Board Converting News, May 31, 2021

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years May 31, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 22

Equipment Installations Help Elite Print Finishing Grow BY JACKIE SCHULTZ 2020 was a milestone year for Elite Print Finishing, Inc. (EPF). The North Carolina trade finisher installed two major pieces of equipment to bet- ter service its growing folding carton customer base. Marketing under the tagline “Impressions that Last,” EPF offers post- press services for commercial printers and packaging plants, including folding carton and envelope manufacturers and trading card and greet- ing card printers. “Our business has really changed through the years,”

WHAT’S INSIDE 6 Corrugated Industry Recognizes 416 Plants For Safety 8 Mesirow Advises St Paper On Verso Mill Acquisition 14 Rondo-Pak Expands Through Equipment Investments 36 Pro Carton’s Museum Of Brands Exhibition Re-Opens Graphic Packaging completed the combi- nation with International Paper’s North Amer- ica Consumer Packaging Business in January 2018. Graphic Packaging owned 79.5 percent of the partnership and was sole manager, while International Paper owned 20.5 percent. As part of the final transaction, 22,773,072 membership units were exchanged for an equivalent number of shares of Graphic Pack- aging common stock. The total number of shares of the Company’s common stock out- standing following the transaction is roughly 306.9 million shares. Graphic Packaging Concludes IP Partnership Graphic Packaging Holding Company an- nounced the conclusion of its partnership with International Paper Company. The final tranche of the membership interests held by Interna- tional Paper in Graphic Packaging International Partners, LLC were exchanged for an equiva- lent number of shares of Graphic Packaging common stock. As a result, Graphic Packaging now owns 100 percent of the Partnership. Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of sustainable fiber-based packag- ing solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, foodservice, and other con- sumer products companies.

said Steven Roberts, President. “The last five years we’ve averaged about 20 percent growth a year and folding carton has been a big part of that. Up until 2020 our commercial side of the business seemed to be growing as well. With COVID we’ve still continued to grow, but it has been heavily folding carton.” Even before the global pandemic, Roberts recognized an opportuni- ty to diversify capabilities by investing in an MGI JETvarnish 3D digital embellishment press from Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. and a PPCTS DGM Smartfold 1100SL Ultra X2S folder-gluer. Both machines were installed last year. These purchases were part of a bigger plan to expand the business and gain a competitive advantage, especially in folding cartons. “There was definitely a strategy. Being a finishing company I need to be able to do everything that my commercial, folding carton and envelope ac- counts can’t do,” Roberts explained. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Elite Print Finishing installed Konica Minolta’s MGI JETvarnish 3D digital embellishment press to diversify its capabilities.


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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 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

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

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.

200# 275#



$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

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.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

East West


$960.00 $995.00


U.S. Packaging Papers, Specialty Packaging Shipments Up In April U.S. total packaging papers & specialty packaging ship- ments in April 2021 increased 4 percent compared to April 2020. They were up 1 percent when compared to the same four months of 2020, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported. The operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 9.6 points from April 2020 and up 5.2 points year-to-date. Mill inventories at the end of April increased 9,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 20,000 short tons compared to April 2020. The American Forest & Paper Association serves to ad- vance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact- based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AICC Midwest Scholarship Deadline Approaches A reminder, the scholarship applications and related infor- mation must be received on or before June 4, 2021. For more information on the scholarship and to obtain an ap- plication, please contact Tim Engle at 715-496-0253 or Shari Saeger ssaeger@inspireautoma- 715-204-0288


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Corrugated Industry Recognizes 416 Plants For Safety Achievements The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and AICC – The Indepen- dent Packaging Association will recognize 416 corrugated industry plants for safety achievements in 2020. Safety Awards are given based on data compiled for the recently released 2020 Corrugated Container Industry Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Participants appreciate the ability to recognize their plants’ dedication to safety. “This is very meaningful to our teams,” one award winner wrote. For the calendar year 2020, the associations will pres- ent 151 Perfect Plant Awards to plants achieving zero in- cidents. An additional 265 facilities will receive Safety Excellence Awards for achieving no lost workdays due to job-related injury or illness. The report provides detailed data for more than 169 million hours worked at 723 participating plants. It also in- cludes trend information presented in graphs for record- able cases, restricted duty cases, and days away from work. Award winners are presented as a percentage of total plant participation and the Safety Award Winners page serves as a great summary of achievement including a count of winners by category, number of Perfect Plant Awards, number of Safety Excellence Awards, total awards given, and the percentage of plants awarded.

