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This week, Jim writes about recent mill visits, concluding:



"Having all the financial resources, having all the major services spread over many tons does not trump cultural conditions. If management and hourly cannot take reasonable risks, smaller companies can be highly successful competitors.
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High prices for recycled paper are threatening to shut down what may be North America’s premier recycled-newsprint mill, Catalyst Paper revealed today.
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This week, Jim issues a challenge: "If you are not working at the best pulp and paper company ask yourself two questions: (1) do I have the ability and power to make this the best pulp and paper company, and (2) how long am I going to exert myself to make this the best pulp and paper company?"
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Wear condoms, retire the bear, and eat less fried chicken. Those are among the unusual ideas for helping the environment in general and forests in particular that were turned up by a study of recent news reports. Warning: This is not your typical Earth Day sermon.
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Neil McCubbin offers some thoughts on "Some Thoughts on the Future of Pulp" in our new offering on the global dimensions of pulp and paper: WorldView.



And don't forget the Lightweight Machine Conference & Workshop May 1. See http://www.globalpapermoney.org/ for more information.
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"Perhaps modern purveyors of goods are rediscovering the value high quality packaging and paper can add to retail products...the key is to create a high value experience with materials less expensive than the competition. If you can do that, you can win."



Read the column at www.nipimpressions.co
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For the second time this year, Congress plans to “pay” for a new program partly by closing a non-existent loophole involving a pulp byproduct. First it was black liquor; this time it's crude tall oil.
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"The mathematical and scientific intelligence of elected leaders may be more important in some ways than their political leanings."



And the evidence that our leaders have a lot of math and science knowledge is not good, so where does that leave us?



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Fifty-year-old copies of National Geographic often look as good as the day they were printed, but current issues of the magazine might not age so gracefully. The publisher recently revealed that the magazine is printed (in the U.S., at least) on coated groundwood paper, which is prone to yellowing.
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The news media are finally realizing that ObamaCare's supposed savings from ending a black liquor tax credit are a mirage. It's making for some interesting reading about this once-obscure pulp byproduct.
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Jim writes: "Most of my adult life I have heard the mantra, "We have to save energy!" I have never heard anyone provide a meaningful reason (or a "why") we should save energy."



Agree? Disagree?



Read more and share your thoughts at:

http://www.nipimpressions.com
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Despite a Democratic Congressman almost ruining the scheme by committing a cardinal political sin – He told the truth! – the historic healthcare legislation President Obama signed today assumes $23.6 billion in savings from eliminating a mythical black liquor tax credit.
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Coated groundwood prices in the U.S. are not only headed up, they will increase again in July, a majority of respondents to a Dead Tree Edition poll predicted.
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"We have spent a lot of time lately talking about obsolete pulp and paper mills...there is a mistaken notion that old and obsolete are synonymous, interchangeable terms. Not true."



Come for the commentary, stay for the riddles, and don't forget "Closing with Creativity."



www.nipimpressions.co
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Here’s a way for Democrats to pass their ambitious healthcare and jobs proposals without looking like budget busters: Persuade Google to buy a pulp mill – specifically a U.S. mill that makes kraft pulp and its infamous by product, black liquor.
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Today we discovered what NewPage had up its sleeve when it announced a price increase for coated groundwood paper on Friday: It knew that Domtar was about to close its Columbus, Mississippi mill.
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Don Meadows surveys the globe for an update on pulp post-Chile earthquake and other developments.



Explore all the new content at:

http://www.globalpapermoney.org/
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Three hedge funds trying to take control of NewPage already own rival Verso Paper and have a major stake in AbitibiBowater, a published report said Monday night.
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Verso Paper told its customers today it was going along with the April 1 price increase on coated paper announced last week by NewPage and applying it to supercalendered papers as well.
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Just when the wheels had fallen off the attempt to raise North American coated-groundwood prices, the wagon started rolling again today. NewPage announced a $30-per-ton increase on coated-groundwood (CGW) and coated-freesheet (CFS) prices to take effect on Monday.
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