Vol. 22 No. 5 FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry In Print and Online at www.nvpublications.com ® An N.V. Publication Market News
March 2, 2020
Packaging Industry Focuses On Trends
A&V Becomes STRIPE VR Sponsor Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. an- nounced its decision to become a leading sponsor of STRIPE VR, the virtual print training simulator devel- oped by Clemson University’s Sono- co Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics,with a donation of $80,000. The Sonoco Institute is Clemson Uni- versity’s research and development center for advanced solutions and resources for the printing and pack- aging industry. This donation will allow the Sonoco Institute to invest in its interactive vir- tual reality print lab for workforce train- ing and recruitment,STRIPEVR.One of these advancements is a training simu- lator where trainees can interact with printing equipment in new ways such as virtual“hands-on”experience and in- teraction with the machines and their parts, training with different measure- ment devices, and setting impressions to review the results. “With a decline in employment in the print industry over the past 10 years, a cutting-edge solution is need- ed to attract talent to the workforce,”
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M intel has released a new study entitled Global Packaging Trends 2020 that looks at a number of areas packaging com- panies and brands should be focused upon, one of which is re-
cycling. Mintel believes pack- aging manufacturers and brands must continue to de- velop and commercialize re- cyclable package innovations even if the capabilities to re- cycle them do not yet exist. Over the past decade,many have become familiar with the mantra ‘reduce, reuse, re- cycle’, but it tells an incom- plete story. It’s hard to recy- cle if consumers aren’t first reminded to ‘return’ packag- ing to the proper recycling bin or store take-back system. According to many reports, the demand for recycled plas- tics today far outstrips supply.
If the 2025 and 2030 commitments companies and brands have made to reach 100 percent recycled content are to be met, new and rapidly scalable recycling and processing technologies must be conceived, commercialised, implemented, and promoted.With just 9 percent of the world’s plastic waste actually being recycled, according to 2018 research from the United Nations, there is a dire need to explore technologies that are ‘technically’ recyclable now, and for the development of plastic alternatives.
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Resource Label Acquires Axiom Label & Packaging
Resource Label Group, LLC (“Resource Label”) a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, has acquired Los Angeles, California-based Axiom Label & Packaging, broadening its presence in California. Axiom represents the company’s sixth ac- quisition in California. Resource Label, is a portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, a New York-based private investment firm, and TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG. Axiom is an innovator and supplier of label and pack- aging solutions to California businesses and national brands.Axiom offers pressure sensitive, shrink sleeve, extended content and flexible packaging solutions that serve customers across a broad spectrum of industries including food, beverage, nutraceutical, personal care and health and beauty. Resource Label Group, LLC is a pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC manufacturer with diverse product offerings for the food, beverage, chemical, household products, personal care, nutra- ceutical, pharmaceutical, medical device, and tech- nology industries.
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Packaging Study (Cont’d from Page 1) Next-generation technologies are only small pieces of the greater equation that will address and solve the waste and recycling crisis. The ultimate solution is brands, manufacturers, packaging industry bodies, governments, and environmental non-profits working in harmony to better inform consumers,develop more easily recyclable packaging, and establish better col- lection systems and recycling processes. Recycling Efforts From Around The World Country-wide efforts in India: Marico Ltd., one of India’s leading consumer beauty and wellness compa- nies, has partnered with Future Retail’s format Big Ba- zaar to launch Plastic Lao Paise Kamao, a closed loop recycling program that enables consumers to submit plastic bottles across 21 key Big Bazaar outlets around Mumbai.For each bottle submitted,consumers receive 10 rupees instantly credited to their Future Pay wallet, made available for their next purchase. Recycling goes ‘grassroots’ in the United States: Pennsylvania-based Total Recycling — in a joint ef- fort with Materials Recovery for the Future, a research collaborative of brands, manufacturers, and packaging companies — has created a first-of-its-kind program in the United States to collect flexible packaging materials at curbside.New vision systems can detect and separate flexible packaging from other recyclables and while the recyclate produced, called RFlex, cannot be processed back to flexible packaging materials, it can be used for consumer and industrial goods of equal or higher value. Kao in Japan brings recycling into its Kirei lifestyle strategy: Japan-based beauty, personal care, and house- hold care brand Kao is taking a unique approach to recycling as a centrepiece of its environmental, social, and governance strategy called Kirei Lifestyle (‘kirei’ means ‘something that is clean,well-ordered, and beau- tiful’ in Japanese).The strategy focuses on developing innovative technologies to recycle used plastic pack- aging, develop and use high-quality, low-priced recy- cled plastics, and promote RecyCreation, a program through which new value is created from used plastics. Creating A Path Forward Chemical recycling offers an alternative to ineffi- cient mechanical recycling : The prospects for chemi- cal recycling — sometimes referred to as ‘transforma- tional technology’— offer more efficient and profitable recycling for single-use plastics. In chemical recycling, plastic is chopped and treated with a combination of water, heat, pressure, and enzymes or catalysts to break the plastic resin down into its constituent parts.These (Cont’d on Page 7)
