July-August 2018

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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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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Review of Industrial Ozone Bleaching Practices

ALEXIS MÉTAIS AND EMIL GERMER Ozone is used worldwide on every continent—in ECF bleaching and TCF bleaching, on kraft and sulfite pulps, on hardwood and softwood pulps, and for pulp grades used in all sorts of end products such as tissue, printing and writing paper, viscose, and more. Four ozone bleaching facilities are set to start in 2018 and two ...

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Strengthened Fiber Increases Capacity

At Metsä Tissue in Katrinefors, Sweden, de-inked pulp from recycled waste paper is used in the production of tissue paper. During the process, broke generated during web breaks in the paper machine or from finished paper that is discarded is normally sent to a pulper for dissolving and then mixed in with other pulp to be reused in the tissue ...

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Pump Metering Accuracy Contributes to Product Excellence at Historic Paper Mill

RUSSELL MERRITT St Cuthberts Mill is a master papermaker with a heritage that can be traced back to the 1700s. Based near Wells in Somerset, England, St Cuthberts specializes in the manufacture of high-quality artists’ papers. The company makes approximately 80 tons of paper every month using a continental shift pattern across 24/7 operations. The secret of the company’s success ...

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Thinking Outside the (Metal) Box

New HDPE cooling towers help a Southern containerboard mill protect its operations.   ED SULLIVAN HVAC systems play a crucial role in many industrial cooling applications. These systems—composed of cooling towers, chillers, and air handlers—are used to cool areas where high heat loads can shut down critical processes. High heat loads could stem from machinery that generates extensive heat, or ...

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Machine Learning and Improved Performance

As the cost of computational power comes down, Machine Learning and Industrial Analytics will play a larger role in helping mills trim costs and run more effectively. DAVID ALMAGOR The pulp and paper industry has demonstrated remarkable resiliency during challenging periods. With mostly limited growth opportunities in mature markets, pulp and paper manufacturers in Western Europe and North America are ...

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Innovation Continues Apace in Finland

GRAEME RODDEN Innovation in the Finnish pulp and paper technology sector is alive and well. This was amply demonstrated during an editors’ tour organized by the Finland Pulp and Paper Technology (PPT) group. This tour usually takes place every two or three years, and the 2018 edition was as full as its predecessors, with 15 visits to producers, suppliers, and ...

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RISI’s 2018 Top 50 Power List

GRAEME RODDEN & MARK RUSHTON Welcome to the 11th Top 50 Power List. For the first time, we feature an institution, rather than an individual, at the top of the list. There is no doubting the influence the Peoples’ Republic of China has had on the industry, dating back a couple of decades but intensifying recently, particularly with its ban ...

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Accessing Innovation: Partnering for Energy Projects

Cooperative funding strategies can make it possible for mill leaders to identify and support energy reduction opportunities and bring energy innovation into mills. JAN BOTTIGLIERI Saving energy means saving money. The problem: saving energy costs money, too. As a very energy-intensive industry, pulp and paper manufacturers may find it particularly challenging to identify and fund energy reduction projects. Fortunately, local, ...

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