Paper or Papermaking

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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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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Practical Strategies to Reduce Pulp and Paper Mill Energy Use

Energy expert Dick Reese outlines the energy audit process and shares strategies identified by mills that have reached their energy reduction goals.   RICHARD REESE It is difficult to plan more than a couple of years out when it comes to energy sources. This leaves frustrated mill managers with one solution: use as little energy as possible. Using less energy ...

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Leading our Industry

2018 TAPPI/PIMA Awards  BY JAN BOTTIGLIERI Each year, Paper360° is honored to showcase members of our industry who lead by example—in their service to others, their exemplary management, or their remarkable contributions to helping our industry innovate and grow. Here, you’ll meet the winners of the TAPPI/PIMA national-level awards—the association’s highest honors—as well as those receiving awards from several TAPPI ...

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Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper

DEREK MAHLBURG Healthy gains in packaging and tissue outweighed the slide in graphic paper demand in 2016, allowing global paper and paperboard demand to grow by 1 percent, or 3.9 million metric tons. This expansion is somewhat subdued relative to the past 15 years’ average growth rate of 1.5 percent per year, but it represents an improvement compared to the ...

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Global Trade in Pulp and Paper

TEDD POWERS, FISHER INTERNATIONAL Global trade is one of the most important issues in the pulp and paper industry. While trade is a great opportunity for some, it is a great threat to others. In some regions, domestic producers worry about the impact imports will have on the profitability of their markets. For others, finding new customers beyond their borders ...

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