Board Converting News, August 3, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years August 3, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 31

The Highs (And Lows) Of Cannabis Packaging BY JACKIE SCHULTZ

Sonoco To Invest $83M In SC Facility Upgrades

Hartsfield, South Carolina based Sonoco has announced plans to upgrade its corrugated medium machine in Hartsville, South Carolina, with an investment of $83 million. The move to transform the machine into a new recycled paperboard machine with a production ca- pacity of 180,000 tons per year is aimed at further bolstering the company’s recycled pa- perboard mill system. With this investment, Sonoco is expected to become one of the largest, lowest-cost pro- ducers of recycled paperboard in the world. The transformation will be carried out as part of Project Horizon and will reduce electricity consumption in the Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper mill system by 16 percent. The compa- ny will also be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent while its total water usage by mills will decrease by 25 percent. “We are calling this investment Project Horizon because it ensures the long-term viability of our Hartsville paper mill complex and places our U.S. and Canada recycled pa- perboard mill system into the top quartile of performance from a cost perspective,” said Sonoco President and CEO Howard Coker

Cannabis is a dynamic market that is presenting new opportunities for folding carton converters, especially in the U.S. Of the 50 states, 11 have legalized its recreational use, 33 have legalized medical canna- bis, and the remaining states are evaluating legalization in one form or another.

With legalization and decriminalization, the market is poised to ex- plode and with it so will the cannabis packaging market. According to the research firm Smithers in the report, “The Future of Cannabis Packaging to 2024,” the value of the legal cannabis market globally will more than double from $21 billion in 2019 to $55 billion in 2024. The value of packaging for legal cannabis products will more than triple from $493 million to exceed $1.63 billion in 2024. This is equivalent to a year-on-year growth rate of around 24 percent. U.S. cannabis packaging represented 63 percent of the world mar- ket in 2019, and by 2024, North America will account for more than 80 percent of the world cannabis packaging market by value, according to the Smithers report. Most people know this product as marijuana, although the preferred name is “cannabis.” It comes in several forms, from smokable to edible. CBD (cannabidiol), which comes from the cannabis sativa plant, is a hemp extract that has less than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabi- All Packaging Company received the PPC Paperboard Package of the Year for this cannabis packaging.



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The Compostability Of Paper 10 Safety Program Helps Zumbiel Packaging Reach Milestone American Carton Expands Folding Carton Capabilities

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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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

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.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

East West

$920.00 $965.00

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said. “More than 80 percent of our consumer packaging sales are linked to food products, and we are being called on to meet an increased demand for consumers who are staying close to home. I’m extremely proud of how our as- sociates have rallied to our customers’ calls for help during this crisis.” Sonoco has also released its 2019-20 corporate re- sponsibility report, which highlights environmental mile- stones Sonoco achieved in the past year, including reduc- ing normalized greenhouse gas emissions by one percent and water usage by two percent. Since 2009, the compa- ny has reduced normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 24.6 percent, including a 33.6 percent reduction in direct emissions from operations, and water use by 42.4 percent. The report also looks ahead at some of the company’s commitments for sustainable use and increased recyclabil- ity of packaging by 2025. Those commitments include: • Increasing the amount it recycles or causes to be recy- cled from 65 percent to 85 percent, relative to the vol- ume of packaging it places into the global marketplace; • Increasing the use of postconsumer recycled resins in its plastic packaging from 18 percent to 25 percent; and • Ensuring that about 75 percent of its rigid plastic pack- aging can carry the relevant on-package recyclable claim. Visit for more information.

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our preferred option is recycling, but composting is “…sug- gested as an alternative disposal option that can reduce reliance on landfills and provide additional benefit through the production of a valuable soil amendment.” The report introduction states that, while there are general recommendations for composting paper, relative- ly little attention has been given in the scientific literature to the biodegradability and compostability of paper and what impacts it may have on the final compost product. This review is a summary of some of the research that has been done to investigate the suitability of using paper and paper products in a composting environment. Sections include information on biodegradation of woody material in a soil environment, biodegradation in a compost environment and biodegradation of paper in compost environment and the connections among them. Highlights from the report include: • As a wood-based product, the biodegradation of paper

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) recently released to the public a report titled “The

Use of Paper and Paper Products in a Composting Environment.” NCASI serves the forest products industry by providing scientific research and technical information necessary to achieve the industry’s environmental and sustainability goals.

