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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years September 27, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 39

Malnove Leverages Benefits Of Shop Floor Data Collection Packaging companies seek a competitive advantage by streamlining operations and achieving efficiencies. Companies need to collect the right data to drive nimble responsiveness and strategic decisions. Stay- ing at the innovative edge of technology also is a must.

Storat: Delta Variant Casting ‘Shadows Of Uncertainty’ “The COVID-19 Delta Variant is casting shad- ows of uncertainty over the economy’s out- look for the next several months,” according to Dick Storat in his recent Scoring Boxes newsletter. Storat said estimates of GDP for the year are being trimmed back, but there is still enough stimulus in consumer’s wallets to produce economic gains above 5.5 percent for the entire year. “While the manufacturing sector in general continues to advance, it is facing headwinds, keeping output below its potential,” noted Storat. “An extreme shortage of labor has lim- ited operations and the lengthy deliveries of parts and materials along the badly disrupted supply chain have added to the difficulty.” While the corrugated box making indus- try reflects the manufacturing climate, an informal survey of converters reveals that generally speaking, “business is booming” and the trend will continue until backlogs are conquered, which is to say the upward pro- duction trend will continue, that is, unless the Delta Variant intervenes. “While it seems unlikely that the variant would become so disruptive that it under-

U.S. based folding carton converter Malnove was already leverag- ing the advantages of EFI Radius, an MIS system for folding carton en- terprises. After 70 years in business, Malnove has secured a strong portfolio of high-profile customers in the food-based sector and has expanded operations to three states. Last year, Malnove decided to continue its modernization and cen- tralize its data-collection capacity. The management team at Malnove was seeking full plant visibility on the entire operation. To reach its goal, the company chose EFI Auto-Count 4D (AC4D) shop floor data collection technology. Ace Santiago, IT Systems Analyst at Malnove and the lead team member for implementing the system, commented, “Auto-Count 4D fit the bill for us. Our management wanted real-time data for all machines on the floor, including the presses. We wanted more detailed reports for associates and managers that are easier to read and decipher so that our teams can research any issue that might arise.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 “Our management wanted real-time data for all machines on the floor, in- cluding the presses and the gluers,” says Malnove IT Systems Analyst, Ace Santiago, right.



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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

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

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

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

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.

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mines the recovery, there are mounting reasons to be worried that it may become a significant headwind to near- term economic growth,” noted Mark Zandi, Chief Econo- mist at Moody’s Analytics. “Consumers are increasingly nervous about the variant, sparking concerns they will turn skittish in their spending. Retail sales for July declined, while the University of Michigan’s survey of consumer sentiment pulled back sharply in early August and is now lower than it was during the worst of the pandemic last spring. Spiking inflation isn’t helping consumers’ moods.” Businesses’ expectations regarding the economy’s prospects for the remainder of this year have also di- minished significantly. The number of respondents to a Moody’s survey say the economy will continue to improve has declined from more than 60 percent to less than half, and those that say the economy will weaken has increased from near 30 percent to more than 40 percent. This hasn’t impacted businesses’ hiring and investment decisions yet, according to the survey, but it bears watching, as the job market and broader economic recovery would be in jeop- ardy if businesses pull back on hiring and investments. “The Delta Variant should also serve as notice that there will likely be more variants that may be more con- tagious and virulent,” said Zandi. “The higher the percent- age of the population that remains unvaccinated, the more likely this will happen.” Storat: Delta Variant (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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production will have risen by 6.8 percent in 2021, with 4.2 percent growth in 2022. Regional surveys from the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks reflected stronger manufacturing expansions in September, with a positive outlook for the next six months. The forecast for capital spending in the Empire State release was the best since January 2018, with technology spending seen rising at a record pace. Yet, delivery times and pricing pressures remained signifi- cant challenges in both districts. Retail sales rose 0.7 percent in August, up from the 1.8 percent decline seen in July and continuing the seesaw pattern seen over the past five months. Motor vehicle and parts dealers reported 3.6 percent fewer sales in August, with the chip shortage and supply chain issues hindering spending in that category. Excluding motor automobiles, retail spending increased 1.8 percent for the month. Spending at retailers was boosted by very robust

