Board Converting News, August 24, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years August 24, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 34

Custom Packaging’s Digital Journey Leads To G7 Standard BY JACKIE SCHULTZ The year 2018 was a banner year for Lebanon, Tennessee based Cus- tom Packaging. The sheet plant celebrated its 50th anniversary and the installation of two major machine lines – a 1636 Bobst two-color large format flexo folder-gluer and a Barberán Jetmaster 1680 digital printer.

U.S. Display Group Acquires GCC In CA

Tullahoma, Tennessee based, U.S. Display Group has announced its expansion to the West Coast with the acquisition of General Container Corporation (GCC) of Buena Park, California. The company has acquired all GCC assets and the local facilities will continue to operate and service their customers as they currently do. “U.S. Display Group’s acquisition of GCC provides a major growth opportunity for both businesses through an expanded geograph- ic footprint that will help us better serve our clients,” said Greg Moore, President of U.S. Display Group. “We are excited to bring high- speed, single-pass digital printing, among other technologies, to GCC customers.” “General Container Corporation is pleased to join in a transaction that positions our busi- ness for modernization and future growth,” said Tim Black, GCC CEO and Principal Share- holder. “We believe the GCC team and its cus- tomers will benefit from the merger into U.S. Display Group. My family and I have benefited greatly over the years from the hard work of our employees and the loyalty of our custom- ers. We were determined to find the right fu-

Custom Packaging was the fifth U.S. installation of a Barberán print- er, which is intriguing because high-speed digital printing was not something that initially was on the company’s radar. The original plan was to find a replacement for its Gerber flatbed printer, which was used for prototypes and samples. While researching options, Stephanie Shelton, Digital Operations & Graphics/Prepress Manager and G7 Ex- pert, became convinced that single pass digital printing on corrugated offered significant benefits, especially for customers. After visiting U.S. plants that had machine installations and sending corrugated sheets to the various manufacturers, including Barberán in Barcelona, to evaluate print quality, the decision was made to purchase the Jetmaster. Relentless Pursuit Before the machine was installed, Shelton began exploring ways to leverage the technology to take advantage of the litho-like print quality. The Barberán team, from left, Jesse Thatcher, Javin Stone, Richard ‘Bubba’ Jennings, Danielle Cane, Stephanie Shelton, Justin Morales, Tony Parkerson and Evan Bracken.



6 GBP To Build New ‘Super Plant’ In OK 8 FBA: Shipments Up Again In July 14 DS Smith Introduces

‘Circular Design’ Principles 20 AICC To Offer Its First Hybrid Event: The Leadership Mirror



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M a c h i n e t y p e G o a l s / E x p e c t a t i o n s

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U.S. Display Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

ture for all stakeholders in our business, and we are con- vinced joining with U.S. Display Group is the proper path to achieve that goal,” he added. The expanded business will be one of the first corru- gated display manufacturers to have high-speed, digital printing in two U.S. locations, efficiently serving markets throughout the country. In addition to digital printing, U.S. Display Group will offer similar manufacturing and fulfill- ment capabilities from both facilities.

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AICC To Offer Webinar To Discuss Tax Breaks

AICC will be offering a free webinar to discuss tax breaks for its members on September 11 at 2:00 p.m. EST. It’s the ideal time to learn about a key tool for economic revival: The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. While many packagers are currently taking advantage of this powerful incentive, others aren’t aware it’s available. Tyler Noesser, alliantgroup’s Technical Director, will share the differences between the credit and other re- lief incentives. He will also review the latest changes to the credit that will impact AICC members, as well as how members can use this incentive to help their business ac- cess critical capital. Visit to register.

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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.

