Board Converting News, October 25, 2021

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years October 25, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 43

Albany Packaging Increases Folding Carton Efficiencies In today’s highly competitive business environment, producing high quality products with increased efficiency are not just catchphrases, they are a necessity. Ever since 1947, Albany Packaging has remained committed to providing the highest quality folding carton products to well-known grocers, restaurants, convenience stores, apparel and re- tailers across North America.

FBA: Shipments Slip In September 2021

According to statistics released by the Fibre Box Association (FBA), industry shipments of corrugated products decreased 1.8 per- cent, from 34.901 bsf in September of 2020 to 34.261 bsf in September of 2021. Aver- age-week shipments also decreased 1.8 per- cent, from 8.310 bsf in 2020 to 8.157 bsf in 2021. Shipments rose to 4.5 percent year-to- date over 2020’s rate. Containerboard consumption decreased 2.4 percent, from 2.8459 million tons in Sep- tember of 2020 to 2.7786 million tons in Sep- tember of 2021. Consumption, however, in- creased 3.8 percent year-to-date over 2020, from 24.5672 million tons to 25.4959 million tons. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants increased 3.8 percent from August to September 2021. Weeks of supply increased from 3.4 to 3.5. or 2.9 percent. “As domestic demand has slowed, con- tainerboard inventories have risen, adding volume for six consecutive months, including 60,800 tons last month,” noted Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newsletter. “Weeks of supply, which had been as low as 3.4 weeks in April, rose to 4.1 weeks at the end of last

For more than 70 years, this professional folding carton solutions supplier has specialized in the sheeting, printing, die cutting, window- ing, and gluing of paperboard. As business has skyrocketed, its solu- tion to increase capacity was to recently install a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 seven-color press along with a Koenig & Bauer AllPro 145 folder gluer. Since it went live, the new press has provided a 60 per- cent increase in press productivity and has saved the company set-up time, while reducing waste and job turnaround time. “We believe that our commitment to manufacturing efficiency is the driver behind our continual success,” says Daniel Engelberg, Sales and Project Manager, Albany Packaging. “Being one of the few packaging manufacturers that provides large-format production in Canada, we are fortunate enough to have the capabilities to adapt to ever-changing market trends and meet customer specific requests. Our investments in large-format equipment, such as our new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 seven-color press, Koenig & Bauer AllPro 145 folder gluer, dual-lane CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 From left, Ly Nguyen, Albany’s Lead Press Operator; Zaheer Akram, Alba- ny’s Production Manager; and Daniel Engelberg, Albany’s Director of Busi- ness Development and U.S. Sales, at the Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 press.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 4 ICPF Holiday Weekend In NY Sold Out, Waiting List Available 10 CST Systems Introduces The Renova Revolution Signode Launches Multi FleX1 Stretch Hood Technology 18 EFI Introduces Fiery FS500 Pro Platform

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80


CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.

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2021 ICPF Holiday Weekend In NY Sold Out, Waiting List Available The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) reported that its upcoming Holiday Weekend in New York, scheduled for December 10-12, 2021, is another early sell out. While the event is at capacity, those wishing to sign up for the waiting list or determine if there is a late opening can email ICPF wishes to thank the 2021 holiday weekend corpo- rate registrants as well as the 2021 sponsors that include BW Papersystems, Fosber America, Greif, Kiwiplan, Pratt Industries, and WestRock, An additional “thank you” to Smurfit Kappa, which provides weekend event promotion designs and materials, and to AICC, FBA, Container-Board. com, CORRUGATED Today , Board Converting News , PPI Publications and RISI that provided promotional assis- tance in publications and on websites throughout the year. Not only does ICPF’s Holiday Weekend in New York offer a great opportunity for participants to catch up with executive peers and enjoy the best Manhattan has to offer during the holiday season, it helps to financially support ICPF’s educational programs and student outreach. See the front page of the 7/5/21 and 10/4/21 issues of Board Converting News to read articles (archived at www.board- ) outlining ICPF’s work with students and its success in providing recruiting resources.

