Board Converting News, April 5, 2021

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years April 5, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 14

Independent II First To Install Domino Digital Press BY JACKIE SCHULTZ When high-speed single pass digital printing was first introduced to the corrugated market a few years ago, Finn MacDonald and his team at Independent II watched closely. MacDonald knew he wanted to offer customers digital printing, but he was not convinced that the existing technology was well-suited to his company’s mix of business.

Pratt Industries Opens New Corrugated Facility In PA Conyers, Georgia based Pratt Industries Inc. announced the opening of its new 409,000- square-foot facility off of Austell Powder Springs Road in Austell, Georgia. Pratt Industries is America’s fifth-larg- est corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100 percent recycled paper and packaging company. The new facility, called the Intermodal Logis- tics Center, is part of a 502,428-square-foot, $32.9M investment being constructed by Tay- lor & Mathis. “We are excited to see Pratt Industries bring quality environmentally friendly new jobs and investment to the City of Austell,” said Ollie Clemons, Mayor of Austell. “Pratt Industries’ mission to protect and nurture our natural resources aligns with the pro-busi- ness, pro-environment attitudes in our city.” This is Pratt Industries’ first investment in Cobb County. The facility is located about 20 minutes west of Atlanta with easy access to Interstates 20 and 285. “Locating in Austell gives Pratt Industries convenient access to I-20 and I-285, a stra- tegic advantage for reaching their customers

Founded in 2006 in Louisville, Kentucky, Independent II is a full ser- vice sheet plant that MacDonald, who is President, likes to refer to as a brown box and light brand manufacturer. Services include design, manufacturing, warehousing and delivery to customers in the food and beverage, e-commerce, home goods, innovation/technology and man- ufacturing sectors. “We understand where our strengths are and where our market is. Our DNA isn’t built around a lot of high-end display or POP work,” Mac- Donald says. “As those first generation high-end digital printers came out, we would stay connected with that technology and who it was best suited for, but we never felt like it was speaking to us.” Nonetheless, the company did offer digital printing to its customers through a coalition of partners. It was a way to learn more about digital without having to make a sizeable investment in the equipment. MacDonald found an alternative solution last year when Domino in- CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 The Independent II and Domino team. From left, Finn MacDonald, Indepen- dent II; Ronnie Delauter, Domino; Dale Rahoof, Domino; William Lincoln, In- dependent II; Michelle Huber, Independent II; Robert Burd, Independent II; and Patrick LaMourie, Domino.


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 AICC’s Emerging Leaders Announce Training Dates 10 AICC Spring Meeting To Focus On Challenges, Economy 12 Atlantic Packaging Opens New Facility In Kansas City, MO 14 Ryan Chappell, Formerly Of LA Corrugated, Dies At 62


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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

42# Kraft liner $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-982.00

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Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$890.00-940.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $925.00-945.00 $908.00-928.00

West Coast U.S. Average

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

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

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#

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AICC: RISI’s Containerboard Price Increase Reporting Is ‘Confusing’ AICC, The Independent Packaging Association notes RI- SI’s recent recognition of a $20/ton increase in the price of kraft linerboard (compared to RISI’s previously announced $60-$70/ton increase) and finds this partial recognition of the announced increases confusing. AICC believes these changes in announcements are a result of the chaotic nature of the marketplace, which is supported by Pulp & Paper Week ’s March 19th report providing a number of ex- amples of the turmoil in the marketplace. RISI indicated that “strong demand” was behind the announced and successful $50/ton increase in November of 2020. RISI’s latest reporting downplays demand and speaks “primarily of supply side disruptions,” “cyber-at- tacks” and a “lack of invoicing.” Is demand strong because of the increase in long term need or is demand strong be- cause paper is “tight?” RISI’s reporting describes the mar- ket as tumultuous and offers a series of quotes from pro- ducers, converters, and buyers in support of RISI’s claim. AICC’s position is that, instead of providing insight, RISI’s partial increase recognition creates even more un- certainty, chaos, and tumult. RISI has created a complex- ity because of the respondents quoted (which includes quotes from suppliers, converters, and buyers), some CONTINUED ON PAGE 36


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AICC’s Emerging Leaders Announce Training Dates