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GBP To Build New ‘Super Plant’ In OK

Green Bay, Wisconsin based Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) announced it will begin construction of a new 550,000-square-foot corrugator plant in Tulsa, Oklaho- ma. Construction is set to begin on September 1, 2020, with operational start up scheduled for October 2021. The new “super plant” will be replacing GBP’s current 180,000-square-foot corrugator plant in Tulsa, where GBP has operated a plant for more than 50 years. The new plant will be equipped with a new 110-inch Fosber corru- gator and all new flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters. The Tulsa announcement is another step in the con- tinued growth and expansion of GBP. Over the last 24 months, GBP completed substantial expansions of their Green Bay Shipping Container and Minneapolis Shipping Container plants. They have installed a new 110-inch BHS corrugator in Green Bay and installed new high speed and high graphic lines in plants across the country. “We believe in this industry and our employees and customers”, said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice Presi- dent of GBP. “Our new paper mill is tracking right on time with a projected startup in the first quarter of 2021. The new Tulsa operation is a significant investment in our per- sonnel and the future of this business. It’s a fun time to be working for Green Bay Packaging.”

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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.

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• 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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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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FBA: Shipments Up Again In July

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

Industry shipments of corrugated products increased 3.1 percent, from 33.734 bsf in July of of 2019 to 34.784 bsf in June of 2020, the Fibre Box Association (FBA) report- ed. The increase is partially due to the fact there was one more shipping day in July of 2020. Average week ship- ments, however, decreased 1.6 percent, from 8.032 bsf in 2019 to 7.905 bsf in 2020. Shipments of corrugated prod- ucts are up 0.3 percent year-to-date. Containerboard consumption increased 1.7 percent, from 2.7517 million tons in July of 2019, to 2.7993 million tons in July of 2020. Consumption is up 1.1 percent year- to-date over 2019, from 18.7289 million tons to 18.9354 million tons. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants de- creased 3.1 percent, from 2.0865 million tons in June to 2.0214 million tons in July 2020. Weeks of supply shrunk from 3.3 in June to 3.2 in July, or 3.0 percent. “Containerboard inventories at mills and box plants dropped by 72,000 tons in July, the first monthly July de- cline in 17 years,” noted Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newsletter. “This continued last month’s record inventory decline. Containerboard inventories last declined in July in 2003, then by less than 3,000 tons. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.784 33.734


7.905 8.032


Industry Total

Year-to Date

July 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

231.403 227.669


7.765 7.744


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7993 2.7517


18.9354 18.7289


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jul. Jun.

2.0214 2.0865


3.2 3.3


Shipping Days




2020 2019

22 21

149 147

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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Domino Digital Printing Adds Kent As Senior Sales Manager, Corrugated Gurnee, Illinois based Domino Digital Printing announced that it has added Lloyd Kent as Senior Sales Manager for Corrugated, Digital Printing North America. Kent brings to

the labels sector, entered corrugated in June 2020 with the introduction of the X630i digital aqueous inkjet cor- rugated press. Immediately, Kent wanted to be part of the company. “I am excited to join Domino with the respon- sibility of debuting a new digital single-pass printer, the X630i, to an industry I have been involved with for over 20 years,” he said. “Domino is a remarkable global orga- nization, but it truly feels and acts like a smaller company, being able to pivot and react quickly.” The X630i is a new machine, and the technology is proven with many installations in the label industry. Dom- ino places great emphasis on listening to its customers and this shows with offerings like its In-House Leasing pro- gram, trade-in/trade-up capabilities, water-based AQ95 inks, and local service teams throughout North America. “Most companies looking into digital print have been craving most, if not all, of these offerings over the past sev- eral years,” said Kent. “I believe a strong company behind the equipment you install is most critical, and my job is to facilitate the interactions ensuring a positive and success- ful relationship.” Bill Myers, Marketing Manager at Domino Digital Print- ing North America adds, “I worked with Lloyd over 20 years ago. He is a consummate professional, excellent with customers, a solution provider, highly dependable, very considerate, and someone you want on your team.” Kent can be reached at or (281) 702-4656.

