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Domtar’s Safety Journey

Over its 170-year history, Domtar has seen a tremendous amount of growth and change. Today’s Domtar is unified, in part, by an unrelenting focus on safety.

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The Trade War Threat Looms

RISI’s annual North American forest products outlook conference showed a strong industry—but some outside threats could pose a challenge.

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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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