Wisconsin Paper News - For 10.20.2021


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Computer science driving innovation across industry lines
The Paper Discovery Center is a microcosm of what made Appleton a commercial and innovation hub a century ago — and it offers a glimpse of what Wisconsin cities like it can become.

Overlooking the rapids on the Fox River, the Paper Discovery Center is a museum and learning center within Appleton’s first paper mill, the 1878 Atlas Mill, a precursor to today’s Kimberly-Clark Corp. The mill has been dormant for years, but the history of Wisconsin’s “paper valley” lives on through exhibits, classes and field trips that engage visitors of all ages in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

On a recent fall day, the Paper Discovery Center was also host to a discussion about how computing is changing the face of virtually every state industry — including those nearly as old as Wisconsin itself.

Tom Erickson, the director of the new UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, brought a message of statewide engagement with industry to a meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors. From tourism to agriculture, and from manufacturing to transportation, computing and data is changing how those sectors perform while inventing new industries along the way...

...In 1878, the Atlas Paper Mill was an example of Wisconsin innovation. In 1882, Appleton became home to the world’s first commercial hydroelectric plant. In 1886, it spawned the world’s first successful commercial electric street railway. Perhaps the next wave of innovation in cities such as Appleton will be led by tomorrow’s computer and data scientists.


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The newly released 2021 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends report shows Wisconsin’s air quality continues to improve, building on a nearly 20-year trend.

2021-10-05 - MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the newly released 2021 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends report shows Wisconsin’s air quality continues to improve, building on a nearly 20-year trend.

According to the annual report, concentrations of monitored pollutants are decreasing throughout the state, and a majority of the state is meeting all federal air quality standards.

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INVITE -- UW-Oshkosh / Wisconsin Paper Council Strategic Framework

UW-Oshkosh / Wisconsin Paper Council Strategic Framework
VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting Invite
Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for our final regional Wisconsin paper industry strategic framework stakeholder meeting that will be held virtually. You have been invited to join this session because of your important role and knowledge of the Wisconsin paper industry. We’ll be addressing the topics of talent, sustainability, and innovation in the paper industry. 

This is the third step in an ongoing study of the Wisconsin paper industry conducted by UW-Oshkosh in partnership with the Wisconsin Paper Council and funded by a WiSys IGNITE! Grant. 

Your feedback and participation will help us make important decisions that will affect the future of this valuable industry in our state. Whether you are able to attend or not we ask that you complete this important workforce survey that will help direct workforce and talent strategies in the future for the paper industry. See http://uwo.sh/wpc-survey...

For more information on the study visit: https://uwosh.edu/ccrs/wisconsin-paper-industry-study/

Attendees should be prepared to be logged on by 2:00 as the event will begin at 2:00.


I. Welcome
II. Introduction of project
III. Group discussions
IV. Wrap up and next steps

Please RSVP to Nancy Jo Dietzen at dietzenn@uwosh.edu by Monday, October 18, 2021

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What’s after PFAS for paper food packaging?

As US states ban the use of ‘forever chemicals’ in these products, papermakers are turning to other materials—without disclosing what’s in them


Fluorochemicals have long been used as a treatment to make paper wraps for burgers and other foods resist grease and water. Now, several US states are banning the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fiber-based food packaging. At the same time, health and environmental advocates are pushing restaurant and grocery chains to stop using wraps, paperboard, and fiber containers with added PFAS. Papermakers are rolling out new products to meet this demand—but what’s taking the place of PFAS is hidden behind a wall of corporate confidentiality. Third parties are stepping in with tools to examine the safety of PFAS alternatives while protecting trade secrets.

In the 1960s, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, the company that popularized Teflon-brand fluoropolymer coating for nonstick pans, started looking for new markets that might benefit from the strong fluorine-carbon bonds in fluorochemicals. The company began to sell stain-resistance treatments for carpets and fabrics. It also found success with fluorochemicals that help food packaging paper and paperboard resist grease and water.

