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New card from Incada for New Year

| December 18, 2013

Iggesund, whose intricate Christmas cards have become something of a hallmark of Christmas, this year has produced a booklet of seven cards depicting the holiday season internationally.

The booklet’s material is Iggesund’s folding box board Incada, which was chosen to celebrate the launch earlier this year of a new generation of Incada and to mark Iggesund’s recent switch to biomass as the sole energy source used to produce Incada.

Van Heertum Design (VHD), of Tilburg, the Netherlands, was commissioned to design the card and manage its production. The starting point was the new Incada with its higher whiteness and increased stiffness.

“Based on these ingredients we then searched for the design motifs,” said Rob van Heertum of VHD. “We thought Incada’s natural white would be perfect for a snowy scene, and winter is a good representation of the holiday season. Though for a global company like Iggesund, we mustn’t forget that on the other side of the equator from Europe, this time of year is not cold but warm and colourful.”

The sheets featuring the seven inner cards and the front and back covers went through a five-colour offset press several times and were then hot foil stamped or foil embossed. The word ’NEW’ was then die cut through all seven cards to symbolise both the new Incada and the New Year.

“The main production challenge lay in registering and die cutting the seven different cards,” van Heertum said. “After printing, the sheets were transported to the hot foil printer, where three print runs were done on a Starfoil machine.

“We used both foil embossing and hot foil flat. Then the die lines and die cuts were done. On a WPO 304 the letters were cut and pushed out and the fold lines were realised. Then Drukkerij Tielen did the finishing. The cards were cut, gathered, ordered, glued and stitched.”

For this project, Drukkerij Tielen did the offset printing and finishing, Drukkerij Hensen foliedrukkers and Kurz Benelux the hot foil stamping and foil embossing, and TSO Packaging Printers the die cutting with tools from KDS Stansvormen.

Incada heads into a New Year. Photo: Rolf Andersson.

Incada heads into a New Year.
Photo: Rolf Andersson.

E-cigarette regulation rumpus threatens whole EU Tobacco Products Directive

| December 17, 2013

Disagreement over how to regulate electronic cigarettes is holding up a deal on the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Charlie Dunmore for Reuters.

In talks aimed at finalizing legislative proposals by the end of the year, the European Parliament has pushed for a light touch approach to electronic cigarettes, which it regards as a less harmful alternative to smoking, but EU governments are seeking more restrictive rules.

The main sticking point is the parliament’s demand that e-cigarettes can be sold with refillable nicotine cartridges, rather than as single-use items as demanded by member states.

Unless negotiators can reach a compromise in two final rounds of talks this week, the row could delay by up to two years the adoption of the new TPD.

The alternative would be to leave electronic cigarettes unregulated at EU-level as at present, leaving individual governments to decide what rules – if any – to apply.

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VUSE electronic cigarettes to be shown at Consumer Electronics Show in US

| December 17, 2013

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co is due to showcase its VUSE® digital vapor cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The CES will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, from January 7 to January 10.

‘Designed and assembled in the U.S. using state-of-the-art automated equipment, VUSE is the world’s first and only digital vapor cigarette (e-cigarette),’ according to a press note posted on RJR Vapor’s website.

‘VUSE provides a consistent and superior experience for adult tobacco consumers because it contains Smart Technology™ – a digital microprocessor that works in conjunction with a smart memory chip to control major aspects of product performance, from vapor delivery to battery management.’

Meanwhile, Stephanie Cordisco, president of RJR Vapor, said that VUSE, with its cutting-edge design, was a game changer for adult tobacco consumers and the vapor industry as a whole. “We are excited to be at CES to showcase the innovative technology that enables VUSE to provide the perfect puff, first time, every time,” he said.

VUSE has been available in Colorado since July, where it quickly became the best-selling vapor product.

Cordisco said that following the positive results in Colorado, the company would expand the VUSE line to Utah in January, before planned national distribution by mid-2014.

Trees felled to feed tobacco production

| December 17, 2013

Tobacco remains a very important revenue earner for Zimbabwe, but the crop is an environmental menace, according to a story by Jeffrey Gogo for the Zimbabwe Herald.

The tobacco production process has involved taking 7.5 million trees from national forests each year in recent years.

That’s 15 per cent of the total and, Gogo says, a monumental environmental catastrophe by any measure since Zimbabwe plants only 2.5 million trees each year under the management of the Forestry Commission.

The costs of replacing the 7.5 million trees used by the tobacco industry each year is said to top US$22.5 million, excluding items such as transport and labor, if those trees are indigenous.

The magnet of the foreign currency that tobacco growers can earn encouraged 28,000 new-to-tobacco farmers to plant the crop in 2013, according to latest data from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board.

Tobacco’s allure, wrote Gogo, had been pulling farmers even from previously unsuitable non-tobacco growing regions such as Matabeleland.

NZ takes first step towards imposing standardized packs on tobacco

| December 17, 2013

Legislation requiring that tobacco products are sold in standardized packs in New Zealand will start making its way through parliament in 2014, but won’t pass into law until legal action in Australia has been settled, according to a Radio New Zealand story.

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia introduced the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) Amendment Bill to parliament today.

The law change would require tobacco products to be sold in packs of standardised design with large health warnings.

Turia said Australia’s plain packaging regime was still subject to World Trade Organization challenges.

However, she said she wanted to get the NZ legislative process underway.

Meanwhile, Turia said she would be extremely annoyed if the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which is still under negotiation, made it harder to fight off legal challenges to standardized pack legislation.

Some critics of the deal believe this to be the case, but Turia said she hadn’t been given any information to suggest that the final deal would compromise the ability to defend standardized packaging.

EU illicit trade partly home-grown

| December 16, 2013

Significant amounts of cigarettes are probably produced illegally inside the EU, according to an EU Commission answer to a question posed by MEP Georgios Papanikolaou.

In 2010, five illicit factories were discovered and, in 2011, member states discovered nine illicit factories estimated to have a combined production capacity of more than nine million cigarettes per day, the Commission advised.

Papanikolaou had asked whether the Commission had estimates of illicit tobacco products produced and distributed within the EU.

And he had asked what were the main countries of origin of contraband cigarettes and their main destinations in the EU.

According to available data, the main sources of smuggled tobacco products were, in order of importance: China, UAE, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Belarus and Ukraine, the Commission said.

China continued to be the source country for the majority of seized cigarettes.

And Greece appeared to be a major target for entries of shipments from China and UAE.

‘The EU Eastern Border Anti-Smuggling Action Plan has had already some positive impacts; the share of illicit trade and inflows of illicit cigarettes in this region has decreased,’ the Commission said. ‘However, the EU Eastern border continues to be a target for illicit trade, particularly the Baltic region. The main countries of provenance there are Russia, Ukraine and, increasingly, Belarus.’

The Commission said that almost all member states could be considered final destinations for contraband cigarettes, in particular Ireland and the UK. Other countries, especially Greece, Spain, Italy and Poland were both transit countries and final destinations.

Illicit trade is still increasing in the EU, something the Commission addresses in its communication: Stepping-up the fight against cigarette smuggling and other forms of illicit trade in tobacco products – A comprehensive EU strategy.

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