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ICPF Continues Its Successful Work Through The Pandemic BY LEN PRAZYCH Since the arrival of the pandemic earlier this year, one of the Inter- national Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF) many initiatives during this time has been assisting its 27 partner universities in tran- sitioning to remote teaching utilizing ICPF’s online corrugated curricu- la. Through the support of packaging design software manufacturers

FBA: Shipments Shrink In April

Industry shipments of corrugated products decreased 2.1 percent, from 32.65 bsf in April of 2019 to 31.96 bsf in April of 2020, the Fi- bre Box Association (FBA) reported. Average week shipments also decreased 2.1 percent, from 7.775 bsf in 2019 to 7.611 bsf in 2020. Shipments of corrugated products are up 1.5 percent year-to-date. Containerboard consumption was 2.657 million tons in April of 2020, down from 2.690 million tons, or 1.2 percent, in April of 2019. Consumption increased 3.5 percent year-to- date over 2019. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants increased 7.7 percent, from 2.1278 million tons in March to 2.2914 million tons in April 2020. Weeks of supply grew from 3.3 in March to 3.6 in April, or 9.1 percent. “In addition to replenishing low inventories at the end of March from that month’s boom in shipments, declining box shipments this month led to an inventory increase of 145,000 tons,” noted Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newsletter. “At the end of April, container- board inventories at mills and box plants were 2.2 percent higher than a year earlier.” Storat also provided data that reflected

Arden and Esko, ICPF also been working with faculty to explore and potentially configure systems to allow students remote access to their university’s centralized packaging design software from home. Stu- dents normally access the software through the utilization of one of the university computers within the bank desk tops that are located in each campus’s design lab. ICPF’s initiatives to fulfill its mission are ongoing, even through the ravages of COVID-19. A cross section of this work follows. Graduates, Student Interns Still Seeking Positions In 2020 During the past six months, there have been over 70 job postings placed on the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF) career portal by ICPF partner firms wishing to get an early start on their college recruiting for spring 2020. In both ICPF’s resume bank and in ICPF’s corrugated career network, however, ICPF continues to have far more students seeking summer internships and new 2020 gradu- More than 100 students gathered in East Lansing, Michigan, to participate in ICPF’s Annual Teleconference. More than 500 students and faculty across 20 campuses across the country participated remotely.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x ISM: Economic Downturn To Continue Through 2020 12 Paul H. Vishny, AICC’s Guiding Light For 40 Years, Dies At 89 2 Diamond Packaging Donates Faceshields To Northwell Health 30 FTA’s Virtual Forum Delivers Content, Insights, Solutions


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

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

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$85.35 119.54

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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

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FBA: Shipments Shrink (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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the impact of the coronavirus: “As economic pain from the pandemic intensified last month, record declines in consumer spending and manufacturing have flooded the record books. Retail sales declined by 16.4 percent in April, as grocery store sales dropped 13.3 percent, gen- eral stores sales dropped by 20.8 percent, and restaurant sales declined by 29.5 percent. Only online sales posted a monthly sales increase (8.4 percent) as quarantines forced more purchases to be made online, a trend not likely to fully reverse itself after the pandemic passes.” AF&PA Releases April 2020 Containerboard Report AF&PA reported that total containerboard production in April increased seven percent compared to April 2019. It was up seven percent when compared to the same four months of 2019. April 2020 production of container- board for export increased 29 percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 41 percent year-to-date. The containerboard operating rate was 95.9 percent, up 5.2 points from April 2019 and up 5.6 points year-to-date. Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of April de- creased 19,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 28,000 short tons compared to April 2019.

