Board Converting News, June 22, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years June 22, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 25

Covington Box Reaps Benefits Of Solar Power, Green Initiatives BY LEN PRAZYCH The story of how Waterloo, Indiana based Covington Box & Packaging, Inc. was founded is similar to that of several other successful indepen- dent sheet plants: a visionary entrepreneur working for an integrated box maker seeks to fill customers’ needs that aren’t being entirely met by his employer; he quits said employer to strike out on his own with a

FBA: Shipments Drop Again In May

Industry shipments of corrugated products decreased 9.3 percent, from 34.47 bsf in May of 2019 to 31.28 bsf in May of 2020, the Fibre Box Association (FBA) reported. The decline is partially due to the fact there were two less shipping days in May 2020. Average week shipments decreased 0.2 percent, from 7.835 bsf in 2019 to 7.821 bsf in 2020. Shipments of corrugated products are up 1.1 percent year- to-date. Containerboard consumption decreased 13.6 percent, from 2.846 million tons in May of 2019, to 2.459 million tons in May of 2020. Consumption is down 0.2 percent year-to- date over 2019. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants increased 1.4 percent, from 2.2914 million tons in April to 2.3246 million tons in May 2020. Weeks of supply grew from 3.6 in April to 3.8 in May, or 5.6 percent. “After a strong first quarter start, the pan- demic’s impact on box shipments has been to reduce them to no increase, a 0.1 percent gain through the first five months of the year,” not- ed Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newsletter. “Economic activity awakened last month, as evidenced by a strong rebound in retail sales,

few pieces of equipment and a handful of employees in a small ware- house and begins satisfying customers in ways his former employer didn’t; and he repeats the process again and again while growing his wildly successful independent sheet plant…for nearly four decades. In this story the visionary is Dean Kelly, who founded Covington Box in 1981, when he was also half-owner of Lime-O-Sol Chemical Co., a manufacturer of toilet bowl cleaners and drain cleaners. Dean’s son, Glen, is a part owner and “silent partner” of Covington Box but his fo- cus is on owning and running the Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola, Indiana, the course he and his father built 16 years ago. Dean Kelly has since stepped back from day-to-day operations in the sheet plant, hav- ing appointed 30-year employee and part-owner, Tony Fifer, as presi- dent of the company. The fourth and final partner of Covington Box & Packaging is long-time employee, Mike Rogers, Covington’s General Manager. The people involved in making Covington Box’s solar initiative a reality are, from left, Tim Newby of Famers State Bank; Pam Howard, Waterloo Town Manager; Jim Straeter and Eric Straeter of AG Technologies; Michael Dora Indiana State Director of USDA; Mike Rogers Covington Box GM; and Tony Fifer, Covington Box President.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Colbert Packaging Does ‘The Next Right Thing’ 12 Domino Launches X630i Digital Ink Jet Corrugated Press 6 PMMI Prevails In Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Use Of Logo 0 Baldwin Technology Acquires Western Quartz Products


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

42# Kraft liner $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

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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

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





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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which advanced by 17.7 percent in May after falling by 14.7 percent in April. Average week box shipments also recov- ered from April’s level, with a 2.8 percent monthly gain.” Storat also noted that the production of containerboard for export was “remarkably strong considering the great- ly diminished global economic activity.” Nearly half a mil- lion tons of containerboard, mostly unbleached kraft lin- erboard, was made for foreign markets, a “surprising 17.5 percent advance from April’s setaside.”

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Colbert Packaging Does ‘The Next Right Thing’

up-to-date business continuity plan (BCP), as well as five key factors: 1. A willing and able workforce, 2. The right printing and finishing equipment, 3. Technology for qual- ity assurance, 4. Inventory availability and trusted supply chain, and 5. Supportive customer base. A Willing And Able Workforce Colbert is a 60-year-old family-owned business with more than 300 employees. As a secondary packaging producer for pharmaceutical and food-safe products, it was deemed an essential business during this pandemic. Upon BCP activation, Colbert’s IT team facilitated and se- cured home-based operations for its office staff, while pro- duction scheduling enacted drastic course corrections in each of its three facilities. Employees adapted and worked diligently to balance capacity with customer demand. The Right Equipment In keeping with its model of Safe, Smart, and Sustain- able paperboard packaging solutions for pharmaceutical,

