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All American Label Acquires Label Art

FLAG Announces New 2020 Programs FLAG (Flexo LabelAdvantage Group LLC) is introducing two new pro- grams for 2020 and offering a special discount offer to end the year. Both of the new programs are based on in- put from current members on ways that FLAG can continue to meet their business requirements. Providing Healthcare The first program provides new healthcare insurance options from En- gage PEO (Professional Employer Or- ganization). Engage is a national PEO with full service HR and benefits of- ferings and a boutique level of service and flexibility. By utilizing Engage PEO, FLAGMembers will also experience re- lief from employment administration, gain access to Fortune 500 employee benefits andACA compliance guidance and a wide range of HR management solutions provided by a team of trained professionals, according to FLAG. The second program is an expan- sion of FLAG peer groups. In 2020, FLAG will offer multiple manufactur- er’s users groups and add at least two

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A ll American Label and Packaging, Dublin, California, has ac- quired Label Art of California, Oakland,California. All American Label and Packaging, launched in 1995, is a full-service label and packaging company headquartered in Dub- lin with a facility in Memphis,Tennessee.The company current- ly produces labels, shrink sleeves, folding cartons, and flexible packaging for the food, beverage, wine, spirits and cosmetics markets. The company offers a collaborative in-house team, which in- cludes art department, plate making, computer to plate technol- ogy, warehousing, fulfillment and JIT. Recognizing the impact that a packaging company can have

on the environment, in 2014, All American Label partnered with Cool Earth and performed a com- plete solar installation, reducing its carbon footprint significantly, creating cost benefits and mak- ing more efficient use of energy throughout the plant. In 2016, it began the migration of LED UV technology on its presses, which enhanced productivity, lowered energy usage and provided the

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company with a higher consistency in quality than ever before. The Label Art history began in an Oakland garage in 1965 and has been a long-running business by the Masri family.Today the company occupies a 26,000-square-foot facility in Oakland’s Lake Merritt area. While adhering to industrial, practical, sup- portive, and informative labels, to name a few,The Label Art has

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Label Summit Latin America Returns To Santiago Chile is set to host the forthcoming 17th edition of Label Summit Latin America in March 2020, for only the second time.The two-day annual event, which ro- tates between key locations in the region, is a leading educational event supporting the label and package printing industry in Latin America. Taking Aim At Decision Makers Taking place at Santiago’s Espacio Riesco Convention Center from March 10-11, located outside the city center, the Label Summit Latin America is aimed at senior deci- sion makers working within the industry. The event is supported by regional trade bodies CENEM, CONLATIN- GRAF and INGRAF.The two-day conference aims to equip delegates with in-depth label and package printing trade knowledge as well as strategic insights into how they can help advance the sector in the region.This is reflected in the themes running throughout the conference: the key focus for day one of the summit is business development in Chile as well as the wider region, while day two will focus on packaging, design and branding. Visitor registration is now open, with an early bird discount in place until February 21.

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Avery Dennison Acquires Smartrac’s RFID Business Smartrac Technology Group, RFID technology and IoT specialist, has reached a definitive agreement to sell its RFIDTransponder Division to Avery Dennison, which is seeking expansion of its intelligent label portfolio. Smartrac’s RFID inlay and tags business will com- plement Avery Dennison’s intelligent label platform, expand its existing product portfolio, enhance the company’s R&D,manufacturing and sales capacity and increase its RFID offerings for a variety of customer re- quirements and applications.The transaction will also provide the opportunity to expand market coverage and to accelerate RFID growth opportunities. Transponder Business As part of the transaction, Avery Dennison will ac- quire Smartrac’s Transponder business and associated assets, including all manufacturing, R&D, sales and ad- ministration facilities, and will take over all affected employees.The company will also assume all contrac- tual obligations to employees, customers and suppli- ers.The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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also developed a particular specialty in labels for gour- met, boutique, and luxury products, especially wine labels.The company was the first label printer in Cali- fornia to use HP Indigo presses and reportedly one of Mark Andy’s first franchises back in the late 1960s. The Label Art has a sister company, Quadraflex Cor- poration, located in Cortland, New York, co-owned in partnership with the original family in Oakland and with a previous Oakland plant employee. Idealliance Introduces Global ECG Characterization Target Idealliance, the creator of print standards and spec- ifications such as GRACoL, SWOP, and G7, is releasing an Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) characterization tar- get for use in characterizing and calibrating multicolor print processes. The Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Characterization Target was created by a subcommittee within the Ide- alliance Print Properties and Colorimetric Council as a part of the Idealliance Global ECG project.The Idealli- ance Global ECG is designed to make 7-color process printing as predictable and normal as current CMYK printing specifications such as GRACoL and SWOP. The characterization target will complement a com- prehensive Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Project Kit, which contains guidelines, proofing control strips, and other tools for print users. The characterization Target is a 7-color test chart, which contains a scalable number of patches, ranging from a single page, up to 4 pages. Most users should be able to achieve acceptable results using the one- or two-page chart.The chart was designed with input from across the industry and is optimized for multi- ple printing processes.The team that has created the test chart included developers from: ColorLogic, Esko, GMG, and Kodak as well as other industry members. Team leaders Hanno Hoffstadt,Thorsten Braun, and William Li worked together and with others to create prototypes and test candidates for a period of two years. Creation of the chart also included flexo and litho test runs to capture data and understand optimal configuration and patch design. Idealliance is now in the final phase of the Idealli- ance Global ECG project. The deliverables of this fi- nal phase will be standardized ECG datasets for litho and flexo.“Our goal for ECG is to do for 7-color what GRACoL did for CMYK,”Ron Ellis,Chair of Idealliance’s Print Properties and Colorimetric Council said.“These standardized ECG datasets will help designers, brands and creatives work with ECG in a global supply chain”.

