ton on all new orders for South East Asian...

Ireland's Zeus Packaging Acquires Austrian Food Packaging Company Petruzalek

Feb. 10 - Irish-owned Zeus Packaging announced the signing of a binding agreement to acquire Austrian-based food...

Graphic Packaging International Launches Paperboard Innovation ProducePack™ For Fresh Produce

Feb. 9 - Graphic Packaging International announced the launch of ProducePack™, a sustainable paperboard packaging range of solutions for fresh produce...

Paper Excellence Eyes Restart of Prince Albert Pulp Mill after $600 Million in Investments

Feb. 8 - Paper Excellence has recently invested more than $600,000 in engineering and consulting work focused on restarting the Prince Albert pulp mill in Saskatchewan,...

Greif to Increase Price on all Paper Tubes and Cores, and Protective Packaging Products in US and Canada

Feb. 8 - Greif, Inc. announced a price increase of 7% on all paper tubes, cores, and protective packaging products in the United States and...

AF&PA Responds to U.S. Department of Commerce's Preliminary Rulings in Circumvention Inquiries on Uncoated Paper

Feb. 8 - "The preliminary affirmative rulings – Indonesia and Brazil – ensure that paper imports are traded fairly in...

Buckman Increases Global Prices for All Products by 8 - 25 Percent

Feb. 5 - Buckman, a privately-held global company specializing in innovative chemistry and smart solutions, announced global price increases of...

WestRock Systematically Bringing Information Systems Back Online Following Ransomware Incident

Feb. 5 - WestRock is undertaking extensive efforts to identify, contain and recover from this incident quickly and securely. Upon discovering...

Paper Excellence Receives Favorable Ruling from Brazilian Arbitration Panel to Complete Acquisition of Eldorado Brasil

Feb. 5 - Paper Excellence announced that the International Chamber of Commerce arbitration court in Brazil has ruled...

Valmet Appoints Petri Paukkunen as Area President, Asia Pacific Area

Feb. 5 - Valmet announced that Petri Paukkunen has been appointed Area President, Asia Pacific Area as of April 1, 2021. Paukkunen is currently employed as...

Kemira to Increase Price for Pulp and Paper Chemicals in the Americas

Feb. 5 - Kemira has announced a 5-15% price increase for most process and functional chemicals used by pulp and paper customers in the Americas...

Smurfit Kappa Continues to Invest in Its Paper Sacks Business in Latin America

Feb. 4 - Smurfit Kappa announced further investments in the expansion and modernisation of its paper sacks business in Latin America in response to growing market trends and...

International Paper Reports Full-Year and Fourth Quarter 2020 Results

Feb. 4 - International Paper reported full-year and fourth quarter 2020 financial results. "In terms of results, International Paper delivered solid earnings and outstanding cash...

Sonoco Announces Price Increase for Paperboard Tubes and Cores

Feb. 4 - Sonoco announced it will increase the price for all paperboard tubes and cores by a minimum of 6 percent, effective with shipments in the United States and...

Resolute Forest Products Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2020 Results

Feb. 4 - Resolute Forest Products reported a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, of $52 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to a net loss of $71 million...

Sappi CEO Points to Continued Recovery for First Financial Quarter of 2021

Feb. 3 - Sappi Chief Executive Officer, Steve Binnie, made the following comments on the group's first financial quarter 2021 results. "I am pleased with the continued recovery in...

Greif Implementing Price Increases for Uncoated Recycled Paperboard and Containerboard

Feb. 3 - Greif announced that it is implementing price increases on certain paperboard and containerboard products: a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of...

PCMC Names Andy Piotter as Business Development Manager, Packaging Systems

Feb. 3 - Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announced that Andy Piotter has accepted the position of Business Development Manager, Packaging Systems. In this role Piotter will develop the company's new packaging systems division...

China's Nine Dragons Investing in Recycled Pulp Production in Southeast Asia

Feb. 2 - When China announced it would stop importing foreign waste — including a crucial component in the production of cardboard — Cheung Yan, the chairwoman of Nine Dragons...

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

Feb. 2 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company today reported Net Income for fourth quarter 2020 of $64.2 million. This compares to fourth quarter 2019 Net Income of $33.0 million...

Georgia-Pacific Acquires HP PageWide Corrugated Press to Expand Hummingbird Digital Printing

Feb. 2 - Georgia-Pacific announced the expansion of its Hummingbird® digital print solutions with the purchase of an HP PageWide T1190 Press. The new 110-inch wide web press...

FEFCO Names Eleni Despotou as Its New Secretary General

Feb. 1 - The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) announced the appointment of Eleni Despotou as the new Secretary General effective 1 February. She succeeds Angelika Christ, who served as FEFCO Secretary General since...

Sonoco to Hike Price for All Grades of Uncoated Recycled Paperboard in the US and Canada

Feb. 1 - Sonoco is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the...

Sappi Achieves First-ever PEFC Forest Management Certificate in South Africa

Feb. 1 - Sappi announced that its South African division has been awarded the first-ever Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification forest management certificate in...

Stora Enso to Close Its Virdia Operations in the United States

Feb. 1 - Stora Enso has decided to permanently close its US-based Virdia operations during 2021. Virdia was acquired in 2014 and has focused on conversion of cellulosic biomass...

