A Publication on World Pulp, Paper & Allied Industry

April-June'2001 - Vol. 5 Issue 3




The Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican) in Montreal and the Atlanta-based Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST) have signed an agreement to explore collaborative possibilities, which could potentially lead to greater services offered to its member companies across the continent. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the two institutions signed calls for creation of a high-level team to jointly explore potential opportunities. The team, sponsored by the presidents of the two research organisations, has been asked to reach its conclusions by the end of April 2001.

From Paprican comes a book, "Energy Reduction Monograph", which clearly shows that all mills, whether old or new, can tap into reasonable cost-effective ways to reduce energy  costs. The book also  shows that reducing energy costs leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions and  vice-versa.  Copies can be obtained from PAPTAC via E-mail (pubs@paptac.ca), or by visiting its Web site (www.paptac.ca)


Are You Young and looking for a Job in the Pulp and Paper Industry? Here is some good news from PAPTAC. In a Mill Managerís forum, which attracted many mill managers across Canada to discuss the ageing workforce, the central question posed was, "Where is your future workforce?" In a study that PAPTAC recently did on the Canadian workforce, it confirmed that the average worker was not getting older, it was already mature. The average age in some mills is inching towards 50. A high proportion of industryís personnel will be announcing their retirements over the next 10 years. There are 150 mills in Canada, which employ more than 66 000 people, and the turnover could be as high as 40 per cent in the next 10 years. The solution, mills were told, is attracting younger people.

New Name for the CPPA: On February 1, 2001, David Emerson, president and CEO of Canfor Corp. and CPPA chairman, announced at the associationís annual luncheon that Canadaís forest-products companies had decided to strengthen and expand their national and international promotion efforts, by creating the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The association will represent makers of pulp, paper and wood products across Canada. It will incorporate and build upon successful efforts of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (CPPA). Mr. Emerson is FPACís first chairman and Ms. Lachappelle, CPPAís president and CEO, is FPACís first CEO. The new associationís mandate is to promote Canadaís forest policy and forest management practices. It will also promote free trade and a regulatory framework to encourage the introduction of new technologies and an internationally competitive cost structure.

The CPPA has undergone a number of other changes in the past few years. In October 1998, the former Technical Section of CPPA became an association in its own right under the name of Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), while the former Woodlands Section became the Canadian Woodlands Forum. In 2000, a decision by the CPPA board of directors to split off the product sections and statistics resulted in the formation of a new organisation called Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC). The Council co-ordinates the activities of the product groups and provides them with support services. These groups include Market Pulp Producers Association, North American Newsprint Producers Association, Printing and Writing Papers Association, Packaging Mills Association of Canada and Paper Recycling Association. The Councilís principal operating unit is the Pulp and Paper Data Centre (formerly the Department of Economics and Statistics of the CPPA). Its mandate is to produce statistical and market research services to the product groups and their member companies.

PaperWeek is the largest annual pulp and paper meeting in the world. No doubt, there are too many programmes in four days, with most of the technical sessions crammed in a three-day span. But, much thanks goes to the media such as PaperWeek International Reporter, a three-day publication of Pulp & Paper Canada, which provided excellent coverage of most of the events. This annual event also provides a meeting place for delegates and visitors to become better acquainted with the latest developments, to share their views and, also, to generally socialize and meet new faces. As well, mill personnel across North America get a decent break from their monotonous work. It may be difficult to pick on any single item that attracted most of the visitorsí attention. However, one comes to mind: where is the paper industry headed in an era dominated by Web-based technology? It might seem daunting: reports and notes are being replaced by CDs and floppies, societyís increased reliance on E-mail correspondence, and the Internet becoming a recognized source of information in lieu of books. Yet, none of these will lead to a paperless world, though it might lead to somewhat less paper consumption in the years to come. The industry will still be active through constantly striving in such areas as making quality improvements, reducing energy consumption and removing environmental burdens. As a final remark, hats off to PAPTAC, EXFOR, FPAC, PPPC, the media (Pulp & Paper Canada) and many others who collectively put on an exceptional show year after year. This trend is sure to continue for years to come.