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EskoWorld 2020 To Take Place In Dallas, Texas

Esko has announced that EskoWorld 2020, its annual premier technology-focused event, will take place in Dallas,Texas,April 28-30, 2020. Being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conven- tion Center, the three-day event attracts more than 500 attendees and is designed to connect brands and their packaging and print supply chains to discover the lat- est techniques and solutions in packaging and label artwork management, prepress workflow automation and digitalization. “Under our theme of ‘Packaging Connected’, we will once again be hosting a wide range of exciting edu- cational workshops, hands-on learning opportunities, and countless cross-industry networking opportu- nities to enable our customers to connect and learn about the latest thinking in automation to boost opera- tional efficiency,”said Melissa Plemen, Esko Director of Marketing North America. “EskoWorld offers our del- egates insights to the latest best practice techniques in an open and friendly atmosphere and explores the future of packaging production workflow with over 70 presentations from Esko subject matter experts, as well as providing interactive debates and training op- portunities for attendees. “This year in particular,” she continued, “we will showcase the latest Esko CDI Crystal family of digi- tal imaging, screening and exposure technologies for flexo plates, our new Kongsberg digital finishing solu- tions, and numerous software solutions including the latest editions of Esko WebCenter,Automation Engine, Studio and ArtiosCAD. Bobst has opened a facility that enables converters and brand owners to carry out production tests and coating technology comparisons, certifying the results on site and calculating the costs related to each test from real production data. More than 120 participants from different segments of the worldwide coating in- dustry attended the event that marked the inauguration of BOBST coating excellence line and technology cen- ter.The facility, which includes a fully equipped labora- tory, is a newly-built extension of Bobst Italia’s Compe- tence Center, which also houses gravure printing and laminating machines, in San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy. Titled “ The ultimate coating experience ” the event spotlighted BOBST capabilities and commitment in this specialized sector of the converting industry, while also offering visitors an overview of the current market trends and future developments. Bobst Italia Unveils Technology Center

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Scanbag Installs Flexo Wash Laser Technology The Danish manufacturer of paper bags and carri- ers, Scanbag A/S, has installed a laser anilox cleaner from FlexoWash for its production plant in Skive.The FW 2000 model, which was introduced in 2018, is the first laser model in the company’s anilox clean- ing range that dates back 25 years and involves more than 3,000 installations. With anilox cleaning such a fundamental part of the flexo printing process, the new laser technology is reportedly ideal for 100 per- cent cleaning without damage to the expensive rolls, with the guarantee of consistent print quality and re- duced downtime.

With the ability to print single- and double-ply bags in up to eight flexo colors, Scanbag’s staff of 30 are kept busy supplying SOS bags and paper carriers with handles to the industrial and building markets, as well as the retail, pet-food, fruit and vegetable, confection- ary and take-away restaurant sectors. Printing is carried out on flexo presses using wa- ter-based inks, with a maximum web width of 1300mm and cut-offs from 360mm to 760mm. SOS bags and paper carriers are offered in many formats and can be supplied with or without handles (both inside and outside),with or without print and in 1-ply or 2-ply material. The new Flexo Wash laser cleaner sits well with the company’s ethos of quality,safety and focus on the envi- ronment. Easy to load,with the anilox rolls placed into a drawer and then slid into the machine, the FW2000 monitors all aspects of the anilox roll including cell depth, rotation, and laser performance. Its inventory management system provides full traceability of each roll — when it was last cleaned and for how long, so that performance levels can be closely monitored. Scanbag’s Søren Bligaard welcomes the Flexo Wash FW2000 laser anilox cleaner to the production facility in Skive, Denmark.

