Board Converting News, August 17, 2020

Paper Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 38)


paper. This change goes beyond simply grocery stores, as companies and brands want a full circular economy, look- ing for complete sustainable solutions across their entire supply chain. From product sourcing, to development to end-of-life, a truly sustainable solution is in high demand. Sustainable, certified plantation grown paper products of- fer more significance to the value chain and the realization of circular economic goals. Many companies are adopting operational supply chains from a circular economic lens. The approach ex- amines how a sustainable product process can leverage compostable and recycled materials, resulting in less waste production and smarter use of renewable materi- als. Alignment with the circular economy encourages in- dustrial symbiosis and a clear move away from the take- make-waste approach to manufacturing. It means finding opportunities to change how we consume things, while maintaining the benefits we derive from ecosystems. We are starting to see more brands move away from plastic bags, plastic and Styrofoam containers and adopt sustainable, recyclable, and compostable solutions. Glob- al brands such as McDonald’s have committed that cus- tomer packaging will all come from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. Diageo, the British beverage giant that bottles the classic beer brand Guinness, recently announced they’ll be eliminating all plastic from their beer packaging and replacing it with 100 percent compostable or recyclable paperboard. They’re investing $21 million to get rid of plastic ring four-pack and six-pack holders, along with all shrink-wrapping, and they’ll be rolling out the changes to their other beer brands, Smithwick and Harp. By 2025, Nestlé has pledged to make 100 percent of ALL its product’s packaging recyclable or reusable. Opportunity For Converters This shift in thinking has created the opportunity for converters. According to consumer research conducted by McKinsey, consumer demand has increased for phar- maceuticals, health and wellness products, and food pack- aging. These sectors offer growth opportunities for paper- board converters looking to expand and diversify to reach full capacity. With this growth, comes new responsibility, as the converter has evolved beyond simply running prod- uct to a true partner and an integral part of the value chain. The resurgence of paper packaging has created a tre- mendous opportunity for converters, as they evolved into a trusted business partner. Consumer brands, especially


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SUN Automation Group® is a global industry leader provid- ing corrugated box plants with innovative equipment for feeding, printing and converting. The wide range of prod- ucts are proven solutions for increasing production, effi- ciency, and profitability. With 24/7 on-site technical support, SUN Automation is known for its great service and care. THACKER INDUSTRIAL SERVICE COMPANY Specializing in corrugated machinery, TISCO offers quali- ty-made products, support services, and more. TISCO has established a reputation of dependability, not only in the product, but in continued service support. With more than 25 years of experience, TISCO installs equipment and ma- chinery, moves or sets up entire plants, rewires and rebuilds - all over the world. TISCO maintains a full fleet of trucks and equipment to perform to your requirements, anywhere, anytime. VT GROUP www.vtgrouponl VT offers prepress services for the POP display and corru- gated shipping container industry including graphic design, optimized digitally imaged printing plates and innovative pre-mounting solutions. Our large-format digital printing fa- cility (Digital Impact) is a leading short-run manufacturer of distinctive POP displays and signage where litho-like graph- ics are preferred.


August 17, 2020

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