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AICC Offering Opportunities For Spring Meeting Sponsors AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, has announced that it is offering spon- sorship opportunities to provide members a way to connect with their customers—in-per- son and virtually—while expanding their visi- bility and reach. AICC’s 2021 Spring Meeting at Amelia Is- land in Florida from April 26-28 will be the industry’s first in-person national event since the start of the pandemic. The association is working diligently to provide a meeting that is safe and secure. All events will be staged with current guidelines of social distanc- ing, mask-wearing, and regular sanitization, among other safety protocols. AICC hopes that the meeting will afford a unique opportunity for industry professionals to come together and forge a new path for- ward. The association is inviting the industry to demonstrate its support of the association, and its members, by putting their company name front and center at meeting events. The outstanding content of AICC meetings and the quality of the presentations are made possible in large part by its members, who are participants in our sponsorship program.

Michael D. Brunton: Publisher With A Passion For Excellence BY DAN BRUNTON It is with the deepest regret that we inform of the death of Michael Da- vid Brunton. He suffered a massive stroke and sadly never recovered. He passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. He was 73 years old. Michael was born in Farhnam, Surrey, England, on March 21, 1947. He was the eldest child of David and Margaret Brunton and he was born

in the house built by his grand- father. Being born into a military family, Michael’s global ‘travels’ began from an early age. He ac- companied the family to Ankara, Turkey, at the age of five, where his father had accepted a military advisor’s role for two years. By the age of seven he was fluent in Turkish. The next move came as Michael was about to turn eight, when his father was posted to Osnabrück in Germany. Michael and his younger brother Tony, were sent to board- ing school in England from an early age and were looked after

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by their grandmother in Farnham during short school breaks. Fortu- nately for them and their younger sister Chrissie, Major Brunton was posted back to the UK, where the family were based in Catterick and then Tidworth, giving the family a chance to spend some time in the UK. Schooling was undertaken at Yateley Manor, but Michael’s interest was never in the classroom, more on the sports field, playing football to a very high level, as well as gymnastics and diving. He was crowned Under 21 High Board Diving Champion for the South of England when he was only 16, training alongside Brian Phelps, the Olympic and Com- monwealth champion. Military Passion Army life was in his blood! In 1968, Michael was Commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer into The 3rd Car- abiniers (Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards), following in the footsteps of his father. He had tours of duty in Cyprus, Libya and the UK, before leaving the army in 1971 at the time of the amalgamation of his regi- ment, The 3rd Carabiniers with the Royal Scots Greys. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x ISM: Manufacturing Grows Again In February 10 Edmund Bradatsch, Formerly Of BHS, Dies At 80 In Germany GPI Launches Cap-It, Recyclable Paperboard Solution 3 Box Manufacturing Olympics To Be Held At SuperCorrExpo

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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 $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-982.00

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$890.00-940.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $925.00-945.00 $908.00-928.00

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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AICC Offering Opportunities (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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The 7th Annual AICC Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Tuesday, April 27, at the Oak Marsh Golf Course at the Amelia Island resort. This year’s tournament will benefit the Foundation for Packaging Ed- ucation and Driving Out Darkness, The Steve O’Brien Me- morial. Featured Golf Tournament Sponsorships include: • Golf Ball Sponsorship - $2,500 • Closet to the Pin Sponsorship - $2,500 • Golf Hole Sponsorship - $1,000 Featured Meeting Sponsorships include: • Tuesday Networking Lunch - $3,500 • Sunday Late Night Mixer - $3,500 • Networking Reception (Co-Sponsor) - $4,000 The layout of the Omni Resort venue provides an as- surance of reduced risk and all events will be staged with current guidelines of social distancing, mask-wearing and regular sanitization, among other safety protocols. The program and speakers will address the challenges of the past year, what’s next, and the economic outlook ahead. “Our surveys indicated that a majority of members are ready and willing to get together at an AICC meeting,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “We appreciate that confi- dence but we do not take it for granted. AICC is respond- ing by planning sessions that provide value, education, en- lightenment and camaraderie, safely and securely. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.”

