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Fortis Solutions Group Acquires Lewis Label reported by Greg Kishbaugh FF ortis Solutions Group, Virginia Beach, Virginia, a portfolio company of Main Post Partners, has acquired Lewis Label Products Corporation. Lewis Label, located in Fort Worth, Texas, is a custom manu- facturer of pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging products. Established in 1964, Lewis provides labels and packaging customers across the United States.The compa- ny revolves exclusively around the flexographic process.

For exclusive content and breaking news please visit The food & beverages segment is projected to be the fastest-growing end-user industry in the next five years. However, release liner labels segment is estimated to give the largest market share whereas liner- less labels, at the highest CAGR, will play a key role in changing the pres- sure labels landscape during the forecast period. Pressure Labels See Sustained Growth Global Pressure Labels Market ac- counted for $70.85 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $120.51 million by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 6.08 percent during the forecast period, according to a new report from ResearchAndMarkets. The growth of this market is mainly dri- ven by growth in pharmaceuticals industry, wide application in various industries. Furthermore with tech- nological advancements, industrial- ization and medical sector across the globe, there is a rapidly increas- ing need for pressure labels. Howev- er, rising raw material cost and advantages of wet-glue labels over pressure labels are the restraints lim- iting the market growth.

Lewis Label, a flexo converter, is based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

“Every minute, Lewis Label Products processes several hun- dred feet of material at our state-of-the-art flexographic press- es,” the company states.“While the setup time for the job might be higher, printing the labels in bulk is a quick process.We use the standard four color CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and Key black) inks in the flexographic printing, besides employing cold foil stamping — another process to create metallic accents.” The company states that it offers additional applications, such as lamination, foiling, diecutting, UV varnish, and embossing. Lewis Label states among its capabilities the ability to take

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has an- nounced that the 2018-2019 Flexible Packaging Buy- ers Guide is now available. The Buyers Guide provides a detailed listing of FPA members’ manufacturing and material supplying ca- pabilities, and is a valuable tool and resource to assist users in finding the best flexible packaging solution for their packaging needs. This reference resource provides specific information regarding the product lines and end uses (retail, institu- tional,medical and pharmaceutical, and industrial appli- cations); value added services; printing and converting processes; and, suppliers of flexible packaging machin- ery, equipment, supplies, services, adhesives, inks, coat- ings, resins, and substrates. It also includes contact information and brief narrative description of each member company. FPA distributes the Buyers Guide at industry trade shows and conferences. The Buyers Guide is publicly available on the FPA website, . FPA members and non-member s may browse through an online searchable database of the Buyers Guide or down- load a PDF version.

