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Vol. 23 No. 2 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

January 18, 2021

Product Identification Adds Flexo

2020: The Year In Review (Part II) by Greg Kishbaugh Flexo Market News continues its exclusive review of the news that made headlines in 2020: Green Bay Packaging Inc. , Coat- ed Products Operations received The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ (APR) Critical Guidance Recognition for two new pressure-sensitive label stocks.These label materials are part of Green Bay Packaging’s GreenCycle product line. The FlexoPrint Group , a produc- er of self-adhesive labels has become part of the Optimum Group . The FlexoPrint Group consists of Flexo- Print in Randers, Denmark, and H&T Labelprint, a merger of H&P Etiketten andTOM Etiketten, in Salzbergen and Greven, Germany. Mondi , a global packaging and paper supplier, invested in its flexi- ble packaging plants, in Aramil and Pereslavl in Russia, to provide cus- tomers with improved flexibility and a broader portfolio, including sustain- able packaging solutions.

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P roduct Identification Co., Inc. (PIC), Garfield, New Jersey, has made a name for itself since the early 1960s as a commercial printer. The company is now expanding its market reach by ex- panding into flexographic printing, adding it to its in-house man-

ufacturing capabilities. The company has added two high- speed flexo machines, each with the capability of printing in seven colors. The company was originally established as K & N Name- plate, Inc. in 1964, with a fo- cus primarily on producing etched aluminum nameplates for OEMs and military sub- contractors. PIC added silk screening, hot stamping and finishing operations such as die-cutting and laminating over the years,which allowed the company to produce products such as graphic overlays, decals and roll labels. The company, now operat- ing under its current name, was acquired in 2001. PIC

Jeff Weinstock, Product Identifi- cation Group Vice President and General Manager, is proud to add flexo capabilities to the company’s offerings.

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invested heavily in technology including wide-format digital printing, as it also pursued additional acquisitions, including Koehler Industries in 2005; Micro Steel Rule Die in 2006; and Alumigraphics in 2007.

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fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, the trade fair for printing technologies had to be changed into a virtual format due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The basic package includes a presence in the Exhi- bition Space, with the company profile, service and product offerings displayed in the online showroom. Keywords,product categories and video presentations guide visitors to the various company profiles, which remain accessible for information and interaction after virtual.drupa.With the help of the matchmaking tool, exhibitors can also interact personally with existing and new customers in the Networking Plaza and ar- range meetings (after registration). This allows target- ed networking before the start of the virtual event. The basic package can be expanded with addition- al individualized marketing tools such as company logos, additional product categories or prominent placements of advertising banners which lead visitors to the online showroom. Live web sessions for direct interaction and exchange with relevant target groups are also offered.These services will be available at the end of January. In addition to the Exhibition Space and the Network- ing Plaza, virtual.drupa will feature the Conference Area with topics from the drupa hot spots. Speakers will address global trends such as the circular econo- my, sustainability and connected consumers.

The companies were consolidated and PIC moved into its current 25,000-square-foot Garfield plant in 2010. PIC is a recognized supplier to the Department of Defense and enjoys Blanket Purchase Agreements with multiple military institutions. “We are thrilled to be able to announce the addition of Flexographic Roll Label Printing to our breadth of services,” said Jeff Weinstock, Vice President and Gen- eral Manager of Product Identification Company.“This will allow us to provide our customers with competi- tive pricing on their high volume requirements.” In addition to the new flexo presses, PIC has also added two slitter/rewinders,which provide the ability to wind and spool the labels to any size configuration needed by customers. In addition, the company has acquired approximately 1,500 cutting dies.

