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Paper Mill Boosts Production Efficiency, Reduces Machine Downtime with Spherical Roller Bearings

November - Discover how one paper mill saved over $300,000 in bearing costs...

Suzano Breaks Ground on Its Innovability Hub Development in Shanghai, China

Nov. 29 - Suzano has started construction of an "Innovability Hub" at the Zhangjiang Science City in Shanghai, China. With an investment of over US$10 million, the...

Metsä Group Appoints Katariina Kemppainen as SVP, Group R&D

Nov. 29 - Metsä Group announced that Katariina Kemppainen has been appointed SVP, Group R&D, effective January 1, 2023. Kemppainen currently serves as VP, Group R&D, a position she has held since...

Voith Starts-up New Kraftliner Machine at SCA's Obbola Pulp and Paper Mill in Sweden

Nov. 28 - Voith announced that it successfully started-up a new 725,000 tons per year kraftliner machine at SCA's Obbola pulp and paper mill in Sweden, earlier...

Norske Skog Enters into Sales and Marketing Agreement with CellMark in Italy

Nov. 28 - Norske Skog announced that CellMark Italy will act as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for sales of the Norske Skog publication paper and recycled...

Irving Consumer Products Announces Public Sustainability Goals for Its Tissue Manufacturing Operations

Nov. 28 - Irving Consumer Products tissue manufacturing operations' 2030 sustainability goals include: ...

Nippon Paper Announces Price Increase for Its Liquid-Packaging Carton in Japan

Nov. 25 - Nippon Paper Industries has announced a price increase for its Liquid-Packaging Carton in Japan. Prices will increase 18% or more for shipments on...

Liberty Diversified International Names Dan Gigstead as North Division, Vice President of Packaging

Nov. 23 - Liberty Diversified International has named Dan Gigstead to lead LDI's North Division as Vice President of Packaging. Gigstead will...

UPM Begins Testing Recovery Boiler at Its New Paso de los Toros Pulp Mill in Uruguay

Nov. 21 - As the testing phase of all areas and equipment at the UPM Paso de los Toros mill progresses rapidly and the start-up of the mill gets closer, UPM begins its planned...

Ahlstrom Names Jorn P. Jensen as New Chief Financial Officer

Nov. 21 - Ahlstrom announced the appointment of Jorn P. Jensen as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Group Executive Management Team. Ahlstrom's current CFO, Sakari Ahdekivi, is leaving at the end of...

PCA Temporarily Idles Paper Mill in Jackson, Alabama

Nov. 18 - The Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) paper mill in Jackson announced to its employees last week a layoff of virtually all of its 400-plus workers and...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Four Percent in October 2022

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

Monadnock Launches HP Indigo Solutions Portfolio of 100% Post Consumer Waste Recycled Material

Nov. 17 - Monadnock Paper Mills announced its HP Indigo Solutions Portfolio of 100% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) paper, packaging, and environmental...

UK-based CartonCare Group and Van Genechten Packaging Form Joint Venture

Nov. 17 - Van Genechten Packaging recently announced the completion of a 50:50 Joint Venture Agreement with CartonCare Group, including CartonCare Ltd,...

Dunn Paper Announces Ownership Change, Renamed BiOrigin Specialty Products

Nov. 16 - Dunn Paper announced that its first lien secured lenders have acquired select assets of the company as part of a recapitalization of the business. Pursuant to this...

Kruger Products to Shut Down Older Production Assets at Memphis Plant

Nov. 15 - KP Tissue and Kruger Products will shut down certain older and inefficient production assets including a light dry crepe paper machine and six converting lines...

Mativ Names Lionel Bonte as New President of Healthcare and Wellness Business Unit

Nov. 15 - Mativ Holdings, Inc. announced the appointment of Lionel Bonte as President, Healthcare and Wellness. Bonte is an experienced global leader with...

Smurfit Kappa Acquires Liner Bag Plant, Pusa Pack, in Spain

Nov. 14 - Smurfit Kappa has signed an agreement to acquire Pusa Pack, a bag-in-box packaging plant located in Onda, close to Castellón in the Valencian region of Spain...

Suzano Announces Creation of Alliance to Restore and Preserve Forests in Brazil

Nov. 14 - Suzano announced the creation of a new company focused entirely on the restoration, conservation and preservation of forests in Brazil. The new entity...

