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Tech vs. Trees: Stora Enso and Koskisen announce world’s first fully bio-based furniture wood board, retail chains from CVS to Carrefour shifting from print ads to digital, US colleges aim to eliminate textbook costs

US boxboard production in Q4 2021 up 2% year-over-year, operating rate at 94.1%, up 0.7 points from Q4 2020 and up 1.2 points year-to-date; recovered boxboard production up 3% year-over-year, solid bleached boxboard up 2%, unbleached kraft up 6%: AF&PA

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper increasing prices for all specialty papers--thermoscript, jetscript, giroform, supercote, barricote--by 10% worldwide for orders from Mar. 1; company says price hike comes amid continued increase in cost of gas, chemicals, logistics

Valmet supplying board machine rebuild at Stora Enso's pulp and paper mill in Skoghall, Sweden, completing in H2 2023; order to increase annual board production capacity by 100,000 tonnes, totaling over 900,000 tonnes of board for liquid, food packaging

US shipments of packaging papers in December 2021 up 1% year-over-year; mill inventories down 3,000 short tons from November 2021, up 6,000 short tons year-over-year; operating rate at 84.9%, up 3.3 points year-over-year, up 2.6 points year-to-date: AF&PA

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December 29, 2021


Paper Pulp

RBC Capital: Canfor Pulp's production outage at Northwood pulp mill likely to support pulp prices; British Columbia transport disruptions have slowed flow of pulp to Asia, and given mill is major supplier to Asia, near-term prices may see further strength
RBC Capital Markets LLC (12/28)

Cellulose/Specialty Cellulose

Hayat Kimya launches paper hygiene products production in Russia's Kaluga region in a test mode, for total investment of 10B rubles; enterprise will produce toilet paper, paper towels and napkins from virgin cellulose, with plans for another line in 2023
Interfax Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire (12/28)



India's food vendors switch to blank white paper from newsprint for packaging, wrapping food; Indian FDA bans newspapers in food packaging due to health harms of ink used on newsprint
MSN News (12/28)

Labels, Tags & Pressure-Sensitives

California commission claims big retailers are breaking the law by selling plastic shopping bags with language, symbols that falsely suggest the bags can be recycled; group says illegal labeling is undermining efforts to tackle plastic pollution
Reuters (12/28)

Massachusetts startup Magnomar develops magnetic ink for bottle shrink labels that allows seamless separation by existing magnetics during packaging recycling sortation; ink can be transparent or any color when applied with label printing equipment
Informa PLC (SupplySide Network 365) (12/28)



UK-based Sirane opens manufacturing site in Czech Republic, which will serve company's growing customer base in Central and Eastern Europe; site will offer absorbency products, flexible packaging including bags, pouches and films, and board-based products
Sirane Ltd. (12/28)

Paper Packaging

RBC Capital: Maintaining Cascades at outperform after company cuts Q4 guidance, says demand for packaging products is solid, but tissue segment remains uncertain; with OCC, SOP prices moving in more favorable direction, cost pressures could start easing
RBC Capital Markets LLC (12/28)

Royal A-ware Food Group recently switches some if its cream products to Elopak’s Pure-Pak Mini cartons from plastic pots; the cartons are fully recyclable and support a low carbon circular economy, says Elopak official
Elopak AS (12/28)

 Tissue Products

Feminine Hygiene

India-based Nobel Hygiene launches new campaign for its upgraded Rio sanitary pads that now feature wings, thinner design; company VP proud of open communication with users, says brand conducts 2-3 preliminary studies yearly on small- to medium-scale
Impact (12/28)


American Hygienics builds new factory in Pinghu city, China, powered with solar energy as part of its green goals; distributed photovoltaic power system supplies enough electricity for daytime manufacturing, contributes the rest back to the state grid
American Hygienics Corp. (12/28)

