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Daniel Kraft

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rob Shepard

Vice President, Market Intelligence

Fun Facts

Canada is the world’s largest producer of lumber, market pulp and newsprint.

Due to Canada’s cold climate it takes almost 60 years until a softwood tree is ready for harvest. In Brazil or Chile a similar tree is ready in less than 10 years.

97% of the worlds Western Red Cedar come from British Columbia.

1 tree in 5 of the worlds growing trees are in Russia.

Paper was invented by the Chinese around 105 A.D. and was kept a secret for many years.

SBS (Solid Bleached Sulfate) Most customers will think of using SBS to manufacture high end folding cartons; but did you know that SBS is also used to make paint charts, ovenable trays and even mouse traps?

Every day, U.S. papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a 15-mile long train of boxcars.

For hundreds of years, cotton and linen rags were the papermaker's raw materials.

The word kraft in kraft paper comes from the German word for strong.

We use kraft paper every day when we ask supermarkets to pack our groceries in brown paper bags.

Approximately 1.5 million tons of construction products are made each year of paper, including insulation, gypsum wallboard, roofing paper, flooring, padding and sound-absorbing materials.

The first paper merchant in America was Benjamin Franklin, who helped to start 18 paper mills in Virginia and surrounding areas.

During the American Revolution, paper was so hard to find that soldiers ripped pages from books to use them as wadding for their rifles.

There is a Paper Industry Hall of Fame, where great leaders, past and present, of the paper industry are inducted each year.

Bags were first measured by how many pounds of sugar they held. (i.e., a 1 lb. bag was named that because it held 1 lb of sugar, a 2 lb bag because it held 2 lbs. of sugar, etc.)

Every ton of paper made from recycled materials save about 17 trees

One year's worth of the New York Times newspaper weighs 520 pounds

Marketing & Resources

Supplying information, not just products.

IFP's marketing staff are mill representatives, not brokers. As such, the company is driven by opportunities, not commissions. In fact, its success is largely due to its marketing prowess in expediting the flow of goods from mills to customers. With an international network of offices and local sales personnel located in more than 80 countries around the world, IFP has a pulse on the marketplace. More importantly, it not only has the means to move large volumes of product on short notice for suppliers, it also has the will to do so on a long-term regular basis. Keeping one eye on the world, IFP's presence in local markets enables it to furnish mills with up-to-date market information concerning Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, and North and South America. With the ability to conduct business in many languages, IFP assesses local market conditions, supply availability and pricing trends, and translates them into specific opportunities. In addition, IFP has solid relationships with a diversity of producers committed to export markets, giving the flexibility to fulfill large or small orders and adapt to demanding delivery dates. The staff at IFP includes experts in printing and packaging. They combine knowledge of the properties of various raw materials and the conversion process into the finished product with an in-depth understanding of the complexities of international commerce. IFP's unique affiliation through common ownership of the Rand-Whitney Group, a leader in the US packaging industry, enables the company to offer first-hand technical expertise, on-site troubleshooting, and in-house training of state-of-the-art packaging techniques. All of these strengths can be packaged into one company. Yours.

Filling expectations, not just orders.

Information is power. Without it, no organization can make timely decisions, let alone good ones. Yet it remains one of the major reasons why some companies are successful while others are not. Like raw materials, a steady supply of raw information is vital for not only a customer's day-to-day operation, but also its future. That is why, IFP is equipped to get information in a client's hands instantly, so that it can be put to use now. The company has made a major investment in a proprietary on-line order processing and accounting system, which is used to keep in close contact with the transaction parties. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is used to monitor the status of an order from the time it is placed until it is completed and closed. Once an order is placed, IFP and its agents are in constant contact with the customer, shipping company and suppliers to ensure that orders are processed quickly and accurately. Non-bureaucratic and highly accessible at every management level, IFP keeps all its channels open, both internally and externally, so it can react quickly to supplier requirements. The company also utilizes another effective form of communications: face to face contact. Its top executives frequently travel to world markets, visiting suppliers and customers to personally build and strengthen long-term relationships.