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3 posts from April 2006

April 12, 2006

Vendors battling price vise

Newspapers and Technology

The price hikes that vendors are passing through to newspapers aren’t likely to end anytime soon.

The first massive wave has already come from ink, plastics and prepress consumable suppliers. Agfa and Fujifilm unit Enovation Graphics are among the latest to announce price hikes in the United States, while Kodak Graphic Communications Group raised prepress consumables prices in its Europe and Greater Asia regions.

Vendors say they are squeezed by ever-escalating raw materials costs and can no longer hold back passing those increases onto their newspaper customers.

Consider the following:

*2005 aluminum costs neared $2,400 per ton, almost double 2003 prices, fueled in part by spot shortages.

*Silver hit $9.53 a troy ounce in February, doubling 2003 prices.

*Polyester feedstock for film rose 30 percent in the past three years.

*Polyethylene resin, used in plastic bags, rose 15 percent.

*Crude oil prices rose 30 percent in the past year and have tripled since 2001.

Link: Vendors battling price vise.

April 07, 2006

Tanzania: Government bans plastic bags


Tanzania's Vice president Ali Mohamed Shein revealed late Saturday that Tanzanian government has banned plastic bags and containers and ordered people to stop farming and logging on Africa's highest mountain, among other environmental measures.

Speaking on state owned television late Saturday, Vice President Ali Mohamed Shein said the government's ban on the importation, manufacture and sale of plastic bags, plastic drinking water and juice containers will take effect in October so that manufacturers and importers have time to find alternatives.

"The ban of plastic bags and containers is necessary to protect our rapid degrading environment," said Shein.

Link: Tanzania: Government bans plastic bags.

April 06, 2006

Shops put a brake on plastic bags

More than 20 young cyclists rode through the busy streets of Kowloon Wednesday to ask shops to participate in Hong Kong's first No Plastic Bag Day on April 15.

Members of environmental organization Green Student Council were joined by other cyclists for the morning ride from Tsim Sha Tsui's landmark Clock Tower to Mong Kok and back.

Along the way they played a recorded message on a speaker to promote No Plastic Bag Day, and invited shop owners to join.

Shops participating will not offer free plastic bags to customers for the day. Instead, shoppers will have to pay 50 cents for each bag. Proceeds from the event will go to Oxfam Hong Kong.

Green Student Council chairman Angus Ho said the event addressed concern over massive overuse of plastic bags in the city.

Hong Kong consumes 33 million plastic bags - 5 per resident - every day. Australia, with 20 million people, uses a quarter of that number of bags a day, and Ireland, which introduced a bag levy in 2002, uses a third.

Link: The Standard - China's Business Newspaper.