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CORESTA documents available for download

| September 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in August and could be downloaded from:

  • RAC SG CTR “2014-2015 Collaborative Study of CORESTA Monitor Test Pieces CM7 and CM8″ (2015-08-26).
  • PTM SG CTR “Collaborative Study to Evaluate a Paperboard Substitute for a Diffusion Capacity Standard” (2015-08-31).

Iggesund invites its customers to adopt a tree

| September 2, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, which has been in the vanguard of sustainable industry, is offering people the chance to join in by adopting a tree.

“The forests are our planet’s lungs and a prerequisite for our long-term survival, said CEO Annica Bresky in describing the company’s Adopt a Tree venture. “Our well-managed forests transform carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen and function as nature’s own carbon sink.”

Iggesund has been handing out ‘gift cards’ that, if activated by the recipient, cause the company to plant 10 trees in honor of that person. An area in Nianfors, in the Swedish province of Hälsingland, which has been reserved and made ready for planting, is said to have space for tree seedlings for up to 3,000 customers.

“We want to make it clear to all our customers that the price of Invercote or Incada includes replanting which will give us at least as much new forest as the amount we harvested,” Bresky said. “We’d like people to know that our paperboard material is one of only a few packaging materials that actually gives something back to nature.”

Iggesund is part of the Holmen Group, which is on the United Nations’ list of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. The Group produces more than 30 million tree seedlings annually as a key part of its replanting strategy. Swedish law states that anyone who harvests forests is also responsible for replanting them. In practice this means that at least three seedlings must be planted for each tree that is felled.

Iggesund uses tree fibres and water in its production process. The fibres can be recycled several times before their biogenic energy is finally made use of through combustion. The water introduced into the process is purified in a two-stage process before use, and, after use, it is purified in three more stages and then returned to the sea.

“I’m proud to work in a company that places such a high priority on sustainability,” Bresky said. “We are a large process industry but our environmental impact is tiny compared with that of most other industries.”

Adopt a Tree is part of Iggesund’s broad-ranging service concept called Care by Iggesund. The concept includes everything that supports its products Invercote and Incada – from technical support in local markets to the paperboard expertise offered by the company in a variety of reference works.

PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation

| September 2, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it would host at from about 13.30 Eastern Time on September 8 a live audio webcast of the company’s remarks and the question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference.

The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI session.

The audio webcast may be accessed also on iOS or Android devices by downloading PMI’s free Investor Relations Mobile Application at

An archived copy of the webcast will be available at until 17.00 on October 7.

The remarks and the script will be available at

Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

| September 1, 2015

Amcor Tobacco Packaging has completed the acquisition of Souza Cruz’s internal tobacco packaging operations in Cachoeirinha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The investment is supported by a long-term supply contract between Amcor and Souza Cruz and the business is expected to achieve annual sales of approximately brl200 million ($56 million).

“This acquisition adds a third plant to our Latin American footprint, cementing our position as the only truly global packaging supplier for the tobacco industry,” said Jerzy Czubak, president of Amcor Tobacco Packaging.

“We are extremely happy to welcome our new team members, who bring with them great knowledge and experience from the industry”, Czubak said. “Together with our global innovation platforms and exceptional operational capabilities, we are excited by the opportunities our growing footprint presents our customers.”

A division of Amcor Ltd., Amcor Tobacco Packaging is a leading global supplier of folding cartons for the tobacco industry. The company has 23 manufacturing sites in 20 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Souza Cruz is majority-owned by British American Tobacco and is the market leader in the Brazilian cigarette market.

US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

| September 1, 2015

The US’ adult smoking rate is continuing to fall, according to an Associated Press story citing a new government report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, said to have come from a large national survey, indicated that the adult smoking incidence dropped from 18 percent in 2013 to 17 percent last year.

The US smoking rate has been falling for decades, with recent declines being put down to cigarette taxes, smoking bans, anti-smoking advertising campaigns, and the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes and other alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Smoking is said to be the US’ leading cause of preventable illness.

Meanwhile, the smoking rate was about 15 percent for the first three months of this year, but this low figure was put down to the fact that beginning-of-the-year survey data tend to be skewed by the temporary impact of New Year’s resolutions.

Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

| September 1, 2015

Smokers buying their cigarettes in Queensland, Australia, are from today having to pay up to $3.05 more for a pack of 50, according to a story in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.

In the case of some cigarettes, the retail price of a single cigarette is now more than A$1.

The latest national tobacco excise increase of 12.5 per cent, effective today, will see smokers paying an extra $1.52 in tax for a pack of 25 and up to $3.05 for a pack of 50.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift was quoted as saying that tobacco tax increases had proven to be the most effective measure in reducing smoking rates.

“Many Australians cut back on their habit or quit altogether, in response to the tobacco tax hikes each year,” Clift was quoted as saying, though it was not clear whether she believed that cutting back offered a health benefit.

“Research shows the tobacco excise increase in 2010 caused smoking rates to decline by about 11 per cent.

“Evidence also indicates that a tax increase on cigarettes is particularly effective among people on lower incomes and young people across Australia…”

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