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    • 'It's a very good moment for recycling in the United States,' said a recycling expert
    • China had long been the world's largest destination for paper, plastic and other recyclables

    The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted US recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.

    US paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves.
    And in a twist, the investors include Chinese companies that are still interested in having access to wastepaper or flattened bottles as raw material for manufacturing.

    "It's a very good moment for recycling in the United States," said Neil Seldman, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Washington-based organization that helps cities improve recycling programs.

    China, which had long been the world's largest destination for paper, plastic and other recyclables, phased in import restrictions in January 2018.
    Global scrap prices plummeted, prompting waste-hauling companies to pass the cost of sorting and baling recyclables on to municipalities. With no market for the wastepaper and plastic in their blue bins, some communities scaled back or suspended curbside recycling programs.

    New domestic markets offer a glimmer of hope.
    About $1 billion in investment in US paper processing plants has been announced in the past six months, according to Dylan de Thomas, a vice president at The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization that tracks and works with the industry.

    Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons, one of the world's largest producers of cardboard boxes, has invested $500 million over the past year to buy and expand or restart production at paper mills in Maine, Wisconsin and West Virginia. In addition to making paper from wood fiber, the mills will add production lines turning more than a million tons of scrap into pulp to make boxes, said Brian Boland, Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Initiatives for ND Paper, Nine Dragons' US affiliate.

    "The paper industry has been in contraction since the early 2000s," Boland said. "To see this kind of change is frankly amazing. Even though it's a Chinese-owned company, it's creating US jobs and revitalizing communities like Old Town, Maine, where the old mill was shuttered."

    The Northeast Recycling Council said in a report last fall that 17 North American paper mills had announced increased capacity to handle recyclable paper since the Chinese cutoff.
    Another Chinese company, Global Win Wickliffe, is reopening a shuttered paper mill in Kentucky. Georgia-based Pratt Industries is constructing a mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio that will turn 425,000 tons of recycled paper per year into shipping boxes.

    Wed, 19/06/2019
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    इस अवसर पर वीनस ट्रेडर्स के सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी व प्रसिद्ध चित्रकार रवि परांजपे मंच पर उपस्थित थे.वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट प्रदर्शनी में एक ही छत के नीचे एक से बढ़कर एक कलाकृतियों व दिग्गजों के चित्र देखने का मौका पुणेवासियों को मिला। 

    बालगंधर्व रगमंदिर की आर्ट गैलरी में लगी चित्र प्रदर्शनी ‘वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट 2019’ के उद्द्घाटन के अवसर पर बाएं से सुधाकर चव्हाण, गिरीश बापट, सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी, रवि परांजपे व डॉ- सुभाष पवार चित्रों की दुनिया में एक अलग ही स्फूर्ति मिलती है, क्योंकि यहा राजनीति से अलग वातावरण होता है. कई बार तो किसी पुस्तक को पढ़ने से भी ज्यादा चित्र देखकर उसकी गंभीरता की जानकारी मिल जाती है। सांसद गिरीश बापट ने इन शब्दों में चित्रकारों को सम्मानित किया। बालगंधर्व रगमंदिर की आर्ट गैलरी में लगी चित्र प्रदर्शनी ‘वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट 2019’ के उद्द्घाटन के अवसर पर वे बोल रहे थे. 

    इस अवसर पर वीनस ट्रेडर्स के सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी व प्रसिद्ध चित्रकार रवि परांजपे मंच पर उपस्थित थे. वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट प्रदर्शनी में एक ही छत के नीचे एक से बढ़कर एक  कलाकृतियों व दिग्गजों के चित्र देखने का मौका पुणेवासियों को मिला।  शनिवार, 8 जून से सोमवार, 10 जून तक सुबह 11 से शाम 7.30 बजे तक यह प्रदर्शनी कलाप्रेमियों के देखने के लिए खुली रखी गयी  थी। जहां 45 चित्रकारो के चित्र एक जगह पहली बार प्रदर्शित किय गए। 

