An excellent starting point is PaperOnWeb - a huge collection of links relating to the paper industry, divided into groups such as pulp producers, paper producers, chemical suppliers, consultants, etc.
The missions of AC-PABE are to provide undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering relevant to the needs of the pulp, paper and bio-resource industries, to conduct fundamental and applied research in line with the industry's research agenda, etc. Auburn University's AC-PABE is the nation's only pulp, paper and bio-resource research and education center that offers undergraduate curricula with pulp, paper and bio-resource specializations for chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering students, and a multidisciplinary research environment for engineering graduate students and faculty. Amazing place!
The former private graduate school supporting the paper industry has now been assimilated into Georgia Tech. This site includes general information on IPST research programs, facilities, sponsors, their paper museum, and so forth. Be sure to take the excellent virtual tour of Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. An example of the work being done at Georgia Tech/IPST is that of Dr. Art Ragauskas.
The North American group that brings together FERIC (Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada), Forintek, Paprican, and the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre of Natural Resources Canada, to create the world's largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute. With over 600 employees spread across Canada, FPInnovations unites the individual strengths of each of these internationally recognized forest research and development institutes into a single, greater force.
NC State's Department of Wood and Paper Science is now the Department of Forest Biomaterials. This has been one of the nation's leading departments in this area for over 50 years. The Department of Forest Biomaterials conducts interdisciplinary teaching, research and extension initiatives across the areas of wood products, paper science and engineering, and forest biomaterials. "Through these activities, we create and promote new ways to derive sustainable value from nature, develop responsible leaders for the forest products, paper and pulp industries and contribute to the economic wellbeing of North Carolina and beyond."
Information on classes, facilities, pilot plants, and faculty. The department offers B.S. degrees in Paper Engineering, Paper Science, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging. M.S. and PhD degrees are offered in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering program offers the unique areas of concentration in Paper, Life Sciences, Energy, and Environment. They recently modified the Imaging program to reflect changes in the industry including high speed digital printing and color management.
Now part of FPInnovations, Paprican, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, is the largest pulp and paper research and technology institute in the world. Paprican's education program has two parts: post-graduate teaching and research at university centres and professional development short courses offered for member company staff. Paprican has pulp and paper centers at McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal.
Formerly the Wood and Paper Science Department, this department is part of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota. Department faculty members conduct teaching, research, and extension programs in the areas of bioproducts, and biosystems, with a variety of majors offered, including Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and also Bio-based Products Marketing and Management. The department is located in St. Paul.
CTP (or the Pulp and Paper Research and Technical Centre) is a leading paper research institute in Grenoble, France. (You may wish to use the English version of their Website.) They have pilot facilities such as a bleach plant, paper machine, coaters, recycle, and printing equipment, and do contract research for many companies. They also develop analytical instruments. A subsidiary of CTP is Techpap, which commercializes the inventions from CTP.
A good university in the United Kingdom with a well known program in paper physics and paper technology. Of particular interest is the web page of Professor C.T.J. Dodson, who offers an extensive web site dealing with the mathematics of paper physics.
TAPPI has finally has got a Web site now - and it's good. This site features information on conferences and other events, publications, and more. An excellent feature is the listing of executive summaries of Tappi Journal articles (beginning with July 1995). You can also see technical programs of upcoming conferences. Well done, TAPPI!
AF&PA is a large U.S. trade association, actively engaged in public relations, lobbying, and promotion of the forest products industries. It was once called the American Paper Institute. Their attractive site is informative and interesting.
The Paper Industry Research Association in the United Kingdom is an important organization promoting research and disseminating practical information about packaging, papermaking, and related technologies. Their web site has grown significantly in the past year.
FISLA is an independent Canadian-based non-profit industry organization devoted to the sustainable development of all forest industry sectors. FISLA consists mainly of companies that provide a variety of goods and services (including logging) to primary producers.
The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies is a joint venture between the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Pulp and Paper Industry. The overall mission of the Center is to become the preeminent business studies research and education enterprise dedicated to issues of the Paper Industry worldwide.
The society is in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a "non-profit organization promoting technical information transfer to further the socially beneficial use of wood and fiber resources." They publish the Forest Products Journal.
