Randy Banks is the president of Sharp International, a Virginia-based company that specializes in equipment and containerboard for the corrugated industry. Randy is the liaison for several suppliers to the corrugated industry and serves as the North American agent for LEIPA, ESCADA, FRIESE Corrugating Rolls, Korutest/Chalmers DST, Serra, and Cristini.
Randy is also the creator and editor of the online magazine, www.container-board.com, which focuses exclusively on the corrugated industry.
Randy is a regular speaker at corrugated industry events and is a member of both the AICC and TAPPI.
Panel Discussion: E-commerce Packaging Potential and Specifics in the Americas
Thursday, 9 November, 2017
Consolidation in the Packaging Industry and Other Key Business Influencers
Friday, 10 November, 2017
The presentation will highlight key topics from Sarilee’s 2-volume study of the future for North American containerboard and corrugated. The study explores key challenges facing this vital industry going forward, including the market’s evolution since Sarilee’s original report in 2010 and detailed, actionable insights about where the industry is headed:
• The impact of industry consolidation, as market power has become concentrated among the largest suppliers and as independents are acquired to increase integration, expand geographic reach and enhance specialty capabilities.
• The impact of greenfield capacity additions and machine conversions on competitive strategies and lighter weight containerboard market development.
• How online marketing and distribution may be the game changer that recharges this industry and what new opportunities and challenges e-commerce is creating.
• The impact of customers’ initiatives to address sustainability through packaging design and innovation