Board Converting News, September 20, 2021

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years September 20, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 38

Overcoming Supply Chain Woes During U.S. Economic Recovery

Jamestown Container Cos. Acquires Cattaraugus In NY Falconer, New York based Jamestown Con- tainer Companies reported that it has reached an agreement to acquire Cattaraugus Con- tainer, Inc., a converted paper product manu- facturing company in Franklinville, New York, effective immediately. Terms of the agree- ment were not disclosed. “This purchase provides Jamestown Con- tainer Companies with an immediate growth opportunity in Western New York,” said Jo- seph R. Palmeri, Vice President and Chief Op- erating Officer. “We constantly look for ways to strengthen our company’s position in the markets we serve, opportunities that support our long-term growth strategy to focus on core competencies, minimize the impact of rising costs, and maximize customer, employ- ee and shareholder value.” With the acquisition complete, Cattarau- gus Container will operate as a division of Jamestown Container Companies in its cur- rent Franklinville, New York location. In addi- tion, Jamestown Container plans to retain the entire Cattaraugus Container workforce. “We believe this acquisition will enable us to enhance our products and services to our


Businesses are grappling with recurring supply chain issues in the wake of a rebounding American economy. Faced with robust consum- er and commercial demand, companies are beefing up costly invento- ries and wooing second level suppliers to help close the gaps when shortages arise.

Product shortages and delays—and associated price hikes—have been no strangers to companies in recent years, thanks to internation- al tariffs. The bottlenecked ports and shuttered production facilities of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, have transformed an exercise in efficient materials distribution into a full-scale crisis. “Everyone in man- ufacturing and wholesale distribution sems to be dealing with supply chain disruptions,” says Bill Conerly, Principal of his own consulting firm in Lake Oswego, Oregon ( The economic rebound now underway in the United States, while a welcome development, has increased delivery pressures just at the time when many companies were starting to get things under control. “Many companies are telling me the problem seems to be getting worse as pent-up demand creates additional pressures,” says Conerly. And steep production cuts of early 2020--instituted to obviate excess inventories—has only made more difficult the establishment of reliable delivery patterns. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 NAM: Manufacturing Job Openings At Record High 10 Peachtree Packaging Named A ‘Supply Chain Pioneer’ 14 Industry Icon Roger W. Stone Dies At 86 In Lake Forest, IL 44 AICC West Coast Golf Tourney Slated For November In CA

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Jamestown Container Cos. (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.

customers, support our leadership position in our markets, and strengthen our capability for future growth and expan- sion as opportunities arise,” said Palmeri. “We’ve always continued to look for ways to empower and serve our cus- tomers in the Great Lakes region, and this acquisition fol- lows through on that promise.

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$85.35 119.54

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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

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.

Founded in 1990, Cattaraugus Container now features more than 30 employees and is guided by a management team with more than 100 years of combined industry ex- perience. As the initial customer base grew, Cattaraugus Container expanded its business, added equipment, and trained new employees to support growth.

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Tucson Container Invests In Third Kolbus Hycorr Rotary Die Cutter Tucson, Arisona based Tucson Container, part of the Cali- fornia Box Group, has partnered with Kolbus America and purchased a 66-inch by 115-inch 3-color Kolbus Hycorr Ro- tary Die Cutter to be installed at its Tucson facility. The 115-inch Hycorr Rotary Die Cutter has an updated Kolbus feed section with servo-controlled drive technol- ogy, the latest operator-machine control interface, and Kolbus 3.60 remote diagnostics. It also features a slit and score section and Serrapid quick change die-mount cylin- der. Installation is planned for early Q1 of 2022. The partnership between Tucson Container and Kol- bus Hycorr dates back to 1998, when Tucson and West Texas sheet plants purchased their Hycorr 66-inch by 85- inch and 66-inch by 115-inch Rotary Die Cutters with sheet stackers from Hycorr Machine Corporation.

