30 November 2021 Appita

Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference Program Announced


Only a few days to go before the FVCCON21 live one-day event at the Novotel Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, Friday 3 December. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders and innovators. This six-day event is not to be missed.
Visit https://appita.com/fvccon21-info to view the full program.

Thank you to our conference Partners Visy, Opal, WPI, Pan Pac, Oji FS, our sponsors Wood Beca, Solenis, Andritz, UJL Solutions, Valmet, PCF Maintenance, Infinite Water, BioPRIA, AstenJohnson and conference closing session co-hosts, AFPA and IndustryEdge for supporting this important event.

WE HAVE A WINNER!! Pranav Nair Image

The Appita 2021 New Speakers’ final was held virtually on the 19th of November 2021, and for those who joined, it was a very interesting and close final! The winner of this year’s competition was Pranav Nair, Opal Australian Paper Maryvale Mill. Pranav receives an engraved plaque, and an education grant of $2,000.

The runner-up Caine Davies, Oji Fibre Solutions Tasman Mill, will receive a cash prize of $200.

Congratulations to both contestants for their great presentations, and a big thank you to both Pranav and Caine for participating in this year’s competition.

Appita thanks the generous support of the sponsors, the judging panel, Paul Robilliard, Kim McGrouther, Russell Allan and Kelly Thompsell, and Thilina Gunawardhana from our YPN committee for chairing the session.


27 November 2021 | IndustryEdge

Each year Australia reprocesses around 1.7 million tonnes of recovered paper, exporting a further 1.0 million tonnes. A small volume ends up in landfill each year and some remains in permanent storage. The system is largely in balance, where the ‘balancing item’ is currently annual exports. Read more.

27 November 2021 | IndustryEdge

Australia’s newsprint imports were 31% lower year-ended September, slumping to 70.7 kt from 102.1 kt the year prior. Amidst the import slump, itself driven by continual demand pressures, the real story is the emphasis by manufacturers on re-setting prices, on more favorable terms. This is a global phenomenon. There are local ramifications. Read more.

25 November 2021 | IndustryEdge

Any business doing maintenance or installing new equipment knows that in addition to lengthy delays, the price of new machinery and other equipment, of fabricated metal, and a range of other inputs has exploded over the last year. The latest data shows the largest cost increases are yet to flow through to some downstream industries, including printing. Read more.

25 November 2021 | PKN Packaging News

Opal Specialty Packaging has partnered with De Bortoli Wines to individualise the winemaker's 2021 Wine Advent Calendar boxes by using digital print creating a unique mix of colours and decorations on the packaging, ensuring that no two boxes are the same. Read more.

19 November 2021 | AFPA

Australia’s potential as a bioenergy powerhouse has been unveiled in the Australian Renewable Agency’s (ARENA) Bioenergy Roadmap, which recognises the potential of industrial heat in Australia’s future renewable energy mix. Read more.

17 November 2021 | Timberbiz

Australia’s nine Regional Forestry Hubs have received a $9 million funding boost to support growth in the forest industries. Spread out for the next four years, the funding is part of a $10.6 million national investment which will help finance the existing forestry hubs around Australia, as well as establish two new hubs in Eden in New South Wales, and in the Northern Territory. Source: Timberbiz. Read more.

15 November 2021 | Paper Advance

Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, commissioned a life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing its new ground-breaking paper pallet wrapping innovation, Advantage StretchWrap, with conventional plastic stretch film wrapping. The full study was conducted by an external consultancy, is ISO-compliant and includes an external critical review. Read more.

12 November 2021 | Food Manufacturing & Technology

Food and snack manufacturer Arnott’s Group has announced that all of its new point-of-sale displays will be 100% recyclable. In a bid to reduce its plastic usage and bring it closer to the 2025 national packaging targets, the displays will be using water-soluble varnish instead of laminates and cardboard clips instead of plastic ones. Read more.

