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AICC To Offer The Ultimate Packaging Xperience In Chicago BY SUSAN RILEY The packaging industry’s ability to change and adapt is crucial to thrive and succeed in a world of constant flux. That’s why AICC, The Inde- pendent Packaging Association, is bringing packaging manufacturers together for the ultimate Packaging Xperience on May 22-24 in Chica- go, Illinois, where an outstanding lineup of innovators, industry experts and creative minds will answer some of the most challenging issues packaging manufacturers face today.

Welch Packaging Acquires Nashville Box In Tennessee Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging, a family-owned corrugated packaging compa- ny in the Midwest, announced that it has ac- quired Nashville Box, a supplier of corrugated packaging located just outside Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee. Nashville Box was established in 2021 by Scott Lawrence and several business part- ners. The acquisition of Nashville Box adds additional capacity and expands the Welch Packaging footprint to Middle Tennessee. With operations already located in six Mid- western states, this acquisition reinforces Welch’s commitment to serve new customers and expand its cause with new associates. “Nashville Box has a solid reputation with customers, and we felt a deep cultural fit with the talented Nashville Box team,” said Scott Welch, CEO of Welch Packaging. “We look forward to partnering with Nashville Box to leverage this great potential.” “Nashville Box is excited to join the Welch Family of companies. This combination will expand our efforts in providing capabilities and resources that benefit our customers and associates,” stated Scott Lawrence, the princi-

The event is designed to inspire and help attendees understand what end users are looking for in retail and e-commerce to help their customers meet their goals. The Xperience is co-located with the Chi- cago TAPPI Trade Fair on May 22. Some of the inspirational speakers will include: Adam Peek, SVP of Meyers Printing and Host of the “People of Pack- aging” podcast, will be the first speaker during the morning session on May 23. His presentation, Blue Ocean Strategy in a Sea of Sameness, offers insights on how manufacturers can increase their visibility at a time when corrugated usage is declining all over the world. Peek will talk about marketing strategies that help companies connect with customers as well as insights on what these customers are looking for in a package. His passion for changing the world has led him to be a sustainability consultant, sales trainer, global keynote CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 Last year’s Packaging Xperience drew members from around the country.


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 Cascades Bear Island Mill To Open After Conversion 8 AICC Announces Speakers For 2023 Spring Meeting 14 Is Your Fiber-Based Packaging Recyclable? 24 Supplier Reports: Part 5


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pal owner, and a co-founder of Nashville Box. “Being part of the Welch family of companies will bring considerable experience and expertise to Nashville Box, as well as an opportunity for our team to grow. We look forward to the opportunity for Nashville Box to better serve customers in the Nashville market and across Middle Tennessee.” Welch Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $ 9 55.00-960.00 $ 9 70.00-980.00 $ 9 70.00-980.00 $ 970.00-980.00 $ 1000.00-1 010.00 $ 9 73.00-983.00

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West Coast U.S. Average

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

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

FBA is inviting participation in the 2022 Corrugated Con- tainer Industry - Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Safety Awards Program. The deadline for collecting data is March 17, 2023. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Reporting for the Corrugated Industry is now collecting end-use industry data for calendar year 2022. The dead- line for collecting data is March 20, 2023. FBA is also collecting data for the 2022 Independent Sheet Plant Operating Ratio Survey. for the period ending December 31, 2022 or most recent fiscal year (12-month period). The deadline for collecting data is March 27, 2023. FBA is requesting participation in the annual Key Per- formance Indicators (KPI) Survey. The deadline for collect- ing data is April 17, 2023. Visit for more info.