Participation in the report was voluntary and open to all corrugator or sheet plant facilities manufacturing corrugat- ed products. Participants can view the full report on either of the association’s websites, or www. . For more information about the Safety Awards Program or the 2020 Corrugated Container Industry Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, please contact Peg- gy Lacy at Paperworks Names Brian Janki As President, CEO PaperWorks Industries, Inc. has appointed Brian Janki as President & CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Janki replaces C. Anderson “Andy” Bolton. Janki most recently served as an advisor to the Paper- Works Board of Directors, and previously as President & CEO of Dunn Paper. Janki has industry experience working with vertically integrated companies in recycled board substrates and folding carton segments. Prior to joining Dunn Paper, Janki held key leadership roles in Mill, Packaging, and Specialty Papers business units at Caraustar, Greif, and Glatfelter. PaperWorks is an integrated North American full-service provider of recycled paperboard and specialized folding cartons for packaging applications.


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40 ft of paper travel from preheater to hot plates 3 seconds of heat, glue and bonding 1 chance to get it right! the ZONE

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Chicago Electric offers 10 technology solutions to control ‘the Zone’ CORRUGATOR Sectoral preheating plate

Our sectoral preheating plates provide direct heat by means of a double steam circuit, allowing for efficient heating in hard-to-access locations, as well as to act as a steam shower to open the paper’s fibre, making it receptive to absorbing the heat and the glue.

This translates into increased speed and improved quality of the cardboard sheet finish.

The system’s main advantages are as follows:

• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


1. Wrap Arm - Position & Temperature 2. Preheater Direct Drive


3. Steam Plate 4. Contact Roll 5. Glue Machine Direct Drive Touch Productivity Issue—Glue Unit Many glue units run with a rider roll or a guiding bar system. The rider roll with paper gap allows a precise glue application, but requires frequent Contact Roll


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




Roller Shoe


9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire w orking width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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t by peripheral drilled hot plates. anufactured out of special wear and nt steel, through which a continuous is drilled, with one inlet and one outlet. ecured by a massive steel frame.

ance from steam to paper surface results in fast heat flow

Maxcess Acquires OneBox Vision

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

Maxcess, a global supplier of products for web handling applications, has announced the acquisition of OneBox Vision Ltd. in Tipperrary, Ireland. OneBox Vision Ltd was founded in 2011 by Conor O’Neill and brings a suite of proprietary vision inspection solutions that will add to the existing Maxcess product range. O’Neill will be joining the Maxcess organization in a new role to expand Maxcess’ vision inspection solutions.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

Mesirow Advises ST Paper On Verso Mill Acquisition



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Mesirow acted as exclusive financial advisor to ST Paper & Tissue on its acquisition of Verso Corporation’s idled mill in Duluth, Minnesota, effective May 13, 2021. ST Paper currently operates two tissue mills located in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, and Isle of Wight, Virgina. ST Pa- per will convert Verso’s idled mill to produce tissue rather than the supercalendered papers produced by Verso. “We look forward to reviving the Duluth Mill, creating lo- cal job opportunities while carrying on our commitment to environmental responsibility within the Duluth communi- ty,” said Sharad Tak, Principal Owner of ST Paper.

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 20

252 251

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IoPP Names Winners Of Packaging Education Scholarship Fund Each year, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) awards over $10,000 in scholarships to students studying packaging or a related field. IoPP is proud to announce the recipients of our 2021 Scholarship opportunities. Cho- sen from a pool of qualified applicants are this year’s IoPP scholarship winners: • Grace Ellis, a packaging student at Michigan State Uni- versity (class of 2022) has been awarded the PepsiCo R&D Scholarship worth $5,000. • Anna Kent, a packaging student at University of Wiscon- sin – Stout (class of 2023), has been awarded one of the $2,500 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships. • Seohee Jang, a packaging engineer technician student at Conestoga College (class of 2021), has been awarded

one of the $2,500 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships. • Wallace Layman, a dual degree student studying Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University (class of 2023), has been awarded the $1,000 IoPP Packaging Education Scholar- ship, sponsored by IoPP’s Central Ohio Chapter. • Haliah Offutt, a graphic communications major at Illinois State University (class of 2022), has been awarded the $500 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship, sponsored by IoPP’s New England Chapter. “Now more than ever it is important to invest in the fu- ture of the packaging industry,” said Jane Chase, exec- utive director, IoPP. “Not only will this year’s scholarship rewards aid these deserving students in their studies, our scholarship programs also provides them with heightened visibility within the industry, ensuring strong candidates for the future packaging workforce.” More information about this year’s scholarship winners can

