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                                              Pulp & Paper News: Top Industry Headlines of the Week

                                              May 22, 2020
                                              Author: Travis Durkee

                                              The following is a collection of headlines from the week from FisherSolveTM Next news and other sources. 

                                              The Navigator Company Temporarily Suspends Paper Production Due To Market Slowdown

                                              (Portugal) The Navigator Company temporarily suspended paper production for 30 days beginning April 22 due to an unprecedented drop in orders experienced from the end of March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in lost production of between 700 and 2,000 TPD.

                                              The shutdown had no impact on employees, said the company in its Q1, 2020 report. The company later decided to extend the cut in production until the end of June 2020. Meanwhile, production at the company's Cacia tissue mill in Aveiro and its Velha de Ród?o mill in Castelo Branco continued with no restriction on their operations.

                                              Fire Damages Chadha Papers' Rampur Mill In Uttar Pradesh

                                              (India) A fire broke out in Chadha Papers' Rampur mill in Uttar Pradesh on May 18. A short circuit was found to be cause of the fire, which resulted in a loss of an estimated INR 40 million.

                                              The mill employees 150 people.

                                              Fire service personnel managed to bring the fire under control. No one was trapped or injured in the incident.

                                              Chinese Producers Lobby Government to Improve Access to Overseas Recovered Paper

                                              According to Recycling Today, producers of aluminum, copper and paper in China all have reportedly been lobbying the Chinese government to improve access to overseas scrap materials.

                                              A recovered fiber broker in the midwestern United States told Recycling Today the pulping mill in Byron, Wisconsin, owned by Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons Paper helped create upward pressure for old corrugated container (OCC) prices in the first four months of 2020.

                                              The broker said mill was attempting to make and ship to China as much pulp as it could produce to help fill the domestic OCC supply shortfall in China, which was exacerbated when China’s economy shrank in February and early March because of COVID-19 restrictions.

                                              International Paper To Donate Two Million Corrugated Boxes To Relief Works

                                              (USA) International Paper has announced that it has made a commitment to donate two million corrugated boxes to hunger-relief organizations. The donation will benefit organizations such as Feeding America and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), and other relief agencies in communities where International Paper employees live and work.

                                              The company has also launched a social media campaign, #HelpFillTheBoxes, to encourage people to donate to food banks in their communities.

                                              Canfor Pulp Products to Temporarily Halt Production At Intercontinental, Prince George Mills

                                              (Canada) Canfor Pulp Products is planning to curtail production at its Intercontinental and Price George mills in British Columbia for four weeks starting July 6, 2020. The decision to curtail output is mainly a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of economically viable fiber in the region.

                                              “We have made the difficult decision to temporarily curtail Prince George Pulp and Paper and Intercontinental Pulp due to the major global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of economically viable fibre in the region,” Canfor Pulp CEO Don Kayne said in a release.

                                              The curtailment will reduce Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 38,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp and 12,000 tonnes of kraft paper.

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                                              European Consumers Prefer Paper-based Packaging, Survey Reveals

                                              (UK) A European survey of 5,900 Europeans by industry campaign Two Sides and independent research company Toluna shows they prefer paper-based packaging. Some 63 percent of consumers choose it for being better for the environment, 57 percent because it is easier to recycle, and 72 percent because it is home compostable. Paper/cardboard packaging is considered to be the most recycled material, with 30 percent believing the European recycling rate is over 60 percent. Since the actual recycling rate is 85 percent, many consumers still underestimate the recycling rate.

                                              Mets? Board Adds Three Express Board Grades

                                              (Finland) Mets? Board has added three new grades of Express board: Mets?Board Prime FBB EB; Natural FBB; and Pro FBB OBAfree. They are now available via the Express board service, which is meant for small orders with short lead times.

                                              “The Express Board service helps our customers respond to last-minute orders and short-term promotions which are more and more common in the unpredictable world we live in today,” Neil Fox, Mets?’s VP Sales FBB EMEA, said in a release. “The expansion to include Mets?Board Prime FBB EB, Mets?Board Natural FBB and Mets?Board Pro FBB OBAfree means that all our FBB grades are now available via our Express Board service.” 

                                              Diamond Packaging Donates Hybrid Paperboard & Plastic Face Shields To Help Fight Pandemic

                                              (USA) Diamond Packaging has donated 100,000 face shields to New York-based Northwell’s 23 hospitals and 800 health care facilities, to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The face shields are made of hybrid paperboard and plastic and intended to provide additional protection by covering the eyes, nose, and mouth.

                                               “I believe this collaboration between healthcare and manufacturing is truly life-changing,” Diamond Packaging CEO and owner Karla Fichter said. “Diamond continually strives to think outside of the box to create innovative solutions. In that spirit we continue to refine our approach to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 threat.”

                                              CEPI Favors Free Trade Agreement Between UK, EU For Circular Economy

                                              (Belgium) The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has issued a position paper on the "EU-UK post-Brexit" that proposes a free trade agreement to preserves competitiveness, favor investments, and support the circular economy.

                                              It estimated that around 8.1 million tonnes of pulp, paper for recycling, paper and converted paper products valued at €7.3 billion are traded each year between the UK and the EU27. It supports a pro-investment environment in both the UK and EU and says existing supply chains between the partners must not be disrupted either by new tariffs or by any new non-tariff barriers.

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