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  • Klabin acquires share in Melodea startup

    Brazilian pulp and packaging paper producer Klabin has acquired for $2.5 million a 12.5% share in the Israeli startup Melodea Bio Based Solutions, a pioneer in the technology for extracting cellulose nanocrystalline (CNC). Klabin stated that the deal will strengthen its efforts in the areas of research, More

  • Suzano plans new BEK mill in Brazil; revenues improve 6.5% in 2017

    Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano confirmed on Feb. 8 that it has plans to build a new bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp mill in the country in the short run. The company decided to install the plant in São Paulo state due to availability of forests More

  • Brazilian box sales increase 5% in January

    Preliminary data released by the Brazilian Corrugated Board Assn (ABPO) show that the country shipped 292,632 tonnes of corrugated boxes, sheets and accessories in January 2018, a 5.1% increase over the same month of 2017. The volume was also 6% higher than December 2017 shipments. This year, More

  • SKG has lower EBITDA in 4Q17 in the Americas

    European corrugated packaging producer Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) reported a 12% EBITDA decline in the fourth quarter of 2017 and an 8% drop to Euro 311 million for the year in the Americas. "Results were impacted by a number of factors, including increased export prices for containerboard More

  • Potential Suzano-Fibria merger would create giant with 14% of pulp market and 10.8 million tonnes/yr capacity

    After many years of rumors, the world's two largest bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp producers, Brazilian Suzano and Fibria, confirmed for the first time on Feb. 19 that their controlling shareholders are engaged in a merger discussion between the firms. Even though talks are still preliminary, the More

  • Chinese rules on RCP imports impact prices, supply in Mexico

    The uncertainty over how the Chinese government will implement its new rule limiting the contaminant level allowed in recovered paper (RCP) imports to 0.5% from Mar. 1 has muted demand from the country, PPI Asia reported. According to sources, Chinese recovered paper imports from the USA in More

  • Containerboard prices unchanged in Mexico in beginning of 2018; imports decline in 2017

    Prices for both domestic and imported containerboard remained flat in Mexico in the first two months of 2018, according to PPI Latin America sources. But levels may be adjusted by the end of the first half, pushed by demand and US hike announcements, contacts added.  "We successfully More

  • Forest areas hit by fires in Chile this season drop 96%

    The latest report published by the Chilean forest corporation (Conaf) shows that 20,571 ha of forest areas in the country were hit by fires during this Summer season, a 96% decrease compared to a year ago. Even though losses continue to be reported, this year's figures show More

  • Brazil's packaging, box board, tissue output increase in 2017

    The annual statistics released by the Brazilian Tree Industry Assn (Ibá) show that three paper grades – tissue, packaging and boxboard – accounted for the 1.4% output growth registered by the paper industry in 2017, when 10.47 million tonnes of material were produced. Boxboard alone had an More

  • SKG inaugurates containerboard PM 6 at Los Reyes paper mill

    Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has officially inaugurated its new paper machine (PM) No. 6 at the Los Reyes mill in the state of Mexico. "This new endeavour is one of Smurfit Kappa's largest investments in the country in recent years and an important milestone for the company More