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FLAG Introduces Peer Group Summit
FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) will bring its annual Members Meeting to theTwin Cities this fall and introduce a new concept in the spring — a Peer Group Summit. Recognizing the need for continuing education and networking for independent converters, FLAG has an- nounced the location, speakers and plant tour for its 2020 Annual Meeting.The meeting, which now draws more than 100 members and vendors, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington/Minneapolis locat- ed close to the Mall of America in Bloomington,Minne- sota on October 27-29. By request, this year’s meeting will feature a full day of small peer group breakouts. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of this meeting, the Awards Dinner will take place at the top of the US Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings. Additional highlights of the annual meeting include a tour of a member’s fa- cility, exhibits from FLAGVendors and keynote presen- tations on mission critical topics for the independent converter.This year the group will tour Lofton Labels and learn how the company has significantly grown their business over the past few years without increas- ing manpower. Peer group meetings, and the opportunity to openly network with converters of a similar size facing similar challenges, have become so popular with FLAG mem- bers that two new peer groups have been formed and a special “Peer Group Summit” has been scheduled for May 12-14, 2020 in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a full day of peer group interactions,Mem- bers will tour the North Carolina facility of UPM Raflatac. APR Partners With OMET For Flexo Training All Printing Resources (APR) has partnered with OMET to provide hands-on comprehensive education- al and training at OMET’s Elk Grove Village, Illinois, NorthAmerican headquarters.This is the only demo fa- cility for OMET narrow web presses in North America. The two companies’ first joint seminar, Flexo Funda- mentals , will be held at APR Headquarters March 24- 25 and will feature a visit to the OMET facility where a seven-color flexo job will run on the OMET Xjet pow- ered by Durst. The hybrid press system combines an OMET Xflex X6 430 and Durst Tau RSC. APR’s Technical Innovation Center has a variety of platemaking solutions (solvent, water and thermal) in addition to the newest Esko CDI Crystal and XPS UV LED exposure.
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Packaging Study (Cont’d from Page 5) chemicals can then be re-polymerised into virgin-quali- ty resins and used in new plastic packaging,used as fuel or used as the raw materials for other plastic products. Paper-based flexible packaging gains ground : Nestlé has been at the forefront of the development and commercialisation of recyclable paper-based flexi- ble packaging. In 2019, it introduced Nesquik All Natu- ral in five European markets, KitKat in Japan, and YES! bars in Europe, all in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recyclable paper flexible packaging, alternatives to non-recyclable plastic films. Tubes squeezing their way into the recycling bin : Tubes are typically made from sheets of plastic lam- inates, can include a thin layer of aluminum, and are pressed into a single, nonrecyclable structure. Slated to roll out in 2020, Colgate’s recyclable tube is con- structed of multiple grades of high-density polyeth- ylene (HDPE), a widely recycled plastic. The natural soda deodorant stick from Denmark-based Ben&Anna is a solid bar deodorant that retails in a paperboard tube and carries a ‘no plastic’ logo. The Bottom Line On Plastic Recycling Deal with the issue : Despite the world’s wishes, sin- gle-use plastic will exist for decades to come. Retailers, brands, package manufacturers, and consumers must embrace recycling as a primary means of responsibly dealing with not just single-use plastics,but all types of plastics and all types of packaging. Do your part in finding a solution : Retailers, brands, and package manufacturers must all do more to pro- mote recycling — starting with on-pack messaging and education. Don’t wait : It is imperative to develop and commercial- ize packaging technologies today that are ahead of their ability to be recycled, rather than the other way around. Packaging Reset ‘Sustainable’ packaging will be supplanted by ‘re- sponsible’ packaging - a practical approach brands can promote and defend, and consumers can understand and act on. Next-generation alternatives to fossil fuel-based tech- nologies are not always the more environmentally re- sponsible choice — especially when there are many ‘re- sponsible’packaging solutions available and no one right answer. Brands and packaging manufacturers need to ex- plore all options to find the more responsible choice for the application, occasion, and moment in time. Some sustainability approaches, like blanket plastics bans, can cause unintended consequences that may
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CCL Industries Acquires Clinical Systems
