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New Webpage Highlights Evolution of Student Design Challenge

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WASHINGTON – The Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s (PPA) new webpage features a retrospective article and an interactive timeline that both showcase the evolution and milestones of the annual Student Design Challenge, which is now in its 11th year.

The webpage is available at  

“We are proud of how the Student Design Challenge has evolved over time and its increasing capacity to attract new talent,” said American Forest & Paper Association Group Vice President Cathy Foley.

“The Student Design Challenge has continuously improved to reflect current trends in the paperboard packaging industry,” said Paperboard Packaging Council President Ben Markens.

Winners of the 2015 PPA Student Design Challenge will be announced at a luncheon on Sep. 28 at PACKEXPO in Las Vegas.

For more information about the PPA Student Design Challenge, visit

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About the Paperboard Packaging Alliance
The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) is a joint initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association and the Paperboard Packaging Council. The mission is to promote the benefits of paperboard packaging to influence preference for these materials in packaging design and selection. PPA is a proud supporter of collegiate packaging and design programs across the U.S. and Canada, donating thousands of dollars in scholarships, materials, and classroom resources each year. Alliance membership includes companies representing the full range of mills and converters engaged in the production of paperboard packaging. Additional information about PPA can be found at

About the American Forest & Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About the Paperboard Packaging Council
PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace. For more information, call 413.686.9191 or visit