UPM Raflatac is expanding its range of labeling solutions to support pharmaceutical companies in improving patient safety through secure and tamper-evident packaging. These solutions offer an easy route to achieving full compliance with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive on packaging for prescription drugs and high-risk, over-the-counter medicines. With tamper-evident labeling patients can be sure that their pharmaceutical products are authentic and have not been tampered with. UPM Raflatac's solutions work with pharmaceutical adhesive RP62EU to offer a range of tamper-verification safety features that lead to visible, irreversible damage or change to the packaging or label when removed while ease of opening the package remains the same: clear labels that tear cardboard packaging, void effect labels that permanently reveal a hidden pattern or text, and fragile seal label products that become irreversibly torn or broken. Additional features are also available, such as holographic effects. Click read more below for additional detail.
Keep Me Posted (KMP) is a global advocacy campaign working for the right of every consumer to choose, free of charge, how they receive important information from their service providers – on paper or electronically. Overseen by Two Sides North America, the KMP North America campaign will focus on educating and challenging corporations that are removing consumer choice and charging fees for paper. KMP has continued to grow its partnerships with consumer groups in both the United States and Canada. Partners include a diverse set of advocacy groups including the Coalition for Paper Options, Consumer Action, Haven Neighborhood Services, Montana Organizing Project, National Consumers League, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and The National Grange. The coalition will work to protect the consumer’s right to choose between paper and digital communications. Click read more below for additional detail.
Today, HASSLACHERLES, UPM Chudovo, IKEA Industry Novgorod and the Administration of the Novgorod region have signed a 4-parties letter of intent aiming at securing wood sourcing for UPM, IKEA Industry and HASSLACHERLES sites located in the Novgorod region in Russia. HASSLACHERLES will lease a forest from the Novogod region and use coniferous species to increase the production volume of glued timber beams and agrees to sell other wood species to UPM and IKEA Industry. The commercial terms of the sale will be subject to separate agreements between the relevant parties. Click read more below for additional detail.
WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) today announced that Jeff Chalovich, president, Corrugated Packaging, has assumed the role of chief commercial officer in addition to his leadership role of the Company’s Corrugated Packaging segment. As chief commercial officer, Chalovich leads the commercial excellence and enterprise solutions efforts across the Company. Pete Durette, executive vice president, has assumed the role of leading the Company’s corrugated container business within the Corrugated Packaging segment, reporting to Chalovich. Tom Stigers continues in his role as executive vice president of the containerboard mills. Click read more below for additional detail.
The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $26.5 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, a 10.9 percent increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were positive 3.2 percent, and comp sales in the U.S. were positive 3.7 percent. Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $2.3 billion, or $2.09 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.8 billion, or $1.52 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2017. The 14th week added approximately $0.21 per diluted share for the quarter and year. Click read more below for additional detail.
An investigation by Two Sides has found over 40% of local councils to be using unsubstantiated and misleading environmental claims about printed communication. Following an increasing number of individual “Greenwash” cases involving local councils being reported to Two Sides, an investigation was undertaken to identify the scale of misleading claims made by local government. An analysis of a random sample of 100 local councils found 42 to be making unsubstantiated claims about printed communication being bad for the environment. Misleading statements are being used by many of the UK’s largest councils: •“The paperless billing system… is better for the environment and saves money on postage and paper.” Birmingham City Council (1,137,100 residents) •“E-Billing is the fast, efficient, environmentally friendly way to receive your bills.” Liverpool City Council (491,500 residents) •“E-bills are more environmentally friendly as there is no paper or printing. Cardiff Council (362,756 residents). Click read more below for additional detail.
Charta Global will introduce the latest innovative, sustainable products available through the company’s Paperline, Opalina and Golden Coin suites at Expo Grafica in Mexico City from March 5-8. Products available on display will includethe new Paperline Signature premium grade digital copy paper, as well as newly expanded fluorescent and cyber colors within Paperline Color. Both products are acid free and designed for single or duplex high-speed ink jet, laser or offset output, ideal for brochures, inserts, flyers and other marketing materials. Other products on display at the Charta Global and APP booth #4519 include Golden Coin Briefcard for converting application in High Bulk, Manila and color folder options. Additionally, the company will display its line of Opalina products which has a 98 brightness, provide a smooth, opaque surface for intricate full coverage imagery, ideal for text books, invitations, greeting cards, business cards, tags and other related products. Click read more below for additional detail.
The month of April, in particular, could prove a critical inflection point for the direction of the market. Members of the OPEC cartel gather that month to consider whether to proceed with production cuts and the Trump administration makes critical decisions about U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil sector – and perhaps Venezuela’s too. Such decisions will have to be made as oil demand is boosted by the end of spring maintenance at global refineries and industry ramps up to prepare for the peak summer driving season. Click read more below for additional detail.
Less than a year after acquiring B2B publisher PennWell Corp. as part of a bid to expand its presence in the United States, London-based trade show producer Clarion Events has divested some 20-plus PennWell media brands and related events considered incidental to its future plans. The buyer, once again, is Nashville-based Endeavor Business Media, the private equity-backed publisher that has amassed more than 40 print and digital B2B media brands and nearly 400 employees in nine separate acquisitions since its formation by former SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell a year ago (more on Endeavor’s previous deals here, here and here). Click read more below for additional detail.
What’s that in the sky in Old Town, Maine? Your eyes don’t deceive you – that steam emission from the Old Town mill is proof we’re well on our way to adding a fourth production facility to the ND Paper family! Our team this week successfully fired our #5 package boiler. While this is one task of many yet to come, it marks a very important milestone in the journey to restarting the facility. Why? The #5 boiler is the first piece of major operating equipment to run in the mill since its idling in October 2015. Further, the mill will now be self-supplied with heat; up to this point, we’ve relied on portable heat units. This is a new beginning for Old Town, and we’re just getting started!