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has re- leased its newest sustainability report, a Flexible Pack- aging Path to a Circular Economy . FPA partnered with PTIS, LLC and Priority Metrics Group (PMG) on this research report that explores the future of sustainability and flexible packaging through 2030. It provides information, knowledge, and insights related to flexible packaging and sustainability, circu- lar economy, legislative trends, impacts to the indus- try along with key outcomes, and actions to enable the industry to align with circular economy principles where materials are collected, sorted, processed, and turned back into new products or packaging. The report also provides a holistic system view of flexible packaging and sustainability while utilizing the latest insights and foresight to develop roadmaps designed for FPA members, policymakers, NGOs, con- sumer product companies,consumers,local municipal- ities, and other associations to advance sustainability and circular economy packaging efforts.The roadmaps can help guide individual members and other interest- ed parties on approaches into the future for flexibles. This report has a NorthAmerican focus, but addition- al efforts underway around the globe to address con- cerns, particularly in Europe through organizations such as Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CE- FLEX) and the U.K. Plastics Pact. AWA Launches Virtual Event Platform AWAAlexanderWatsonAssociates has launchedAWA- Virtual – a platform of online virtual industry events, complementing the company’s long-established physi- cal conferences and seminars. The first AWAVirtual event took place inAugust 2020, followed by a number of conferences and seminars that pivoted from traditional physical events due to the impact of COVID-19. AWAVirtual has been established to create a new and sustainable virtual conference and seminar model in partnership with AWA’s traditional physical events. AWA Conferences & Events is planning to expand its AWAVirtual activities in the future, alongside its core in- dustry conferences and events, which provide import- ant information sharing and critical networking forums. Reardon adds,“We look forward to welcoming sponsors, speakers, and delegates back to an AWA conference or seminar when it is safe and practical to physically meet. Until then, we will continue to deliver content and in- formation sharing throughAWAVirtual events.”

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2020 In Review (Cont’d from Page 1)

materials in the first half of 2020, according to the 13th edition of FINAT ’s six-monthly Radar. Consumption of labelstock materials in the wider European economic area was more than 8 percent above the level record- ed in the same period in 2019. In the second quarter alone, demand for filmic roll label materials exceeded the second quarter of 2019 by almost 25 percent. Aztec Label, the Kidderminster, UK-based manufac- turer of self-adhesive label and tag products, acquired a further 4,000 square feet of operational space as part of its plans for growth. The overall U.S. corrugated and folding boxboard market was estimated at $74.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $93.8 billion by 2026, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.5 percent from 2020 to 2026, according to a report from Global Mar- ket Insights Inc . Central National Gottesman Inc. ,which owns sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp,paper, tis- sue, packaging, and wood products industries, acquired Northern California-basedAmerican Packaging. Packaging producer TricorBraun entered into an agreement to acquire Price Container and Packag- ing , a rigid packaging distributor serving primarily the industrial and food markets.

Research from AMC Global concerning the impact of COVID-19 on long-lasting consumer behavior sug- gests that new purchasing trends and behavior shifts will continue after the pandemic. Long-time Nilpeter customer, Green-Label of Aar- hus, Denmark, acquired a second Nilpeter FA-17. Green-Label’s new 8-color FA-17 features the added registration and film application packages, a rail sys- tem for value-adding options, soft-tension unwind and UV-lamination. Taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, coun- terfeiters expanded their operations and pose an even greater threat to the health and safety of consumers than ever before. Having decided to focus on its core business of sheetfed printing, Heidelberg sold the Gallus Group to the Swiss packaging business benpac holding , six years after purchasing the company. The third Uteco Sapphire Evo M press was shipped to a North American flexible packaging converter, to be used for large quantities of short run jobs. After two years of modest, 1.5 percent annual de- mand growth in 2018 and 2019, the Covid-19 pandem- ic boosted European demand for self-adhesive label BestBrightHalfHOUSE.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:26 PM Page 1

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Bellissima DMS Available In India