Valmet and Metsä Group 3D Fiber Demo Plant Receives Quality Innovation Award in Finland

Nov. 11 - Valmet and Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring have received national Quality Innovation Award 2022 in Finland with their demo plant that...

Nippon Paper to Increase Prices in 2023 for P&W and Business Communication Papers

Nov. 11 - Nippon Paper Industries has announced a 15-25% price increase for both its printing & writing paper and business communication paper in Japan...

OASIS Alignment Services Announces Key Manager Promotions

Nov. 11 - OASIS Alignment Services (OASIS), a division of In-Place Machining Company, announced the promotions of two key managers in the OASIS Northeast Service Center located in Rochester, New Hampshire...

WestRock Reports Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter Results

Nov. 11 - "WestRock delivered record net sales of $21.3 billion in fiscal 2022 and continued our track record of strong operating cash flow by generating more than $2 billion in the same period...

Sappi Announces $418 Million Paper Machine Rebuild at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine

Nov. 10 - Sappi North America announced the approval of a $418 million capital project to convert PM 2 (a coated freesheet machine) at its Somerset Mill in...

WestRock to Sell Ownership Interest in RTS Packaging to Sonoco; Agrees to Sell URB Mills in Illinois and Indiana to Ox Industries

Nov. 9 - WestRock has entered into a definitive agreement to wholly divest its ownership interest in...

Kelly Spicers to Acquire Connemara Converting's West Coast Operations

Nov. 9 - The acquisition of Connemara expands Kelly Spicers' Custom Converting operation to seven sheeters spread across the West, including Salt Lake City, Seattle, and...

AF&PA Announces Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

Nov. 9 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Sustainability Award winners, which recognize...

Valmet to Acquire NovaTech Automation's Process Solutions Business

Nov. 9 - NovaTech Automation's Process Solutions business specializes in process control and optimization solutions for batch, continuous and hybrid...

Supremex Acquires Chicago-based Royal Envelope

Nov. 8 - Montreal-based Supremex announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Royal Envelope Corporation, an envelope manufacturer and lithography company located in Chicago, Illinois...

Seaman Paper Announces Acquisition of Eagle Tissue in Connecticut

Nov. 7 - Seaman Paper Company announced the acquisition of South Windsor, Connecticut-based Eagle Tissue LLC, a provider of tissue paper printing and converting...

Vaasa Administrative Court Confirmed the Environmental Permit for Metsä Group's Kemi Bioproduct Mill

Nov. 7 - By its decision of 4 November 2022, the Vaasa Administrative Court upheld the...

UPM Inaugurates New CHP Plant at Its Nordland Papier Mill in Germany

Nov. 4 - UPM has officially opened a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant its Nordland Papier mill in Germany, bringing the company closer to...

Cascades to Permanently Shutdown the Corrugator at Its Belleville, Ontario Facility

Nov. 4 - Effective no later than December 2nd, the shutdown will provide the facility with a more sustainable business model by focusing its operations on converting...

Resolute Forest Products Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

Nov. 3 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported net income of $87 million for the quarter ended September 30, compared to net income of $80 million, or...

Kruger Packaging Starts Production at New Corrugated Packaging Plant in Elizabethtown

Nov. 3 - Kruger Packaging announced that construction on the $114 million Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown Plant in Kentucky is now complete. Measuring 400,000+ square feet...

MM Group CEO Reports Steady Growth through Three Quarters of 2022

Nov. 3 - "Performance in the 3rd quarter remained strong, although behind the exceptional high level of the 2nd quarter, which allowed for an important rise in...

Ahlstrom Investing EUR 2 Million in New Laminator at Louveira Plant in Brazil

Nov. 3 - According to Ahlstrom, the new laminator will expand manufacturing capabilities at Louveira plant and offer customers shorter lead-times and improved...

Appvion Completes Acquisition of Nekoosa Coated Products

Nov. 2 - Headquartered in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, Nekoosa is a leading provider of specialty engineered materials for the graphics and commercial print markets...

Greif's Paper Packaging and Services Division Announces Investment in Recycling Facilities

Nov. 2 - Greif's Paper Packaging and Services (PPS) business has announced two major investments in its recycling operations to support its growth strategy in sustainable...

Clearwater Paper Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Results

Oct. 31 - "We had an excellent third quarter, which exceeded our expectations with strong volumes, pricing and operational performance. While paperboard...

SCA to Establish New Renewable Energy Reporting Segment

Oct. 31 - SCA is one of Europe's leading renewable energy producers. Twenty per cent of Sweden's wind power capacity is installed on SCA's land, and through...