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ISM: Manufacturing Grows Again In February, As Does Economy Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in Feb- ruary, with the overall economy notching a ninth consecu- tive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The February Manufacturing PMI registered 60.8 per- cent, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the Janu- ary reading of 58.7 percent. This figure indicates expan- sion in the overall economy for the ninth month in a row after contraction in March, April, and May. The New Orders Index registered 64.8 percent, up 3.7 percentage points from the January reading of 61.1 percent.

“The Production Index registered 63.2 percent, an in- crease of 2.5 percentage points compared to the Janu- ary reading of 60.7 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 64 percent, 4.3 percentage points above the January reading of 59.7 percent. The Employment Index registered 54.4 percent, 1.8 percentage points higher from the January reading of 52.6 percent. The Supplier Deliver- ies Index registered 72 percent, up 3.8 percentage points from the January figure of 68.2 percent. “The Inventories Index registered 49.7 percent, 1.1 per- centage points lower than the January reading of 50.8 percent. The Prices Index registered 86 percent, up 3.9 percentage points compared to the January reading of 82.1 percent. The New Export Orders Index registered 57.2 percent, an increase of 2.3 percentage points compared to the January reading of 54.9 percent. The Imports Index registered 56.1 percent, a 0.7 percentage point decrease from the January reading of 56.8 percent.”

“The manufacturing economy continued recovering in February. Committee mem- bers reported that their companies and suppliers continue to operate in reconfig- ured factories. Issues with absenteeism, short-term shutdowns to sanitize facilities, and hiring workers remain challenges and continue to cause strains that limit manu- facturing-growth potential. Optimistic panel sentiment increased, with five positive com- ments for every cautious comment, com- pared to a 3-to-1 ratio in January. “Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index growing at a strong level, supported by the New Export Orders Index expanding at a faster rate, (2) Customers’ Inventories Index remaining in ‘too low’ territory (at 32.5 percent, tying its all-time low), and the (3) Backlog of Orders Index growing 4.3 percentage points compared to January. “Consumption (measured by the Pro- duction and Employment indexes) contrib- uted positively (a combined 4.3-percentage point increase) to the Manufacturing PMI- calculation. Five of the top six industries re- ported moderate to strong expansion. “The Employment Index expanded for the third straight month, but panelists con- tinue to note significant difficulties in attract- ing and retaining labor at their companies and supplier facilities. Inputs — expressed as supplier deliveries, inventories and im- ports — continued to indicate input-driv- en constraints to production expansion, at higher rates compared to January, as indi- cated by the Inventories Index returning to contraction territory and another month of



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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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ISM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

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

slowing supplier delivery performance. Imports marginally slowed in the period, driven by port backlogs. The Prices Index expanded for the ninth consecutive month, indicat- ing continued supplier pricing power and scarcity of sup- ply chain goods. “Of the six biggest manufacturing industries, five — Chemical Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Transpor- tation Equipment; Computer & Electronic Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products — registered strong growth in February. Petroleum & Coal Products moderate- ly contracted. “Manufacturing performed well for the ninth straight month, with demand, consumption and inputs registering strong growth compared to January. Labor-market diffi- culties at panelists’ companies and their suppliers contin- ued to restrict manufacturing-economy expansion and will remain the primary headwind to production growth until employment levels and factory operations can return to normal across the entire supply chain,” says Fiore. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 16 reported growth in February, among them: Textile Mills; Electrical Equip- ment, Appliances & Components; Paper Products; Chem- ical Products; Machinery; Fabricated Metal Products; ; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Miscellaneous Man- ufacturing; Furniture & Related Products; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 20