CCL Industries Inc. has acquired Clinical Systems, Inc (“CSI”), a specialized provider to the United States clin- ical trials industry. CSI, a label producer based in Garden City,NewYork, USA, specializes in patient information booklets and has developed a new software driven “eLabel” prod- uct for clinical trials providers.The enterprise value of the transaction, net of cash and debt, is approximately $19.4 million. Sales for the 12 months ending Decem- ber 31, 2019, are approximately $14.4 million with an estimated adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 million. CSI will be integrated into CCL Label’s Healthcare & Specialty operations and immediately begin trading as CCL Clinical Systems. Avery Dennison is planning for the future growth of RFID. Just months after signing a deal to acquire Smar- trac’s transponder division, the company will open an RFID manufacturing facility in Brazil in 2021. The move marks Avery Dennison’s first manufacturing fa- cility in Brazil and fifth in the world.The new factory will be located in Vinhedo. Following the completion of the Smartrac acqui- sition, the company’s RFID business will represent a global platform with more than $500 million in reve- nue.The new facility in Brazil will manufacture a wide variety of inlay designs. Total packaging industry deals for the fourth quarter of 2019 were worth $2.73 billion, according to Global- Data’s deals database. The value marked an increase of 17.2 percent over the previous quarter and a drop of 58.3 percent when compared with the last fourth-quarter average of $6.55 billion. In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 7.8 percent over the last fourth-quarter average with 83 deals against the average of 90 deals. In value terms,Asia-Pacific led the activity with deals worth $1.91 billion. The top five packaging deals accounted for 88.5 per- cent of the overall value during Q4 2019. The combined value of the top five packaging deals stood at $2.41 billion, against the overall value of $2.73 billion recorded for the month. Avery Dennison Invests In New Brazilian Factory Global Packaging Deals Total $2.73B In Q4 2019
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petition to develop and commercialize responsible packaging technologies will reach a fever pitch, re- sponsible approaches, collaboration, and the shar- ing of intellectual property for the greater good will reign. In the years ahead, consumers will be hungry for leadership and demonstrable change in the environ- ment and ethical causes that plague society the world over. Consumers will reward companies that take ac- tion on sustainability issues in a responsible way and institute ethical business practices. The companies that will ‘win’ over the next 10 years will be those that fuel this new era of conscious con- sumption. Tomorrow’s consumers will actively seek out environmentally responsible packaging and ag- gressively reward brands that help them understand what is actually better, rather than what is ‘less bad’. Successful brands, package manufacturers, and retail- ers will be those that develop, commercialize, and put to use environmentally responsible packaging based on science and facts rather than social media fiction and fear. According to a recent study, 44 percent of U.S.Millen- nials (aged 26-43) say one of the best ways for a brand/ company to show that it represents their personal val- ues is by following environmentally friendly practices.
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Flexo Wash Technology Helps Flexo-Graphics Grow As Flexo-Graphics, Butler, Wisconsin, grew and ex- panded, the need to clean its aniloxes effectively grew and expanded as well. Their problem was that the method of cleaning the company used to clean its an- iloxes “broke down too often and too fast.” The company did a demo of its dirty anilox rolls in a FlexoWash anilox cleaner and found its rolls“were not nearly as clean” as they thought they were, according to JohnWitmer, Operations Manager. In 2017, the company purchased its first anilox clean- er, a FlexoWash Handy 2x2. It could clean four rolls at a time with a much shorter turnaround time of 15-20 minutes maximum (sometimes only 10 minutes using the QuickWash). Improving The Process In 2018, the company purchased a new press, which was a 17-inch press with 10 colors. This new press taxed its ability to keep everything clean. Flexo-Graph- ics went from a negligible use of UV Ink to using UV Ink 50 percent of the time, in just three short years. The improvements in their system were evident.“We spent far less time at the sink which resulted in more time running the press,”said Tim McDonough, Presi- dent.“In addition, clean rolls led to more repeatable col- or and tones which is critical in a highly repetitive busi- ness. Our ability to easily hit color led to more press up time due to less time spent dialing in color or changing anilox rolls. Prior to Flexo Wash it was not uncommon for us to run up a job with a “clean” anilox only to see that color was lacking and that we need to give the an- ilox another cycle to try to get it cleaner. Now a roller is either clean or it is not. There no longer is almost clean.” Here are some statistics of the company’s results: • Flexo-Graphics prints 250 days a year. • Flexo-Graphics used to spend 10 minutes prepping each roll and then one hour cleaning in the old system. After the cleaning, it would rinse the roll again. • Now the company spends about five minutes to load and unload four rolls into the Flexo Wash unit. The cleaning process takes 15 to 20 minutes. • Upgrading to the Flexo Wash system took Flexo-Graphics from two rolls per hour cleaning ca- pacity to a potential of 12 to 16 rolls an hour. • Cleaning supply cost was $1720 a year. The first year with Flexo Wash system, the cost was $1520, but the company cleaned four times more anilox rolls. • Cleaner rolls have improved their print quality. In 2019, the Flexo Wash Anilox Cleaner and 18 months later Flexo-Graphic purchased the FlexoWash PartsWasher, a PK 200WR.
