Forests Ontario Joins Two Sides

“Education on sustainable forestry is a key element in getting the public, and especially younger generations, to understand and appreciate the sustainable features of forest products. Forests Ontario is doing a fantastic job at this and they are a great fit for Two Sides. We look forward to working with them in the future,” said Two Sides North America President, Phil Riebel. “It is important to increase the public's awareness of sustainably managed forests and their role in ensuring a healthy society and robust economy. We look forward to collaborating with Two Sides in our collective efforts to engage our youth and provide the public with fact-based information about our forests,” said Rob Keen, CEO, Forests Ontario.
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Metsä Board to close down its wallpaper base machine in Kyro

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, announced on 4 August 2016 that it was planning to close down the wallpaper base machine (PM3) located at its Kyro mill in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, and to discontinue its loss-making wallpaper base production. The statutory labour negotiations, which affected all of the 250 people working at the mill, have been completed. As a result, the Kyro mill wallpaper base machine PM3 will be closed down and the number of personnel at the mill will decrease by 94 people. The folding boxboard machine with annual capacity of 190,000 tonnes will remain at the Kyro mill, producing premium packaging board for beauty and healthcare products and graphics end uses, among other things. In addition, Hämeenkyrön Voima’s biopower plant producing heat and electricity is located in the mill area.
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Asia’s Paper Tiger Earning Its Green Creed

For Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers with international headquarters in Jakarta and Shanghai, getting its house in order on the environmental front was never going to be fast, easy or cheap. But in all fairness, it’s one really darn big house. Started in 1972, the company runs multiple manufacturing and forestry operations across Indonesia and China, with an annual combined pulp, paper, paperboard and tissue packaging production and converting capacity of over 19 million tonnes per year. With annual revenues consistently exceeding US$12 billion in recent years, APP markets its products in more than 120 countries, including Canada, while employing approximately 100,000 people worldwide. get more detail by clicking Read More below
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Oil Extends Advance as OPEC Agrees to First Output Cut in 8 Years

"The devil is in the detail: they still need to come up with those individual country quotas,” Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at consulting firm Energy Aspects Ltd. in London, said in a Bloomberg Radio interview. However, the deal is “very positive given the fact that this is the first time in eight years that they’ve actually come up with an agreement." West Texas Intermediate for November delivery was at $46.83 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 22 cents, at 11:09 a.m. London time. The contract rose $2.38 to $47.05 on Wednesday. Total volume traded Thursday was about 61 percent above the 100-day average. Prices have averaged about $44.87 this quarter. Brent for November settlement, which expires Friday, lost 39 cents to $48.30 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange, trading at a $1.47 premium to WTI. The global benchmark crude increased $2.72 to $48.69 on Wednesday.
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Transforming the Textbook Publishing Industry with Digital Print

Just a few years ago, there was panic among the education book publishing segment, especially with book printers. Tablets and e-readers were all the rage. Large school districts were distributing iPads and other tablets to students en masse. A 2012 Pearson Foundation survey found that 63 percent of college students and 69 percent of high school students believed that traditional textbooks would be phased out in the next five years. Slightly more than half of college students also said they preferred reading digital textbooks over printed ones for class. It was all doom and gloom. The death of the textbook was imminent. So much for that. While print run lengths have decreased, overall educational book printing is experiencing modest growth. The market is healthy. To some extent, we have those early adopters to thank. Some moved fast, with a few school districts jumping in with both feet without thinking about what was under the water, causing others to be more cautious with new technology. Meanwhile, scientific studies discovered that students’ reading retention is higher from the printed page than from an electronic screen. click Read More below for more of the article
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Paper Helps Students Make The Grade

As September winds down, most U.S. school children have been in full learning mode. A recent study shows that not only does paper still have a role in the classroom, but its use and importance is growing. This year’s Paper and Productive Learning: The Second Annual Back-to-School Report, commissioned by the Paper and Packaging Board, surveyed 4,300 students, parents and teachers. It showed that 64% of K–12 teachers feel students comprehend information better and are more engaged when they read on paper. Close to two-thirds of K–12 teachers reveal their students even respond better to lessons that are based in paper textbooks. So with that in mind, how do you keep that back-to-school momentum growing throughout the year? Check out these productive learning tips from Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year: click on Read More below to see the tips
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Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 6.7% to $405.8 million, compared to $435.0 million in the same period last year. Company comparable sales for the quarter decreased 4.3%. E-Commerce represented approximately 20% of net sales in the second quarter, as compared to approximately 17% of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Taking into account e-Commerce orders placed in or picked-up in-store, approximately 90% of the Company’s second quarter fiscal 2017 net sales directly touched a store. Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 totaled $145.0 million, or 35.7% of net sales, compared to $154.6 million, or 35.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. additional detail available by clicking Read More below
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Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee Grows Partnerships One Mou And Hard Hat Sticker At A Time

Operating across two time zones and two Canadian provinces, with a combined area the size of continental Europe, hasn't stopped the Central Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee from setting a new standard for community building, partnerships and member participation. In recognition of this outsized effort, the committee received the SFI Implementation Committee Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference. "The committee has established an extraordinary range of partnerships and signed 15 memorandums of understanding (MOUs). The central Canada committee is the first Canadian committee to win this award. The fact that they managed to stand out in such a competitive competition, among 34 SFI Implementation Committees, speaks volumes about the good work they are doing to promote SFI and spread responsible forestry," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. The committee's partners come from government, NGOs, universities, Indigenous groups and industry. "I was deeply impressed by the level of commitment, participation and attendance at their meetings," said Mike Sullivan who sat on the award evaluation committee. Sullivan is a member of the SFI External Review Panel and a Director at the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources. "The committee's enthusiasm for spreading responsible forestry is contagious and their hard hat sticker campaign is engaging frontline harvesting professionals." click Read More below for the rest of the story
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HP unveils four new PageWide Web Presses

HP has launched four new 762mm-wide (30in) PageWide Web Presses. The manufacturer announced the release of the new presses, which are powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology, at Graph Expo, which is being held this week in Orlando, Florida. The new models include the PageWide Web Press T390 HD, which is being shown at Graph Expo, as well as fellow colour machines the T380 HD and T370 HD and the mono T390M HD. They have replaced the original T300 Series Inkjet Web Presses, which were launched at Drupa in 2008, by upgrading the technology in those machines to HDNA, bringing the 762mm T-Series presses in-line with the 559mm and 107mm models that have already been upgraded to HDNA over the past year. HP said the new machines close the quality and performance gap between digital and analogue technologies and enable printers to shift more work from offset presses to reduce waste and makeready times, and to streamline supply chains. Click Read More below for the rest of the article.
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Think Direct Mail Marketing Is Dead? Not For Millenials

The rise of digital channels has forced financial institutions to radically rethink their marketing strategies. While digital media have proven effective — no doubt — that doesn’t mean other traditional means of marketing no longer work. In fact, the opposite is true, particularly when it comes to direct mail. Direct mail still resonates with every age group. This is among the findings from a study by InfoTrends and Prinova. And it doesn’t just work (or work less than it once did), the response rates for direct mail remain high for all demographics. click Read More below to get to the rest of the story.
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