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Hatteras Broadens Product Mix With Full-Service Packaging BY JACKIE SCHULTZ Hatteras is a large diversified business in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, that specializes in offset, digital and large format printing. Products are manufactured in two side-by-side buildings totaling 180,000-square- feet, and finished goods are stored in 35,000-sqare-feet of warehouse space. There are 300 employees. The predominant folding carton products are complex promotional packaging and influencer kits for the pharmaceutical and beauty/cosmetics markets. Additional offer-

Smurfit Kappa To Invest $22M To Expand In Mexico Smurfit Kappa has announced it is investing $22 million to expand its corrugated plant in Culiacan, North-WestMexico. It demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the Mexican market with expanded capacity, ca- pabilities and products offerings for local cus- tomers in the fresh produce segment. The investment will modernize and expand the plant, with the installation of high-tech state-of-the-art machinery and the construc- tion of a new 36,000-square-foot building that will include a new corrugator and an au- tomatic Rotary DieCutter (RDC) that will be ful- ly operational by the end of 2021. The facility will produce corrugated boxes made with a moisture barrier that helps re- sist condensation. These new offerings will also result in more sustainable operations at the facility with reduced use of paper that is 100 percent recyclable and can be reused at Smurfit Kappa mills. This announcement will enable the Culia- can plant to match the fast-growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions from ag- riculture and fresh produce customers. The region is home to 40 percent of the total agri-

ings include kitting and hand assembly. The goal is to offer customers a full service, soup to nuts experience. Packaging is still a somewhat new venture. “It’s definitely a recent development,” Hatteras President Bill Duerr says. “We have great print- ing capabilities and we have always had diecutting and folding/gluing for the commercial side, but as our customers are consolidating their supplier pool and as we look for new opportunities in the market, pack- aging has staying power, it repeats, it’s a very sustainable business line and as any new consumer product company emerges they have a Recent investments in new equipment from Heidelberg are provid- ing the path forward into paperboard packaging. This includes a 41- inch model XL106 offset press and a Diana Easy 115 folder-gluer. The XL 106 can print four over four colors with coating on both sides in one CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 need for packaging.” Segue Into Packaging The headquarters of Tinton Falls, New Jersey based Hatteras, a folding car- ton manufacturer broadening its product mix with full-service packaging.


WHAT’S INSIDE 3 Atlantic Packaging Plans New IL Corrugated Plant 8 Chris Heusch, Founder Of ARCH On The Evolution Of Printing 14 TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo: 226 Exhibitors, 3,000 Attendees 40 DS Smith Explores Use Of Seaweed For Packaging

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Atlantic Packaging Plans New IL Corrugated Plant

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.

According to multiple media reports, Ontario, Canada based Atlantic Packaging recently received approval of an incentive package to build a new corrugated plant in Elgin, Illinois. The Elgin City Council voted 9-0 to approve $500,000 in permit and building fee waivers to entice At- lantic Packaging to choose Elgin over a competing loca- tion in Wisconsin. The proposed $30 million development will be built on a vacant 38-acre property just south of the interstate. The planning and zoning commission approved plans for con- struction of a 488,450-square-foot building there. Accord- ing to the report, the facility would be one of the largest of its kind in North America. Atlantic Packaging is building a similar facility in Canada. The building would include 33 loading docks and have a 6-foot-high ornamental fence and landscaping to screen the truck parking areas from public view and adjacent properties. The city said the new development would create 120 new hourly jobs plus 20 to 40 salaried positions. “We’re going to be competitive and we’re going to pro- vide an opportunity for people that have knowledge to work and learn and grow,” said Pat Leggett of StandFast Group in Carol Stream, a subsidiary of Atlantic Packaging, which will be the operating manager of the new facility.

