Board Converting News, January 8, 2024

In these uncertain times the question is, ‘In what direction are we headed?’ If we are going the wrong way, the last thing we need to do is get there faster or more efficiently. If we’re headed in the right direction, we don’t want that direction decided through unfocused or incompetent op- erational action taken or sacrificed in a strategic vacuum! To that Aristotle states, “We are what we repeatedly do.’ The goal is to be a proactive order-maker, not a reactive order-taker. “Consider the imminent incompetence and infighting in any of the multi-billion-dollar boondoggles by government bureaucracies. The very people who most depend on an array of policy makers' programs, mandates, or subsidies will not get the meaningful results promised to them. But then they vote for them again anyway. Raising taxes isn’t the problem, spending is! In other words, a shortage of tax revenue is not the issue, but the way the revenue is spent is! What we are has become more important than what we do. Everybody knows jobs and taxes are the real chess pieces in today’s data-driven economic gamesmanship between politicians and America’s cherry-picked board- rooms. “Joe Biden claiming to cut spending or lower taxes, is like the arsonist saying he will put out the fire. Legislators love hidden taxes, like the well-intentioned corporate tax. They will also tell us the evil rich and big corporations must pay their ‘fair share.’ Today’s results? The flurry of U.S. tax codes treats taxpayers, including for small and midsize businesses, like blood banks in vampire movies. For ex- ample, excessive regulations stifle economic growth, raise prices, and increase budget deficits to $68 Billion in Cali- fornia in the last 18 months. It’s like ‘recycling on steroids.’ Yet, Cal Box Group leadership knows ‘healthy budgets re- quire spending discipline.’ “Large blue states like California with its 40 million peo- ple alongside, only 1.4 million manufacturing jobs aren’t competitive due to their overall cost of doing business. ‘From our experience, it is not unusual to have a sky rock- eting Cost of Goods Sold at over 80 percent, for corrugat- ed box makers west of the Rocky Mountains,’ says Chris Widera. “Currently, in our U.S. industry, supply chains bring vastly varying choices, but head winds of aggressive in- terest-rate increases with ballooning costs have curbed demand. All this while paper mill capacity is expanding by 2 million tons, and market related downtime to bal- ance oversupply and weak demand. There’s no wonder containerboard, sheet, and box customers are balking at paying extra, especially for commodity products with little value such as averted reliable service. “In the years of contributing to ‘Outlook,’ I often stated, ‘We are not here to be average.’ Thus, in an effect to con- tinue to be above average, our five manufacturing com- panies have prudently purchased in the last 18 months a Converter Outlook: Part I (CONT’D FROM PAGE 32)



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.

C.U.E., INC.

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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