FMN | May 11th, 2020

Vol. 22 No. 10 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry In Print and Online at ® European Labelstock Demand Surges

May 11, 2020

Print4All To Livestream In June The 2020 edition of the Print4All Conference, the annual meeting of the printing, converting and pack- ag-ing community, will move forward as a streaming event. Preceded by a preview presenta- tion webinar on May 18, the Print4All Conference 2020 will be held in live streaming starting at 11:00 a.m. on June 24, kicking off an opportunity of discussion on innovation, Industry 4.0 and sustainability. Exploring the many iterations of Smart Factory, Digital Factory, Think Factory,Open Factory and Green Fac- tory, the Print4All Conference 2020 will tackle two core themes that are fundamental drivers of the prevailing change, namely sustainability and In- dustry 4.0. There will be round tables focusing on the experiences of the various players of the supply chain. The detailed program and the sub- scription form are available on line on https://conference.print4all. it/ . The participation is for free, pre- registration required.

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E uropean labelstock demand grew by 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter last year, ac- cording to new market research from FINAT, the association for the self-adhesive labeling and narrow web converting industries.

The increase followed modest growth rates of 1.8 percent and 1.4 percent recorded in 2019 and 2018 respectively, although the second half of 2019 already indicated an upward trend with above 3 percent year-on-year increases. The current and future quarter results are and will be severely impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns in countries around Europe since March, as short term demand for critical supplies to the food, pharmaceutical and medical markets surged and retail chains started stockpiling in anticipa- tion of prolonged lockdown periods and consumer hoarding.

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Flexo Wash Offers Virtual Demos

The safety of customers and employees is a top pri- ority for Flexo Wash. Moving projects forward in this shared“new normal”environment means doing things a little differently than before. The Flexo Wash Demo Center is open and fully-operational for Plate Wash- ing, Liquid and Laser Anilox Roll or Gravure Cylinder Cleaning and Parts Washing. The company is offering virtual demos during business hours. The process is as follows: • Send in plates, anilox rolls, gravure cylinders or parts to be cleaned. • Everything will be cleaned in one of Flexo Wash’s U.S. demo centers. • The cleaning process can be shown in real time using FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Google Duo or other methods. • The cleaning process can be recorded and photo- graphed for later viewing. •Anilox rolls can be digitally scoped before and after cleaning. In addition, Flexo Wash now offers a new market- place for purchasing a used or pre-owned Flexo Wash machine. Flexo Wash has recently updated its website to include all Pre-Owned Machines for Sale.

The Marketplace can be found at: https://flex- . There are many advantages to buying a pre-owned machine, according to the company: • All machines come with a six month parts-only warranty. • There is a 90-day money back guarantee. • Most systems are available for immediate delivery. • There is a quick Return on Investment. Flexo Wash President Patrick Potter ( left ) oversees a virtual demo at the company’s Louisville headquarters.

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Labelstock Demand (Cont’d from Page 1) While demand in UK was hit by a significant decline in the months surrounding Brexit, Scandinavia showed a mixed picture, and demand growth in central Eu- rope was slowed down by below-average but still ro- bust growth in Germany. Southern European countries which were most severely hit by Covid-19 (with the exception of France) showed growth numbers in ex- cess of 5 percent. Year-on-year growth was strongest in the eastern Europe with leading markets showing annualized growth rates in excess of 10 percent. Although the Covid-19 lockdowns only started in March, it can be assumed that their impact already came into force in February as customers (both for critical and non-critical goods) started stockpiling. In view of these numbers, it should be no surprise that lead times for self-adhesive materials, especially for non-critical goods have increased substantially. Apart from the availability of raw materials label con- verters are facing the impact of lockdowns through the reduced availability of staff on the shop floor, adjust- ments necessary to comply with tightened operational safety and health measures, and cashflow issues related to unilateral extension of payment terms by customers. Tracking COVID-19 Finat has set up a special Covid-19 website and is hosting regular webinars to update members of the la- bel community on the latest developments and stimu- late the exchange of best practices.Apart from raw ma- terials issues and short-term peak supply tensions, of major concern is the impact of a prolonged economic crisis beyond the current government support packag- es provided in different countries for the coming three to six months. It is anticipated that once these packag- es expire, layoffs increase and credit ratings continue dropping, demand could face a severe downturn. To additionally keep its members informed concern- ing developments in the label industry during the Covid-19 crisis, FINAT has been organising a series of webinars through which members and representa- tives of the national label associations can exchange experiences and best practices. To develop discussion and interaction during the latest FINAT Covid-19 webinar on April 28 a poll was introduced with the following question “What are the 3 priorities for resuming operations in the coming 2-3 months”.The responses were: • Raw materials — 65 percent • Labor disruption — 60 percent • Financial issues — 55 percent • Logistics — 50 percent • Occupational health, safety measures — 40 percent • Other —5 percent

