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Neenah Completes Purchase of ITASA, a Coater and Converter of Release Liners

April 8 - Neenah announced that it has completed the previously announced agreement to acquire Global Release Liners, S.L., the parent company of ITASA, a leading...

Valmet Supplies First AI Based Machine Vision System to Progroup's Containerboard Machine in Germany

April 8 - Valmet will deliver the world's first artificial intelligence based Valmet IQ Web Inspection System to Progroup's paper machine PM2 in Germany. The new machine vision...

Graphic Packaging International Supports Estrella Damm's Plastic Replacement Initiative

April 8 - Graphic Packaging International has partnered with Estrella Damm to replace 100 percent of its plastic...

Heinzel Group Reports "Respectable" Result in Challenging Environment of 2020

April 7 - Heinzel Group increased production in both the paper and pulp segments in 2020, with total production rising to 1,607,030 metric tons in 2020. The growth in paper...

Essity Announces Price Increases for its Consumer Tissue

April 7 - Essity has announced price increases for its Consumer Tissue in the company's key markets. Essity said the percentage increases are, on average, in the mid-to-high...

Sappi Europe Increases Prices for all Graphical Paper Grades for Export Markets

April 7 - Sappi Europe announced price increases for all of its mechanical coated, woodfree coated and woodfree uncoated paper grades by 8-11 % with immediate effect as...

Paper Excellence Acquires Interest in Atli Chip Limited Partnership in BC

April 6 - Paper Excellence has acquired an interest in the Atli Chip Limited Partnership. The Partnership has acquired the assets of the North Island Chipping facility situated...

PPC Honors Former WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees with Robert T. Gair Award for Lifetime Achievement

April 6 - The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has selected Steven C. Voorhees, former CEO of WestRock, as the recipient of its 2021 Robert T. Gair Award. Named after the man whose innovation gave birth to...

Pixelle Acquires Two Specialty Papers Businesses

April 5 - Pixelle Specialty Solutions today announced it has completed two strategic investments that will further strengthen its portfolio and enhance service to new and existing customers...

Hood Container Acquires Sonoco's U.S. Display and Packaging Business for $80 Million

April 5 - Hood Container Corporation has acquired Sonoco Display and Packaging business for $80 million in cash. The business produced net sales of approximately...

Stora Enso Exiting the Dissolving Pulp Business

April 2 - Stora Enso has announced its decision to permanently discontinue the production of dissolving pulp, which is used around the world to produce viscose...

Marco Eikelenboom Begins Role as CEO of Sappi Europe

April 1 - Sappi Limited said that Marco Eikelenboom (53) as of today begins his new role as CEO of Sappi Europe. He succeeds Berry Wiersum (65), a 40-year veteran of...

Motion Names Aurelio Banda as New Group Vice President - Automation

April 1 - Motion Industries, Inc., announced that Aurelio Banda will join the company as Motion's new Group Vice President of Automation. Banda most recently served as President and CEO of PHD Inc...

Smurfit Kappa to Invest EUR 25 Million to Expand Corrugated Packaging Plant in Poland

March 31 - Smurfit Kappa has announced a further investment of over EUR 25 million at its Pruszkow 'mega-plant' located in central Poland...

Kimberly-Clark Announces Price Increases for North American Consumer Products Business

March 31 - Kimberly-Clark announced that it is notifying customers in the U.S. and Canada of plans to...

PCMC to Supply Bedford Paper with Tissue Converting Line in Wisconsin

March 31 - Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announced that it will supply a tissue converting line to Bedford Paper in De Pere, Wisconsin...

SCA Appeals Land and Environmental Court Ruling and Harvesting Ban

March 31 - In February 2021, the Land and Environmental Court in Östersund, Sweden, upheld an appeal from the Skydda Skogen (Protect the Forest) association regarding...

Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel to Retire, Kathi Rowzie Named Successor

March 30 - Two Sides North America announced that its president Phil Riebel will retire effective April 1. Kathi Rowzie, who has been running the day-to-day operations of Two Sides since last March, will...

