How Carbon Balanced Paper Ensures Successful Habitat Restoration

Tree planting, or reforestation, is one of the many solutions to climate change due to the ability of trees to sequester substantial amounts of carbon as they grow. Governments worldwide are backing ambitious initiatives, encouraging people to donate time and money to reforestation projects. However, many tree planting projects designed to offset carbon emissions have faced criticism for failing to create sustainable forests. Numerous reforestation efforts have ended in failure. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that a large-scale government-organized tree planting project in Northern California had insignificant impact on carbon sequestration or tree cover. Similarly, a study by the Nature Conservancy questioned the environmental benefits of a government-funded tree-planting program in Mexico, concluding that forest loss rates were higher in states implementing the plan than in those that did not. In the Philippines, the National Greening Program was deemed a failure by its own government, achieving only a fraction of its intended forest cover increase.
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Introducing PaperSpace Coreless e+ Paper Dunnage Solution

Coreless paper rolls have emerged as an innovative and sustainable solution in the realm of paper packaging products. PaperSpace Coreless e+ is our newest simple, versatile paper dunnage solution featuring easy-to-handle paper rolls without the central cardboard core. The absence of the core means less waste and more usable paper. See sell sheet at: https://www.itape.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/PaperSpace-Coreless-e-SS.pdf
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AAP May 2024 StatShot Report: Overall Publishing Industry Up 10.9% for Month of May, and Up 5.5% Year-To-Date

The Association of American Publishers released its StatShot report for May 2024 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Religious Presses, Higher Education Course Materials, PreK-12 Instructional Materials and Professional Publishing. Total revenues across all categories for May 2024 were up 10.9% as compared to May 2023, coming in at $1.1 billion. Year-to-date revenues were up 5.5%, at $5.2 billion for the first five months of the year. Trade (Consumer Books) revenues were up 16.5% in May, coming in at $789.1 million. In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of May, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 21.0%, coming in at $289.1 million; Paperbacks were up 16.7%, with $289.6 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 118.2% to $11.2 million; and Special Bindings were up 28.4%, with $13.6 million in revenue.
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Amazon Announces Record-Breaking Sales for 2024 Prime Day Event

Amazon announced that Prime Day 2024 was Amazon’s biggest Prime Day shopping event ever, with record sales and more items sold during the two-day event than any previous Prime Day event. During the 48-hour shopping event, Prime members globally saved billions on deals across every category. With Amazon’s vast selection at some of the lowest prices of the year so far, millions more Prime members shopped the two-day shopping event compared to Prime Day 2023. The opportunity to save big meant a record-breaking number of customers signed up for Prime in the three weeks leading up to Prime Day, with millions of new members worldwide. "Prime Day 2024 was a huge success thanks to the millions of Prime members globally who turned to Amazon for fantastic deals, and our much-appreciated employees, delivery partners, and sellers around the world who helped bring the event to life for customers," said Doug Herrington, CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores.
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HMH Unveils Bold New Brand

Adaptive learning company HMH today announced a refreshed brand that reflects its commitment to accelerating dynamic learning and helping educators create growth for every student. This refresh marks a significant milestone in HMH's evolution, underscoring its promise to integrate the best of technology with the best of in-class instruction to support student success. This is represented by a new visual identity and streamlined name — HMH. “Just as there isn’t one kind of student, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to education. Educators need an intuitive digital ecosystem that helps drive momentum, growth and continuous learning for every student,” said Jack Lynch, HMH CEO. “Everything we do at HMH is in service of creating thriving classrooms built on meaningful student-teacher relationships.”
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Times Hudson Valley Media To Acquire Two Weeklies (mediapost.com)

The Times Hudson Valley Media group, a publisher in New York State, is acquiring two weekly newspapers:The Cornwall Local and The News of the Highlands, increasing the company’s roster to five publications. The sale is effective on August 1. Carl Aiello, founder of the Times Hudson Valley Media group, will serve as publisher and Mary Jane Pitt will remain as editor. Both papers will be converted to tabloid size, marching The Wallkill Valley Times, Mid Hudson Times, and Southern Ulster Times. All five newspapers will go to press on Tuesday evenings, and will hit newsstands on Wednesdays, and local mailboxes on Thursdays.
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Celebrating Sustainability: 2023 Achievements And Future Focus

We’re excited to announce the publication of the 2023 Novolex Sustainability Report! Our pillars of Products, Operations and People and Communities are how we approach sustainability across our businesses. The associated key performance indicators (KPIs) for each of them provide the framework for every annual report. The consistency of our reporting framework provides transparency and comparability of the progress we’ve made across each pillar year over year. The progress made in 2023 would not have been possible without the hard work of all 10,000 members of the Novolex family. “There isn’t a role at Novolex that doesn’t have a significant impact on what sustainability means for us,” explained Novolex CEO Stan Bikulege in his opening letter of the report. “Maintaining safe workplaces, innovating new products, reducing energy use, supporting our communities, and many more initiatives all reflect sustainability at Novolex.”
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Walsworth Hires Andy Billett as New Chief Operating Officer

Walsworth announced it has hired printing industry veteran Andy Billett as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Billett will be replacing Walsworth’s current COO Jim Mead, who is retiring from the company in November and will be based out of Walsworth’s corporate office in Marceline, Missouri. Billett comes to Walsworth with 25-plus years of printing and senior leadership experience at Taylor Corporation, Custom Ink and Jostens. Once he began to explore the opportunity to join Walsworth, he said it was a perfect match. “Meeting Don Sr., Don, and the team at Marceline made me feel at home,” said Billett. “Walsworth reminded me of my days at Taylor Corporation – genuine, honest and sincere. The values and culture at Walsworth are very strong, and the Walsworths have a compelling growth strategy for the future. Discussing this strategy and my potential role, and how I can help the team achieve it, drew me in.”
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AF&PA Releases June 2024 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in June increased 7% compared to June 2023. They were up 10% when compared to the same six months of 2023. The operating rate for unbleached packaging papers was 82.9%, up 1.1 points from June 2023 and up 4.5 points year-to-date. Shipments of the biggest subgrade in bleached packaging papers – food wrapping – were 25,500 short tons for the month of June, up 6.3% from the same month last year and down 0.9% year-to-date.
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AF&PA Releases June 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 2% in June compared to June 2023. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 3% when compared to May 2024. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers in May increased 9% compared to the same month last year. Individually, U.S. shipments in all 3 major P-W categories (UFS, CFS and MECH) increased in June compared to the same period last year. Uncoated Free Sheet shipments increased 1%, Coated Free Sheet shipments increased 4%, and Mechanical papers shipments increased 7%.
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Billerud Interim report January–June 2024

I am pleased with the result we were able to produce for the second quarter of 2024. We are back to net sales growth, our underlying profitability improved, both sequentially and versus the same period a year ago, and we delivered yet again a solid cash conversion for the quarter. Demand for our products improved during the quarter, partly due to supply and logistics disturbances within our industry that worked in our favor. This helps us in the short to medium term, but end consumer demand has not strengthened significantly over the past months. We remain cautiously optimistic going forward about gradually improved market conditions. We have adopted an agile mentality to adjust to fast-changing market conditions, which we consider to be the new normal.
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Adestor by Lecta optimizes service for customers in Central and Northern Europe with its new self-adhesive converting plant in Germany

Strategically located in Aschaffenburg, the facility has a surface area of more than 4,000 m² for facestock, adhesives and liners. Barely months after opening, intensive work is underway at the new Adestor by Lecta converting plant in Germany to deliver orders for the full range of self-adhesive materials produced by the company with optimal efficiency. Its location in Aschaffenburg, in the state of Bavaria, means that nearly all the major cities of Central Europe, including Berlin, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam and Prague, lie within a 500-kilometer radius. Its proximity to Frankfurt is another asset.
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Mondi secures 11 wins in Crescents and Stars for Packaging competition

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has been recognised with multiple awards at this year’s Crescents and Stars for Packaging competition in Türkiye. These accolades affirm Mondi’s position as a leading packaging solutions provider that meet customer needs while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of sustainability and design. "Each of our award-winning products reflects our strategy to integrate customer feedback into our design process, ensuring that we address both the practical and environmental challenges our clients face. This recognition fuels our drive to continue innovating and leading the industry towards more sustainable and effective packaging solutions," added Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
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Forging a Sustainable Path: UPM Raflatac and Sustana Join Forces to Drive Circular Solutions

In a world where sustainability is not just a buzzword but a pressing need, companies are increasingly looking for innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint and drive positive change within their industries. Two such trailblazers, UPM Raflatac and Sustana, have joined hands in a concerted effort to revolutionize the way release liner waste is handled, thus catalyzing the transition towards a circular economy. Release liner, often overlooked and dismissed as unrecyclable due to its silicone coating, is a prime example of an underutilized resource. However, through collaborative efforts spearheaded by UPM Raflatac and Sustana, this perception is being challenged. Michael Garretson, Manager of Recycling and Circular Solutions at UPM Raflatac Americas, emphasizes, "Many people don’t realize that there are recycling options for label release liner. There are. It’s just a function of putting the pieces together. That’s what we’re doing here." Sustana's innovative technology plays a pivotal role in this process, enabling the desiliconization of release liner and transforming it into clean, high-grade fiber and papers. This forward-thinking approach not only diverts release liner from landfills but also unlocks its potential as a valuable feedstock.
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Berry Helps Wells Create Widely Recyclable Blue Bunny Twist Pints

Global packaging leader, Berry Global Group, Inc.., worked with U.S.-based ice cream manufacturer, Wells Enterprises, Inc., to expand its Twist Cones frozen treat line into single-serve, freezer-grade Twist pints for Blue Bunny. The new pints, which offer a new twist on soft serve, are currently available at retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Albertson’s, Safeway, and Publix. Made with widely recyclable polypropylene (PP) and a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lid, the new Twist pints improve the recyclability of traditional ice-cream packaging, which is generally made of plastic-lined, paper board. The pints are also designed for nestability during transportation and storage, minimizing wasted space during transportation. This helps optimize supply chain efficiency and lessen the need for truckload shipments. “Berry is an excellent partner for Wells. They understand our need for innovative, sustainable packaging and have worked closely with us to develop it,” explained Julee Zugel, Director of Strategic Sourcing. “We appreciate how engaged they are with our team to understand new opportunities in the packaging arena. They are innovative, forward thinking and an example of how a partnership should work.”
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June 2024: Summer Boost: Rising Consumer Engagement

The apparel sector shows strong demand compared to other industries experiencing subdued or stable demand. Despite this, all sectors saw increased consumer engagement in June. The rise in website sessions, alongside flat demand, indicates heightened consumer interest. However, fewer orders may reflect economic uncertainties despite a 3.38% increase in average order values from the previous year, suggesting cautious consumer spending. Businesses should adopt strategies to capitalize on consumer engagement while navigating economic challenges for sustained growth. Economists anticipate a slowdown and speculate on potential Federal Reserve interest rate cuts by September. The upcoming 2024 presidential election introduces financial and investment uncertainties, with J.P. Morgan Wealth Management discussing these implications and emphasizing sector-specific impacts like finance and healthcare. Despite short-term market volatility, the long-term effects of elections on markets and the economy remain unpredictable, urging investors to maintain a stable, long-term financial strategy.
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‘UltraRunning’ Magazine Acquired By Steep Life Media (mediapost.com)

Steep Life Media, LLC, a family-owned publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona, has acquired UltraRunning Magazine, effective immediately. UltraRunning publishes eight issues per year. Steep Life’s first will be the September 2024 edition. Founded in 1981, Ultrarunning was owned by UltraRunning Media Group, LLC, which is headed by Karl Hoagland and based in Bend, Oregon.
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Religion Print Sales Up 12% in First Half of 2024 (publishersweekly.com)

More evidence has come in that points to 2024 being a very good year for sales of religion books. For the first half of 2024, unit sales of print religious book rose 12.1% over the comparable period in 2023 at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. The gain came entirely from nonfiction titles, which rose 12.8% offsetting a 5% decline in the much smaller fiction category. Religion was the best performing category among all adult nonfiction subject areas in the first half of the year, and sales easily outperformed total print sales in the first six months of 2024, which were down 0.4% from a year ago.
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Sun Chemical Implements a Pigment Related Price Increase on Inks in EMEA Packaging and Graphics

Sun Chemical will increase prices across a broad portfolio of its inks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately. The supply chains of colour and white pigments have severely been impacted by diverse challenges in recent months, including cases of disruption, shortage, insolvency, anti-dumping import tax, as well as further increasing sea freight rates from Asia. These factors have been driving up the cost of Sun Chemical’s ink products, encompassing both colour and white inks. “The pressure across the supply chain is causing significant rise in inks raw material costs and unfortunately requires us to increase prices,” said Mehran Yazdani, President, Global Packaging and Advanced Materials, Sun Chemical. “We will continue to work with our sourcing partners to manage and minimise the impact on our customers.”
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GreenFirst Announces Appointment of New CFO

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. announces the hiring of Mr. Peter Ferrante as its new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ferrante will be assuming the role on August 14, 2024, following GreenFirst’s second quarter earnings call. With over 25 years of finance and business experience, Peter has held a variety of senior roles across both publicly listed and private companies, across diverse industries including manufacturing, leasing and retail, overseeing all facets of accounting, financial management, corporate governance and M&A. Peter is currently the Chief Financial Officer of a Canadian national chain of retail stores. “We are delighted to have a Chief Financial Officer of Peter’s calibre joining GreenFirst. Peter’s success and experience, in particular his financial expertise and his outstanding leadership qualities, are a great addition to our executive team and will be a key driver of the Company’s future.”, said Joël Fournier, CEO, GreenFirst.
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Sappi Europe achieves major milestone in its sustainability journey by reducing the carbon footprint of its Galerie range by 55%

In 2023, Sappi Europe’s Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland successfully transitioned to renewable biomass energy, reducing its Scope 1 emissions, direct emissions from Sappi’s own operations, by 90%. Building on the significant investment made to Kirkniemi’s energy systems, clean electricity is now also being supplied to the mill, eliminating scope 2, indirect emissions. These efforts have led to a 55% overall reduction in the carbon footprint of Sappi’s Galerie paper range, which is estimated to reach a remarkable 70% by the end of the year. This transformation is among nearly 80 projects outlined in Sappi Europe’s decarbonisation roadmap, a blueprint that will see the company’s energy-related sustainability targets through to 2025. This also closely aligns with Sappi’s science-based targets for 2030.
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Solenis Acquires Predictive Food Safety Solutions, Expanding Food and Beverage Offering

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has acquired all of the membership units of Predictive Food Safety Solutions, LLC., effective July 15, 2024. Headquartered in Lawrenceville, Ga, Predictive Food Safety Solutions (PFS) is a manufacturer and distributor of high-grade antimicrobial, wastewater, sanitation, industrial lubricant and feed additive chemicals for the poultry industry. Offering comprehensive solutions across all stages of poultry processing, PFS technology delivers improved antimicrobial efficiency while reducing the total cost of operation. The company’s proprietary technology, unique algorithms, chemical quality and focus on consistency help to prevent and control the spread of bacteria and disease in poultry processing, which can otherwise lead to significant economic losses and potential threat to human health.
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June online retail sales growth spikes as total sales remain stagnant (digitalcommerce360.com)

Online retail sales grew more than five times faster in June than total sales, according to data from the National Retail Federation’s Retail Monitor and CNBC. And while online and total retail sales both grew in June — year over year as well as month over month — consumers are still prioritizing non-discretionary purchases in the face of high interest rates and lingering inflation, said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Inflation has dropped to nearly zero for goods, but remains persistent with services, and solid economic fundamentals are helping consumers make ends meet,” Shay said.
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Sustainable Adhesives: Sugra Project Researches Environmentally Friendly Solutions For The Packaging Industry

“Adhesives are indispensable in packaging production: they reduce material requirements and enable lighter packaging, which is in line with the objectives of the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Although adhesives only make up a small proportion of total packaging, they have a significant impact on recycling processes, paper production and the CO2 footprint. The Sugra (“Sustainable Gluing with Renewable Adhesives”) project is dedicated to this topic: it is developing adhesives based on renewable raw materials that protect the recycling process and reduce the CO2 footprint. These adhesives meet the requirements of modern production techniques and promote sustainable production without compromising performance. The basis of adhesives is starch: this natural raw material is already used intensively in natural and modified form. Starch plays a particularly important role in paper production and processing, as it increases the strength of paper and refines its surfaces. In corrugated cardboard production, starch is used to bond the layers together.
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$99 million Belmark facility to bring over 150 jobs to Allen County

Based in Wisconsin, Belmark is a global industrial leader in packaging and labeling. The new flexible packaging plant in Allen County will mark their second expansion out of their home state and will add over 150 new jobs to the Allen Springs Industrial Park. “This is gonna catch those people that, as I said, are leaving Allen County to go to work in Bowling Green and Franklin and down in Tennessee. This is going to catch some of those people and allow them to stay right here in Allen County and work and provide for their families,” said Allen County judge-executive Dennis Harper. Throughout the ceremony, representatives of Belmark shared their insight into why Allen County was chosen for the expansion. Citing the small town’s charm and potential for economic growth, CEO Karl Schmidt and plant manager Jeff LeCaptain say that Allen County and Scottsville are welcoming community partners for the manufacturing center.
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Allied Media Triples Output with New Speedmaster CX 104 from HEIDELBERG

