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Volk Packaging Succeeds Via Continuous Improvement BY REBECCA RENDON Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging is a third-generation, fami- ly-owned packaging company that designs, manufactures and dis- tributes high quality corrugated and foam products throughout New England. Owner Derek Volk, along with his wife and Communications

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Director Amy Volk, shared the story of how their focus on continuous improvement has allowed them to grow their business, pursue new markets and expand their capabilities. Equipment & Automation In September 2020, Volk installed a new JS 1228 50-inch flexo fold- er gluer with rotary die cutter. “We have the first JS machine in the country and that’s something we are really proud of,” said Derek. The investment in the JS 1228 has paid off. Volk said that the print quality is flawless and the color printing has allowed the company to pursue new markets, such as e-commerce. “The increase in efficiency since the installation, has been massive,” added Amy. “An order that used to take four to five hours, now takes less than an hour. It’s amazing what we are able to pump out with the new machine.” Also included in the nearly $4.5m investment was the ancillary equipment, including Automatän AutoFeed and AutoStak robots, Sys- tec Conveyor and an upgraded waste scrap system. “The AutoFeed has been running great with nearly zero downtime. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Derek and Amy Volk of Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging

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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AICC Releases 2021 Sales Compensation Report

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has re- leased its 12th Independent Sales Compensation Report. Based on a survey conducted over the last few months, it is the most comprehensive survey of key sales compen- sation salaries and benefits being paid by independent corrugator plants and sheets plants in the United States. This report received data from 62 independent corru- gator and sheet plants. These companies employ nearly 5,700 full-time employees spread across the entire U. S. In aggregate, these plants sold approximately $2.1 billion of corrugated products in 2020. “Knowing where you stand is vital information in the competition for people, and especially vital when look- ing at the sales function,” said AICC President Michael M. D’Angelo. “This report allows independents to benchmark themselves against others in the industry and in their re- gion. It is a critical way for AICC member companies to ensure best practices and leadership.” All participants in the survey received a complimentary copy of the report, which is available for electronic down- load for $225 for AICC Members and $415 for non-mem- bers. To order the report, visit or contact Patrick Moore at

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FBA Chairman Cathy Foley: It Was A Year Like No Other

Much like the industry at large, FBA also adapted to the ever-changing environment. The association supported the industry’s ‘essential’ designation, by sending individ- ual letters to all fifty state governors. They issued a press release supporting the industry as the backbone of the American supply chain in March 2020, and established a COVID-19 information page on the FBA website. They also worked with outside consultants to understand the impact of the Coronavirus on corrugated boxes. Then they creat- ed a video to recognize industry employees for their con- tinued efforts in the face of this unprecedented challenge. In addition to the support FBA has given during the pandemic, they also worked to ensure the valuable pro- grams and services we’ve come to expect remained avail- able in a year like no other. This past year FBA: • Continued to publish traditional data service bench- marking reports and enhanced qualitative reports ex- ploring impacts on box manufacturing. These included

As I conclude my tenure as FBA Chair, it is hard to believe we have not been able to meet in person all year. While

I have missed seeing you, I am grateful for your on-going commit- ment to the association resulting in the accomplishments below, even in the midst of a pandemic. Deemed essential early-on, our industry employees have been tremendous, and have helped keep transport packaging flowing.

Thanks to the corrugated industry’s efforts, makers of es- sential products continued to deliver crucial food, medica- tions, tissue, hygiene, and other consumer products. Cathy Foley

the Labor Trends and News Report, the E-Commerce Report, and the highly-val- ued Plastics Reduction Report. • Implemented Year Four of the Corrugat- ed Industry Promotion Program including the development of the quarterly Adver- tising and Social Media Impact Report. • Worked with AF&PA to execute a change to statistical reporting. FBA moved from monthly to quarterly reporting in 2021. • Completed research with RIT on unitized pallet-load environmental-design factors, results of which will be shared with FBA members via webinar. • Supported the industry roll-out of the piz- za box recycling announcement with paid advertising in Pizza Today, PMQ (Pizza), and across social media. • Partnered with Massachusetts DEP to de- velop a RecycleSmartMA newsletter on pizza recycling for all MA residents. • Engaged with allied associations to fur- ther the story of corrugated including working with: Paper Packaging Board on their sales toolkit, in holiday editori- al on e-commerce, and video support; AICC and other organizations to share COVID-19 information and respond to member requests. • It has been my honor to serve as the FBA Chairman for the past year. I am thankful for the leadership of Dennis Colley and the highly effective and capable staff as well as the members of the FBA Board of Directors. This year has been a chal- lenge, but I remain hopeful that we are coming out on the other side. I look for- ward to again being able to gather with you at an FBA event in the near future.


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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire w orking width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

37.992 34.784


8.259 7.906


Industry Total

Year-to Date

March 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

102.939 99.108


8.170 7.743


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

3.0967 2.8627


8.4625 8.1907


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Mar. Feb.