Prepress company Hamillroad Software has appoint- ed Digiflex, a flexographic plate-making company ba- saed in Hyderabad, India, to take its Bellissima DMS screening to market. Global Graphics Completes HYBRID Acquisition Global Graphics PLC has successfully completed its acquisition of the HYBRID Software Group S.à r.l. from Congra Software S.à r.l, following the passing of a shareholder resolution at a General Meeting held on January 8. HYBRID Software is a group of software develop- ment and marketing companies focused on enterprise software for the graphic arts industry, with a strong focus on labels and packaging. It becomes the fourth subsidiary company in the Global Graphics group and sits alongside Global Graphics Software, Meteor Inkjet and Xitron. The acquisition roughly doubles the size of the Glob- al Graphics group of companies in terms of headcount, expanding the global workforce to around 250 people. It adds several more operating locations to the group through HYBRID Software’s offices in Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and the United States. Flint Establishes Xsys Prepress Flint Group has taken over Xeikon’s prepress divi- sion and used it as the basis for a new prepress divi- sion, Xsys, which will also include Flint’s own plates, images and sleeves and be aimed at the flexo and let- terpress markets. Xsys will be made up of three subdivisions — Pre- press, Plates and Sleeves — each with its own P&L and revenue targets. Dagmar Schmidt, who was promoted to President of Flint’s Flexographic Group last year, will continue as President of Xsys. The new company will keep all of Flint’s established brands, including Nyloflex and Nyloprint plates, pro- cessors and Xpress imagers, as well as the ThermoF- lexX and Catena imagers and Nylosolv washout solvent plus the Rotec sleeves and adaptors.The company will continue with its efforts in thermal processing as an alternative to using solvent but will not develop wa- ter-washable plate solutions. Xsys will operate as a wholly owned subsidiairy of Flint Group.

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Loparex completed the integration of specialty film producer Infiana Group into its organization. Lopar- ex produces liner materials through global segments served by a global production network with manufac- turing sites in the United States,Germany,Holland,Chi- na, and India. The U.S. Plastics Pact , a collaborative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund , launched as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network.The U.S. Plastics Pact is an initiative to unify diverse public-private stakeholders across the plastics value chain to rethink the way plas- tics are designed, used, and reused, to create a path to- ward a circular economy for plastic in the United States. German label converter SC Etiketten was acquired by the Optimum Group , which consists of 13 mem- ber companies based in the Netherlands,Belgium,Ger- many and Denmark. Esko made a multi-million dollar donation to sup- port college and university students in their packaging engineering and technology studies. The global value of flexographic printing will rise from $167.7 billion in 2020 to $181.1 billion in 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6 percent at constant prices, according to a report from Smithers .

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BestBrightHalfHOUSEfour.qxp_Layout 1 9/13/18 3:04 PM Page 1 Central National Gottesman Inc. , which owns sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, acquired Northern California-based Ameri- can Packaging .American Packaging, founded in 1976 has a broad portfolio focused on high-growth markets such as medical devices, food processing, pharmaceu- tical and technology products. I.D. Images LLC , a pressure sensitive label convert- er with headquarters in Brunswick,Ohio, acquired Ki- eran Label Corporation in San Diego, California. Domino acquired Lake Image Systems , a produc- er of automated, vision-based inspection systems for quality control and data verification. Siegwerk became a strategic partner of Project STOP, a frontline initiative, co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, that designs, implements and scales circu- lar economy solutions to marine plastic pollution in Southeast Asia. The global market for Green Packaging estimated at $174.7 billion in the year 2020,was projected to reach a revised size of $239.1 billion by 2027, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.6 percent over the analysis period 2020-2027, according to a report from .

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FTA Plans In-Person INFOFLEX Event

FTA’s annual INFOFLEX exhibition is set to take place May 3-4 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kan- sas City, Missouri. Coming off a year where decision-makers relied on virtual open houses and online demonstrations, IN- FOFLEX 2021 promises to be the first opportunity to return to an in-person and on-the-show-floor environ- ment. INFOFLEX 2021 will be held in conjunction with FO- RUM 2021, FTA’s annual technical confer-ence, which takes place May 2-5 at the Loews Kansas City Hotel.

Bobst Opens Barcelona Demonstration Center

Bobst has expanded its demonstration capabilities with a dedicated demo center in Barcelona, Spain, the first one outside of Switzerland, providing an opportu- nity to experience two label presses with the Mouvent Cluster Technology. The first two machines in the demonstration cen- ter are the Mouvent LB701-UV and Mouvent LB702- UV, two 6-color plus white label presses operating at speeds of up to 100 m/min. The Mouvent Cluster Technology allows label pro- duction on a wide range of substrates such as paper, self-adhesive labels, transparent, metallic, and flexible materials. In the future, the center will also house the Bobst Master DM5, all-in-one, all-In-line press digitally auto- mated for on-the-fly non-stop job change, high press uptime, and repeatability. Avery Dennison Portfolio Receives APR Recognition Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials’ Ma- chine Direction Orientation (MDO) and Polyethylene (PE) films have been recognized to comply with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Critical Guid- ance for HDPE recycling and the company’s BOPP and MDO films have been recognized to comply with APR Critical Guidance for Flexible PE recycling. Following the earlier APR recognition of the Avery Dennison Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) portfolio, the company has reportedly become the first label manufacturer to offer a complete range of film solutions for brands and converters seeking to enhance the recyclability of rigid HDPE and the first to offer APR recognized films for f lexible PE plastics.

