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Consumer Packaging

Smurfit-Stone's consumer packaging business meets the needs of a wide variety of marketing, manufacturing, and consumer companies. Those needs include folding cartons, various grades of boxboard, printed paper, foil and heat transfer labels, rotogravure cylinders and color separations, support services, full-service design (structural and graphics), engineering services, electronic data interchange, and research and development.

Folding Cartons
SSCC is one of the nation's largest suppliers of folding cartons, which are used primarily to protect customers' products and to provide point-of-purchase advertising. Our folding carton plants have extensive converting capabilities, including sheet and web lithographic, rotogravure and flexographic printing, laminating, and a full line of structural and graphic design services. We produce a full range of carton styles, appropriate to nearly all carton end uses. Converting capabilities include gluing, tray forming, windowing, waxing, and laminating, plus other specialties. Our customers are primarily consumer goods producers in packaged foods, beverages, fast food, soap, paper, and, increasingly, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Boxboard Mills
SSCC's recycled boxboard mills produce the broadest range of coated recycled board (CRB) in the industry, as well as waxable and laminated grades. The carton industry, a key market for boxboard, includes our own facilities, which consume about two-thirds of the company's output. More than $8 million has been invested in the Lafayette, Indiana, mill in the past three years to improve quality and productivity.

Specialty products made with uncoated recycled board (URB) include electrostatic disapative board (PROTECH®), recycled fiber drum stock, tube stock, bending chip, and shoe boxboard.

Labels
The label group provides lithographic, pressure-sensitive, and heat-transfer labels for decorative packaging operations. DI-NA-CAL® is a proprietary labeling system that applies high-speed heat transfer labels to plastic containers. Major recent investments streamlined the finishing operations of our two litho-label plants and added stand-up pouch capabilities to flexible packaging operations. Our customer base includes consumer-branded and industrial product companies, ranging from the food and personal care industries to automotive products.

Prepress Operations and Gravure Cylinders
Smurfit Graphics Arts (SGA) provides engraving of rotogravure printing cylinders and color separating for lithographic, flexographic, and gravure printing. SGA is well ahead of the industry in offering up-to-date scanning, digital proofing, and a file-management system that allows customers to store and review their electronic files.

Coatings and Lamination
Other unique and creative products produced by the Specialty Products Group are specialized laminations of film, foil, and paper. SSCC's coating and lamination facilities are located in Elk Grove, Illinois; Commerce, California; and Pointe Aux Trembles (PAT), Montreal. At the PAT plant, a high-quality extrusion coater polycoats board for use in the food and beverage industry, such as bacon board, drinking cups, and milk cartons.