Brazil's Paper Chase; mounting rewards    
What's in store for Maine?    
A glimpse at paper making a continent away      
Reaping returns, Brazil's forests lure investment    
Is Brazil's bad rep pulp fiction?    
Life of a clone    
Culture shock?  
Reflecting on Brazil      
Sun Journal photographer Amber Waterman reflects on her visit to Brazil.
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Term Papers
Different mills produce different grades of paper. Here’s a breakdown of what’s made where in Maine:
Coated groundwood Uncoated groundwood Coated freesheet Uncoated freesheet
Used in high-end magazines, catalogs, newspaper inserts. Paper has a gloss (coating) and is made from mechanically pulverized pulp (groundwood).

Produced at Madawaska (Fraser), Jay (Verso), Bucksport (Verso), Rumford (NewPage)
Used in directories, manuals, newspaper inserts.

Produced at Madawaska, Madison (Fraser), Millinocket (Katahdin)
Used in high-end magazines, catalogs, brochures, direct mail. Also with a gloss, but the pulp is produced chemically, rather than mechanically.

Produced at Jay, Rumford, Skowhegan (SAPPI)

Used in business forms, copy paper, commercial printing, envelopes.

Produced at Jay, Madawaska, Woodland (Domtar)

Brazil Briefs
In the wings
Robert Donnelley, a global forest products expert with RH Donnelley & Associates, sees Brazil’s future growth in supplying the pulp and paper needs of developing countries.

But the First World nations should stay on their toes.

Last year, a strike crippled production of a specialized, coated juice pack in Finland. Klabin, Brazil’s biggest pulp and paper company, took advantage of the interruption to ship its juice pack product to Europe.

The European manufacturers liked it and now, Klabin has a toe-hold in that market.

“It’s not likely they’d enter the U.S. market,” said Donnelly of Brazil’s paper producers. “But certainly for the developing world, the commodity and some niche markets, they are super competitive.”
A premonition?
According to legend, Father António Bento Barbosa was run out of Mogi Guaçu in 1875 by an angry mob furious with the Catholic priest for defending a slave in a local dispute. The mob had wrecked the vicarage and went looking for the priest who fled on horseback across the river. Once a safe distance away, Father Barbosa turned around to look at the Immaculate Conception Church on the town’s plaza where he had devoted 12 years of his life.

He predicted that Mogi Guaçu would only prosper when one of its sons became a priest. Eighty years later, Champion Paper and Cellulose came to town and founded the mill, shortly after a local man was ordained.

- From Mogi Guaçu, Champion, Reaping the Best Harvest