The information on compostability of paper detailed in the report is beneficial to the corrugated packaging indus- try and other paper-based packaging allies, to the com- posting industry and to all eco-minded consumers. This topic isn’t addressed very often in the industry, because Mary Drain

follows a similar path to that of wood in a natural soil environment, with microbial communities metabolizing wood fibers. • When properly maintained, composting using paper feedstock can result in a fi- nal product that is high in quality, suffi- ciently stable, free of odors, and can be marketed for agricultural uses. • Composted paper has also been shown to have no impact on plant germination rates. In fact, results from one study showed final yields for plants grown in paper compost were higher than for plants grown in compost without paper or commercial growth substrates. • In lab experiments, the biodegradability of bleached, high density paper with sil- icone coating was 75 percent, but was eventually able to achieve 100 percent biodegradability with sufficiently long composting times. Paraffin wax coatings have been shown to be biodegradable. • Recommendations for including paper and paper products during compost- ing are commonly contained in general guidance documents concerning this subject. These recommendations make sense given that paper is a natural prod- uct derived from wood, which should make it ideal for composting. • Unbleached paper may not be 100 per- cent biodegradable during composting due to the higher lignin content, but the modified lignin resulting from compost- ing produces a stable humic-like sub- stance valued in the final compost. FBA commends NCASI for seeing the importance and value of this document and sharing it with the public.


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Our sectoral preheating plates provide direct heat by means of a double steam circuit, allowing for efficient heating in hard-to-access locations, as well as to act as a steam shower to open the paper’s fibre, making it receptive to absorbing the heat and the glue.

This translates into increased speed and improved quality of the cardboard sheet finish.

The system’s main advantages are as follows:

• 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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3. Steam Plate 4. Contact Roll 5. Glue Machine Direct Drive Touch Productivity Issue—Glue Unit Many glue units run with a rider roll or a guiding bar system. The rider roll with paper gap allows a precise glue application, but requires frequent Contact Roll


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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 working 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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MHIA Names Christine Little New Senior Sales Manager

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

The Corrugating Machinery Division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) has announced the hiring of



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.392 31.916


7.816 7.979


Industry Total

a new Senior Sales Manager for North America. Christine Little will be heading up sales efforts for the North American market, compris- ing the United States, Canada and Mexico, effective August 3. The 20- year packaging industry veteran will work in close collaboration with Ya-

Year-to Date

June 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

196.619 193.934


7.741 7.696


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

Christine Little



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

sushi Kitahara, the company’s Vice President and Direc- tor of Sales, and regional sales managers John Bacot, Greg Kukla and David Moulder. “We’re thrilled to welcome Christine to the MHIA team,” said Kitahara. “Her two decades of experience, understanding of our industry’s value chain, and lead- ership ability will prove to be invaluable as we continue to grow and deepen our customer partnerships across North America.” Little joins MHIA from Packaging Corporation of Amer- ica, where she served as a sales professional. Prior to that, she worked at Circle Incorporated and Badger Pack- aging. Little earned her MBA in marketing management and BA in marketing from Saint Martin’s University.

2020 2019

2.8208 2.6371


16.1361 15.9772


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.0865 2.3246


3.3 3.8


Shipping Days




2020 2019

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company to zero in on potential risk areas more effectively than ever before. “Sure, we could have just continued with the big monthly meetings as our safety track record was good, but why settle for good when we can get to great?” Cascades To Close Ontario Containerboard Packaging Plant Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades Inc. has announced that it will close its Etobicoke, Ontario Con- tainerboard packaging facility as part of the strategic repo- sitioning of its Containerboard platform in Ontario and the Corporation’s continuing global optimization initiatives. “An integral part of our strategic plan is to optimize our operational platform in Ontario,” said Charles Malo, Presi- dent and COO. “As a result, we will be gradually redeploy- ing production from the Etobicoke facility to our other units within the region. This decision will reinforce our opera- tional positioning for mid and long-term success by better aligning present production capacities, improving produc- tivity, reducing fixed costs and further strengthening our service offering for our valued customers.” Cascades’ Etobicoke Containerboard Packaging op- erations will permanently close no later than August 31, 2021, and the property will be put up for sale. Cascades will work to minimize the impact of this announcement on the 125 employees impacted by the closure.


