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January 19, 2022


Fluff Pulp

Spunlace was fastest-growing production route in the 2021 wipes market while wood pulp was fastest-growing raw material, according to Smithers consultant; spunlacing, hydroentangled airlaid and wetlaid, carded/wetlaid pulp remain regular production routes
American Hygienics Corp. (01/18)

Paper Pulp

Rayonier Advanced Materials to build second-generation wood-based bioethanol plant in France for start-up in mid-2023; it has a long-term off-take agreement with a large petrochemicals company and will finance investment in part with low-cost green loans
Business Wire (01/18)


Uncoated Freesheet (UCFS)

US printing-writing paper shipments in December 2021 stay flat year-over-year, purchases up 8%, inventories up 1% from November; coated free sheet imports up 62%, exports down 7% in November, and uncoated free sheet imports up 16%, exports down 31%: AF&PA
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) (01/18)

Mondi receives globally recognized standard for circular-driven solutions--Cradle to Cradle certification at Bronze level--for its uncoated fine papers made in its Austria, Slovakia, Russia mills; first certified offerings include Color Copy, Pergraphica
Mondi Group (01/18)

Labels, Tags & Pressure-Sensitives

TIPA partners with Printpack, Digimarc to create first digital watermark for compostable packaging, which will help consumers put their compostable packaging in the correct bin, enable compost operators to scan, sort certified compostable packaging
Tipa Corp. Ltd. (01/18)

Recovered Paper

DS Smith, IBM develop AI solution to improve recovered paper quality at mill in Kemsley, UK, refining model as more data is analyzed; AI uses cameras to identify composition quality of loose paper and containerboard before being sent for baling, recycling
DS Smith PLC (01/18)

US paper recycling in 2020 at 66%, OCC consumption at 22.2 million tons by November 2021, containerboard production in 2021 up 5.6% from year-ago as ninth increase in past 10 years; industry's US$5B investment to increase paper recovery 25% by 2023: AF&PA
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) (01/18)

 Paper Packaging

Corrugated Packaging

Smurfit Kappa to expand capacity of its plant in Fortaleza, Brazil, with US$33M investment; expansion to include the installation of a new corrugator for shelf-ready packaging, several printers for ecommerce packaging, a new innovation center
Smurfit Kappa Group PLC (01/18)


Mayr-Melnhof to increase prices €155/tonne for recovered cartonboard and coated liner for deliveries from Mar. 1, with surcharges, discounts revised to accommodate cost changes; company says prior autumn price hike cannot cover rising purchasing costs
Industry Intelligence Inc. (01/18)


PFF Group launches IMPAC-T, a fully recyclable hybrid pack for food applications; IMPAC-T comprises a reduced weight 95mm rPET plastic inlet and a printable card wrap that are easily separated for recycling
PFF Packaging Group Ltd. (01/18)

ITC to certify all its factories, hotels operating in areas of high-water stress to International Water Stewardship Standard by 2035, which is considered the global benchmark; ITC's paperboard mill in Tamil Nadu, India, received AWS certification in 2019
Indian Manufacturing News (01/18)

Paper Packaging

Washington state senate committee to hold public hearing on a bill that would shift curbside recycling costs from consumers to packaging producers and require all packaging, paper products to be designed for reuse, recycling or composting by 2031
Seattle Times (01/18)

Cardbox Packaging receives FSC Chain-of-Custody certification from the Soil Assn. Certification; the Pennsylvania-based company produces folding cartons, multipack bands, beverage cases and paperboard wraps for food products and K3 dairy products
Dairy Processing & Markets (01/18)

SIG launches SIGNATURE EVO aluminum-free full barrier packaging materials for aseptic carton packs; SIGNATURE EVO can be used for oxygen-sensitive products such as fruit juices, nectars, flavored milk or plant-based beverages
SIG Combibloc Group AG (01/18)