Total U.S. Containerboard Production Decreased 8.6 Percent in Q3 2022

Oct. 28 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its Q3 2022 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total containerboard production...

Total U.S. Boxboard Production in Q3 2022 Increased Three Percent

Oct. 28 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its Q3 2022 Boxboard report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q3...

PPC Announces Winners of the 2022 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition

Oct. 28 - The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has announced the top winners of its 79th annual North American Paperboard Packaging...

Paper Excellence and Resolute Announce Intention to Sell Thunder Bay Pulp and Paper Mill

Oct. 27 - The Paper Excellence Group and Resolute Forest Products announced their intention to sell Resolute's Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill in Ontario...

International Paper Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

Oct. 27 - "Our third quarter earnings were significantly impacted by the challenging macro environment. Lower consumer spending for goods and retail inventory destocking drove lower demand for...

Körber Names Mauro Luna as President of Körber Business Area Tissue in Latin America

Oct. 26 - With a career spanning more than 30 years and extensive experience in the industrial and tissue market, Luna developed his business career starting as Sales and Applications Engineer at...

Suzano to Acquire Kimberly-Clark's Tissue Manufacturing Business in Brazil

Oct. 25 - Suzano has entered an Equity Purchase Agreement with Kimberly-Clark to purchase Kimberly-Clark's Brazilian tissue paper manufacturing and distribution assets...

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

Oct. 25 - "Strong organic sales growth of 5% accelerated during the third quarter fueled by our...

Paper and Print Still Drive the Modern World

Oct. 25 - In celebration of International Print Day on 26 October, Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) discusses the vital roles that paper and print play in society...

Fedrigoni Acquires Spanish Specialty Paper Producer Guarro Casas

Oct. 24 - The Fedrigoni Group has signed an agreement with Arjowiggings for the acquisition of Guarro Casas, a manufacturer of specialty graphic papers based in...

Klabin Launches PineFluff eXcel, Fluff Pulp Made from A Mix of Long and Short Fibers

Oct. 24 - Klabin announced the launch of PineFluff eXcel, a fluff pulp made from a mix of fibers (eucalyptus hardwood pulp and pine softwood pulp) targeting the...

Valmet to Deliver Sixth Tissue Production Line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico

Oct. 24 - Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production machine to Papel San Francisco in Mexico. The new machine will be installed at the company's...

Stora Enso to Invest EUR 1 Billion for Conversion of Idled Paper Machine at Oulu Mill to Paperboard

Oct. 21 - Stora Enso has decided to invest approximately EUR 1 billion to convert the remaining idle paper machine at the Group's Oulu site in Finland into...

The BC Pulp and Paper Sector: A Crisis With Solutions In Plain Sight

Oct. 21 - While not a frequent occurrence, occasional hiccups in fibre supply sometimes force pulp mills to slow production. However, rarely do pulp mills shut down temporarily...

Mondi to Invest EUR 400 Million In New Kraft Paper Machine at Steti Mill

Oct. 20 - Mondi announced the approval of a EUR 400 million investment in a new paper machine at its flagship Steti mill in the Czech Republic. The investment forms part of...

UPM Communication Papers Collaborates with HP on New Generation of Digital Printing Papers

Oct. 20 - UPM Communication Papers is collaborating with HP to pilot a new generation of digital printing papers specifically designed for high-speed inkjet printing...

AIPPM Presents Ron Dennis of Millcraft Paper with 2022 Linda Hartinger Award

Oct. 19 - The Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants (AIPPM) announced that Ron Dennis of Millcraft Paper Company was honored with...

UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen will Retire During 2024

Oct. 19 - "In 2024 I will have served UPM as President and CEO for 20 years and spent a total of 37 years with the company. The announced timetable aims to secure...

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtails Production at Its Intercontinental Pulp Mill

Oct. 18 - Canfor Pulp Products announced a temporary curtailment of its Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George, BC, Canada, due to the lack of available economic fibre...

Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 10 Percent in September 2022

Oct. 18 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging...

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased Five Percent in September 2022

Oct. 18 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments...

Pratt Industries Officially Opens New Corrugated Box Plant in Park City, Kansas

Oct. 17 - The almost 1 million square-foot Park City facility will accommodate increased production capacity, employ 300 full-time "green collar" manufacturing jobs, and increase...

