Author Archives: Leslee Masters

Steam Generators: Small and Fast Fits the Bill

One packaging company saw big gains with a small steam boiler. If you traveled to Modesto, CA, in 1973 you would find a small upstart packaging company called Pacific Southwest Container, LLC. Traveling forward to the present, you would see the same company continuing to thrive in not only Modesto, where it has a second facility, but also in Visalia ...

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Walter Schalka: RISI’s Four-time Latin American CEO of the Year

The merger between Suzano and Fibria dominates, but Schalka looks beyond. MARINA FALEIROS Walter Schalka, CEO of giant pulp and paper producer Suzano, has been named RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Schalka was cited by several market analysts as a key player in the merger process between Suzano and Fibria, one of the ...

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UPM: The Forest Forerunner

The path to continuous innovation cannot be travelled alone; “co-creation” is a must. GRAEME RODDEN Although still the world’s largest producer of graphic papers, Finland’s UPM is perhaps now known more for its development of innovative bio-based products derived from wood biomass. Thus, UPM has become UPM—The Biofore Company. During a press tour of Finland organized by the Finnish Pulp ...

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The Paper360° TOP 100

There was some movement on the table in 2017, with more changes on the way as some recent M&As near completion. MARK RUSHTON, GRAEME RODDEN A new company made its debut in 2017, and enters this year’s Top 100 near the top of the list, no less. There is a catch though. Essity, although a new entity, was created when ...

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Environmental Affairs: Everyone Has a Part to Play

Mills face many challenges in achieving water and air quality goals. To help meet these challenges, environmental group leaders have many resources, including peers inside the mill… and PEERS (TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability Conference) outside the mill. Dan Curry, PEERS Environmental and Sustainability Track leader, explains. “Environmental and sustainability issues need to be part of the way ...

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Air and Water Management: Meeting the Ongoing Challenges

The industry has made huge strides in managing its air and water quality. For the past 75 years, NCASI has supported those efforts. When it comes to managing air and water quality, the hard truth is that, with seemingly unlimited resources available, mills of a century ago didn’t pay as much attention to effluent treatment or sustainability as they do ...

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Situational Awareness and You

RACHEL RUTLAND If you Google “situational awareness” you will find approximately seventeen million hits, almost all of which will have acronyms (e.g., SLAM—Stop, Look, Assess, Manage; or OODA—Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) to help you remember to use common sense, sharpen your observational skills, and stay “in the moment.” Mark Montonara’s Safety First article on Human Performance in the Paper360° May/June ...

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The European Containerboard Market

UNBAN LUNDBERG The European containerboard market is currently experiencing a “golden time.” Strong demand, high prices, low OCC costs, and stable profits make it easy to be optimistic. But factors that could impact the sector’s ability to sustain this growth must also be considered if it is to remain strong. CURRENT CAPACITY GROWTH AND ‘RED FLAGS’ Market demand for containerboard ...

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Maintenance & Reliability

Confusion in Maintenance Philosophies? Are you on some type of diet? If so, maybe you are on one of the top 10 diets of 2018. According to US News and World Report, the top 10 diets are: Dash Diet, Mediterranean Diet, the Flexitarian Diet, Weight Watchers, MIND Diet, TLC Diet, Volumetrics Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, Ornish Diet, and number 10 is ...

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TJ Summaries

The papers summarized here are from TAPPI Journal’s April 2018 issue and May 2018 issue, which feature special peer-reviewed content from the 2017 TAPPI PEERS Conference. TAPPI Journal is an online publication of relevant and timely peer-reviewed research delivered via email and free to all TAPPI members. To receive TAPPI Journal, join TAPPI at www.tappi.org. PULPING Online measurement of bulk, ...

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