Newspapers continue to make big strides online, with the combined digital audience for U.S. newspapers reaching a record 173 million in January 2015, according to comScore data cited by the Newspaper Association of America. That figure is the highest ever, up 19% from 146 million in January 2014, and 4.8% from 165 million in December 2014. The latest figure represents 82% of the total U.S. adult online population in January 2015. Furthermore, newspapers’ digital content reached 91% of U.S. adult women ages 25-34, and the same proportion of U.S. adult men ages 35-44.
A new, free, online self-assessment tool from Heidelberg helps printers understand their environmental performance and could help them identify additional areas for improvement. The Environmental Self-Assessment is the latest building block in Heidelberg’s many sustainability initiatives, which also include a CO2 Calculator (to determine the CO2 footprint of any print project); CO2 neutral equipment; and special “Eco” product lines of the Saphira Consumables range; in addition to equipment choices and upgrade offers. For easy accessibility, the Self-Assessment is divided into three areas, following the set-up and terminology of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).
Time Inc. UK has launched Rewards, a loyalty reward programme for its magazine subscribers. The initiative, which launched this week, gives subscribers access to exclusive offers, giveaways and prizes at no extra cost. Launch partners for the scheme include Hotel du Vin, Flowers Direct, Fitness First, PhotoBox, Prezzybox, Virgin Wine and War Horse at the New London Theatre. Bea Montoya, acting consumer marketing director, says: “Rewards gives added value to our subscriptions offering, and will incentivise loyalty. We have a fantastic range of launch partners and we’ll be adding to these all the time.”
Today at DscoopX, HP demonstrated continued innovation across the graphics solutions portfolio, showcasing enhancements to HP Indigo 10000, 7800, WS6800, 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses as well as new services and workflow offerings, helping customers drive business growth and printing industry transformation. Offering print service providers higher print quality, improved productivity and increased application range (1), new innovations include an enhancement package for the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, upgrades for HP Indigo 7800 and WS6800 Digital Presses, additional application possibilities for HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses and a multi-faceted service solution for HP Indigo users.
Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Canon has been named by International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, as the U.S. continuous feed market share leader with a 36 percent share. IDC released its findings today in its report, U.S. Production Environment 2014 Vendor Shares, document #254595, published March 2015. Part of the gain can be attributed to Canon’s well-deserved reputation for technology innovation, including Océ DigiDot® inkjet technology, Océ Ink Control, and the Océ ColorStream® Twin Series inkjet printer. Market share numbers could grow as the Company rolls out its newest product innovations this year. The Océ ImageStream™ 3500, which won a MUST SEE ’EM Award at GRAPH EXPO 2014, is a full-color continuous feed inkjet press that can print on standard offset-coated stock without the use of inkjet treatments. The recently introduced Océ VarioPrint® i300 inkjet printer, the first high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press in Canon’s portfolio, opens up an entirely new category in cutsheet inkjet.
SG360º has announced the addition of a DGM Foildex system as part of its world-class line up of printing presses and technology. The DGM Foildex System is a cold foil print enhancement technology that provides a process of applying metallic foil, in-line, at press speed creating an infinite spectrum of colors on a printed sheet. “We are very excited about the addition of cold foil technology to our press capabilities,” expressed Anthony Ferruzza, SG360º senior vice president and Gilman Facility general manager. “SG360º always strives to bring the most advanced technologies to our customers, allowing them to be as creative as possible with their direct mail design and production needs.”
US commercial printing shipments started with a good January, up $173 million (+2.8%) on a current dollar basis and up $178 million (+2.9%) on an inflation adjusted basis. Since inflation is now negative (overall prices going down according to the Consumer Price Index), purchasing power is arithmetically higher, so the inflation-adjusted dollars are worth more than they were in 2014. There was a mild revision down to the December 2014 report (-$5 million), which kept annual shipments at about $78 billion (+0.2%) compared to $77 billion (-0.6%) after inflation adjustment for the year. The last six calendar months have commercial printing shipments growing at an average rate of +2.5% in current dollars and +1.3% after inflation.
Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) today announced the retirement of Thomas A. Colgrove as president of the company's consumer products division. Mr. Colgrove will continue to serve as president of the division until the beginning of the second quarter. Patrick T. Burke, who currently serves as the company's vice president of supply chain, will assume the role of senior vice president and president of the company's consumer products division, when his successor for the supply chain function is appointed. Mr. Colgrove will also continue to serve the company until the end of 2015 to assist in the transition. "Pat joined Clearwater Paper in May 2014," said Linda K. Massman, president and CEO. "During this time, Pat has proven his abilities to develop and implement a successful supply chain and warehouse operations strategy, and has also established himself as a valued and respected member of Clearwater Paper's leadership team."
Stora Enso has appointed Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen as Executive Vice President of the Packaging Solutions division and Markus Mannström as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to head up the new Group Technology function. They will be members of the Group Leadership Team, with the appointments being effective as of 16 March 2015. Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen is a Dutch citizen with extensive global business leadership experience in several industries, including food ingredients, biotechnology, chemicals and polymers. Most recently, since 2010, he has been working as President of the Enablers division at DuPont Nutrition & Health (formerly Danisco), based in Denmark. Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen will be based in Stockholm. Markus Mannström is a Finnish citizen who has been at Stora Enso since 2001, working on several large investment and R&D projects, most recently as General Manager of Stora Enso’s Guangxi project in China. Prior to this, he held the position of SVP, Investments and Operations in Stora Enso’s Renewable Packaging division, where he also bore responsibility for R&D.
Total company sales grew one percent during the fourth quarter, excluding the impact of store closures in North America during the past year and changes in foreign exchange rates. Excluding the impact of charges taken during the fourth quarter of 2014, the company reported non-GAAP net income of $198 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. For the full year 2014, total company sales decreased three percent to $22.5 billion compared to full year 2013. Total company sales were flat versus the prior year, excluding the impact of store closures in North America during the past year and changes in foreign exchange rates.