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Stunning Folding Cartons Among PPC Competition Winners

(USA, Nov. 8, 2016) The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) recently announced the winners of its 73nd annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition during the association’s Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Adjudicated by a panel of packaging experts, these cartons represent the best in converting excellence, innovation, and sustainability that the North American folding carton industry has provided its customers over the past year.
Paperboard Package of the Year
Converted by TPC Printing & Packaging


A work of art and a feat of precision, the Be Joyful perfume carton was displayed prominently in Bath & Body Works stores during the 2015 holiday season. Carefully converted to mirror the aesthetics of a holiday ornament, the carton features custom laminate lenses that took months of prototyping to create. The lenses were carefully applied to the board, as miniscule imprecisions in placement could throw off the entire look. The carton also has custom press applied colors and silkscreened white copy for a clean appearance. Masterfully converted, this piece shows us a new and striking side of paperboard never quite seen before.
Folding Carton of the Year
Converted by The Ellis Group


This eye-catching M&M’s stocking stuffer pack reminds us how structural and graphic design can work together to form an unforgettable, gift-worthy package. The carton’s perforations and creasing let consumers split the pack into individual gifts—ready to fill all of the stockings on the mantle during the holidays. The graphics showcase M&M’s happy, playful brand, with each unit featuring one of the four M&M’s characters dressed for the holiday. A truly dynamic design, these cartons are brand-forward, convenient for parents, and fun for kids.
Rigid Box of the Year
Converted by Tap Packaging Solutions


Sold in Anthropologie, a high-end retail store for women, this Leitmotiv Eau De Parfum Set fragrance required high-quality packaging to match the expectations of the store’s discerning shoppers. A luxurious rigid box was the perfect choice. With gold foil stamping and a unique hinge opening, this setup box stands out on the shelf, conveying a lightness and elegance that appeals to the brand’s target market. Inside the pack, the perfume bottles are further branded and protected by paperboard sleeves that are printed and foil stamped to match the outer wrap.
Eco Award
Converted by WestRock


This 12-pack carrier for glass beer bottles sits triumphantly at the intersection of sustainability and brand power. In substituting a lighter 27pt Carrier Kote for the previous design’s litho-laminated B-flute, this carton yielded 66% freight/logistics savings, 3% material weight savings, 81% savings in pallets and valuable brewery floor space, and a 30% carbon footprint reduction. Furthermore, the new substrate choice eliminated undesirable visible fluting (known as a “washboard look”) that detracts from the brand, graphics, and overall appearance. Instead, smooth and consistent paperboard yields waste reductions and promotes the brand better than ever before.
Innovation Award
Converted by WestRock


Demonstrating the unmatched strength and power of paperboard, this 20-can Bud Light beer carton features a unique strap-style handle—made entirely of paper—that improves performance three times over similar cartons with traditional racetrack handles.
The strap distributes weight to the ends of the carton where it attaches to the minor flaps, improving strength and performance. Additionally, the rigidity of the cans helps the carton withstand the pressure of their weight, thereby eliminating deformation and bulging that can occur when customers pick up similar packs. The strap also extends to allow space for the consumer’s hand, and has a reinforcement ply for a more robust and comfortable grip.
Judges’ Award
Converted by Caraustar Industries


With this heavy-duty paperboard carrier, consumers can safely and comfortably transport their hot dishes to picnics, family gatherings, or the Sunday game. A four-corner beers style tray with fold-over double-layer handles, this design can hold twice the weight of the food that consumers can place in the pan. The system also includes a corrugated pad that insulates the hot pan and increases stability and strength of the paperboard tray—a feature not currently available in any other disposable aluminum pans on the market.
Judges’ Award
Converted by JohnsByrne Co.


These high-end Casamigos tequila boxes pull out all the stops to allure consumers. Converted on a one-of-a-kind press with three coating units, eight print units, and 4 drying units, they have silver pre-foil stamping, ultra violet gloss coating, seven colors (three of which are custom pantone), soft-touch matte coating, and satin varnish. Post-press, the carton was embossed with the Casamigos logo, and a vertical wood grain deboss was applied throughout.
Judges’ Award
Converted by TPC Printing & Packaging


Simulating the look of fire and charcoal, this Jack Daniels holiday carton features special holographic red foil stamping and extensive embossing. To achieve the fiery effect, the carton required a whopping seven passes including silk screening, two stamping passes, and embossing in addition to diecutting and folding/gluing. Yet all this work certainly paid off: when rotated in light, the red foil reflects a myriad of different shimmering colors—much like real fire.
For more information on the competition and a complete list of winners and photos, visit www.paperbox.org/CC (Source: Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC))

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Valmet to supply key technologies for Cheng Loong’s new board machine

