The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC; is pleased to announce that two companies have recently joined as associate members.

Sonoco ( of Hartsville, SC is a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial packaging and a provider of packaging services. They produce folding carton-grade recycled paperboard, including their 100 percent recycled Ecotect™ tan bending chip and Ecobrite™ white lined paperboard. Through a Cascades-Sonoco joint venture, they provide both aqueous- and resin-based coatings and laminations. Their North America manufacturing footprint allows converters to meet the market's needs for moisture resistance, structural integrity, recyclable materials, and more.

For over 25 years, Dayton, OH-basedBaumer hhs ( continues to achieve world-renowned acclaim for its ability to solve the toughest packaging problems as well as lead in the fields of gluing, quality assurance, and camera verification applications.

“We’re quite pleased to have these two organizations joining the PPC family,” said Ben Markens, president of PPC. “Their unique expertise in manufacturing will add value and perspective to the association. I look forward to offering both their teams exciting opportunities in learning, marketing, and networking.”