Board Converting News, June 15, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years June 15, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 24

Converters Weigh Benefits: Litho Labeling Versus Digital BY REBECCA RENDON

Welch Packaging Acquires Excel Display & Packaging Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging, a multi-site family-owned business concen- trated in the Midwest, has acquired Aurora, Illinois based Excel Display and Packaging, a supplier of retail packaging, displays, and food packaging, along with digital print ca- pabilities. Excel was formerly a unit of Geor- gia-Pacific. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Excel’s product offerings include corrugat- ed boxes, displays and design services, as well as digital print expertise. Acquiring Excel expands Welch Packaging’s capacity and ca- pabilities in the greater Chicago area. Welch has had operations in the Chicago area since 1994. With operations already located in six Midwestern states, this acquisition reinforces Welch’s commitment to serve new customers and expand its cause with new associates. “Excel has a solid reputation with custom- ers as a provider of retail packaging, displays and food packaging to some of the most icon- ic brands in their respective categories,” said Scott Welch, CEO of Welch Packaging. “In ad- dition, Excel brings digital print capability and expertise to the Welch family of businesses.

When digital printing innovation was introduced to the corrugated in- dustry, many admitted to thinking that it would replace litho labeling altogether. As time goes on, however, converters are finding that dig- ital print isn’t the slam dunk replacement for litho printing that many

thought it would be. Instead, they are proving to be complementary processes that expand capabilities for box plants. Jerry Frisch, owner of Wasatch Container, explains that he was one of those who, at one point, thought digital printing would eliminate the need for labelers. “I went to the AICC digital packaging seminar last year and so many of us came away from that thinking digital printing would take label business off the map, but what I learned was that digital printing is just another method of printing. It’s not an ‘either or.’ Labels will always be the ‘go-to’ for those high-quality graphics, but digital is enhanc- ing the ability to graphically print quickly. Digital printing is helping to grow our e-commerce busi- ness and produce a box that someone is excited to open.” Frisch went on to say that using the two solutions helps to diversify his product offering to customers. “Digital printing brings a lot of versatility to the market. It allows Jerry Frisch Litho labeling has not been replaced by digital printing and according to converters, continues to be a profitable and efficient revenue producer.



6 To Test Or Not To Test: Taking Temps For COVID-19 10 Domino To Launch X630i Digital Corrugated Press 12 Dietz Named New President Of Kolbus America/Hycorr 14 SUN Automation Group Celebrates 35 Years Of Growth



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Welch Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

It is exciting to bring purpose to our new associates’ work lives and to provide the ultimate corrugated experience to our new customers. Making a difference for our cus- tomers, our associates and our communities is what Welch Packaging is all about. We look forward to partnering with Excel to extend this vision to each of these constituencies.” Founded in 1985 as Elkhart Container, Welch Packag- ing has grown to be a network of packaging companies concentrated in the Midwest. It serves customers from 16 businesses and two distribution centers with nearly 1,200 associates. Providing a local approach to business, Welch Packaging provides industrial packaging, retail ready packaging and offers assembly and fulfillment services.

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In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, Chicago TAP- PI announced that its 2020 Golf Outing, scheduled for Au- gust 11th at Ruffled Feathers Golf Course will be resched- uled to August 14th, 2021. Chartered in 1946, the mission of Chicago TAPPI is to build business relationships and promote the corrugated industry by educating our mem- bers through the exchange of new ideas and technical expertise.

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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 indi- cated 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 $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets


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$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





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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To Test Or Not To Test: Taking Temps And Antibody Testing For COVID-19 BY JOEL GREENWALD As many businesses are preparing to reopen their doors, employers are increasingly considering COVID-19 test-

ing as a strategy to try to keep their employees safe from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Employee testing promises the alluring notion that with the right tests, employers can correctly identi- fy individuals “safe” enough to allow back to work and exclude those who

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pose a health risk to themselves and to others. Also ap- pealing is the new notion of issuing “immunity passports” to employees who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies. For public-facing companies especially, the ability to ad- vertise that one’s workforce is “immune” could be a selling point. The unfortunate reality is that employee testing may be logistically and legally complicated, and can come with numerous risks to employers. Because serious questions surround COVID-19 tests’ current efficacy, accuracy and re- liability, important personnel decisions could be made on flawed or incomplete information. Also, requiring employ- CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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

