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Inexact forestry valuations may fluctuate by $1b

An inexact approach to valuing forests could mean the value of the Australian forest industry could fluctuate by up to $1 billion, according to Australian forestry consultant and a leading member of the Australian Institute of Foresters of Australia, Keith Lamb. Mr Lamb is also the newly appointed managing director for KIPT. Read more.

Weaker demand for pulp (and fibre in general) but prices holding up – just!

Tensions in global pulp markets are tightening, by all accounts, with nervous energy on both sides of the transaction ledger seeming to lead to little change in prices in April. It would however be best to say ‘yet’, because weaker demand for pulp is now being matched with production at the top of the capacity arc. Read more.

Comics provide more than relief.

Plenty of parents despair of their children’s focus on comics over ‘real’ books. Until that is they find that their reluctant readers are actually learning how to read. Borrowing from US culture, Australians have long been significant consumers of illustrated comics, albeit in a small market crowded with a bewildering array of titles and more than a few bizarre heroes. Read more.

Forest industries welcomes new Minister
Australia’s forest industries congratulate the new Minister for Agriculture, Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie and Assistant Minister with responsibility for Forestry and Fisheries, Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam. Read more.

Read All About It! Recycle that newsprint any way you can

Australia’s ability to collect recyclables remains world class, as the latest newsprint recovery analysis demonstrates. In calendar year 2018, more than 153,000 tonnes of newsprint was recovered, amounting to 74.1% of total consumption. Read more. Read more.

 

Govt funds new B2B 'eBay' circular economy hub

In another positive step towards meeting the packaging industry's 2025 targets, the federal government has committed $3 million to support recycling projects, including a B2B circular economy e-commerce platform. PKN spoke to APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly. Read more.

Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Nation of readers! Books live on as directories, guides and fashion publications collapse
Australians remain voracious readers. Latest data showing Australia’s imports of printed material that the national love affair with the printed word continues – so long as it is in book form.

Total imports of printed books declined 1.7% in 2018, falling to an annual value of AUD470.1 million (books only). That relatively modest decline was book-ended by steep falls in the value of imports for Dictionaries and timetables (-35.6%) and Fashion books (-25.7%) on the one side and by softer declines for Paperbacks (-2.1%) and Hardbacks (-0.1%), on the other side.

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Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Always a little suspect, China’s economic growth was reported at 6.4%, year-on-year in the March quarter of 2019. Growth was above expectations and was driven by a solid increase in industrial output, as well as domestic consumption, feeding into renewed hope that the driver of global economic growth has turned the corner.

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Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has plagued global trade over the 2018-19 risk season, as many importers of pulp, paper, paperboard and printed material have experienced. In response, Australian authorities have announced the 2019-20 BMSB risk season will see 32 countries on the strengthened seasonal measures list, up from 10 for the current season. The BMSB risk season runs from 1st September to 30th April each year. Read more.

Pulp Paper News  26 April 2019

A collection of Swedish experts aims to create new bio-based products from excess waste sludge produced from wastewater effluent management at pulp and paper mills. "Industries can compete for the same raw materials, but here we start with something that no one really wants. What was previously a by-product waste from a purification problem is now becoming a cascaded resource", says Karin Willquist, Project Manager and researcher at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. Read more.

AFPA  18 April 2019

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the Labor Party’s inclusion of forest industries in its industry strategy, which aims to grow the food and fibre manufacturing industries of Australia, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said.

The Federal Opposition yesterday announced a $25 million food and fibre industry strategy, including the establishment of an Innovation Council, which aims to drive local jobs and innovation, and attract investment in manufacturing, particularly in rural and regional areas. Read more.

Paper Advance 18 April 2019

British Columbia’s forest resources and fibre supply have supported the province’s economy and Canada’s GDP for decades.

Although these resources have provided the province with natural advantages, relying on conventional products such as lumber, pulp and paper alone will not ensure the long-term success of the forest sector. Shifting global markets present opportunities for BC’s forest industry to offer next generation forest bioproducts to advance a cleaner and more sustainable economy. Read more.

PKN  17 April 2019

Visy has officially opened its new $100 million corrugated packaging facility in Truganina, Victoria. Completed in October last year and spanning 36,000 square metres, the plant will manufacture RSC and die-cut cartons from recycled material, and is capable of producing one million per day. It employs 85 people, including office staff. Read more.of imports for Dictionaries and timetables (-35.6%) and Fashion books (-25.7%) on the one side and by softer declines for Paperbacks (-2.1%) and Hardbacks (-0.1%), on the other side.

