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Global Sawlog Prices Continue Downward Trend (1/03/2016)

Global sawlog prices fell in the 3Q/16 after a temporary increase in the 2Q/16 following an almost two-year-long downward trend. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) has fallen by 14.3% in two years and is currently almost 12% below the 10-year average and 21% down from the all-time high in the second quarter of 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.

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Stora Enso Reconsiders Plans to Build Chemical Pulp Mill in Beihai, China (1/24/2017)

Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, has initiated a process with the Government of Guangxi, China, with the goal of removing the authorization for a hardwood chemical pulp mill from its investment permit. Stora Enso had previously announced that it was considering building a chemical pulp mill at its Beihai Mill site, once the mill’s new consumer board machine is up and running. The final decision is still subject to the decision of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors.

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Sonoco Raising Prices of Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products (1/17/2017)

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, this past week also announced it is implementing a $60 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the U.S. and Canada.

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Andritz MeWa to Supply Pulper Rag Processing Line to Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (2/08/2017)

Andritz MeWa, part of international technology Group Andritz, Graz, Austria, has received an order from Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel, based in Varel, Germany, to supply a processing line for pulper rags. Pulper rags are a very tightly entangled mechanical compound of metallic and non-metallic components formed during pulping of recovered paper or pulp in the vortex center of a pulper.

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VTT Develops Reactive Lignin from Pulping Side Steams (2/15/2017)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed technology known as “CatLignin” to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used in wood products and furniture.

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Sappi to Boost Dissolving Wood Pulp Capacity by 30% (2/06/2017)

Pulp and paper company Sappi, Durban, South Africa, this week said that it was planning to increase its dissolving wood pulp capacity by more than 30% in the next four years to extract maximum value from the wood fiber value chain.

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ABB Introduces New Dirt Count System for Pulp Mills (1/06/2017)

ABB, Sweden, has introduced its new HPINet WIS Dirt Count system. The system provides full web width inspection, imaging, and identification in real-time to improve pulp quality and production yield, as well as customer satisfaction.

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Andritz to Upgrade Fiberline at Altri Celbi, Portugal (2/14/2017)

Anditz, Graz, Austria, has been selected to upgrade the brown stock washing process in the fiberline at the Altri Group’s Celbi mill in Portugal. Startup is scheduled for autumn 2017.

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WRQ Releases Fiber Market Excerpts from 3Q/2016 Issue (12/12/2016)

The Wood Resources Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA, has published its 3Q/2016 issue. Highlights from the 3Q/2016 report include:  

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Hardwood Pulp Wood Prices Rise in Indonesia, Australia, Chile (1/10/2017)

Hardwood pulp wood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, and Chile increased during the fall of 2016, resulting in a 5.6% jump of the HFPI price index from the 1Q/16 to the 3Q/16.

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Weyerhaeuser Completes Sale of Cellulose Fibers Pulp Mills to IP (12/05/2016)

Weyerhaeuser Co., Seattle, Wash., USA, this week announced the completion of the sale of its Cellulose Fibers pulp mills to International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., for $2.2 billion in cash. Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the $1.6 billion after-tax proceeds for repayment of debt.

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KaiCell Fibers Moving Ahead with Plans for Bio-Pulp Mill in Finland (12/01/2016)

KaiCell Fibers, Finland, this past week confirmed its plans to develop a new “BioFutureFactory” mill site with the Paltamo municipality in the Kainuu region of Finland. According to KaiCell Fibers, the project involves a novel bioecosystem, which will produce novel pulp products that will solve environmental challenges in target markets. The KaiCell project is moving forward with the next steps—a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment.

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Canada, Quebec Governments Support Fortress Paper’s Use of Birch (12/02/2016)

The Governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $12.5 million to Fortress Specialty Cellulose (FSC) Inc., in Thurso, Quebec, to install a new system designed to use birch wood to produce dissolving pulp, an ingredient that is used in many everyday products, including clothing, car parts and medical equipment.

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Sun Paper Orders Valmet Technology for Greenfield Dissolving Pulp Mill in Laos (12/21/2016)

Valmet will deliver key technology for a new greenfield dissolving pulp mill to Sun Paper's new investment in Laos. The mill site, Muang Phin, is located in the southern province of Savanakhet. The target is to start pulp production during the second quarter of 2018. The value of the order is around EUR 20 million.

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World Food Container Market to Reach $346.99 Billion by 2025 (1/02/2017)

The global food container market size is expected to reach $346.99 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, Calif., USA. Technological advancement in terms of new packaging materials capable of ensuring cold storage and enhancing shelf life to the finished food products is expected to have a positive impact.

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Valmet to Supply Automation System for Kemira's New Sodium Chlorate Line (1/04/2017)

Valmet, Finland, will supply automation system for Kemira's new sodium chlorate production line under construction in Joutseno, Finland (photo below). The automation system will control the production process and ensure its reliable operation. The system will be delivered in April 2017.

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Australian Paper to Install New PMP Hydrauic Headbox at Maryville Mill (7/27/2017)

Five-meter Intelli-Jet V hydraulic headbox, is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers.

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Stora Enso Starts up First Ever Valmet Flash Dryer for Purely Fiber at Hylte Mill (3/26/2018)

Stora Enso decided to invest in full-scale production after seeing strong customer demand for higher volumes of pulp pellets production, to be used as a renewable replacement for plastics.

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Suzano and Fibra Merge, Creating Global Pulp Giant (3/19/2018)

Combined company will have 37,000 employees and contractors. Its 11 industrial units will produce annually 11 million metric tons of market pulp and 1.4 million metric tons of paper, with annual exports of around BRL 18 billion and investments planned for 2018 of about BRL 6.4 billion.

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New Study Explores Future Suppliers of Softwood to U.S. Markets (3/15/2018)

Comprehensive study examines demand and supply outlook to 2030.

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