FMN | April 26th, 2021

Vol. 23 No. 9 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

April 26, 2021

Esko Addresses Cloud Technology

TLMI Announces Singer Winners

During the close of the associa- tion’s recent Virtual Spring Summit, TLMI Chairman, Lori Campbell, an- nounced the winners of the Eugene Singer Award for Management Excel- lence. The Singer Award recognizes excellence in business management measured and defined by an estab- lished set of growth and profitability ratios through participation in the TLMI Management Ratio Study. Recognizing Excellence Nearly 100 TLMI member convert- ers throughout the United States and Canada participate in the Ratio Study, however only four companies are awarded the Eugene Singer honor each year.This year, the awards were given to the following companies: Portland, Oregon-based Rose City Label ,won in the small company cat- egory for the first time. Yorba Linda, California-based Digi- tal Label Solutions won for the mid- range company category. This is the company’s sixth time winning the Eugene Singer Award.

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E sko, global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print in- dustries, has launched a new whitepaper entitled Cloud Free- dom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. Across the global print and packaging sectors, packaging con- verters and premedia trade shops are wrestling with competing

Interest in cloud-enabled work- flows through the packaging indus- try got seriously accelerated by the Covid pandemic, not least due to the spike in demand for working remote- ly and sharing jobs between factories to overcome supply chain instability. — Jan De Roeck

demands on their operations.To remain competitive, converters are in the market for strategies and technologies that will pro- vide them with a competitive differentiation. Whether that be on cost, speed, quality, flexibility or consistency, the challenges faced by today’s prepress and print converters are significant. Combine these demands with a lack of skilled labor availability and decreasing run lengths, the need for management teams to strategically address business digitization, automation and con- nectivity becomes clear. Around 90 percent of businesses today have adopted cloud technology in some form. This figure is only expected to rise,

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working in a global covid pandemic. Interest in cloud-enabled workflows through the packaging industry got seriously accelerated by the Covid pandemic, not least due to the spike in demand

with 69 percent considering moving additional appli- cations and services to the cloud. Flexo Market News spoke exclusively with Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director Industry Relations & Strat- egy at Esko, about the future of cloud technology and the ways in which it can help lead companies above their competition. Q) Why did Esko feel it was the right time to re- lease the report? What internal discussions led to the report’s release? A) Our transition from on-premise software toward a Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) plat-form has been has been going on for some time now.An import- ant supporting milestone happened last year with the publication of our Digital Maturity Model. Designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitization, automation and connection, the DMM was unveiled at the begin- ning of 2020, just as the scale of the global pandemic was be-coming apparent. While cloud computing is nothing new for Esko – our WebCenter and Cape Pack solutions are web-based – the relevance of this initiative grew throughout the year, as we were picking up insights and learnings from our customers’ operational challenges related to

for working remotely and sharing jobs between facto- ries to overcome supply chain instability. So here we are with the release of this new version of Automation Engine,which we now also roll out with a SaaS deploy- ment option. Customers can benefit from new devel- opments in user experience, either in an on-premise deployment or in a cloud deployment. To further underscore our intentions and plans for

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Singer Award Winners (Cont’d from Page 1)

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Lancaster, Ohio-based Blue Label Digital Printing won for the medium company category. This is the company’s first time winning the Eugene SingerAward. Sanford, Florida-based Consolidated Label won for the large company category.This is Consolidated Label’s eighteenth time winning the Eugene Singer Award. 2021 Innovator of the Year Deadline Approaches AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, Board Converting News (BCN), and Corrugated Today invite AICCAssociate Members to submit their innovative ma- chinery for the 2021 Innovator of theYear Competition (IOY).The competition is held in conjunction with the AICC/ TAPPI 2021 SuperCorrExpo, August 8-12, at the Orange County Convention Center,Orlando, Florida. Finalists for the award are featured at SuperCorrExpo and attendees vote for their favorite innovation. The Machinery category, open to AICC Associate (supplier) Members in good standing, focuses on in- novations of equipment, products, or services directly related to the mechanical converting process. Innova- tions should benefit the paperboard packaging indus- try through enhanced efficiency, quality, productivity, and/or safety of converting plants. The “mechanical converting process” covers all op- erations that involve direct contact with corrugated, folding carton, or rigid box substrates (i.e., printing, cutting, creasing, scoring, stitching, gluing, material handling, etc.). Entries must be received by Friday, June 4. This is a video based competition, more information and the entry form can be found at www.AICCbox.org/in- novator . Glenroy Launches Sustainable Packaging Portfolio Glenroy, Menomonee Falls,Wisconsin, has launched a Sustainable Packaging Portfolio to help brand own- ers in the food, pharmaceutical, pet food, nutraceuti- cal, personal care, and household products industries achieve sustainability goals and address the global waste issue. The Glenroy Sustainable Packaging portfolio features recyclable pouches and film laminations that qualify for the How2Recycle store drop-off label program, post-consumer recycled (PCR) pouches and film lami- nations made with up to 53 percent recycled content, and the eco-friendly premade Standcap Pouch in a PCR format with up to 48 percent recycled content.

