March 2017

Forest products, pulp and paper rail freight broadly lower through 11 weeks of 2017

March 24, 2017 - 18:29
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OAKLAND, CA, March 24, 2017 (RISI) -The Assn of American Railroads reported total North American forest products freight in the week ending March 18 at 17,634 carloads was down 3.9% from a year ago, and through 11 weeks at 191,222 carloads was 6% below year-ago levels.

In the week, US forest products volume was off 0.7% to 9,910 carloads, Canada was down 7.9% to 7,697 carloads, and Mexico was up 58.8% to 27 carloads. Through March 18, US forest products freight was down 5% to 108,536 carloads, Canada was down 7.3% to 82,467 carloads, and Mexico was up 6.3% to 219 carloads.

Mondi collaborates with Pohl, Hamburg Terminal and Model to optimize cargo routes and long distance logistics

March 24, 2017 - 06:08
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VIENNA, Austria, March 24, 2017 (Press Release) -Mondi supports novel self-pickup concept – Mondi, Pohl & Co., Hamburg Terminal and customer Model GmbH are reflecting on how to optimise cargo routes and long-distance logistics from the mill to corrugated board producer and their customers. According to Model GmbH, “Mondi’s support ensures that our customers receive high-quality products on time.”

SIG Combibloc launches new carton bottle for low-acid products

March 24, 2017 - 04:54

LINNICH, Germany, March 23, 2017 (Press Release) -Clear the stage for combidome ‘Low Acid’: the innovative carton bottle from SIG Combibloc has now also been launched for low-acid products such as milk and plant-based dairy alternatives. The first food manufacturer to package low-acid products in the cutting-edge new pack from SIG is US company Steuben Foods. Steuben now offers premium nut-based beverages in combidome, in almond, cashew, hazelnut and walnut varieties. Sold under the brand name ‘Elmhurst’, the beverages have a very high nut content.

Stora Enso’s study finds consumers in China, UK and Germany prefer paper as food packaging material for certain products

March 24, 2017 - 01:37

HELSINKI, March 23, 2017 (Press Release) -In Stora Enso’s study on consumer insights on packaging, we took a look into what are consumers preferred packaging materials for certain products in China, United Kingdom or Germany.

In all three countries, the preferred packaging material when it comes to biscuits, chocolate, pastries, sweets or cereal is definitely paper or cardboard. However, overall, paper or cardboard as food packaging material is most appreciated in Germany.

Model Group receives two nominations in design and marketing categories at 2017 Swiss Packaging Award in Zurich, Switzerland

March 23, 2017 - 07:25

WEINFELDEN, Switzerland, March 16, 2017 (Press Release) -Anticipation is high – two Model AG packaging solutions have been nominated for a Swiss Packaging Award 2017 in the Design and Marketing categories from a total of 51 submissions.

Our Scania V8 packaging, nominated in the Marketing category, is a beer sixpack with a unique angled design that mimics the look of a V8 engine.

US-based Huntsman to close white end finishing and packaging operation of its titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Calais, France

March 23, 2017 - 05:17
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THE WOODLANDS, TX, March 17, 2017 (Press Release) -Huntsman Corporation has today announced a plan to close the white end finishing and packaging operation of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing facility based in Calais, France, during the third quarter 2017.

The announced plan follows the 2015 closure of the black end manufacturing operations and would result in the closure of the entire facility. 108 positions on the site will be affected.

Barry-Wehmiller to introduce BW Packaging Solutions to Europe at interpak 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 4-10

March 23, 2017 - 02:58

ST. LOUIS, MO, March 21, 2017 (Press Release) -Barry-Wehmiller is using this tagline to describe their new initiative, BW Packaging Solutions, launched recently at Pack Expo in November:

“The names you know. The service you trust. Multiplied.”

“We are more than the sum of our parts,” said Carol O’Neill, Barry-Wehmiller’s Group President, Packaging. “We offer a legacy of quality and service that is more powerful because of our collective capabilities and experience.”

Toscotec to supply new 30,000 tonne/yr MODULO-PLUS tissue machine for EuroVast's Cartiera della Basilica plant in Botticino, Italy

March 23, 2017 - 02:27
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LUCCA, ITALY, March 22, 2017 (Press Release) -The Italian company EuroVast has chosen Toscotec again to expand the capacity of its Cartiera della Basilica at Botticino’s plant.

The new machine, a MODULO-PLUS crescent former with single press configuration, TT SYD-3200MM and TT MilltechHood, is the perfect solution to meet Eurovast’s need: high quality tissue product, attention to energy saving and eco-sustainability were determining factors in choosing advanced Toscotec’s technology for this project .

Voith launches new SkySoft creping blade with ceramic coating to increase tissue productivity

March 22, 2017 - 11:54
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    HEIDENHEIM, Germany and YORK, PA , March 22, 2017 (Press Release) -
  • Constant tissue quality
  • Highly wear-resistant, longer lifetime
  • Excellent compatibility with Yankee cylinders

SkySoft is a new creping blade from Voith that ensures constant tissue quality. The specially developed ceramic tip of the SkySoft creping blade is highly wear-resistant for a longer lifetime and less machine downtime. SkySoft was also designed to reduce friction on the Yankee cylinder, avoiding damage to its surface.

PPG confirms rejection of its revised proposal to acquire AkzoNobel

March 22, 2017 - 08:49
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PITTSBURGH, PA, March 22, 2017 (Business Wire) -PPG (PPG) today announced that it made a revised proposal on March 20, 2017 to acquire Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA.AS; AKZOY) for €90.00 (cum dividend) per ordinary share, comprised of cash of €57.50 and 0.331 share of PPG common stock. This represents an increase of €7.00 per ordinary share from PPG’s initial offer. Including the assumption of net debt and minority interests, the proposed transaction is valued at approximately €24.5 billion, or $26.3 billion.