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Best In Flexo Honored At FTA Forum reported by Greg Kishbaugh L ast week, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) hosted its annual forum in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the as-

Mark Andy Plans UK Open House

Following a complete acquisition of Presstek, Mark Andy has an- nounced a co-sponsored United Kingdom Open House. Hosted in London, England, at the Presstek headquarters, the event further inte- grates the organizations under the Mark Andy brand portfolio and re- portedly strengthens both organiza- tions global commitment to pressroom profitability. Expanding Business The Open House, taking place June 6-8, will consist of a morning, afternoon, and evening session re- peated each of the three days. Pro- gramming for all time slots will address advancements catered to printers and converters across the industry spectrum highlighting pro- ductivity gains.The attendee pool is expected to consist of commercial printers interested in expanding their offset business into labels and label converters looking to enter the digital production space. Addi- tionally, as many European print

sociation’s annual awards ban- quet, held at the Indianapolis Marriott, 114 awards, plus six best of show recipients, were revealed to be the winners at the annual Awards Banquet. Winners consisted of 38 Gold awards, 39 Silver awards, 33 Bronze awards, 3 Self Promo- tion awards and 1 Non-Tradi- tional award. “Best of Show” designees (se- lected from the gold award re- cipients in their respective categories) in the 2018 Excel- lence in Flexography Awards included: • Industrias de Plásticos SA de CV for the Cappy Inf laditos Queso y Mantequilla Justice LeagueWrapper in the mid web category.

Howard Vreeland, Chairman and CEO, Anderson & Vreeland, was presented with a Distin- guished Service Award from the FTA.

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• Multi-Color Corp for the Francis Ford Coppola The Countess Walewska Authentic Potato Premium Vodka Label in the narrow web category. • Visual Communication Tech on behalf of Proactive Packag- ing & Display for the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Carton in the combined corrugated category.

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DuPont Launches Cyrel EASY BRITE At FTA InfoFlex DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) launched DuPont Cyrel EASY BRITE Screens and the Cyrel EASY BRITE Index during FTA Forum/InfoFlex 2018, held May 6-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The screens are designed to optimize ink laydown in high-volume printing, typically seen when printing a white undercoat, or solid areas with spot colors. They contain a suite of screens that have reportedly been shown to improve solid printing at volumes of 4.0 bcm and greater. There are five screens in total: two screens designed for customers without the HD Pixel+ imaging capability and three screens designed to take full advantage of HD Pixel+ imaging. The Gilman Brothers Joins SGP As Silver Patron The Gilman Brothers, Gilman, Connecticut, is the lat- est Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Pa- tron at the silver level.The company, along with other industry leaders dedicated to promoting sustainabili- ty, support SGP and keep costs low for certification of print facilities. The Gilman Brothers Company is also certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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• Transcontinental Robbie for the Post Fruity Pebbles/Cocoa Pebbles Wrappers in the wide web category. •WestRock Company of Canada Inc for the Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt Box in the preprinted linerboard category • Mac Papers Envelope Converters Inc for the Tru- Green Welcome to TruGreen Envelope in the enve- lope category Technical Innovation Award Also at the award’s banquet, two winners were pre- sented with the 2018 Technical Innovation Award. The Award honors those who have helped in contin- uing to advance the flexographic industry toward ex- ceptional performance, productivity and efficiency. In the Prepress Graphics category, a 2018 Techni- cal Innovation Award went to Hamillroad Software Ltd, for its Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS). This software reportedly dramatically im- proves flexography’s quality and minimizes com- mon “hardware” issues like press bounce, making it a very strong contender against both digital and gravure printing. It is targeted to address both bar- ring and slurring. The software is said to produce near-perfect flat tines, sharp tinted text and sharp reverse tinted text. In the Prepress – Pressroom category, a 2018 Tech- nical Innovation Award was given to Eaglewood Tech- nologies for its Sitexco Laser Anilox Cleaning System. This machine uses a laser to clean everything down to the microscopic cells of anilox rollers without cre- ating any waste or using consumables, and it logs the data to provide a comprehensive overview of inven- tory. Even further, the system’s power consumption ranges from 1.8-kW to 2.5k-W per hour, which is less than a major household appliance.

