Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading North American producer of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp, today introduced its new coated web product lineup, unmatched by any other North American supplier. Verso offers a breadth of quality coated web brands, including No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 grades in coated freesheet and coated groundwood, as well as supercalendered SCA+ and SCA grades. Verso's lineup includes some of the most distinguished paper brands in the industry, such as Sterling® Ultra, ArborWeb Plus®, Influence®, ArborWeb® and Liberty®, as well as two new brands, Focus™ and Balance™. Verso's two new brands, Focus™ and Balance™, will be produced to the same high standards as its other distinguished brands. Focus™, a No. 3 coated groundwood paper, is one of the best values in its category, offering cost savings without compromising performance, brightness or image reproduction. It delivers great appearance and value for quality-conscious commercial printing, catalog and magazine applications. Balance™, a No. 4 coated groundwood product, is a highly versatile and refined paper, striking the optimal combination of brightness, printability and cost. It is the perfect choice for special edition publications and is a brighter, whiter alternative to a typical No. 5 product.
According to the August 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 11 percent in August compared to August 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent from July. Imports of printing-writing papers in July increased six percent compared to July 2017 imports, while exports declined 24 percent compared to July 2017.
•Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased 11 percent year-over-year in August. Inventory levels decreased six percent. Exports of CM papers increased five percent in July compared to July 2017.
•Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 21 percent year-over-year in August. Imports of UM decreased two percent year-over-year in July. Exports of UM decreased 70 percent year-over-year in July.
•Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper and coated free sheet (CFS) papers both decreased year-over-year in August. July imports of UFS papers increased 37 percent compared to July 2017, while imports of CFS papers increased two percent compared to last July.