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Label Traxx acquired by Amtech (labelandnarrowweb.com)

Amtech, LLC, an industrial software solutions provider to the packaging industry, has completed its acquisition of Label Traxx and its software suite for the label printing and flexible packaging segments. According to Amtech, the combination further solidifies Amtech’s position as a sought-after industrial software platform to the packaging industry. The combined company will provide software solutions to more than 750 customers and 1,200 manufacturing sites spanning packaging end markets across the globe, including in North America, Latin America and Europe. Label Traxx provides a comprehensive software suite with end-to-end capabilities including ERP, MES, MIS, CRM, and other solutions that are complementary to Amtech. The company serves a diverse, global customer base spanning more than 500 manufacturing sites that supply a wide variety of end markets.
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ANDRITZ invites to “TissueTalk” webinar: competitive edge in tissue production through digitalization and AI

ANDRITZ automation and digitalization experts invite you to join them for a webinar to dive into the future of tissue production – from cutting-edge operational methodologies to artificial intelligence for a more efficient, sustainable, and autonomous tissue production. April 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Major topics presented: How can digital trends revolutionize tissue production and how can digital integration in plant life cycles be done? What does operational excellence mean and how can it be implemented in new and existing mills? How to reach significant reductions in raw material and energy consumption and thus minimize the environmental footprint? How can the strategy for OT cyber security look like? *Competitive edge in tissue, by Georg Krogger, Director Capital Automation and Digitalization Sales *Metris – simplify operations, by Daniel Schuck, Vice President Digital Solutions *Metris – improve operator experience, by Neeraj Nagpal, Director Digital Products & Solutions *A lifetime of operational excellence, by Erich Gatterer, Director Business Development and Sales, Automation and Digitalization
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New services for forest owners to support biodiversity

This spring, UPM launched a new service package, UPM Nature Management Services, to provide Finnish forest owners with more options to enhance biodiversity. The first nature management services to be offered are assisting forest owners in applying for an environmental subsidy and a controlled burning service. More new services will be available later this year. The environmental subsidy (Metka, forestry incentive scheme in Finland) allows forest owners to apply for compensation to protect a valuable habitat in their forest. UPM will help forest owners to determine the eligibility of the habitat and apply for the subsidy on their behalf. UPM also provides help with other conservation options such as METSO (voluntary conservation scheme for forest owners). Controlled burning, in turn, can provide habitats for species that have become endangered as a result of effective fire suppression. As part of this service, UPM investigates on behalf of the forest owner whether the forest stand is eligible for a Metka subsidy and prepares the application before the actual work. The service also includes the controlled burning itself.
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WestRock’s FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

WestRock Company announced that its FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label. The FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag represents a renewable alternative to petroleum-based products, using up to 88% fewer fossil fuel-based plastics than traditional plastic options. These plant-based horticulture tags enable WestRock customers to achieve plastic-reduction goals while ensuring critical functionality in greenhouse, nursery and retail environments. “WestRock is very proud to receive a certification from the USDA recognizing the role our products play in ensuring a more sustainable future,” said Sam Shoemaker, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock. “Our teams are committed to pioneering technological advances and innovative product solutions to help our customers reach their sustainability goals.”
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Metsä Board inaugurates Europe’s largest and most modern folding boxboard machine in Husum, Sweden

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, inaugurated its upgraded folding boxboard machine in Husum, Sweden, on the 11th of April. In 2016, Metsä Board started up a new folding boxboard machine, BM1, in Husum with a capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year. An investment of EUR 230 million was completed in 2023 to increase the annual capacity of the BM1 folding boxboard machine to respond to the growing demand for sustainably produced packaging materials that support the circular economy. With an increased annual capacity of 600,000 tonnes of folding boxboard, the BM1 is Europe's largest and most modern of its kind and is run with 98% renewable energy. “With the investment in the folding boxboard capacity at Husum, Metsä Board is well positioned to meet the growing demand for fibre-based packaging materials. We are dedicated to supporting our customers with high quality and resource-efficient solutions that help replace fossil-based materials and support the circular economy,” says Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Board.
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HMH’s Innovative, Integrated Solutions Recognized in 2024 EdTech Cool Tool Awards

Learning technology company HMH announced that three of its solutions have been honored in EdTech Digest’s 2024 EdTech Cool Tool Awards. HMH Read 180 was named the winner in the literacy/reading category. HMH was also named a finalist for two of its integrated solutions – English 3D and HMH Math 180. Presented by EdTech Digest, the EdTech Awards recognize people for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. HMH Read 180 was named winner in “Literacy/Reading Solution”: HMH Read 180 represents a blended learning solution meticulously designed to elevate literacy proficiency and cultivate a growth mindset in Grades 3--12. Functioning as an intervention program, it extends essential support to all students reading below grade level, encompassing those with disabilities, special education requirements, and multilingual learners.
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Postmedia Reports Second Quarter Results

Revenue for the quarter was $97.3 million as compared to $111.8 million in the same period in the prior year, representing a decrease of $14.5 million (13.0%). The revenue decrease was primarily due to decreases in advertising revenue of $11.3 million (20.8%) and circulation revenue of $4.1 million (11.1%), partially offset by increases in parcel revenue of $2.4 million (20.5%). Net loss in the quarter ended February 29, 2024 was $20.1 million, as compared to a net loss of $20.8 million in the same period in the prior year. The decrease in net loss was primarily the result of decreases in depreciation and restructuring expenses, as well as a decrease in foreign exchange losses, partially offset by an increase in operating loss before depreciation, amortization and restructuring, and a decrease in gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, assets held-for-sale and other assets.
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IPG’s Danville Manufacturing Plant Awarded TRUE Zero Waste Certification by Green Business Certification Inc.