AICC still has spots remaining for E-Commerce & Corrugated Packaging Post COVID-19 scheduled for Monday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. EST. During this webinar, attendees will discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the corrugated packaging supply chain and on the change of how retailers do e-commerce business. The webinar is free to AICC members, thanks to the gener- ous support of AICC member HP. Presenters Ron Sasine, Principal, Hudson Windsor LLC; Ted Samotis, Director of Go-To-Market, HP Page- Wide Industrial Corrugated, and a panel of boxmaker customers, including Mark Mathes, CEO of Vanguard Packaging, and Louie DeJesus, owner, and his son, Kyle DeJesus of CompanyBox, will bring real-work ex- perience and expertise to the program. Ron Sasine is the Principal of Hudson Windsor LLC, a boutique consultancy focused on packaging strate- gy, packaging innovation and supply-chain transpar- ency. Ted Samotis, Director of Go-To-Market, HP Page- Wide Industrial Corrugated, has extensive leadership experience in the corrugated packaging and display market and is a prominent industry champion for the value of digital print. Visit to register for the webinar.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.964 32.653


7.611 7.775


Industry Total

Year-to Date

April 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

130.945 127.545


7.703 7.592


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.6579 2.6904


10.8562 10.4940


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Apr. Mar.

2.2914 2.1278


3.6 3.3


Shipping Days




2020 2019

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85 84

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Domino To Launch X630i Digital Corrugated Press

This virtual event will be moderated by respected print & packaging industry expert, Dr. Sean Smyth, who will take a look at the corrugated sector market trends, the impact COVID-19 is having on these, and the growing trend to adopt digital technology. Smyth will interview Finn Mac- Donald from Kentucky based Independent II to discover why they decided to take their first step into digital with Domino. Attendees will also hear from David Ellen – Glob- al Divisional Director, Domino Digital Printing who pro- vides an overview of the organization, and Matt Condon will illustrate the key features and benefits of the X630i corrugated press. Visit LaunchUS for more details and to register to attend the virtual launch on June 16th.

Cambridge, UK based Domino continues to grow its dig- ital printing business, with entrance into the corrugated sector. The company will be introducing the X630i, its first digital inkjet product offering for corrugated, via a virtual launch event on June 16th. Besides this being a highly au- tomated inkjet printing solution, Domino will also launch a new ink set based on novel water-based ink technology. Founded in June 1978, Domino Printing Sciences has a long and successful history of developing and manufactur- ing innovative coding, marking and digital inkjet printing technologies. Now approaching 1,000 worldwide indus- trial installations based on this proven and reliable inkjet platform, Domino will launch its first digital inkjet press for the corrugated industry on what would have been the first day of drupa 2020. “The single pass Domino X630i digital inkjet press has been designed for everyday corrugated production, allowing corrugated box printers to maximize productivity and efficiency, and minimize cost, ink consumption, and waste,” said Matt Condon, Business Development Man- ager at Domino. “It will enable them to profitably develop short and medium run market opportunities, facilitate new streams of business, and provide a more complete range of capability for their customer base.”

FSEA Launches Online Learning Experience

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Cleveland, Ohio based Kolbus America has announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Dietz as its new President.

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sume overall responsibility for the Kolbus, Hycorr and Autobox product lines in North America. He will be responsible for all sales, service, and operations activities for Kolbus Amer- ica. Dietz succeeds Neal Horrigan, who is retiring. Jeff Dietz

“Please join us in welcoming Jeff to this important role in our company,” said Wil- fried Kroeger, President and CEO of Kolbus GmbH. “Jeff brings a wealth of broad expe- rience to our organization and our execu- tive team. We very much look forward to his leadership contribution in maintaining and growing Kolbus’ position in the luxury and corrugated packaging marketplace.” Dietz brings a valuable and diverse background to his new role at Kolbus. His most recent position was with Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) as VP of its Web and Spe- cialty Press division, where he had sales and service management responsibility for the organization’s flexible packaging, corru- gated, digital web print, metal decorating, and web offset business units. Prior to that role, Dietz held progressively advanced commercial positions for major European and American companies focused on print- ing and finishing in targeted packaging segments. He started his career working in a training program for a commercial web press manufacturer, where he was involved in all aspects of the business, including ser- vice and installation. Dietz holds a Bachelor of Science de- gree in Business from California Universi- ty of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Ohio University. He also has earned an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Advanced Management from Emory University in At- lanta, Georgia. Dietz currently sits on the Board of Di- rectors for the Flexographic Technical As- sociation (FTA) and is a member of the Leadership Advisory Group for the Associa- tion of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC).

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SUN Automation Group Celebrates 35 Years Of Growth And Success

From small backyard barbecues to the fifty-yard line of the Baltimore Ravens M&T Stadium, the employee-owners of SUN Automation Group have had countless opportunities to celebrate SUN’s growth and suc- cess in its three-and-a-half decade journey. What began in the basement of a small townhouse in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, has grown into one of the most well-respected equipment and product develop- ment companies to serve the global corrugated industry.

