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Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D Fibre Product Demo Plant Is Now Operating

May 25 - The demo plant is part of Metsä Group's integrated mill site in Äänekoski, and it produces finished 3D fibre packaging products directly from wet pulp without...

Norkol Converting Adding 10,000 Tons of Sheeting Capacity at Northlake Facility

May 25 - Norkol Converting Corpoation announced the expansion of its sheeting capacity out of the company's Northlake, Illinois, paper converting facility...

U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Recycling High in 2021

May 25 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced 68% of all paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2021 — a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved...

Walki Partners with Dolea to Produce Recyclable and Printable Paper Straws

May 24 - Walki has invested in the Finnish start-up Dolea. Together the two companies will start the production of recyclable and printable paper straws in...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased Two Percent in April 2022

May 24 - AF&PA has released its April 2022 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Announces Reorganization of Decor Business Ownership

May 23 - In the ownership reorganization, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Holding 3 Oy will divest the majority share of and remain with a minority share in the new Munksjö company to...

AF&PA Releases 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey

May 20 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released the 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey, indicating overall U.S. paper and...

Suzano Records Landmark 2021 with Publication of Annual Report

May 19 - Suzano was able to deliver the strongest financial results in its history and make significant progress on strategically important developments for...

MM Board & Paper Investing EUR 30 Million in Cross Cutters at Kotkamills

May 19 - MM Board & Paper is investing about EUR 30 million in two state-of-the-art cross cutters with automated core and waste handling at MM Kotkamills in Finland...

ANDRITZ Starts-Up Dissolving Pulp Production Plant for Bracell in Brazil

May 18 - Bracell's STAR project features two flexible hardwood fiberlines for a total capacity of 2.6 to 2.8 million tons/year of bleached kraft pulp or 1.5 million tons of...

Monadnock Paper Mills Names Kenneth Fox as Vice President Human Resources

May 18 - Monadnock Paper Mills announced that Kenneth Fox has joined the company as Vice President Human Resources. He succeeds Bill Peterson, who has retired. In this role, Fox will serve as a member of the executive team and...

SWM and Neenah Announce Executive Leadership Team and Operational Structure for Combined Company

May 17 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International and Neenah announced the future executive leadership team and...

UPM-Commissioned Study Indicates $20 Billion Shift from Polymer-Based to Fibre-Based Packaging by 2040

May 17 - A key trend that emerges from a study commissioned by UPM Specialty Papers is that while recycling...

Stora Enso Divests Its Packaging Operations in Russia

May 16 - Stora Enso has divested its three corrugated packaging plants in Russia. The company's Lukhovitsy, Arzamas and Balabanovo packaging plants have been divested to local management. Stora Enso's assessment is...

Resolute Reaches Labor Agreement-in-Principle with Seven Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills

May 16 - Resolute Forest Products has reached an agreement-in-principle for a four-year labor agreement with...

Kruger Enters Agreement to Acquire Kamloops Pulp Mill from Domtar

May 12 - "We're very excited about the opportunities that will arise from this acquisition, not only for Kruger but also for the Kamloops Mill, B.C. wood fibre suppliers and...

International Paper Announces Senior Leadership Transition

May 12 - International Paper announced that Sharon R. Ryan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will retire effective June 30, 2022. Joseph R. Saab has been elected...

Appvion Announces Large Capital Investment in New Coating Equipment

May 12 - Appvion announced a significant investment in new curtain coater equipment and technology at its plant in Appleton, Wisconsin, that will improve safety and increase...

Cascades Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2022

May 12 - "Our first quarter performance was disappointing and lower than our expectations. While demand levels were stable for our packaging segments and continued to show...

WestRock Publishes 2021 Sustainability Report

May 12 - The report reveals validation of WestRock's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) alongside its refreshed sustainability goals...

Walki Purchases New Allstein Flexographic Printing Press for Pietarsaari Plant

May 12 - Walki said that it has made a significant investment in its Pietarsaari plant in Finland by purchasing a 10-color flexographic printing press...

Ox Industries Acquires 150,000 Square Foot Facility in Pennsylvania

May 11 - Ox Industries said that it has acquired a 150,000 square foot facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania to expand its converting capacity in...

