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GBIG NEWS | 58 Stories and Links on the Internet 7/20/2022


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Here are some of the Latest Paper and Printing Industry Updates | July 20th, 2022

Demand is exceeding the supply of Paper Products especially in the fine printing and label paper market.  We are now seeing some catch up along with strict allocations and long lead times.  Planning and Paying All of your BILLS is the key to success! The Paper Mills are not able to keep up with demand in the uncoated and coated free sheet market.  We are seeing companies like ND Paper get out of the lightweight coated groundwood paper for publications and catalogs which will drive customers to digital media and hurt the large printing companies like Quad Graphics in Wisconsin! We will see a minus 5 – 6% CAGR over the next 5 years in publication printing and catalogs will recover at 2.5% CAGR. However, we will see a very good growth in digital publications expected at 10% CAGR.

We have seen major price increases from 30 to 70% in some cases in the printing paper markets. We will also see modest price increases in the paperboard and corrugated markets.   However, the pulp prices continue to increase which is a BIG part of the paper costs.  Harwood pulp prices in China are up 40%.  Europe is in the same position and the Urkraine conflict will continue to put pressure on the European suppliers of paper products.  We will see limited supply exported to the USA.

We have witnessed rising inflation due to fuel increases, logistics and employee compensation.  We expect it to flatten and possibly see a decline in fuel prices in the USA.  Europe will continue to see fuel and shortages of fuel due to their dependence on Russia.

Strategic partnerships between Paper Companies and Paper Merchants are invaluable and critical for one to survive.  We are witnessing the Printing Companies that were buying seconds or price sensitive have NO ALLOTMENTS available to them.  The Paper Merchants and Paper Mills are in control and we see this continuing through December 2023.

We are seeing FOB Dock from a number of Paper Manufacturers and the printers will be picking up the costs.  We expect the Paper Mills focus to deliver close to home.  We expect that the East and West Coast will be forced to purchase paper overseas due to limited supply of paper from domestic suppliers.

Lead Times:  Look ahead 90 days forecast for what you are going to need.  It is recommend too get standard sizes and basis weights.  Special Orders and Special Papers are a thing of the past! In addition, move to a HOUSE STANDARD SHEET arrangement.

All Printing Companies are facing series issues finding employees and prepare for the challenge.  In many cases, the Printing Industry is upgrading equipment for automation at all levels.

Supply Chain issues:  Keep close track of inventory, track cancelled or rescheduled orders.

We recognize the importance of cash flow management due to larger inventory.  We suggest that you pick up a SECOND BANK or increase your line of credit.   Your Bank relationship is critical to survival.

We recognize that the market for printing paper has changed.  However, the commercial printing market has rebounded to pre-covid levels with the expected growth of 2.2 to 3.0 CAGR for the balance of 2022.  In the first quarter of 2022, the growth was unexpected for the paper companies producing the needed paper product and they anticipated a decline in the demand.  The label market for C1S and pressure sensitive papers is strong with a CAGR of 3.3 to 5% growth rate.  Interesting the label market has had increases for the past 29 years. The Direct Mail Printing companies have seen continued growth especially with the integration of variable data and personalized direct mail.  We anticipate a 2-3.2 CAGR through 2025.  

Domestic Fuel Costs:  We anticipate seeing a pullback on the cost of fuel due to the increase in supplies and the worry of a recession.  However, the consumer still is willing to pay the high fuel costs regarding of the price so businesses are passing on the costs even if their costs are reduced!    

The Mid-Term Elections:  We will see a historic RECORD amount being spent on the ELECTIONS which will put a BIG DEMAND on the Printing Industry.

Overseas Paper Supply will very slowly come back and Europe will take care of their customers.  China is still recovering from their lockdown and will serve their local market first.  We have seen containers go from $2,500 to $25,000.  We anticipate that the prices will end up around $6,000 with long lead times for product.

The War in Ukraine will continue to have a major impact on Europe and the USA.  China will continue to support Russia buying cheap oil and forest products.  The TIME IS RIGHT to re-invest in the Paper Industry!