    गिरीश बापट ने कहा कि सिर्फ चेहरे ही बोला नहीं करते, बल्कि चित्र भी बोलते हैं. चित्रों की भाषा आंतरिक होती है और उसमें से चित्रकार की भावना, संवेदना, वेदना आदि की अभिव्यक्ति होती है. यह कला अनादिकाल से है और आगे भी रहेगी. 
    चित्रकार रवि परांजपे ने कहा कि पहले राजदरबारों में कला व कलाकारों का सम्मान हुआ करता था, जो अब कम हुआ है. राजनीति व राष्ट्रनीति में अंतर है और मौजूदा सरकार की जीत के बाद राष्ट्रनीति शुरू हो रही है. वर्तमान में यह महसूस हो रहा है कि जितना महत्व बाॅलीवुड व क्रिकेट का है, उतना शिल्पकला व चित्रकला का नहीं रहा। अन्य कलाओं को महत्व देकर उन्हें आगे बढाना जरूरी है.

    उद्द्घाटन समारोह में राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार विजेता शिल्पकार जीतेंद्र सुतार, कला क्षेत्र में डी.लिट. का पहला सम्मान हासिल करने वाले मुरली लाहोटी, मराठी हस्ताक्षर के कलाकार गोपाल वाकोड़े, कला शिक्षा क्षेत्र के डाॅॉ. अवधूत अत्रे, डाॅॉ. मिलिंद ढोबले, ‘आर्ट2डे फिरी’ की प्रियंवदा पवार, डॉ. सुभाष पवार का गिरीश बापट के हाथों सम्मान किया गया।

    प्रदर्शनी में पेन्सिल, चारकोल, चाक, वाटर कलर, आॅयल कलर, एक्रेलिक आदि से निर्मित चित्र प्रदर्षित किये गये थे। प्रदर्शनी में गोवा, 9 जून की सुबह 11 से 1 बजे तक छोटे बच्चों के लिए चित्रकला के कुछ डेमो दिखाये गये तथा कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। इसके अलावा शाम 4 से 7 बजे तक कलाप्रेमियों के लिए कार्यशाला आयोजित की गयी। 

    प्रदर्शनी में दिग्गज चित्रकारों के चित्रों के अवलोकन का मौका 

    प्रदर्शनी में कलाप्रेमियों को रवि परांजपे, मुरली लाहोटी, रावसाहेब गुरव, जयप्रकाश जगताप, सुधाकर चव्हाण, शोभा पत्की, मंजिरी मोरे, स्नेहल पागे रवि देव, मिलिंद मुलीक, संदीप यादव, संजय भालेराव, विलास कुलकर्णी, विवेक निंबालकर, शरद तरड़े व आदित्य शिर्के सहित कई सुप्रसिद्ध व दिग्गज कलाकारों के चित्रों का अवलोकन करने का मौका मिला।

    महात्मा फुले वस्तु संग्रहालय में स्थायी आर्ट गैलरी देने को अनुशंसा

    गिरीश बापट ने कहा कि महात्मा फुले वस्तु संग्रहालय में एक विभाग चित्रों के लिए रखा गया है. यह संग्रहालय सरकारी होने के  बावजूद सरकार से किसी भी तरह सहायता लिए बिना हमने इसकी मरम्मत है। संग्रहालय की चित्र-दीर्घा में कुछ चित्र हैं। साथ ही यह जगह स्थायी रूप से आर्टगैलरी हेतु देने की हमारी इच्छा है. यदि ऐसा हुआ तो चित्र, शिल्प जैसी कलाओं के लिए निशुल्क मंच उपलब्ध होगा।

    Tue, 11/06/2019
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    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness.

    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness. YC Deveshwar (72) had stepped down from executive role in 2017 but remained as a chairman in non-executive capacity. “The Board of Directors of the company at the meeting held today appointed Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, also as the Chairman of the Company with effect from May 13, 2019. Consequently, Puri’s new designation is Chairman and Managing Director of the company,” ITC said in a regulatory filing.