Domino over 30 years of expe- rience. His career includes roles as sales development manager, national & regional sales manag- er, and regional market director. Companies fortunate to have had Kent on their team over the past 20+ years include EFI, HP, and Bobst, where he was respon-

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sible for sales of digital and traditional corrugated printing machinery. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Diagraph, providing coding, marking & labeling solutions to brand owners for their products and packaging. Kent is involved with AICC, where he serves as an Am- bassador by introducing new members to existing mem- bers and helping them get acclimated and feel welcomed within the association. His LinkedIn profile sums up his business focus: “I help corrugated and packaging compa- nies with their transition from traditional flexo printing and litho-lam technologies into single-pass digital printing.” Domino, a major player in digital inkjet printing within


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AICC’s All Access Pass Lowers Training Costs

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering more than 50 webinars for one price with its All Access Pass. It provides the best way to meet a company’s profes- sional development needs. AICC members will lower training costs and streamline payments with the All Access Pass. For one payment of $1,695, participating companies are given a code that all employees can use to register for every webinar sched- uled from September 2020 to August 2021. When a company invests in professional development, they equip their team with shared knowledge that helps them perform at a high level, and improve the compa- ny’s bottom line. The All Access Pass gives participating companies flexibility in choosing education offerings and which team members take them, simplicity and accuracy in budgeting for professional development, and the best available price for AICC webinars. All employees can use the pass to register for webinars important to their devel- opment without delay or additional payments. The average registration for a webinar is $250. With more than 50 webinars scheduled, the All Access Pass represents a savings of more than $10,000. The pass can pay for itself after only seven webinars. Visit to purchase the pass.



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DS Smith Introduces ‘Circular Design’ Principles To Eliminate Waste

As pandemic-induced online shopping has boosted demand for boxes, Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith launched its Circular Design Principles, citing company research that shows better packaging design could save the industry $46 billion a year in logistics costs globally. New research reveals that consumers are carefully considering com-

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pany sustainability practices before purchasing, especial- ly when it comes to wasted space. Nearly all consumers (93 percent) reported they have received packages with wasted space, and nearly three-fourths (73 percent) have received packages that were twice the size or more needed. All this wasted space has left a “bad taste” in consumer’s minds and wal- lets, as 54 percent reported they would think twice before ordering again from a compa- ny that had excessive space in their packaging. DS Smith developed the design principles in collab- oration with the non-profit

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global organization that promotes a cir- cular economy to reduce consumption, waste and pollution by keeping products in use. The new program helps guide companies in designing reuse and recyclability into packaging. DS Smith recently marked its first successful year of collaboration with the Foundation, and in its second year will be working on a series of activities to further its circular econ- omy agenda including innovation and circular design projects, training and development of its teams and engagement in its communities. According to a survey of executives by Forbes Insights and DS Smith, eliminating empty space in packaging can produce big benefits for busi- nesses that ship goods, from scoring big savings to gaining an advan- tage over its competition – while reducing its environmental impact. About 60 percent of those surveyed estimate more than a quarter of their e-commerce packaging is empty space, from misshaped delivery boxes to partially filled international shipping containers. DS Smith said that based on its proprietary research, cutting those unnecessary logis- tics costs would result in $46 billion a year in potential savings for the industry worldwide. “Sustainability is at the core of every business decision we make, and the issue of wasted space has been a pain point for many years and a key reason we developed our Circular Design Principles,” said Mark Ushpol, Managing Director of Packaging at DS Smith. “We see design as one of the essential elements of the circular economy and look at pack- aging through the lens of imagining not only the impact of design on the end user, but also the impact that design has across all stakeholders, from creation of the product to its final destination.”




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in boxes for stacking in delivery vehicles. 4. Keep packaging materials in use – Quality, durability and recyclability are key to keeping packaging products and materials in use for as long as possible. This means maximizing the use of the fibers and recognizing the value beyond the primary function. 5. Find a better way – Challenging ourselves and our customers to develop circular packaging solutions. “Everything is designed - from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, and the buildings we live in,” said Joe Iles, Circular Design Program Lead at Ellen MacArthur Founda- tion. “Considering the principles of the circular economy at the design stage can have a huge influence over how such items are produced, used, and what happens to them after use. Strategic Partners like DS Smith have the ability to make change happen faster by mobilizing its large inter- nal design community and influencing its customers, many of which are global brands. And what’s more, the company will also inspire many other businesses and designers worldwide.”