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SUN was founded in 1985 by corrugated industry veterans Lou Sar- della and Pat O’Connor with a mission to provide innovative corrugat- ed-industry product solutions. Sardella, who passed away in January of this year, was an engineering giant who held 17 patents, most notably for SUN’s Extend-O-Feed, the company’s keystone Lead Edge Feeder technology triumph. Many in the corrugated industry consider Lou the “Godfather of Lead Edge Feeders,” as he was instrumental in developing the design for Ward, Staley, Prime and most notably, SUN’s Lead Edge Feeder. The SUN Lead Edge Feeder is still considered the industry’s best, with more than 11,000 installations, and counting, at box-making facilities around the world. Building on the success of this hallmark and under Sardella’s engi- neering acumen and leadership, SUN developed a myriad of corrugated market innovations in the years that followed: Spectrum Color Unit, Mi- croGrind Anvil Trimmer, ColorMaster Blade System, and popular retrofit solutions like SunTrac Vacuum Transfer and SunSet Control Systems. The company officially gained OEM status in 2012 with the introduction of the SUN625 Rotary Die Cutter. But it was in 2001, that the game really changed when SUN took a strategic gamble and bought the much larger Langston Corporation, a venerable 100-year-old corrugating institution that was in bankruptcy, doubling the company’s size. “Purchasing Langston was probably the most important milestone for SUN to date -- not only because of its size, but because we were its supplier for so many years,” recalls SUN Automation Group’s President Chris Kyger. “It changed the way the industry saw SUN and changed the way SUN saw itself. We weren’t the little guys anymore -- we were purchasing the big guys.” Nearly three quarters of the company’s 150-member-strong global workforce, many of them shown above, have been with SUN for more than 15 years.




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SUN Automation Group (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

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Technical innovation and growth were, and continue to be, seamlessly integrated with superior employee en- gagement and retention. The longevity of employee ten- ure, averaging nearly 11 years, is both impressive and il-

lustrative of how a family atmosphere ensures developed expertise, providing key competitive advantages as the overall corrugated industry suffers from a declining num- ber of knowledgeable and experienced engineers and service technicians. Nearly three quarters of the compa- SUN officially gained OEM status in 2012 with the introduction of the SUN625 Rotary Die Cutter.


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SUN Automation Group (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

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Single Pass Digital Printer for Corrugated, which is running full production today. Continuing its growth and further service to the corru- gated industry, in 2019 SUN partnered with Latitude Ma- chinery Corporation to become its exclusive representa- tive and service provider throughout North and Central America. Kyger notes that the LMC partnership is the most recent example of the company’s “culture of listening and

“Our employees have skin in the game,” says Kyger. “When the company does well, our employees do well and in turn, our customers feel that and benefit from that positivity and dedication to the work.” Another significant milestone for SUN came in 2016, when it expanded to a singular 180,000-square-foot fa-

cility in Glen Arm, Maryland, consolidating the company’s previous three multi-site facilities. For SUN employees, it was a critical advancement that allowed for greater collab- oration and efficiency. It also gave SUN the opportunity to build and develop the largest parts inventory in the U.S. and expand its already- impressive plant space to make way for more innovations and more manufacturing capaci- ty. That same year, SUN installed the world’s first Aqueous

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Converters Weigh (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

you to bring different options to your customers and open doors that labeling does not,” says Gabriel Perez, Plant Manager at Pico Rivera, California based Bay Cities. The company was one of the first independents to get into dig-

ital printing several years ago when it purchased an HP Scitex FB700 as a way to expand its printing capabili- ties and offer customers more “flavor and styles.” “Some customers don’t want mass quantities, they want fewer quantities with more variety,” adds

Gabriel Perez

Perez, explaining that customers want the option to pro- mote things differently, depending on the market segment and the customer base. After purchasing two additional digital printers, the latest being a Barberan Jetmaster 1750, they are true believers in the versatility that digital printing offers their customers. However, when walking the plant floor, you

will still see their “workhorse,” an Automatan 7780 labeler. When asked about their use of both, Perez explains that “although digital print has its benefits, there is certainly still and always will be a need for labelers.” Bay Cities invested in a Barberan Jetmaster 1750 because the company believed in the versatility that digital printing offers its customers. It also has an Automatan 7780 labeler.

“There’s certain criteria that will lead you down the path to choose one method or the other, there are pros to both though,” says Seamu- es Ramos, Operations Manager at Wasatch Container.

