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Inaugural Box Making Olympics Awards Creativity, Excellence For the first time in their history, TAPPI and AICC combined their pack- aging competitions at SuperCorrExpo 2021. TAPPI’s CorrPak Competi- tion and AICC’s Package Design Competition joined forces to become the 2021 Box Manufacturing Olympics. The competition was open to all TAPPI and AICC members from around the globe who produce corru- gated, rigid box and folding cartons, as well as their suppliers. Packag- ing schools and universities were also invited to participate.
Opus Packaging Acquires Mall City Containers In MI Grand Rapids, Michigan based Opus Packag- ing Group has announced that it has acquired Kalamazoo, Michigan based Mall City Con- tainers, effective September 1, 2021. Mall City Containers was founded in 1974 by a team of investors that bought Mead Pa- per Company’s sheet plant in Kalamazoo. Over its history, the company has enjoyed steady, solid growth that excelled in meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations. Mall City employs more than 60 people while op- erating out of one manufacturing facility and an offsite warehouse. The addition of Mall City is the sixth manu- facturing facility for Opus, which is comprised of Opus Packaging – New Bremen (New Bremen, OH; Loudon, TN), Opus Packag- ing – Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI), Opus Packaging – Jackson (Jackson, MI), Opus Packaging – Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN), Opus Packaging – Wabash (Mt Carmel, IL) and now Opus Packaging – Kalamazoo, LLC d/b/a Mall City Containers (Kalamazoo, MI). “The acquisition of Mall City strengthens our product portfolio and our ability to service our customers in the Midwest United States,”
With an unprecedented 173 entries, the approximately 3,000 at- tendees at SuperCorrExpo were treated to a display of the “Best of the Best” in the industry. TAPPI and AICC are also proud to announce the winners of the Attendees Choice Award and the Best of Industry Awards. Here is the complete list of winners: CORRUGATED CATEGORIES Category 1 – Innovative Structural Design Category S-1A: Innovative Structural Design Industrial Focus • 1st Place: Peachtree Packaging & Display – Mobis Parts America Bumper Box • 2nd Place: BoxMaster – Profile 3 Spoke • 3rd Place: Inter-Continental Corp. – Top Fairing Kit CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 McLean Packaging Corp. won Best of the Industry – Corrugated Printing for its John Macy Cheese Crisp Club Tray entry.
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6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Volk Packaging Named One Of Maine’s Best Places To Work 10 Truvant Continues Expansion With New Facility In Texas GP Hummingbird Builds Pre-Press Workflow Solution 40 Data Security In The IIoT Age
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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
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$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00
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E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.
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said Opus Packaging Group’s owners, Butch Stoner and Kevin Manor. “Opus has been providing innovative pack- aging solutions to its customers since 1984. Our vision of becoming a world class provider in packaging solutions while leading in the markets we serve will be greatly en- hanced by the acquisition of Mall City. We are excited to welcome the Mall City associates to the Opus team.” Pamarco Launches New Website Roselle, New Jersey based Pamarco has confirmed it has launched its new website at www.pamarco.com . “We’ve taken our time to really take this project head on,” explains John Burgess, President. of Pamarco “Our website will continue to grow through three phases. What you will experience now is Phase One, a site that is easier to navigate with faster load times and beautifully branded. “Phase Two will implement some pieces that have needed an overhaul for quite some time, as well as some new features. For example, engraving calculators, geo- graphical contact forms with direct access to your sales reps and in-depth product pages, offering better insight on what Pamarco has to offer. In Phase Three, we will im- plement our online store, giving quick access to order the cleaning solutions and peripherals online.”
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To be considered for participation, com- panies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: • Have at least 15 employees working in Maine; • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity; • Be a publicly or privately held business; • Have a facility in the state of Maine; and • Must be in business a minimum of one year. Companies from across the state en- tered the two-phase process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first phase consisted of evaluating each nominat- ed company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second phase consist- ed of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the pro- cess was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Maine and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rank- ings. Volk Packaging Corporation will be recog- nized in the October 18th edition of Mainebiz where the rankings will be revealed for the first time, following a planned awards event. Visit www.VolkBoxes.com for more in- formation on Volk Packaging and its 54-year history in Maine, or contact Amy Volk at (207) 229-5091.
