NEWSPRINT: SHIPMENTS ARE ON THE RISE
January 1, 2000 By Pulp & Paper Canada
MONTREAL, QC — The Canadian newsprint industry operated at 95% capacity in October 1999, compared to 81% in October 1998 — when newsprint producers in Eastern Canada were affected by a strike. Total…
MONTREAL, QC — The Canadian newsprint industry operated at 95% capacity in October 1999, compared to 81% in October 1998 — when newsprint producers in Eastern Canada were affected by a strike. Total Canadian shipments were up 12.6%, compared to the same period last year. By region, domestic deliveries increased 10.4%, and sales to the US and overseas grew 14.1% and 10%, respectively. At the end of October, Canadian newsprint producers held 419 000 tonnes in inventory, up 12 000 tonnes from September 1999.
In the US, daily newspapers increased consumption by 3.3% compared to October 1998. Total US consumption expanded 2.4% year-over-year to reach 1.113 million tonnes. For the first 10 months of 1999, total US consumption grew 2.1% when compared to the first 10 months in 1998. At the end of October, US buyers held 1.301 million tonnes in inventory, down 94 000 tonnes from September 1999 — which equates to 38 days of stock. make sense of the increasing number of safety rules that American federal agencies like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) promulgate yearly. These organizations have some effect on Canadian operations. In Canada, the Ottawa-based Canadian Standards Association (CSA) oversees safety standards. The changing and often complex standards undoubtedly keep industrial hygienists and safety committees busy, which, in many companies have faced downsizing over the past decade. Thus, many corporations are looking to outside companies to manage their safety needs — another form of outsourcing. Accordingly, some companies have capitalized on this trend, and have brought new ideas and processes to bring safety into the 21st century.
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