Pulp and Paper


Smart Shipping Reduces Environmental Effects

The following story is from Domtar’s Newsroom

Sept. 15, 2021 - Providing products people around the world rely on every day involves not just manufacturing, but also millions of miles of transporting. By using smart shipping practices, Domtar has reduced the environmental effects of transporting its products.

In 2021, we will move about 240,000 pulp and paper shipments over the road. To get them to their destinations, drivers will travel more than 126 million miles, which is equal to about 5,100 trips around the equator.

Our products are also traveling by train. Nearly 1,120,000 tons of our pulp and paper will be packed on more than 16,000 rail cars in North America.

Over the last 10 years, we have circumvented more than 650,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through strategic planning that helps us get products moved as efficiently as possible while also limiting our impact on the environment.

“We have a sophisticated and cost-effective third-party distribution network to get products to customers,” says Debbie Campbell, Domtar’s director of transportation. “Yet we’re always looking at ways to improve efficiency and sustainability when it comes to transporting our products.”

Award-Winning Progress

Our smart shipping efforts have been recognized by both government agencies and our logistics partners. Since 2015, we have been a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program, which helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking and improving freight transportation efficiency.

Today, we’re one of just six companies based in South Carolina that are SmartWay-certified shippers. Launched in 2004, the voluntary program provides a comprehensive system for tracking, documenting and sharing information about fuel use and freight emissions. It helps companies identify and select more efficient freight carriers, transport modes, equipment and operational strategies to improve sustainability and lower costs associated with moving goods.

Earlier this year, we were one of several companies recognized by Canadian-based rail carrier CN for our efforts in reducing our environmental footprint and for being part of CN’s commitment to building a more sustainable future. Domtar was recognized as part of the EcoConnexions Partnership Program, which “celebrates companies who are committed to reducing their environmental footprint and being part of the climate solution.”

Three Keys to Smart Shipping

There are three main ways Domtar addresses sustainability through smart shipping:

Mode switch. We want to ensure that at any time, we are using the most efficient mode of transportation available, while mitigating as much carbon dioxide emission as possible. This may involve a mix of transportation modes (trucking, rail, shipping) — called intermodal shipping.

Route optimization. Switching modes often isn’t enough to move the needle in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This is where smart routing technologies and smart production planning come into play. These smart shipping strategies not only help reduce the total miles we ship, but also the empty miles that don’t have a load. “We work hard with technology companies as well as our own internal optimization tools to help us reduce our shipment plans and empty miles,” Campbell says.

Engaging our partners. As a larger shipper that doesn’t own or operate its own transportation equipment, Domtar must work closely with transportation partners to help them implement initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Examples include working to maximize truck and container volumes and optimizing product packaging and stacking arrangements. These efforts can reduce the number of trucks or trips necessary to transport our products.

Our geography also helps us. Most of our mills and converting sites are located near the markets they serve. Fewer miles to cover means less fuel burned and fewer emissions.

To take the next step in reducing our carbon emissions, Brian Kozlowski, director of environment and sustainability, believes maximizing our use of intermodal hubs in the coming years will be crucial.

For example, using the intermodal facility in Dillon, S.C., near our Marlboro Mill, we can load our products into a container and truck them fewer than 40 miles before they are lifted onto a train and brought directly to the port in Charleston.

This reduces the number of truck miles our products travel by more than 75 percent, resulting in fewer emissions, less congestion and less wear on the roads, Kozlowski says. Having seen these benefits at the Dillon facility, we continue to advocate for building additional intermodal facilities near our mills and converting centers to offer similar efficiency benefits to our customers around the globe.

Domtar makes products that people around the world rely on every day. We design, manufacture, market and distribute a wide variety of communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and airlaid nonwovens. To learn more, visit: www.domtar.com.

SOURCE: Domtar


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Nippon Paper Industries Obtains Two Eco Rail Mark Certifications; for its Products and as a Company

Aug. 20, 2021 - Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. has obtained two Eco Rail Mark certifications on August 20, 2021. One of the certifications is in the "Companies" category, and applies to Nippon Paper Industries itself as a company, while the other is in the "Products" category, and applies to the company's paper products (newsprint, printing and writing paper, business communication paper, industrial paper, etc.)

Eco Rail Mark is a certification scheme established by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). It applies to companies (and the products of companies) which make use of rail freight transportation, which generates lower unit CO2 emissions. Nippon Paper Industries has long been engaged in a modal shift that switches the long-distance and mass transportation mode from trucks to railways and domestic ships. In the paper business, Nippon Paper Industries achieved a modal shift rate*1 of 85% in fiscal 2020, and maintains a high level of shipments utilizing rail for on-land transportation, at over 55%*2. These Eco Rail Mark certifications are considered as being in recognition of these efforts.

In its 2030 Vision (formulated in May 2021), Nippon Paper Industries emphasized contributing to the achievement of the SDGs through sustainable management in pursuit of social and environmental sustainability as well as corporate growth, with "Responding to the rapidly changing social landscape including CO2 emissions reduction and environmental issues" as one of its basic policies. Going forward, Nippon Paper Industries will continue working to build a logistics network with lower environmental impact.

*1 Rail or marine (including coastal shipping and ferries) transport as a percentage of general cargo transported over 500 kilometers.

*2 Percentage of cargo quantity transported on land over distances of at least 500km by rail.

SOURCE: Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.