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Channeled Resources Installs Catbridge Slitter

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Channeled Resources Group (CRG), a manufacturer of blank shipping labels, release liner, and laminated papers and films, has installed a Catbridge 900 slitter at its plant in Toronto, Ontario.

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Channeled Resources’ GMC division specializes in narrow web, custom-coated paper release liners for the tape, sealant, envelope, graphic, and specialty markets. Virtual drupa Premieres To International Audience On the first day of virtual.drupa, about 17,000 regis- tered visitors from 155 nations took part in 660 min- utes of presentations in the Conference Area and 930 minutes of LiveWeb Sessions and networked with 212 exhibitors from 45 countries in the Exhibition Space and Matchmaking Plaza.The international printing and packaging sector will meet at virtual.drupa until April 23, 2021 to get valuable insights, and learn about in- dustry trends and technological innovations for the development of business potential. The first day of the show recorded 222,000 page im- pressions from all over the world; 7,500 visitors took part in the conference program alone. The first day of virtual.drupa offered a keynote speech by Wallstreet Journal Bestselling Author and Innovation Partner Michael Gale.Afterwards, presenta- tions, best cases and talks by top speakers, partners, associations and exhibitors provided impulses on the topics of “Artificial Intelligence” and “Circular Econo- my”as well as the latest innovations on the market. For the remainder of the meeting, the focus was on “Con- nected Consumer” and “Platform Economy”. GMC Slitting Team welcomes New Catbridge Slitter to Toronto facility ( left to right ) Steve Cook, Rupert Zulueta, and Dan Hayes.

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AICC Hosts Southeast Summit

AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, host- ed its Southeast Summit March 31-April 1 at the Gran- dover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.The first “in-person” event for the corrugated and paperboard packaging industries in more than a year brought to- gether 65 AICC members and guests. Ben DeSollar,President and CEO of Sumter Packaging, Sumter, SC, and Director for AICC’s Southeast Region, chaired the meeting.The Summit featured speakers on the current state of the corrugated and containerboard business, a virtual plant tour of Packrite LLC, as well as a panel of boxmakers talking about how their busi- nesses have fared in the face of the COVID pandemic. AICC President Michael D’Angelo opened the meet- ing and presented a brief state of theAssociation,citing a membership retention rate of 94 percent; a surge in the use of AICC’s online Packaging School; and great- er member engagement in the past year on weekly membership zoom calls, virtual tours, converter think tank sessions and the use of the All-Access Pass for ed- ucation and training. He also introduced the Founda- tion for Packaging Education, chartered in the fall of 2020 by AICC’s Board of Directors to raise funds for the continued growth and expansion of industry-spe- cific training programs for employees inAICC member companies. A Look Ahead Mitch Klinger, a Partner at Klingher-Nadler in Engle- wood Cliffs,New Jersey,keynoted the meeting with his presentation called Looking Ahead at Market Force, Box Demand and How to Strategize . Klinger outlined the current state of the business: positive forces such as high box demand, record profits, and elevated levels of capital investment in the industry. On the negative side, he cited tightness in the con- tainerboard market with rising prices; supply chain in- terruptions in other basic materials; a shortage of good people; high-profile ransomware attacks on larger pa- per producers and, of course, the ongoing pandemic and its uncertainties. Klingher also looked at the ef- fects of high-speed converting on the business as more machinery suppliers roll out equipment with shorter set-up times and faster running speeds.He urged mem- bers to educate themselves and their customers about using lighter weight containerboard as a means to cost reduction and improved performance. RalphYoung,AICC’s Technical Advisor, picked up on Klingher’s presentation about lighter weight contain- erboard as he gave a rundown of the current North American paper market, especially the new capacity (Cont’d on Page 10)

