Global Forest and Paper Industry Releases Policy Statement on Paper Recycling

 The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) released its policy statement on paper recycling. The statement was approved at the ICFPA’s annual meeting held on May 5 in Washington, D.C.

The full statement is available athttp://www.icfpa.org/uploads/Modules/Publications/icfpa-statement-on-paper-recycling.pdf.

“Forest and paper associations around the world recognize the importance of paper recovery for recycling,” said outgoing ICFPA President Donna Harman. “With this policy statement, we are encouraging national governments to pursue best practices to enable recovered fiber to find its highest end-use.”

The global paper recycling rate stands at about 58 percent. Some developed countries have achieved as high as 70 to 75 percent. Many developing countries are establishing infrastructure to help improve paper recycling rates.

The statement calls for educating citizens on the importance of recycling, allowing the marketplace to determine recovered fiber’s best end-use, and ensuring functioning waste markets while respecting national contexts and systems. The ICFPA believes that extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems “should not be a preferred choice where existing markets for collections and reuse of recovered paper are efficient and effective.” Instead, improved sorting of waste should be prioritized to increase and ensure the quality of recovered fiber.

The ICFPA’s statement is the latest in a series of policy statements underwritten by its members associations. All ICFPA policy statements are available at icfpa.org/resource-centre/statements.

The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent over 90 percent of global paper production and half of global wood production.

Tribune acquires U-T San Diego for $85M

Tribune Publishing Co. entered into an agreement to acquire MLIM LLC, parent company of U-T San Diego for $85 million.The buy includes nine community weeklies and related digital properties in San Diego County, but excludes the paper’s Mission Valley headquarters. The transaction is expected to close by June 30. Tribune plans to combine the San Diego paper’s operations with its Los Angeles Times. The acquisition represents another step forward in our strategy to leverage our publishing infrastructure, resources and management teams.

Tribune is also mulling reverting the name of the flagship daily to The San Diego Union-Tribune. When Platinum Equity purchased the paper in 2010, the name was shortened to San Diego U-T, and was changed again to U-T San Diego when MLIM LLC acquired the paper in 2011.

LAT’s CEO and Publisher Austin Beutner will hold those posts at both papers after the deal closes. He will also oversee the California News Group, newly formed regional operating parent company of the two flagship papers and 25 other titles throughout Southern California. While The Union-Tribune and LAT will operate separate newsrooms, Beutner said the papers would share some stories, photos, video and other content. The San Diego Union-Tribune will retain editorial independence, providing an authentic voice that reflects the diversity of the state and the distinct values of our communities

The buy marks Tribune’s latest acquisition, following its purchase of 38 suburban-Chicago daily and weekly titles from Wrapports LLC in October 2014, and represents its fourth acquisition since spinning off from parent Tribune Co. Inc. in August of 2014.

Micropress kit spend tops £4m following Heidelberg XL 106 buy

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The 18,000sph press, which is additional to the firm’s current plant list, will be installed at its 4,646sqm premises in Reydon, Suffolk in August. It follows the company’s recent £2.25m spend on new equipment including a Xerox iGen 150, which was installed in December, and a five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, which will be installed later this month. Commercial director Robert Cross said: “We’ve been considering jumping up a capacity for some time and we’ve experienced a good quarter to the year.

“We found that even in months where it’s generally a bit quieter we’re busier all the time and can fill additional capacity, which is why we’ve put the order in for the press.
“When we moved here three years ago we had long-term plans that we’d put another perfector in and we planned the factory around that so there is a space already here for it.” The business weighed up a range of alternatives from other manufacturers but decided that Heidelberg was the best fit for its requirements.

“We have existing Heidelberg presses so it makes sense because that way we’ve got flexibility to move jobs around the presses if they’re all working off the same plates,” said Cross.

The business also operates an eight-colour B1 Heidelberg XL105, a Domino Inkjet system, an MBO M80 buckle folder, an MBO M80 combi-folder, a Muller Martini Allegro PUR binder, a Muller Martini Prima Plus stitcher, a Heidelberg ST 450 stitcher and a Sitma polywrapping machine.

Micropress has 135 staff, which includes two press minders that have recently been taken on to help operate the XL 106. The firm is also looking to take on three apprentices over the coming months.

The business, which has a turnover of £15m and is aiming to continue its current year-on-year growth of around 10%, produces a wide variety of general print for customers ranging from publishers, print managers, agencies and end-users.