IPG (Intertape Polymer Group) announced that its Danville, VA manufacturing plant, which produces carton sealing tape, stretch film, air pillows, and polyethylene (PE) tape, was awarded TRUE Zero Waste Certification under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) rating system. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities measure, improve, and recognize zero waste performance by encouraging the adoption of sustainable waste management and reduction practices, which contribute to positive environmental, health and economic outcomes. The Danville, VA facility is the first IPG manufacturing plant to obtain this certification. The IPG Danville team has implemented numerous recycling initiatives over the years and now has a diversion rate of 97.5%. In 2023, the plant diverted over 16 million pounds of material from the landfill, mostly through recycling efforts. By implementing the TRUE Zero Waste program, the plant has enhanced its already robust culture of zero waste.
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Royle Printing Celebrates Success in the 2024 Graphics Excellence Awards

We are thrilled to announce our remarkable success in the 2024 Graphics Excellence Awards (GEA) competition hosted by The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA). This prestigious recognition highlights our unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation in the printing industry. We’re proud to share that we’ve received not just one but two prestigious awards in this year's competition. Our team is pleased to receive a Best of Division Award for Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Special Anniversary Issue and an Award of Excellence for Destination Madison’s Visitor Guide, reaffirming our commitment to delivering top-notch quality and service to our clients. The judging process, which took place from March 13-15, 2024, was conducted by a panel of independent judges carefully selected for their extensive expertise in printing, packaging, and print production. The GEA competition stands as one of the largest regional printing competitions in the nation, making this achievement all the more meaningful.
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Production Inkjet Printing Delivers Flexibility, Cost Savings

Despite the popularity of digital platforms, print is still alive and well – and it’s ripe for innovation. Nowhere is that more evident than with production inkjet printing. Offset printing continues to occupy the largest segment in the printing technology space, but production inkjet printing is growing in popularity among book printers, direct mail providers and marketers looking for cost-effective ways to create customized content and/or respond dynamically to consumer demand. “Print buyers are interested in smaller print runs with hundreds or thousands of pieces instead of tens of thousands or more. And they want variable data and customization capabilities so they can run more targeted campaigns and niche promotions,” says Meredith Collins, channel marketing manager for Domtar Paper. “Advancements in production inkjet printing mean you can now do all of that with greater flexibility.”
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HEINZEL GROUP Reports Results for 2023

HEINZEL GROUP announces its performance for the year 2023, showcasing resilience in a complex market environment. The company reports a healthy €135,0 million of Operating Cash Flow and a simultaneous 6% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the previous year, underscoring its dedication to both economic performance and sustainability. HEINZEL GROUP achieved net sales of €2,214.9 million in 2023, with an EBITDA of €116.5 million. Notable successes of 2023 include the startup of unbleached pulp production at Heinzel Pöls as well as the preparation of the integration of Steyrermühl operations acquired from UPM in Austria. Sebastian Heinzel, CEO of HEINZEL GROUP, commented, "In 2023 we have demonstrated resilience in challenging market conditions, especially in the containerboard segment, and we have laid the groundworks for future successes.” The Steyrermühl mill has become part of HEINZEL GROUP on January 1, 2024. The rebuilding of PM6 machine there remains well on track, with production of kraft papers slated to commence in May 2024.
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Energy drinks buzz with new designs and sustainable packaging

Beverage makers such as Rockstar and Celsius are innovating to keep their current consumers and reach new ones — and packaging manufacturers are along for the ride. When energy drink manufacturers work with packaging supplier WestRock on projects such as rethinking their multipacks, they have a few requests. “We see the ongoing ask of us as suppliers to do things better, faster, cheaper, more sustainable,” said John Perkins, vice president of global packaging systems at WestRock. It may seem like a laundry list, but it’s critical in the buzzing sector that is energy drinks. Established companies, like Monster and Red Bull, are revamping portfolios and packaging designs.
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Marketers Embrace Technology to Strategically Integrate Print and Digital

A study released today by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) reveals that 91% of marketers with print marketing programs are embracing strategic integration of print and digital channels in 2024. Of those, 51% describe their print and digital marketing channels as “closely integrated and tightly coordinated.” The Print Impact Report, the company’s latest annual printing industry report, compares how 300+ marketing decision makers are planning, executing, and adjusting their strategies as well as integrating technologies into print marketing campaigns. The Print Impact Report found marketers are embracing technology to support their print campaigns, with 31% of marketers planning to use AI to support their print marketing efforts and 32% already using the technology. The study also found that 39% of marketers have adopted web-to-print technology, citing the following main advantages: reduced costs through on-demand printing (50%), personalization and customization of the message (37%), improved efficiencies and streamlined workflow (36%) and enhanced brand consistency (31%).
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Change in Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team

Stora Enso appoints Tuomas Hallenberg as Executive Vice President of the Forest division and a member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT). He will join Stora Enso during the fourth quarter of 2024 and report to President and CEO of Stora Enso, Hans Sohlström. In this role, Hallenberg will succeed Per Lyrvall who will retire at the end of the first quarter 2025. Tuomas Hallenberg has long and diverse experience in forest business leadership. He is currently working as Senior Vice President, Property Development and Renewables, for Metsähallitus (the Finnish national forest company managing forest land and territorial water areas exceeding 12 million hectares). Prior to that, he has held several leadership roles at Metsähallitus since 2014. Between 1998 and 2014, Tuomas held various leadership and management roles at UPM, mainly in the wood sourcing and forest operations. He has a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Master of Business Administration degree.
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A Fork in the Road: Walmart Bets on Associates, Automation

At Walmart Distribution Center 6020 in Brooksville, Florida, we’re used to pioneering new technology. In fact, 6020 was Walmart’s first high-tech DC. Once again, innovation is afoot in our facility, where associates have been working alongside a new autonomous forklift system that’s bolstering their skills and bettering their jobs while building our business. After a 16-month proof of concept, I’m proud to announce Walmart is taking another step into the future, rolling 19 autonomous forklifts across four high-tech DCs, with the potential for more as we evaluate the benefits to our associates and operations. I believe these benefits will be wide ranging. And I should know – I’ve seen them firsthand.
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Wisconsin Brands Johnsonville, Leinenkugel’s Link Up For Beer Brats (mediapost.com)

