Board Converting News, February 15, 2021

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years February 15, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 7

IP, Cascades Announce Board Price Increases

Fosber Makes ‘Quantum’ Leap In North America BY JACKIE SCHULTZ

Memphis, Tennessee based International Pa- per last week announced a $60/ton domestic linerboard and medium price increase and Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cas- cades announced increases of $60/ton for linerboard and $70/ton for medium. The announcement follows earlier re- ported increases by Packaging Corporation of America, which announced a $70/ton in- crease and Greif, which announced a $50/ton increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard, a $70/ton increase on recycled and semi-chemical medium, and a $60/ton in- crease on recycled linerboard. All increases are effective at the beginning of March 2021. With this issue, Board Converting News has adjusted the Average Containerboard Prices on its page 3 chart by $50/ton for Kraft Liner and Semi-Chem Medium to reflect the increases announced by major paper suppli- ers late last year. As the chart states, average prices are tabulated from prices PAID by var- ious sources in North America and are only intended for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any ma- terial at the indicated average.

After considerable investment and R&D efforts between Quantum Cor- rugated and the Fosber Group, Fosber America is now ready to launch a new version of the Quantum corrugator in North America. The new line is being marketed as “Quantum by Fosber.” Introduced in 2015,

there are currently about a dozen Quantum installations worldwide, in- cluding one in the U.S. It was recently updated after the Fosber Group acquired 60 percent of Agnati and established a new company called Quantum Corrugated. The announcement last year of Fosber’s intent to acquire Agnati drew keen interest considering both manufacturers offer full line corru- gators. However, the redundancy stops at the Quantum, according to Jeff Pallini, President of Fosber America. “We saw a real future for the Quantum technology,” he says. Fosber offers three lines of what are considered traditional cor- rugators for high- and mid-volume box plants. The Quantum doesn’t compete with those lines. Instead it serves the specialized markets of microflute corrugated and high-end graphics, and soon will have lami- nating capabilities. Key sections of the machine were re-engineered to include Fos- ber’s proven technology while keeping Quantum’s patented innova- tions to preserve its niche appeal. The new line now includes Fosber Fosber America recently completed a 40,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


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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 $935.00-940.00 $950.00-960.00 $950.00-960.00 $950.00-960.00 $980.00-990.00 $953.00-962.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$870.00-920.00 $885.00-905.00 $885.00-905.00 $885.00-905.00 $915.00-925.00 $888.00-908.00

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






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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Semi-Chem Medium

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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

ada and Past President of AICC Inter- national, passed away in December at the age of 90. After earning his degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Cameron began his illustrious career in the corrugated box industry at Crown Zellerbach in

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

Hugh Cameron



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

Toronto. At age 32, he was hired as national sales manag- er of Bathurst Containers in Montreal where he remained for four years. He returned to Toronto and worked with an independent sheet plant for two years before starting his own company, Cameron Containers, in 1968. While an owner he was one of a small group of inde- pendents in the Toronto area to become charter members AICC at its founding in 1974. He remained active in the industry even after the sale of his company. In 2005, Hugh was named a member of AICC Canada’s Hall of Fame. Hugh is survived by Bernardine, his wife of 67 years, four daughters, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchil- dren. Contributions can be made in Hugh’s name to his favorite charity, The Salvation Army.

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 20

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Fosber: ‘Quantum’ Leap (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

The Quantum is available in 70- and 98-inch widths and runs 1000 feet per minute. “It’s all about quality, specialty

papers and the uniqueness of the fluting,” Pallini says. “Our sales team is going to be calling on people they haven’t called on before because we didn’t have an answer for this in the past.” He acknowledges that the Quan- tum is not a corrugator for the mass

roll stands, splicers, Compact dry end and Syncro corru- gated control system. The computer-based corrugator control system is Fosber’s signature product that is now standard on all Quantum corrugators. Syncro uses intuitive touch screens and machine signals to display production information. It can provide control, monitoring, information display, data entry, diagnostics and centralized operation for a complete corrugator or individually on the dry end or wet end. “The key to the Quantum is the singlefacer, glue ma- chine and twinfacer,” Pallini explains. “Those wet end components are Quantum technology and that has not changed. The difference between Fosber corrugators and the Quantum is the section that forms the flutes. What will give customers a competitive advantage is that Quantum section.”

