Paper Rolls

There has been a profusion of paper industry news in 2021 and printers and publishers alike are dealing with the impact. Mill closures continue, as do mergers, acquisitions, and mills shifting focus to produce packaging materials. Production capacity is diminishing. Raw materials (pulp, chemicals), fuel and energy, and transportation costs are experiencing double- and in some cases triple-digit increases. The effects of the pandemic and inflation are contributing factors as well.   Supply … Read more

Keep on Trucking

Even before the global pandemic affected pretty much everything about life as we knew it, the U.S. trucking industry was in crisis. An aging workforce quickly became a diminishing work force, as the industry struggled to hire new drivers at a pace commensurate with retiring truckers. Climate change played a significant role pre-pandemic, with erratic … Read more

You might have thought 2020 was the year to end all years. A global pandemic, extreme politics, and a crashing economy affected every industry, including book publishing. But the reality is that our industry has been evolving every year — so COVID-19 was really just one more thing in a laundry list of changes and … Read more

The paper market, like most in 2020, was impacted by the general slowdown in business due to COVID-19. The pandemic forced several additional closures and conversions among paper mills, which will have the long-term effect of reduced capacity. With those changes, and the pickup in demand in the fourth quarter, suppliers of many grades are … Read more