Two Midwest summer mainstays joined forces on a new product bringing together two flavors long associated with each other. Wisconsin brand beer Leninenkugel’s and sausage company Johnsonville partnered on the Summer Shandy Beer Brat, a grilling sausage infused with the flavor of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy (a shandy is a style of beer mixed with lemonade). The beer brats will be available for sale through late July at participating retailers across 19 states in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southeast. Johnsonville is also making it available for sale to consumers outside these regions through its website, while supplies last. It’s a partnership with an air of inevitability, bringing together two brands often served alongside each other.
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Groundbreaking study confirms FSC standards are vital for thriving wildlife in tropical forests

A new study reveals compelling evidence that forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) in Gabon and the Republic of Congo harbour a higher abundance of larger mammals and critically endangered species, such as gorillas and elephants, compared to non-FSC certified forests. The research was led by Utrecht University with support from WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and was published in Nature on 10 April 2024. It underscores the effectiveness of measures implemented in FSC-certified forest concessions to safeguard wildlife. By meticulously counting individual animals and strategically positioning camera traps, the research conducted by Joeri Zwerts confirmed that certified concessions notably harbor a larger population of large mammals – 2.7 times more for mammals over 100 kg, such as gorillas and forests elephants, and 2.5 times more for mammals from 30–100 kg, such as leopards and chimpanzees – when compared to non-FSC-certified areas. In addition, the encounter rates observed of large mammals in FSC-certified forests were comparable to published data from recently monitored protected areas in the Congo Basin region.
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Now the jointly owned biorefinery for biofuel has opened

The jointly owned biorefinery, owned by SCA and St1, is now inaugurated. When fully operational in Gothenburg, the refinery will contribute an annual production of around 200,000 tons of renewable fuel. Mikael Källgren, Business Area Manager for Renewable Energy at SCA, notes that the inauguration marks a new milestone for SCA. The facility is the first where SCA produces renewable vehicle fuel, and SCA's share in the facility is 25 percent. The partnership and production at the facility also mean that SCA's pulp mills will be able to supply tall oil, a by-product from pulp production, for further processing at the new factory. The factory has undergone a start-up phase since the beginning of the year and has now commenced operations to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), biodiesel (HVO), bio-naphtha, and bio-LPG. The inauguration of the refinery in Gothenburg also marks the culmination of a long process where an idea and vision have transformed into a state-of-the-art facility.
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Georgia-Pacific Investing More than $150 Million to Grow Consumer Tissue Business

Georgia-Pacific today announced an investment of more than $150 million to rebuild a paper machine at its mill in Wauna, Oregon. This investment will rebuild a 1965-vintage paper machine into a world-class machine to make paper for Angel Soft® and strategic private label bath tissue. This modernization project helps position the mill and the overall business to continue to be competitive in the market. Engineering and related work has begun, and startup of the machine is scheduled for 2026. At peak construction, 500 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill. “We are excited to invest in our market leading Angel Soft® bath tissue and strategic private label brands we support," said Vivek Joshi, president of Georgia-Pacific's retail tissue, towel and napkin business. "This investment will allow us to grow these brands and continue to serve our loyal consumers with the great quality they have come to expect.”
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Canfor Announces Restructuring to Position Alabama Operations for the Future

Canfor Corporation announced that it will optimize its footprint in southern Alabama by permanently closing its Jackson facility and expanding production at its Fulton facility with a second shift. These steps, together with the previously announced construction of a new, state-of-the art greenfield sawmill in Axis, will grow the Company’s regional manufacturing platform by 100 million board feet of production capacity and consolidate operations at modern facilities that are well positioned to be competitive for the long-term. “Canfor is working to optimize our operational footprint in southern Alabama to ensure we have wellcapitalized and highly efficient manufacturing facilities,” said Lee Goodloe, President, Canfor Southern Pine. “To this end, we are making the difficult decision to close the aging Jackson mill at the end of June, while expanding production at our nearby Fulton facility. We recognize this decision impacts our Jackson employees and community. However, we expect the majority of our employees will have an opportunity at either our expanded operation in Fulton, which will add a second shift, or in Axis once the new facility opens later this year.”
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2.8 million acres and counting…

World Land Trust is one of the most successful environmental organizations in the world, protecting vulnerable areas of land from deforestation and destruction. As a global non-profit that safeguards the world’s most threatened habitats and wildlife species, the success of World Land Trust (WLT) lies in the amount of land it protects, and in 2023, over 177,200 acres (71,710 hectares) were protected from deforestation and development. This brings the total amount of land saved since the charity’s foundation over 30 years ago to over 2.8 million acres – that’s equivalent to the size of Jamaica. WLT form partnerships with local environmental groups and NGOs, giving them the financial and technical assistance to protect and manage the protected areas. WLT understands the value of people who know the area and the importance it has in the lives of the communities that live there.
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U.S. Postal Service Recommends New Prices for July 2024

The U. S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of mailing services price changes to take effect July 14, 2024. The new rates include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 68 cents to 73 cents. The proposed adjustments, approved by the governors of the Postal Service, would raise mailing services product prices approximately 7.8 percent. If favorably reviewed by the commission, the price changes would include: U.S. Postal Service Recommends New Prices for July 2024: Product - Current Price - Planned Price: *Letters (1 oz.) - 68 cents - 73 cents; *Letters (metered 1 oz.) - 64 cents - 69 cents *Domestic Postcards - 53 cents - 56 cents; *International Postcards - $1.55 - $1.65; *International Letter (1 oz.) - $1.55 - $1.65.
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DS Smith announces agreement with Jonsac for the sourcing of sustainable paper bags for e-commerce customers