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ICPF Promotes Corrugated Opportunities On February 26, the evening before ICPF’s 2020Tele- conference, 31 top students from ICPF’s partner uni- versities around the country joined visiting corrugat- ed packaging executives in East Lansing, MI for ICPF’s Student/Executive Corrugated Packaging Dialogue Dinner. Students from seven universities were nom- inated by faculty after demonstrating excellence in their course work, and an interest in corrugated pack- aging careers.The students were joined by executives from Green Bay Packaging, GREIF, Packaging Corpora- tion of America, Tavens Packaging, BW Papersystems, Pratt Industries and WestRock. Since the February 26 dinner, half a dozen or more students have received offers from the corrugated packaging companies that participated. The resumes of the 31 students, along with those of over 200 additional students seeking a career in corrugated packaging, are accessible to ICPF corporate partners by visiting the resume bank on ICPF’s career portal at www.careersincorrugated. org . The resume bank is an extensive resource of qual- ity candidates for ICPF corporate partner hiring needs in 2020 and beyond. On February 27, ICPF conducted its annual Telecon-

ference on The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities. More than 500 packaging science, marketing & sales, supply chain management, packaging design/graphic design, busi- ness, chemical engineering, and other students and faculty on 20 college campuses participated. ICPF’s annual broadcast is not a webcast, but a live video con- ference utilizing professional WKARTV personnel and TV broadcast equipment at central Michigan’s PBS stu- dios for two-way interactivity. After their presentation, industry panel speakers,Bry- an Hollenbach, Executive Vice President, Green Bay Packaging, and Rich Ford,Regional Manager, Packaging Corporation of America, as well as student moderator Erin Wilson,VA Tech packaging systems & design ’20, and former ICPF, AICC, Pratt Industries and Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. student intern, addressed live ques- tions from students on each of the 20 campuses. Participating campuses included Appalachian State University, Ball State, Bowling Green State University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson Uni- versity, Dunwoody College of Technology, Indiana State University, Illinois State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North Carolina A &T University, North Car- (Cont’d on Page 15)

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Brook & Whittle Acquires Shrink Label Facility

Brook and Whittle Holdings has expanded its shrink sleeve capabilities with the recent acquisition of a la- bel converting facility in Croydon,Pennsylvania,which manufactures shrink sleeves for consumer and health- care markets supplying many of the leading customers and brands in North America. Brook &Whittle is majority owned by private equity firm Snow Phipps Group. This acquisition is the sec- ond add-on transaction that the company completed since Snow Phipps’ initial investment in October 2017. In November 2018, Brook & Whittle acquired Prime Package & Label. AICC Offers Free Online Courses For Students During this time of uncertainty, when universities have had to close their campuses,AICC,The Indepen- dent Packaging Association, and The Packaging School are protecting the future of the packaging industry by enabling students to continue their corrugated pack- aging education with free online courses. Two courses, Corrugated Containers and Corru- gated Basics , are currently available with additional courses being added each month.Available during the Summer and Fall semesters, the courses can be used as a resource for a Professor’s course, or taken inde- pendently by a student at home. The courses, already free to AICC members, will bridge the gap between on-campus and at-home pack- aging education. Once a school signs up, students or faculty members of higher education studying wood, paper, or packag- ing can visit to register for the courses. AWT Labels & Packaging Wins Multiple Awards AWT Labels & Packaging,Minneapolis,Minnesota, re- ceived a Best of Category and an Award of Recogni- tion in the Printing Industry Midwest (PIMW) annual Star Awards competition. The Best of Category was awarded to AWT for the company’s flexographically printed Veil Cranberry Lime Vodka shrink-sleeve label. AWT received the Award of Recognition for a flex- ographically printed pressure-sensitive label for Olly brand nutritional supplements. In addition, AWT received Certificates of Merit for two other labels submitted for the competition.