12 November 2021 | Paper Advance

In partnership with BillerudKorsnäs, Oatly has implemented an innovative secondary packaging solution for products produced in Oatly’s Singapore Factory, enabling a reduction in secondary packaging material by up to 35% and an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50%*, compared to conventional packaging solutions. Read more.

Index Engineering Ltd has purchased a kiln shell laser. This state-of-the-art piece of equipment is a contact-free measurement tool, used to determine the deformation in rotary kilns, dryers and other slowly rotating large cylinders during operation. This will provide detailed information on the kiln shell, enabling our clients to take appropriate action to reduce maintenance costs. Read more.

GAW Technologies receives order from Renewcell for the delivery of a hydrosulfite dissolving plant for a new textile-recycling mill. Read more.

11 November 2021 | PKN Packaging News

Tasmanian Salmon producer Petuna is switching from polystyrene packaging to cardboard, in a move that it said will divert more than 150,000 polystyrene boxes from landfill annually. The packaging, produced collaboratively with fibre packaging converter Opal, has resulted in an innovative, sustainable alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS) for whole fish packaging and transportation. Read more.

11 November 2021 | Pulpaper news.com

Interliner is the liner which lies between the flutes in double wall corrugated cardboard. The product is manufactured for use in the type of corrugated cardboard which is produced and utilised in Asia. Read more.

28 October 2021 | IndustryEdge

Local fibre-based beverage carton suppliers continue to pursue stand-alone recycling options in Australia and New Zealand, aiming to deliver sustainable solutions that are suited to the local market. Their efforts are set to deliver for the producers and their brand owners, and the entire recovered paper supply chain. Read more.

28 October 2021 | IndustryEdge

The newest addition to IndustryEdge’s suite of trade price indexes – for packaging papers – has been released, for the exclusive use of IndustryEdge subscribers. Periodically, IndustryEdge will make the headline indexes publicly available, as part of its ongoing communications and information program. The sub-indices will only be available to subscribers, after this initial launch. Read more.

28 October 2021 | IndustryEdge

No reminders are required that coated papers have had it tough the last decade. That is true in New Zealand, but the latest data hints that the market is stabilising and may have reached the bottom. Read more.

28 October 2021 | Appita

Pranav Nair, Graduate Engineer from Opal Australian Paper was today announced winner of the 2021 New Speaker Competition Australia Runoff. The competition was hosted by the Appita Young Professionals Network and proudly sponsored by Albany International, AstenJohnson, Kadant, Kemira, Manildra Group, Scandinavian Electronics, Solvay, UJL, Valmet and Nalco Water. Read more.

28 October 2021 | Appita

Caine Davies, Graduate Process Engineer from Oji Fibre Solutions Tasman was today announced Winner of the 2021 New Speaker Competition New Zealand Runoff. The competition was hosted by Appita New Zealand Section and proudly sponsored by Wood Beca, Valmet Pty Ltd, Chemiplas and Scion. Read more.

26 October 2021 | Pulpaper News

Stora Enso has introduced the newest addition to its NaturaFluff pulp product portfolio, NaturaFluff Eco by Stora Enso. NaturaFluff Eco is a new fluff pulp grade with a lower carbon footprint, enabling producers of hygiene products – such as baby diapers, incontinence pads and feminine care – to offer consumers a new generation of environmentally friendly, absorbent hygiene products. Read more.

25 October 2021 | PKN Packaging News

Davidson Branding has developed a name, brand and product packaging for Ferguson Plarre's new range of richly flavoured frozen bake-at-home pies.

Inspired by foodie culture, the packaging design of the new plant-based and meat ‘Pie Society’ branded pie range features bold, diagonal stripes overlaid onto kraft paper reflecting the artisan, crafted nature of the pie – a nod to Ferguson Plarre’s iconic red and white bakeries. Read more.

14 October 2021 | AFPA

To assist the vital policy debate taking place this week about Australia’s climate change targets, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has launched Storing Carbon For A Cleaner Future: A Snapshot, which clearly and succinctly explains the role forest industries are playing and can play in climate change mitigation. Read more.

