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U.S. postal rates slated to take effect on April 26 will minimize weight-based charges for several types of mail. Will that cause a shrinking of the large price premiums for lightweight papers in the U.S., which are a direct result of U.S. Postal Service pricing? read more »
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It seems that IP is both villain and victim in the recent anti-dumping case involving imported uncoated freesheet sold in the U.S. at "unfair" prices. read more »
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It’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black liquor: Four paper companies that received well over $1 million in dubious black-liquor subsidies from the U.S. and Canadian governments are suing to stop “unfair” competition from foreign competitors. read more »
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Coated paper was invented in the United States, but after a major industry shakeup today most of the country's ability to make coated paper is owned by foreign companies. NewPage sold two mills to Catalyst Paper, and Verso's purchase of NewPage was completed a year after it was first proposed. read more »
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The Obama Administration enabled U.S. paper companies to pocket an estimated $25 billion in black liquor tax credits. But the paper industry’s trade association this week hailed the recent Republican election victories as a sign of “Americans’ real appetite for change in Washington, D.C.” read more »
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Thursday's announcement that Catalyst Paper will buy two NewPage coated-paper mills apparently means that the merger of NewPage and Verso Paper will move forward. But we've seen this movie before, and the ending wasn't pretty for Catalyst. read more »
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Oct. 1 was a day of good news and bad news for U.S. publishers of magazines and newspapers: The Postal Service will forego its usual January rate hike, but prices for coated paper seem likely to rise in the wake of yet another mill closing. Will Verso survive long enough to merge with NewPage? read more »
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Two environmental groups announced today that National Geographic will begin using recycled paper in its U.S.-based magazines, reversing its previous stance. Dead Tree Edition retraces how the society went from being the target of a "Practice What You Print" campaign to an ally of NGOs. read more »
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The U.S. government shouldn't fret about the proposed Verso-NewPage merger "when the vastly more serious cost problem for print customers is an incredibly inefficient government-sponsored monopoly,” the U.S. Postal Service, says an industry analyst. read more »
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Demand for graphic papers keeps dropping, usually faster than the industry can reduce capacity. So why are paper companies suddenly announcing price increases for coated paper, and why is the biggest printer in the U.S. worried about possible paper shortages? read more »
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Manilla, a Paperless 2013 sponsor that aimed to save people from the horrors of printed and mailed bills, is throwing in the towel. Good riddance to its mindless "go green, go paperless" greenwash-driven marketing. read more »
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The 131-year-old “Seven Sister” title Ladies' Home Journal was consigned today to the magazine industry’s version of the old folks’ home – “special interest publication.” That essentially means the U.S. magazine, which used more than 6,000 tons of coated paper annually, is shutting down. read more »
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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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