OAKLAND, CA, June 10, 2016 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Digital printing offers corrugated converters the promise of being able to produce more customized boxes, in shorter runs, with faster turnaround times, almost on demand for customers--but the technology has been slow to take off in the corrugated sector, according to contacts.
Still, a burst of new product announcements and partnerships from equipment suppliers created buzz at the drupa 2016 international trade show in Germany, according to trade press reports.Read more
This brought total containerboard production for 2014 to 35.4 million tons, up 1.8% from a year ago.
US containerboard mills ran at 94.7% of capacity in December, up slightly from 94.3% in November and 90.3% a year ago, AF&PA reported.Read more
Box shipments declined by 1.8% on an actual basis in November to 27.914 billion ft2 but were up 3.6% on an average week basis, adjusted for one less day in the latest month which had only 18 shipping days, the Fibre Box Association (FBA reported).Read more
The Mitsubishi EVOL presses are to allow the Norampac plants to increase their productivity, versatility, and quality of products, the company said. The new press at Vaudreuil started up in September and the press at Drummondville started early last month.Read more
The two industry leaders International Paper (IP) and RockTenn also indicated they were growing more in line with overall industry box shipments, ending market share losses since their major acquisitions of Temple-Inland and Smurfit-Stone Container, respectively, in 2011-2012.Read more
North American box and containerboard demand should "emerge from its lethargy" in 2015 if consumer spending finally begins to pick up, RISI VP for paper packaging Ken Waghorne told attendees at RISI's 16th International Containerboard Conference (ICC) this week.
US box demand will grow 2.1%/yr during the 2015-2016 period after being stuck at less than 1%/yr growth since 2011, he forecast.Read more