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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2021
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)
Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change
Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)
Corrugator Plants Only
Percent Change Weeks of Supply
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“GP Hummingbird really incubated at Georgia-Pacific’s Color-Box, one of the largest corrugated litho providers in North America,” recalls Rob- ert Seay, Vice President, Digital Print Solutions, Georgia-Pacific. “They did something innovative. They took the work into pre-print, which included laminators and flatbed die-cutters – and the corrugated market.” Along came the HP PageWide T400, complementing the other equip- ment. The company already had laminators where rolls or sheets could be made into combined board and its box plants were converting offset pre-print from a roll press. Now it could take the rolls right off the T400, and already had the tools to make that work, immediately. “The wide web digital press let us attack high graphics print completely differently. Then, it morphed and became its own business,” Seay adds. GP Hummingbird was proof of concept that digital could work as an off- set alternative. When the HP T1100 was announced, Hummingbird was the first packaging supplier in North America to provide 110-inch wide web ca- pability for digital pre-print at lengths. Recently, Georgia-Pacific announced the purchase of an HP PageWide T1190 Press, the world’s highest-volume digital corrugated packaging solution, providing an east-west footprint. It will assure redundancy, provide scale, and let GP Hummingbird improve turnaround time while reducing shipping and logistics costs. “Much of our value proposition is supply chain efficiency. We can help different corrugated converters, turning around high volumes quickly. It’s easier to ship rolls of pre-print than boxes,” notes Seay. “Anybody can or- der our rolls, but we focus on those who know how to run pre-print. Onsite packaging engineers can help optimise layouts and packaging structures.” Varied Customer Base Serving many converters, GP Hummingbird has to consider how its workflow will be used everywhere. Customers will deliver a piece of art- CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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and the corrugating and die-cutting tolerances. What does that layout look like and how do they get the customer to approve it? GP Hummingbird wanted an automated solu- tion. The entire process of creating the art and structure re- quires that they are approved together. “Sometimes we complete the artwork, but the structure changes because it’s going to a different corrugated converter – or a differ- ent piece wants the flap slightly different. That puts the artwork out of synch with the structure,” says Seay. At first, the process was manual and intensive, with many cross- checks to assure something didn’t change along the way, requiring adjustments. GP Hummingbird’s business model is special. “Our original workflow couldn’t be customised, which became limiting, pretty quick,” discloses Seay. “Because we had HP digital presses, we’d already bought the SmartStream front end. We needed tools that could be adapted for our needs. We invested in HYBRID Software’s PACKZ and CLOUDFLOW and discovered a flexible workflow.” The workflow is used to clean up files and ensure that processes are standardised. That becomes fairly import- ant given all the work running through the shop. “The more touch points, the more potential for mistakes. The first thing we did was deploy our workflow, along with our HP and graphic management software,” Seay adds. “The challenge is to know what you want to do and manage CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
work, perhaps from a flexo job, but will want to print dig- itally. The artwork could be a square or a rectangle, but finishing and the requirements of the box must also be determined. Once a one-up is approved, a step-and-repeat layout must be prepared. The sheets must be imposed for the
converter’s cutter. For example, a converter might general- ly use rotary die-cutters. A file built for a flatbed die-cutter needs an edge trim and a sidebar to grab before it goes on a rotary. You have to rethink the artwork at three levels – the one-up for the customer, the ‘n-up’ sheet for print
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the installation as a software project. It was helpful that we could customise everything at our centralized hub in Cincinnati.” A Comprehensive Process GP Hummingbird breaks the workflow down into three buckets: programming and integration, editing tools and then step and repeat, building a solution that offers ev- erything to create a press ready PDF. The workflow is tied into the order processing system when product designs are created. They can refer to an existing design that will be changed, an existing structure, or anything in between. Human intervention could result in a lack of consisten- cy. “We have a structured process so we can trust what’s going through our system,” says Dave Fox, Hummingbird Graphics Manager. Hummingbird creates PDFs that are automatically processed, eliminating judgment calls when
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consistency from layout to layout, because all marks are already placed, and approved. Key to the process is being able to link the press up- load server to the workflow, so files can be sent automati- cally to the press with a time stamp. There is one location to submit all project notes, reducing email traffic and offer-
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stantly changes. We need to pivot on the fly. A lot of the complex decisions surround finishing. How much toler- ance do you have on the die-cut or how is it laid out? For example, one high volume customer uses us for work that dynamically changes. When the art is ready, we need to print the jobs quickly, and to very specific specs,” he con- tinues. “One job may require 70-inch rolls, while another might require 80 inches. If I didn’t have the workflow, it would be harder to manage. “One of the key values of our workflow was flexibility. Digital is going to morph and evolve. We want to morph and evolve our software suite as well. We also want to of- fer a better experience for our customers. It really comes down to, ‘Can I control their artwork? Can I control the workflow in between? Can I give customers assurances that it’s going to get done in a structured manner?’ Be- cause our workflow is incredibly flexible, adaptive and de- livers high quality work, it is now extremely valuable for our business and our customers,” concludes Seay.
