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Corrugated GP plans second digital US print plant, with startup in early 2022 in the Phoenix area

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Corrugated GP plans second digital US print plant, with startup in early 2022 in the Phoenix area

August 20, 2021 - 18:36

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2021 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Georgia-Pacific (GP) expects to open a new plant with an HP PageWide digital printer in early 2022 in the Phoenix area, a company official told Fastmarkets RISI’sPPI Pulp & Paper Week.

“We are building out a new facility … for a second digital web press,” the GP official toldP&PW.

“This is separate from our mailer production site (but is fairly close in proximity)” that GP started up to make an envelope mailer product in Tolleson, AR. Amazon is the main customer for the brown mailer.

The new Hummingbird plant with the digital printer “will not include corrugated production or converting,” such as a corrugator, the GP contact toldP&PW.“We will produce printed rolls and ship to either GP plants or third-party converters to produce the boxes. This will increase our digital print capacity and improve service in the West.”

GP now operates a digital printer for the Hummingbird business in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati digital printer plant started up in 2018. In a LinkedIn post last week, GP said digital printing on corrugated packaging was especially aimed for e-commerce, food, and household products.

Digital printing for the corrugated business has been on the rise since about 2018. Along with the HP digital printer, some companies already are running EFI and Barberan digital printers at their plants in the USA. Contacts tell that digital printing allows for brightly printed with color on corrugated as well as customization from box to box on a specific base per customer.

  • SupplyOnesaid it acquiredWilheit Packaging, a privately-held distributor of shipping, packaging, and maintenance products, in what would be its at least second corrugated-related acquisition following a deal it announced in April to acquire customer corrugated boxmakerBell Containerof Newark, NJ. Wilheit Packaging is headquartered in Gainesville, GA, does business with food processors and industrial manufacturers in 15 states from its facilities in Gainesville, GA, Atlanta, Wilmington and Warsaw, NC, and Arab, AL.

-by grudder@fastmarkets.com