“Tucson Container’s changing demands of current cus- tomers led us to look into purchasing a new machine,” said David Alvarado, General Manager at Tucson Container. “We decided to go with another Kolbus Hycorr, due to their superb service, reputation of reliability, and the success we’ve had with our first two Hycorr die cutters. They creat- ed greater value and built competitive advantages for our customers and Tucson Container.” “Our confidence in Kolbus America came from com- paring the performances and specifications of our eight rotary die cutters in operation in our five plants to the cur- rent market and machines,” said Chris Widera, President of Tucson Container. “We’re pleased that Tucson Container chose our state- of-the-art Kolbus Hycorr machine and we are looking forward to this continued partnership with our longtime, valued customer,” said Jeffrey Dietz, President of Kolbus America. Since its inception, Tucson Container has placed a spe- cial importance on its customers, people and technology. A constant program of preventive maintenance, ISO-9001, and housekeeping is provided to insure that the machin- ery and trucks are in 100 percent working order to handle the constant changing requirements of its customers. Not only does TCC save on expenses, but we are helping to preserve what matters most to the future – families, cus- tomers and jobs.


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NAM: Manufacturing Job Openings At Record High

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2021

In the latest NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the third quarter, 87.5 percent of respondents felt either some- what or very positive about their company outlook, down from 90.1 percent in the second quarter. The data are con- sistent with solid growth in manufacturing activity, but with some easing from more rapid paces in the Q2, when the outlook had registered the best reading in nearly three years and some measures had reached record highs. At the same time, the labor market remains tight, with respondents predicting employment and wage growth to rise at the fastest rates in Outlook Survey history. Respon- dents also anticipate capital spending to increase by the most since the second quarter of 2018. Workforce shortag- es were cited as the largest downside risk to the economic outlook, followed by supply chain disruptions, increased cost pressures and rising COVID-19 cases. Rising raw material costs once again topped the list of primary business challenges in the third quarter, cited by 86.4 percent of respondents. Other top challenges in the third quarter include the inability to attract and retain a quality workforce, supply chain challenges, transportation and logistics costs and rising health care and insurance costs.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

35.963 34.395


8.173 7.817


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

208.632 196.828


8.279 7.749


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.9450 2.8182


14.1095 13.3029


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.1046 1.9962


3.1 2.9


Shipping Days




2021 2020

22 22

126 127

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association



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AICC To Offer 50+ Webinars, Value For Plants With All Access Pass AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering more than 50 industry-specific webinars from September 2021 through July 2022. To help members lower training costs and improve employee retention, the Association is once again offering the All Access Pass. When a company invests in professional development, it is an investment in the organization’s potential. Teams are equipped with shared knowledge that helps them per- form at a high level, and the organization is positioned to attract and retain top talent—professionals who value con- tinuous learning and career growth. With more than 50 webinars scheduled, the All Access Pass represents a value of over $12,500, but costs only $1,695 for the entire company. Upcoming webinars in- clude: • Sales Managers - Know When to Lead, Manage or Coach • Employee Retention Credit • Workplace Retaliation: The Employment Boomerang • What Every Process Improvement Professional Needs to Know • Taking Control of the Corrugator • Defining the Graphic Grades of Substrates • Printing Press Orientation

AICC members lower training costs and streamline payments with the All Access Pass. Participating compa- nies receive a code that all employees can use to regis- ter for every webinar scheduled through July 2022. Each company also receives a recording of each webinar. The All Access Pass gives participating companies the flexibility in choosing education offerings and which team members take them Visit for more information. Akarton Orders Baysek Die Cutter Nelsonville, Wisconsin based Baysek Machines Inc. has confirmed that Akarton, a corrugated board converter based in Venlo, Holland, has placed an order for a Bay- sek C-170 flatbed die cutter. Akarton produces packaging for industrial customers with flexo printing and many die cutting jobs, but it also produces commercial litho print- ed packaging for the retail sector. From E-flute through to CAA triplewall board, the whole range of board can be run on the Baysek C-170 die cutter. Akarton was founded in 1992 and has grown continu- ously since then. Today, it employs approximately 65 peo- ple. Specializing in short and medium runs was a decisive reason for choosing the Baysek C-170 die cutter. The ma- chine’s fast die changes ensure minimum downtimes. Visit for more information.