Allied Media, a small, family-owned company located in Fenton, Michigan, recently installed a new Speedmaster CX 104 from HEIDELBERG. The CX 104 is the first new press for Allied, who has historically invested in used presses. In just a few months, the press has significantly improved the company’s production metrics and increased throughput three-fold. Allied, known for its fast, dependable addressing and mailing department, services a nationwide customer base – ranging from political and union organizations to large automakers and small local businesses. “Our excellence in the printing industry has been hard earned and well maintained for almost thirty years,” said Randy Rockman, President of Allied. “Our turnaround time and delivery to USPS is unmatched as is our dedication to our customers.”
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Your Questions Answered on the PPWR: Plastic Packaging Recyclability and Labeling Impacts

Our recent webinar, "Navigating the PPWR Transformation: Plastic Packaging Recyclability and Labeling Impacts", shed light on the evolving landscape of packaging recyclability regulations and their implications. As businesses prepare for the upcoming changes under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), understanding the legislation and timelines is essential for staying ahead. While specific details are still being finalized, the overarching direction is clear, enabling companies to plan and adapt their strategies. We received active participation and various questions during the webinar, which we are addressing in this article in a question-and-answer format.
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Publishers Have Been Hit By Postal Rate Hikes Of 47.8% Since 2021: News/Media Alliance (mediapost.com)

The U.S. Postal Service is harming both publishers and itself with its current ratemaking process, the News/Media Alliance (NMA) charges in a letter to the Postal Rate Commission. “While the Postal Service incurs record losses, Periodicals mailers have been forced to make difficult business decisions ranging from cutting staff to shuttering titles and closing their doors, all of which ultimately harms our society,” the letter states. Since 2021, the USPS has raised periodical rates “generally twice a year by a cumulative total of 47.8 percent,” the NMA writes. “During that time, the portion of those increases due to the additional rate authorities have exceeded the rate of inflation by more than 150 percent.”
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New FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Peru

FSC is pleased to announce the official publication of the new FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Peru, which covers all categories of Management Units in natural forests and plantations, including small and low intensity managed forests, as well as Non-Timber Forest Products. This standard, effective October 15, 2024, not only focuses on productive management, but also encompasses conservation management and forest restoration. Peru, being a country rich in natural forests, has a territory where almost 60% is covered by forests (Ministry of Environment (MINAM), 2024), covering a total area of 82,543,385 hectares as of 2019. These forests include Amazonian forests (94.2%), dry forests (4.7%) and Andean forests (1.1%), with a diversity of 42 types of forests on the coast, highlands and jungle, each with its own unique richness. These ecosystems are fundamental to Peru and the world, providing invaluable benefits such as natural resources, water and food, as well as playing a crucial role in stabilizing the climate and environment. They are also the home and livelihood of indigenous communities, representing a great potential for the development of sustainable productive initiatives that generate well-being for the people who live in them.
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Pactiv Evergreen Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Pine Bluff Paper Mill and Waynesville Extrusion Facility to Suzano SA

Pactiv Evergreen Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Pine Bluff, Arkansas, paper mill and Waynesville, North Carolina, extrusion facility, to global paper and pulp producer Suzano S.A.for $110 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for closing amounts such as working capital. Suzano has agreed to offer employment to current employees at Pine Bluff and Waynesville. Pine Bluff produces liquid packaging board and cupstock used to make fresh beverage cartons, paper cups and other fiber-based food and beverage packaging. Waynesville provides incremental extrusion capacity for the board produced at Pine Bluff. Pactiv Evergreen and Suzano have also agreed to enter into a long-term supply arrangement at the closing of the Transaction pursuant to which Suzano would use Pine Bluff and Waynesville to supply liquid packaging board to Pactiv Evergreen’s converting business. “The sale of Pine Bluff and Waynesville concludes the strategic alternatives review process,” said Michael King, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pactiv Evergreen. “This Transaction is consistent with our disciplined focus on value creation, and we expect it to reduce the capital intensity of our business, improve our cash flow profile and further strengthen our balance sheet.”
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HEINZEL GROUP announces closure of Raubling Papier GmbH

HEINZEL GROUP has made the difficult decision to close its subsidiary, Raubling Papier GmbH, in Germany, due to persistently difficult market conditions and challenging economic circumstances. This decision follows comprehensive discussions with the local works council, resulting in a successfully concluded social plan. More than half of the affected employees have already secured new employment, reflecting the effectiveness of the company’s transition support efforts. With the closure process now focused on the sale of assets, HEINZEL GROUP is moving forward with the disposition of machinery and equipment. Andreas Sailer, CEO of Raubling Papier, stated: "We are encouraged by the rapid transition of many of our employees to new positions and are now concentrating on the sale of Raubling Papier's assets. This includes a range of high-quality machinery and equipment. Interested parties are invited to engage with us promptly as we navigate this phase."
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Survey shows perception of cost as the main barrier to overcome in sustainable packaging

One of the leading renewable biomaterials suppliers, UPM, has unveiled the latest findings from a highly targeted survey of some of the world’s leading packaging designers. The survey, conducted in collaboration with the Pentawards, has revealed unique insights into sustainable packaging design, including some of the key challenges faced by designers, with UPM highlighting how these can be overcome. The survey results show that while the majority (47%) of the designer respondents feel extremely comfortable handling briefs that include sustainability requirements, 43% of packaging designers would prefer more direction or information to feel fully comfortable when dealing with these briefs. This highlights a need for further education on how to incorporate sustainability into packaging design, with most respondents (35%) suggesting material guides would be the most beneficial. Further findings reveal that 57% of the designer respondents believe they always or often have the opportunity to impact the material choice of a product. However, 20% say they seldom do, and 17% almost never, which suggests some clients may not have yet realised the value of exploring alternative and more sustainable packaging solutions.
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‘The New York Times’ Tries AI’s Headline-Writing Capability: Report (mediapost.com)

The New York Times -- which is fighting OpenAI and Microsoft in court, attempting to block use of its content for training models -- is not beyond testing AI to write headlines and enforce its style guide, according to The Intercept. The Times has developed a tool that would use OpenAI to perform those tasks, The Intercept continues. A Times spokesperson acknowledged the effort, but said it was temporary.
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Canada Publishers Demand Reversal Of ‘Junk Mail’ Provision

U.S. publishers are not alone in experiencing problems with their postal system. Their neighbors to the north are also unhappy with theirs — for different reasons. A coalition of Canadian news publishers is demanding that Canada Post reverse a decision that would allow consumers to opt out of receiving community newspapers with commercial inserts. These are now seen as junk mail, thanks to the ending of an exemption from Canada Post’s Consumers’ Choice program. As of January 8, 2024, community newspapers with commercial inserts were no longer exempt from Canada Post’s Consumers’ Choice program, which allows Canadians to opt out of receiving ‘junk mail.’
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Postmedia Reports Third Quarter Results

“With over 85% of all digital advertising being allocated to foreign platforms, the entire Canadian media sector remains significantly distressed. Yet Canadians’ appetite for trusted journalism has never been higher,” said Andrew MacLeod, President and CEO. “Initiatives like the Journalism Tax Credit and bill C18 implemented by the Federal government are providing critical support. Ultimately our industry’s future will be determined by Canadian media companies’ ability to capture a greater share of the market and so we applaud the Ontario government for their commitment to spending 25% of their advertising dollars on Ontarian media platforms.” Revenue for the quarter was $100.8 million as compared to $111.2 million in the same period in the prior year, representing a decrease of $10.4 million (9.3%). The revenue decrease was primarily due to decreases in advertising revenue of $6.5 million (12.0%) circulation revenue of $3.4 million (9.4%) and other revenue of $1.6 million (16.6%), partially offset by increases in parcel revenue of $1.2 million (10.8%). Net loss in the quarter ended May 31, 2024 was $15.9 million, as compared to a net loss of $24.8 million in the same period in the prior year.
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Novolex Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

The report, published in accordance with the global reporting initiative, details several notable advancements, including: Expanding the Circularity of Products: In 2023, applicable Novolex revenues from products that were recyclable, compostable, or reusable grew to an 84% share compared to 78% in 2022. The increase reflects ongoing efforts across the Novolex portfolio to develop products that can be diverted from landfill after use. Progress towards its 30% Reduction by 2030 Greenhouse Gas Target: In 2023, Novolex reduced GHG emissions by 23%, continuing to make progress towards its goal of a 30% reduction in emissions per ton of production by 2030. Novolex GHG data are assured by a third party in accordance with the terms of the company’s sustainability-linked financing. Growing Recycled Content: Across Novolex businesses and products that use paper, Novolex increased its utilization of post-consumer recycled paper to 52% in 2023 compared to 49% in 2022.
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Green Bay Packaging to invest in downstream box facility

Green Bay Packaging of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it is expanding manufacturing space at its Great Lakes Packaging Division facility in Germantown, Wisconsin, with the addition of a new building. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony at the location in early July. On its website, GBP describes its Germantown Great Lakes Division as a provider of corrugated containers, point of purchase displays, wood/foam specialty packaging and contract packaging and fulfillment services. While the facility does not convert recovered paper into new paperboard, it engages in downstream functions for GBP corrugated materials, including those made at its recycled-content mill in Green Bay, in which it invested $500 million earlier this decade. The mill consumes old corrugated containers (OCC), mixed paper and other recovered paper grades. The new downstream facility will consist of 270,000 square feet of manufacturing space “for increased capabilities and streamlined operations,” says GBP. Equipment within the facility will include a rotary die cutting (RDC) machine, a laminator and a specialty folder-gluer.
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Norske Skog: Positive market development

Norske Skog’s EBITDA in the second quarter of 2024 was NOK 471 million, an increase from NOK 76 million in the first quarter of 2024. The second quarter EBITDA was positively impacted by insurance at Norske Skog Saugbrugs of NOK 338 million. Despite signs of positive developments in the publication and containerboard markets, closures are still required. The process to deliver a main study on the BCTMP-production project (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp) at Saugbrugs has started. Cash flow from operations was NOK 299 million in the quarter compared to NOK -69 million in the previous quarter. The second quarter cash flow was positively influenced by somewhat higher sales prices and -volumes, and a decrease in working capital due CO2 related proceeds. Operating earnings in the second quarter of 2024 were NOK 364 million compared to operating earnings in the first quarter of 2024 of NOK -177 million. The operating earnings in the quarter were affected by insurance at Norske Skog Saugbrugs of NOK 338 million, non-cash changes in fair value of energy contracts in Norway amounting to NOK 44 million and depreciation of NOK 128 million. Profit before tax in the quarter was NOK 311 million compared to loss before tax of NOK -382 million in the previous quarter.
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Solenis Marks 10-Year Anniversary, Updates Brand Identity

Solenis, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, marked its 10th anniversary by launching a new brand identity. Updated brand elements reflect the company’s continued growth and vision while establishing a cohesive look for its growing global portfolio, which includes Diversey, a leading brand for hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning products and technology. “This bold new look heralds the next era in our progression,” said John Panichella, CEO. “Just ten years ago, we launched Solenis from our legacy brand, Ashland Water Technologies. Now, we stand strong as a diversified, worldwide brand forging a path that leads customers to achieve their operational and sustainability goals.” The company’s evolution is firmly rooted in more than 100 years of solving complex operational and sustainability challenges. Solenis legacy brands include Ashland, Drew and Hercules among others.
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Lane Press Installs Second New Osako Tener Saddle Stitch System to Complete Upgrade

Lane Press announced that it has installed a second new Osako saddle stitch binding system within three months. This completes the company’s upgrade to its saddle stitch capabilities. Installation of this Osako Tener Alpha Saddle Stitcher has been completed, and the unit is fully operational. Like the first Osako Tener Alpha, this state-of-the-art binder is rated to produce 12,500 books per hour and includes automation capabilities that reduce setup and make-ready times. This Osako will replace an existing saddle stitcher, such that Lane’s bindery will boast four high-speed saddle stitch binders and two perfect binding lines. Lane’s configuration of this binder will include one cover feeder, six pocket feeders, 4th & 5th knife trimmers, high-speed addressing, and full automation feeding capabilities. The stitcher is capable of handling a wide range of piece sizes and thicknesses, including tabloid and digest format, oversized blow-ins, envelopes, cards, and light basis weight stocks.
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Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports June Sales Results

Costco Wholesale Corporation reported net sales of $24.48 billion for the retail month of June, the five weeks ended July 7, 2024, an increase of 7.4 percent from $22.78 billion last year. Net sales for the first 44 weeks were $210.55 billion, an increase of 6.9 percent from $196.93 billion last year. The Company also announced that, effective September 1, 2024, it will increase annual membership fees by $5 for U.S. and Canada Gold Star (individual), Business, and Business add-on members. With this increase, all U.S. and Canada Gold Star, Business and Business add-on members will pay an annual fee of $65. Also effective September 1, annual fees for Executive Memberships in the U.S. and Canada will increase from $120 to $130 (Primary membership of $65, plus the Executive upgrade of $65), and the maximum annual 2% Reward associated with the Executive Membership will increase from $1,000 to $1,250. The fee increases will impact around 52 million memberships, a little over half of which are Executive.
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Wiley Appoints Matthew Kissner as President and CEO

Wiley announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Kissner as president and CEO, following a successful interim period. “Over the past nine months, Matt has made great progress improving our organization, accelerating our value creation plans, driving strong momentum in our core, and rallying around new AI opportunities,” said Jesse Wiley, chair of the board. “As an experienced C-suite operator and Wiley veteran, he brings a deep understanding of our markets, customers, operations, financials, and people – all of which has been evident in our material progress.” Wiley continued: “After a formal process that included a global search, the Board has concluded that Matt is the right person to lead Wiley through the next phase of our journey as a knowledge solutions company. We look forward to working alongside him to continue our momentum and deliver significant value for our stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, and colleagues.”
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Christian Jünger Named CEO Of Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe

Christian Jünger is to become the new Chairman of the Management Board/CEO of the German Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe. As Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House, announced yesterday, Jünger will take up his new position on October 1. Jünger succeeds Thomas Rathnow, who stepped down from the role in April after resigning for personal reasons. Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe has since been managed on an interim basis by Britta Egetemeier and Thomas Pichler. In his new role, Jünger will lead Verlagsgruppe’s strategy to drive its future growth and consolidate its position as leading German-language publisher. As CEO of Verlagsgruppe, he will report to Nihar Malaviya and will sit on Penguin Random House’s Global Executive Committee. Christian Jünger will join Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe from Rowohlt Verlag, where he has supervised Sales, Purchasing/Manufacturing, Controlling, Rights and Licenses, IT, and HR as Managing Director since 2021. Previously, he gained significant experience in the retail book sector at Amazon Germany, where he most recently served as Head of Vendor Management Books, managing the business with specialist and foreign-language books, calendars, and wholesalers.
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DS Smith installs state-of-the-art Nozomi 14000 AQ single-pass water-based printer

The new printing technology has been installed at our Torrelavit packaging facility in Spain and pioneered by Electronics for Imaging (EFI). The single-pass Nozomi 14000 AQ is designed to create high-resolution printing with water-based ink. The new printer is set up to print directly onto corrugated cardboard using specific ink quantities for each production. It is one of the most advanced high-speed printing solutions in the marketplace and at 1.4 metres wide is providing DS Smith customers in the Iberian region with reduced lead times and less waste, in contrast to analogue production techniques. In addition, the newly installed printer will allow DS Smith customers to create multiple design versions and variations in a single production run without compromising on the quality of their final sustainable packaging products and solutions.
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Stora Enso signs EUR 435 million funding agreement with European Investment Bank

Stora Enso has signed a new EUR 435 million bilateral loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the its growth in renewable, fiber-based consumer packaging board. Stora Enso’s EUR 1 billion investment in its Oulu mill in Finland is being financed, in part, by a new long-term bilateral loan. The loan features an amortising structure, with the final repayment anticipated in 2036, effectively lengthening the Group’s debt maturity profile. The mill, which is expected to begin operations with a novel, converted consumer board production line in the first half of 2025, will be one of the most modern and cost-efficient production sites for packaging materials in Europe. “The investment in Oulu supports our growth strategy in renewable, circular packaging by providing new volume for the growing packaging segment. The wood fiber is sourced from sustainably managed forests in the Nordics, and the boards are designed to replace plastics in food and personal care packaging,” says Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President, Packaging Materials Division.
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Ensuring Excellence Through Rigorous Quality Control Processes

At Royle Printing, we take pride in our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering high-quality print products. Our comprehensive quality control processes are designed to ensure that every piece that leaves our facility meets the highest standards of excellence. Here's an inside look at how we maintain our reputation for superior print quality. Press Quality Control Processes - Our press start-ups begin with clearly defined targets for density, mid-tone dot gain, and print contrast/color. Bindery Quality Control Processes - In the bindery, we maintain stringent quality control measures managed by experienced operators and managers. At Royle Printing, our quality control processes are not just about maintaining standards—they are about setting them. From press to bindery, every step is meticulously monitored and controlled to ensure that the final product exceeds our clients' expectations.
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Paper Excellence Canada Voted One Of Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens

