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Trade & Jobs – The role of EU exports in supporting jobs

Trade Europe - Mon, 2015-06-01 00:00
Trade & Jobs – The role of EU exports in supporting jobs
Categories: Europe

Trade and Sustainable Development: Invitation to participate in the Civil Society Dialogue Forum of the EU – Central America Association Agreement

Trade Europe - Fri, 2015-05-29 00:00
Trade and Sustainable Development: Invitation to participate in the Civil Society Dialogue Forum of the EU – Central America Association Agreement
Categories: Europe

Forest Tenure Reform in China

External link - 47 min 10 sec ago
Resources magazine: To boost domestic forest production and correct rural?urban income disparity, China is putting forest management rights into the hands of its citizens.
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Sappi to increase its European coated fine and coated mechanical paper prices

Paper World - 8 hours 40 min ago
Continuously rising input costs and consequently declining profit margins make corrective pricing measures inevitable as Sappi Europe’s business is unsustainable at current price levels. We are therefore announcing a price increase of 8% for all European coated fine and coated mechanical reels business as per the 1st of July 2015. The timing and extent of a price rise for coated fine paper sheets will be announced separately. Our customers will be personally informed by our sales managers who will provide them with any information they may ‎require. (Sappi Europe S.A.)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

FEDRIGONI ACQUIRES ARJO WIGGINS LTDA AND BECOMES THE TOP PLAYER IN ...

Paper World - 8 hours 40 min ago
...SOUTH AMERICA The Group strengthens its presence on South American markets, especially in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina Photo: CEO Claudio Alfonsi Acquisition price: approx. €85 million The Group’s 2016 turnover is expected to be about €1 billion, with 70% generated on international markets The Fedrigoni Group – a leading international operator in the production and sale of high value added paper, banknote paper, security products and self-adhesive items – is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Arjo Wiggins Ltda, a Brazilian subsidiary of Arjo Wiggins and South America’s sole producer of paper for banknotes and security documents, and special graphic papers. A price of approximately €85 million was paid for the acquisition, of which €5 million will be payable in 2016 upon achievement of specific conditions and results. Arjo Wiggins Ltda posted turnover of approximately €70 million in 2014. In the first few months of 2015 the company confirmed a good economic performance, exceeding 2014 results. The acquisition of Arjo Wiggins Ltda further strengthens the Group’s presence in Brazil (where it has been on the market since 2009 with Arconvert Brasil, which produces and markets self-adhesive labels) and makes it South America’s top player in banknote paper, security products, special graphic papers, and self-adhesive items. The acquisition also achieves important synergies in all of the Fedrigoni Group’s core operations and further strengthens the Group’s position as world leader in the security products and special graphic papers sectors-products with high value added and high profitability that have achieved excellent growth rates, especially in South America. “This transaction is in line with the international growth and development strategy that the Group has implemented in recent years, and allows us to forecast 2016 turnover of over €1 billion, with 70% generated on foreign markets compared to the current 64%,” says CEO Claudio Alfonsi, who continues, “Thanks to this acquisition, the Fedrigoni Group is now South America’s largest player in the high value added paper sector. We are extremely pleased, because not only we have strengthened our position in Brazil, a strongly expanding market, we now have direct access to South America’s high valued added markets with special pressure-sensitive labels. Both recent acquisitions, the Brazilian one and GPA, our recent acquisition in the United States, have a good profitability - which will be further enhanced by our ability – and accomplish the strategic plan we presented to the financial community in 2014." (Fedrigoni)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Colbert Packaging Installs New Heidelberg Printing Press