Hygiene & Tissue Products

ICT France and ICT Iberica awarded by European distributor Carrefour France for their highest quality of deliveries to warehouses since the beginning of the COVID crisis; ICT France and ICT Iberica obtained service rate of 99.6%
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti SPA (12/28)



Carbios, T.EN Zimmer, Deloitte receive €3.3M grant from European Commission as part of LIFE initiative; grant funds industrial deployment of Carbios's enzymatic PET recycling process, which 100% recycles PET plastic, textile waste without quality loss
Carbios SAS (12/28)

India-based CanvaLoop Fibre develops biodegradable fiber made from Himalayan hemp, other agricultural residues; objective is to make textile fiber utilizing agro-waste 'the standard clothing material by 2030'
Textile Value Chain (12/28)

Global printed textiles market expected to experience robust growth from 2018-2026 with advent of digital textile printing for fashion, household; rising demand for individualized clothing options, personalized choices in North America to drive growth
Textile Value Chain (12/28)

Nonwovens & Engineered Materials

Teijin elects Akimoto Uchikawa, currently Executive Officer and board member, as new President and CEO, effective April 1, 2022; current Teijin President and CEO Jun Suzuki will assume post of Chairman of Teijin on same day
Teijin Ltd. (12/28)


Paper Machinery

Zacks expects Berry Global, Greif, Veritiv to deliver solid growth in 2022; however, 2021 ends on sour note for IP, which saw downbeat Q4 guidance from supply chain issues and cost pressures, while structural failure at Prattville paper mill led to outage
Zacks Equity Research (12/28)

Industry Roundup

Commercial Printing

Kansas City-based private equity firm CPC buys Paramount Apparel International, a screen printing, embroidery company with five Missouri factories; company is parent of Imperial Headwear, produces apparel, headwear, accessories for its own, other brands
Daily Journal (12/28)

Publications & Books

Massachusetts newspaper Sun Chronicle will no longer carry CVS ad flyers in print edition starting 2022; CVS says it's cutting back on printed weekly circular ads in newspapers, but printed copy will still be available at CVS Pharmacy locations
The Sun Chronicle (12/28)

Cleveland Jewish Publication to revamp Akron Jewish News as monthly print newspaper and standalone website, starting February 2022; current December/January issue of Akron’s paper will be the final one overseen by Jewish Community Board of Akron
Jerusalem Post (12/28)

Companies in the News

Workers recently laid off at Resolute's pulp, paper mill in Calhoun, Tennessee, to receive assistance from McMinn County's Economic Development Authority; agency to hold job fair for placing 'skilled' and 'highly sought after' workers into new companies
The Daily Post-Athenian (12/28)

Paper, Pulp & Cellulose

Columbia Pulp converts 250,000 tons/year of wheat straw for fiber used by paper, packaging industries, bringing local farmers US$15M/year; company's facility saves 100,000 acres of farmland from being burned, emits 76% less GHG than a typical paper mill
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (12/28)

Oji Holdings achieves A- scores from CDP in climate change, water security, forestry categories out of 13,000 companies worldwide; Oji notes goal to reach net zero carbon by 2050 by maintaining, expanding 580,000 hectares of forests owned by company
Oji Holdings Corp. (12/28)


Latest: Dec, 28 2021

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
International Paper (IP) 46.67 46.33 0.73% -5.51%
Klabin S.A. (KLBN4) :BVMF 4.98 4.93 1.01% -0.99%
Neenah Paper (NP) 46.13 46.00 0.28% -17.87%
Resolute Forest Products (RFP) 14.60 14.45 1.04% 127.77%
Sappi Ltd. (SAP):JSE 45.18 44.87 0.69% 38.97%
Stora Enso Oyj (STEAV) :HEL 16.20 16.45 -1.52% 3.85%
UPM-Kymmene Oyj (UPM):HEL 33.28 33.00 0.85% 11.49%
Verso (VRS) 26.92 27.05 -0.48% 121.38%