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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased Five Percent in May 2021

June 18 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Stora Enso Starts New Dispersion Barrier Line at Forshaga Site in Sweden

June 18 - Stora Enso has completed the installation of dispersion barrier technology at its Forshaga site in Sweden and production has now started. Completion of the installation...

Stora Enso Completes Co-Determination Negotiations at Veitsiluoto Site

June 17 - Stora Enso has completed the co-determination negotiations concerning closing down the pulp and paper production at its Veitsiluoto site in Finland. The...

ABB to Supply Arctic Paper's Grycksbo Mill in Sweden with New Drive and Automation System

June 17 - ABB has been contracted by Arctic Paper Grycksbo to install a new drive and automation system for its Winder 10 at its mill in Grycksbo, Sweden, to improve the plant's...

WestRock Introduces EverGrow Fiber-Based Produce Packaging Collection

June 17 - WestRock EverGrow packaging is curbside recyclable when emptied and flattened, supporting the company's ambition to reduce waste and build a 100 percent...

Sappi North America Agrees to Sell Its Hydroelectric Assets to Dichotomy Power

June 17 - Sappi North America announced that it will sell its hydroelectric assets on the Presumpscot River in Maine to Dichotomy Power LLC, pending...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments increased 11 Percent in May 2021

June 16 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

New Study Says Folding Carton Packaging Market Set to Boom to $172 billion in 2026

June 16 - The global market for folding cartons will be $136.7 billion in 2021, and as the market recovers from COVID-19 disruption global demand will reach...

Sappi Europe to Increase Prices for All Sublimation and Inkjet Grades by 8-15%

June 16 - Sappi Europe announces a price increase for Transjet, Basejet and Inkjet grades by 8-15 % valid for deliveries from 1 July 2021...

AF&PA Announces Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future

June 15 - The American Forest & Paper Association today announced Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future, a new...

Valmet to Supply a Major Pulp and Board Technology Delivery to Klabin in Brazil

June 15 - Valmet will supply a large pulp and paper technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil. The order consists of...

Reno De Medici Acquires Recycled Board Producer Eska Group

June 15 - Reno De Medici has signed an irrevocable commitment to acquire 100% of the share capital of Fineska B.V., the Dutch holding company of "Eska" Group...

Lecta Increases Prices of Thermal and Carbonless Papers for New Orders

June 15 - Lecta today announced a price increase of up to 15% for new orders of thermal and carbonless papers. The price increase is effective immediately....

Paper Excellence Builds Prince Albert Team as Work Continues to Restart Pulp Mill

June 14 - Paper Excellence announced that several key roles have been filled as work to restart the Prince Albert pulp mill ramps up...

Resolute Forest Products Announces Capital Investments of $50 Million in Its Wood Products Operations

June 11 - Resoltue Forest Products announced capital investments of $50 million in its wood products...

Norske Skog to Close Tasman Newsprint Mill in New Zealand and Sell Mill Assets

June 10 - Norske Skog announced the closure of the Tasman mill and a sales process for the mill's assets. Production will cease by 30 June 2021, permanently reducing...

Stora Enso to Invest EUR 47 Million Anjala-Ingerois and Nymölla Mills

June 10 - Stora Enso will invest EUR 21 million to improve the competitiveness and environmental performance of the Anjala-Ingerois production sites. Stora Enso will also...

Valmet Strengthens Its Environmental Systems Business with Two Acquisitions

June 10 - Valmet has entered into agreements to acquire EWK Umwelttechnik GmbH, a German company manufacturing and supplying air emission control systems and...

Mondi Announces Price Increases for Uncoated Fine Paper Grades

June 10 - Mondi announced that it will implement price increases of between 8% and 15% across the majority of its uncoated fine paper grades produced in Austria and Slovakia as of...

Smurfit Kappa Completes EUR 12 Million Investment at Bag-in-Box Plant in Ibi, Spain

June 10 - Smurfit Kappa's Bag-in-Box division has announced the completion of a significant EUR 12 million investment in a new flexible material production facility at...

Twin Rivers Paper's New York Mills Receive FSSC 22000 Certification for Food Packaging

June 9 - The Twin Rivers Paper Company has received FSSC 22000 Certification for Food Packaging for its New York-based, Lyonsdale, Mohawk Valley, and Mill Street mills...