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FINAT To Host Forum

The Circular Economy. Mara Desgrées-Du Lo, the EU Directorate-General’s Environments Policy Officer,will discuss the future of packaging policy, and Europe’s ‘Green Deal’. An Vossen, technical manager at AIM, the European Brands Association, will also discuss progress toward the so-called “Holy Grail” of digital watermarks, which could one day enable smarter recycling and sorting. Ophelie Gourdou, project manager of CELAB-Eu- rope, will update the label community about the in- dustry consortium’s roadmap toward a circular busi- ness model for label materials.And, finally, a panel of four brand owners will discuss how they see their brands’ labels and packaging contributing to their cir- cular ambitions. Day 4 will turn to the Future Workforce, and will be led by a keynote from Markus Wörner from Einhorn PR, who will talk about alternative business models, the tricky business of attracting new talent to the in- dustry, and his approach to what he calls ‘fairstainabili- ty’.Wörner will discuss his views with current business leaders from the label industry.The day will conclude with an interactive webinar from Mind Gym, which will apply the latest in behavior science research to the challenge of building an inclusive culture in at- tendees’ organizations.

BestBrightHalfHOUSE.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:26 PM Page 1 Business Strategy Day 2 will dive into Business Strategy, starting with the view from ten thousand feet, as economist Prof Andrea Boltho offershis take on the post-COVID re- covery and the large structural forces that are shaping the current business environment.Then we will zero in on the label business, hearing from Nick Mockett, Moorgate Capital, and Norman Bremer, IK Investment Partners, will discuss the label business from the per- spectives of M&A and Private Equity, respectively. Day 3 will address the threat of climate change, and FINAT, the European association for the self-adhe- sive label industry, will host a week-long forum, tak- ing place May 31-June 4.The event will encompass a number of key themes and issues facing the industry, including business consolidation, sustainability, the workforce of the future, and how culture can make or break a business. Each day will touch upon a different theme: Day 1 will focus on Association Matters, during which FINAT Managing Director Jules Lejeune will set the scene for the week ahead, reviewing trends and developments in the label market over the last year.

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Acucote Expands Insights Educational Program Acucote, pressure-sensitive adhesive coating manu- facturer, has expanded its Acucote Insights program with two additional educational blogs. Acucote Insights #2 provides a brief description of what constitutes FSC-certified material and how Acu- cote can support converters with these materials.

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Acucote Insights #3 focuses on commonly asked questions surrounding pattern coating adhesives. Pat- tern adhesive coating is the process of creating lanes of adhesive coverage and lanes with no adhesive cov- erage across the web of pressure-sensitive paper or film facestocks. Both of these recent Insights articles also include short video blogs which highlight key points. Industry Opportunity Partners Sells El Dorado Packaging Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), an opera- tions-focused private equity firm, has completed the sale of portfolio company El Dorado Packaging to Pro- Ampac Holdings, a global flexible packaging compa- ny that serves consumer packaged goods customers across a diverse set of end markets. Growth Through Acquisition El Dorado was formed in September 2014 through the acquisitions and merger of the Multiwall Packaging Division of Greif, Inc and El Dorado Paper Bag Man- ufacturing Company. The Company is a manufacturer of large and small format paper packaging with three manufacturing facilities that feature on-site graphics capabilities, custom packaging design, printing and converting.

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cloud-based software, we released a new white-pa- per titled ‘Cloud Freedom’. And it does not come as a surprise that a number of important global market and industry drivers are the basis of an acceleration of workflow digitization and automation. In general terms, it’s fair to say that supply chains across the world are very unstable and fragile. The just-in-time principle is under a lot of pressure, suscep- tible to the smallest hiccup in the supply chain. And while we all immediately think about the impact of the global Covid pandemic, in the past 10 years we’ve seen many such incidents and accidents that created bottlenecks in supply chains - not only the supply of consumer goods, but also the supply of cartonboard and other substrates to the converters, and the supply