International Paper Acquires Two Corrugated Packaging Plants in Spain

March 30 - International Paper today announced that it has purchased two state-of-the-art corrugated box plants in Spain, further growing its capabilities in Madrid and...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's New Servera®Ultra Papers Provides Sustainable Food Packaging for QSR Market

March 30 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced that its Servera® papers offer the highest kit level for a paper free of fluorochemicals, while being cost-effective...

Port Tampa Bay Approves Lease to Celadon for Construction of Recycled Pulp Plant

March 29 - The Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners have approved an agreement with Celadon Development Corporation to lease 37 acres for the construction and operation of...

Valmet to Supply Aktül Kagit with New Tissue Production Line in Turkey

March 29 - The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue machine will be installed at Aktül Kagit's mill in Pamukova, Sakarya Province in Turkey. With a width of 5.6 metres and a design speed of...

Cepi Says Worldwide Demand for Recycled Paper Remains Strong

March 26 - Cepi has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for...

AF&PA Announces Support for the RECYCLE Act

March 25 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in support of the RECYCLE Act. “The RECYCLE Act will help educate millions of Americans on...

Papeteries du Léman Announces Price Increase for All Primabake and Specialty Paper Grades

March 25 - Papeteries du Léman (PDL) announced that it will increase prices for all Primabake range and Specialty paper grades by 5 - 8%, effective with deliveries from May 1, 2021...

US Forest Industry & Manufacturing Continue to Expand

March 25 - US forest industry performance in January and February was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management...

ND Paper Launches Finance Leadership Development Program

March 24 - In an effort to help ensure a stable and growing future, ND Paper has established a new program to build financial leaders for its company...

Sonoco Announces Price Increase for Uncoated Recycled Paperboard in the U.S. and Canada

March 24 - Sonoco announced it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada, effective...

Motion Celebrates 75th Anniversary

March 24 - Motion Industries, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, is pleased to announce that it has achieved the 75-year milestone of business success...

Construction of Metsä Spring and Valmet Demo Plant for 3D Fibre Products on Schedule

March 24 - Metsä Spring, the venture capital arm of Metsä Group, and Valmet are in the process of building a demo plant in Äänekoski, Finland, that will manufacture new 3D...

Digital Escape: Why Magazines Are Experiencing a Surprise Renaissance

March 24 - One of the surprises of this extraordinarily difficult year has been the relative strength and vitality of printed pieces of all kinds, especially print magazines. So we tracked...

Valmet to Supply Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill with New Quality Control System and IQ Moisturizer for BM1

March 24 - Valmet will supply Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Novodvinsk, Russia, with an IQ Quality Control System and IQ Moisturizer. The new system will be installed on...

Lecta to Increase Prices on Its Self-Adhesive Range of Paper Products

March 23 - Lecta announced that it will increase the price for its self-adhesive products effective with deliveries on April 19. The increase will be from...

Essity Begins Testing of CO2 Emission-free Paper Production at Lilla Edet Facility in Sweden

March 22 - Essity announced that its tissue production facility in Lilla Edet, Sweden, has set its sights on becoming the world's first large-scale tissue facility with...

Eastman and GP Cellulose Provide Critical Support for Longleaf Pine Restoration in Florida

March 22 - In celebration of the International Day of Forests, Eastman, Eastman Foundation and GP Cellulose worked with The Longleaf Alliance to provide 60,000...

Solenis to Increase Prices on Wet Strength Product Lines across EMEA Regions

March 22 - Specialty chemical producer Solenis announced that it will increase prices on all wet strength resins by...

Green Bay Packaging Starts Production at Its New Paper Mill in Wisconsin

March 19 - Green Bay Packaging announced that the first reel of paper was produced at its new paper mill in Green Bay...

