Sappi to Present High-Quality Speciality Papers at PRINTING United

To be close to the market and to anticipate customers’ needs; this is what Sappi, a manufacturer of innovative sublimation, printing, and speciality papers, is known for. At this year’s PRINTING United in Dallas, Sappi is going to present its new Transjet Drive dye-sublimation paper at Booth 5123 from Oct. 23-25, as well as different papers for large-format inkjet printing. In addition, Sappi’s Ultracast will show its casting and release papers. These products deliver superior textures with 100% replication for a wide range of aesthetic and functional applications. “Dawn of a new era” is the promising title of the PRINTING United pre-announcement, as this year all relevant technologies and manufacturers will be present in one place for the first time. For Sappi, this trade show is the perfect platform to showcase its ground-breaking portfolio of high-quality speciality papers.
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JD Graphic to Install First RMGT 9 Series Press With Roll-to-Sheet Feeder & LED-UV Curing (piworld.com)

With an office in the famed Printers Row, James DeBlasio, Sr. and his wife Maria started JD Graphic in 1963 as a premier print broker in Chicago. Today, JD Graphic spans three generations as James DeBlasio, Jr., president, and son Nick DeBlasio, vice president, lead a family-based management team serving the greater Chicago area. With more than 40 employees, JD Graphic operates multiple sheet-fed, web, and digital presses as well as a full-service finishing department. This fall, JD Graphic continues their expansion by installing an eight-color RMGT 920PF-8 long perfector, equipped with GEW’s Leo-LED-UV curing system and a Quantum QRS roll-to-sheet feeder. “We are a commercial printer at heart,” states Nick DeBlasio. “My father and grandfather built this business and nurtured a progressive culture that we maintain down to this day. With the RMGT 9 Series, we have the versatility to stay within our current lane and expand into a new exciting marketplace. This newly developed roll-to-sheet feeder is the first of its kind for the 9 Series press. I believe it is going to be a key to our future success — it will allow us to save a lot of money on paper costs and the RMGT 9 Series offers the lowest cost of print manufacturing as well.”
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AF&PA Statement on EPA’s Finalization for Step One of WOTUS Repeal Rule

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of finalization for step one of the Waters of the United States repeal rule. “Paper and wood products manufacturers welcome EPA’s move to provide certainty around the implementation of Clean Water Act regulations across the United States. Stakeholders, including forest products manufacturers and state and local governments, deserve clarity as they work to ensure our nation’s waters are clean. As one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation with a successful record of implementing sustainable manufacturing principles, we consider EPA’s action a step in the right direction for the environment, economic growth and job creation.”
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ATA Tells Congress to Put Brakes on Spread of Tolls

The American Trucking Associations told a House subcommittee that the use of tolls to finance infrastructure construction and maintenance was inefficient, unsafe and damaging to the trucking industry. “While the trucking industry is willing to pay its fair share for infrastructure improvement, we believe that tolls are not the right solution, and in fact can be very harmful to our industry, our customers and ultimately, to consumers,” YRC Worldwide Inc. CEO Darren Hawkins told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways & Transit on behalf of ATA. In his testimony, Hawkins cited inefficiencies in toll collection, traffic diversion and misdirection of toll funds as significant problems with tolling when compared to other financing methods.
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Opec Slides Closer to Collapse As An Oil Glut Overpowers the Oil Price (forbes.com)

Three days of falling oil prices is not a crisis for OPEC, the weakening oil producer’s club, but forecasts of a continuation of the price decline could sap what strength remains in an organization once able to dictate the direction of the global economy. The most alarming comments for members of Opec, especially the cartel leader, Saudi Arabia, came yesterday from the International Energy Agency in its monthly Market Report which warned of a growing oil surplus which will get worse next year. “While the relentless stock builds we have seen since early 2018 have halted, this is temporary,” the IEA said.
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Gap Inc. Expands Franchise Business to Offer Athleta and Janie & Jack Internationally

Gap Inc.’s Global Franchise & Strategic Alliances division helps bring our beloved brands to customers all around the globe, from Chile to the Philippines. It all started back in 2006, when Gap Inc. opened its very first Gap franchise store in Singapore. There is a great appetite for the Gap Inc. family of brands globally and today, Gap Inc. announced that it will begin franchising the Athleta and Janie & Jack brands internationally. “Introducing Athleta and Janie & Jack is a monumental milestone in our history and an opportunity to share more of our iconic brands with a broader, global customer base,” said Roy Hunt, the Senior Vice President of Gap Inc. Global Franchise & Strategic Alliances. “Given the premium, gift-worthy children’s looks of Janie & Jack and the versatile, sustainable women’s performance apparel of Athleta, we feel the two brands will resonate with customers in new and existing markets internationally.”
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$22 Million Investment Puts 1,000 Contracted Workers on the Job at Irving Pulp & Paper and Irving Tissue Mills in Saint John

Over 1,000 contractors from 45 companies from St. Stephen to Bathurst are on the job for 24/7 until September 17 as part of a $22 million investment on the west side of Saint John at Irving Tissue and Irving Pulp & Paper. The pulp mill has been part of the Saint John community since 1893. Today, it is one of the longest running mills in Canada due largely to ongoing environmental improvements and equipment modernization. Anchoring these mills and the sawmills that provide the hardwood and softwood chips is a diverse, and sustainable wood resource where more wood is grown than is harvested every year. Today, the Saint John pulp mill is at the heart of a forest products value chain that sustains thousands of jobs across New Brunswick communities. “The work underway with the help of some great New Brunswick contractors represent an annual investment in the future of our mill,” said Mark Mosher, Vice President of Pulp & Paper for J.D. Irving, Limited. “Saint John is home, but we depend on suppliers from across New Brunswick to keep the mill running – from the woodlands through to the workers on site today. We’re committed to sustaining the mill jobs and the local suppliers – many of whom we’ve worked with for generations.”
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Vietnam: The benefits of sustainable sourcing

Certification demonstrates responsible forest management, and key to its success are companies along the supply chain sourcing, manufacturing, and selling sustainably-sourced materials and products. Forest certification does not stop at the forest gate, its true potential comes to live through the commitment of companies procuring certified material. In turn, these companies benefit from expanded access to international markets with a preference for certified products. This was one of the key take-aways from the workshop “VFCS/PEFC certification for timber and non-timber forestry products: Opportunities and actions for enterprises”, which took place at the end of August in the Binh Duong province in Vietnam.
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