The AICC Emerging Leaders (EL) recently confirmed new networking and training dates for Spring 2021. Some train- ings will be held virtually and in-person to accommodate all ELs. Access to executives in and outside of the corru- gated industry has been high on the priority list for current EL members and is often reported in EL surveys as one of the most valuable parts of the program. To address this desire of ELs, the programs coordina- tors Scott Ellis and Virginia Humphrey, along with the EL delegates, have planned a series of virtual C-Suite we- binars to be held quarterly. Each of the C-suite webinars will cover a different topic including: Finance, Operations, Sales and Human Resources, and include a time for ques- tions from the ELs. This series is hosted free of charge for all ELs. Next quarter’s C-suite webinar will focus on sales and market- ing and is scheduled for May 20 at 3:00pm EST. With a sales focus in this webinar, the discussion will be centered around recreating a sales strategy when a client base has been significantly disrupted. In addition to the webinar and networking event, the delegates are excited to host the first in-person EL event this year and look forward to the training that will be of- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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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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3. Steam Plate 4. Contact Roll 5. Glue Machine Direct Drive Touch Productivity Issue—Glue Unit Many glue units run with a rider roll or a guiding bar system. The rider roll with paper gap allows a precise glue application, but requires frequent Contact Roll


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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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t by peripheral drilled hot plates. anufactured out of special wear and nt steel, through which a continuous is drilled, with one inlet and one outlet. ecured by a massive steel frame.

ance from steam to paper surface results in fast heat flow

AICC’s Emerging Leaders (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

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

fered during the Spring Meeting, to be held in Amelia Is- land, Florida. This year’s Spring Meeting training will be led by pro- gram coordinator, Scott Ellis, in advance of publishing his new book, “Uncluttered Life.” The workshop will provide activities to help ELs identify individual goals and aspira- tions that are important to them, in order to help them cre- ate a three-year plan of professional and personal goals. The workshop will also provide resources to continue the work of reducing the clutter of activities, personal histo- ry and distractions from work and home. This training will also be offered virtually.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

Greif Announces Price Increases On URB, CRB

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Delaware, Ohio based Greif, Inc. announced last week that it is implementing price increases on certain paperboard products, which are in addition to previously announced price increases. A $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) and a $50 per ton increase for all grades of coated recycled paperboard (CRB) are effective with new orders placed. These price increases are in response to continued robust demand across the Greif paperboard network and ongoing cost pressures in production and transportation.

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 20

252 251

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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AICC Spring Meeting To Address Challenges, Economic Outlook During the AICC Spring Meeting, April 26-28, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, Amelia Island, Florida, speakers will address the challenges of the past year, what’s next, and the economic outlook. The meeting will afford a unique opportunity for industry professionals to come together and forge a new path forward. “We are all trying to figure out how to take care of the customer,” said Matt Davis, President of Packaging Ex- press, Colorado Springs, CO, and Chairman of AICC’s Con- vention Content Committee. “A lot of us have experienced an uptick in business, but with people out, split shifts, and the like, it has been challenging to meet the customer’s needs. So a large focus of this Meeting will be education around taking care of the folks who pay our salaries.” The Meeting offers attendees valuable sessions and speakers to provide essential information and new trends. Attendees will also connect with peers through various socially distanced networking opportunities, utilizing the abundant outdoor space available at the Omni. During the Meeting, Steve Robinson, Former CMO & EVP, Chick-fil-A, will share the dynamic Chick-fil-A story and “X-factor” of how they continue to provide the “best- in-class” service. Robinson, over two days, will present “Putting the Customer Experience First” and “Culture:

Where Leadership, Character and Values Meet.” All reg- istered attendees will receive a copy of his book “Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken Built an Iconic Brand.” Attendees will also hear from Gene Marks, Columnist, Author, Small Business Owner, and CPA, The Marks Group, on “Post Covid Opportunities and the Biden Administra- tion – Issues, Challenges, and Actions to Grow your Busi- ness Over the Next Two Years.” Additionally, Greg Tucker, CEO, Bay Cities and indus- try leader, will bring his company’s innovative attitude to a discussion on “What’s Next in Retail & Navigating the New Normal in Packaging” and Brent Lindberg, Founder & Head of Curiosity, Fuseneo, will discuss current trends in e-commerce packaging and what to expect in the future. Attendees will also hear from Matt Elhardt, Vice Pres- ident - Global Sales, Fisher International, Inc; and Mitch Klingher, CPA, Klingher Nadler, LLP, who will present on the state of the industry and provide an economic fore- cast for the future during the opening “hot topic” focused session. Al Randle, Director of Operations, Cozen Security Systems, will address “Cyber Security in the Workplace,” which will help attendees prevent and protect their com- pany from attacks. The focused session will also feature a member town hall discussion on post-covid best practices. A unique opportunity during the Meeting is a virtual CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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AICC Spring Meeting (CONT’D FROM PAGE 10)

