Companies plan investments in US recycled paper mills
The past week brought several significant recycled paper capacity announcements, indicating future domestic outlets for mixed paper and OCC.
Shipping pulp from Kentucky to China: A Chinese company that purchased a U.S. paper mill will install a 700,000-tons-per-year recycled pulp and paper operation, taking in mixed paper and OCC and shipping the output to China for packaging production.
Moving from graphic to recycled packaging: Ohio-headquartered Verso Corporation, which operates six mills in the Midwest and Northeast, is undergoing a shift in the paper products it makes. The company is moving toward recycled paper packaging production.
New recycled paperboard system – but no capacity increase: Mill operator Graphic Packaging will spend $600 million to install a recycled paperboard system. The project will have a capacity to produce 500,000 tons per year, but the company says the investment will be “capacity neutral.”
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