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Members in the News – January/February 2024

By AICC Staff

January 23, 2024

DS Smith is replaced its coal-fired boiler with a new biomass boiler at its Normandy, France, paper mill.

The replacement will reduce the mill’s emissions by 99,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to a company news release.

The new 56-megawatt biomass boiler from Valmet, will supply at least 80% of the mill’s demand. The installation was supported partly through a 15 million Euro subsidy from the French Agency for Ecological Transition.

In other DS Smith news, the company’s Columbia, South Carolina, specialty packaging facility has cut energy usage by 20%, according to a company news release.

That 20% amounts to 740 tons of carbon emissions, and the reduction is due to the company’s multimillion-dollar investment in a new steam system.

Kadant Johnson appointed Brian Huber as director of corrugated packaging solutions.

In his role, Huber will lead the company’s corrugated packaging team, which “will focus on providing resources related to mechanical and electrical services, project management, installation services, performance audits, and technical support,” according to a company news release.

Huber has worked in the corrugated industry for over 30 years, including most recently in a supervisory role at a plant in the Midwest.

“Brian’s industry experience and extensive application knowledge make him a valuable addition to our team, allowing us to expand our services to our customers in the corrugated packaging segment,” said Wes Martz, president of Kadant Johnson. “We look forward to the positive impact Brian will have on our customers’ operations and our expanded capacity to serve this important segment.”

Effective this past December 1, all Akers Packaging companies have begun operating under one company brand: Akers Packaging Service Group.

Akers operates 15 facilities across six states, with over 600 employees throughout the Midwestern United States.

BCM Inks celebrated its 35th anniversary with a re-brand of its tagline, which is now “Formulating for Success,” as well as a new website.

The new tagline, according to BCM President Robert Callif, “represents the past, present, and future importance that our customers are successful on every print run.”

He added, “We ensure this happens through our product quality, press side support, training, on-time delivery, color management program, and innovative ideas. We also elected to update our website to showcase how our new tagline helps our customers and suppliers. Some of the features of the new website include the ability to easily learn our product lines, access training videos, chat with our reps, and order online.”