Quad/Graphics Wins Multiple Awards for Print Excellence

Quad/Graphics’ Dallas printing plant earned 20 awards in the Printing Industries of America 2016 Premier Print Awards, including four “Bennys,” the annual competition’s top recognition for print excellence. The 2016 Premier Print Awards drew nearly 3,000 entries in 92 categories from around the world covering the entire range of printed materials from books, magazines and catalogs to postcards, calendars and invitations. In addition to the Best of Category Bennys, the judges awarded 355 Awards of Recognition and 846 Certificates of Merit. The awards were presented on September 25 in conjunction with the start of the GRAPH EXPO 16 printing industry trade show in Orlando, Fla. click Read More below to see the full list of awards won.
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Staples Inc. Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 13th Consecutive Year

As a result of its continued commitment, Staples has once again been recognized for its leading environmental and social business practices. Recent highlights include: •Offering more than 13,000 products globally with environmental attributes, representing more than $5.2 billion in sales in 2015, about 30 percent of global product sales. •56 million ink and toner cartridges recycled for customers in 2015 across all Staples markets. •26 million pounds of office technology recycled for customers for free globally last year. •In 2015, Staples ended the year with 527 active buildings certified to the ENERGY STAR standard, or 38 percent of its total US operations. Staples has been an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 7 consecutive years. Click Read More below for the rest of the press release.
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Saudi Arabia Signals Openness to Future Oil Compromise With Iran

Saudi Arabia gave the strongest indication yet it’s ready to compromise with regional rival Iran, potentially paving the way for the first limit on oil production in two years, although a deal is unlikely until OPEC’s next meeting in November. Khalid Al-Falih, who inherited a chronically oversupplied oil market when he was appointed Saudi energy minister in April, appeared to show more flexibility toward Tehran, saying that Iran, Libya and Nigeria should be allowed to "produce at the maximum levels that makes sense. Oil prices, which dropped 3 percent in London yesterday, rebounded after Zanganeh’s latest comments. Brent futures rose 1.9 percent to $46.85 a barrel at 12.11 p.m. London time. Click Read More for additional detail.
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Holmen: A hundred-year perspective on sustainability

The brownish water and dead seabeds are gone. This year Iggesund Paperboard, manufacturer of the paperboards Invercote and Incada, can look back on a century’s unique performance record on sustainability. Iggesund Mill opened its first pulp mill in 1916, which was expanded to become an integrated pulp and paperboard mill in 1963. I’m proud to have the privilege of working for a company whose environmental efforts are characterised by both a long-term approach and a sense of responsibility,” comments Anna Mårtensson, Environmental Managerat Iggesund Paperboard’s Swedish production facility, Iggesund Mill. “Today our environmental impact is almost non-existent compared with the situation just over 50 years ago.” When Iggesund built its first pulp mill in 1916, environmental legislation did not exist and companies were basically free to release fibre waste and chemicals into the air and water. During the mill’s first 50 years this caused a significant negative effect on the local environment. The first emissions limits were set in 1963, symbolically the same year that biologist Rachel Carson’s famous book about the influence of pesticides on nature, Silent Spring, was published and became the alarm clock that laid the foundation of today’s environmental movement. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Irving Woodlands LLC Releases its Annual Outcome Based Forestry Update for Maine

2015 Highlights include: Less road building (40% reduction); Operate on less of the landbase – less fragmentation of the forest; No increase in the percentage of clear cutting; Zero 3rd party certification non-conformances in independent annual (2015) audits of 145 forest sustainability indicators (FSC, SFI & ISO 14001); 3,400,000 trees planted; Worked with 30 commercial outfitters offering outdoor experiences in our woodlands; 228 voluntary conservation sites. Click Read More for additional detail.
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India’s Paper Production Capacity on Pace to Reach 20 Million Tonnes by 2020

Singhania was quite unequivocal that India is the fastest growing paper market globally. He said, the Indian paper industry is growing at over 7 per cent and projected to grow at over 4 per cent per annum till 2030. This is translated into 20 million tonnes in 2020 and 27 million tonnes by 2030. He reassured the audience that the Indian paper mill industry has made suitable investments to cope with the demand. He said, "Indian paper mills have invested over Rs 20,000 crore in the last five years. But it needs investments of Rs 90,000 crore to add new capacities by 2030." He said, digital India is not a threat to the paper industry but an opportunity due to the additional usage of paper and paper materials. He added, the paper industry has huge potential to grow as the per capital consumption of India is only 11 kgs as compared to 26 kgs in Asia and 56 kgs globally. click Read More below for the rest of the article
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Sappi North America Receives Champion of Economic Development Award from Maine Development Foundation

Sappi North America is a cornerstone of Maine's paper industry, planting its roots as the S.D. Warren Company more than 160 years ago. Throughout its history, Sappi has overcome industry challenges through its forward-thinking approach to the pulp and paper business, focusing primarily on unprecedented innovation. This is evident by its recent announcement of the groundbreaking Neoterix ST functional release paper, which utilizes Sharklet Technologies' microtexture pattern to create bacteria-inhibiting textures. Alongside its ongoing commitment to innovation and business development, Sappi continues to invest in Maine communities. The company employs over 1,300 local citizens across three locations: South Portland, Westbrook, and Skowhegan. Sappi also supports more than 75 local organizations and school programs with volunteer efforts and financial contributions. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Smurfit Kappa makes world’s biggest cardboard box

Smurfit Kappa has entered the record books by making the world's largest cardboard box. Measuring a staggering 40 metres by 20 metres, it was designed and manufactured by a team of creative thinkers in the Smurfit Kappa van Dam plant in the Netherlands. The challenge was to make a box big enough to eclipse the previous world record set in 2014 in the US. The enormous cardboard construction, which was a feat of design and engineering, was unveiled at a special event for staff and customers at the plant in Helmond. Speaking at the event, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa van Dam plant Wim Peeters said: “It’s not every day that you set a world record so there was a lot of excitement when it was confirmed by Guinness. We’re used to making extra-large boxes every day but this one was in a league of its own! Click Read More for the rest of the story
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UPM Raflatac extends security label offering with new selection of ultra-destructible film labels

UPM Raflatac has expanded its security labels range on the European market with the addition of two new ultra-destructible (UD) film labels. These films help to meet increased demand from brand owners for more secure labeling solutions and pharmaceutical applications. Expanding upon traditional UD solutions, they incorporate innovative tamper resistance and a more sustainable non-PVC construction, and are suitable for a variety of applications. When alteration or removal from the substrate is attempted, the brittle nature of the film makes it impossible to remove the label in one piece. This serves to authenticate products and protects brands by flagging tampering at any stage in the supply chain. Get additional detail by clicking Read More below.
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KapStone Container Corporation announces price increase

KapStone Container Corporation will be increasing box prices by a mininum of 8% and sheet prices by a minimum of 10% effective with shipments on October 10, 2016. This increase follows the $50.00/ton containerboard price increase that our plants will begin incurring on October 1, 2016. Our high operating rates, declining inventories, solid boxboard demand, rising input costs and the necessity for reinvestment ar ea few factors driving this increase. We sincerely appreciate your business and thank you in advance for your support and understanding as we continue to work diligently to support your packaging needs.
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