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  • ITC votes to proceed on uncoated paper case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted in the preliminary phase of its investigations of the trade case filings by four domestic companies and the United Steelworkers (USW) union against uncoated paper imports from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal.

  • AF&PA releases January paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its January U.S. paper reports.

  • Carton recycling access improves

    The Carton Council of North America has reported that carton recycling access continued to grow significantly in 2014.

  • Caraustar closes on Newark Group acquisition

    Caraustar Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Middle Market, has completed the acquisition of The Newark Group, Inc.

    The Newark Group is a manufacturer of recycled paperboard, linerboard, industrial tubes, cores and other converted products including book covers and packaging solutions.

    Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey, The Newark Group has approximately 1,500 employees and operates over 20 manufacturing facilities across North America.

    Financing for the transaction was provided by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Jefferies LLC, Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Regions Business Capital.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | MAR 2015 Balers

  • Maine Pulp Mill and Connecticut Cardboard settle water violations

    Two companies operating under the control of Cascades USA, Inc. have agreed to settle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allegations that they violated the federal Clean Water Act.

  • AF&PA releases paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its December U.S. paper reports.

  • AF&PA board elects new officers

    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has elected Sappi North America president and chief executive officer Mark Gardner as the new AF&PA board chairman.

  • Tetra Pak obtains worldwide FSC Chain of Custody certification

    Tetra Pak can now supply Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) labelled packages from anywhere in the world, having received FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for all of its converting plants and market companies.

  • Sonoco reports record base Q4

    Sonoco, a diversified global packaging company, reported record base financial results for its fourth quarter and full year 2014.

  • GreenBox pizza box introduced on Shark Tank

    Dubbed the pizza box of the 21st Century, the GreenBox, a multifunctional, eco-friendly pizza box that breaks down into four plates and a storage container for leftovers, appeared on ABC’s show, Shark Tank.

  • Cascades to sell its North America boxboard facilities

    Cascades Inc., a manufacturer of green packaging and tissue paper products, has reached an agreement for the sale of its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Company for $44.9 million.

  • AF&PA releases November paper reports for U.S.

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its November U.S. paper reports.

  • Pratt to open new factory in Wisconsin

    Pratt Industries will begin construction on a new $52 million corrugated box factory in Wisconsin this spring.

  • AF&PA releases October paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its October U.S. paper reports.

  • AF&PA August paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its August U.S. paper reports.

  • Carton recycling efforts in California struggle

    Despite substantial growth in residential collection opportunities in California, there is no evidence that actual recycling of beverage cartons in California has moved beyond the “negligible” level reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2012. The findings are contained in a report released by the environmental group Californians Against Waste.

    California recycles more than 90 percent of its aluminum containers, more than 80 percent of glass and close to 70 percent of plastics.

  • Procter & Gamble commits to use more recyclable packaging

    Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has made a qualified commitment that 90 percent of its packaging will be recyclable by 2020.

  • AF&PA releases August 2014 paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its August U.S. paper reports.

  • USW paper workers ratify master agreement with RockTenn

    The United Steelworkers (USW) disclosed that members of 61 local unions at RockTenn facilities across the country voted by a large margin to ratify their first-ever master economic and security agreement that sets wage, pension, health insurance, health and safety and other provisions for about 6,000 workers.

  • Carton Council of North America releases new report about paper recycling policies

    The Carton Council of North America has released a new report, prepared by Reclay StewardEdge, Inc., which assesses various policies designed to drive recycling of post-consumer packaging and printed paper.

  • New packaging challenges recycling systems

    Directors of public works, business owners and manager, environmental engineers, directors of solid waste, board members, and more gathered during SWANA WASTECON to listen to Anne Johnson, RRS Principal and vice president global corporate sustainability discuss the changing waste stream and the impact on municipal recycling.

  • AF&PA releases July 2014 U.S. paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its July U.S. paper reports.

  • AF&PA releases paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its June U.S. paper reports.

  • Atlas Paper Mills acquires Accurate Paper Recycling

    Atlas Paper Mills, LLC, a portfolio company of Peak Rock Capital, an Austin, Texas based private equity firm, has acquired Accurate Paper Recycling, Inc. a supplier of paper recycling services based in Tampa, Florida.

  • Carton recycling access reaches 50 percent milestone

    According to The Carton Council of North America, 50 percent of U.S. households can recycle cartons through curbside and other local recycling programs.

  • International Paper gains on sustainability goals

    International Paper released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled Connections that Matter, revealing progress against its voluntary sustainability goals and highlighting collaborations that advance sustainability throughout the life cycle of its products.

  • AF&PA releases paper reports

    The American Forest & Paper Association released its May U.S. paper reports.

    Containerboard production increased 7.7 percent from April and was essentially flat compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 4.2 percent. Shipments for May were 2,957.6 thousand tons, representing 167.6 billions of square feet. The containerboard operating rate for May increased 2.2 points compared to April.

    Kraft Paper
    Total Kraft paper shipments were 128.9 thousand tons, 3.4 percent lower compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments dropped from 11.8 thousand tons in April to 9.4 in May, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments decreased from 121.7 thousand tons to 119.5. Overall, shipments for the first 5 months of 2014 were 1.4 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories increased 6.4 percent compared to April.

    Printing-Writing Paper Report
    According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased seven percent in May compared to May 2013, with total paper inventories increasing two percent from April levels.

    • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in May decreased 10 percent compared to May 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014. Year-to-date UFS imports through April are up 19 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
    • May coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased six percent compared to the first five months of 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are essentially down one percent and imports through April are down four percent.
    • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased eight percent in May, the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up three percent compared to 2013.

      Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • The Newark Group to be acquired

    Caraustar Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Middle Market, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Newark Group, Inc.