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A Step-By-Step Guide To Building A Corrugated Facility BY NICK O’HARE With sustainability driving customer demand for eco-friendly pa- per-based packaging and an industry-wide push to modernize oper- ations, expand portfolios, and explore new regions, corrugated com- panies are at a tipping point. As plants operate at maximum capacity and the need for additional space becomes undeniable, the decision to build or expand facilities is no longer a matter of choice but a necessity. If you're stepping into this venture, this step-by-step guide will serve as a roadmap to help you navigate the complexities of designing and building a corrugated manufacturing facility.

Billerud Reaches Terms For Sale Of Wisconsin Rapids Mill Solna, Sweden based Billerud announced that it has reached terms with the Capital Re- covery Group, LLC for the sale of the idled Wisconsin Rapids Mill and related assets. The company said that the decision came following extensive exploration of viable and sustainable alternatives for the mill since its idling in July 2020. The transaction is expect- ed to close in April 2024. “Billerud believes that this decision is the best alternative for all stakeholders,” said Tor Lundqvist, Billerud’s Deputy President and Senior Vice President of Operations for North America. “The sale of the idled Wisconsin Rapids Mill and related assets represents a strategic decision to focus on core business objectives, optimize resources, and align with our long- term strategy to drive sustainable growth. “We look forward to finalizing the transac- tion in the near future and continuing to invest in the converting operation at the site.” The company reaffirmed its commitment to owning and operating the Wisconsin Rap- ids Converting Facility. The facility plays an important role in con-


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5 Menasha Packaging Co. Plans $70M Expansion 8 FBA Selects Jason Stein To Speak On The Auto Industry 12 Durst Launches Solution For Digital Corrugated Printing 16 Amtech Software Launches Advanced Planning Board


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A. Goodenough Box Great Northern Packaging Independent Corrugated Container Corporation of North America Jamestown Container Krafcor (IP) Lawless Container Mall City Containers (Hood Container) Michiana Container Michigan Packaging Co. (Greif)

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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.

verting rolls of paper made at its two Michigan mills into folio and digital sheets, as well as sheeting cartonboard imported from its European mills. The converting facility and two Michigan mills strate- gically position Billerud to deliver products and services quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively to its network of val- ued customers. “We extend our gratitude to the Wisconsin Rapids team and community for their dedication and support of the mill, our company and our customers throughout the strategic exploration process,” said Kevin Kuznicki, Billerud’s Presi- dent and General Counsel for North America. “We are proud of the significant role the mill has played in the paper and pulp industry’s history and our longtime record of community involvement and partnership. “We look forward to continuing our community support with the ongoing operation of the Wisconsin Rapids Con- verting Facility, keeping more than 130 jobs in the area, as well as indirectly supporting thousands of jobs throughout our supply chain.” During the interim period preceding the closure, Biller- ud has authorized CRG, LLC to begin promoting a pub- lic auction for certain idled and obsolete equipment. This auction will occur following the transaction close. Billerud has nine production units in Sweden, USA, and Finland with around 5,800 employees in over 13 countries.

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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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Menasha Packaging Co. Announces $70M Expansion In Midwest Region Neenah, Wisconsin based Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, one of the largest independent, retail-focused pack- aging and merchandising solutions providers in the Unit- ed States with a network of design centers, manufacturing plants, contract packaging, and fulfillment service centers, announced plans to infuse $70 million in capital into its Richmond, Indiana footprint as part of an ongoing U.S. net- work modernization initiative. Menasha Packaging Company currently has two loca- tions in Richmond which will be consolidated and expand- ed as part of the capital infusion. “These investments position our Richmond facility as one of the premier producers of graphic packaging solutions in the United States, offering best-in-class cor- rugating, printing, and converting technology,” said Mike Riegsecker, President of Menasha Packaging Company. “We are excited about the growth and expansion plans we have in Richmond, and what this means not only for our customers, but for our employees and the community of Richmond.” Menasha Packaging designs, prints, and produces high-end graphic packaging displays and merchandising products for in-store and online. the company employs 3,800 people at over 50 facilities across North America. TAPPI Selects 2024 Fellows, Outstanding Young Professionals TAPPI announced it will bestow the title of Fellow on 11 members, and also name three individuals as this year’s recipients of the Young Professional of the Year awards. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small per- centage of TAPPI’s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contri- butions to the industry and/or the Association. The following individuals have been named 2024 TAP- PI Fellows: • Wolfgang Bauer, Professor, Bioproducts and Paper Technology, Graz University of Technology • Karyn L. Biasca, Department Chair, University of Wis- consin Stevens Point • Suzanne Blanchet, Former President and CEO, Cas- cades Tissue Group • David Buchanan, President, Voith Paper North America • Beth Cormier, Vice President - R&D and Sustainability, Sappi North America • Calvin Fu, Engineer, Valmet • Peter Gorog, Partner, Houghton Cascade Holdings LLC • Wadood Hamad, Chief Technology Officer, Impossible Materials AG • Joel Panek, R&D Scientist, WestRock