A membership organization of technically oriented people seeking to improve their own technical and scientific competence and to raise the technology of the Canadian pulp and paper industry. They sponsor significant technical meetings and expositions, among other things, and major publications. (Link is a secure shortcut to www.paptac.ca.)
FPAC seeks to be the voice of Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers in government, trade, and environmental affairs. FPAC represents the largest Canadian producers of forest products. Our members are responsible for 75% of the working forests in Canada. Third-party certification of member companies' forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association -- a world first. Canada's forest products industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada's GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in hundreds of Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country.
Recognizing people who have made major contributions
to the paper industry. The Hall of Fame also displays historical elements of the industry at its new home and provides an educational center for industry advancement.
The CPC develops and coordinates industry-wide programs to address corrugated packaging issues. Its mission is to increase awareness of corrugated's performance and environmental attributes, and to promote corrugated recycling. The site includes information on performance of corrugated materials, environmental issues, and news.
It's not forest products per se, but it's vital for chemical engineers. This useful site provides information on upcoming meetings - including many extended abstracts online - as well as info on other divisions, AIChE activities, etc.
Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, AFP specializes in the purchase and sale of bond, offset, kraft and newsprint in rolls and skids of sheets. AFP has 22 paper mills in the Fox River Valley producing printing and writing papers.
Originally known as Appleton Papers and then Appleton Paper or just Appleton, the newly named Appvion is a large and innovative paper company head-quartered in--you guessed it--Appleton, Wisconsin. Appvion produces carbonless and thermal papers, labels, etc., as well as many specialty coated papers. They developed the microencapsulation process behind carbonless paper.
Arjowiggins (www.arjowiggins.com) has been at the forefront of the move towards environmentally-friendly paper and paper incorporating security requirements. They have 6,300 employees and 27 production facilities as of 2010. Arjowiggins is a leading producer of abrasive base papers and sterile packaging, and is ranked No. 3 in synthetic papers and sterile wraps and No. 4 in decorative paper.
One of the world's largest and fastest growing paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) produces paper in China, Indonesia, and a few other sites, relying on advanced plantations for pulp and using some of the most advanced machines in the world. APP (China)'s recent sustainability reports show good examples of taking proactive steps to solve the challenges of sustainability. (Disclaimer: the webmaster here is currently working for APP in Shanghai.)
Boise is the third-largest North American manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper, with a focus on office paper. Manufactures packaging products under the Boise®, Hexacomb®, and Tharco® brands in plants across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. U.S. mills are in the South, Midwest, and West. (NYSE: BZ)
A British Columbian company that recently acquired Slocan. Their web site includes a great deal of information, including materials for teachers to help in educating about forests and environmental issues.
Domtar is a major forest products company in Canada, producing pulp, paper, construction materials, etc. This site may be THE PREMIER CORPORATE SITE in terms of its educational benefit. In particular, their Forest Academy is definitely one of the best sites on the Web about forest products. I wish more paper companies offered educational features in their web site!
Fibria is a major producer of eucalyptus pulp in Brazil. Formed as a merger between Aracruz and VCP, Fibria is a major global exporter of pulp. They produce 6 million tons per year of pulp and paper in 7 factories distributed in 5 Brazilian states. Innovation in plantation management and tree genetics are an important part of their story.
A giant in papermaking and forest products. GP's paper products include tissue (bath tissue, facial tissue, napkins, etc.), cups, packaging, specialty papers, and more. GP is also a major producer of building products such as plywood, gypsum, etc.
A paper company that produces tobacco papers, printing paper, and specialty papers. Headquartered in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. The company also runs subsidiaries in Australia and Canada, including the Glatfelter Pulp Wood Co. Their Website provides an overview of the pulp and paper industry, as well as the forest preservation efforts of the company.
Formerly Riverwood. The GPI story is a tale of two companies. First began in 1923 as the Brown Paper Company, the first in America to produce sheet kraft paper and linerboard. The company went on to pioneer numerous packaging machines and paperboard products over the years, first as Brown, then Olin Mathieson Chemical, Manville Forest Products and finally Riverwood International. The second company was Coors Paper Packaging, created to meet some of the unique packaging challenges for beer. As its capabilities grew, it became Advanced Packaging Technology and then Graphic Packaging. Riverwood and Graphic Packaging joined forces in 2003. GPI operates several paper mills, many converting facilities and several machinery manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Founded in 1843 and headquartered in East Walpole, Massachusetts, H & V offers specialty, industrial and technical papers and nonwovens. Process capabilities include wet laid, dry laid, meltblown and composite technologies.