KP Tissue Releases First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

May 11 - "We delivered strong sales growth of 28.5% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2022, driven by...

Sappi Stockstadt Mill in Germany Transitioning from Coal to Biomass and Natural Gas

May 11 - Sappi announced that it will be abandoning the use of coal at its Stockstadt pulp and paper mill in Bavaria, Germany. To this end, the current coal-fired Boiler 9 will be...

Mondi Holds Ground-Breaking Ceremony for EUR 125 Million Project at Kuopio Mill

May 10 - Mondi [on May 9] held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of an EUR 125 million...

Paper Excellence Nears Completion of $500 Million 'Winterizing' Project at Prince Albert Pulp Mill

May 9 - Winterizing the mill means that the interior of the mill is now heated for the first time since 2014, when the site last operated. The project will...

Greif to Increase Price on All Uncoated and Coated Recycled Paperboard Grades

May 6 - Greif announced that it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled...

Mondi Seeking Divestment of Its Paper and Packaging Operations in Russia

May 5 - Mondi's most significant facility is a wholly owned paper mill located in Syktyvkar (Komi Republic). The fully integrated pulp and paper mill operates...

Resolute Forest Products Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2022 Results

May 5 - "We further strengthened the balance sheet with significant cash generation and improved the...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results

May 5 - "We delivered an outstanding second quarter, reporting record revenue and impressive adjusted earnings growth despite facing continued challenges from inflation, higher supply chain costs and labor shortages...

Valmet to Supply Eren Paper's Shotton Mill in UK with New Containerboard Machine

May 4 - Valmet will supply Eren Paper's Shotton Mill in the UK with a new containerboard machine, stock preparation and old corrugated container production lines, along with...

Smurfit Kappa Acquires Atlas Packaging in the UK

May 4 - Smurfit Kappa UK Limited has announced the acquisition of Atlas Packaging, an independent corrugated packaging provider based in Barnstaple, North Devon, England. The company is...

Metsä Board Explores Increasing Its Folding Boxboard Capacity in Finland or Sweden

May 4 - The company said global demand for high-quality fresh fibre paperboards has grown by around 2-3% per year in recent years and is expected to continue to...

Fibre Circle Appoints Edith Leeuta as CEO

May 4 - Fibre Circle, the producer responsibility organisation for the South African paper and paper packaging sector, has appointed Edith Leeuta as chief executive officer effective May 1, 2022...

Sonoco Implementing Price Increase for Uncoated Recycled Paperboard

May 3 - Sonoco is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments...

Canfor Pulp Reports Results for First Quarter of 2022

May 3 - "This was another difficult quarter for Canfor Pulp, as the ongoing global supply chain crisis continued to impact not only our operations and shipments, but...

ABB to Deliver DCS and Paper Machine Drives Upgrade to DS Smith Kemsley Mill

May 3 - ABB has been awarded a new contract by DS Smith with an Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and paper machine drives...

Voith to Supply B&B Triplewall Containers in India with New OCC Stock Preparation System

May 3 - Voith announced that it will supply B&B Triplewall Containers in India with a BlueLine OCC stock preparation and advanced approach flow system for PM 1 at...

Veritiv Closes Sale of Canadian Operations to Imperial Dade

May 2 - Veritiv announced that it has completed the sale of its Veritiv Canada, Inc. business to Imperial Dade, a leading independently owned...

Total U.S. Boxboard Production in Q1 2022 Increased Two Percent

May 2 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its Q1 2022 Boxboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q1 2022...

When Was The Last Time You Read A Printed Magazine?

May 2 - So, in an age when digital screens dominate and we seemingly have all the information and imagery we could ever possibly want or need to see at our fingertips, why are...

Georgia-Pacific to Invest $50 Million in Upgrades to Its Muskogee Tissue Mill

April 29 - The Muskogee Mill has proposed investments of more than $50 million during the next three years to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of...

Total U.S. Containerboard Production Increased Two Percent in Q1 2022

April 29 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its Q1 2022 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total containerboard production...

