American Forest & Paper Association Releases December 2018 Containerboard Report

Containerboard production was essentially flat compared to December 2017 but up 1.7 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to November 2018 was 1.8 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate was 94.2 percent, 2.9 percentage points lower than the same month last year. Production for export was 11.0 percent lower than December 2018 while year-end production for export was down less than half a percent over year-end 2017.
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Metsä Board strengthens its packaging design services

Metsä Board operates Packaging Service teams on three continents – Europe, the Americas and APAC – to jointly, with customers, create lighter, more environmentally friendly and efficient packaging. Metsä Board is delighted to announce that the teams will be further strengthened with new design expertise following the appointments of Marko Leiviskä and Iiro Numminen. Marko Leiviskä, Metsä Board’s new Graphic Packaging Designer, has a strong global background working for brand owners, converters and board mills. This experience has given him a unique perspective on how packaging can strengthen a brand and this role will allow him to combine his technical skills into design and brand strategy. He moves to Metsä Board from OneMusketeer Oy, where he worked as an entrepreneur and head of design. He has experience of designing and conceptualising global campaigns for companies like Metsä Board, Stora Enso, Kotkamills, Walki Group and Woikoski. Before OneMusketeer, he worked for Konsepti Advertising and Drum Communications. Click read more below for additional detail.
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TC Transcontinental Packaging is breaking the recycling barrier for multilayer flexible film pouches with one of the first commercialized 100% recyclable pouch with barrier!

TC Transcontinental Packaging is proud to launch in North America one of the first-in-market, 100% recyclable, multilayer barrier stand-up pouch in partnership with Harney & Sons, an American tea company, for their loose tea flexible plastic pouch. Available at their stores since November 2018, the multilayer recyclable pouch with barrier brings an innovative new sustainable product to the industry while still protecting the flavor and the freshness of the product. Blending art, science, and technology, TC Transcontinental Packaging collaborated with Dow and Charter NEX Films to develop one of the first commercialized package for food that hits all notes: 100% recycle ready for in-store drop off, EVOH barrier for product preservation, seal strength, and durability. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Paper Bags Proudly Displaying Their Great Sustainability Story

Our Member Spotlight blog focuses attention on how Two Sides and its members collaborate to make the best use of our materials and information. This month’s spotlight is on Fischer Paper Products and their initiative to donate 5,000 paper bags with a Two Sides design and sustainability message. In total, 12 Two Sides member companies ordered the free bags and are now using them for various applications. Paper bags are based on a renewable raw material – either recycled fiber or fiber from sustainably managed North American forests. The message on the bags is a reminder that, due to responsible forestry practices, our forests are either growing year over year (in the U.S.), or remaining stable (in Canada). There is sometimes a perception that pulp and paper production is causing forest loss, when in fact, it is exactly the opposite in North America. In addition to their renewable features, paper bags are also highly recyclable which makes them a great part of the circular economy and an alternative to other choices, such as plastic bags. The paper for the bags was supplied by vendors certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council, demonstrating sustainable forestry practices. The bags were also printed and assembled using water-based inks and vegetable-based adhesives. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Pratt Industries’ Sustainability Principles

Pratt Industries a leading provider of high-quality paper-based and other packaging solutions, has a history of and commitment to sustainable business practices. We back up that claim every day with unprecedented investment in innovative technology at our mills and converting facilities, an emphasis on paper recovery and recycling, a commitment to creating quality green jobs, and engagement in the communities in which we live and work. Our environmental sustainability efforts include, but are not limited to: •Utilizing advanced technology and a highly skilled workforce to create cutting-edge packaging solutions at our four — soon to be five — 100 percent recycled paper mills. •Making an unprecedented investment in infrastructure and green jobs. •Optimizing packaging and reducing fiber consumption thanks to lighter weight advanced grade structures, made possible by the most innovative and modern containerboard system in North America. •Recovering more than 2.2 million tons of paper and other recyclable materials yearly. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Fabric Dunnages and Dividers on Returnable Containers, Offer Maximum Protection and Reduces Waste

Integrating fabric dunnages on reusable packaging are a cost-effective and durable solution for protecting delicate finished components and other sensitive products while in transit. Sensitive components for markets like the automotive industry can be difficult to transport without the right solution. Solutions like rigid dividers are often implemented in an attempt to keep products more securely in place, but can often create scratches and scuffs on extra sensitive parts. To avoid these issues, DS Smith Plastics also offers textile dividers in their returnable transit packaging for parts that need added padding. Textile dividers are an alternative interior solution for returnable containers and boxes designed to hold sensitive products safely in position, while not creating extra forces in transit. While dividers made of rigid materials are great for larger and stronger engine components in the automotive industry, other materials like head lamps and mirrors could benefit from textile materials to prevent any kind of scratching. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Tetra Pak to offer new levels of customisation and flexibility with digital printing technology

A first for the beverage carton industry, this investment taps the power of digital on-package printing to offer new possibilities for beverage brands. Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, a global leader in the field. The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and opening up new opportunities for flexibility in order placement and product customisation. Beverage brands can take advantage of added benefits like dynamic on-package printing and the ability to include a variety of designs within the same order. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Chooses Premium Metal Packaging

Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging Europe collaborated with champagne producer Piper-Heidsieck to launch a promotional tin for the Australian Open tennis tournament (14-27 January 2019). As the official champagne of the tournament, Piper wanted to celebrate the competition, the first of four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, with a limited edition premium packaging format. Piper-Heidsieck turned to Crown’s team of specialists to bring the packaging concept – which was inspired by a tube of fresh new tennis balls – to life. The simple yet striking premium tin features a mixture of red and gold colors with balls seemingly ‘bouncing’ around on the packaging canvas. The rich red, applied using a matte finish, complements the embossed golden logo and balls, enhancing the visual and tactile nature of the package. Click read more below for additional detail.
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New yogurt jar appeals to health conscious-consumers

The yogurt market in Latin America continues to grow as companies develop products to appeal to health-conscious consumers. That appeal includes premium-looking packaging that is durable and increasingly sustainable. For Danone that includes developing attractive packaging for its new all-natural spoonable yogurt which is sold in Argentina. The transparent 200-ml polyethylene terephthalate (PET) jar with a wide-mouth opening and an aluminum-PET-aluminium closure with a 65mm over cap in clear polypropylene (PP) was developed in collaboration with global packaging company Amcor. “This wide-mouth PET jar is an entirely new format offering for cold-fill dairy products,” said Martin Darmandrail, new business development director for Amcor in Argentina. “In a market historically dominated by thermoformed PP and polystyrene containers, we’ve shaken things up with a yogurt package with the durability, freshness, performance, manufacturing, and sustainability benefits of PET.” Click read more below for additional detail.
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Koehler and heinzelsales announce Partnership for Flexible Packaging

With its announcement less than a year ago that it was making a major investment in its Kehl mill, the Koehler Paper Group took the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. While the workers at the construction site are making major strides and the work is well on schedule, the employees at the company’s headquarters in Oberkirch, Germany, are also busy laying the groundwork to ensure that the sales team can hit the ground running from day one. As a result of their efforts, Koehler has now won Wilfried Heinzel AG, also known as heinzelsales, as an experienced and extremely qualified partner to market the papers for flexible packaging in France, Spain, and Portugal. Together with heinzelsales, Koehler wants to work on securing the future business success of single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability. Click read more below for additional detail.
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