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of packaging to the filling lines of brand owners.Think of “accidents” like the recent problem in Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocked by a huge container ship, or terrorist at- tacks, weather-related vulnerabilities, natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, a volcano eruption in Iceland, globalization versus import and export pro- tectionism, the list goes on. Packaging converters realize more and more they need to organize in function of these supply chain hic- cups and invest in an infrastructure that allows them to respond very quickly.The cloud enables workflows to do exactly that. Q) What is the primary reason companies stumble in their planning to switch to a cloud- based operation? A) The whitepaper makes it clear that driving com- pany-wide transformation toward digital maturity is a multi-functional task, where the entire organization needs to engage if it is to truly receive the full suite of benefits on offer. It also requires cultural and proce- dural change at every level of the organization. (Cont’d on Page 11)

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expected to be coming on stream in the next few years. He noted that nearly all of it is 100 percent re- cycled containerboard being made on machines con- verted from other grades, most notably newsprint. Young said that converters will have an opportunity to source lighter weights not previously available. He, like Klingher, sees a greater value proposition for in- dependents’ customers in understanding and using these grades. Closing the meeting was a panel of AICC member boxmakers talking about their challenges and oppor- tunities during the pandemic year.Moderated by Mitch Klingher, the panel featured Michael Drummond of Packrite LLC; Gary Brewer of Package Crafters, High Point, North Carolina; Ben DeSollar of Sumter Pack- aging; and Howard Bertram of Complete Design and Packaging of Concord, North Carolina. PACK EXPO Las Vegas Moving Forward The Board of Directors of PMMI,The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, issued a vote of confidence to convene as an industry at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, September 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and instruct- ed PMMI staff to move forward with all preparation for a safe and productive show. Associations in the packaging and processing sector remain in support of the event as part of the PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO Part- ner Program, with 15 association partners already signed on to support and exhibit at the show, including CPA, the Association for Contract Packagers and Man- ufacturers, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), OMAC-The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, Flexible Packaging Association, Reusable Packaging As- sociation and more.

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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. Apex International www.apexinternational.com Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. www.andersonvreeland.com Apex International is an award-winning global lead- er of anilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, metering prod- ucts, and print maintenance solutions. With five production facilities on four continents, a grow- ing portfolio of clients in over 80 countries, and a high-performance continuous-improvement culture, Apex’s mission is the customer’s production suc- cess. Through technical innovation, service, and manufacturing precision, Apex delivers reliable, durable, and predictable metering solutions to its client’s presses every day. ARC International www.ARCInternational.com 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. Eaglewood Technologies, LLC www.eaglewoodtech.com 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.

HelloFresh Launches Sustainable Solutions

HelloFresh has formed a new partnership with Pratt Industries to introduce cardboard packaging made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled content for its HelloFresh and EveryPlate meal kits. By using recyclable packaging made entirely from recycled content for the production and shipment of meal kits to customers’ doorsteps, HelloFresh said it is taking measurable steps to reduce waste and improve circularity of materials in the economy.

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an opportunity to standardize, and to make better use of specialist functions and capabilities that remain locked otherwise, such as design skills, 3D skills, pre- press specialisms, etc. Q) What is the single most important thing a company must do to ensure a smooth and suc- cessful transition to a cloud-based operation? A) The single most important thing must be to plan for a realistic transition to a cloud-based infra-struc- ture. Don’t strive for completeness from day 1. Don’t let perfect get in the way of better, and set priorities – gather the low hanging fruit first, fulfilling the excep- tions comes later. Note : The Esko whitepaper, Cloud Freedom - deliv- ering operational efficiency, data security and flexi- bility for print and packaging suppliers , is available to download at www.esko.com/en/lp/cloud-free- dom/cloud-freedom . Print Inspection In other news, Esko has unveiled its latest print in- spection innovation, AVT iCenter, which empowers label converters to reportedly manage quality and

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BestBrightHalfHOUSEtwo.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:28 PM Page 1 Many converters grew by acquisition, and in many cases each of these acquired factories typically run their own workflows. Cloud computing represents Having different employee groups, teams or facilities at different stages of digital maturity can create issues, leading to waste and a slowing down of the business. Businesses continue to be understandably confused by the terms, and wary of the IT overheads and in- evitable disruption to operations. But transitioning to the cloud makes businesses more efficient, resilient, and customer focused, and enables them to differen- tiate, build and protect.The cloud serves as a catalyst to enable innovation and to automate processes and systems. Moreover, it delivers a raft of additional bene- fits - from improved security against malware and data hackers to scalability of infrastructure, both up and down, depending on demand. Cloud computing allows a business to organize for peak capacity and systems availability, while saving time and effort on deploying version updates.And with all this, it gives the operators back their own “freedom” to no longer be worried about these IT challenges, and it allows them the freedom to focus on what matters most: creating added-value for the customer.

