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Golden West Packaging Group Expands Digital Capacity In CA

SupplyOne Acquires Boxes Etc., Inc.

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, based Sup- plyOne, Inc., one of the largest independent supplier of corrugated and other value-add- ed packaging products, equipment, and ser- vices in the U.S., announced that it acquired Boxes Etc., Inc., a privately-held distributor of custom corrugated packaging and packaging supplies headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1985, Boxes Etc., Inc. has expe- rienced steady growth under the leadership of Brian Chapman and Marcus Muniz, earn- ing a reputation for high-quality service and responsiveness. In addition to providing a full range of custom and stock boxes and packag- ing supplies, the company has expanded its offering to include packaging design, assem- bly, and warehouse and distribution services to meet the growing needs of manufacturers and processors in the greater Orlando area. “Our customers want to work with suppli- ers who understand their needs and who can help them grow. We are excited about Supply- One’s programs, custom manufacturing capa- bilities and services that will allow us to bring even more value to our customers,” said Brian Chapman, VP of Boxes Etc., Inc.


Golden West Packaging Group remains at the forefront of digital print- ing on corrugated, embracing a long-term strategy of expansion to serve customers throughout the West Coast and beyond. The addition of an HP PageWide C500 industrial scale digital corrugated press at

its Heritage Solutions facility in Livermore, California, along with the redistribution of digital assets across other Golden West manufacturing facilities, is building a foundation for continued growth. Heritage Solutions was one of the first corrugated companies in the U.S. to print digitally directly onto corrugated substrates, installing its first digital press in 2008. Golden West inherited this legacy when it acquired Heritage in 2017. In addition to the HP C500, the plant has HP Scitex 15500 and 11000 multi-pass presses and two XP Kongsberg digital cutting tables. Brian Fellows oversees all of digital for Golden West’s 12 manufac- turing facilities. His title is VP of Sales and Director of Digital for Heri- tage Solutions and Packaging Innovators, which Golden West also ac- quired in 2017. The two plants are located across the street from each other and are referred to as “Livermore” throughout the Golden West organization. Combined, they have considerable manufacturing fire- power, which Fellows says is one of the reasons why Golden West ex- CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 California based Golden West Packaging Group has expended its digital printing capabilities to serve its Wine and Spirits customers.


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 Pratt Industries Opens New Box Plant In Carlisle, PA 6 AICC Foundation For Packaging Education Celebrates One Year 10 A New Competitive Edge: Mental Health Offerings 14 Members Of AICC Mexico Meet In Monterrey For 20th Year

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SupplyOne Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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.

“We look forward to welcoming our new customers and colleagues to SupplyOne. Boxes, Etc. is an outstanding addition to our expanding network of specialty packaging manufacturers and distributors. This acquisition is an ex- cellent addition to SupplyOne’s presence in Florida,” said Bill Leith, CEO and President of SupplyOne, Inc. SupplyOne is a portfolio company of Wellspring Capital Management. Visit .

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Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois based ND Paper reported that it has named Shannon Dwyer as the new General Manager at its plant in Rumford, Maine. Dwyer was promoted on Oc- tober 26 to fill the role of at the company’s largest paper mill after the departure of Tom Pazdera. Dwyer has held several positions in ND Paper since 2000. His roles have ranged from Project Engineer to Engineering Manager and from Director of Utilities. Most recently, he served as Director of Capital and Reliability, where he led the engineering group responsible for opti- mizing and advancing all of ND Paper’s operations. ND Paper is a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper Hold- ings Ltd. of China.








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Pratt Industries Opens New Box Plant In Carlisle, PA

Conyers, Georgia based Pratt Industries recently celebrat- ed the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A total of 215 employees work at the plant. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Anthony Pratt, Pratt’s Executive Chairman, for a tour of the plant. Pratt bills itself as a prominent paper recycler, and the only ma- jor paper container board company whose products are 100 percent recycled. “This $150 million state-of-the-art box factory is our company’s most recent investment in America and we’re proud to have created another 215 full-time, high-paying, green-collar manufacturing jobs right here in Pennsylva- nia,” Pratt said, shortly before officially dedicating the new plant with Wolf. The facility is Pratt’s fourth in Pennsylvania, joining oth- ers in Reading, Macungie and East Greenville. Pratt highlighted the company’s focus on recycling, noting that the prevention of paper products from decay- ing in landfills will ultimately help achieve the federal gov- ernment’s new methane reduction targets. The company