Paper Excellence Canada has once again been voted one of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights.* Paper Excellence Canada operates mills in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and is a diversified manufacturer of pulp and paper – including printing and writing, packaging and specialty papers. The Best 50 award is judged using key performance indicators that relate to the organization’s raw resource use, emissions profile, social performance, safety performance and percentage of revenue from clean sources. “It was an honour to accept the Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens this year,” said David Marshall, Director, Sustainability – Governance, Strategy & Risk Management. “Paper Excellence Canada’s recently published sustainability report, New Horizons: 2023 Sustainability Report, demonstrates our commitment to transparent reporting, and the milestones we continue to achieve to make the Best 50 list.”
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Carbon Balanced Print Program Grows to 78 Member Companies

Sustainability is no longer just an option in today’s world – it's a necessity. As a result, a growing number of companies in the printing industry are taking significant strides to reduce their carbon footprint. One initiative leading this change is the Carbon Balanced Paper and Print program designed to offset carbon emissions of printing operations through the conservation efforts of World Land Trust (WLT). Globally, 78 printing companies have now carbon balanced their annual greenhouse gas emissions via the Carbon Balanced program. The program has been particularly successful in the UK and Ireland where 77 printers have signed up. The North American program, launched in late 2023, is gaining traction with the addition of its first printer, Hudson Printing from Salt Lake City. “Taking responsibility for our carbon impact was the natural next step, and we are thrilled to be part of the new Carbon Balanced Printer program in North America. Sustainability is important to the people at Hudson and important to our customers. While we work to reduce our carbon impact, we are delighted that our offset commitment supports the conservation efforts of World Land Trust,” says CEO and owner Paul Hudson.
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Google Researchers Warn AI Could Prompt ‘Distrust’ Of Information In Ads, Content (mediapost.com)

Google researchers warn in a report that "mass production of low quality, spam-like and nefarious synthetic content" created by AI may promote distrust of all digital information. The paper presents tactics in generative AI (GAI) misuse. The researchers observed and analyzed approximately 200 incidents of misuse reported between January 2023 and March 2024. The group identifies patterns such as potential motivations, strategies, and how attackers leverage and abuse system capabilities across images, text, audio, and video.
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Pregis Achieves Significant Milestones in 2023 Sustainability Report

Pregis® published its 2023 Sustainability Report highlighting its commitment to minimizing environmental impacts. The report details actions and results achieved in 2023, significantly advancing the company’s progress toward its 2K30 objectives. These goals are an extension of the Pregis Purpose to Protect, Preserve and Inspyre, which serve as the cornerstones of the company’s value system. Here are a few highlights from the 2023 Report: *Achieved 51% of revenues from products that are paper-based, bio-based, or made from a minimum of 30% recycled content *Achieved an 86% reduction in operational emissions intensity (scopes 1 and 2), surpassing the 25% reduction goal seven years ahead of schedule *Diverted 91% of its waste from landfill and incineration *Saved 748,806 trees from harvest through the Pregis EasyPack® 100% recycled paper portfolio *Attained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for four facilities *Delivered over 450 hours of sustainability training to employees and 560 hours to customers
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Sappi awarded highest sustainability level by EcoVadis for six consecutive years

Sappi has again achieved the highest platinum level in EcoVadis’ sustainability rating across all three of its manufacturing regions – Europe, North America, and South Africa. In line with Sappi’s business strategy, the organisation has consistently focused on its priority SDGs and collaborated with all its stakeholders to deliver measurable and tangible progress. Sappi, a leading global provider of everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources, has again achieved Platinum, the highest rating in EcoVadis’ sustainability assessment across all three of its manufacturing regions – Europe, North America, and South Africa. Sappi continues to be among the top 1% of the companies worldwide rated by EcoVadis in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard category. In 2018-2019, Sappi received EcoVadis gold medal, which was the highest level until the Platinum category was introduced in 2020. Sappi’s global business strategy focuses on growing its business, enhancing trust, and driving collaboration and innovation as a sustainable, diversified global woodfibre group.
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With Fantasy on Fire, Print Book Sales Are Catching Up to 2023 (publishersweekly.com)

Books by Sarah J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros, among the bestselling books of 2024 so far, sparked a huge increase in the adult fantasy category and helped keep print sales roughly flat with the first half of 2023. Spurred by huge gains in the adult fantasy genre, unit sales of print books rose 1.1% in the second quarter of 2024 over the comparable period in 2023 at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. The second quarter increase was nearly enough to offset the 1.7% decline in the first quarter, putting unit sales down only 0.4% in the first half of the year.
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FSC and Esri strengthen partnership for innovation

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with world geospatial company, Esri. This is the third year of a large-scale collaboration aimed at integrating cutting-edge technology to advance global sustainable forest management. FSC has tapped into Esri’s in-kind support to bolster efforts to build out a comprehensive map of certified forests worldwide. In addition to increasing technological access for forest managers, it has enhanced monitoring of deforestation. “If you can’t map the forest, you can’t measure or track it,” says Scot McQueen, FSC’s Senior Technology Officer, who spearheaded the FSC-Esri partnership and recruited Esri to FSC’s Technology Consortium. Building on past successes, this ongoing collaboration will support FSC’s solutions for forest managers as they prepare to comply with the European Union Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR), set to take effect later this year. EUDR mandates comprehensive reporting requirements for forest-based products entering the market from late December 2024, including the need for geospatial data, traceability, and risk assessments.
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Public consultation: Austrian forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Austrian Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 6 September. Give your feedback. PEFC Austria revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. The Austrian system was submitted to PEFC after being revised in line with PEFC requirements. The system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this assessment to maintain its PEFC endorsement. An important aspect of the assessment process is the public consultation. Over the sixty-day consultation, stakeholders from around the world can give their comments and provide feedback on any aspect of the system. The Registered Assessor will use the information received from this consultation in their assessment of the system.
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Deep Dive: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Explained (Atlantic Packaging)

If you have an interest in packaging policy or sustainable packaging, you have likely heard the term “EPR” or “extended producer responsibility.” But what exactly is EPR, and how will it ultimately affect the types of packaging we use? In this Deep Dive, we will explore the current EPR landscape in the U.S. and what is likely to come over the next several years. A note of caution: this article is intended as a general overview of packaging EPR with some basic advice for companies trying to navigate the new legislative landscape. It should not be taken as legal advice, and we highly recommend that companies who think they are regulated “producers” seek legal counsel to better understand their responsibilities. Introduction to EPR - Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, refers to a policy approach that shifts the responsibility for waste management of a given product from consumers/taxpayers and municipalities onto the producers of that product. Typically, the main goal of EPR is to minimize the environmental externalities of a product’s end of life – that is, minimize the unintended consequence of what happens to a product when we’re done with it. EPR prompts a society to start thinking on a large scale about where products end up when we’re done with them and how we can better manage them. EPR regulations are not new to the U.S. and have been around for over a decade to manage products like e-waste, mattresses, paint, tires, batteries, etc. Let’s take the example of paint. “Producers,” meaning paint manufacturers, are typically responsible for the paint up until the point where you, the consumer, purchase it. But there are some unintended consequences that come when you’re done with that paint can that likely has extra paint in it. While most paint is actually recyclable, many people throw it away or pour it down the drain, which can contaminate the environment with hazardous chemicals. Ultimately, consumers/taxpayers and the environment pay the costs to deal with this result, and paint companies don’t have an incentive to fix it.
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Light-weight materials, efficient production – How technological innovation shapes the future of food packaging

New technologies are enabling lighter packaging materials and greater resource efficiency, cutting down emissions and increasing competitiveness for consumer packaging based on renewable materials. Here’s a look at the advanced technology being utilised at Stora Enso’s new Packaging Materials production line at the Oulu Mill, in northern Finland. How can high-quality consumer packaging materials from renewable fibers be made as efficiently and sustainably as possible? This is an area Stora Enso has worked on for decades. With the launch of its new consumer board production line at the Oulu Mill in 2025, the company is taking yet another leap in finding the most advanced technological solutions to ensure the perfect combination of quality and efficiency for its packaging materials customers. This time, the results will especially benefit customers in the food packaging industry, as the production line will be specialised for high-quality food and beverage packaging materials.
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Color Ink Celebrates 40 Years with Retro ‘Reunion’ (piworld.com)

Forty years in business is something to be celebrated. For Sussex, Wisconsin-based Color Ink, which is a third-generation family business, its 40th anniversary marked an opportunity for the company to celebrate its history and the people who helped the company grow, including past and present employees, clients, and vendors. We reached out to company president Todd Meissner to find out more about its 40-year celebration — called "The Reunion" — and why it's important to acknowledge and celebrate important milestones in a company's history. Printing Impressions (PI): Can you give a brief history of Color Ink? Meissner: Founded in 1984 by visionary Jim Meissner, Color Ink Printing Company has left an indelible mark on the Wisconsin printing landscape. What began as a modest venture has blossomed into a distinguished company known for its commitment to innovation, precision, and creative expression.
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Volpak and Lecta Test Eco-Friendly Paper-Based Packaging Materials

Volpak, a Coesia company, specialized in horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the packaging industry, and Lecta, a premier European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers, have embarked on a collaborative project aimed at testing and validating sustainable materials for packaging applications. The partnership between Volpak and Lecta originated from a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability. With the packaging industry moving towards more environmentally friendly solutions, it is essential for manufacturers to adapt and innovate. Lecta, with its expertise in specialty papers, recognized the importance of collaborating with Volpak to ensure that these new materials can be effectively utilized on existing packaging machinery. This collaboration aims to bridge the gap between material innovation and practical application, ensuring that eco-friendly papers meet the operational requirements of modern packaging lines.
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Smurfit Westrock Makes Its Debut in New York and London

Smurfit Westrock plc, a global leader in sustainable packaging, is pleased to announce its primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), under the ticker ‘SW,’ following the completion of the previously announced combination of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock on July 5, 2024. The company also has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the ticker ‘SWR’. Smurfit Westrock, operating in 40 countries and tapping into the expertise of over 100,000 people, has a unique and unrivaled ability to provide its customers with the most diverse, innovative and sustainable range of renewable and recyclable packaging solutions.
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Hood Container Corporation Announces Agreement to Purchase Louisville, KY based Independent II, LLC

Hood Container Corporation announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy the packaging assets of Independent II in Louisville, KY. Independent II’s assets will complement Hood Container’s footprint and create greater converting capacity for Hood Container in the increasingly important Kentucky and Ohio region. The transaction is expected to close in the near future. Charlie Hodges, President and COO of Hood Container Corporation, commented, “Independent II adds impressive assets and capabilities to Hood Container’s current portfolio. Additionally, its location allows increased presence and growth in markets we currently serve. We are excited to add these capabilities to Hood’s offerings to better serve and care for Hood’s and I2’s existing and new customers.” Neil MacDonald, CEO of Independent II commended “I2’s team is excited to join the Hood Container family and looks forward to continuing the mission that I2 started 18 years ago to be the premier supplier of corrugated packaging in the greater Louisville area. We look forward to assisting Hood Container in reaching the full potential of I2’s state-of-the-art assets and in continuing to provide quality products and services to our customers.”
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Lecta commits to renewable gas and moves forward with its decarbonization plan

Lecta is pleased to announce an agreement with Naturgy, a multinational energy group, for the supply of renewable gas that will contribute to the decarbonization of its manufacturing activity. Biomethane gas, a renewable gas obtained from the treatment of different types of waste with properties similar to those of natural gas, will now be used as an energy source in Lecta's Spanish mills in Leitza (Navarra) and Zaragoza. The renewable gas supplied by Naturgy has certified guarantees of origin and sustainability tests that assure Lecta of the reduction of emissions derived from our industrial activity and the fulfillment of the sustainability commi​tments set in our 2030 Agenda. Lecta is firmly committed to sustainability, energy efficiency and decarbonization. This collaborative effort and commitment to the use of renewable energy is one more step the company has taken towards protecting the environment, combating climate change and promoting the circular economy.
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Meet Curby®: The Innovative Packaging That’s Both Recyclable and Reliable

In today's eco-conscious world, the pursuit of sustainable solutions permeates every aspect of our lives, including packaging. Enter Curby® – a revolutionary packaging solution that marries the principles of recyclability and reliability like never before. In this blog, we'll delve into what Curby is, why it's making waves in the packaging industry, and how it's reshaping the future of sustainable packaging. Curby represents a paradigm shift in packaging design. Unlike traditional packaging materials that often end up in landfills or pollute the environment, Curby is designed with curbside recyclability at its core. Made from innovative materials sourced from renewable resources, Curby is not only eco-friendly but also highly durable and reliable. The Features that Set Curby Apart: 1 - Recyclability: At the heart of Curby's design is its commitment to recyclability. IPG’s Curby packaging products are engineered with a focus on curbside recyclability, ensuring that they can be efficiently processed in existing recycling streams. 2 - Durability: IPG's Curby packaging solutions offer exceptional durability, providing reliable protection for a wide range of products. 3 - Versatility: IPG offers a diverse range of Curby packaging products tailored to meet the unique needs of different industries.
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Political Ad Spending Estimated To Climb To $10.7B: Analyst

A new 2023-2024 estimate projects political advertising revenues will rise to $10.7 billion -- up from an earlier estimate of $10.2 billion, according to AdImpact. This total would show 19% growth versus the 2019-2020 Presidential political advertising period, when political ad revenue totaled $9.02 billion. The advertising research company says this breaks down to broadcast platforms (local and national) estimated at $5.35 billion, with local cable TV systems at $1.93 billion, connected TV at $1.51 billion and digital media at $1.12 billion.
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Times Media Group Purchases California Titles From Century Group Media

Times Media Group has acquired the Record Gazette and Sun Lakes Life, from Century Group Media, effective June 30. The terms were not disclosed. Also included in the deal were Redlands Community News, Fontana Herald News and Yucaipa and Calimesa News Mirror, Record Gazette reports. The weekly publications serve the San Bernardino/Riverside area of California’s Inland Empire. Times Media Group is based in Tempe, Arizona.
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On the path to EUDR alignment: watch the webinar recording

The webinar focused on the advances we have made in aligning our sustainable forest management and chain of custody standards with EUDR requirements and looked at the vital data and integrity elements. Our PEFC experts Marta Martínez Pardo (Chain of Custody), Rob Shaw (Data and Integrity), Hubert Inhaizer (Sustainable Forest Management), and Maja Drca (EU Affairs) discussed PEFC's agile approach to aligning with EUDR guidelines by the end of the year. Marta introduced the PEFC EUDR Due Diligence System which is currently undergoing approval by the PEFC General Assembly and is expected to be finalised by late July. Rob discussed PEFC's strategy on data management. Hubert addressed the modification proposals to PEFC's Sustainable Forest Management standard, developed for harmonisation with EU frameworks like the EUDR.
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Colbert Packaging Invests in Longest RMGT Press Built in North America

Colbert Packaging Corporation­­ announces new printing capabilities for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer packaged goods manufacturers seeking a U.S. owned and operated supplier for paperboard packaging. Working with RM Machinery, Colbert announces the purchase of an RMGT 1060TP-LX 10-CC-LD+UV. The unique configuration of the press allows for multiple colors, coatings and cold foil enhancement inline. Jobs requiring multiple colors, coatings and cold foils are now able to be produced on this press. Various types of specialty coatings and enhancements can take two or three passes on a traditional printing press. This press accomplishes complex and unique graphics, resulting in elegant packaging solutions customers look for today—in one pass. The award-winning design of RMGT’s tandem perfector also provides the ability to print up to two colors on the inside of the carton, still in one pass through the press. This brings efficiency, convenience and potential cost savings to the project.
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ePac Flexible Packaging Sets Strategy for Continued Double-Digit Growth

ePac Flexible Packaging, founded in 2016 as the world’s first all-digital flexible packaging company, just turned 8 years old in May of this year. So it’s fair to ask: How is ePac doing with its disruptive business model? From 2016 through 2022 ePac consistently grew 50 -100% per year. In 2023 ePac’s growth slowed, but units produced still increased 30% over 2022 as new customer acquisition remained strong. Today, ePac is an international company with ~$200M in sales. In 2023, and still in 2024, the flexible packaging industry came under significant financial pressure caused by a myriad of factors including inflation, higher interest rates, supply chain issues, emergence from COVID 19, and the availability of capital. The industry, in general, saw top line sales decline and underlying costs increase. ePac responded with a reassessment of its strategy, and took several key steps to mitigate what was/is happening industry-wide.
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Unveiling FlexiBag Reinforced – Mondi’s cost-effective next generation of recyclable packaging

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, is launching the latest addition to its popular portfolio of sustainable pre-made plastic bags - FlexiBag Reinforced: a range of innovative mono-PE-based, recyclable packaging solutions with improved mechanical properties. Contributing to a circular economy, the FlexiBag Reinforced range is recyclable where collection facilities and recycling systems for PE films are in place. The bags have been created in-house by Mondi, leveraging its integrated value chain. This means the solutions can be tailored to different customers’ specific needs more cost-effectively. Improved mechanical properties make the bag superior to previous versions – better puncture resistance, stiffness and sealability are guaranteed. The level of barrier protection can be adjusted, providing medium to high barriers against fat, oxygen and moisture while keeping the content fresh - making it ideal for the pet food industry. With FlexiBag Reinforced, Mondi proactively meets future regulative requirements: a customised percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content can be added (based on mass-balance), significantly reducing the use of virgin plastics and promoting material efficiency by keeping materials in circulation.
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RafCycle: a circular solution for recycling label liner waste