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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2023

• Janet Preston, Senior Scientist & Technical Support Specialist, Imerys • Martti Tuomisto, Regional Sales Manager – Pulp & Pa- per, EPIQ Machinery The title Fellow may also be conferred upon TAPPI Board chairs, vice chairs, and directors at the end of their terms of office, and upon Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Awardees and Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service recipients. This prestigious group will be honored on April 28 at the Fellows Luncheon during TAPPICon, April 28- May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Young Professional of the Year is an annual honor that identifies aspiring young leaders in the global forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, and associated industries. Eligible nominees are age 35 or younger with less than 10 years of industry experience. The recipients of the 2024 TAPPI Young Professional of the Year award are: • Özlem Akdoğan, Principal Scientist - ESG, Sustainable Packaging R&D, The Kraft Heinz Company • Seth Gulledge, Paper Machine Optimization Lead, Domtar • Stephen Bussa, Area Sales Manager, Axchem USA The award recognizes young professionals who have made significant contributions to the forest products in- dustries in the areas of leadership, community service, and scientific or engineering projects.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

29.711 30.124


7.819 7.927


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2023



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

380.555 400.520


7.611 7.979


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2023 2022

2.4080 2.4260


30.9333 32.5461


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.1892 2.1071


3.5 3.5


Shipping Days




2023 2022

19 19

250 251

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FBA Announces Jason Stein To Headline Automotive Series

Atlanta and Denver. He also hosts SiriusXM’s radio show, “Cars & Culture with Jason Stein.” Launched in May 2021, the show has emerged as a sought-after venue for actors, musicians, athletes, and business leaders to discuss their own passion for the automotive world. His YouTube chan- nel has been viewed 10 million times and has an audience across 52 countries. Some of his 100+ guests include Mark Wahlberg, Jim- mie Johnson, John Elway, Toto Wolff, Zack Brown, Jay Leno, and Guy Berryman, bass player for Coldplay. To reg- ister for the annual meeting, visit .

The Fibre Box Association (FBA) announced a new End- Use Segment Series as part of the agenda for the associ- ation’s upcoming Annual Meeting set for May 6-8 in Key

Largo, Florida. Beginning this year, FBA Annual Meeting attendees will hear from a different box-buying market segment to help deepen member knowledge about box cus- tomers and where their markets are headed. Jason Stein of Flat Six Media will

Metsä Board Promotes George To VP Of Sales

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headline this year’s segment presentation on the automo- tive industry. How could transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) impact boxes sold into the automotive industry? Are fewer parts needed for EVs? What’s the impact of EVs on trucking and other vehicles like forklifts? Is the US auto in- dustry capable of making the change, and will consumers accept it? Stein is a media and business professional with 25 years of journalism experience across multiple platforms and is a leading personality in the global automotive space. He is CEO of Flat Six Media and the Managing Director and Partner of The Presidio Group, an investment bank in the automotive retail and consumer mobility sectors based in

Espoo, Finland based Metsä Board has confirmed it has promoted Michael George to Vice President of Sales, FBB Americas, effective May 1. George has held many positions throughout his tenure at Metsä Board, most recently as Sales Direc- tor, Direct Sales. In his new role, he will report to Jussi Noponen, SVP, Sales and Supply Chain. Johan Hol- vik, the current Vice President of Sales, FBB Americas, will return to Europe. His new posi- tion will be announced at a later date. Michael George


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AICC Meeting Offers Optional Events: Racing, Shopping, Wine, Aerial Trams In addition to the many educational sessions and inspira- tional speakers, not to mention a 50th Anniversary Cel- ebration, attendees at the AICC Spring Meeting on April 8-10 will have a host of optional events to keep them en- tertained at this year's big event. Registration includes transportation to and from the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California: • BMW Driving Experience , 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Mon- day: Spend time with a team of expert training instruc- tors from the BMW Driver’s Program on a state-of-the- art test track. Drivers will race vehicles head-to-head in an old school, street style drag race. The participants will race head-to-head on an oval style course that will

be setup on a dynamic BMW skid pad. All stability control assistance will be disabled, and all the cars’ available horsepower will be at the driver’s disposal. Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.