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Peachtree Packaging & Display Named A ‘Supply Chain Pioneer’ Lawrenceville, Georgia based Peachtree Packaging & Dis- play was recently honored in Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Technical College’s 2021 Movers & Makers Man- ufacturing & Supply Chain Awards. Peachtree was named Gwinnett County’s “Supply Chain Pioneer of the Year” in the category of large-size manufacturer. The Movers & Makers Awards recognizes outstanding small, medium, and large manufacturers in Gwinnett, as well as innovators in supply chain management. More than 200 community leaders and industry experts attended the 2021 Movers & Makers Awards both in-person and virtu- ally, held at the Infinite Energy Forum on March 25, 2021. The event is the largest of its kind in Georgia. This is the third year Peachtree Packaging has been

recognized by Partnership Gwinnett. The company was named the Manufacturer of the Year in 2020 and Most Valuable Provider in 2019. Andy Auchmuty, Vice President of Peachtree Packaging, accepted the award. “It was a very tough year for everyone and we could not be prouder of our employees and leadership for how they pulled together and continued to deliver the products our customers needed to keep the economy moving,” said Auchmuty. “From hand sanitizing displays and store divid- ers, to the surge in e-commerce packaging, our teams rose to the occasion with innovative solutions.” Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson attended the event and praised the business community for their tenacity during the events of 2020. “I am so proud of the Movers & Makers winners and nominees at this year’s award ceremony, especially given the challenges of the past year,” said Hendrickson. “Man-

ufacturing and supply chain play a pivotal role in Gwinnett County’s strong and vital economy, so it’s great to see a celebration of our community partners’ successes.” Jassy Ji, Project Manager at Partnership Gwinnett, also commended the winners for their impressive displays of innovation and their determination to stay ahead of the curve in the modern, technology-driven global marketplace. Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Founded in 2006 and fueled by the support of over one hundred compa- nies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the marketplace and position Gwinnett as a premiere place to live, work and play. Peachtree Packaging & Display is an award-winning manufacturer of semi-per- manent/corrugated and permanent POP solutions that generate brand exposure and drive revenues. Peachtree employs more than 150 workers and occupies 250,000- square-feet of manufacturing space at two facilities in Lawrenceville. Peachtree pro- duces around one million square-feet of product daily, a volume that equates to 21 NFL football fields of corrugated product. Peachtree is also a leader in “experiential packaging,” a term it trademarked in 2019. This type of packaging has exploded due to e-commerce and direct-to-consumer busi- ness, where packaging is viewed as a key touchpoint between brands and consum- ers. Visit .

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NAM: Job Openings (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

Manufacturing job openings jumped to another record high, from 880,000 in June to 889,000 in July. In the larg- er economy, nonfarm business job openings rose from 10,185,000 in June to 10,934,000 in July, a new record. In July, there were 8,702,000 unemployed Americans, which translates to 0.80 unemployed workers for every one job opening in the U.S. economy. That speaks to the tightness of the labor market, with more job openings than people looking for work. Initial unemployment claims fell to another post-pandemic low, down from 345,000 for the week ending August 28 to 310,000 for the week ending September 4. Producer prices for final demand goods and services rose 0.7 percent in August, the slowest monthly gain since May but still a strong figure. Over the past 12 months, pro- ducer prices for final demand goods and services jumped 8.3 percent, the biggest increase on record. Meanwhile, core producer prices increased a record 6.3 percent year- over-year. While raw material costs are likely to stabilize somewhat over the coming months and into the new year, there will also likely be some pricing pressures that will not abate, particularly given the rebounding of the economy. That has put pressure on the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee, which may start the process of taper- ing asset purchases. Even then, monetary policy will con- tinue to be highly stimulative for the foreseeable future.

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Industry Icon Roger W. Stone, Formerly Of KapStone, Dies At 86

Corrugated industry icon Roger W. Stone died peacefully at home in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Sunday, September 12. He was 86. Roger will be remembered for his love of family, lifelong passion for business, kind and generous spirit, quick wit, and unassuming manner. He was born February 16, 1935 to the late Anita and Marvin Stone

in Chicago, Illinois. In 1955, he married his college sweetheart, Susan Kesert, and together they raised their three daughters in the Chicago area. Rog- er attended the University of Chicago Lab School, Lake Forest Academy, and earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsyl- vania in 1957. While in college, Roger’s entrepre- neurial spirit took root. He managed the concessions at his fraternity and created an innovative business by con- verting stamp machines into ballpoint