We have over 25,000 US companies specialize in commercial printing.  The Great Lakes States produce over 42% of printing products in the USA.

Commercial Printing generates nearly $900 billion in annual revenue!

Digital printing is growing at an average of 10%.  We see major companies like Hewlett Packard continue to invest in the printing industry!

72% of corporations utilize direct mail campaigns supporting digital media.  Direct mail open rate is 10 times e-mail, linkedin, etc. and has proven very effect due to new technologies with variable data.

The latest report (See the Industry Report in GBIG NEWS) is the return of profitability of the commercial printing market and we are starting to reinvestment in new automated equipment.

Quad Plus | Industrial Circuit Breakers: Preventing Costly Downtime

Quad Plus

A number of electrical problems can create hazardous conditions for your crew and machinery, including  short circuits, overloaded circuits, and more. Circuit breakers are the primary method of protecting people  and equipment from these dangers. As in all aspects of workplace safety, regular maintenance systems and  preventive maintenance will help keep workers safe while avoiding expensive breakdowns and costly  repairs. 

The Cost of Avoiding Maintenance 

One leading factor of industrial circuit breaker deterioration is the fact that they are rarely in operation and  spend most of their time idle. While most machinery makes it obvious when a breakdown occurs, you may  be unaware of a problem until a breaker fails and brings your production to a halt. 

Dirty circuit breakers can also fail to operate correctly; grime and debris must be prevented from  accumulating in the breakers. Over time, the lubrication used in circuit breakers can also break down and prevent the components from operating correctly and safely.

Common Routine Tests 

The easiest way to ensure that industrial circuit breakers are functioning correctly is through routine testing.  This can usually be completed without stopping production lines. To ensure a thorough test for your  breakers, NETA specifications should be used to ensure that the devices adhere to NETA-certified  acceptance standards.  

While the exact testing protocols will vary depending on your specific operations, there are standard  procedures that are likely to be performed to assess industrial circuit breakers. For example, all key  components such as contacts, connections, and arc chutes, should be examined. Low-voltage breakers  should undergo primary and secondary injection testing to ensure fault trip and overload protection. 

A circuit breaker analyzer is a device used to test the timing of the open and close functions of a circuit  breaker and ensure the synchronism of the poles in different operations. A micro-ohmmeter is used to  perform resistance testing to prevent hot spots in the breaker and look for potential problems. Lastly, an  infrared inspection may be done to search for hot spots resulting from defective components or connections  that lead to component failure.

Routine Breaker Maintenance 

Some types of industrial circuit breakers will require more maintenance than others. For example, a molded  case breaker needs very little attention, while others should be included in a periodic maintenance program. 

The frequency of routine maintenance should be determined based on the environment of your operations  and your specific equipment.  

One crucial routine task is to clean the breakers. The accumulation of debris in a breaker can prevent the  breaker from tripping, cause deviations in the power supply, and more. Cleaning a breaker can be  completed by taking off the cover and removing any buildup using vacuum tools, lint-free swabs, and  isopropyl alcohol. 

Industrial circuit breakers also require lubrication to function properly. A number of items should be  inspected for adequate lubrication, including operating mechanisms, pivot points, the main contacts, and  primary and auxiliary connections. 

Lastly, many types of industrial circuit breakers require regular tightening and retorquing. The breaker’s  manufacturer will list the recommended values for specific breakers, and these figures should be confirmed  on a regular basis.

Schedules to Avoid Downtime 

Rather than an unexpected shutdown, planned interruption to production schedules will always be better for  virtually all industrial situations. Regular maintenance and testing according to a set schedule are critical  factors in ensuring that maintenance is completed when it is convenient for your operation. 

What this routine looks like will depend on the type of breaker as well as the environment in which machines  are running. A relatively clean environment, such as those found in the manufacturing of electronics, will  likely require less maintenance than one with a great deal of dirt or debris.  