Pratt Industries (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

tour of Packrite, a trade finisher for the corrugated and folding carton packaging industries, in High Point, North Carolina, with Packrite team members and their suppliers available, live, for questions. Before the Meeting, AICC will offer its popular Sales Managers’ Forum. Participants can join AICC’s sales facil- itators Ed Wallace, Managing Director, AchieveNEXT Re- lational Capital and Mark Roberts, CEO, OTB Solutions. These two highly interactive workshops will help sales leaders refresh their approach and take their leadership to the next level. Each workshop will allow the participants to apply the work to real opportunities and scenarios The Meeting will recognize AICC member companies who have achieved safety accomplishments with the In- dependent Safe Shop Awards’ announcement and those celebrating a significant milestone anniversary within their company through AICC’s Member Milestone Program. There are many networking opportunities during the Meeting, including the 7th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament, which will take place in the after- noon on Tuesday, April 27. AICC is working with the Omni to ensure a safe envi- ronment for all members who will attend the Spring Meet- ing. It will offer a virtual registration option as well, with more details available in early April. More information and registration is available at .

quickly,” said Dana Johnson, Executive Director of Se- lectCobb. “Pratt Industries is a great fit to the diverse and globally conscious business community that we have here in Cobb County.” Atlantic Packaging Opens New Facility In Kansas City, MO Wilmington, North Carolina based Atlantic Packaging has recently confirmed the opening of its new facility in Kan- sas City, Missouri. With the growth and expansion of the customer base and sales representation into the Midwest, Kansas City was chosen as a prime location to service ex- isting and new customers. The Kansas City facility will serve as the hub for sales reps, inside sales, warehousing operations, logistics, tech- nicians and engineers based in and around Kansas City. Along with the existing facilities around major hubs in the southeast, northeast and midwest, as well as facilities in Dallas and Reno, this new location in Kansas City helps to further their ability to service multi-location customers. “For us, opening in Kansas City is the next logical step and helps us to further solidify Atlantic’s national account footprint,” said TJ Little, VP of National Accounts, Atlantic Packaging.

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Ryan Chappell, Formerly Of Louisiana Corrugated, BCN Writer, Dies At 62

Ryan Eugene Chappell passed away peacefully in his home on March 11th in Monroe, Louisiana, at age of 62. He was born in Monroe on Au- gust 30th, 1958, to mother Elouise and father William Chappell and was

raised in a wonderful home surround- ed by devoted family who provided a solid foundation that would create the great man he would become. Elouise would pass untimely; however, Bill would remarry Sandra Beach Chap- pell, who would become Ryan’s lov- ing mother and an integral part in all of his life. He graduated from Caldwell Par- ish High School in 1976 and attended Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana in Monroe) , where he graduated with a degree in accounting along with an MBA. As an

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undergrad, he met his lifetime love, Susan Elizabeth McGraw Chappell, and they wed on January 2nd, 1982. For the next 40 years, their love for each other and those in their life would be apparent to any who knew them. They were blessed with three children, Neil Ryan, Sarah Margret, and Rachel Lauren, all of whom adored and appreciated Ryan’s love for them and the lessons he bestowed. He was also blessed and thrilled to know three grandchildren, including Ashley and Neil’s daughters, Wilder and Scarlet, and Sarah and Lael’s son, Luca. Early on, it was easily apparent that Ryan was meant to help people. He would wake up each day searching out someone in need. He collect- ed friends as naturally as breathing, and would be able to bridge these connections literally across the world, enriching countless lives along the way. Incredibly, he never thought about his gains or profits, his only joy was in seeing others be successful. He was truly humility personified. Not only was Ryan a faithful servant, but he was a tenacious and brave fighter. In October 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia. For 15 years he fought with strength and grace, ultimately being cured with a stem cell transplant in 2016. Throughout his journey, he was constant- ly laughing, reading, moving and engaging his care team, bringing his

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light and energy into everyone who cared for him. He was an example of how faith and hope can bring about miracles and he treated his faith and cancer as opportu- nities to reach out to others who needed someone who was there. Ryan’s hobbies included woodworking, cooking, travelling, music, family, flying and writing articles on the industry and life lessons for Board Converting News . He was at his happiest when he was out on the family property, feeling, hearing, and

smelling the cool breeze through the trees with his friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either MD Anderson research at or Pilots for Patients at www.pilotsforpa- . To plant a tree in Ryan’s memory, visit .