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114.69 129.32

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122.76 131.80

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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ARC International Names Eleazar Meza Regional Technical Manager Charlotte, North Carolina based ARC International an- nounced that Eleazar Meza has joined the company as Regional Technical Manager for the West Coast. A corru- gated industry veteran since 1988, Meza began his career

in production on both the corrugator and converting machines, and even- tually held numerous plant manage- ment roles with several well-known organizations. In 2015, Meza moved from plant management to sales, bringing to- gether his technical expertise with

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his friendly and outgoing personality. “We are very excited to have Eleazar onboard to enhance ARC’s industry lead- ing service, and we wish him every success in the role,” said ARC President and CEO Micheal Foran said. Meza can be reached at Cascades Bear Island Paper Mill To Open End Of March After Conversion Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades an- nounced during its fourth-quarter earnings presentation on February 23 that its Bear Island containerboard con- version project is on track and the mill is expected to start up by the end of March. Originally, the facility was set to start up by the fourth quarter of 2022, but in August, Cascades reported tem- porary delays to various construction milestones and an- nounced paper production likely would be delayed to the first quarter of 2023. The company said during its presen- tation, however, that the project is set for a March startup. “The key components are all being commissioned right now, so we have a full team focused on that,” said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging. “We also are working on align- ing customers and how we’re going to be able to service them. Right now, all of our team on-site is focused on start- ing up in Q1, and we’re very confident at this point that there won’t be any further delays.” Cascades announced the conversion of its Bear Island paper mill in October 2020. The facility, which is in Ash- land, Virginia, will produce lightweight, 100 percent recy- cled linerboard and medium and initially was projected to cost around $380 million. The company now reports the total cost of the project at around $515 million to $525 million, with $396 million invested in the project to date (2018-2022). The company says 100 percent of its production vol- ume is secured for this year and about 75 percent is se- cured for 2024 and 2025, and it forecasts a production of 235,000 short tons this year.


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Applications Accepted For AICC Midwest Region Scholarship Casey Shaw, Director of Customer Service at Batavia Con- tainer and AICC Midwest Region Director, has announced that the Midwest Region is offering two $5,000 scholar- ships to children or grandchildren of full-time employees of companies who are members or associate members in good standing of AICC Midwest Region, The Independent Packaging Association. The AICC Midwest Region’s objective is to provide fi- nancial assistance to young men and women with their college education and encourage students to strive for higher scholastic ideals. The scholarship is available to students accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at an ac- credited junior college, trade school or university. The two scholarships will be awarded at the golf outing on Monday, July 24, 2023. The AICC Midwest Region Golf Outing will take place at the St. Charles Country Club in St. Charles, Illinois. The deadline for applications is June 2, 2023. For more information on the scholarships and to obtain an application, contact Tim Engle at tim.engle@baysek. com, (715) 496-0253 or Shari Saeger at ssaeger@inspi-, (715) 204-0288. For more information, visit .

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

30.124 34.180


7.927 8.545


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

400.520 416.189


7.979 8.291


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

2.4260 2.7360


32.5461 33.8321


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.2603 2.2586


3.5 3.6


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2022 2021

19 20

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AICC Announces Keynote, Workshop Speakers For 2023 Spring Meeting Early registration for the 2023 Spring Meeting and 9th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament April 24-26, 2023, at the Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Florida, is exceeding expectations. AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has added new speakers to the already impressive lineup for the Meeting. In addition to a tour of SupplyOne & Schwarz Partners Packaging, training and networking opportunities for AICC Emerging Leaders, the 9th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament, and a Sales Management Fo- rum, attendees will hear from prestigious speakers key- note speakers: Jason Feifer is the Editor and Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, author of “Build For Tomorrow,” a startup advi- sor, and host of three podcasts: Build For Tomorrow, Problem Solvers, and Help Wanted, which he co-hosts with best-selling financial expert Nicole Lapin. LinkedIn named him a “Top Voice in Entrepreneurship” for 2022. All attendees will receive a compli- mentary copy of Feifer’s book. His keynote presentation is Building For Tomorrow. Jason Feifer

Anna Wong is the Chief US Economist at Bloomberg LP. Prior to that, she was a Principal Economist at the Feder- al Reserve Board of Governors, Chief International Econ-

omist at Council of Economic Advi- sors, and Deputy Director of Office of International Economics Analysis at the US Treasury. She received her PhD in Economics from the Universi- ty of Chicago and a Bachelor’s from UC Berkeley. Wong will be present- ing on the Economic Outlook for the Future.

