With the rising popularity of technology such as eBooks and digital readers, and easy access to smartphones and tablets, traditional paper mills now have the opportunity to create new products in different sectors and industries. Last week we attended the Paper Week 2013 Conference in Chicago, which is a large paper industry event Hosted by the American Forest & Paper Association and the NPTA Alliance. After admiring the green Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we discussed new product innovations with several paper mills, industry partners, customers and paper brokers.
Specialty custom papers are the paper industry’s greatest opportunity and several ideas were sparked at Paper Week 2013 to help lead existing companies into new industries. We’re honored to be working with paper mills and manufacturers to develop several new specialty paper products. Now is the time for paper companies to carve out a niche for themselves and spread into new industry sectors with innovative items that aren’t as widespread in the market.
Paper is still in high demand in the food service, packaging and industrial shipping industries. Nothing can replace good quality butcher paper, and industrial paper applications are on the rise. Paper isn’t just something that’s stuffed into a shipping box or used to wrap a pallet. Companies are beginning to utilize paper in the manufacturing of items such as SIM cards to promote recycling.
The paper industry is evolving beyond creating traditional notebook paper and newsprint. The possibilities are endless, and we are glad to be a part of the next wave of paper manufacturing.
Were you at Paper Week 2013? What did you learn there? We hope to see you next year!