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pen vending machines. Building businesses became his avocation, and throughout his life he enjoyed nurturing others by providing professional advice and investing in small companies in need of growth capital. Roger began his career as a box salesman at Stone Container Cor- poration, a company founded by his grandfather, father, and uncles, and worked his way up to Chief Executive Officer to become an international leader in the paper industry. As CEO, he transformed Stone Contain- er into “the world’s largest producer and converter of brown paper-un- bleached containerboard, kraft paper, bags and corrugated boxes” with over 30,000 employees and $6 billion in revenue. ( New York Times ) Roger retired from Stone Container in 1999 following the merger of the company and Jefferson Smurfit in 1998. At an age when most busi- ness leaders would have retired, Roger went on to build two additional paper companies, BoxUSA and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corpo- ration with his son-in-law and business partner of 40 years, Matthew Ka- plan. Together, Roger and Matt built KapStone into the fifth largest pro- ducer of containerboard and the largest producer of kraft paper in North America over the next decade. Throughout his professional life, Roger worked to make the paper industry stronger and more successful. He touched many people as a team builder, mentor, and inspirational leader in his modest and under- stated way. He considered himself lucky and was quick to credit others for each company’s successes. The Chicago Tribune described Roger as a “savvy workaholic” who worked for business and pleasure. In his sig- nature plaid shirt, khakis, penny loafers and a plastic watch, Roger pos- sessed a “hands-on attitude… not ashamed of getting into the trenches to help his personnel.” Roger believed in the American Dream and worked to help preserve America as the land of opportunity. He and his wife, Susan, have dedicat- ed their philanthropy to “help people to help themselves” by providing economic and educational opportunities for all, often anonymously. Throughout his life, Roger was actively involved in numerous national and international corporate boards, including Abitibi Consolidated, Au-

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with his wife, Susan. He truly enjoyed the simple things in life and his favorite pastime was indulging in quiet mo- ments at home with his loved ones who will remember him for his kind and gentle spirit, generosity, distinctive laugh, and the occasional pun. He loved singing favorites from the American Songbook, hot dogs, Tab, Oreo cookies and the White Sox. An eternal optimist, Roger was often quoted as say- ing, “The best is yet to come.” He was good-natured and always hopeful about the future. Despite serious health setbacks in his final years, he faced them with grace and humility. Roger is survived by his wife of 65 years, Susan; his children, Karen and Matthew Kaplan, Lauren Stone, and Jennifer Stone; his grandchildren, Allison, Alex, Doug, Lindsay and Daisy; his great-grandchildren, Haley, Charlie and Ryan; and his sisters-in-law, Patricia Stone and Joyce Hicks and their families. He was predeceased by his broth- er, Avery. The family would like to thank Nancy Strugalla, Rog- er’s invaluable executive assistant for more than three decades; trusted caregivers Frank Vasig, Jane Kirubi, Dar- win Adeva, Jose Brinez, Abraham Ferrer, Rendani (Kenny) Mulaudzi, and Lee Young; supportive senior care advisor, Julie Fohrman; and hospice care nurse, Nanci Osner for their compassionate and loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for dona- tions in memory of Roger to a charity of your choice.

toliv, Empaques de Carton Titan, S.A., First Chicago/First National Bank of Chicago, GTE Corporation, Interstate Brands, McDonald’s Corporation, Morton International, Prairie Packaging, Stone Consolidated, and Stone Tan Chi- na, among others. He was the Chair and board member of nearly a dozen paper industry organizations, including American Committee for Air and Stream Improvement, American Paper Institute, and International Corrugated Case Association. He also served on the boards of many educational institutions, such as the J.L. Kellogg Gradu- ate School of Management, Lake Forest Academy, North Shore Country Day School, and the Wharton School. Roger was honored with numerous industry achieve- ment awards and recognitions as a business leader, in- cluding RISI’s “Top 50 Power List” and its first Lifetime Achievement Award, Paper Age Magazine ’s Executive Papermaker of the Year, and TAPPI PIMA Man of the Year. He was recognized six times by Wall Street Transcript as Top Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Year, Forest and Paper Specialty Products Industry by Finance World Magazine . The New York Times described Roger as “a dynamo who will go down as one of the most astute managers that the industry has ever known.” While he will be remembered as an iconic figure in the paper industry and the business world, Roger maintained that his greatest achievement was the family he raised

