Board Converting News, June 1, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years June 1, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 22

Benchmarking Digital Printing In North America BY JACKIE SCHULTZ

Cascades To Close Brown Sheet Plant In Ontario Kingsey Falls, Quebec based Cascades Ihas announced the closure of the Brown Contain- erboard Packaging facility in Burlington, On- tario, as part of the corporation’s continuing optimization initiatives for its Containerboard Packaging business. “As part of the consolidation of our sheet plant operations in Ontario, we will be grad- ually redeploying production from the Brown facility to other units in Ontario, said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Offi- cer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging. “This decision was necessary to align present production capacities, position our platform for mid and long-term success, improve pro- ductivity, reduce fixed costs and strengthen our service offering for our valued customers. Cascades’ Brown Containerboard Packag- ing operation will permanently close no later than July 31, 2020. Over the coming weeks, the company will work to minimize the impact of this announcement on the 45 employees of this facility, including offering them the option to transfer other business units. Employees who cannot, or do not wish to relocate to oth- er plants, will receive support in their search for other employment.

Karstedt Partners has released the first of its three-part digital printing report, “Benchmarking Digital Printing for North American Corrugated Packaging and Displays.” The report examines the digital market from

an installation standpoint and capacity output. The study profiles about 70 percent of the North American industry capacity and includes single and multi-pass press installations. Jeff Wettersten, Karstedt Partners President, says the findings revealed a few ‘aha moments.’ Following is an interview with him. BCN: Jeff, when compiling the first report was there anything in par- ticular that surprised you? Wettersten: There were a couple of things. The first was the differences The Midwest leads installed capacity for single pass presses with an esti- mated 6.444 billion square-feet.


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in installed machine capacity versus production and output. Installed machine capacity of both digital and analog look at the rated speed and the applicable width of the press and calculate width times speed. That’s as if the press was operating three hours per shift, seven days per week, op- erating at full width of the material and full rated speed. True production capacity addresses the

Jeff Wettersten

actual speed. What we found is most converters are operating at 65 percent to 75 percent of rated width of the presses and at about 55-60


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