AFPA 30 JULY 2019

Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) CEO, Ross Hampton, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI).  Read more.


Valued at AUD1.328 billion (measured on a free-on-board basis) total pulp, paper and paperboard imports to the Port of Sydney lifted 6.5% on the prior year. The increase in the value of imports for the year-ended April 2019, was by no means evenly spread across grades or regions. In fact, in the context of the ongoing trade war, it seems as though the laws of unintended consequences are alive and well.Read more.


Across Australasia, the tissue sector is preparing for expected rationalisation. Change that reduces the number of producers is now more likely than not. However, that does not have to result in lower production. Recent developments, in particular the sale of Asaleo Care’s Australian assets to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), have altered a market that was already under pressure and stress. Read more..


Australia’s total recovered paper exports continued to fall in May 2019, recording a year-end total of 1.134 million tonnes, their lowest annual aggregate in more than a decade. Down 19.0% on the prior year, IndustryEdge can confirm expectations that annual recovered paper exports will decline further over the next two to three months.  Read more.


The paper industry has raised serious concern over duty-free import of paper and paper board proposed under the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement being negotiated between the 10-member ASEAN, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand even as India is formulating strategy for the next round of RCEP negotiations in China.  Read more.


A technology startup near Ontario’s leafy border with Michigan says it has the answer to the world’s plastic pollution problem: sawdust.

Origin Materials is getting ready to pay sawmills in the area $20 a ton for the scraps left over in the process of turning logs into lumber, which it will use to make recyclable plastic bottles that remove carbon-dioxide from the sky because they’re made from sustainably sourced wood waste. Nestle SA, Danone SA and PepsiCo Inc. plan to sell water in Origin’s recyclable plant-based bottles in early 2022.  Read more.


A containerboard mill using entirely OCC and mixed paper is in development in Utah. The project stands as a rare case of a recycling company expanding into the end market sector.  Read more.


A breakthrough innovation, this is the first time a confectionery bar has been packaged in paper using a high-speed flow wrap technology.
Launching this month, this new innovation has unlocked the potential for recyclable paper packaging to be widely used in the confectionery industry. Up until now, high-speed production of shelf-stable snacks was only achieved using plastic films and laminates. Now paper can be used at large scale while guaranteeing product quality and freshness over the entire shelf life.  Read more.


The cost of wood fiber for the world's pulp industry has trended upward for over two years because of higher demand and a tightening regional supply of wood fiber.  Read more.


CEO and managing director of APPMA member Orora, Nigel Garrard, will retire as of 30 September, with Brian Lowe to replace him in both jobs.

Garrard has led Orora for more than 10 years, while Lowe joined the company in 2011 to head up the Beverage Business group before becoming group general manager of Orora Fibre Packaging. According to Garrard, the time has come for new leadership at the packaging giant.  Read more.


There is increasing concern about the over-use of plastic bags and particularly their contribution to marine litter. EU countries have taken action by introducing bans, charges and other initiatives to limit their use.

Whilst a general reduction in unnecessary packaging will be a valuable contribution to a circular and less wasteful economy, paper bags, because of their natural and renewable attributes, present an attractive and practical alternative. Studies show that they can be the natural and environmental alternative to plastic and textile bags.  Read more.

AFPA 28 JUNE 2019

Federal Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, says he delighted to attend the Australian Packaging Covenant's Collective Action Group meeting, and acknowledge the important leadership role they will play in delivering the ambitious National Packaging Targets. Read more.


Australian Paper is pleased to announce a partnership with Mainstream Aquaculture and the Victorian Government to conduct a $1.24 million feasibility study to the viability of constructing a state of the art, indoor aquaculture facility, to farm barramundi in the Latrobe Valley.  Read more.


The research demonstrates the potential of Nanocellulose files a sustainable and recyclable alternative to conventional polyolefin packaging, providing a very attractive alternative for the packaging industry. Read more.


Australia’s long lost Coated Cartonboard imports have been ‘found’ and may soon make their way back home. In late 2013, when Amcor closed its Petrie Cartonboard Mill in Queensland, Australia’s entire supply of cartonboard was imported. Inevitably, imports rose throughout 2014, as inventories were used, and the new operating state was adopted. Read more.


Australia’s imports of A4 White Cut Reams (copy paper) have reduced dramatically over the last two years. In fact, over the year-ended April 2019, imports totalled just over 22,000 tonnes, down more than 51% on the prior year! Imports of their sibling ‘tinted’ grade have always been far smaller, hovering somewhere around the 2,000 tonne per year mark.
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Australia’s paper and paperboard imports were valued at AUDFob1.204 billion (AUDCif1.727 billion) over the year-ended April 2019. China, as expected, was the largest single supplier. On an FOB basis, the value of imports from China lifted a strong 9.5% to AUD229.5 million, accounting for 17.6% of the total value of imports. Read more.


