CHICAGO, May 1, 2013 (RISI) -No matter what your title may be, it doesn't automatically connote leadership capabilities, said Mark Sanborn, leadership expert and pres of Sanborn & Associates. He was the keynote speaker at the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) Spring Meeting in Orlando last week. The meeting was attended by about 400 independent box makers and suppliers to the industry.Read more
Box buyers still have plenty of options even as the number of suppliers shrinks. Why?
Remember when box prices rose in tandem with containerboard prices? Sure, a 30 or 60 day lag existed and the box price increase didn’t always go up as much as the board price increase. But the trend was pretty consistent.Read more
How a plastics industry veteran left his business comfort zone for a new world of box plants and board mills.
Jawed Ghias, president, Global Packaging Solutions (GPS), Otay Mesa, Calif., knows the ups and downs of plastics manufacturing well. Born in Pakistan, he worked in the industry for 22 years before arriving in the U.S. in April 1985 and finding a job as a mechanical engineer with Industrial Molding Corp. in Torrance, Calif.Read more
By offering much more than corrugated boxes, this independent box maker has been able to adapt to evolving packaging needs.
Full steam ahead. If you want to understand the business operating philosophy of John Tatum, ceo, Heritage Paper (HP), Livermore, Calif., these three words sum it up nicely. He’s always pushing forward. Don’t insult him by calling HP a traditional sheet plant. More accurately, it’s a full-service packaging provider that is blessed with a location that allows it to keep growing.Read more
Diversify or die is a blunt but appropriate business philosophy for Bob Mormile Jr. As president of The VT Group, Yeadon, Pa., he operates his flexographic plate-making operation knowing that he must avail himself of new technology. If he doesn't continue to offer services that his competitors can't match, he won't be able to provide jobs for his many veteran employees — jobs that at some point in his career he has done himself.