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Admiral Purchases Sitexco Anilox Cleaning System Admiral Packaging, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Is- land, has invested in a Sitexco Anilox Roll Cleaning System from Eaglewood Technologies. The Sitexco Systems received the 2018 FTA Techni- cal Innovation Award and has been nominated for the Label Industry Global Award for Innovation. Admiral chose the Sitexco SL 127 System as part of its sustainability initiative and to replace its liquid cleaning operation with an environmental solution. PIA Now Accepting Best Workplace Submissions Printing Industries of America (PIA) has opened its 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) program for submissions with the entry deadline set for Novem- ber 9.The awards program focuses on Human Relations benchmarking categories to promote companies em- bracing the most sought-after qualities for today’s workforce: Communication & Culture; Employee Re- sources & Benefits; and Safety &Work Environment. Included again this year will be the Safety Shield designation which offers: • A cost-effective assessment of your safety pro- grams against OSHA standards based on top violations • Ability to quickly and easily denote your dedica- tion to safety when hiring and retaining talent • A plaque commemorating your achievement as a Safety Shield recipient As with previous years, entrants will be evaluated against similarly sized companies. Winners will be awarded a Best Workplace in the Americas award, and a few exceptional companies will be awarded Best of the Best designations. Any U.S. or Canadian graphic communications company, or supplier to the indus- try, may enter by completing the entry form on . FTA Announces Forum 2019 Chair, Co-Chair Flexographic Technical Association has announced the official chair and co-chair of next year’s annual forum event are Ann Michaud of 3M Co. and Hank Welter of TC Transcontinental Packaging. Forum 2019 is set to take place at the Hilton New Orleans River- side hotel, May 5-8. Planning is also well underway for INFOFLEX, the trade show co-located with Forum. The show floor will be open from May 6-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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FTA Opens Registration For Fall Conference 2018 Registration is now open for the Flexographic Tech- nical Association’s Fall Conference 2018, themed Tak- ing Care of Business .The event takes place October 29-31 in Cleveland, Ohio, and will include eight tech- nical sessions with more than 20 presentations span- ning the two-and-one-half days. In addition to the sessions, attendees have a num- ber of opportunities to explore more than 65 compa- nies at the exhibitor gallery. FTA’s Fall Conference 2018 will be held at the Re- naissance Cleveland Hotel. Serving as chair is Kevin Bourquin of Cyber Graphics. Call For Entries Open For Flint Group’s Print Awards Flint Group is again looking to celebrate best-in- class print production with its 14th Annual Print Awards for its worldwide customers.The awards cel- ebrate the best from Flint Group’s three divisions: Flint Group Narrow Web, Flint Group Flexographic and Flint Group Digital Solutions (Xeikon). The 2018 Awards will be announced and celebrated on the Flint Group stand at Labelexpo Americas on September 26th at 4 p.m. Entries can be submitted by customers online for various print technologies, including:Water-based flexo; UV flexo (both conventional & UV LED); UV offset; Digital printing; UV letterpress; UV screen; and Combination printing. Entries can represent a wide range of applications, including flexible packaging such as food packaging and pouches, coupons, shrink, pressure sensitive labels, cartons, yogurt lids, cut and stack, tags and tickets. Packtime Innovations Installs New Omet XFlex X6 Press Packtime Innovations Pvt. Ltd, headquartered in New Delhi, India, has invested in an Omet XFlex X6 narrow web combination printing and converting flexo press. The equipment has been installed at its location in Pune, Maharashtra. The XFlex X6 flexo press is reportedly able to integrate several printing and converting technologies inline and process all kind of substrates, from 12-micron film to light car- tons, producing many types of applications to satisfy the requests of different target markets. It has opera- tor friendly features like fully removable inking cas- settes and light ink pans, automatic setup and pre-registration, easy link to intranet and ERP.



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any size order, from 1,000 pieces to millions; the use of water-based and UV inks; machines that can print up to 10 colors; flexible packaging printing; and the use of fast drying inks for a high-speed process. Rebranded in 2015, Fortis Solutions Group is the combination of multiple companies with long histo- ries in the industry. Founded in 1979, Labels Unlimited grew to more than 100 employees primarily serving the food and beverage industries across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean from its manufacturing location in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Under new ownership since 2010, Labels Unlimited has continued its growth tra- jectory including the 2014 acquisition of A&M Label, the 2015 acquisitions of Kopco Graphics, Color Craft Label and Smithfield Foods’ Printing plant, the 2017 acquisition of Action Packaging Systems and the 2018 acquisition of Lewis Label Products. Fortis Solutions has more than 400 employees in manufacturing and sales offices in Ellington, Con- necticut; Fort Worth, Texas; High Point, North Caroli- na; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; West Chester, Ohio; andWixom, Michigan. Fortis said in a statement that it intends to continue its pursuit of attractive acquisitions to further its breadth of product offerings and locations that can serve its customer base. K&B On-Site Vocational School Celebrates 150 Years Some 200 guests, staff and pupils celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Koenig & Bauer on-site vo- cational school in Würzburg, Germany, on July 6, 2018. Initially founded to train Franconian winegrow- ers to work in the factory, today the school is the company’s modern “talent factory”.The close link be- tween theory and practice was a successful model that made history: in 1868 Koenig & Bauer set up the world’s first in-house vocational school to establish dual apprenticeships long before state vocational schools took off.“As a new-generation teaching facili- ty, today the vocational training school prepares to- morrow’s skilled workers for the challenges of a digitalized world,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann, pres- ident and CEO of Koenig & Bauer at the ceremony in Würzburg. Since its foundation on July 2, 1868, well more than 7,000 people have taken the first steps in their pro- fessional careers at the vocational school. In its an- niversary year, it is responsible for the qualification of 120 apprentices.