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Monadnock Paper Mills, Spectrum Packaging Partner Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., reportedly the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, and Spectrum Packaging Corporation, Orlando, Flor- ida, a specialty folding-carton package printer, have partnered to create an interactive sample kit highlight- ing myriad decorative techniques and paperboard fi- ber options for luxury brands and retailers. AWA Releases Report On Pressure Sensitive Labels With a 40 percent share of the total labeling market, pressure sensitive labels are still the leading label for- mat around the world, according to a new report from AWA Alexander Watson Associates entitled AWAreness Report: Global Pressure sensitive Label Market 2020 . Additionally, pressure sensitive labeling enjoyed 3.3 percent growth in 2019. Today, the Asian region represents the highest per- centage of the pressure sensitive label market, with a 38 percent share, and it is still growing. North Ameri- ca, Europe, and even South America also experienced growth in 2019. However, the fastest-growing, but cur- rently small, regional market is now Africa and Middle East, which saw 3.6 percent growth last year and is a new focus point for the labeling and packaging indus- try as a whole. Globally, the food and beverage end use segments represent the highest usage of pressure sensitive la- bels in primary labeling applications, with a 44 per- cent share of the total market. However, transport and logistics applications represent a 47 percent share of pressure sensitive usage today. A sign of the times, variable information printing is the key factor in sup- porting a safe, trustworthy e-commerce/internet sales supply chain. UPM Raflatac Introduces Recycled Paper Face Material Label to Label features up to 30 percent post-con- sumer waste (PCW) containing recycled label backing. The label liners are collected via the RafCycle by UPM Raflatac service and through other industry ini- tiatives. Next, they are de-siliconized and converted to raw PCW, and then UPM Raflatac’s raw materials sup- plier makes new paper label facestock from PCW con- taining recycled label fiber. Finally, UPM Raflatac turns this label facestock into the Label to Label product, reportedly creating a closed-loop solution.

Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 September 10-12, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre Bangkok, Thailand TAPPI/AICC CorrExpo September 14-17, 2020 Orange County Convention Center and Omni Hotel Orlando, FL Industry Events

Labelexpo Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL Brand Print Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL FTA Fall Conference October 4-7 Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter Cincinnati, OH TLMI Annual Meeting Oct 11-13, 2020 The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, CO Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre

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Phoenix Challenge Announces Winners