Greif Announces $50 per Ton Price Increase on All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard and Coated Recycled Paperboard Grades

March 19 - Greif announced that it is implementing price increases on certain paperboard products, which are...

Twin Rivers Paper Company Names Jeff Hederick as Chief Commercial Officer

March 19 - Twin Rivers Paper Company said that Jeff Hederick has joined the company in the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer...

Jabil to Invest $25 Million in Expansion of Paper Packaging Facilities in California and Spain

March 18 - Jabil announced expansion plans for its newly acquired paper bottle technology with a $25 million investment in subsidiary Ecologic's Manteca, California, location and...

Acme Corrugated Box Announces Multimillion-Dollar Expansion of Hatboro, PA Facility

March 18 - Acme Corrugated Box Co. announced that it has broken ground on a large expansion of their existing 250,000 square foot facility in Hatboro, Pennsylvania...

MSC Unveils North American Cargo Protection Solution

March 18 - MSC announced that it is expanding its commercial offering in North America by launching Extended Protection, a solution that helps cargo owners deal with...

PCMC Names Stan Blakney as President of Global Operations

March 18 - Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announced that Stan Blakney has accepted the position of President of its global operations. In addition to leading the company's...

Södra to Increase the Price of NBSK in Europe to USD 1,220 per Tonne

March 17 - Södra Cell announced that it will be increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft pulp...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 29 Percent in February 2021

March 17 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its February 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper...

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

March 17 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its February 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report...

Mondi Gronau Starts Production of One Million Medical Face Masks per Day in Germany

March 17 - Mondi has started up new production lines for melt-blown nonwoven fabric and medical face masks at its site in Gronau, Germany to...

Genera Launches New Program to Help Tennessee Farmers Offset Switchgrass Start-Up Costs

March 17 - Tennessee-based Genera, a producer of ag-based pulp and molded fiber products, has announced a new program to support regional farmers by offsetting...

Sustana Names Emily Olson as Director and Sustainability Ambassador

March 16 - Sustana announced that Emily Olson has joined the company as Director and Sustainability Ambassador. In this new role, Olson will lead the company's sustainability strategy for Rolland papers in Quebec, as well as...

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Announces Price Hike for Coated Inkjet Papers

March 16 - Mitsubishi HiTec Paper announced that it will implement a 5% price increase for its coated inkjet papers, which will be applied to deliveries of the entire jetscript® inkjet paper range from...

Twin Rivers Paper Names Mark Lukacs as New Chief Operating Officer

March 15 - Twin Rivers Paper Company said that Mark Lukacs has joined the company as its new Chief Operating Officer. He brings with him over 33 years of senior operations experience in the paper and...

Spike in Frozen Food Sales Creates Strong Demand for Paper Products

March 11 - The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we have gone about everyday life over the last 10 months...

Feldmuehle to Increase Prices for Wet Strength Label Papers

March 11 - Feldmuehle announced that it will increase prices for its wet strength label paper grades by 8%. "After a long period of stable prices, Feldmuehle had been...

Smurfit Kappa to Invest EUR 40 Million in Its Corrugated Packaging Plant in North Wales

March 10 - Smurfit Kappa has approved transformational investment plans for its corrugated packaging plant located in the Mold Business Park in North Wales, UK...

ABB to Deliver New Drives and Control Systems to Iggesund Paperboard in Sweden

March 10 - ABB is leading a major installation of new drives, control systems and quality control solutions (QCS) for Iggesund Paperboard, a fully integrated pulp and...

Resolute Forest Products Sets Target to Reduce GHG Emissions by 30%

March 10 - Resolute Forest Products announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 30% against...

Graphic Packaging CEO Michael Doss Named PaperAge's Executive Papermaker of the Year

March 9 - PaperAge announced that Michael P. Doss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company is the recipient of PaperAge's 34th annual Executive Papermaker of the Year...

Valmet to Deliver Key Pulp Technology to Nine Dragons in China

March 9 - Valmet has received several pulp technology orders from Nine Dragons to its pulp mills in China. The deliveries include six fiberlines, two recovery boilers and...