be found online. Special thanks to the judges who volunteered their time to select the win- ners of these prestigious scholarships: • Ali Ali – Siemens • Andy Busteed – 3M • Doug Compton, CPP – Owens Corning • Matt Culver, CPP – Target Corp. • Suzanne Fenton, CPPL, Fellow – Spartech • Susan Gruskin, CPP – PepsiCo • Molly Lynn, CPP – Russell Stover Choco- lates • Rebecca Oesterle, CPPL, Fellow – IoPP Board Chair • Jo Ann Ratto – U.S. Army DEVCOM Sol- dier Center • Amy Schupbach, CPPL – Fresenius Kabi • Amy Stewart - Printpack Those interested in applying for an IoPP Scholarship opportunity in 2022 can find an application and more information on- line now. Learn more about IoPP by visiting . Pack Print International To Be Held In 2022 The next edition of PACK PRINT INTERNA- TIONAL, International Packaging and Print- ing Exhibition for Asia, will be postponed until February 9–12, 2022, at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand. The move to next year from the original September 2021 dates will allow for optimum international partici- pation. At the last staging in 2019, interna- tional exhibitors accounted for about 60 percent of the 325 participating companies and the more than 19,000 visitors came from 62 countries.

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Smurfit Kappa Invests 20 Million Euro In Czech Republic, Slovakia Plants Smurfit Kappa is substantially expanding its converting ca- pacity at four manufacturing plants across the Czech Re- public and Slovakia with Euro 20 million investment. The investment consists of four major projects, three un- dertaken in the Czech Republic, at Smurfit Kappa facilities in Žebrák, Žimrovice, and Olomouc, and one in Slovakia at

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Rondo-Pak Continues To Expand Through Equipment Investments

Rondo-Pak, LLC, a provider of folding cartons and printed components for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, has continued to enhance its capabilities and expand capacity at its primary facilities in Camden, New Jersey and San Juan, Puerto Rico, through extensive equipment investments. The latest additions will allow Ron- do-Pak to meet the heightened market demand for specialized packag- ing, which has been accelerated by a need for COVID-19 related prod- ucts including vaccines, adjuvants, test kits, pain relievers and treatment medications. The newly-added equipment is highlighted by a Heidelberg 10-color Offset Press, which is scheduled for installation to begin in the second quarter of this year. Capable of production speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour in straight printing or perfecting mode, as well as continuous pro- cess optimization through artificial intelligence, the machine will allow Rondo-Pak to increase capacity to meet the continually expanding de- mand, said the company. The company has also added a Xerox Versant 4100 Press. A press with smart automation for virtually touch-free quality control, the ma- chine is reportedly capable of printing 100 pages per minute, allowing for fast, high-quality output with many features for automating and sim- plifying operation. Expanding on this investment, a Xerox Nuvera EA/MX Production Sys- tem has also been added to the Rondo-Pak equipment line up, which features the ability to merge variable images and data at the same speed as its print engine. Lastly, Rondo-Pak has purchased a Kongsberg X20 Cutting Table said to enhance the entire structural design process. All machines have state-of-the-art features and operator-friendly ele- ments which increase productivity and minimize downtime. The four new equipment pieces are part of a $6.5 million-dollar total equipment investment by Rondo-Pak over the past six months. Installa- tion of the equipment has taken place in first quarter of 2021 with com- pletion of the Heidelberg installation expected by Summer 2021. Rondo-Pak, LLC is a joint venture with Körber Pharma, with locations in Camden, New Jersey; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Allschwil, Switzerland; and Ejpovice, Czech Republic. Both the San Juan and Camden facilities are Tier-1 Diverse supplier locations as part of the nationally certified SBA HUBZone program, allowing customers to apply Tier-1 spend from either location. AF&PA Releases April 2021 Packaging Monthly Report The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its April 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in April in- creased four percent compared to April 2020. They were up one per- cent when compared to the same four months of 2020. • The operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 9.6 points from April 2020 and up 5.2 points year-to-date. • Mill inventories at the end of April increased 9,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 20,000 short tons compared to April.

