Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. announced changes to the management structure in its High Purity Cellulose segment and Pulp business. Dr. Christoph Koenig will assume responsibility for all High Purity Cellulose sales, while Tomas Fernandez will assume responsibility for marketing and customer service, sustainability, high yield pulp and lignin sales, research and development, and other strategic growth initiatives. Dr. Christoph Koenig and Tomas Fernandez each bring over 25 years of experience in business leadership, sales and research and development in the specialty chemical industry.
Kotkamills, a manufacturer of food service board, has signed a Collaboration agreement with Lahti Ski Games. Food and Beverages at the World Cup event will be served in cups, plates and trays made from Kotkamills' food-safe, eco-friendly, fully recyclable and compostable board Kotkamills has previously signed Collaboration agreements emphasizing Sustainability with the Norwich City and HJK football clubs, the KooKoo ice hockey club, and the World Cup Levi of alpine skiing. “Sustainability is an inherent value for both Collaboration parties. We are pleased that the event organizers have wanted to replace the traditional products with new, eco-friendly alternatives , ”says Markku Hämäläinen , CEO of Kotkamills.
Sappi Europe will introduce new barrier coating technology for functional paper packaging at its speciality mill in Alfeld, Germany, strengthening its position as the leading global provider of sustainable paper packaging solutions. Explaining the decision, Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe stated: “Expanding the use of our proprietary barrier coating technology underpins Sappi Europe’s drive to maintain our leading position in barrier coated paper as well the commitment we have with our customers in developing innovative future focused packaging solutions which contribute towards a sustainable future” *Investment in sustainable barrier coating technology *Comprehensive expertise in future focused functional paper packaging *Where performance meets environmental accountability. The demand for paper and paperboard packaging continues to rise dramatically as consumers become increasingly mindful of the impact their buying choices have on the environment.
Effective with shipments on or after February 8,2021, WestRock Commercial Print will increase the price of PrintKote® C1S and all PrintKote® specialty SBS products by 3 to 5%.
The ODP Corporation confirmed that it has received a proposal to acquire the Company from USR Parent, Inc., the parent company of Staples and a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners. Consistent with its fiduciary duties, ODP’s Board of Directors is carefully reviewing the proposal in consultation with its financial and legal advisors to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. As part of its review, the Board is evaluating various components of the proposal, including potential antitrust and other regulatory challenges given USR Parent’s ownership of Staples and past regulatory decisions blocking the combination of the two companies, purchase price, and closing conditionality. The Company noted that, according to its letter to ODP, USR Parent expects the regulatory process to take at least six months.
According to the recently published comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, paper-based single-use products provide significant key environmental advantages when compared to reusable tableware for in-store dining in Quick Service Restaurants (QSR). These advantages are primarily driven by the carbon emissions related to the amount of energy required to wash the tableware as well as the amount of freshwater used in the washing process in a multi-use system. A recent study conducted by Ramboll, a leading global engineering, design and consultancy company and certified by TÜV, one of the world’s leading testing service providers, compares the environmental impact of paper-based single-use packaging to that of reusable tableware in an in-store dining setting in Quick Service Restaurants in Europe. The full environmental impact was scientifically measured for both applications across multiple criteria and scenarios. Importantly, the results showed that: • For climate change, the single-use system shows very significant benefits. In fact, in the baseline scenario, the polypropylene-based multi-use system was responsible for generating 2.7 times more CO2-e emissions than the paper-based single-use system. The single main contributor to climate change impact in the multi-use baseline scenario is the electricity demand of the washing process. Overall, the use phase accounts for 83% of the total aggregated impact. • For Freshwater Consumption, there are also very significant environmental benefits to the single-use system. The multi-use system used 3.6 times the amount of freshwater in the baseline scenario.
Bauer Media UK is to add two new magazines to its successful Puzzles portfolio. The company, which already publishes a number of Take a Break puzzles magazines, today launches Bella Puzzles Train Your Brain – a brand extension to Bella, one of the nation’s most popular women’s weekly titles. The monthly title, priced at £2.50, offers 84 pages of challenging puzzles to help train the brain as well as features on mindfulness, well-being and health that will feel familiar to Bella readers. A second standalone title, Bigger Better Puzzles, hits newsstands on Thursday (14 January) and marks Bauer Media UK’s first dedicated large-print mixed puzzle magazine.
Enthusiast magazines Rock and Ice and Climbing, which have been rivals for 36 years, are now one entity. The future merger was announced when Big Stone Publishing was acquired by Pocket Outdoor Media in October 2020. The new combined publication, called Climbing, debuts this spring — but it will be written by the editorial staffs of both magazines. To date, there has been no mention of staff reductions. The future Climbing will include art makeovers and upgrades, as well as more content and higher production values. Editors describe the alliance as “having a partner to help solve an elusive crux, rather than trying to unlock it yourself.”
North Island Media has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use, and sustainability of print, paper, and paper-based packaging. “Two Sides North America welcomes North Island Media as a new member and we look forward to working with them to expand our reach within the Canadian printing industry. Two Sides materials and content cover the sustainability aspects of print and paper in both the US and Canadian markets and are available to member companies in both countries,” said Phil Riebel, Two Sides North America President.
“Lift Off” is the new Sappi publication that explores and explains how pairing print with digital can be a potent formula for transforming marketing results. After all, there’s a reason why nine out of ten people remember a brand after receiving its advertising in their letterboxes. And why campaigns that use magazines deliver a 161% improvement in customer acquisition. And why, for that matter, targeted printed catalogue distribution during peak periods can generate ROI of between 300% and 900%. And there’s no reason why the strategic marketing implications of facts like these shouldn’t be brought home to more brands, advertisers and consumer companies.