operates an extensive recycling division to supply five state-of-the-art paper mills with recovered fiber. Those mills then supply its corrugator and sheet plants with 100 percent recycled container board which is used to create custom packaging and display materials for customers which include Dominos Pizza, Amazon and Hello Fresh. Governor Wolf praised the firm’s growing commitment to Pennsylvania. “I think we have what you need to do well here, and I would hope that this is just the beginning of more investments in Pennsylvania because we have some great companies here that need the products that you’re selling here,” the governor said. Founded more than 30 years ago, Pratt is Ameri- ca’s 5th-largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held producer of 100 percent re- cycled container board, with more than 7,500 employees in 25 states. Visit for more information. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, left, takes a tour of Pratt In- dustries’ new box plant in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman of Pratt Industries.


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AICC’s Foundation For Packaging Education Enjoys A Year Of Success In November of 2020, the creation of the Foundation for Packaging Education was announced to the corrugated and folding carton industries. The Foundation acts as a reliable source of funds for AICC and related education- al programming aimed at people already working in box plants and the industry. More than 40 AICC General and Associate Member companies and individuals made pledges and donations to the Foundation that total $1,500,000. As promised, AICC’s Board of Directors matched the first $1 million. Inaugural donors include: A.G. Stacker, Akers Packag- ing Services, Arvco, Athena SWC, Bay Cities, BCM Inks, Central Package & Display, Mike D’Angelo, DeLine Box & Display, The Day Before Golf, Equipment Finance, Geo. Martin, Nick Griffin, Haire Machinery, Harris Packaging, In- dependent II, Jamestown Container, JB Machinery, Kolbus, L.D. Davis, McLean Packaging, Michigan City Paper Box, Ox Box, Package Crafters, Package Express, Pamarco/ Absolute, Royal Containers, Southern Missouri Contain- er, Standfast Group, Sun Automation, Tavens Container, Wasatch Container, and Welch Packaging Group. The following inaugural donors have also given in hon- or or memory of others: CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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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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AICC’s Foundation (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

scholarship program administered by the Foundation. AICC’s long-standing Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship is now under the Foundation’s stewardship as well. Plans are in the final stages for an exciting Foundation for Packaging Education fundraising event in the second half of 2022. Watch for an announcement soon. Those interested in learning more or becoming a donor can visit or contact AICC Director of Ed- ucation & Training Taryn Pyle at (703) 535-1391 or tpyle@, or AICC President Mike D’Angelo at (703) 535-1386 or Save The Date For Amtech User Conference 2022 In Orlando, FL Fort Washington, Pennsylvania based Amtech Software announced that its 2022 User Conference will take place October 23-27, 2022, in person, at the beautiful Wyndham Bonnett Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. The company is planning exciting networking events, including an evening at Epcot Center with an exclusive fireworks viewing. Its customers will be able to take ad- vantage of over 80 training sessions, functional education- al tracks and post-conference virtual one-on-one training sessions. Registration will be opening soon and training spots will be limited. Visit or contact to learn more.

• Adducco Communications, in memory of Michael Brun- ton • Buckeye Boxes, in honor of Robert B. Hoyt • NV Publications, in memory of Michael Brunton • Oklahoma Interpak, in honor of John A. Schilt The Foundation is close to reaching the $3,000,000 goal in pledges and donations set by the Foundation Board. You can still support the Foundation, your company, and the industry by donating or pledging at PackagingEd. org/Donate. Note that the IRS has increased to 25 percent of taxable income the amount of deductible charitable contributions that corporations can make this tax year. Several donors have also come together, led by Mi- chael Levin of The Paige Company, Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler LLP, and Freedom Corrugated, to create a scholarship within the Foundation to honor the memory of Steve Narva. Narva, an industry veteran, made his mark at multiple companies and touched the lives of many. The following companies have made pledges and donations to this Fund. • Paige Packaging

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people departing from their jobs and searching for a more sustainable work-life balance. If you need a competitive edge to keep your employ- ees or bring in new ones, here’s a suggestion for you – bolster your mental health offerings. Mental health symptoms are not new to the workplace. In 2019, 59 percent of people surveyed for an HBR study reported at least one mental health condition. That num- ber edged up to 66 percent in 2021. Younger employees, especially millennials and Gen Zers, are demanding in- vestments in workplace mental health programs pushed by, among other things, the Covid-19 pandemic. There are many benefits to investing in mental health offerings. The HBR study found that workers who felt supported by their employer tended to be less likely to experience mental health symptoms and were less likely to underperform and miss work. They also had higher job satisfaction and intentions to stay at their company. Here are three ways you can increase mental health offerings at your plant(s):