For decades, scores of these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) gained approval from regulators in the US and elsewhere. PFAS are extremely good at rendering paper wraps and containers impervious to grease and moisture oozing from hamburgers, french fries, and other foods.

Today, fast-food chains and grocery stores are realizing that fluorochemicals are not always the wonder materials they were made out to be. PFAS are environmentally persistent, and some are toxic. And studies finding that PFAS in paper wraps and boxes can migrate into food have piled up in recent years (Foods 2021, DOI: 10.3390/foods10071443).Because of those concerns, many food companies are switching from single-use containers and wraps made with PFAS to packaging without these “forever chemicals” as ingredients...


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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021 Technology Excellence Awards Winners Unveiled
Chosen by a panelist of packaging professionals and voted on by show attendees, winners include a new can-end design, an innovative roll-fed labeler, and an HPP bulk beverage technology...

The 2021 Technology Excellence Award Winners include:
  • Food and Beverage – CanReseal® Beverage
  • General Packaging – Simpl-Cut®
  • General Processing – HPP In-Bulk Technology
  • Personal Care/Pharmaceuticals – CanReseal®

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Many news stories and product announcements  were released at the show. The Packaging World website is here.


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Colbert Packaging Announces New Corporate Home Office in Kenosha
Company Headquarters relocated from Lake Forest, IL to its manufacturing plant in Kenosha, WI

Oct. 8, 2021 / PRZen / KENOSHA, Wis. — Colbert Packaging Corporation­­ (colbertpkg.com), a paperboard packaging manufacturer serving the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, announces the relocation of its corporate offices to Kenosha, Wisconsin. This move is in alignment with Colbert’s strategic plan to streamline operations and position itself for growth.

“Over the past few years, investments in new, more efficient equipment paved the way toward consolidating our flagship Lake Forest manufacturing operations into our Elkhart, Indiana and Kenosha, Wisconsin plants,” says Colbert Packaging President and COO, John Lackner. “After that, it just made sense for home office operations to relocate. Now, with greater proximity to our Kenosha manufacturing operations, we’re more streamlined, plus the Kenosha location has ample room to build out as we grow.”...

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Valmet Oyj : performance center in Appleton, Wisconsin further strengthens remote support services for customers
Valmet experts closely collaborate with customers in a new performance center in Appleton, Wisconsin, that will serve board, paper and tissue markets in North America with Industrial Internet and remote support services.

10/13/2021 - Valmet has launched a new performance center in Appleton, Wisconsin, that will serve board, paper and tissue markets in North America with Industrial Internet and remote support capabilities.

"We decided to launch the Appleton VPC (Valmet Performance Center), as our customers in North America have demonstrated a need for this type of service. The global COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way we work and engage with customers. To give an idea of the scale, just in the first half of the year, we have had over 300 cases of remote support and collaboration with our customers. That is an average of about 12 customer collaboration cases a week, driving the need for a new service center in Appleton," says Byron Muhs, Business Manager, Performance and Reliability Agreements, North America, Valmet....

A video on the new performance center can be viewed here...

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Sappi North America opens 2021 ‘Ideas that Matter’ call for entries
Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, today opened its call for entries for the 2021 Ideas that Matter grant program. Established over 20 years ago, Ideas that Matter invites designers from around the world to show how print design can improve the lives of others.

This year, designers will be able to submit ideas that include paper packaging projects in addition to print and digital communications projects. Entrants are asked to align their submissions with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focus on addressing social, environmental, healthcare, and community issues. Sappi has made these goals an integral part of its business and sustainable practices....

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches innovative compostable oxygen barrier
6 oct, 2021 - Continuing its focus on global sustainability leadership and aligned with its ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ campaign, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has released a pioneering mono-material oxygen barrier technology made of 100% cellulose fibers.