    In 2017, ITC had split the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as part of succession planning in the company. Deveshwar had played the role of mentor to the executive management led by Sanjiv Puri. The latter is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He has been associated with ITC for a long time now. He joined ITC in 1986.

    He was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017 taking independent charge of the executive leadership of the Company. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee. On My 16, 2018, Puri was appointed as the Managing Director of the company. 
    Prior to his appointment as a Director on the Board of ITC, Puri was President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014.

     

    Mon, 03/06/2019
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    Can you imagine applying for a loan to buy a fountain pen? Or using a pen as collateral for a personal loan?

    They are getting organised both online and offline with summits, meets, and even help with pen loans.

    Some of India’s most avid pen collectors are doing both. The pens they prize cost between Rs 30,000 and Rs 12 lakh each, and are typically limited-edition pieces by brands such as Mont Blanc, Sheaffer and Parker, hand-crafted from silver or, as in one case, one by Visconti made from lava spewed by the volcanic Mount Etna in Italy.
    The most ardent collectors have hundreds of these pens, and meet regularly to discuss their collections, share tips, chat about maintenance, and are now holding organised events such as this February’s first-ever India Pen Show (IPS). For two days, the Nehru Centre in Mumbai teemed with pen collectors touring a total of 40 stalls, attending calligraphy workshops, taking guided tours with pen experts, and even looking in at a special letter-writing booth set up as an ode to the joys of writing with a fountain pen.
    “Before this there were only informal group meets within one’s own city or hubs facilitated by international pen brands such as Pelikan,” says Vishal Singhi, 39, a banker and pen collector who thought up and helped organise the IPS. “It was about time India had something of her own.”
    Singhi started collecting fountain pens in 2007 and has more than 400 today. “It’s an out-and-out infatuation,” he says, laughing. “I collect because, quite simply, nothing else makes me swoon as much.”
    Typically, collectors start small. Ashok Jain was 30, a young art dealer in 1990s Delhi, when he started collecting pens. “My first purchase was a Sheaffer 14-carat gold pencil I paid Rs 2,000 for, the same price as 5 gm of gold at the time,” he recalls.
    The internet helped Jain scour like he’d never scoured before – he found pens made of gold and silver, embellished with precious stones and covered in intricate designs. “I was hooked,” he says.
    Today he has over 1,400 pens, the rarest of which is a vintage 1920s Mont Blanc with a long, gold nib. “Only five to six of these are known to be in circulation, in the world,” he says. They sell for anywhere between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh a piece.
    So how do you keep collecting when the prices are this high? To address this problem, Jain set up a loan system. “Banks in India will accept a house or car as collateral but won’t accept a fountain pen, even if it costs as much — or more,” Jain says.” So, in 1996, he started the Pen Club of India and in 2010 the club began to help collectors get loans. The club began with three members and now has over 300. Each of these members contributes a fixed sum, so that, if a collector needs to urgently borrow money in order to buy a pen, he can offer a pen as collateral and borrow from that fund. The loans are interest-free for the first three months.
    “We not only collect pens here but also help others learn the nuances of collecting, or advise them on which pen to buy,” says Pradeep Jain, 52, a pen dealer from Delhi among the first members of the club.

     

    Tue, 28/05/2019
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    Principals across institutions get together to discuss innovative strategies to make learning fun

    Kokuyo Camlin, India’s premier stationery brand, celebrated the 6th edition of ‘World PrincipalsDay’ in association with The Hindu where principals across various reputed educational institutions participated and shared their insights on the theme of the event “Let’s make learning Fun”. The event was held at KidZania, RCity Mall, Ghatkopar.

    For the last 6 years, Kokuyo Camlin has been steering this unique informal meet where principals from various schools discuss on how to improve the academia by making it more interesting, interactive and creative for the students.

    The event also witnessed paper presentations and expert discussions where they discussed new and unique approaches to engage students and add the element of ‘Fun’ into their learning methodology.

    The theme was also in line to Kokuyo Camlin’s brand philosophy of ‘Let’s make learning Fun’. An interactive session was held for them to absorb and share ideas among themselves along with fun - filled games which was actively appreciated by them.