Labels are an essential part of a packaging from food and beverage to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, but labeling also generates waste. The label release liner, the thin layer of paper or plastic that protects the adhesive side of the label, is often discarded after use. That is why we have developed a circular solution called RafCycle™ by UPM Raflatac, a recycling service that allows our customers to turn their label liner waste into new raw materials. The service was first introduced in 2010 and has since grown to include over 440 partners worldwide. RafCycle holds a new certificate of validity from leading international assurance service provider, DEKRA. This certification validates the reliability of the CO2 impact assessments provided by RafCycle in Europe and the US. We collect the label liner waste from our customers and brand owners, arranging a pickup for the waste and handling its transformation into new products. The service helps our customers avoid incineration or landfill disposal methods, save costs and improve their brand image.
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ThriftBooks launches BuyBack program (chainstoreage.com)

One of the largest online book retailers is launching a new program for customers to sell their books and help promote sustainability. ThriftBooks Global’s new BuyBack program offers customers a convenient way to sell their books directly to ThriftBooks and earn extra money or store credit from the books collecting dust on their bookshelves. The ThriftBooks’ BuyBack program encourages sustainability, giving old books a second life. The e-tailer says it accepts high-demand books based on its inventory needs, provided the books are in good condition. Books must be clean, free from water damage and missing pages, with the spine intact, though showing some wear is acceptable.
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PRC Questions the Reliability of USPS Service Performance Measurement System

The Postal Regulatory Commission has opened an inquiry into the Postal Service’s internal Service Performance Measurement (SPM) system for Market Dominant mail products. The Commission’s goal in this proceeding is to address concerns that the SPM may not accurately represent customer experience in the current environment. The Commission intends to carefully examine how measurements reported by the SPM are derived and whether the SPM is currently producing accurate, reliable, and representative results as the law requires. If the Commission’s review reveals that the SPM is not producing accurate, reliable, and representative results, the Commission would identify changes to the SPM to align it with legal requirements.
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Postal Regulator Releases Report Evaluating USPS FY 2023 Performance Report and FY 2024 Performance Plan

The Commission’s in-depth analysis reviewed the Postal Service’s four performance goals: 1) High-Quality Service, 2) Excellent Customer Experience, 3) Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce, and 4) Financial Health. Overall, in FY 2023, the Postal Service did not meet any of its performance goals. Specifically, *The Postal Service did not meet six of eight public performance indicators for the High-Quality Service performance goal, which measures on-time delivery of mail and packages. *The Postal Service did not meet three of the eight performance indicators for the Excellent Customer Experience performance goal, which measures customer satisfaction. *The Postal Service did not meet any of the performance indicators for the Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce and Financial Health performance goals.
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Small Press Community Slowly Builds Back after SPD Failure (publishersweekly.com)

A little more than three months after Small Press Distribution abruptly closed, leaving some 400 independent presses without a trade distributor, publishers and distributors alike are moving forward even as damage assessment continues. Approximately 25% of the stranded publishers have found new distributors: Asterism Books has signed about 80 presses, Itasca Books has onboarded 21, and Independent Publishers Group has taken on 11. An informal deadline of June 30 had previously been set for publishers to remove their inventory from Ingram Content Group and Publisher Storage and Shipping warehouses, to which SPD had sent their books as part of a failed plan to reinvent the distributor. Pam Nuffer, director of sales and marketing for PSSC, said that about 75% of the publishers who have inventory with them have provided PSSC with instructions on where their inventory should be shipped, and that PSSC has already shipped out about half of the books.
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New FSC Interim Forest Stewardship Standard for Poland offers better protection for ecosystems and old-growth forests

A new standard for Poland updates guidance for forest management. It focuses on the protection of rare ecosystems and old-growth forests. Labour rights for forest workers will help to ensure social benefits for forest communities. Overall, the new standard seeks to keep Poland’s forests and all the resources they provide sustainable into the future. The standard becomes effective on 1 October 2024. About one third of Poland is forested, and just over 80 per cent of that is in public ownership. These forests are rich in biodiversity as well as being home to iconic species such as European bison, brown bear, lynx, and wolves. FSC certification has guided forest management in Poland for more than 25 years, but the FSC National Forest Management Standard needed to be brought up to date to reflect the FSC International Principles and Criteria.
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Public consultation: Thai forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Thai Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 31 August. Give your feedback. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. The revised system also includes a new standard for Trees outside Forests (TOF) certification. The Thai system was submitted to PEFC after being revised in line with PEFC requirements. The system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this assessment to maintain its PEFC endorsement.
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Sourcing, Producing & Recycling Paper Across the U.S.

For more than 30 years, Pratt has been sourcing, producing and recycling paper in the U.S. We are proud to have built six 100% recycled paper mills in America, taking recovered fiber from old corrugated containers and mixed paper materials and turning it into new rolls of paper. The feedstock for our 100% recycled paper mills largely comes from businesses and homes across the country. “We receive material from major metro areas east of Denver, Colorado,” says Shawn State, President of Pratt Recycling, Inc. This includes New York City, where our Staten Island Recycling facility receives post-consumer waste paper from all 5 boroughs. The recovered waste paper is picked up by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and delivered to Pratt daily by both barges and trucks. Other metro areas that we source fiber include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Nashville and Orlando among many others.
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M13 Graphics to Install Landa S10P Nanographic Digital Press

M13 Graphics, a leading online printer, has chosen a Landa Digital Printing Nanographic Printing Press to take on production of the company’s large portfolio of print products, M13 and Landa announced. M13 serves as an online printer for tens of thousands of customers nationwide and has printed several billion impressions since its opening in 2002. Moving jobs to the Landa will allow M13 to offer higher commercial-level quality, options including unlimited paper choices and inline coating, and expanded applications such as EPID and variable. The new capabilities will strengthen M13’s existing, competitive advantages in quality, cost and turnaround times.
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GreenFirst Announces Plan to Spin-Out Kap Corporation

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. announces that it intends to complete a spin-out transaction of Kap Corporation, whereby the shares of Kap will be held directly by the shareholders of the Company. The Spin-out is expected to be completed in Q4 2024. GreenFirst will hold a shareholder meeting on September 12, 2024, where shareholders will be able to vote on the Spin-out. The record date for shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting will be August 8, 2024. The Spin-out of Kap is part of the natural progression of the decentralization and deconsolidation of the newsprint mill that was originally disclosed by GreenFirst in the Fall of 2023. The Spin-out will enable GreenFirst to focus on its core business of being a pure-play lumber producer, offering shareholders a stake in any future upside from the development of Kap. Under the new structure, Kap will be able to explore numerous possibilities that were not feasible under the original GreenFirst ownership structure. As a separate company, Kap will consider independent financing alternatives and partnerships in the future. Kap Paper Inc. is the only chip consuming facility in Northeastern Ontario and the Spin-out provides Kap Paper with the potential to pursue new opportunities to support the green economy as part of a broader Northern Ontario forest strategy.
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ANDRITZ to supply world’s largest lignin production system to Södra pulp mill in Sweden

Swedish forest industry group Södra has selected international technology group ANDRITZ to supply a complete solution for kraft lignin production to its Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. This major investment marks Södra’s entry into the lignin market as part of its strategy to make the most of the wood used in pulp production. This will be the first commercial kraft lignin plant in Sweden and the largest in the world. Kraft lignin is a by-product of pulp production for paper. Today it is used in pulp mills to generate energy. However, it can also be used as a renewable resource to replace fossil-based materials in the chemical industry or form the basis for new biofuels.
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FSC Aligned Certification for EUDR and system-wide changes now live

The FSC Regulatory Module and FSC Risk Assessment Framework comprise FSC Aligned Certification for EUDR, along with system-wide updates to operationalize these changes and align with the intention of the Policy to Address Conversion. The launch of these requirements ensures that our certification system remains robust and relevant in the evolving regulatory landscape. The Risk Assessment Framework and other system-wide changes are also applicable for Certificate Holders not affected by EUDR. This new voluntary add-on module FSC-STD-01-004 FSC Regulatory Module supports EUDR compliance by providing additional requirements for Forest Management, Chain of Custody, and Controlled Wood Certification as well as accreditation requirements. It is designed to help companies use their FSC certification to meet EUDR’s stringent requirements by taking the guesswork out of what is required on top of FSC certification. The module outlines robust due diligence systems, conducting thorough risk assessments with FSC’s Risk Assessment Framework, and maintaining transparent supply chain documentation.
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Monadnock Paper Mills Redefines Sustainable Giving with 100% Post – Consumer Waste Gift Card Solution

In today’s retail landscape, gift cards are a popular staple of modern shopping experiences for busy consumers. However, this convenience comes at a considerable environmental cost. According to the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), nearly 30 billion plastic cards are produced globally each year. More than 70% of gift cards are used and discarded within just six months – quickly becoming part of the estimated 53 million tons of plastic waste that either accumulates in landfills, undergoes incineration, or requires energy-intensive recycling processes. Given that the total capacity of the U.S.’s ten chemical-recycling plants is only 456,000 tons per year, it’s evident there is a drastic shortfall in handling this waste sustainably. These facts point to the need for a more sustainable gift card solution – Monadnock Paper Mills has the answer. Leveraging this deep expertise, Monadnock presents its innovative response to the environmental challenges posed by traditional plastic gift cards: Envi PC 100 Card.
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Dermody Properties Breaks Ground on LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie

Dermody Properties—a diversified private equity investment management company focused exclusively on the national logistics real estate sector—is pleased to announce that WestRock, a global leader in sustainable packaging, has signed a build-to-suit lease at LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie. WestRock is establishing a Great Lakes regional corrugated operations hub and will require more than 580,000 square feet within Wisconsin’s newest rail-served logistics park. “We are pleased that WestRock is entrusting Dermody Properties to build its advanced manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin,” said Neal Driscoll, Midwest Region Partner at Dermody Properties. “We could not have scripted a better partner to kick off the park, and we look forward to working closely with WestRock and the Village of Pleasant Prairie to complete what we believe will be a best-in-class project.” The Village of Pleasant Prairie sits at the southern doorstep of Wisconsin and has witnessed considerable expansion in the past decade as local companies have grown. Businesses have been attracted to the state’s friendly business climate, availability of labor and high quality of living. LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie—Wisconsin’s only rail-served, build-to-suit logistics park—is part of Dermody Properties’ growing portfolio in the thriving Midwest market.
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S&P Global Announces Leadership Succession

S&P Global announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Martina L. Cheung, S&P Global's current President of S&P Global Ratings, to succeed Douglas L. Peterson as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2024. Additionally, Ms. Cheung has been appointed as a member of the Board, effective July 1, 2024. Mr. Peterson will remain on the Board until May 2025 and be a special advisor to the Company until December 31, 2025.  Ms. Cheung has held multiple leadership roles in her 14 years at S&P Global. She currently leads S&P Global Ratings, which realized $3.3 billion in annual revenue for 2023, a 9% increase over the prior year, with 56.5% full-year operating profit margin. Additionally, under her leadership, S&P Global Sustainable1 had revenue growth of 24% in 2023. Prior to her current roles, Ms. Cheung led S&P Global Market Intelligence, during which time the division exceeded $2 billion in annual revenue. She also served as S&P Global's Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for developing the Company's growth and innovation investment priorities.
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Adobe Transforms How Brands Manage Millions of Creative Assets with Generative AI-Powered Content Hub

Adobe announced the general availability of Adobe Content Hub with Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets. AEM Assets is the leading digital asset management system (DAM) used by brands to manage their entire library of images, videos and other content that drives the creation of marketing campaigns and digital experiences. AEM Assets is used by the majority of the Fortune 50, including 8 of the 10 largest media companies, 9 of the 10 largest financial services companies and 8 of the 10 largest retailers. Customers worldwide include ASICS, Cisco, The Coca-Cola Company, Henkel, Prudential Financial, T-Mobile and Volkswagen. Content Hub enables brands to reimagine how creative assets are used across their organization and with external partners, driving major efficiency gains. With a new easy-to-use interface, teams have every brand-approved asset at their fingertips while being able to access an all-in-one design tool through Adobe Express and Firefly generative AI — directly in the existing flow of work. Content Hub also removes inefficiencies by ensuring proper asset reuse and resolving any inconsistencies, while providing usage analytics and governance controls for sensitive launches. With Content Hub, brands can optimize a key component of their content supply chain, the end-to-end business process every company needs to deliver content required for marketing campaigns and personalized customer experiences.
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Single-use ‘tent trash’ looms over festival season

As Glastonbury festival gets underway, our new research reveals that 70% of people who have bought a tent admit they have used it just once. Looking ahead, over half (52%) admit they are likely to buy a tent and use it for just one event, such as a festival, suggesting that polyester tents are the single-use plastic everyone is overlooking.  According to estimates, about 250,000 tents made of polymer-based nylon or polyester are abandoned annually, leading to the creation of 'tent trash' fields and contributing to 900 tonnes of waste. This ultimately results in the generation of more single-use plastic. Our research revealed that 18% of adults consider tents as the worst single-use plastic item for the environment. Despite this, 19% of tent owners have never thought about the environmental impact of tents. We have worked with EnviroTent, a company that designs cardboard tents, to address this pressing issue. Together, we have created a 100% recyclable cardboard tent, which could be a game-changer in the fight against 'tent trash'. Tayla Evans, the founder of EnviroTent, is urging festival organisers to consider using cardboard camping to help end 'tent trash.' 
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Trioworld to acquire Palamy-BRJ

Trioworld Group signed an agreement to acquire the French companies Palamy and BRJ through a purchase of all the shares in Sopal SAS. Palamy SAS (Palamy) and Beaudet et René Jean Emballage SAS (BRJ) are both leading players in high performance packaging solutions for bread, frozen food, and other consumer packaging applications in the French market. “We are looking forward to welcoming Palamy-BRJ to the Trioworld Group. The acquisition will give us the opportunity to grow an even stronger position in the market for advanced food packaging solutions in Europe. Both companies have a long and proven history of supplying premium products with a superior service and we have great confidence in the Palamy-BRJ team. We see great potential in joining forces and continuing a successful journey together,” says Andreas Malmberg, CEO of the Trioworld Group.
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Ennis Acquires Printing Technologies (piworld.com)

Ennis, Inc. is pleased to announce its acquisition of Printing Technologies, Inc. (PTI) located in Indianapolis, IN. “PTI is a renowned brand with a diverse range of unique products and we are looking forward to leveraging these new capabilities to enhance Ennis’ product offerings,” said Keith Walters, Chairman, President & CEO of Ennis, Inc. “I want to extend a warm welcome to PTI’s employees and customers as they join the Ennis family.”
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Sappi Europe strengthens its portfolio with the introduction of Algro Volume, a one side coated premium paperboard

With its silky top surface, enhanced stiffness, boosted bulk, bright white finish, and outstanding printing and finishing properties, Algro Volume combines strength, functionality and printability, all in a single package. Sappi Europe, a leading producer of packaging, speciality and graphic papers, is pleased to announce the launch of Algro Volume, the latest addition to Sappi’s Algro paperboard family. Produced at Sappi Europe’s Maastricht Mill, The Netherlands, Algro Volume is a premium paperboard, ideal for demanding and durable packaging and graphic solutions. Director of Packaging & Dye Sublimation Luis Mata emphasizes the unlimited potential of the new product: “Algro Volume is an outstanding board that delivers against every challenge, expertly designed to fulfill the rigorous physical demands typically reserved for solid bleached boards (SBB). The multiform base composition optimises stiffness and bulk, and together with Sappi’s unrivalled coating capability ensures exceptional printing and finishing performance for your applications.”
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FedEx Reports Higher Full-Year Diluted EPS of $17.21

“We made significant progress in fiscal 2024 and ended the year strong, delivering four consecutive quarters of expanding operating income and margin in a challenging revenue environment,” said Raj Subramaniam, FedEx Corp. president and chief executive officer. “These results are unprecedented in this current environment, reflecting our continued execution of our DRIVE initiatives and our resolve to transform FedEx while we deliver outstanding service to our customers. We expect this momentum to continue in fiscal 2025 as we advance our efforts to create the world’s most flexible, efficient, and intelligent network.” FedEx Ground operating results increased due to reduced structural costs resulting from DRIVE initiatives, increased yield, lower self-insurance costs, and growth in ground commercial volume. FedEx Freight operating results increased due to higher yield and effective cost management. FedEx Freight has announced plans to further optimize its operations and match capacity with demand through the planned permanent closure of seven facilities. FedEx Express operating results declined primarily due to lower international yields, partially offset by reduced structural costs from DRIVE initiatives and higher U.S. domestic package yields. During the quarter, FedEx Express permanently retired certain aircraft and related engines as part of its fleet modernization program.
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LiveEO and PEFC announce partnership for EUDR compliance

The two organisations have combined their expertise in satellite analytics and modular chain of custody to devise a program that guides PEFC-certified companies to EUDR compliance using a customised version of LiveEO’s EUDR platform, TradeAware. Companies can sign up today to join the program and start their compliance journey. As one of the pioneering partnerships tackling EUDR compliance, LiveEO and PEFC are establishing a new standard for innovative and reliable EUDR solutions for timber and tree-based products. By enhancing transparency in supply chains, affected companies significantly reduce the risk of illegal activities, supply chain disruptions, and non-compliance. Companies signed up for the program will be guided through key preparatory steps, including collecting geolocations and onboarding suppliers to the TradeAware platform, to ensure compliance readiness well ahead of the deadline. As part of the partnership, LiveEO develops a customised version of its EUDR platform TradeAware, that is specifically tailored to the needs of PEFC-certified organisations.
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Deep Dive: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging, Explained