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Environmental Journal  16 April 2019

A packaging provider will trial the world’s first ever compostable bird box, made entirely of cardboard. The bird houses, currently being developed by the international packaging provider DS Smith, are coated with a recyclable water-resistant coating, allowing them to survive in similar conditions as traditional wooden bird houses. Read more.

Published by Simon Matthis (pulppapernews) 10 April 2019

CEPI, the paper and board manufacturing industry, as well as converting sectors including the tissue industry publish today the completely rewritten voluntary ‘Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles’.

Formally called “Industry Guideline”, the revised guidelines are intended to enhance the trust of public authorities, business operators and consumers in the safety of paper and board materials for food contact applications. Read more.

1 April 2019

Valmet has today completed the acquisition of GL&V, which was announced on February 26, 2019. GL&V is a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. Read more.

AFPA   26 MARCH 2019

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the recent announcement by the Federal and South Australian Governments, of over $5 million in combined funding and industry support for the second round of forest industry related R&D projects, through the Mount Gambier National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said today.

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INDUSTRYEDGE   25 MARCH 2019

Incorrect export declarations falsely dragging average prices down.

In the course of our regular close examination of international trade data, it has become apparent that there are serious anomalies in official customs export declarations for recycled paper and paperboard. These misreported declarations are having the effect of falsely dragging down the average price of exports, by as much as 20% in some cases.

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INDUSTRYEDGE   25 MARCH 2019

Australia’s average hardwood chip export price to China hit an all-time peak of AUDFob230.64 per done dried metric tonne (bdmt) in January 2019. That price is a substantial 24.8% higher than in January 2018, underscoring the additional value being placed on fibre of all types across the globe. Read more. Source: IndustryEdge

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INDUSTRYEDGE   25 MARCH 2019

Printed material imports were valued at AUD968.6 million in 2018

Local printers missing work as ‘Other printed matter’ continues to assert itself

Printed book import value slips 1.7% to AUD470 million

At almost one billion dollars in 2018, Australia’s imports of printed material have proved to be very resilient over the decade. Declining a modest 1.7% in total over 2018, industry intelligence advises that unit volumes are down, but average prices increased over the year, for many of the products in this omnibus import grouping.

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NEW YORK TIMES  22 MARCH 2019

“No one is shocked when a paper mill closes anymore. The shocking thing is when one reopens.”
New York Times Michael Corkery talks about how an industry that has struggled mightily during the digital age has a rare opportunity for growth

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PACKAGING NEWS   20 MARCH 2019

Over 500 delegates attended the seventh annual Global Food Forum presented by The Australian and Visy in Sydney yesterday, and heard packaging magnate Anthony Pratt call for the government to create a Minister for Food portfolio.

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UPM   19 February 2019

UPM collaborates with leading research organizations and small to medium sized companies in order to create a new ecosystem and novel wood-based innovations for the biomedical sector. The sector faces a growing need for products sourced from natural materials that are free from animal-derived components as they offer many advantages over currently used materials.

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PACKAGING NEWS  14 MARCH 2019

Andrew Pooch interjects to clarify the pack's precise composition: “The paper-based carton is made from eighty-two per cent renewable resources – fifty-four per cent of the paper is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified and/or controlled wood sources and twenty-eight per cent is made of plant-based materials – the cap and shoulder.

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PROPRINT   13 MARCH 2019

Carlton & United Breweries has ceased using plastic rings for its six-packs with VB and Carlton Draught beer now to be packed in cardboard at its Abbotsford brewery.

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Fischer International MARCH 2019

The massive islands of plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean have garnered extensive
media attention over the past 18 months, heightening consumer awareness about the
excessive plastic pollution both on land and sea.
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As governments respond by implementing bans on plastic, brand owners are substituting
renewable materials for many types of plastic packaging. How will these trends affect the
pulp and paper industry, and will available capacity and fiber supply keep up with demand
for fiber-based packaging?

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TIMBERBIZ   12 MARCH 2019

Forestry experts have described as “a weak rant” and “gross misrepresentation” arguments by Fairfax economics editor Ross Gittins that the native forest industry in Central Gippsland is uneconomic and deprives Melbourne of huge amounts of water through logging of water catchments. Mr Gittins, in a column last week in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, used a study by the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University to justify his stance. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz.