Stora Enso to Invest EUR 10 Million in Bioenergy Project at Enocell Pulp Mill

April 29 - Stora Enso will invest EUR 10 million at its Enocell pulp mill in Finland to replace fossil-based heavy fuel oil with renewable pitch oil...

Unifor Says Northern Pulp Workers Abandoned by Government, Company

April 29 - Unifor is disappointed by Northern Pulp parent company Paper Excellence's decision not to make a special pension payment for its workers in....

International Paper Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

April 28 - "International Paper's earnings in the first quarter were better than our outlook. We generated strong cash from operations and returned $580 million to...

International Paper Names Mark Nellessen Vice President, Investor Relations

April 28 - International Paper announced that Mark Nellessen has been named vice president of Investor Relations. Nellessen joined International Paper in 1992 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in finance and...

Stora Enso Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

April 28 - "This year has started on a very strong note for Stora Enso. We delivered record high profitability and maintained our growth momentum from last year in a very...

Sappi Europe Announces Further Price Increases for Its Speciality Paper Portfolio

April 27 - Sappi Europe today announced further price increases of between 6 and 12% across its entire Speciality Paper Portfolio. The increase will applied as of...

Södra Posts Strong First Quarter 2022 Results on Demand, Favourable Pricing

April 27 - The first quarter result reflects the favourable market conditions, with strong demand and highly favourable prices for Södra's core products in pulp and sawn timber...

Fibre Box Association Announces Officers and New or Re-Elected Board Members

April 27 - The Fibre Box Association (FBA) announced that its Board of Directors elected Doug Bosnik, President and CEO of BCI, Buckeye Corrugated, as the Association's...

UPM Reports Good First Quarter 2022 Results on Strong Demand, Pricing

April 26 - "Market demand was strong and UPM businesses performed well. Prices increased significantly...

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Strong First Quarter 2022 Results

April 26 - "While executing another solid quarter with 3% net organic sales growth, we continued to integrate our recently expanded European platform and began operating...

LD Celulose Ramping-Up Production at New Dissolving Pulp Mill in Brazil

April 25 - LD Celulose S.A invested about USD 1.3 billion in a 500,000 tonne/year dissolving wood pulp mill in the Triângulo Mineiro region in Brazil. The new mill...

Packaging Corporation of America Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

April 25 - "Packaging segment demand remained very strong in the first quarter as we set a new all-time record for...

Stora Enso Divesting Its Sawmills and Forest Operations in Russia

April 25 - Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. In addition, the divestment includes Stora Enso's Russian forest...

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Price Increase for Its Dissolving Pulp Products

April 25 - Nippon Paper Industries announced that it will increase the price of all dissolving pulp products by 10% or more, beginning with shipments as of May 1...

UPM and Paperworkers' Union Agree on Business-Specific Collective Labour Agreements, Ending Strike

April 22 - UPM and the Paperworkers' Union have agreed on first-ever business-specific collective labour agreements for five UPM businesses. The strike at...

UPM Says Conciliator Has Now Submitted All Proposals to Solve Union Labor Dispute

April 21 - UPM announced that conciliator Leo Suomaa has submitted settlement proposals to five businesses in collective bargaining between UPM's businesses and the...

EARTH DAY 2022 - A Climate Case For Wood, Pulp and Paper

April 21 - It's fair to assume that most people, when considering ways to fight climate change, don't immediately think of forestry. But there is a unique climate case for sustainable wood...

Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Sweden Increased in the First Quarter of 2022

April 21 - The Swedish Forest Agency today reported that roundwood prices on delivery timber increased for both sawlog and pulpwood during the first...

Paper Excellence Canada Promotes Stew Gibson to Chief Operating Officer

April 20 - Paper Excellence announced the promotion of Stew Gibson to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Paper Excellence Canada. In the fourth decade...

Georgia-Pacific Opens Two New Facilities to Manufacture Recyclable Padded Mailers

April 19 - Georgia-Pacific has officially opened new facilities in McDonough, Georgia and Jonestown, Pennsylvania to produce recyclable paper padded mailers. When combined with...