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June 11: SuperCorrExpo 2021 Box Manufacturing Olympics Deadline AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, and TAPPI are combining their respective design competitions for the first time into the Box Manufacturing Olympics, being held in conjunction with AICC/TAPPI SuperCorrExpo, August 8-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The competition, open to all AICC and TAPPI members, features 43 categories for corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box packaging manufacturers. The breadth of cat- egories provides a wide reach into the entire packaging market and a greater diversity of ideas. Member compa- nies can show they are the best of the best. Packaging schools and universities are also invited to par- ticipate in the competition and have their own categories. Submissions are being accepted through Friday, June 11. More information and submission instructions are avail- able at . ACTEGA, Koenig & Bauer Partner For Product Development ACTEGA, manufacturer of coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds for the print and packaging industry, and Koenig & Bauer, suppliers of press solutions, have maintained their product development program, design- ing, testing, and rolling out new solutions from a dedicated Koenig & Bauer Customer Experience Center throughout the pandemic. “In March 2020, Koenig & Bauer and ACTEGA an- nounced that our partnership would be extended. As it happened, this news broke just a few days before COVID-19 really took hold of the world, disrupting ev- ery aspect of business and everyday life,” explained Eric Frank, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Koenig & Bau- er. “As a result, it quickly became clear that our partner- ship was now more significant to our customers’ success than ever before. Time-to-market was suddenly even more critical for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, for example, and the brands that our customers serve had to adapt and keep pace as consumer buying habits changed overnight.” Utilizing the capabilities of the Koenig & Bauer Customer Experience Center, the combined R&D teams were able to replicate the environment of individual customer sites. This enabled them to test new ACTEGA products and Rap- ida press configurations. New Rapida press users can take advantage of an ACTEGA starter kit. This kit was developed to optimize the print produced on any Rapida press, for premium applica- tions or everyday products in a variety of market sectors, including commercial print, folding carton, and corrugated packaging.

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Diamond Packaging won seven awards in the 28th An- nual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition, considered a premier showcase for foil stamping, embossing, and other specialty effects. The competition celebrates the quality, added value, shelf presence, security, and brand recognition that spe- cialty finishing processes lend to the printed sheet. Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts on several crite- ria including design, execution, and level of difficulty. Diamond won a Gold Leaf award in the “Best Use of Foil/ Embossing – Rigid Box (Best Engineered)” category for its Diamond Lockbox certified child-resistant packaging. Diamond Lockbox folding cartons are an upscale, cer- tified child-resistant packaging solution for medical or recreational marijuana products, combining beauty and Diamond won a Silver Leaf award in the “Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Folding Carton (Difficult)” category for Inter Parfums’ Dunhill Icon Absolute packaging. The car- tons were converted utilizing metallized polyester film (laminated to FSC-certified SBS board) and offset print- ed with opaque white, dense black, and transparent gold inks, in-line with aqueous satin matte coating. The inside strength in cannabis packaging design. Fragrance & Cosmetic Packaging Awards

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struction of the plant, located on 5 hectares in the Uytash industrial park in Kaspiysk, has already been completed and commissioning is underway. “If everything goes according to plan, then in the next month or two we will be able to open the facility,” said Nizam Khalilov, Minister of Industry and Trade of Dages- tan. The planned capacity of the plant is up to 20 million square meters of corrugated board per year.

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AF&PA Releases Paper Industry Capacity, Fiber Consumption Report The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) re- leased the 61st Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Con- sumption Report, indicating overall U.S. paper and paper- board capacity declined 1.6 percent in 2020, compared to the average decline of 1.1 percent per year since 2011. Notably in 2020, containerboard capacity expanded, continuing a decade-long trend, and reaching a record high of 40.4 million tons. Tissue paper capacity has also been trending upward, increasing for the past five years, as well as eight of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, U.S. mill consumption of recovered fiber reached the second-highest level in the past decade. The increase was driven by mill consumption of corrugated, the largest grade of recovered fiber, which reached a re- cord high of 22.8 million tons in 2020. Boxboard was the only packaging grade to decline last year, however survey responses indicate a slight rebound in 2021. Experiencing continued secular decline from displace- ment by electronic communication, capacity for newsprint and printing-writing papers decreased in 2020, with ca- pacity for both grades declining in the past decade. Some machines that historically produced printing-writing pa- pers have been and are being repurposed to produce containerboard and packaging paper.

Survey responses indicate total paper and paperboard capacity will remain essentially flat, decreasing less than one-half of one percent in 2021. The survey reports U.S. industry capacity data for 2020 and 2021 for all major grades of paper, paperboard and pulp, as well as fiber consumption, based on a compre- hensive survey of all U.S. pulp and paper mills. Survey data includes responses from companies representing more than 86 percent of U.S. paper and paperboard industry ca- pacity, with estimates completing the data set. Zimmerman Joins EFI As VP, General Manager Todd Zimmerman has joined Electronics For Imaging, Inc. as its new Vice President and General Manager, Display Graphics. He comes to EFI from Fujifilm USA, where he spent a decade and a half in a variety of executive roles, most recently as division president and corporate VP of Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems. Zimmerman will be based in Londonderry, New Hamp- shire, home to EFI’s Display Graphics Customer Expe- rience Center for the Americas. He will report to Scott Schinlever, Chief Operating Officer, EFI Inkjet, who has responsibility for EFI’s collective inkjet activities across the display graphics, packaging, textile and building materials markets.

