Independent folding carton converters thrive with new investments
Despite continued consolidation in the folding carton industry, business growth among members of the Independent Carton Group (ICG) remains strong. This is evidenced by the significant investments ICG members have made in their operations. Curtis Packaging, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Wausau Container, Wausau, Wisconsin, and Accurate Box, Paterson, New Jersey, have new Koenig & Bauer Rapida presses. Accurate Box also installed robotic systems in its finishing department.
All Packaging, Aurora, Colorado, added 30,000 square feet to its Salt Lake City, Utah, facility filling it with new employees and equipment, including a sheeter, diecutter and multiple folder-gluers. In the Midwest U.S., all three Colbert Packaging facilities are running new equipment, including a second Brausse diecutter, two Zünd cutting systems, a Signature folder-gluer and a Vijuk insert folder.
Other equipment investments among ICG members include a litho-laminator at El Paso Paper Box, El Paso, Texas; Bobst diecutter at Dee Packaging, Chester, Pennsylvania; windowing machine at Vista Color, Miami, Fla.; and the addition of flexo print stations to the sheeter at Frankston Packaging, Frankston, Texas. Sonderen Packaging, Spokane, Washington, will soon take delivery of a new eCon sheeter.
Dee Packaging is currently implementing CartonERP as its enterprise resource planning system. Diamond Packaging, Rochester, New York, Accord Carton, Alsip, Illinois, Royal Paper Box, Montebello, California, and Curtis Packaging also made notable IT investments in recent months, ranging from cloud backup and security platforms to next-generation production scheduling technologies. Jones Packaging, London, Ontario, Canada, and Diamond Packaging are performing groundbreaking work in the integration of near field communication technologies and folding cartons. All ICG members are also addressing increased demand for anti-counterfeiting and security solutions.