Weyerhaeuser to Acquire 80,800 Acres of Timberlands in North and South Carolina

April 19 - The acquisition is comprised of highly productive timberlands situated in strong coastal markets and strategically located to deliver immediate synergies with...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased One Percent in March 2022

April 18 - According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in March compared to March 2021, while U.S. purchases of...

Huhtamaki to Initiate Process to Divest Its Russian Operations

April 15 - Huhtamaki considers that the current evolution of the situation and the long-term outlook in Russia will prevent the realization of its growth strategy and...

APRIL to Build New Paper Mill for Folding Boxboard in Indonesia

April 14 - The construction of the new facility, which will be located at APRIL's operations in Pangkalan Kerinci, in Riau province, Sumatra, is one of the largest...

Paperworkers Union in Finland Rejects UPM's Settlement Proposals; Strike to Continue

April 14 - UPM and the Paperworkers' Union have not been able to come to new collective labour agreements. Today, the union turned down four settlement proposals...

Saica Group Starts Production at Its New Corrugated Packaging Plant in Ohio

April 13 - The Hamilton facility is Saica's first U.S. corrugated plant — a newly-built 360,000 square-foot facility that includes manufacturing, converting and...

Sanctions against Russian Exports will Permanently Alter the Global Trade of Forest Products

April 13 - Lumber trade flows changed almost instantly when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Trade sanctions and restrictions in financial transactions...

Mondi Paper Bags Acquires Paper Bag Converting Lines from National Bag and Egypt Sack

April 13 - Mondi Paper Bags has acquired the paper bag converting lines from National Bag and Egypt Sack, two subsidiaries of Lafarge Cement Egypt, a major cement producer in the country...

Sonoco Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

April 13 - Sonoco announced promotions among its senior operational leadership which are aligned with the company's strategy to simplify its operating structure. Rodger Fuller has been named Chief Operating Officer. Fuller, who was previously Executive Vice President...

Sappi Europe to Increase Prices for Coated Mechanical Reel Products

April 12 - Sappi Europe said that it is forced to increase prices for coated mechanical reel products to European customers by 8%, effective May 15, due to continuing high cost and...

Finland's Exports of Paperboard Grew to EUR 3.3 Billion in 2021

April 12 - According to preliminary data published by the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the export value of forest industry products was a little more than EUR 13 billion...

Mayr-Melnhof Group Acquires Eson Pac in Sweden

April 11 - With total sales of about EUR 48 million, Eson Pac develops, produces and distributes high-quality secondary packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. The company has three production...

WestRock to Close Panama City, Florida, Containerboard Mill

April 7 - The mill produces containerboard, primarily heavyweight kraft, and fluff pulp, with a combined annual capacity of 645,000 tons. Select grades of...

New Report Says Surging Prices and Capacity Expansions to Define $8.31 Billion Fluff Pulp Market in 2022

April 6 - The fluff pulp industry is set for a boom year in 2022, with record prices and recovering demand pushing...

West Fraser's Hinton Pulp to Reduce Production Capacity; Move to Unbleached Kraft Pulp

April 6 - West Fraser will permanently reduce capacity at its pulp mill in Hinton, Alberta, Canada by the end of this year. One of the mill's two production lines will...

CellMark Appoints Pernilla Jordan as Chief Financial Officer

April 6 - Jordan is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience in accounting and finance. She held leadership positions in various industries before joining CellMark in 2014 as ...

Monadnock Paper Mills Names Frank Shaffer as Technical Services Manager

April 6 - Monadnock Paper Mills announced that Frank Shaffer has joined the company as Technical Services Manager. In this newly developed role, Shaffer will act as...

Pixelle Specialty Solutions to Be Acquired by H.I.G. Capital

April 5 - Pixelle Specialty Solutions, a portfolio company of Lindsay Goldberg, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of...

MIDLAND Announces Strategic Acquisition of J.Schmid

April 5 - MIDLAND announced the acquisition of J.Schmid, a full-service branding and creative agency...

Valmet to Supply Fiberline Modernization to CENIBRA's Pulp Mill in Brazil

April 5 - Valmet has been selected as supplier for the modernization of the fiberline no. 1 plant to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil. The fiberline...

