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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
Industry Indicators 82 FLEXO september 2012 www.flexography.org prEssIng IssuEs International Boxboard demand Examined At ppC’s Technical and production Forum From June 26-27, 2012, the Paperboard Packaging Coun- cil (PPC) conducted its Technical and Production Forum in Springfield, MA to 40 folding carton plant managers, technical directors, and department leaders, as well as industry suppliers. During the workshop, attendees discussed freight and shipping best practices, learned about the benefits of busi- ness automation, and received an update on fiber certifica- tion programs. The highlight of the presentations was an overview of the international boxboard market provided by Diana Weiss, associate economist at RISI. Weiss began her discussion by closely analyzing the Asian boxboard market. Driven by a quickly growing demand for boxboard in China, she predicted that demand in Asia will increase by as much as 5.2 percent this year to reach 25 million tons by 2013. Of particular concern, how- ever, was Asia’s current oversupply of virgin grades, much of which RISI believes will be exported to the U.S . over the ensuing years, continuing to depress America’s ability to grow its own boxboard exports. Moreover, RISI predicts that over the next few years cartonboard demand will grow slowly in North America, re- maining as much as 11 percent below 2007’s pre-recession peaks. Likewise, boxboard production is expected to remain stagnant during this time. However, with a growing demand for recovered fiber in Asia and the Middle East, RISI predicts that CRB and OCC prices will increase 3 percent annually over the next few years. Finally, she predicted a relatively slow growth (1-2 percent) for folding carton production through 2016. glenroy, Inc. Introduces High-performance Tie Layer Technology For Foil-Based Flexible packaging Glenroy, Inc. , a custom converter and printer of flexible packaging, introduces HPC—a high-performance tie layer technology for foil-based flexible packaging. Developed us- ing customer feedback, HPC (High Performance Component) is engi- neered to meet cost objectives without sacrificing performance. HPC flexible packaging structures feature impres- sive chemical resistance, high-perfor- mance oxygen and moisture barrier properties, superior machinability and roll conformity, and economical pric- ing. Test results have shown HPC flex- ible packaging structures frequently outperforming other foil-based flexible packaging structures. Manufactured with state-of-the-art extrusion lamination equipment, HPC is available as a component within the firm’s line of foil-based flexible packaging laminations. HPC flex- ible packaging laminations are also available within the company ’s line of ExpressWeb surface printable packaging films, which are stocked and ready to ship within two to three business days. “ We continually search for new ways to advance the success of our customers. Expanding our offering to include HPC allows us to provide our customers with extremely cost- effective, high-performance flexible packaging structures,” explains Rich Buss, president, Glenroy. To learn more about HPC or Glenroy ’s other customized flexible packaging solutions, visit glenroy.com, or email email@example.com. 25 million tons the increased boxboard demand in Asia expected by 2013 3 percent the expected increase for coated recycled paperboard and old corrugated cartons prices annually 1-2 percent growth predicted for folding carton production through 2016