The McKinley Mill in Port Angeles is not quite ready to go full-steam ahead, but new recruits are busy learning from seasoned veterans how to make their first giant rolls of paper from 100% recycled materials. Smoke from the process is almost non-existent, and because the products they produce are made from recycled paper and not wood chips, the notorious odor that many Washingtonians have come to expect from a paper mill is a thing of the past. The paper will later be used primarily for shopping bags, but another machine is being prepared to make cardboard products.
Having delivered a significant increase in the number of KUKA robots that it has integrated into industrial operating systems over the last 12 months, WestRock Automated Packaging Systems has been newly recognised as one of KUKA’s Platinum System Partners. The Suffolk-based firm design and manufacture packaging automation machinery for transit, shelf-ready and retail-ready FMCG packaging applications, ranging from single order dispatch systems to fully integrated warehouse dispatch packaging automation. Tom Whatling, Technical Sales Manager at WestRock, said the firm sees KUKA as a key supplier and partner to their business and, working together, they collectively provide automation solutions to their customers.
FibDex® is a new wound care product created by UPM in collaboration with researchers from the University of Helsinki and surgeons and nursing staff from the Helsinki Burn Centre. FibDex is the third biomedical product based on renewable and responsible wood-based raw materials to be commercialised by UPM. Surgeons and nurses are really interested in the new product, which is more comfortable for patients and can speed up their recovery. “Clinical trials showed the wound care dressing provides significant benefits for the treatment of skin graft donor sites”, says Dr Jane Spencer-Fry, Director of Biomedicals at UPM.
On March 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on the problems plaguing small businesses following the South Dakota v. Wayfair ruling. ACMA will be submitting written testimony for the Congressional Record. As part of this testimony, we will reference (by attachment) real life stories and anecdotes that illustrate the direct impact, struggles, and harm this ruling has caused businesses like yours. This is a chance to have your story heard and make an impact. To have your story and your voice heard, please send us a document on your letterhead telling how this ruling has negatively impacted your business. Your story will help fuel our position. (Suppliers are also welcome to summarize your clients' travails.)
Catalyst Paper is announcing the March 1st, 2020 temporary curtailment of our Crofton paper operations, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, due to a shortage of available forest fibre. We are relieved that the eight month long Western Forest Products strike has just been settled. However, the labour dispute had significant impact on our fibre supply chain. Despite our considerable efforts to find economic alternative sources of fibre, all supplies have been exhausted and we are forced to curtail operations until the fibre stream is re-established. We currently anticipate a Crofton paper restart date of March 30, 2020. Catalyst prides itself on product excellence and customer service. Our Powell River and Port Alberni facilities will continue to operate during this period and both mills will be able to fulfill your orders.
Domtar Corporation entered into an asset purchase agreement with Appvion Operations, Inc. to acquire Appvion's Point of Sale (POS) paper business. The agreement includes the coater and related equipment located only at the West Carrollton, Ohio, facility as well as a license for all corresponding intellectual property. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. "The combination of Domtar's world-class paper-making capabilities with the West Carrollton coater's significant scale will make a globally competitive point of sale paper business and provide new options for our future growth," Domtar President & Chief Executive Officer John Williams said.
The impressive e-commerce packages of the clothing brand Billebeino receive positive customer feedback and respond to the growing demands for sustainability. Digitally printed packaging made by Adara Pakkaus Oy, and printed onto Metsä Board’s white kraftliner, changes prints according to the collection's theme. Digital printing allows for variable printed patterns while optimising order quantities. The high brightness of the kraftliner gives stunning colour reproduction. It is a strong, yet lightweight and recyclable material, making it a sustainable choice. “Sustainability is an important part of our brand. Most of our clothing is made from recycled materials. We do not make instant fashion, but durable, responsibly produced clothing. Therefore, corrugated board as a packaging material is a natural choice for us. It is important that our products arrive undamaged to our customers and that the packaging can be easily recycled,” says Juhani Putkonen, CEO of Billebeino.
Bertelsmann has set itself an ambitious environmental goal: By 2030, the international media, services, and education company intends to be climate neutral. By then, Bertelsmann aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated at its locations, by its employees’ mobility, and the manufacture of its own products by 50 percent compared with 2018. At that time, these emissions amounted to one million tons of CO2. The remaining emissions will be offset. Bertelsmann will also support its business customers in reducing product-related emissions. Thomas Rabe, Chairman & CEO of Bertelsmann, says: “Protecting the environment is part of our corporate values, the Bertelsmann Essentials. With our decision to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, we are taking responsibility in the battle against climate change and global warming. In this connection, Bertelsmann has become one of around 800 companies worldwide to join the Science Based Target Initiative. The initiative supports companies in setting scientifically sound climate targets.
Total retail sales increased 2.5% year over year in January 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. U.S. nonstore retail sales grew significantly slower year over year in January 2020 than in December and for 2019 overall, according to a Digital Commerce 360 analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce advance monthly figures released Friday. Last month, nonstore spending, excluding estimated fuel sales, increased just 6.4%, achieving only about a quarter of December’s record-breaking 24.2% increase and less than half of the 13.9% jump registered in 2019.
AptarGroup, Inc. announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Fusion Packaging I, L.P. FusionPKG is a leader in high quality, prestige airless and color cosmetics packaging, and conception-to-launch turnkey solutions for the North American beauty market. FusionPKG, founded in 2004 by Jonathan Gross and Derek Harvey, has proven engineering, formulation and go-to-market capabilities for the North American fast beauty industry. FusionPKG has existing relationships with many global cosmetic and skin care customers as well as many rapidly growing indie brands. FusionPKG employs approximately 100 people across its headquarters in Dallas, sales and design offices in New York and Los Angeles, and operations in New Jersey and China. For 2019, FusionPKG generated sales of approximately $80 million. The transaction, which is expected to be accretive to Aptar’s Beauty + Home segment margins, is subject to customary closing conditions.