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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years December 21, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 51

Year In Review, Part 1: 2020 Was A Year Like No Other BY LEN PRAZYCH It’s that time of year again: the END of the year that has been like no other, within and outside of the North American corrugated and folding carton industries. There’s nothing like a pandemic to upend everything we have come to know and expect about anything, all while grieving the loss of more than 302,000 Americans. Yet it’s time to take a breath, put 2020 behind us and continue working.

FBA: Shipments Jump Again In November

Industry shipments of corrugated products increased 4.8 percent, from 32.060 bsf in No- vember of 2019 to 33.612 bsf in November of 2020, the Fibre Box Association (FBA) report- ed. Average-week shipments also increased 4.8 percent, from 8.437 bsf in 2019 to 8.845 bsf in 2020, which is another record high, the first coming in October. Shipments have risen to 2.2 percent year-to-date over 2019’s rate. Containerboard consumption increased 3.5 percent, from 2.5847 million tons in No- vember of 2019 to 2.6756 million tons in November of 2020. Consumption is up 2.0 percent year-to-date over 2019, from 29.7345 million tons to 30.3291 million tons. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants decreased 1.3 percent, from 1.8156 mil- lion tons in October to 1.7912 million tons in November 2020. Weeks of supply also de- creased, from 2.6 to 2.5, or 3.8 percent. “Consumer spending for packaging inten- sive non-durable goods coupled with relative- ly small decreases in production of food and other non-durable goods, as well as strong shifts from in-store to online consumer spend- ing, has translated into strong box demand,”

As the economy has been impacted and millions are without jobs and possibly, without homes, we in the industry can be thankful for the financial prosperity we have enjoyed during some of our nation’s dark- est days. Boxes are still in demand, now more than ever. Here is some of the news worth noting for the first six months of 2020: JANUARY • China Halts Tariff Increase On U.S. Recyclables : According to a report in Resource Recycling , the Chinese government will not im- plement a planned tariff increase on OCC and other recovered fiber imported from the U.S. after the two countries came to an agree- ment in recent trade talks. • Sonoco Acquires TEQ, Plastique Holdings Ltd : Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco announced it has completed the acquisi- tion of Huntley, Illinois based Thermoform Engineered Quality, LLC, and UK based Plastique Holdings, Limited, (together TEQ) for $187 million in cash.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 6 AICC Opens Registration For New Package Design Webinar 12 Marvin Grossbard Of President Container Dies On December 9 6 How To Use Humor To Conquer Zoom Fatigue 45 Esko Announces Sale Of Kongsberg Business


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

$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

West Coast U.S. Average

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

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$62.69 $82.80

$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.

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

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

noted Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newsletter. Containerboard operating rates, however, fell from 98.0 percent in October to 93.3 percent in November, ac- cording to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&- PA). The rate was essentially flat (-0.4 pts.) from the rate in November 2019 and is up 2.5 points year-to-date. “The large drop in operating rates was a bit of a neg- ative surprise,” said Mark Wilde, Ph.D. and Senior Analyst at BMO Capital Markets Limited. “We suspect some of it owes to delayed maintenance from earlier in the year.” FBA To Change Publication Frequency Beginning in 2021, FBA will change the publication frequency of the Monthly Statistical Bulletin and publish summary data for U.S. corrugated industry shipments (ac- tual and average week) and containerboard (consumption and inventory) data on a quarterly rather than monthly ba- sis. This change aligns with a similar change in the AF&- PA publication of containerboard monthly reports and will take place beginning with the first quarter of 2021. The first report will include monthly data for January, February and March and will be published in mid-April 2021. There will be three additional reports published for the second, third and fourth quarters of 2021. There will no longer be monthly reporting. FBA will review the continuation of this change at the end of 2021.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

33.612 32.060


8.845 8.437


Industry Total

Year-to Date

November 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

371.553 362.151


8.008 7.839


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.6756 2.5847


30.3291 29.7345


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Nov. Oct.

1.7912 1.8156


2.5 2.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

19 19

232 231

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investing in online grocery several years ago, and now it has more than 2,000 pickup locations and 2,400 delivery locations that reach over 97 percent of its customers,” said Liu. In recently announcing its third-quarter earnings, Kro- ger pointed to its digital sales growth and continued in- vestment in e-commerce. “We are innovating and building out a flexible network of fulfillment options and working with key solutions providers. As we announced, we contin- ue to progress in our Ocado facilities program with plans to build customer fulfillment centers in Michigan and in the south region of the country and the upcoming opening of our first two fulfillment centers in early 2021 in Monroe, Ohio, and Groveland, Florida,” said Kroger President and CEO Rodney McMullen during a recent analysts call. Digital sales contributed about 4.6 percent growth to identical sales without fuel, according to Chief Financial Officer Gary Millerchip during the analysts call. “Customer engagement with our digital solutions is driving overall loyalty. When customers engage with both our physical stores and digital channels, they visit more frequently and on average spend twice as much as those who shop in store only,” he said in the call. “The vast ma- jority of our digital customers are shopping in store as well as online. We are therefore confident that the seamless experience we are building across our store and digital ecosystem position us well for continued growth in a post- COVID world.”

