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High Anxiety as Sales on Recycled Paper are Suspended

6 Mar, 2008 By: Tetsuo Kubo imageSource

High Anxiety as Sales on Recycled Paper are Suspended

In order to help prevent global warming, government offices and large
corporations in Japan have adopted “Recycled Copy/Printer Paper” -- which is
manufactured 100% from used paper and is a way to reduce the usage of virgin
pulp made by deforestation.

However, this procedure finds that the actual paper content by percentage for
the used paper is less than 100%, so the copier manufacturers are temporarily
suspending recycled copy paper sales, thus getting providers into a state of
high anxiety. As all or most of the large paper supply manufacturers in Japan
“inaccurately reported” the percentage mix rate of used paper, copier
manufacturers have gotten embroiled into a dilemma that means that they will not
be able to easily procure copy paper, especially if they completely stop dealing
with these paper manufacturers.

It is natural to assume that the paper manufacturers are to blame, based on
the fact that most misled customers on product quality, however, partial
responsibility seems to lie on the large users like government offices who had
been pushing the paper manufacturers for the products sooner, seeking
unreasonable requirements on the mix rate. 

Government offices have been purchasing copy paper using the used paper/100%
since the Law on Promoting Green Purchasing* took effect in 2001. The mix rate
of used paper they have procured started with 40% in 1995, and continued to
increase to 92% in 2001 and 98% in 2002.  It has been believed it was still such
until this false rate was exposed. However, despite of the difficulties in
realizing the paper quality of used paper, paper manufacturers seem to have
fallen into the position of not being able to say “no, we cannot,” (do this
easily) with the increasing requirement on the used paper mix rate backed by the
users’ recognition that this should be an important eco-friendly product.

* Law Concerning the Promotion of Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods and
Services by the State and Other Entities.

Ricoh Launched 16ppm Compact A4-size Color Laser Printer

Ricoh Corporation launched the newly developed “IPSiO SP C220” (open price)
that has realized high productivity of 16 color/monochrome pages per minute on
its compact and stylish body like monochrome printers. It targets not only Japan
but the U.S. market where color printers have been growing. Target monthly sales
number is 1,500 units. This machine can be used as a color laser printer in
small size offices like SOHO, or shops where space is limited, and can also be
used as a printer alongside desks and/or as a shared printer in small
workgroups. The new product is the first product developed by “Osaka Development
Center” with which its development structure has been strengthened for the
low-end (small, lower-priced & for small workgroups) color printer market which
has been growing more rapidly recently.  The company has plans to enhance their
product line-up for the color printers in this class.

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