Pulp and Paper


JAXPORT to Serve as Host Port for International Forest Products Supply Chain Event

Sept. 9, 2022 - The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will serve as the host port for the 24th annual Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Transport Symposium. The event is the longest-running conference dedicated to the forest products supply chain and attracts global leaders from throughout the industry.

Organized by Fastmarkets RISI, in association with the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), PPI Transport Symposium 24 is September 18-20, 2022, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Participants will explore trending topics impacting forest products shippers, including the pandemic's impact on capacity and planning, how carriers are dealing with global port congestion and what cargo owners should expect in the months ahead, as well as the steps the industry is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As the host port, JAXPORT will provide attendees a tour of pulp and paper operations at terminal operators SSA Marine at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal and Seaonus at the port's Talleyrand Marine Terminal.

JAXPORT leadership will also host the event's welcome reception.

"We look forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from throughout the forest products supply chain and showcasing the advantages that have made Jacksonville a leader in this industry," said JAXPORT Director of Forest Products Rick Schiappacassee. "During the event, customers will have a chance to see our facilities, meet our team, and learn more about the unmatched efficiencies and customer service that have earned JAXPORT recognition as a top port in the nation for service and value."

Last year, JAXPORT was the No. 1 port in the US Southeast by tonnage for imports of forest products breakbulk shipments. More than a million tons of forest products shipped through JAXPORT in calendar year 2021.

More details, including speakers, agenda, sponsor opportunities and registration, are available through Fastmarkets' website: Transport Symposium 24

SOURCE: Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)


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Brazil's Pulp and Paper Sector Sees Growth in Production, Exports, in First Half 2022

Aug. 31, 2022 - According to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá), in the first half of 2022, pulp production grew 7.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, and paper production showed a 3.1% increase.

Editor's note: The Brazilian paper segment includes: packaging and wrapping, printing and writing, tissue, newsprint, cardboard, and other grades.

"The forest products industry is going hand in hand with the new green economy that is being designed in Brazil and around the world," stated Ambassador José Carlos da Fonseca Jr., Ibá's Executive Director. "Companies in the cultivated tree sector develop more than 5,000 bioproducts essential to our daily life such as paper packaging, toilet paper, diapers, laminate floors, furniture, wood panels, among many others. With technology and innovation, items are sustainable alternatives to those of fossil origin.

"Consumers are demanding more sustainable products, and the process involves everything from materials and production to the life of these items as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This demonstrates how ready the industry is to meet the demands of society," da Fonseca concluded.

Following its mission to provide bioproducts to society around the world, the Brazilian forest-based industry has recorded advances in exports of all segments. In values, the sector brought foreign exchange to the country that totaled US$ 5.5 billion (+33.0%) between January and June 2022. This result favored the trade balance of the sector, which totaled US$ 5.0 billion (+38.8%).

In the first half of 2022, China remains the main destination for pulp exports produced in Brazil, reaching US$ 1.5 billion traded. Latin America remains Brazil's leading paper buyer and has totaled US$ 966 million in product negotiations. The region is also the foreign market that most acquired wood panels, which totaled US$ 126.3 million.

Pulp, Paper, and Wood Panels Performance in First Half 2022

In the first half of 2022, pulp production reached 12 million tons (+7.8%). Paper work also showed progress in the same period, with 5.4 million tons, a growth of 3.1%. Packaging papers, which reached 3.0 million tons (+8.1%) and sanitary papers (+1.2%) were highlighted. Charcoal reached 1.8 million tons (+4.4%).

Paper sales in Brazil in the first half totaled 2.7 million tons. The wood panels, in turn, totaled 3.4 million m3.

Pulp exports between January and June totaled 9.0 million tons, a growth of 15.9%. Paper exports totaled 1.3 million tons in the same period (+40.5%).

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for the institutional representation of the production chain of planted trees, from the field to the industry, together with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 49 companies and nine state entities of products originating from the cultivation of planted trees — wood panels, laminate floors, cellulose, paper, energy forests and biomass — as well as independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors.

SOURCE: The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)


Ponsse EV1 Forwarder

Ponsse Launches New Technology Concept: Electric Forestry Forwarder

Aug. 17, 2022 - Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec's technology can already be used in electric or hybrid-electric commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines.

Ponsse's technological concept is a peek into the future, paving the way for technological development and sustainable harvesting solutions.

"Technological development is fast and offers us excellent opportunities to develop our solutions further, even in unexpected directions,” said Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse. “We have worked hard with our technology company Epec to enable this concept. At the same time, both companies have developed their capabilities, and we have gained significant new knowledge during this project.”