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market. “We sell five, six, seven complete corrugators in the U.S. a year. We might sell two or three Quantums.” Existing customers in Europe are producing corrugated board for high quality flexo post print, and pre-printed top liners to achieve near litho quality and several plants are producing sheets for single pass digital print. “For plants that focus on the production of microflute sheets, direct offset printing on corrugated board or specialize in the use

of light papers, the Quantum is the perfect machine,” Alberto Brivio, Managing Director of Quantum Corrugated, says. “In digital printing, we know that the qual- ity of board being run on the printer is para- mount,” he continues. “To this end, the Quan- tum ensures not only the finest flutes can be run at speed, but also some of the flattest sheets available in the market. Flat board cre- ates an optimal printing surface and thanks to our process, there is no direct contact with the sheet during formation, meaning no slip or pressure marks on the outer liner.” Growth Markets Fosber’s research to determine the need for a machine like the Quantum in North America revealed a niche in the high graph- ics, microflute and narrow web markets. “There’s not a lot of good narrow web ma- chines out there right now and there’s plenty of narrow paper, and there are also a lot of people testing microflutes in order to get into other markets,” Pallini says. “Our market anal- ysis brought several things to the surface and one of them was that the ability to produce microflutes efficiently to compete with other types of substrates is limited.” He says the Quantum’s low and consis- tent heat requirement at the singlefacer and twinfacer are key to producing high quality microflute, lights weights and coated board. The additional enhancements with Fosber technology opens up even more market op- portunities. Brivio agrees. “This latest version of the Quantum sets a high bench mark. We have reduced the amount of energy it needs to run by over 30 percent and at the same time, we



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Fosber: ‘Quantum’ Leap (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

in ‘green’ production, from the lightest singleface through to heavy doublewall board.” The machine is manufactured at Quantum Corrugat- ed’s Milan, Italy, facility, three hours from Fosber Group’s

are helping customers make stronger board thanks to a reduction in mechanical and thermal stress on the papers,

meaning they can reduce basis weights for their end-user customers. Lighter weight papers, lower starch consump- tion and less energy requirement all result in the ultimate

world headquarters in Lucca, Italy. U.S. Expansion In conjunction with the introduction of the new Quan-

tum line, Fosber America recently completed a 40,000-square-foot expansion of its head- quarters in Green Bay. This included exterior renovations, the addition of a new bay on the production floor for the Quantum line and a new training center. “We’re super excited about the training center,” Pallini says. “We built a very elabo- rate center with the latest AV equipment and virtual training capabilities. There was a real focus on people’s safety and comfort in the design. Properly trained people have be- come the limiting factor so you really have to


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Fosber: ‘Quantum’ Leap (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

space design includes motorized stand up desks, glass walls and assures a safe workplace. There are five double deep bays on the production floor. The floor was expanded specifically for the Quan- tum, which will be supported by Fosber’s aftermarket and services group. “What we’re known for is exceptional ser- vice, parts and low cost of ownership. That’s why we didn’t

Pallini credit’s Fosber’s four trainers for the design. The center has a separate entrance so customers can enter the building with their own key fob or access code and wait in a comfortable area where they can get coffee, watch television and make phone calls. “It’s almost like the

The production floor was expanded specifically for Quantum, which will be supported by Fosber’s aftermarket and services group.

lobby of a hotel but they can’t access anywhere else into the building. This assures their safety,” Pallini says. The bottom floor of the center has additional room for purchasing personnel and space for spare parts. The open

rush into this with Quantum. We had to get that all figured out,” Pallini says. “When you deal with Quantum it will be no different than anything else you bought from Fosber and that has always been our goal.”


February 15, 2021

ProMach Adds Serpa Packaging Solutions To Its Growing Portfolio Cincinnati, Ohio based ProMach, a leader in packaging machinery solutions, announced that it has acquired Ser- pa Packaging Solutions, a provider of cartoning and end of line packaging systems for the pharmaceutical, medical device, nutraceutical, food, cosmetics, and personal care markets. The addition of Serpa brings automated cartoning sys- tems into ProMach’s portfolio and significantly expands ProMach’s specialized secondary packaging machinery and line integration capabilities for the rapidly growing pharmaceutical industry. Founded in 1985, Serpa designs, manufactures, and supports complete end of line packaging solutions, pro- viding cartoners, case and tray packers, robotic palletizers, literature feeders, sleevers, and robotic product handling systems to Fortune 5000 companies across the globe. Additionally, Serpa provides line integration and validation services, designing turnkey integrated packaging systems from start to finish with single-source responsibility. “Serpa is no stranger to the ProMach organization,” said Mark Anderson, ProMach President and CEO. “We’ve worked with them on numerous projects over the years across multiple ProMach product brands and their custom- er-focused approach has always made them a wonderful

partner. We’re excited to welcome Serpa to the ProMach family and look forward to working with their outstanding team as they continue developing innovative solutions, ex- panding into new markets, and bringing immense value to their customer base.” Visalia, California based Serpa and its entire team, in- cluding company founder and president Fernando Serpa, will join ProMach’s Robotics & End of Line group, led by Hutch Coburn, Senior Vice President. ProMach’s Robotics & End of Line group includes well-known product brands Brenton, Dekka, Edson, Orion, Quest, Rennco, Texwrap, and Wexxar Bel. ProMach will continue to invest in Ser- pa’s employees, brand, products, services, and facility to further advance its position as a leader in end of line pack- aging technologies. “The addition of Serpa to our already strong Robotics & End of Line portfolio means our customers have access to one of the most robust lineups of end of line solutions in the world, with more than 700 team members focused on designing, manufacturing, and supporting our second- ary packaging systems in the marketplace,” said Coburn. “We’re excited about what Serpa brings to ProMach with their world-class cartoning and end of line capabilities. To- gether, we have an outstanding opportunity to bring un- paralleled benefits to customers in nearly every market, from food to e-commerce to pharma and more, with any- thing from a single piece of machinery all the way to a completely integrated end of line system.”