Riding the success of its ongoing investments in e-com- merce and powered by a COVID-19 surge in online gro- cery sales, The Kroger Co. entered eMarketer’s annual list of Top 10 U.S. Retail E-Commerce Companies with $11.28 billion in sales this year, according to an article in Super- market News . Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, saw its e-commerce sales jump by 79 percent in 2020, according to eMarketer. Kroger made the list for the first time, at No. 9, nudging out Costco Wholesale at No. 10 with $11.18 bil- lion in digital sales. While Kroger is the only pure grocery player to make the list, Amazon (No. 1), Walmart (No. 2), Target (No. 7) and Costco all have robust online grocery offerings. “The pandemic has shifted consumer priorities,” said Cindy Liu, eMarketer Senior Forecasting Analyst at Insid- er Intelligence. “Kroger will benefit from two tailwinds this year: Eating at home continues to be in favor among Amer- icans, and there’s been greater interest by consumers in ordering groceries online. With these forces at play, we shouldn’t be surprised by Kroger’s strong growth.” According to eMarketer, Kroger’s early digital invest- ments have also helped the brand — and left the company prepared for what the year had in store. “Kroger started


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Marvin Grossbard, Co-Founder And Owner Of President Container, Dies On December 9 Marvin Grossbard, founder and president of President Container, Middle- town, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 9. Larry Grossbard, his son and current CEO of the company, made the announcement on Thurs- day, December 10. “’MG,’ as he always liked to be referred to, was the

founder of our company and an inspira- tion and mentor to us and so many people who worked for President Container over the years,” he wrote. “MG had two loves in his life: our mother Beatrice Grossbard and President Container. It gives us great honor as we continue to build upon his legacy. He will be missed.” MG and his brother George Grossbard founded President Container in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, first as a brokerage of new and used corrugated boxes. In 1964, the company expanded to a new manu-

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facturing location in Moonachie, New Jersey, where it would remain until 2010 when it relocated to its current “super-plant” a 525,000-square-foot facility in Middletown, NY. Now known as the President Container Group, it is a family of companies that also includes Artisan Display & Packaging, Tech-Pak and President Industrial Products. Marvin Grossbard was active in industry and community affairs. He was a founding member of the American Organization of Eastern Corrugated Box Manufacturers (AOECBM), a group of independent corrugator plants in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. He was a founding mem- ber of AICC and served on its Board of Directors, first as a Regional Vice President for New York/New Jersey, and later as a Director at Large. He was active on the Association’s Containerboard, Regulations & Sheet Sup- ply Committee as well as its Membership Committee. He was also active in community affairs, especially supporting Jewish elementary education. He served on the boards of the Solomon Schech- ter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, New Jersey, and the Yavneh Academy in Paramus, New Jersey. “MG was a good and decent man. He was tough but always shared a wink and joke as well,” says Mike D’Angelo, President of AICC. “He cared deeply about Independent converters and their ability to focus on the cus- tomer.” “Marvin Grossbard was part of what I call ‘AICC’s Greatest Generation’ – its founding fathers,” says Steve Young, former president and now the association’s ambassador at large. “He brought his entrepreneurial zeal to AICC in those early years, helping us to become a true voice for the inde- pendent in the corrugated industry.” Recognizing his leadership and his many contributions to the welfare of the corrugated packaging industry, the International Corrugated Pack- aging Foundation (ICPF) named him to its “Circle of Distinguished Lead- ers” in 2013. In its list of tributes to Grossbard, the ICPF video introduc- tion summed up his business credo thusly: “MG believed success in the corrugated industry depended on having an ‘always-available attitude,’ supported by a strong sales force; impeccable customer service; reinvest- ment in equipment and machinery; strong negotiating skills; honesty and integrity; financial acumen and having the best people.” Funeral services were held Friday, December 11.