Wood Fiber Prices Continued Two-Year Upward Trend in 2Q/2022

Oct. 17 - Wood fiber prices continued their two-year upward trend in the 2Q/22, with hardwood increasing faster than softwood. The global Hardwood Fiber Price...

AV Group Terrace Bay Reaches 4-Year Labor Agreement with Union

Oct. 17 - The collective agreement covers approximately three hundred hourly employees at the Terrace Bay operation, which produces over 320,000 tonnes of bleached...

Smurfit Kappa to Invest $100 Million in New Biomass Boiler at Its Paper Mill in Yumbo, Columbia

Oct. 14 - Smurfit Kappa is investing almost USD 100 million in a sustainable biomass boiler to be installed at its Cali Mill in Yumbo, Columbia, which will reduce...

UPM's Finnish Paper Mills to Be Supplied with Sustainable Power from New Wind Park

Oct. 13 - UPM said that its commitment to wind power in Finland will significantly decrease emissions resulting from the company's production of paper thanks to...

International Paper's Aimee Gregg Named to Manufacturers Association Board of Directors

Oct. 13 - The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Aimee Gregg, Vice President, Containerboard, International Paper, has been named to the NAM Board of Directors. Gregg will join the NAM Board to bolster...

BillerudKorsnäs Simplifies Name to Billerud

Oct. 12 - BillerudKorsnäs is simplifying its name to Billerud to cater to its international customers. The name change is fully in line with the company's strategy to expand into North America and continue driving sustainable...

Atlas Holdings Acquires Crown Paper Group

Oct. 11 - Atlas Holdings has completed the acquisition of Crown Paper Group, including Port Townsend Paper Corporation and Crown Corrugated Company, an integrated mill and containerboard operation in...

Paper Excellence Announces Indefinite Curtailment of Crofton Paper Mill Operations

Oct. 10 - Paper Excellence announced the indefinite curtailment of its paper operations at the Catalyst Crofton facility in British Columbia, starting in early December 2022...

Sonoco Launches New Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Machine at Hartsville Mill

Oct. 10 - Sonoco announced that the new uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) #10 machine is operational as part of its previously announced $125 million...

Sappi Provides Updated Outlook for Fourth Financial Quarter Ended 30 September 2022

Oct. 10 - The Company wishes to advise that during the fourth quarter market conditions were stronger than expected while European energy prices, principally gas, were...

Sylvamo Completes Sale of Russian Operations for $420 Million

Oct. 7 - Sylvamo announced it reached an agreement and completed the sale of its Russian operations to Pulp Invest Limited Liability Company for...

WestRock to Close Corrugated Medium Operations at St. Paul, Minnesota Facility

Oct. 7 - WestRock will permanently close the corrugated medium manufacturing operations at its St. Paul, Minnesota, recycled paper mill. The production of coated recycled board...

Billerud Eyes Expanded Production of Pressure Sensitive Papers at Michigan Mill

Oct. 6 - Billerud Americas Corporation will investigate a relaunch of its OptiLabel HB product made at its Quinnesec Mill in Michigan on the No. 41 paper machine...

Willamette Falls Paper Company Increases Production of Coated Freesheet to Meet Demand

Oct. 6 - Willamette Falls Paper Company announced that as of October 1 it has doubled the operating rate of a third paper machine to manufacture additional CFS...

Paper Bags Are a Sustainable Choice for New Jersey

Oct. 5 - "Recyclable paper bags can serve as an alternative to the increasing volume of reusable, but non-recyclable, bags being distributed without any plan for end-of-life impacts. New Jersey is the only state in the nation that...

UPM Inaugurates Its New Deep Sea Pulp Terminal in the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay

Oct. 5 - The new pulp terminal is located in the newly developed deep sea port in Montevideo, and it will have a direct rail connection to the new UPM...

Specialized Packaging Group Completes Acquisition of Pacific Pulp Molding

Oct. 5 - Specialized Packaging Group, a vertically integrated provider of protective packaging products, has acquired San Diego, California-based Pacific Pulp Molding...

Pixelle Announces Plans to Restart #24 Paper Machine in Chillicothe, Ohio

Oct. 4 - "The current supply-demand balance in the market and our Ohio facility's competitive, integrated cost structure has afforded us the opportunity to restart paper machine...

ANDRITZ to Supply Four High-Speed Tissue Production Lines to Bracell in Brazil

Oct. 4 - ANDRITZ has received an order from Bracell SP Celulose to supply four PrimeLine W 2000 tissue production lines to its mill located in...

