January-February 2017

Fall Meeting Highly Rated by Attendees

Strong attendance and excellent participation marked a very successful ASPI 2016 Fall Meeting. WestRock hosted the ninth ASPI Fall Customer Alignment meeting in November, 2016, near its headquarters in Norcross, GA. Every fall, the ASPI Customer Alignment meeting is hosted by a leading pulp, paper, or packaging company, which gives attendees the rare chance to network with their customers’ senior ...

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Save the Dates: 2017 Conference Preview

SAMANTHA GEIER TAPPI and its partners will be hosting multiple conferences this year, many of which will be held at locations outside the US. Now is the time to mark your calendars and plan to grow your industry knowledge. Here’s a sample of what’s in store for 2017. PaperCon will take place in Minneapolis, MN, April 23-27. For the past ...

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You Can Help Honor the Industry’s Best

Do you know a colleague, peer, or industry leader whose contributions merit special recognition?  These important awards are accepting nominations. Industry awards do more than honor the selected individuals; they shine a light on qualities that the professionals within that industry admire. They also reward and reinforce innovation, service, and leadership, all of which help secure a stronger future for ...

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TJ Summaries

The papers summarized here are from the October 2016 and November 2016 issues of TAPPI Journal. 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. OCTOBER NANOTECHNOLOGY Preparation and characterization of bioactive and breathable polyvinyl alcohol nanowebs using a combinational ...

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PPI Awards Extravaganza! 

  Once again, the industry excelled with outstanding, high-quality entries in the PPI Awards 2016. MARK RUSHTON The Radisson Blu Hotel in Brussels was the scene of much celebrating recently when some of the top pulp and paper companies and individuals working in the industry picked up awards for outstanding achievements. The PPI Awards honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic ...

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Know the State of Your Emergency Showers

  GRAEME RODDEN At a recent Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) conference, Larry Kilian, director of corporate accounts with Haws, presented some interesting and important facts about emergency shower/eye wash stations. Some of the examples he provided would have been amusing if not for the fact that they were so alarming. Kilian pointed out research findings showing that, on ...

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Stretchable Paper—Yes, Really! 

Paper that can stretch much like plastic opens up a whole new world of product opportunities for the industry. MARK RUSHTON It’s only when you see it right in front of your eyes that you realize just what an incredible transformation takes place with the Papermorphosis system—an inline innovation for papermakers being marketed by Italian company Gruppo X. Incredibly, and ...

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Containerboard: Markets and More

  Two recent events gave corrugated pros, suppliers, converters, and box plant executives a look at what’s new in the containerboard industry. Here are a few field notes. JAN BOTTIGLIERI From TAPPI’S SuperCorrExpo With nearly 150,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, SuperCorrExpo 2016 gave more than 5000 attendees an up-close look at some of the newest technologies available in the ...

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Uncertainty Clouds the Market in a Volatile World

The industry’s top analysts convened in San Diego for RISI’s 31st Annual North American Conference. Here is their expert forecast for 2017. GRAEME RODDEN For the first time, RISI scheduled a tissue seminar as a prelude to its North American forest products outlook conference held in October, and delegates were not disappointed. In a rare occurrence for a conference such ...

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Over the Wire

…in case you missed it in TAPPI’s weekly electronic newsletter   MANUFACTURERS Burrows Paper Corp. has agreed to sell its Packaging Division operations to Novolex and to sell its Paper Division operations to Twin Rivers Paper Co. Elopak has launched a new package for aseptic products, the Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton, with an asymmetric top allowing different sizes of closures. ...

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