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Manufacturers Step Up To Get America Vaccinated Following President Joe Biden’s call to employers across America to do everything they can to help their employees—and their communities—get vaccinated, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement: “Vaccines are howwe get armed against COVID-19,pro- tect our loved ones, grow our economy and get back to the moments we miss.The hard work and innovation of America’s pharmaceutical manufacturers, coupled with the Biden administration’s laser focus on vaccine dis- tribution and the dedication of local vaccination teams across the country, have enabled the administration to double its lofty goal set for the first 100 days.” President Biden announced that he expects the na- tion to have administered 200 million shots within his first 100 days. He called on every employer in America to offer full pay to their employees for any time off needed to get vaccinated and announced a paid leave tax credit that will offset the cost for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. “Manufacturers remain absolutely committed to helping our teams get safely vaccinated,” Timmons added. “Through our ‘This Is Our Shot’ project, we’re making resources available to answer questions and share the facts about how these vaccines are safe and effective. Additionally, many manufacturers have sup- ported vaccination by giving employees time off to get vaccinated.With a new tax credit, it will be even easier for manufacturers and all employers to offer this op- tion. This is our shot to finally end this pandemic, so we’re going to keep working with the administration, state and local leaders and our member companies to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible.” Launched earlier this year, ‘This Is Our Shot’, live at NAM.org/ThisIsOurShot , includes six main com- ponents: (1) science-based messaging research; (2) emergency industry convening and education, such as webinars; (3) an online vaccine information hub; (4) a PSA campaign; (5) the Yellow and Red Ribbon Ini- tiative (for vaccinated individuals to show their peers they’re a part of the fight); and (6) a rapid response media and digital campaign. Amcor Invests In ePac Flexible Packaging Amcor has announced a strategic investment in ePac Flexible Packaging.The investment will range between approximately $10 to $15 million, including a minority ownership interest in ePac Holdings LLC and funding for one or more ePac sites.

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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. Flint Group www.flintgrp.com Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, man- ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopoly- mer 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. Harper Corporation of America www.harperimage.com 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. 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 Flexo- tecnica 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. KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge www.kba-flexotecnica.com/en/

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production standards across jobs, printing equipment, shifts and even sites. The cloud-based platform integrates with Esko Au- tomation Engine and AVT Helios automated inline in- spection solutions for label and narrow web printing. Platemaking Partnership Additionally, Esko and Asahi Photoproducts have showcased their fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this year’s virtual.drupa event. Esko, the global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and labels markets, has collaborated with Asahi Photoproducts, developers of flexographic photopolymer plates, on the flexo platemaking solution. CrystalCleanConnect reportedly fully automates the entire platemaking process, from imaging and exposure through to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo platemaking process from 12 to just one.This equates to a reduction from 36 minutes in platemaking and plate cutting to just 2.5 minutes of operator time to complete all processing steps. Gift Of Education In further news, Indiana State University received a multi-million-dollar in-kind gift of package engineer- ing technology software from Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging industry. This partnership continues the company’s two decades of support for the program. For the next three years, Esko will provide 50 soft- ware licenses to industry-leading programs. The part- nership will keep ISU students educated on the latest technology and promote a skilled workforce for Esko customers. ISU’s program has a 100 percent place- ment rate into jobs after graduation. The partnership with ISU doubles the number of stu- dents who have access to the same software used to develop nine out of 10 retail packages. Expansion of the partnership includes a cloud-based version of Esko software,which allows students to work on classroom projects in a remote setting. In addition, the College of Technology Packaging Engineering Lab is equipped with the software, allowing students to seamlessly transition projects to the production stage.

FTA InfoFlex 2021 (Virtual) May 3-4, 2021 Kansas City, MO

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

Label Congress 2021 September 29-October 1, 2021 Brussels Centre Expo Brussels, Belgium TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL

Labelexpo Europe April 26-29, 2022 Brussels Centre Expo Brussels, Belgium

Oliver Inc. Acquires Boutwell Packaging

Labelexpo Americas September 13-15, 2022 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

Oliver Inc. acquired Boutwell Packaging, a manufac- turer of folding carton packaging serving personal care, healthcare, and food and beverage markets.

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