Board Converting News, May 4, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years May 4, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 18

U.S. Display Group Embraces Digital Future With New Press BY JACKIE SCHULTZ Greg Moore, President of U.S. Display Group, is a corrugated industry veteran who has seen many changes over the years. He says one in particular is generating a new level of enthusiasm and that is the intro- duction of digital printing. “In my 30 plus years in this industry, I think single pass high speed digital printing is probably the biggest change that I’ve seen.”

Global Economic Growth Grinds To A Virtual Halt According to the most recent data released and analyzed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), economic growth has ground to an abrupt and unprecedented halt, both in the United States and globally. Chad Moutray, Ph.D., CBE, and Chief Economist at NAM, cited several major indicators that point to the severity of market conditions. The IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI declined in April at the fastest rate since March 2009 as the sector struggles with the COVID-19 outbreak and significant demand and production disruptions. At the same time, with many consumer-facing businesses closed and more Americans staying closer to home, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. Services Busi- ness Activity Index declined from 39.8 to 27.0, a record low. Similarly, Eurozone manufacturing activity also fell at the fastest rate since early 2009, with the IHS Flash Eurozone Services PMI Activity Index plummeting from 26.4 to 11.7, a new jaw-dropping record low. In the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s district, manufacturers reported the stron- gest decline in activity in the survey’s history,

Greg Moore, President of U.S. Display Group

Moore became familiar with the technology while searching for a new flexo press for U.S. Display Group’s Tullahoma, Tennessee, facili- ty. The sheet plant serves a wide variety of markets for products sold at nationwide retail chains, such as Home Depot, Target and Walmart. “Our business is primarily jobs that are a combination of litho and flexo. We felt like we needed a new multi-color five- or six-color flexo press. That was my plan,” he says. During his research he discovered the availability of high speed dig- ital printing technology for corrugated. The flexo press was put on hold and he and Dennis Mehiel, Chairman of U.S. Corrugated, took a trip to Bennett Packaging in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to see the Barberán Jetmaster digital press in operation. Mehiel purchased two on-site with an option for a third. One is installed at U.S. Corrugated’s Cerritos, Cali- fornia, sheet plant and the other is at Moore’s plant in Tullahoma. The six-color Barberán 1750 was installed at the end of 2018 and is running two shifts with a third shift planned. Moore says he was “pleas-


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