Billerud announces the temporary idling of the Escanaba Mill for up to three weeks as a precautionary measure to protect the health and safety of its employees and contractors due to a blastomycosis fungal infection outbreak. “Our top priority now and always is protecting the health and safety of our employees and contractors who work at our Escanaba Mill,” says Christoph Michalski, Billerud President and CEO. “We care deeply about their well-being and are doing everything we can to protect them and identify and address the root cause of the blastomycosis fungal infections. As a precautionary measure, we will temporarily idle the Escanaba Mill for up to three weeks to facilitate additional proper cleaning based on recommendations from NIOSH and other organizations, which requires larger portions of the mill to be vacant while this work is performed. The financial impact is assessed to be limited since the production at the Escanaba Mill was being adjusted to meet current market demand.”
Self-adhesive label stock supplier UPM Raflatac has achieved sustainability certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS at three of its factories and nine distribution terminals worldwide. The company is proud to make a change in the sustainable labels value chain and be one of the first adopters in the packaging industry to deliver this certification. UPM Raflatac’s ISCC PLUS certified products via mass-balance approach include UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ and UPM Raflatac PP C-PCR.
ISCC PLUS is one of the leading global sustainability certification schemes for a fully traceable supply chain to support the transition to a circular economy and bioeconomy. It allows biobased raw materials as well as waste and residue-based feedstock for plastic labels to be certified. The ISCC PLUS certification provides a strong external proof of sustainably managed raw materials and value chains for renewable and chemically recycled products. This truly sustainable packaging value chain brings customers and brand owners closer to their sustainability goals.
More and more companies in the self-adhesive label industry have made the commitment to transform the industry toward a circular economy, and UPM Raflatac has been a frontrunner in this charge. The company’s factories in Tampere, Finland; Nowa Wies, Poland; and Mills River, North Carolina, USA; as well as its distribution terminals with ISCC PLUS certification ensure that the whole supply chain is operating according to ISCC PLUS guidelines.