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The Next Trade Fight: Office Paper

Four Companies and Union Allege Dumping by China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia

Four U.S. paper manufacturers allege that five countries are dumping uncoated paper on the U.S. market, including the kind used for computer printers. PHOTO: MICHAEL RUBENSTIEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Four U.S. paper manufacturers allege that five countries are dumping uncoated paper on the U.S. market, including the kind used for computer printers. PHOTO: MICHAEL RUBENSTIEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Four paper manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union are asking the U.S. government to impose duties on imports of office paper that they say are priced unfairly low.

Their claim, due to be filed with the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday, alleges that rivals in China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia are dumping certain types of uncoated paper on the U.S. market, including that used for such things as computer printers, book publishing, junk mail and envelopes.

Dumping involves selling at prices deemed less than “fair value,” which can mean below the price in the exporter’s home country or less than the cost of production plus a reasonable profit.

The companies also say producers in China and Indonesia are benefiting from government subsidies that allow them to reduce prices.

The U.S. market for the type of uncoated paper involved in the complaint is estimated at $4.5 billion a year, according to Domtar Corp. , one of the companies calling for duties. In the first nine months of last year, imports of such paper from the five countries named were up 40% from a year earlier, even though U.S. demand for it is declining, the companies say.

Imports of such paper accounted for more than 16% of the U.S. market in last year’s first 11 months, said Chip Dillon, a partner at Vertical Research Partners in New York, up from 12.7% a year earlier. As U.S. paper makers have retired old plants, he said, importers have rushed in.

The Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission will have up to about 14 months to determine whether trade laws have been violated, U.S. producers have been harmed and duties should be levied on the imports.

Over the past 15 years, U.S. paper makers have persuaded the government to put duties on a variety of products from China and other countries, including tissue paper and some coated paper.

The Commerce Department generally has taken a tougher stance against Chinese exporters in dumping disputes in recent years, said William Perry, a partner at law firm Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle. Mr. Perry, who often represents importers in trade cases, said the trend is worsening trade tensions with China, provoking more retaliation. “We’re throwing a rock; they’re throwing a rock back,” he said.

In addition to Domtar, the companies filing the latest complaint are Packaging Corp. of America, Lake Forest, Ill.; Finch Paper LLC, Glens Falls, N.Y., and P.H. Glatfelter Co. , York, Pa.

International Paper Co. , Memphis, Tenn., declined to participate, a spokesman said. He said the company manufactures in 10 countries and relies on the flexibility of a global network.

The steelworkers union, which represents about 130,000 paper, pulp and forestry workers in the U.S. and Canada, said eight U.S. paper mills that made uncoated paper have closed or curtailed operations since 2011, eliminating thousands of jobs. Domtar, a Montreal-based company that makes paper in the U.S. and Canada, plans to convert a paper production line in Ashdown, Ark., from uncoated paper to fluff pulp, used in diapers.

“These jobs are too valuable to let go to people who aren’t following the same set of rules we are,” said Jon Geenen, the union’s international vice president.

The U.S. market for uncoated paper has been shrinking 3% to 4% annually in recent years as more documents are handled electronically and companies shave costs, said Mike Garcia, president of Domtar’s pulp-and-paper division. He said the market appeared likely to continue contracting gradually in the next few years but should eventually level off.

U.S. imports of uncoated paper in rolls or sheets, a broader category than covered by the trade petition, totaled $2.71 billion in last year’s first 11 months, while exports came to $1.05 billion, according to Global Trade Information Services.

From The Wall Street Journal, by James R. Hagerty. 

We moved!

We moved about 4 miles southeast of our location on 23rd street. Starting Monday all correspondence should be directed to:

323.585.6000 / 800.944.5440
4909 Alcoa Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90058

All our phone numbers will forward for the next year, and we will update our contact information as we get our numbers sorted out at the new location.

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If you didn’t remember, we merged with The Ligature at the beginning of the year and this move is a part of our continuing effort to combine Los Angeles’ most powerful printing capabilities under one roof. If you haven’t been there before, you should come by and take a tour! We’ll be settling in for the next month but will be happy to show you where we plan to continue to serving you by providing the best print around.

