March-April 2017

ASPI Award Winners Announced

ASPI offers two awards each year: ASPI Customer Executive of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI’s mission of supporting industry performance. Both of this year’s recipients (featured here) accepted their awards at the association’s spring meeting held in Sarasota, FL, in February, and shared ...

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Pulp and Paper Safety Association to Support New Initiatives

SAMANTHA GEIER In the early 1940s, a group of safety professionals gathered to form the Southern Pulp and Paper Safety Association. This non-profit, member-based organization grew to become the leading association devoted to safety throughout the forest products industry and is now known as the Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA). Since its inception, PPSA has been dedicated to promoting ...

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Europe’s Political Risks and the Euro

DAVID KATSNELSON The “Brexit” vote in the summer of 2016 and the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States were strong signals of a dramatic change in the direction of the globalization trend, with both of these events confounding the predictions of experts and talking heads. It seems that we are now embarking on a cycle ...

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Invention, Innovation, and US Jobs

BEN THORP, HARRY SEAMANS, AND MASOOD AKHTAR According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were 17,619,000 Americans employed in the manufacturing section in January 1998; by January 2010, this figure had declined to 11,462,000, or a loss of 6,157,000 factory jobs in 12 years (Hemphill et al. 2015). This does not count the number of “consequential” jobs that ...

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The New Normal?

Chinese paper companies’ overseas expansion strategy NEO WU While papermaking was invented in China, it was western countries that built it into a major industry and made it the ubiquitous commodity it is today. But China is poised to reclaim its central role in the paper industry on a global stage…and then some.  Over the past 30 years, China’s paper ...

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TJ Summaries

The papers summarized here are from the January 2017 issue 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. BIOREFINERY Cellulosic ethanol byproducts as a bulking agent J.M. Considine, D. Coffin, J.Y. Zhu, D.H. Mann, and X. ...

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Optical Brightening Agents — Where Next?

ANDREW JACKSON In concluding a 2009 survey of optical brightening agents (OBAs)1, I wrote that, despite the difficulties faced by both producers and customers during an economic downturn, there was every reason to believe that OBAs would have a bright future. In some ways, little has changed in the intervening years, despite the highly competitive market in which we find ...

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Sustainability is Central for Sofidel

Tissue products have a long association with good health and quality of life. So it’s no surprise that for one of Europe’s largest tissue companies the idea of sustainability extends beyond production and distribution to include long-term social and environmental advantages for stakeholders at every stage of the value chain. The Sofidel Group is headquartered in Porcari, in the Italian ...

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Solenis Expands Its Service Capabilities

From a startup base in North America, the new offering will go global, providing mills with comprehensive protection. GRAEME RODDEN As pulp and paper mills concentrate increasingly on their core business of making product, the onus for maintaining chemical reliability is often shifted onto the suppliers. It is not a responsibility that suppliers have shirked and often it has become ...

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Failure Isn’t Just an Option — It’s Unavoidable

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ll look at changing our worldview about what defines failure. JAY SHELLOGG Many years ago, while completing my degree in engineering, I was forced to take a class in philosophy. To this day I can’t give a good reason for why this was required; most likely it was to provide some needed funding ...

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