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FBA: Shipments Slip (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021

month. At the end of last month, stocks at mills and box plants were 16.4 percent Storat also reported that production of durable goods declined by a sharp 1.5 percent last month and has risen by 3.2 percent during the first three quarters of 2021. “As a greater share of consumer spending is expected to go toward services in the months ahead, non-durable goods spending will ease,” he noted. “Supply chain disruptions and labor shortages have been hampering operations at box plants. Shortages of truck drivers and other disrup- tions to the supply chain are likely to last significantly lon- ger than first anticipated.” AF&PA released its Q3 2021 Containerboard Quarterly Report. Statistics indicated that total containerboard pro- duction in Q3 increased nine percent compared to Q3 2020. It was up seven percent when compared to the same nine months of 2020. Q3 2021 production of con- tainerboard for export increased ten percent compared to the same quarter last year; it was down 15 percent year- to-date. The containerboard operating rate was 95.6 percent, up 1.7 points from Q3 2020 and up 1.5 points year-to-date Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of Sep- tember increased 35,000 short tons from the end of the previous quarter and were up 19,000 short tons compared to September 2020.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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Renova is always searching for innovative solutions that improve every aspect of the operators’ work, from safe- ty to productivity. To achieve the purposes, in 2017 they began to think of a new technology that would improve every phase of the line, from roll preparation to splicing, passing through start-up and braking. The idea was born by interposing a regenerative mo- tor between the reel and the pneumatic brake. They have thus invented and patented an innovative energy-recov- ery hybrid brake: Revolution. The multi-disc pneumatic brake and the energy recov- ery motor work in tandem, always guaranteeing the re- quired braking performances. Thanks to the electrical axis, the system can also detect and avoid slippage by check-

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Signode Launches Multi FleX1 Electric Stretch Hood Technology

Glenview, Illinois based Signode, a leading global manufacturer of end- of-line packaging equipment, tools, and consumables, has announced the introduction of its new Multi FleX1 Electric stretch hood technology. The Multi FleX1 Electric is the latest addition to Signode’s popular Lachenmeier brand of stretch hooders used around the globe for opti- mized load containment. The newest offering features an electrically oper-

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Signode Launches (CONT’D FROM PAGE 12)

“The new addition will help improve work flow and in- crease production capacity to meet growing sales with both printing and converting customers,” said Matt Umen- tum, President, of Rol-Tec. “This includes a specially con- trolled 2,200 s.f center that houses our new laser engrav- ing machines. We not only produce the highest quality print sleeves, but our state-of-the-industry laser engraving technology can handle the largest cylinders and process customer art files direct to PDF without manual art ma- nipulation. This speeds production time, reduces file art charges, and prevents potential file transfer errors.” The company’s expanded metal machining operation is already transitioning into the new space to support the company’s roller and sleeve production. Machine installs start with five turning lathes including three full CNC lathes, two CNC milling centers and two CNC machining centers. A new CNC engine lathe capable of handling 240-inch roll lengths is presently awaiting delivery. Three new 5-ton bridge cranes can easily handle heavy rollers. Recently, Rol-Tec also increased roll production capa- bilities with the 2020 acquisition of Axis Grinding, a pre- cision roll manufacturer and roll grinder, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The plant expansion additionally accommodates a new employee locker room, new break room, and additional parking. The company growth is now driving new hiring. Employment inquiries are welcome by phone or via the company website: .

As a leader in transit packaging, Signode provides extensive testing and verification of its technologies and products before application on the production floor. Sig- node’s International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) certi- fied lab provides a host of state-of-the art testing devices, including temperature-controlled rooms, drop-test equip- ment, and vibration tables. It also performs European Safe Logistics Association (EUMOS) testing, which is a dynamic test that can help evaluate the rigidity and stability of a load that is subjected to horizontal accelerations and de- celerations during transport. Visit es-new-multi-flex1-electric/ for more information. Rol-Tec Completes Major Plant Expansion Green Bay, Wisconsin based Rol-Tec has completed con- struction of a 15,700-square-foot addition to its Green Bay headquarters, where it manufactures rubber covered roll- ers, metal roller bases, laser-engraved flexo sleeves, and tungsten carbide roller coatings for printing, industrial and converting operations throughout North America. The company is also a manufacturer of custom cast urethane parts for a variety of industrial applications.


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Albany Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

window machines, and tray-former have increased overall plant productivity by 26 percent this year.” Located outside of Toronto, the 87,000-square-foot fa- cility in Markham, Ontario, totals over 50 employees. Its customer base, which is situated throughout North Amer- ica, is comprised of 50 percent grocery accounts, 40 per- cent in the custom print market, eight percent in the food service industry (specifically restaurants and bakeries), and two percent in the apparel market. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth in our custom print division,” says Engelberg. “With decades of expe- rience, we work with our customers to design and build custom boxes for bakery, cupcake, donuts, and other food packaging items like food trays and additional packaging supplies that suit their needs. Having the new Rapida 145 allows us to efficiently produce that work, which calls for

shorter run lengths with more creative designs for particu- lar holidays and other special work.” From left, Marek Dajnarowicz, Head of the Finishing Depart- ment; Zaheer Akram, Production Manager; and Daniel Engel- berg, Director of Business Development and U.S. Sales.