One of the world's largest and most diverse paper companies with operations in 31 countries and numerous products, including printing and writing papers, fluff pulp, market pulp, linerboard and corrugated boxes, packaging, etc. The newly updated web site provides basic information about the company - along with an enjoyable and creative section on their new packaging product for six-packs. They also have (or had - things change so quickly!) a site used as a recruiting tool. (IP recently acquired Union Camp.)
K-C is the world's largest producer of tissue, including facial tissue, bath tissue, and paper towels. Personal care items such as disposable diapers and feminine care products are also an important part of this large company, along with nonwoven materials and other products. In 1995, K-C merged with Scott Paper Company and now has operations in 35 countries.
MeadWestvaco is a large and diverse paper company (packaging, imaging technologies, coated papers, chemical products, etc.), combining the expertise of the former Westvaco and Mead companies. As one interesting example of their modern approach to business, MeadWestvaco has launched MeadWestvaco Intelligent Systems, a group looking at high-tech solutions to better meet the needs of their customers. These solutions include RFID technology andother tools to give retailers real-time item-level inventory visibility for improved store performance.
Founded in 1849 and located in Neenah, Wisconsin, Menasha Corporation operates more than 60 facilities serving various industries such as packaging, promotional graphics, materials handling, polymer technologies, and paperboard. Menasha Corp. is in the midst of a wave of layoffs in 1999.
A paper company in New York that produces a variety of paper grades, including premium writing papers, artist papers, and papers for digital printing. A fourth-generation family-owned business and the first U.S. paper mill to match 100% of its electricity with renewable wind power and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production.
This African company is the second largest packaging company in the Southern Hemisphere and includes Nampak Tissue Division in South Africa. There are a variety of mills and offices in several countries.
Centered in Spokane, Washington, Potlatch is a forest products company with about 1.5 million acres of timberland in Arkansas, Idaho and Minnesota. They manufacture wood products, coated printing papers, bleached paperboard, premium private-label tissue products and market pulp.
Formerly AbitibiBowater, Resolute (www.resolutefp.com) is one of the largest paper companies in the world and the largest recycler of newspapers and magazines in North America. They produce range of newsprint and coated and specialty papers, market pulp and wood products globally.
Solaris Paper, Inc. is the North American Sales and Marketing group for Private Label and the LIVI® branded products. They manufacture towel and tissue products from Sinarmas pulp. Sinarmas is one of the largest pulp and paper producers in the world. Sinarmas uses 100% sustainable virgin fiber ensuring the highest quality and the most reliable products. Raw materials are sourced from Sinarmas' own plantations of over 1.9 million acres of eucalyptus, poplar and acacia trees.
Sonoco is a global packaging corporation employing 19,000 people. They are especially known for their paper tubes and cores for wound rolls, produced with special proprietary methods. They also produce grocery bags, composite cans, pressure-sensitive labels, etc.
Stone Container and Jefferson Smurfit merged resulting in this large holding company that specializes in corrugated board and packaging materials. Now they are expanding into RFID and a variety of other innovative packaging solutions. (NYSE: SSCC)
A large global forest products company headquartered in Helsinki, the result of a merger between the Scandinavian companies, Stora and Enso. They have also acquired Consolidated Papers. Stora Enso is an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company producing newsprint, magazine paper, fine paper, consumer board, industrial packaging and wood products. Stora Enso Group has 36,000 employees in more than 40 countries on five continents and is said to be the world's largest producer paper and board. According to Wikipedia's article on Stora Enso, they may be the world's oldest limited liability company: "Originally known as Stora Kopparberg, it was granted a charter from King Magnus IV of Sweden in 1347. The first share in the company is however dated already in 1288 and mining in the mountain had started possibly much earlier."
A large Swedish company. SCA has 35,000 employees and deals with paper and packaging, primarily in Europe. SCA is also one of the biggest private forest owners in Europe with extensive research in forestry and pulp and paper manufacturing.
A new and interesting site with information about Tembec's history, operations, products, environmental and forest management activities as well as financial results, company news and employment opportunities.