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ISM: Economic Downturn To Continue Through 2020

Revenue for 2020 is expected to decrease, on aver- age, by 10.3 percent. This is 15.1 percentage points lower than the 4.8 percent increase forecast in December 2019 for all of 2020, and 12.2 percentage points lower than the 1.9 percent increase reported for 2019 over 2018. Eighteen percent of respondents say that revenues for 2020 will in- crease 10.6 percent, on average, over 2019. Conversely, 58 percent say their revenues will decrease, on average, 21.2 percent, and the remaining 24 percent indicate no change. With the operating rate at 75.9 percent, an ex- pected capital expenditure decrease of 19.1 percent, an expected decrease of 1.6 percent for prices paid for raw materials, and employment expected to decrease by 5.3 percent by the end of 2020, manufacturing has been neg- atively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “With 15 of the 18 manufacturing sector industries — including five of the six big industry sectors — predicting revenue de- clines for 2020, panelists forecast that recovery will likely

The economic downturn in the U.S. will continue for the rest of 2020, say the nation’s purchasing and supply ex- ecutives in the Spring 2020 Semiannual Economic Fore- cast. Expectations for the remainder for 2020 have been clouded by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors are signal- ing contraction. These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Business Sur- vey Committees. The forecast was presented last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the ISM Man- ufacturing Business Survey Committee, and Anthony S. Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., CFPM, Chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

not occur until near the end of the year. The sectors’ responses were consistent with the industry-performance reports in April’s Re- port On Business,” says Fiore. The two industries reporting expecta- tions of growth in revenue for 2020 are: Ap- parel, Leather & Allied Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The 15 man- ufacturing industries expecting decreases in revenue in 2020 — listed in order — are: Printing & Related Support Activities; Pe- troleum & Coal Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Primary Metals; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Furniture & Related Products; Textile Mills; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Electrical Equip- ment, Appliances & Components; Comput- er & Electronic Products; Chemical Prod- ucts; and Paper Products. Purchasing and supply managers report that their companies are currently operat- ing, on average, at 75.9 percent of normal capacity, 7.8 percentage points less than was reported in December 2019. Production capacity in manufacturing is expected to decrease 3.6 percent in 2020. This compares to an increase of 3.1 percent reported for 2019, and a prediction in De- cember 2019 for an increase of 3.3 percent for 2020. Survey respondents expect a 19.1 per- cent decrease in capital expenditures in 2020. This is lower than the 2.1 percent decrease predicted by the panel in the De- cember 2019 forecast for 2020. Current- ly, 10 percent of respondents predict in- creased capital expenditures in 2020, with



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FBA Creates Thank You Video To Industry’s Essential Workers

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

The Fibre Box Association (FBA) has created a video thank you to the industry’s essential workers. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, corrugated box manufacturers have been working to keep transport packaging flowing to mak- ers of products, including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical prod- ucts, tissue and hygiene products and more. The U.S. corrugated packaging industry is a $35.2bil- lion manufacturing sector. There are 1,183 box plants op- erating in nearly 1,000 cities and towns across America. The corrugated industry provides employment and bene- fits to more than 100,000 Americans. The industry makes packaging that is essential to our everyday lives from re- newable and recyclable resources. In fact, more than 95 percent of all goods consumed in North America are pack- aged and transported in corrugated packaging and close to 40 percent of all corrugated packaging produced annu- ally is used to package food and beverages. Disruption in the availability of these goods would cause hardships to consumers across the country who de- pend on steady and stable supplies. Corrugated manufac- turers are dedicated to continuing to operate box plants under the guidelines of the CDC and OSHA. Visit to see the video.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.964 32.653


7.611 7.775


Industry Total

Year-to Date

April 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

130.945 127.545


7.703 7.592


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.6579 2.6904


10.8562 10.4940


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Apr. Mar.