(Helsinki, Finland, Sept. 12, 2016) Valmet will supply Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company

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Andritz to convert SC paper machine to produce lightweight containerboard for Heinzel Group in Laakirchen, Austria

(Graz, Austria, September13, 2016) International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Heinzel

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Romania’s Vrancart eyes €14.7M investment

(Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 09, 2016) Romania’s cardboard maker Vrancart Adjud is aiming to acquire

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Caraustar Industries Acquires Los Angeles Paper Box

(USA, Sept. 6, 2016) Caraustar Consumer Packaging announced that it has acquired Los Angeles

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DS Smith Completes Acquisition of Deku-Pack in Denmark; obtains €3.2M financing to develop Hungarian operations

(London, Sept. 5, 2016) DS Smith said that it has completed the acquisition of

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Multimedia: Learn why corrugated looks better and is safer

(USA, Sept. 2016) The benefits of corrugated packaging. Go To: http://bit.ly/27sFc79 And know why corrugated

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Andritz to deliver recycled paper plant and PM approach to Pro-Gest

(Graz, Austria, August 30, 2016) The paper machine is targeted to produce 550,000 tons

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Hungary’s UgrinPack to expand, modernize plant

(Budapest, August 29, 2016) Hungary-based cardboard packaging maker Dunapack Kft has secured an investment

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Rottneros leads European project for bio-based packaging

(Sweden, Sept. 01, 2016) Rottneros Packaging AB and Rottneros Bruk AB are participating in

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Weyerhaeuser completes sale of liquid packaging board business

(USA, Sept. 01, 2016) Weyerhaeuser has 280,000 tons of liquid packaging board capacity at

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Greycon (UK) revolutionises cartonboard production

(London, UK, August 30, 2016) In January 2016, Greycon implemented their world renowned system

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VPK Paper starts up PM6 in Belgium after rebuild

(Helsinki, August 30, 2016) Valmet announced that it successfully completed a comprehensive rebuild of

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Assocarta reports Italy’s paper and board industry back on growth track in 2015

(Gernsbach, Germany, July 20, 2016) The year 2015 ended on a positive note overall

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Corrugated industry links rise in recycled content of boxes to advancements in papermaking technology

(USA, August 24, 2016) The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) announced that advancements in papermaking

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Spain’s paper industry recovering

(Barcelona, August 18, 2016) Spain’s paper industry is recovering. According to the Spanish Association

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New Study Finds Paper Use on the Rise in the Classroom

(USA, August 16, 2016) Today, children often learn to swipe before they learn to

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Finland’s Production of Pulp, Paperboard and Softwood Sawn Timber Up in First Half 2016

(Helsinki, August 16, 2016) The forest-based sector’s [Finland] recent investments have boosted production of

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Brazil’s Export of Pulp, Wood Panels and Paper Increased Substantially in First Half 2016

(Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 11, 2016) The balance of trade for the Brazilian planted

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Total U.S. Boxboard Production Down 2.5% in July

(Washington DC, August 18, 2016) The American Forest & Paper Association has released its

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Valmet to supply a moisturizer system to Zhejiang Dongda Paper; will enable improved board quality

(Helsinki, Finland, August 11, 2016) Valmet will supply a moisturizer system to Zhejiang Dongda

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Voith breakthrough with startup of Sun Paper’s new testliner project

(Heidenheim, Germany, July 28, 2016) Sun Paper, one of the leading paper makers in

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Report: Retail Ready Packaging Offers Advantages over Traditional Packaging

(Cleveland, USA, July 20, 2016) Demand for retail ready packaging is forecast to increase

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Kotkamills starts up new consumer board machine, BM2, in Finland; capacity 400,000 t/yr of Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board

(Helsinki, July 22, 2016) Kotkamills’ new consumer board machine, BM2, has started production in

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Graphic Packaging Second Quarter 2016 Net Sales Up on Acquisitions

(USA, July 26, 2016) Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK), a leading provider of packaging

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UK-based packaging major DS Smith acquires Creo Retail Marketing

(London, June 23, 2016) DS Smith on June 23 acquired Creo Retail Marketing Ltd

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M&As: Weyerhaeuser to Sell Liquid Packaging Board Business to Nippon Paper Industries for $285 Million

(USA, June 16, 2016) Weyerhaeuser Company [June 16] announced an agreement to sell its

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Capacities: Stora Enso inaugurates its new consumer board mill in China

(Helsinki / Shanghai, June 15, 2016) Stora Enso inaugurates its new consumer board mill

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10 top trends of 2016: The Internet World of Packaging

(Brussels, January 2016) The world is one big shopping centre. POS is everywhere. We

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10 top trends of 2016: The Internet World of Packaging

(Brussels, January 2016) The world is one big shopping centre. POS is everywhere. We

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