Boise Paper Expands Jam-Free Guaranteed Offering

Boise Paper has offered a 99.99% Jam-Free Guarantee® on their Boise POLARIS® Premium Multipurpose paper since 2009 and on X-9® Multi-use Copy and ASPEN® 30 Multi-use Recycled Copy papers since 2013. They have recently expanded this guarantee to cover ASPEN 50 and 100 Multi-use Recycled Copy papers, as well as the Inkjet, Laser, and Color Copy papers in their Boise POLARIS Premium line. “We know how important the jam-free guarantee is to customers with large volume, high-speed printers,” says Mary Ignas, senior director of marketing. “They need to maximize efficiency with as little downtime as possible. That’s why we’ve partnered with BLI for the last ten years to validate the guarantee on our highest volume products.” Click Read More below for additional information.
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Magnolia Table Brings Lynx Paper Into the Kitchen

Millions of fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Magnolia Homes and HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame, are getting a taste of quality from Domtar’s Rothschild Mill this year. That’s because Joanna Gaines’ new cookbook, “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering,” was printed on 80-lb. Lynx® paper made at Rothschild Mill. The book, published by HarperCollins, includes personal stories and homestyle recipes of family favorites and classic comfort food from the couple’s new restaurant in Waco, Texas. It has received glowing reviews from lovers of all the Magnolia Homes brand and was a New York Times No. 1 bestseller. Our Rothschild Mill colleagues also received high marks from the publisher; Domtar has worked with HarperCollins for more than 20 years. It’s rewarding to know that our customers and partners value our high-quality Lynx paper and excellent customer service. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock, Named RISI North American CEO of the Year

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced that Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has been named the 2018 North American CEO of the Year. The award will be presented to Steve Voorhees at the North American Conference on October 11, 2018 in San Francisco, California at the Parc 55 Hotel. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Advanced biofuels recognised as a fast-track option for transport decarbonisation

European institutions have come to an initial agreement on the revised Renewable Energy Directive. UPM Biofuels welcomes the agreement as it creates an obligatory advanced biofuel blending mandate in all EU Member States starting at 0.2% in 2022, double counted, and rising to 3.5% in 2030. "The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery, the world's first to produce wood-based renewable diesel on a commercial scale, has proven the potential as a significant producer of truly sustainable advanced biofuels. UPM BioVerno, which reduces GHG emissions up to 80% compared with fossil fuels, has found a solid market place. The agreement will further boost interest in the most sustainable biofuels and strengthens the position of advanced low-ILUC fuels, such as UPM BioVerno, that have minimal risk of causing indirect emissions or land use change," says Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Glatfelter to Acquire Georgia-Pacific’s European Nonwovens Business for $185 Million

The proposed transaction includes Georgia-Pacific’s operations located in Steinfurt, Germany, along with sales offices located in France and Italy. The Steinfurt facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the table-top, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets, competing in the marketplace with nonwoven technologies and substrates, as well as other materials focused primarily on consumer based end-use applications. The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people. In 2017, the Business generated net sales of $99 million and EBITDA of $18 million. The Company expects to realize synergies in excess of approximately $6 million per year within three years, and expects to incur one-time costs of approximately $7 million for transaction fees and integration. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Norpac Announces Price Increase on Cut-size Papers

Please be advised we plan to increase the price of our cut-size papers by $2.50 CWT effective July 20, 2018. This increase applies to all uncoated freesheet brands of NORPAC copy paper as well as Natural Choice and Natural Choice 30. Please also note we will be increasing the standard upcharge for Orca 30 and Natural Choice 30 to $5.00 CWT. All other terms and conditions remain in effect.
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American Forest & Paper Association Releases May 2018 Printing-Writing Paper Monthly Report

Total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in May compared to May 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent from April. Imports of printing-writing papers in April increased four percent compared to April 2017 imports, while exports declined one percent compared to April 2018. •Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in May 2018 edged down slightly year-over-year. Imports of UFS decreased less than one-half of one percent year-over-year in April. Exports of UFS papers increased 13 percent in April compared to April 2017. •Purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers increased year-over-year in May 2018 for the second time this year. Imports of CM increased 24 percent year-over-year in April. Exports of CM increased two percent year-over-year in April. •Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper and uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in May both declined year-over-year. Imports of UM papers increased seven percent compared to April 2017, while imports of CFS papers decreased 12 percent compared to last April.
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Ahlstrom-Munksjö responds to increasing demand for industrial filtration applications by investing EUR 28 million in its Filtration business

Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow its attractive Filtration business as customer demand increases globally. In the Filtration and Performance business area, the company will invest about EUR 28 million to expand manufacturing capacity as well as product capabilities. The project will start in 2018 and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2020. Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of Business Area Filtration and Performance, states: “This investment will enable us to create additional capacity in Turin, Italy, and will allow us to support growing demand for high-end filtration materials. Turin is already Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s largest plant globally and this investment will further consolidate our position as one of the leading global platforms for high-performance filtration material development and production. This investment also includes rebuilding and modification of our existing plants in Malmedy, Belgium and in Ställdalen, Sweden. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Catalyst Paper

A new four-year tentative agreement has been reached between Catalyst Paper and Unifor, representing approximately 750 workers in British Columbia. "This agreement achieves the pattern bargaining goals that Unifor set for the western pulp sector, which is helping to raise standards across the board," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "I congratulate the bargaining committee on obtaining a fair deal in these very challenging times for the Canadian pulp and paper industry." Click Read More below for additional information.
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