Paper World - 8 hours 40 min ago
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, announced that a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 printing press is now fully operational in its Elkhart, Ind., manufacturing facility. The 40-inch offset press can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass – using both conventional and ultraviolet inks and coatings. The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 is fast. Not only was it built to run at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, but Colbert’s new press also includes some special features that increase production efficiency. The full logistic feeder package is one such feature; with it, the press quickly and easily performs load changeovers and enables continuous feeding. Automatic plate hangers also provide for rapid plate hanging; all six printing plates are simultaneously hung in only 90 seconds. “We wanted to achieve high efficiency, though certainly not at the expense of high quality,” said Bill Snyder, vice president of operations for Colbert Packaging. The Heidelberg has built-in quality assurance features, including an in-press color control scanner, which automatically scans every 16 sheets and feeds color values to press operators as the job is running. “This new press meets our high standards, and our people are very excited about its capabilities and speed,” he added. Colbert started training its people on the new press in early February, when four employees spent a week at Heidelberg USA in Kennesaw, Ga. The training – which was conducted by a Heidelberg Master Demonstrator – included hands-on experience with machine startup and shutdown, job setup and high-speed production, seamlessly switching between ultraviolet and conventional inks, proper cleaning and maintenance, etc. In recent weeks, the newly installed Heidelberg press has undergone significant testing, and additional training has been conducted onsite in Colbert’s Elkhart facility. “This new press will have a major impact on our entire operation,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “In addition to quality and efficiency improvements resulting from the upgraded technology, the press will also provide additional capacity and expanded capabilities.” The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 offset press joins an extensive repertoire of equipment used to produce folding cartons, rigid setup boxes and paperboard specialty products, including formed paper trays, in Colbert’s 109,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Elkhart. (Colbert Packaging Corporation)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

DS Smith Plc: Year end trading update - CONTINUED GOOD GROWTH

Paper World - 8 hours 40 min ago
DS Smith Plc, the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods, announces a trading update for the year to 30 April 2015. Photo: Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive Trading update Group performance in the year has been in line with our expectations, with strong underlying growth more than offsetting the continued strengthening of sterling on translated results. The market and business trends from our trading update of 23 February 2015 have remained consistent with volume growth in H2 ahead of our first half and the prior year. Growth has been across all regions, as the roll-out of our design centres and proposition continues to gain good customer traction. Return on sales and return on capital continue to improve due to further business integration, increasing our value-added products and services to customers, and operational efficiencies, combined with tight working capital management. Our outlook remains positive as the business performs in line with our medium term financial targets, despite economic headwinds in many of our markets, and the Board continues to view the future with confidence. Duropack update Following the announcement of the proposed acquisition of Duropack, on 23 February 2015, the necessary competition filings have been made and it is expected that completion will take place in Q1 of our financial year 2015/16. Plans are in place to integrate this business immediately from completion and we look forward to building on the excellent market positions that Duropack already has in its regions. Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased with the performance of the business in the year, in particular the continued market share and volume growth. We continue to actively manage our business portfolio and the progress we have made with customers during the year, together with the opportunities we see for growth in these markets, gives us confidence in the prospects for the business.” (DS Smith Plc)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Pharma in motion

