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The Pixelle Mill Closure: What It Means For The Labeling Industry

The Pixelle Mill in Jay, Maine is one of the most efficient paper mills for making release liners. And now it's closing...at the height of a release liner shortage. With pulp prices continuing to rise and with no other facility like the Pixelle Mill coming to the rescue, the labeling industry is in real peril. Here’s what we know about how this event will affect us.

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Why the Paper Industry Isn't Attractive (to Investors)

If you’ve paid attention to the paper industry over the last decade, you’ve noticed a considerable decline in the amount of paper mills; particularly those that make labels. Investments keep these mills running but there’s been a considerable lack of funding over the years. Why? Well, the paper industry isn’t that attractive to investors.

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2022 in Review: The Label Industry

As 2022 wraps up, it makes sense to take a look back at which events made the most impact in the labeling industry. Would you be surprised to find out it wasn’t just one thing? From strikes to mill closures to severe shortages of key raw materials, a domino effect started at the beginning of the year that hasn’t stopped. Let’s take a look at how this year treated labels and what we can expect for 2023!

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Why The North American Paper Market Rejects Glassine

With paper shortages still affecting the label industry, there’s one alternative option we haven’t seen make its way onto the scene: glassine. Almost every other country uses glassine for release liners except North America. But why is that? We’re taking a look at the process of making glassine and why this material is rejected by the North American market.

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The Unavoidable Shift From Paper to PET Liner

A release liner shortage is hitting paper-based products hard. Now with the Pixelle Mill closure set to remove even more material from the market, the industry is shifting to the closest alternative: PET liner. But just how did we end up in this volatile situation? And how are major suppliers and customers dealing with this necessary transition?

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The Pixelle Mill Closure: What It Means For The Labeling Industry

The Pixelle Mill in Jay, Maine is one of the most efficient paper mills for making release liners. And now it’s closing…at the height of a release liner shortage. With pulp prices continuing to rise and with no other facility like the Pixelle Mill coming to the rescue, the labeling industry is in real peril. Here’s what we know about how this event will affect us.

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The Market Shift From Plastic to Paper

There’s a monumental change occurring in packaging. Companies have been leaning away from plastic and switching to more sustainable packaging materials. But this is affecting how paper mills operate. As the infrastructure continues to shift and with material grades on the decline, what will happen to label companies straining to meet demands?

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The UPM Strike Has Ended - Now What?

After lasting 112 days, the UPM strike in Finland officially comes to an end. Estimates put costs of the strike in the hundreds of millions. Operations are set to resume immediately but that begs the question on everyone’s mind: with severe delays already occurring, how soon will it take for desperate businesses to get orders from UPM?

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The Progression of Paper Mills

As the 2nd largest global producer of paper and pulp, it’s worth knowing the changes happening to U.S. paper mills. Especially how recent events have caused quite a stir in an industry that was already volatile. The last decade hasn’t been kind to paper mills. As they continue to struggle through severe changes, what does the future have in store?

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The Existential Threat of a U.S. Paper Shortage

Strikes at the UPM mills in Finland have exacerbated the global paper shortage. Key industries like food and pharma are at risk for severe supply chain disruptions and the European economy is in jeopardy. Now, this major event may cause a huge paper shortage in the U.S. as we struggle to meet growing demand. Here’s what we can expect from the repercussions.

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The UPM Paper Mill Strike: Why It Matters

Supply chain issues have dominated every industry for the last 2 years. And then the UPM strike in Finland hit. Not only has this caused a severe shortage of label products but it could ultimately wreck the European economy. Here’s a list of need-to-know details surrounding this event and the grave consequences it can and will have.

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Point of No Return: The Reverse Supply Chain & Post-Holiday Retail Rush

Retail always deals with returns – this isn’t new. But this year the reverse supply chain could face never before seen numbers in post-holiday returns…to the sum of $114 billion. With these new challenges threatening their bottom line, retailers struggle to find solutions to these unique conditions? How will they cope in the long run?

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13 Women Defying the Cannabis Industry Shutout

Women played a massive role in the expansion of the cannabis industry. And then they began being pushed out. Despite executive level positions declining over the years, that’s not stopping these dedicated women from inspiring an ever growing market. Meet the 13 women who continue to defy the odds and open doors for others in weed.

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