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March 2, 2005

Contents
Out of the Box: Industry News
New Products and Equipment Orders
News from TAPPI

Best Practices in Corrugator Operations Short Course
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OUT OF THE BOX

THE FIBRE BOX ASSOCIATION reported that the shipment of corrugated products climbed during January 2005, reversing a decline from December. According to the Association, January shipments of corrugated products were 32.312 billion square feet, a 1.3% increase from the same time last year. The increase was led by the Southeast, which saw shipments jump by 3.3 percent for January. The Western U.S. also showed a strong improvement for the month, with shipments up 2.4% for January. For January, total consumption of containerboard was 2.556 million tons, a 1.7% increase from the same time last year. Inventory of containerboard at corrugator plants was 2.4 million tons at the end of January, a 2% increase from figures the previous month. While inventory increased, the total weeks of supply declined by 5% to 3.8 weeks.


MICHELMAN, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA announced the recent acquisition of Kemira's antiskid and specialty coating lines sold to the paper converter market. Michelman has added the Kemira line of coatings to its existing silica-based non-skid coating line as a result of this transaction. Through Michelman, former Kemira customers now have access to a complete line of antiskid and barrier coatings. In addition to the acquisition, Rob Toth, former Kemira Business Group Manager, has joined the Michelman team and will be responsible for transitioning the business. For more information, please contact Michelman, Inc., 9080 Shell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Phone: (800) 333-1723. Fax: (513) 793-2504. Internet: www.michem.com.

IN OTHER MICHELMAN NEWS, the company announced the opening of its China Office on October 25, 2004. Miss Hannah Hu and Official Chief Representative, Mr. Sky Yuan, are available at the offices in Central Shanghai for technical support of Michelman's Performance Additives and Performance Coatings groups. Additionally, Mr. P. Marshall Wiseman has been appointed Regional Commercial Manager for the Asia-Pacific Region, effective January 1, 2005, and will continue to be responsible for commercial activity. The office address is:
Michelman Asia, Inc.
Office 3042, Central Place; No. 16 Henan Road South
Shanghai, China 200002
Tel: +86-21-6120-4404 Fax: +86-21-6374-3778

NEW PRODUCTS AND EQUIPMENT ORDERS

BCM INKS, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, a manufacturer of customized water flexo inks for the corrugated graphics POP and packaging market, has announced new ink technology for the graphics corrugated market. BCM's nanosize particle technology enables an ink to develop better color intensity, gloss, and transparency on most liners, according to the company. The inks are designed to run with no press-side adjustment and to clean with soap and water and/or water only. BCM said the inks print well on anilox up to 1200 line screen and 1-2 bcm. For more information contact Dr. Ted Vernardakis, BCM Inks' Director of R&D, at 513-469-0400 or by email tvernardakis@bcminks.com.


KADANT BLACK CLAWSON INC. has received an order for two Float Purger stock cleaning systems from Michigan Paperboard, Battle Creek, Mich. The equipment is being installed in the coarse screening loop of the mill's existing screening system. The cleaning system combines the concentration and removal of light contaminants, defibering of undeflaked stock, and collection and removal of heavy grit in a single machine. By incorporating Float Purger technology into their current system, the mill expects to see improved deflaking and more efficient removal of contaminants in its coarse screening operation. The new equipment will process various furnishes, such as old corrugated containers, old newsprint and clippings, in the production of coated boxboard. Installation and start-up is scheduled for mid-2005.


MICHELMAN announced the introduction of recyclable barrier coatings to strengthen and protect corrugated containers without paraffin wax. With all the necessary properties to withstand the rigors of refrigerator-cooling, forced air/pressure-cooling, vacuum cooling, other cooling methods and packaging of wet commodities, Michelman water-resistant coatings allow produce of all kinds to be handled in a single package from the field to the retail display. Michelman also offers moisture-resistant and/or water-resistant barrier coatings for boxes that are ideal for storage of frozen meat, fine paper products, building supplies, or other uses.

Michelman said its barrier coatings allow corrugated containers to remain recyclable and repulpable, reducing or eliminating waste and disposal costs. Other concerns with wax coatings--such as slippery boxes, problematic machine assembly, high wax add-on weights, and unsightly staining of the box interior--are also eliminated, benefiting growers, shippers, retailers, and the corrugated industry alike.

BarrierPLUS water-resistant offerings are FDA- and BGVV-compliant, repulpable, and value priced. The Michem® Coat 40 Series and Michem® Coat 40Plus offer water resistance and cold set glueability. HydraBanTM products offer water resistance with water beading and cold set glueability.