252 251

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Edmund Bradatsch, Formerly Of BHS, Dies At 80 In Weiden, Germany Edmund Bradatsch, who with Paul Engel laid the foun- dation for BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau

lagenbau GmbH as managing director and shareholder. He had already withdrawn from the day to day operations and as a shareholder in 2003, but he continued to act in an advisory capacity for the current shareholders of BHS Corrugated. He has been a fatherly, reliable advisor to his partner’s sons, Christian and Lars Engel, over the years. In 1999, he brought the “harvest of a busy life,” as he said himself at the time, into the Edmund Bradatsch Foundation. He and his wife Helga, who had no children of their own, wanted to give back to students. In doing so, he wanted to personally thank his own sponsors, who gave him the opportunity to study mechanical engineering at the Oskar von Miller Polytechnic as a young man. The purpose of the private foundation is to support students. It also aims to promote science at the universities in Re- gensburg, Amberg and Weiden. From 2000 to 2020, over 220,000 Euros was paid out to 152 students. In 2017 Bradatsch was awarded honorary citizenship at the BHS Corrugated 300th anniversary celebration by the Weiherhammer community. In December 2020, he was able to celebrate his 80th birthday in good health and spirit at his residence in Weiden and the news of his death was unexpected. While extremely saddened by the loss it is with pride that we recall all the great accomplishments and impact Bradatsch had on BHS Corrugated, the lives of those of us who had the privilege of working with him, the countless customers who became friends, and all the students his foundation has touched.

GmbH in Weiherhammer, Ger- many, passed away on Febru- ary 1, 2021, at 80 years old. Bradatsch was born on De-

cember 19th, 1940, in Velenic (Gmünd, Czech Republic). His family moved to Upper Bavaria after the war and finally to Mu- nich in 1956. At Krauss-Maffei AG in Munich, he completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk and then went on to study mechanical engineering in Munich. He was associated with the BHS company in Weiher- hammer, where he worked in development, design, test- ing and technical sales. In 1990, he founded his own sales company with Paul Engel and in the middle of 1993 the two, Bradatsch and Engel, together with other sharehold- ers, took over the BHS Weiherhammer company and in- corporated it into today’s BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH. For seven-and-a-half years Bradatsch headed sales and technology at BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und An- Edmund Bradatsch

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GPI Launches Cap-It Recyclable Paperboard Solution To Reduce Consumption Of Plastic Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging International (GPI) is empha- sizing its commitment to supporting beverage brands on their plastics re- duction journey with its latest recyclable paperboard packaging solution, Cap-It, an innovative clip with neck rings for multipack polyethylene tere- phthalate (PET) or recycled (rPET) bottles. The paperboard clip, made of renewable materials, is an alternative to traditional shrink film packaging, increasing overall pack recyclability to 100 percent.

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PPE and other products to combat COVID-19. The company’s circular economy trifecta, which creates a closed loop manufacturing model due to its recycling plant, paper mill and packaging plant being located within a mile of each other, allows for corrugated packaging to be made, used, collected and recycled into corrugated boxes again within just 14 days. This provides an exemplary mod- el for the Biden administration’s climate and sustainability philosophy. G-P’s Brewton Containerboard Mill In AL Earns EPA’s Energy Star Award Georgia-Pacific’s Brewton Containerboard mill in Brewton, Alabama, has been named a 2020 Energy Star Challenge Achiever for Industry by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a program developed by the agency to recognize individual facilities for volunteering to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. To earn this recognition, the Brewton mill improved en- ergy intensity by 11.2 percent in four years, resulting in an annual savings of approximately $2.6 million. Brewton be- comes the fourth paper mill in the U.S. to achieve this pres- tigious designation, joined by three other Georgia-Pacific paper mills located at Palatka, Florida; Green Bay (Broad- way Mill), Wisconsin; and Muskogee, Oklahoma. Visit for more information.