A recent Gallup analysis found 48 percent of America’s working population is actively job searching or watching

for opportunities. Compound that with difficulty acquiring workers amid record-high job openings, and you can understand one of the big problems facing our indus- try right now: labor. In a 2021 Harvard Business Re- view (HBR) survey, 50 percent of respondents had left jobs due to

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TAPPI Scholarships Support Next Generation Of Packaging Leaders Each year, TAPPI is proud to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students in corrugated and packaging related programs. There are several Technical Division scholarships totaling more than $50,000 available for academic year 2022-2023. Applica- tions are due February 15, 2022. TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Division scholarships in- clude: • $10,000 from the Terry S. Paulson Memorial Fund will provide two $5,000 scholarships for students pursuing careers in maintenance or engineering for the corru- gated industry. • $5,000 from the Joe Dieffenbacher Memorial Fund will grant one $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in engineering for the corrugated industry. • Additional $1,000 scholarships will also be present- ed and are sponsored by the Bobst Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and WestRock. In addition to Technical Division scholarships, TAP- PI offers the William L. Cullison Memorial Scholarship, in amounts of up to $4000, for undergraduate students ma- joring in pulp and paper science. The deadline to submit applications for academic year 2022-2023 is February 15, 2022.

TAPPI encourages students to apply for all of the schol- arships for which they may qualify. Scholarship application requirements vary by division and a general information form must also be completed. To access scholarship ap- plications and division specific guidelines visit tappi. org/scholarships or contact the Awards Department at AF&PA Responds With ‘No’ To House Passage Of Build Back Better Act The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Presi- dent and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Build Back Better Act framework: “AF&PA cannot support the corporate tax increases put forth in the Build Back Better Act. These tax increases would significantly impact U.S. manufacturing jobs and undermine our na- tion’s economic recovery. We urge policymakers to recog- nize that our country is struggling under the worst inflation seen in three decades. “Such short-sighted policies will have longer-term ef- fects on U.S. manufacturing jobs, which includes the more than 950,000 hard-working people in the forest products industry. AF&PA calls on the U.S. Senate to vote ‘no’ on this legislation.” Visit for more information.

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Members Of AICC Mexico Convene In Monterrey For 20th Anniversary

Members of AICC Mexico met in Monterrey, Mexico, November 17-19 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of AICC’s Mexico chap- ter. The group, numbering 170 members, suppliers and guests, was welcomed by past president Humberto Trevino of Washington Box in Monterrey and past president Pedro Aguirre of Technologia de Carton in Torreon. Trevino told members, “It is gratifying to see the support of

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so many AICC members at this meeting given the challenges of the past year posed by the pandemic and the state of the economy.” He said that membership in AICC Mexico had grown to nearly 100 member compa- nies and the interest in the activities of the Association, particularly the online training programs, was very high. AICC Ambassador Steve Young addressed the group on behalf of AICC President Mike D’Angelo. He thanked the members for their sup- port and encouraged them to participate in the services offered by the Association, especially the online training and learning resources. He re- ported that AICC had created the Foundation for Packaging Education, a charitable foun- dation specifically dedicated to supporting and sustaining the development of online ed- ucation and training programs, including their translation into Spanish. He remarked briefly on the financial performance of AICC in the past fiscal year, noting that the Association’s financial resources are very sound, and he also comment- ed on the AICC/TAPPI Super- CorrExpo, August 8-12 in Orlando, which saw attendance of nearly 3,000 people and 235 exhibiting suppliers. Speakers at the meeting included Patricia Inés Christensen of the Aso- ciacion Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje (AMEE), an expert in packaging, AICC Mexico Past President Humberto Trevino of Washington Box speaks to the general session at AICC Mexico’s 20th Anniversary Meeting. Veronica Reyes, Administrative Secretary for AICC Mexico, with Steve Young of AICC, left, and Sergio Menchaca of Eko Empaques, the newly elected President of AICC Mexico.

