Holmen introduces digital wood scanning

Holmen is now taking another step towards more resource-efficient and digital forestry. Through an advanced three-dimensional image analysis of the forest company’s wood deliveries, Holmen will be able to increase the efficiency of transport and boost the added value of the wood. During wood scanning, the timber truck drives in through an unmanned measuring rig where the logs’ diameter and solid volume percentage are read digitally. The information is immediately sent on to a log measurer, who then quickly informs the driver that the load has been scanned and whether it has been approved for the plant it is heading to. This means more accurate scanning of the volume on which payment is based and faster unloading of the load.
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AF&PA Statement on Commerce Department’s Decision to Initiate an Anti-Circumvention Investigation on Imports of Uncoated Free Sheet Paper

“As a supporter of free and fair trade policies, AF&PA applauds the decision by the U.S. Commerce Department. U.S. trade laws must be enforced to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not harmed by unfair trade practices. Today’s decision to initiate an investigation marks an important phase of work, where information will be gathered and analyzed. The investigation will review whether imports of sheeter rolls are circumventing the duties.
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Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Price Increases on Cellulose Specialties Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., a global leader in the production and sale of High Purity Cellulose, will increase prices of its high-alpha and high-viscosity Cellulose Specialties products (including acetate, ethers, micro-crystalline cellulose, nitrocellulose and other grades) by 6%, effective immediately, or as contracts allow. These price changes are necessary to partially offset ongoing inflationary pressures and sustain investment in its best-in-class, capital-intensive manufacturing capabilities to ensure its ability to continue to support its customers’ needs for high-quality products.
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Lecta Presents Its Premium Publishing Papers at the Frankfurt Book Fair

At this international event, the most important commercial platform for the publishing industry, Lecta will showcase the advantages of its range of premium publishing papers that, thanks to their distinctive characteristics and finishes, ensure excellent printing results. At this 71st edition of the fair, Lecta has collaborated with the renowned German publisher Taschen, specializing in books on art, design, architecture, photography and film, on the book C​hildren by the internationally acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and printed on GardaPremium Natural paper. GardaPremium Natural is a two-side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade that is ideal for photography books given its neutral tone, which highlights and enhances color as well as black-and-white images.
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AF&PA Commends Administration Regulatory Reform Executive Orders

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock commended the Administration for signing two executive orders aimed at increasing transparency and due process in the U.S. regulatory system. President Trump signed the “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication” Executive Order and the “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents” Executive Order at the White House on October 9. “The paper and wood products industry appreciates the Administration’s initiative to increase transparency and due process for agency guidance documents. Today marks a fundamental step toward a more transparent, fair and effective regulatory system and will support our ability to innovate, invest, create jobs and compete at home and around the globe.
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Park Falls mill sale falls through, heading to liquidation market (apg-wi.com)

The sale of the Park Falls Flambeau River Papers mill to newly formed company Element Ventures could not be finalized and the assets of the mill will now be marketed as a liquidation sale. In what amounted to a stopgap hearing Thursday afternoon, Rebecca DeMarb, the court-appointed receiver of the mill, requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 4 to approve the sale of the mill’s assets. The sale of the Park Falls Flambeau River Papers mill to newly formed company Element Ventures could not be finalized and the assets of the mill will now be marketed as a liquidation sale. In what amounted to a stopgap hearing Thursday afternoon, Rebecca DeMarb, the court-appointed receiver of the mill, requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 4 to approve the sale of the mill’s assets.
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Growing at Domtar: A Career in Reliability Engineering

Reliability engineering may not be the most well-known role within engineering disciplines, but this job — part detective, part inventor — is in demand in the manufacturing world, including at Domtar. Becoming a reliability engineer can be a rewarding career choice for people who like to solve problems, lead collaboration and make tangible contributions to the success of the business. This type of engineer enjoys a lot of variety and opportunity on the job. Just ask Scott Anderson, a reliability engineer at our Marlboro Mill. In his work, he identifies potential improvements in equipment maintenance processes, then designs and implements solutions that make operations more efficient. Anderson says people are surprised to learn of the significant savings he can help deliver to the company. “For instance, a small compressed air leak can cost hundreds of dollars per year in wasted energy,” he says. “On its own, that may not sound like much. But when you add up many small leaks, it can become substantial.”
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Fortress Global Enterprises Announces Market Downtime

Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. announced that it will be taking market downtime at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill in Thurso, Québec. The ongoing United States-China trade dispute, as well as weakening Chinese domestic textile and apparel consumption has destabilized the demand for dissolving pulp and caused a significant decline in pricing. As a result, the Company will deploy a temporary market curtailment strategy to preserve the option of restarting the mill once prices rebound. Accordingly, the Company will take market downtime at the FSC Mill commencing October 8th, 2019 for an unspecified interim period. Market downtime will allow the Company to manage its dissolving pulp inventory build-up, which has resulted from the recent uncertainty in pricing and demand, and execute on its previously announced strategic and financing initiative.
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ND Paper Announces Strategic Capital Equipment Upgrades

ND Paper announced it will strategically inject investment capital to improve the asset quality of its mills in Maine and Wisconsin in the coming year. At our Rumford, Maine facility, our pulp dryer and all three paper machines will undergo significant upgrades. •R9, the pulp dryer at Rumford, will take downtime in the first quarter of 2020 for a rebuild to increase pulp production. •R10 machine will pause operation in late March to install a new headbox and shoe press, as well upgrade the forming section. Upon restart, these improvements will enhance product quality for our printing and C1S paper customers, as well as increase capacity and productivity. •R12 machine will convert out of printing and writing grades to focus on specialty packaging products. •R15 machine will take an extended outage in the summer months for the installation of a new shoe press. This addition, combined with calenderenhancements completed earlier this year, will transform the machine into a top quartile producer of C1S and printing grades. As previously announced in October 2018, we will complete the conversion of the B25 machine from lightweight coated mechanical papers to recycled linerboard and corrugating medium in the first quarter of 2020. This project will serve as ND Paper’s entry into new markets, as well as stabilize the Biron Division and solidify the job security of our dedicated employees.
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Norske Skog announces sale and closure of Albury mill

Norske Skog announces the sale of the Albury mill to Australian packaging group Visy for NOK 520 million (AUD 85 million). The sale of the mill and realization of certain other related assets, including energy and water rights, will generate total cash proceeds of approximately NOK 920 million. Albury will cease newsprint production by the end of December 2019. Norske Skog will pay redundancy payments and transaction costs of approximately NOK 215 million following the closure, resulting in net cash proceeds to Norske Skog of approximately NOK 700 million. “The closure of Albury will address the substantial imbalance between newsprint production capacity and customer demand in Australasia and unlock the Albury mill’s position as an ideal candidate for conversion into packaging grades,” Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog, commented.
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