ND Paper Names Tom Pazdera as VP and GM of Rumford Division

June 7 - ND Paper today announced that Tom Pazdera has been named the new Vice President and General Manager of ND Paper's Rumford Division. A pulp, packaging and paper industry veteran, Pazdera brings three...

Verso Corporation Names Brian D. Cullen Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

June 7 - Verso Corporation announced that Brian D. Cullen will become its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective June 16, 2021...

Buckman Announces Price Increases For All Product Offerings

June 4 - Buckman, a privately-held global company specializing in innovative chemistry and smart solutions, announced global price increases of 5 to 20% for all product offerings...

Smurfit Kappa Acquires Corrugated Packaging Company Cartones del Pacifico in Peru

June 4 - Smurfit Kappa Group announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cartones del Pacifico, a leading paper-based packaging company located in...

Red Leaf Pulp to Build $350 Million Wheat Straw Pulp Mill in Regina, Saskatchewan

June 3 - Red Leaf Pulp Ltd., developer of a proprietary wheat straw-based pulp mill, announced that it will locate its initial facility in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company has secured properties on the west side of...

Thiele Kaolin Company Announces Global Price Increase for Kaolin Products

June 3 - Thiele Kaolin Company announced that it will increase prices on all kaolin products by 8% effective July 1, 2021 or as contracts or agreements allow...

Metsä Board's Simulation and Testing Services Help Develop Secure Pharma Packaging

June 3 - With the new extended 360 Service offering, Metsä Board is testing the paperboards and simulating packaging designs used by pharma...

ABB Awarded Collaborative Manufacturing Execution System Agreement from Sappi

June 2 - ABB has been selected by Sappi to support a major digital transformation project across its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, North America, and South Africa...

Clearwater Paper Announces Closure of Neenah, Wisconsin Tissue Mill

June 2 - Clearwater Paper has announced the indefinite closure of its Neenah, Wisconsin facility, which includes...

WestRock Announces Commercial and Operational Leadership Changes

June 2 - WestRock Company today announced the future retirement of Jeff Chalovich, president of Corrugated Packaging and chief commercial officer, after an incredible 23-year career with WestRock. Moving forward, WestRock has...

Finnpulp Calls for Annulment of the Supreme Administrative Court's Decision

June 1 - Finnpulp, which is planning a bioproduct mill project in Kuopio, Finland, has submitted an application for annulment to the Supreme Administrative Court on...

Asaleo Care's Shareholders Accept Essity's Offer to Acquire Remaining Shares in the Company

June 1 - Further to the announcement on February 16, 2021, that the hygiene and health company Essity had entered an agreement to acquire...

Port Hawkesbury Paper Certifies to New Forest Stewardship Council National Standard

June 1 - Port Hawkesbury Paper has announced the successful transition of its Forest Stewardship Council Maritime certification to the new FSC national standard for...

International Paper Completes the Sale of Its Corrugated Packaging Business in Turkey

June 1 - International Paper has completed the sale of its ownership interest in Olmuksan International Paper to Mondi Group. The Olmuksan business includes...

Stora Enso Selling Its Sachsen Paper Mill to Model Group for EUR 35 Million

May 27 - Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Sachsen Mill located in Eilenburg, Germany, to the Swiss-based Model Group. Sachsen Mill has an annual production...

Södra to Increase the Price of NBSK in Europe to USD 1,380 per Tonne

May 27 - Södra Cell announced that it will increase the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft...

Voith to Supply Nine Dragons with Three New Containerboard Machines

May 25 - Voith announced that will supply Nine Dragons with three XcelLine paper machines for the production of high performance testliner and white top testliner...

Valmet to Supply C&S with New Tissue Machine in China

May 26 - Valmet will supply a Valmet IntelliTissue 1600 tissue making line to Chinese tissue producer C&S. The new line will be installed at the company's mill in...