The VaporCoatTM Series has outstanding moisture vapor barrier (MVTR) and excellent grease and water resistance, said the company. VaporCoatTM 330 has excellent MVTR, water resistance and can be cold set glued. Moisture vapor barrier coatings available from Michelman are FDA-complaint and repulpable.

FibreMaxTM is a water based fiber treatment that increases the stacking strength, flat crush and sag resistance of corrugated under humid conditions without sacrificing repulpability. Technical Data Sheets are available from Michelman. For more information about Michelman recyclable barrier coatings or other Michelman products, please contact Michelman, Inc., 9080 Shell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Phone: (800) 333-1723. Fax: (513) 793-2504. Internet: www.michem.com, or www.expandingpaper.com.


NEWS FROM TAPPI

Three TAPPI Virtual Seminars Offered in April
Mark your calendar now for three TAPPI Virtual Seminars coming in April:
Value of Bi-Annual Corrugated Engineering Audits to your Organization Virtual Seminar
April 8, 2005, 11:30 a.m., U.S. Eastern Time

Increased Profits Through Centerlining Your Corrugator
April 15, 2005, 11:30 a.m., U.S. Eastern Time

One Box Set-up for Flexos and Die Cutters Virtual Seminar
April 26, 2005, 11:30 a.m., U.S. Eastern Time

Two TAPPI Short Courses in May
Implementing Lean Manufacturing for Flexos and Die Cutters Short Course
May 10-11, 2005, Panama City Beach, Florida
This course will present an aggressive approach to cost effective manufacturing. Learn how to take the guesswork out of the "Process" of Running Die Cutters and Flexo Folder Gluers. Proven methods of effective set up techniques and methods to calibrate the machines to OEM specifications will be demonstrated.

Best Practices in Corrugator Operations Short Course
May 16-19, 2005, TAPPI Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia
The Best Practices in Corrugator Operations Short Course teaches participants how to understand each element in the corrugating process, which will lead to higher productivity, better quality, and waste reduction.


TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Conference to Focus on Profitability
Attendees of the 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference, September 26-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will participate in a technical program focusing on Reclaiming Hidden Profits in Corrugated Manufacturing Facilities. The six technical sessions will cover topics critical to success and profitability such as runnability, safety, and management issues. According to Dick Klick, Vice Chairman Programming for the division, "this program will deliver on TAPPI's mission to provide sound solutions to workplace problems that impact our members, their companies, and the industry. Participants will learn about topics that are critical to success in our industry."

In addition to the six strong technical sessions, participants will also benefit by attending two What's New sessions to see and hear about the latest products and services available to the industry. One What's New session will focus on items available for under $10,000 while the other session will feature higher-end products.

The program committee has also engaged two fascinating keynote speakers. Richard Pratt, chairman of Visy Industries will share his industry insight as the Keynote Speaker on Monday, September 26. And on Tuesday, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to motivational speaker and former NFL star Rocky Bleier.

Along with the learning experiences provided by the comprehensive program, conference attendees will have unparalleled opportunities for meeting peers, sharing ideas and learning from others. The networking opportunities begin with the Corrugated Classic Golf Outing on Sunday, September 25 and continue on Monday evening with the Networking Reception Extravaganza.


Upcoming Corrugated Packaging Events
April 8, 2005 - TAPPI Virtual Seminar - Part I - Value of Bi-Level Corrugated Engineering Audits in your Operations

April 15, 2005 - TAPPI Virtual Seminar - Part II - Increased Profits through Centerlining Your Corrugator

April 21, 2005 - FISCOTEC Committee Meeting - Hyatt Regency - Rosemont, IL

April 26, 2005 - TAPPI Virtual Seminar - One Box Set-up for Flexos and Die Cutters

May 3, 2005 - Chicago TAPPI - Flexo & Die Cutting Machine Update - Wyndham Drake, Oakbrook, IL

May 10-11, 2005 - Implementing Lean Manufacturing for Flexos and Die Cutters Short Course - Marriott Bay Point, Panama City, FL

May 16-19, 2005 - Best Practices In Corrugator Operations - Atlanta, GA, USA

June 15-17, 2005 - CORBOTEC Committee Meeting - Central Wisconsin.

August 23, 2005 - Chicago TAPPI - Annual Golf Outing - Location TBA

September 26 & 27, 2005 - Corrugated Packaging Conference - Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV, USA

November 1, 2005 - Chicago TAPPI - Trade Fair and guest speaker - location TBA

September 22-26, 2008 - SuperCorrExpo 2008 - GWCC - Atlanta, GA, USA


 

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