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more Small Business Peer Groups. Later this spring, peer groups will have a dedicated meeting hosted by UPM Raflatac in Asheville, North Carolina. Initiation fees for FLAG will be $2,200 in 2020; how- ever, interested converters who attend a webinar on December 16 or 17 and join the organization by December 30 will save $1,000 and pay only $1,200 through this end-of-the-year incentive. New Members can try out FLAG for 90 days without obligation. Grupo Lappí Etiquetas Acquires New Nilpeter FA-17 Grupo Lappí Etiquetas of Spain has signed for the ac- quisition of a new Nilpeter FA-17, with Nilpeter agent, Maquinaria Esagraf SLU. “When we at Grupo Lappí make a decision to ac- quire new equipment, it is usually done with quite demanding parameters and procedures created inter- nally, by our experienced team of professionals,” said Mr. Antonio Lappi, President & CEO of Grupo Lappí Etiquetas. “We subject the different brands and their teams to maximum stress, in order to uncover the highest performance in print quality, speed, stability, online adjustments, and other Key Performance Indi- cators of interest. Currently in Grupo Lappí we print several products reel-to-reel, pressure-sensitive labels, sleeves, and wrap-arounds, with different substrates and qualities.We are sure that our new Nilpeter FA-17 will bring us competitive improvements and great per- formance in our production center.” Total containerboard production in October re- mained flat compared with containerboard production in October 2018, the American Forest & Paper Asso- ciation (AF&PA),Washington, reported in its October 2019 Containerboard Monthly report. Overall, AF&PA reports that containerboard production is down about 4 percent for the first 10 months of 2019 compared with the first 10 months of 2018. October production of containerboard for export increased about 4 per- cent compared with the same month in 2018, yet this figure is down 16 percent year to date compared with the same period in 2018, according to AF&PA. AF&PA reports that the containerboard operating rate for October was 94.7 percent, which is on par with where it was at in October 2018.Additionally,mill inventories of containerboard at the end of October decreased 26,000 tons from the previous month and were up 30,000 tons compared with October 2018. October Containerboard Production Remains Flat

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Parkside Partners With Stratus Packaging

po Asia 2019, which took place last week at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Labelexpo South China will take place at Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center (GICEC), Foshan City, Guangdong Province, in 2020. This region is part of the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, South China’s major industrial hub which cur- rently accounts for 60 percent of China’s printing industry. Co-Location Labelexpo South China will be co-located with the inaugural edition of Brand Print China 2020. As with other Brand Print shows, which are aimed at printers of all types of signage, promotional ma- terials and collateral for brands, Brand Print China 2020 is intended to be a one-stop shop for all their large format and digital printing needs, focusing on fast-growing areas of the print market. These in- clude point of sale, point of display, fleet graphics, sampling packs, collation packs, corrugated luxury packaging and promotional graphics. Show floor exhibitors will primarily be leading man- ufacturers of large format printing machinery,software and materials, there to educate printers on the best technology choices for them to grow their business in this rapidly expanding market.

British packaging specialist Parkside has partnered with a French manufacturer and distributor, Stratus Packaging, to work on small runs of compostable technologies. Stratus is a manufacturer and distributor of packag- ing, adhesive labels, labels for IML, and shrink sleeve for food and beverage, health and beauty, industrial and chemical markets. According to the agreement, both companies will work together on all small runs of compostable pack- aging. Additionally, Stratus will be a sole manufactur- er and distributor of Parkside products in France and Switzerland. Labelexpo Expands Show Portfolio In China The organizer of the Labelexpo and Brand Print Global Series’ of international trade shows, Tarsus Group, has announced another two events in China for 2020: Labelexpo South China and Brand Print Chi- na.This takes its total number of printing trade expos in the country to three. Returning to South China for the first time since 2014, Labelexpo South China 2020 builds on Labelex-

