Paper360 - July/August 2015 - (Page 8)

...in case you missed it in TAPPI's weekly electronic newsletter SMURFIT KAPPA BUILDS CORRUGATED BOARD IGLOO IN SWEDEN Smurfit Kappa, Ireland, has installed a corrugated board igloo in Piteå, Sweden. Made from kraft liner-based corrugated board, the igloo was created to test the durability and resistance of kraft liner in extreme conditions of low temperatures and contact with water. It measures four meters wide and two meters high. While igloos are usually made from cubes of ice with a slight angle, the dome in Piteå was made from perfectly rectangular corrugated building blocks, which required considerable ingenuity and creativity on the part of Smurfit Kappa engineers. Temp er at u re s in Piteå, where the company also has a kraft liner paper mill, can drop to as low as -13o C. The igloo has proved to be a big hit with locals, offering welcome respite from the cold outside and acting as a social hub complete with tables and chairs and a warm and friendly atmosphere. ECO-FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION, PACKAGING A team at the University of British Columbia has created a solvent-free and lowcost process to produce a low-density cellular foam "scaffold" using green fibers. The porosity and mechanical properties of the foam can be easily adjusted, depending on requirements. This lightweight foam is 100 percent natural, biodegradable and carbon-neutral, and it is suitable for a wide range of applications from construction to use in the biomedical industry. In addition to not using solvent, the production process uses significantly less water than traditional foam-forming methods, reduces the cost of transport and recycling process for foam producers, is highly antimicrobial and moves the construction industry toward LEED certification. Large scale foam paper with dimensions of 24"L x11"W x 4"H, made of 200g pulp fiber, is an ideal size for insulation material because it fits between wall studs. Other potential applications include: hospital air filtration systems or clean rooms, sound-absorbent walls or acoustics for recording rooms, thermally insulated (hot or cold) packaging for long-distance transport, water filtration and environmental bioremediation. 8 Paper360º JULY/AUGUST 2015 MANUFACTUERS According to a report by The Sturgis Journal, Atlantic Packaging has bought the operating assets of Lakeland Paper. Cascades will replace the pulping process at its Norampac Cabano facility with a hot water pulping process to extract hemicellulose from wood chips; the first time this innovative process is used in Canada. Catalyst Paper will invest nearly $16 million in the Rumford, ME, mill. Fibria will build a new pulp line at its Três Lagoas unit, raising total annual production capacity to 3 million tons and making it one of the world's largest eucalyptus pulp production sites. Georgia-Pacific will close its food wrap plant in Parchment, Mich., by the end of 2015. Iggesund established Invercote sheeting capabilities in Pomona, Calif. Orchids Paper will build an integrated tissue mill in Barnwell, S.C., containing a tissue machine and two converting lines. Paper Excellence invested $50 million to restart the idled BCTMP pulp mill in Chetwynd, B.C., previously owned by Tembec. PaperWorks will acquire CanAmPac, Napanee, Ont., Canada, which includes coated recycled board producer Strathcona Paper, folding carton manufacturer Boehmer Box and LYFT Visual graphic services. Port Townsend Paper will invest more than $40 million in the next two years to make upgrades to the mill. Portucel Soporcel Group has begun construction of a new wood pellet manufacturing facility in Greenwood County, S.C. Resolute Forest Products will enter the tissue market by adding a tissue machine at its Calhoun mill. Sappi will launch a pilot plant for low-cost nanocellulose production by the end of the year. Smurfit Kappa's Sangüesa mill in the north of Spain will produce up to 30,000 metric tpy of glazed papers, a product being used more (especially in European markets) in favor of plastics for paper packaging food, shopping bags and gift paper. WestRock is the new name of the combination of MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn. The new company will have 42,000 employees and more than 300 operating facilities spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. www.tappi.org http://www.tappi.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2015

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Augmented Reality
Root Cause Problem Elimination…or Only Analysis?
Steam Profiler Gets New Lease on Life
Maintenance Showcase
From Reactive to Proactive
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Kemira Expands its Global Business and Humanitarian Reach
Consolidation Watch
Association News
PEERS Offers Opportunities for Optimization
ASPI News
Online Exclusives
Index of Advertisers

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