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Ryerson University Hosts Idealliance G7 Training

FLAG Launches New Website, “Talent Connection” FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) has launched — a new web- site designed to help interested converters learn about the benefits of FLAG and how it helps its mem- bers to grow their businesses. A webinar scheduling tool is included in the new launch. “Member Connections”, a program intro- duced online in 2015, helps FLAG Members with in- dustry/business advice, networking, catastrophic recovery planning, equipment sales, outsourcing and more. FLAG is also expanding its Member benefits with “Talent Connection powered by FLAG.”This new pro- gram addresses the current workforce challenges by providing channels to connect flexographic students and professionals with leading independent label converters in the flexographic industry. “Talent Con- nection powered by FLAG”matches resumes of quali- fied potential candidates with the needs of currently more than 75 independent label converter Member companies.

Idealliance and Ryerson University partnered to bring G7 Expert and Professional training to an inter- national roster of 32 students representing every seg- ment of the graphic communications industry during a three-day program at the Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, last month. Ryerson hosted the June 12-14 training event at its print, media, direct mail, and marketing services facili- ty.A graphic communications program with eight G7 Experts on its staff, Ryerson is an industry leader and resource for development, testing, and industry growth as well as undergraduate education. Ideal- liance is a global thought leader in the graphic com- munications industry and a non-profit organization with 11 offices around the world. Participants from North and South America and Eu- rope came together for collaboration, hands-on learn- ing, and extensive discussion during the training,which was led by G7 Lead Trainer Don Hutcheson. The pro- gram included live demonstrations of digital and proof- ing color management utilizing the G7 methodology.

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FPA Prepares Speakers For Fall Conference


The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2018 Fall Executive Conference will be held on Thursday, Oc- tober 4, at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois. This one-day conference will focus on industry-specific topics including results from the flexible packaging sustainability benefits study FPA recently conducted; cyber security and preventative measures; an update on the FPA govern- ment af fair s program and trade war s; and a polypropylene market update. The conference agenda also features Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist and the Baltimore Sun ; Shawn Rhodes, President and Founder, Shoshin Consulting, a global expert in pivoting in challenging environ- ments; and Guy Adami, an analyst on CNBC’s “Fast Money” and a professional investor. Brian Hall, Managing Director, Client Services, G&S Business Communications, will present the findings from FPA’s new research study.The study builds upon the findings of the 2015 Brand Value Study and the 2016 Transition Advantages Study and explores how flexible packaging lends itself to brand owners’ abili- ty to establish a reputation for environmental stew- ardship. The study also provides FPA members with qualitative and quantitative data analyzing brand owner and consumer perceptions of the sustainabili- ty benefits of flexible packaging. Michael Katz, Attorney at Law and Shareholder, Maschoff Brennan, will discuss cyber security and preventive measures for conference attendees;Alison Keane, Esq., President and CEO, FPA, will provide up- dates on the FPA government affairs program and trade wars; and Joel Morales, Executive Director Poly- olefins Americas, IHS Markit, will provide an update on the polypropylene market. FPA Members Participate In Government Affairs Meeting Last week, representatives from Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) member companies took part in a United States Senate Homeland Security and Govern- ment Affairs Committee Roundtable Hearing entitled, Examining the Effect of Tariffs on Wisconsin Busi- nesses. This event, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, highlighted the significant impact of the Administra- tion’s tariffs.While this event focused on companies in Wisconsin, the stories of FPA member companies in Wisconsin echo the impacts of member compa- nies across the country, the association said.

Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current tech- nology flexo mounting tapes and backing systems for cor- rugated plate mounting. Flexstik hard vinyl, FlexSoft, bi.esse brand, Gold Series Thin tapes for sleeve and Narrow web plate mounting. Specialty tapes that cover the vast thickness range re- quirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving services for unique customers & applications.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.

A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distributor of flexo- graphic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imag- ing systems and software specifically designed for flexography.

ARC International

ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnolo- gy laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manu- facturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.

Comexi Group Industries S.A.U.