Printpack, Sirane announce strategic partnership for offering customers recyclable, coated paper packaging via Printpack's printing and laminating knowledge, Sirane’s paper coating and pouch forming expertise; companies will be fully operational by Q2
Printpack Inc. (01/18)

 Tissue Products

Tissue Products

Mercantile Development expands its napkins and wipers production with new Omet converting lines at its facility in Shelton, Connecticut; fully automated line offers converters easy and rapid changeover on the same machine to decrease machine stops
Nonwovens Industry (01/18)

Accrol H1 2022 gross profit up to £18.2M from year-ago £14.8M, revenue up 18.3% to £73.7M, reflecting strong performance from John Dale wet wipe sales; group on track to recover absorbed cost increases as normalized shopping behavior led monthly growth
Accrol Papers Ltd. (01/18)

Feminine Hygiene

Mexico's elimination of value-added tax on menstrual management products will cost the public treasury an estimated 3B pesos; VAT removed to benefit consumers' hygiene, microsite also launched to help women check prices of major menstrual product brands
CE Noticias Financieras (01/18)


Estimated 518,700 tons of nonwovens were used in wipes in the European market during 2021, according to a Smithers report; nonwovens use is expected to rise to 700,000 tons in 2026, with market size expanding to US$9B from US$6.7B
American Hygienics Corp. (01/18)

Hygiene & Tissue Products

Citi maintains Hengan International's sell rating and lowers target price to HK$31.4 from HK$37.2; analyst also cuts 2021-2023 net profit estimates by 13%-17% on lower top-line and margin assumptions
ET Net News (01/18)

Italian disposable hygiene solutions provider GDM will host 2022 Virtual Tour on its integrated turnkey solution for the Baby Open segment, B8 converting machine speed 800 ppm and SB70 stacker & bagger 70 bags/min; event will be held online, Feb. 14-18
GDM S.p.A. (01/18)

K-C named among America's 100 Most JUST Companies for 2022 by JUST Capital; annual list recognizes firms on issues such as fair pay, worker health and work-life balance, ethical leadership, diverse and inclusive workplace, producing sustainable products
Kimberly-Clark Corp. (01/18)



Indorama Ventures’ Hygiene Division achieves ISCC Plus Certification for two manufacturing sites: FiberVisions’ Varde site in Denmark, a PP fiber producer, and AVGOL’s Uzlovaya site in Russia, a spunlaid nonwovens producer
Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (01/18)

 Pulp & Paper Mills

Paper & Pulp Chemicals

Global market for caustic soda is projected to reach US$59.36B by 2028 from US$45.91B in 2020; growing demand is spread across a wide range of applications including soap and detergents, pulp and paper, petroleum products, water treatment and more: report
Chemical Industry Digest (01/18)

New-Indy is not leaking dioxin into off site groundwater or Catawba River from sludge lagoon at its paper mill in Catawba, South Carolina, state regulators confirm; wastewater expert says company plans to continue using lagoon despite agreeing to close it
The Enquirer-Journal (01/18)


Forest2Market: Southern timber prices continued upward trend in Q4; while regional timber market has been oversupplied for a decade, stumpage prices in South continue to inch higher quarter-over-quarter, and prices likely to be volatile in coming months
Forest2Market Inc. (01/18)

India's paper industry wants government to free up wasteland for timber plantations as lack of wood fiber constrains growth; paper demand in India is set to grow 6%-8% per year, and an estimated 15 million tonnes/year of wood will be needed by 2024-25
Print Week (01/18)

Industry Roundup

Commercial Printing

Around 2,000 Carrefour shops will stop printing unaddressed advertisements by end of 2022, stop distributing non-addressed advertisements to private households in Paris, Lyon after third week of January; French retailer will offer content digitally
EUWID GmbH. (01/18)

Chilean flexible packaging producer Siflex Packaging's investment in Kodak Flexcel NX System, Flexcel NX Plates enables company to cut its white ink consumption by up to 23%; plates also maximize press productivity, with fewer press stops, less waste
Miraclon Corp. (01/18)

