It looks as though 2017 will be a year of compelling market activity for our industry and ISRI will be with us to weather the storms and celebrate the sunshine. Our agenda for the PSI Summit in April is coming together with a packed schedule of events to help drive improvements to the way we do business.
We have an exciting luncheon speaker finalized and ready to discuss the potential for and possible extent of a disruption in scrap exports due to possible changes in the U.S.-China trade relationship. This year's specification summit will focus on proposed changes for acceptable levels of moisture, new processes for deductions and downgrades, redefining prohibitives and outthrows, and many other changes to the preamble of the specifications circular pertaining to recovered paper. If you want to voice an opinion regarding these changes, your attendance will be critical.
Today’s Beat will kick off the new year with extensive market forecasting. It includes a mapping out of some of the larger market trends and focuses on scrap specific market movements. The updates on government relations include a preview of international trade agreements on the federal docket which remains a topic of growing interest. ISRI is tracking and ready to take up the torch on whatever concerns may affect you or that you would like her delve into deeper. Other policy issues of note are tax reforms, regulatory freezes, and packaging legislation.
Rounding out this first Paper Beat of 2017 are reminders from ISRI safety, education & training, chapter relations, and membership divisions. OSHA Form 300A is coming due and there are some pointers on what to bear in mind as you take care of them. We have some webinars on international trade and plastic films. The PSI Scholarship 2017 application is now open and we have new youth outreach materials that are focused on paper for members to use in their local community outreach.
If there is anything else you would like to see out of your ISRI membership, please let us know or contact Mark Carpenter or Bernie Lee, ISRI’s new Paper Division liaison.
Leonard Zeid, Paper Division Chair
Myles Cohen, Paper Stock Industries Chapter President