Laminations Creates Three Edge Protectors with Shielding Properties


New VBoard® coatings repel moisture, prevent abrasion, keep protective lubricants in place

APPLETON, Wis., April 20, 2006—Laminations®, part of Great Northern Corporation’s Specialty Group, has introduced three new innovative VBoard® products with special protective coatings designed to resist absorption of water, oil and grease and to prevent abrasions to finishes.

HydroShield™ features a water-resistant coating that helps VBoard maintain its protective integrity in environments where water and high-humidity levels are present. HydraShield is particularly effective in the shipping and storage of produce and other food perishables.

PetroShield™ has a unique construction that keeps oil and grease on the customer’s product by preventing their absorption into the edge protection. PetroShield’s coating is ideal for protecting metal machine parts and in other applications where oil or grease is used to prevent rusting or increase lubrication.

ScuffShield™ features a soft red inner coating that protects products with delicate surfaces from abrasion that can occur in shipping and handling. ScuffShield is the perfect edge protector for painted or stained wood products such as furniture.

“We developed these three new products because customers told us they needed to protect their shipments from specific factors that can cause damage during transport, ” said Gary Hietpas, vice president, marketing & sales. Laminations packaging engineers analyzed multiple application scenarios in careful detail to develop the most functional, cost-effective solutions to meet those needs.

“We sought to find the best approach for our customers to keep their costs low, while giving them a better functioning packaging solution,” said Keri Otremba, new product engineer for Laminations.

At the same time, the engineering team sought to develop solutions that could be manufactured with minimal environmental impact.

“As part of Laminations’ commitment to recycling, we seek to use recycled materials in production and to create products that are recyclable,” said Hietpas. “The coatings for these new products are repulpable—they can be recycled along with all other paper materials.”

HydroShield, PetroShield and ScuffShield are available in multiple calipers and leg lengths or can be custom produced for a specific application.

The new barrier solutions also can be applied to other Laminations product offerings. For example, customers can order PetroShield FlexBoard®, which is ideal for protecting steel rolls.

Laminations is a leading national manufacturer of laminated paper products for the shipping, packaging and warehousing needs of industry, with manufacturing facilities in California, Oregon, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Our goal is to become our customers’ first call for protective packaging solutions. Laminations’ major product line is the VBoard® family of paperboard edge protectors. All of Laminations’ paperboard products are made from recycled fibers and are 100 percent recyclable.


• VBoard is available in 80 sizes, in lengths ranging from 2-1/2 inches (6.35 cm) to over 24 feet (7.31 m). • Calipers range from .060 to .500 inches (.152 to 1.270 cm). • VBoard is available in equal leg lengths of 1.5 x 1.5, 2.0 x 2.0, 2.5 x 2.5, 3.0 x 3.0 and 4.0 x 4.0 inches; offset leg lengths of 1.0 x 3.0, 2.0 x 3.0 and 2.0 x 4.0 inches; • Piece lengths from 2.5 inches to over 24 feet; and calipers from 0.060 to 0.500 inches. • VBoard edge and corner guards can also be customized with our standard print options, which are available in 23 colors, or you can custom print VBoard products with your logo, promotional tagline, handling instructions, product code or other information.
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