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Diamond Packaging Wins Awards In Paperboard Packaging Competition Rochester, New York based Diamond Packaging an- nounced that it won three awards in the PPC’s 2021 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition, the premier competition for carton manufacturers involved in the con- cept, design, print, performance, and shelf appeal of pa- perboard packaging. Awards were presented last month during the 2021 Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The competition, sponsored by the Paperboard Pack- aging Council (PPC) and judged by a jury of packaging professionals, industry experts, and professors, is a cele- bration of the industry and its creative potential. It is also an affirmation of paperboard as the more sustainable choice for packaging in today’s eco-conscious world. “On behalf of the Paperboard Packaging Council, I con- gratulate all of this year’s deserving winners,” said Ben Markens, President of PPC. “To be recognized in our com- petition is a feat, demonstrating mastery in design, manu- facturing, distribution, shelf presence, and much more. It is a true stamp of excellence.” Diamond won a Gold Award in the Self-Promotional category for its Diamond Lockbox® certified child-resistant (CR) packaging. Diamond Lockbox® folding cartons are an upscale, certified child-resistant (CR) packaging solu- tion for medical or recreational marijuana products, lux- urious enough to rival that of high-end cosmetic brands. Diamond Lockbox® cartons combine beauty and strength

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matches between the components that must work in tandem on your exo folder gluers and die-cutters: • Anilox Rollers and Ink Chambers • Anilox andWiper Rollers • Feed and Pull Rollers • Glue andMeter Rollers You can achieve the press speeds and print quality you need to ll your most demanding orders by pairing your team with The ARChitects of Flexo. Contact ARC today to learn how these engineered matches of exo folder gluer and die-cutter components (new or

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for the ultimate in cannabis packaging design. The single- and dual-lock options feature finished edges and ample billboard space that can be decorated with a wide range of printing and finishing effects. The designs were engineered to stand up to repeated opening and closing without losing their safety attributes or effectiveness. This reliability is of particular importance for multi-use products that are NOT sold as single-use. Diamond Lockbox® cartons were converted utilizing tear-resistant paperboard, and offset printed with three CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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inks, in-line with UV matte coating. The subtle overall multi-level embossed linear pattern adds unusual dimen- sion and contributes to a unique visual and tactile presen- tation. The combination of color and textures beautifully complements the design of the primary container – an asymmetrical, sculpted transparent glass spray bottle with a curved metallic gold cap. Diamond won an Excellence Award in the Cosmetics category for Parlux Fragrances’ Gold Rush Man Paris Hil- ton packaging. The folding cartons were converted utiliz- ing metallized polyester board and offset printed with UV gold, black, and opaque white inks, with UV flexo glitter pearl coating, and UV matte coating. The embossed Gold Rush logo adds distinction and is framed by an interlocking geometric pattern, which is tightly registered to the front and rear panels. The UV matte spot coating is registered to the embossed pattern and provides a striking contrast to the overall gloss finish surrounding it. An exquisite, glit- ter pearl flexo coating delivers a multisensory product ex- perience through unusual visual depth and haptic effects. The combination of colors and textures perfectly comple- ments the design of the primary container – an embossed black spray bottle with gold accents and matte black cap. All of Diamond’s winning entries were manufactured using 100 percent clean, renewable wind energy, in a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) facility. Visit for more informa- tion on Diamond Packaging’s award-winning cartons.

PMS color inks, in-line with UV matte coating, UV gloss spot coating, and DiamondTouch soft touch coating. The overall DiamondTouch soft touch coating adds an appealing tactile quality that promotes consumer interac- tion. The UV gloss spot coating is tightly registered to the embossed accents and provides a striking contrast to the overall matte finish surrounding it.

Diamond won an Excellence Award in the Cosmetics category for Parlux Fragrances’ Illuminare Intensa Vince Camuto packaging. The folding cartons were converted utilizing FSC-certified Stora Enso Ensocoat™ SBS paper- board and offset printed with PMS 690 and dense black

