Board Converting News, July 20, 2020



Have you ever needed a package STRONG enough to endure humidity changes, potholes, and distances from


one end of the country to the other? And once you receive and empty it, you want that package to be GONE – not found on the side of the road or floating in the ocean for hundreds of years. Corrugated boxes are strong enough to endure the rigors of safe-

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

C.U.E., INC. www.Anvi

Dennis Colley

Makers of single and dual-width Timesaver® Anvil Covers, the premier urethane anvil cover for corrugated die cutting. Timesaver® covers feature a unique construction of solid steel backing and solid steel locking components to ensure a precise fit every time – a vital dependability difference that means seamless installation and a perfect cutting sur- face. C.U.E., Inc. also offers Dura-Latch and Cor-Lock anvil covers, in addition to urethane Lead Edge Feed Wheels.

ly moving a product from point A to point B while at the same time respecting the environment. Corrugated boxes are different from other forms of packaging that define the U.S. recycling system as “broken”. Recycling rates for cor- rugated boxes have hovered near 90 percent for the last nine years and not only are boxes collected, sorted, and processed, but there is a market for the recycled material. Recycled boxes, known as OCC (old corrugated contain- ers), are used as feedstock for manufacturing new boxes. Combined with new fibers from renewable forests, recy- cled boxes help ensure a balanced manufacturing system that supports the circular economy. The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Com- mittee recently held a hearing, “Responding to Challenges in the U.S. Recycling System.” Led by committee chairman, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, the hearing featured testimony from Bridget Croke, managing director of Closed Loop Partners; Meghan Stasz, vice president of packaging and sustainability at Consumer Brands Association; and Nina Bellucci Butler, chief executive officer of More Recy- cling along with statements for the record from the Paper Recycling Coalition and The Recycling Partnership. While much of the hearing focused on America’s “broken” recy- cling system and the current plastics crisis, it also provided a platform for sharing the extraordinary environmental suc- cess story of corrugated packaging. Where OCC Goes Since the corrugated industry began tracking the re- cycling rate in 1993, the industry has also been tracking where collected OCC goes. Of the 35 million tons of cor- rugated packaging produced in the U.S. in 2019, 32 million tons were used again to make new products. Just shy of 17 million tons (52 percent) were used to make the same high-performing boxes again. Another 10 million tons (32 percent) were exported to make boxes in other countries and smaller amounts of fiber were used to make boxboard (pasta boxes, cereal boxes, etc.), industrial packaging (tubes, cores, etc.), tissue and other products. This is the part that is missing for plastics. It is almost impossible to recycle and manufacture a plastic laundry detergent bottle into the same plastic laundry detergent bottle again. Therefore, the recycling system is “broken”


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 is the Anilox Roll Cleaning Ex- pert! We provide the award winning Sitexco Laser Systems, Sanilox™ Systems and Sani-Blast™ Mobile Service. All our systems are safe for the environment and provide proven tested results! Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technol- ogy in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. Sanilox™ Systems are the global standard of reliable, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning.


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.


American manufacturers of split heads, patented roll- er-bearing yokes, gang-slot upgrades, custom rebuilds, and glue systems with electronically-geared speed monitoring. Visit our website for information, tips and techniques.



July 20, 2020

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