Blue4est® – Sustainability in Action!

In the second-to-last issue of Koehler Rundschau, we presented the latest addition to our thermal paper family: Blue4est®. A blue thermal paper that is one-of-a-kind, patented, and award-winning. And also durable, sustainable, and non-hazardous. This is a lot of superlatives for such a small roll of paper. But the new Blue4est® has it all – or actually not. For example, Blue4est® does not use Color formers and color developers – chemicals that are traditionally required to produce thermal paper. Blue4est®, on the other hand, works completely without the use of these substances. The color reaction, or alternatively thermal printing, is a purely physical reaction of the paper to heat. So that is the technology behind it. Click Read More below for additional information.
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California Passes Sweeping Net Neutrality Rules (mediapost.com)

Broadband providers in California will be prohibited from blocking or throttling traffic, charging higher fees for fast-lane service, and from exempting their own video streams from consumers' data caps, if a bill passed late last week is signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law, SB 822, which restores the Obama-era open internet rules, passed 27-12 in the California Senate and 61-18 in the Assembly. State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who sponsored the bill, calls it "the strongest net neutrality protections in the country." Advocacy group Fight for the Future called the bill's passage "a major victory for Internet activists who harnessed massive public outcry to pass the bill and a resounding defeat for big telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast." Click Read More below for additional information.
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Metsä Group starts cooperation with 4H in Finland to strengthen young people’s relationship with forests

Metsä Group has started cooperation with the Finnish 4H Organisation to strengthen young people’s relationship with forests and widen their understanding of forestry and the possibilities it offers. “Metsä Group is an important player in Finnish society. We employ a wide variety of jobs around the country and export products manufactured in Finland to international markets. Finnish forestry operates on a sustainable basis and its future outlook is very bright. The cooperation with the Finnish 4H aims to strengthen young peoples’ understanding of the economical, ecological and social significance of forestry as well as promote the excellent prospects the industry has to offer for the future both in Finland and globally,” says Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Senate Hearing on USPS Task Force Report Postponed (multichannelmerchant.com)

A Senate hearing on a task force report recommending U.S. Postal Service reforms, scheduled for Sept. 5, has been postponed as President Donald Trump is delaying release of the report, according to Reuters. The report was delivered to President Trump on Aug. 10. He has been hypercritical of Amazon’s relationship with the USPS, claiming it has received favored treatment and exacerbated the postal service’s fiscal woes, leading to formation of the task force this past spring. Trump has also had Twitter outbursts against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, a frequent administration critic. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Modern Litho Acquires St. Louis-Based Trio Printing (printingimpressions)

Modern Litho, a full-service commercial, catalog and publication printer headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., announced it has acquired Trio Printing of St. Louis. Serving similar clientele near The Hill, Trio Printing’s operation pairs well with the business model of Modern Litho’s St. Louis facility, located at 5111 Southwest Ave. “Trio Printing has had a successful presence in the St. Louis print industry for many years with well-established customer relationships and high standards of service. We are grateful that they have joined our team and we look forward to the opportunities to bring an enhanced level of capability and quality to the marketplace,” commented Darrell Moore, Modern Litho President. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Sappi Announces Price Increase Effective October 1, 2018

Sappi North America announces a list and transactional price increase on new and unconfirmed orders that book with confirmed delivery dates on or after Monday, October 1, 2018 on the following products: A 4% - 5% increase on: • Opus Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls – all basis weights, all finishes • Flo Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls – all basis weights, all finishes • EuroArt Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls – all basis weights, all finishes. Standard differentials and upcharges apply. This price increase includes all private label programs.
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Rouhani: Iran will export crude oil despite US pressure (AP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will continue exporting crude oil despite U.S. efforts to stop it through sanctions. Speaking to a group of oil officials on Tuesday, Rouhani said the U.S. is targeting oil exports as part of efforts to reimpose sanctions on Iran. “We will continue by all means to both produce and export” oil, Rouhani said in remarks broadcast on state TV. “Oil is in the frontline of confrontation and resistance.” Click Read More below for additional information.
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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Breaks Ground on New Green Bay Mill

Just two months after announcing plans to replace its current, 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill, leaders from Green Bay Packaging Inc. formally broke ground on constructing the first new paper mill in the State of Wisconsin in over 30 years. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined the company to mark the beginning of the largest business development project in the history of Brown County, Wisconsin. “We are proud to officially begin construction of our new, state-of-the-art paper mill in the city where our company was founded over 85 years ago,” said Green Bay Packaging President and CEO Will Kress. “This new facility is the result of the continued hard work and success of our dedicated employees and loyal customers.” Click Read More below for additional information.
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CBC Pulp And Paper Acquisition

Solenis has completed the acquisition of the pulp and paper chemical distribution business from Connell Bros. Co. (CBC) in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. All assets and business associated with the Solenis pulp and paper business represented by CBC in these countries are part of the deal, including inventory, accounts and field equipment. Additionally, CBC sales and technical personnel will be invited to transfer to Solenis, continuing the operation of the business. Click Read More below for additional information.
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