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No good news on packaging regs

The European Court of Justice has backed the EU Tobacco Directive and told producers of packaging for tobacco products that they cannot use fancy substrates, designs or techniques to differentiate brands following the plain packaging requirement that comes into force on 20 May.

Bag charge set to benefit UK industry

The effects of a new law that requires retailers with more than 250 staff to charge shoppers 5p for each ‘single-use’ plastic carrier bag will take time to filter through, but could benefit UK manufacturers.

New kit supply law hits UK statute

Individuals looking to source specialist printing equipment in order to produce counterfeit or fraudulent identity documents will soon find it much harder to get away with their actions after a new law comes into force next month.

Has Creditsafe put printers’ ratings at risk?

During the past month, a quiet crisis has been spreading across the print industry, sparked over the August bank holiday weekend by an upgrade to corporate credit report provider Creditsafe’s ratings model.

Does progress mean it’s time to allow APP in from the cold?

Just over a year on from Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) announcement of the implementation of its forest conservation policy (FCP), which centres on a moratorium on all natural forest clearance activities in Indonesia, organisations that had previously turned their backs on the company are starting to take notice.

Shotgun wedding for European paper giants?

As mega-mergers go, the potential combination of UPM and Stora Enso's European paper assets is hard to top. The resulting entity would produce 16m tonnes of paper annually, control 40% of the European market and be, by some distance, the biggest producer of newsprint and magazine grades on the continent.

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