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UPM and Dongsung Chemical Form Strategic Partnership to Develop Renewable Products Using Bio-Based Raw Materials

Aug. 18 - Through this partnership the two companies will actively cooperate in the development of...

Valmet Investing EUR 18 Million in Press Felt Production in Finland

Aug. 18 - Valmet said that it is investing EUR 18 million to further develop its press felt production facilities in Tampere, Finland. The investment involves...

Mondi to Acquire Burgo's Duino Paper Mill in Italy for EUR 40 Million

Aug. 16 - Mondi has agreed to acquire the Duino mill near Trieste (Italy) from the Burgo Group for a total consideration of EUR 40 million. The mill currently operates one...

Rottneros Mill to Permanently Shutdown Groundwood Pulp Line; to Invest in More CTMP Capacity

Aug. 16 - The extensive strategic analysis carried out by the company shows that the prospects for long-term sustainable profitability are insufficient for groundwood...

Millcraft Acquires KW Graphics of Springfield, Illinois

Aug. 16 - The Illinois-based business will operate under the Millcraft name and continue to help organizations looking to expand their printing and finishing capabilities. In the coming months...

Mondi to Sell Syktyvkar Pulp and Paper Mill in Russia for EUR 1.5 Billion

Aug. 15 - Mondi has entered into an agreement to sell its Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill to Augment Investments Limited for a consideration of...

Koehler Paper Taking Planned Maintenance Downtime at Oberkirch Paper Mill in Germany

Aug. 12 - Koehler Paper is taking advantage of the summer period to carry out necessary work on the three paper machines, power plant, and...

Rottneros CFO Pia Ohlson to Leave; Monica Pasanen to Take Over

Aug. 12 - Rottneros AB announced that Pia Ohlson has decided to leave her position as CFO as of 5 September 2022. As CFO, Ohlson has been a member of group management in Rottneros...

Hood Container Acquires Kentwood Packaging in Michigan

Aug. 11 - The transaction includes all of Kentwood's design, manufacturing, assembly, and fulfillment operations in Walker, including its membership in...

PAMSA Announces South African Paper Production and Recycling Statistics

Aug. 10 - South Africa recycled 1.15 million tonnes of paper and paper packaging in 2021, representing a paper recovery rate of...

ANDRITZ Receives Final Acceptance from Eldorado for Biomass Handling Plant

Aug. 10 - This plant is part of the first thermoelectric power plant in Brazil to consume eucalyptus stumps and roots. The plant will be able to generate...

WestRock Produces Beverage Packaging for Budejovicky Budvar and Mattoni 1873 in Czech Republic

Aug. 9 - WestRock has delivered its flexible and efficient Cluster-Pak EvoTech packaging solution for...

Cascades Revises Investment Total of Bear Island Machine Conversion Project

Aug. 8 - Cascades noted in its second quarter report that its strategic investment in a paper machine conversion project at its Bear Island paper mill in Ashland, Virginia, is...

Kemira Appoints Antti Salminen as President, Pulp & Paper Segment

Aug. 8 - Kemira has appointed Antti Salminen to lead Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment, effective Aug. 15. Salminen has held several prior leadership positions in Kemira, most recently as President, Industry & Water...

Resolute Forest Products Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Aug. 5 - Resolute reported operating income of $217 million in the quarter, compared to $235 million in the first quarter. The $18 million variation...

Altri Group Reports Net Profit Grew to EUR 69.6 Million in First Half 2022

Aug. 4 - Altri Group reported results for the first half of 2022. Through its three pulp mills in Portugal, Altri produced a total volume 562.5 thousand tons, a level slightly...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2022 Third Quarter Results

Aug. 4 - "I'm pleased to report that WestRock generated more than $1 billion in Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter, a record for our Company, and continued to deliver on our transformation initiatives...

Cascades Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2022

Aug. 4 - "Our packaging businesses delivered good sequential performances in the second quarter, with improved pricing and sales mix, higher volumes, and...

Irving Pulp & Paper to Begin Construction on Environmental Treatment Facility in New Brunswick

Aug. 3 - Irving Pulp & Paper has been given permission to begin construction immediately of an Environmental Treatment Facility and...

