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2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise
September 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Declining demand is supposed to cause lower prices, but the magazine industry’s key suppliers are likely to defy the law of supply of demand in 2018, with both paper companies and the U.S. Postal Service raising prices by a little – and perhaps by a lot. Yes, folks, it’s that most wonderful time of year,…

Paper Money: A Hidden Threat Facing Magazine Publishers
October 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Emboldened by recent tightness in supply, several suppliers announced last week the first round of price increases on magazine-quality paper in more than a year. But what should really concern publishers is not so much the ebbs and flows of the paper markets but rather the possible gyrations of the currency markets. With demand for…

Paper Supplier Verso Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to Eliminate $2.4B in Debt
January 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Verso Corporation, a leading North American supplier of coated papers used in the magazine industry, today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This filing will allow Verso to continue operations while its debt is restructured. The press release states that the filing will have “virtually no impact…

Striking the Balance Between Print and Online Content at Distripress
October 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

Publishers have heard and accepted that print is to be a brand’s premium product going forward, but what does that mean in practical terms? And how can an understanding of that model lead to a reversal of the downward trends publishers are struggling to cope with? I’m filing from Distripress, the international conference of press…

Take Note: The Paper Industry Is Planning a Big Comeback
August 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Remember paper? Memos to sign. Maps to fold. Letters to write. Calendars to flip. Wistful paper executives remember. They’ve watched e-mail, annotatable PDFs, digital calendars and paperless billing diminish more than a third of the copy- and writing-paper business in recent years, spurring mill closures and eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs. But now paper…

Coated Paper Shakeup Leaves Most U.S. Capacity in Foreign Hands
January 8, 2015

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.

This morning, two momentous events occurred nearly simultaneously in the industry that makes coated paper for catalogs, magazines, inserts, and brochures:

1) NewPage, the largest North American maker of coated paper, sold its Biron, Wisconsin and Rumford, Maine mills to Catalyst Paper, which shifted about 12% of the nation's coated-paper capacity into Canadian hands.

NewPage and Verso Find a Catalyst For Their Merger
October 31, 2014

Today'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. Catalyst revealed that it will purchase NewPage's Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin mills for $74 million -- more than quintupling the Canadian company's capacity for making coated paper. One condition of the sale is that Verso-NewPage deal be consummated.

A Shortage of Paper? You've Got To Be Kidding!
May 16, 2014

Demand for graphic papers keeps dropping, usually faster than the industry can reduce capacity. Struggling paper mills are often playing a giant game of chicken, scuffling along on thin margins (or negative margins) in hopes that a competitor will shut down a machine to balance the market.

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?