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PRP Installs Esko Flexo Imager

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Indianapolis, Indiana-based PRP has become the first graphics business in NorthAmerica to invest in Optics 100v2, the new fastest single head plate imager from Esko. The brand and plate solutions provider has taken de- livery of a new Esko CDI Spark 5080 digital flexo im- ager,which features a new, unique, and patented single head imaging technology. Delivering a 25 percent in- crease in productivity for corrugated plate imagers, ac- cording to the manufacturer, the Optics 100v2 speed and quality option is the latest addition to the Esko CDI range. The Optics 100v2 features a new imaging setup that enables plate makers to obtain one more full 5080 (50- inch x 80-inch, or 127cm x 203cm) sheet per hour from their CDI and reportedly achieve a 100 percent increase in productivity on partial plates. ProAmpac Acquires Rapid Action Packaging ProAmpac has acquired Rapid Action Packaging (RAP), a private, UK-based manufacturer of cellu- lose-based packaging products for fresh prepared and ready-to-eat foods. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. RAP is a leading designer and manufacturer of sus- tainable packaging for fresh prepared foods sold at re- tail, including sandwiches, wraps, chicken tenders and salads. With this acquisition, ProAmpac expands its manu- facturing capabilities to produce primary packaging for ready-to-eat and fresh prepared foods, broadening its sustainable product offering for retail food markets. Cincinnati, Ohio-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritz- ker Private Capital along with management and other co-investors. With the addition of RAP,ProAmpac has 37 sites glob- ally,with nearly 4,800 employees supplying more than 5,000 customers in 90 countries.

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Fortis Facility Achieves Sustainable Certification

Fortis Solutions Group LLC, a portfolio company of Main Post Partners and a provider of labels, flexible packaging, shrink sleeves, cartons, and applicators, reported that its flexible packaging and label facility in Merced, CA received certification as a Sustainable Green Printer (SGP) from the third-party organization the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. 800-526-4569 The ARChitects of exo

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Medialliance Graphic Receives Esko Certification French company Medialliance Graphic Bourgoin Jal- lieu has become the first business to achieve a ‘best in class’ plate making certification under a new program introduced by Esko. The XPS Crystal Certification Program recognizes plate making businesses that consistently produce su- perior flexo plates, which lead to superior flexograph- ic print quality.

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Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys- tems for corrugated 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 thick- ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser- vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu- tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical- ly designed for flexography. ARC International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. ARC International is a world leader in the manufac- turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. DuPont Packaging Graphics DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin- ishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to to- day’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits.

The certification scheme was developed to ensure the entire supply chain can meet the needs and re- quirements of brands and converters in terms of pre- dictable and accurate plate quality and the highest plate making consistency available, for any given pho- topolymer. Introduced following the HD Flexo certifi- cation program for flexo platemaking, the new certifi- cation is offered as part of the XPS Crystal Hardware Care Plan. The process can be started either on in- stallation, during a preventative maintenance visit, or upon request.

Avery Dennison Acquires Acpo

Avery Dennison has acquired the business of Ohio- based ACPO Ltd. for the purchase price of $87.6 mil- lion, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.ACPO produces pressure-sensitive overlaminate products for the label and flexible packaging markets and has ap- proximately 170 employees. Avery Dennison has acquired the majority of ACPO’s assets, including coating, finishing and distribution operations at its Oak Harbor, Ohio, headquarters, as well as three finishing and distribution sites in Atlanta, Georgia; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Vancouver, Wash- ington. ACPO employees will transition to the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials team.

