EURO-GRAPH Releases March 2015 Monthly Statistics for the European Graphic Papers Industry

Total European shipments of Graphic Papers was down 1.7% vs. March 2014 and is down 4.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Newswprint was down 5.1% vs. March 2014 and is down 7.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of SC-Magazine was UP 2.9% vs. March 2014 and is down 2.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Mechanical Reels was down 2.6% vs. March 2014 and is down 4.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Mechanical (Improved & Others) was down 4.5% vs. March 2014 and is down 3.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Woodfree was down 0.8% vs. March 2014 and is down 4.7% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Woodfree was UP 0.6% vs. March 2014 and is down 0.7% year-to-date.
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Metsä Board will be first to harness foam forming to improve lightweighting

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of folding boxboards and linerboards, is to start live testing of foam forming on a production scale at its Kyro mill in Finland. The company has already done extensive development work for years to commercialise the new technology, which is expected to result in considerable benefits to its customers. In foam forming technology, the water-fibre suspension is aerated with a stream of tiny bubbles. By using foam forming, the paperboard structure becomes bulkier, lightening the board's weight. In addition, fibres are distributed more evenly in the web, improving formation of the board and resulting in more consistent properties and appearance. On top of these benefits, the technology reduces the use of raw materials, energy and water, enhancing sustainability.
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Finnish Forest Industry Says Paperboard Production Up, Printing Paper Market Remains Challenging

Demand for forest industry products varied by sector. Paperboard production volumes remained high while the paper market situation continued to be challenging. The competitiveness of the Finnish forest industry is influenced by the domestic cost level and a predictable operating environment. In the first quarter of the year, paper and paperboard production volumes in Finland totalled 2.7 million tonnes, which is 1.4 per cent more than in the corresponding period in 2014. Printing and writing paper production in Finland totalled almost 1.6 million tonnes, which is 0.6 per cent more than in January-March 2014.
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Sappi North America Releases Neurological Research Highlighting the Impact of Print in the Marketing Mix

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today released A Communicator's Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch, bringing together for the first time in one place the critical scientific research, as well as case studies from Apple, BMW and the World Wildlife Fund, that demonstrate the power of touch in print communications. Created by the communications consultancy, Rigsby Hull, the Communicator's Guide synthesizes decades of research and evidence to demonstrate: •The brain is built to respond to touch. More than half the brain is devoted to processing sensory experience, and much of that sensory receptivity focuses on touch; •What we touch shapes what we feel, influencing perceptions both consciously and subconsciously about people, situations, companies and brands; and, •Scientific studies show that people who merely touch an object, or even imagine touching it, begin exhibiting a sense of ownership.
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Time Inc. Acquires FanSided

Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) announced today that it has acquired Missouri-based FanSided, a sports, entertainment and lifestyle network of more than 300 websites with thriving communities. Launched in 2009, FanSided is one of the industry’s fastest growing independent digital content networks, with a collective audience of approximately 15 million unique visitors per month that generates an average of 50 million page views per month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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GASC Welcomes Two Sides North America as a Co-sponsor of Annual Positively Print Award Program

"Two Sides is pleased to co-sponsor the Positively Print program as it so effectively aligns with our organization's focus on the unique attributes, effectiveness and sustainability of print and paper," states Phil Riebel, President, Two Sides North America, Inc. Intended to spotlight the variety of ways in which the effectiveness and sustainability of print are being promoted, the 2015 Positively Print awardee will be recognized at the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference on Sunday, September 13-opening day of GRAPH EXPO 15-the year's most innovative and comprehensive graphic communications exhibition and conference in the Americas. The "Transform" themed GRAPH EXPO 15 will take place with co-located CPP EXPO, September 13 - 15, 2015, in Chicago's McCormick Place.
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Postal Service Extends Convenience of Forever Stamps to Mailing Postcards and Letters Needing Additional Postage

The Forever Stamp — good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime into the future — regardless of price changes — has been well received by customers. The Postal Service is now extending this convenience to customers needing stamps for mailing items weighing more than 1-ounce as well as for postcards and bulky or odd sized envelopes which require hand sorting. The new “additional-ounce” Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. Customers purchasing these Forever stamps can easily determine their use by the descriptions on the stamps: ADDITIONAL OUNCE, POSTCARD, NON-MACHINABLE SURCHARGE, TWO OUNCE and THREE OUNCE.
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Xerox Expands Global Toner Production in Western N.Y. Manufacturing Plant

Xerox (NYSE: XRX) will increase its emulsion aggregation (EA) toner capacity by 40 percent with the completion today of a nearly $35 million expansion project to help Xerox keep pace with growing EA toner product demand. Developed by Xerox and protected by more than 300 patents, EA toner produces sharper images using less toner per page. Unlike traditional toner, which is created by physically grinding composite polymeric materials to micron-sized particles, EA toner is chemically grown enabling the size, shape and structure of the particles to be precisely controlled. This leads to improved print quality, less toner usage, less toner waste and less energy required for manufacturing and for printing. Xerox and Fuji Xerox have designed around 50 office and production printing products that use EA toner.
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Artisan set to shut down

It’s the end of the line for Artisan Press after administrators at Deloitte confirmed there was no interest in the company as a going concern. All the firm’s remaining employees are now likely to be laid off by the end of the week, unless a last-minute purchaser emerges. Prior to the administration, the £32.5m-turnover web offset printer had employed around 180 staff.
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