2.2914 2.1278


3.6 3.3


Shipping Days




2020 2019

21 21

85 84

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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Paul H. Vishny, A Man of Quiet Integrity, AICC’s Guiding Light for 40 Years BY STEVE YOUNG

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as the architect of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF). He authored several editions of our an- titrust guidelines, the first of which was drafted in the wake of the Houston Corrugated Container Case, and he was

son, AICC Chairman in 2011-2012 when he was President and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Packaging in Montgomeryville, Pa., said simply, “We have lost a treasure.” Paul’s influence and persona resonates with those whose history with AICC is far shorter. Said AICC General Counsel David Goch, who succeeded Paul on his retire- ment in 2014, “Despite his unmatched tenure as AICC’s General Counsel, he willingly, with no hesitation, entrusted his ‘baby’ to me.” AICC President Mike D’Angelo, said, “For me, an AICC meeting didn’t truly start until Paul spoke. He had the most wonderful voice. “Gentle Steel” is how I referred to it then and how I recall it now. It was one of those things that made AICC, well, AICC.” Paul is also remembered along with Dick Troll, a found- er, past president and the first executive director of AICC,

instrumental in the devel- opment of an industry-wide antitrust education program following. He recognized the contri- bution of the industry’s sup- pliers and urged AICC into profitable partnerships in in- dustry trade and machinery shows where suppliers and

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exposure to, COVID-19. They provide added protection by covering the eyes, nose and mouth. Diamond’s face shields will be distributed among Northwell’s 23 hospitals and 800 health care facilities. They will provide additional personal protection for North- well’s frontline staff fighting COVID-19 at the epicenter of the pandemic. Diamond’s hybrid paperboard and plastic protective face shields feature a dual-purpose design that minimizes the spread of, and reduces exposure to, COVID-19. They provide added protection by covering the eyes, nose and mouth. “I believe this collaboration between healthcare and manufacturing is truly life-changing,” said Karla Fichter, CEO and owner of Diamond Packaging. “Our face shield designs have evolved to help address the shortage of plastic material in the marketplace and the ever-growing demand for face shield protection. Diamond continual- ly strives to think outside of the box to create innovative solutions. In that spirit we continue to refine our approach to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 threat. We are hon- ored to be a part of the solution for the healthcare system during this time of unprecedented crisis.” Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Diamond has manufactured hundreds of thousands of face shields for healthcare workers across the country. Diamond also supports essential businesses by producing folding car- tons for pharmaceutical and health care companies.

The donation is part of Diamond’s continuing effort to com- bat the COVID-19 pandemic by designing and manufactur- ing face shields for healthcare workers across the country Diamond Packaging’s face shields feature a dual-pur- pose design that minimizes the spread of, and reduces

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ates seeking entry-level positions than reported openings among ICPF corporate partners. Many of these students and upcoming graduates are facing a challenging year because of hiring freezes not only in our industry, but in other packaging industries and CPGs, as well. This year presents a great opportunity for corrugated manufactur- ing firms that are capable of going forward in seeking to recruit personnel who will grow into future managers and executives. Many of ICPF’s corporate partners have reached out over the past months for assistance in meeting new hiring needs. If you’re an ICPF partner and you are considering additional hires this year, please ask your HR managers to use ICPF’s career portal and resume bank to recruit students and new graduates who have concentrations in packaging science/engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, sales & marketing, business, in- dustrial engineering, packaging design, graphic design, supply chain management and related. Many of these students have interest in sales, production & operations ICPF’s mission is to generate a stream of increasing- ly qualified students to enter the corrugated packaging and displays industry. It is dedicated to the creation and building of partnerships within the education community, provides curricula, equipment and other resources to ad- vance corrugated curricula and works to expand student internships within the industry. management and design. ICPF 2020 Teleconference One of the many ways ICPF fulfills its mission is with its Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packag- ing & Displays and Careers. Over 500 packaging science, marketing & sales, supply chain management, packaging design/graphic design, business, chemical engineering, and other students and faculty on 20 college campuses across the country participated in ICPF’s Teleconference this past February 27. The annual broadcast is not a web- cast, but a live video conference utilizing professional WKAR-TV personnel and TV broadcast equipment at cen- tral Michigan’s PBS studios for two-way interactivity. After their presentation, industry panel speakers, Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of Green Bay Pack- aging; Rich Ford, Regional Manager of Packaging Corpo- ration of America; and Student Moderator Erin Wilson, a 2020 graduate of Virginia Tech and former ICPF, AICC, Pratt Industries and Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. student in- tern, addressed live questions from students on each of the 20 campuses. Participating campuses included Appalachian State University, Ball State, Bowling Green State University, Cal- ifornia Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Dunwoody College of Technology, Indiana State Univer- sity, Illinois State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North