ed beverage customers around the world in the journey to realize ambitious packaging sustainability strategies. Cap-It is currently in commercial use in Asia. For more information on transitioning from plastic to paper in mul- tipack packaging to support the circular economy, inter- ested parties can attend a Graphic Packaging hosted webinar: “Plastic to Paperboard Multipacks: Performance, Convenience and Sustainability in a Circular Economy,” on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. ET. Regis- tration information can be found at . DS Smith Invites President Biden To Celebrate Milestone In PA Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith, a sustainable packaging manufacturer with operations in President Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania, has invited the president to cele- brate the company’s one-year anniversary of its “circular economy trifecta” with a briefing and tour of its facilities in Reading. The invitation underscores the company’s sustainability initiatives aligned with the president’s agenda, and recog- nizes its essential employees who worked tirelessly amid the pandemic to support their community, even revamping production lines to supply packaging for hand sanitizer,


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both large and small. The information shared in the com- mittees helps to address common challenges, to establish industry positions, to share best practices and to ultimately help member companies make better individual decisions. As a group, the committees identify, understand and prioritize key issues that impact our industry and work to find solutions that could not be achieved by one company acting alone. Getting To Know The Committees FBA’s largest and one of its most active committees is the Technical Committee. The committee recently com- pleted research on relative humidity environmental fac- tors impacting long-standing safety factors used for man- ufacturing boxes. The committee is currently working on two other research projects. One, on unitizing pallet-load environmental-design factors and the other on how indus- try popular score-types affect box compression. These research projects, along with ongoing efforts to develop

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company representative and as an FBA staff member. I’ve chaired com- mittees, participated on committees and acted as a staff liaison to dif- ferent committees. In fact, it was a phone call I made to say I could no longer chair a committee that led to my return to the association staff.

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FTA Moves FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021 To Fully Virtual Events FTA has announced a change of venue for its FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021. Previously scheduled as hybrid events— both in-person and virtual—they will now take place solely in a virtual environment. The decision comes following a careful review of the present and forecasted pandemic environment, as well as months of discussions with FTA members, FORUM speakers and INFOFLEX exhibitors. The Association is no stranger to executing successful conferences and events in a virtual environment, and expects to eclipse the high bars set by Virtual FORUM 2020 and Virtual Fall Confer- ence 2020. “The well-being of our membership always comes first, and right now, we’re just not at a point where an in-per- son FORUM & INFOFLEX can be held while meeting our standards for safety and security,” said FTA President Mark Cisternino. “But if there’s one thing our staff have become well-versed in, it’s delivering a caliber of virtual event that is unsurpassed in this industry.” Beyond its two tentpole technical conferences, FTA or- ganized and provided virtual events to its members and non-members on a frequent basis last year. Additional details, including new dates for the event, will be coming soon. Visit for updates.

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If you are not on a committee, I encourage you to get involved. In 2020, three of FBA’s standing committees piv- oted with the pandemic and began meeting virtually for shorter agendas every 6-8 weeks. The change has been well-received by members who typically met during two in-person meetings each year. A general description of each committee can be found on the Issues tab on the FBA website. You can also log on to view agendas and minutes from recent meetings. This will give you further insight into a particular committee’s work. And if you’re not quite ready to be an active partic- ipant, you can always become an “info-copy” to a com- mittee which means you’ll receive agendas and minutes direct to your inbox without formally joining a committee. So, what’s stopping you? Get involved. We’re always looking for additional expertise and a fresh perspective and you gain so much in return – a chance to interact with and learn from industry peers, a seat for your company at the table when discussing issues that impact the industry and exposure to both knowledge and resources that can help in your everyday jobs. To join a committee, contact Mary Drain (mdrain@fi- for Technical, Environmental and Safety and Health committees; Peggy Lacy ( for Data Services committee; and me ( for Marketing and Legal Advisory committees.


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Prior to concluding his Short Service Commission in the Army, Michael was introduced to Fiona Binsted by his sister Chrissie. Their romance was instant, with Michael proposing to Fiona on her 18th birthday. They were mar- ried a year later at Binsted church in September 1970. To repay the ‘favor’, Chrissie went on to meet Tony Heslop, a brother Officer of Michael’s and subsequently marrying! And the romance continued, with Fiona’s older sister, Sara, being introduced to another of Michael’s best friends in the Army, Colin Neville and they went on to marry as well. Within three years, Michael and Fiona welcomed their first son, Daniel, in 1973, followed in 1977 by Benjamin. Mi- chael and Fiona were married for 50 years, celebrating their Golden Anniversary in September 2020, but due to COVID lock-down, were unable to celebrate in a style be- fitting them both.