Mayr-Melnhof Group Completes the Acquisition of Essentra Packaging

Oct. 3 - The acquisition of Essentra Packaging implements MM Packaging's strategy to grow in pharma secondary packaging and strengthens its position in the European pharma...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Operate Under the Business Name Ahlstrom

Oct. 3 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö has started to operate under the business name Ahlstrom as of today, October 3. The company has completed the ownership...

Industrial Shredders Now Offering Cardboard Core Shredder

Sept. 30 - Industrial Shredders announced it is now offering its Core Shredder that turns cardboard cores into a moveable, reusable material to help improve...

Valmet to Supply Coated Board Making Line to Customer in Asia-Pacific Region

Sept. 30 - Valmet will supply a coated board making line with automation and Industrial Internet solutions as well as spare parts and consumables packages to...

Solenis to Acquire Paper Process Chemicals Business of KLK Kolb Group

Sept. 30 - Solenis and Kolb Distribution have announced that Solenis has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kolb's paper process chemicals business. The deal includes...

Sappi Accepts Offer to Sell Three European Graphic Paper Mills for EUR 272 Million

Sept. 29 - "We are very happy to have reached agreement with AURELIUS to take ownership of the three mills. Although they no longer fit in Sappi's portfolio, they are...

Sonoco to Acquire Denmark-based Paperboard Producer Skjern Paper for $88 Million

Sept. 29 - Sonoco has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Skjern Paper, a privately owned manufacturer of paper based in Skjern, Denmark...

Metsä Tissue's Renewed Tissue Machine in Mänttä Moves to Continuous Production

Sept. 29 - Metsä Tissue's renewed tissue paper machine at the Mänttä mill in Finland has moved from the trial run phase to continuous production...

Seaman Paper to Fund Ocean Research and Conservation

Sept. 28 - Seaman Paper Company announced partnerships with leading ocean research and conservation organizations, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and...

Georgia-Pacific to Invest $425 Million To Build New Dixie Facility in Tennessee

Sept. 27 - Georgia-Pacific announced that it is investing more than $425 million in Jackson, Tennessee, to build a state-of-the-art Dixie manufacturing facility. The new plant...

Valmet to Supply Key Technology for Cheng Loong's New Board Machine in Vietnam

Sept. 27 - Valmet will supply the Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company with key process technology for its new containerboard machine 23 (BM 23) at...

Metsä Group to Take Planned Maintenance Shutown at Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill

Sept. 26 - Metsä Group announced that its Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland will hold its annual maintenance shutdown, by department, on Sunday, Oct. 2 and restart...

PaperAge's Editor-in-Chief, Jack O'Brien, Has Passed Away

Sept. 22 - It is with great sadness that we inform our industry friends of the death of John F. "Jack" O'Brien. Jack died on the afternoon of September 6 surrounded by his family. Jack was born in Quincy, Massachusetts...

Dunn Paper Announces Closure of Port Huron Paper Mill in Michigan

Sept. 22 - Dunn Paper announced today that they will cease production at their Port Huron, Michigan paper mill. "This difficult decision is the result of ongoing challenges...

Cascades Temporarily Shutdowns Tissue Machine at St. Helens, Oregon Mill

Sept. 22 - Cascades said that it is temporarily shutting down one of its two tissue paper machines at its St. Helens, Oregon facility due to structural issues of the building housing...

Pixelle Specialty Solutions to Close Specialty Paper Mill in Jay, Maine

Sept. 21 - Pixelle Specialty Solutions announced that it will close its mill located in Jay, Maine in the first quarter of 2023. The mill employs approximately 230 people who will...

Mondi Investing EUR 5 Million in New R&D Centre at Steinfeld Site

Sept. 20 - Construction of the facility has commenced, and when completed, will include pilot lines for both plastic- and paper-based solutions, from coating, film extrusion and...

Metsä Board Starts Pre-Engineering for New Folding Boxboard Mill in Finland

Sept. 19 - Metsä Board will start pre-engineering for a new folding boxboard mill with an annual capacity of approximately 800,000 tonnes at the Kaskinen mill site in...

Smurfit Kappa to Acquire Corrugated Packaging Plant in Saquarema, Brazil

Sept. 19 - Smurfit Kappa has signed an agreement to acquire PaperBox, a corrugated cardboard packaging plant located in Saquarema, Brazil. This acquisition represents a...

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