Enjoying a cup of coffee or tea on the go can help make our busy lifestyles a little more tolerable. It affords busy parents a moment of nirvana as they rush to deliver kids to school and get to work on time, and provides everyone the option to enjoy their beverage of choice even if they don't have time to finish it in store. The facts support a compelling case that the makers of paper cups — the paper and wood products industry — have a long commitment to sustainable business practices that protect the environment, spur innovation and advance recycling. Read more.


Paper has a great number of advantages when it comes to communication – it’s portable, light, accessible and easy on the eye. But great strides are being made in medicine, technology and construction using this most humble of materials. People may have been reading and writing with it for over two thousand years, but it seems that paper has a lot more to offer. Read more.


The first e-reader was released in 1998, and it looked like the beginning of the end of the printed page. But today, paper books are just as popular as ever. According to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales haven't diminished the popularity of paper books. Today, e-books comprise just 20–30 percent of book sales. In fact, e-book sales declined 4.9 percent in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Read more.


Import guidelines for scrap paper shipments to Indonesia have been revised and are less stringent than initially proposed, the country's government announced last week. Still, the rules will mean additional inspections for paper traders.Read more.

CEPI 17 JUNE 2019

CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry, announces that Jori Ringman has unanimously been appointed by the CEPI Board as successor to Sylvain Lhôte at the helm of the Brussels-based organisation. Read more.

PKN 13 JUNE 2019

The new highly specified 4500sqm OjiFS packaging plant in Mildura is open, with the company now offering its innovative wax-free PowerPly cartons to the local market. The new plant consolidates the two previous OjiFS Mildura sites into one, and has three separate sheds on the site. OjiFS more than doubled down on its commitment to the Sunraysia region, with its new plant covering 1.2 hectares. Read more.

Inexact forestry valuations may fluctuate by $1b

An inexact approach to valuing forests could mean the value of the Australian forest industry could fluctuate by up to $1 billion, according to Australian forestry consultant and a leading member of the Australian Institute of Foresters of Australia, Keith Lamb. Mr Lamb is also the newly appointed managing director for KIPT. Read more.

Weaker demand for pulp (and fibre in general) but prices holding up – just!

Tensions in global pulp markets are tightening, by all accounts, with nervous energy on both sides of the transaction ledger seeming to lead to little change in prices in April. It would however be best to say ‘yet’, because weaker demand for pulp is now being matched with production at the top of the capacity arc. Read more.

Comics provide more than relief.

Plenty of parents despair of their children’s focus on comics over ‘real’ books. Until that is they find that their reluctant readers are actually learning how to read. Borrowing from US culture, Australians have long been significant consumers of illustrated comics, albeit in a small market crowded with a bewildering array of titles and more than a few bizarre heroes. Read more.

Forest industries welcomes new Minister
Australia’s forest industries congratulate the new Minister for Agriculture, Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie and Assistant Minister with responsibility for Forestry and Fisheries, Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam. Read more.

Read All About It! Recycle that newsprint any way you can

Australia’s ability to collect recyclables remains world class, as the latest newsprint recovery analysis demonstrates. In calendar year 2018, more than 153,000 tonnes of newsprint was recovered, amounting to 74.1% of total consumption. Read more. Read more.


Govt funds new B2B 'eBay' circular economy hub

In another positive step towards meeting the packaging industry's 2025 targets, the federal government has committed $3 million to support recycling projects, including a B2B circular economy e-commerce platform. PKN spoke to APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly. Read more.

Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Nation of readers! Books live on as directories, guides and fashion publications collapse
Australians remain voracious readers. Latest data showing Australia’s imports of printed material that the national love affair with the printed word continues – so long as it is in book form.

Total imports of printed books declined 1.7% in 2018, falling to an annual value of AUD470.1 million (books only). That relatively modest decline was book-ended by steep falls in the value of imports for Dictionaries and timetables (-35.6%) and Fashion books (-25.7%) on the one side and by softer declines for Paperbacks (-2.1%) and Hardbacks (-0.1%), on the other side.

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Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Always a little suspect, China’s economic growth was reported at 6.4%, year-on-year in the March quarter of 2019. Growth was above expectations and was driven by a solid increase in industrial output, as well as domestic consumption, feeding into renewed hope that the driver of global economic growth has turned the corner.