Graphic Packaging Appoints Elizabeth Spence as Executive Vice President, Human Resources

April 4 - Spence will have responsibility for leading the strategic direction and operational execution of all aspects of human resources as well as the internal and external communications functions...

Finnpulp Will No Longer Pursue Plans for Bioproduct Mill in Kuopio, Finland

April 1 - Finnpulp announced that it is abandoning plans to build a bioproduct mill in Kuopio in Eastern Finland. The mill would have had the capacity to produce...

Domtar Says A62 Paper Machine at Ashdown Mill Has Resumed Full Operation

March 31 - Domtar announced that the A62 paper machine at its Ashdown Mill in Arkansas is once again fully operational, adding 185,000 tons of uncoated freesheet capacity to...

BillerudKorsnäs Completes $825 Million Acquisition of Verso

March 31 - BillerudKorsnäs announces the completion of its acquisition of Verso for a purchase price of approximately USD 825 million in cash. The acquisition...

GreenFirst Welcomes Support from the Ontario Government in Kapuskasing, Ontario

March 31 - Funds will go towards the restart of the curtailed paper machine at GreenFirst's paper mill in Kapuskasing, which would allow the company to...

WestRock Names Alpa Sutaria as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability

March 31 - In her role, Sutaria will lead WestRock's enterprise strategy development work as well as partner with business leaders to drive company-wide strategic initiatives. She will also be responsible for...

Verso Receives All Regulatory Approvals Necessary to Proceed with Closing of Merger with BillerudKorsnäs

March 30 - Verso Corporation on March 29 announced it has received necessary approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Public Service...

Ilim Group Reviews 2021 Performance, Plans to Expand Exports to China

March 30 - Ilim Group recently published a report on its performance in 2021. The company produced 3.64 million tons of finished products, and pulp continues to...

Canfor Pulp Forced to Extend Production Curtailment at Taylor Pulp Due to Rail Service Backlogs in BC

March 30 - Canfor Pulp announced a further six-week (minimum)extension of the curtailment of BCTMP production at Taylor Pulp due to rail service...

Metsä Fibre and Veolia Partner in Biomethanol Production at Äänekoski Mill

March 30 - Metsä Fibre and Veolia Partner in Biomethanol Production at Äänekoski MillMetsä Fibre and Veolia have signed a long-term partnership agreement on the refining of...

BOBST Launches New Corrugated Training Course in AICC Packaging School

March 30 - 'Innovations and machinery advancements in the corrugated industry' is a modular program that will enable brands and converters to better understand...

Stora Enso Announces Plans to Divest Four Paper Mills in Europe

March 29 - Stora Enso has initiated a sales process for a possible divestment of four paper production sites. In line with Stora Enso's strategy, paper is not a...

Schweitzer-Mauduit International and Neenah to Merge in All-Stock Transaction

March 28 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International and Neenah, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals with combined revenues of...

Sappi Europe Announces Further Price Increases for Its Woodfree Paper Grades

March 28 - Sappi Europe announced a further price increase of 10% to its woodfree paper grades effective for deliveries from early April and latest beginning May, depending on...

International Paper's Mark Sutton Named Executive Papermaker of the Year

March 24 - PaperAge today announced that Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO of International Paper, is the recipient of PaperAge's 35th annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" award. PaperAge selects its...

Cepi Says Europe's Pulp and Paper Sector Must Be Allowed to 'Keep the Lights On'

March 24 - "Europeans see our products as essential goods. But to provide them and maintain business as usual has proven difficult. Our sector is particularly hard hit by...

Stora Enso Launches New High-Strength Unbleached Board for Shopping Bags

March 24 - Stora Enso has launched a fully recyclable, high-strength unbleached board for shopping bags called CarrEco Brown. Made from 100% fresh fibers...

Mondi Investing EUR 280 Million in Its Corrugated Packaging Operations

March 23 - The investment includes around EUR 185 million across its central and eastern European Corrugated Solutions plant network and EUR 95 million at...

ND Paper to Convert B26 Paper Machine at Biron Mill to Packaging Grades

March 22 - ND Paper will be converting the B26 paper machine at the company's Biron Mill in Wisconsin from the production of coated mechanical papers to lightweight...

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