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“Margaret has a long track record of demonstrated performance at respected global brands,” said Chalovich. “We’re excited for her to join the team and lead an indus- try-leading marketing function that will continue to build on the positive momentum we’ve seen in our business.” “As Chief Marketing Officer, I look forward to partnering with leaders across the company to identify new market opportunities, deepen customer engagement and posi- tion WestRock as the most innovative, sustainable pack- aging solutions company in the industry,” said Herndon. “With our portfolio of packaging solutions, WestRock is po- sitioned to solve our customers’ most critical marketplace challenges.” Margaret Herndon


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as Zoom Fatigue, will become more prevalent. Hop onto any virtual meeting these days and there is little doubt that Zoom fatigue has set in; even the most well-intentioned remote team is facing lower work stan- dards, missed deadlines, rampant interruptions by those on the call, and numerous home office interruptions. There is an acceptance of lower standards, often with a shrug. “What can I or anyone else do about it? It’s all so exhaust- ing!” That’s Zoom fatigue. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a secret weapon you can easily employ: Humor! From the old knock-knock jokes we told as kids to amusing stories that make light of the workplace, every- one loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to build rapport and get people engaged. As Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” When you add a witty quip or funny story to your

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BCN(US)202006(出血5mm).pdf 1 2020/6/10 上午 09:40:14 5. Build your “timing” muscle : Timing is knowing when to stop speaking so you can allow your audience time to react. All appropriate audience responses are determined by timing. Practice your timing in various ways: How does a two-second pause differ from a three-second pause? What happens when the audience doesn’t respond right away? Then, when you land the punchline and end the joke, take it all in. You might not be able to immediate- ly hear the laughter across the screen (some people are muted), but you will see smiling faces, nodding heads, and mouths open with delight. That’s what a Zoom laugh looks like. It’s physical. And that’s when you know you nailed it. 6. Practice your vocal delivery: For most comedians, this is the fun part of being funny. Speak, revise, and repeat up—name the characters, describe the place, use colorful imagery, and develop an action sequence. These details help us envision the elements of the story you are telling: “My friend Anne went for a hike in the woods yesterday and ran into a mountain lion strolling along with her cubs.” Yeah? And then what happened? 4. Put punch in the punchline : The ending is why peo- ple listen, so make sure to craft the punchline with care. The funniest punchlines are completely unexpected—they disrupt expectations with the “I didn’t see that one com- ing” twist. And while they seem spontaneous, they are tightly scripted and rehearsed.










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• Graycliff Confirms Sale Of HarperLove : Graycliff Part- ners LP has announced the sale of Charlotte, North Carolina based HarperLove Holdings, LLC, a provider of specialty chemicals and services, to HBM Holdings Company. • NAM: Manufacturing Decreases At Fastest Pace Since June 2009 : Citing the January report from the Institute of Supply Management, Chad Moutray of NAM noted that manufacturing activity is falling at its fastest pace since June of 2009, or nearly 11 years ago. • IOP Acquires Midwest Paper : Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), a private equity firm based in Evanston, Illinois, has acquired Midwest Recycled and Coated Containerboard Mill (Midwest Paper), LLC. • Pratt Industries To Build Two More Recycled Contain- erboard Mills : Conyers, Georgia based Pratt Industries will construct two additional North American recycled containerboard mills in the next six years, according to Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt, who announced the plans in a recent interview with The Australian . • WestRock To Close MO Plant : Norcross, Georgia based WestRock Company recently filed a notice with the state of Missouri announcing it is closing its facility in Edwardsville, affecting 68 employees. • Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. Acquires Pretium Pack- aging : Clearlake Capital Group, LP announced that it


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North Carolina based Stafford Corrugated Products, Inc., has confirmed that the company is preparing to break ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility. • AICC To Hold COVID-19 Weekly Audio And Video Conference : AICC, The Independent Packaging Asso- ciation announced will hold a national audio and video conference every Friday. APRIL • Impact Alliance, Carton Craft Supply Win ICG Suppli- er Of The Year Award : The Independent Carton Group (ICG) presented its Supplier of the Year Award to Im- pact Alliance LLC and Carton Craft Supply at the ICG’s spring meeting held in Park City, Utah, on March 11-12. • TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo Postponed To August 2021 : TAPPI and AICC, the organizers of SuperCorr- Expo, have confirmed that they have made the de- cision to postpone the event, which was due to take place from September 13-17 in Orlando, Florida. The event will now be staged from August 9-12, 2021. • Anthony Pratt Donates $1M To Fund COVID-19 Drug Trial : According to a report in The Australian , Antho- ny Pratt, has donated $1 million to fund the trial of two drugs that may help patients suffering from COVID-19. • Emerging Leader Delegates Create Plan For New Program Rollout : Delegates of the AICC Emerging Leaders (EL) were looking forward to officially launch- CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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