1.9332 1.9337


2.9 3.0


Shipping Days




2021 2020

23 22

63 64

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TAPPI/AICC Announce WestRock CEO To Keynote At SuperCorrExpo 2021

TAPPI and AICC, co-producers of the mega corrugated event SuperCorr- Expo (SCE) 2021, has announced the addition of a fifth and final keynote speaker, David B. Sewell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock Company. Sewell joins four other distinguished speakers, including Greif Inc. President and CEO Pete Watson. Rounding out the speakers are Dun-

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AF&PA Announces Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Initiative Continuing its leadership in sustainability, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) last week announced Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future, a new set of sustainability goals for the paper and wood products industry. “We have been and will continue to be a leader in sus- tainability,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “The paper and wood products industry was one of the first U.S. manufacturing industries to adopt quantifiable sustainability goals back in 2011, and today these new am- bitious goals will build upon that success in the decade ahead.” Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 advances the in- dustry’s comprehensive sustainability record over the last

decade and includes a transparent reporting process for achieving each goal. “Sustainable practices are at the foundation of this industry, which manufactures essential and innovative products used by millions of Americans each day, from renewable resources,” said Graphic Packaging President and Chief Executive Officer and AF&PA Board Chair Mike Doss. “We have a strong track record of delivering on sus- tainability commitments and these goals will guide our progress further into the future.” The five Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustain- ability goals include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; advancing a circular value chain through the production of renewable and recyclable products; striv- ing for zero workplace injuries, as well as reducing seri- ous injuries and fatalities (SIFs); driving water stewardship throughout manufacturing operations; and more resilient U.S. forests.

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Baumer hhs’s gluing and quality assurance equipment has earned a reputation worldwide for reliability. But even re- liable equipment can act up on occasion. If it does, pack- aging manufacturers need instant assistance, particularly if they have Baumer hhs systems in multi-shift or even around-the-clock operation. The company is now using “TeamViewer Pilot” as another way of providing this kind of support efficiently and effectively. Customers who want to take advantage of the added service can simply have their machine operators and tech-

nicians download the free TeamViewer Pilot app to their smartphones. Based on augmented reality, the interactive remote service app from TeamViewer AG is considered by Baumer hhs to be the ideal, re- al-time technical support tool for helping customers minimize machine down- time. With TeamViewer Pilot, machine operators can use the camera on their


smartphones to show Baumer hhs service experts the in- side workings of their production systems. Thanks to 3D object tracking, service experts can draw markers on the images, such as circles or arrows, point out details, add text annotations and share this information with machine operators via live video stream. It makes collaboration easy for both participants, enabling them to identify or rule out technical problems and discuss possible solutions. “With TeamViewer Pilot, our service experts can effec- tively help customers resolve most technical problems and get systems back up and running without delay,” said- Roberto Melim de Sousa, Head of Sales at Baumer hhs GmbH. “Should a customer still need on-site service, we can prepare for it based on the information provided in the real-time visual support session. TeamViewer Pilot gives our technicians added options for maximizing the avail- ability of our customers’ production machines. We highly recommend the remote service app for these reasons.” For more than 30 years, everything at Baumer hhs has revolved around secure gluing and the goal of meeting the high demands imposed by its customers. Whether pro- cess cold glue or hot melt, the company aims to inspire its customers with high-quality products and service Customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are al- ready using TeamViewer Pilot and the Baumer hhs is work- ing to establish the app among customers globally. It can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for iOS and Android smartphones.

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Fujifilm NA Appoints Brown Global Category Specialist

expects growth in flexible packaging, 68.3 percent in fold- ing cartons, and 57.1 percent in corrugated packaging over the next 12 to 24 months. In his new role, Brown will provide technical and busi- ness support to the Graphic Systems Division sales teams in addition to marketing, product management, and senior leadership. He has built an impressive career in the digital print space, having maintained leadership roles in sales and product management, most recently managing the digital folding carton business as North America Segment Manager for HP. Brown also has held critical print produc- tion sales roles at Eastman Kodak and Heidelberg. “I consider Ken to be one of the foremost experts in digital packaging technology in labels, flexible packaging, and folding cartons”, said Matt Bennett, Global Vice Presi- dent, Business Strategy, Packaging, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division. “He will be an im- portant resource for our business, both internally and ex- ternally, as we continue to invest in and grow our packaging portfolio.”

Hanover Park, Illinois based Fujifilm North America Cor- poration, Graphic Systems Division, has announced the

appointment of Ken Brown to the newly created role of Global Category Specialist, Labels and Packaging. With projections pointing to significant growth in the pack- aging solutions space, Fujifilm continues to invest in experi- enced talent and new digital solutions to meet increasing

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customer demand. According to 2021 survey results by Packaging Impressions , 69.6 percent of the survey group

