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Packaging Partnership Leverages New Natural Biodegradable Ink BY SAM WHITE EcoEnclose—a Colorado-based packaging company that specializes in environmentally friendly and sustainable paper packaging and ship- ping materials—has recently partnered with the Living Ink Company to create Algae Ink™, a natural and biodegradable printer ink that does not harm landfills, water systems, or surrounding wildlife as it breaks down. EcoEnclose, now working with over 7,000 environmentally friend-
Saica To Enter U.S. Market In New $72M Facility In OH Zaragoza, Spain based Saica Group (pro- nounced SAY-ka), a major European manufac- turer of recycled paper for corrugated pack- aging, announced that it is establishing its first North American facility in the city of Hamilton, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The company will con- struct a new corrugated manufacturing plant in the City of Hamilton’s Enterprise Park. The announcement was made after the final ap- proval from the Board of Directors that took place two weeks ago. Saica plans to build a state-of-the-art fac- tory and expects to invest nearly $72 million once construction of the corrugated plant is complete. The construction is expected to start in September 2020 and take 18 months to complete. According to Saica Group, the project will create 64 new jobs in Ohio. “Saica Group’s know-how and experience in the production of lighter weight container- board and corrugated packaging will bring high performance packaging and reduced materials use to the U.S. market,” said Ramon Alejandro, Chairman of Saica Group. “Since the beginning, we have been looking at differ- ent locations in the Midwest. The assistance
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WHAT’S INSIDE 6 McKinley Paper Acquires U.S. Corrugated Inc. 8 ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow For Third Straight Month 12 Domino Acquires Lake Image Systems 14 DS Smith Launches Alternative To Plastic Foam Coolers
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offer from the State of Ohio combined with the appealing proposal from the City of Hamilton motivated our decision. JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati and the City of Hamilton have been key supporting players during this process. We are very excited with this new project and we look forward to the next steps”. As part of its investment, Saica Group plans to build a 350,000 square-foot facility that will eventually house 64 new employees. The site is in the Hamilton Enterprise Park, owned by the City of Hamilton and dedicated to at- tracting new manufacturing operations to the city. The jobs created at the site will consist of 27 skilled operators, 15 manufacturing, engineering and supply chain profession- als, 13 sales staff and nine office and management jobs. “Saica is well known throughout Europe as a company with an environmentally conscious approach to business, something that the City of Hamilton also prides itself on. This company will pay homage to Hamilton’s rich history of paper manufacturing while also diversifying our business community,” said Jody Gunderson, Director of Economic Development for the City of Hamilton. When Saica Group started planning its entry into North America, it immediately began considering sites in the Midwest due to the experience and talent of the work- force, the concentration of manufacturing and proximity to potential clients.
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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 indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.
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McKinley Paper Acquires U.S. Corrugated Inc.
McKinley Paper Co., a subsidiary of Mexico based Bio Pappel, has acquired Washington, Pennsylvania based U.S. Corrugated Inc. McKinley also acquired U.S. Corru- gated’s subsidiaries and affiliated companies. U.S. Corrugated, an independent corrugated packag- ing producer, will join forces with McKinley Paper’s busi- ness to create a fully integrated paper and packaging company with a vertically aligned network of paper mills, box plants, sheet plants and a distribution network in the United States and maquiladora region in Mexico. McKinley Paper operates two paper mills, one in Pre- witt, New Mexico, and one in the state of Washington. U.S. Corrugated is part of a fully integrated packaging company that operates a network of corrugated plants in Southern California, Georgia, Indiana and a planned northeastern expansion. The organization also includes an Alpha-Box Plant in Mexicali and a full-service sheet plant in Tijuana, Mexico, near the U.S.-Mexican border. “The personal and professional relationship I have enjoyed over the past 25 years with Bio Pappel’s CEO Miguel Rincon and his family served as the impetus for this strategic alliance, which will allow U.S. Corrugated to become a fully integrated paper and packaging compa- ny,” said Dennis Mehiel, U.S. Corrugated founder.