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Hall Of Fame The FTA inducted its 56th member, Lon Robinson, into its Hall of Fame during the Awards Banquet. Follow- ing in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Robinson is a third gener- ation Tension Corp employee. He started as a pressman trainee and over the past 39 years worked his way up to ink technician, print lead and then moved into prepress

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where he held various roles as technician, lead and manager. After becoming composing lead, he was a technical assistant for seven years before advancing

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Windmoeller & Hoelscher Announces Record Sales Windmoeller & Hoelscher has announced record sales of more than 840 million EUR (US $1 billion) for 2017. “We grew across all business units: Extrusion, print- ing and converting,” said CEO Dr. Jürgen Vutz. The printing division, consisting of f lexographic and gravure presses, achieved 270 million EUR world- wide worldwide. “Due to ground-breaking technologies launched at Drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, our business has boomed,” stated Klaus Kleemann, VP of Sales at W&H North America.The new technologies cited by Kleemann in- clude W&H’s own fully-integrated VISION assistance system, and the TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E inking and wash-up system, which was recently highlighted at last week’s FTA InfoFlex trade show held in Indianapo- lis, Indiana.TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E is a low-main- tenance and pulsation-free inking and wash-up system that reportedly offers printers significant cost savings by reducing ink loss during wash-up by 30 percent and lowering overall energy consumption by 80 percent. The VISION package, meanwhile, combines systems for web monitoring, bar code check, printing impres- sion, and register setting in one single operator interface. PIA Seeks Nominations For Lewis, Berber Awards Printing Industries of America is seeking nomina- tions for the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award and the Naomi Berber Memorial Award. The Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Abraham Lewis, founder of Graphic Arts Monthly, and his sons Louis and Myron.The award hon- ors business leaders who have gone above and beyond to further the business of printed communications. Nominees should be widely recognized as industry leaders and have a record of participating in local and national professional activities. The Naomi Berber Memorial Award is the only award honoring the outstanding contributions of women in the graphic communications industry. The award is named for Naomi Berber, the first administrative direc- tor of Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (now a part of PIA). Nominees should show an outstanding dedica- tion to the graphic communications industry and have a record of accomplishments that demonstrate her contribution toward the development of the industry. Nominations must be submitted by July 31. Both win- ners will be recognized at Printing Industries of Ameri- ca’s Fall Administrative Meeting.

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Uteco Celebrates Host Of Press Installations Uteco has announced a strong start to 2018 with sev- eral press installations across North America. Colorado Label, located in Littleton, Colorado, installed an Onyx XS;Amerifilm, based in Kearny, New Jersey, recently in- stalled an Onyx 808; and LPS Industries, located in Moonachie, New Jersey, also installed an Onyx XS. Anthem Honored For Packaging Design Excellence Anthem, a global creative agency, has been awarded two packaging design Certificates of Excellence in the 2017 American Graphic Design Awards. The American Graphic Design Awards competition reflects the increasingly expansive ways in which graphic design shapes business and society, products and services, commerce and culture. In the Packaging category, Anthem was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its package design: Hon- eycomb Package Redesign; Brand Owner: Post Con- sumer Brands. In the Packaging category, Anthem was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its package design: Soap- box Package Redesign; Brand Owner: Soapbox Soaps.

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FTA Annual Forum ( Cont’d from Page 4)

sults at the annual FTA Forum and started his ca- reer at MacDermid, where he is an application devel- opment specialist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In the past year, Cagle participated in the Flexog- raphy 101 & 102 sessions at Forum 2017, presented beside Mark Samworth at Fall Conference 2017, and is co-chair of this year’s “Troubleshooting Sur- vival Guide” Forum ses- sion in Indianapolis.

