FMN | February 4th, 2019

Corrugated Trends ( Cont’d from Page 10)


over polymer based alternatives, such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) foams. While lightweighting of board has long been affect- ing the corrugated industry, rightweighting, and rightsizing are playing an increasingly important role in this market, not only in response to consumer de- mand for efficient packaging, but also in response to the logistics chain’s adoption of dimensional weight (DIM) pricing. In some instances substituting to a heavier board grade can have a beneficial impact overall as it allows for the elimination of additional protective elements. The desire to minimize the volume of air being shipped within all delivery channels means that in some instances there have been significant cost in- creases. For example a 32-pack of toilet rolls costs an estimated 37 percent more to ship using charges based on dimensions, rather than simple weight. Lightweighting has been particularly successful in Western Europe, where box weights are now typical- ly about 80 percent of U.S. weights. The importance of lightweighting will continue to be felt over the coming years as retailers look to save costs as well as appeal to end users. Retail changes Retail-ready packaging has established itself as a major cost saver for retailers, especially in Western Europe. This ongoing profit pressure is providing an impetus to use more retail ready formats as a labor- saving solution, as it is estimated that these sec- ondar y packaging formats can reduce shelf restocking and handling costs by up to 50 percent. It is also particularly popular with sales into conve- nience stores or discount retailers such as Aldi and Walmart. For brands it gives the added bonus of giving them greater control over the presentation of their goods within the retail space. The expansion of e-commerce trade into the gro- cery sector is likely to have a slight impact on retail- ready packaging use as online sales do not require these pack types. Corrugated cases will still be used to ship goods to an online retailer’s warehouse or fulfilment center but these do not need to be retail-ready formats.The emergence of subscription box and meal kit services, which offer direct-to-consumer delivery of specialist food using a weekly or monthly subscription, are pro- viding some new opportunity for corrugated board suppliers with delivery-friendly formats containing goods within a die-cut interior.

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitexco 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 reliable, 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, manu- facturers and markets an extensive portfolio of print- ing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopolymer printing plates and processing equipment, and day- Corr ® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and sup- port, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and con- tinuous innovation to customers around the world. We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than any- one in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated markets, Harper continu- ously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics. Flint Group Harper Corporation of America

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.

KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change ® sys- tem and Speedy Clean ® auto washup system are de- signed to give converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s commitment to research and development. Sales, service and support for Flex- otecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an experi- enced, dedicated service staff.

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