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Newsgrafik #116713
 07.04.2017

Resolute Announces Start-up of New Tissue Machine at Calhoun  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) is pleased to announce the successful start-up of its new tissue machine in Calhoun (Tennessee). The first tissue parent roll was produced on February 28, 2017.

Photo: Tissue parent rolls are now being produced at Resolute's new Calhoun (Tennessee) tissue facility.

The machine will continue its scheduled ramp-up through 2017 and is expected to be producing at maximum capacity toward mid-2018. With its fully operational converting facility, converted tissue products sold from Calhoun are now manufactured entirely from parent rolls produced on-site.

The Calhoun tissue operation, built at Resolute's pulp and paper mill, has the capacity to manufacture 66,000 short tons (60,000 metric tons) annually of premium private-label tissue, including bath and towel, aimed at the at-home market.

With its state-of-the-art machine, three converting lines and integration of pulp from the existing Calhoun pulp mill, this will be one of the most efficient and cost-competitive tissue operations in North America once full production is achieved, positioning Resolute as a key player in this growing market segment.
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #114900
 14.09.2016

Resolute's Calhoun Tissue Operation on Track for First-Quarter 2017 Start-Up  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced completion of commissioning of the first tissue converting line at its state-of-the-art tissue facility currently under construction in Calhoun, Tennessee. The remaining two lines will be commissioned by year-end.

"We are on schedule with the $270 million project, our largest investment since 2010," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "The first production of bath tissue and towel came off the converting line on August 17, representing an important milestone. We are confident that the new tissue machine will be operational as planned, in the first quarter of next year."

Resolute's new tissue machine and converting operations are being built at its Calhoun pulp and paper mill, which will be one of the most competitive and efficient tissue operations in North America. At full capacity, the facility will produce approximately 66,000 short tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and paper towel, focused on the growing private-label market.

Construction of the Advantage-NTT machine, the latest innovation in tissue manufacturing, is underway. "We are proud to have one of the most modern and flexible NTT machines, specifically designed for the retail market in North America," added Garneau. "It is important to position ourselves as a preferred supplier to major private-label retailers by delivering the highest quality product for their store brands."
(Resolute Forest Products, Calhoun Mill)

Newsgrafik #111693
 19.10.2015

Resolute Completes Selection of Key Equipment for Tissue Project  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the completion of the selection of all the key equipment for the new tissue facility being built at its Calhoun pulp and paper mill, in Tennessee.

In addition to the previously announced Advantage NTT tissue machine, the company has committed to the purchase of the new Futura Andromeda converting technology and Infinity packaging solution. The selection of the state-of-the-art equipment followed a rigorous process to ensure best-in-class flexibility and ability to deliver the highest quality products for the premium quality consumer market.

On June 1, 2015, the company unveiled a $270 million investment in a new facility that will manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The operation is expected to begin producing tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

"This completes the selection of major equipment and finalizes the first step in delivering the highest quality product to retail customers for their store brands," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

The move into the tissue market represents an important step forward in Resolute's growth strategy, and the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand its presence in this growing market segment.
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #111339
 04.09.2015

Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Resolute Forest Products in the United States  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has selected Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology and Valmet's automation solution for the new facility it is building in the United States to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Calhoun (Tennessee), and start-up of the tissue production line is planned for early 2017.

Image: Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We are very proud to work with Resolute on this important project, and we will deliver first-class tissue technology to their state-of-the-art facility," says Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology is designed for maximum flexibility as well as enhanced product quality and can easily change between production of conventional tissue and textured tissue in just a few hours. It has been well received by the market, and this will be the fifth NTT machine to be delivered. The first Advantage NTT line was started up in Mexico in 2013, the second line started up in the second quarter of 2015 in Chile, a third NTT line will be started up in Abu Dhabi in 2015, followed by a fourth NTT line in the U.S. in early 2016.

