Reliable mail delivery and successful North American mail services are essential for consumers and businesses. At Domtar, we move about 30 percent of the products we make through the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post. We also advocate for the right to choose paper communications and strive to understand the impact postal affairs have on industry and consumer issues. Given our large stake in the success of mail services, particularly in the United States, we are strong advocates for comprehensive postal reform legislation. “We believe a citizen’s right to choose to receive essential information on paper should be protected, and we believe in protecting the interests of our industry,” says Tom Howard, Domtar’s vice president of government relations. We share our interest in postal affairs and postal reform with IWCO Direct, a leader in direct marketing for 50 years. Take a look at this postal affairs update for 2019 from IWCO Direct’s blog, written by Kurt Ruppel and reprinted with permission: Click Read More below for additional detail.
BNP Media is shuttering five of its trade magazines and merging others in a round of downsizing that will see several employees let go over the coming weeks. Appliance Design, Ceramic Industry, Hotel F&B, Reeves Journal and the Spanish-language Industria Alimenticia will each shut down by the end of May—some as soon as this week—while Brand Packaging will be folded into Packaging Strategies and Flexible Packaging, bimonthly SNAP into its sister title Architectural Record, and Distribution Trends into HVAC industry weekly The ACH&R News. “Given the past performance of these brands, the current marketing conditions, and the foreseeable future, it does not make business sense to continue them,” said an internal memo sent out Monday, March 18. “This is not an easy decision but one that we believe is best for the overall health of BNP Media.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
Metsä Wood, part of Metsä Group, has started test runs on the new 65,000-cubic-metre Kerto LVL line at the Punkaharju mill. The investment will increase the mill's production of Kerto LVL by about 50 per cent. The installation phase of the investment project, launched at the beginning of 2018, was completed on schedule. The first products from the new line will be available for sale in April. In 2017–2018, Metsä Group made its largest investments in wood products. In addition to the Punkaharju mill, there was an investment in Kerto LVL in Lohja, where a new line was introduced a year and a half ago. Since then, the Äänekoski birch veneer mill and the Pärnu birch plywood mill have also started operations. Click Read More below for additional detail.
How far has production inkjet printing come, where does it have room to improve, and what obstacles to its adoption remain? Inkjet Summit 2019 advisory board members and leading digital printing industry consultants Marco Boer, Elizabeth Gooding, and Barb Pellow offer their insights. In what ways has production inkjet printing become a “mature” technology, i.e., shown itself to be proven and reliable? BOER: Production inkjet technology has proven to be more reliable and productive for transaction, direct mail, and book publishing applications than many had anticipated. The operational models are so well established that manufacturers will not sell a production inkjet device to someone whose volumes would not support a positive return-on-investment. From a technology performance and economic perspective, “mature” is about as good a definition as you can hope for. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Revenue at Penguin Random House rose 1.9% in 2018 over 2017 and earnings increased 1.3%, PRH parent company Bertelsmann reported this morning. Total revenue was €3.42 billion ($3.87 billion at current exchange rates) up from €3.36 billion in 2017, while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) and rose to €528 million from €521 million. Bertelsmann said growth was due to a “strong bestseller performance, acquisitions, and growth in digital audio downloads” which offset the impact of negative exchange rates. Bertelsmann in particular pointed to the growth of digital audio, which “grew substantially in all the core markets,” and the sales performance of Michelle Obama’s Becoming (which sold 7 million copies around the world last year following its publication in November) as the biggest growth drivers in the year. In the U.S., the Dr. Seuss franchise also helped drive sales, with PRH selling more than 11 million copies of the children’s book classics. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Smurfit Kappa has seen a marked increase in the number of companies seeking sustainable replacements for shrink film for multipacks. The packaging leader, which launched its Better Planet Packaging initiative last year, has been working on a portfolio of products designed to replace shrink film, starting with the innovative Nor-Grip solution. Assembled in an automated packing line, the Nor-Grip is an innovative corrugated solution that securely bundles products, such as large bottles, together into consumer units eliminating the need for shrink film. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Sun Chemical has joined CEFLEX, the collaborative European consortium of companies and associations representing the entire flexible packaging value chain. This important initiative will facilitate increasing amounts of consumer flexible packaging to be recycled and Sun Chemical is looking forward to actively contributing and leveraging its global R&D resources in supporting the project to shape the flexible packaging market for the future. “Developing more sustainable flexible packaging solutions designed for a circular economy has become a global issue. A collaborative initiative encompassing the whole industry, as CEFLEX does, therefore has the best chance of making a real impact on resolving these issues and we are keen to play our part in this important joint venture,” comments Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Chemical. “As a global supplier of both printing inks and lamination adhesives, Sun Chemical is uniquely placed to contribute to the development of next-generation structures and products that will drive the circular economy for flexible packaging and assist in our customers meeting their sustainability goals.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
Two Sides North America recently released a fact sheet outlining key facts and figures about the environmental sustainability of the North American pulp and paper industry. The information was compiled from over twenty different reports, studies, and sources. Below are some of the highlights of the fact sheet: Forest area is stable to growing in North America. The key causes of deforestation are not forestry, but rather agriculture, urbanization, hydro and other industrial development (ex: oil and gas). Sustainable forestry practices, either voluntarily or through regulation, ensure that the majority of harvested areas are replanted to regenerate forests. Nearly half of the globally certified forests are located in North America. Forest certification based on standards such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council, promotes strong forest management practices which result in economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just outcomes. Many companies in North America comply with these standards and the forest area certified increases annually. Click Read More below for additional detail.
From the beginning of 2019 approximately one third of the nutrients used by UPM Kaukas mill integrate’s biological wastewater treatment plant has been replaced by Kekkilä Recycling Joutseno composting plant’s side stream: reject water rich in nitrogen. The co-operation is another exciting step towards the 2030 target of using only recycled nutrients for wastewater treatment at all UPM sites around the world. Using recycled nutrients is the third commitment UPM has made to the Baltic Sea Action Group, an organisation devoted to protecting the Baltic Sea. UPM Kaukas uses all the nutrients available at the Joutseno composting plant replacing around 4,5 tonnes of nitrogen each month. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Total European shipments of graphic papers in January 2019 were down 4.6% vs. January 2018 and are down 4.6% year-to-date. Total European shipments of newsprint in January 2019 were UP 1.1% vs. January 2018 and are UP 1.1% year-to-date. Total European shipments of sc-magazine in January 2019 were down 1.6% vs. January 2018 and are down 1.6% year-to-date. Total European shipments of coated mechanical reels in January 2019 were down 8.4% vs. January 2018 and are down 8.4% year-to-date. Click Read More below for additional detail.