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Industry Edge  26 April 2019

Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has plagued global trade over the 2018-19 risk season, as many importers of pulp, paper, paperboard and printed material have experienced. In response, Australian authorities have announced the 2019-20 BMSB risk season will see 32 countries on the strengthened seasonal measures list, up from 10 for the current season. The BMSB risk season runs from 1st September to 30th April each year. Read more.

Pulp Paper News  26 April 2019

A collection of Swedish experts aims to create new bio-based products from excess waste sludge produced from wastewater effluent management at pulp and paper mills. "Industries can compete for the same raw materials, but here we start with something that no one really wants. What was previously a by-product waste from a purification problem is now becoming a cascaded resource", says Karin Willquist, Project Manager and researcher at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. Read more.

AFPA  18 April 2019

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the Labor Party’s inclusion of forest industries in its industry strategy, which aims to grow the food and fibre manufacturing industries of Australia, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said.

The Federal Opposition yesterday announced a $25 million food and fibre industry strategy, including the establishment of an Innovation Council, which aims to drive local jobs and innovation, and attract investment in manufacturing, particularly in rural and regional areas. Read more.

Paper Advance 18 April 2019

British Columbia’s forest resources and fibre supply have supported the province’s economy and Canada’s GDP for decades.

Although these resources have provided the province with natural advantages, relying on conventional products such as lumber, pulp and paper alone will not ensure the long-term success of the forest sector. Shifting global markets present opportunities for BC’s forest industry to offer next generation forest bioproducts to advance a cleaner and more sustainable economy. Read more.

PKN  17 April 2019

Visy has officially opened its new $100 million corrugated packaging facility in Truganina, Victoria. Completed in October last year and spanning 36,000 square metres, the plant will manufacture RSC and die-cut cartons from recycled material, and is capable of producing one million per day. It employs 85 people, including office staff. Read more.of imports for Dictionaries and timetables (-35.6%) and Fashion books (-25.7%) on the one side and by softer declines for Paperbacks (-2.1%) and Hardbacks (-0.1%), on the other side.

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Environmental Journal  16 April 2019

A packaging provider will trial the world’s first ever compostable bird box, made entirely of cardboard. The bird houses, currently being developed by the international packaging provider DS Smith, are coated with a recyclable water-resistant coating, allowing them to survive in similar conditions as traditional wooden bird houses. Read more.

Published by Simon Matthis (pulppapernews) 10 April 2019

CEPI, the paper and board manufacturing industry, as well as converting sectors including the tissue industry publish today the completely rewritten voluntary ‘Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles’.

Formally called “Industry Guideline”, the revised guidelines are intended to enhance the trust of public authorities, business operators and consumers in the safety of paper and board materials for food contact applications. Read more.

1 April 2019

Valmet has today completed the acquisition of GL&V, which was announced on February 26, 2019. GL&V is a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. Read more.

AFPA   26 MARCH 2019

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the recent announcement by the Federal and South Australian Governments, of over $5 million in combined funding and industry support for the second round of forest industry related R&D projects, through the Mount Gambier National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said today.

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Incorrect export declarations falsely dragging average prices down.

In the course of our regular close examination of international trade data, it has become apparent that there are serious anomalies in official customs export declarations for recycled paper and paperboard. These misreported declarations are having the effect of falsely dragging down the average price of exports, by as much as 20% in some cases.

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Australia’s average hardwood chip export price to China hit an all-time peak of AUDFob230.64 per done dried metric tonne (bdmt) in January 2019. That price is a substantial 24.8% higher than in January 2018, underscoring the additional value being placed on fibre of all types across the globe. Read more. Source: IndustryEdge

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Printed material imports were valued at AUD968.6 million in 2018

Local printers missing work as ‘Other printed matter’ continues to assert itself

Printed book import value slips 1.7% to AUD470 million

At almost one billion dollars in 2018, Australia’s imports of printed material have proved to be very resilient over the decade. Declining a modest 1.7% in total over 2018, industry intelligence advises that unit volumes are down, but average prices increased over the year, for many of the products in this omnibus import grouping.

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“No one is shocked when a paper mill closes anymore. The shocking thing is when one reopens.”
New York Times Michael Corkery talks about how an industry that has struggled mightily during the digital age has a rare opportunity for growth

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Over 500 delegates attended the seventh annual Global Food Forum presented by The Australian and Visy in Sydney yesterday, and heard packaging magnate Anthony Pratt call for the government to create a Minister for Food portfolio.

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UPM   19 February 2019

UPM collaborates with leading research organizations and small to medium sized companies in order to create a new ecosystem and novel wood-based innovations for the biomedical sector. The sector faces a growing need for products sourced from natural materials that are free from animal-derived components as they offer many advantages over currently used materials.

