Pulp and Paper Canada

PODCAST | Containerboard during COVID-19: What’s happening in Canada?

Welcome to the debut episode of Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast! To listen, scroll down.

We kick off our new series by talking to Allen Kirkpatrick, executive director for the Canadian Corrugated & Containerboard Association (CCCA).

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCCA has lobbied the government to acknowledge the cardboard packaging supply chain as an essential service, and connected its members with information on safety protocols and operating procedures.

Kirkpatrick details how the containerboard industry has been affected by the pandemic and how they’re handling sanitization of their products and facilities. He also discusses new technologies converters and roll-stock producers should be aware of, and how the pulp and paper industry can bring more public awareness to Canada’s use of recycled fibre.

“I think maybe the pandemic will heighten that [producers] need to help customers understand why they have selected corrugated cardboard packaging,” he says during the conversation.

“We have over 12,000 employees across the country. It’s time for them to realize that by the world telling us we’re essential to the essential – well, [let’s] help people understand why.”

Listen to the episode here:

Every month, Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast will cover the latest trends and technologies in the forest products sector through interviews with industry experts. Topics may include market trends, process control, safety applications, machinery and equipment, sustainability and energy efficiency, software solutions, Industry 4.0 and the IIoT, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Find the podcast on PPC’s Podcasts page or on Annex Business Media’s site, as well as on Annex Business Media’s SoundCloud and iTunes accounts.

If you have an idea for an episode of Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast, email our host Kristina Urquhart at kurquhart@annexbusinessmedia.com.