World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers


"Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics" – THE new reference guide for the print industry

"Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics" – THE new reference guide for the print industry

Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 2017-01-25

The best-practice guide, “Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics”, has just been published and is available as the global reference for suppliers, transporters, converters and printers to improve their efficiency.

The guide is a result of a unique collaborative project involving more than 30 organisations across every part of the paper supply chain and from different printing processes and paper users –— whether sheetfed or web offset, gravure, flexo or digital. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) was a proud member of the project.

Paper is a demanding cargo with a high economic unit value, requiring specialised techniques, tools and facilities for handling, logistics, storage and preparation for printing. Substrates are also the highest single cost for all printing and packaging applications — any reduction in their waste and damage improves both economic and environmental performance.

WAN-IFRA’s technical expert working groups and the World Printers Forum together with their partners have evaluated various options to effectively update the 24 years old IFRA orange reference book ‘Newsprint and Newsink Guide’. Finally the ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ project provides the long-awaited solution.

Modular structure 

The heavily illustrated guide features an easy-to-read text to better understand how best practices are a tool to improve performance and trouble-shooting for everyone – whether they are supervisors, operating staff, suppliers or supply chain managers. The 270-page guide is structured in 11 modules:

  1. Paper & Cores - Wrapping & Pallets
  2. Inspect, Report, Evaluate & Repair
  3. Warehouse and Paper Store
  4. Paper Handling Equipment
  5. Roll and Pallet Handling
  6. Transport – Securing & Lashing
  7. Road Transport
  8. Rail Transport
  9. Transport – Containers
  10. Transport – Maritime Shipping
  11. At the Printer – Paper onto Press

Free e-book

The guide has a cover price of €250 / $280 for the print edition but is available as a free e-book by simply registering at: www.ophal.info.

About the initiative

‘Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics’ is a collaborative project made possible by the participation of: ABP • Axel Springer • Bolzano-Auramo • Cascade • Dalim • Earthpac Oy • ERA • FMS • Goss • Holmen • Kasturi & Sons (The Hindu Group) • icmPrint • Idealliance • IF P&C • Intakt • KBA • Malayala Manorama • Mondi • NOPA • Paperdam • Sappi • SCA • Sonoco-Alcore • SpanSet • Stora Enso • tesa • The Times of India Group • TRANSWAGGON • UPM • WAN-IFRA

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