Technical information
The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.2 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as provide flexibility and product differentiation for premium quality products.
Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line, including an Advantage NTT 200HS tissue machine. The tissue machine will be equipped with a layered OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology, including an AirCap hood and a SoftReel -B. Basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation are also included in the scope.
Furthermore, the delivery includes an integrated automation solution with Valmet DNA process control system, Valmet IQ scanner with IQFibre & Moisture sensor, as well as IQProfilers and a state-of-the-art web camera system for quality and reliability control. Installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support are part of the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110891
 24.07.2015

Resolute Selects State-of-the-Art Tissue Machine  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the selection of a state-of-the-art tissue machine for the project at its Calhoun mill, in Tennessee. Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market.

This machine is part of the previously announced $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun at Calhoun, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

"This is the first time we will produce products directly for the consumer market," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "The selection of the Advantage NTT tissue machine is in line with our promise to retailers to install equipment that will offer the highest quality and the differentiation they seek for their store brands."

The move into the tissue market represents an important step forward in Resolute's corporate growth strategy, and the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand its presence in this growing market segment.
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #110405
 08.06.2015

Resolute to Enter Tissue Market by 2017  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a major decision to build a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel.

"This is an important step forward for Resolute as we execute on our growth strategy in a way that maximizes our ability to capture synergies and deliver superior value," said Richard Garneau (photo), president and chief executive officer. "We have been studying this option to diversify into the tissue business for quite some time, and we will continue to look at opportunities to expand our presence in this growing market. Once fully operational, Resolute will produce high-quality products at one of the most competitive and efficient tissue operations. We will work to be a preferred supplier of major private label retailers by being the best at meeting their needs in customer service and the quality promise of their store brands."

Resolute's tissue paper machine and converting operations will be built at the Calhoun mill in Tennessee. This $270 million project represents the largest investment made by Resolute since 2010. At full capacity, the new tissue and converting facilities will produce approximately 60,000 metric tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and towel, focused on the growing private label market. With market feasibility studies, technology selection and project engineering nearly complete, construction is expected to begin shortly, with ramp-up expected to start in the first quarter of 2017. The tissue machine will use excess slush pulp over and above the additional dried market pulp capacity associated with the previously announced continuous pulp digester project.

Unlike many other paper products, tissue demand has grown steadily for the past 20 years, and it is expected to continue growing in the future. Today, the at-home segment accounts for the majority of all tissue sold in North America. Over the next ten years, most of the sector's growth is expected to be in the premium quality tier, Resolute's target market.

The decision to enter the tissue market and to build at its existing Calhoun site further capitalizes on Resolute's unique ability to capture synergies by:

integrating Resolute's high-quality, low-cost, excess slush pulp for 100% of the tissue machine's fiber requirement;
utilizing the full capacity of the tissue machine in a state-of-the-art converting operation;
taking advantage of capital expenditure and fixed cost efficiencies by extending existing infrastructure;
having access to an attractive and cost-competitive fiber basket; and
being ideally located to serve Eastern U.S. markets.

The Calhoun mill also benefits from a strong working relationship with local labor unions. This investment will create 105 new jobs at the mill, in addition to the 50 positions associated with the continuous pulp digester.

This investment has also received support under existing business development programs offered by the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the mill's home community in McMinn County.

The tissue project is in line with Resolute's disciplined and financially attractive capacity-building investments in markets with future growth opportunities, such as: the 2012 acquisition of Fibrek Inc., which added 60% to the company's market pulp capacity; the Calhoun digester project, which will increase market pulp capacity by another 100,000 metric tons per year as of the end of this year; and the sawmill capacity initiatives, including the complete refurbishment of the Ignace, Ontario, sawmill and the construction of a new sawmill in Atikokan, Ontario, which together are expected to add 275 million board feet to the company's annualized lumber capacity.

"We want to thank Resolute for expanding in Tennessee and for the new jobs they're creating in Calhoun and McMinn County," said Governor Bill Haslam. "We think it says a lot when companies like Resolute, who can choose to do business anywhere in the world, continue expanding here, and today's announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

"Resolute and the jobs they provide make a major impact in Calhoun and McMinn County," stated Randy Boyd, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner. "They've been a cornerstone of this community since 1954 and this investment is a big vote of confidence in the quality of our state's workforce. We're focused on giving Tennesseans access to quality education so companies like Resolute have a pipeline of talented workers to ensure success for decades to come."

"TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its recent announcement of expansion plans involving major investment and adding more than 100 new jobs in the Calhoun community," said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. "We, along with the state of Tennessee and community economic development partners, celebrate Resolute's continuing business success and longstanding commitment to grow in the Tennessee Valley."

"We want to thank Resolute for their continued faith in the McMinn County workforce, made evident by this $270 million investment. We understand they had other options, but they chose us and for that we are humbled and truly grateful," added John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor. "Resolute continues to diversify and pivot with the changing market demands. We are indeed both fortunate and proud they will continue to call McMinn County home for many years to come."
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #107384
 21.08.2014

ANDRITZ to deliver a continuous cooking system and additional fiberline equipment to ...  (Company news)

...Resolute Forest Products, USA

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Resolute Forest Products to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for a new Lo-Solids continuous digester including ANDRITZ’s patented TurboFeed chip feeding system, which will replace an existing displacement batch pulping process at Resolute’s Calhoun pulp mill, Tennessee, USA. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.
The Lo-Solids digester will be designed to switch between hardwood and softwood pulp production, producing 1,400 ADST of bleachable softwood and 1,659 ADST of bleachable hardwood pulp per day.
ANDRITZ will also supply a blowline pressure diffuser and will upgrade the mill’s oxygen delignification and bleaching systems. In terms of automation, the order also includes Advanced Process Control and IDEAS dynamic simulation software.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #105904
 31.03.2014

Resolute to Invest $105 Million at Calhoun Paper Mill  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a $105 million upgrade to its Calhoun, Tennessee, pulp and paper mill, including the installation of a modern continuous pulp digester and other wood chip processing equipment. When completed by mid-2016, the project will contribute to significantly lower the mill's costs, increase its pulp capacity and improve the mill's versatility.
"This investment will make a good mill even better," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "It will improve the mill's long-term competitiveness by lowering its costs and giving it the flexibility to adjust grade production to changing market dynamics. This is a significant capital project, which reflects the company's commitment to this facility and confidence in the business environment in Tennessee."
In addition to creating approximately 50 new jobs to join the 480 employees currently at the mill, Resolute expects the project's implementation to produce efficiencies from better wood yield and lower steam and chemical usage. It will also increase the pulp machine's production output and maximize dryer utilization for internal purposes, giving the mill the versatility to manufacture a range of products, including specialty papers such as Resolute's Align™ uncoated freesheet substitutes, and value-added grades not presently in the product offering.
The Calhoun mill currently operates 3 machines and a pulp dryer and has a total mill capacity of approximately 609,000 metric tons of market pulp, specialty papers and newsprint. Along with Resolute's other mills in the area, it sources its fiber from the competitive and stable U.S. southeast fiber basket.
"We received support for this project from the State of Tennessee, McMinn County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has supplied power to the mill since its startup in 1954," Garneau continued. "These partners and our employees helped move the project forward quickly, and we appreciate their commitment to our Calhoun operation."
"For more than 50 years, Resolute Forest Products has had a thriving presence in East Tennessee which can be felt far beyond the borders of our state," stated Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. "Tennessee's global momentum is fueled by companies that extend their brand on a worldwide scale, and with customers in nearly 100 countries, Resolute is one of those companies. I appreciate the company's decision to further expand and invest in Calhoun, and for the jobs that will be created for our citizens."
"TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its announcement that adds new investment and jobs in Calhoun," said John Bradley, Tennessee Valley Authority's senior vice president of economic development. "Growth like this happens when TVA and economic development partners like the state of Tennessee, McMinn County, and other local leaders support existing business expansion."
The Calhoun mill has continuously produced paper products at its current site since 1954. Over this period of time, the mill has been a contributor to the community through employment, the purchase of local goods and services, the payment of state and local taxes, charitable contributions and community involvement.
John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor, explained the role of the operation in the county: "Resolute Forest Products has been an invaluable corporate citizen of McMinn County for over five decades. The company could have chosen to place this expansion at one of their numerous locations, so it goes without saying that this $105 million capital investment makes a strong statement about the company's commitment to its Calhoun plant and the confidence it has in McMinn County's workforce."
(Resolute Forest Products)