Pulp and Paper

Segezha Group Starts Construction of New Container Terminal in Lesosibirsk, Russia

Segezha GroupJune 24, 2020 - Segezha Group, a producer of sack paper, lumber and wood pellets for fuel, announced that construction of a new container terminal at the Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 JSC (Segezha Group, part of Sistema PJSFC) has started. The aim of this project is to provide on-time transportation for the increasing volumes of pellet fuels that are produced by KsyloTech-Syberia LLC.

The construction will be completed by September 2020. The total investment in this project is around 9.8 million.

The project implies concreting of the container terminal site for the storage and shipment of containers with finished products and the laying of service tracks with improved track capacity and carrying capacity of up to 95 tons. This will allow monthly pellet shipments to be increased to five container trains and downtime while handling to be decreased.

Currently, there are only three container trains with eco-fuel that are shipped on a monthly basis from Lesosibirsk, Russia to the Baltic ports for further transportation to Denmark and other European countries.

According to Project Manager Evgeniy Verevkin, all works will be done by in-house manpower without any sub-contracting.

“All necessary materials have been purchased, framework and butt joints have been prepared to make sure the project is running non-stop,” Verevkin explained. “Now, we have already started the phased pouring of steel fiber concrete, which we produce by ourselves at our own ready-mix station.

“At that, passway and site pavement meets the requirements of all the construction norms and regulations and national industry-wide standards applicable to these types of work,” he added.

Segezha Group ranks 1st in Russia (52% of the market) and 2nd in Europe (16.3% of the market) for the production of paper bags, and 1st in Russia (71% of the market) and 4th in the world for the production of high-quality unbleached sack paper. In addition, the company produces large-format birch plywood and sawn timber, along with fiber-based fuel such as pellets. To learn more, please visit: segezha-group.com

SOURCE: Segezha Group


Georgia Ports

International Second Largest Waterborne U.S. Exporter by TEU Volume

June 12, 2020 - International Paper is listed as the second-largest waterborne exporter by volume of ocean containers by The Journal of Commerce. In 2019, IP exported 229,760 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of its paper and packaging products by ocean container in 2019.

WestRock is listed at Number 8, exporting 81,726 TEUs of paper-based packaging grades of paper and products.

On the import side, Arauco Wood Products (North America), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is listed Number 33, importing 34,755 TEUs of Arauco-produced moulding, plywood, lumber, composite panels and wood pulp in 2019.

CMPC USA, Inc., also in Atlanta, is listed Number 65, importing 18,179 TEUs of pulp and forest products.

SOURCE: Journal of Commerce


International Forest Products Promotes Dan Stebbins to Director of Export Containerboard Sales

Dan StebbinsJune 8, 2020 - International Forest Products LLC (IFP) announced the promotion of Dan Stebbins to Director of Export Containerboard Sales.

Stebbins joined IFP in 2016 as a member of the Transportation & Logistics department where he was responsible for negotiating rates and managing relationships with all freight and logistics providers for several of IFP’s product lines. In 2019, he successfully transitioned to IFP’s export containerboard sales team with an initial focus on the Latin American market.

“Dan has done a great job transitioning to our containerboard sales team, and this promotion is well-deserved,” said Daniel Kraft, IFP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I look forward to working closely with Dan in this new role going forward.”

International Forest Products is a member of the Kraft Group of companies and is one of the largest traders of forest products commodities in the world. For further information, visit: www.ifpcorp.com.

SOURCE: International Forest Products LLC


Metsä Fibre's RFID Tracking System for Pulp Units

Metsä Fibre's RFID Tracking System for Pulp Units Improves Traceability

June 4, 2020 (Metsä Fibre) - An RFID tag is like a small price tag that contains a lot of information on the pulp unit. The tag makes it possible to monitor the data of a pulp batch in real time.

The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking system is based on a small sticker that contains an electronic tag. A unique RFID tag is attached to every Metsä Fibre pulp unit.

