Source: AFPA

The peak bodies representing Australian and Victorian forest industries have warmly welcomed the Victorian Liberals and Nationals’ election commitment to use Australian-made paper wherever practical in State Government departments, from mid-2019, CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton and CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), Mr Tim Johnston said today. 

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Source: Visy

Visy’s new corrugated packaging facility in Hamilton, NZ was officially opened on May 24 by Visy Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt and Visy Co-Owner Fiona Geminder. Visy management, customers, local council and local Iwi representatives were among the guests who attended the opening. 

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Source: Packaging News (PKN)

Packaging giant Orora Group will pump another $30 million into its innovation fund, bringing the total to $75 million.

The company showed off a range of new kit to clients at an innovation expo in Oakleigh, Victoria, including Australia’s first EFI Nozomi C18000 digital corrugated board press. 

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Source: Norske Skog

Oceanwood has entered into a sale and purchase agreement (the SPA*) to buy the entire issued share capital of Norske Skog AS (Norske Skog). Following a four-month competitive auction process, in which more than 100 prospective bidders were approached, Oceanwood emerged as the winning bidder by offering the highest value in cash for the shares and the intercompany loans. 

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Source: Medianet

Effective May 2, 2018, Solenis ( and BASF signed an agreement to combine BASF's paper and water chemicals business with Solenis to jointly create a customer-focused global specialty chemical company. The combined company intends to operate under the Solenis brand and will be positioned to provide expanded offerings and cost-effective solutions for customers in two specialty chemical businesses: paper technologies and industrial water technologies. 

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