Resolute Forest Products and National Envelope Announce Partnership to Expand Availability of AlignTM Papers
MONTREAL, April 20, 2012 – Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: ABH) (TSX: ABH) and National Envelope today announced a unique partnership that will provide customers with an expanded portfolio of solutions, including folio-size sheets using Resolute’s innovative, high-yield, sustainable paper. This alliance is an integral part of both companies’ continued emphasis on providing customers with industry-leading eco-friendly solutions.
Resolute recently launched Align™, its family of high-opacity, high-bulk, environmentally responsible papers that can be used as alternatives to chemical pulp coated and uncoated freesheet in most commercial printing applications. When compared to traditional offset papers, Align grades deliver a smaller environmental footprint and greater cost savings to customers.
When comparing the overall product life cycle, Align grades have less impact on the environment than traditional freesheet papers, including a carbon footprint that is from 35% to 85% smaller than that of the average freesheet grade. Furthermore, thanks to its higher bulk and opacity at a lower basis weight, customers receive all the printability they expect, but at a lower cost. Based on their needs, Align customers can either pay less for paper, pay less for postage, or print and mail more at the same cost.
“Through this partnership with National Envelope, even more end-users – including those supplied by sheet-fed printers – can benefit from the environmental and economic savings that the Align paper line brings,” stated Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products. “This effort fits with Resolute’s goal of helping more customers reduce their own environmental footprint.”
“As National Envelope continues to evolve, this is a strategic milestone toward transforming into a more diversified sustainability-oriented supplier,” said Ken Winterhalter, Chief Executive Officer of National Envelope. “This partnership will enable more customers to have access to environmental solutions without having to pay a premium.”