to director of technology. Finally, in 2012 he earned the role director of research and development, where he remains today. Robinson became an FTA member in 2000 and has served on the FTA Board of Directors and FFTA Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of the 2012 President’s Award and chaired the Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) Committee for two years. He co-chaired the Fall Conference 2015 and has spoken at multiple Fo- rums and Fall Conferences, as well. Over the years, he has judged entries in the Technical Innovation and Excellence in Flexography Awards and has served on the Awards Committee, where he will become the committee chair at Forum 2018. President’s Award The FTA presented its 2018 President’s Award to Jason Cagle of MacDermid Graphics Solutions.At the onset of his college career at Clemson University, Cagle already displayed the characteristics of an en- gaging role model as leader of the school’s 2012 Phoenix Challenge team. He was the first-place recip- ient of the 2015 FFTA Rossini North America Flexo- graphic Research Scholar ship. In 2016, Cagle graduated from Clemson, presented his research re-

Jason Cagle

Cagle is an active member of FTA and is currently the chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee, which is something he has been a part of since its inception. Sustainability Award The recipient of the 2018 Sustainability Excellence Award is Heritage Envelopes Ltd. for PackMail, an al- ternative packing solution for envelopes. This award is given to companies for exceptional efforts in de- veloping innovative, processes, products and manage-

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Industry Events

Labelexpo Americas September 25-27, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

Luxe Pack New York 2018 May 16-17, 2018 Pier 91 NewYork, NY

PRINT 18 September 30 - October 3, 2018 Chicago's McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois TLMI Annual Meeting October 14-17, 2018 The Ritz-Carlton,Amelia Island Amelia Island, FL

Print4All May 29 - June 1, 2018 Fiera Milano, Italy

Expo Pack Latin America June 5-8, 2018 Location: Expo Santa Fe Mexico, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City, Mexico Corrugated Packaging Seminar June 6–7 Sonoco Inst. of Packaging Design & Graphics Clemson, SC

All in Print China October 24–28 | New Intl. Expo Center Shanghai, China

Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute March 10 – March 13, 2019 Converter Meeting The Omni Grove Park Inn Ashville, NC

Latin Pack 2018 June 7-8, 2018 Santiago, Chile

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Mark Andy Open House ( Cont’d from Page 1)


shops adopt both offset and flexographic technolo- gies, the event provides those in attendance an op- portunity to learn how to evolve both production process into the future to gain a larger market share. Live demonstrations of Mark Andy Digital One label press and Presstek 34DI digital offset press with ECO-UV will be conducted. Digital One and ECO-UV equipped DI are technologies said to reduce turn- around time, produce high-quality work and increase efficiency for their owners. The entry-level digital hybrid press, Mark Andy Digital One, was designed for profitable micro to short run la- bels. The press is configured with a CMYK dry-toner digital engine, directly followed by a flexo print station. The multi-purpose flexo deck supports PMS spot col- ors, various varnishes, cold foil adhesive, or laminating to meet any label embellishment need.As a single pass hybrid unit, it maintains a diecutting station and rewind delivering ready-to-ship product on a single machine. The Presstek 34DI with the new ECO-UV system will be demonstrated at each session as well. The ECO-UV add-on system instantly dries sheets at deliv- ery so converters can immediately run a second side or head straight to finishing. The new in-line curing system is available as a retro- fit to any existing DI press. FTA 2019 Forum Slated For New Orleans The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) an- nounced that Forum & InfoFlex 2019 will take place May 5-8, 2019, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Cen- ter. This is the fourth time the city of New Orleans has hosted the annual event. Masterpress Wins 2018 AWA Sleeve Label Award Masterpress’s Stock Prestige Carbon Limited Edition label for Stock Polska was recognized in the “Heat TD Shrink Sleeves” category of the 2018 AWA Sleeve Label Awards competition. The decoration of the Stock Prestige Carbon Limit- ed Edition bottle has been inspired by the look and texture of carbon fiber, a material associated with light weight, durability and unique appearance. The competition’s category winners were present- ed with the awards at a special ceremony during the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhi- bition, held on April 19-20, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 sys- tems, 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 broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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ment approaches that have had a positive impact on the three mainstays of sustainability — people, planet and profit. Joining in 2015, Heritage Envelopes Ltd is one of FTA’s international members from the United King- dom and is based in Blackburn, Lancashire. Al- though the idea of PackMail was born several years ago, it was just last year that Heritage had earned an honorable mention for this very same solution at the 2017 Sustainable Excellence Awards in Phoenix,Arizona. PackMail is “boxless” packaging for shipping and storing envelopes to mail in-serting companies by bounding product between two rigid cardboard ends with film wrap.This design keeps envelopes flat and safe from damage, reduces the environmental foot- print, cuts-back on the amount of waste from packag- ing, storing, handling, and lowers transportation, CO2 output and fuel consumption. Already, approximately 750 million envelopes have shipped using this new solution in the U.K. and Her- itage plans to increase production by 50 percent in 2018. Expansion into new territory like the United States is already in the works. It is currently sourcing engineering and packaging materials partners in the United States to keep the environmental footprint to a minimum, while supporting the American manufac- turing industry. Distinguished Service Award The FTA awarded Howard Vreeland, Chairman and CEO of Anderson & Vreeland, its Distinguished Ser- vice Award in recognition of his lifelong commitment to serving the flexographic industry and for his lead- ership role as FTA Board Chair. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be given this award,” said Vreeland. “The FTA is growing even as other industry associations are shrinking because the FTA continues to re-invent itself to help its mem- bers succeed.” Anderson & Vreeland has been associated with the FTA for more than 55 years. In that time the flexo- graphic industry has gone from the analog business of putting marks on substrates to enabling digital high definition printing on nearly any material. “The technologies of label and package printing continue to change and FTA is always on the leading edge,” said Vreeland. “We at Anderson and Vreeland, and our colleagues and partners at FTA, are continu- ally moving forward and finding new ways to help ensure flexographic printers always keep pace with the steady advance of technology.”

