Paper and Publishing News – Sept 2013

The North American coated paper market is seeing a pick up in demand since Q1. By contrast, the European paper demand is contracting faster than anticipated with a 9% YOY reduction at June 2013.

Sequana, French owner of ArjoWiggins & Antalis reported a 9% drop in sales for the first half of 2013, attributing this to a "sharp decline in demand".

Stora Enso re-structuring goes ahead as negotiations begin the process to make upto 1500 jobs redundant in Finland & Sweden plus a further 8-900 jobs around Europe. Mondi have also announced the loss of up to 100jobs at their Neusiedler mill.

UPM have announced a divisional re-structuring process, with an emphasis on HQ, which will result in job losses across the group. All changes should be in place by early November.

On the plus side...

The Queen opened a new specialised recycling plant in July at the James Cropper mill in Cumbria. The plant is capable of recycling millions of disposable coffee cups into high quality papers for luxuy brands.

Also in the face of ongoing European consolidation, Paperlinx have opened a Shanghai office to facilitate its international trading expansion.

Catalogues

Following the recent vote CatEx Direct Commerce Association has a new board member with Iain MacDonald of Crew Clothing joining the re-elected David Lockwood of Direct Wines. Iain replaces Natasha Cubitt, Managing Director of Handpicked Collection, who will be stepping down after two years on the board.

ECMOD Direct Commerce show is Europe’s leading conference and exhibition for catalogue, online and multi-channel sellers. It covers a vast range of topics, is free to enter and features dozens of specialist suppliers - 17th and 18th September at Olympia in London. www.ecmod360.co.uk

To mark its fifteen-year anniversary Catalogues 4 Business (C4B) has launched a new apprenticeship scheme for 16-18 year olds. Established in 1998 C4B have created over 1,100 catalogues both in the UK and overseas.

More catalogue news can be found at www.catalogueexchange.co.uk

Publishing

Media 25 has just launched ‘My London Lifestyle Magazine’ aimed as a guide to London for the demographic age group 25-45.

Lonely Planet Traveller magazine is celebrating its 40th Anniversary by offering four limited edition cover versions.

Bertelsman have reported record figures for Q1/Q2.

Future Publishing announced they are cutting some 50+ jobs.

2013 YTD figures show an almost balanced scenario of magazine launches & closures across the various sectors, with 94 launches & 90 closures.

Environmental

The ISO has mapped out a new common method of calculation for the carbon footprint of printed material. ISO 16759 is specific to the print sector and the framework is designed to help print buyers calculate the carbon footprint impact on a standard profile.

The FSC continue with their Online Claims Platform (OCP) project as they attempt to re-evaluate the amount of FSC certified material is actually in the market place. It is a cloud based system that requires all certificate holders (CHs) to upload their purchases into the FSC holding site on a monthly basis. The NAPM (National Assoc of Paper Merchants) have challenged the process arguing that the FSC are making their CHs do their work for them at their own cost, and at a time when merchanting has lost 25% of its personnel in the past 5 years as a result of cost cutting and rationalisation.

Whilst European Paper recycling has always figured in the top echelon of recycling, figures just released (EPC) showed a continued high of 71.7% for 2012.

Printing
Alice Hector competing in a triathlon

The CPI book printing group has been acquired by a consortium consisting of French conglomerate Impala, French state-owned bank BPI France, and a mix of private investors. This will facilitate a financial re-structuring enabling CPI to invest in improved technology to retain their market leader position.

And finally…

It is all about runnability - Gould sponsored triathlete Alice Hector ran today (Friday 13th) for the British team in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships and she won! Everyone at Gould is delighted about Alice becoming World Champion, her progress has been phenominal and we are really looking forward to seeing her compete in Ironman in 2014. You can read more about Alice's runnability' on her blog