Twocan Graphics adds swissQprint Nyala UV LED flatbed printer, allowing it to bring in work it was never able to produce before; company produces advertising billboards, giant banners, corporate signs, building wraps, plans to invest in digital cutter
Large Format Review (01/18)

Germany-based Plot-Tec uses its new HP Latex 700W wide-format printer to produce printed spoke protectors for children's wheelchairs; printer's white latex ink capability allows company to print graphics without having to reverse the print
Large Format Review (01/18)

Canon, Plockmatic collaboration results in seamless, inline integration of Canon varioPRINT iX-series digital inkjet sheet-fed press with Plockmatic DigiCoater Pro 400 HD UV LED paper coater to help commercial printers produce coated print products
Canon Inc. (01/18)

Printing Technology

Amplify, The Print Finishing & Embellishment Event adds sponsors, exhibitors for its 2022 event on June 14-16, at Minneapolis Convention Center; Amplify is a collaboration between Assn. for PRINT Technologies, Foil & Specialty Effects Assn.
WhatTheyThink (01/18)

Epson SureColor large format printers awarded Buyers Lab 2022 Wide Format Picks Awards from Keypoint Intelligence; awards recognize SureColor SC-S60600L, SC-S80600L, SC-R5000 Series eco-solvent latex printers
Large Format Review (01/18)

Konica Minolta lands on CDP's Climate A List for sixth time; companies on Climate A List are recognized as global leaders for taking action to reduce CO2 emissions, mitigate climate change, contribute to low-carbon economy
Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. (01/18)

Bobst introduces NOVAFOLD folder-gluer to help package printers, converters boost capacity, end-product quality; NOVAFOLD 50, 80, and 110 folder-gluer models produce variety of box styles across range of substrates at speeds up to 300 meters per minute
Bobst Group (01/18)

Quocirca names Lexmark as a Leader in Global Print Security in its Print Security Landscape 2022 report, based on company's secure-by-design approach in which security features like encrypted and digitally signed firmware are built into Lexmark devices
Lexmark International Inc. (01/18)

Publications & Books

The Arena Group plans to acquire Parade magazine's parent company AMG/Parade for US$16M, highlights AMG/Parade's combined monthly reach of 257 million consumers in print, and Parade's relationships with over 1,000 publisher partners in local markets
Business Wire (01/18)

A360 Media to acquire Bauer Media's US publishing business, which includes print/digital assets of Woman's World, First for Women, Bauer US bookazine business that produces 100+ special interest publications a year; deal marks Bauer's exit from US market
PRNewswire (01/18)

Paper, Pulp & Cellulose

Mercer revisits nine life-saving golden rules for all employees regardless of position, and how company implements rules on site; rules include shortening shift times, providing healthy foods, assessing and performing all work in safe manner, wearing PPE
ENP Newswire (01/18)

AF&PA strongly supports creating new US trade advisory committee for only forest products, building materials industries, separate from nonferrous metals industry; forest products industry is large enough for own committee, has different trade interests
Targeted News Service (01/18)


Latest: Jan, 18 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
International Paper (IP) 49.31 49.50 -0.38% -1.87%
Klabin S.A. (KLBN4) :BVMF 4.69 4.87 -3.70% -16.40%
Neenah Paper (NP) 48.52 49.65 -2.28% -13.00%
Resolute Forest Products (RFP) 15.44 16.05 -3.80% 105.05%
Sappi Ltd. (SAP):JSE 46.29 47.04 -1.59% 10.64%
Stora Enso Oyj (STEAV) :HEL 17.10 17.20 -0.58% 6.21%
UPM-Kymmene Oyj (UPM):HEL 34.58 34.49 0.26% 12.75%
Verso (VRS) 26.71 26.80 -0.34% 113.00%