He said DS Smith’s Circular Design Principles provide wide-ranging support for its customers and other mem- bers of the packaging industry in their transition to a circu- lar economy that’s rooted in smart packaging and logistics initiatives. The five principles are: 1. Protect brands and products – Designers must en- sure the packaging protects products and all the resourc- es invested in them. Damaged products from poor pack- aging have an economic and environmental impact. 2. Use no more materials than necessary – Optimizing the use of packaging materials saves resources and re- duces waste. 3. Design for supply cycle efficiency – Developing an end-to-end approach that considers every step of the way, including storage and warehouse optimization, customers’ factories, packaging lines and the layout of products with-

Consumers are doing their part with pack- aging end-use, 80 percent either recycle or reuse boxes they receive their purchases in. E-commerce, which has spiked amid the coronavirus pandemic, is a major contribu- tor to the empty space design problem. DS Smith research found that on average, emp- ty space ranged from 18 percent for clothing and footwear to 64 percent for glassware. In another example, DS Smith research determined that shipping containers sailing from Asia are 24 percent empty and cutting that empty space could save 122 million tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere each year. Ushpol said DS Smith – which recently expanded operations and now has 16 man- ufacturing, paper and recycling facilities in North America – has been working closely with customers to deliver optimized packag- ing solutions, thanks to the Circular Design Principles. “Nearly two-thirds of consumers report they consider company sustainability efforts before making a purchase. By utilizing our new design principles, businesses can help drive the circular economy while gaining sub- stantial financial savings, improved sustain- ability, and a better customer experience for all,” he said. Over the past 80 years DS Smith has grown dramatically, as have its services. To- day, the company operates in more than 34 countries and employs around 30,000 peo- ple, whose skills and knowledge provide its customers with strategic support across their entire packaging Supply Cycle.

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Fujifilm, Permalite To Partner On Synthetic Printing Solutions

strates. The introduction of the new Permalite synthetic and alternative media range will provide additional value to the growing J Press customer installation base. “We were immediately impressed by Fujifilm’s latest generation of digital presses with the J Press 750S,” said Chris Cudzilo, VP of Sales and Marketing, Permalite. “The speed, accuracy and simplicity it showcases is totally fo- cused on the future for printing.” For more information, visit about/region/affiliates/graphic-systems .

Hanover Park, Illinois based Fujifilm North America Cor- poration, Graphic Systems Division, announced a strate- gic partnership with Austin, Texas based Permalite, Inc., the largest inkjet coating manufacturer in the United States. The partnership will enable Fujifilm customers to obtain access to a new collection of specialty print media for the Fujifilm J Press 720S and 750S including synthet- ics such as PVC and Polypropylene, two of the most com- monly used types of synthetic media. “Fujifilm and Permalite share a common mission of col- laborating with customers and producing high-quality and specialty printing products with the most advanced tech- nologies on the market,” said Ed Pierce, Product Market- ing Manager, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Through our partnership, we will bring together the complementary strengths of Fujifilm’s digital press technologies with Permalite’s finest inkjet media, maximizing our offerings to our customers.” With more than 50-million square-feet of annual coat- ing capacity, Permalite is known for producing a range of award-winning films, textiles and papers that set the glob- al standard for printable substrate excellence. Through the strategic partnership, Fujifilm customers will be able to select from a variety of finishes along with various sub- BCN(US)202006(出血5mm).pdf 1 2020/6/10 上午 09:40:14

AF&PA Releases July 2020 Boxboard Monthly Report

AF&PA) released its July 2020 Boxboard Monthly Report. Total boxboard production in July decreased seven per- cent compared to July 2019. The boxboard operating rate was 90.4 percent, down 3.3 points from July 2019 and essentially flat (+0.3 pts.) year-to-date. • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in July decreased 15 percent compared to July 2019. It was down five percent when compared to the same seven months of 2019. • Recycled Boxboard production in July decreased sev- en percent compared to July 2019. It was down one percent when compared to the same seven months of 2019.










