Monday Morning Minute: Oct. 2, 2017


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From AF&PA – U.S. Forests Grew by 22,000 Tennis Courts Per Day Between 2005 and 2015

A new ad from AF&PA gives a positive message about the sustainability of print and paper and was featured recently in both Time Magazine and the Financial Times. Released to coincide with the US Open, the ad states that US forests grew by 22,000 tennis courts per day for the decade between 2005 and 2015.

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Commerce Launches New Trade Probe Against Canadian Paper Imports

On September 22nd, the United States International Trade Commission determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain uncoated groundwood paper from Canada that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. Uncoated groundwood paper includes but is not limited to standard newsprint, high bright newsprint, book publishing, directory, and printing and writing papers

The United States imported close to $1.3 billion worth of the paper from Canada in 2016, down from $1.7 billion in 2014. The petitioner, North Pacific Paper Company based in Longview, WA, is asking for anti-dumping duties ranging from 23.45 percent to 54.97 percent and unspecified additional countervailing duties.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from Canada, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about November 2, 2017, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about January 16, 2018.


OSHA’s Mobile-Friendly Publication on Training Requirements is Easy to Use on the Job

OSHA’s comprehensive guide to Training Requirements in OSHA Standards is a valuable reference to help employers, safety and health professionals, and training directors comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, at more than 250 pages, the printed version can be cumbersome to carry on some jobsites. OSHA has now made the guide available in digital formats which can be read on a smartphone or tablet and easily searched for the standards that apply to specific industries or activities. Visit OSHA’s website to download a copy, here.


Industry Update

USW Locals 966, 9-950 & 9-952 – Georgia Pacific to Invest $120 Million at Naheola Mill

The approximately $120 million investment will be in the form of new technology for the mill’s converting lines. The Naheola mill is pulp-integrated with five tissue PMs and about 270,000 tons/yr of capacity. Two plate and cup stock machines with more than 345,000 tons/yr of capacity also run at the mill. GP also can make about 90,000 tons of market pulp at the mill. About 240,000 tons/yr of the tissue capacity at Naheola is for consumer products such as Quilted Northern, Quilted Northern Ultra, and Brawny Paper Towels.

USW Locals 1441 & 1444 – International Paper – Selma, AL (Riverdale Mill)

On September 22, 2017, International Paper issued a press release stating that the Company would be converting a paper machine at its Riverdale Mill. IP will invest approximately $300million to convert its #15 paper machine from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed mid-year 2019 and will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.

As a result of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated imaging paper products.

Global Pulp Markets Tightened Last Month

Analysts from BMO Capital Markets have indicated that global pulp markets tightened in August due, partially, to a prolonged outage at CMPC’s new mill in Guaiba, Brazil which impacted capacity. During a scheduled maintenance shutdown in July, it was discovered that a recovery boiler had been damaged. Strong demand from China and falling US Dollar have also contributed to fluctuations in prices.

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