7 October 2021 | PKN

The Victorian government has given $2.1m in grants to ten research organisations with the aim of creating new products that can use recycled materials including plastic, paper, glass, cardboard and tyres. Read more.

6 October 2021 | Papnews

Essity is investing in enhanced efficiency in the company´s site in Kawerau, New Zealand, including the world’s first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process. Together with a reduction in pulp consumption, reduced waste and elimination of the burning of natural gas on the machine, the improvements will contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions by 23 percent from the Kawerau site. Read more.

01 October 2021 

RAK Mill, Indonesia, signs new ABB contract as part of digital transformation project to help achieve its highest ever production. Read more.

01 October 2021 

One profile measurement geometry for detecting and classifying all surface defects keeping focus on dents and elevated defects. This measurement can detect very small dents and elevated defects in a very high accuracy. It is suitable for standard paper and board machines. Read more.

29 September 2021 |IndustryEdge

In 2020-21, for the first time, uncoated woodfree Cut Reams accounted for more than two-thirds of the total UCWF market. Coming in at 67.4% of the total, New Zealand’s copy paper supplies joined Australia’s which have been persistently at the two-thirds mark for the last three years. Read more

29 September 2021 |IndustryEdge

The value of Australia’s monthly recovered paper exports hit a thirty-two month high in July, as the monthly average export price was the second highest on record at AUDFob257/t.  Read more

29 September 2021 |IndustryEdge

Australia’s total woodchip exports were 3.4% lower year-ended July 2021 than for the corresponding period in the prior year, reaching 4.859 million bdmt (bone dried metric tonnes). Underscoring some of the sector dynamics, hardwood chip exports over the period were down 11.7% to 4.021 million bdmt, while their softwood counterparts were up a substantial 76.7% to 0.838 million bdmt.  Read more

27 September 2021 | Visy

Today is ‘FSC Friday’, a day designated by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) to raise awareness about the importance of responsible forest management (FSC C008345). Visy is a FSC certificate holder and a member of FSC Australia and New Zealand. We have more than 70 certified sites in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and China.  Read more

15 September 2021 |Oji

In this recent COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, GV Cares, a volunteer organisation, rallied suppliers and volunteers to help feed thousands of families in the Shepparton region. With 30% of the town in isolation, many Shepparton residents could not leave home to get food and necessities. OjiFS has a packaging distribution centre in Shepparton and is firmly part of the wider community. So, supporting this worthy cause by donating boxes was an easy decision.  Read more

9 September 2021 | PKN

The ongoing shipping crisis is causing an increasing number of Australian companies to look at sourcing packaging locally, as importing from China becomes more costly and takes longer.  Read more

8 September 2021 | AFPA

The West Australian Government’s announcement that from 2024 it will cease utilising hardwoods from its own forests has been condemned by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) as a decision driven by politics not science.  Read more

7 September 2021 | PKN

Australian renewable packaging company Opal Group has undergone a major cloud transition after its previous provider, Fujitsu, said it would stop supporting its data storage network.  Read more

Join us on the 28th of October, to support our 2021 New Speaker contestants at the Australian and New Zealand run-off competitions! The winner of this competition will compete at the New Speakers Final Competition on 19 November 2021.

This competition is an important and significant event on the Appita calendar and offers the opportunity for our young professionals to develop their presentation skills, and to present in front of a wider audience, as part of their ongoing training and development.