Feldmuehle to Switch from Natural Gas to Light Heating Oil for Steam Generation in Germany

Aug. 3 - German specialty paper producer Feldmuehle announced that it will be switching fuel for steam generation from natural gas to light heating oil during...

AF&PA Names Andrew Topps as Next Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Aug. 3 - The American Forest & Paper Association announced the promotion of Andrew Topps as the next Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Topps succeeds Jan Poling...

Clearwater Paper Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Aug. 2 - "Our paperboard business continued to experience strong demand and pricing, while our tissue volumes increased due to stronger consumer demand for private branded products...

Sappi Europe to Increase Prices for Its Woodfree Coated and Uncoated Papers, and Paperboard

Aug. 2 - Sappi Europe announced that it will increase prices on its range of Woodfree Coated and Uncoated papers, and Paperboard by 8-10% to its European customers...

Kadant Johnson Appoints Danielle Rohrer Vice President, Commercial Operations

Aug. 2 - Kadant Johnson LLC announced the appointment of Danielle Rohrer to Vice President, Commercial Operations and a member of Kadant Johnson's Senior Leadership Team. Ms. Rohrer joined Kadant...

Total U.S. Containerboard Production Increased Two Percent in Q2 2022

Aug. 2 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its Q2 2022 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total containerboard production...

Motion Promotes Lisa Solomon to Senior Vice President - Corporate Accounts

Aug. 2 - Motion Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce that Lisa Solomon has been promoted to Senior Vice President - Corporate Accounts. "Lisa has been very successful in the Area Vice President role and has emerged as...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Invest EUR 15 Million in Boiler Conversions at Mosinee and Rhinelander Plants

Aug. 1 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö is investing in new technology and converting its existing boilers at its Mosinee and Rhinelander plants in Wisconsin (USA) to reduce...

Pratt Industries to Open Corrugated Box Plant and Innovation Center in Texas

July 28 - Pratt Industries will locate a Regional Manufacturing & Innovation Center at High Point 67 in Cedar Hill, Texas. The Pratt facility will manufacture corrugated boxes and...

International Paper Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

July 28 - "International Paper delivered strong revenue and earnings growth in the second quarter. We performed well both commercially and operationally...

WestRock to Acquire Remaining Interest in Grupo Gondi for $970 Million

July 27 - Grupo Gondi operates four paper mills, nine corrugated packaging plants and six high graphic plants throughout Mexico, producing...

GP Cellulose Investing Some $80 Million to Increase Product Flexibility at Alabama River Mill

July 27 - The Alabama River mill operates two lines, one currently producing only paper pulp bales. This investment upgrades production by adding the ability for...

Rottneros Reports Record Second Quarter Results on Volume, Pricing

July 27 - "We had one of our best quarters for production in our mills. The volume increased by 1 percent to 110 500 tonnes, compared with...

Valmet Appoints Katri Hokkanen as Chief Financial Officer

July 27 - Valmet announced that Katri Hokkanen (M.Sc. Econ) has been appointed CFO, effective August 1, 2022. She has worked as Valmet's interim CFO since May 1, 2022...

Lecta Announces Price Hikes for 2-Side CWF and UWF and Specialty Papers

July 27 - Lecta has announced price increases of 8 - 10% on all 2-side CWF (coated woodfree) and UWF (uncoated woodfree) products as of...

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

July 26 - "Our growing pipeline of innovative, fiber-based consumer packaging solutions is meeting...

Heinzel Group Becomes Strategic Investor in Pulp Mill Project Paraguay

July 26 - Paracel is planning to produce 1.8 million metric tons of eucalyptus pulp per year in Concepción in northern Paraguay, with forestry assets of more than 180,000 hectares...

Mercer International to Acquire HIT in Germany, Expanding Its Solid Wood Operations

July 26 - Mercer has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the parent company of Holzindustrie Torgau (HIT) for consideration of EUR 270 million...

Stora Enso and Northvolt Partner to Develop Wood-Based Batteries

July 25 - Stora Enso and Northvolt have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to create sustainable batteries using lignin-based hard carbon produced with...

Packaging Corporation Of America Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

July 25 - "Results for the quarter were excellent as we once again improved our margins while continuing to experience significant cost inflation across...

Georgia-Pacific to Invest $34 Million to Modernize Corrugated Plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania

July 22 - The upgrades include a new corrugator, two new converting lines, and upgrades to the shipping department, which will help the plant operate...