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Durst Launches Automated Solution For Digital Corrugated Printing Brixen, Italy based Durst Group, a leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, announced the launch of the P5 350 HS PACK, a highly automated solution for digital corrugated and display printing. The P5 350 HS PACK combines the versatility of a P5 hybrid printing system with the ability to print on a wide range of materials used in the POP/POS and retail markets. “The modular design of the P5 technology platform enables us to develop new products for a wide range of applications. We identify market requirements and incor- porate them into our development process,” said Andrea Riccardi, Head of Product Management, Graphics at Durst. “The P5 350 HS PACK is another result of our custom- er-oriented approach and expands our P5 portfolio.” The P5 PACK series is equipped with a material guide and pressure rollers system designed to ease production. Automated corrugated edge holders help avoid collisions between the print heads and the substrates. The width and height are set automatically by selecting the media channel in the software, which reduces set-up time. In ad- dition, a powerful vacuum system increases the suction power on the print belt so that even heavy and warped corrugated boards can be flattened and printed cleanly. The P5 PACK series includes the sensor-controlled

Multitrack 6 function. Managed by six independent print- ing queues, this enables up to six corrugated boards to be printed in parallel by manual feeding. Starting with software for the print file creation, up to the finishing process, the automation of the production processes plays a major role.

The P5 Pack series can be equipped with the propri- etary Durst Workflow Rip/Color Management and Analyt- ics software. In this context, the P5 350 HS PACK can be combined with the Durst Automat MT. “With the Automat MT, we can map different levels of automation, ranging from 3/4 to full automation. This al- lows us to raise our customers’ productivity to a new level,” said Christian Harder, Vice President Sales at Durst Group. As part of the P5 PACK series, Durst is introducing a new ink set that is specially tailored to the requirements of display and packaging printing. The LUVERA LED ink is characterized by low odor and high abrasion resistance. The availability of the P5 PACK series is planned for Q3 2024. For more information, visit .

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P+PB Develops Checklist To Help Consumers Adopt ‘Papertarian’ Lifestyle Helping consumers become papertarians is the goal of a new check list developed by the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB). Papertarians are people who choose and use paper products because they know it is a smart choice for the environment and then recycle them to make further use of natural resources. In time for Earth Day 2024, the Papertarian Check List aims to help consumers build long-term, environmentally friendly habits. “Earth Day has helped people embrace a mindset about how we can and should protect our planet. We know that habit shifts happen over time. That’s why we want to take these Earth Day wins to the next level with great information and resources about paper since it comes from a renewable resource and is recyclable,” said Mary Anne Hansan, Presi- dent of P+PB. “Everyone can be a papertarian!”

The Papertarian Check List has tips showing how to work paper into all facets of everyday life — including shopping, working, living, and then recycling. A printable version is online and can be printed and posted as an easy reminder. Here are the ways: • Choose foods and drinks packaged in paper: paper egg cartons, pas- ta, ice cream, boxed/bagged dry goods, beverages in paper cartons • Choose personal care products packaged in paper: deodorant, cos- metics, first-aid items, soaps, and detergents • Opt for paper bags at checkout • Print emails and other key documents to lessen digital fatigue • Take notes on paper • Use paper for planning to help with retention: calendars, to-do lists • Live Papertarian • Have paper food containers on hand for leftovers when entertaining • Purchase (or make!) paper-based decor • Keep paper copies of important documents in case of emergency • Play paper-based family games • Choose paper-based gifts • Send thank-you notes and birthday cards • Recycle Papertarian • Empty, flatten, and recycle all paper packaging • Print your local recycling guidelines and post them near your bins • Ask your recycling center to update guidelines to include pizza boxes Currently, nearly 68 percent of recyclable paper materials are recy- cled. In addition to more jurisdictions and recycling facilities accepting CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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Our long-awaited 2023 Packaging Playbook is finally here. We talk through all the challenges present in

