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Good Month

SCA, October 2014

SCA has held an official ceremony to launch its 60,000-tonne/yr tissue PM at its Sovetsk mill in Tula region of western Russia. The 5.4-m wide PM, supplied by A. Celli, complements the existing 30,000-tonne/yr PM, which makes recycled fiber-based tissue. 

UPM, October 2014

UPM has been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2014-2015. UPM is listed in the indices for the third year in a row.

SCG, October 2014

SCG Paper has brought a 43,000 tonne/yr machine-glazed paper (MG) machine online at its Banpong mill in Ratchaburi province, Thailand. 

Bad Month

Hengan, October 2014

Hengan International is pushing back its aggressive tissue expansion plans in China due to current oversupply pressures. New tissue capacity of 120,000 tonnes/yr instead of the previously announced 360,000 tonnes/yr will come online at the firm by the end of this year. 

Old Town Fuel & Fiber, October 2014

According to the Bangor Daily News, Old Town Fuel & Fiber, which closed its pulp mill in mid-August and laid off about 180 workers, owes the city more than $1 million in back taxes, and this year’s bill for another $1 million is in the mail.

Palm, October 2014

Papierfabrik Palm revealed that the restart of its 650,000 tonne/yr recycled containerboard PM at its mill in Wörth, Germany, had been delayed until late September. The unit had been out of operation since August 26.

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The tissue sector is one of the few in the industry that still can say it enjoys a growing market, particularly in developing countries. New technologies have broadened the quality of various tissue types: facial, bathroom, toweling and napkin. The growth of the private label is another area of great interest. Finally, the At Home and Away from Home sectors continue to evolve.

Much has been written and said about the opportunities the bio-economy represents for the pulp and paper industry, and although it seems the industry has been slow to adopt new ideas and technologies, behind the scenes a lot of work is being done. These opportunities cover a multitude of differing new revenue streams, from green energy and bio-fuels and from nanocellulose to sophisticated chemicals, all derived from the forest. PPI’s Bio-Insight keeps a close eye on all the developments going on in this fascinating sector.

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Overheating investment activity in North American tissue business

By Esko Uutela Fri, Jul 11, 2014

STARNBERG, GERMANY, July 11, 2014 (RISI) -After the Great Recession of 2009 and the recovery in 2010, North American tissue supply and demand have been well balanced, and from time to time, the business has been a seller's rather than a buyer's market. This was the case in the first nine months of 2012.


Diverging trends emerging in China's paper packaging market

By Han Yao Mon, Apr 28, 2014

BEIJING, CHINA, April 28, 2014 (RISI) -Overall market conditions in the Asian region improved toward the end of 2013. Even so, the region's largest paper packaging market, China, recorded divergent trends for the second consecutive year: stronger growth in the boxboard sector and weaker growth on the containerboard front.


European graphic paper industry profitability levels stubbornly low

By Alejandro Mata Fri, Oct 25, 2013

BRUSSELS, Oct. 25, 2013 (RISI) -Industry profitability levels for the main graphic paper grades in Western Europe have been in decline ever since the financial crisis started to impact the markets during late 2008. This year will be no exception as profitability levels in Europe will (probably) reach their lowest point in modern paper-making history.


Viscose pulp demand benefiting from Chinese government price supports for cotton

By Rod Young Tue, Oct 01, 2013

The Chinese government has been aggressively supporting domestic cotton prices since the third quarter of 2011. The cotton price in China (represented by the 328 grade) closely followed the A-grade cotton price benchmark from 2000 to 2009, with a small premium that averaged $80/tonne after adjusting for the 17% VAT on the 328 cotton price.


What does the future hold for the Russian paper packaging market?

By Orifjon Abidov Mon, Sep 23, 2013

BRUSSELS, Sept. 23, 2013 (RISI) -For the last three years, RISI has been receiving requests from our clients to dig into the Russian paper packaging markets. In response, I and the rest of our Russian speaking team have traveled frequently to various events dedicated to the Russian pulp and paper industries, both within and outside the country.


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