The United Steelworkers (USW) joined with NewPage Corp., Appleton Coated LLC and Sappi Fine Paper North America in filing trade petitions, for antidumping and anti-subsidy duties, against Chinese and Indonesian imports of certain types of coated paper.

USW, which represents about 6,000 production workers at paper mills operated by the previously mentioned three companies (in nine American states), claims the unfair trade practices carried out by paper producers in China and Indonesia  “have eliminated thousands of domestic jobs." Over 130,000 workers are represented by the USW in the paper and forestry products industry. The union claims to have measured a loss of more than 60,000 jobs across this sector since 2002.

The new petitions focus on job cuts over the past five years. According a USW statement, “The petitions estimate an increase of 40 percent from total imports of coated paper have flooded into the U.S. market – jumping from 131,687 tonnes in the first six months of 2008 to 185,422 tonnes in the first six months of 2009.  Imports from the two countries [China and Indonesia] together account for nearly 30 percent of the domestic market.”

The petitions were filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC.

Ampersand CIPPIGuelph-based Ampersand Printing, using press technology from Mitsubishi, Kodak Prinergy and Hiflex MIS software, and cutting equipment from Heidelberg, won first place in the annual CIPPI awards, which celebrate world-class JDF integration.

Ampersand received its recognition, officially presented under the Jürgen Schönhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards, in the category of Best Process Automation Implementation, North America. CIP4 names its winners based on the most-compelling case-study submission across three topical categories and four regions.

Under the leadership of Damian and Mike McDonald, Ampersand has won a CIPPI award for the past four years: Automating prepress and MIS in 2006; extending JDF automation to postpress in 2007; and extending JDF automation to press operations in 2008. In May 2008, the 17-employee printing company installed a new 40-inch, 6-colour Mitsubishi DIAMOND press.

Key results from Ampersand’s current win include a 34-minute, average time reduction in “first-signature preparation”– to 16 minutes from 50 minutes. The company also reduced its “following signatures” prep from 30 minutes to eight, while it also cut an average of 400 sheets of waste per reprint signature.

The full list of winners, as decided by a panel of five international judges, includes:

Best cost/benefit realization and improvement in efficiency as a result of process automation implementation
First Place: Druckerei Bauer GmbH of Pfedelbach, Germany
Second Place: Sirivatana Interprint Public Company Limited, of Bankok, Thialand

Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation
First Place: C. Maurer Druck und Verlag GmbH of Geislingen/Steige, Germany  
Second Place: Druckerei Bauer GmbH of Pfedelbach, Germany

Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation
Shinkosha Printing Company of Tokyo, Japan

Small Business Process Automation Implementation of the Year
5Sept Etiquette of Courthézon, France

Best Process Automation Implementation, Asia/Pacific
Shinkosha Printing Company of Tokyo, Japan

Best Process Automation Implementation, Europe
Cloître Imprimeurs of Saint-Thonan, France

Best Process Automation Implementation, North America
Ampersand Printing of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Best Process Automation Implementation, Emerging Markets
Emirates Printing Press of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Walmart will start offering printing services targeted at small businesses from its PhotoCentre locations in Canada.

"These new services are an integral part of our commitment to provide our customers the best assortment of on-demand printing services," said Crystal Taylor, National Manager for Walmart PhotoCentre.  "Whether it is photo, photo gifts or business printing items, Walmart offers our customers great products at low prices. Walmart PhotoCentre is much more than just photo printing." 

PNI Digital Media, headquartered in Vancouver, will provide the online gateway as well as templates for printing products aimed at the small business market as well as general consumers. Part of the Walmart PhotoCentre, Business Printing enables small business owners and consumers to easily order marketing and business materials using designs provided by PNI Digital Media. Products include business cards, notepads, letterhead, envelopes, fliers and posters. Walmart Business Printing also offers services such as colour, black & white copy services and coil-bound printing services.

Furthermore, the Business Printing service offers a broad range of promotional products such as customized calendars, fridge magnets, golf balls and mugs upon which companies can print their logos and other information on.

Each product is available in a range of standard sizes, and all orders are available for home or office delivery, or pick up at any of Walmart's 312 stores across Canada.

"With an average of 130,000 new small businesses opening across Canada yearly, we're excited at the growth potential of this marketplace" said Kyle Hall, Chief Executive Officer of PNI Digital Media.  "By leveraging the extensibility of our PNI Digital Media Platform, Walmart can instantly offer compelling products in a whole new market segment.  Over time we will see more services and products added to the PNI Digital Media Platform that are focused on solutions for small business." 

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