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AICC To Offer Its First Hybrid Event: The Leadership Mirror

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for its first hybrid event, The Lead- ership Mirror. Over three sessions, on September 18, 25, and October 2, participants will gain a clear view of their current skills and any potential gaps in communication, decision-making, and managing change. Online workshop sessions include Understanding Your Work Style and Your Effect on Others, How Do You Com- pare to More Than 5000 Healthy and Productive Lead- ers?, Understanding Your Value to the Team, as well as Each Team Member’s Contribution To Higher Productivity, and much more. This hybrid event, includes pre-work before the pro- gram, homework during the three weeks, and individu-

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Bingham Flexo Services Launches New Website

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Custom Packaging’s Journey (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

She has worked at Custom Packaging for 20 years and her knowledge of printing and graphics is extensive. “Because of my experience I knew it wasn’t going to be just a push of a button to run the printer,” she says. “I wanted to be prepared as much as possible and tried to ask Barberán the right questions so we could be ready.” Custom Packaging’s product mix includes brown box and high-end graphics packaging and displays produced on five-, three- and two-color rotary die cutters, four flexo

lines, and an Automatan A+ label laminator. An ink kitch- en was installed eight years ago by BCM Inks. While evaluating digital printing technology Shelton came across G7 print stan- dards. Developed by Ideal- liance, G7 stands for gray- scale plus seven colors and

is used for visually accurate color reproduction by placing emphasis on matching grayscale colorimetric measure- ments between processes. Shelton attended Idealliance’s G7 training course and six months before the Jetmaster was installed became a G7 Expert, one of only eight in the state of Tennessee when she received certification in August 2017. She also worked with Juan Martorell of ColorInLab Color Consult- ing S.L., as well as Barberán to achieve G7 Certification on Custom Packaging’s digital printer, the first installation to do so. “No one had achieved G7 Master Qualification for the Barberán when I inquired about it,” she says. “Since it

is a high-quality CMYKOV printer and I had seen what it was capable of printing in terms of color, I knew G7 was possible.” After his experience working with Custom Packaging, Martorell has since become a G7 Expert and has helped corrugated manufacturers become certified. “Custom Packaging was the first one, and they have successfully renewed their certification since they received it on Jan. 31, 2019,” he says. “Nowadays there are 11 more Barberán



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packaging companies certified in the USA. I’ve personally taken care of 100 percent of the G7 certifications of them.” Martorell says brands like Procter & Gamble and Co- ca-Cola are requiring their packaging suppliers to use G7 standards. This ensures that their brand colors will match regardless of where or on what equipment the packaging is printed. “They can get a more similar print,” he says. “Be- tween different printing companies, the grays are neutral and they increase the printing quality.” Shelton says G7 provides an opportunity to explain to customers color matching methodology. “It’s a good way to educate your customer on digital when you’re trying to match something. It’s not the same as when you’re trying


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Stephanie Shelton performs a G7 color check.

to match a color on a flexo obviously. We have an ink kitch- en for that. We are now able to say to customers, ‘If we want to hit 186 red and it’s off by a Delta E of 2, we are still within our G7 tolerance.’” Martorell says Custom Packaging was relentless in its pursuit of G7. “They have been one of the most insistent. Stephanie became a G7 expert so she believes in this and understands the importance of printing the correct colors. It’s one of the companies that trusts more in this,” he says. “Stephanie pioneered the way for us with the Barberán and G7,” says Julie West, Custom Packaging Director of Sales & Marketing. She says the company’s goal is to re- produce the same quality consistently with every order. G7 and the new digital printer facilitates that. “It added to all the tools we already had and it allows us to hit color matches and be repeatable because we have so many re- peat orders,” she says. The 210,000-square-foot plant averages about 135,000-sqare-feet per shift. “We have a high functioning plant because we run so much in two shifts. It is our culture and our focus. Every employee understands that.” Workflow Efficiencies Digital printing has provided a path for new business as well as growth opportunities for existing customers. In addition, the company is running jobs for other board con- verters and other Hood Container Corp. facilities. Custom


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