February 2018

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2018 Spring Meeting Speakers

Recap from 2017 Fall Customer Alignment Meeting with Sonoco

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Meet ASPI Member Printpack

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2018 Spring Meeting Features Speakers from Clearwater, Kruger, KapStone, GPI, IP and Domtar

Each Spring, the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) brings together leaders from a wide range of pulp, paper, and packaging industry suppliers to further their knowledge about how best to serve industry customers. This year is no exception. The ASPI Spring program features industry CEOs-plus ample networking opportunities-in a relaxed, informal setting.  

The 2018 ASPI Spring Meeting will be held February 28 - March 2 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Mike Lafave, SVP & COO, Containerboard/Packaging & Recycling, Kruger
  • Bill Kessinger, Vice President and General Manager, KapStone
  • Alan Nichols, SVP, Mills, Graphic Packaging International
  • Paul O'Bernier, Paper and Board Manufacturing Solutions, International Paper
  • Terry Borden, Vice President, Purchasing, Clearwater.
  • Maria Brennan, Vice President, Supply Chain, Domtar

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Recap From 2017 Customer Alignment Meeting with Sonoco

It may not be surprising that Sonoco-an industry leader in pulp, paper, and packaging-would bring together a roomful of top executive leaders. But to invite a range of industry suppliers to join them? That's a rare opportunity for customer alignment.

In September, Sonoco hosted ASPI's Fall 2017 Customer Alignment meeting, giving members outstanding access to a major producer. Attendees from both sides commented on the benefits of the open communication. "This is my first ASPI meeting, and I'm pleased with how much information is being shared," commented Greg Munoz, staff VP, global supply management and logistics for Sonoco. "I think it's the right thing to do."

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Access past Presentations from ASPI Meetings

Is your company a member of ASPI? Are you sharing those benefits with others in your organization? While one of the greatest benefits of ASPI membership can be found in the networking at ASPI meetings, there is also a member benefit that allows you to "pay it forward."

After every ASPI meetings, presentations are posted to the ASPI website. Nearly all of these presentations are from leading paper manufacturers-your customers. Many share real challenges that a mill is facing, or outline exactly what services they are looking for from their suppliers. Others talk about the key characteristics your customers are looking for, or how they would like their suppliers to engage with their organization. Presentations are available from WestRock, International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, Kapstone and many more.

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Meet an ASPI Member:  Printpack

Printpack, Inc. is a flexible and specialty rigid packaging company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. With 18 locations globally, Printpack supports the packaging needs of a diverse range of markets.  The company's main products supplied into the paper industry are towel and tissue overwrap and ream wrap for office paper. 

One of the first things a visitor to the company's homepage (www.printpack.com) is the phrase "Converting Vision into Value," which appears directly beneath the corporate logo.  It's an idea that seems to carry over into Printpack's involvement with ASPI. "We joined ASPI two years ago and very quickly came to appreciate the value offered by the association," says Market Development Manager Dave McLain. "From networking to industry updates, the Spring Meeting has come to be a can't-miss event for us!"

The privately-owned company was founded in 1956 by J. Erskine Love, Jr., who is quoted as saying this about the Printpack's history: "We had one employee and one piece of equipment. I was the employee and the equipment was a used cellophane bag machine... We rented space in the basement of an office in Sandy Springs and, in every sense of the word, we were truly basement operators. But we were able to survive..."

Today, the company provides a range of custom packaging solutions including medical packaging, rigid containers, flat-bottom and premade bags, and roll stock. The company remains focused on innovation, and values close relationships with customers. In May 2017, Printpack received a Gold DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for its new, cross-directional, laser-scored flow wrapper for Quaker Oats' Granola Goes Nuts bars. Printpack shares this award with PepsiCo, with whom they jointly developed the technology.

Printpack's relationship-building values and its drive for innovation make the company a great fit for ASPI. "I look forward to collaborating with other ASPI members in the future," McLain says.


Jan Bottiglieri
Editor, ASPI Newsletter

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