Kruger Receives Green Innovation Award

Kruger Inc. proudly announces that it was presented with the 2013 Green Innovation Award at the 23rd Gala of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (Québec Association for research and innovation development - ADRIQ) held in Montréal on November 21, 2013. The award was given to Kruger’s Publication Papers Division in recognition of a project that reuses fly ash produced by the cogeneration plant at its newsprint mill in Brompton, Québec. The Brompton Mill has been producing electricity and steam from paper residue and other biomass sources at its cogeneration plant since 2007. This highly green process significantly reduces the Mill’s GHG emissions. click Read More below for additional detail
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Kruger substantially reduces particulate matter emissions at its Wayagamack Mill

Kruger Inc. unveiled the initial air emissions measurement results for its Wayagamack Mill since commissioning a new electrostatic precipitator there last June. The new equipment, installed at the Mill's biomass boiler at a cost of $4.5 million, has already cut the boiler's particulate matter emissions by 85%. This improvement is consistent with the results achieved with a previous electrostatic precipitator installed on the Mill's recovery boiler's flue gas scrubbing system. That project had been completed in 2012 at a cost of $3.5 million. Overall, the combined effect of both precipitators has resulted in a 75% drop in the Wayagamack Mill's particulate emissions. click Read More below for additional detail
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Oil Extends Slide Below $46 on Skepticism Over OPEC Output Deal

West Texas Intermediate for January delivery dropped as much as 92 cents to $45.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $45.68 as of 12 p.m. London time. Prices lost $1.90 to $46.06 a barrel on Friday. Total volume traded Monday was 67 percent higher than the 100-day average. Brent for January settlement fell as much as 96 cents, or 2 percent, to $46.28 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract dropped 3.6 percent to $47.24 on Friday. The global benchmark traded at a $1.20 premium to WTI. click Read More below for additional detail
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FPAC Response to US Action on Softwood Lumber

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) intends to work closely with the federal government to ensure that our industry from coast to coast is vigorously defended in the wake of the U.S. trade action against Canadian softwood lumber. Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States benefit the economies of both countries and we want to see an outcome that provides fair access for Canadian producers and American consumers alike. As we work with the federal government to defend our industry, this is a reminder of the importance of innovation to the future of Canada’s forest products sector and the need to diversify our export markets and products.
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U.S. Lumber Industry Petitions for Relief From Canadian Subsidies, Dumping

The Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations (COALITION) today petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to restore the conditions of fair trade in softwood lumber between the United States and Canada. The COALITION petition alleges that Canadian provincial governments, which own the vast bulk of Canada's timberlands, provide standing trees to Canadian producers for an administered fee that is far below the market value of the timber, as well as a number of other subsidies. In addition, the COALITION petition alleges that Canadian lumber is being sold for less than fair value in the United States. click Read More below for additional detail
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Cyber Monday: Shopping All Over the World

It’s been six years since Amazon imported Black Friday from the US to the UK, swiftly followed by Cyber Monday, and rather like the American grey squirrel once did to the native British red squirrel, it’s already eaten into the territory of British retail stalwarts such as Boxing Day and New Year. Over the course of the period encompassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday, analysts expect £6.77bn to go through British tills, compared to £2.7bn spent on Boxing Day. Still chickenfeed though, compared to the $27bn expected to be spent in the US on Black Friday alone. It’s worth remembering that in a European context, Black Friday is still very much a British phenomenon - Kantar Retail estimates that only 17% of British people haven’t heard about it, compared to 60% of France’s population. click Read More below for more of the story
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American Tree Farm System seeks PEFC re-endorsement: public consultation open

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has become the latest national forest certification system to seek PEFC endorsement, and stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on its compliance with our Sustainability Benchmarks by 7 January 2017. ATFS is one of the oldest initiatives for certifying sustainable forestry in the world. It was first launched in 1941 as a private initiative to address concerns that America's forests were being cut at unsustainable rates without reforestation. It now represents 74,000 tree farmers sustainably managing more than 7.7 million hectares of PEFC-certified forestland. ATFS first achieved PEFC endorsement back in 2005, and this latest revision of the standard will mark the fourth time the national standard has been submitted to PEFC. click Read More below for additional detail
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Top Takeaways from “Digital Print: The Emerging Opportunity for Magazines & Catalogs”

Publishers have often spoken fondly of the potential of the “magazine of one” where all content and advertising is customized to readers’ interests. However, this concept has always been conceived in electronic formats. Developments in digital printing technology (especially inkjet) combined with publishers’ rich audience data, are presenting new ways for publishers to develop print products that are as customizable as online experiences. Speakers at Digital Print: The Emerging Opportunity Magazines & Catalogs explored how improvements in digital printing technology have raised the quality of digital printed pages while the price to print digital is declining. click Read More below for more of the story
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Euro-Graph Publishes September 2016 Statistics of the European Graphic Papers Industry

Total European shipments of Graphic Papers were down 4.3% vs. September 2016 and were down 5.2% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Newsprint were down 4.2% vs. September 2016 and were down 3.1% year-to-date. Total European shipments of SC-Magazine were UP 6.3% vs. September 2016 and were UP 2.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Mechanical Reels were down 8.1% vs. September 2016 and were down 8.5% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Mechanical (Improved & Others) were down 4.2% vs. September 2016 and were down 5.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Woodfree were down 8.0% vs. September 2016 and were down 7.5% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Woodfree were down 3.4% vs. September 2016 and were down 6.4% year-to-date.
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Royle Printing Named Best Workplace in the Americas in 2016

Royle Printing has been awarded the designation Best Workplace in the Americas 2016 from Printing Industries of America. This designation has been bestowed after a rigorous review in the program that honors those in the printing industry with exemplary human resource practices. The Best Workplace in the Americas program was created in 2000 to specifically honor printing companies that provide a superior work environment. A panel of highly respected HR professionals with decades of experience in the graphic arts industry reviewed the submissions. All of the winning companies actively show their employees that they care about their work environment, their personal goals and ambitions, as well as the needs of the company. Applicants were judged on eight criteria: Management Practices; Work Environment; Training and Development Opportunities; Financial Security; Workplace Health and Safety; Work-Life Balance; Recognition and Rewards; and Health and Wellness Programs. click Read More below for additional detail
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