Publishing Career Having left the Army in 1971, Michael was encouraged to join Fiona’s family publishing business, Binsted Publi- Major David and Margaret Brunton, Michael and Fiona, Muriel and Major Ken Binsted on September 26, 1970.

cations. He worked under Major Ken Binsted, learning the art of producing trade magazines in the wine and beverage industry, then cut- ting his teeth in the packaging industry by sell- ing advertising in International Paper Board Industry . In 1977, Michael asked Major Binsted if he could launch a new title to cover the car- ton business, which they went on to call Fold- ing Carton Industry . Michael worked success- fully alongside Fiona’s brother Ed and his wife Jan for many years, before setting up Brunton Publications in 1988.

Michael always loved visiting box plants and carton factories, talking to owners and managers and understanding how the indus- try ticked. He was never satisfied until he had asked every last question he could possibly think of. He was also keen to learn about new developments and the advent of flexo printing on corrugated board gave him the chance to tour the world, talking at conferences for FEF- CO, TAPPI and AICC. Although he had never printed one single box in his life, audiences listened and took note! He was an eloquent Ed Binsted, left, with Dan and Mike Brunton, not long before the first UK lockdown in early 2020.



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speaker and was a firm favorite on the speaking circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, including at Congress events held by ECMA. The Torquay Corrugated Conferences, which ran for over 20 years, are still talked about even to

this day. Good content, great atmosphere, industry sup- port…and awfully late nights at the bar! He also broadened the reach of the business, when he formed a publishing alliance in North America with Ted Vilardi in the late 1980s. Michael formed a close bond with Ted, and was delighted when Tom Vilardi joined his father


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in the business. They became an industry powerhouse in North America, forging strong and lifelong friendships with converters and suppliers alike. He developed the business to become a complete service provider, from written word, through design and repro, then into the printing factory. He applied principles he had seen in the packaging world to his own little pub- lishing empire, growing the Brunton “family” to 50 people


in the heady days. He was never happier than watching people excel in their jobs, encour- aging them to be the best they could be. He wasn’t the boss; he was just part of a dynamic team. He was very much a man of the people and treated individuals on merit, not rank or title. This was obviously a

trait from his formative years, as he was respected equally by soldiers as well as his brother officers. In business, he was just as happy making a cup of tea for the press-mind- ers as being in negotiations in the board room. Ever the innovator, Michael worked closely with Reed Exhibitions in launching the ‘Corrugated’ exhibitions, which ran successfully in 1994, 1998 and 2002. It was in 1994 that his eldest son, Daniel, joined the business. To- gether, they worked in partnership for the next 27 years, with Michael never actually retiring, reading his final page proof the night before he had the stroke. Fond Memories “He was a great character and so knowledgeable on our industry, I always enjoyed being in his company. A sad day,” said Dermot Smurfit. “Mike was one of the great characters of our industry and made an invaluable contribution towards its success, he was highly respected for his forthright views and anal- ysis of the paper and packaging industry and those that were wise always listened to him,” said Peter Sangster, former Managing Director of SCA and owner of CRP. “We will miss his great sense of humour, his outspoken contri- bution to the industry and his friendship throughout my career.” “Mike was most helpful in the early days as the then Reed and Smith Group pursued development into the corrugated industry (the precursor to DS Smith). He was known and respected far and wide in this industry for his knowledgeable contribution and commentary,” said Sandy Stratton, former Managing Director of St Regis Paper Co. “While it may have been the “business” that brought us together it was the family we created afterwards that has lived on,” said Jeneane Vilardi. “I met Mike and Fiona

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