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cultural production for Mexico and has some of the largest producers of packaged food and beverages companies. “Our Culiacan plant has for a long time been a signif- icant employer in the region, and this will continue to be the case with this new investment, with a need for new operational and administrative roles, and the workforce at the plant expanding to over 300 employees, said Jorge Angel, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Mexico. Juan G. Castaneda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Amer- icas, said, “This investment will enable us to meet the in- creasing demand for innovative and sustainable packag- ing solutions not only in the region but also across Mexico. We have a strong customer base, including some of the largest agricultural producers and FMCG companies in Mexico, and continuously investing in our facilities is para- mount to providing the best possible service to customers and contributing to the growth of their businesses.” Cascades GHG Reduction Targets Approved By Science Based Initiative Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades has an- nunced that the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. The targets submitted are in line with the meth- odology developed by the organization, which is a part- nership between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources In- stitute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The SBTi drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions re- duction targets. Cascades is joining the global movement of companies committed to climate action. In its fourth Sustainability Action Plan launched last June, Cascades announced that it is determined to: • Reduce its mills’ Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emis- sions intensity by 38.7 percent (kg of CO2 eq. / metric tonne of saleable products); • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 absolute greenhouse gas emis- sions from other emissions sources, including its con- verting plants, by 27.5 percent (kg of CO2 eq.); • Reduce Scope 3 (supply chain) greenhouse gas emis- sions intensity by 22 percent (kg of CO2 eq./metric tonne of saleable products). “Even though we have already reduced the intensity of our emissions by 50 percent since 1990, we believe it is our responsibility to do even more,” said Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Cascades. “By aligning itself with the SBTi methodology, Cascades is committed to reducing the impact of its activities and offering products and solutions with a low-carbon footprint. The conclusions of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear: each organization must contribute to the global effort and dramatically reduce its GHG emissions.”


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The Royal Group Receives $3.5M Tax Abatement For Machine Buys Seymour, Indiana based Touchpoint LLC, doing business as The Royal Group (TRG), recently received a 10-year $3.5 million tax abatement for the purchase and installa- tion of a color flexo rotary die cutter with a conveyor sys- tem, according to local media reports. The new equipment will allow the company to retain its present workforce of 67 and add six new employees. The new jobs also are expected to add another $360,000 to the company’s current payroll of $3.05 million, according to a statement of benefits provided to the city as part of the request. Jim Plump, Executive Director of Jackson County Indus- trial Development Corp., spoke on behalf of the company and said the project to install the equipment should start soon and be wrapped up before the end of the year. Com- pany Controller Patty Thomas also attended the meeting to answer any questions about the request, but there were none from council members or the public. The company, a subsidiary of Carmel, Indiana based Schwarz Partners LP, offers corrugated boxes, including industrial, retail and display solutions, with hand assembly and fulfillment. Schwarz Partners LP has 37 manufacturing and distribution/fulfillment centers across the country, in- cluding four others in Indiana.

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

35.963 34.395


8.173 7.817


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

208.632 196.828


8.279 7.749


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.9450 2.8182


14.1095 13.3029


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.1046 1.9962


3.1 2.9


Shipping Days




2021 2020

22 22

126 127

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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Chris Heusch, Founder Of ARCH, On The Evolution Of Printing BY DWAYNE SHRADER ARCH Inc. opened its doors in 1996 as a consulting firm offering technical expertise to box makers who were try- ing to enter the then relatively new market of high-graphic

last 25 years. Born and raised in Germany, Heusch’s initial education and career was in finance. In 1987 he joined the family business, Dr. Lambotte & Schattenberg, ink makers of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Lambotte mostly served the pack- aging industries, with the main market being corrugated flexo direct print. Along with his father, Wim Heusch, he jointly managed the company for a number of years and expanded the international footprint to include key clien- tele throughout Europe, Africa and Australia. How has ARCH evolved over the past 25 years? ARCH Inc. was founded as a consulting firm, offering technical expertise to family owned and managed produc- ers of paperboard packaging in the Americas and Europe. In the beginning our main focus was on providing educa- tional products for production personnel. That’s still a key offering today as we work with box makers to bring their personnel on board with new equipment, technologies and best practice processes. Our capital equipment and general business consultancy engagements have grown over the years to a more prominent role, but education is still the main focus. Who were your first clients and why did they retain you? Wabash Fibre Box in Chicago, Tim Benecke, and Mid-Atlantic Packaging, Andy Pierson, were my first cli- ents. I think they still squabble as to who was actually

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AICC Announces 2021-22 Slate Of Officers, Directors

