AAP Statement on Administration’s Tariff Announcement

“Today the administration announced the list of products to be subject to the additional 10% tariffs. We are pleased that the administration did not include Bibles and other religious books on the first list of products to be subject to the tariffs, and delayed tariffs on children’s books until December 15th. However, we remain deeply concerned that a wide range of other books remain on the list, including American fiction and nonfiction books; art books; textbooks; dictionaries and encyclopedias; and technical, scientific and professional books. A tariff on books is a tax on information, and at odds with longstanding US policy of not imposing tariffs on educational, scientific and cultural materials. Just as importantly these books are part of a vital economic engine that makes significant contributions to the U.S. economy, and supports American publishers, authors, illustrators, editors, and designers, as well as distributors and book sellers.”
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GLS Adds HP PageWide 240 HD Press to Boost Capacity for Variable 1:1 Personalized Marketing

GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing is now installing its first high-definition, HP PageWide high-speed inkjet press, the HP PageWide Web Press 240HD, to expand capacity to provide-industry leading personalized marketing with direct mail products. Based in Minneapolis, MN, GLS is continuing its digital transformation with HP, after its pathbreaking adoption of the HP Indigo 29-inch format presses. The adoption of the HP PageWide T240 HD color and mono printing system provides GLS a highly automated and cost-effective solution for one-pass digital printing and variable data. The new HP PageWide installation will be the first in Minnesota and completed in August. The press joins the HP digital fleet of three HP Indigo 12000 digital presses and two HP Indigo 7800 presses.
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AF&PA Statement on Uncoated Free Sheet Paper Anti-circumvention Petitions

“AF&PA supports free and fair trade policies. U.S. trade laws include provisions to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not harmed by foreign unfair trade practices. The petitions represent an effort to ensure that foreign producers do not circumvent the payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on uncoated free sheet paper in sheet form that have been in place since early 2016 by importing sheeter rolls into the U.S. that are then converted into sheet form. We encourage the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to review carefully the evidence provided in the petitions and to make a determination as quickly as possible. “The U.S. paper industry operates in a highly-competitive global market. Government enforcement of domestic and international trade rules is important to safeguard the health of the U.S. paper industry and for markets to function properly.”
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Oil Steadies Near $55 as Demand Fears Mix With Tighter Supply (bloomberg.com)

Oil steadied near $55 a barrel in New York as persistent concerns over slowing demand jostled with expectations that U.S. crude stockpiles will continue to tighten. Futures were little changed after rising 7.5% in the past three days. American inventories probably dropped by about 2.3 million barrels last week, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey before Energy Information Administration data due Wednesday.
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A Healthy Workplace is a Safer Workplace

A person’s physical and mental health directly affects her or his ability to work safely. This is why our well-being and safety initiatives go hand in hand. By helping to keep our colleagues healthy, we’re creating a safer workplace at Domtar. “It makes sense,” says Larry Warren, senior director for health and safety at Domtar. “Our experience shows that colleagues who suffer from fatigue are more accident-prone, increasing the risk of injury for themselves and their coworkers.” Likewise, the emotional and physical symptoms of stress, such as frustration, anxiety, muscle pain and headaches, can cause distraction and poor decision-making, creating unsafe working conditions. When our colleagues come to work physically and mentally prepared, we can minimize these situations, Warren says, creating a safer workplace for everyone.
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Bee Part of the Solution

Imagine walking out of work for some fresh air and seeing a couple of bees flying around and then looking up to see a massive hive containing thousands of them. That's exactly what happened to an employee at our Green Bay Broadway mill. After it was reported, the first call was made to pest control to get rid of it. Once pest control identified the species of the bees, it was determined that it would be extremely valuable to the environment to relocate them vs. exterminating them. It turns out that the hive contained over 14,000 bees! Rescuing a swarm can be a difficult process but thankfully the Brown County Beekeepers Association was able to come rescue the swarm. Swarms can be captured in a variety of ways. In this case, the honeybees were removed by using a shop vac and a carrier. Yes, you read that right, the honeybees were vacuumed straight into the carrier that they needed to be transported in—surprisingly, it's a very safe process for the bees.
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New Fashion Magazine ‘Page’ Touts Fashion Designers, Sustainability (mediapost.com)

A new fashion publication called Page hopes to focus on sustainability in the industry. It will also produce an order-to print magazine. “Supply each demand as we avoid overproducing copies, and produce only what has been requested. Each print, therefore, can mean that much more to our readers,” reads the About page on the Pagewebsite. The New York City-based magazine, created by a small media company called Reverie, wants to highlight “the development and success of current and emerging fashion designers,” as well as cover pop culture.
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Gov. Bevin announces $200M investment by Phoenix Paper in west Kentucky

Phoenix Paper, which runs a paper mill in west Kentucky, is expanding with a new facility that represents a $200 million investment. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced the company's investment Friday during a conference call with west Kentucky leaders at Wickliffe City Hall. The company took over the site of the former Verso paper mill in Wickliffe. Phoenix Paper announced the completion of its first roll of paper there in May. The commercial investment announced Friday will include a paper recycling facility, Bevin said. The governor said there will be 150 employees at the new facility, which will open in 18 months. Phoenix Paper is owned by Chinese manufacturer Shanying International, and the new facility will process recycled paper and send it to China to be used for packaging. The governor said, while the United States and China are going through trade tensions at the national level, no state is working harder with China "at the sub-national level" than Kentucky.
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Do you know how PEFC is governed?

Our governance is bottom up, which means it is our members who make the key decisions through a balanced voting system. This enables us to build on our national members’ local expertise, complemented by the experiences of internationally active organizations. This unique structure allows for ethical and responsible decision-making that incorporates the combined experiences and knowledge of all stakeholders at national and international levels, including individuals on the ground as they are represented through our national members. Our commitment to participation, democracy and equity is a critical and central element within the governance of our organization. We have three decision-making bodies: the General Assembly, the PEFC International Board and the Secretary General.
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Profits Rise 6% at HarperCollins in Fiscal 2019 (publishersweekly.com)

HarperCollins posted a 6% rise in earnings in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, despite a small (0.2%) dip in revenue compared to fiscal 2018, parent company News Corp reported. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) was $253 million in fiscal 2019, up from $239 million a year ago, while revenue was $1.75 billion, compared to $1.76 in fiscal 2018. HC faced a host of challenges in trying to match last year’s results, which included $28 million in licensing revenue from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the $27 million negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations, and $65 million worth of lower revenues as a result of the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. HC CEO Brian Murray said that, excluding the currency and accounting factors, HC's revenue were "up substantially" in the year. In a conference call with analysts discussing the year end results, News Corp executives said the publisher had outperformed expectations.
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