Tail Fly Fishing Magazine has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use, and sustainability of print and paper. Tail Fly Fishing is the first outdoor magazine to join Two Sides in North America and we are very proud to have them as part of our network. We look forward to working with Joseph Ballarini and his team to help them promote the sustainability of print and paper as they enter the world of print with their magazine,” says Two Sides North America President, Phil Riebel. “It’s great to be part of such a relevant organization dedicated to the sustainability of print and paper”, says Dr. Joseph Ballarini, Founder of Tail Fly Fishing Magazine.
Mohawk has announced an ambitious and comprehensive new printed tool designed to serve as a hands-on resource for the creative community. A Maker’s Field Guide to Texture and Color will serve to inspire and educate printers, designers and end users and to demonstrate how using high quality materials, such as textured and colored papers, can transform printed communications from ‘Good to Great.’ This comprehensive resource was created by Hybrid Design of San Francisco, and will be the definitive guide to using texture and color to amplify printed projects, underscoring the importance of using materials as a powerful communication tool. “The new Maker’s Field Guide is the latest expression of Mohawk’s commitment to the creation of practical tools to help make printed communication more beautiful, effective and memorable,” explains Bart Robinson, senior VP of marketing at Mohawk.
Verso Corporation today introduced GlazeTape, a family of water-activated and paint-masking tape base papers, and announced the expansion of its GlazeWrap family of lightweight uncoated machine-glazed (MG) papers for food and medical flexible packaging. The GlazeTape product family, designed as base paper for industrial tape end-uses, ranges from water-activated tapes used in shipping and construction to oil and grease resistant (OGR) paint-masking tapes used in automotive applications, appliances and other durable goods manufacturing applications. The GlazeWrap product family, utilized as lightweight laminating base papers for food and medical flexible packaging applications, is now expanded to include new basis weights as low as 14.8 lb. (3000 sq. ft.), complementing an existing portfolio that ranges up to 40 lb. (3000 sq. ft.). The GlazeWrap product is designed to laminate to film or aluminum foil for food pouches and bags and as a wax saturation base paper for food wraps.
USA Today recently featured the results of a Creditcards.com survey and it’s another example of the social benefits of print and paper: •54% of American adults receive credit card or checking account statements by mail. •Loyalty to paper is fierce with 46% saying they would not switch away from paper, even if charged for the statements. •Many receive both, with 44 to 55% receiving statements both electronically and on paper. These results confirm previous Two Sides surveys which identified that 64% would not choose a company that did not offer a paper bill option, and 91% are unwilling to pay for paper bills. The “why” was also outlined in both the Creditcards.com survey and our 2015 Two Sides survey: •80% like paper for record-keeping •74% say paper serves as a reminder to pay bills •74% find paper statements easier to read •34% will print some percentage of their bills at home •Only 15% read bills which they receive electronically, compared to 50% and more for those who receive paper copies. It’s much harder to ignore a paper statement!
According to the Census, total U.S. newspaper publishing revenues including advertising and circulation fell 4.4% from $6.51 billion in the first quarter of 2015 to $6.22 billion in the first quarter of 2016. (The Census doesn’t provide separate figures for ads and circ.) U.S. magazine publishers saw total revenues fall from $6.66 billion to $6.36 billion, for a decline of 4.5% over the same period, again across both ads and circ. The first-quarter declines come atop similar percentage declines in total annual revenues last year, also per the Census. Newspaper publishers saw total revenues fall 3.8% from $28.1 billion in 2014 to $27 billion in 2015, while magazine publishing revenues fell 3.7% from $29.4 billion in 2014 to $28.3 billion in 2015.
The feasibility study will evaluate the profitability of the possible expansion, as well as integration benefits and design criteria for the plant. The investment under study would be cost competitive and would have synergies with the existing mill in Gruvön. The findings of a recently completed pre-feasibility study supported continuation of the process. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. If the investment is approved following the feasibility study, the capital expenditure for the expansion is estimated to be in the range of EUR 30−34 million, which falls within the group’s long term capital expenditure policy of keeping capital expenditure into fixed assets approximately at the same level as depreciation. In addition to fixed asset investments, Stora Enso invests approximately EUR 100 million annually in biological assets.
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announces a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews and expands the relationship with HarperCollins, a customer of the RR Donnelley company for decades. Under the terms of this new agreement, RR Donnelley will provide print, fulfillment and distribution services across HarperCollins global book platform. HarperCollins will have the ability to order, track, and receive books through a common system; saving time and money while minimizing freight costs; and increasing fill rates through on-site manufacturing capabilities. "RR Donnelley has a proven track record and a laser-focused commitment to developing unique and value added solutions which align with our long term supply chain strategies," said Larry Nevins, Executive Vice-President, Operations for HarperCollins. "Their integrated global manufacturing and book fulfillment and distribution platform provides HarperCollins with the scale and innovation necessary to allow for continued growth and supply chain efficiency."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped by Quad/Graphics’ direct mail headquarters Monday for an in-depth tour of the facility and to see how it has become one of the Midwest’s leading digital print supercenters. The event drew local television news crews and print reporters who joined with Quad’s employees to inspect the plant’s new HP T410 digital inkjet web press. As the facility’s centerpiece, the HP T410 press can print on both sides of a 42˝ web — the entire web width is variable and every page can be personalized to an individual recipient. In a unique inline configuration, one or two preprinted rolls can be merged into the 42˝ wide, fully personalized roll on the T410. “The focus of the supercenter is to create highly personalized direct marketing materials in sophisticated formats that deliver results for our clients,” said Tom Frankowski, Quad/Graphics’ COO, as he and the governor stood next to the recently installed T410. “This press will be a first-of-its-kind in the direct marketing industry because of its inline custom finishing capabilities, which go live in September. When complete, we will be able to perform diecutting and scratch-offs, and apply special coatings, among other capabilities, right inline. We will also be able to create one-to-one personalized mail pieces cost effectively on a mass scale, something never before possible.”
If you want to see just how complicated a supply chain can be, the operations of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) on Hainan Island, China, gives an idea of what goes into products that we often take for granted. And considering that APP is also an integral supplier to companies around the world, it is easy to see how one wayward employee or lax oversight can land a company in hot water with its stakeholders, particularly environmentalists. In APP’s case, its business on Hainan — from tree seedlings to the finished product — offers a case study on what it takes to evolve into a more responsible and sustainable company. Trees, obviously, are to APP what wheat, soy or palm oil are to other companies. APP’s managed forests in Indonesia combine to cultivate far more raw material for the company than its current holdings in China. But those forests, concentrated in Hainan, offer a sense of the scale APP has developed as the world continues to demand paper. APP’s most recent tour for journalists started from Haikou, the province’s capital and home to 2 million people. Skyscrapers and condominium high-rises eventually give way to a lush landscape of palm trees and plantations that grow just about everything from bananas to mangoes to rubber. After a 90-minute drive, we arrived at a site where eucalyptus trees soar when compared to the stalks of a papaya farm just a few hundred yards away.
Oil prices rose sharply on Tuesday for the first time in the last few sessions, buoyed by falling US oil inventories and the potential threat of strike in Norway. The liquidity crisis in Venezuela and falling Chinese production also created bullish sentiments. The American Petroleum Institute reported a draw of 3.9 million barrels in the US crude stockpiles, when analysts were expecting a decline of 2.4 million barrels. The official report from the Energy Information Administration is due today, which could create further volatility in the crude oil market. In addition, crude oil prices are also experiencing support from the higher inflow of money, as traders try to capitalize on the buying opportunities in the oil related ETF’s following a major selloff in the last few consecutive sessions.