Digital Lizard Doubles Print Capacity with HP Presses, Opens 40,000-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center

Digital Lizard, a Creel Printing company, has embarked on a multimillion-dollar expansion project that will double its printing capacity and extend services with a fulfillment operation. Digital Lizard’s equipment purchase includes two HP Indigo 7800 digital presses for its Hayden, Idaho, plant and a second HP Indigo W7250 digital press for its Las Vegas facility. A printing powerhouse with unsurpassed versatility and photo-quality reproduction, the company’s first HP Indigo W7250 has been a significant draw among corporate, Internet, agency, and photo-gift-market clients. The second press will augment the company’s manufacturing depth and help it respond to increasing demand.
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Arandell Corporation’s Catalogs Win in the 2015 Premier Print Awards

Arandell Corporation, the premier catalog printer, mailer, distributor and multi-channel solutions provider in North America, announced they had the honor of receiving two awards in this year’s annual Premier Print Awards, hosted by the Printing Industries of America. The Premier Print Awards is a prestigious international competition honoring the top printers in the industry for their stellar printing capabilities. The competition features categories for binders, magazines, catalogs, posters, innovation, green printing, digital printing and more.
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Interim Report Q2/2015: UPM’s good progress continued in Q2, with higher profits year-on-year

Q2 2015 compared with Q2 2014 • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.33 (0.26), and reported EUR 0.30 (0.25) • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 227 million, 8.9% of sales (186 million, 7.6% of sales) • Profitability was underpinned by profit improvement actions and favourable exchange rates • In Q2 2015, the profit improvement programme progressed well, reaching a cost reduction impact of EUR 27 million (annualised EUR 108 million) • Operating cash flow was strong at EUR 324 million (215 million)
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Smurfit Kappa wins top European supplier award from Nestlé

Smurfit Kappa was ranked the number one European Supplier of the Year for all-round excellence among Nestlé’s European corrugated packaging suppliers. This comes after it was recently awarded the Nestlé European Innovation Recognition Award for outstanding innovation proposals. The Supplier of the Year Award is Nestlé’s most sought-after packaging supplier award across Europe. It measures excellence across six categories of innovation & renovation, quality, technical, relationships, cost and logistics. Suppliers are rated by individual market, with the overall award given for the best supplier across Europe.
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Kimberly-Clark Corporation Releases Annual Sustainability Report

The 2014 Sustainability Report highlights Kimberly-Clark's progress toward its multi-year Sustainability 2015 goals and introduces the framework for the company's new 2022 platform. The target year, 2022, will coincide with the celebration of the company's 150th anniversary. Building on the Sustainability 2015 program, Sustainability 2022 is a commitment to: *Invest in innovative social programs so that people who lack the basic essentials in life - sanitation, health, wellbeing - get the help they need *Innovate to extend the life of product and packaging materials *Reduce pressure on precious natural resources with the development of sustainable alternatives
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Crude Oil Plunges on Supply Apprehensions

Crude oil prices managed to touch a four-month low as concerns over a supply imbalance, along with China’s stock market crash, weighed upon the commodity. There continues to be mounting concern over slowing demand within China and the global crude oil glut that just will not abate. Despite the growing concerns, Brent has managed to remain above the $50 a barrel level, whilst WTI crude is facing pressure at the $47.00 handle. This is significantly higher than forward analysis would have suggested some months back. However, whilst this excessive supply issue remains in frame oil prices must move lower to establish stable price equilibrium.
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Ahlstrom launches GenCollectTM and GenCollectTM Color specimen collection cards

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, launches today Ahlstrom GenCollectTM and GenCollectTM Color, two products designed for forensics and genomics community to provide an easy and cost effective solution for collection of DNA from biosamples, short term storage at ambient temperature, and simplify downstream extraction processes. Ahlstrom GenCollectTM cards are recommended for easily identified samples such as whole blood. Ahlstrom GenCollectTM Color cards are used with clear samples such as saliva, buccal cells or urine. The cards deliver an ideal solution for a wide range of applications including Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR and short tandem repeats (STR) analysis.
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Ritual’ around marketing mail, its physical presence allow brand content to take root, spur action

Brands vying for the consumer’s attention face a challenge: to cut through the noise in the lives of people lead awash in digital content, whose attention span expires in seconds. Now new research offers fresh insights into why an enduring marketing tool breaks through the noise so effectively. Breaking Through the Noise is an ethnographic study that explores how consumers behave with mail, their attitudes and emotions toward it, and how they interact with it. The findings reveal a power in the familiar and the physical: the tactile ritual of receiving, sorting and reading mail. The fact that it occurs in one’s hands and home, combined with the repeated brand exposure from keeping it in the home, helps marketing mail to get noticed, trigger action and even enhance customer value and loyalty.
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