2021 New Speakers Competition Runoff – New Zealand
28 October 2021, Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand commencing @ 6:00 pm NZST.
Proudly sponsored by Valmet, WoodBeca, Chemiplas NZ and Scion.
Register Now

2021 New Speakers Competition Runoff – Australia – Hosted by Appita YPN
28 October 2021, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm AEST – Virtual via Zoom
Proudly sponsored by Albany International, AstenJohnson, Kadant, Kemira, Manildra Group, Scandinavian Electronics, Solvay, UJL, Valmet and Nalco Water
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23 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Rather than diminishing over time, global shipping and freight delays are worsening on many routes, in the lead up to the busiest time of year: Christmas. With retailer’s order books completed, many are now scrambling to ensure they get sufficient capacity on vessels and their supply chain has enough shipping containers to get the ordered goods onto their shelves for what is expected to be the busiest Christmas ever.  Read more

23 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

In a year like no other, the incredible surges in demand for tissue and hygiene products, for home deliveries and corrugated boxes, was matched by unparalleled shifts in demand for printed media.  Read more

19 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Almost every month, IndustryEdge is asked why it tracks woodchip vessel movements, especially into and out of Australia. After all, you rely on formal trade data for many of your other data sets. True we say, but the difference with woodchips is that there is often no formal trade data available. How could that be?  Read more


Following concerted efforts from the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and industry, the ACT Government has today allowed forestry and timber operations to resume as essential industries under the Territory’s COVID lockdown rules. Read more

17 AUGUST 2021 Pulpaper News.com

Andritz has received an order from Visy Pulp & Paper for a 243,000 m3 chip handling and storage system, including a Stacker Reclaimer RST360, for its Tumut mill in New South Wales, Australia. Read more


Australia’s forest industries have welcomed Senator Rex Patrick raising concerns about the slow pace of planting more production trees under the Federal Government’s Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth Plan. Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Ross Hampton said, “Forest industries and builders around Australia, desperate for domestic timber supplies, strongly welcomed the announcement of the Plan to grow the plantation estate when the Federal Government released it three years ago. Read more

10 AUGUST 2021 Opal Australian Paper

In partnership with Detpak, Opal Australian Paper is supporting a local recycling solution for coffee cups. Recovered paper fibres from RecycleMe™, a brand by Detpak, are used to produce Hallmark gift wrap, providing a recyclable alternative for used coffee cups. Read more

6 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Latest log export data for Australia and New Zealand tells two radically different stories. New Zealand’s log exports are booming and the price is at record levels. Meantime, Australia’s trade is constrained on both fronts, despite the strength of global demand for fibre.  Read more

4 AUGUST 2021 Manufacturers Monthly

Deanne Heier, Norske Skog and Grace Kube, Norkse Skog Tasman announced as finalists for the 2021 Women in Industry Award. This year the Women in Industry Award, recognises Australian women who are making a name for themselves in the manufacturing industry. Read more

29 JULY 2021 IndustryEdge

Combined Australian and New Zealand regional production capacity sits just short of 3.8 million tonnes of paper and board in mid-2021. The reduction of around 150,000 tonnes per annum, resulting from the Tasman (Norske Skog) closure at the end of June, would have been worse, if not for the recent reprieve for the Whakatane Board Mill (SIG Combibloc but soon Smurfit).  Read more

29 JULY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s imports of corrugating medium – including semi-chemical fluting – fell a sizeable 31% year-ended May 2021, declining to 32,644 tonnes. Despite the sharp fall in volumes, the average import price was just 0.5% lower than a year earlier, declining to AUDFob649/t.  Read more

28 JULY 2021 

On the 28th of July, Appita YPN held its first hybrid conference titled Net Zero Carbon Emissions. The event was proudly sponsored by WoodBeca.

Maia Ireland-Blake, Chair Appita YPN New Zealand and conference moderator said “It was great to hear from such a diverse range of industry experts who shared their insights into what decarbonisation of our industry will look like, and what challenges we’ll face along the way. We thank our moderators, speakers and panelists for their engaging and thought-provoking insight and perspectives. Also a special thank you to our conference sponsor Wood Beca and our conference partners BioPRIA, Norske Skog, Opal, Visy, and WPI who made this conference possible.”