    The chief guest for the event, Dr. Ramaswami N (IAS), Hon Commissioner –NMMC, shared his insights on the theme of the event, further to which the key note speakers Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan – Director of Education – Singhania Schools and Principal at Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Mr. Francis Joseph – Head Development and Strategy at Maharashtra International Education Board and Co-Founder SLN Foundation, Ms Gurdeep Kaur – Principal - Shri Harshad C Walia International School and Dr Seema Negi – Principal-Sanjeevani World School also shed light on the importance of revamping the current educational methodology and encouraging creative perception in children. The guests and delegates were awarded with Camlin goodie bags and gifts to pay gratitude for their immense contribution towards education

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Saumitra Prasad, Chief Marketing Officer, Kokuyo Camlin Ltd, said, “Kokuyo Camlin started celebrating principal’s day in India since 2014 with an objective to pay tribute to the head of the schools who is responsible for ensuring the best education for their students. We are pleased to find that the school principal’s strongly reinforce the philosophy of making learning for children as the most effective way of learning”.

     

    Wed, 08/05/2019
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    Soha Ali Khan Announces Rishi Anand Nambair as India’s National Spelling Champ of Classmate Spell Bee Season 11

    The Classmate Spell Bee Season 11, India’s largest spelling competition, an initiative of Radio Mirchi, culminated at a thrilling finale where the winners were announced and feted by none other than Bollywood star, Soha Ali Khan! Rishi Anand Nambair of GEAR Innovative International School, Bengaluru was declared the National Champion while Harshvardhan Ray of Delhi Public School, Bengaluru was the first runner up.
    Winner Rishi Nambair From Bangalore’s GEAR Innovative International School with Vishnu Ganga Amancharla Marketing Manager Education & Stationery Products Business, ITC limited, Yatish Mehrishi, COO Entertainment Network (India) LTD and Soha Ali Khan.
    The theme for the competition this year was ‘Be Better than Yourself’ which is in line with Classmate’s philosophy of encouraging children to excel in the field of their choice by striving to continuously improve by competing with themselves and not with others and to be better than themselves.

    Mr. R Ravinarayanan, Head of Sales & Marketing, Education & Stationery Products Business (ESPB), ITC Ltd. said, “Classmate has always endeavored to recognize, nurture & celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Classmate Spell Bee Season 11 takes Classmate’s brand thought of celebrating uniqueness further as it gives students yet another opportunity to identify and showcase their distinctive talents and skills on a nationwide platform. Classmate Spell Bee season 11 builds on the scale we achieved last year with the aim of reaching out to an even larger number students across schools and cities in India, through a school contact program coupled with a novel mobile app and a dedicated website to engage students. The brand promises to support a child’s dreams with an equally unique & world class set of stationery products like notebooks, writing, drawing, art and math instruments.”

     

    Sun, 05/05/2019
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    Kokuyo Camlin, one of the prominent stationery brands of India, yet again substantiate their commitment towards the betterment of children’s overall development by launching Camel Child Grip Crayons’, a one of a kind crayons, specially designed for toddlers to improve their fine motor skills and enhance grip development. This product was launched at a grand function held in Kidzania, R City Mall- Ghatkopar in the presence of a huge audience consisting of Kokuyo Camlin stakeholders, distributors, retailers, mothers, pre-school teachers, physiologists and special educators.

    Camlin Child Grip Crayons helps toddlers to set free their creative side of the brain with its easy to hold design and attractive bright colors. The product also serves the purpose of stimulating brain development in children by improving hand eye coordination which in turn helps improve their handwriting skills in future.  Parents don’t have to worry as these are safe and toxic free which conforms to the international safety standards EN 71-3 and washable from non-porous surfaces. Kokuyo Camlin has put in 2 years of extensive research for the development of this product’s design, colour and constituents, keeping in mind the physical as well as the psychographic attributes of Indian children.

