In July, Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. said 4,500 workers at 13 mills in Eastern Canada – members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada – were to vote on a five-year contract offering raises of 11% plus pension plan and group benefit improvements. The deal will be a model for talks with other companies with operations between the Ontario/Manitoba border and Newfoundland.

Montreal-based Kruger Inc. will build a $C7-million corrugated packaging plant in Brampton, ON, northwest of Toronto. Fourcolor printing will be a feature.

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and Norway’s Norske Skogindustrier ASA said they might increase their investment in a mill in Hebei, China, to 80%. They hold 65% of the 330,000-ton/year mill through PanAsia Paper Co.

The Paper Discovery Center, Home of the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame is the formal name adopted for the hands-on educational museum being established in Kimberly-Clark’s former Atlas Mill, on the Fox River in Appleton, WI. The opening is slated for December this year. For details, call executive director Val Wylie at 920-380-7491.

Georgia-Pacific Corp. said it was raising its paper prices effective July 1 to offset acrossthe-board increases in costs. Tissue and towelling rose 6 to 9% and Dixie cups, plates and cutlery rose 4 to 6%.

The combination of Canadian forest products companies Canfor Corp. and Slocan Forest Products Ltd. closed April 1. The $C470-million deal gives Canfor the capacity to produce 1.2 million tons of NBSK pulp, 150,000 tons of kraft paper, 5.2 million board feet of lumber, and 950 million sq ft of plywood and OSB. Peter J.G. Bentley OC continues as chairman of Canfor. Jim Shepherd, formerly president and CEO of Slocan, holds the same posts at Canfor.  

On August 1, The Dow Chemical Co. increased off-list prices in North America by 3 cents/lb on the 100 series of VERSENE™ chelating agents, VERSENEX 80, VERSENOL 120 and specialty EDTA liquid chelating agents. VERSENE 100 was also raised 1 cent/lb.

Vinamul Polymers increased the North American price of its acrylic, vinyl acrylic, vinyl acetate and ethylene acetate homopolymer and copolymer emulsions by 5 cents/wet lb on July 1.  

Kingsey Falls, QC-based Cascades Inc. bought back the 50% interest held by its partner Dalum Papir A/S in Greenfield SAS, the 150 000-tonne/year DIP plant in Château-Thierry, France. Terms were not been disclosed. Opened in 1997, it was Cascades’ first European plant, and its ninth worldwide, to manufacture market pulp from wastepaper stock. 

 A report in the Eureka Times-Standard says the Samoa, CA-based Stockton Pacific Enterprises pulp mill will not grow the Arundo donax reed in California to make pulp. Related to cane, the plant grows in Peru but is now considered a pest in California. Stockton’s predecessor, Samoa Pacific, had considered using Arundo donax to make wood-free pulp. As well, Stockton says transport costs are too high to move stocks of cut cane to the mill from where it presently grows in Peru. PI

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