Paper360 - January/February 2018 - 8
...in case you missed it in TAPPI's weekly electronic newsletter
UPM, Uruguay Government Planning
One of World's Largest Market Pulp Mills
UPM (Finland) and the Government of Uruguay have signed an investment agreement
outlining the local prerequisites for a potential pulp mill investment. The agreement defines
requirements for the operating environment of a world-class pulp mill project. The site of the mill
would be in the department of Durazno, near the city of Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay.
A long-term industrial operation requires a stable and predictable operational environment. This will be supported by several measures in the areas of regional development,
environment, forestry, and land planning, as well as labor and energy conditions. The government will develop the rail and road network by tendering the construction and long-term
maintenance of the network. The total investment by the government has been reported to
be approximately US$1 billion. This investment is necessary to enable the establishment of
efficient logistic infrastructure in the Uruguayan inland. The government will also promote
a concession for a terminal specializing in pulp in the Montevideo port with rail access.
Once the permitting requirements are fulfilled, the government will grant the mill free
trade zone status, to ensure competitiveness on international markets.
Appvion Inc. will consolidate the majority
of its carbonless paper coating and rewinding operations currently done at its plant in
Appleton, WI, to its integrated pulp and paper
mill in Roaring Spring, PA, and relocate the
Appleton plant's sheeting operations to an
Appvion-operated facility near the mill. The
company expects the transition to be complete
by Q3 2018.
Birla Cellulose, India, has been ranked
Number 1 globally by the NGO Canopy,
Canada, for Birla's work on the conservation
of ancient and endangered forests.
Graphic Packaging Holding Co.'s
wholly-owned subsidiaries, Graphic Packaging
International Inc. and Graphic Packaging
International Canada ULC, will acquire the
assets of Seydaco Packaging Corp. and its
affiliates, National Carton and Coating Co.
and Groupe Ecco Boites Pliantes Ltée.
Huhtamaki is investing approximately
EUR 11 million ($US13 million) to build a
new manufacturing facility in Hämeenlinna,
Finland. Manufacturing operations will be
transferred from the current facility.
Meridian Innovations LLC (a whollyowned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions
Inc.) announced its exclusive licensing of
the AST-Organosolv Process Technology
from American Science and Technology
Corp. Using the AST technology alongside
Meridian Innovations' process engineering
and biomaterial development resources, they
expect to immediately launch a sustainable
commercial bio-refining industry.
Nekoosa, a producer of specialty paper and
film products, has been acquired by Sentinel
Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Terms
of the deal were not disclosed.
Rottneros is making further investment in
the CTMP line at its Rottneros Mill (Sweden).
The project will increase capacity by about
18,000 metric tpy, and is expected to go online
in fall 2018.
Sappi North America will make a
US$5.94 million capital investment to replace
the headbox on PM 12 at its Cloquet, MN, mill.
A. Celli Paper has provided St. Croix
Tissue Inc., Baileyville, ME, with a complete
roll handling system, plus a new rewinder,
AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business
has completed a US$10 million investment at its
LeMoyne, AL, sulfur derivatives plant in the US.
Andritz has received an order from
Iggesund Paperboard AB to supply a new
evaporation plant and rebuild an existing evaporation plant for the pulp mill in
Barry-Wehmiller International and
Barry-Wehmiller Design Group have officially
merged to form a single, unified consulting
platform, which will operate under the Design
Kadant Johnson LLC, a subsidiary of
Kadant Inc., has completed the acquisition of
certain assets of Ohio-based Steam Systems Inc.
* will supply a Valmet DNA Control System
for the new Solid Recovered Fuels (SRF)
boiler that Blue Paper SAS is building at its
facility in Strasbourg, France.
* has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by CDP, the
international not-for-profit organization
that promotes sustainability.
Voith will supply a new production
line for machine-glazed specialty papers
to Papierfabrik August Koehler SE's Kehl,
Germany, facility. Line 8 will consist of a
BlueLine stock preparation unit, wet end process, XcelLine paper machine, offline coating
machine, and VariPlus winder.
Appleton Coated LLC, Combined Locks,
WI, a producer of coated, uncoated, and
specialty papers, as well as containerboard
medium, liner, white top, and coated white
top, has been sold to Industrial Assets
Corp., which is now seeking to sell or lease
the facilities and equipment to a single buyer
or co-operators. Appleton has reached more
than US$300 million in annual sales and
has recently entered the brown paper and
coated board marketplace.
* Assoc. of Suppliers to the Paper Industry
(ASPI) Spring Meeting: Feb. 28 - March 2,
Hollywood, FL. www.aspinet.org
* RISI European Conference: March 5-7,
Barcelona, Spain. events.risiinfo.com/
* TAPPI PaperCon 2018: April 15-18,
Charlotte, NC. http://papercon.org
* TAPPI International Flexible Packaging
and Extrusion Conference: April 22-25,
Charlotte, NC. http://events.tappiplace.org
* Internationa l
Nanotechnology, June 11-14, Madison, WI.