Board Converting News, December 14, 2020

FSEA Releases Repulpability Study To Allay Sustainability Concerns The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has re- leased a new study on the repulpability of paper deco- rated with foil, produced in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute. The association has been proactive in working to sep- arate the decorated products that FSEA members provide (produced via hot foil, cold foil or digital foil transfer pro- cesses, as well as transfer metallized board or paper), from the use of foil laminated paper and board, which can be a more difficult product to recycle or repulp. Ten years ago, the association published a study on the Recyclability and Repulpability of Foil Decorated Paper/Board in partnership with Pira International, a third-party research firm located in the United Kingdom. In 2020, as sustainability issues come to the forefront of the print decorating industry, the association commis- sioned a second study to be undertaken by the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute. The study demon- strates that foil decorated paper and board via foil stamp- ing do not create problems in the recyclability/repulpabili- ty of paper and/or board in a common repulping process. “Having an updated study on the repulpability of foil-decorated paper/board was of high priority due to con- tinued questions on metallic decorating and sustainability,”

stated FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “We believe the release of this most recent study will help confirm that foil decorated paper/board is recyclable and repulpable.” For further information or to receive a copy of the study, contact FSEA at (785) 271-5816 or email

drupa 2021 To Be Cancelled, Will Now Be A Virtual Event

Following close consultation with exhibitors and partners, the 2021 edition of drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, will be cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next event will take place as scheduled from May 28 – June 7, 2024, in Düsseldorf, Germany. To maintain the momentum until then, the or- ganizers will offer “virtual.drupa”, a four-day digital event from April 20 – 23, 2021. “The pandemic has caused great uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors regarding participation in drupa 2021. Travel restrictions and budget pressure have in- creasingly intensified the situation in the print industry,” explained Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. “We have made this decision together with our partners who support this step. It was preceded by a de- tailed process of considering the current conditions and the needs of the industry.” Visit for a drupa Q&A.


December 14, 2020

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