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Elite Print Finishing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

With the new Smartfold folder-gluer, Roberts says he was looking for added efficiency and versatility. The gluer can run a wide range of sub- strates for his customers, including E- and F-flute corrugated and 24 pt cartonboard. It has 20 glue guns from W. H. Leary. “If somebody has a six- pack beverage carrier or six-corner box with an inner cell, this gluer with this type of glue head capacity gives me an advantage,” he said. In addition to the Smartfold, EPF also has a Bobst Media folder-gluer, three Bobst BMA foil stamping machines and a 1060 Masterwork platen diecutter as well as conventional coaters, stitchers and the new MGI machine. The Ultra X2S is an extended version folder-glu- er with two crash lock bottom sections and three back folding axes. It has motorized carriers for full and sec- tional job/memory recall that includes recovery of machine operational settings for fast and repeatable changeovers with minimal startup waste. It is powered with a low con- sumption multiple servo drive system for precise carton compression section shingle control through inching, pro- duction, acceleration and deceleration speed changes, as well as high-speed precision servo back folding systems which allows minimal carton separation. The electronics is based on non-proprietary technology for easy machine

servicing and with remote diagnostics capabilities. Additional features include a wireless operator remote control for machine operations and carrier positioning, dual pivoting human machine interface (HMI) operator touch screens, pre-folding of 6 corner cartons and other Standing in front of the MGI JETvarnish 3D digital embellish- ment press is from left: Steven Roberts, Danny Stone, Bryce Poremba and Devon Hornsby. Seated, from left, is, Abby Allred and Samantha McKay.


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specialty work, a long “universal multi-function section” with crash/auto lock bottom and integrat- ed “bump & turn” capabilities, left and right upper driven folding belts, as well as an additional servo driven back-folding axis. When asked about efficiencies gained with the Smartfold, Roberts said, “I can give you a perfect example. We were running a neutraceutical pack- age on the Media at the same time we were set up and ready to run it on the Smartfold. We were running at about 6,000 pieces an hour on the ex- isting gluer and we produced it at 38,000 piec- es an hour on the new gluer. We could run that same structure at about 50,000, but the problem is I can’t pack it that fast. It has been a very good investment so far.” Stunning Effects With the new MGI JETvarnish 3D, EPF can offer quick finishing solutions without the conventional overhead of dies and/or screens. Roberts says the machine takes contoured hot foil and raised spot UV coatings to a new dimension. “Everyone who sees and touches this work is completely overwhelmed by the vision and touch senses. We had a client tell us the product pretty much sells itself.”

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U.S. Display Group Invests In Barberán Digital Press

Simply Cartons, Nottingham, UK, has installed a Golden Eagle Cold Foil module, produced by Eagle Systems, Inc., a U.S. based developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment, on the company’s KBA 8-color 106 press. The instal- lation, which was completed last August in the converter’s expanded 7,500-square-meter facility, has enabled Simply Carton to launch EnviraMet, a new recyclable foil branded solution designed as a sustainable alternative to traditional metalized boards, as well as to revitalize their post-press ca- pabilities. Eco-Friendly Cold Foil Simply Carton’s EnviraMet replaces plastic lam- inate on metalized boards with a coating so that packag- ing can be easily recycled in the home. Without traditional metalized materials, there is no need for white overprint, allowing for a single printing pass of multiple metallic col- ors, eliminating the need for offline processes, according to the company. This reportedly saves time, materials, de- sign constraints, and more importantly, the environment. With numerous applications in mind for the cosmetics, fragrance, food and luxury drink, horticulture and health and beauty markets, EnviraMet is made possible by Ea-

gle Systems’ advanced cold foil system tabbed “Golden Eagle”. Eagle’s new system offers newly developed fully automatic features, as well as the “Eagle Cares” package complete with auto-doors and an on-going video feed. At the console monitor, the operator can view stop and start Eagle Systems President Mike King (L) and Simply Cartons’ Chief Executive Craig Mather finalize the installation of a Gold- en Eagle Cold Foil module on a KBA 8-color 106 press with a handshake.



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