Visitors at PACK EXPO 2015 will find a range of display solutions at Interstate Container’s Booth # S-6456 – from promotional packaging produced on the Highcon Euclid II+ digital cutting and creasing machine to custom corrugated merchandising displays and pre-printed pallet base wrap. The show runs from September 28-30 at Las Vegas Convention Center.
Interstate Container works closely with advertising and promotion companies, brand owners, and retailers to evaluate requirements and to deliver the most cost-effective displays and packaging. The manufacturer attends to the entire logistics chain – structural and graphic design, printing, folding, palletizing, and shipping – to reduce costs and to often deliver ahead of deadline.
Diverse capabilities in different locations along the East Coast allow Interstate Container to accommodate small-to-medium runs and corresponding budgets, simple to complex graphic and structural designs, need for digital, direct or pre-print, and short to long lead times. The company also offers warehousing and fulfillment services.
Highcon™ Euclid II+ Digital Cutting & Creasing
Carolina Graphic Services, an Interstate Container sister company, in Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased one of the initial three Highcon Euclid (II+) machines for fully digital cutting and creasing, in North America. Direct-to-pack, the Highcon Euclid prints on folding carton, microflute, converting paper and labels.
Doug McKee, Carolina Graphic Services Founder and Interstate Container General Manager, describes,
“The beauty of the Highcon Euclid II+ is that a company can approach us for a small run or prototype. Literally – in hours – we can have something ready. The customer brings the graphic design, and our creative team develops the structural design. With only this, we can have something to show in relatively no time.”
The Highcon saves customers tooling costs associated with conventional analogue dies. By converting packaging without tooling, the machine provides delicate and unlimited cutting options not previously possible. On demand, it cuts carton and other materials quickly and accurately.
Optical registration ensures precise structure, while optimized cutting algorithms and double speed through-put increase overall speed and faster delivery.
In his Packaging Digest article, High-tech cartons converted with distinction Editor Rick Lingle writes,
“Digital cutting technology to replace standard die cutting is another option that packaging material converters can employ to provide brand owners with cartons that possess strong on-shelf presence.” 
Merchandising Display Solutions
When companies are looking for creativity from their suppliers, it often stops with the design of the display or packaging. Interstate Container sister company, PSI Packaging Services in Greeneville, Tennessee, won First and Second Place awards for structural design at 2014 CorrPak Awards.
However, McKee explains further,
“What is creativity? For us, it’s more than our designers offering out-of-the-box graphic and structural designs. It’s when our team searches for creative ways to reduce customer costs. And that’s related to the entire logistics chain. Our team says things like: ‘We can already do this without additional costs” or “We can modify this to work for your display.’
It’s this type of creative thinking that affects speed-to-market, which is a major differentiator for us. We’ve gone from concept to finished displays delivered in only 3-4 days.”
Single-Face Base Wrap for Pallet Display Promotion
Interstate Container (DBA Creative Color Display) in New Castle, Pennsylvania manufactures award-winning pre-print base wrap. In packagePRINTING’s 2014 Excellence Awards, the manufacturer won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for High Print Quality.
“Corrugated base wrap,” explains Scott Sallah of Interstate Southern Packaging, “is an economical way to advertise popular consumer product brands, such as beer and other beverages, for example, that are shipped and displayed on pallets in big box stores, rather than paying for custom POP displays.”
Interstate Container manufactures this product under one roof – including design, pre-printing, corrugating, winding and packaging. With small flute size, the single face pallet wrap fits more rolls on a truck, reducing freight and storage costs. Because it lays flat and forms around sharp corners without tearing or cutting, base wrap is easy to place in the retail environment. Further, its 2/3 recycled material content also makes it environmentally-friendly.
About Interstate Container
Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.
Interstate Container’s reach spans across the Eastern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.
 Lingle, R. (2015, February 02). High-tech cartons converted with distinction. Retrieved from Packaging Digest : http://www.packagingdigest.com/cartons/high-tech-converted-cartons-converted-with-distinction150202