The partnership will see the two companies collaborate to accelerate the transition from plastic to paper bags within the e-commerce marketplace in Europe at scale, and the solutions will be available to customers across all DS Smith markets in Europe. DS Smith and Jonsac will provide an product range to meet customer requirements while looking ahead at the types of packaging solutions that will be valuable for the ecommerce sector in the future, in line with key market requirements and fast changing consumer trends. The bags will be 100% fibre-based and recyclable, and DS Smith customers will benefit from the opportunity to order consignments at high-volume in support of their ecommerce activities. The new agreement between the companies represents an addition to an existing arrangement where Jonsac supply paper bag packaging solutions to DS Smith customers within the Nordics region.
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Metsä Group starts pre-engineering project for Muoto™ wood fibre packaging products

After promising results from the ongoing demonstration phase, Metsä Group has decided to conduct, in parallel with the demo phase, a pre-engineering project related to a possible first commercial-scale factory. Muoto™ packages are renewable and recyclable bioproducts that can be utilised in, e.g., takeaway, berry, tray, and combo packaging. Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring has decided to start a pre-engineering project for the first commercial factory producing the new packaging solution, Muoto™. Muoto products are wood-based alternatives to plastic packaging. Pre-engineering is a key planning phase, after which Metsä Group will have the conditions of factory planning in place to consider deciding on the factory investment, and it is expected to be completed in early 2025. Based on the outcome of pre-engineering and the continued work in the demo phase, mainly using a unique demo plant in Äänekoski, Finland, Metsä Group will assess the possibility of starting this new business and investing in a factory to support that business. Metsä Group has already decided that the possible factory would be located at its Rauma site in Finland.
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UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle™ recycling service wins 2024 Innovator Award from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition

UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle™ recycling service recently won the 2024 Innovator Award for Innovation in a Recovery Technology or Practice at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact event. ”This award is a testament to our ongoing commitment to contributing to the circular economy. By collecting and recycling the release liner waste through RafCycle service, we help businesses in the label industry meet their sustainability goals. This is true not only for our customers, but their customers as well,” said Michael Garretson, Manager, RafCycle, UPM Raflatac Americas. The SPC Innovator Awards recognize meaningful contributions and advancements towards more sustainable packaging. The awards showcase the outstanding collaboration behind extraordinary advancements in sustainability. Recognized as the original label release liner recycling service, RafCycle by UPM Raflatac has over 400 partners worldwide.
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O’Rourke Media Group Buys Pennsylvania Newspapers (mediapost.com)

O’Rourke Media Group, based in Gilbert, Arizona, has acquired Times Publishing Newspapers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Times Publishing publishes Doylestown Observer, Fairless Focus, Langhorne Ledger, Morrisville Times, Newtown Gazette, Northampton Herald, New Hope News, Lower Southampton Spirit, Warwick Journal and Yardley Voice. These newspapers are delivered through the post office to over 120,000 households, 11 months per year. O’Rourke Media Group operates newspapers, websites and other publications in Delaware, Virginia and Vermont.
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Sonoco and ENGIE Announce 140 Megawatt Virtual Power Purchase Agreement

Sonoco Products Company and ENGIE North America announced that they have entered into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (“VPPA”) for production from ENGIE’s Big Sampson Wind Project (“Big Sampson”), a wind power project currently under construction in Crockett County, Texas. Under the VPPA and subject to certain conditions, Sonoco and ENGIE have agreed to contract for an estimated 140 megawatts of electricity per year, representing approximately 48% of Sonoco’s U.S. electricity consumption in 2025 and approximately 52% of the expected output capacity of Big Sampson, for a term of 15 years commencing upon Big Sampson’s entry into commercial operation. The VPPA represents another step in Sonoco’s integrated approach to corporate sustainability. The Company aims to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 25% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline through various corporate initiatives, including improved packaging design, installing energy-efficient equipment and procuring renewable energy sources. The VPPA is an example of these efforts, with renewable energy credits acquired under the VPPA expected to help reduce Sonoco’s baseline carbon emissions by approximately 14%.
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SCA first with electric timber truck in the forest

For two years, SCA has operated the world's first electric timber truck for timber transports between SCA’s timber terminal Gimonäs and Obbola paper mill. "It's going very well. We have also tried using the truck to collect timber in the forest, and it was a very successful trial. Therefore, we felt it was time to take the next step in electrifying our heavy transports together with Scania," says Mikael Sundelin, Head of Business Development at Industrial Supply, SCA Skog. "Our new electric timber truck has a better range and will drive to timber storage areas in the forest where it loads the timber for further transport to one of our timber terminals. We expect the truck to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 170 tons per year compared to a regular timber truck," says Anton Ahlinder, Business Developer at Industrial Supply, SCA Skog.
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Research shows food and beverage companies committed to plastic reduction, prompted by consumer demand

Today’s food and beverage (F&B) companies are poised to minimise plastic as a favoured2 packaging material, as recent research has unveiled that three out of the top five commitments made by business leaders to address sustainability challenges include the reduction of plastic usage.3 Tetra Pak’s research examined F&B manufacturers’ attitude to sustainability, now and in five years' time.4 Half of the surveyed businesses pinpointed consumer demand as the main catalyst behind implementing new sustainable solutions within the manufacturing and processing arena. This echoes the sentiment found in a separate Tetra Pak consumer study on packaging.5 It found the intention to buy among almost three out of four respondents (74%) would increase if a brand talked about environmental topics,6 while 42% believe that an “environmentally sound package” justifies a higher price,7 providing the industry with a reassuring case for adopting a business model that reduces environmental impact.
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Ahlstrom launches LeafSaver, an innovative solution for the collection and ambient temperature preservation of plants, fungi, insects, and parasites

In the dynamic landscape of biological research, efficient preservation of nucleic acid samples is crucial for unlocking insights into the genetic makeup of various organisms. However, this task can prove challenging, particularly in the case of plant specimens where degradation can occur rapidly. For this purpose, Ahlstrom, a global leader in life sciences and molecular diagnostics, announces the extension of its specimen collection cards portfolio with the addition of LeafSaver, a card designed for the collection, transport, and storage of plants, fungi, insects, and parasites. Unlike traditional preservation methods, which often require freezing or refrigeration, Ahlstrom LeafSaver allows DNA preservation directly on the card at ambient temperature. This eliminates the need for specialized storage conditions, simplifying logistics, bringing sustainability benefits and reducing costs associated with cold chain transportation. The card can also be shipped by regular mail without the need for plastic wrapping, such as a plastic envelope or bag.
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Pixelle Renames Industry-Leading Book Paper Brand