UPM Reports Record Earnings for Second Quarter 2022

July 21 - "UPM delivered record Q2 earnings driven by successful margin management in exceptionally tight markets for our products. All our businesses reported strong earnings...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased Four Percent in June 2022

July 21 - AF&PA has released its June 2022 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments...

Mondi Investing EUR 65 Million to Expand Capacity in Sustainable Pet Food Packaging

July 20 - Mondi is investing nearly EUR 65 million in three Consumer Flexibles packaging plants in Europe in order to meet growing customer demand for...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Two Percent in June 2022

July 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

Valmet to Supply New Baling Line And Flash Drying Rebuild to MM FollaCell Pulp Mill in Norway

July 18 - Valmet will deliver a new baling line and a flash drying rebuild to Mayr-Melnhof Group’s FollaCell pulp mill in Norway. It is the first phase in a larger rebuild project at...

Twin Rivers Paper Announces Additions to Executive Team

July 18 - "Rob and Tyler are great additions to our executive team, bringing a high level of expertise to their respective roles. The deep papermaking and continuous improvement experience...

Menasha Packaging Finalizes Acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's Color-Box Business

July 18 - Menasha Packaging Company announced on it has finalized the acquisition of Color-Box, a business unit...

Stora Enso and Tetra Pak Study Possible Solution for Beverage Carton Recycling in Benelux

July 14 - Within the solution, Stora Enso would process collected beverage cartons and recover the fibers. The recycled fibers would serve as source material for producing...

SCA Begins Working Trials of Electric Timber Truck from Scania

July 7 - SCA, together with Scania, has developed the world's first electric timber truck with a capacity to carry 80 tonnes and the new truck has been...

Valmet Delivers LignoBoost XS Plant for Mercer Rosenthal in Germany

July 7 - Mercer is investigating lignin utilization for biobased products as one of the alternate pathways towards utilization of side streams beyond biomass energy...

Paper Excellence Group Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Resolute Forest Products

July 6 - The Paper Excellence Group, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Domtar, and Resolute Forest Products have entered into an agreement under which...

Total Fiber Recovery Partners with Cellmark to Build Recycled Pulp Facility in Virginia

July 6 - Total Fiber Recovery said that it has started construction of its $80 million recycled pulp production facility in the City of Chesapeake, Virginia. This will be...

SWM and Neenah Complete Merger to Become Mativ

July 6 - Mativ Holdings, Inc. announced the successful completion of the merger of equals between Schweitzer-Mauduit International. Mativ has approximately $3 billion in sales, supporting customers in more than...

PaperWorks Appoints Chris Mitchell as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

July 6 - PaperWorks announced the appointment of Chris Mitchell to the position of Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, effective June 27, 2022. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Mitchell will focus on...

Green Bay Packaging Acquires Interstate Packaging in Minnesota

July 5 - Interstate Packaging operates a 120,000 square feet manufacturing facility has been manufacturing custom corrugated packaging. The company provides...

Smurfit Kappa Completes EUR 11.5 Million Energy Project at Zülpich Paper Mill

July 5 - The EUR 11.5 million investment included a major redesign of the plant's multi-fuel boiler to provide a more sustainable fuel source for the generation of...

Sonoco Expanding Residential Recycling of Paper Cups to its Mill in Hartsville, SC

July 5 - Sonoco is expanding post-consumer recovery and recycling opportunities for paper cups in bales of mixed paper to be used as raw material at its...

Mercer Provides Status of Stendal Pulp Mill after Fire in Woodyard Area

July 4 - Currently, the fire has been primarily extinguished but as is customary in such cases, the site will be monitored for hot spots for several more days. The fire did not damage...

ANDRITZ Acquires Bonetti Group

July 1 - ANDRITZ has signed an agreement to acquire the Bonetti Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy. Bonetti is a global manufacturer and supplier of doctor, creping and coater blades, as well as blade holders, and also provides...

Suzano to Build New Tissue Mill with Converting Operations in Espírito Santo, Brazil

June 30 - Suzano has announced plans to build a tissue mill with converting operations in the municipality of Aracruz, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The new plant would have...

