Wisconsin Book Printer Worzalla Announces Major Modernization and Expansion Plan

Worzalla is investing $12.5 million in new machinery and capital improvements to the company’s headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, over the course of the next few months. Worzalla’s modernization plan consists of three key components, including building a 50,000 square foot addition to the manufacturing headquarters, a new 8-unit Heidelberg press, and a new Kolbus perfect binder. Due to quicker make-readies, enhanced efficiency and increased reliability, Worzalla says they expect to achieve a significant increase in production levels following full implementation of the modernization plan.
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Print ‘thriving in wider publishing ecosystem’, finds UPM white paper (fipp.com)

Print continues to play a pivotal role in multi-platform, multi-channel strategies for publishers. This was one of the key takeaways from a presentation at FIPP Insider in Paris based on a UPM white paper on the future of media. ‘The Future of Media: How digital-to-print revenue models continue to shape the industry’ is one of four white papers produced this year by FIPP in collaboration with UPM Communication Papers, one of the six business areas of UPM the Biofore Company. The white paper explores the value print continues to bring to publishing portfolios and how print fits into the wider publishing ecosystem.
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Trade body ‘deplores’ US tariffs on print (printweek.com)

European trade federation Intergraf has hit out against the inclusion of printed matter in the burgeoning US-EU trade dispute, citing the UK and Germany as the biggest losers if tariffs on $7.5bn-worth of European exports are imposed. Intergraf said that 70% of European printed products exported to the US originated from the UK and Germany, with more than 50% of the products traded being books.
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Ripon Printers Updates Bindery Capabilities with Purchase of an HD Kolbus 153.P Three-knife Trimmer

Ripon Printers further enhanced its bindery throughput by acquiring an HD 153.P three-knife trimmer. The new addition, which replaces an older Kolbus (now owned by Muller Martini) trimmer, features newer technology that delivers higher speeds, more versatility, and superior quality control. “Paying attention to every component in our production chain enables Ripon to maintain fast turnarounds and high reliability,” says Julie Newhouse, president of Ripon Printers.
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AF&PA Statement on Commerce Department’s Decision to Initiate an Anti-Circumvention Investigation on Imports of Uncoated Free Sheet Paper

“As a supporter of free and fair trade policies, AF&PA applauds the decision by the U.S. Commerce Department. U.S. trade laws must be enforced to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not harmed by unfair trade practices. Today’s decision to initiate an investigation marks an important phase of work, where information will be gathered and analyzed. The investigation will review whether imports of sheeter rolls are circumventing the duties.
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BillerudKorsnäs joint venture Paboco, introduce the Paper bottle community to advance packaging innovation

BillerudKorsnäs, together with partners, proudly presents Paboco, the paper bottle company, uniting leading experts in material, design and technology, and supported by world-leading consumer brands to bring sustainable progress to the bottling industry. Building on years of experience, the development journey towards a sustainable paper bottle first began in 2015 by innovation expert EcoXpac in collaboration with Carlsberg Group and BillerudKorsnäs, with support from project partners. Now in 2019, Paboco represents a joint venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla.
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Oil prices edge up, supported by Iran ship attack, U.S.-China trade detente (msn.com)

Oil prices were little changed on Monday, holding onto 2% gains from Friday amid renewed geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, while a detente in the U.S.-China trade war buoyed market sentiment. Most of the gains were posted on Friday after an Iranian oil tanker was attacked off Saudi Arabia's coast in the Red Sea. Investigations are under way to determine if the tanker was hit by missiles, which could ratchet up tensions between Tehran and Riyadh if confirmed.
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Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Price Increases on Cellulose Specialties Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., a global leader in the production and sale of High Purity Cellulose, will increase prices of its high-alpha and high-viscosity Cellulose Specialties products (including acetate, ethers, micro-crystalline cellulose, nitrocellulose and other grades) by 6%, effective immediately, or as contracts allow. These price changes are necessary to partially offset ongoing inflationary pressures and sustain investment in its best-in-class, capital-intensive manufacturing capabilities to ensure its ability to continue to support its customers’ needs for high-quality products.
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Lecta Presents Its Premium Publishing Papers at the Frankfurt Book Fair

At this international event, the most important commercial platform for the publishing industry, Lecta will showcase the advantages of its range of premium publishing papers that, thanks to their distinctive characteristics and finishes, ensure excellent printing results. At this 71st edition of the fair, Lecta has collaborated with the renowned German publisher Taschen, specializing in books on art, design, architecture, photography and film, on the book C​hildren by the internationally acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and printed on GardaPremium Natural paper. GardaPremium Natural is a two-side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade that is ideal for photography books given its neutral tone, which highlights and enhances color as well as black-and-white images.
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AF&PA Commends Administration Regulatory Reform Executive Orders

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock commended the Administration for signing two executive orders aimed at increasing transparency and due process in the U.S. regulatory system. President Trump signed the “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication” Executive Order and the “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents” Executive Order at the White House on October 9. “The paper and wood products industry appreciates the Administration’s initiative to increase transparency and due process for agency guidance documents. Today marks a fundamental step toward a more transparent, fair and effective regulatory system and will support our ability to innovate, invest, create jobs and compete at home and around the globe.
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