Pixelle Specialty Solutions announced a new name for their popular bulking book papers brand. 1864 Trade Book and 1864 End Leaf, the print medium of choice for book publishers and book manufacturers for more than a century, will be renamed Authors Trade Book and Authors End Leaf, respectively. The new branding is effective immediately. “Our premium trade book and end leaf papers have graced the pages of countless bestsellers, classics, and memoirs,” said Ross Bushnell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re committed to consistently delivering the highest-quality book papers in all the same basis weights, shades and bulks, but now with a new name more fitting for our customers.”
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Lawmakers Unveil Privacy Bill That Would Restrict Behavioral Advertising (mediapost.com)

Bipartisan lawmakers on Sunday unveiled a discussion draft of a sweeping privacy bill that could restrict companies' ability to serve targeted ads to consumers. The proposed American Privacy Rights Act of 2024, introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and House Energy And Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), would require companies to allow consumers to opt out of targeted advertising based on non-sensitive data that is linkable to individuals or devices. The measure would also prohibit companies from transferring consumers' “sensitive” data for targeted advertising without their explicit consent.
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Schumann Printers Welcomes the Arrival of New ECS Eagle and ECS Ospray Inkjet Devices

We're thrilled to announce our latest investment in the ECS Eagle and ECS Ospray inkjet devices. These two devices recently landed at our facility, and will be up and running soon. They are poised to help transform print production in our bindery with mailing applications. They will set new standards for efficiency, quality, and versatility. Read below more about what makes these inkjet devices exceptional. ECS Ospray Inkjet Print Head Features: *Enhanced Speed: *Optimized Design: *Cost-Effective Printing: *User-Friendly Features: *Versatile Applications. ECS Eagle Inkjet Print Head Features: *Unmatched Speed: *Superior Quality: *Seamless Printing: *Cost-Effective Imaging: *Unrivaled Versatility:
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The European Deforestation-free products Regulation (EUDR)

Starting from December 2024, the European Union Deforestation-free products Regulation (EUDR) will be implemented. This new legislation aims to prevent the sale of seven commodity products – soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa, coffee, and rubber – that are major drivers of deforestation, if sourced from areas affected by deforestation or forest degradation practices. By promoting the consumption of “deforestation-free” products and reducing the EU’s impact on global deforestation and forest degradation, the new EUDR is expected to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. The EUDR will require us to provide evidence that every quantity of pulp we purchase from outside the EU comes from areas free from deforestation. To comply with the Regulation, wood must have been harvested from land that was not subject to deforestation and without inducing forest degradation after December 31, 2020.
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Lane Press Installs New Osako Tener Saddle Stitch System to Increase Finishing Capacity

Lane Press, a leading magazine printing company based in Vermont, announced that it is increasing its finishing throughput with the installation of a new Osako saddle stitch binding system. Installation of the Osako Tener Alpha Saddle Stitcher is currently underway, and the unit is expected to be fully operational by mid-April. The state-of-the-art binder is rated to produce 12,500 books per hour and includes automation capabilities that reduce setup and make-ready times. With these combined attributes, Lane Press expects the Osako to substantially increase its bindery production capacity. This will be Lane’s fourth high-speed saddle stitch binder, complimenting two perfect binding lines.
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UPM Raflatac Receives APR Design® for Recyclability Recognitions for Three Types of BOPP Label Solutions

UPM Raflatac, a global supplier of innovative and sustainable self-adhesive paper and film products, has been formally recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for three types of biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) label products for HDPE and PP package recycling. These include Undecorated BOPP with hotmelt adhesive, Undecorated BOPP with RW85C, and Metalized undecorated BOPP with general purpose acrylic adhesive. APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition provides third-party validation that a package or packaging component’s design is compatible with the North American recycling system. This process has now confirmed that UPM Raflatac’s BOPP products, as stated above, have met the highest criteria for recyclability according to the APR Design® Guide. UPM Raflatac’s latest recognitions are all for HDPE and PP recycling.
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RRD Expands Label Capacity to Enhance Efficiency and Support eCommerce

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced it is expanding its labels production capacity with the installation of four new presses in ISO 9001:2015 certified facilities across the U.S. The presses will deliver faster total throughput, enhancing efficiency and flexibility to support clients’ diversified needs. All presses are expected to be fully operational by midyear 2024. *Two ETI flexo presses will be outfitted to vertically integrate face and liners paper to create pressure sensitive label stock. *One Mark Andy P9 flexo press will produce variable image labels. *One Mark Andy digital hybrid press will be installed to allow RRD to serve clients in a more rapid environment to address their ever-changing needs. This expansion comes amid a booming eCommerce market which, according to Statista, eCommerce revenue is expected to grow by 51% in the U.S. between 2024 and 2029, with expectations to surpass one trillion U.S. dollars. With this sustained growth comes increased demand for variable imaged labels, enabling RRD to provide end-to-end solutions to a range of clients of many sizes and locations.
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IP – Further statement regarding possible offer for DS Smith plc

International Paper Company is pleased to provide an update on its possible offer for DS Smith plc, pursuant to which International Paper would acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of DS Smith. International Paper confirms that significant progress has been made in reciprocal due diligence as facilitated by the DS Smith Board and Management, and that it is now in a position to provide shareholders with more detail on the type and quantum of synergies it believes would arise from the Combination. Corrugated packaging solutions is a core component of DS Smith's business. Due diligence has confirmed International Paper's belief that the Combination will significantly strengthen the combined packaging business and customer offerings – with packaging representing 84% of International Paper's current sales, approximately $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion1) of which is driven from European sales.
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HMH Named Finalist in Nine 2024 CODiE Award Categories

