Board Converting News, May 25, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years May 25, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 21

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.



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