Month: January 2018

The turning of the calendar brought no relief for North American thermal paper players, as global markets remain roiled by a combination of higher costs for everything from pulp to freight coupled with chemical shortages and a growing scarcity of paper. “Constantly escalating prices and a shortage of paper supply have made it very challenging…

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, has signed a contract to deliver large-scale IT outsourcing services to Henkel, a global leader operating worldwide in three business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry; Home Care. As part of the contract, Atos will be responsible for Henkel’s Datacenter infrastructure, globally hosted in two main sites in…

Increasing emphasis on smart manufacturing in the industry is exposing an unfortunate truth. Competition between suppliers of advanced manufacturing technologies has driven improvements in delivery and quality while driving down costs. Though most new technology investments meet buyers’ specifications, too many fail to deliver the business impact that originally justified the investment. Worse, the cost…

WestRock (WRK) is acquiring KapStone Paper (KS) which in itself has been a serial acquirer, thereby combining two very entrepreneurial businesses, at least in the top management team. The deal to acquire KapStone, which adds about a fifth to WestRock’s sales, looks fair as WestRock should be able to reap the benefits of the synergies, equal to a few…