A testing schedule should also be created to ensure that all circuit breakers are in working order. This  schedule will also be determined by the type of breakers being used. For example, high-voltage breakers  should be tested every six months, at minimum, whereas low-voltage breakers can go a maximum of three  years between tests. Molded-case breakers need very little maintenance at all.  The most critical factors for routine maintenance and testing for industrial circuit breakers are not only  creating a schedule that is appropriate for the environment and the equipment, but also ensuring adherence  to this schedule. If you’re not sure how frequently to test and inspect your electrical equipment or what type  of routine maintenance is necessary, Quad Plus can help. Please contact Jim Woulf at (920) 515-4155 or  via email at Routine maintenance and testing are far easier to work into your  production schedule than unexpected downtime.

The DePere Walk

Innovative Companies

I recommend that you exit Scheuring Road in De Pere and go east to American Boulvard just past RR Donnelley and go south.  You will see a MEGA Industrial Park  with companies focused on the 5P, Converting and Manufacturing Industries.  Currently, Georgia Pacific is building a 1.1 million square foot distribution center.  In addition, the park has a number of large national companies along with some very innovative smaller companies doing business worldwide.   

Print to Rigid in Any Size

In the words of our esteemed colleague Marty Ochs:

What if I told you…….

That there are reasonably priced, rigid printing and cutting systems that can print on anything from a name tag all the way up to 4’ x 8’ sheets of anything rigid?

Well, almost anything rigid… and yes you can! Your GBIG member Big Systems features multiple lines of flatbed printers for HP, Mimaki and Xanté.

Leading our portfolio of printers is the HP R2000/R1000 which prints on rigid and flexible media. It uses durable water-based inks that deliver high adhesion, vibrant color and the glossiest of white inks without any odors! Your output will be cured and ready for installation as soon as the print job completes. HP latex overcoat is used as an anti-scratch agent and protects your print from everyday exposure. You can continuously load large 4’ x 8’ sheets or roll material up to 2.5m (98.4) wide.

Xanté has a line of flatbed printers that come in four sizes and are built to fit any budget! Printable area starts with the X-16 model at 18”x 24” x 7.75” and a price point under $30,000. These units use a fast-drying UV-cured ink designed to print on thicker substrates for signage, manufacturing, Industrial, packaging and specialty items like mugs, bottles and insulated cups.

Rounding out our portfolio is a series of table cutters from both Mimaki and Summa. Both companies produce innovative cutting equipment that helps companies finish their output to the highest standards. Flatbed cutting tables are designed to cut various sheet and rigid materials as well as roll stock. A multifunctional cutting head, a great range of modules, cutting tools and media handling options contribute to the series versatility and flexibility.

Big Systems is in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. We feature printing and cutting solutions in our demonstration center and welcome in person visits or virtual meetings. For more information contact us at: or call us at 888-244-4177.

Sure Controls: Open House on August 4th, 2022

Join Us For Food, Fun and Automation – August 4th, 2022

Save the Date! – August 4th, 2022. Demonstrations and best practice sharing. Drive & PLC troubleshooting tips for winding and converting equipment. Sure Controls’ Brew Flights!

20-Year Sales Pro Joins Packerland Websites

Cheri Simonet has joined the Packerland Websites team as a sales representative. A results-driven professional, Simonet brings more than 20 years of digital marketing and business development experience to the Packerland Websites team. Simonet, of Green Bay, has worked in the technology sphere since 1999 and in digital marketing since 2004, including roles at the Green Bay Press Gazette and Fox 11. At Packerland Websites, Simonet helps clients develop digital marketing strategies that get results, specifically website design and Search Engine Optimization. 

Bill Koehne, owner of Packerland Websites, said Cheri’s eagerness and drive to succeed spill out into her work as a sales rep.

“Cheri has 20 years of hands-on, real-world sales experience, so she understands the impact that an effective website and SEO can have on business growth,” Koehne said.

Simonet said she enjoys finding the right digital marketing solutions for clients. 

“I enjoy helping businesses identify ways to maximize their website and achieve the greatest return on investment for their digital assets,” she said. 