Port of Paranagua

Klabin Begins Construction of New Pulp Terminal at Port of Paranaguá, Brazil

Aug. 10, 2021 – Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper manufacturer and exporter and the country’s leading producer of papers and paperboard for packaging, has started construction on its new terminal on the quay of the Port of Paranaguá, following the signing of the permit in July by the Port of Paraná. In this phase, the project is expected to create 180 new jobs.

Once the terminal starts commercial operations, it will require around 170 direct and indirect employees.

“This location on a primary site will further streamline our pulp and pulp byproduct operations,” said Luiz Fernando Garcia, CEO of Parana Ports. “It represents an important investment in the state’s port infrastructure that will create new jobs and generate income for the coastal region.”

In addition to acquiring equipment and operational systems, a two-kilometer rail branch and a 21,860 square metre warehouse will be built. The investments, which is estimated to total R$130 million, are slated for 2022.

The concession to operate area PAR01, with 27,530 sq.m, was won by Klabin in an auction held in August 2019.  The signing of the concession contract, in early 2020, effectively ended two decades without any new concessions granted at the Port of Paranaguá.

The concession contract is for 25 years and may be renewed for another 45 years.

“We’re thrilled to be starting construction on the new terminal, which will follow all safety and health protocols,” said Sandro Ávila, director of Operating Planning, Logistics and Procurement at Klabin. “This is a very important project for the company that will make a big social and economic contribution to Paranaguá,” he added.

In its first year of operations, the company expects to move 1.4 million tons through the port. Once the second phase of expansion of the Klabin Unit in Ortigueira (Puma II Project) is concluded, which is slated for 2023, the company expects to move 2.2 million tons per year through Paranaguá.

In line with its commitment to fostering the development of local communities, Klabin also is making important social investments in the city. These include the Public Administration Support Program, which offers administrators (mayors, municipal secretaries and their teams) techniques in public administration and the tools for planning and monitoring actions, effectively leveraging their control of the actions planned and executed by municipal governments.

Klabin also will implement all conditions for the Neighborhood Impact Study (EIV), which envisages the construction of an exclusive pedestrian overpass spanning the main rail crossing, which will benefit around 2,800 workers per day, ensure safer access to the port, and also generate benefits in the social arena, which include environmental education programs at schools.

SOURCE: Klabin


Hunt Forest Products

Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries to Build New $240 Million Sawmill in Northwest Louisiana

July 26, 2021 - Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries Ltd. today announced that they will build a $240 million, state-of-the-art sawmill in Bienville Parish, near Taylor, Louisiana. Construction is expected to start in early 2022, and the new facility will employ approximately 60 people when operations begin in the first half of 2023.

The sawmill will employ approximately 130 people when it is operating at full capacity.

“We are excited to be bringing our second high-tech sawmill, and the skilled jobs it will provide, to Louisiana, and to provide a local outlet for the massive inventory of southern yellow pine that exists in this state,” said James D. Hunt, co-owner and vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Forest Products.

The mill will prioritize buying timber locally, and it is estimated that the mill will require approximately 1.3 million tons of wood annually to produce approximately 320 million board feet of lumber annually, Hunt said. The facility will be located on approximately 255 acres of land including the existing Taylor sawmill site and some adjacent timber land.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the state strongly supports the project and is particularly pleased that the facility will be in Bienville Parish.

“This project is a great economic boost to the northwest part of the state, strategically located to have access to the heart of our historic timber industry, and it will help create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs across the construction, forestry, industrial services, and retail sectors in the town of Taylor and in Bienville Parish,” Edwards said.

Edwards also said that the Louisiana Department of Economic Development will be using the state’s nationally recognized LED FastStart® workforce development program, in coordination with Bossier Parish Community College (BPPC), to build and train the local skilled workforce the new state-of-the-art sawmill will need.

The new sawmill project is a joint venture between Hunt Forest Products and Tolko, a 60-year old family-owned Canadian forestry industry company that produces a wide range of forest products for customers around the world. Tolko, based in Vernon, British Columbia, partnered with Hunt Forest Products to build a modern sawmill in Urania, Louisiana that began operations in 2018.

Similar to the Urania sawmill, Tolko will own a 50 percent share, and the mill will be managed and operated by Hunt on a day-to-day basis.

“Our first venture into the United States was in partnership with Hunt Forest Products, a family-owned company like ours, and that has been very successful,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko President and CEO. “So, we are looking forward to working with the Hunt family again to bring another state-of-the-art sawmill, and jobs, to Louisiana.”

SOURCE: Hunt Forest Products


PPI Transport Symposium 24 - Early Bird Registration Remains Available

Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception at the American Gator Clubhouse (hosted by the Port of Jacksonville)July 2021 - There is still time to take advantage of early bird rates for the PPI Transport Symposium 24 to be held September 14-16, 2021 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.

Organized by Fastmarkets RISI, in association with the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), this event focuses on trending topics in worldwide transport, materials handling, and distribution of forest products.

Are you a member of IFPTA? Members of IFPTA will automatically receive a significant discount when registering for the event.

The conference registration fee covers participation in all conference sessions, JAXPORT tour, access to exhibit hall, cocktail receptions on September 14 and 15, lunch on September 15 and 16, networking breaks, and a copy of the conference proceedings.

Don’t miss three days of unforgettable learning and networking experiences. Learn more about PPI Transport Symposium 24 and registration for the event here

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