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Resolute Forest Products and National Envelope Announce Partnership to Expand Availability of Align(TM) Papers

April 20, 2012

MONTREAL, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – 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(TM), 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.”

To learn more about Resolute’s Align papers or to order samples, please
visit www.alignpaper.com.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products
industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint,
commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company
owns or operates 18 pulp and paper mills and 23 wood products
facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its
products in more than 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified
100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management
standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products, formerly doing
business as AbitibiBowater, trade under the stock symbol ABH on both
the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more
information visit www.resolutefp.com.

Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association
of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are
partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to
identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of
balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human
activities:  environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a
member of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, in which
businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.

About National Envelope

National Envelope, a portfolio company of The Gores Group, is one of the
largest manufacturers of envelopes in the world, with 9 manufacturing
facilities, 2 distribution centers, and over 2,400 employees in the
United States. The company is an environmental leader in the paper and
envelope converting industries with certifications from the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC), Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Forestry
Initiative(®) (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC),
and Green Seal. The organization is also an EPA Green Power Partner.
For more information about National Envelope, please visit www.nationalenvelope.com


Source: PR Newswire