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Adheso-Graphics, Inc. www.adheso-graphics.com
AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys- tems for corrugated plate mounting. Flexstik hard vinyl, FlexSoft, bi.esse brand, Gold Series Thin tapes for sleeve and Narrow web plate mounting. Specialty tapes that cover the vast thick- ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser- vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu- tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical- ly designed for flexography. ARC International www.ARCInternational.com ARC International is a world leader in the manufac- turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. DuPont Packaging Graphics www.cyrel.com/na DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin- ishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to today’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing indus- tries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits. Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. www.andersonvreeland.com
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Flexible Packaging Association Launches Website The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has launched its new website, www.flexpack.org . The FPA is committed to connecting, advancing, and lead- ing the flexible packaging industry and the new web- site is a key communication tool in that quest. The homepage offers a ‘FPA Spotlight’ section that highlights the Market Tracker, the State of the Flexi- ble Packaging Industry Report, the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition, Upcoming Events, Advocacy, and recent publications. Many of the resources contained in the website are for FPA members only and require a login. “FPA offers a wealth of information for our members, stakeholders, and the public, and our new site is more streamlined and user-friendly, making it easier to find critical information,” said Alison Keane, Esq., CAE, IOM, and FPA President & CEO. The ‘Industry Information’ section includes business statistics and financial benchmarking reports, such as the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report and the quarterly ‘Pulse of the Industry’ Reports under in- dustry resources.This section features the advantages of flexible packaging, the market tracker, an industry over- view and industry facts and figures. The section also contains the pressroom which offers a variety of news and information tools to keep members up-to-date. The ‘Programs’ section highlights key association programs such as the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition, the Flexible Packaging Student Design Challenge, Human Resources, and the Steriliza- tion Packaging Manufacturers Council.The ‘Programs’ section also highlights FPA market research and out- reach materials that we encourage members to use and share with colleagues, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. UEI Group Opens World Headquarters The UEI Group companies recently unveiled its new World Headquarters, located in Overland Park, Kansas. To commemorate, the UEI Group held an opening cer- emony for its employees and local officials,which con- cluded with a ribbon-cutting by Glenn and Sue Hutchi- son, the Chairman of the Board and his wife. UEI Group companies were founded with one com- pany by Glenn E. Hutchison in 1971. Since then, the UEI family of companies has grown from a single com- pany and a few employees to multiple companies, in various locations.