Armed with the new Koenig & Bauer Rap- ida 145 large-format press, Albany is utilizing its seven-color units and QualiTronic color control system to deliver the branding its cus- tomers demand. Not only does the new press assist Albany’s customers with high quality, but it strengthens its reputation in the market- place as a provider that saves on makeready times and can easily produce consistent col- or-matched packaging. Albany’s notable cus- tomers, restaurants and convenience stores include Boston Pizza and 7-Eleven, as well as retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Koenig & Bauer AllPro folder gluer is one of Albany’s more recent additions to its facility, bringing a total of four machines to its post-press delivery. It’s an important addition, says Engelberg, because it provides more ca- pacity and increases the size of the packag- es that can be produced. Everything is now automated, he says, and this department is displaying much higher speeds and efficiency. Sustainable packaging is a key component of Albany’s mantra. “As consumers continue to seek sustainable and eco-friendly packaging solutions, we’ve placed our efforts into form- ing relationships with paperboard suppliers that value and echo these environmental con- cerns,” says Engelberg. “As for production, we always make sure that our products are made of recyclable, high-density paperboard – al- lowing for durability and performance. “Our goal is to provide our customers with a positive experience and create the highest quality designs for them. When we deliver on those two-fold areas, we have succeeded in conveying our efficient, and reliable service and retaining another happy customer. That’s how we measure our company’s success.”


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olution images. For more advanced preflight checks, Fiery Preflight Pro verifies file compliance with industry standards and specifications, such as PDF/X, PDF/VT, PDF 2.0, or GWG (Ghent Workgroup). The visual Pre- flight Pro Report makes it easy to find file errors, speed- ing time to print. Customers can produce higher-qual- ity jobs and personalized prints with a native Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.5 workflow, the default interpreter on external Fiery servers and an option on embedded servers; • More-accurate brand colors. A new Fiery TrueBrand solution for corporate users makes it easy to ensure accurate printing of brand colors from Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. In production environments, the new version of Fiery Spot Pro makes it faster for print pro- viders to get a media ready to print by optimizing all spot colors at once for the most accurate reproduction of brand colors; • Advanced security. Fiery FS500 Pro provides new fea- tures for high security environments, ensuring compli- ance with customer security requirements and industry standards. In addition to the latest security updates, Fiery FS500 Pro servers include a security audit log that can integrate into customer Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, which help to detect and proactively address security-related issues. For more information about Fiery Driven printing using the world’s leading DFE solutions, visit .

• Faster job processing. Print providers will benefit from faster job processing time and up to 40% faster appli- cation launch time to produce more jobs per shift. For example, with the new Fiery FS500 Pro hardware and software platform, a graphics-intensive, 100-page pho- tobook processes 36 percent faster compared with previous Fiery platforms; • Faster turnaround time for short runs. Advanced Fiery features speed up administration and production of print jobs in fast moving print shops. A new print time estimation feature helps print operations better plan and schedule production resources for a more profit- able operation; • Fiery JobExpert, now available for all Fiery servers, saves valuable production minutes from job setup time by automatically choosing the right color and imaging settings. This unique feature is an example of adding intelligence to the digital front end compared to OEM DFEs that require users to know a myriad of settings to get jobs done correctly. • More sellable print, less waste. Fiery FS500 Pro has more tools available for detecting potential errors in files, reducing both production time and waste. Ex- ternal FS500 Pro servers now come standard with Fiery Preflight, which provides basic preflight checks for problems such as missing spot colors or low-res-


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WSoftSoftware To Launch Integrated Software Suite

matically applies the cash. For companies with more than one database/ERP system, the program provides a single source to apply cash. By increasing the efficiency of AR to apply cash, the company now has more time to do Credit and Collections in turn reducing a company’s days sales outstanding. The Disbursement Program increases a company’s options to make payments. Most systems allow for ACH and printing checks to a local printer. WSoftSoftware’s Dis- bursement program takes the payment information and allows companies to make payments not only by ACH and in house printing, but also allowing your bank to print and mail checks. The program also allows payments via credit card and eliminates intercompany disbursements. The program centralizes the credit and collection pro- cess into one program. The AR Collection program shows the user who is not paying their bills and allows the user to drill into that customer’s AR. This program displays who to call and the phone number. It allows the user to not only email your customer their statement but emails a copy of the invoice and signed bill of lading. “Now the customer has all the information to pay their bill,” said the software’s creator, Jim Williams. “In short, this software reduces the need for a large accounting staff, while increasing the accuracy and speed of the process.” For more information about the software and a biogra- phy of the creator, visit or email Jim Williams at

