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


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:



“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 or contact

the Corrugated Packaging Alliance at 800.886.5255.


The Corrugated Packaging Alliance ( is a corrugated industry

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


(, the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC)

( and the Fibre Box Association (FBA) (


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