The PureBarrier™ technology is based on Genuine Vegetable Parchment and boasts numerous attributes including oxygen and gas barrier properties as well as natural wet strength. It is naturally grease resistant, does not contain any loose fiber or added chemicals, and can be made heat sealable with a biopolymer which makes it suitable for a limitless number of applications...

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Kimberly-Clark`s Salamanca Tissue Mill Reduces Direct Carbon Emissions by 40%
Sept. 30, 2021 (Press Release) - As part of its purpose to deliver better care for a better world, Kimberly-Clark`s 2030 sustainability goals include a commitment to reducing its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. At its Salamanca manufacturing facility in western Spain, the recent installation of a biomass boiler will lower natural gas consumption at the facility by 40% and reduce direct carbon emissions by 40%, which is equivalent to taking 5,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually in Spain.

The Salamanca facility produces toilet paper and facial tissue for consumers in Spain, France and the Benelux region under brands such as Scottex®, Kleenex® and Page®. Each day, the facility makes 165 tonnes of paper and manufactures 1.7 million toilet paper rolls.


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Forest history association sees bright side of 1871 fires
PESHTIGO—The lives lost in the Peshtigo Fire of 1871 were recalled through story after story at The Forest History Association of Wisconsin’s 46th Annual Fall Conference held in Peshtigo Oct. 7-9.

But attendees also came away with a new respect for the trees destroyed in the blazes and saw the bright side in how fire management emerged after 1871.

“You know about the fire, but just to hear the impact of it becomes much more real than a sentence in a book,” said Joe Hermolin of Antigo, who attended a tour of the Peshtigo Fire Museum Saturday as part of the conference. “I’m not a forester, but I’m interested.”...

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Softwood pulpwood saw higher price increases worldwide than hardwood pulpwood
11 oct, 2021 - Softwood fiber costs were generally higher worldwide in the 2Q/21 than in the previous quarter despite an increase in the supply of residuals from sawmills in Europe and North America. Practically all regions covered by the WRQ experienced q-o-q prices increases in the range of 1-5%. The major exception was British Columbia, where wood chip prices were up by almost 20% because of tighter fiber supply and higher NBSK pulp prices. Over the past year, softwood fiber costs have gone up worldwide between 5% and 20%, except for in the US and Germany, where wood chip prices have fallen substantially.

 The higher softwood fiber prices resulted in a two-year high of over $92/odmt for the Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) in the 2Q/21. However, with only a modest increase of the Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) by one percent q-o-q to $84.41/odmt, the discrepancy between the two indices rose to the widest margin since 2007....

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From fire engines to snow throwers, Wisconsin companies such as Harley-Davidson and Oshkosh face `daily battle` against shortages

"We`re in the middle of a triple play: increasing shortages, extended order lead times, and ever rising prices. That`s not unusual by itself, but the fact that it`s happening everywhere is very unusual" 

...."We are still amazed by the labor market. We used to have 100 applicants for an opening. We are now seeing about 10, and often the applicant doesn`t show up for the interview," the survey quoted an unnamed company in the paper industry as saying. 

A mountain of new orders and a restocking of inventories could keep manufacturers busy well into 2022, provided they can overcome material and labor shortages and widespread transportation bottlenecks...

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Valmet receives a tissue line order from Arkhbum Tissue Group in Russia
Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line including stock preparation, automation system and a Focus rewinder to Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC. The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue line will be installed at the company’s mill in Vorsino industrial park, Kaluga region in Russia. The start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2023.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 20-40 million.

The new tissue production line from Valmet is part of Arkhbum Tissue Group’s development project aimed at reaching a total capacity of 210 thousand tons of high-quality tissue and towel products made from own pulp...


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Nine Dragons orders five new BlueLine OCC lines from Voith
1 oct, 2021 - Nine Dragons, Asia’s largest manufacturer of recycled containerboard, has commissioned Voith to deliver five BlueLine OCC stock preparation lines and two wet end process (WEP) systems for its plants in Malaysia and other regions. The overseas order is a full line supplied by Voith, featuring elevated process consistency and energy-conserving technologies. The new systems will have a total production capacity of 2.5 million tons per year and are scheduled to start up in 2022 and 2023.