If you have an interest in packaging policy or sustainable packaging, you have likely heard the term “EPR” or “extended producer responsibility.” But what exactly is EPR, and how will it ultimately affect the types of packaging we use? In this Deep Dive, we will explore the current EPR landscape in the U.S. and what is likely to come over the next several years. A note of caution: this article is intended as a general overview of packaging EPR with some basic advice for companies trying to navigate the new legislative landscape. It should not be taken as legal advice, and we highly recommend that companies who think they are regulated “producers” seek legal counsel to better understand their responsibilities. Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, refers to a policy approach that shifts the responsibility for waste management of a given product from consumers/taxpayers and municipalities onto the producers of that product. Typically, the main goal of EPR is to minimize the environmental externalities of a product’s end of life – that is, minimize the unintended consequence of what happens to a product when we’re done with it. EPR prompts a society to start thinking on a large scale about where products end up when we’re done with them and how we can better manage them. EPR regulations are not new to the U.S. and have been around for over a decade to manage products like e-waste, mattresses, paint, tires, batteries, etc. Let’s take the example of paint. “Producers,” meaning paint manufacturers, are typically responsible for the paint up until the point where you, the consumer, purchase it. But there are some unintended consequences that come when you’re done with that paint can that likely has extra paint in it. While most paint is actually recyclable, many people throw it away or pour it down the drain, which can contaminate the environment with hazardous chemicals. Ultimately, consumers/taxpayers and the environment pay the costs to deal with this result, and paint companies don’t have an incentive to fix it.
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DS Smith partners with Carlsberg in Poland to introduce Round Wrap corners and reduce the use of shrink film on pallets

DS Smith Round Wrap is a pioneering multi-pack packaging solution that rounds corners and is designed to reduce CO2 emissions when compared to standard corrugated multi-packs. The packaging product solution is fully recyclable and anticipated to save up to 224 tons of CO2 annually for Carlsberg in Poland, and the fibre-based design with rounded corners is also designed to protect and keep products intact during transportation. The rounded shape of DS Smith Round Wrap demonstrates key benefits for Carlsberg Poland with regards to branding and design and there are increased opportunities to place brand identity and illustration on the rounded corners of the packaging solution as well as across the entire 360-degree side surface of the packs.
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Pregis® Introduces Sustainable Innovations in EverTec™ Ready-to-Pack Mailing Solutions

Pregis® advances the sustainability of its line of Pregis EverTec™ mailers with the introduction of paper certified to theSustainable Forestry Initiative®(SFI) standard. Choosing SFI provides an assurance that the Pregis supply chain supports environmental, social and governance commitments. The certification ensures Pregis EverTec Cushioned and Non-Cushioned Mailers are made with paper from trees grown in forests that meet stringent requirements to conserve water quality, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat. Additionally, Pregis added EverTec Cushioned and Non-Cushioned stock mailers to its Inspyre™ brand portfolio, which is a brand member of 1% for the Planet. This non-profit accelerates and verifies environmental giving by facilitating donations to responsible charities. Through 1% for the Planet, Pregis donates 1% of Inspyre product revenues to support the Uzima Clean Water Mission, exemplifying its dedication to the global community by making a charitable impact in concert with sustainable product design.
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SPI Wins at 2024 GLGA Graphics Excellence Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Schumann Printers received three awards at the 2024 Graphics Excellence Awards (GEA) hosted by the Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA). The GEA is one of the largest regional printing competitions in the nation, drawing entries from many leading printing companies. Schumann Printers proudly received three awards: 2 Best of Category Awards - Directories and Sourcebooks & Web Press Printing Coated Paper (4 or more colors) & 1 Best of Division Awards - Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines
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Suzano terminates negotiations on potential IP takeover

Suzano says to have reached a maximum price for International Paper and will not pursue with the proposed acquisition of the US paper and packaging group. Brazil's pulp giant Suzano has backed away from a possible takeover of International Paper (IP). According to Suzano, after some negotiations with International Paper regarding a possible transaction between the two companies, the company belives to have already reached a maximum price for the transaction that would generate value for Suzano. "Therefore, in observance of its commitment to capital discipline, Suzano formalizes that it will not pursue a transaction involving the acquisition of International Paper," the company announced.
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Ahlstrom introduces a new range of filtration materials with unique fluoro-free technology and extended durability for challenging environments

Ahlstrom is leading the marketplace towards more sustainable, fluoro-free solutions for fiber-based solutions. Today, Ahlstrom extends its innovative fluoro-free technologies into a wide range of industrial air filtration applications to support filter manufacturers in creating products with long-lasting filtration performance without the use of fluorochemicals. Ahlstrom’s new fluoro-free filtration materials are ideal for gas turbine air intake, air pollution control, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. The new range of materials offers water-repellent properties, which increase the durability and stability of the final filter in wet conditions. In global filtration markets, hydrophobic properties are essential to maintaining the highest filtration performance in challenging environments. In air pollution control applications, for example, hydrophobic materials save energy by limiting the pressure drop increase in humid conditions. Specifically, in gas turbine applications, water repellency prevents liquid water ingress and dissolved salt penetration through a filter, protecting the turbine from corrosion.
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Drytac announces North American launch of Polar Smooth 150 Air P

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce the launch of Polar Smooth 150 Air P printable film for multiple applications including interior décor, wall and window graphics, decals and stickers, point of sale, and construction hoarding and barriers. The self-adhesive matte white PVC film incorporates Drytac’s innovative bubble-free adhesive technology for ease of application. It is suitable for use on most surfaces including painted walls, melamine, glass and many other flat or simple curve surfaces. At 6 mil (150µ) thick, Polar Smooth 150 Air P ensures an easier installation compared to thinner alternatives. This thickness provides added convenience, particularly for users looking to avoid lamination or seeking a simpler installation process.
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Mondi brings water-soluble cement bags to Balearics

Mondi is announcing the Spanish launch of its ground-breaking SolmixBag in collaboration with Cemex, by bringing it to the building industry on the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. Cemex, a global buildings materials company, and Mondi established a valuable partnership during the past 12 years, kicking off the recent collaboration about SolmixBag in 2021. Cemex was looking for a sustainable cement bag to meet legal requirements on the Spanish islands regarding landfilling and incineration of waste, as well as drive its own sustainability goals. Jointly, the two global companies found a fit-for-purpose solution, achieving zero waste with the introduction of SolmixBag, complying with the extended producer responsibility (EPR) for the packaging . SolmixBag is a one-ply paper bag made from 100% kraft paper which stores and transports dry cement, screed and coarse pre-mixes: its ingenious design means that it disintegrates during the mixing process, eliminating dust and waste on the building site. Strong and durable, the bag is resistant to punctures and dissolves when it gets in contact with water in the cement mixer, where the fibre packaging integrates with the cement.
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RafCycle™ by UPM Raflatac recycling service leads the way with DEKRA validated CO2 calculation method

UPM Raflatac has received a new certificate of validity from leading international assurance service provider, DEKRA, for its RafCycle™ recycling service. Going forward, this certification validates the credibility of the CO2 impact assessments provided by RafCycle in Europe and the US. As a result, customers can communicate their environmental contributions in the labeling value chain with increased assurance. “With DEKRA validated CO2 calculation method, RafCycle partners now have access to credible information on the potential benefits of the RafCycle service.This information helps companies make informed decisions and convey their sustainability efforts to stakeholders”, states Juha Virmavirta, RafCycle Director, UPM Raflatac. The global waste issue is significant, with the linear use of materials contributing to climate change. Stricter sustainability regulations and changing consumer preferences are driving the need for better waste management. Despite this, there is still room to improve label release liner recycling rates worldwide.
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Historic wage increases at the Kruger plant in Trois-Rivières

Unifor is proud to announce the conclusion of a historic agreement in principle between the employees at the Kruger plant in Trois-Rivières and the company's management, putting an end to the strike that began on May 30, 2024. Union members overwhelmingly approved the agreement at ratification meetings held throughout the week. This new four-year collective agreement marks a major milestone for employees, with unprecedented wage increases and substantial improvements to benefits, vacation, pension and the introduction of an overtime bank for production employees. The salary increases are spectacular: from May 1, 2024, employees will benefit from an 8% salary adjustment and an additional 3% increase. In 2025, wages will be further increased by $1.30 per hour. For 2026 and 2027, employees will receive a guaranteed increase of 2.25% or more, depending on the pattern in effect.
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UPS Announces Sale of Coyote Logistics to RXO, Inc.

UPS announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its Coyote Logistics business unit to RXO, Inc., for $1.025 billion. “As UPS positions itself to become the premium small package provider and logistics partner in the world, the decision to sell our Coyote Logistics business allows an even greater focus on our core business,” said UPS Chief Executive Officer Carol B. Tomé. Based in Chicago, Coyote Logistics is a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, working with 100,000 network carriers and managing 10,000 loads per day. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to regulatory review and approval. Upon completion of the transaction, the company will update its financial outlook.
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AI Firms Are Getting Around Web Protocol That Lets Publishers Block Scraping (mediapost.com)

The debate over content scraping took a new turn on Friday when TollBit, a content licensing startup, alleged that artificial intelligence companies are bypassing a web standard used by publishers to block scraping, Reuters reports. The web standard is Robots Exclusion Protocol, or robots.txt, which was created in the 1990s to prevent websites from being overwhelmed with web crawlers, according to Reuters. A Wired probe alleges that AI search startup Perplexity has likely bypassed efforts to block its web crawler via robots.txt, Reuters continues. And TollBit says its analytics show that numerous AI agents are bypassing the robots.txt protocol.
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Austrian forest certification system submitted for assessment

The Austrian Forest Certification System has been submitted to PEFC for assessment. The public consultation, which is your chance to give your feedback on this revised system, will run from 8 July to 6 September 2024. PEFC Austria revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. To provide you with additional information about this revised system, we are holding a webinar on 8 July 2024 at 10:00 CEST.
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Sonoco to Acquire Eviosys, Creating The World’s Leading Metal Food Can and Aerosol Packaging Platform

Sonoco Products Company, a global leader in high-value sustainable packaging, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Eviosys, Europe’s leading food cans, ends and closures manufacturer, from KPS Capital Partners, LP for approximately $3.9 billion. The Transaction accelerates Sonoco’s strategy to focus on and scale its core businesses and invest in high return opportunities, both organically and inorganically. Following the Transaction, Sonoco will be the leading metal food can and aerosol packaging manufacturer globally. Both Sonoco’s metal business and Eviosys have meaningful commercial momentum and the Transaction facilitates Sonoco’s ability to partner with customers and lead with innovation and sustainability. Eviosys is a leading global supplier of metal packaging, producing food cans and ends, aerosol cans, metal closures and promotional packaging to preserve the products of hundreds of consumer brands. Eviosys has the largest metal food can manufacturing footprint in the EMEA region, with approximately 6,300 employees in 44 manufacturing facilities across 17 countries. Sonoco estimates Eviosys’s 2024 revenues will be approximately $2.5 billion and its 2024 adjusted EBITDA will be approximately $430 million. Eviosys has meaningful commercial and operational momentum and has increased EBITDA by approximately 50% since 2021. Sonoco expects to achieve over $100 million of synergies from the integration of Eviosys with Sonoco’s complementary metal can business. Rodger Fuller, Sonoco’s Chief Operating Officer, will lead the integration with a focus on customer and supplier relationships, employee continuity, operational excellence, and synergy realization, while combining the best of Sonoco’s culture with the rich history and heritage of Eviosys.
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Direct Mail Honesty Is the Best Policy (piworld.com)

Direct mail is considered by consumers to be the most trustworthy of all marketing channels. It is extremely important to create copy, calls to action and offers with honesty. This is not the time for a bait and switch or a poorly worded offer that is interpreted wrong. Direct mail is about respect. Respecting the recipient’s intelligence, as well as their time is very important. That is why we strive to help client’s create targeted offers consumers want to receive. I like the quote by James E. Faust “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.” Can your customers count on you to help them create direct mail pieces that are honest?
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Paper Excellence is building a cleaner future in Port Alberni

Paper Excellence in Port Alberni has been awarded a pair of CleanBC Industry Fund grants totalling $145,000 for feasibility studies examining two sustainable business projects. The first grant, for $51,000, will help Port Alberni’s Catalyst Paper division look at offloading and delivery options for its biofuel. This would include improving efficiency in offloading of hogfuel at the plant as well as ways to increase biofuel steam production to reduce natural gas consumption in its No. 4 power boiler and auxiliary boilers. The second grant, for approximately $94,000, will help Catalyst Paper investigate the feasibility of power boiler stack heat recovery. This project would ideally see the paper plant install a heat-recovery system in the power boiler exhaust. Recovered heat would in turn offset the heat generated from fuel combustion.
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Landa completes installation of Quantum’s second Nanographic press

Quantum Group and Landa Digital Printing have announced that installation of the first Landa S11P Nanographic Printing Press in the US, at Quantum’s Chicago, plant, is now complete. The Landa S11P is Quantum’s second Landa press and one of two new B1 digital press models announced by Landa at a pre-drupa press briefing in March. The Landa S11 and S11P models offer 11,200 sph continuous print speed; Landa’s PrintAI for high fidelity, precision print quality; and additional modules that can be utilized for custom configurations. “We’ve purchased our second Landa press because the experience with the first has been so positive,” says Quantum Group CEO, Cheryl Kahanec. “The Landa press platform, overall, is opening a world of opportunity for us. From 41-inch sheet size and high speed to color range and substrate compatibility; Landa presses consistently – and sustainably – produce high end and variable content for so many different applications.” The additional capacity provided by the Landa S11P will help support growth that Quantum credits to the S10P’s positive impact on plant-wide production and new business. In addition, Kahanec believes that the company will now beat its timeline estimates for at least two new application initiatives.
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News Corp and OpenAI Sign Landmark Multi-Year Global Partnership

News Corp and OpenAI announced a historic, multi-year agreement to bring News Corp news content to OpenAI. Through this partnership, OpenAI has permission to display content from News Corp mastheads in response to user questions and to enhance its products, with the ultimate objective of providing people the ability to make informed choices based on reliable information and news sources. OpenAI will receive access to current and archived content from News Corp’s major news and information publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, FN, and New York Post; The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun; The Australian, news.com.au, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, and Herald Sun; and others. The partnership does not include access to content from any of News Corp’s other businesses. In addition to providing content, News Corp will share journalistic expertise to help ensure the highest journalism standards are present across OpenAI’s offering.
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Print Book Sales Rose 5% in May (publishersweekly.com)

Though the publishing industry seems to be in a period of malaise, there are some signs that business is improving. Earlier this week, the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program reported an 18% increase in April sales over a year ago. That news has been followed up by Circana BookScan’s report that unit sales of print books increased 5% in May over May 2023. According to Brenna Connor, industry analyst for U.S. books at BookScan, the May increase was driven by strong Mother’s Day sales, as well as several retail promotional events. As usual, adult fiction was the biggest driver of the increase, and Kristin Hannah’s The Women was the top-selling adult title in May, pushing just over 139,000 copies.
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Novolex Appoints Ted Jackson, President Of Performance Solutions

Novolex® announced that Theodore (Ted) Jackson has been appointed President of the company’s Performance Solutions segment which includes the Heritage® can liner, Shields® custom flexible film, and specialty laminations businesses. Jackson assumes this role after rising through a series of positions with increasing responsibility within Novolex and, before joining the company, broad experience in general operations and consulting. “Ted has demonstrated exceptional leadership in a variety of roles at Novolex,” said Novolex Chairman and CEO Stan Bikulege, “and I’m truly excited to have him join my Senior Leadership Team. His deep knowledge of our values, operations and products makes him ideally suited to take on this key role at the company. We will also benefit from his extensive experience in a variety of consulting roles which will bring new valuable insights to our Performance Solutions businesses and customers.” Most recently Jackson was Executive Vice President, Operations for the Novolex Food & Delivery segment where he oversaw manufacturing operations across 30 plants in North America that produced both fiber and resin packaging.
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HP Industrial Print and ePac Flexible Packaging Enter into Multiyear Strategic Agreement to Convert ePac’s Flexible Packaging Fleet to HP Indigo 200k

HP Indigo and ePac Flexible Packaging have today announced a multiyear strategic agreement to convert ePac Flexible Packaging fleet to HP’s Indigo 200K digital press. This is a significant milestone for the partnership as ePac Flexible Packaging continues its fleet expansion in the digital print market. This deal is set to revolutionize ePac Flexible Packaging’s portfolio and solidify its position as an industry leader with the flexible packaging sector. The advanced capabilities of the HP Indigo 200K series, including enhanced speed, quality, and versatility, will enable ePac Flexible Packaging to offer innovative packaging solutions with unparalleled customization and efficiency.
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Clearwater Paper to Invest $23 Million in Shelby, N.C. New State-of-the-Art Facial Tissue Line

Clearwater Paper Corporation announced it will invest $23 million in a new, state-of-the-art facial tissue converting line at its Shelby, North Carolina consumer products facility. Clearwater Paper's Shelby Mill manufactures high-quality private branded bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins, and facial tissue. The 400-acre facility employs more than 600 people. "Clearwater Paper selected Shelby for its newest facial tissue line due to its proximity to our customers, a growing local skilled workforce, and a history of excellent working relationships with the City of Shelby, Cleveland County and the State of North Carolina," said Clearwater Paper's senior vice president of consumer products, Michael Urlick. "Our investment in a new facial line will enable us to meet growing customer demand, further optimize our network and continue to deliver outstanding quality and service to our customers."
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May 2024: Embracing the Summer Slowdown