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Susannah Enkema, Vice President of Research and In- sights at Shelton Group, a leading marketing communica- tions agency focused exclusively on energy and the en- vironment, will discuss Sustainability Marketing.

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Jake Hall, known as the Manufacturing Millennial, will lead a session on The Future of Manufacturing: Technolo- gy & Workforce Attraction. Hall is an advocate for manufac- turing, automation, and skilled trades and helps revolutionize the way peo- ple and companies present through social media. With more than 50,000 followers and 50,000,000+ views on his content, he ignites conversations about the latest in manufacturing and automation to excite the current and future workforce on innovation. Dan Prisciotta, founder and Managing Partner of Equity Strategies Group, which guides business owners to devel- Jake Hall

Connelly is a global trends and consumer expert who identifies what’s coming around the corner and the poten-

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naut and becoming the company’s chief futurist. She has been twice named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and was listed among TechWeek’s “Top 100 Innovators.” In three workshops, attendees will gain insight from other engaging speakers:

op and execute successful business exit strategies, will lead Succession Planning: How to Grow, Protect and Exit From Your Business. Prisciotta is also

the founder of Lincoln Financial Networks’ Business Intelligence Institute and serves on its leadership com- mittee. With over 30 years of exit planning and wealth preservation experience, he has developed a unique process to ensure the optimal value for internal and external busi- ness transfers. Terry Webber, Vice President of Industry Affairs at the American Forest and Paper As- learn about the latest industry innovations from AICC members during the Supplier In- novation session. Members registering before March 31 will see significant savings, as will convert- ers bringing multiple employees with the Box Plant Specials available. The AICC hotel block cut-off date is March 31; however, the hotel is nearly sold out. Booking hotel reservations now is strongly recommended. For hotel information and to register for the Spring Meeting, visit www.AICCbox. org/Meeting . sociation, will lead a session on Extended Producer Responsi- bility & Federal Trade Commission Update. Attendees will also Questions about the Spring Meeting can be directed to Cindy Huber, Director of Conventions and Meetings, or Laura Mihal- ick, Senior Meeting Manager, at lmihalick@ or (703) 836-2422. Dan Prisciotta Terry Webber


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SMC Invests In BW Papersystems Machinery To Expand Capacity When SMC Packaging Group decided to purchase two G-Grafix machines from BW Papersystems, a G-Grafix flexo folder gluer and a G-Grafix rotary die-cutter, they opt- ed to include inside printing to meet the evolving goals of their clients’ marketing teams. With a fresh focus on form in addition to function, the team at SMC found themselves working more closely with clients to address their market- ing goals. “Historically our sales reps would connect with materi- als managers, buyers, purchasing agents, and now we’re broadening that scope and touching base with the mar- keting people and the owners of those businesses to try and wow them with something else that they can do,” says Kevin Ausburn, CEO of SMC Packaging Group. G-Grafix machines offer inside and outside box printing to deliver a branded product that enhances the customer experience. As packaging becomes more important as an extension of the products within, marketers are looking to take the unboxing experience to the next level. With the option to add multiple inside and outside print units, the G-Grafix line of heavy-duty corrugated converting ma- chines save time. “The margins improved, cutting down the number of passes through a machine,” added Mark McNay, Senior VP and GM, SMC Packaging Group. “We’ve been able to present some (inside print) things to customers that they didn’t themselves think of, and they saw what we could do, and it’s kind of an ‘ah-ha’ moment when they realized they could incorporate that into their product, and what it would do to help market and promote a product they’re trying to sell, because after all – that’s what we’re trying to do – help our customers be more suc- cessful and profitable,” said Ausburn. The versatility of the G-Grafix machines expands the offerings of a company like SMC Packaging Group. “It’s given us the opportunity to compete with really anybody that we choose to compete with from the standpoint of quality and service, flexibility, and this new equipment that we have installed has been instrumental in our ability to grow as an organization,” said McNay. The G-Grafix rotary die-cutter’s flexographic print sta- tion provides precision control of registration by a harmon- ic drive register system. Impression, sheet transfer and ink metering provide the capability to print top quality, val- ue-added process, fine screen and block work with quick and easy changeover for specific die cutting jobs, result- ing in less unplanned downtime. Supporting e-commerce trends can also include man- ufacturing smaller boxes. The Twin Box Slitter® demon- strates BW Papersystems’ continuous dedication to improvement and customer success. This converting ma- chine is installed in line with mid-size flexo folder gluers, which enables box plants to double the production of their mid-size FFGs by cutting the bundles in two.