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Papertarian Lifestyle (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

cess to all ERP data. APB’s innovative user interface allows schedulers to see multiple plants in one single pane view with the capa- bility to allow multiple schedulers in the software at once. Fully customizable, it allows schedulers to view machines and families of machines. With a flexible timescale, sched- ulers can see 1-hour to 1-month views. “Advanced Planning Board takes the richness of our ex- isting solutions and layers in a modern, web-based inter- face with support for multiple plants in one instance,” said Chuck Schneider, CEO of Amtech Software. “Our customers that have previewed this solution love the ease-of-use and new KPIs.” ABP’s key enhancements: • Real-Time Dashboards: KPI-focused dashboards for measuring real-time capacity, automation, and user ac- tivity. Zoom the level of detail from individual machine groups all the way to enterprise-wide views of multiple plants. • Ease of Communication: Seamless integration between the ERP and the schedule allows plant-wide visibility and ownership. • Modern User Interface: Web-based solution that puts information at the user’s fingertips through hover help, drilldowns, and customizable colors. Amtech is a leading provider of software solutions for the corrugated packaging industry. For more information, visit .

additional types of paper products, recycling is increasing- ly part of Americans’ lives as they cement their recycling habits. In fact, the paper and packaging industry is invest- ing nearly $7 billion through 2025 in innovations that will do more and do it better so that consumers know that the paper products they buy remain part of the circular econ- omy. For more information, visit . Amtech Software Announces Launch Of Advanced Planning Board Fort Washington, Pennsylvania based Amtech Software announced the launch of Advanced Planning Board (APB), the latest innovation that integrates seamlessly into En- core ERP. APB is a web-based solution that uses a flexible points algorithm to automate the scheduling function, allowing the plant schedulers to easily handle multi-pass and multi- part items. Amtech Software is a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) for the corrugated packaging industry. APB features Key Performance Indicators (KPI) dashboards that show capacity, automation auditing, and user traceability. Integration into Encore means schedulers have direct ac-

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AICC Midwest Region To Offer Two $5,000 Financial Scholarships Casey Shaw, Director of Operations at Batavia Container and AICC Midwest Region Director, announced that the Midwest Region is offering two $5,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of full-time employees of com- panies who are members or associate members in good standing of AICC Midwest Region. The AICC Midwest Region’s objective is to provide financial assistance to young men and women with their college education and encourage students to strive for higher scholastic ideals. The scholarship is available to students accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at an ac- credited junior college, trade school or university. It will be awarded at the golf outing on Monday, July 22. The dead- line for applications is June 2. For more information on the scholarship and to obtain an application, contact Tim Engle at (715) 496-0253 or Shari Saeger at ssaeger@inspireauto- (715) 204-0288.

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PPC Encourages Students To Adopt TICCIT Program

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) says this spring is the perfect time to engage and implement the TICCIT (Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees) program at your local schools. The TICCIT program has a

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FBA’s Commitment To Workplace Health In The Corrugated Industry BY CHASE KAMMERER Ensuring the safety and health of your team members in the corrugated industry is a top priority for the Fibre Box Association (FBA). Through its Safety and Health Com-

The deadline to submit your 2023 Innovation in Safety is April 5, 2024. The FBA’s Safety and Health Committee extends its guidelines to encompass critical areas like Rotary Die Cut- ter (RDC), Flexo Machine Guarding, Folder-Gluer Machine Guarding, and Conveyor Safety Recommendations. These recommended guidelines are available on the FBA web- site under the Recommendations section. We offer com- prehensive insights and best practices to enhance safety protocols across various manufacturing processes. These Recommendations come with Inventory and Corrective Action Plan (CAP) forms that you can use as is or change to meet your needs. All of these are available on our website. In addition to these initiatives, the FBA provides a range of safety guidelines covering various aspects of workplace safety, including Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT), Exposure Control Plans (Bloodborne Pathogens), and Personal Pro- tective Equipment (PPE). These guidelines are crucial for maintaining a safe work environment, preventing injuries, and complying with relevant regulations such as those set by OSHA. For instance, the Powered Industrial Truck Compliance recommendations outline training and evaluation require- ments for employees operating such trucks. Similarly, the Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens empha- sizes risk assessment, control methods, post-exposure evaluation, communication, and recordkeeping. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

mittee, the FBA has proactively en- hanced safety protocols and practices within the industry, like our Innovation in Safety Award, and through the Recommendations, FAQs, and Docu- ments we offer on the FBA website. FBA’s Safety and Health Commit- tee led the creation of the Innovation