When the leadership team from Lake Forest, Illinois based Colbert Packaging Corporation, a provider of paperboard packaging solutions, met to formalize its 2020 operating plan, little did they know how drastically the plan would change in a matter of weeks. Thanks to an experienced, dedicated workforce, the operations team mobilized for rapid response to demand for COVID-19 test kits and other pandemic-related products in need of packaging. “No one anticipated the magnitude of this pandemic but we knew the right thing to do was take action and do our part to keep employees safe and adhere to strict CDC safety guidelines,” says Colbert President & COO John Lackner, who attributes Colbert’s ability to supply the ur- gently needed pharmaceutical packaging orders to an

healthcare and consumer brands markets, Colbert Packaging was ready to respond. Recent investments in printing and finishing equipment provided the means to serve its customer base and meet the escalated de- mands of COVID-19 pharmaceutical pack- aging. Quality Assurance Even the most urgent demand for phar- maceutical packaging must comply with FDA requirements. No exceptions. Colbert Packaging supports its customers’ FDA re- quirements by maintaining cGMP standards for FDA-compliant quality management sys- tems and operating procedures. Colbert’s GMI certification, combined with its 100 percent vision inspection tech- nologies, ensure quality and accuracy in secondary packaging, saving time and ma- terials while working to exceed customer expectations. Trusted Supply Chain A trusted supply chain is critical during these challenging times. Careful inventory planning and warehousing and a reliable and flexible sourcing network position Col- bert to maintain its production flow, from The customer remains central to Col- bert’s focus. Unprecedented times call for open communications and voluntary agree- ment to work together for the common good of our communities. “Our customers have demonstrated the support and team- work needed to see us through this extraor- dinary time,” says Lackner. “We’re grateful to be in a position to do the next right thing.” Visit . raw materials to final delivery. Supportive Customer Base


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Our sectoral preheating plates provide direct heat by means of a double steam circuit, allowing for efficient heating in hard-to-access locations, as well as to act as a steam shower to open the paper’s fibre, making it receptive to absorbing the heat and the glue.

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The system’s main advantages are as follows:

• 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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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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W.H. Leary, Nosco Fastrack Delivery Of 250K Cartons

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

Tinley Park, Illinois based W.H. Leary Company, a supplier of cold glue application and quality assurance solutions, along with Nosco, a Gurnee, Illinois based digital supplier of pharmaceutical packaging, were recently faced with an opportunity to quickly deliver a COVID-19 carton. Nosco had been assigned the task of running 250,000 of these cartons with a short deadline. The pharmaceutical carton required 14 separate glue patterns as well as quality assurance monitoring. One solution would be to use the plant’s existing Leary Array controller equipped with eight gluing and detection pat- terns, but Nosco would need to run each carton through the gluer twice, which would have been time prohibitive. Nosco contacted Leary to figure out how to best make this application work, noting that production would need to run in three business days to meet the deadline. Leary provided an Array LS-924 controller, which has the capa- bility of 24 glue patterns with detection, as was needed. Leary would build, test and ship this controller along with additional gluing and detection stations in just two days. The necessary material was delivered for quick in- stallation by a Leary technician and Nosco was able to suc- cessfully deliver the required number of COVID-19 cartons to their customers.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.283 34.474


7.821 7.835


Industry Total

Year-to Date

May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

162.228 162.018


7.725 7.642


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.4591 2.8461


13.3153 13.3401


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

May Apr.

2.3246 2.2914


3.8 3.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 22

105 106

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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Domino Launches X630i Digital Ink Jet Corrugated Press With Aqueous Ink Set

On 16 June, on what should have been the first day of drupa 2020, Dom- ino Digital Printing Solutions announced the launch of the Domino X630i single pass, digital ink jet press supplied with the revolutionary Domino AQ95 CMYK aqueous ink set representing. “The new business model for corrugated box production.”

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Domino Launches (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

and reduced set up times. It is all designed to improve up- time, ensuring the highest levels of productivity. “Domino recognizes that corrugated converters are facing the same challenges faced by label printers ten years ago with increased demands from brand owners for shorter print runs, shorter lead times and more SKUs,” says Condon. Domino wanted share our digital ink jet knowl- edge and expertise with the corrugated sector to help you respond to these changing market demands.” During the virtual launch of the Domino X630i, print & packaging expert Dr. Sean Smyth interviewed Finn Mac- Donald, President of Kentucky based Independent II to discover why Independent II decided to take their first step into digital with Domino and invest in this ‘transfor- mational’ digital ink jet press. See the interview at https:// .

