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Bibliography Update: Fifth Edition

By AICC Staff

November 9, 2022

Since the creation of BoxScore, it was our intention to publish a listing of my articles every two, three, or four years. It has now been two years since the last update.

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The following list contains articles and resources dating to March 2020:

  • “Expected Values for Containerboards Updated” (March 2020): We keep you updated on the strength levels in several grades of linerboard and media. This testing is conducted semiannually through the American Forest and Paper Association. AICC has access to some information, and we share the highlights with you. You will find a wide range of strength values within each substance or basis weight. Some variations can be more than 40%.
  • “Updating Educational Resources” (May 2020)
  • “Looking Beyond COVID” (July 2020): We focus on current trends impacting your businesses.
  • “Times They Are A-Changin’” (September 2020)
  • “Plastics: A Primer” (March 2021): Much more details are available in significant research projects such as and And be aware of the impact of what you’re drinking, as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the top three polluters globally. The two largest-polluting countries were China and India.

  • “Questions Abound” (May 2021)
  • “ESG Programs at the Fore” (July 2021): This is Deutsche Bank’s yearly conference about ever-increasing global business regulations. You may need to look to suppliers such as International Paper, DS Smith (Mondi), Leipa, SCA, Metsä, and Saica to help develop your responses. You should hear more on these topics going forward. Be aware that the winds of accountability may be changing. “Green infrastructure” will continue to be an ever-evolving subject. Corporate discussions and reports from corporations will relate to:
    • Renewable energy
    • Emissions and supply chains
    • Investors’ perceptions of

      climate change

    • Reduced energy
    • Scope 3 or greenhouse gases through the entire supply chain
    • Sustainable suppliers
    • Reducing waste
    • Measuring emissions
    • Environmental awareness
  • “Expected Values of Domestic Containerboard Grades: Fourth Edition” (September 2021): For a more advanced understanding of this raw material, we point you to the digital brochure Understanding the Key Characteristics of Linerboard and Medium and Their Impact on Combined Corrugated Board.
  • “Score Cracking Revisited – Again” (November 2021)
  • “Microflute and Paperboard – Another Update” (March 2022): These are the highlights of the many seminars, webinars, and articles that Tom Weber, AICC folding carton technical advisor, and others have shared over the past four years. We reintroduced the corner crush and block compression testing methods, most often used for solid fiber paperboards but useful with E flute and thinner corrugated.
  • “Glue Tabs: Failures?” (May 2022): We discovered a study that answered a question about what the strongest glue tab method is—cold-set adhesive, hot-melt adhesive, tape, or stitch/staples. Here is what was reported in pounds per inch per tensile: cold-set adhesive: 127#; hot-melt adhesive: 109#; tape: 53#; and stitch/staples: 26#.
  • “ESG: Round Two” (July 2022)
  • “Takeaways From Our Most Recent Webinars” (September 2022): Recently, Weber and I collaborated on a six-part webinar series, which is available to you through your AICC membership:
    • 2022 Fluted vs. Paperboard

      Workshop Update (three-part series)

    • Testing Requirements to

      Guarantee Board Strength

    • How to Build a Lab:

      Material Testing

    • Physical Attributes of


AICC’s Packaging University has nearly 100 modules. Among the resources are a learning segment, Warp: Its Causes and Remedies, and two white papers, Fluted and Paperboard and Score Cracking: Its Causes and Remedies.


Ralph Young is the principal of Alternative Paper Solutions and is AICC’s technical advisor. Contact Ralph directly about technical that impact our industry at