WSoftSoftware has announced the impending release of a single-source integrated software suite that can increase the accuracy of a company’s AP and AR processing and increase disbursement options from two to five. The soft- ware gives companies a quicker way to send customers not only statements but copies of invoices and signed bill of lading/delivery receipt. One of the largest independent corrugated companies in the U.S. has been using this software for over 15 years, and it is now ready to be released to the corrugated indus- try and the general public. The AutoAP program allows a company’s vendors to email or FTP their invoices, which then gets imported into the AutoAP Program. This program then performs a three- way match to verify a PO was entered, the product was received, and matches the vendor’s invoice. Unmatched invoices go on a daily exception report that gets emailed to the user who will be required to fix the exception. By reducing the time it takes to process a company’s AP, the company has more ability to negotiate better terms with the vendor. The Lockbox program reduces the time it takes to ap- ply cash. This program imports your bank’s lockbox file, matches the payment to the customer’s invoice, then auto-


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Domino Presents New 3D i-Tech Animations For Its Digital Press Domino Digital Printing Solutions has created three videos detailing the unique and sophisticated intelligent Technol- ogy i-Tech features that are incorporated within the Dom- ino X630i digital inkjet corrugated press. Based on Domi- no’s proven Generation 6 inkjet platform, this single pass, aqueous press includes the automated i-Tech ActiFlow, CleanCap and StitchLink components, which combine to create a digital printing system that is altogether more flex- ible and reliable. The i-Tech ActiFlow continuous ink recirculation sys- tem delivers consistent print color and superior reliability; the automated i-Tech CleanCap print head cleaning and capping station maintains constant reliable print nozzle performance; and i-Tech StitchLink micro motor controller technology ensures precise print head alignment enabling seamless print across the full sheet width. The 3D animation videos can be viewed at the follow- ing links: • Domino X630i i-Tech ActiFlow: https://domino-na. • Domino X630i i-Tech CleanCap: https://domino-na. • Domino X630i i-Tech StitchLink: https://domino-na. Domino is also announcing that it is an exhibitor and the main sponsor of FEFCO’s Technical Seminar which took place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen from Octo- ber 20-22. This event entitled “Intelligent manufacturing - the digitalization of the corrugated industry” will bring to- gether corrugated packaging producers and suppliers of machinery, technology and services to discuss key indus- try challenges and share knowledge and insights into the latest technical advancements.For more information, visit: .

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AICC To Hold Virtual Plant Tour At Acme Corrugated Box Co.

AICC is continuing its Virtual Plant Tour Series on Novem- ber 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EST at Acme Corrugated Box Co., a third generation, family-owned, corrugated packaging manufacturer in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Registration is free to AICC members. Acme serves the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland and has been an innovator in the corrugated packaging industry for over a century. Becom- ing an integral part of the supply chain allows the company to provide solutions for its customers’ packaging needs. Utilizing state-of-the-art robotics and high-speed automat- ed machinery, Acme remains a preferred packaging sup- plier and solution provider in the region, from concept to delivery. To register in advance, visit .

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DS Smith Survey: Pandemic Triggers Embrace Of Sustainable Packaging A pandemic-induced surge in e-commerce has left shop- pers with more boxes than ever before, triggering a rush by consumers to embrace recycling and raising the de- mand for sustainable packaging. But while there’s more interest in sustainability – especially among millennials – many buyers say they’re frustrated by the amount of unre- cyclable material showing up and the lack of easy access to local recycling sites. Those are among the major findings of a national sur- vey by DS Smith, a leading paper and packaging company that focuses on creating innovative and sustainable pack- aging solutions. A previous DS Smith survey shows 44 percent of respondents report getting more deliveries during the

COVID-19 pandemic. The latest results validate DS Smith’s work in producing more sustainable products for its busi- ness customers. An overwhelming 83 percent of consum- ers surveyed say the packages they receive aren’t fully re- cyclable because they contain other materials like plastic or Styrofoam. Only 17 percent report getting all-recyclable packages. The survey, taken last month, revealed dramatic home and lifestyle changes, with 30- to 39-year-olds having the largest jump in recycling habits due to the pandemic. More than a quarter (26 percent) say they’re recycling more, fol- lowed by those age 18 to 29 doing more at 21 percent. “DS Smith provides sustainable packaging for its cus- tomers with the goal of leading the transition to the circular economy,” said Mark Ushpol, Managing Director of Pack- aging at DS Smith. “Recycling is an important piece of that process, and with the rapid growth of e-commerce putting more boxes into homes than ever before, it’s encouraging to see this shift in consumer behavior toward recycling more.”

DS Smith is working to combat the deluge of unrecyclable packaging plaguing consum- ers by using its Circular Design Principles, developed and launched last year alongside

the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, to eliminate waste from its packaging in the early design stages. These results also come after DS Smith’s recent announcement that it has embedded its pioneering Circular Design Metrics across all its packaging sites. In an industry first, DS Smith can now measure and quantify the sus- tainability performance of each of its packag- CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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