July-August 2017

Sonoco Hosts ASPI Fall Meeting

Customer Alignment meetings bring suppliers and mills together. When things are in alignment, they run smoothly—it’s a necessity for great performance. That’s the idea behind ASPI’s Customer Alignment Initiative. Each fall, the ASPI Customer Alignment meeting is hosted by a leading pulp, paper, or packaging company, which gives attendees a stellar opportunity to engage with a major customer in a ...

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Youthful Recognition

SAMANTHA GEIER                                          It’s not unusual to hear praise for the achievements of veteran workers; often, these workers are provided with prestigious awards and their accomplishments are noted in respected places and publications. Of course, such    successes have typically taken many years to ...

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Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?

HANNAH ZHAO After experiencing a three-quarters-long price roller coaster, the global recovered paper market now has to face another potential storm: a big change in Chinese recovered paper import policy. The China General Administration of Customs announced the National Sword 2017 program in February to crack down on illegal solid waste imports. National Sword 2017 did not catch much attention ...

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Industry Trends in Graphic Paper

MARK RUSHTON Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, with global demand growth consistently outpacing growth in GDP. Clearly, things have changed. Paper360° Senior Editor Mark Rushton spoke with RISI’s John Maine, an industry-recognized expert for global printing and writing paper markets, to learn about what the future may hold for graphic paper. RUSHTON: Can you give us a brief ...

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How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?

MATT ELHARDT, FISHER INTERNATIONAL China and the United States are the two biggest containerboard markets in the world, accounting for 50 percent of the world’s total production of the grade between them. Yet China’s capacity has grown rapidly since 2007 (about 10 percent per year), while that of the US has remained fairly flat (Fig. 1 tracks capacity trends for ...

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TJ Summaries

The papers summarized here are from the April 2017 issue of TAPPI Journal and the May 2017 issue, featuring peer-reviewed content from TAPPI’s 2016 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.  APRIL NANOTECHNOLOGY Novel thin functional ...

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The Knowledge Trail

MURRAY ELLIS One of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of my career in the pulp and paper industry has been the opportunity to investigate and solve problems. The problem-solving process means that you are discovering, adapting, and generating new information to address the problem at hand. In simple terms, you are acquiring knowledge in the pursuit of a solution. ...

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Mondi Šte˘tí Chooses Direct Drive Technology

RAMAZAN ATAMAN When Mondi began planning a major rebuild of the PM 5 sack kraft paper machine at its Štĕtí mill in the Czech Republic, one major goal was to eliminate the maintenance-intensive and trouble-prone wheel housing drive. In October 2015, the mill produced kraft paper for the first time with the help of a newly-installed direct drive system. Within ...

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Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration

Whether on the job site or at its tech-enabled Construction Innovation Lab, Miron uses VPI to bring project teams together. JAN BOTTIGLIERI The local multiplex is not the only place where papermakers can enjoy the immersive experience of modern 3D technology. They may also head to the Neenah, WI, headquarters of Miron Construction Co., Inc. There, in a tech-enabled facility ...

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Värö’s Expansion for the Future

Södra Cell’s Värö mill faced a number of challenges during an expansion project unlike any other in the industry. The results? The mill is now hitting its targets and offering more choice for customers. MARK RUSHTON In 2014, Swedish market pulp giant Södra Cell decided to make big investments at all three of its mills—Värö, Mörrum, and Mönsterås— as part ...

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