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Canadian Packaging Sector Explored In Fact Sheet The Canadian Paper and Paper-based Packaging in- dustry is among the most sustainable industries in the world, but there are still significant gaps between pub- lic perceptions and actual fact when it comes to related environmental topics such as forestry, greenhouse gas emissions and recycling, according to a new fact sheet released by Two Sides.A recent Two Sides survey found that Canadian consumers rank pulp and paper products as a leading cause of deforestation,which they are not. Fact Sheet The Two Sides’ fact sheet on the sustainability of the Canadian Paper and Paper-based Packaging indus- try, offers information from third-party sources that demonstrate information, such as: • Deforestation is defined as the conversion of for- est to other land uses whether human-induced or not. The definition specifically excludes areas where trees have been removed as a result of harvesting or logging and where the forest is expected to regenerate natu- rally or with the aid of silvicultural [sustainable forest management] measures. — UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2020 • At the end of 2019, Canada had over 168 million hectares of independently certified forest land (to ei- ther CSA, SFI or FSC). Nearly half of Canada’s forests are certified and 37 percent of all certified forests worldwide are in Canada, the largest area of any coun- try.— Natural Resources Canada, 2020 The forest sector’s ability to generate its own elec- tricity, largely from bioenergy, has reduced its reliance on fossil fuels. Between 2007 and 2017, the forest sec- tor reduced energy use by 24 percent and total fossil GHG emissions (direct emissions plus indirect emis- sions from purchased electricity) by 40 percent. — Natural Resources Canada, 2020 • Canada recycles almost 70 percent of its paper and cardboard, making it among the top paper recycling countries in the world.— Forest Products Association of Canada, 2020 Mondi Wins Eight WorldStar Packaging Awards Mondi received eight awards in three categories at this year’s WorldStar Packaging awards. In this annu- al competition of the World Packaging Organisation, judges from 55 countries recognized achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on sustainability, product protection and end-user convenience.

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Summit To Focus On Food, Packaging, Sustainability Clemson alumnus David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will give the keynote presentation at the Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit hosted by Sonoco FRESH at Clemson University.The virtual Summit will take place February 24 – 26. FRESH said the program reflects its unique approach to evaluating the entire food value chain, with the Summit covering topics and insights regarding supply chain disruptions and innovative technologies to op- timize the food value chain and protect the environ- ment through safe, secure and sustainable solutions. According to The United Nations World Food Pro- gramme (WFP), it received the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to prevent and combat hunger. The Summit will lead with presentations from Clem- son President Jim Clements and Sonoco President and CEO Howard Coker, followed by Beasley, who will speak on the industry’s ability to make positive chang- es for the future of sustainable food systems. Additional presentations will cover designing and de- livering cradle-to-cradle packaging solutions, advanced recycling practices, launching sustainable packaging innovations and a case study using sugar cane fiber for food packaging. A social hour hosted by Joel Gamoran, founder of Homemade Classes LLC and Richard Crawford, host of Amazon Prime’s Leave NoTrace, will focus on eco-eth- ics in travel and food. Speakers from Deloitte Consult- ingwill discuss the current state of the food value chain. Caue Suplicy, the founder of Barnana, a banana-based snack company that has upcycled 100 million bananas, will speak on innovative approaches to circularity.Ron Gonen, co-founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, will present on collaboration for the greater good. Pro- ceeds from the Summit will support future activities of the FRESH initiative at Clemson University. Loftware, NiceLabel Merge Loftware, an enterprise labeling and artwork man- agement company, and NiceLabel, a label management developer, have joined forces under the Loftware cor- porate umbrella. NiceLabel’s global partner network includes re- sellers, ISVs, OEMs, and print technology partners that deliver NiceLabel labeling technologies. Loftware brings experience in selling, servicing, and supporting enterprise labeling and artwork management to large global organizations.

