Amazon’s new sustainable packaging program puts the customer first

On Sept. 18, 2018, just two months shy of the 11th anniversary of the launch of Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program, Amazon notified thousands of its North American vendors by letter of a new incentive program designed to drive more sustainable packaging that reduces waste and damage and “delights” customers. The new program urges vendors to […]

WestRock Wins Two 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Awards

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized WestRock with two 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year AF&PA has honored WestRock for its sustainability advancements. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9, in Dallas, Texas.

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Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging

On 31 October Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging vendor incentive program landed in Europe – initially rolling out in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the UK, shortly after the North American launch. In the lead-up to Black Friday (the most hectic period in the calendar of the world’s largest e-tailer) Tim Sykes spoke with Dr Kim Houchens, […]

Valmet to supply OCC and containerboard lines for Mondi SCP Ružomberok in Slovakia

Valmet will supply Old Corrugated Container (OCC) and OptiConcept M containerboard making lines with a winder for Mondi SCP’s mill in Ružomberok, Slovakia. The start-up of PM 19 is expected towards the end of 2020.

PM 19 including Valmet’s automation solutions will be designed to produce a new and unique environmentally sound containerboard grade, kraft […]

AICC Members Build on the Basics

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, welcomed over 20 representatives of AICC member companies to Fort Worth, TX, October 24- 25 for Corrugated Packaging Fundamentals.


Dan Malenke, President, PKGPRO, LLC and Ralph Young, AICC Corrugated Technical Advisor, led the seminar and brought nearly 50 years of experience to the lectern and hands-on activities offered during […]

Xperience the Future

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for its comprehensive conference on digital printing for the packaging industry, Digital Xperience, to be held February 26- March 1, 2019, at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, NC.


“AICC’s Digital Xperience is the first conference of its kind, home grown in our corrugated, folding […]

Smurfit Kappa Listed on Ethibel Sustainability Index for 5th Consecutive Year

Global paper packaging company Smurfit Kappa has been reconfirmed as a member of the Ethibel Sustainability Index for the 5th year in a row, demonstrating its continued best-in-class approach to sustainability.

The Ethibel Sustainability Indices ( are composed of companies included in the Russell Global Index displaying the best performance in the field of Corporate […]

U.S. containerboard production up 1.8% in October

U.S. containerboard production was up 0.5% in October 2018 compared to October 2017 and up 1.8% year-to-date, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.


The month-over-month average daily production compared to September 2018 was 1.5% lower. The containerboard operating rate was 96.2%, 1.6 percentage points lower than the same month last year.



AICC 2019 Independent Safe Shop Awards: Recognizing Safety Excellence

Each year AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, recognizes AICC Member Companies for outstanding performance in plant safety through the Independent Safe Shop Awards.


Participation in the Independent Safe Shop Awards generates greater awareness, enthusiasm, and pride for the safety accomplishments companies and their employees have achieved. It also allows companies to showcase their efforts […]

EC clears DS Smith’s €1.9bn acquisition of Europac

In June this year, DS Smith proposed to acquire Europac for €1.67bn. DS Smith’s offer consisted of €16.8 per Europac share, valuing the business at €1.9bn on an enterprise value basis.

The EC has approved the acquisition based on certain conditions, including the divestment of various production plants in Portugal and France.

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