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Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitexco Laser Systems, Sanilox ™ Systems and Sani- Blast ™ Mobile Service. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. Sanilox ™ Systems are the global standard of reliable, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast ™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offer several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group www.flintgrp.com Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, man- ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopoly- mer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr ® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Harper Corporation of America www.harperimage.com We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than any- one in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated markets, Harper continu- ously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the
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Ellis Increases Output With Koenig & Bauer Die Cutter At the modern two-story facility for Canadian pack- aging specialist Ellis Packaging, a member of the Ellis Group, a wide variety of product formats run through the 85,000-square-foot plant on a daily basis to meet the needs of the food, confectionary, liquor, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. “Our customers demand short turnaround,” said Cath- ie Ellis, president, who oversees the business along with her brother Dave among three facilities.“To provide that level of quality service,we’ve invested nearly $15 million in new equipment. Most recently, we added our fourth high-speed Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter here at our Pickering facility. Since the installation, we’ve seen our net output,which factors in press speed,makeready times, and down time, improve by a 25-30 percent. Due to the significant improvement in our productivity,we’ve seen a major increase in the amount of savings because we’re not running the die cutters in overtime.” The Optima 106 K’s features contribute to reduced makeready times and lower operating costs, according to Ellis. Some of Ellis’s products require very efficient setup times to be cost effective, she explains, and the pneumatically actuated quick lock system for locking up dies helps to reduce makeready times. In turn, she said, the die cutter helps to keep costs low on short run work. Conversely, Ellis has other customers and product formats where vendor managed inventory is part of its value proposition, and subsequently, those run quantities tend to be much longer where speed and press uptime is critical. For more than two decades Iberica die cutters have made major contributions to the growth at Ellis. Re- placing an existing Iberica die cutter presented min- imal learning curve to the staff.This fourth die cutter follows three new Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 K 40-inch diecutters, two for Ellis Paper Box and one for Ellis Packaging. In fact, Ellis Mississauga was the first Iberica-Koenig & Bauer installation. Recently, Cathie Ellis was recognized for her leader- ship and named Printing Leader of theYear at the 14th annual Canadian Printing Awards, organized by Prin- tAction and its parent companyAnnex Business Media. She has worked for the family business dating back to its early days in the 1980s. Over the past 30 years, she has performed many jobs throughout the operation and rose through the company, officially taking the reins from her father Bill in 2010 as President. Founded in 1946 in Ontario, Canada,The Ellis Group is comprised of more than 250 employees at Ellis Pack- aging, Ellis Paper Box and Ellis PackagingWest.
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Eaglewood Seeks Sales Reps Eaglewood Technologies, a leading supplier of SAFE, SMART, SUPERIOR products for the FLEXO market, seeks Independent FLEXO sales representatives in the Eastern and Western regions of the U.S. to represent our growing product portfolio. Please send your inquiries to Petej@eaglewoodtech.com In other news,TLMI has named Kyle Baldwin VP of Marketing. Baldwin has served the label indus- try for 11 years, working as U.S. marketing manag- er for Spear Inc and head of marketing for NuLa- bel Technologies. People & Places Esko Stephen Bennett has been named Vice President & General Manager, North Ameri- ca, for Esko. Bennett previously worked at Esko until 2017 as Vice President Sales, having then moved on to Fu- jifilm as Vice President, Packaging Solutions. He now returns to the company to manage the overall Esko NorthAmerica business strat- egy and 225 business profession- als operating across the U.S. packaging industry. Mactac Kevin Clunie has been named Sales and Market- ing Director – Performance Adhesives Group for Mactac. In his role, Clunie will lead strategic direc- tion for all sales and marketing functions within Mactac’s Roll Label business. TLMI TheTLMI Board of Directors has announced that Dan Muenzer will be stepping down from a tran- sitional role as association President later this year. Muenzer moved into the position in 2017, fol- lowing a term as the association’s Chairman, and he now looks forward to the pursuit of other ca- reer interests. He will continue to serve as TLMI president until his successor is in place. The Board of Directors has opened the search for a new president to the greater label-printing industry. Stephen Bennett
ARC International Now Hiring!! Celebrating their 35th anniversary, ARC International is a world leader in the fabrication and re-manufacturing of preci- sion rolls and sleeves. With state-of-the-art production facil- ities in both Charlotte, NC and Las Vegas NV, ARC Interna- tional manufactures a full range of anilox rolls and sleeves, air mandrels, carbon fiber chamber systems, glue and meter rolls, feed and pull rolls, and much more for the flexographic printing industry. Due to our continued growth, ARC International is now seek- ing inside and outside sales representatives. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Flexographic printing and be computer literate. Excellent communication and time man- agement skills along with attention to detail are all required. These challenging new positions offer a competitive salary-bonus and benefits package. Qualified candi- dates are asked to submit a resume in confidence to: email@example.com ARC International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Flexo Market News® is published bi-weekly by NV Business Publishers Corporation, in association with Board Converting News®, Corrugated Today® Recycling Markets®, International Paper Board Industry®, Folding Carton Industry®, and Board Converting News International. Marketing and Circulation offices: PO Box 802, Manasquan, NJ 08736-0802, Phone: (732) 245-3702. Subscription Rates in U.S. and Canada $60 per year or $105 for two years. Overseas rate per year $80 USD. Current issue single copies (pre-paid only) $5.00 in U.S. (elsewhere $7.50); add $5.00 per order for shipping & handling. No part of this publication may be trans- mitted or reproduced without permission from the publisher.
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