A NAFTA review panel has unanimously ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider its costly duties against Canadian mills that produce glossy paper. The panel, comprised of three Americans and two Canadians, issued its memorandum opinion and order last week. Under the new ruling, the U.S. Department of Commerce must reconsider some aspects of the reasoning behind its initial findings and respond to the NAFTA decision by mid-summer. The countervailing duties were imposed in November 2015 after a U.S. investigation into Canadian imports of supercalendered paper, which is mainly used in magazines, catalogues, corporate brochures and advertising inserts. Nova Scotia's Port Hawkesbury Paper was hit with a 20.18 per cent duty, while a duty of 17.87 per cent was levelled against Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products and a duty of 18.85 per cent was imposed on the J.D. Irving mill in New Brunswick and Catalyst Paper of British Columbia. "Now (U.S.) commerce will have to make a decision, do they appeal it or do they incorporate the information into the tariff," said Marc Dube, Port Hawkesbury Paper's development manager. click Read More below for more of the story
The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The revolutionary paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions. By choosing this new paper, UPM’s customers will benefit from significant cost savings compared to a conventional paper solution.
“The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading experience or folding properties of the paper,” stated Joonas Järvinen, New Business Development Manager, News and Retail at UPM.
UPM EcoLite is available in 29, 32, 34 and 38 g/m2. A lighter paper equals a smaller environmental footprint as it requires fewer raw materials, less water and less energy to produce and transport.
“The development of lightweight papers is a perfect example of resource efficiency, which is one of the cornerstones of our sustainable operations. Our customers get the same printing area using less materials. At the same time, the environmental impacts of production and the supply chain as a whole decrease significantly,” Järvinen added.
Over the past few years, UPM’s performance and continuous work on corporate responsibility has been recognized by several international bodies. The company has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year. As of January 2016, UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD as the first forest industry company.