PONSSE EV1 technological concept

The PONSSE EV1 concept has been developed for forwarders with a 15-tonne load-carrying capacity -- the most popular Ponsse forwarder size category. The concept machine features a fully electric powertrain, as well as Epec's power distribution unit and hybrid control unit. The machine's powertrain operates fully with battery energy. Batteries are charged using a Range Extender, which is a combustion engine at this stage of development. Testing and development are advancing continuously. This technology provides significant improvements in fuel economy in this size category.

Ponsse has been studying and developing new technological solutions for several years now. The PONSSE EV1 concept took its first steps in 2019 when Ponsse and Epec started to investigate responsible power source solutions in line with sustainable development. 

Epec Flow: a comprehensive electromobility system solution

The PONSSE EV1 features Epec Flow, Epec's electromobility system solution. The solution is based on the Epec Flow Power Distribution Unit (PDU), to which electric motors, batteries and various devices can be connected. The PDU's integrated safety solutions enable effective manufacturing and maintenance of the machines, as well as their operations in demanding conditions. The Epec Flow Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) controls the electric powertrain and includes software developed through simulations, enabling optimal energy consumption, productivity and usability.

Jyri Kylä-Kaila, Managing Director of Epec, explained, “The Epec Flow solution is at the heart of everything. It has been developed for the electrification of various commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. The software can be developed using simulation models, and the solution can be agilely developed for the needs of different machinery. The different systems, including the transmission and control system, work seamlessly together, enabling the manufacture of safe and efficient zero-emission machines in the future."

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Impact of Skyrocketing Fuel Prices on Forest Products Transportation

The following was recently published by the Forest Resources Association. It was authored by Charlie Blinn, Professor, U of MN, Dept. of Forest Resources and reviewed by Tim O’Hara, FRA Vice President of Government Affairs and Lake States Region Manager.

July 7, 2022 - Rising fuel prices impact everyone’s pocketbook through increased costs which are driving up prices. This increase in cost is especially true for the trucking industry, which is critical to maintaining the supply chain and is often viewed as a barometer of the U.S. economy. While 2020 data from the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center shows that the average fuel economy for cars was 24.2 miles/gallon, it was 5.29 miles/gallon for heavy trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 33,000 pounds, such as a 5-axle tractor-trailer log truck. As trucks are vital for moving raw forest products from in-woods harvest sites to mill consumers, rising fuel prices significantly impact the cost of those deliveries.

Recent news events have highlighted the impacts of increasing fuel costs on the economy. To get a better understanding of that impact on the transportation of raw forest products from in-woods operations to the mill, online data were used to look at the history of diesel fuel prices over the past 15 years as well as the impact of rising diesel prices on log trucks and delivered wood today.

Historic View of Diesel Prices Since 2007

Across the entire U.S., No. 2 diesel retail prices generally were within the range of $2 – $4/gallon between 2007-2021 (Figure 1). During mid-June 2019, the average retail price for No. 2 diesel across the U.S. was $3.105/gallon before falling to $2.396/gallon during the same week in 2020 as consumption dropped due to falling demand and rising supplies during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to rising demand worldwide, changes in U.S. energy policy reduced domestic production and by OPEC, along with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the average price rose to $3.286/gallon in mid-June 2021 and to $5.718/gallon today.

The complete article with tables and graphs is available on Forest Resources Association website: live-forest-resources-association.pantheonsite.io/2022/06/30/impact-of-skyrocketing-fuel-prices-on-forest-products-transportation.

SOURCE: Forest Resources Association


Arauco - Mato Grosso Do Sul

Arauco to Invest $3 Billion in Construction of New Pulp Mill in Brazil

June 23, 2022 - Arauco has announced that on June 22 it signed a US$3 billion investment collaboration agreement with the government of Mato Grosso Do Sul in Brazil for the construction of a new pulp mill.

Arauco has named the initiative "Project Sucuriú."

The new mill would have a production capacity of 2.5 million tons of hardwood pulp and would be located 50 km from the municipality of Inocência.

Matías Domeyko, CEO of Arauco, commented, "Brazil is an important pole for the company's global strategy — a country where we have a presence since 2002 and where we are evaluating increasing our investments by entering the pulp business."

Arauco emphasized that the project is subject to a number of variables that are being studied. Among them, market conditions, the environmental impact permit, the timber offer assessment, and the approval of the Board of Directors.

If conditions allow for it, the construction stage of this new plant could begin in 2025, the company added.

Arauco noted that the area of Inocência offers several benefits from a logistics point of view: there is a high-quality forest mass near the plant and the area facilitates pulp exports to other regions.

With headquarters in Chile, Arauco is an industry leader in manufacturing and distribution of composite panels, plywood, millwork, moulding, TFL, lumber and wood pulp.

SOURCE: Arauco

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