Smurfit Kappa Slates EUR 20 Million for New Converting Equipment in Czech Republic and Slovakia

May 25 - Smurfit Kappa is substantially expanding its converting capacity at four manufacturing plants across the Czech Republic and Slovakia with an EUR 20 million investment...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased Four Percent in April 2021

May 24 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its April 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Three Percent in April 2021

May 24 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its April 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Concludes Successful Partnership with International Paper

May 24 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company announced today the conclusion of its successful partnership with International Paper Company. The final tranche...

AF&PA Releases 61st Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Report

May 21 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released the 61st Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Report, indicating overall U.S....

Sappi Europe Appoints Flavio Froehli as Vice President, Marketing & Sales

May 21 - Sappi Europe has appointed Flavio Froehli as Vice President, Marketing & Sales, with immediate effect, for the entire Sappi Europe portfolio. He reports to...

Global Trade of Wood Chips Increased by Almost 50% from 2009 to 2020

May 20 - Global trade of wood chips, which are mainly used by pulp mills, grew from about 21 million tons...

Stora Enso Inaugurates Its Renewed Containerboard Mill in Oulu, Finland

May 20 - Stora Enso arranged a virtual inauguration ceremony to celebrate the successful conversion of the Oulu Mill, which was transformed from paper production into...

U.S. Paper Recycling Rate in 2020 Reached 65.7 Percent

May 19 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that 65.7 percent of paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2020, maintaining...

Stora Enso Announces Change in Group Leadership Team

May 19 - Stora Enso announced that Ulrika Lilja, Executive Vice President, Communications and Marketing, has decided to leave her position at the company. After eight years...

Domtar Expanding Engineered Absorbent Materials Facility in Jesup, Georgia

May 18 - Domtar announced it will expand its Jesup, Georgia based Engineered Absorbent Materials (EAM) facility. The project will play an integral role in...

Nippon Paper to Shut Down N6 Coated Paper Machine at Ishinomaki Mill by End-May 2022

May 18 - Nippon Paper Industries announced its decision to shut down the operation of its N6 paper machine at Ishinomaki Mill by the end of May 2022. The N6 machine has the capacity to produce 271,000 tonnes per year of...

Heritage Paper Company Names Greer Hill as New CEO

May 18 - Heritage Paper Company announced that Greer Hill has been appointed as the company's Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Charles McCampbell, who has served as CEO of the company since he founded the business in 1980. McCampbell will assume a new position as...

Verso Corporation Announces Sale of Duluth, Minnesota, Mill to ST Paper

May 17 - Verso Corporation today announced the completion of the sale of the company's closed mill in Duluth, Minnesota, to ST Paper 1, LLC. "Since the idling of the Duluth Mill...

UPM to Sell Its Shotton Newsprint Mill in North Wales to Eren Paper Ltd

May 17 - UPM announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Shotton newsprint mill site in North Wales, United Kingdom and all related assets to Eren Paper Ltd, a subsidiary of...

BillerudKorsnäs Collaborates with Aisa to Produce Paper-Based Tubes

May 17 - BillerudKorsnäs and Aisa are launching a collaboration that opens up new possibilities in paper-based tube packaging by using BillerudKorsnäs FibreForm and...

Graphic Packaging to Acquire Sweden's AR Packaging for $1.45 Billion

May 14 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company and CVC Capital Partners Fund VI announced a definitive agreement under which Graphic Packaging will acquire AR Packaging...

PaperWorks Industries Names Brian Janki as President and CEO

May 14 - PaperWorks Industries has appointed Brian Janki as its new President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors, effective May 10, 2021. Janki replaces C. Anderson "Andy" Bolton...

Kadant Johnson Promotes Jim Maggard to Lead Paper, Packaging and Tissue Sales

May 14 - Kadant Johnson announced the promotion of...

Millcraft Acquires Assets of Nashville-based Dennis Paper Company

May 13 - The Millcraft Paper Company announced today that it has acquired the assets of Dennis Paper Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by Morris Dennis in 1969...

Supremex Announces Strong Q1 2021 Results

May 13 - Supremex, a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and provider of paper-based packaging solutions, announced its results for...

Suzano to Build 2.3 Million Tons per Year Pulp Mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

May 12 - Suzano today announced that its Board of Directors approved a capital investment of BRL 14.7 billion for (approx. USD 2.87 billion) for the construction of...