Despite economic challenges like inflation, consumer engagement remains strong, supporting our positive outlook for 2024. While we expect a temporary slowdown in the economy, there are still consistent growth opportunities across various sectors. While apparel demand remains vigorous, demand in other sectors appears relatively stagnant compared to the previous year. Nonetheless, all sectors witnessed a notable uptick in consumer engagement throughout May. The surge in sessions underscores heightened consumer interest, yet the decline in demand and orders suggests possible financial constraints or economic uncertainties tempering purchasing intentions.
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Cannes Bloomberg Panelist Says ‘Winter Is Coming’ Regarding Privacy (mediapost.com)

The festive atmosphere at Cannes may have been cooled a bit during a panel, titled “Trust and the Future of Media,” presented during Day 3 of Bloomberg Media’s Cannes Lions programming. “Winter is coming from a data privacy standpoint,” said Tracy-Ann Lim, chief media officer at JPMorgan Chase. Lim urged listeners to bring the right people to the table when trying to comply with regulatory bodies, saying the parties should realize “that you don’t know what you don’t know.” GroupM’s CEO North America Sharb Farjami added that “consumers now see data as a case of ownership,” and that there are now more questions about what brands are doing with that “property.”
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Thai Forest Certification System submitted for assessment

The Thai Forest Certification System has been submitted to PEFC for assessment. The public consultation, which is your chance to give your feedback on this revised system, will run from 2 July to 31 August 2024. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. The revised system also includes a new standard for Trees outside Forests (TOF) certification. To provide you with additional information about this revised system, we are holding a webinar on 2 July 2024 at 8:00 CET.
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Flint Group shows commitment to transparency with CDP disclosure grades

Flint Group, a leading global producer of inks and coatings for the printing and packaging industries, has marked another key milestone in its sustainability journey by achieving overall B grades in Climate and Water disclosure through CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), with several A and A- grade performances in core individual areas. The achievement underlines Flint Group’s commitment to environmental transparency and sustainable practices. CDP is a non-profit organisation that grades businesses on their level of transparency in sustainability reporting using scoring from “D-“ through “A”. CDP describes a “B” score as indicative of environmental management – these companies have addressed the environmental impacts of the business. Organisations with “A” scoring exhibit leadership and demonstrate best practice in strategy and action. Under the CDP Climate disclosure criteria, Flint Group achieved an A grade in Scope 1 & 2 emissions and an A- grade in Scope 3 emissions. Under the CDP Water disclosure criteria, the business scored an A grade in Business Impacts and an A- grade in Water Policy.
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GreenFirst Forest Products announces $24 Million financing for Kap Paper

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. announces Kap Paper Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenFirst, has entered into a loan agreement with a third party establishing a non-revolving term loan facility of up to $24 million to support its paper mill operations in the town of Kapuskasing. The loan is to be used for general working capital purposes. “The financing will afford us the opportunity to move forward our long-term strategy for Kap Paper, ensuring its competitiveness,” said Terry Skiffington, Kap Paper’s CEO. Kap Paper remains focused on mill operations and has made considerable improvement on the operational challenges faced in the last two reported quarters, some of which were caused by external events. Kap Paper looks to build on this momentum to further improve operational efficiencies in what has been a tough pricing environment for paper products. Kap Paper is the only pulp and paper mill operating in Eastern Ontario. As such, its operations are imperative to help mitigate challenges related to diminishing chip consumption, which is jeopardizing sawmill operations in Ontario.
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Domtar Becomes a U.S. Army PaYS Partner

We’re proud to announce we recently became a U.S. Army PaYS partner. The Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) program provides job opportunities for veterans after their military service ends. As a PaYS partner, we are committed to guaranteeing job interviews for veterans in the program whose skillsets match our job openings. If a veteran’s skillset matches a job opening at one of our U.S. locations, they’ll be guaranteed an interview. If they are chosen to advance, they would then progress through our normal hiring process. Paper & Packaging President Steve Henry and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Julian Milligan formalized our PaYS partner agreement with their signatures at an event at our Fort Mill, South Carolina, offices. Employees, veterans and Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage helped mark the occasion, which also featured a special recognition of our employee veterans.
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Ahlstrom appoints Konraad Dullaert as EVP for Food and Consumer Packaging division and Chief Innovation Officer

Konraad Dullaert has been appointed Executive Vice President for Food and Consumer Packaging division and Chief Innovation Officer effective June 19, 2024. He continues as a member of the Executive Management Team. He succeeds Mark Ushpol, who will pursue his career outside Ahlstrom, as previously announced. Konraad joined Ahlstrom in 2023 as EVP for Science, Innovation and Sustainability. In his new role he will continue to lead Ahlstrom’s global innovation agenda in addition to leading the global Food and Consumer Packaging business. Konraad has a proven track record in leading global businesses in the engineering plastics division in Royal DSM, and he has held senior executive leadership positions in Covestro and Royal DSM. He has extensive experience in leading large-scale business transformations and driving sustainable growth by working closely with customers and other stakeholders.
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Drytac announces Jeff Mercer as new Territory Sales Manager for Southeast US

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeff Mercer as its new Territory Sales Manager for the Southeast US. In his new position, Jeff will oversee sales activity across the Southeast US region, including the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Jeff brings with him more than 25 years of experience working in sales, business development and customer services across various businesses, ranging from smaller companies up to Fortune 500 corporations. “Adding Jeff to our US team is a real coup for us,” Glen Fitzgerald, Director of Sales, Americas at Drytac said. “He has a wealth of industry experience, and we believe this will be of significant benefit to the Drytac team and our customers across the busy Southeast US region.
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Brands Are Urged To Embrace AI Technology During Bloomberg Session At Cannes (mediapost.com)

Bloomberg Media provided robust sessions during Day 2 of its “Good Business” programming at BOBO Bistro in Cannes. In one session, titled, “Balancing Speed and Responsibility: AI and Marketing in 2024," speakers said marketers must understand the technology, according to a summary of the event provided by Bloomberg. Doug Martin, chief brand and disruptive growth officer at General Mills, stated that it’s no longer “possible to be a successful CMO … without having a close relationship with your CTO.” But Martin and others cautioned against rushing things.
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Savvas Learning Company Earns Eight Top EdTech Awards

Savvas Learning Company, a next-generation K-12 learning solutions leader, is proud to announce that its high-quality learning solutions and innovative digital platform have earned eight edtech industry recognitions by numerous award programs. The enVision K-12 math series, SuccessMaker personalized learning program, and the Savvas Realize learning management system (LMS) are among recent winners of industry recognition. “At Savvas, we are committed to developing the highest-quality instructional solutions that are powered by cutting-edge technology in order to personalize teaching and learning and help all students succeed,” said Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company. “We are honored to receive these prestigious awards as they demonstrate the impact of our evidence-based, student-centered learning solutions in helping educators increase student engagement and accelerate academic outcomes.”
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Eco-Conscious Economy: Consumer Data Reveals Young Shoppers Prioritize Sustainability

Generation Z and Millennial consumers are more likely to pay a premium for products that are legitimately sustainable in some way, from materials to packaging to delivery. The third annual Consumer Sustainability Survey from Blue Yonder, a digital supply chain platform, confirms that sustainability remains a priority for all consumers. However, younger shoppers are more definitive and consistent in their choices, with 85% of Gen Z and 84% of Millennials reporting that sustainability considerations are important to them. “It’s especially promising that so many respondents are willing to spend more for sustainable products, given that price concerns, exacerbated by the ongoing challenge of inflation, have marked conversations around consumer behavior over the last year,” said Saskia van Gendt, Blue Yonder’s chief sustainability officer, in a statement.
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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 3.6% in May

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.6% in May after decreasing 1% in April. In May, the index equaled 115.9 (2015=100) compared with 111.9 in April. “May was the first month since February 2023 that tonnage increased both sequentially and from a year earlier,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “While there was clearly an increase in freight before the Memorial Day holiday, it is still too early to say whether this is the start of a long-awaited recovery in the truck freight market.” April’s decrease was revised up slightly from our May 21 press release. Compared with May 2023, the index rose 1.5%, the first year-over-year gain in fifteen months. In April, the index was down 1.3% from a year earlier.
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Omet Americas opens Innovation Center

Omet Americas has opened its latest Innovation Center in Mount Prospect, IL, strategically positioned near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This move underscores the company’s commitment to expanding its presence in the North American market. At the heart of this facility is the Omet KFlex 17in flexo press, a platform designed to ‘redefine industry standards’ with its innovative design and advanced technology. It offers flexibility and operator convenience and is available in 17 and 20in models. The KFlex’s standout feature is its Switch system, enabling easy configuration adjustments to meet various production demands.
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Metsä Board at FachPack 2024: Circular solutions

Metsä Board will present its range of lightweight premium paperboards and its 360 Services at FachPack, hall 4A, stand 116. As a leading European supplier of fresh fibre paperboards Metsä Board focuses on circularity in packaging, efficient use of materials, and solutions for reducing the carbon footprint of packaging. Visitors to FachPack can look forward to learning about a wide range of packaging applications for Metsä Board’s recyclable and compostable dispersion barrier board. This board can reduce plastic use – for example, in sensitive applications such as dry food, takeaway food, bakery products and frozen food. Metsä Board’s premium quality folding boxboards and white kraftliners will also be on view. Thanks to their light weight and strength they enhance resource efficiency and material reduction. Metsä Board invites FachPack visitors to its stand to discuss solutions to their own packaging challenges and the environmental impact of material and packaging choices.
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AF&PA Releases May 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 1% in May compared to May 2023. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2% when compared to April 2024. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased 10% in April compared to the same month last year. Individually, U.S. uncoated free sheet (UFS) purchases increased 10% over the same period, coated free sheet (CFS) purchases increased 21% while mechanical (MECH) paper purchases decreased 4%.
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Mondi and traceless team up to develop a ground-breaking coating solution from agricultural by-products

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, is partnering with advanced biomaterial engineers traceless to develop a new coating solution based on by-products from the agricultural industry. This innovative bio-circular coating solution is the first of its kind and will be able to replace traditionally used plastic coating. There is an increasing demand for plastic alternatives in packaging solutions, and this new coating will respond to the demand directly: made from renewable plant-based materials, namely residues from the agricultural industry, it eliminates the need for fossil raw materials. traceless' consequential life-cycle assessment showed that the provision of traceless® material to the market leads to overall greenhouse gas savings of 76% from sourcing to disposal, if the material is used as a replacement for virgin PET. If only the production and disposal phase is considered, these savings add up to 95%. Also, the material is certified home compostable by DIN CERTCO according to NF T51-800. 
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Postal Regulatory Commission Continues to Probe DFA

The Postal Regulatory Commission requested information about continued large-scale network changes by the Postal Service despite its announced “pause” in implementing parts of the Delivering for America (DFA) plan. In addition, the Commission asked the Postal Service about the scope and nature of the pilot test described by the Postal Service regarding early DFA efforts in its May 16th response to the Commission’s Show Cause order. The Commission also requested information about the ’recently announced projection of $65 billion in ten-year losses under DFA. The questions are part of the Commission’s public inquiry into the DFA. Commission Chairman Michael Kubayanda noted, “Emerging circumstances and information have reinforced the urgency and importance of understanding the impacts and regulatory implications of DFA before the Postal Service makes further changes that impact service.” National service performance in 2024 has been at historic lows, while locations such as Atlanta continue to suffer service problems, even after some improvement in recent weeks.
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PRC Releases Report Analyzing Post l Service’s FY 2023 Finances

The Postal Regulatory Commission released today its Financial Analysis report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The in-depth analysis of the Postal Service’s financial performance concluded that the organization’s overall financial condition continues to worsen. In FY 2023, the Postal Service recorded a net operating loss of $2.3 billion — an increase of $1.8 billion over the previous year. When non-operating expenses are included, the overall net loss increases to $6.5 billion. The primary highlights from the report were: *The Postal Service had a net loss of $6.5 billion. *Total Factor Productivity, a measure of Postal Service efficiency, saw the largest decrease (4 percent) since it was first calculated in 1965. *Total mail volume decreased by 8.7 percent, including a 2.0 percent decrease in the volume of Competitive products. *Revenue from Competitive products increased by $0.2 billion. *Despite rate increases, Market Dominant revenue decreased by $0.4 billion. *Total operating expenses were $2.1 billion higher than the previous year. *The Postal Service recorded total assets of $45.3 billion and total liabilities of $68.4 billion at the end of FY 2023.
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AAP April 2024 StatShot Report

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its StatShot report for April 2024 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Religious Presses, Higher Education Course Materials, PreK-12 Instructional Materials and Professional Publishing. Total revenues across all categories for April 2024 were up 18.3% as compared to April 2023, coming in at $947.5 million. Year-to-date revenues were up 4.2%, at $4.1 billion for the first four months of the year. Trade (Consumer Books) revenues were up 20.6% in April, coming in at $725.1 million. In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of April, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 16.6%, coming in at $252.6 million; Paperbacks were up 20.3%, with $249.9 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 34.5% to $8.2 million; and Special Bindings were up 13.7%, with $14.4 million in revenue. eBook revenues were up 16.8% for the month as compared to April 2023 for a total of $83.1 million, and the Digital Audio format was up 54.6% for April, coming in at $100.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 15.0% coming in at $800 thousand.
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New Forest Stewardship Standard for Argentina

FSC is pleased to announce the official publication of the new FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Argentina. The standard becomes effective on 1 October 2024. The standard is applicable to all categories of Management Units operating in native forests and plantations, applies to small and low intensity managed forests and includes non-timber forest products. In addition to productive management, it is applicable to conservation and forest restoration management. Forests are important for the national economy of Argentina due to the social, environmental and economic benefits it provides. This includes of 1.3 million hectares of forest plantations and 28 million hectares of native forests, of which more than 80% correspond to the Tropical Climate Region (FAO FRA 2020).
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Public consultation: Croatian forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Croatian Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 16 August. Give your feedback. This is the first time that CUPFOA, the Croatian Union of Private Forest Owners Associations, the PEFC national member for Croatia, has submitted its national system to PEFC for endorsement. After developing the national system in line with PEFC requirements, CUPFOA submitted the system to PEFC for endorsement. The national system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this process and be approved by the PEFC General Assembly before it can achieve endorsement. An important aspect of the assessment process is the public consultation. Over the sixty-day consultation, stakeholders from around the world can give their comments and provide feedback on any aspect of the system. The Registered Assessor will use the information received from this consultation in their assessment of the system.
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National Book Tokens Partners With Love Paper For Their 2024 Competition

National Book Tokens, the UK’s leading book gift card retailer, has partnered with Love Paper for their Love Paper 2024 Competition. This partnership will inform consumers of the sustainable facts about paper, books and wider paper products. Love Paper, a campaign run by the not-for-profit organisation Two Sides, promotes the sustainability and attractiveness of print, paper and paper-based packaging. The Love Paper competition invites consumers to learn the facts about paper and the environment. National Book Tokens’ partnership with Love Paper aligns with its commitment to supporting the literary community and promoting environmentally-conscious practices.
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IPG Named 2024 Large Enterprise Manufacturer of the Year and Category Winner for Sustainability and Circular Economy

IPG® (Intertape Polymer Group®), a leading manufacturer of packaging products, was named the “Large Enterprise Manufacturer of the Year” by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC). Each year, this council recognizes world-class manufacturing companies for their outstanding efforts as they pursue their journeys to Manufacturing 4.0. The 20th annual award ceremony took place at the conclusion of the MLC’s signature event that focuses on insights and strategies for how manufacturers can further their operational digital transformation held in Florida June 2-5, 2024. Manufacturing Leadership Award finalists and winners were determined by a distinguished panel of judges with significant industry expertise and experience. Manufacturers continually find new and inventive ways to not just bring new technology into their factories, but also how to leverage it for highly effective problem solving and even developing new processes and products that can allow for entry into new markets and new revenue streams,” said Penelope Brown, Senior Content Director and head of the MLC Awards program.
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Drytac expands wallcovering options with new Paper Fleece Smooth in the UK and Europe

Drytac is delighted to announce the launch of Paper Fleece Smooth. Designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality, eco-friendly interior décor solutions, Drytac Paper Fleece Smooth is PVC-free making it a sustainable option for stunning custom wallcoverings in settings such as homes, retail stores, hotels and offices. Paper Fleece Smooth is a 180gsm non-woven wallcovering with a smooth satin finish. It features a repositionable, permanent adhesive backed by a micro-grooved release paper, allowing for easy, bubble-free application and repositioning. The digitally printable Paper Fleece Smooth has high dimensional stability and maintains its shape over time. It is compatible with eco-solvent, latex, and UV printers, ensuring versatility across different printing technologies. The product’s photorealistic print quality produces sharp and detailed graphics with quick drying times.
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Investments approved for Sappi Maastricht Mill second e-boiler