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AICC Webinar To Focus On Machine Safety System Troubleshooting AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, will help attendees understand corrugator troubleshooting related to machine safety systems and communicate issue with plant and OEM personnel better, with a new webinar, Machine Safety System Circuits and Emergency Stops, Wednesday, April 7, with first-time AICC instructor David Cary, Technical Trainer, Fosber. This webinar, created with the support of AICC Educa- tion Investor, Fosber America, will discuss types of emer- gency circuits on a corrugator and how these circuits can control machines or groups of machines. Attendees will also learn to define E-stop, emergency, or safety stops on a corrugator. These definitions will help in troubleshooting and communicating with plant and OEM personnel.

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Jackson Paper To Expand Operations With HP Digital Press For Corrugated Sylva, North Carolina based Jackson Paper Manufactur- ing Co. is expanding operations with the launch of digi- tal printing services on the industrial-grade HP PageWide C500 digital press, as it expands its sustainable corrugat- ed range of products. The new HP PageWide C500 press will operate at Sus- tainable Printing, a new Jackson Paper digital printing arm located in Georgia, where the unit will be installed this summer. Sustainable Printing will operate as a wholesale trade printer for on-demand digital printing of litho qual- ity corrugated boxes for its sheet customers to benefit from fast turnaround and variable sized orders. The new HP PageWide C500 press will enable Jackson Paper to tap into the growing high-graphics packaging market for e-commerce, shelf-ready and food and pharma applica- tions. “The purchase of the HP PageWide C500 expands our sustainability offering to our customers and market with high quality, more sustainable digital printing,” said Thomas Barker, Executive Vice President. “As a corrugated board expert and supplier for the graphics printing industry, add- ing on services for graphic printed boards will uniquely po- sition Sustainable Printing to deliver a high-quality product along with breakthrough time to market,”

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The new PaperSeal Slice and Wedge solutions com- bine the safety, flexibility, efficiency and enhanced brand- ing opportunities that partners have come to expect of the PaperSeal Tray range, while opening up the solution’s ca- pabilities to new product categories. De Genova concluded, “Demand for sustainable fi- ber-based alternatives to plastic packaging is very high, and we are working on a variety of new PaperSeal tray in- novations to assist our customers in meeting their environ- mental targets. PaperSeal Slice and Wedge are just two examples of how we can diversify our flexible PaperSeal range to meet the sustainability priorities of the individual brands and retailers we work with.”

Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging International (GPI) will launch two innovations to extend its award-win- ning PaperSeal tray range for new applications. Following the success of the PaperSeal tray, both the new PaperSeal Slice and PaperSeal Wedge offer brands and retailers a recyclable, barrier-lined, paperboard pack- aging alternative to plastic thermoformed trays for sliced meats and cheeses. Both PaperSeal Slice and Wedge offer enhanced branding capabilities with high-quality graphics that deliver on-shelf differentiation. “Compared to traditional plastic trays, PaperSeal Slice typically reduces plastic by 75 percent and PaperSeal Wedge by 80 percent,” said Ricardo De Genova, Graph- ic Packaging’s SVP, Global Innovation and New Business. “The innovative new designs also use lighter weight pa- perboard to deliver reduced pack weights that can sup- port our customers’ packaging sustainability goals. Both are available as formed or flat trays.” Both solutions have been designed to withstand the rigors of today’s supply chain with excellent seal integrity and shelf life equivalent to traditional plastic trays. As with the existing PaperSeal trays, the top film and liner can be separated from the paperboard for ease of post-use recy- cling.

Harmax To Install Roll Stands On Fosber Corrugator At Acme

Eagle River, Wisconsin and Winnipeg, Canada based Har- max Rollcon has announced the sale of a custom designed roll conveying system for the new Fosber corrugator being installed at Acme Corrugated Box Co. in Hatboro, Penn- sylvania. The system will automatically convey rolls from the roll storage area to high-speed unwind stands and protects operators by eliminating clamp trucks at unwind stand work area. To see a demo, visit watch?v=FbYMqu83ZQY&list=PL_0FLDBjD5BAeUAiF- 7CMB0RButZsimmy2&index=57&t=11s .

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Ranpak Launches PadPak Auto-Coiler For Cushioning

Concord Township, Ohio based Ranpak Holdings Corp. has announced the North American launch of PadPak Au- to-Coiler, the company’s newest solution for heavy cush- ioning. PadPak Auto-Coiler is an on-demand system that creates a sustainable, paper-based cushioning solution to displace environmentally harmful alternatives, such as foam and plastic. Auto-Coiler automatically forms Ranpak’s proven pads into a protective spiral disc that supports a variety of prod- ucts, including heavier items that exceed hundreds of pounds. The innovative technology is designed for very heavy, dense or high-value products that are typically diffi- cult to ship. Industries that have a need for this increased level of protection include industrial manufacturing, home furnishings, medical equipment and automotive. “At Ranpak, we believe that what’s good for the envi- ronment is also good for the bottom line, and that sustain- able solutions don’t need to compromise product quali- ty, effectiveness or ease of use,” said Omar Asali, CEO of Ranpak. “The addition of PadPak Auto-Coiler to our broad range of paper-based solutions gives even more manufac- turers a new and better option to meet their supply chain, shipping and sustainability goals.” Visit for more information.

