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The proposed merger of NewPage and Verso Paper may be on the ropes, but it has brought much attention to the oddities of the U.S. market for coated paper. Among those oddities are multiple factors that the market ripe for price cooperation among competitors. read more »
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The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to delay or even block the proposed merger of NewPage and Verso Paper, according to a news service that focuses on bankruptcy issues. A big question is whether the merged firm would be better able to raise U.S. prices for coated paper. read more »
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The merger of NewPage and Verso Paper would create a sort of two-headed beast – a prospect that has Wall Street both baffled and concerned. North America’s two largest makers of coated paper would survive as separate companies under the same management. read more »
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Somewhere there must be a person who fully understands all aspects of the proposed marriage of North America’s two largest makers of coated paper. But mostly there is confusion and debate and even misinformation about the deal and what it would mean for the paper industry. read more »
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A TV ad for Viagra that features a printing plant is getting plenty of air time in the U.S.? Why? Does the printer need that medicine to get more bulk and stiffness in its sheets? read more »
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So much for crowd sourcing. Exactly 18 months ago, 79% of voters in a Dead Tree Edition poll predicted that at least one of four major U.S. print-related companies -- including Verso Paper -- would be in bankruptcy court by the end of 2012. All four companies are still afloat. read more »
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IRS inaction has led to an approximately $2 billion windfall for U.S. paper companies that burn black liquor, according to the reporter who originally broke the story about black liquor tax credits in 2009. read more »
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The L.L. Bean brand used to connote squeaky-clean business practices with a heavy dose of earth friendliness. No more. The venerable outdoorsy brand is now connected to a greenwashing effort caiming, without substantiation, that paperless statements are more earth friendly than printed ones. read more »
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As they did 17 years ago, the makers of coated-groundwood paper are still seeking advertisers’ help to prevent magazines from switching to less expensive SCA. But their tactics have become less clumsy and far more subtle, as evidenced by an article in today's New York Post. read more »
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Most Americans with access to a tablet do NOT prefer digital magazines to print magazines. No wonder tablet editions have been slow to displace ink-on-paper copies. read more »
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Guest columnist Frank Locantore of the Green America Better Paper Project explains the just-released Life Cycle Assessment commissioned by the National Geographic Society. He says National Geographic may change course and start using paper with recycled content. read more »
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Two of the U.S. magazine industry's leading pundits, Dr. Samir Husni and Robert Sacks, held an impromptu but insightful debate via Twitter tonight about the extent to which digital media will displace print media. It all started with an advertisement for toilet paper. read more »
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I toured a publishing company recently that had no signs marking the various departments, but I didn't need a sign to know when I was among the folks who buy paper and plan print projects. read more »
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It seems as though the Go Paperless in 2013 campaign has backed down from some of its environmental messaging. read more »
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Hearst Corporation has earned a reputation as a truly green company by systematically measuring, revealing, and minimizing its environmental impacts – until now. A subsidiary is backing the Paperless 2013 greenwashing campaign and making an unsubstantiated environmental claim. read more »
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