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies is the Anilox Roll Cleaning Ex- pert! We are the creators of Laserlox™ Systems, Sanilox™ Systems and Sani-Blast™ Mobile Service. Laserlox™ and Laserlox™ Flexi are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning. Sanilox™ Systems are the global standard of reli- able, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offers several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, manufactur- ers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consum- ables, including: nyloflex® photopolymer 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. Flint Group

Harper Corporation of America

We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or cor- rugated markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics.

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.

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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 Flexotecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an ex- perienced, dedicated service staff. Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of nar- row and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to in- crease productivity and profitability for the label and pack- aging markets. The company supplies leading global brands including Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy printing/converting machinery and UVTechnolo- gy curing systems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and dis- tribution offices in France, Switzerland, and the UK. Mark Andy, Inc.

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Bobst To Open Second Production Facility In China Bobst will official open Bobst Changzhou Co. Ltd, the company’s second production facility in China, on May 16.Titled “China 4.0 - Beyond your packaging future”, the formal inauguration will be followed by two days of Open House events on May 17-18. The new site is a greenfield facility located in Changzhou, in the Jiangsu province of China, and is dedicated to web-fed printing and converting tech- nologies for flexible materials.The opening of the new plant is reportedly a major step in the next phase of the development of Bobst activities for the Asian flexible packaging industry. Colbert Packaging Inspires Elementary School Students Colbert Packaging Corporation recently hosted a TICCIT (“Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees”) event for elementary students in Wisconsin’s Salem School District. Jeff MacDougall, Production Manager at Colbert Packaging, Lake Forest, Illinois, led the edu- cational outreach program, which drew participation

from more than 320 students in the third, fourth and fifth grades. Salem students learned how trees are grown and harvested for the making of paper and pa- perboard, and then turned into packaging materials that are recyclable and renewable. Hands-on learning is an important part of TICCIT, a program of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC). Ennis Acquires Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Ennis, Inc., through one of its subsidiaries, has ac- quired Allen-Bailey Tag & Label of Caledonia, New York, in a purchase of assets and assumption of trade payables. A majority of employees will continue to run the business in the same location.Allen-Bailey has a long history in Caledonia, stretching back almost 70 years. Allen Bailey produces tags and labels for the fire safe- ty and agriculture industries and has sales representa- tives in several states other than New York. The business has about $12 million in sales volume. Ennis also owns another business in Caledonia, Specialized Business Forms, Inc., which was acquired in 2005.

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