With a second e-boiler, Sappi takes a further step towards sustainability and advancing decarbonisation. For paper manufacturer Sappi, sustainability and climate protection are of paramount importance and are at the root of a long-term global commitment. In 2021, Sappi invested in the modernisation of its steam generation boiler at its Maastricht mill in the Netherlands. To reduce CO2 emissions, part of the gas-generated steam was replaced by electric steam via the new e-boiler. The electricity used is generated mainly from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. The innovative technology has proven so successful that Sappi will now be investing in a second e-boiler which is expected to further reduce CO2 emissions year after year. Construction of the new e-boiler has already begun, with delivery and commissioning planned for the end of 2025.
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Solenis and PhaBuilder cooperate to develop PHA-based materials for sustainable paper-based packaging market

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has signed an agreement with Beijing PhaBuilder Biotechnology Co., Ltd., (hereinafter referred to as PhaBuilder), an innovative synthetic biology enterprise, to collaborate on further developing key PHA-based (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) technology for the paper packaging market. “The global agreement between Solenis and PhaBuilder will enable unique technology to the paper packaging market to meet the growing need for more sustainable solutions in the packaging industry,” said William (Bill) Kuecker, Senior Director, Global Strategic Marketing, at Solenis. “This strategic cooperation will help enhance the application of PHA-based materials,” said Ms. Sherry Xu, President, PhaBuilder. “The newly developed technology will ultimately reduce the impact on the environment, bringing a greener and more sustainable future.”
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Cargo import volume at U.S. ports ‘booming’ amid new supply chain challenges

The nation’s major container ports are in for a busy summer. Monthly inbound cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports is expected to reach its highest level in nearly two years this summer, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The increase comes as retailers are stocking up to meet demand, especially as they head into peak shipping season, according to NRF VP for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold.
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Sigma Plastics Group buys polyethylene stretch-film assets from Stalwart and Quantico

Sigma Plastics Group has acquired selected assets from the recently completed Midland, GA-based, state-of-the-art, cast polyethylene stretch-film operation of Stalwart Plastics, Inc., and Quantico Plastics Group, Inc. The deal brings the number of Sigma acquisitions to 41, and the number of global operations to 48. The Midland operation produces industrial flexible packaging for use as pallet wrap largely by consumer brand owners. The Southeastern US location represents one of the most attractive in the country given its above-average growth rates. The operation will be Sigma’s 8th stretch-film manufacturing location, adding to plants in Riverside, CA; Tulsa, OK; Shelbyville, KY; Lyndhurst, NJ; Belleville, Canada; Karczew, Poland; and Bangkok, Thailand. The location will be renamed and marketed as Sigma Stretch Films of Georgia. Stalwart Plastics, more widely known as Zummit Plastics, was being liquidated under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
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A Sustainable Binder for Insulation Ready in Industrial Scale

NeoLigno® by Stora Enso is a bio-based binder, ideal for mineral and glass wool. By changing to a binder made from renewable materials you can decrease your carbon footprint, while removing harmful formaldehyde and isocyanates from your loop. Phasing out fossils is not only about meeting industry standards and regulations. Harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and isocyanates used in traditional binders are widely present in our homes, workplaces, and schools. Invisible to the naked eye, they are in our walls in the insulation, risking our health while having a negative impact on the environment. For producers of insulation material there is a sustainable option ready in industrial scale. NeoLigno® is a natural binder, perfect for production of insulation materials in the building industry. Bio-based with superior mechanical strength and suitable for humid conditions, it is made from Lignin – a side stream of the pulp industry typically utilised as bioenergy – already being produced in millions of tonnes across Europe.
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Kevin Kuznicki leaves Billerud

Billerud announces that Kevin Kuznicki, President, Billerud North America and member of the Group Management Team, is leaving the company to pursue other ventures, effective 14 June 2024. The recruitment process for the successor to the position will start immediately. “I would like to express a big thank you to Kevin Kuznicki for his contributions since taking over the role in March 2023. He has been a key person in guiding the North America operations during a challenging year for the company and we wish him all the best for the future,” says Ivar Vatne, President and CEO of Billerud. Tor Lundqvist, Deputy President and Senior Vice President of Operations for North America will assume the role of Acting President, Billerud North America until a successor is appointed.
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Lecta joins the “Cartón Circular” initiative for the management and recycling of industrial packaging in Spain

Cartón Circular is the collective EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) system promoted by different associations in the paper and cardboard industry value chain in Spain, including ASPAPEL, the Spanish Association of Pulp and Paper Manufacturers. By joining, Lecta reinforces its commitment to complying with new national regulations (Real Decreto de Envases y Residuos de Envases 1055/2022, royal decree on packaging and packaging waste 1055/2022) to ensure correct, responsible management of packaging and packaging waste introduced in the market when products are sold.
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Adobe Reports Record Revenue in Q2 Fiscal 2024

“Adobe achieved record revenue of $5.31 billion driven by strong growth across Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud,” said Shantanu Narayen, chair and CEO, Adobe. “Our highly differentiated approach to AI and innovative product delivery are attracting an expanding universe of customers and providing more value to existing users.” “Adobe delivered outstanding Q2 results, positioning us to raise our annual targets,” said Dan Durn, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “Our market-leading products, strong execution and world-class financial discipline position us well for the second half of 2024 and beyond.”
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AWS Announces $230 Million Commitment for Generative AI Startups

Amazon Web Services, Inc. announced a $230 million commitment for startups around the world to accelerate the creation of generative AI applications. This will provide startups, especially early-stage companies, with AWS credits, mentorship, and education to further their use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies. Part of the new commitment will fund the second cohort of the AWS Generative AI Accelerator, a program that provides hands-on expertise and up to $1 million in credits to each of the top 80 early-stage startups that are using generative AI to solve complex challenges. Applications for the AWS Generative AI Accelerator open today and will be accepted until July 19. “For more than 18 years, AWS has helped more startups to build, launch, and scale their business than any other cloud provider—it’s no coincidence that 96% of all AI/ML unicorns run on AWS,” said Matt Wood, vice president, Artificial Intelligence Products at AWS. "With this new effort, we will help startups launch and scale world-class businesses, providing the building blocks they need to unleash new AI applications that will impact all facets of how the world learns, connects, and does business.”
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Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks State Effort to Ban Books from School Libraries

On June 11, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the state Department of Education overstepped its authority by attempting to force the Edmond Public School district to remove two books the state had deemed inappropriate from its school library shelves, holding that new state rules enacted last year to govern book content in the state’s public schools had no basis in law. “We conclude a local school board possesses statutory authority to maintain and control its local school library, and one aspect of this control includes discretionary selection for providing supplemental educational books and instructional material deemed appropriate by the local school board in compliance with state statutes,” the unanimous decision reads. “No statute gives the State Board of Education, State Department of Education, and Superintendent of Public Instruction the authority to overrule a local school board's exercise of discretion in applying its local community standards for books in a local school library.”
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Empowering EUDR compliance and innovation with new partnerships

We were lucky to have LIVE EO, Osapiens and TimberID as gold sponsors at the PEFC Forest Forum, and Timbeter as a silver sponsor. At the conference, the sponsors met with PEFC members and international stakeholders to demonstrate and explain their technology solutions for EUDR compliance. Thanks go to Alberta Zatta and João Diogo, Michael Frank, Swapan Chaudhuri, and Anna-Greta Tsahkna! PEFC is working towards partnerships with all these companies, with our first announcement due soon on our plans with LIVE EO. LIVE EO, Osapiens and TimberID have end-to-end software solutions for EUDR compliance which include Earth Observation checks for deforestation and degradation, data sharing capability and Due Diligence Statement functionality.
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SEE Announces New CEO and Executive Promotions

SEE announced that its Board of Directors has elected Patrick Kivits as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive search process, effective July 1st, 2024. Mr. Kivits will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of SEE. Mr. Emile Chammas and Mr. Dustin Semach will remain with the company. Mr. Chammas will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Semach's role is being elevated to President and Chief Financial Officer. Henry Keizer, SEE Board Chairman, said, "We are pleased to welcome Patrick as our new CEO. He has a strong track record of delivering growth and driving commercial and operational transformations within the packaging industry, and we are confident he will accelerate SEE's transformation and drive long-term value creation for our shareholders."
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U.S. East Coast port union strike threat to test shippers’ nerves

Labor talks at U.S. ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico are a looming risk for retailers, manufacturers and other shippers already grappling with longer transit times and higher costs. The International Longshoremen's Association contract covering 45,000 dockworkers at three dozen ports stretching from Maine to Texas expires on Sept. 30. If there is no deal by then, the union could call a strike that would hit during the vital holiday container shipping season and labor-friendly U.S. President Joe Biden's bid for reelection. The ILA on Monday called off this week's planned start of talks with the U.S. Maritime Alliance, citing one member of that employer group's use of automation technology in violation of prior agreements.
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FPA Announces President & CEO Departure

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the leading advocate and voice for the growing U.S. flexible packaging industry, announces that its long-serving President & CEO, Alison Keane, will step down from her position on August 1, 2024. The organization announced at the same time that it is initiating a search to identify a new leader. Founded in 1950, FPA’s mission is to amplify the voices of converters, suppliers, trade press professionals, and academics, leading to effective advocacy, unique educational offerings, outstanding networking opportunities, and real growth for our members.
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Metsä Group has selected key partners for the pre-engineering project for Muoto™ packaging factory

Metsä Group's pre-engineering project for a potential commercial-scale Muoto™ fibre product plant is progressing as planned. After the pre-engineering phase, Metsä Group may consider making an investment decision. The partners selected for the pre-engineering project are Elomatic, SRV, Valmet Technologies and A-insinöörit Suunnittelu. SRV will act as project management contractor for the construction project and will also be the engineering design partner for the building services. Elomatic has been selected as the main design partner for the design of the factory structure and facilities and will assist in the cost planning and construction schedule. Valmet will act as process engineer for the fibre product in the project. A-insinöörit Suunnittelu Ltd has been selected as the plant construction design partner for the project.
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WestRock Stockholders Approve Combination with Smurfit Kappa

WestRock Company announced that, based on the preliminary vote count, WestRock stockholders voted to approve the Transaction Agreement and other proposals related to the combination of Smurfit Kappa Group plc (“Smurfit Kappa”) and WestRock (the “Combination”) at WestRock’s Special Meeting of Stockholders held earlier today. Pursuant to the terms of the Transaction Agreement entered into on September 12, 2023, Smurfit WestRock will acquire Smurfit Kappa by means of a scheme of arrangement under the Companies Act 2014 of Ireland (as amended) (the “Smurfit Kappa Share Exchange”), and Sun Merger Sub, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smurfit WestRock, will merge with and into WestRock (the “Merger,” and together with the Smurfit Kappa Exchange, the Combination), with WestRock surviving the Merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Smurfit WestRock.
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Wiley Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2024 Results

“We finished the year strong and head into Fiscal 2025 with full confidence in our Research trajectory, GenAI momentum, and profit and performance outlook,” said Matthew Kissner, Interim President and CEO. “We are seeing robust demand to publish and significant output acceleration in Research as well as continued outperformance in Learning. On top of this, we’re seeing significant interest in leveraging our authoritative content to train AI and machine learning models. Finally, we’ve executed on our stated commitments with discipline and speed, enabling us to exceed our earnings guidance and accelerate our cost savings program, setting us up well for continued margin expansion and strong cash generation ahead.” Fiscal Year 2024 was a transition year for Wiley as the Company divested non-core assets, restructured and realigned the organization, and recorded multiple non-cash impairments. Results reflect this activity. GAAP Results (including Held for Sale or Sold Assets): Revenue of $468 million (-11%), Operating income of $69 million (-17%), and EPS of $0.46 (-$0.76).
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DAA Revamps Behavioral Targeting Opt-Out Mechanism

The self-regulatory privacy organization Digital Advertising Alliance on Wednesday plans to unveil a downloadable browser extension that will enable people to opt out of receiving behaviorally targeted ads -- meaning ads selected for web users based on their activity across sites or apps. The tool, which is still undergoing testing, initially will be compatible with the four largest browsers -- Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Microsoft's Edge and Apple's Safari. The new mechanism eventually will also give users the choice between rejecting all behavioral targeting, or accepting targeted ads in certain categories -- such as automotive, travel or pets.
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New wood packaging made with 70% recycled plastic

Timber is exposed to demanding circumstances during storage, loading and transportation. "We have developed a new packaging that consists of 70 percent recycled material, without compromising on quality. SCA Wood will be the first on the market with packaging that has such a high proportion of recycled plastic," says Tom Rautakorpi, product specialist at Trioworld. The packaging is manufactured by Trioworld and is estimated to result in 54 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to the same product made from virgin plastic. "To increase our already significant climate benefit, it is important to gradually reduce the remaining emissions. We have long been looking at what we can do better regarding the packaging, and it is positive that we can now make progress in this area," says Jerry Larsson, President of SCA Wood.
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Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley teams up with Nestlé and Tetra Pak to inspire collaborative innovation in sustainable packaging

Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, together with Valley partners Nestlé and Tetra Pak, brought together 60+ Swiss and European partners at a nationwide event in Bern this week. The joint project is designed to shine a light on some of the most promising approaches in sustainable packaging materials and drive further innovation through new collaborations. Commenting on the event, Christina Senn-Jakobsen, CEO of Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, says, "This event showcased the incredible potential of collaborative innovation. The challenges around sustainable packaging cannot be solved in silos. Collaboration between startups, established multinationals, research institutions and governmental bodies is crucial."
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Fey Printing Wins Best of Show in GLGA’s 2024 Graphics Excellence Award Competition

The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) has revealed the second group of top winners of their 2024 Graphics Excellence Awards (GEAs). The announcement was made at their Wisconsin Awards Celebration held on June 12, 2024, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, WI. Best of Show, the competition’s highest honor, was awarded to Fey Printing of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, for their entry in the Promotional Campaigns – Consumer category entitled Rivage Bal Harbour. One judge noted, “This collection of marketing materials enclosed in an elegant wrapper functions as a fantasy fulfilled.”
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Colbert Packaging Orders 10-Color, 41″ RMGT TP (Tandem Perfector) Sheetfed Offset UV Press

The new, 41” RMGT 1060 TP LX 10-color CC LD + UV press will replace two existing presses at Colbert’s 170,000-sq.-ft. Kenosha, Wisconsin, facility. An existing Eagle Systems cold foil unit at Colbert will also be transferred to the new press after it is installed in February 2025. Colbert Packaging President John Lackner and CFO Kraig Lang were on hand, along with RM Machinery CEO Rahul Kaushik and other RM Machinery and RMGT executives, to celebrate the order signing at drupa on May 29. Celebrating its 65th anniversary, the independent, woman-owned Colbert Packaging provides paperboard packaging solutions, primarily for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
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Lenzing welcomes new core shareholder Suzano S/A

The Lenzing Group, a leading supplier of regenerated cellulose fibers for the textile and nonwovens industries, learned today that Lenzing's main shareholder B&C Group and the Brazilian pulp producer Suzano S/A have signed a long-term partnership in connection with the majority stake in Lenzing. As part of this agreement, Suzano S/A will take over a 15 percent stake in Lenzing AG from B&C Group. Suzano is the world's largest pulp producer based in Sao Paolo and recently achieved annual sales of more than EUR 7 billion. Lenzing's management welcomes the proposed transaction and looks forward working with another core shareholder.
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Meta Must Face Suit Over Scam Ads

A federal appellate court has revived a lawsuit by two Meta Platforms users who say they lost money after responding to fraudulent ads on Facebook. The ruling, issued last week by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, allows Oregon resident Christopher Calise and Nebraska resident Anastasia Groschen to attempt to prove that the company violated its terms of service by allegedly failing to police Facebook ads placed by third parties. The decision stems from a lawsuit brought by Calise and Groschen in 2021, when they accused the company of soliciting fraudulent ads from advertisers based in China.
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Congress Urged To Revise Privacy Proposal, Completely Override State Laws

The tech industry group TechNet, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations are urging lawmakers to revise a proposed federal privacy law by more sweepingly overriding state privacy statutes. The proposed American Privacy Rights Act “falls short of creating a uniform national standard due to its inadequate federal preemption of the ever-growing patchwork of state privacy laws,” the groups say in a letter sent this week to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As currently written, the proposed law appears to require businesses to allow consumers to opt out of online behavioral advertising -- meaning ads served based on cross-site and cross-app data. The current iteration also would require data brokers to let consumers opt out of data collection, and request deletion of their data. The measure additionally would allow consumers to sue over violations.
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FSC takes strong actions in Myanmar

FSC International will not withdraw from Myanmar according to a decision taken by the Board of Directors in March 2024 at the 98th Board Meeting. Further, in accordance with their decision, new certificates will not be issued in the country unless FSC’s core labour requirements are diligently implemented and audited. FSC International’s Board also agreed to suspend the Trademark License Agreement (TLA) of all certificate holders managed by Bureau Veritas – an accredited certification body. At the 98th Board Meeting, the FSC International Board of Directors reviewed the findings of two FSC-commissioned investigations conducted by FSC’s assurance partner, Assurance Services International (ASI). Investigations carried out by ASI in 2023 revealed the following: *Workers’ conditions in certificate holders are no better than those in non-certified companies. *Certification bodies are not adequately assessing certificate holders’ compliance with labour requirements. *Certificate holders have been issued with non-conformities with respect to freedom of association, protection of workers’ rights to organize, and forced labour.
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Mail Response And Attention Continue On An Upward Trajectory In Q1 2024