Intertech has announced that the agenda for its pulp and paper development seminar, Single Species Market Pulps - The Ongoing Quest for Uniformity, is complete. This year's conference will be held on June 4-5, 2001 at the Renaissance Hotel du Parc, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The five instructors for this year's seminar are: Celso Foelkel, former Vice President of Riocell and currently President of Brazilian TAPPI and a US TAPPI Fellow; David Hillman, Market Pulp Technical Consultant; Brian McClay, former VP, CPPA and currently President, TerraChoice Marketing Services; Dennis McNinch, Director of Product Development & Marketing for Domtar Pulp Sales; and David Smeltzer, Corporate Director of Quality, Technical & Product Development at Cellu Tissue Holdings.

The seminar will be conducted as an interactive workshop and will address such topics as (1) the emergence of Brazil, Canada and Indonesia as global powerhouses in supplying single species pulps, (2) the global pulp market situation - demand and capacity trends, and political and environmental pressures, (3) opportunities for high purity species softwoods, single species hardwoods, acacia, eucalyptus, and mixed tropical hardwoods, (4) how to use specialty pulps for product differentiation, (5) how to achieve excellent fiber supply with an outstanding benefit/cost ratio, and (6) ways to reduce manufacturing costs and simultaneously improve quality and target key properties.

45th FIPAPO Congress will be held on 7 and 8 June 2001 in the Thistle Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.
An overview will be given on the gummed paper market in the different countries. Also an end-user will be invited to give his view on the product.FIPAGO is an international organisation, combining the creativity and experience of the entire global gummed paper industry: producers, converter, and raw material and equipment suppliers.


The American Museum of Paper Making presents "FOREST PRESENCE," showcasing the recent cast paper sculpture of Marjorie Alexander. The exhibit opens April 12th and remains on view through June 22nd, 2001. This installation features large suspended handmade paper sheets, books, wall hangings and three-dimensional floor pieces.

Marjorie Alexander has worked with handmade paper for the past twenty years. She explains her commitment to the medium: "Because my art has always been guided by the universality of nature, tempered by a sense of mystery and spirituality, the attraction to paper as a medium (not just as a support) was, in a sense, predictive." 

Marjorie Alexander, paper sculptures, 2001

The idea of using a natural material - collecting, preparing and processing - appealed to her preference for spontaneity and intuitiveness. Even more importantly, she found working with handmade paper has "stimulated and intensified an awareness of the unique and inherent relationship between the artist and her materials." In a society where the integrity of basic materials continues to erode, Alexander feels there is an inherent and refreshing "joy of using plants identified as useless, weeds and pests, to create a final useful aesthetic product."

In "FOREST PRESENCE," Alexander works primarily with fibers from the inner bark of a Caribbean tree, the blue mahoe, to express her powerful feelings about trees and the forest as an environment. The largest and in many ways most moving work on display is an arrangement of 16 large panels of blue mahoe paper embellished with sumi ink, suspended from the ceiling and assembled in a six-foot square, "The Forest." Another outstanding work is purely sculptural, "Ghosts," a paper casting using several different plant fibers cast over pieces of bark. The exhibition also presents a number of artistsí books like "Birches III," which combines fibers from basswood, milkweed, abaca and birch trees with hand lettering into a sumptuous object and text, as well as several multi-paneled wall hangings. Alexanderís diptychs and triptychs are luminous meditations on majestic power of the forest environment, a private realm of filtered sunlight, rich browns and deep greens. The artist aptly quotes Shakespeare to describe her intentions for the Atlanta installation, "And this our life,/ exempt from public haunt,/ finds tongues in trees."

Artist and educator Marjorie Alexander earned her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in painting. Alexander lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where she maintains a studio with her husband Harold. Most recently her sculpture was included in "Edible Paper or the Joy of Eating" at the Museum der Stadt Deggendorf and the Leopold-Hoesch Museum in Germany. With her husband, who is known for his work with dimensional vegetable papyrus, she serves as technical consultant for the Zabbaleen Project in Cairo, Egypt, and C.T.I. Papyre Sent Lisi, in Castries, Santa Lucia, West Indies. Among her many publications is "Selected Papers from Alternative Agricultural and Weed Fibers", co-authored with her husband. Alexanderís work is represented in numerous corporate, university and private collections in the U.S., Japan, Italy, Germany and Jamaica. 




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