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Partnership Yields Results at Wuhan Golden Phoenix Paper

Entrepreneurial owner Chen Jun brings together the best of Western papermaking technology with Chinese-made paper machines at Wuhan Golden Phoenix Paper, where most of the innovative systems come from Kadant. At Wuhan GPP, five paper machines—including the most recent, PM 8, which started up in early 2018—churn out fluting day and night, looked after by 800 workers who live beside the mill or close by. With 1,200,000 tons of fluting, Wuhan GPP is the leading producer in China for this grade.

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Are North American Kraft Pulp Mills at Risk?

The recovery boiler is the heart of the kraft pulp process, but it can also be the Achilles heel of the kraft pulp mill when it fails—resulting in unplanned downtime or catastrophic failure. Yet, in 2017 alone, three mills reported failure of their recovery boilers in North America.

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Steve Voorhees Focuses on WestRock Culture, Buying KapStone, Growing Offshore, Doubling Profit

GREG RUDDER WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees is a consolidator. His company in the last three years has completed the most M&As of any in the industry. He’s done this with a focus on integrating workers from different companies into a single company that is to be superior and more efficient than the individual ones. Since WestRock was developed in 2015 ...

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A Change in Leadership for FPInnovations

Intense collaboration with no limits is one of Stéphane Renou’s aims as he takes over as head of the Canadian-based R&D institute. GRAEME RODDEN Although he spent close to two decades working with industrial giant GE, the pulp and paper industry was not unfamiliar to Stéphane Renou when he took over as president and CEO of FPInnovations in late 2017. ...

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Metsä Group’s Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill: At the Heart of the Bioeconomy

Paper 360° visited Metsä Group’s EUR 1.2 billion (US$1.4 billion) bioproduct mill in central Finland, which has been breaking all sorts of records when it comes to sustainability and environmental performance. Starting up seven minutes ahead of schedule in August 2017, it has also embarked upon an adventurous, innovative journey of making bioproducts other than pulp. MARK RUSHTON One thing ...

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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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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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Steam Generators: Small and Fast Fits the Bill

One packaging company saw big gains with a small steam boiler. If you traveled to Modesto, CA, in 1973 you would find a small upstart packaging company called Pacific Southwest Container, LLC. Traveling forward to the present, you would see the same company continuing to thrive in not only Modesto, where it has a second facility, but also in Visalia ...

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Walter Schalka: RISI’s Four-time Latin American CEO of the Year

The merger between Suzano and Fibria dominates, but Schalka looks beyond. MARINA FALEIROS Walter Schalka, CEO of giant pulp and paper producer Suzano, has been named RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Schalka was cited by several market analysts as a key player in the merger process between Suzano and Fibria, one of the ...

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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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