Board Converting News, June 29, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years June 29, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 26

Custom Packaging Conquers New Territory: Brown Box Printing BY JACKIE SCHULTZ Three years ago, the majority of Custom Packaging’s total production was graphics packaging and displays. Today, the larger percentage of business is brown box. “With the Amazons of the world and the reduc-

NAM: Manufacturing Seen Bouncing Back

Several recent economic reports reflect a bounce back in manufacturing activity, which is encouraging and another sign that the worst of the downturn might be behind us, ac- cording to Chad Moutray, Ph.D., Chief Econo- mist at the National Association of Manufac- turers (NAM). However, the data also suggest that there is still a long way to go to get back to pre-recessionary levels. For example, after declining 5.3 percent and 15.5 percent in March and April, respec- tively, manufacturing production rebounded somewhat, rising 3.8 percent in May. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing produc- tion has declined 16.5 percent, with durable and nondurable goods output down 23.3 per- cent and 9.2 percent, respectively. Manufacturing capacity utilization was 60 percent in April, the lowest rate in the data’s history, which dates to January 1948, and in May, it edged up to 62.2 percent. It was 75.1 percent in February. Regional manufacturing surveys from the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks reflect some stabilization in new orders and shipments in the sector after plummeting


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tion in brick and mortar stores, we’re now probably 60 percent brown box and 40 percent graphics,” Rick Darling, Director of Digital Sales, says. With facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Arden, North Carolina, the independent sheet plant has a full complement of manufacturing capabilities for flexo and digitally printed products and litho labels. Equipment includes five-, three- and two-color rotary diecutters, four flexo lines, an Automatän A+ label laminator and a new Barberán Jet- Custom Packaging’s Rick Darling, right, Director of Digital Sales, with Brian Tuggle, the company’s Vice President of Sales


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