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Andrew Pooch interjects to clarify the pack's precise composition: “The paper-based carton is made from eighty-two per cent renewable resources – fifty-four per cent of the paper is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified and/or controlled wood sources and twenty-eight per cent is made of plant-based materials – the cap and shoulder.

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Carlton & United Breweries has ceased using plastic rings for its six-packs with VB and Carlton Draught beer now to be packed in cardboard at its Abbotsford brewery.

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Fischer International MARCH 2019

The massive islands of plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean have garnered extensive
media attention over the past 18 months, heightening consumer awareness about the
excessive plastic pollution both on land and sea.
As governments respond by implementing bans on plastic, brand owners are substituting
renewable materials for many types of plastic packaging. How will these trends affect the
pulp and paper industry, and will available capacity and fiber supply keep up with demand
for fiber-based packaging?

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Forestry experts have described as “a weak rant” and “gross misrepresentation” arguments by Fairfax economics editor Ross Gittins that the native forest industry in Central Gippsland is uneconomic and deprives Melbourne of huge amounts of water through logging of water catchments. Mr Gittins, in a column last week in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, used a study by the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University to justify his stance. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz.

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Imports of A4 White Copy Paper slumped to their lowest recorded monthly volume in December 2018, plummeting to just 879 tonnes. On an annualized basis, imports continue to plunge, collapsing to 28,790 tonnes for the 2018 calendar year. Read more.

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Australia’s exports of OCC recovered paper (Old Corrugated Containers) plunged 21.0% in 2018, falling to 710.2 kt compared with 2017. The fall in exports of 188.6 kt is directly attributed to the much-discussed Chinese restrictions on imports of lower quality recovered material.  Read more.

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Containerboard production decreased one percent compared to January 2018.

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As long as creativity remains an inexhaustible resource, the Green ChemisTREE will flourish. The field of Green Chemistry continues to grow in complexity, much like the tree that represents it, with solid roots already established. Read more.

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New research from Smithers Pira reveals the top disruptive trends that are having a profound effect on the paper and board market.

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Circa LogoBiotechnology company Circa Group has announced that its FC5 commercial demonstration plant is now online, paving the way to a regular supply of Circa’s bio-based solvent CyreneⓇ.

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Even in a digital world, the paper industry is thriving because paper products continue to be an essential part of our daily lives. As a result, career options are booming for paper science engineers.


Another Victorian recycling plant has shut its doors to recyclable waste, putting increased pressure on the state's struggling system and forcing more councils to turn to landfill.


BANGLADESH (From news reports) -- A paper mill worker died after "suffering burn injuries" at a paper mill in Kalurghat BSCIC industrial area of the port city early Feb. 16, police said.

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The pulp and paper industry has since early days increased its efficiency by developing new process technologies, switching from rag to wood as raw material and eliminating products with no future.

Gas poisoning kills 7 at South China paper mill


GUANGZHOU - Seven people were killed in a gas poisoning case at a paper mill in South China's Guangdong province Friday night, local authorities said Saturday. Read more.

Source: Appita Magazine

Appita Magazine talks with Oji Fibre Solutions, ’Terry Skiffington, Chief Operating Officer and Mike Meiring, Vice President of Pulp Marketing about the make-over of Tasman Mill.

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Source: PaperAdvance

If fibre-based composites are to make an important breakthrough they have to be produced efficiently in order to successfully race against fossil-based composites. This is where TMP and CTMP production technology in existing mills comes into the picture. This piece will deal with a couple of interesting Swedish projects going on utilising existing TMP plants

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Source: Norske Skog

After the successful completion of an extensive financial restructuring process, the Norske Skog group has been transformed into a financially solid, leading publication paper producer. Having established this solid foundation for the operating business, the Board of Norske Skog AS has appointed Mr Niels Petter Wright as new President and CEO of the Norske Skog group effective 1st December 2018. Niels Petter Wright's previous experience includes almost 17 years in Elopak, of which the last ten years serving as the company's CEO.

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Source: PKN

Pact chairman Raphael Geminder told the audience at the End Of Waste event hosted to launch the company's white paper of the same name in Melbourne that, “We are on a journey, and it is terrifying."

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Source: FP Innovation

Images of the accumulation of plastic waste adversely impacting the environment, wildlife and humans have gone viral across media. The message is clear: change is necessary. This is not new information to research organizations like FPInnovations that began to contribute to the building of a new bioeconomy years ago. In fact, FPInnovations, in conjunction with its member companies, was instrumental in moving the forest industry to the forefront of bioproducts research, which has had the added bonus of finding new avenues for pulp, helping to restore and sustain the industry.

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