“These print methods are equally valuable tools in your toolbox,” says Dennis Tackmier, Product Manager for Automatan, as he explains the differences between the two. Differentiating Factors Quality, quantity and the skill of the operator are some of the common factors that are taken into consideration when deciding which is the right choice for a plant or job. Quality has been a point that many agree on. “Digital print, though very good, still doesn’t achieve the level of quality Seamues Ramos



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that labeling can. If you’re looking for a nice, shiny, photo quality finish, labels are the way to go,” says Tackmier. Quantities also play a role in determining the break even point of digital printing vs labeling. “For lower quan-


tities with multiple outputs, digital printing makes sense. Whereas, higher quantities and a desire for higher quality graphics would lead you to labels instead,” he says. Cost is another factor that differ- entiates the two methods. The cost of ink, storing and maintaining ink

Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive sys- tem to address the business management needs of the in- dependent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale packaging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inven- tory and accounting, this scalable system supports packag- ing plants that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, paper- board products, foam fabrication, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. Advantzware has been in operation for over 25 years and continually enhances our system to ad- dress the needs of the industry. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION www.accfi Air Conveying Corporation has been designing, manufac- turing, and installing state of the art trim removal systems for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Printing industries for more than 49 years. Contact us today.

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and maintenance costs are some reasons that customers have chosen to stick with labeling. The upfront costs of purchasing a digital printer are much higher than label- ers, and the labor costs can also be higher due to the skill needed to operate the printer. “We’ve had several integrat- ed customers tell us that they are using labelers instead of digital printers because of the trouble they have in finding employees with the expertise needed to run them,“ says


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Tackmier. “Oftentimes labeling is a more reasonable solu- tion for smaller plants that can’t afford to invest millions for a digital printer.” Aside from quality, quantities and costs, plants may choose to run one machine or the other to achieve higher throughput and better flow through their facility. What we know for certain is that there are applications that make sense for both methods of printing. “A year ago, we had customers saying they were not going to do any more labeling but all of those customers have come back and now see the value to both,” Tackmier says. “We have seen no customers move exclusively to digital printing, which is a key indicator that there is still a need for labeling.” Although digital printers offer the versatility and fast speed to market, the industry is realizing that there is still a need for labelers and that plants with both printing solu- tions are able to provide better options to their customers and diversify their printing capabilities. Rebecca Rendon is the Director of Marketing at Inspire Automation and is also an AICC Emerging Leader. Reach her at (317) 612-1820 or


Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and compre- hensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated sched- uling software, and engineered automation technology. For over 30 years, Amtech has remained at the backbone of successful businesses from the independent box makers to the largest integrateds. We keep our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with options such as custom- er digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and ship- ping, proactive roll stock and inventory management, and so much more in an integrated, single vendor environment. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.


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PACK EXPO Trade Shows Earn Industry Recognition


After growing over 10,000 net square feet from 2017, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019, ranked ninth in the 2019 Trade Show News Net- work Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows and has been named to Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100. These awards are the annual ranking of the largest trade shows from the previ- ous year based on overall net square feet. Last September’s event, produced by PMMI, The As- sociation for Packaging and Processing Technologies, moved up five spots in the TSNN rankings from fourteenth place in 2017, occupying 889,599 net square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event also offered the largest number of attendees in the show’s history, growing five percent from 2017. The biennial trade show focuses on the latest developments in packaging and converting machinery, packages and containers, materials and com- ponents. It counts the most prominent companies in the industry as exhibitors. “We are extremely grateful to our members, exhibitors and attendees who have helped grow the PACK EXPO portfolio of Trade Shows to now have two shows on the Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 and TSNN’s Top Trade Shows list,” says Jim Pittas, President and CEO, PMMI. “PMMI takes great pride in our never-ending goal to en- sure PACK EXPO evolves to meet the constant advances in packaging and processing innovation.” Space applications for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2021 (Sept. 27–29, 2021, Las Vegas Convention Center), are now available. Visit or contact BHS Corrugated Appoints Guibert Sales & Marketing Specialist Weiherhammer, Germany based BHS CorrugatedMaschin- en- und Anlagenbau GmbH has announced the appoint-

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hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes; hhs systems ensure efficiency and precision across the board. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for au- tomated quality assurance in the production of corrugated boxes with flexo folder gluers. BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, carton scrap and much more.


Cimex writes affordable yet powerful CAD/CAM software for the packaging and diemaking industries. We also offer numerous samplemakers, etc., to fit all needs and budgets.


ment of Javier Argal Guibert as new Sales & Marketing Specialist for the worldwide corrugating roll division. Argal has over 25 years indus- try experience selling converting equipment and corrugating rolls. As the Sales Director of a corrugating roll manufacturer, he dedicated the

Leading manufacturer and installer of quality retrofits, up- grades and replacement parts for S&S and Prime Flexo Folder Gluers. Specialists in reconditioning of S&S Flexo Folder Gluers, including ink, air and electrical systems.


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 a rapid turn-around rate, keeping machines running at their peak performance and limiting down time.

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last 20 years developing the sales of corrugating rolls for paper/corrugated groups, independent board manufac- turing companies and various OEMs. At BHS, he will work with the international corrugating rolls sales team and to make sure that global customers are using corrugating rolls from BHS Corrugated. He will also assist customers using single facers from other sup- pliers to receive the best roll solutions and services.


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