Paper World - 8 hours 40 min ago
There is a huge demand for health care, and it’s growing rapidly. Nonetheless, the pharmaceutical industry is facing major challenges. David Swift, former global head of packaging sourcing at Novartis, spoke to Pro Carton about current and future developments. The pharmaceutical market is growing, but will undergo significant changes over the next few years. This is due to high costs, patent expiries, a growing market for generic products, considerable over-regulation as well as cost control measures in public spending. What can the pharmaceutical industry do? “Besides mergers and acquisitions, other means are cost cutting, focus on emerging markets, transition from the blockbuster model to niche products and changes of the pharmaceutical distribution model. Some companies have also offshored things that are not necessarily done in Europe”, says David Swift. Growth in Europe is fuelled by the ageing population. “The biggest growth markets are China and the US, and, interestingly, Germany, followed by Brazil and Russia. In the developed markets, 71 % of the revenues are coming from specialty medicines. This is important, because the way that these drugs are packed and sold is different. So the packaging will change as well.” The most significant change in the distribution is the direct to pharmacy model that some of the pharmaceutical companies are employing now. “They are either skipping out the wholesaler completely or they prefer a model where they use only one or two wholesalers. So the relationship between the producer of the drugs and the pharmacists is much closer.” Different drugs are going to different channels, there is a segmentation. “Some go to the pharmacy directly, some to the patients directly, some to the hospitals, some to the wholesaler – a whole bunch of different ways. The wholesalers are vertically integrating as well and moving up and down the value chain.” Implications for Pharma Packaging “Concerning the pipelines, there is an increasing focus on “high value” therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, antiviral, and for the central nervous system. Concerning the type of drugs, pre-filled syringes, auto injectors/pens, and combination devices will see growth. Biologics will continue to outpace overall pharma spending growth and are expected to represent 19–20 % of the total market value by 2017.” In the opinion of Pro Carton this heralds a number of new developments in packaging: -Packaging must become more attractive to keep branded products marketable following patent expiry. They must convey the brand’s message. -Packaging must create stronger buying stimuli as physicians and patients will play a far greater role in the purchasing decision than to date, and the influence of wholesalers is decreasing. -This applies even more for products which have to hold their own on a larger health market: their packaging should strengthen customer loyalty in every aspect and stimulate repurchasing of the product. -Packaging will reflect high value products and the value of new special products, whose importance will increase particularly in Europe. -Packaging will become significantly more complex due to biologics and syringes, as well as therapies with different medications. -This necessitates that packaging manufacturers must place great value on convenience when complex packaging meets an ageing population in Europe. -Packaging will certainly become more intelligent in terms of information and links to the Internet: this will provide extensive additional information on their mode of action and efficacy. The market for pharmaceutical packaging has already distinguished itself through demanding solutions. The dynamic development of the market now offers all partners in the Supply Chain the mutual opportunity of developing new creative concepts. (Pro Carton)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

US Forest?Climate Assistance: An Assessment

External link - Wed, 2015-05-27 20:53
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Walnut twig beetle’s origin and spread revealed in genetic studies

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:11
Even though the walnut twig beetle (WTB) is likely native to Arizona, California, and New Mexico, it has become an invasive pest to economically and ecologically important walnut trees throughout much of the Western and into the Eastern United States. Through genetic testing, researchers from the Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and partners from the University of California, Riverside and U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection have characterized the beetle's geographic distribution and range expansion.
Categories: Forest

Walnut twig beetle’s origin and spread revealed in genetic studies

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:11
Even though the walnut twig beetle (WTB) is likely native to Arizona, California, and New Mexico, it has become an invasive pest to economically and ecologically important walnut trees throughout much of the Western and into the Eastern United States. Through genetic testing, researchers from the Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and partners from the University of California, Riverside and U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection have characterized the beetle's geographic distribution and range expansion.
Categories: Europe

New unmanned aircraft center should spur research, growth in evolving technology

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:01

“This further puts OSU and Oregon on the map of leaders in unmanned aircraft systems,” said Michael Wing, director of the Aerial Information System Lab at OSU. “It will help us form ties with multiple institutions and partnerships, stimulate both public and private funding, and build on some of... (more)

Additional Information: OSU Press ReleaseMichael Wing
Categories: Forest

New unmanned aircraft center should spur research, growth in evolving technology

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:01

“This further puts OSU and Oregon on the map of leaders in unmanned aircraft systems,” said Michael Wing, director of the Aerial Information System Lab at OSU. “It will help us form ties with multiple institutions and partnerships, stimulate both public and private funding, and build on some of... (more)

Additional Information: OSU Press ReleaseMichael Wing
Categories: Europe

Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:35
This expert meeting on the repatriation of traditional knowledge relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It will immediately follow the Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization.
Categories: Europe

Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:35
This expert meeting on the repatriation of traditional knowledge relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It will immediately follow the Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization.
Categories: Forest

Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:17
The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development,' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers, and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.
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Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:17
The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development,' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers, and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.
Categories: Forest