Common misconceptions about print

Most of our sales and customer service representative (CSR) teams are print industry veterans, and they’ve seen and heard it all. Part of our philosophy at BurdgeCooper is education – helping to make everyone better print purchasers, whether or not you’re a customer. I asked them what some common misconceptions people make about our company, and it came down to two items: production time and our size/capabilities/products.

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Rosina Motta is Woman of the Year!

 

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Rosina Motta

Rosina Motta, a customer sales representative here, was recently honored by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as Woman of the Year! The NAPW VIP Women of the Year are selected in recognition of the strides they have made in their respective industries, their outstanding leadership, their professional achievements, and for displaying the highest level of support of NAPW’s commitment to networking and community involvement.

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Last night was the Print Industry Association of Southern California’s Excellence Awards Celebration, and we walked away with an award for both of our entries!

Best of Category / Special Innovation Printing / Print Is Rich
Award of Excellence / Cards / BurdgeCooper Holiday Card

We’re honored by the recognition, and the designers should be proud of their great design and art choices that enabled us to print these. Congratulations to all the other award recipients!

Engrave LA

Beauty of Engraving

 

This one-day event will be a rare opportunity for designers and others to explore the beautiful world of engraved printing, both commercial and artistic. Led by respected experts in the field, guests will learn about the process of engraving as a printing method, its historical context and how engraving can be an effective option for designers today.

Don Burdge of BurdgeCooper Inc. in Los Angeles, the largest and one of the oldest commercial engraving companies in the country, will lead hands-on discussions about engraving, how it works and how to design and spec jobs for the process. One of BurdgeCooper’s engraving presses will be on location at the Printing Museum for this seminar so guests can see and participate in printing a beautiful engraved keepsake. BurdgeCooper in Los Angeles has set the standard for graphic arts excellence for generations, dating back to 1929. Today they are the world’s largest engraving company on one of the largest small format commercial printing companies in North America.

Neenah Paper will showcase the Beauty of Engraving in their presentation, featuring their amazing line of specialty papers. Every guest will leave with numerous inspirational keepsakes and samples. Neenah Paper has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 in Neenah, WI.The Neenah Mill represents over a century of paper making heritage — a heritage that combines time-honored craftsmanship with advanced technology. Today, Neenah papers are among the most recognized and preferred in North America. They continue to advance the ideals established over 125 years ago with the constant pursuit of new business opportunities and market driven products. This is combined with their commitment to product quality, innovation and service to designers, printers, and end-use customers. Terri Hill of Neenah Paper will be providing refreshments though the day including a lunch for all attendees.

Mark Barbour, Curator of the Printing Museum in Carson, along with his team of artist printers, will demonstrate the process of traditional engraving using early turn-of-the-century presses in the Museum’s collections. Guests will have the opportunity to print on these presses using historical engraved plates from the BurdgeCooper archives.

Author, educator, and designer, Rose Gonnella will kick-off the day with a visual and tactile presentation of her new book, Design To Touch, Engraving History, Process, Concepts, and Creativity published by the International Engraved Graphics Association. Rose will explore the visual characteristics of engraving and discuss how students and professionals can creatively use this exquisite printing within the media mix of contemporary design applications. Rose will also have copies of her book available to be signed and with it, a separate engraved page (so you don’t have to tear it out of the book!).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the Beauty of Engraving at the International Printing Museum on Saturday, February 8th. Registration fee is only $50, which includes all presentations, workshops, keepsakes, samples, and lunch. Registration is limited to 60 attendees only.

BurdgeCooper and The Ligature to Join Forces

The Ligature and BurdgeCooper LogosI am excited to announce that BurdgeCooper and The Ligature, two of Southern California’s most well respected specialty printers will be joining forces on February 1, 2014. Both companies are headquartered in Los Angeles and together they will create a unique printing and engraving company in both scale and manufacturing capability. The Ligature has operations in Los Angeles and Berkeley while BurdgeCooper has sales and customer service support in Atlanta and Denver. Initially, both companies will continue to operate their respective Los Angeles facilities with a plan to integrate them into The Ligature facility by the end of 2014. Continue reading