didn’t miss a beat. That’s a big deal,” exclaims Seay. Delivering samples and proofs can delay a deadline, but some customers still want to visit and do crosschecks – although there have been fewer during COVID-19. Online proofing simplified the process and has made the work- flow easy for many customers The software has eliminated a number of potential mis- takes. That matters because customers want supply chain efficiency. “Our workflow conducts so many deep edits that our pre-production people can normalize our produc- tion files in a third of the time, with fewer workarounds due to file components. We cleared up a lot of initial graphics work making Hummingbird’s pre-press so streamlined that one person easily handles the work of two or three people using more traditional imposition tools,” says Seay. “The corrugated converter or the supply chain con-
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Category 3 – Floor Displays & Standees Category S-3A : STRUCTURE – Floor Displays & Standees – No Product • 1st Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Sing It With Oreo Floor Display • 2nd Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Canadian Olympics Floor Display Category P-3A : PRINTING – Floor Displays & Standees – No Product • 1st Place: Bay Cities – Avengers Infinity War Trend Pod Header • 2nd Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Canadian Olympics Floor Display • 3rd Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Sing It With Oreo Floor Display Category S-3B: STRUCTURE – Floor Displays – Product • 1st Place: Bay Cities – Scout Comics Vending Machine • 2nd Place: Corrugados y Especialidades SA de CV – Floor Display Honey • 3rd Place: Peachtree Packaging & Display – Bota Wine Camper Display Category P-3B : PRINTING – Floor Displays – Product • 1st Place: Corrugados y Especialidades SA de CV – Floor Display Honey CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
Category S-1B : Innovative Structural Design Consumer Focus • 1st Place: Vanguard Companies – Remington iLight IP- L3500CDN • 2nd Place: BoxMaster – Bowl Insert • 3rd Place: BoxMaster – 2019 Beer Advent Calendar Category 2 – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays Category S-2B: STRUCTURE – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – Product • 1st Place: Great Little Box Co. / Ideon Packaging – Strait & Narrow 6 Pack Dispenser Display • 2nd Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora PDQ • 3rd Place: C&B Display Packaging, Division of Royal Containers Ltd. – Dentyne Ice Counter Display Category P-2B : PRINTING – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – Product • 1st Place: Great Little Box Co. / Ideon Packaging – Per- formatrin Ultra Limited Display • 2nd Place: Smurfit Kappa North America – Shelf Dis- play Super Glue • 3rd Place: Great Little Box Co. / Ideon Packaging – Strait and Narrow 6 Pack Dispenser Display •
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Category 5 – Flexo Print on Combined Board Category P-5A : Flexo on Combined Board - Line Work • 1st Place: Unicorr Packaging Group – Aim Controllers • 2nd Place: DS Smith (Lebanon, IN) – Reese’s 7ct Tray • 3rd Place: BoxMaster – Fall 2021 Jilly Box Category P-5B : Flexo Print on Combined Board - Line/ Screen Combination • 1st Place: Tavens Packaging & Display – Cat Scratcher • 2nd Place: Master Packaging Inc. – Spindrift Brewing Generic 4x6 – 455mm Cans • 3rd Place: Buckeye Corrugated – Country Crush Category P-5C : Flexo Print on Combined Board - Built Col- or Images: Process or