West Linn Paper Company today annouced that it is ceasing operations and will commence a winding up of its business supervised by its second lien lender. "We are deeply disappointed to end the mill’s 128 year history, the last twenty of which resulted from a major restructuring and restart when our current ownership took control of West Linn Paper Company. The commitment and support that we received from our employees, our lenders and our owners as we sought to adapt to structural changes in our markets has been remarkable. However, several unforeseeable events have led to a significant reduction in available pulp, making continued operations impossible. As a result we will wind up our operations as quickly and efficiently as possible, beginning immediately." states Brian Konen, Chief Operating Officer for West Linn Paper Company. Company officials said that orders for stock product will continue to be accepted. Orders that have been produced but not yet shipped will be shipped. Manufacturing orders that have been accepted, but not yet produced, will be reviewed and customers will be contacted shortly with confirmations as to whether those orders will be produced. The Company will not be accepting new manufacturing orders going forward.
Crown Van Gelder is going for Gold with development partners in the Eurosac Grand Prix on May 19-21 in Bilbao, Spain.
This year, 3 members of Eurosac (Novidon, Fiorini and Crown Van Gelder) will pitch together, in collaboration with sugar beet pulp supplier Cosun and brandowner DLF in a 5 minute video, not as individual companies going for own glory, but as value chain partners. Herewith the partners show, that fast innovation for creating a greener world is possible. This is a story about how Cosun Beet Company, Novidon, Crown Van Gelder, Fiorini and DLF came together and from synergy created swift innovation with a more sustainable product as a result.
DLF was looking for the reduction of the environmental impact of their 3-layer 15 KG bag for packaging grass seeds, compared to their current bag, produced with kraft paper. The new and more environmentally friendly packaging had to contribute to the sustainability ambition of DLF.
The search of DLF led to Crown Van Gelder – who developed Crown Native sugar beet paper within a 5-year collaboration with Cosun – after which Fiorini as DLF’s bag producer and both Cosun and Novidon were involved.
In collaboration with DLF and Fiorini, an open mouth bag consisting of three layers of Crown Native was developed. This paper is produced with a residual flow of fibers derived from the sugar production process. With these Dutch sugar beet fibers an 80% lower environmental impact can be achieved, compared to wood fiber. Adding 20% sugar beet fiber to the paper gives a 16% lower ecological footprint of the paper. This is confirmed by an independent life cycle analysis. On top of that, bag producer Fiorini uses the side stream potato starch based Novinexx glue from Novidon.
The paper is strong, food safe, recyclable, compostable and flexo and offset printable, perfectly suitable for bag production: a true sustainable innovation with value chain partners.
more detail at: https://cvg.nl/en/brands/native/