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Graphic Dimensions Acquires Assets of FormsAmerica Graphic Dimensions, Inc. has acquired certain assets of FormsAmerica Corporation in New Albany, Indiana. All order and composition files have been moved to Graphic Dimensions’ Erlanger, Kentucky, facility. Graphic Dimensions is a full-service, trade-only man- ufacturer with facilities in Georgia, Kentucky and New Hampshire. It also operates New Dimension Labels, a wholesale custom digital and flexographic label pro- vider based just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Survey Sheds Light On Plastic Packaging The IK, a trade association representing the interests of manufacturers of plastic packaging and films, has released the results of its survey on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Across all segments, 37 percent of the companies stated that they had fewer orders compared to March. A quarter of all companies even reported declines of more than 20 percent. In contrast, a good half of the companies reported an increase in orders in April, al- though mostly in the range of between 10 percent and 20 percent. According to the survey, just under 80 percent of the companies are able to fulfil the orders they received, but around half of the respondents reported corona-re- lated restrictions, mainly in relation to reduced per- sonnel numbers. Here, the main differences between consumer and industrial packaging manufacturers be- come apparent: almost 40 percent of the companies reported a shortage of personnel,while almost 25 per- cent said they had to introduce short-time working. European Carton Excellence Awards Extends Deadline Pro Carton and the European Carton Makers Associa- tions have confirmed that the annual European Carton Excellence Awards’will not be impacted by the coro- navirus outbreak and that the deadline for entries has been extended to June 4, 2020. The competition centers around four main catego- ries with awards for use of virgin fibre and recycled fibre across both Food & Drink Packaging and General Packaging. The “Carton of the Year” award will be of- fered to the overall champion, regardless of category or substrate. Additionally, the judges will choose a wider selec- tion of entrants that they also believe deserve recog- nition as either Platinum or Gold Award winners.


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FTA Announces Virtual Innovation Central

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FTA has announcedVirtual Innovation Central, an on- line theater for package printers and converters to dis- cover the latest industry technologies and solutions.A transformation of the INFOFLEX show floor staple,Vir- tual Innovation Central will enable printers and con- verters to connect with solutions providers directly from their offices.The May 28 event is complimentary to all members of the flexographic industry. Virtual Innovation Central will feature six presenta- tions, which will include:: 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Optimizing Ink Usage Through Anilox and Doctor Blade Selection , presented by Ron King and Marty Cansler of Daetwyler. 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Transform Your Business with Digital Printing Innovations , presented by Jeff Skol- nik of Anderson & Vreeland and Kent Wolford of Xe- ikon Digital Solutions. 11:00-11:30 a.m.: tesa Twinlock: The Sustainable and Reusable Plate Mounting Solution , presented by Steve Molinets of tesa tape Inc. 1:30-2:00 p.m.: DuPont Cyrel FAST: More Than 20 Years of Sustainability , presented by Shyamal Desai of DuPont Advanced Printing. 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Sustainable Options for Inks and Coatings for Packaging , presented by Jim Felsburg of Sun Chemical Corp 2:30-3:00 p.m.: Productivity Without Compromise: Plate Making That’s Fast, Clean and Green ,”present- ed by Catherine Green of Miraclon Corp. Steinhauser Invests In Flexo Wash Plate Washer Steinhauser, Cincinnati,Ohio, installed a PlateWasher from FlexoWash and within eight months had report- edly completed the return on their investment. Steinhauser has two NarrowWeb Flexo Presses.The company was already a Flexo Wash customer with a Flexo Wash Anilox Cleaner, but their cleaning needs were not all completely solved. They were manually washing their flexo plates. Since installing the PlateWasher,the company cleans 40 to 50 plates a day,depending on the workload.Steinhaus- er does NOT have a dedicated person for this job; they use a Press Helper from each press to clean the plates. The people who previously did the manual cleaning were the Pressman and the Helper.Now the Helpers run them through the PlateWasher at their convenience. Steinhauser reports that it “easily” saves four to five man-hours a day, and the company has basically elimi- nated all washing-related plate damage.

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Labelstock Demand (Cont’d from Page 4)

