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Iggesund’s card lights up intricate Christmas scene

| December 15, 2014
Iggesund continues its tradition of delivering Christmas cards showcasing intricate paperboard designs and sophisticated printing techniques.

Iggesund continues its tradition of delivering Christmas cards showcasing intricate paperboard designs and sophisticated printing techniques.

Iggesund Paperboard’s 2014 Christmas card takes its recipients on a journey from a forest setting to the city of Stockholm profiled against a sky gleaming with the northern lights.

Iggesund has a tradition of using its Christmas card as an ambassador for its paperboard and to display various printing techniques. This year’s edition was designed by Papersmyths of Bristol, England, who also managed the production as a whole.

The card is in the form of an altarpiece whose laser-cut doors form the outline of a forest. They open to reveal several layers of a city skyline whose relationship to each other depends on how wide the doors are opened.

“In their turn, the building facades are profiled against a night sky with northern lights,” said Iain Smyth of Papersmyths. “The shimmering effect is created with a clear holographic twinkling foil, with the moon and stars reversed out.

“The forest and city silhouettes are finely laser cut and decorated with spot UV ink stars, with Christmas greetings in silver foil blocking to create a really exciting scene.

“I wanted to convey the feeling of both the forest, which is the starting point for Iggesund’s products, and the Scandinavian winter night.”

The card comprises five parts, which were assembled into one unit. The complex assembly was done with the help of a team of undergraduate students in Bristol but the task placed high demands on the participants.

“They needed a combination of deft fingers and good humour to succeed,” Smyth said.

To give the card even more of a Christmas touch, a special envelope was created to underline the idea that this is almost a Christmas present. The envelope has an elegant closure which makes the most of Iggesund paperboard’s tensile strength.

The card was printed by Taylor Brothers in Bristol and the laser cutting was done by Lasercraft of Huntington, England.

Indonesia bans smoking in public transport

| December 12, 2014

Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has ordered a smoking ban on board all forms of public transportation and pledged strict punishment for violators, reports The Jakarta Globe.

In a decree issued last week, Jonan instructed that all public transportation vehicles were no-smoking premises. He also specified that there were no exemptions, including for bus drivers, who continue to flout a Jakarta bylaw against smoking inside buses.

“The transportation operators on duty are not allowed to smoke inside the vehicle, and if they are found to have broken the rules while on duty, firm sanctions will be imposed,” ministry spokesman Julius. A. Barata said on Wednesday.

E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

| December 12, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes Holding (ECH) reported promising results for the first half of 2014. The company plans to expand its business to 25 countries within the next three months.

ECH currently has online shops in 18 European countries. Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for the first half-year of 2014 already surpassed those of last year, indicating that the company will close the financial year on a high note. In 2015, ECH expects to see a continued increase in sales across its portfolio of e-cigarette products and anticipates its EBIT to triple, to CHF15 million by the end of next year.

“We have a very attractive business model with the highest profit margin and EBIT in the global industry,” said ECH CEO Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen.  “As such we have second-to-none organic growth financed entirely by our own profit. This is quite unique.”

OLAF dismantles illegal cigarette network

| December 12, 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and  law enforcement authorities in Italy and Germany have dismantled an international cigarette contraband network that was manufacturing “made in Italy” cigarettes destined in part for the illegal market in the European Union (EU).

More than 10 individuals were arrested in an ongoing investigation. The network produced cigarettes in the EU and simulated exports or carried out real exports to third countries. Then it smuggled the cigarettes back into the EU to avoid applicable taxes. The illegal trade cost  Italy alone more than €90 million ($110 million) in lost tax revenue.

Long-running $20 billion Canadian class action ends

| December 12, 2014

A class-action lawsuit that targets three Canadian tobacco manufacturers for nearly $20 billion ended yesterday after almost three years of testimony, according to a Canadian Television story.

Judgement was reserved.

While the trial began in March 2012, the legal proceedings date back to 1998.

The plaintiffs include an estimated one million Quebecers who argued the companies are liable because they knew they were putting out a harmful product and hid the health effects of tobacco.

The suit involves separate groups of plaintiffs – some who became seriously ill from smoking and others who said they couldn’t quit.

The defendants are Imperial Tobacco Canada; Rothmans, Benson & Hedges; and JTI-Macdonald.

They argued that the negative health effects of tobacco had been common knowledge for decades and that there was no conspiracy to conceal anything.

The Canadian Television story is at:

A blog that has been running since the beginning of the trial, Eye on the Trials, can be accessed here:

JTI Lilongwe warehouse opened by Malawi President

| December 12, 2014

Malawi’s President, Professor Peter Mutharika, yesterday opened a new Japan Tobacco International warehouse at its site in Lilongwe, where the company has also carried out substantial upgrades to its tobacco processing line, according to a story in the Nyasa Times.

The investments are said to have been worth more than K5 billion.

“This is a great day, not only for JTI, but for the tobacco industry and indeed for Malawi since this investment offers hope to us all that tobacco will still be grown in this country for several years to come,” the President said at the opening ceremony.

Mutharika went on to say that the government of Malawi was committed to passing a new law that would support the sustainable production and sale of tobacco, and thereby protect the livelihoods of the country’s smallholder growers.

JTI’s senior vice president, Paul Neumann, said JTI would continue working towards harnessing Malawi’s potential as a leading producer of Burley, and the company’s head of business in Malawi, Fries Vanneste, said that JTI’s approach would improve the profitability of growers and the stability of the Malawian tobacco market.

“We provide support not only to individual growers, but also invest in entire communities to improve access to water, healthcare, and better education,” Vanneste said.

JTI Malawi employs more than 1,300 people and works directly with more than 11,000 growers.

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