Corrugated packaging & displays is a $35.2 billion a year industry that is vital to U.S. distribution systems. It is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional, innovative, versatile and sustainable.
Employment opportunities for new graduates across the U.S. Over 1,153 corrugated manufacturing and design facilities promote innovation and provide new careers in almost 1,000 U.S. cities and towns.
Corrugated packaging & displays is a green industry. It, and its allied industries, plant twice as many trees as are harvested, contributing to preserving wildlife habitats, sequestering carbon dioxide and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
Corrugated packaging & displays is a "sustainable" industry. More corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material. The recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) has hovered around 90 percent for years.
Through ICPF, the corrugated industry seeks student interns and new graduates with majors in packaging, graphic design, marketing & sales, business, engineering, supply chain management, environmental science and related fields.
Acme Corrugated Box Co. Inc. New ICPF Partner Pledges $50,000
ICPF has announced that Acme Corrugated Box Co. Inc. has become the most recent ICPF corporate partner by pledging $50,000 to support the foundation's educational mission.
Initiatives, including participation by dozens of ICPF Corporate Partners, led to record recruiting in 2021, exceeding the annual average of 120 student interns and graduates recruited through ICPF resources by 25%.
Every year we repeatedly have heard from executives, who have attended ICPF’s Dialogue Dinners, Teleconference and other events, that after meeting the participating students they are very excited about the bright future for the industry. The following is an article on the corrugated packaging industry from the perspective of a recent graduate. It expresses the passion that we, at ICPF, hear daily from the latest generation of students and upcoming graduates.
“Virtual” ICPF Teleconference Draws 400 Students and Faculty
Almost 400 students and faculty from 17 universities participated in ICPF's 2021 Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities that was conducted on April 1, 2021.
ICPF Partners with Smurfit Kappa for New Video on Corrugated Packaging Technology
For the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF) recent Corrugated Packaging Teleconference, ICPF partnered with Smurfit Kappa (SK) to provide the over 500 student participants a unique learning experience of the latest testing and virtual reality technology found among today’s corrugated packaging manufacturers.
Curricula Support and Equipment Donations at Universities Continue during a Challenging Year
Though the teaching of college classes and labs have been impacted due to the pandemic, ICPF has continued its ongoing University Awards Program to provide equipment and grants to its partner universities in preparation for their return to 100% on-campus programming.
ICPF Assists Universities in Distance Teaching During Pandemic Restrictions
Throughout this past March, April, May and into June, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) has been assisting 27 partner universities in transitioning to remote teaching utilizing ICPF’s online corrugated packaging curricula.
The evening before last month’s teleconference, top students from ICPF's partner universities around the country joined visiting corrugated packaging executives in East Lansing, MI for ICPF's Student / Executive Corrugated Packaging Dialogue Dinner.