How is the largest label market in Europe dealing with Covid-19? Klemens Ehrlitzer, Managing Director of the German label association VskE, addressed some of the key questions which were also raised during the Covid-19 webinar. Q : How does VskE expect the market to react and how will the country’s operations evolve in the com- ing months? Klemens :At the moment there is no foreseeable sign of returning to normal life as it was in the pre-Covid- days. In Germany, the restrictions imposed led to a sit- uation where the number of infections decreased.The health system was easily able to cope with the daily cases on a day to day basis. It was even possible to accept Covid patients from other countries into the intensive care units within German clinics. In light of this, the German government has now started to ease some of the restrictions. In addition to the stores and supermarkets that had remained open, now other retail outlets are being allowed to re- open. One criterion for reopening is the size of the stores, e.g. smaller than 800 square meter of sales area. Schools will start to replace the online lessons with face-to-face lessons for those classes that have final ex- aminations this year.The automotive industry began to reboot the production to some degree. Special challenges in Germany: government mea- sures are interpreted differently by the 16 states.This means that opening dates, criteria, which stores can open, etc. varies from one state to the next. Example: While DIY stores were closed in one state but open in a neighbouring state “shopping tourism traffic”was observed.This resulted in the drivers from neighbour- ing states being fined by police who were checking the roads for non essential journeys. The label industry has not been hit by the govern- mental restrictions up to now. According to several statements from different ministries, the packaging and label industry is considered to be part of the crit- ical infrastructure to assure security of supply with food, medical products and other essential goods. The German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs published an occupational health and safety standard. How the production from the label converters devel- oped in the past Covid-19 weeks depended on the mar- ket segment, e.g. industrial labels for automotive cus- tomers had to accept considerable reductions while the food or pharma sector showed a higher demand than usual. Converters which normally cover markets like events, restaurants, clothing are suffering severely.” With easing of the restrictions a discussion started

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Campbell Commits To Sustainable Goals

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Campbell Soup Company has announced four new sustainability goals, including a pledge to ensure that 100 percent of the packaging used by its brands is re- cyclable or compostable by 2030. According to Campbell, the aim of the four goals is to reduce packaging waste through investments in recy- clability, use of recycled content, and consumer educa- tion and infrastructure. To achieve its four new targets,Campbell claims it will: • Transition 100 percent of its packaging to recycla- ble or industrially compostable designs and materials by 2030. • Increase the use of post-consumer recycled con- tent and incorporate 25 percent post-consumer recy- cled content into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles by 2030. • Drive increases in recycling rates through standard- ized on-pack labelling by including the How2Recycle label on 100 percent of packaging by 2022. • Expand access to recycling and advance the de- velopment of infrastructure to improve the collection and recycling of packaging by building and investing in partnerships with peers and industry groups. Campbell claimed that its V8 V-Fusion and V8 Blends multi-serve bottles switched from shrink sleeve labels to wrap labels in 2019, while snack bags were rede- signed for its Kettle brand, which resulted in a 43 per- cent reduction in plastic. The company says that it has already implemented How2Recycle instructions on several of its products, and will continue to roll the labels out until 2022. Cyngient Launches UV Flexo Coating Cyngient has launched PUREmatte,a virtually odorless UV-LED matte overprint coating for flexographic print- ers.Curing to an extremely low odor, PUREmatte is suit- ed for printers and converters of shrink films and pres- sure sensitive labels, as well as flexible packaging and folding carton applications, according to the company. PUREmatte offers flexibility for shrink sleeves and prime labels while being benzo-free and featuring abrasion resistance. These properties, said the manu- facturer, make PUREmatte appealing to brand owners in the beverage,pharmaceutical,health and beauty,and other end-use segments with stringent demands for low-odor packaging. PUREmatte is also an eco-friendly product manufactured with lower migration materials. It is Nestlé- compliant and complies with California Proposition 65.

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Labelstock Demand (Cont’d from Page 11)

