AICC’s Hands-On Exploration of Corrugated

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering its seminar Corrugated Essentials, Wednesday, March 11-Thursday, March 12, 2020, at StandFast Packaging in Carol Stream, Ill.

This seminar is a comprehensive, interactive exploration of corrugated packaging technologies. Attendees can analyze various packaging solutions, examine the performance attributes of containerboard and corrugated board, including appearance, printability, and runability. They will learn about everything from raw material choices to packaging design, printing, converting, sustainability, and end-use.

"Great presentation materials, especially the 'take-home' samples we worked on that were provided to each of us," said Oliver Enneking, sales representative, The Lawrence Paper Company.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on with containerboard production, corrugated products, characteristic test comparisons, and much more.

Instructors Dan Malenke, president, PKGPRO, LLC, and Ralph Young, AICC corrugated technical advisor, bring nearly 50 years of experience to the lectern and hands-on activities offered during the course.

"I loved the hands-on experience guided by a diverse group of experts," said Alan Ferrara, production manager, Cajas De Carton Sultana, S.A. de C.V.

Malenke is an accomplished practitioner, solutions provider, educator and author with extensive coast-to-coast and international experience in leading technology-rich seminars for the printing and packaging industries. He is particularly adept at creating synchronous courses of study from highly fragmented parts. Malenki holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Young serves as corrugated technical advisor to AICC members and is reportedly the wisdom and expertise behind ASKRALPH. With a bachelor of science in forest management and an MBA, his entire corporate career is in the forest products industry. Companies include Champion International, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper and Mead Containerboard. Young is a well-known speaker and expert on the technical aspects of corrugated packaging and box engineering.

The seminar will include a tour of StandFast Packaging, a leading provider of corrugated packaging, retail displays, retail packaging, graphic packaging and fulfillment services. Creativity, design, service and sustainability are interwoven into each and every one of their interactions. With a network of manufacturing plants and sales offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, StandFast provides customers with customized solutions that protect and market their products. Founded in 1967, StandFast continues to be a privately-held, family-owned business with Midwestern family values.

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