"We were the first operator in the pulp industry to introduce the RFID tracking system in 2012. In many other sectors, the technology has been in use for a longer time," says Thomas Fant, Technical Customer Service Manager, Metsä Fibre.

The RFID tag contains a microchip that stores the pulp batch number and to which the batch data is assigned. The tracking tag can store more information than a barcode. With the RFID tracking method, the quantity, technical properties and latest location of a pulp delivery can be verified in real time.

"We hope that other operators in the pulp industry will also take the RFID tracking system in wider use. This would help customers track the origin and quality of the pulp they use", Fant says.

Fibre Online enables real-time tracking

The RFID tag is attached on both sides of a pulp unit with water-soluble glue. The tag can be scanned even if it was not visible. The tracking tag is scanned when the unit leaves the mill and at the harbour before transport.

The RFID scanner can be hand-held or fixed, for instance, at the mill's pulp conveyor. When the tag is scanned, Metsä Fibre's system connects the quality data of the pulp batch to the number sequence of the RFID tag and sends the data to the Fibre Online service.

Metsä Fibre's customer can check in advance in Fibre Online which shipment is going to arrive. This way, the customer can prepare for the arrival of the pulp batch and plan the production accordingly.

RFID tracking tag eliminates shipping errors

RFID pulp tracking technology offers an efficient and reliable identification method. It assists both the pulp mill and the customer in real time. Real-time information exchange eliminates shipping errors and ensures correct deliveries. The tracking system creates an alert if a pulp batch that differs from the customer's order is selected for shipment.

"The data in the fibre online service is currently updated four times a day. In the future, we intend to also enable tracking the location of the shipment in real time," Fant says.

The RFID tag is scanned for the last time when the unit arrives at the customer's site. The tag disappears during slushing and does not need to be separately removed from the batch. However, the quality data concerning the pulp batch remain in the Fibre Online service, which enables the customer to also find out afterwards the batch number and pulp grade of each product.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre produces pulp and other bioproducts at four mills in Finland: Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski; and also has six sawmills: Kyrö, Lappeenranta, Merikarvia, Renko and Vilppula (in Finland) and in addition, Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia. For further information visit: www.metsafibre.com.

SOURCE: Metsä Fibre


Corner Brook Pulp and Paper containers

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Begins Shipping Project Out of Port of Corner Brook

May 15, 2020 - Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in Newfoundland, Canada, will now be able to access markets pretty much anywhere around the globe as a partner in an international shipping project operating out of the Port of Corner Brook.

The $11-million project is a result of a partnership between the Corner Brook Port Corporation, Logistec Stevedoring Inc., and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, which is the base business in the effort, with support from the federal government.

“You have to have an initial customer to ensure that the business piece works,” said Darren Pelley, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s general manager, of the role of the mill.

The arrival of a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessel at the port on Tuesday, May 12 with 350 empty shipping containers signaled the official start of the project.

Starting in the next few days at least 200 of those containers will be moved to the east side of the mill where they will be loaded with paper and then moved back to the dock area of the port. When the next MSC ship arrives, the containers will be loaded onto it with plans for the first shipment, destined for China and India, to leave the port on June 1.

Pelley said the mill has a target to ship out a minimum of 350 containers per month. Where that paper goes will fluctuate depending on the markets and in the future will include Asia, South American, Latin American, and Europe. The bonus for the mill is that it will be able to expand on where it can serve.

“What we’ll be able to do now is we’ll be able to access the best markets throughout the globe that were not available to us before,” said Pelley.

Traditionally, the mill shipped the bulk of its paper via paper carriers that arrive directly at the mill. There was a paper carrier at the mill on Tuesday and Pelley said that will continue to happen.

Between 35 to 40 per cent of its paper was trucked to Halifax to be shipped through international containers there. The ratio of what was trucked was driven by the availability of trucking on that route.

“Up to this week our quantity of paper shipped by international roots was constrained by the availability of travel to Halifax,” said Pelley.

Now the company will be able to increase the ratio of what goes out directly from the mill with the service through the port. That means it will have to truck a smaller amount to Halifax and this will also result in reducing the transit time.

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