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Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-win- ning 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. San- ilox ™ 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, man- ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photo- polymer 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 qual- ity and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Flint Group

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Industry Events

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Mate- rials launched a scalable matrix recycling program with RoadRunner Recycling to help label converters achieve their zero waste-to-landfill goals. Cyngient , Imageworx and MPS formed a partern- ship to provide labels and packaging converters a re- source that covers several elements of the workflow and supply chain, leveraging the newly renovated 31,500-square-foot Imageworx facility in Levittown, Pennsylvania. CCL Industries Inc. announced the closing of the acquisition of Graphic West International ApS after receiving regulatory approval in Poland. Brook and Whittle signed definitive agreements to acquire Innovative Labeling Solutions, Inc. and Wizard Labels LLC in partnership with founders, Jay Dollries, SteveWolf and Steve Smith. Flint Group Packaging Inks acquired Poteet Printing Systems LLC , located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Green Bay Packaging Inc. , a packaging company based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, acquired Third Di- mension Inc. , a packaging company based in Geneva, Ohio. DuPont appointed ROTOCON as its new distribu- tor to represent the Cyrel brand of flexo plates and equipment in South Africa. The product suite is now available through ROTOCON’s headquarters in Cape Town, and branch offices in Johannesburg and Durban. Durst acquired a majority stake in Vanguard Digi- tal Printing Systems , headquartered in Lawrencev- ille, Georgia. Flexo Wash and its distribution agent Ross Howie created a new facility for wide web converters with- in the UK and Ireland.The new Cheshire-based demo center is open to demonstrate the next generation two roll anilox cleaner using new features to simplify operation and reduce consumption, according to the company. Western Shield Label Company acquired The La- bel Smith , Houston,Texas. Providing a range of com- plementary flexographic and digital label printing,The Label Smith will support Western Shield’s continued growth plans and increases its presence in the south- west United States. Golden West Packaging Group , a West Coast spe- cialty packaging business, acquired Berry Pack and Progressive Packaging Group , two independent, California-based fresh produce packaging and distri- bution providers with operations in California,Arizona and northern Mexico.

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FTA InfoFlex 2021 May 3-4, 2021 Kansas City, MO

Labelexpo Americas June 8-10, 2021 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

SuperCorrExpo 2021 August 8–12, 2021 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

Labelexpo Europe September 21-24, 2021 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium

CorrExpo 2021 September 27 - 29, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri

FTA Fall Conference October 4-6, 2021 Frisco, TX

TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL

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FINAT , the European self-adhesive labelling industry association, launched ‘CELAB-Europe’, a new initiative designed to create a circular economy for self-adhesive label materials in Europe. Hub Labels, Hagerstown, Maryland, invested in the DuPont Cyrel FAST 2000TD processor and Cyrel EFX plate material. Bobst Italia reopened its newly renovated and ex- tended production facility in San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy, which now includes a Competence Center for machine demonstrations and R&D trials, and an adjoin- ing laboratory. Resource Label Group , a full-service provider of pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, acquired Dallas, Texas-based McDowell Label . The Flexible Packaging Association , an advo- cate for the growing U.S. flexible packaging indus- try, formed and launched the Emerging Leadership Council (ELC).The new group is dedicated to estab- lishing a network of future leaders to drive issues and opportunities which will have a long-term im- pact on the advancement of the U.S. flexible pack- aging industry. Avery Dennison Corporation joined with other companies in the pressure sensitive label (PSL) indus- try to form the Circular Economy for Labels (CELAB) consortium. The consortium aims to offer solutions and provide education throughout the industry to en- able matrix and release liner recycling. Inovar Packaging Group acquired Kansas City,Kan- sas-based Tabco in partnership with the existing man- agement team. EverGreene Tag & Label Group , Birmingham,Ala- bama, acquired Dixie Labels and Systems , based in Chattanooga,Tennessee. Five industry suppliers created FlexoKITE, an Expe- rience Center where end-to-end product and proce- dural harmony is made practical. FlexoKITE runs a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest-ver- sion equipment from Apex International (anilox), Bobst (inline flexo press), DuPont (plate), Esko (prepress), and MacDermid (plate). I.D. Images LLC , a pressure sensitive label convert- er with headquarters in Brunswick, Ohio, acquired Pointil Systems in Portland, Oregon. The Royal Group acquired Pinnacle Packaging, Inc. , located in Louisville, Kentucky. Yerecic Label announced that its five Flexo Wash self-contained anilox cleaning units, along with a Flexo Wash plate cleaning system, had allowed the company to reduce its water consumption by 61 percent.

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