Springs, Colorado; Vice Chairman: Gary Brewer, Package Crafters, High Point, North Carolina; Vice Chairman: Finn MacDonald, Independent II, Louisville, Kentucky; Imme- diate Past Chairman: Jay Carman, StandFast Packaging Group, Carol Stream, Illinois; Chairman, Past Chairmen’s Council: Joe Palmeri, Jamestown Container Companies, Macedonia, Ohio; President: Michael D’Angelo, AICCHead- quarters, Alexandria, Virginia; Secretary/General Counsel: David Goch, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, Washington, DC; Administrator, AICC Canada: Renee Annis AICC Directors are: West: Jack Fiterman, Liberty Di- versified Industries, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Southwest: Michael Drummond, Packrite, High Point, North Carolina ; Southeast: Ben DeSollar, Sumter Packaging Corp., Sumter, South Carolina; Midwest: Casey Shaw, Batavia Container Inc., Batavia, Illinois; Great Lakes: Josh Sobel, Jamestown Container Cos., Macedonia, Ohio; and Northeast: Stuart Fenkel, McLean Packaging, Pennsauken, New Jersey;

Members of AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, elected the following slate of officers and directors during AICC/TAPPI SuperCorrExpo 2021, August 8-12, in Orlando, Florida. The slate was approved by acclamation during the general session held Tuesday, August 10. In addition to the regular slate of directors, the mem- bership of AICC also named one new delegate from the Association’s Emerging Leaders group, John McQueary of CST Systems, Kennesaw, Georgia. AICC’s Officers and Directors for 2020-2021 are: Chair- man: Gene Marino, Akers Packaging Service Group, Chi- cago, Illinois; First Vice Chairwoman: Jana Harris, Harris Packaging/American Carton, Haltom City, Texas; Vice Chairman: Matt Davis, Packaging Express, Colorado

AICC Canada: Terri-Lynn Levesque, Royal Containers Ltd., Brampton, Ontario, Cana- da; and AICC Mexico: Juan Javier Gonzalez, Cartró, S.A.P.I. de C.V., Tepotzotlán, Mexico. AICC’s Overseas Director: Kim Nelson, Roy- al Containers Ltd., Brampton, Ontario, Can- ada. Directors at Large are Kevin Ausburn, SMC Packaging Group, Springfield, Mis- souri; Eric Elgin, Oklahoma Interpack, Mus- cogee, Oklahoma; Guy Ockerlund, OxBox, Addison, Illinois; and Mike Schaefer, Tav- ens Packaging & Display, Bedford Heights, Ohio. Advisors to the Chairman are Joseph M. Palmeri, Jamestown Container Companies, Macedonia, Ohio; Al Hoodwin, Michigan City Paper Box, Michigan City, Indiana; and Joseph Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers, Decatur, Illinois Emerging Leader Delegates are Cas- sie Malone, Corrugated Supplies Co. LLC, Chicago, Illinois; Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container, North Salt Lake, Utah; and John McQueary, CST Systems, Atlanta, Georgia. Associate Member Directors are Chair- man: Joseph Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers, Decatur, Illinois; Vice Chairman: Greg Jones, SUN Automation Group, Glen Arm, Maryland; and Secretary: Tim Connell, A.G. Stacker Inc., Weyers Cave, Virginia. The Associate Board Director is John Burgess, Pamarco, Roselle Park, New Jer- sey and Immediate Past Chairman, Associ- ate Members is Pat Szany, American Cor- rugated Machine Corp., Indian Trail, North Carolina. For more details on the election of offi- cers and directors, visit .

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TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo 2021: 226 Exhibitors, 3,000 Attendees

The results are in: TAPPI and AICC, The Independent Packaging Associ- ation, welcomed approximately 3,000 attendees and 226 exhibitors to SuperCorrExpo, held August 8-12, in Orlando, Florida. The industry came together for a successful trade show that offered attendees an excellent opportunity to participate in a week of quality programming.

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AICC Recognizes Student Design Winner, Scholarship Recipients AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced the recipients of the 2021-2022 J. Richard Troll Scholarship and the winners of the 2021 Annual Student


duced attendance gave us the opportunity to spend more quality time with each person.” On the show floor, visitors were also able to browse the first-ever Box Manufacturing Olympics, which brought to-

Packaging Design Competition at SuperCorrExpo in Or- lando, Florida. All of the winners in the student design competition receive a monetary award and plaque. The Troll scholarship recipients receive a plaque and a mone- Then-AICC Chairman Jay Carman presented Lauren Toler, left, and Mary Werner with the J. Richard Troll Scholarship Award.

gether TAPPI’s CorrPak Competition and AICC’s Package Design Competition. The results of the competition can be found at . AICC/TAPPI are grateful for the support of their mem- bers, as well as the companies who sponsored the event. Judges closely inspected the many innovative and creative de- signs at the first-ever Box Manufacturing Olympics.