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Industry best practices, such as using face shields for eye hazards and implementing a comprehensive Hand Safety Policy, further contribute to workplace safety. By adhering to these safety guidelines and industry best practices, employers can prioritize the well-being of their team members while ensuring compliance with relevant safety regulations. FBA provides various resources to ensure workplace safety, including Safety Recommendations, FAQs, and Guidelines. FBA recognizes the importance of innovation in promoting safety in the industry and is moving to award those who make significant contributions in this area. Chase Kammerer is the Technical Services Manager at Fibre Box Association (FBA). If you have technical ques- tions about the corrugated industry, you can reach him directly at Cascades Celebrates 60th Anniversary Kingsey Falls, Québec based Cascades announced the celebration activities last week in recognition of its 60th anniversary which started with a big breakfast at Bistro sans frontière. A tour of the Kingsey Falls units was also planned during the day for brothers Alain and Laurent Le- maire, the co-founders, accompanied by Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Cascades. Celebrations to mark the milestone were also planned in the Company’s units throughout North America. “This day will be an opportunity to remember our his- tory, and to shine a light on the builders who came before us and created one of the most responsible companies in the world. Today, and throughout the year, we will proudly celebrate our successes together with our 10,000 Cascad- ers, with whom we will build the Cascades of tomorrow,” said Plourde. “Sixty years ago, my brothers moved to Kingsey Falls, a small village of just a few hundred inhabitants, to bring the old mill back to life. They had an idea that was daring for the time: to make cardboard from wastepaper. We invest- ed our entire lives, our family values, and our hearts into the pursuit of this larger-than-life dream. Today, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’m grateful to all the gener- ations of Cascaders who have shared in our life’s work,” said Alain Lemaire, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board at Cascades. Cascades also announced the donation of 116 hectares of ecologically valuable land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The land, a peat bog and wetland, was acquired by the Lemaire family in the early 1960s, and is located in St-Sylvère, Centre-du-Québec. The land is bequeathed to ensure its longevity and the survival of its species and ecosystems. To learn more, visit the Festivities section of the Cascades website at .


Advantzware provides a comprehensive system to address the business management needs of the independent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale pack- aging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inventory and account- ing, this scalable system supports companies that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase dis- plays, assembled partitions, and paperboard products. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION Air Conveying Corporation is a leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than sim- ply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your pro- posed system. Our equipment is found in printing, folding carton and corrugated plants throughout the world. We've been designing, manufacturing and engineering pneumatic conveying systems since 1984. We partner with our customers to ensure they operate efficiently and guar- antee our systems meet or exceed their specifications. ASDI specializes in full pull-through systems trim separators, and NFPA compliant systems with full electronic controls. AMTECH SOFTWARE AIR SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and com- prehensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated scheduling software, and engineered automation technol- ogy. For over 30 years, Amtech has kept our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with customer digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and shipping, proactive roll stock and inventory management. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.


Albany International has a corrugator belt for every appli- cation. Our reputation for durable performance is the trade- mark of the most dependable belts in service today.


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sure the site aligns with the intended use. • Look into future expansion potential and ensure the site can accommodate growth. • Investigate the feasibility of rail access and availability of space for roll storage, considering their significance in transportation logistics and storage capabilities.


ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nano-technology laser engraving in our NC and NV manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.


AES is a leading full-service provider of integrated convey- ance systems specializing in scrap, trim, and dust. AES en- gineers custom scrap systems and works as a partner in process improvement to help businesses achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainability. Products include balers, shredders/hoggers, core shredders, filters, fans, and specialized dust control and collection systems. AES is the ex- clusive distributor for the AirShark Rotary Material Separator.

Step 2: Assess Project Feasibility Assess the viability of your project on the chosen site. You’ll need to conduct a thorough analysis that examines aspects such as optimal site layout, estimated costs, ad- herence to regulatory requirements, and the existing market demand. Ultimately, the study will help determine whether proceeding with the facility's construction is via- ble, considering potential benefits and risks. • Analyze topography to determine grading and earth- work requirements. • Evaluate soil composition for foundation design and stability. • Consider traffic flow and access points to optimize ma- terial movement. • Identify potential challenges such as site limitations, environmental impact, or regulatory constraints. • Assess project budget and timeline based on site-spe- cific factors. Step 3: Design And Planning Collaborate with a design-builder to expedite and streamline the planning process, creating a comprehen- sive blueprint for your facility in collaboration with equip- ment vendors. This blueprint should emphasize optimal layout, strategic equipment placement, streamlined mate- rial flow, and robust safety protocols, serving as a crucial reference during construction. Ensure your design aligns with your budget, operational needs, and desired timeline. • Develop a detailed layout that optimizes workflow and minimizes material handling. In a box plant, this layout is often built around the location of the corrugator. • Map out space allocation for both roll storage and fin- ished product inventory, ensuring efficient handling and accessibility within the facility's layout. • Determine the necessary utility requirements to oper- ate the facility's equipment and systems effectively. En- sure that there is a proper supply of natural gas for your boiler, enough power for all equipment, and adequate water pressure & volume for equipment (both the cor- CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for quality as- surance in the production of boxes with flexo folder gluers. BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, and carton scrap.