Learning technology company HMH has been named a finalist in nine categories for the 2024 CODiE Awards, including “Best Suite of Connected/Integrated Solutions” for its comprehensive core, intervention, assessment and professional learning offerings. Presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the CODiE Awards honor excellence in leading technology products and services, with awards given to products demonstrating innovation, vision and overall industry impact. “At HMH, we are focused on simplifying educators’ lives and creating meaningful learning experiences that improve outcomes for all students,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO, HMH. “We believe that transformative edtech prioritizes human connection and community by extending teachers’ capabilities so they can focus on what matters most—their students. We are honored to be recognized for our comprehensive and connected solutions.”
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Amazon is Working to Reduce Overreliance on its Signature Brown Boxes (mytotalretail.com)

Every year, the U.S. goes through enough cardboard boxes for shipping to pave a one-mile-wide road from New York City to Los Angeles three times, or build a mile-high cardboard wall around the entire continental U.S. Getting rid of overreliance on Amazon.com's signature brown box is a key goal of the retail giant and its consumer partners, reports CNBC. In 2022, 11 percent of Amazon orders worldwide were sent in original manufacturer packaging. The company has yet to release its 2023 figure for the initiative designed to get rid of Amazon’s signature brown box, called the Ships in Product Packaging program. Total Retail's Take: The abundance of packaging needed to keep up with consumers' e-commerce purchases only continues to grow; however, more retailers and brands are now working to address the issue. Amazon initially launched the Ships in Product Packaging program in 2023 for vendors, and in February 2024 opened it to sellers. It identifies products that might work, contacts vendors and then, to ensure that packages won’t be damaged during delivery, Amazon works with those companies to test product packaging. Some companies that sell on Amazon say they will no longer develop new products that can’t be shipped without additional Amazon boxing.
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Six steps companies can take now to prepare for EUDR

The EU Commission is set to provide further clarity regarding the requirements of the European Union Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR). Yet, organizations don’t need to wait to begin their journey toward EUDR compliance. Here are six steps companies - including FSC certificate and licence holders - can take now to prepare for EUDR compliance before 31 December 2024. STEP 1: Create an inventory list of your commodities and/or products in scope STEP 2: Review the proposed requirements for FSC’s new Regulatory Module STEP 3: Review your current Due Diligence system against EUDR requirements STEP 4: Collaboratively prepare with your supply chain STEP 5: Plan for secure data exchange with trading partners STEP 6: Reach out about your intentions for EUDR compliance to your certification body.
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Inteplast Group Acquires Brown Paper Goods

Inteplast Group acquired Brown Paper Goods, which is now rebranded as Brown Paper Products (BPP). The paper manufacturer is located in Waukegan, IL, and Coppell, TX, with four locations comprising plants and warehouses. Brown Paper Products will operate under Inteplast Group’s IBS Division. In 2023, leading sales for Brown Paper Products include pinch bottom bags for various prepared hot and cold foods; sandwich, foil, and sub wraps; self-opening sacks; tin tie bags, butcher and freezer rolls, and more. Group President Dr. John Young welcomed BPP Owner Allen Mons via an internal announcement on Wednesday, April 3. “We are honored and humbled to welcome a great dedicated team led by Allen. Brown’s century-old reputation for service and quality is well-known to the marketplace, and we intend to continue the same legacy under Allen’s leadership. We are also happy to be able to address our customers’ needs as part of an ever-changing and evolving landscape that also mirrors our own drive towards supporting a circular economy as applied to both paper and plastics packaging,” Dr. Young said.
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West Fraser and Mercer Announce Dissolution of Cariboo Pulp and Paper Joint Venture

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Mercer International Inc. announced an agreement to dissolve their 50/50 joint venture in Cariboo Pulp and Paper. West Fraser will continue as the sole owner/operator of the mill, doing business as Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company. Located in Quesnel, British Columbia, Cariboo Pulp and Paper has the capacity to produce up to 340,000 tonnes of high-quality Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp annually, employing nearly 300 people. “Cariboo Pulp is an important member of the West Fraser family of mills," said Sean McLaren, West Fraser's President & CEO. "This agreement better positions West Fraser to support the mill and provides ongoing certainty to our talented workforce."
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Adestor by Lecta partners with RecyClass to drive circularity in labelling

Adestor by Lecta, Lecta's self-adhesive material branch, is proud to announce its platinum partnership with RecyClass, a key European initiative promoting plastic recyclability. This partnership reflects Adestor's ongoing commitment to minimizing environmental impact and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy within the labelling industry. Adestor by Lecta actively collaborates with customers, suppliers, and industry partners to drive circularity throughout the entire value chain. This collaboration is especially crucial for market segments heavily reliant on self-adhesive plastic materials like PP and PE, such as cosmetics, home care, electronics, and beverages. RecyClass, a non-profit organization, brings together stakeholders across the plastics value chain to improve recyclability, enhance transparency in plastic waste origin, and establish standardized methods for calculating and tracking recycled plastic content in Europe.
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Bauer Media Group shortlisted at Newspaper and Magazine Awards 2024

The shortlist for the prestigious Newspaper and Magazine Awards (NME) has been announced, with two Bauer titles being nominated. Eclipse Mega Monthly Wordsearch is shortlisted for Newsstand Magazine of the Year – General for the second year in a row and Take a Break Puzzle Annual has been nominated for in the new category, Bookazine of the Year. With regards to the two nominations, John Simmonds, Publisher of Puzzles Titles comments “It’s amazing to have two titles from the puzzle portfolio shortlisted for this year’s NMA Awards. 2023 was a great year for our puzzle brands – a year in which Take a Break Puzzles became the biggest selling puzzle brand in the UK. Being nominated in these two categories is a reflection of the hard work of the teams involved, not just in these two titles, but across all of the portfolio.”
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Publishing Sees Higher Subscriber Growth Than Digital Media And Entertainment (mediapost.com)

