The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) reported that in the first two months of 2015, Brazilian pulp production increased 10.3% year-over-year totaling 2.8 million tons. Paper production remained practically stable in the first two months of the year, at 1.7 million tons. In the wood panels segment, production in the first two months of 2015 totaled 1.2 million m3, a 6% drop year-over-year. Exports Volume. In the first two months of 2015, pulp exports totaled 1.8 million tons, 6.3% higher than in the same period a year ago, when 1.7 million tons were exported. Paper exports totaled 293,000 tons in the first two months of this year, 8.7% lower year-over-year.
WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of SP Fiber Holdings, Inc. (“SP Fiber”), a producer of recycled containerboard, kraft and bag paper, and newsprint.
Through this transaction, WestRock has acquired mills located in Dublin, Georgia, and Newberg, Oregon that produce lightweight recycled containerboard and kraft and bag paper for end use in consumer and corrugated packaging.
“We expect to further improve the service we provide to customers as a result of this transaction,” said Jim Porter, president, Paper Solutions, WestRock. “Both WestRock and SP Fiber have strong track records of product quality and innovation, and we are excited about combining our resources to enhance our offering of paper solutions for food service, corrugated packaging and other markets.”
The transaction is expected to generate significant synergies and be accretive to WestRock’s earnings in the second half of fiscal year 2016.