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American Carton Expands Folding Carton Capabilities

Mansfield, Texas based American Carton Company has installed a six-col- or Komori Lithrone GX40 (GLX640) press with both conventional UV and UV LED to increase its folding carton print capacity. As folding cartons are the company’s primary product, and American Carton currently holds a number of certifications to meet the quality and U.S. FDA safety com- pliance requirements of its clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device,

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replace our old six-color Komori, which had a lot of mile- age on it, it still printed an exceptionally good dot. It exem- plified what we look for in a partner, which is quality and reliability. Komori delivers on both.” “American Carton has a nationally recognized repu- tation for tackling packaging challenges with innovative solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for their customers,” said Mark Milbourn, Executive Vice President, Sales and Service, Komori America. “We know that the robust technology inherent in the GLX40 press will only add to American Carton’s dedication to helping customers achieve their packaging goals.” FBA Announces Retirement Of Sharlene Huske After nearly 17 years of employment with the Fibre Box Association (FBA), Sharlene (Shar) Huske is announcing her retirement effective August 1, 2020. Shar has been the “go-to” person for FBA and ICCA members and a valuable member of the FBA staff. Her contributions have been many and her desire to help others will be missed. “I want to personally thank Shar for welcoming me into FBA and taking care of my needs for these past nine years,” said FBA President & CEO Dennis Colley.

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for 2020 career opportunities in production, sales, design, engineering and other corrugated packaging operations. If your firm is currently an ICPF Corporate Partner (or con- sidering becoming an ICPF Partner) and has an opening for a recent or upcoming graduate, please contact ICPF at or call (759) 549.8580. Information on a cross section of available candidates who have resumes in ICPF’s career portal follows. Louis M. (Virginia Tech Packaging Systems and Design graduate-May ’19) served as a laboratory assistant in VT’s packaging lab, and treasurer of VT’s student packaging club. Ad- ditionally, he is an Eagle Scout. “I am most interested in the engineering and structural design fields of corrugated packaging.” Ben F. (Clemson University Industrial Engineering gradu- ate-May ’20) achieved a 4.0 GPA this past semester and Louis M.

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uate May ’20) acquired education in structural design through the ILS GC packaging track established in part- nership with ICPF. “I’m looking to exercise my talents in packaging engineering and design.” Nick L. (Virginia Tech Packaging Systems and Design graduate-May ‘20) has had packaging internships at DS

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Fibre Box Association: A Mid-Year Review BY DENNIS COLLEY

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With the first half of 2020 behind us, what do the next six months have in store for our health, the economy and the corrugated industry? I have yet to find any two economists, healthcare workers or politicians who agree on the future. And rightfully so, as we are in unchartered waters and each day presents a new challenge and an opportunity. And it is not over yet. The year 2020 is certainly not the year that I expected, but these are some of the things that I have learned so far: • Plans change, and in a big way. • Those meetings that I had to attend in person – did not happen. • Technology allows communications to be shared in a more-efficient and less-costly way. • Every person does not have to be in the office every day, at the same time, for work to get accomplished. • Not every meeting has to be a video conference. E-mails and phone calls work just fine. • The amount of time that I am saving by not traveling almost doubles my capacity for work. • Wi-Fi networks need to be updated on a regular basis to keep up with technology. • What I learned in kindergarten about washing my hands with warm, soapy water several times a day was true (Thank you, Mrs. Hamrick!). The Corrugated Industry is Essential The corrugated industry is truly an essential part of the American supply chain and has been crucial to getting supplies and food shipped across the country. While U.S. manufacturing has been curtailed, actual YTD corrugated shipments are up 1.4 percent from 2019. Much of this was driven by pantry-stocking and increased internet retail sales in the first quarter. As schools make plans to reopen, several other market segments have the potential to in- crease corrugated shipments. Many facilities are using this opportunity to clean, sanitize and organize. When the U.S. economy is back to full capacity, the corrugated industry will be ready to do its share. Here is a summary of FBA staff activities for the first half of 2020. You will note customer visits have been placed on hold until 2021. January In January, FBA, as part of the Corrugated Packaging Al- liance (CPA), introduced member companies to the latest Full Disclosure software model. The cost analysis tool can be used with corrugated packaging customers who may be considering different packaging materials. The tool Dennis Colley