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Introduction to Paper Packaging Recyclability Test Methods & Specifications was created through a col- laboration between the American Forest & Paper As- sociation (AF&PA), Fibre Box Association (FBA), and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). Corrugated is the most recycled packaging mate- rial on the planet, with a recycling rate of around 90% for the last decade. Many companies are evaluating

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Mill Rock Names Lynette Crowder New Chief Human Resources Officer New York, New York based Mill Rock Packaging Partners, a specialty packaging platform that invests in companies with advanced service and product capabilities in the consumer pack- aging industry, announced that it named Lynnette Crowder as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), a new position for the company. Mill Rock Packaging is a portfolio compa- ny of New York-based Mill Rock Cap- ital, a growth and operations-oriented private investment firm. Crowder is an accomplished human resources execu- tive with 20 years of experience building world-class peo- ple organizations and driving high-performing cultures. She has broad experience overseeing various functions within the packaging and industrial industries, serving in both commercial and operations roles. Most recently, Crowder was senior vice president and CHRO at U.S. Silica Company. Prior to that, she held posi- tions at WestRock, where she led and drove talent strat- egy development and implementation across the global packaging business, and General Motors, where she man- aged employees at GM’s largest warehouse and distribu- Lynette Crowder

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Doing Good For The Planet Brand of the Year in 2022 and has been featured in a number of publications including Elle , Allure and MarketWatch . Kate Assaraf was named a “Woman Of Courage” in Insigniam Quarterly , which cele- brates women who “think big, confront challenges head- on and never, ever take the well-worn path.”

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chines, a suit of armor and boxbreaker hammer to name a few. Today, he makes it his mission to show the world how cool cardboard can be and has turned his makings into an entertaining and artistic medium. Following will be a presentation by Jim Wilson, Chief Executive and Export Officer of BoxLatch. Before enter- ing the Reuse B4 Recycling industry, Wilson was a prac- ticing veterinarian with a law degree who wrote law and business management books and a professor of veteri- nary law, ethics and business management. In 2010, Wilson founded BoxLatch with his brother Jack in 2010. They have created a number of patented products that close box flaps or hold them open without tape. Wilson touts the financial and environmental ben- efits of open, stackable cardboard bins, the simplicity of closing and reopening boxes without damage, and Box- Latch calculators. The morning session on May 24 will feature Cory

and what tools companies can use so they can focus more on innovation and less on data management. Specright is the first cloud-based platform for Specifica- tion Management, which received the Salesforce Innova- tion Award, and was named one of the Top Places to Work by the OC Register and the Built in LA online community for startups and tech companies. Foti also hosts “Beyond the Shelf: The Product and Packaging Podcast” where she interviews industry leaders. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for marketing and advertising, and Brand Innovators 40 Under 40 and 100 Women to Watch lists. The afternoon general session will feature an interview with TikTok personality, Jeb The BoxSmith, a Crafter of Cardboard, Props and Cosplay. James Brathwaite coined the term, “Boxsmith,” as a teenager when he chose card- board as a material to make things such as pinball ma-

