Specialty Grades

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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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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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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Ford Goes Further with Renewable Nanomaterials

Nanocellulose materials offer tremendous potential in a range of automotive applications—and the opportunities will keep growing, says Ford Research Scientist Alper Kiziltas. JAN BOTTIGLIERI Can nanocellulose really offer automotive manufacturers better performance, at a lower cost, with a greener footprint? Maybe Billy Ocean said it best: “Get out of my dreams… and into my car.” At the nanoscale, a material’s ...

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An Ode to Small

trendspotting | MANAGEMENT An Ode to Small  A bold management decision in 2013 has revitalized Turners Falls Paper.  GRAEME RODDEN   Find a niche, be the best at what you do, serve your customers like no others, be quick to respond to evolving markets. How does a small papermaker survive, and thrive, in this era of declining demand—especially when one’ ...

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