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As projected, this year’s Holiday Weekend in New York appears that it will sell out even earlier than in past years. But it’s not too late to join the celebration of ICPF’s return to New York and enjoy the best Manhattan has to offer during the holiday season! Capacity remains for 5-7 more couples. To ensure participation, ICPF advises registering for this special event ASAP, but no later than September 10. Registration is on a “first-come, first-served basis.” ICPF’s Holiday Weekend in New York takes place Fri- day, December 10, through Sunday, December 12, and be- gins with a Friday evening reception sponsored by Pratt Industries. On Saturday, ICPF guests will attend a Saturday matinee of The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, sponsored by BW Papersystems. On Saturday night, participants will be treated to a reception and dinner at the renowned Lattanzi restaurant. The reception is sponsored by Fosber America, and the dinner is sponsored by the WestRock Corporation. Greif and Kiwiplan also are spon- sors for the weekend. Bring your spouse or guest for holiday shopping, sight- seeing, dining, Broadway plays, and enjoying New York’s holiday season, all while supporting ICPF’s educational programs and student outreach. Visit to register.

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Digital Innovator Kevin Warren To Keynote EFI Connect Conference The January 17-21, 2022 EFI Connect users conference from print and packaging technology developer Electron- ics For Imaging, Inc. will deliver an even stronger empha- sis on digital innovation and data-driven insights with a Fortune 500 marketing leader, UPS Executive Vice Pres- ident and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Warren. His Janu- ary 18 fireside chat keynote session at the Las Vegas event

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will explore the evolution of digital and e-com- merce, with an in-depth perspective of digital’s impact on business now and into the future. “Kevin is one of the brightest minds in mar- keting, and has invalu- able insights into the challenges virtually all EFI customers have in terms of creating de-

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mand, achieving excellence and driving growth, even in very challenging times,” said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “This will undoubtedly be one of the most en- gaging, informative fireside chat keynotes in the 21-year history of the EFI Connect conference.” In his role with UPS, Warren is responsible for U.S. and International Marketing, The UPS Store, Digital Infrastruc- ture Analytics, Revenue Management, Business Planning & Forecasting, Customer Loyalty Management, Digital Marketing, Customer Experience, Brand Relevancy, Cus- tomer Communications, and the company’s Ware2Go sub- sidiary. His highly developed perspective on data-centric business and non-traditional engagement channels is driv- ing change at UPS and setting new standards in digitally enabled customer experience. Prior to joining UPS, he served as executive vice presi- dent and chief commercial officer for Xerox® Corp. and as Xerox’s president of Global Growth Opportunities, respon- sible for accelerating revenue growth outside the United States. In addition, Warren, who first joined Xerox in 1984 as a sales trainee in his native Washington, D.C., also led Xerox’s 3-D printing operations and had strategic over- sight for Xerox Global Imaging Systems and Xerox Canada during his career with the company. Warren received his Bachelor of Science in finance from Georgetown University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. “Now more than ever, simple and useful digital ex- periences are the key to driving business success,” said Warren. “UPS’s goal is to provide the best digital experi- ence powered by our global smart logistics network, and

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Connect 2022 is the place where EFI users and indus- try leaders come together to learn, network, and create revenue generating ideas that make image driven busi- nesses more successful. This year’s conference will give you keen insight on how to make your business grow – with more educational courses, user community meetings, panel discussions, and networking events. Event highlights include a full agenda of MIS/ERP and Web-to-Print lessons for all skill levels, product demon- strations, user breakout sessions, sponsor exhibitions, and numerous networking opportunities designed to solve process and technical challenges, cultivate and share rev- enue generating ideas, and foster long-lasting business relationships. Classes are offered for a wide array of products, in- cluding EFI Monarch, Pace, PrintSmith and PrintSmith Vi- sion, PrintStream, Radius, MarketDirect StoreFront, Online Print Solutions, Auto-Count DMI, and PrintFlow, and for the markets we serve, including commercial print, corrugated packaging, sign and display graphics, industrial textile, wood decoration, and more. Attendees can also learn the best ways to use EFI’s portfolio of production and industrial inkjet, integrated MIS/ERP workflow and Fiery digital front end print server products. Plus, EFI customers can provide in-person feed- back to senior EFI executive and technical development staff. For more information about EFI Connect 2022, and to register for the event, visit .

