FMN | February 1st, 2021

Pack Print International 2021 Dates Announced

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Pack Print International, the International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia,will return to BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 22–25. The show is jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia,The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Associa- tion. Pack Print International 2021 will present global packaging and printing innovations geared toward the Southeast Asia audience. Exhibit highlights at the show will include Artificial Intelligence, premium design, sustainability, security and safety, digital economy and 3D printing. The ex- hibits will be complemented by a conference and sem- inar program. Containerboard Operating Rates Remain High Containerboard production rates increased in De- cember 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. According to theAmerican Forest & PaperAssociation’s (AF&PA’s) latest Containerboard Monthly report, con- tainerboard production in December increased 3 per- cent compared with December 2019, and it was up 4 percent for all of 2020 compared with all of 2019. For December 2020, the containerboard operating rate was at 93.7 percent,essentially flat from December 2019, and up 2.3 percent year to date.The association reports that December 2020 production of container- board for export decreased 22 percent compared with the same month in 2019, and it was up 9 percent year to date. Inventory Increases Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of De- cember 2020 increased 3,000 tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 tons compared with Decem- ber 2019. In addition, AF&PA released its December 2020 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. The association says packaging paper ship- ments in December increased 8 percent compared with December 2019 and were up 5 percent in 2020 compared with 2019. For December 2020, the oper- ating rate for packaging papers and specialty pack- aging was at 83.3 percent, which AF&PA states is up 0.6 percent compared with December 2019 and flat year to date. For packaging papers in December 2020, mill inven- tories increased 2,000 tons compared with the previ- ous month and increased 3,000 tons compared with December 2019.

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