Formerly known as UPM-Kymmene, this Finnish company is one of the largest forest products companies in the world. It deals in areas such as production of chemical pulp, sawmilling, plywood, papers for office and printing use, and magazines, advertising materials and sales catalogs.
A major producer of filter paper, engineered fibers, and special cellulose products for scientific applications, including diagnostic devices for a wide variety of analysis and separation techniques. Their Website is informative and interesting.
With nearly 40,000 employees and over 5 million acres of US forests, Weyerhaeuser is a major player in the forest products industries. They grow and harvest timber and make products such as building materials, pulp, paper, specialized fibers and other products. They lead the world in market pulp production.
Based in Portland, Oregon and founded in 1906, Willamette has two major product lines. Its Building Materials Group manufactures lumber, plywood, composite panels and custom products as well as engineered wood products. Its Paper Group manufactures business forms, fine paper products, market pulp, and unbleached paper products such as corrugated boxes and bags and sacks. They also produce their own inks and printing plates for several custom applications.
This section of ABB's Web site deals with their offerings for the pulp and paper industries. ABB is large company that provides process control systems, drives, instruments, and energy systems for the paper industry (and other industries as well).
This large company provides resources, technology, and expertise for bleaching operations (including oxygen and ozone bleaching), environmental operations (air pollution control and water quality), and other aspects of pulp and papermaking. The site is attractive and well organized, with many pages and lots of information.
This large Austrian company has paper and packaging division that provides machinery and unit operations for the pulp and paper industries, including recycling systems, systems for tissue paper mills, and systems for pulping and bleaching. They also have a kraft pulp division.
Power generation, recovery boilers, and process control for the pulp and paper industries is just part of what this large and historic company does. Their web site is heavy on graphics (including animation) and offers many pages of information.
A large supplier of chemicals for the pulp and paper industries and many other industries, as well. Dyes, fluorescent whiteners, pigments, fillers, and fixation agents are among the chemicals they offer.
Chemistry services and chemical products for the paper industry. This web site offers some of its information in four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French. Nice! The photos of microbes offered at this site are especially interesting.
A consulting firm specializing in training for personnel in the forest products industries. Their site offers a good demo of a
training module for a chip screening system with
information about the equipment.
ECC International is part of English China Clays, dealing primarily in speciality minerals and chemicals. ECC International is the minerals division and is the world's largest producer of white speciality minerals, many of which are used in the paper industry (e.g., coatings and fillers).
Econotech is an independent laboratory providing services to the pulp and paper industries. This site is maintained by Graham Vandegriend, "full-time microscopist/wood technologist and part-time webmaster."
An international supplier of separation technology solutions for the forest products industries. Based in Sweden, they provide centrifugal pulp cleaners, stock deaeration systems, fiber recovery and dewatering filters, screw presses, and recycled fiber systems.
A test lab and consulting service in Appleton, Wisconsin, with some of the best testing services and problem solving capabilities in the industry (multiple industries, actually). Their world-class staff features some of the past stars of the Institute of Paper Chemistry.
Jaakko Poyry is a major global player among forest products consultancies and apparently have the largest engineering group for forest products in the world. They also own Marathon Engineering in Appleton, Wisconsin.
A giant firm that comprises several former equipment manufactures such as Valmet, Sunds Defibrator, and others. Metso Paper specializes in pulp, paper and power generation industry processes, machinery, equipment and aftermarket services. Offerings extend over the entire life cycle of the process, covering new lines, rebuilds and various services. They also offer control and automation systems.
PPG (Pittsburgh Plate and Glass) produces many chemicals used in the paper industry.
RISI Info (Risiinfo.com) - an organization that provides some of the best and deepest economic information about the forest products industries. It also has hosts some of the best technical and trade conferences in the field.
Formerly Tenneco Packaging, Pactiv is a large, publicly trade company with a variety of consumer and B2B products including fiber-based materials such as paper plates and wipes. An innovative company with headquarters near Chicago, Illinois.
An excellent guide to logging machinery - but it's much more than that. This is a Web site loaded with personality and interesting information. Classy and interesting. Offers extensive text about logging trucks, equipment, etc., as well as information on Oregon. There is also a photographic history of the VanNatta Family, whose ancestors have been logging in Columbia County Oregon for many years.