The digital media and entertainment industry has seen a 124% increase in subscribers since 2020. But that is overshadowed by digital publishing, which enjoyed a 536% increase in subscribers during the same time period, according to a new benchmarking report from Recurly. At the same time, churn rates have increased to 6.9% for digital media and entertainment, the result of subscription fatigue and increased competition. However, digital publishing experienced a 3.9% rate, probably because of less competition and higher brand loyalty.
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CANPAK Group and BA Glass Finalize Sale of CANPACK’s Polish Glass Business

CANPACK Group and BA Glass announce that on April 2nd they have finalized the sale of CANPACK’s Glass operations in Poland to BA Glass. Consequently, the glass plant located in Orzesze was transferred to BA Glass and became part of its operations in Poland. Marius Croitoru, CANPACK Group CEO stated: “As we close this transformative chapter with the sale of CP Glass assets, we are strategically aligning our focus on our core businesses and maximizing value for our stakeholders. The proceeds from this transaction will empower CANPACK to further support our general corporate objectives. We extend our heartfelt acknowledgments and best wishes for continued success to our former colleagues. Together, we’ve built a legacy, and we look forward to their great success as part of BA Glass.” Tiago Moreira da Silva BA Glass CEO added: “For BA Glass Group this acquisition fulfills an objective long waited for the group in Central Europe. To have a greater representation in the market and to diversify its portfolio of products has always been limited to our capacity, now, with CP Glass, we will be able to do it and better serve the Central European market. We are happy to have finalized this operation and eager to start integrating CP Glass in our values and vision.”
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DS Smith invests €6 million in a state of the art 4-colour converting machine for Eerbeek packaging plant in Netherlands

The new state-of-the-art 4-colour converting machine will produce the well-known FEFCO 0201 bespoke boxes and alternative grades for customers. It is currently in start-up phase and equipped with an advanced automatic inline error detection system. The computer-controlled technology will check the quality of the printing and gluing and enhance the accuracy of the machinery while applying additional preciseness to the die-cutting lines in the packaging and folding process. Philip Bautil, Managing Director of DS Smith Benelux: “We are thrilled to take this new step in our ongoing commitment to excellence and sustainability. This investment underscores our dedication to delivering high-quality packaging solutions that meet the needs of our customers while contributing to a more sustainable future,”
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Papira® supports art by Baiba Glass – with sustainable packaging and design excellence

Papira® by Stora Enso proudly supports Baiba Glass – literarily. Our fiber-based and fully recyclable cellulose foam makes sure that Baiba’s fragile pieces safely find their way to show rooms and new homes all over the world. Glass artist Baiba was in need for a packaging solution that would protect her artwork without compromising on neither aesthetics nor sustainability. In Papira® by Stora Enso, she found a lightweight solution with excellent shock absorbing properties to support her pieces. All while providing a sustainable, streamlined and smart looking package. Papira® was cut into a perfect fit for Baiba. And in collaboration with the sustainable paper cable tie FibreStrap, Stora Enso designed a packaging solution that is bio-based, recyclable, and biodegradable – made of materials from sustainably managed forests. All while staying coherent with the Baiba brand. “Baiba Glass creates unique art pieces, and the packaging should reflect the essence of this. There is so much thought behind every piece, and we loved the challenge to capture the beauty and intention in the box as well as in the opening experience”, says Paula Martirez, Business Development Manager at Stora Enso.
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PCI Announces Expansion of Mail Presort Operations to the Midwest (piworld.com)

Postal Center International (PCI) is proud to announce a significant expansion of its mail presort operations to Indianapolis to serve the Midwest mailing community, highlighting its dedication to growth and the provision of superior mail solutions to America's Heartland. Celebrating its 40th year in business, PCI's strategic move into Indianapolis marks a pivotal step in its ongoing national expansion plan, aimed at providing white-glove service to clients in the region while fostering local employment opportunities. The new facility, expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2024, is a reflection of PCI’s robust growth trajectory and perfectly aligns with the company’s vision of bringing its comprehensive suite of solutions closer to clients. This expansion comes on the heels of PCI’s successful opening of a presort mail facility in New England in January 2023, which increased the company’s workforce to over 550 associates. The Midwest expansion is poised to further bolster PCI’s operational capabilities and workforce, reinforcing its position as a pivotal player in the region’s balanced economic landscape, known for its mix of heavy printing, mailing along with automotive and agriculture.
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RRD GO Creative Recognized on Everest Group’s Marketing Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment for Second Consecutive Year

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) announced that RRD GO Creative℠ was listed as a Major Contender on Everest Group’s Marketing Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2024 for the second consecutive year. RRD GO Creative advanced its position within the group of Major Contenders based on continued investments in technology and an increased scale and scope of solutions, including the use of data for better targeting and optimizing campaigns. The Everest Group PEAK Matrix Assessment aims to assist providers, enterprises, and technology vendors in understanding the current state of the marketing service provider landscape. “This recognition by Everest Group validates RRD GO Creative’s best-in-class services and solutions, which assist our clients in telling compelling stories, leveraging data, and fine-tuning strategies to increase their return on investment,” said Kiran Shankar, President, RRD GO Creative.
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Domtar Joins Allies in Postal Service Advocacy Efforts, Recognition

Domtar joined industry allies in the nonprofit groups Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) and Keep US Posted in continuing their postal service advocacy in March, with visits to key members of Congress. While in Washington, our representatives pressed for sensible postal rate regulations, honored postal champions and called attention to a concerning new study regarding the U.S. Postal Service’s finances. Tina Howard, Domtar’s vice president of converting sales and a member of the EMA board, joined other women leaders for a Women’s Hill Day.
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FedEx Statement Regarding Expiration of USPS Contract