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troduced the X630i digital corrugated press. The single pass, flexo caliber machine was installed at the Louisville facility in August and is the first installation in North Amer- ica. Printing at speeds up to 246 fpm (75m per min), the X630i offers throughput on a small footprint, measuring 10 ft H x 38 ft W x 21 ft D and allows for a wide range of print options. MacDonald says the press is “fundamentally dif- ferent” from other digital presses for corrugated because it can operate in an industrial production environment, has a relatively small footprint, uses aqueous inks and includes components from well-known corrugated industry suppli- ers. The X630i is based on Domino’s proven Generation 6 ink jet platform, which has nearly 1000 global industri- al installations. The press is ideal for shipping containers, shelf-ready packaging, and displays and features Domi- no’s i-Tech intelligent Technology for high quality printing. The Domino AQ95 aqueous ink set is Swiss Ordinance and Nestle compliant for food packaging and enables printing on a wide range of uncoated and coated stocks, with no pre-coating primer or bonding agent required. The print resolution is 600 dpi.

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Domino has partnered with well-known suppliers, such as Esko for the digital front end, and SUN Automation for the lead edge feeding system. “That was reassuring to us,” MacDonald says. “SUN is in a lot of plants and if you’re getting that sheet through the machine uniformly and con- sistently without any issues – good in is good out – then that’s a great start and something that we thought made this a strong partnership. The SUN experience in the ma- chine meant that important element of transfer was well- known and had a good DNA behind it.” The servo driven continuous bottom feeding system provides automated setup for sheet sizes, caliper and vac- uum assist. It can store jobs and sheet sizes for quick set- up and can feed E- to B/C-flute. Another feature on the X630i that MacDonald likes is the range in blank sizes that the press can handle, which he says is more accommodating for Independent II’s The press has a SUN Automation lead edge feeding system.

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downstream converting machines. “If you’re running sin- gle outs on a flexo folder-gluer, you can start single out at the digital press. The ability of the press to be able to handle that size blank allows us to put the print perfor- mance in digitally and then single pass it through the flexo folder-gluer to add the diecut performance and join the box. We don’t have to go to a diecutter and break it down and then take it to a specialty gluer to put it back togeth- er,” he explains. “That’s really an area of opportunity that is under-addressed in the market. Having a wider range of dimensional blank sizes go through the Domino press means less work downstream.” The print area on a 63- x 118-inch blank is 53- x 118-inch. “That’s a great size blank for a 66-inch diecutter or a 37- inch to 66-inch flexo,” he says. Domino is currently working on a stacker that will be installed on the press later this year. Responsive Packaging This investment provides a competitive advantage and strengthens Independent II’s strategy to offer ‘responsive packaging,’ a term that MacDonald uses to describe the packaging needed for these tumultuous and disruptive times. With everything changing daily, the press offers cus- tomers a cost-effective way to quickly change their brand- ing and messaging as needed. “This last year has shown us that if it can be turned upside down or changed drastically, it can happen. If dis- ruption happens we’re going to be in a unique position to help our customers through it,” MacDonald says. “Respon- sive packaging is a very poetic term that you can sell to and that resonates with consumers. Our Domino press can


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help us have that responsive conversation with our custom- ers and with their consumers. I really think that’s such a great opportunity.” The press is expected to open up new business and new markets for inside/out- side printing, customization, variability and a wider color

pallet. And then there is the opportunity to run everyday orders, the type of business that funnels through Indepen- dent II on a daily basis. “There is this neat area to capitalize on in the everyday world. So much of our life is made up of everyday things and I really think we are in a position to be more dynamic in the everyday space,” MacDonald says. “The space above us is well-known. That’s high-end pre- mium, but when you get down to where so many of us are impacted with our packaging, that’s this everyday level.” While the press is suitable for short and medium runs, MacDonald says order sizes at Independent II vary, de- pending on the job. “We’ve run 10,000, 15,000 or 30,000 piece orders. If someone has a 50 or 100 piece order Finn MacDonald


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