In addition to her work at Packerland Websites, Simonet is active in the mental health field. As a Certified Peer Specialist, Simonet has facilitated outpatient mental health support groups since 2018. She is a CPS for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance). In her spare time, Simonet enjoys gardening and spending time with her three daughters and 3-year-old grandson.

“I’ve known Cheri for years, and I couldn’t have asked for a more genuine, hardworking sales professional to add to the Packerland Websites team,” Koehne said.

To grow your business or organization with a new or rebuilt website or SEO strategies, contact Cheri Simonet at Packerland Websites, 920-826-5901, ext. 3

The Printing Showcase | September 27th, 2022

News Release

Green Bay, WI—Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG) /5P has announced an event, The Printing Showcase, planned for September 27 at The Stadium View Bar and Conference Center in Green Bay, WI. Featuring the expertise of printers and related companies, the event will draw those in the industry to see the latest technology, plus many professionals who rely on digital, flexographic, rotogravure, wide web, and offset printing.

According to Marty Ochs, GBIG Director, “We are responding to the strength of the region in all aspects of printing, and our aim is to support the industry by providing a high level of networking and technical information. My co-host Susan Stansbury has extensive knowledge, particularly in flexographic printing and background with manufacturers who rely on printing.” 

Stansbury, who is the former owner of the Converters Expo held annually in Green Bay, comments, “Marty and I are well versed in this sector where he has expertise in offset, digital, label, ink jet and paper industries, and I with ‘flexo’, coating, and various substrates from paper and films, to synthetic nonwovens.” 

The day offers attendees a networking atmosphere and exhibitors to show their capabilities to support associated businesses. The Printing Showcase will offer business-to-business opportunities, plus a place for individuals who are learning and pursuing inclusion in printing. In addition, many of the exhibitors engage in other aspects of manufacturing, from jumbo paper, film and label roll slitting, to automated production and packaging of various products.

Associated markets include:

  • Printing Services as a step to further manufacturing
  • Packaging Graphics for wraps, cartons, pouches and more
  • Related Services including quality, software, and plates
  • Equipment from complete presses to rollers and supplies

The location at the Stadium View, Green Bay is in a block from Lambeau Field at 1963 Holmgren Way. Cost to attend for the day is $40.00. Interested exhibitors and sponsors can obtain information at:  

Marty Ochs, 608.698.3333 

Susan Stansbury, 920.265.6407

GBIG Schedule of Events for 2022-2023

Contact Info: Marty Ochs | | 608-698-3333

To Register, Go to: and go to EVENTS

  • June 16, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm Annual Golf Outing at Mid Vallee Golf Course 3850 Mid Valley Dr. De Pere, WI   $125.00 per person
  • July 14, 2022 starting at  12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at TECH4 BBQ Celebrating 25 years in business networking event 3547 French Rd. De Pere, WI   FREE
  • August 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Webinar with Advanced Tek and Stratatsys 3D Printing – FREE: Learn how to become more innovative and competitive by integrating 3D Printing. The event will be hosted by Packerland Websites.   
  • September 27, 2022 – Printing Showcase from 10:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm at Stadium View Bar & Expo at 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, WI.  $40.00 per person and Exhibitors $500.00
  • October 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm in person with George W. Huber Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW Madison hosted by Amcor. George will be Introducing CUWP as a forward-looking research group that is developing executable sustainability solutions based on sound science.   $30.00 per person 
  • November 16, 2022 starting at 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at Placon in Fitchburg Recycling Facility Tour followed by a networking event 6096 McKee Rd. Fitchburg, WI – FREE  
  • January 26, 2023 starting at 10:00 a.m. featuring 15dots:   How to Stop Scaring Away Amazing Talent webinar hosted by Packerland Websites FREE.  
  • February 23, 2023 – Korber tour and networking 3060 S. Ridge Rd. Green Bay, WI  FREE 
  • March 23, 2023 – Packerland Websites FREE In-Person Seminar starting at 2:00 pm: Branding at Its Best followed by networking.

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