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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
ARC International Employees Earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt ARC International announced that 13 employees have earned their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. “ T his gradu- ation marks a key milestone in ARC’s continued initiative to build its Lean Six Sigma manufacturing infrastructure,” said Micheal Foran, president and chief executive officer, ARC. “ This program is taking place in parallel with the design and rollout of an enhanced knowledge management system. Together, these initiatives give ARC the skill sets and tools needed to embark on an aggressive program to in- crease our organization’s productivity and enhance quality.” Six Sigma training teaches a rigorous application of practical, proven quality management principles that pro- vide the tools, techniques, resources, culture, and business focus needed to maximize customer value. This is done by delivering outstanding quality consistently and by dramati- cally reducing operational costs through the elimination of waste and inefficiencies. “ Six Sigma is designed to help us dive deeper into processes,” said Steve Woodard, vice president, corporate services, ARC. “ T he knowledge that we obtained will be very helpful with problem solving here at ARC by using proven scientific methodology.” Left to right: Herb Thomas (Quality Control), Travis Vanover (Maintenance), Phillip Perfetto (Purchasing), John Hoopingarner (Plant Manager), Billy Roberts (Manufacturing), Kathryn Ballenger (Human Resources), Troy Heflin ( Engineering Services), Ashley Foran (Marketing), Anthony Bigger (Manufacturing), Steve Woodard (Sales), Harrison Foran (Manufacturing), Barry King (Manufacturing), Grant Field (Accounting) U.S. Demand for Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes Rising Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes in the U.S . is projected to increase 2.3 percent annually to $36.5 billion in 2016. An overall strengthening of the U.S. econ- omy following the 2007-2009 recession will contribute to this boost. In particular, growth will benefit from expanded food, beverage and durable goods output, as well as from a rebound in construction spending, which will stimulate demand for goods and materials (and their related boxes) used in construction applications. Gains will also be helped by a trend toward more expensive boxes, such as corrugated boxes and fold- ing cartons that offer high-quali- ty graphics and printing. Other value- added box types—such as those that are retail- or shelf- ready—are also expected to gain ground. Food and bev- erages, which accounted for 50 percent of total U.S . box demand in 2011, are the largest single box market. These and other trends are presented in Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Corrugated and solid fiber box demand is forecast to climb 2.5 percent per year through 2016 to $26.1 billion, supported by a rebound in manufacturing activity and accelerated growth in consumer spending. In addition, corrugated and solid fiber box demand will be supported by their well-entrenched position as the shipping container of choice in a number of markets as a result of their cost- effectiveness, excellent protective performance and limited competition from other packaging alternatives. Demand for folding paperboard boxes is expected to increase 1.7 percent per year to $9.8 billion in 2016, trailing the corrugated box pace as a result of strong competition from other packaging formats—mainly flexible packaging and mini-flute corrugated boxes. Source reduction ef- forts—such as the elimination or downsizing of secondary cartons—will also limit advances. Nonetheless, gains will benefit from a rebound in nondurable goods output and continued use in many markets because of their low cost, functionality and ability to provide considerable billboard space for eye-catching graphics and printing. Set-up box demand will increase modestly due to inroads by less costly options like folding cartons and plastic containers, but will benefit from usage as upscale packaging for premium confectionery products and fragrances. Customercentric Solutions 1500 FPM CI Full Servo Auto Setup 600-2000mm 630-681-2521 email@example.com www.kymcamerica.com Your business is unique, our equipment is modular. 1500 FPM Modular, In-line Flexo Full Servo 600-2000mm Discover how our custom solutions can assist yours. Invitation: July Print Trial Event Call for details. Over 2000 installations in 80 countries worldwide KYMC-Moduflex-Flexo0612.indd 1 5/30/12 5:13 PM 44 FLEXO JunE 2012 www.flexography.org