Recordings of the live stream will be available to delegates from Monday 2nd August. If you missed the event, don’t worry you can still register to view the event.  Click here

23 JULY 2021 Food Technology & Manufacturing

Mondi and Unilever have jointly developed a high-barrier, paper-based packaging material for Unilever’s Colman’s dry Meal Maker and Sauces range by reducing plastic, increasing paper content and consequently ensuring recyclability in the existing UK paper waste stream.  Read more

21 JULY 2021 Papnews

ANDRITZ has launched CircleToZero®, a holistic program for the pulp-producing industry with the goal of providing strong support to customers in their efforts to achieve maximum, sustainable production, aiming at zero emissions and zero waste production.  Read more

20 JULY 2021 Visy

Today the Tumut mill, Visy’s paper manufacturing operation in NSW, celebrates the 20 year anniversary of the VP9 pulp mill start up.  Read more

20 JULY 2021 Paper Advance

Packaging has the potential to become a sustainability hero. But designing solutions with the best possible impact on the planet, people and brands is a delicate balancing act.  Read more

16 JULY 2021 PKN

New recommendations in the UK allow paperboard packaging to contain up to 15 per cent plastic and still be considered recyclable. One item of such packaging can have 80 per cent less climate impact compared with the corresponding all-plastic packaging.  Read more

15 JULY 2021 PKN

A seemingly small, yet significant, change has been made to how Nestle Purina Australia accessories, such as pet toys or collars, are secured to the backing card used for hang-sell display. Previously, accessories have been secured with cable ties made from virgin nylon plastic, which can’t be recycled due to their size and weight. These have now been switched for either bespoke paper ties or recyclable ‘origami style’ folded paper.  Read more

08 JULY 2021 Paper Advance

Bathroom sinks made of wood fibre, energy derived from garbage, skyscrapers built of cross-laminated timber, and carbon fibre that is used in Formula 1 cars are all examples of bioproducts that are helping us replace the use of fossil fuels in our everyday lives.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 AFPA

A larger national take-up of renewable wood-fibre packaging products could have avoided the waste and recycling sector’s collision course with today’s ban on sending mixed plastics overseas for processing, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chief Executive Officer, Ross Hampton said.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 ABB

ABB celebrates 70 years of providing Quality Control Systems to papermakers for outstanding process visibility and advanced control.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 UJL Solutions

Recently PCF Maintenance BV from Europe has installed their new PCF Dryer fabric cleaners with great success at various locations globally (including Australia).  Read more

30 JUNE 2021 NZ Herald

The mood is "sombre" inside Kawerau's Tasman paper mill as production grinds to a halt for the final time. Newsprint production stopped yesterday and workers are now preparing the mill to hand over assets to any potential buyers including the plant and equipment. Mill workers will still be employed until at least mid-July to help with the cleanup. Site manager Steve Brine said it wasn't an easy night during the final shut down.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s newsprint recovery and recycling rate was 65.6% in 2020, according to the latest report from industry body ThinkNewsBrands*. With newsprint consumption by major publishers falling for the tenth successive year, maintaining a relatively high recovery and recycling rate is ever more challenging for the sector.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

Australian consumption of super-calendered paper grades is crashing to the point of oblivion. In April 2021, the declines continued, with just 257 tonnes being imported, a record low in the near thirty years IndustryEdge has kept records. The driver for the decline: digitisation and the migration by printers to lower-priced grades of paper for their printing needs.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

The price of OCC (Old Corrugated Cartons) exported from Queensland collapsed in April, despite solid volumes being exported. Queensland’s total recovered paper exports for April amounted to 23.3 kt, just marginally lower than the prior month in what has been an improving trade since the middle of 2020.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 Visy

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern toured Visy’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Environment, Hon David Parker, the Member for Maungakiekie, Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau, Hon Peeni Henare, Mayor Phil Goff and other Auckland City Council representatives. Read more  

22 JUNE 2021 Paper Advance

“Paper” and “stretch” are words that don’t usually go together. But in a reality where regulations on single-use plastics are increasing, paper is proving itself a worthy player as an alternative to plastic-containing products. Read more  

