FMN | May 25th, 2020

Flexo Market News

PMMI Assessment (Cont’d from Page 8)

rolls to be changed more quickly.

Shelf Readiness Interest in retail-ready packaging continues to push companies toward flexible packaging to simplify stocking and shelving. • Large retailers and club stores in particular are driv- ing this trend. Retailers are demanding packaging that can minimize labor in stocking products on shelves. Stores such as Safeway use gussets with pusher trays to help products stand. Retailers are moving away from using peg bars due to the time required to put pouches on the peg, according to manufacturers. Trends: Technology Key technology developments continue to support packaging industry growth across a broad variety of manufacturing segments. Intelligent packaging using smart labels permits effective product location and verification. Innovative printing advances use flexographic print- ing and biodegradable technologies that promote lon- ger sustainability of flexible packaging materials. Trends: E-Commerce E-commerce is influencing trends to make flexible packaging more durable to protect products during shipping – consumers are more concerned that their actual products arrive in good condition, rather than how they appear online. E-commerce is also changing specific packaging requirements, prompting manufac- turers to develop a business focus that caters to flexi- ble packaging for this channel. Packaging Innovation Innovation in flexible packaging includes the use of customized, eyecatching packaging shapes or special- ty closures to attract consumers or make dispensing neat and easier to use.As more products transition to flexible packaging, manufacturers are adding built-in freshness indicators to showcase the quality and shelf life of consumer goods. Challenges, Opportunities Challenges in flexible packaging — such as chang- ing consumer preferences, rapid technology devel- opments, and tariffs and rising material costs — may hinder growth and make manufacturers more cautious about investing in new equipment. However,most ac- knowledge pent-up demand for transitioning products into flexible packaging, especially pouches.

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 today’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing indus- tries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits.

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