The Comexi Group is a leading supplier of quality flexographic C.I. presses for the flexible packaging indus- try worldwide. We also provide solventless laminators, slitter/rewinders and related peripheral equipment such as automatic wash-up systems, solvent recovery sys- tems, automatic roll unloaders, and plate cylinder/sleeve storage systems. DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading suppli- er of flexographic printing systems in digital and conven- tional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to today’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broad- ly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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Intelligent Packaging Creates Markets For Print Industry In 2018, the combined active and intelligent pack- aging market value is projected to reach $5.68 billion and will continue to present new value-adding op- tions in the future. Analysis within a new report The Future of Active & Intelligent Packaging to 2023 from Smithers Pira shows that the active packaging market is the larger market, valued at $4.62 billion in 2018. Moderate growth is forecast for this segment through to 2023 at an average rate of 4 percent, as packaged food penetrates underdeveloped consumer markets in areas like Asia; but remains more stable in more developed economies. In contrast the intelligent packaging component market will pass $1 billion in value for the first time in 2018. This covers a raft of components — includ- ing pr inted coding and markings, chemical sensor/output devices, electronic environmental sen- sors, logic circuitry, and antennas — designed for the communicate dynamic communication of informa- tion within the supply chain, or, increasingly, direct to the consumer. As the segment where technology has not penetrat- ed as far, and given that there are multiple new solu- tions coming to market, the global intelligent packaging market’s forecast growth is much higher, more than 12.5 percent year-on-year for 2018-2023. The evolving nature of active and intelligent pack- aging can present challenges and market opportuni- ties for the print industry. This is especially true for intelligent packaging where printed codes and marks already represent 60 percent of overall value globally. Presstek DI University Training Courses Sold Out Mark Andy Inc. has announced that the first series of Presstek DI certification courses are sold out. Presstek DI University, introduced earlier this year, provides customers of all levels with training to mas- ter the Presstek DI presses.The sold-out training ses- sions are a 5-day intensive for entry-level operators of the Presstek DI 34 presses. Participants will learn how to maintain production costs and improve effi- ciencies to get jobs out the door faster — with high- er quality — day in and day out. The hands-on training will take place in July at facilities in Georgia and California. Due to high demand for the Presstek DI certifica- tion training, Mary Andy will be adding more sessions for beginner and advanced DI operators.

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Bobst Hosts Event In Mexico


In mid-June, Bobst and 11 partners welcomed more than 100 representatives from Mexico’s label and packaging industry to an event showcasing the bene- fits of digitizing the flexographic printing process. The roadshow at the Intercontinental Presidente (Polanco) hotel in Mexico City put forward how the simplicity of digital printing can be applied to flexo labels and packaging. Atlas Titan, AVT, Coim, Daetwyler Mexico, Dow, Esko, Kodak, Macro, Rossini, Siegwerk and tesa Twin- lock also participated in the roadshow. The topics covered ranged from next-generation flexo platemak- ing workflows, high-efficiency lamination and pack- aging technologies, and value creation across the value chain. Innovations and trends in flexible pack- aging, and maximizing CI press ROI with innovative flexo plate technology were also covered. Mouvent, the digital printing competence center of Bobst Group, also introduced its digital offering at the roadshow. In other news, Constantia Flexibles Group has in- vested in a Bobst CL 850D duplex laminator to ex- pand the operations of Oai Hung Manufacturing Joint Stock Co., the production site in Vietnam, that’s been a part of its pharma division since 2016.The CL 850D is due for delivery and installation in the cleanroom of the company’s production facility in Ho-Chi-Minh City in the second half of 2018. Esko has acquired BLUE Software, LLC, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. This acquisition is said to join two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer packaged goods, life sci- ences and retail industries and for a variety of suppli- ers in the packaging value chain. Spera Receives FlexoExpert Certification Spera, formerly Reprographic Systems, participat- ed in Flint Group’s FlexoExpert program and was certified in February 2018 and are currently in the process of certifying their Lurgan Plant in Northern Ireland. Esko Acquires Blue Software

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitex- co Laser Systems, Sanilox ™ Systems and Sani-Blast ™ Mobile Service. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. Sanilox ™ Systems are the global standard of reli- able, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast ™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offer several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, manufactur- ers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consum- ables, including: nyloflex ® photopolymer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr ® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Flint Group

Harper Corporation of America

We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or cor- rugated markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics.

J I MacWilliam Co., Inc.

Used equipment for flexible packaging, folding carton, paper, film, foil and non-woven industries. Professional, knowledgeable service for more than 30 years.

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Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change ® system and Speedy Clean ® auto washup system are designed to give converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s commitment to research and development. Sales, service and support for Flexotecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an ex- perienced, dedicated service staff. Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of nar- row and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to in- crease productivity and profitability for the label and pack- aging markets. The company supplies leading global brands including Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy printing/converting machinery and UVTechnolo- gy curing systems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and dis- tribution offices in France, Switzerland, and the UK. Mark Andy, Inc.

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