18 JUNE 2021 Print 21

As the threat of the pandemic recedes folding carton pack volumes are forecast to increase by two per cent for 2020-21, before recovering to a 4.6 per cent compound annual growth rate through to 2026.  Read more

17 JUNE 2021 PKN

Ferrero Australia is set to trial 100 per cent recyclable Kinder Bueno point-of-sale displays, saving more than 10,000 square metres of plastic. By August, 3000 new recyclable corrugated cardboard dumpbins, featuring a biodegradable varnish, will be on display in retail stores around Australia. Read more  

12 JUNE 2021 

Peter Gordon Bennett, retired member, passed away on Friday 12th June after a short period in the Karana Aged Care Home. Peter, who served APM and AMCOR over his whole career was awarded the Appita LR Benjamin medal in 1995. Over many years he served on various Appita committees and with his wife, Janet, was a frequent attendee at Appita conferences, both in Australia and New Zealand. Our sincerest condolences go out to Peter’s family and close friend.  

09 JUNE 2021 AFPA

In a major win for local jobs and manufacturing, the Federal Government has confirmed its commitment to local product and local jobs by sourcing Australian made paper.  Read more

04 JUNE 2021 The Irish Times

Whakatane mill had been earmarked for closure by the end of June with the loss of 170 jobs Packaging entrepreneurs Dermot Smurfit and Michael Smurfit have led the takeover of a New Zealand paper mill for an undisclosed price, saving the plant from closure and preserving 170 jobs.  Read more

02 JUNE 2021 PKN

Telstra has announced a raft of new commitments to manage its resources more efficiently, including a promise to use only renewable or recycled materials in branded packaging by the end of next year. Read more.

01 JUNE 2021 

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31 MAY 2021 nzherald.co.nz

The Whakatāne Mill will stay open after its owner, SIG Combibloc, agreed to sell to a consortium of investors including Irish paper and packaging tycoon Dermot Smurfit and New Zealand private equity chief Ross George. The consortium is led by Smurfit who, together with his other European consortium members, has extensive experience in owning and operating paper packaging businesses.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s woodchip exports lifted to 419.7 kbdmt (bone dried metric tonnes) in March 2021, as demand from Chinese pulp mills lifted off the back of very high pulp prices.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

If we are not already over it, we are going to have to get used to hearing ‘net zero by 2050’. It may not be current Government policy in Australia, but it is elsewhere. More’s the point, it is the policy of many industry and investor groups, and it’s the one climate change number on which a consensus seems to be emerging.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

New Zealand’s recovered paper exports are increasing, along with prices, as the global fibre market recovers.  Read more

21 MAY 2021 Spinnova

Sustainable natural fibre company, Spinnova and the world’s largest wood pulp producer Suzano have launched the construction of their joint venture smart factory in Finland.
The facility, producing SPINNOVA® fibre, is the first step towards¬ the ambition of scaling production volume to one million tonnes annually within ten years. Read more

13 MAY 2021 PKN Packaging

In a triumph for smart packaging, flexo and digital printing, and promotional marketing, Hungry Jack's has launched its biggest ever on-pack promotion – UNO at Hungry Jack's – delivered by a cross-industry collaboration between the fast food chain, Result Group, TLC Marketing, Multi-color Corporation and Detpak. Read more

13 MAY 2021 Packaging News

Paper-based packaging solutions specialist Graphic Packaging International has collaborated with start-up Mergulo, which produces a premium plant-based butter alternative. Read more

12 MAY 2021 Visy newsroom

Visy is proud to partner with Fairgrow in New Zealand to supply packaging for a program that supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to locals in need.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 AFPA

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) says a landmark study into the Black Summer bushfires confirming timber harvesting operations do not increase bushfire severity, and that the biggest factor is climate change, is an opportunity for all sides of the native forestry debate to join together to fight the real threat to our native forests and threatened species.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 Paper Advance