Leading manufacturer and installer of quality retrofits, up- grades and replacement parts for S&S and Prime Flexo Folder Gluers. Specialists in reconditioning of S&S Flexo Folder Gluers, including ink, air and electrical systems.


Serving the corrugated box industry since 1991, Chicago- based Corrugator Belt Service LLC maintains corru- gator belts for peak board quality and performance.

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rugator and converting lines). • Design an efficient electrical distribution system to min- imize energy losses and ensure reliable power supply. • Plan for drainage systems to support various facility processes. Depending on the municipality and poten- tially hazardous chemicals found in equipment waste (such as chemicals that could be found in ink from a ro- tary die cutter), consider implementation of a treatment system before discharging into the city’s line. • Consider the installation of compressed air lines if pneumatic equipment is used. • Integrate machinery and equipment placement for effi- cient production processes. • Arrange the piping layout for easy maintenance access and efficient material flow throughout the facility. • Consider the safety regulations, fire codes, and emer- gency egress routes. • Explore options for sustainable and energy-efficient design elements, such as lighting and insulation. • Involve equipment vendors early in the design process to ensure proper coordination and integration between their respective systems and general utilities (e.g., cor- rugator and steam/starch piping, converting equipment and water/sanitary piping, converting lines and dust system connections). • Integrate ventilation systems for proper air quality and circulation. • Plan for the integration of technology infrastructure, such as Wi-Fi, network cabling, and power outlets, in both the production area and office spaces. Step 4: Regulatory Compliance Ensure compliance with local authorities and industry regulations by navigating the necessary permits and ap- provals while ensuring your facility design aligns with all relevant codes and standards. • Ensure adherence to local building codes, zoning reg- ulations, and environmental standards. • Obtain permits for construction, utilities, and any spe- cialized equipment. • Work with regulatory agencies to address potential is- sues or concerns. • Engage experts to conduct necessary studies, such as environmental impact assessments. • Verify compliance with accessibility standards, includ- ing ramps, elevators, and other provisions as required. • Develop plans for waste management, hazardous ma- terial handling, and emergency response. • Comply with occupational health and safety regula- tions by implementing proper safety protocols. • Implement safety measures such as fire extinguishers, first aid stations, and safety signage. Step 5: Construction Manage construction by coordinating contractors, sup- pliers, and professionals to ensure smooth collaboration. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


Corrugated Replacements, Inc. is a production powerhouse that manufactures high quality machine parts and replace- ment parts for the corrugated and paperboard converting industries. CRI can redesign, engineer, and manufacture any part while providing rapid turn-around, keeping ma- chines running at peak performance and limiting down time.

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Makers of single and dual-width Timesaver® Anvil Covers, the premier urethane anvil cover for corrugated die cutting. Timesaver® covers feature construction of solid steel back- ing and solid steel locking components to ensure a precise fit every time. C.U.E., Inc. also offers Dura-Latch and Cor- Lock anvil covers, and urethane Lead Edge Feed Wheels.


The EMBA group supports a complete line of corrugated converting machinery for the worldwide market. EMBA’s Quick Set technology enables the highest productivity across a broad range of converting equipment, from mini to super jumbo. EMBA also includes the McKinley jumbo line of flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters as well as ser- vice, rebuilds and upgrades for both EMBA and McKinley.


Eaglewood Technologies offers trusted cleaning technolo- gies for the world’s best printers and converters. Solutions include the award winning Sitexco+ Anilox Laser System, the Nanovis Parts Washing System, the Sitexco L10 Label System, the innovative Sanilox™ System or Alphasonics solutions. We also offer Xpress™ mobile cleaning service at your facility or ours.


ArtiosCAD and Kongsberg are the most trusted names in CAD/CAM solutions. Esko’s ArtiosCAD is the most widely used CAD software in the world. Esko’s Kongsberg series of tables brings you reliable, outstanding quality for sample- making and short run production.


Domino is a leading manufacturer and distributor of digital printing and product identification solutions. Celebrating its 44th year, Domino is headquartered in the UK and North America headquarters are Illinois. Domino has 25 subsid- iaries, representation in over 120 countries, and over 2,900 employees worldwide .

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