Conners, Sustainable Packaging Consul- tant, Orora, who will speak on Sustainable Packaging in Social Media. Here the em- phasis is on sustainable packaging and its inability to exist without social media. Learn what customers and consumers say about sustainable packaging on social media or you could be left behind. Connors is a pack- aging consultant with expertise in corrugat- ed, folding cartons, retail packaging, busi- ness development, and sales management. Also, on the morning of May 24 will be a presentation by Lyn Graft, Chief Story Officer at Shār, Founder of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs and best-selling author of “Start With Story.” Graft will speak on Start- up Consumer Brands Helping Save the Planet. Graft has told the stories of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and produced more than 1,000 videos, TV shows, and Web series with a host of high-profile clients including CNBC, Dell, Microsoft, Deep Eddy Vodka and more. He has 20 years of expe- rience in startups, high-tech marketing, and business development. His marketing pro- grams have resulted in press in publications including Fast Company , The Wall Street Journal and AdWeek . Later that morning will be an interview with Peter Rushford, Founder/CEO of Shār Snacks, who came up with the idea of Shār after looking for a healthy and great-tasting trail mix. After sticking with the idea for three years with dozens of iterations, he arrived at the right ingredients to make the “impos- sibly good snack.” This led to the creation of a plastic free “shār tube” made of recycled paper that is recyclable, biodegradable,


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SUPPLIER REPORTS 2023 (PART 5) A.G. STACKER Weyers Cave, Virginia: Tim Connell reports, “Founded in 1996 by Clarence and Helen Allen, A.G. Stacker is a leader

ment boasts digital connectivity, energy savings, patented features, and multi-faceted support options, with no need for pits, pneumatics or hydraulics. Part of the eSERIES™ line, the newly patented and patent pending eBREAK™ Bundle Breaker is a game changer with the ability to break bundles in ways that were previously impossible. “Our new systems are built to master the challenges of today’s corrugated market and meet the speed and au- tomation demands of the future. With multiple eBREAK™ Bundle Breakers and eZF™ Load Formers now installed at various sheet plants and converters, the eSERIES™ is prov- ing to be a productive asset for a variety of operations. “With the launch of DUO™ digital twins, A.G. became one of the first OEMs to successfully implement digital twin technology in corrugated. The new systems were featured in the January 2022 issue of Control Design magazine and were also a large factor in A.G. winning the 2022 Innova- tion in Utilization award from the Shenandoah Valley Tech- nology Council (SVTC). The GO AG™ mobile application has also proven to be a useful service and collaboration tool, providing training manuals, maintenance videos, cus- tom uploads, and other resources for A.G. MAX™ Service Program participants. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

and innovator of custom equipment and technology for corrugated ma- terial handling. A proud American manufacturer, A.G. engineers, fabri- cates, and assembles all equipment and parts in their Weyers Cave, Vir- ginia facility. Equipment offerings are focused on complementing the G3™

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RDC stacker, including systems such as the X12™ pit-less lift conveyor, the ball-belt bundle conveyor systems (BCS) and more. Combined with the eBREAK™ Bundle Breaker and the eZF™ Load former, A.G. has now officially installed multiple full line systems throughout the nation. “Automation and digital connectivity were the focus in 2022. The patented Divert & Separate System (DSS) and eTAMP™ servo-driven tampers are engineered stacker in- novations optimized for full automation, order recipe re- calls, and ultimate board control. “A.G.’s fully electric, fully integrated eSERIES™ equip- ment line is also proving successful, with the first systems now in production for over a year. The new line of equip-