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Carolina A&T University, North Carolina State University, Pittsburg State University, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Wis- consin-Stout, Virginia Tech and Western Michigan. This year, ICPF also partnered with Smurfit Kappa (SK) to provide the student participants a unique learning ex- perience in the latest testing and virtual reality technology found among today’s corrugated packaging manufactur-

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ers. ICPF and Smurfit Kappa executives, trainees and in- terns joined forces to produce a four-minute video, spe- cifically developed for the Teleconference, that presented Smurfit Kappa’s Dallas Experience Center as an example of the technology found among corrugated manufacturing companies throughout the country. The video can be seen on ICPF’s website at along with On February 26, 2020 the evening before the Telecon- ference, 31 top students from ICPF’s partner universities around the country joined visiting corrugated packaging executives for ICPF’s Student/Executive Corrugated Pack- aging Dialogue Dinner. Students from seven universities were nominated by faculty after demonstrating excellence in their course work and an interest in corrugated pack- aging careers. The students were joined by executives from Green Bay Packaging, Greif, Packaging Corporation of America, Tavens Packaging, BW Papersystems, Pratt In- dustries and WestRock. a video of the 2020 Teleconference. Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner Fourteen packaging students who were provided travel grants to participate in the Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner met over breakfast before joining more than 100 MSU students in the PBS broadcast auditorium to view ICPF’s teleconference.

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Since the dinner, more than a half dozen students have received offers from the corrugated packaging compa- nies that participated. The resumes of the 31 students, along with those of over 200 additional students seeking a career in corrugated packaging, are accessible to ICPF

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past week that her summer marketing & sales internship in corrugated packaging was cancelled due to COVID-19, she is now one of dozens still seeking a student six-week summer 2020 internship, virtual or otherwise, by utilizing ICPF’s career portal and corrugated career network. ICPF Awards And Donations Continue Though some deliveries have suffered minor delays during the pandemic, ICPF continues to provide equip- ment, grants and other assistance to its partner universi- ties. Recent equipment and financial awards have been provided or committed to Rutgers, Western Michigan Uni- versity, Millersville University, Indiana State, North Caroli- na State, University of Texas-Arlington, Cal Poly, Virginia Tech, and Lewis Clark State College. These ICPF award commitments have been subject to each university meet- ing annual goals that are tracked by both ICPF and ICPF’s independent auditor. Additional ICPF donations planned for 2020 include a TMI Medium Fluter and accessories at North Carolina State University, where ICPF placed a CAD table last year; 20 computers, 20 computer desks and chairs and a sti- pend for new adjunct packaging instructors at University


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of Texas-Arlington, where ICPF placed a large scale digital printer last year; and a TMI Sommerville Screen Disinte- grator at Cal Poly. The timing of these planned placements have been dependent on when faculty and students return to campus and the availability of some components from manufacturers that may not re-open until later this year. By the end of next year, ICPF will have provided over $13 million in donations of equipment and grants to uni- versities, and millions more in design software. Some of the elements of the most recent initiatives enabled by ICPF provided equipment, software and grant awards over the past three years include creation of three new corrugated packaging design labs; funding for additional corrugated faculty at four universities; introduction of sales and business into packaging courses; launch of corrugat- ed packaging curricula in two paper science engineering The Rutgers Packaging Engineering’s Design Lab was created through the donation of 50 seats of Impact designware that were provided to Rutgers by ICPF through a partnership with Arden Software.


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