Corrugated Packing

February 9, 2012

 

The Corrugated Packaging

 

Alliance protocol technical team has approved IPS Testing Experts to perform

 

the testing protocol outlined in the Voluntary Standard for Repulping and

 

Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. The protocol is used to certify the repulpability

 

and recyclability of wax alternatives for corrugated products that have been

 

treated to improve performance in the presence of water and water vapor.

 

The approval is the result of a recent audit of IPS Testing Experts’ facilities

 

(Appleton, WI) and those of a subcontractor, the pilot paper machine lab at the

 

University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (UWSP). The UWSP will perform

 

certain parts of the Voluntary Standard testing requirements for IPS Testing

 

Experts. If you have an interest in IPS Testing Experts as a potential choice for

 

laboratory certification to the Voluntary Standard testing protocol, contact Chris

 

Reitmeyer at 920-749-3040 Ext 119

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IPS Testing Experts becomes the fourth laboratory approved to perform the

 

Voluntary Standard protocol. Others are NC State University, Department of

 

Wood & Paper Science, in Raleigh, North Carolina; Western Michigan University

 

Pilot Plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Centre Specialise en Pates et Papiers

 

(CSPP) in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Complete contact information for all

 

four of the approved laboratories can be found at the CPA web site:

 

http://www.corrugated.org/WaxAlternatives/TestingLabs.aspx

 

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“The addition of a fourth testing lab will help move certifications forward,” said Dwight

 

Schmidt, Fibre Box Association president and Executive Director of the Corrugated

 

Packaging Alliance, “at a time when the use of recyclable wax alternatives is growing

 

dramatically. A new study showed a 30 percent increase in the use of these alternatives

 

in 2010. As retailers’ interest and faith in these recyclable alternatives grow, and as

 

more viable solutions are developed, it’s important to ensure that the infrastructure

 

necessary to evaluate them keeps up with demand.”

 

Thirty-eight recyclable wax alternatives have passed certification testing and are

 

registered with the FBA as of July, 2011.

 

 

For more information, visit

http://www.corrugated.org/WaxAlternatives or contact

the Corrugated Packaging Alliance at 800.886.5255.

 

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (

www.corrugated.org) is a corrugated industry

initiative jointly sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

 

(

www.afandpa.org), the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC)

(

www.aiccbox.org) and the Fibre Box Association (FBA) (www.fibrebox.org).

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