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FBA: Connecting With Consumers During The Holiday Via Social Media Fibre Box Association (FBA) prides itself on its connec- tions: to members, to retailers, to industry stakeholders and to consumers. We work hard to be the trusted voice for the corrugated packaging industry across all these au- diences, and it’s this last group that’s the focus today. FBA connects with consumers through our social me- dia platforms, promoting the extraordinary benefits of cor- rugated packaging. This is something we began actively doing in late 2018 and building upon every moment since. In 2020, our posts garnered 17.6 million impressions with a 79 percent follower growth rate which brought us up to 8,886 followers. We’re proud of the impact we’ve made and are excited to close out this year with even stronger numbers when it comes to our social media efforts. We are also excited to announce that long-time em- ployee Vicky Miksis will be stepping into a new role as Marketing and Research Specialist. Vicky will combine her research work that helps generate many of FBA’s current data reports with FBA’s social media efforts. She’ll work with the marketing team to continue to produce strong so- cial media content that engages consumers. This holiday season, that consumer engagement will center around boxes as the backbone of e-commerce. For November and December, we’re focusing on happy hol-

iday deliveries made possible by corrugated packaging and asking consumers to gift us back, by recycling their boxes. Corrugated packaging is an increasingly noticeable part of daily life, especially with e-commerce purchases landing on doorsteps everywhere this time of year. Our holiday message, “Happy delivery. Happy consumer. Hap- py planet. Happy holidays.” aims to encourage and recog- nize the role consumers play in recycling; a key contributor to what makes corrugated cardboard boxes extraordinary, and why consumers should feel good about the boxes be- ing delivered to their homes. As many packaging materials scramble to claim they are recyclable, it’s important to recognize corrugated box- es are not only recyclable but systems are in place for box- es to be recycled. In 2020, 89 percent of all corrugated packaging was successfully recovered for recycling in the US and on average corrugated boxes contain nearly 52 percent recycled content. That track record puts our in- dustry miles ahead of any other packaging material’s re- covery and re-use rates. We will be sharing messages, infographics, key facts and a video on our social media platforms throughout the months of November and December. We’ll also be using the hashtags #choosecorrugated, #boxesareextraordi- nary, and #RecycleYourBoxes. Visit for more information on all the Association’s news and initiatives.

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cels at digital printing. “In my opinion where most compa- nies with digital fail is on the finishing side and that’s what creates the longer lead times. Our lead times are 10 to 15 work- ing days so two to three weeks. Without our finishing equipment, the flexo folder-gluers, the rotary and flatbed diecutters and the XP Kongsbergs, we’d be dead in the water. I can print sheets and finish them in-house or I can send them to any one of our companies. We have a ton of different finishing equipment on the West Coast.” The two plants combined are 250,000-square-feet and have four flexo folder-gluers, two rotary diecutters, two specialty gluers and two Bobst flatbed diecutters. They manufacture between 45- to 60-million-square-feet of board a month. Twenty percent of the business is digital. Since acquiring the companies, Golden West has in- vested heavily in capital equipment and workflow automa- tion. The equipment at Heritage was rearranged to make room for the HP C500 press, which sits perpendicular to a seven-color Göpfert Evolution rotary diecutter. Installed in 2016, the diecutter is testament to Golden West’s commit- ment to high quality printing. The 66-inch by 125-inch HBL Brian Fellows

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(high board line) machine is equipped with state-or-the- art components providing the ability to achieve flexo print quality comparable to litho, printing 150-175 line screen. The back end was recently automated with an automatic pallet inserter, dual bundle breakers, inverter and load for- mer from Ducker-Ringwood Automation. Ducker also add- ed new main line material handling components. Fellows says Golden West’s success is a direct result of the wide range of printing capabilities across all locations. For instance, the Fleetwood-Fiber Packaging & Graphic’s plant in City of Industry, California, also has a seven-col- or Göpfert as well as a Ward 4/1 inside/outside flexo fold- er-gluer from BW Papersystems that can print four colors


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At Heritage Solutions an HP C500 press, above, sits perpen- dicular to a 7-color Göpfert Evolution rotary diecutter, below.


outside and one inside in one pass. And Capital Corru- gated & Carton in Sacramento, California, has an Asitrade singleface laminator. He says digital printing complements the other print- ing capabilities, allowing the company to offer customers a complete menu of solutions. Why Digital The HP PageWide C500 press was installed almost two years ago to serve the wine and spirits and high graphics packaging markets. It runs two shifts producing average order sizes of 7000 to 8000. The highest single order to date was 200,000 wine boxes. Speed and flexibility are its differentiating factors, ac- cording to Fellows. The rated speed is 246 linear ft/min. “The old days of people saying, ‘Digital is for short runs, it’s not fast enough, it’s not true production,’ those days are over.” The press uses water-based ink and offers near offset print quality. “When you look at the image through a

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