Glatfelter Announces 8% Price Increase for its Composite Fibers Products

March 9 - Glatfelter announced that effective March 15, 2021 it will increase prices for all Composite Fibers products by up to 8%, or as customer contracts permit. The decision is...

International Association of Paper Historians Opens Registration for 35th Biennial Congress Event

March 9 - The International Association of Paper Historians (IPH) is pleased to open registration for its upcoming 35th Biennial Congress on June 7-11, 2021. The much-anticipated event...

Paper Excellence Eyes Early May Restart of No. 11 Paper Machine at Powell River Mill

March 8 - Paper Excellence announced that it plans to restart Number 11 Paper Machine at Catalyst Powell River on or around May 1, 2021. The restart reflects...

Graphic Packaging Launches Cap-It; an Alternative to Traditional Shrink Film Packaging

March 5 - Cap-It is an innovative clip with neck rings for multipack polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or recycled (rPET) bottles. The paperboard clip, made of renewable...

ANDRITZ Starts-up Tissue Production Line Delivered to Berli Jucker Cellox in Thailand

March 5 - ANDRITZ has successfully started up the tissue production line delivered to Berli Jucker Cellox's mill in Prachinburi, Thailand. The new machine...

BillerudKorsnäs' Executive Vice President Commercial Helene Biström to Leave Company During 2021

March 4 - BillerudKorsnäs announced that Helene Biström, Executive Vice President Commercial, has decided to leave the company at her own request...

Regional U.S. Chip and Pulpwood Price Trends Diverge

March 3 - As global consumer trends and demands continue to shift at an escalating pace — especially given the events of 2020 — markets for wood fiber residuals have undergone both structural and temporal changes...

Sappi Europe Announces Price Increase for Packaging and Speciality Papers

March 3 - Sappi Europe announced that it will increase prices for all of the company's Packaging and Speciality paper grades by 7 - 11%, effective with deliveries...

Monadnock Paper Mills Announces New Partnership with Case Paper to Serve Florida Market

March 3 - Monadnock Paper Mills has announced a new distribution partnership with Case Paper, one of the largest privately held distributors and converters of paper and board for the printing and...

Domtar Completes Sale of Personal Care Business for $920 Million

March 2 - This divestiture is a significant milestone in Domtar's strategic transformation to become to become a leading paper, pulp and packaging...

Lucart Acquires Hygiene Products Maker Essential Supply Products in England

March 2 - Lucart announced the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Essential Supply Products, one of the UK's leading independent manufacturers and converters of...

AF&PA Releases New Design Guide to Further Advance Paper Recycling

March 2 - Building on the sustainability success of paper based packaging and recycling, the AF&PA released a new...

WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees to Step Down; Directors Elect David B. Sewell as Successor

March 2 - WestRock Company announced that Steven C. Voorhees has decided to step down from his position as President and CEO and a director of the Company for health reasons, effective...

Valmet to Supply Board and Fine Paper Making Lines with Pulp Production to Fujian Liansheng in China

March 2 - Valmet will supply a folding boxboard making line (BM 1), a fine paper making line (PM 3) and a...

Lindenmeyr Munroe Renames Olmsted-Kirk Operations throughout Texas/Oklahoma to Become One Brand

March 1 - Lindenmeyr Munroe, the largest privately held independent paper merchant in the U.S., announced that its Olmsted-Kirk division is being renamed to operate under the ...

Mayr-Melnhof Group Successfully Places One Billion EUR Schuldschein Loan

March 1 - Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG, together with the arranging banks Erste Group, Bank Austria and Raiffeisenbank International, has successfully placed a...

Kruger Products Starts-up TAD Tissue Plant in Sherbrooke; Announces $240 Million Expansion Project

Feb. 26 - KP Tissue and Kruger Products announced the completion of construction and successful start-up of...

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