Sonoco Hosts ASPI Fall Meeting

Customer Alignment meetings bring suppliers and mills together.

When things are in alignment, they run smoothly—it’s a necessity for great performance. That’s the idea behind ASPI’s Customer Alignment Initiative. Each fall, the ASPI Customer Alignment meeting is hosted by a leading pulp, paper, or packaging company, which gives attendees a stellar opportunity to engage with a major customer in a meaningful, impactful way. It’s designed to help industry suppliers and mill customers align their goals and perspectives to enhance success on both sides of the relationship.

The Fall 2017 Customer Alignment meeting will be held September 27-29, 2017, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Hosted by Sonoco, the meeting will offer attendees outstanding access to a major producer.

The event will mark ASPI’s 10th Customer Alignment meeting. How successful has the program been? When 2016 Fall Meeting attendees were asked “Did you gain specific ideas/concepts that could be directly applied to your company?” a full 100 percent answered “Yes.”

Presentation highlights from Sonoco leaders include the following:

Welcome and Sonoco Overview

Rob Tiede

Executive VP and COO

Economic Overview

Roger Schrum

Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs

Sonoco’s Industrial Segment Overview

Rodger Fuller

Paper/Engineered Carriers U.S./Canada
and Display and Packaging

Supplier Diversity

Marc Ensign

Director, Global Category Management

Consumer Insights Related to
Paperbased Packaging

Marcy Thompson

Marketing and Innovation

There will also be a Mill Managers’ Roundtable, a look at Sonoco research and technology, and networking opportunities. The host hotel for ASPI’s 2017 Fall Customer Alignment meeting is the Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

Registration is now open—visit to discover what true customer alignment can do for YOUR company’s performance. As Keith Kemp, ASPI president, commented, “Sonoco plans to fully participate as host of our Fall Meeting. This will be a great opportunity to understand how a key customer operates—and how we can help.” 

New ASPI Member: BVG

ASPI would like to welcome its newest member, BVG Inc.

With offices in Charleston, SC, BVG, Inc. is the North American arm of Bauer Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, a worldwide producer and marketer of chemical handling systems. BVG is a global supplier of enzyme-modified starch; the company’s Super-ECC (Enzyme Continuous Conversion) system is the flagship enzyme starch processing plant. With more than 200 Super-ECC systems in production, BVG leads the world in enzyme starch processing equipment.

BVG also provides a broad range of automated chemical handling systems used in the paper industry, which is the company’s key market. Engineering services and programming work for DCS systems are offered as well. BVG also provides service and maintenance for all types of dosing systems, either on-site or remotely via modem.

To learn more about BVG, please visit To discover the many benefits of ASPI membership for your company, visit

ASPI members at the 2016 Customer Alignment Meeting.