In a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2024, FedEx Corporation announced the agreement between FedEx Express and the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) for domestic transportation services will expire by its terms on September 29, 2024. This decision was made on March 29, 2024, following extensive discussions. FedEx and the United States Postal Service have had a long and productive relationship for more than 20 years. Over time, our respective strategies have shifted as we transform our networks and operations for the future. We have long said we would extend the contract with the USPS if we could agree to commercial terms in the best interests of FedEx shareholders. Although we were unable to reach mutually agreeable terms, we remain committed to delivering outstanding service through the completion of our contract in September.
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UPS Announces Significant Partnership Expansion with USPS

UPS announced the company has been awarded a significant air cargo contract by the United States Postal Service (USPS). This award is effective immediately and greatly expands the existing relationship between the two organizations. Following a transition period, UPS will become the USPS’s primary air cargo provider and move the majority of USPS air cargo in the US. “Together UPS and USPS have developed an innovative solution that is mutually beneficial and complements our unique, reliable and efficient integrated network,” said UPS Chief Executive Officer Carol B. Tomé.
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AAP Preliminary Report Puts Religion Book Sales up 7.8% in 2023 (publishersweekly.com)

Sales of religious books at companies that report results to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program rose 7.8% last year over 2022, hitting $819.7 million. All formats expect e-books had an increase. The biggest gain was in trade paperback where sales increased 11.1%. Hardcover sales rose 6.7% and accounted for 60.1% of segment sales last year, roughly even compared to 2022. On the digital side, sales of digital audiobooks rose 8.5%, but e-book sales fell 3.3%.
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SCA invests in seed extraction

SCA’s Wifstamon nursery had its seed extraction premier this past winter. Using an in-house developed kiln and seed separator, SCA can now process cones to obtain seeds from its own pine seed plantations. In the seed extraction process, the cones open up and release their seeds. It may sound simple, but it requires a quality-assured work method so as not to damage the valuable seeds. For many years, SCA has hired a contractor for its cone kilning, but as of this year, the company can process a large share of the cones itself. “It's good to be able to do some of the extraction in-house,” says Marlene Lagergren, who was the project manager for the project. “In addition, we create employment over the winter in our otherwise very seasonal business. And we enhance our skills,” adds Anders Tolblad, Manager at NorrPlant.
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Enhanced Indigo and PageWide Presses Lead HP’s Charge Toward Automation and Efficiency (piworld.com)

At a pre-drupa press event recently, held just before Dcsoop in Indianapolis, Indiana, HP revealed a number of innovations that will make their debut in Düsseldorf later this year. Of particular interest are the updates and refreshes to the Indigo and PageWide press lines. Anat Ruhrberg, the head of Commercial Product & Solutions for HP Indigo, noted that while analog printed pages are beginning to see a decline in terms of overall volume, digital pages are seeing a sharp increase, making it increasingly clear that no shop that wants to continue to be relevant and competitive in the years to come can afford to ignore the technology any more. Investments in digital presses are going to be key to capturing and retaining business. That shift is playing out with the Indigo line, she noted, with data showing that consistently, as much as 50% of the pages being printed on the Indigo 100k are new volume. That said, 95% of all printed pages are still printed on analog presses, which means the opportunity for growth is massive.
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PRC Issues Report Evaluating USPS Service Levels and Rates

The Commission’s primary areas of review, its findings, as well as recommendations and directives, include: The Commission finds that all workshare discounts in effect in FY 2023 were in compliance at the time they were introduced in rate adjustment proceedings based on the most recent avoided costs available at the time. The Commission finds the Periodicals class, and both products within it, were non-compensatory in FY 2023. Additionally, the Commission identifies the following non-compensatory products in compensatory classes: (1) USPS Marketing Mail Flats, (2) USPS Marketing Mail Carrier Route, and (3) Media Mail/Library Mail. The Commission notes that two classes were fully compensatory in FY 2023, with both the class and all products within the class covering attributable costs: First-Class Mail and Special Services. Taken together, the Postal Service lost $1.34 billion in FY 2023 from non-compensatory classes and products. The Commission’s review of Competitive products finds that revenues for four Competitive products with rates of general applicability did not cover attributable costs and, therefore, did not comply with 39 U.S.C. § 3633(a)(2). The Commission also finds that the Postal Service’s Interagency Agreements provided a net contribution to the Postal Service in compliance with 39 U.S.C. § 3704.
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EcoVadis confirms Mondi’s Platinum status as one of the top 1% companies globally

Mondi, a global packaging and paper manufacturer, has maintained its Platinum status in EcoVadis’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ratings. The Group’s overall score of 87% places Mondi among the top 1% of global companies assessed for the eighth consecutive year. We are delighted to have secured our position among the top 1% of companies globally in the EcoVadis ratings once again this year. This achievement underscores our continued dedication to realising our ambitious MAP2030 sustainability commitments and to transparent reporting on our progress. As a widely recognised global platform for sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings, EcoVadis supports us in engaging with customers and suppliers - Gladys Naylor, Mondi Group Head of Sustainable Development.
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Solenis Recognizes BASF’s White Stone Facility for a Boiler Water Optimization Program That Reduced Water Usage, Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions

Solenis LLC is proud to announce that a BASF site located in White Stone, South Carolina, is among the winners of a 2023 Solenis Sustainability Award. The White Stone operation, which produces surfactants for the personal care and cleaning industries, is being recognized for a boiler tuning effort that led to annual savings of $27,002 (makeup water savings of $3,911; wastewater savings of $7,821; and fuel savings of $15,270). The BASF White Stone facility is a typical batch process chemical plant that uses steam from its three boilers in several critical processes. The boilers started experiencing carryover problems, which occurs when solids and other contaminants leave the boilers with the steam. Solids carried in the steam can form deposits in non-return and other control valves, affecting system efficiency. The escaping solids can also enter process streams, leading to product quality issues. As the carryover problem worsened, the White Stone facility was unable to sustain good boiler cycles. Solenis team members worked closely with the White Stone maintenance staff to resolve the issue. This involved weekly interventions to diagnose likely causes, implement system tweaks, and analyze the results.
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