Manufacturing production slowed significantly in August, edging up 0.1 percent for the month after rising by 1.6 per- cent in July, according to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Much like the larger economy, manufacturing pro- duction has softened likely due to supply chain disrup- tions, workforce shortages and rising raw material costs. Still, manufacturing production has increased 5.9 percent over the past 12 months, or 3.2 percent year to date, with output in the sector the strongest since January 2019. Similarly, manufacturing capacity utilization edged up from 76.6 percent in July to 76.7 percent in August, also the best reading since January 2019. Looking at annual average growth rates, Moutray expects that manufacturing

growth at non-store retailers (up 5.3 per- cent), among others. Spending at food ser- vices and drinking places was flat in August, slowing from the 1.3 percent gain seen in July and likely dampened by rising delta variant cases of COVID-19 in some markets around the country. Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in Au- gust, the slowest monthly increase since January. Excluding food and energy, core consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent in August, the weakest pace since February. Prices for used cars and trucks and transpor- tation services, both of which soared sharply earlier in the year, declined in August. New vehicle prices were higher. The consumer price index has risen 5.2 percent year-over-year, pulled back from 5.3 percent in June and July, which was the fast- est year-over-year pace since September 2008. Likewise, core inflation increased 4.0 percent year-over-year in August, decelerat- ing for the second straight month from 4.5 percent in June, the highest since Nov. 1991. Small business owners continue to expe- rience record-level challenges with prices and employment, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. Half of all respondents in the August survey said that they had job openings that they were unable to fill, with 60 percent saying that there were few or no qualified applicants, also an all-time high. Kentucky created the most net new man- ufacturing jobs in August, adding 5,700 workers. Post-pandemic onset, Utah has generated the most employment in the sec- tor, adding 8,100 workers over the past 18 months.


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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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RISI Fastmarkets Names IP’s Sutton Chief Executive Officer Of The Year RISI Fastmarkets has announced that Mark Sutton, CEO of International Paper (IP), has been named the 2021 North American CEO of the Year. Fastmarkets started the award

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

35.963 34.395


8.173 7.817


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2021

program in 1999. Sutton will ac- cept the award and give a key- note address on September 28 at this year’s Fastmarkets’ North American Conference. This hybrid event will be hosted virtually and in person in Boston, MA.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

208.632 196.828


8.279 7.749


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

International Paper is undergoing a mini-transforma- tion worth more than $2 billion, during a world-altering Covid-19 pandemic, with the planned spinoff of its global papers business and selling additional non-core assets. The spin-off and asset sales, Sutton explained, is a way to “simplify” the company, focusing on the industrial pack- aging business (containerboard and corrugated boxes, especially in the US) and on global cellulose fibers (ab- sorbent pulp). By streamlining the portfolio, the company will focus on the geographical markets and product seg- ments where it can create the most value for customers and share owners. IP already is the largest North American containerboard producer by capacity. Mark Sutton

2021 2020

2.9450 2.8182


14.1095 13.3029


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.1046 1.9962


3.1 2.9


Shipping Days




2021 2020

22 22

126 127

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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Accurate Box Company Adds New High-Speed Digital Printer

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Paterson, New Jersey based Accurate Box Company re- ported that it has entered the world of digital printing with the purchase of a new high-speed digital printer by Digital Printing Inc., which will allow Accurate Box to print dou- ble-sided boxes in-house at lower costs and minimums.

curate Box had to rely on outside partners to print dou- ble-sided boxes which increased prices and minimums. Accurate Box is always looking to further its capabilities and invest in new state-of-the-art equipment. The compa- ny also recently invested in another Koenig & Bauer 7-col- or printing press, thus expanding its printing capacity and throughput. A sample box digitally printed on the outside with litho-lami- nated printing on the inside.