Suzano Acquires 206,000 Hectares of Eucalyptus Forests in Brazil for US$667 Million

June 30 - The land brings into Suzano's direct ownership a number of eucalyptus plantation forests it currently manages under a long-term leasing agreement in the states of...

ABB Creates Spare Parts and Maintenance Program for Saigon Paper

June 29 - ABB created a recommended spares and gap analysis using mySpareParts Manager, an ABB-facing tool that built a custom report with required...

Cepi Voices Strong Concerns over EU Emissions Trading Scheme if Applied to "Real Economy"

June 28 - Cepi hopes that the Council will now focus on ensuring that the European industry can remain competitive in the global market while delivering emission reductions...

Arauco to Invest $3 Billion in Construction of New Pulp Mill in Brazil

June 27 - Arauco has signed a US$3 billion investment collaboration agreement with the government of Mato Grosso Do Sul in Brazil for the construction of a new pulp mill...

CR Meyer Announces Leadership Succession Plan

June 27 - CR Meyer's board views succession planning as one of its most important roles in the viability of the company. By announcing the following promotions within the senior management team...

UPM Begins Commissioning Phase for Paso de los Toros Pulp Mill in Uruguay

June 27 - The commissioning tasks, including mechanical, hydraulic and efficiency tests, and the respective adjustment of various production equipment, will be carried out during...

Sonoco Names Rob Dillard as Chief Financial Officer

June 23 - Sonoco announced that Rob Dillard, who most recently served as the company's Chief Strategy Officer, has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2022. In this new role, Dillard will be responsible for...

Stora Enso Announces Change in Group Leadership Team

June 23 - Stora Enso announced that Kati ter Horst, Executive Vice President, Paper Division and a member of the Group Leadership Team, has decided to...

Klabin Launches Multipack Card with Microfibrillated Cellulose

June 23 - The developments proved that the addition of MFC in the composition of paperboard significantly improves the properties and performance of the product, allowing...

TRG Names Pete Grill as General Manager for Marion, Ohio Packaging Facility

June 23 - The Royal Group (TRG) announced that Pete Grill has joined the company as the new General Manager of its corrugated packaging facility in Marion, Ohio. Grill comes to TRG with 32 years of experience in the...

Kruger Products Inaugurates Sherbrooke Plant; Kicks Off Construction of Expansion Project

June 22 - Kruger Products on June 20 officially inaugurated its Sherbrooke Tissue Plant in Québec, which was...

Valmet to Supply Two Tissue Machines to Liaoning Yusen Sanitary Products in China

June 22 - The two new tissue production lines will produce high quality tissue with a basis weight range of 12.5 -31.3 g/m2, a design speed of 1600m/min and a...

SWM and Neenah to Be Known as Mativ After Merger

June 21 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International and Neenah announced the future name of the combined company upon completing the pending all-stock merger of equals...

UPM to Sell Its Steyrermühl Newsprint Mill in Austria to Heinzel Group

June 21 - UPM has signed an agreement to sell 100% of the shares of its Austrian subsidiary UPM Kymmene-Austria GmbH to the Heinzel Group...

Central National Gottesman Acquires Lewis Paper International

June 20 - Central National Gottesman announced that its North American Distribution Division has acquired Lewis Paper International, a leading distributor of paper, packaging...

FEFCO Says Three Scientific Studies Break Stereotypes on Reusable Packaging

June 20 - It is now scientifically proven that reuse should be considered on a case-by-case basis as it is not always the best environmental option. A peer-reviewed study shows...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased Two Percent in May 2022

June 17 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased One Percent in May

June 16 - AF&PA has released its May 2022 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Change Name to Ahlstrom, Operate Five Divisions

June 16 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced that following the ownership reorganization of its Decor business it plans to change its business name to...

AF&PA Says Colorado EPR Scheme Will Hurt State's Recycling Efforts

June 16 - "We are disappointed by the enactment of Colorado's 'Producer Responsibility Program for Recycling.' Consistently high recycling rates, continuous industry...

Cascades Expands Isothermal Packaging Technology, Inaugurates New Production Site

June 15 - Cascades continues to roll out its expansion plan in the isothermal packaging market by enhancing its line of meal boxes with technology that's 20% more...

Weyerhaeuser Mourns the Passing of George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr.

