An Unforgettable SuperCorrExpo

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, and TAPPI welcomed nearly 3,000 attendees and 226 exhibitors at SuperCorrExpo®, August 8-12, in Orlando, Fla. The industry came together for a successful trade show which offered attendees an incredible opportunity to participate in a week of exceptional programming. 

SuperCorrExpo featured workshops, general sessions and the show floor, which allowed attendees to be on the cutting edge of industry trends, innovations, and new products and services.

“This was my first SuperCorrExpo, and the experience was one I will never forget. Being able to walk around and learn about new equipment for the machines we use was very eye-opening,” said Jordan Dawson, Harris Packaging Corp. “On top of learning more about machines, I was able to talk to vendors and peers about today’s market. Hearing the positive news from everyone was very encouraging. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our industry.”

Keynote speakers Pete Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greif Inc., Richard Boyd, Co-Founder and CEO of Tanjo, Inc, Duncan Wardle, Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney and Founder of iD8 & innov8, Elizabeth McCormick, a leadership specialist and decorated US Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, David Sewell, CEO, WestRock, and Jim Morris, retired professional baseball player, and the inspiration behind the movie The Rookie, all offered inspiration and new ideas to attendees. 

Workforce challenges were addressed in the Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Current Times workshop. At the same time, digital printing and its impact on the industry were discussed during supplier and converter panels. Competitor-proof Your Company and Delivering Impactful Value Propositions were two workshops that helped members learn techniques to grow their sales. Additional workshops included Artificial Intelligence and How It Can Be Securely Implemented, How our Industry is Stronger Post-COVID, and a panel on Virtual Training for Boxplants – Tools & Techniques. 

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in specialty trainings. Best Practices on the Corrugator offered participants an understanding of each element in the corrugating process, leading to higher productivity and profitability, better quality, and reduced waste and downtime. The Production & Maintenance Forum gave attendees backstage visits to machines at SuperCorrExpo and special maintenance insights. Participants returned to their plants with a greater understanding of new and traditional technologies, SOPs, and decision guides.

Many TAPPI and AICC members were celebrated during the event for the awards they earned, including:

TAPPI AWARD WINNERS

·       Benjamin Frank, Ph.D., Packaging Corporation of America: Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award

·       Peter Snyder: The President’s Choice Award

·       Lena Sharesky: Young Professional of the Year Award

·       Glenn Rogers: David A. Carlson Division Leadership and Service Award

·       Richard (Dick) Lund: 2021 Division Technical Award and Harry J. Bettendorf Prize

AICC AWARD WINNERS

·       JB Machinery: 1st and 3rd Place AICC / Board Converting News / Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Competition for the AutoWash™ – automatic plate washing and DigiFlex™ high speed variable imaging

·       HP: 2nd AICC / Board Converting News / Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Competition for the HP PageWide C500 Top Feeder

·       Pat Szany, American Corrugated Machine: AICC Champion Award

·       Doug Muller, Haire Group: AICC/ Fastmarkets RISI Hall of Fame

AICC and TAPPI also awarded various scholarships for students in engineering and packaging sciences.  

In addition to several receptions, the AICC Emerging Leaders and TAPPI Young Professionals also had a special networking event for the next generation of leaders in the industry.  

Joseph M. Palmeri, Jamestown Container Companies, said “it was great to see the members of AICC and TAPPI come together in Orlando to support our industry suppliers at SuperCorrExpo. None of our companies can be successful without the assistance of our suppliers and the role they play in our continued success. Every four years, we are afforded the opportunity with SuperCorrExpo to have them all together in one location for our benefit. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn what’s new, renew friendships, and create new ones all to help us be a better supplier to our customers.”

On the show floor 102,850 sq. ft. were filled with 226 exhibitors sharing the latest services and technology available to the industry. 

“We were pleased with the quality and focus of the visitors at SuperCorrExpo…It was great to see friends and colleagues in person after this extended period between shows and pandemic restrictions. The reduced attendance gave us the real opportunity to spend more quality time with each person,” said Roger Poteet, Poteet Printing Systems, A Flint Group Company.

On the floor visitors were also able to browse the first-ever Box Manufacturing Olympics, which brought together TAPPI’s CorrPak® Competition and AICC’s Package Design Competition. The results of the competition can be found at www.supercorrexpo.org/bmo.

AICC and TAPPI are grateful for the support of their members, as well as the companies who generously sponsored the Conference. A full list of sponsors can be found at www.supercorrexpo.org/exhibit-sponsor/sponsors

AICC and TAPPI’s next joint event is Corrugated Week, September 19-22, in San Antonio, Texas. More information will be available soon at www.corrugatedweek.org.