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and the Department of Homeland Security. FBA issued a press release on the essential work of the industry and also launched a webpage tracking COVID-19 informa- tion including: Essential Business Designation, Guidance for Employers, Food Safety and Packaging, and Surface Transmission of the virus. April With the FBA Annual Meeting cancelled, FBA held its spring Board of Directors’ Meeting by conference call. During the call FBA ratified the membership’s election of new Board members and officers. Cathy Foley, Vice Pres- ident Industry Relations and Supply Chain at Pratt Indus- tries, became the Association’s 2020-21 chairman. Addi- tional officer elections include First Vice Chairman Bob Landaal, Landaal Packaging Systems; Second Vice Chair- man Doug Bosnik, Buckeye Corrugated, Inc.; Immediate Past Chairman Jeff Chalovich, WestRock; and President Dennis Colley and with Senior VP, Rachel Kenyon. May The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and AICC – The In- dependent Packaging Association, recognized 422 cor- rugated industry plants for safety achievements in 2019. FBA created a video thank you to the industry’s essential workers who helped keep transport packaging flowing to markets including packaging for food and other consum-

tracks all the costs associated with packaging a product allowing manufacturers to make informed decisions about packaging materials. Dennis and Rachel also attended the Waste Management Sustainability Forum and participated in an AMERPIEN/ Arizona State University Walton Sustain- ability Solutions Workshop on modeling the future of re- cycling. February FBA joined a collaborative work group of industry lead- ers led by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&- PA) to develop design guidance for the recyclability of pa- per-based packaging. Dennis and Rachel met with Mary Anne Hansan and staff at the Paper + Packaging Board and agreed to collaborate on new forestry and recyclabili- ty sell sheets for the P+PB Sales Channel Toolkit. For more information about February’s market segment, CBD/Hemp packaging, visit .. March FBA along with CPA partners, AF&PA, AICC – The In- dependent Packaging Association and the Technical As- sociation for the Pulp and Paper Industry, urged Federal and State government to recognize corrugated opera- tions as “essential businesses” during “Stay at Home” or- ders. CPA sent letters to the governors of all fifty states

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When it comes to cannabis and CBD products, there is little regulatory guidance, according to Richard Romano, WhatTheyThink Managing Editor. CBD is legal in 46 states, however, it is illegal at the federal level. “It’s very much the Wild West, and some companies have started to tame the frontier,” he said, adding that this presents an opportunity for packaging suppliers to guide their customers through the regulatory landscape. “At the moment it’s pretty much caveat emptor, which is why the emergence of reputable name brands like Blunt Skincare is becoming important. If you really want to get involved in CBD packaging, call and find out what the rules are in your state and your ge- ography.” Chrikov offered this advice: “When it comes to packag- ing, if you’re in a food industry or an industry where CBD is being consumed, I would say definitely look into pack- aging that is child-safe. But in beauty and consumer prod- ucts, there isn’t really a guideline on what type of packag- ing you should be using.” Carton Redesign Another participant in the WhatTheyThink webinar was Mickey Waite, a packaging consultant. One of his cus- The emergence of names like Blunt Skincare is important.


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color labels printed directly onto the carton. The earlier versions included a magnetic closure and product stickers that were applied by hand. Waite’s rede- sign eliminated both of these, making the cartons more environmentally-friendly and significantly reducing costs. “I did a study to see if it made more sense at the cur-



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