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ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow For Third Straight Month
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2020
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in July, with the overall economy notching a third consecu- tive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Manage- ment (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The July PMI registered 54.2 percent, up 1.6 percent- age points from the June reading of 52.6 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the third month in a row after a contraction in April, which end- ed a period of 131 consecutive months of growth. “The New Orders Index registered 61.5 percent, an increase of 5.1 percentage points from the June reading of 56.4 percent. The Production Index registered 62.1 percent, up 4.8 percentage points compared to the June reading of 57.3 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index reg- istered 51.8 percent, an increase of 6.5 percentage points compared to the June reading of 45.3 percent. The Em- ployment Index registered 44.3 percent, an increase of 2.2 percentage points from the June reading of 42.1 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 55.8 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from the June’s 56.9 percent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
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Southern Carton Joins Amazon Packaging Support Supplier Network Nashville, Tennessee based Southern Carton Company, a manufacturer of packaging materials and solutions, an- nounced that it is now a certified member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier (APASS) network. “As a member of the APASS network, we will be able to help companies who sell through Amazon, design and develop e-commerce packaging that will reduce costs, minimize chargebacks and optimize their customers’ ex- perience,” said Scott Fray, Vice President of Sales. “Our team is focused on helping customers navigate the world of e-commerce packaging, including the Amazon channel, and our APASS membership reaffirms our commitment to their ongoing success.” Amazon launched the APASS program in 2018 to sup- port vendors, sellers, and manufacturers in certifying their products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-in-Own Container (SIOC) and Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP). These certification guidelines for packaging help reduce packing times, packaging waste, risk of damage, and diffi- cult unboxing experiences. “For more than 40 years, Southern Carton has evolved to meet customer demand at every stage of the supply chain by providing expert design and engineered busi- ness solutions,” said Connor Kennedy, third-generation
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DS Smith Launches Environmentally Friendly Alternative To Plastic Foam Coolers Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith, a packaging, paper and recycling company that puts sustainability at the core of everything it does, an- nounced that it has produced a 100 percent recyclable cooler, using its proprietary Greencoat corrugated material that’s moisture-resistant and food-contact safe.
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tainable products. All of their packing materials are made up of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, can be recycled again back into paper products, and use only renewable energy resources during the production and manufacturing processes. Their recent partnership with the Living Ink Compa- ny takes their sustainability another step further. Ink and ink cartridges are unsuspecting but ubiquitous polluters wreaking havoc on the environment. Every year, more than 375 million ink cartridges are thrown away creating thousands of tons of plastic pollution in our landfills and oceans. The ink inside these cartridges also contain a cor- nucopia of harmful chemicals and dyes that are incredibly damaging to the environment and surrounding wildlife. “Carbon black” is aptly named for the significant amount of carbon used in its pigment. In fact, manufacturing just one ink cartridge produces 10.5 pounds of green house gasses and carbon emissions, while one toner cartridge produces around seven pounds. This new partnership isn’t the first time EcoEnclose has decided to branch out into more sustainable packaging accouterments. In 2019, EcoEnclose announced they were rolling out zero waste stickers and liners to reduce their waste output even more. Just like their main paper pack- aging, these stickers are also made from 100% post-con- sumer recycled materials. This makes them an eco-friendly alternative to traditional single use and non-biodegradable stickers and liners that are made from silicone and plastic based materials. Now made from all biodegradable materials and con- taining no dangerous and toxic chemicals in their pigment, every single part of EcoEnclose’s packaging materials can be reused and recycled—but also won’t harm the environ- ment it’s not. The Living Ink Company The Living Ink Company, a fellow Colorado-based com- pany, announced their partnership with EcoEnclose in June of 2020 to little surprise but big excitement—there had been talks of a partnership between these two pro- gressive companies for some time. EcoEnclose was one of the first companies to allow the Living Ink Company to trial their product while providing pivotal feedback. This relationship became a full-on alliance which helped solidi- fy EcoEnclose’s place in creating packaging that is entirely 100 percent environmentally friendly and recyclable, even down to the ink. The Living Ink Company was founded by Scott Fulbright and Steve Albers, two Cell and Molecular Biology Program PhD students at Colorado State University. In 2013 they began to experiment with algae to create pigment. Their first algae-based ink product was used in pens, for which they created a kickstarter in 2016 that generated $60,000 in funds. This initial success pushed them towards experi- menting with printer ink, thus creating a revolutionary and
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environmentally friendly option for the normally harmful and toxic inks and cartridges. After perfecting their formu- la, they created the Living Ink Company. An environmentally conscious alternative, algae has been used in science for many years as a sustainable option to create various biofuels and other materials. Al- gae-based products actually create a negative carbon footprint, decreasing CO2 output by almost 200 percent. The process of creating Algae Ink is simple—the ink is made using three sustainable resources: water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide. The algae is grown on ‘algae farms’ that exist in large controlled pools of water, where the raw
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