Appvion Publishes First Corporate Sustainability Report

May 12 - Appvion Operations has published the company's first Corporate Sustainability Report. The report reflects Appvion's commitment to transparency and provides details...

Stora Enso and Pulpex Partner to Produce Fiber-Based Bottles on Industrial Scale

May 12 - Stora Enso and Pulpex are collaborating on the development of industrial scale production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp...

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Announces Price Hike for Coated Specialty Papers

May 12 - Mitsubishi HiTec Paper announced that it will implement a price increase of up to 10% for its coated specialty papers, effective June 1, 2021....

Paper Excellence Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Domtar in $3 Billion Deal

May 11 - Paper Excellence and Domtar today announced that they have entered into a strategic business combination under which the Paper Excellence group of companies...

Valmet to Supply Zhejiang Jingxing Paper with Two Tissue Machines in China

May 11 - Valmet will supply two Valmet Advantage DCT tissue lines, including automation system and three tissue rewinders, to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in China....

Zeus Packaging to Invest EUR 15 Million in Expansion of Production Capacity for Aldar Tissues

May 10 - Irish-owned Zeus Packaging announced an EUR 15 million investment in Aldar Tissues, a Dublin-based tissue manufacturer that Zeus acquired in...

Verso Corporation Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

May 7 - "Verso delivered improved first quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $30 million compared to $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. We continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and liquidity with no outstanding debt...

ANDRITZ to Supply Major Expansion of OCC Line to NORPAC in Washington

May 7 - ANDRITZ will install a FibreFlow drum pulper as well as various fiber cleaning and reject handling equipment to upgrade the existing OCC line and expand the mill's...

Northern Pulp Withdraws Environmental Assessment Registration for Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility

May 6 - Northern Pulp Nova Scotia announced it has notified Nova Scotia's Minister of Environment and Climate...

Burger King Rolls Out Green Packaging Pilot Program

May 6 - Burger King is committed to being part of a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint and is launching a green packaging pilot program focused on finding scalable solutions for eight of its most-used...

Sappi Continues Steady Recovery in Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter

May 6 - "EBITDA continued to improve quarter-on-quarter from a low of US$26 million in our third quarter of 2020 through US$98 million in the previous quarter to...

KaiCell Fibers and Regional Energy Group Loiste Sign Letter of Intent

May 6 - KaiCell Fibers announced that a letter of intent has been signed by KaiCell Fibers and Loiste Oy, a Finnish power service group, which sets the framework for...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend

May 5 - WestRock reported record second quarter North American per day box shipments up 5.5% compared to the prior year quarter...

Valmet Signs Industrial Internet Services Agreement with Arauco for New Pulp Line in Chile

May 5 - Valmet and Arauco have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Arauco Mill Line 3 in Chile to become the world's most autonomous pulp mill. Valmet will supply its...

Domtar Responds to Speculation about Potential Acquisition by Paper Excellence

May 4 - Domtar said that it has been made aware of press speculation regarding discussions between itself and Paper Excellence with respect to a possible...

Escalating Pressure for European WFU Producers Raises Essential Questions

May 4 - The ground continues to shift across the EU as demand patterns in the woodfree uncoated (WFU) segment have driven manufacturers to make some difficult decisions...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Reactivates Strategic Review of Its Decor Business

May 4 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö is exploring strategic options for its Decor business, including the possibility of divesting the business. The review process, first announced on...

International Council of Forest and Paper Associations Releases Global Sustainability Progress Report

May 4 - The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has released its biennial Sustainability Progress Report which demonstrates...

Kadant Successfully Starts Up OCC Systems at Sun Paper in Laos

May 4 - Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd. announced it successfully started up two OCC systems at Sun Paper's PM1 and PM2 in Muang Phin, Laos. The OCC systems...

Nordic Paper to Discontinue Pulp Production at Säffle Mill, Will Purchase Pulp Externally

May 3 - Nordic Paper announced its decision to initiate consultations with trade unions regarding a restructuring of production at its pulp and paper mill in Säffle...

Mercer International Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

May 3 - "Our strong first quarter results reflected improved pulp pricing across all of our markets. First quarter average European NBSK list prices were up $157 per ADMT, and...

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