    Elated by the response from the audience Mr. Satish Veerappa, CEO- Kokuyo Camlin said: “It gives us immense pleasure to bring this product to young kids aged around 3 years plus. Kids at this age are really trying to build their perception of the world around them and this product should be a useful aid in doing so. This apart from helping the kid to develop the necessary control on his/her grip, will also allow them to express their thoughts through the medium of colors and the paintings. We sincerely hope this product becomes a useful tool for teachers and parents in guiding and building the development of the child.”

    Commenting on the launch, Mr. Saumitra Prasad, CMO – Kokuyo Camlin said: “We are excited to launch Camel Child Grip Crayon which is a revolutionary crayon as it not only helps in a child to express through colors but also help the child in developing grip and fine motor skills. Since the product is also washable it will make the very first learning step more fun for both the child and the parents.”

    The product received overwhelmingly positive responses from teachers, special educators and physiologists and was praised for its design and grip which experts claim could also help in the cognitive development of children with special needs.

    About Kokuyo Camlin Ltd:

    Kokuyo Camlin Limited www.kokuyocamlin.com (formerly known as Camlin Limited)  is in the business of  marketing and selling of art materials and stationery products under flagship brands ‘Camel’ and ‘Camlin’ which have been in existence for more than 80 years . The company offers a wide range of products such as Fine Art materials, scholastic colours and stationery, hobby products, office products, writing and drawing instruments, adhesives and notebooks. 

    Wed, 24/04/2019
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    Fri, 08/03/2019
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    Line O Matic Graphic Industries, India is participating in Printpack India 2019 Exhibition (01 - 06 FEB. 19) Noida with 588 sq. meters to showcase its latest range of machines for exercise notebook industry. 

    Line O Matic is launching -

    1.  New variant in Bolt RB Series i.e. Bolt RB104 MAX  –  Fully Automatic Exercise Book Machine, having speed of 500 meters per minute and converting stroke of 80 cycles per minute. It is most advanced machine with cutting edge technology.
    2. SWM 100 – Automatic Continuous motion Shrink Wrapping Machine. New entrant in Line O Matic Product  basket for wrapping of notebooks. It is sturdy, fast, safe and easy to operate.

    !!! Line O Matic will uncover most sophisticated technological advancement of Bolt RB104 MAX & SWM 100 in Printpack India 2019 at Hall # 09, Stand # E43 !!! 

    Line O Matic also displaying existing range of machines:-

    SHS 104S - Super High Speed Ruling/Flexo Printing Machine & Uno B104 - Exercise Book Binding Machine. Both are offline machines to make soft cover staple pin type exercise notebooks.
    This is an excellent opportunity for companies or entrepreneur who wants to enter into exercise notebook manufacturing segment or want to diversify business… to see our Fully Automatic and Semi-Automatic machines on single platform and to avail special offers and discounts…

     

             Never Seen Before…
    Kindly refer: www.lineomatic.com for more details. 

    Tue, 29/01/2019
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    Avantha Group is set to sell its agro chemicals unit, Solaris ChemTechNSE 0.00 %, to Agrocel Industries for about Rs. 800 crore as the Gautam Thapar-controlled firm is selling its non-core businesses to repay some outstanding debt. 

    Agrocel, part of the Shroff Group of Companies which includes Excel Industries, is expected to sign definitive agreement in the coming week and an announcement is due before year-end, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told. 
    The transaction is expected to bring some relief to Avantha Group, which has total debt of more than Rs 12,500 crore. Lenders have already dragged one of the group companies, Bilt Graphic Papers, which borrowed close to Rs. 7,000 crore, to NCLT to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against the company. “The group has been desperately trying to sell this asset for a long time. They did try a deal with a strategic US investor, but it couldn’t complete it. However, this time, they struck a deal with Agrocel and a definitive agreement will be signed within a week,” said one of the sources mentioned above. 
    Avantha group did not respond to emailed queries until press timeW. Avantha sold part of Solaris to the Aditya Birla Group in May 2013. After that deal, which included the chlor-alkali and phosphoric acid divisions, Solaris is left with bromine manufacturing and distribution. The group had signed a deal to sell the remaining company to USbased Chemtura Corporation, but the transaction was not completed. 

     

    Tue, 15/01/2019

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