Paper and Publishing News – Oct 2013

With the dark evenings upon us and the weather turning colder, it can only mean one thing… Christmas is not far away. 

And with just a few weeks remaining until we enjoy the festive season, our marketing team has been busy making some useful changes to our website.

Our animated video provides information about how to reduce your paper and print costs, and we have launched our Paper Professors Service, which will help you with sourcing the correct paper.

We are very aware that in this evolving market where publishers are continuing to experience pressure to reduce costs, we must continue to enhance and create value added services to assist our customers.

If you have any news you would like us to include in future newsletters, please contact me at the following email address: mandyk@gouldinternational.co.uk

From Mandy & all at Gould UK

Paper News

Demand for graphic papers continued its downward trend into Q3 with almost all sector grades affected in Europe. In the UK YOY volumes are down by >4%, with coated papers, woodfree and mechanicals hardest hit.

Holmen are considering the shut down of another machine which will account for some 300000tns plus capacity being taken out of the market.

Sappi Nijmegen mill in the Netherlands, will close PM7 by the end of 2013, and relocate the production of 250000tpa of Royal Roto HSWO grade to other sites within the group.

Norske are to shut PM4 at Walsum by the end of the year, taking a further 225000tns of LWC capacity out of the market.

North American giant International Paper are closing their mill site in Alabama, which will mean a loss of >1million tns of capacity, of which >800000tns is uncoated woodfree. Rumours still abound of a corporate merger of the two giants Stora & UPM according to European analysts.

Catalogue News

The Bingley based company Damartex (Damart) has acquired Coopers of Stortford in a deal worth an estimated >£25 million.

Founded in 1995 by Neil Cooper, Coopers achieved sales of nearly £30million in 2012, of which >70% was generated from its catalogues, >25% via its website and the remainder from its store. It is anticipated that Coopers will continue to operate as a stand alone business, retaining its workforce, but with the management team reporting to Andy Hill, Damart’s MD.

Country fashion & lifestyle retailer Joules have partnered with equity specialists LDC to support its expanding market. In addition to their retail outlets, Joule’s will also be offering homes and garden products via their catalogue offers.

In one prime store Argos have been site testing the market by replacing the catalogues with iPads. They will continue with catalogues for home use.

Retail News

UK Cath Kidston brand has expanded into Asia with the opening of a flagship store in Shanghai, China. The company has recently seen huge success in Asia with its retail portfolio growing to 63 stores across China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong. Another store opened in Singapore during September.

Publishing News

Tesco have replaced their bi-monthly Real Food and A5 magazines in favour of a newly launched A4 format magazine – reported to have one the highest UK circulations.

Immediate Media are launching a Lego Legends magazine for their target market of 7-11 year olds.

Chelsea MagCo have published a bumper issue to celebrate the 200th edition of their Sailing Today magazine.

Conde Nast GQ magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Environmental News

DEFRA delivery company pushes EU Ecolabel in the UK as ‘the future environmental badge’ at a seminar at UPM Shotton.

The EU label has been around since 1992 and been very low key with such diverse certification as hair shampoo and clothing as well as some paper and now – one major printer. Industry representatives were concerned about the ‘one badge too far’ with the EUTimber Regulation/995 already having some impact on the value of FSC & PEFC certification.

Whilst meeting opposition to their planned “cost to certificate holders”, Online Claims Platform database launch, FSC have announced an increase in annual fees from January 2014. This comes close on the heels of PEFC’s earlier announcement of renewal increases.

CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) have also taken up the challenge against the FSC/OCP in a letter to the Executive Director of the FSC.

Printing News

The York Mailing Group have become the first UK printer to achieve EU Ecolabel certification (see above).