As one of the largest paper manufacturers in the world, Nine Dragons is leading the industry in sustainable papermaking. With the technologically advanced production lines, Nine Dragons is able to continuously produce competitive and sustainable products. Voith’s OCC stock preparation portfolio is helping to reduce environmental impact and position the customer for strong sustainable growth. In 2020, five OCC lines were supplied by Voith and put into operation in China for Nine Dragons...


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Recycling labeling debate primed to heat up nationally
As California regulators gear up to write statewide guidelines for which products are “recyclable,” analysts say the process – spurred by recent legislation – will have national impacts.

Senate Bill 343, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week and supported by numerous environmental and waste advocacy groups, sets strict new rules on how products can be labeled for recyclability.

Supporters see a clear and simple rationale for the bill, which will prohibit the “chasing arrows” symbol on all but the most commonly recycled plastic packaging. It also sets strict guidelines for how packaging producers can label their products for recyclability.

“It shouldn’t be a difficult concept: If it says ‘recyclable,’ that means we should be able to put it in the recycling bin,” said Nick Lapis, director of advocacy for Californians Against Waste, in a statement....

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International Paper announces completion of Sylvamo Corporation spin-off
4 oct, 2021 - International Paper Company recently announced the completion of its previously announced separation and spin-off of its global printing papers business, now operating as Sylvamo Corporation (NYSE: SLVM). Each International Paper shareholder received one share of Sylvamo common stock for every eleven shares of International Paper common stock held on the record date. International Paper continues to own approximately 19.9% of the outstanding shares of Sylvamo common stock.   ...more

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Brazil`s Pulp, Paper and Forest Sector Investing R$ 35.5 Billion through 2023
Oct. 7, 2021 - With R$ 35.5 billion (approx. US$6.439 billion) in investments planned for the country through 2023, the forest-based sector (which includes pulp and paper producers and manufacturers of floors and wood panels) is currently one of the major generators of new jobs in Brazilian agribusiness. Right now there are 4,000 permanent job posts available in more than a dozen states for professionals with different levels of training, as well as approximately 30,000 temporary jobs created to construct new factories and carry out expansion projects.

These figures were collected by the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá), the entity that represents the sector, along with companies like Bracell, CMPC, Eldorado, International Paper, Klabin, Oji, Suzano, and WestRock. And they are significant, especially if we consider the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the domestic economy and high unemployment in Brazil, which reached 14.1%....

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Investments and Acquisitions Transform Geotextiles Market
The nonwoven geotextiles market is expected to reach $6.91 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. It is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period. Favorable government policies for the use and development of geotextiles is expected to boost product demand.
China is anticipated to contribute majorly to the demand for geotextiles owing to its increasing penetration in the construction of new roads and drainage systems. In addition, the Chinese government has invested a large number of resources in infrastructure development, wherein major investments were made in the construction of highways and railways.

Geotextiles are used to control erosion owing to their reinforcement characteristics. In addition, the product aids in holding the soil particles together and also promotes vegetation growth, which reduces erosion in the long run...

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About Wisconsin Paper News
Ken Harwood

Advocating for Wisconsin


Wisconsin Paper News is a weekly newsletter and website featuring positive stories from Wisconsin`s Paper industry.

Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically and more importantly into the future. Wisconsin Paper News will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and staff, Press Outlets, and Industry leaders each week. It is free to subscribe.

Ken began his career with Kimberly-Clark, consulted with dozens of Fox Valley Companies and eventually became Mayor of Neenah Wisconsin before heading to Madison where he continues to advocate for Wisconsin businesses and communities. He is a journalist, cheerleader, and proponent for the companies that made Wisconsin what it is today.

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