Bit of a change Monday

Monday’s Maui News may look a little bit different to you because we are going to begin printing on narrower paper.

The length of the paper will remain the same but the width of each page will be 1 inch narrower. Type and images will remain the same height but their width will be slightly reduced using a process known as anamorphic scaling.

Like many other industries, newspapers have faced an increasing cost of the consumables used in manufacturing our product. Many paper companies have turned away from producing newsprint to producing other, more profitable sheets. While demand has gone down, so has supply.

Over the last year or so, we have received several price increases from our supplier. To compound the situation, our supplier is a Canadian mill and last month it passed along what are now called “preliminary” tariffs to their customers. According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will decide later this summer whether or not to make the tariffs permanent.

In any event, the tariffs our paper company passed along to us amounted to a 14 percent increase in the cost of our newsprint. That was done with seven days’ notice.

The Sun-Times story said tariffs now under study could hike the prices by as much as 32 percent.

Our problem is that there are not a lot of choices for a supplier of newsprint to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We hope there are not more tariffs imposed because we, not the supplier, will end up paying for them.

In the meantime, though, we appreciate your readership. We’d also urge you — once again — to support the fine companies that advertise in The Maui News.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.