Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Powell River division was, for a long period of time since its inception in 1912, at the centre of Powell River’s identity; it was mill town. Thousands of people used to work at the pulp and paper mill. At its height, more than 2,700 people were employed, but times change. By 1990, the mill was down to 2,000 employees and that total decreased to 700 by 2001. Catalyst now employs approximately 360 workers in Powell River. Declining markets for its newsprint and other paper products, and technological improvements, mean that even though the size of the mill has not shrunk by much, everything else about the industry has done so dramatically. Last month, Catalyst announced one of the new products that came out of those brainstorming sessions: food-grade paper. The company is calling the line of United States Food and Drug Administration-approved food-wrap products Bistro. The mill is also converting paper machine number 11, enabling it to produce a product currently in the testing phase. “We’re still very early in breaking in and we’re still learning,” Chinn, “but we’re doing something that will have a future for us. Everyone in this mill knows this is our shot.” click Read More below for more of the story
Appvion Operations, Inc. (“Appvion”), North America’s largest producer of direct thermal receipt paper, is concerned about California’s misguided legislation attempt to limit paper receipts for environmental and health protection. Appvion continues to closely monitor activities in Sacramento.
Paper receipts are the valued choice of retailers and consumers to document sales transactions. Appvion shares the industry’s anxiety over privacy issues and fraud with electronic receipts. “It is concerning that this proposed mandate in California would limit the choice of obtaining a paper receipt for retailers and consumers,” said Appvion’s CEO George W. Wurtz III. Results of a 2017 Toluna U.S. consumer survey indicated that 90 percent of consumers agree that they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronic) from financial organizations and service providers.
Regarding Appvion direct thermal products, Appvion led the industry to discontinue the use of BPA in thermal paper formulation in 2006 as a result of toxicology reports and available studies caused growing concerns in the market about the safety of the chemical. In light of the scientific evidence, Appvion felt such action was the responsible thing to do.
In addition, Appvion actively participated in the EPA’s Design For Environment (“DfE”) partnership program. Through DfE, multiple stakeholders – including manufacturers, retailers, public interest groups and regulators – were engaged in evaluating safer alternatives to BPA for use in thermal paper. As part of Appvion’s long commitment to producing safe thermal paper, Appvion welcomed this rigorous safety review of potential BPA substitutes.
Appvion will continue to seek new information and technologies that offer additional opportunities to improve its portfolio of direct thermal products. As part of that effort, Appvion has developed an alternative to the standard point-of-sale receipt paper that is both free of chemical developers and phenols. This new technology relies on a physical change to develop the image. The product is past the prototype stage and will be market tested soon.