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TAPPI Presents Major Awards, Recognizes Scholarship Winners

TAPPI has recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to the pulp and paper industry. It has also announced the scholarship win- ners who represent the prosperous future of the industry. This year’s recipient of the President’s Choice Award is Peter Snyder. The President’s Choice Award recognizes an individual who has devoted their time and talents not only to their specific TAPPI Division, but to the TAPPI Association overall. Pete has been a member of TAPPI since 1986

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and during this time he has been chair of multiple corrugated division committees, editor of the cor- rugated newsletter and a member for the Corru- gated Packaging Council. Throughout his career, Pete has been a member of TAPPI Foundation Board, four different TAPPI Local Sections, and a member of the Cullison Scholarship Committee. He has presented over 20 times as a course in- structor and numerous times as panel moderator

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or presenter at TAPPI events. His contributions to the industry are many, including participation in FTA, ACCCSA, AICC and the Corrugated Pack- aging Division’s growth. Pete’s countless abilities, tireless efforts, and con- tinuing leadership make all good things happen. The award to recognize aspiring young leaders employed in the global forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, and associated industries for their contributions in the following areas: leadership, community ser- vice, and problem-solving contributions to scientific or engineering proj-

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ects is the Young Professional of the Year Award. This year, the award is presented to Lena Sharesky of Packaging Corporation of America. A graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey, Lena has been a TAPPI member since 2018. She currently serves as the Director of Events for the Young Pro- fessionals Division, is an active participant on the TAPPICon 2021 Steering Committee, a participant in TAPPI’s Mentor Match program and is actively


Lena Sharesky

engaged in creating numerous Webinars and standalone social program- ming focused on connecting Young Professionals around the globe. Lena serves on the Corrugated Packaging Council as the Liaison between the Council and the Young Professionals Division. Outgoing Corrugated Packaging Council Members Formed in 2002 with the objective of being an advisory board to TAPPI in all areas related to the members of the Corrugated Division and how TAPPI can best serve the industry, the Corrugated Packaging Council is comprised of six appointed members, both inte- grated and independents, and nine elected mem- bers. The CPC members volunteer their time and knowledge and the TAPPI Corrugated Division is stronger because of their involvement. Outgoing members are Craig Hoyt, CEO of Buckeye Boxes, who has been a member of the CPC since 2007 and Chris Krumm, Vice President, CorrChoice, who joined the CPC in 2010. Three newly elected CPC members are Dave Burgess, JB Machinery, Mike Kohler, Kohler Coat- ing and Jeff Gebauer, Niagara Sheets. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Craig Hoyt


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Packaging” (2014), and the updated Fibre Box Handbook (2015). Glenn has participated in numerous TAPPI Stan- dards and TIPs reviews during his 26 years of member- ship with TAPPI and has made many contributions to the industry during his 40-year career. Richard (Dick) Lund is the recipient of the 2021 Division Technical Award and Harry J. Bettendorf Prize, which rec- ognizes outstanding accomplishments or contributions, which have advanced technology or processes in the cor- rugated industry. Lund has been a TAPPI member since 1983 and has participated as a member of the South Cen-

The Outgoing Division and Committee Chairs who have served the corrugated division in leadership roles over

the past several years include Jeff Quinn, Corrugated Division Chair; John Semenske, Corbotec Committee Chair; Stephen Bur- nett, Fiscotec Committee Chair; Ed Stuczynski, Technical Pro- gram Chair; Ell Townsend, Awards & Scholarship Chair; and Greg Jones, Supplier Committee Chair. the Division’s members, is Glenn Rogers. Glenn is the former Chair of both the Corrugated Technical Committee (Corbotec) and the Fiberboard Testing Committee (Fiscotec), a current appointed member of TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Council, and a mem- ber of the Fibre Box Association

tral TAPPI Local Section and the Chicago TAPPI Local Section. He has given several technical pre- sentations at TAPPI conferences and participated on both the Corrugated Technical Committee (Corbotec) and the Fiberboard Testing Committee (Fiscotec). Dick’s participation in the Stan-

Chris Krumm

This year’s recipient of the David A. Carlson Division Leadership and Service Award, which recognizes an indi- vidual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service which has resulted in significant and lasting benefits to

Dick Lund

dards Division of TAPPI include being a Working Group Chair, and participating in 41 Standard Specific Interest Groups. His numerous contributions to other industry technical associations include membership in the Ameri- can Chemical Society for 46 years, member of the former AF&PA Technical Committee, representative for WY and LFC on the Fibre Box Association Technical Committee, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

