MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: ABH) (TSX: ABH) today announced that Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., will be incorporating Resolute's Ecopaque paper into an onsite demonstration live on the showroom floor at PRINT 13, the most expansive exhibition of digital, offset, flexo and hybrid technologies, products and services in the Americas. The exhibition will take place from September 8-12, 2013, at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois.
Canon Solutions America will produce three finished books: "Grimm's Fairy Tales," "Frankenstein" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" onsite at PRINT 13. The books will be printed on Resolute's Ecopaque paper, part of its Align™ family of high brightness, environmentally responsible mechanical papers that can be used as an alternative to chemical pulp coated and uncoated freesheet in inkjet, offset and laser printing. Produced on the Océ ColorStream 3900 printing system, the books will feature premium pigment black inks, along with full-color covers produced on the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP. Canon Solutions America has also preprinted several rolls of the same books, which will be finished on Standard Horizon's Smart Binding System live in the Standard booth #1902.
Premium Quality without the Premium Price Tag
Developed to provide today's marketplace with a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional offset, all the papers in the Align family are derived from a renewable resource and produced in a safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
Made with 50 percent less wood fiber, Ecopaque has a smaller environmental footprint than traditional offset papers, including some which contain recycled content. Yet it still delivers the quality print service providers (PSPs) have come to expect from traditional freesheet paper. A high-yield paper, Ecopaque features higher opacity at a lower basis weight, resulting in significant savings in paper, mailing and transportation costs.
"Our customers care about the environment more than ever, but still feel pressure to reduce printing costs," said Breen Blaine, Vice President, North American Paper Sales, Resolute Forest Products. "Ecopaque provides a high-quality, eco-friendly and budget-friendly alternative for customers in multiple print environments - inkjet, laser and offset."
From books, magazines and maps to transactional documents, annual reports and direct mail pieces, Ecopaque is the environmentally friendly alternative for most commercial applications.
"Ecopaque is a remarkable step forward for print service providers looking to be more in tune with the environment, while keeping tabs on their costs," said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division, at Canon Solutions America. "It delivers the savings they need without sacrificing the quality they have come to expect."
Partnering for the Environment
Print service providers are increasingly looking for solutions to help them reduce their carbon footprint and that of their supply chain. Joint efforts, such as the partnership between Canon Solutions America and Resolute Forest Products, serve to keep them apprised of the wealth of environmentally responsible options available - and what better place to raise awareness than at one of the industry's biggest trade shows.
"Canon Solutions America is proud to partner with Resolute to shine the spotlight on environmentally friendly solutions," added McMahon. "Events like PRINT 13 provide the ideal venue in which to introduce PSPs to the increasingly broad array of environmentally friendly options that will enable them to better respond to their customers' demands."
Resolute is pleased to have been chosen by Canon to provide the paper for the onsite demonstration.
"Customers look to Canon Solutions America to advise them on which papers will be successful in their printers," said Laura Ashley, Manager, Marketing, Resolute Forest Products. "It is incredibly meaningful for us to have Canon lend its stamp of approval to our papers."
About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally-recognized sustainable forest management standards, including 65% certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a member of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.
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