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INDUSTRYEDGE   26 FEBRUARY 2019

Imports of A4 White Copy Paper slumped to their lowest recorded monthly volume in December 2018, plummeting to just 879 tonnes. On an annualized basis, imports continue to plunge, collapsing to 28,790 tonnes for the 2018 calendar year. Read more.

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INDUSTRYEDGE  26 FEBRUARY 2019

Australia’s exports of OCC recovered paper (Old Corrugated Containers) plunged 21.0% in 2018, falling to 710.2 kt compared with 2017. The fall in exports of 188.6 kt is directly attributed to the much-discussed Chinese restrictions on imports of lower quality recovered material.  Read more.

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AF&PA  25 FEBRUARY 2019

Containerboard production decreased one percent compared to January 2018.

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ROGER GAUDREAULT  25 FEBRUARY 2019

As long as creativity remains an inexhaustible resource, the Green ChemisTREE will flourish. The field of Green Chemistry continues to grow in complexity, much like the tree that represents it, with solid roots already established. Read more.

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SMITHERS PIRA  25 FEBRUARY 2019

New research from Smithers Pira reveals the top disruptive trends that are having a profound effect on the paper and board market.

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Circa LogoBiotechnology company Circa Group has announced that its FC5 commercial demonstration plant is now online, paving the way to a regular supply of Circa’s bio-based solvent CyreneⓇ.

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DOMTAR  21 FEBRUARY 2019

Even in a digital world, the paper industry is thriving because paper products continue to be an essential part of our daily lives. As a result, career options are booming for paper science engineers.

https://newsroom.domtar.com/paper-science-engineers/

ABC NEWS 21 FEBRUARY 2019

Another Victorian recycling plant has shut its doors to recyclable waste, putting increased pressure on the state's struggling system and forcing more councils to turn to landfill.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-21/victorian-recycling-crisis-deepens-as-another-plant-shuts/10833620

NIP IMPRESSION  18 FEBRUARY 2019

BANGLADESH (From news reports) -- A paper mill worker died after "suffering burn injuries" at a paper mill in Kalurghat BSCIC industrial area of the port city early Feb. 16, police said.

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SÖREN BACK  18 FEBRUARY 2019

The pulp and paper industry has since early days increased its efficiency by developing new process technologies, switching from rag to wood as raw material and eliminating products with no future.

https://www.paperadvance.com/blogs/soeren-back.html

Gas poisoning kills 7 at South China paper mill

CHINA DAILY  16 FEBRUARY 2019

GUANGZHOU - Seven people were killed in a gas poisoning case at a paper mill in South China's Guangdong province Friday night, local authorities said Saturday. Read more.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201902/16/WS5c67a35ba3106c65c34e9ac9.html

Source: Appita Magazine

Appita Magazine talks with Oji Fibre Solutions, ’Terry Skiffington, Chief Operating Officer and Mike Meiring, Vice President of Pulp Marketing about the make-over of Tasman Mill.

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Source: PaperAdvance

If fibre-based composites are to make an important breakthrough they have to be produced efficiently in order to successfully race against fossil-based composites. This is where TMP and CTMP production technology in existing mills comes into the picture. This piece will deal with a couple of interesting Swedish projects going on utilising existing TMP plants

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Source: Norske Skog

After the successful completion of an extensive financial restructuring process, the Norske Skog group has been transformed into a financially solid, leading publication paper producer. Having established this solid foundation for the operating business, the Board of Norske Skog AS has appointed Mr Niels Petter Wright as new President and CEO of the Norske Skog group effective 1st December 2018. Niels Petter Wright's previous experience includes almost 17 years in Elopak, of which the last ten years serving as the company's CEO.

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Source: PKN

Pact chairman Raphael Geminder told the audience at the End Of Waste event hosted to launch the company's white paper of the same name in Melbourne that, “We are on a journey, and it is terrifying."

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Source: FP Innovation

Images of the accumulation of plastic waste adversely impacting the environment, wildlife and humans have gone viral across media. The message is clear: change is necessary. This is not new information to research organizations like FPInnovations that began to contribute to the building of a new bioeconomy years ago. In fact, FPInnovations, in conjunction with its member companies, was instrumental in moving the forest industry to the forefront of bioproducts research, which has had the added bonus of finding new avenues for pulp, helping to restore and sustain the industry.

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