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In this issue we take a closer look at the raw materials used in Offset Printing with a particular focus on industry trends Specially Quarterly

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Materials and Printing

The Paper/ Board Timeline

An overview of offset printing raw materials

The Quality of

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A pictorial timeline of the process. Page 3

A more detailed look at various applications. Page 2

A Conversation about Material Matters - We talk with our very own industry specialist. Page 4

The Way Forward Raw Material Quality Assurance Page 4

News Back Board (NBB)

The Right Stuff

• Excellent finish for printing • Ideal for variable packaging: health, cosmetics, electronics, food and drink

Solid Bleached Sulphate Board (SBS)

The first step to any high quality finished product is choosing the right raw materials. Paper and Board

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• A family of boards ideal for printing • Used in fast food applications

Board (NBB) and Solid Bleached Polycoated Board Sulphate Board (SBS). • Presents a smooth printable surface

By and large printing involves the use Kraft Back Board (KBB) of paper and paperboard. This material becomes the canvas for offset • Stiff, durable and exceptionally strong printing.

• Ideal for containing gravies, sauces and liquids

• Smooth finish for superior aesthetic At Cariflex, we are able to print on paper and paperboard of varying Produced in a range of grammages, presentation

quality and thicknesses. We would be happy to discuss the options available • Optimal for printing and food storage for your specific product or future In this issue of our newsletter, we will projects. applications explore some of the applications of Kraft Back Board (KBB), News Back calipers and thicknesses, paperboard • Ideal for folding, filling and shipping can be shipped in rolls or sheets.

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Board Characteristics

Kraft Back Board

Superior support and rigidity for higher end food packaging

High End Food Packaging

Medium to High

6 to 8 weeks

News Back Board

Pliable. Suitable for dry food packaging

Food, medical, industrial and cosmetic packaging

Medium

6 to 8 weeks

Solid Bleached Board

Medium Density. Good for printing.

Disposable food packaging

Low to Medium

6 to 8 weeks

Coated to protect board integrity from contact with liquid

Disposable food packaging - Wet foods, Cups

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6 to 8 weeks

Polycoated Board

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How Paper/Board is Made

Harvesting Timber

Refining

Paper Pulp

Paper Making

Shipping

The process begins when timber is selected for harvesting.

The bark from the harvested logs trees is separated from the rest of the trunk. The trunk goes through what is essentially a large wood-chipping machine.

After the pulp is cleaned and screened so as to remove any r e m a i n i n g contaminants or impurities, Paper is made in m ills using s p e c i a l i z e d machinery and stored in rolls or converted into sheets for shipping.

In general goods take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to arrive.

Trees are selected by mills to be converted into paper and paperboard.

The wood is processed into pulp the main ingredient for paper and paperboard.

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During this process the pulp is treated and broken down in preparation to create the end The wood is further product of paper. refined before processing.

Barring any delays, once the goods arrive they may take up to an additional week to reach the plant.

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“Speaking of Paperboard” - A Conversation with our Materials Manager The conversation below takes place between Lester Afoon, our Materials Manager and Michelle Ramlagan, our Communications Officer. Over the course of the interview Lester gives a candid, behind the scenes look at what processes are involved in getting materials to the plant to produce orders.

Lester: We’ve been trying to move to this more and more in the past year as a means of keeping costs down and maintaining customers’ prices in spite of raw material prices.

Michelle: Tell us a little about what your portfolio at Cariflex. Lester: Well, in a nutshell my job involves monitoring stock levels and ordering materials that meet with customer expectations for all of our customers based on Sales persons’ projections. Before placing the order, I collect projections from Sales, who would have collected these from customers and we use this as the basis for ordering materials and negotiating prices with existing and new suppliers. Michelle: So essentially, you put together your shopping list based on what customers tell you they will need? Lester: Yes. Michelle: What happens if a customer places an order that we did not receive a projection for? Lester: Well, if the customer has been with us for years,we may have material for them that we ordered based on historical trends and the time of year that we are buying. But we also might not have material for them. We may need to borrow material from another customer, but this could create a problem. Michelle: What kind of problem? Lester: Late deliveries. A job might print short. Or we might not be able to fulfill a customer’s request at all. Provided we get timely projections from customers, this won’t be a problem. Otherwise stock allocation has to be juggled and improvised and there will be repercussions - domino effect Michelle: How much lead time do you need from customers when it comes to projections? Lester: Ideally, we want projections for the whole year three months before the start of the year and times of deliveries for customers. We want these confirmed in writing at least three months in advance for every quarter. And even confirmed orders three months in advance for each customer. Material takes about two weeks for the mill to produce and then about two months to ship, an additional week to get to the plant and then two weeks to produce. 4

Michelle: This sounds like it would be hard to do. Lester: To an extent. But once we all work together we find a way. There are other benefits to this too. We can keep prices for customers low because our own carrying costs are low because we are not carrying excess stock. Customers meeting this request will get better prices , timely delivery, good quality and complete or full deliveries.

Golden Rules of Ordering #1 As far as possible, provide Blanket Orders for the year #2 Give Projections and Delivery Dates 3 to 6 months in advance #3 Confirm any changes a minimum of three months in advance Confirmation of Food Contact Conformity in accordance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) We assure our customers that the inks and paper boards used at Cariflex (1994) Ltd are fully compliant with US FDA regulations. Further, we are pleased to supply our customers with the assurance that our raw materials are obtained from mills in possession of Forest Stewarship Council (FSC) Certification. Cariflex (1994) Ltd


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Technically Speaking Caliper: Thickness of board, measure in points in increments of two (12 point, 14 point, 16 point etc.) The higher the caliper, the thicker the board.

Taber Stiffness: The stiffness and resiliency properties of materials measured up to 10,000 Taber Stiffness Units. The higher the number, the stiffer the board.

Grammage: The mass per unit area (in grams per meter squared). The higher the grammage the stiffer the product

Clay-Coated: The white coating on paper or paperboard that provides a smooth, stable surface for printing.

Grease Resistance: Protection against grease penetration Wet Strength: A measure of how well fibres hold together against rupture when wet Point: Unit of paper thickness Fibres: The naturally occurring threads or filaments in plant material that make up paper and paperboard

Grain Direction: The direction in which fibres run in sheets of paper.

To speak to a representative, visit, call or email us. Visit us at www.cariflex.com General Inquiries: info@cariflex.com Marketing: Ms. Blossom Heeraman Blossom@cariflex.co International Sales: Ms. Nicole Sam Nicole@cariflex.co Tel: 1-868-642-8877 Fax: 1-868-642-1265

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