June 14 - Weyerhaeuser Company is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr., long-time former leader and great-grandson of founder Frederick Weyerhaeuser. Weyerhaeuser served as president and CEO from 1966 to 1991 and continued to serve as...

VTT Piloting New Transparent Cellulose Film that Reduces Microplastic

June 14 - VTT has developed a solution to the problem of plastic packaging. Regenerated or recrystallised cellulose can replace plastic film...

Pratt Installs HP PageWide Corrugated Press at Lewisburg, OH Plant

June 14 - The HP PageWide roll-to-roll preprint press was installed at Pratt's site in Lewisburg, Ohio in April and will enable increased, long-term value that will boost...

Chinese Demand Drove Global Trade of Hardwood Chips Higher in Early 2022

June 13 - In 2021, the world's shipments of wood chips reached almost 35 million m3, close to the highest on record. Significant expansion of pulp capacity in China combined with...

Smurfit Kappa Invests $23 Million to Increase Production Capacity of Nuevo Laredo Sheet Plant

June 9 - Smurfit Kappa has invested USD 23.5 million to upgrade its Nuevo Laredo sheet plant in Mexico to become a fully integrated corrugated plant. The investment includes...

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Price Increases for Printing Paper and Business Communication Paper

June 9 - Nippon Paper Industries has announced price revisions for printing paper and business communication paper in the domestic market to all...

Huhtamaki to Expand Production Capacity of Molded Fiber Products in Indiana

June 8 - Amounting to a total investment of almost $100 million, the new facility will be about 23,000 square meters and be built adjacent to Huhtamaki's existing...

Paper Excellence Receives $4.5 Million in Funding from Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

June 8 - This funding will help support an important transformation project taking place at...

Papierfabrik Adolf Jass Schwarza Integrates ABB's L&W Autoline Automatic Paper Testing System

June 8 - German containerboard producer Papierfabrik Adolf Jass Schwarza has successfully integrated ABB's latest L&W Autoline automatic testing solution into...

UPM Makes Commitment to Discharges Ship-Generated Wastewater on Land

June 8 - UPM is the first Finnish company, acting as a shipper and charterer, to discharge its ship-generated wastewater on land and utilise various...

Stora Enso Considering Paper Machine Conversion at Langerbrugge Mill

June 7 - Stora Enso has started a feasibility study at its mill in Langerbrugge, Belgium, for the conversion of one of the two paper lines into a high-volume recycled...

Zeus Completes Major Acquisition of Two UK Packaging Companies

June 7 - Zeus has acquired two UK packaging companies — Swanline Group and its sister company BoxMart — in an agreement worth in excess of EUR 25 million...

Valmet's Withdrawal from Russia is Progressing

June 6 - Valmet has progressed in reviewing its operations in Russia and implementing its exit plan. Already in the spring, the company decided not to make...

UPM Now Using Lignin-Based Bonding Technology in Its Spruce Plywood Products

June 3 - WISA BioBond is UPM Plywood's proprietary bonding technology in which at least 50% of fossil-based phenol in the glue is replaced with wood's own natural bonding agent...

Mondi Teams-up with EW Technology to Launch New Machine for Paper Pallet Wrapping

June 2 - The innovative machine takes a full reel of Mondi's Advantage StretchWrap paper, allowing customers to replace the multi-layer plastic which is currently...

Nippon Paper Industries Establishes Liquid Packaging Company in Australia

June 2 - Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. has established a new local subsidiary in Australia to further strengthen the liquid packaging carton business and...

Motion Launches Mi Fluid Power Solutions Brand

June 2 - Unifying top tier fluid power business units-including the former Kaman Fluid Power divisions of BW Rogers, Catching FluidPower, Intellimotion, Calkins Fluid Power...

Kruger Completes Acquisition of Kamloops Pulp Mill in BC

June 1 - This acquisition will enable Kruger to secure the supply of high-quality pulp for some of its paper mills, including those in Quebec, where the company is investing...

ABB Implements Distributed Control System at Sun Paper's Beihai Pulp Mill

June 1 - ABB has successfully implemented an Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) at Sun Paper's new Beihai pulp mill in Guangxi, China...

Pulpex and Corporate Partners Join Forces to Develop Recyclable, Renewable Paper Bottle

June 1 - Having joined together with Pulpex, some of the world's largest consumer packaged goods companies are now harnessing the power of collaboration to develop...

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