Demand for Tissue Paper Growing in China

Jan. 30 - The unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, has had negative impacts on various industries, including the paper industry in China. When the economy slowed down, the tourism industry...

BTG Opens Service Center near Bangkok to Strengthen Presence in South East Asia

Jan. 29 - BTG has opened a dedicated service center in Chonburi, outside Bangkok, Thailand. The facility is equipped to provide local service and repairs across the BTG Instruments portfolio...

Domtar President and CEO John Williams Taking Temporary Medical Leave of Absence

Jan. 29 - Domtar announced that John D. Williams, President and CEO, has contracted Covid-19 and is...

Stora Enso Starts-up BM 7 at Oulu Mill in Finland after Conversion to Kraftliner

Jan. 29 - Stora Enso today said that it has completed the conversion of its Oulu paper mill in Finland for production of packaging board. The pulp mill has been in production...

Suzano Sees Price Recovery for Its Market Pulp as Demand Pressures Supply

Jan. 29 - Suzano, the world's biggest wood pulp maker, expects a sharp recovery in prices to benefit earnings and speed up de-leveraging this quarter...

BillerudKorsnäs to Invest SEK 2.6 Billion in New Recovery Boiler at Frövi Mill in Sweden

Jan. 29 - BillerudKorsnäs has decided to invest approximately SEK 2.6 billion (approx. USD 312.2 million) in a new recovery boiler for its...

SCA Awards AFRY Engineering Contract New Pulp Production Line at Ortviken Mill in Sweden

Jan. 29 - AFRY announced that SCA has awarded it a piping engineering contract for the CTMP production project in Ortviken, Sweden. The assignment includes...

Verso Corporation Names Randy J. Nebel as President and CEO

Jan. 28 - Verso announced the appointment of Randy J. Nebel as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nebel has served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2020 and has been a member...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

Jan. 28 - "During the first fiscal quarter, WestRock delivered solid financial results and generated strong cash flow resulting in debt and leverage reduction, with record box shipments...

Solenis to Increase Prices on All Sizing Product Lines in EMEA and Asia Pacific

Jan. 28 - Specialty chemical producer Solenis announced that it will increase prices by 5 to 20 percent on all its sizing...

Mainstream Pine Products to Build New Crude Tall Oil Biorefinery in South Carolina

Jan. 28 - Mainstream Pine Products announced plans for an estimated $90 million crude tall oil biorefinery at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center in...

Packaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

Jan. 27 - "Demand in our Packaging segment remained very strong as sales volumes in both our containerboard mills . . .

K.T.G. USA to Invest $20 Million in New Facial Tissue Converting Line at Memphis Mill

Jan. 27 - Kruger Products announced that its subsidiary K.T.G. (USA) will be investing more than $20 million in a new facial . . .

International Paper to Invest $52 Million in Efficiency Projects at Bogalusa Mill in Louisiana

Jan. 26 - Gov. John Bel Edwards and International Paper Bogalusa Mill Manager Bernie Chascin announced IP's plans to invest up to $52.2 million in capital to increase the efficiency of...

New Cepi Study on Pulp and Paper Industry Biorefineries in Europe

Jan. 26 - Cepi presented the first Europe-wide study about pulp and paper industry biorefineries with a dedicated webinar attended by close to 100 participants from industry and press...

WestRock Provides Update on Ransomware Incident

Jan. 26 - WestRock Company today provided the following update on its ransomware incident which was announced on Jan. 25, 2021. WestRock's security teams, supported by leading cyber defense firms...

Södra Cell Appoints Benjamin Brück as Head of Sales

Jan. 26 - Södra Cell has announced the appointment of Benjamin Brück as Head of Sales Paper Pulp Global, effective Feb. 1. He currently holds the position of Sales Director in Germany...

Kimberly-Clark Announces Year-End 2020 Results and 2021 Outlook

Jan. 25 - "In 2020, we grew organic sales 6 percent, with healthy underlying performance and increased demand because of COVID-19. We also significantly increased...

Metsä Board Begins Pre-engineering for Paperboard Capacity Expansion at Husum Mill

Jan. 22 - Metsä Board announced plans to increase the annual production capacity of folding boxboard machine BM1 at the Husum mill in Sweden by approximately 200,000 tonnes...

Sappi North America Renews With U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Jan. 22 - Sappi North America has extended its current SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative...

SCA's PM 5 at Ortviken Mill in Sweden Produced Final Roll of Paper on January 20

Jan. 21 - SCA announced that paper machine 5 at its Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall, Sweden, produced its last roll of paper on January 20. PM5 produced uncoated publication paper for...

Valmet to Supply Shanying Paper, Guangdong, with New Containerboard Machine

Jan. 21 - Valmet will supply a new OptiConcept M containerboard machine along with extensive packages of automation and services to Shanying Paper, Guangdong at its...

Total U.S. Boxboard Monthly Production Increased Five Percent in December 2020

Jan. 21 - AF&PA has released its December 2020 Boxboard Monthly report. According to the report, total boxboard production in December increased five percent compared to December 2019. It was...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 26 Percent in December 2020

Jan. 21 - AF&PA has released its December 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 26 percent in...

Mondi Starts-up Speciality Kraft Paper Machine at Steti Mill after Grade Conversion

Jan. 20 - Mondi announced the start-up of a repurposed paper machine at its Steti mill in the Czech Republic. Through a EUR 67 million investment, the machine was converted from the production of...

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