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June 22, 2020

Baldwin Technology Acquires Western Quartz Products

St. Louis, Missouri based Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has announced the acquisition of certain assets of Western Quartz Products, a long-standing, global mar- ket leader in the ultraviolet curing and exposure industry. Known for manufacturing state-of-the-art UV curing lamps, as well as for having a reputation of exceptional quality cultivated through decades of serving a variety of indus- tries, Western Quartz is a true pioneer in the UV space. “We are excited to welcome Western Quartz, along with its customers, to our global UV technology arm and our broad portfolio of products that improve processes for printing, packaging and industrial markets,” said Joe Kline, CEO of Baldwin. “This acquisition further demonstrates Baldwin’s commitment to expanding our reach and tech- nology connection for the benefit of our customers, as we continue to grow our caring, collaborative, people-centric culture for team members.” Western Quartz began in 1931 in Hermosa Beach, Cali- fornia, and was one of the first producers of quartz lamps for medical purposes. Following decades of continued research and development, along with innovation spear- headed by founder John F. Dallons and his family, Western Quartz moved further into the UV curing industry and grew to become a preeminent supplier of UV curing and expo- sure lamps worldwide, with customers throughout the US, Europe and Asia. “Western Quartz enhances Baldwin’s capabilities in ad- ditive (doped) UV lamp production for industrial markets, providing an excellent complement to our existing UV and LED-UV technology portfolio within our AMS Spectral UV business and PRIMARC products,” said Rich Bennett, President of Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV unit. “Through this acquisition, we will continue to manufacture the same great quality that Western Quartz customers are used to, and will harmonize operations, increase capacity and add more capabilities.” “We are proud to join the Baldwin family and to see our 89-year legacy of quality and innovation be preserved through this acquisition,” said Katy Wetterstrand, Direc- tor and CFO of Western Quartz. “It is an exciting time for UV technology to help improve manufacturing processes through new applications in sterilization and disinfection around the world. Through Baldwin, Western Quartz joins a sizeable organization with significant reach and resourc- es, and we look forward to continuing to expand our ser- vices and capabilities for our customers and the industry.” Baldwin Technology Company Inc. is a global manufac- turer and supplier of process-automation equipment, parts, service and consumables for the printing, packaging and corrugated industries. As a total solutions provider, Bald- win offers our customers a broad range of market-leading technologies, with a focus on improving the economic and environmental efficiency of production processes.


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Covington Box Reaps (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Following Dean Kelly’s model of listening to customers who didn’t need a truckload of boxes but wanted them readily available, Covington takes from its customer the burden of warehousing and inventory management, so boxes doesn’t have to sit on the customer’s floor taking up valuable production space. “Customers pay for what’s

“Our mindset and the way we handle the business real- ly haven’t changed much since our founding in 1981,” says Fifer. “Some companies want to improve inventory turn- over, some look at manufacturing costs, and others want

The management team at Covington Box & Packaging, front row from left, are Brenda Smith, Chasity Freed, Tammey Parker, Pam Miller, Laura Collier and Stephanie Lewandowski. Back row from left are Tony Fifer, Mike Weathers, Scott Blaschak, Randy Smith and Mike Rogers.

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Covington Box Reaps (CONT’D FROM PAGE 22)


and many customers will actually pay us more for us tak- ing that burden from them and providing that value, not to

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Fifer says it is this model that is largely responsible for the company’s growth, from sales of $1.5 million and 10 employees in the early years to more than $15 million and 90 employees today. He insists Covington Box & Packag- ing is not a typical sheet plant because of what it does

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Another secret to Covington’s success, Fifer shares, is whether an order is converted on the company’s own machines or if it is coming in already finished by one of its loyal partners. “And I’m not talking about us just buy- ing product from them,” says Fifer. “Some of the largest integrated box plants farm out orders to us that they don’t want to do in their plants. Ultimately, we’re going to fill an order in the way that’s best for our customer.” The production floor at Covington Box & Packaging.



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Covington Box Reaps (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)


More than half the orders Covington fills are from cus- tomers who need their products within 24-48 hours. The company owns 50 trailers and a half-dozen semis and will service a radius of 60-100 miles from Edgerton or Water- loo so it can guarantee same-day delivery. Among its cus- tomers are companies in the poultry, baking, automotive, heavy equipment, food service, and aerospace sectors. Some customers receive deliveries daily. One gets large kitted boxes, stapled to a pallet, strapped and delivered straight to its production line. The Impact Of COVID-19 Like many other converters, Covington Box & Packag- ing has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in both negative and positive ways. Because the company sup- plies Tier One and Tier Two automotive companies, which experienced dramatic business declines caused by plant shutdowns during the pandemic, Covington’s sales of au- tomotive parts packaging suffered. One part of Coving- ton’s business that has not suffered, however, is the sale of cremation containers and corrugated cloth covered caskets.

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“We’ve seen a tremendous uptick in the demand for our funeral products, which is both good and bad,” says Fifer. “It’s good for business because we’re selling our products, but it’s bad because when we recently sent 3,000 units to New York City, we knew the reason why.” Covington is one of approximately 25 manufacturers in the U.S. that makes corrugated cloth covered caskets, a niche that it began filling about 25 years ago when the company designed a “cremation container” on which it re- ceived a U.S. patent.

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