Modified Process Color • 1st Place: McLean Packaging Corp. – Cocoa Pebbles & Fruity Pebbles Retail Ready Packaging • 2nd Place: Royal Containers Ltd. – Wilson WipeOut • 3rd Place: Royal Containers Ltd. – Wilson WeedOut Category P-5E : Flexo Print on Combined Board - Process Color: Photos or Original Art Continuous Tone Images • 1st Place: McLean Packaging Corp. – John Macy Cheese Crisp Club Tray • 2nd Place: Sumter Packaging Corp. – Graphic Box • 3rd Place: McLean Packaging Corp. – Fruity Pebbles & Cocoa Pebbles Retail Ready Packaging
• 2nd Place: Buckeye Corrugated (Knoxville) – Chip & Dip Display • 3rd Place: Complete Design & Packaging – Promo 51 TIP FP Display Category 4 – Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board Category P-4A : Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board – Line Work • 1st Place: DS Smith (Roanoke) – Parts Box – Black on Kraft • 2nd Place: BoxMaster – Laid Back Snacks • 3rd Place: BoxMaster – Cutting Board Category P-4B : Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board – Line/Screen Combination • 1st Place: Peachtree Packaging & Display – GEVEKO Markings Box • 2nd Place: Buckeye Corrugated (New York Region) – United Apples Tote Cover • 3rd Place: Smurfit Kappa Columbia – 2 Inks Multicolor Dog House Category P-4C : Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board - Built Color Printed on Brown Paper or on a Layer of White Ink • 1st Place: Royal Containers Ltd. – Fresh Citrus
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Category 9 – E-Commerce & Subscription Packaging Category S-9 EXP : STRUCTURE – E-Commerce and Sub- scription Packaging • 1st Place: Corrugados y Especialidades SA de CV – Caja Sorpresa (Surprise Box) • 2nd Place: Wasatch Container – Paint Mixer • 3rd Place: CompanyBox – Pura Vida Category P-9 EXP : PRINTING – E-Commerce and Sub- scription Packaging • 1st Place: Bay Cities – Outriders VIP Kit • 2nd Place: Corrugados y Especialidades SA de CV – Promotional Vinyl Box • 3rd Place: Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Barf World’s New Design Category 10 – Form & Function Category 10 : Form and Function: Using Corrugated Out- side of Packaging and Displays • 1st Place: Sumter Packaging Corp. – LG Litter Box • 2nd Place: BoxMaster – 2021 Recovery Box • 3rd Place: BoxMaster – Medium Bin Category 11 – Best Use of Corrugated Replacing other Substrate • 1st Place: Danbury Square Box Co. – Rom Tech • 2nd Place: Sumter Packaging Corp. – LG Litter Box CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
Category 6 – Best Application of Spot or Full Label • 1st Place: Vanguard Companies – Remington iLight IP- L3500CDN • 2nd Place: Utah PaperBox – UPB Holiday Gift Wrap • 3rd Place: DS Smith (Roanoke) – Open Touch Pillow Category 7 – Preprinted Linerboard Category P-7B : Preprinted Linerboard - Built Color Imag- es: Process or Modified Process Color - Cartoon Art • 1st Place: DS Smith (Lebanon, IN) – DoubleWall PrePrint Dog Food Box Category P-7C : Preprinted Linerboard - Process Color or Modified Process • 1st Place: Buckeye Corrugated (New York) – Seagrams 12pk Preprint • 2nd Place: DS Smith (Lebanon, IN) – Dog Burger Box • 3rd Place: Master Packaging – Grandma’s Coffee Cake Category 8 – Digital Printing Containers and Displays - Ink Jet/Digital entries only • 1st Place: Complete Design & Packaging – BF Sponge- bob Vidalia Sweet Onion Dump Bin • 2nd Place: Vanguard Companies – Manna Pro Flock Party End Cap • 3rd Place: Complete Design & Packaging – G-Tower
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