FMN | February 4th, 2019

Corrugated Trends ( Cont’d from Page 1)


E-commerce E-commerce retail sales are continuing to skyrock- et, with estimates of around 20 percent annual growth in e-commerce trade in Europe. Global online sales are expected to be more than $5.5 trillion in 2023.This will reportedly have a pro- found impact on packaging demand, especially in the corrugated industry as it represents 80 percent of de- mand in e-commerce. The increasingly complex logistics chain for direct to consumer delivery — e-commerce packages are expected to be handled up to 20 times or more dur- ing standard distribution — means there is new de- mand for cost-effective secondary corrugated board packaging. Demands from brand owners are now being felt by the converting industry as many brands now require the secondary pack to carry their image into the home, not just the retail outlet. This increases the need for converters to produce high-quality graphic designs on the shippers themselves. Fit-to-product Born out of e-commerce has been the advent of fit- to-product (FtP) or box-on-demand systems, driven in particular by the needs of dedicated e-commerce sell- ers such as Amazon and Staples. This technology enables the production of cus- tomized secondary packaging based on the exact size of the product being packed, including irregular shapes. For the end-user this eliminates the need for large inventories of standard-sized boxes, which often re- quire copious amounts of filler material. As FtP platforms become more popular, there will be more demand for boards sold as fanfold, as well as finishing equipment, such as printers, that can oper- ate with them, according to the report. Major moves are being undertaken to capitalize on this growth market. WestRock for example acquired Plymouth Packaging, which derives 70 percent of its sales from its BoD systems and corrugated fanfold Sustainability Corrugated board is proving popular in packaging as sustainability becomes a more important issue across the value chain. It is easy to recycle, and the pulp and paper industry is reportedly already adept at converting these into new generations of con- tainerboard. These qualities mean there has been a rise in popularity of corrugated protective formats

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 systems, 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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