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Supplier Reports, Part 5 (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)

the current Donora, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant. The Fallowfield manufacturing site is 3-4 times larger than its predecessor and will play a key role in expanding Apex manufacturing capabilities and further elevating quality. Occupancy is expected by the end of 2023. “The vision for growth continues to address the grow- ing demand for quality anilox roll and glue sets, our main focus being corrugated, from coast to coast. Additionally, major investments in lasers, cobots and other cutting-edge manufacturing technologies are in the works at Apex Inter- national, in preparation for the new facilities and manufac- turing expansion. Our North American sales team plans to expand tremendously and will hold significant corrugated experience to be an additional asset to our existing tech- nical sales force. “As we step into 2023, Apex International takes tre- mendous pride in being the world’s largest anilox and glue set manufacturing company, while offering technology solutions and support second to none. With 11,000+ clients located in over 110 countries, we are your global partner in patented, precision roll technology dedicated to ultimate precision and performance.” Visit . GLOBAL BOXMACHINE Gurnee, Illinois: Jimmy Schiffman reports, “Global Box- machine’s versatile line of quality converting equipment Specialty Folder Gluer. “We’re more than a distributor. We have a team behind every machine. Global’s highly qualified internal service and install team has grown to more than 10 full time tech- nicians and offers professional installation of new equip- ment, 24/7 maintenance, and on-site training. “Global is very excited for the spring 2023 opening our new Tech Center, a state-of-the-art training and demon- stration center in Gurnee, Illinois. This facility will house a running Shinko Super Alpha high speed flexo folder gluer, a fully stocked parts warehouse, and a dedicated training space for operators to train both before and after their ma- chine is delivered. “The relationship we have built with both KL and ZH allows Global to offer unique sizing and custom builds to suit customer’s needs. KL’s huge manufacturing capacity enables Global to deliver your quality new equipment in a matter of months, rather than years. Global also has avail- able a limited number of quick ship machines. “Our machines include the Shinko Super Alpha High Speed Flexo Folder Gluer. The Super Alpha offers high speeds with labor and energy saving versatility by pro- CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 is designed to produce more box- es, every minute. Global is proud to be Keshenglong Machinery, of Guangzhou China’s exclusive North and South American Distributor of quality Die Cutters and Flexo Fold- er Gluers, as well as the sole North American Distributor of the Zihong Jimmy Schiffman

“Launched at CorrWeek 2022, SIMCORRA™ is the new- est technology solution at A.G. In SIMCORRA, converters can create and test custom factory environments through visual planning and evaluation simulations, digitally man- ufacturing their most productive factory environment for real world application. “A.G. has recently invested in new equipment and pro- cesses to increase manufacturing capacity and operation- al excellence at its Weyers Cave facility. Equipment invest- ments include multiple CNC machines, COBOT welders, and a laser tube cutting machine. In addition, A.G. also cre- ated a dedicated electrical panel manufacturing space, as well as the Digital Innovations Lab to showcase its digital technology products and provide training and recruitment opportunities. “We are incredibly proud of our team and all they ac- complished in 2022. From new patents to numerous in- stalls, new technology to new machining capabilities, we look ahead, confident in our ability to deliver on our prom- ise of innovation and service.” Visit . APEX INTERNATIONAL Donora, Pennsylvania: Aaron Lessing reports, “Apex Inter- national is a global manufacturer of anilox and glue set

solutions, with deep roots and stra- tegic relationships throughout the corrugated marketplace. “As a volatile supply chain and raw material shortages continue to plague the industry, Apex has con- tinued production and expansion to assist converters and OEMs for

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now and in the long run. With seven manufacturing plants prominently positioned across four continents, Apex has leveraged our global supplier network and international supply chain processes to obtain the materials needed to keep production moving. “Obtaining quality anilox and glue set solutions faster, economically, and consistently is a competitive advantage for Apex customers. Corrugated and OEM clients can rest assured that Apex will have the materials, machinery, and manufacturing know-how to engineer precision rolls tai- lored to your specific machine. Whether your machine is from Europe, Asia, USA and beyond, Apex anilox and glue sets are manufactured to your exact OEM specifications, including all journal work, with the highest quality stan- dards and industry leading TIR & OD tolerances. “Vision2020s is a strategic growth initiative for global facility and staff expansion, announced by Apex Interna- tional in 2021. Turning the vision into reality, Apex broke ground on our new state of the art facility in Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania, in August 2022. The new US fa- cility will occupy over 58,000-square-feet on 12 acres of land with plenty of room for future expansion, and replace

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