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February 15, 2021

PPEC’s Mullinder Retires, Kagan Named New Executive Director The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has announced the appointment of Rachel

Kagan as its new Executive Director, effective February 1. Kagan will take over for the retiring John Mullinder, who has filled the role since PPEC’s inception 30 years ago. Kagan was most recently a con- sultant but has an extensive back- ground working with industry trade

Rachel Kagan

associations in sustainability and recycling policy develop- ment and government and stakeholder relations. She was Vice President with Food & Consumer Products of Canada and before that, National Director for the Retail Council of Canada and a senior policy analyst with the Ontario Cham- ber of Commerce. “We are really pleased to welcome Rachel as our new Executive Director,” said PPEC chair Chris Bartlett, Presi- dent of TenCorr Packaging. “It’s a challenging job keeping on top of everything that’s going on environmentally, but I am sure she’s up to it.” The PPEC was formed in 1990 and works as an um- brella organization for Canada’s many packaging mills and converters.


February 15, 2021


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SUPPLIER REPORTS 2021 (PART 3) AMERICAN CORRUGATED MACHINERY Indian Trail, North Carolina: Patrick Szany reports, “2020 appeared to be another year of growth and challenges

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systems provide game-changing filtration technology to the paper and board converting Industries with their Dust Collection, Metal Separation, and Trim Removal Systems. Please call us for specifications, video, and a quote. “Machinery Lines Represented By American Corrugat- ed Machine include: • Torosian Tech Services, an expert in all areas of ma- chine installations, training, and rebuilding of the Post Folder Gluers. • SECO, a manufacturer of automatic corrugated board converting equipment and quality machinery products such as Flexo Folder Gluers, Rotary Die Cutters, Stack- ers, and Prefeeders. • RJE Machinery, a manufacturer of new equipment, including the Magellan Box Maker and the Super “C” Band Saw. • Engineered Recycling Systems, an industry leader in Dust Collection, Metal Separation, and Trim Removal Systems. • Potdevin Machine Company. • Iton Industries “Contact us to discuss you specific machinery and/or professional appraisal service needs.” Call (800) 528-2331. Visit . ALLIANCE MACHINE SYSTEMS INT’L, LLC Spokane, Washington: Mark Duchesne reports, “For more than four decades, Alliance has set the standard for max-

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and productivity, contributing to the growth of the corru- gated industry. Our team of development engineers has created innovative and productive solutions to handle a wide variety of box production needs, from small e-com- merce containers to jumbo-sized specialty boxes. Our cus- tomers look to us to help them maximize profits, and we take that responsibility seriously. “Alliance offers high-speed upstream feeding and downstream handling systems that range from semi-au- tomatic, operator assisted machines to fully automatic equipment that frees operators for other duties. Whether making 800 boxes per minute on high-speed flexo folder gluer or maximizing the die cut area of a rotary die cutter, our products include fully automated robotic load formers, palletizers, stackers, prefeeders, pallet handlers, specialty folder gluers, and more. “I’m pleased to announce that last fall, Alliance released our latest solution for digital printer prefeeding. Based on

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February 15, 2021

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our reliable and proven FeedMAX platform, the digital print prefeeder feeds the board into the digital printer on the long dimension and is capable of either inverting or not inverting the board. Additionally, two lanes of board can be fed simultaneously into the digital printer, effective- ly doubling its throughput. “Alliance is committed to continuing to find ways to improve the efficiency of our machines, thereby increas- ing box plant throughput. We plan to introduce more pro- cess-improving solutions in 2021. “We continue to maintain our focus on productivity-en- hancing technical innovations, such as bottom sheet sys- tems that use vision technology to scan random-size dun- nage and automatically compute the number of sheets required to ensure exact placement of each sheet and obtain the coverage needed. Our patented TEDD sheet deceleration technology in the UltraSTACK RDC stacker/ palletizer permits running at full speed without a shingle, allowing exact bundle counts without a feed interrupt. Our J&L Mark5 XT jumbo series specialty folder gluer can fold and glue boxes up to 210 inches wide, while our 2-piece box option allows box makers to produce jumbo-size box- es using standard-size rotary die cutters. This system can also fold and glue multi-caliper boxes, economically plac- ing the board thickness and strength where needed. “With more than 15,000 installations around the world, our team of engineers offers technical expertise across the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and beyond—backed by a robust customer care staff who provide dedicated installa- tion, training, service, parts, and other support. “Alliance’s mission is to build trust and create value for our customers, seek new ways to innovate, employ posi- tive communication, and operate with integrity.” Call (509) 535-0356. Email ARC INTERNATIONAL Charlotte, North Carolina: Micheal Foran reports, “When the pandemic struck the United States in March of 2020,

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