September-October 2018

Will China’s Recovered Paper Problem Become Your Problem?

TEDD POWERS, FISHER INTERNATIONAL China imports millions of tons of recovered paper (RCP) each year for the production of paper and packaging products vital to its economy. Along with that recovered paper is a lot of unusable waste, including glass and plastic, which ends up in landfills. We estimate that China sends 25 million tons of waste paper product to ...

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Are You in the ‘Circle of Despair’?

TOR IDHAMMAR, IDCON, INC. If you work in a highly reactive maintenance organization, you will be trapped in a “circle of despair” and will waste too much time doing the wrong things. A circle of despair starts when you must react to a problem, or a perceived problem, on short notice. You then try to correct the problem as fast ...

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TJ Summaries

The papers summarized here are from the TAPPI Journal June and July 2018 issues. 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. JUNE DELIGNIFICATION Using online bubble size and total dissolved solids measurements to investigate the performance of oxygen ...

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Specialty Producer Tries a New Quick Link to Efficiency

Inland Empire Paper is among first to try a patented new seaming technology for quick and safe changes of dryer fabrics. ROBERT PUHR Inland Empire Paper Co. (IEP), located in Millwood, WA, near Spokane, has been in business since 1911. It manufactures more than 50 grades of newsprint and specialty papers using a combination of virgin mechanical and recycled fiber. ...

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The Problem with Seal Water Systems

Water Management Systems can help mills meet their goals for reliability and conservation. HEINZ P. BLOCH AND TOM GROVE A survey of published Corporate Sustainability Reports in the pulp and paper industry shows that the reports prioritize the critical need for water conservation and energy savings. Stated objectives often call for a minimum of 5 percent savings and can be ...

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Papcel is Making its Mark Worldwide

David Dostal, the company’s CEO and chairman of the board, talks about Papcel’s growth and its future in the pulp and paper industry. MARK RUSHTON Czech company Papcel has been making its mark as an all-round technology supplier to the global pulp and paper industry since its formation in 1950. It prides itself on being able to supply complete turnkey ...

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UPM: The Forest Forerunner

The path to continuous innovation cannot be travelled alone; “co-creation” is a must. GRAEME RODDEN Although still the world’s largest producer of graphic papers, Finland’s UPM is perhaps now known more for its development of innovative bio-based products derived from wood biomass. Thus, UPM has become UPM—The Biofore Company. During a press tour of Finland organized by the Finnish Pulp ...

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The Paper360° TOP 100

There was some movement on the table in 2017, with more changes on the way as some recent M&As near completion. MARK RUSHTON, GRAEME RODDEN A new company made its debut in 2017, and enters this year’s Top 100 near the top of the list, no less. There is a catch though. Essity, although a new entity, was created when ...

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Environmental Affairs: Everyone Has a Part to Play

Mills face many challenges in achieving water and air quality goals. To help meet these challenges, environmental group leaders have many resources, including peers inside the mill… and PEERS (TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability Conference) outside the mill. Dan Curry, PEERS Environmental and Sustainability Track leader, explains. “Environmental and sustainability issues need to be part of the way ...

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Air and Water Management: Meeting the Ongoing Challenges

The industry has made huge strides in managing its air and water quality. For the past 75 years, NCASI has supported those efforts. When it comes to managing air and water quality, the hard truth is that, with seemingly unlimited resources available, mills of a century ago didn’t pay as much attention to effluent treatment or sustainability as they do ...

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