“I am not only honored but energized to join Fujifilm,” said Brown. “With Fujifilm’s focus on expanding its digital technology into pack- aging products, it is the perfect time to join the team, and I look forward to furthering the mo- mentum in bringing innovative solutions to our customers.” ND Paper Names Pazdera VP, GM Of Rumford Division Tom Pazdera has been named the new Vice President and General Manager of ND Pa- per’s Rumford Division in Rumford, Maine. A pulp, packaging and paper industry veteran, Pazdera brings three decades of experience with internationally recognized companies, including International Paper, MeadWestvaco, Boise Paper and, most recently, as President of AV Terrace Bay, in Ontario, Canada, where he oversaw operations of a 1,100-tons-per-day northern bleached softwood kraft pulp plant. “Tom brings incredible knowledge and in- dustry experience that will prove instrumental in helping us create a new era of growth and success at our Rumford Division,” said ND Pa- per CEO Ken Liu. “Because beyond operations and management of our largest facility, Tom will also be critical in helping us execute the continued capital transformation program.” “I am thrilled to join this growing company,” said Pazdera. “Now is the time to transform processes, invest in people and usher this iconic mill into a new era of prosperity. With a shift to new markets, the future has never been brighter.”


June 21, 2021

Metsä Board Appoints Pajka U.S. Sustainability Specialist

Finland based Metsä Board, a leading European producer of fresh fiber paperboards, has appointed Nathan Pajka as Sustainability Specialist for the Americas, a new position. Based in Metsä’s Norwalk, Connecticut, office, Pajka will work with sales and marketing to help customers with sustainability information, data and education relating to Metsä Board’s lightweight paperboards and how they can help customers reduce their carbon footprint. He will work in tandem with Metsä Board’s Product Safety and Sustain- ability team in Finland to offer a range of Sustainability ser- vices and serve as Metsä Board’s sustainability expert in the region. Prior to joining Metsӓ, Pajka worked for one of the largest healthcare companies in Massachusetts, as well as serving as a sustainability ambassador for one of the largest utilities in New England. He holds an MBA in Sus- tainability and Social Change and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, MA. Said Johan Holvik, President & VP Sales, Metsä Board Americas, “This new appointment is further strengthen- ing Metsä Board’s leading position in sustainability and the commitment to providing support to our customers in terms of improving product safety, ensuring compliance and reducing the environmental impacts of packaging.”


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It’s amazing how efficient these robots are and we are su- per impressed with them so far,” said Volk. “Our main goal in purchasing the robot was to improve safety and reduce workers comp claims. It’s been a home run.”

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An Automatän AutoFeed robot loads the JS Machine FFG.

“JS has been tremendous to work with,” said Volk, who purchased the machine unseen, after sending his main- tenance manager and the machine operator to China to look at it. “They came back and said they were confident with this decision. Shortly after they returned, COVID hit,



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This second phase of the ‘continuous improvement plan’ will cost another $3.5m for the rotary die cutter, conveyor and robots. After the installation of the rotary die-cutter, Volk plans to purchase a miniline from J.S. Machine as well. Sustainability Volk Packaging installed 77,000-square-feet of solar panels on the roof of its facility in mid-March as part of

so I trusted their judgement and signed off on it. We have been so impressed with our first machine that we have actually ordered another from them.” Volk is planning a late summer installation of a JS 1628 66-inch by 110-inch rotary die cutter with 4-color outside

its sustainability investment. “We will be generating so much solar power that we are actually working on providing power to a local middle school that’s about a mile away,” said Volk. Along with the solar panels, the company has replaced 402 light fixtures throughout the plant, result- ing in a 66 percent decrease in energy consumption and more than $54,000 in elec- trical savings per year. It also purchased a new state-of- the-art air compressor and scrap system. “The scrap

and 2-color inside printing capabilities. With the option for inside/outside printing, they expect to see a rise in busi- ness coming from e-commerce and other niche markets.

system has been terrific in allowing us to produce nearly zero waste and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Amy. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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Volk Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 26)

which has helped them retain employees. Derek Volk said that roughly 10 percent of his work force has worked at Volk Packaging for more than half of their life. “There’s so much that goes into creating this culture and the fun that we try to have at work,” said Amy, dis- cussing the Corrugated Olympics and various other con- tests held throughout the year. Corrugated Olympics are a plant favorite and something that employees look for- ward to every two years. “It’s a combination of corrugat- ed cross-country skiing, hockey, and basketball. We even have a corrugated podium and medals.” In order to connect with his employees, Volk initiated “Breaking Bread with Derek” and took every one of his employees out for a meal last year. “People open up when you have a meal with them. You learn so much more about a person than you would during normal day-to-day interac- tions at work,” said Volk. Volk Packaging also takes pride in its leadership train- ing and the investment in its employees. The company was recently named one of only three finalists in the Crestcom Global Leadership Growth Award, which recognizes lead- ership improvement after taking the Crestcom Bulletproof Leadership Program. Volk has also been inducted into the Maine Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The COVID Effect Volk Packaging is fortunate to have made it through nearly a year of the COVID-19 pandemic with zero cases

Investing In People The Volks are excited talking about the new invest- ments and future plans, but are passionate when they speak about their employees and the culture they’ve created at Volk. Continuous improvement of internal rela-

tions and cultivating a culture of gratitude and investment in people has contributed to Volk Packaging earning nu- merous awards, including “Best Places to Work in Maine,” Volk Packaging supports a balance of work and fun for em- ployees with activities like Corrugated olympics.


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