September-October 2016

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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ASPI’s Long History Has Led to Modern Benefits

More than 80 years ago, a small group of manufacturing executives, concerned about improving the internal conduct of businesses manufacturing engineered equipment in the United States, decided that the best way to address their concerns was through working together. In 1933, this group founded the Pulp & Paper Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (PPMMA). PPMMA was comprised of executives from US companies ...

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Past and Future Intertwined

SAMANTHA GEIER In the fall of 2014, TAPPI started a dialogue with the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC to restore three books from our library. The books we chose showed signs of significant deterioration and ranged from more than 150 to 204 years old. The entire restoration process took almost 23 months, after which we donated one of the volumes ...

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TJ SUMMARIES

THE PAPERS SUMMARIZED HERE are from the June 2016 issue of TAPPI Journal featuring special nanotechnology content, along with the July 2016 issue featuring special content from the 2015 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. ...

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Klingele Papierwerke Saves Money, ‘Foils’ Stickies

KENTARO TAJIRI AND THOMAS WISCHEROPP For years, Klingele Papierwerke in Weener, Germany, had suffered from less than ideal conditions on its first top dryer fabric, including short fabric life and serious sheet moisture profile variation. The mill had used “spot cleaners” and off-line washes, yet was not satisfied with running and maintenance costs and the detrimental effect of stickies on ...

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Innovative Direct Drive in a Turnkey-rebuild Project

RAMAZAN ATAMAN At Mondi’s Dynäs mill in Väja, Sweden, mechanical problems and high maintenance costs proved that the drive system on PM 6 needed a rebuild. Mondi Dynäs PM 6 produces sack kraft paper with basis weight ranges from 50–160 g/m2 and a web width of 6,500 mm. In 2014, the machine speed was 775 m/min. Before the rebuild, the ...

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Automation Upgrade Helps Sappi Gratkorn Perform

MARKO JÄMSÉN Gratkorn, a small suburb of Graz, is a picturesque and historic setting in the gentle Styrian landscape of southern Austria, on the river Mur. Paper has been produced at Gratkorn for more than four centuries, with the first records of printing and paper manufacturing in the 16th century. Fast-forward to the 20th century, and this historic region marked ...

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RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year

An interview with Walter Schalka, CEO, Suzano MARINA FALEIROS Return to investors, diversification, and empowerment. These are the three main weapons used by Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano’s CEO, Walter Schalka, to boost the company’s results since he joined Suzano in late 2012. Since then, Suzano has doubled its revenues to US$3.1 billion and quadrupled EBITDA to US$1.3 billion. ...

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The PPI Top 100

This comprehensive list of the global pulp and paper industry’s major players—formerly only available in PPI Magazine—has been a favorite resource for PPI readers. We present it here for the first time in Paper360°. This year, WestRock makes its Top 100 debut at No. 4. MARK RUSHTON, GRAEME RODDEN Following the merger of RockTenn and MWV to create WestRock, as ...

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