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about the effect on the economy completely.The ma- jority are in favour of a slow step-by-step process to avoid a stop-and-go-effect. It is very likely that the spe- cial Covid-19 situation with some kind of restrictions will continue in the coming months to keep the infec- tion curve in Germany as flat as it is now.” Q : Which measures have companies taken to sur- vive the crisis in terms of business contingency plans, cashflow and working capital, short term redundan- cies, government support? Klemens :They have chosen furloughing, short-time working and special programs for SMEs from govern- ment. Q : What is the likely impact of the disruption of the supply chain in Asia for the label supply chain? Klemens : “To VskE’s knowledge it is not an issue among the members currently.” Multi-Color Reaffirms Sustainability Commitment Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) has signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Statement, which includes goals about the actions that signatory companies will take to drive toward a circular econ- omy.These approaches include redesign to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic as well as inno- vation to ensure that plastic is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. There have been more than 450 signa- tories who are all working collaboratively to support these objectives. MCC is, so far, reportedly the only label company that has signed the Global Commit- ment. The initiative is associated with the Ellen MacAr- thur Foundation, which focuses on creating momen- tum toward a plastics system that works.Applying the principles of the circular economy, The New Plastics Economy initiative brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with the packaging. By 2025, all MCC customers will have the ability to choose label products and technologies that will not hinder the final package to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.The company also committed to limit in- dustrial plastic waste ending up in the environment or in landfills by implementing waste reduction strate- gies.MCC will allocate the necessary resources toward further development of sustainable and circular prod- ucts and will continue to work collaboratively across the plastic value chain to ensure that plastic packaging is sorted and recycled in practice and at scale by devel- oping supportive label technologies.

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Vetaphone Eric Hopfensperger has joined the North American Technical Support Team for Vetaphone. Based in the United States and working from the company’s office in Chicago, Illinois, he will be responsible for field sup- port to existing Vetaphone users across the country. Avery Dennison Avery Dennison has promoted Has- san H. Rmaile to Vice President and General Manager of the Label and Graphic Materials Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He will be replacing Jeroen Dider- ich, who has relocated to the United States to take the role of Vice Presi- dent and General Manager of LGM North America. Ravenswood Ravenwood Packaging has appoint- ed SamAloschi as Asia-Pacific Manag- ing Director. Based in Sydney,Aus- tralia,Aloschi will lead the delivery of Ravenwood’s growth plans in the Asia-Pacific region, supporting its lin- erless and pack inspection distributor network, through an increasingly chal- lenging supply chain environment.

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Printpack Printpack has expanded its sustainability team,which will be led by Dave McLain, Sustainability Director. Mickel Knight, Senior Product Stewardship Engineer II, will develop recyclable, renewable and PCR con- taining films. Daniel Cluskey, Product Stewardship En- gineer II, will develop recyclable (all-PE) packaging. Megan Robison, Senior Product Stewardship Engi- neer I, will leverage her background in compounding, paper coating and converting to develop the right pa- per products for Printpack to bring to our customers. Alan Belcher, Senior Product Stewardship Engineer I, is focused primarily on compostable packaging. Bill Barlow, Sustainable Innovations Manager, will lead innovation discussions, feeding the Product Stew- ardship Engineers, and then developing the go-to-mar- ket strategies for new packaging.

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Promoting Corrugated (Cont’d from Page 5) olina State University, Pittsburg State University, Rut- gers University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, University ofWisconsin-Stout,Virginia Tech andWestern Michigan. Throughout this past March andApril,and into May, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) has been assisting 27 partner universities in transition- ing to remote teaching utilizing ICPF’s online corrugated curricula. Additionally, through the support of packaging design software manufacturersArden and Esko, ICPF also is working with faculty to explore and potentially con- figure systems to allow students remote access to their university’s centralized packaging design software from home. Students normally access the software through the utilization of one of the university computers with- in the bank desk tops that are located in each campus’s design lab.

ExecOutlookHalfHOUSE.qxp_Layout 1 5/8/20 10:41 AM Page 1 Pictured at the next morning’s breakfast are the 14 students who were provided ICPF travel grants to par- ticipate in the Student / Executive Dialogue Dinner with 17 Michigan State students. During the dinner, the Bowling Green State, Clemson, Florida, Michigan State, Rutgers, Wisconsin-Stout. and Virginia Tech students voiced interest in sales, production and design. After the next day’s breakfast, the visiting students joined the more than 100 MSU students in the PBS broadcast auditorium to view ICPF’s Teleconference. The interactive broadcast connected an additional 400 students from 19 remote campuses. Over the past six years, many of the students who have participated in each of ICPF’s dialogue dinners have been directly hired by ICPF Corporate Partners.

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