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New facilities will enhance Iggesund’s Asia service

| July 22, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard expects that its new sheeting and warehousing facilities in Taiwan will be operational by the end of this month.

The new facilities are aimed at enhancing Iggesund’s distribution service in Asia, with the main aim being to shorten lead times.

But the company said that it was not just establishing a distribution channel in Asia. ‘The company will also keep Invercote in stock and offer local sheeting from a service point in Taiwan in order to minimise lead times,’ it said in a press note.

Iggesund’s enhanced service in Asia is part of its efforts to become more global by strengthening its delivery service outside Europe. It says it is recruiting staff to reinforce its sales efforts and launching a broader service concept to inform its customers of the many resources and support functions available to them.
‘“Care by Iggesund” includes the quick and easy ordering of samples and inspirational material, the provision of product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory of Sensory and Chemical Analyses,’ the press note said. ‘Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the service offering, not least as a guarantee that customers will not encounter any unpleasant surprises due to the origin of the forest raw material used in their paperboard.’

Iggesund’s service offering also includes everything associated with the company’s products, Invercote and Incada: from technical support in local markets to Iggesund’s own paperboard expertise in the form of various reference works.

“We don’t just want our customers to buy our paperboard – we also want them to get the most out of it,” said Arvid Sundblad, vice president sales and marketing, in charge of global sales. “All our documentation, together with our team of technicians, who are out in the local markets and who have experience from projects and operations similar to those of our customers, exists to ensure this. Some of this support we have had for a long time but we haven’t been clear enough to our customers in general that all this service exists.”

10 countries discuss ‘a world without tobacco’

| July 21, 2015

The French Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, yesterday hosted in Paris ‘a world without tobacco’ conference attended by ministers from nine other countries, according to an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA.

Touraine and ministers from Australia, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and Uruguay issued a joint statement claiming the existence of ‘significant scientific proof’ that justified the imposition of standardized cigarette packaging.

They said standardized packaging had been shown to ‘reduce the attractiveness of the product for consumers, especially amongst women and young people’.

And they said such packaging increased the effectiveness of the health warnings printed on the packs.

Meanwhile, Touraine said that “the generation that is born today should be a generation without tobacco”.

Her goal, she said, was to prevent young people from starting to smoke, and “for these people the plain packaging has an impact”.

Indian state of Punjab ups its anti-tobacco crusade

| July 21, 2015

The government of the Indian state of Punjab has constituted an empowered committee to carry forward its crusade against tobacco and ensure implementation of India’s Tobacco Control Act across the state, according to a Press Trust of India story.

But the principal secretary of health, Vini Mahajan, was quoted as saying that the committee would mainly focus on implementation across the state of Section 5.3 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which stated that ‘in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law’.

Mahajan said that when any move was made by the state or central government to implement tobacco control legislation, the tobacco industry tried to scuttle the process by making representations or by otherwise using its influence.

The implementation of regulations requiring pictorial warnings on 85 per cent of both of the main surfaces of tobacco packs had been delayed, allegedly because of such influence.

Speed is the essence in plain packaging protest

| July 21, 2015

Protesting against a bill that would require all cigarettes in France to be sold in standardized packaging from May next year, tobacconists in the Midi-Pyrénées and Corrèze regions recently covered speed cameras with black trash bags, according to a France 24 story relayed by the TMA.

Frédéric Vergnes, president of Corrèze’s tobacconist union, was quoted as saying that “[b]y attacking speed cameras, we want to have an impact on the state’s tax revenues”.

Meanwhile, Joaquim Rompante, president of the tobacconist union in the Gironde region, said that tobacconists in Bordeaux had covered cameras along the city’s ring road with plastic with signs saying: “Getting rid of my tobacconists will not reduce smoking. No to plain packaging, no to €10 packs”.

Rompante said standardized packaging would be “the death of tobacconists”.

He said France’s 26,000 tobacconists employed 100,000 people and that standardized packaging would create unemployment.

The standardized packaging bill was approved by the National Assembly on April 3 and will go before the Senate on July 22.

Nepal’s cigarette factories in taxing position

| July 21, 2015

Nepal’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has removed its officials from cigarette factories and authorized tobacco companies to make declarations about their own inputs and outputs, according to a Republica story.

Ram Mani Dawadi, deputy director general at the IRD, was quoted as saying that the self-declaration system had been implemented on a trial basis at cigarette factories. The aim was to make the management and factory owners responsible.

There are three cigarette manufacturers in the country: Surya Nepal, Gorkha Lahari and Perfect Blends (Nepal). Surya Nepal, which operates two plants – one each in Bara and Tanahun – accounts for an 85 percent share of country’s cigarette market.

The factories were said to have been opposed to the self-declaration provision because, under the old system, when irregularities arose, they could point out that everything had been monitored by officials.

In fact, tax officials based in cigarette factories had been reporting that it was impossible to keep tabs on all the information about large factories.

The IRD will decide whether or not to continue with the self-declaration provision after studying the declarations made by the cigarette factories.

Early bird deadline set for CORESTA registrations

| July 21, 2015

The early bird registration deadline for CORESTA’s Joint Study Group Meetings has been set at July 31, according to a note issued by the organization’s Secretariat.

The Smoke Science and Product Technology (SSPT15) meeting is due to be held at Jeju, South Korea, on October 4-8 (; while the Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology & Genetics (AP) meeting is due to be held at Izmir, Turkey, on October 25-29 (

Online registration will close on September 4 for the SSPT2015 meeting and on September 27 for the AP2015 meeting, after which dates only onsite registration will be available.

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