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of Michigan State University, Third Place winner. Due to the challenges students continued to face in 2021 because of Covid-19, AICC modified its competition. Students had to create and design a “Quarantine Survival Kit,” a self-shipper box that would be sent to a friend or relative during a quarantine. Structurally, the task was to build a box that could safely ship one 10.75-ounce can of soup, one sleeve of crackers, one 12-ounce bag of coffee, and one 8-ounce container of hand sanitizer. Graphically, teams needed to design the exterior and interior of the box, including creating their own company and logo, and give the customer a “wow” factor when unboxing. The First Place winners were Logan Vinson, Thomas Breslin, Marcus Dodds, and James Linenbrink from Clem- son University. The Second Place winners were Glennith Tran, Maria Tran, Odalys Carranza, and Karina Oviedo from the University of Texas at Arlington. There was a tie for third place between the teams of Tucker Nelson, Tyler Kirkland, Wil Gates and Nick Miller from Clemson Univer- sity and Brooke Oleta Selby, Afia Azeemuddin, Dai Vuong, and Tien Tran from the University of Texas at Arlington. The J. Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship Fund was es- tablished to honor the memory of the late J. Richard Troll, a founder of the AICC and ICPF. For more information on the annual AICC Student Pack- aging Design Competition and the J. Richard Troll Schol- arship, contact Laura Mihalick at 703-836-2422 or lmihal-

tary scholarship is sent to their respective schools for the next calendar year. The First Place Winner and Graduate School recipient was Lauren Toler of Clemson University. Undergraduate

Student recipients were Mary Werner of Clemson Univer- sity, First Place winner; Wallace Layman of North Carolina State University, Second Place winner; and Hannah Emch AICC’s Jay Carman recognized Logan Vinson of Clemson Uni- versity as the winner of AICC’s Student Design Competition.

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berg helped us with a configuration that we can use today and get off the ground with and then there is also all these features that can help us attack some new markets in the future.” An existing six-color Heidelberg press with convention- al inks can also run packaging substrates, and a Heidel-

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“The press gave us the ability to run a lot of our com- mercial work more efficiently, but we also knew it would be a great segue into packaging because it could run thicker substrates,” Duerr says. “It also provided additional capabilities, such as LED curing and UV coating. Heidel- The Heidelberg XL106 offset press can print four over four col- ors with coating on both sides in one pass or eight colors with LED curing and UV and aqueous coating.

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Heidelberg Account Manager. Features include accessibil- ity for easy setup, smooth production even at high speed and intelligent belt guidance for simplified belt exchange. “We like that it gave us a good mix of flexibility because we handle a lot of different formats,” Duerr says. “It could


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departments. These are divisions we’ve only started in the last seven, eight years and they now each account for 20 percent of our overall revenue.” Recent investments for those divisions include an HP Indigo 12000, the third one, and a Durst P5350 hybrid digital printer for roll and board printing. Vision For The Future Hatteras was founded as a commercial sheetfed com- pany 38 years ago by Duerr’s father, Charlie, and four oth- er partners. Charlie is still involved. Bill joined full-time 12 years ago. The current wide variety of capabilities has provid- ed some protection from market downturns. Despite the global pandemic, Bill Duerr acknowledges the inherent complexities of providing diverse product offerings and credits the employees for customers’ high quality experi- ence, especially in the last year. “There is a lot to be said for being highly specialized but that’s also a big risk as well. When the pandemic hit if we were highly specialized and not highly diverse we would have had a more difficult time reacting to the uncertainties that the pandemic had brought. For us success is about being highly diverse and getting our operation to sing harmoniously. It’s the team, the diverse capabilities, great equipment and great sup- pliers.” He says technology will drive future growth. “In five years the business is going to be a lot more technology

a quality expectation perspective on the customer side because you’re now dealing with a new group of buyers. We’re continuously learning,” he adds. “It’s not the first time we’ve launched a new initiative and brought in new equipment and attacked a new market. We know that as

long as we get better each time we get a new opportunity and we’ll get to where we need to be.” Duerr attributes Hatteras’ success to its adaptability and willingness to learn. “That’s where we find we thrive. We did it with our digital print and our large format print Predominant markets for Hatteras’ folding cartons are beauty and cosmetics .


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