Stora Enso and packaging technology company Pulpex join forces to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp. Read more

10 MAY 2021 Packaging News

EcoTensil, established leader in paperboard cutlery in the US, launches AquaDot range of sturdy, plastic-free paper utensils UK and EU. Read more

The acquisition strengthens Cellwood’s offering for pulp and paper bale elevators and conveyor sections of a fibreline, and so complements their Grubbens pulper, Krima Dispersers, Algas fibre separation products. For more details, contact Ross Bradford, PaperSystems T: +61 (0)466 341 497. Read more

07 MAY 2021 Timberbiz

In Australia sawmills have greatly increased production by adding shifts and are running flat out to feed a market ignited by the incredibly successful HomeBuilder scheme.  Read more

29 April 2021 AFPA

The newly installed Chair of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UN FAO) Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), Ross Hampton, has made it clear that increasing sustainable forestry and timber industries is key to achieving the global ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal.  Read more

15 April 2021 PKN

Woolworths’ national rollout of paper shopping bags manufactured by Australian paper packaging converter Detpak is hitting its straps and has seen the creation of 25 new jobs and investment in new machinery at Detpak’s South Australia facility.  Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Printing and communication paper prices will rise dramatically in the second half of 2021, with significant increases already locked in. A combination of factors is driving prices higher, with some regions already experiencing sharp increases.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s exports of products and goods likely to be packaged in fibre contracted 12.9% by value over the year-ended February 2021. Valued at AUD45.768 billion, the value of these goods exports fell as a result of the pandemic, from AUD52.570 billion. The likely effect was a small decline in the amount of fibre packaging used to export mainly food products to the world.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

A fourth successive month of pulp price rises in the main Chinese market has seen a near 55% rise in market pulp prices to the end of March. The USD100/t rise in the price of Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) pulp recorded in March sawn prices at record levels, averaging USD980/t. Further increases are expected to see April prices hit something close to USD1,050/t.   Read more

27 April 2021 Australian Government Press Release

Victoria will soon have the gold standard solution to the problem of mixed waste paper processing thanks to a $24 million joint investment from the Morrison and Andrews governments and a $13 million investment from Visy industries.  Read more

19 April 2021 Paper Advance

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has helped Spanish retail chain Alvaro Moreno to save almost 90 tonnes of plastic per year by switching from plastic to paper shopping, online delivery and gift bags. Read more

14 April 2021 Packaging News

Molson Coors is removing plastic rings and introducing a fully recyclable and sustainable cardboard sleeve for can multipacks for all major brands, including Carling and Coors. Read more

13 April 2021 PKN

Nestle Oceania has switched to recyclable paper packaging supplied by Amcor for its Smarties confectionery range in Australia, upgrading its manufacturing lines to accommodate the material change. Read more

13 April 2021 PapNews

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill. Now, researchers at UBC Okanagan (University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) are developing guidelines to use this waste for road construction in an environmentally friendly manner. Read more

29 March 2021 PapNews

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling, the redirection of global flows of paper for recycling and structural changes in paper consumption and collection during the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

Global pulp prices continued their rocket-paced growth in February, with all indications that March is proving to be similar. In the main Chinese bleached softwood kraft (BSK) market, the average price lifted to USD880/t, fuelled by soft inventories, some supply constraints and solid demand. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 4.3% in January 2021, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the quarterly average price was USDFob806/t, a rise of USD38/t on the prior month. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer. Read more

26 March 2021 Timberbiz

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer.  Read more

26 March 2021 Print 21

The embattled printed newspaper industry has been hit by another blow, with the Queensland government axing compulsory newspaper advertising in regional papers by its departments, sending it online instead.  Read more

16 March 2021 Paper Advance

Today, Cepi, in partnership with leading EU media Politico, hosted a high level online discussion on the role of the bioeconomy to achieve the EU Green Deal goals.  Read more