The latest quarterly results from JICMAIL reveal that 6% of mail (including Direct Mail, Business Mail, Partially Addressed Mail and Door Drops) prompted a purchase in Q1 2024, while the average amount of time spent with a piece of Direct Mail across 28 days climbed to 134 seconds. JICMAIL – The Joint Industry Currency for Mail – has revealed that while the UK economy grappled with the recovery from a technical recession, those advertisers who maintained their confidence in the mail channel were rewarded with 43% year on year growth in purchases driven by mail.
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Tetra Pak introduces pioneering solution to eliminate foaming and reduce costs from protein mixing

Tetra Pak today announces the launch of the Tetra Pak® Industrial Protein Mixer, a groundbreaking new product designed to reduce product loss in liquid protein mixing. A direct response to the longstanding issue of foaming during the mixing phase of liquid food products, this innovative solution is set to improve food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers’ operational efficiency. Traditional methods of mixing in liquid food production often encounter problems with air entrapment and foaming, resulting in lost product. Foaming alone is estimated to cost approximately €276,400 annually in typical food and beverage production scenarios,1 making this mixer an important technological evolution for F&B manufacturers aiming to reduce their total cost of ownership, boost margins and improve product quality.
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5 Takeaways from the 2024 National Postal Forum (piworld.com)

1. The rate increase. There is no way to get around it or ignore it — perhaps the single biggest topic of conversation at this years’ event was the postal rate increases. 2. Mail is becoming a luxury item. On the heels of the rate changes, many are noting that brands are beginning to see the mail component of their marketing campaigns as more of a luxury line item. 3. Design is critical. While certainly not a new phenomenon, the design of the mail piece is only becoming more critical. 4. Postal discounts are more critical than ever before. Speaking of postal discounts, there are a lot of programs out there that brands and mailers could — and should — be taking advantage of, and those discounts are shifting and changing. 5. Direct mail works. Direct mail is still the single marketing channel that gets the most return on investment of every platform — multiple sessions noted that ROI for direct mail sits at around 40%, which is significantly higher than any other channel.
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Find your packaging zen: Mondi’s ProVantage SmartKraft brings peace of mind to packaging decisions

Amidst the daily whirlwind of business, achieving balance can be truly gratifying. Mondi’s Containerboard team is today launching a campaign to help customers achieve just that. Introducing ProVantage SmartKraft Brown and White — offering a harmonious packaging solution that brings peace of mind. No more compromises; these two containerboard paper grades strike the ideal balance between sustainability, strength, and printability, providing the tranquillity needed in packaging decisions. The papers are made of 100% fresh fibre on the top and 100% recycled fibre underneath (two ply solution), making them the perfect blend of sustainability, strength, cost efficiency and printability. Like all Mondi Containerboard papers, they are 100% recyclable and made from 100% responsibly sourced raw materials. ProVantage SmartKraft grades combine fresh and recycled fibres and are available in both brown and white variations, aiming to minimise environmental impact while maintaining high standards of quality and strength. These containerboard paper grades are ideally suited to the needs of e-commerce, retail and fast-moving consumer goods packaging, by using responsibly sourced raw materials.
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Pixelle Specialty Solutions Announces Significant New Funding

Pennsylvania-based Pixelle Specialty Solutions, a leading provider of specialty papers, announced that it has secured significant new financing, positioning the company with ample liquidity for continued future growth. The recent financing, which includes new capital investment and amendments to the Company’s credit facilities, was completed in collaboration with the Company’s existing lenders and has substantially bolstered the Company's cash liquidity position. This strategic transaction provides a significant injection of fresh capital to invest in the Company’s manufacturing capabilities and to drive improved operational performance at the Company’s three paper mills going forward.
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Solenis Acquires Lilleborg from Orkla, Expanding Food and Beverage and Institutional Businesses in Norway

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has acquired 100 percent of Lilleborg shares from Orkla, on June 12, 2024. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Lilleborg supplies professional cleaning solutions and is one of the leading companies in the Norwegian commercial market. Lilleborg has been a long-term partner with Diversey, a Solenis Company, driving value through deep, targeted expertise and customer insights with proven innovation and sustainable methods and products. The acquisition allows Diversey to expand into the Norwegian water treatment market with a direct channel, offering food and beverage customers an expanded portfolio of solutions.
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A decade of more sustainable choices: Celebrating 10 years of UPM Raflatac’s Label Life service

Label Life by UPM Raflatac proudly marks 10 years of its life cycle assessment service. Over the past decade, Label Life has been a comprehensive life cycle assessment tool for label evaluation, enabling businesses to make informed, environmentally responsible decisions. Continuously evolving to cover an ever-widening portfolio of more sustainable products, Label Life now accounts for over 90% of UPM Raflatac’s commercial portfolio by sales volume, reflecting the company’s commitment to sustainability. Label Life provides essential environmental information on label materials, utilizing the standardized method of life cycle assessment (LCA) to calculate their environmental impact from cradle-to-grave. Customers benefit from individual footprints or “product passport prototypes” (PPPs) displaying 25 indicators, as well as focused comparisons of three key metrics—greenhouse gas emissions, energy demand, and water consumption—facilitating a transparent and guided decision-making process.
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Hearst Magazines Launches Aura

Hearst Magazines, the world’s largest lifestyle publisher, announced the launch of AURA, a revolutionary, first-party ad targeting tool that utilizes proprietary AI-enabled technology and multi-dimensional contextual, behavioral and commerce signals to connect advertisers to their most valuable and engaged customers at scale. The announcement was made by Hearst Magazines President Debi Chirichella and Global Chief Revenue Officer Lisa Ryan Howard. AURA analyzes and activates Hearst’s broad and deep portfolio of first-party data and hundreds of millions of purchase actions from Hearst’s 145 million monthly visitors across its portfolio of more than 25 U.S. brands. The next-gen tool — which leverages a new, proprietary content taxonomy and sophisticated AI — provides a more comprehensive picture of a user than ever before and makes predictive and informed decisions about which ads to serve. The tool will expand globally across Hearst’s 50 brands and 300 million users in late 2024.
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Two-Thirds Of My Advertising Is AI-Enabled (mediapost.com)

If you thought the punchline was going to be a Wanamaker paraphrase, "the trouble is I don't know which two-thirds," you might be right. But the point of this column is that AI-enabled media-buying now has a benchmark -- 69.5% -- according to GroupM, which devoted a chunk of its mid-year update to calculating that figure. It also updated its own internal estimate for when AI-enabled media buys will top 90%. "Two years ago, we said we would pass 90% by 2032. We are now going to hit more than 90% in 2029, three years earlier than we had previously predicted based off of just how quickly this space is growing and how quickly tools are being incorporated," GroupM Global President of Business Intelligence Kate Scott-Dawkins late last week said during a press briefing ahead of today's update release.
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Public consultation: Lithuanian forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Lithuanian Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 10 August. Give your feedback. This is the first time the Center of Sustainable Forest Management (CSFM), the PEFC national member for Lithuania, has submitted its national system to PEFC for endorsement. After developing the national system in line with PEFC requirements, CSFM submitted the system to PEFC for endorsement. The national system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this process and be approved by the PEFC General Assembly before it can achieve endorsement.
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Creating a Circular Cold Chain With Wild Idea Buffalo and Cruz Foam

On our journey to create a more circular supply chain, we’ve discovered many amazing brands that share our commitment to sustainable business practices. Wild Idea Buffalo is a company that is working to regenerate the North American prairie through restoring the buffalo population with the goal of improving the natural environment and food systems. When Wild Idea Buffalo had the opportunity to evaluate their shipping materials to ensure they upheld their company ethos all the way through their supply chain, they looked at a variety of factors in terms of performance, sustainability, and appearance. We are thrilled to have introduced the organization to Cruz Cool, a sustainable cold-chain cooler made of 70% upcycled material. Cruz Cool is a premium cold-chain shipping cooler that provides cushioning and over 48 hours of thermal protection to perishable goods as they make their way from business facilities to customer doors. It’s the perfect packaging solution for sustainably minded meal-kit companies or organizations that ship high-quality meats, seafood, produce, or ingredients.
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Metsä Board scores 91/100 and Platinum level in EcoVadis rating

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, has once again, achieved the highest Platinum level in EcoVadis’ sustainability assessment with a record score. The company has achieved the highest level rating every year since 2017. Metsä Board received high scores in each of the four themes assessed, and with a total score of 91/100 is among the highest 1% of companies assessed in the category of paper, paperboard and packaging manufacturers. The overall score improved from the previous assessment (87/100) thanks to a better score (90/100) in the labour and human rights evaluation. In the environmental evaluation, the company scored 100/100 for the third year in a row.
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Smurfit Kappa invests over €30 million in Spain to further reduce CO2 emissions

Smurfit Kappa has demonstrated its commitment to delivering on its sustainability goals through the recent inauguration of two state-of-the-art investments in Spain. Over 12,000 solar panels were unveiled at the packaging leader’s Sangüesa paper mill which will work alongside its biomass and recovery boilers to generate more than 50% of its annual energy requirements, the equivalent to powering 3,600 homes. The photovoltaic system, which is the largest of its kind in the Navarra region, is set to reduce the mill’s annual CO2 emissions by over 3,000 tonnes and represents an investment of €6 million. Since 2005, the Sangüesa paper mill has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 51%.
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Target Report: Book Manufacturing Industry Is in Turmoil (piworld.com)

Change continues to rock the book manufacturing business. Contracts for book printing and bindery services have declined as publishers pull back on new orders and work off the excess inventory that built up in response to demand during the Covid years. Print-on-demand book technologies are placing further downward pressure on traditional book manufacturing. Although there is widespread confidence that the printed book will survive the digital onslaught better than many other forms of print, there are shifts and cracks in the book printing world. Consolidators are buying companies with long histories and respected pedigrees that have served and continue to sell to the trade and educational publishers. At the same time, others are closing down huge manufacturing facilities as overall volumes decline in certain segments. On-demand digital ordering, prepress, and printing technologies, driven primarily by the plethora of installed highly productive continuous form inkjet printing devices, has reduced the need for publishers to order long runs and keep large inventories.
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AF&PA Supports NY Legislature’s Decision to Shelve and Improve EPR Proposal

This weekend, the New York State Legislature concluded its session without passing the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act. While the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) supports efforts to improve recycling, the legislation lacked provisions to ensure it would not negatively impact highly recycled materials like paper and paper-based packaging. We look forward to continuing discussions that ensure paper-based packaging recycling remains a viable and sustainable option for New Yorkers.
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Solenis Acquires Aqua ChemPacs, Expanding Offering of Cleaning and Disinfection Solutions

Headquartered in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, Aqua ChemPacs is a leading manufacturer of pre-portioned, concentrated liquid chemical packs utilizing low-carbon-footprint packaging. Used in restaurants, retail stores, healthcare and educational facilities, arenas and event venues around the world, the company’s innovative ChemPacs dissolve easily in water so customers can produce a variety of high-quality cleaning and disinfection products on-site. ChemPacs provide precise portion control, require no messy mixing and help eliminate the risks associated with pouring chemicals from bottles. In addition, ChemPac products are concentrated and weigh less than traditional ready-made cleaners and disinfectants, so they are less expensive to ship, deliver and store.
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Implementation of the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products at UPM Plywood

The verification that UPM Plywood’s products have not caused deforestation or forest degradation and that the commodities used in UPM Plywood’s products have been produced in accordance with the relevant legislation will be based on a due diligence process. UPM Plywood is a so-called downstream operator manufacturing its products from other products that have already undergone due diligence in accordance with EUDR. Therefore, UPM Plywood’s due diligence process consists of referring to due diligence statements submitted previously in the supply chain and verifying that its suppliers have adequate due diligence systems in place. Prior to placing its products on the market, UPM Plywood will submit a DDS to the EU Information System Traces. The EU information system will produce an associated reference number that UPM Plywood will share with its customers. The chart below describes the basics of EUDR implementation in UPM Plywood. The supplier of wood or other relevant commodities provides the first DDS with geolocation information to Traces and gets associated reference numbers (REF) from the system.
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ExlfilmPlus® PCR: Groundbreaking Advancement in Shrink Film Sustainability!

Exlfilmplus PCR is a multilayered clear polyolefin film that incorporates post-consumer recycled content. Its versatility allows it to excel on all sealing systems and tunnels. Whether you’re packaging club store multi-packs or food products, Exlfilmplus PCR is the ideal choice for environmentally conscious customers seeking a circular and sustainable shrink packaging solution.
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Aptar Digital Health Partners with SHL Medical

Aptar Digital Health, a global leader in digital health solutions (Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) and digital Patient Support Programs), connected devices and disease management, today announced a collaboration with SHL Medical, a world-leading solutions provider of advanced drug delivery systems such as autoinjectors, pen injectors and innovative specialty delivery systems. The collaboration will extend SHL Medical’s connected device technologies by integrating Aptar Digital Health’s SaMD platform to provide comprehensive solutions to help patients on injectable therapies manage their disease. As part of this collaboration, devices designed by SHL Medical, such as the Molly® Connected Cap – a smart retrofittable add-on for SHL Medical’s Molly® modular platform autoinjector – will benefit from Aptar Digital Health’s SaMD platform to enhance the patient experience by offering additional support during self-administration via a digital solution.
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Adobe Announces General Availability of Adobe Experience Platform AI Assistant to Supercharge Enterprise Productivity

Adobe announced the general availability of Adobe Experience Platform (AEP) AI Assistant, previewed at Adobe Summit in March 2024. This new offering enhances the productivity of experience practitioners through generative AI, while democratizing access to enterprise applications by bringing more individuals into content production and insights workflows. AEP is the solution of choice for organizations to build a single view of customers and engage them on every channel, used by leading brands including The Coca-Cola Company, Major League Baseball, Marriott International, General Motors, TSB Bank, Real Madrid and others. With AEP AI Assistant, brands can now deliver value to their organizations through a conversational interface that provides a deeper understanding of data and an ability to streamline workflows. Embedded within Adobe Experience Cloud applications including Real-Time Customer Data Platform, Adobe Journey Optimizer and Customer Journey Analytics, AEP AI Assistant can answer technical questions, automate tasks, simulate outcomes, and generate new audiences and journeys. These capabilities are brought to life through generative experience models, which capture Adobe product knowledge and insights based on an organization’s unique data, campaigns, audiences and business goals—all in a brand-safe way and with a privacy-first mindset.
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Tribune Publishing And Union Agree To Two-Year Contract (mediapost.com)

Union members at several Tribune Publishing newsrooms have ratified a two-year contract with owner Alden Global Capital after five years of negotiations , according to the NewsGuild. The agreement provides for wage increases of 3% per year for two years and maintenance of existing 401K matches for all participating employees. Some NewsGuild members took part in a 24-hour strike earlier this year.
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PEFC webinar: on the path to EUDR alignment

Our webinar will focus on the advances we have made in aligning our sustainable forest management and chain of custody standards with EUDR requirements, as well as looking at the vital data and integrity elements. Our PEFC experts will give you a behind the scenes look at the progress of our working groups and task forces, working tirelessly to ensure we will have practical solutions in place to enable you to successfully implement EUDR. Once we’ve heard from our experts, we’ll open the webinar up to the audience for questions and answers. The PEFC Alliance has made strong progress on our EUDR rollout over the last few months, and we are looking forward to sharing the details with you, as we all move forward on this EUDR journey together.
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Aptar Named One of America’s Climate Leaders 2024 by USA Today

AptarGroup, Inc., a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and protection technologies was named one of America’s Climate Leaders 2024 by USA Today. “We are honored to be named to USA Today’s list of America’s Climate Leaders for the second consecutive year,” said Beth Holland, Aptar’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We continue to raise the bar on sustainability by creating products that are fully recyclable, made from sustainable materials or in some cases reusable, and by running our company in a more sustainable matter both within our own operations and as expected from our value chain partners.”
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Flexible packaging manufacturer ceases trading after sale unsuccessful

Nottinghamshire-based Surepak Limited is ceasing to trade despite appointed administrators at PKF Smith Cooper being hopeful of a sale following the interest of 96 parties. Surepak Limited’s financial concerns became apparent during the global energy crisis when its electricity costs increased by more than 425%. This increase, coupled with the loss of two significant contracts, decreased the company’s turnover by c.£1m, due to customers’ packaging requirements changing and the relocation of a customer abroad. The Nottinghamshire-based organisation sought a buyer after sole director Stuart Yorston filed for administration on 9th February 2024. This was to safeguard the company’s business, assets, and employees from a winding-up petition served by a creditor, which was due to be heard on 14th February.
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Tork partners with Wells Fargo Center to deliver a superior arena experience

Wells Fargo Center and Tork®, an Essity brand, announced a formal partnership to enhance sustainability, efficiency and overall fan experience through innovative hygiene solutions. Following the recent $400 million renovation to Wells Fargo Center, the partnership between the arena and Tork, the world’s number one professional hygiene brand1, will leverage hygiene to further elevate on-site amenities.  As the home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers and one of the country’s top venues for concerts and events, Wells Fargo Center requires comprehensive and precise operational coordination to accommodate the variety of events hosted onsite. As part of the partnership, Wells Fargo Center will install a variety of Tork dispensing systems to bolster hygiene management throughout the facility. In addition, the venue will be equipped with Tork Vision Cleaning. This GBAC STAR-accredited facility management software will provide real-time data to cleaning staff on when and where there are service needs across the arena’s over 180+ restrooms, helping to secure hygienic experiences during the 220+ events per year hosted at this location.
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