FPL is in Madison, Wisconsin, and is run under the auspices of the US Forest Service (USDA). The FPL site provides information on research (and allows you to order articles) on topics such as recycling, pulp and paper technology, wood use, and more.
One of the best sources of technical information about the pulp and paper industries, as well as nonwovens. Online abstracts are available. Nicely done! This is one of the key epicenters of information for the paper industry.
A beautiful and interesting production from Fabio Perini, a famous maker of converting equipment for the paper industry, headquartered in Lucca, Italy. The Perini Journal is the main trade journal in the world completely dedicated to the tissue paper industry. According to Wikipedia, it is published in two yearly issues and in two different editions: the western, in Italian/English language, with an average printed copies of 17,500; and the eastern, in English/Chinese language, with an average printed copies of 2,500. The illustrations are made by world-renowned Italian painter Guido Scarabottolo. One of the nicest magazines you'll ever pick ip. Thick, high quality, fun.
An outstanding journal, now published through TAPPI, that provides useful information and forum on the science and engineering of paper recycling. Covers many aspects of recycling technology, waste paper sources and uses, deinking, recent patents, related university research, etc. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Mahendra Doshi.
Fascinating and thorough site - and possibly controversial. AET is "an international alliance of chemical manufacturers and forest products companies dedicated to advancing the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry." The site they provide is an extensive resource representing much of the paper industry on environmental issues related to bleaching. AET promotes the use of chlorine dioxide bleaching (rather than TCF) for reducing toxicity of effluents. This site offers thorough discussions, technical articles, and news, with attractive graphics, good layout, and generally good content. Many articles on environmental issues, with graphs, charts, and references. Features news articles, scientific discussion, etc. Highly recommended.
A large commercial site with extensive information on recycling in general, including some on waste paper. Information includes listings of key organizations (such as AF&PA), magazines, and vendors of recycled materials. Rated as a "Top 5%" web site by Point Communications, but this site doesn't seem especially helpful for the pulp and paper crowd.
The official technical magazine of AIMCAL, this covers the web-processing technologies of solution, extrusion and vacuum coating; laminating; film manufacturing; flexographic and gravure printing; slitting, sheeting and other finishing methods. Each issue features expert technical content, including insights from industry consultants.
Luigi Bagnato's outstanding service, kept alive by Archive.org, provides information about finishing and converting. On the lighter side, he also provides a page about making trees out of paper. Clever and funny.
Yes, it's cotton, but there's a lot for forest products people to learn from this area. The Cotton Online Resource, for example, offers an extremely valuable page called "Cotton for Nonwovens" that provides insight into cellulose chemistry, properties, etc., with respect to cotton, of course.
A very innovative, colorful, and refreshing web site (for those with fast modems or high-speed Internet access). Lots of good information about timber, forestry and wildlife in Malaysia and elsewhere. Also has paper-related links. Fun and diverse.
This is the FOR@C Research Consortium in e-business for the forest products industry, based at the Université Laval in Quebec City and our research is centred on the value creation network and the use of new technologies to plan, manage and control the activities and operations of that network.
This new business-to-business enterprise made headlines when it was launched by Georgia-Pacific Corp., International Paper, and Weyerhaeuser Co. It's an electronic marketplace that will serve manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, buyers, and sellers. Functions include processing quotes and sales contracts, providing catalog information, and assisting in inventory management, insurance, credit, and both forward and reverse auctions. The initial focus is on printing and writing papers, building materials, recovered fiber and timber. Real-time transactions for the timber industry will be provided.
A site dedicated to many aspects of the global pulp and paper industry. You can locate products and suppliers from around the world, keep track of key events and conferences, stay in touch with the job market, and access a library of information.
A tool to show you what pulp and paper mills are in any state of the US. ills OnLine is the only historic yet up-to-date data on state-by-state listing of all paper facilities that have operated in the U.S. since 1970. The data contain information on nearly 800 stand-alone and integrated pulp and paper mills. As of Sept. 2012, the current Mills Online report 350 mills as operating, 7 mills as idled or closed, and 426 as delisted from the annual national mill directories. Geographic location and last product capacity for the 426 closed or dismantled mills provide a unique historic perspective on the evolution and restructuring of the industry.
Douglas W. Jones at the University of Iowa has initiated an educational project based on papermaking with straw, designed for students (5th -10th grade). His site describes the project and its success. Looks like fun!