Glenn Rogers

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ship was established by the Corrugated Packaging Coun- cil in honor of Joe and this year is awarding a $5,000 scholarship to Jessica Tocco from Western Michigan Uni- versity, who is pursuing a career in the engineering area of the corrugated industry. This year’s winner of the Terry S. Paulson Memori- al Scholarship is Phillip Loges from Miami of Ohio. This scholarship has been established by friends of Terry and Schwarz Partners for students pursuing further education in the maintenance and engineering area of the corrugat- ed field. AF&PA: Paper Industry, Recycling Remain Resilient During Pandemic The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following

and serving on the American Society for Testing and Ma- terials for 36 years including D10.27 Subcommittee Corru- gated and Related Packaging Chair for 20 years. This year, the Division Awards and Scholarship Com- mittee has chosen five outstanding recipients who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The John O. Telesca Engineering Scholarship recipient is Isabelle Ownby from Western Michigan University; the Corrugated Packaging Division Scholarship recipient is Jarod Pierce from North Carolina State University; the Corrugated Supplier Schol- arship recipient is Natalie Laux from North Carolina State University; the Mitsubishi Scholarship recipient is William Cotter from Miami of Ohio, and the Bobst Scholarship re- cipient is Daniel Sommers from the University of Wiscon- sin, Stevens Point. The Joe Dieffenbacher Memorial Engineering Scholar-

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speeds across the plant. “Managers are happy,” Santiago says. “Since imple- mentation, we’ve seen many improvements. We have visibility of real-time production, which has been greatly improved. We like the real-time aspect of how the software delivers information to us.”

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He continues, “We know the downtimes on the ma- chines; we understand why and how long they’re down for. We are scheduling jobs more efficiently. When we do experience downtime, we can drill down to investigate Last year, Malnove decided to continue its modernization and centralize its data-collection capacity by integrating EFI Au- to-Count 4D shop floor data collection technology, gaining full- plant visibility on the entire operation, among other benefits.


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why so many repairs are needed, for example, and figure out how to fix the situation.” Efficiency is improving and throughput is increasing. “We can improve production throughputs because we have the knowledge,” explains Santiago. “The ability to track waste is key for us as well.” Prior to installing AC4D, operators had no idea what they had accomplished at the end of their shifts. “The ad- vanced shop floor data collection system shows them how productive they’ve been,” said Santiago. Smooth Installation With the software running at Malnove’s Utah plant, the company is looking forward to a fuller implementation. Currently, 70 percent of the work at Malnove’s Jackson- ville, Florida, plant runs through AC4D, which they expect to increase to 100 percent in the future. In early 2021, Mal-

nove began implementing the software at its third plant in Omaha, Nebraska. Santiago reports the installations have gone smoothly, Production floor data is visible via monitors, upper right, at ma- chine centers throughout Malnove’s facilities.

given the pandemic requirements for remote training and installation. EFI support teams trained him on the software for a month before training started for teams through the installa- tion process. “EFI usually sends representatives and technicians, but this time everything was done remotely, and with minimal contact. Doing it this way was nerve-wracking and we really didn’t think it would go smoothly, but we were able to fire up an entire plant in two weeks,” Santiago says. “This has been amazing. The support we received from EFI to make that happen was excellent. The experience was so positive, with no disconnect. Our answers were always an- swered quickly and efficiently,” he concludes. There’s Still Time To Register For ICPF’s Weekend In NYC This year’s Holiday Weekend in New York ap- pears that it will sell out even earlier than in past years. But it’s not too late to join the cele- bration of ICPF’s return to New York and enjoy the best Manhattan has to offer during the hol- iday season. Capacity remains for three more couples. To ensure participation, ICPF advises registering for this special event ASAP. Regis- tration is on a “first-come, first-served basis.” ICPF’s Holiday Weekend in New York takes place Friday, December 10, through Sunday, December 12. Bring your spouse or guest for holiday shopping, sightseeing, dining, a Broadway play, and enjoying New York’s holi- day season, all while supporting ICPF’s educa- tional programs and student outreach. Visit .


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