I’m looking forward to sharing our progress and lessons learned on stage at EFI Connect.” Next January’s event will bring hundreds of print pro- fessionals to the Wynn Las Vegas Resort for in-depth, informative training and education on key printing and packaging management and technology challenges. The conference – one of the longest-running and most import- ant user conferences in the printing industry – is an ideal venue for open dialogue and idea exchange, giving EFI customers a valuable opportunity to participate in edu- cational sessions, receive hands-on experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions, and learn from others. Connect 2022 features three days of networking op- portunities and educational sessions, including: • Access to more EFI experts, experienced in industry trends and technologies • More breakout sessions and tools to help you get the most out of your EFI products • More knowledge on how to integrate a streamlined automated workflow to increase your productivity and profits • More networking with professionals and other print in- fluencers to grow digital print • More new technology and product advances on EFI products and services

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Broad Effects The supply chain imbroglio has engaged a broad spec- trum of industries. “For a number of years our member companies have been dealing with disruptions caused by factors such as tariffs and higher energy costs,” says Tom Palisin, Executive Director of The Manufacturers’ As- sociation, a York, Pennsylvania based regional employers’ group with more than 370 member companies ( mascpa. org ). With its diverse membership in food processing, de- fense, fabrication, and machinery building, Palisin’s associ- ation can be viewed as a proxy for American industry. “The COVID-19 pandemic has given the supply chain a whole new level of priority. Companies in just about all sectors have experienced pauses and shutdowns. Some have even gone out of business.” Labor shortages are one of the most persistent causes of distribution slowdowns. “One banker told me that his four manufacturing customers could each hire 50 addi-

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tional workers if enough applicants were to show up,” says Conerly. “When a company I work with in Portland was awaiting a shipment of brass from Los Angeles, it turned out there was no driver for the truck.” The reasons for labor shortages are varied. “Part of the problem is that people are not yet willing to come back to work,” says Conerly. “But the fact is that there were not as many pandemic-related layoffs in manufacturing as in, say, food service. A larger issue is demographics: Older peo- ple are retiring, and younger people don’t want to go into dirty, noisy factories. And then you have government cash payments for people who get laid off. And finally, there are childcare issues.” The labor shortage has caused an increase in automa- tion as a way to produce goods with fewer man hours. “In recent months there’s been a surge of business orders for capital equipment,” says Conerly. “The fact that manufac- turing production has not reached all-time highs, though, indicates that the new equipment is not intended to boost capacity. So I think a lot of the business capital spending is intended to replace empty positions with machines. The idea is ‘If I can’t hire somebody to assemble this product,


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When deliveries are spotty, companies are tempted to keep more stock on hand. “Companies should no longer rely on just-in-time inventory strategies, which too often have become just-too-late failures, and stockpile more supplies both in the United States and abroad,” says John Manzella, a consultant on global business and economic trends, East Amherst, NY ( ). “This ap-

BCN(US)202108(o)(出血5mm).pdf 1 2021/8/10 下午 01:11:06 Companies are responding to the supply chain chal- lenge by doing more with less, running machinery beyond its prime and collaborating with vendors to predict ship- ping delays. Such moves strike a familiar chord with Palisin at the manufacturer’s association. “The pandemic has re- ally highlighted the need to develop strategies to mitigate potential disruptions in the flow of critical components,” says Palisin. “That means doing a dive into the supply chain, mapping the locations of the first tier of suppliers and learning about the reliance of second tier as well.” Pandemic-related shortages have affirmed the need for backup vendors even for lower volume items. “Instead of relying on one supplier, a company might have three to manage risks,” says Jim Hannan, Practice Leader of Man- ufacturing, Distribution and Logistics service group at con- sulting firm Withum ( ). “We expect this trend to continue with the advent of environmental, social gov- ernance (ESG) standards at larger companies.” maybe I can hire a robot to do it.’ And I think that’s a good strategy.” A decline in the cost of automation has helped duel this trend. “The cost of labor has gone up while the cost of electronic equipment has gone down,” says Conerly. “Something that did not pencil out a few years ago may well do so today.” New Strategies

proach reduces efficiencies but favors risk reduction.” Companies are willing to turn upside down the tradi- tional views of inventory control, given the increased risk of shortages and customer goodwill. “Many companies are investing more cash in inventories, and banks seem content with lending against that,” says Hannan. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28









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