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Uteco Group Signs As Diamond FTA Europe Sponsor FTA Europe has announced that Uteco Group will be the Diamond Sponsor of the 2020 FTA Europe Di- amond Awards. Uteco Group will once again be a key part of the awards,having continuously supported FTA Europe since the first edition in 2016. The ceremony, which celebrates the best of Europe- an flexo printing, will take place on June 18, 2020, at the InterContinental Düsseldorf in Germany.The com- panies selected to be awarded with diamond awards will be announced inApril 2020, after the jury meeting and evaluation process has concluded. The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced a new certification for suppliers to the printing industry.The “SGP Supplier” certification is the next step in the organization’s mission to further sus- tainability throughout printing supply chain.The crite- ria for SGP Supplier certification is similar to the criteria for SGP Printers in that they specify the requirements for management and production operations that define sustainable practices encompassing people, planet and profit — the three Ps of sustainability.The draft criteria document, based on SGP’s printer certification efforts, defines the core elements of the SGP certification pro- gram including development and adoption of a sustain- ability management system (SMS) and best practices. Stora Enso Creates New Packaging Materials Division Stora Enso has announced plans to create a new packaging materials division, as of 1 January 2020, which will also create changes to the board. The Finland-based company will merge its container board business in its packaging solutions division with its consumer board division, creating a new packaging materials unit. As a result of the move, the remaining business in packaging solutions together with Stora Enso’s recent- ly created formed fibre unit, will constitute a more fo- cused packaging solutions division. Boston Barricade Achieves SGP Printer Certification The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), which provides sustainable printing certifications, an- nounced that Boston Barricade, Vero Beach, Florida, has been certified as an SGP Printer. SGP Launches New Printing Certification

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multi-packs of up to eight cans, larger can multi-packs will be bound by a carton pack. Constantia Flexibles Opens Ecoflex Plant In India Constantia Flexibles has officially opened the new Constantia Ecoflex plant in Ahmedabad, India, which will be focused on sustainable flexible packaging. More than 300 guests attended the grand opening of the new plant, including the Austrian ambassador to India Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer and RS Sodhi, Managing Director of Amul industries and expert in the field of sustainability. Guests also had the possibility to find out more about the new technology EcoLam. It is a lightweight mono-PE laminate suitable for a variety of packaging applications and is part of Constantia Flexibles’ prod- uct line Ecolutions.Due to its mono-material structure, EcoLam is fully recyclable, and its carbon footprint is approximately 32 percent lower than that of compa- rable products. It comes in different barrier grades to deliver the needs for a wide range of products. The Ecoflex plant has an area of 24,500 square me- ters and currently employs 50 people.The number is expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.

Coca-Cola and its strategic bottling partners have an- nounced that they will begin rolling out a new packag- ing solution on multi-pack cans across Europe. The company argues that this move, reportedly representing a first for the non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) industry, indicates the Coca-Cola system’s commitment to working toward its global goals for a WorldWithout Waste. The three partners have worked closely with Graph- ic Packaging International —developer of the KeelClip technology — to bring this sustainable packaging solu- tion to market.This new type of packaging aims to re- place plastic wrap while also minimizing the amount of paper/card required. As part of this initiative, Coca-Cola HBC will remove shrink wrap from all its can multi-packs in all Europe- an Union markets by the end of 2021. In total,Coca-Co- la HBC will invest 15 million euro in KeelClip and will begin the roll-out in Ireland and Poland early next year, followed by Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania in 2020.All of Coca-Cola HBC’s European Union markets will have KeelClip by the end of 2021, in a move that is projected to save 2,000 tons of plastic and 3,000 tons of CO2 annually.The KeelClip will be used on all can

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Koenig & Bauer Awarded “Company To Watch”

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At the recent fifth annual Digital Packaging Summit 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Koenig & Bauer was honored to be recognized with the “Company to Watch” award.The Digital Packaging Summit 2019, a three-day, invitation-only gathering in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, played host to 95 printing/packaging executives hoping to expand their knowledge of dig- ital technology as it relates to their package printing and associated businesses. On hand were 43 solution providers, including Koe- nig & Bauer,who presented to and interacted with the packaging executives, sharing case studies and first- hand reactions by users of the sponsoring companies’ technologies. Label and packaging executives at this year’s summit voted Koenig & Bauer as the “Company toWatch”basing their decision on what they see in the market and what they hear at the summit. UPM Raflatac Opens Distribution Center In Russia UPM Raflatac has opened a new labelstock slitting and distribution terminal in Chelyabinsk, Russia to ex- pand its offering in the Ural region. The new facility features two-meter-wide slitting ca- pabilities and allows UPM Raflatac to offer an expand- ed range of sustainable paper, film and special prod- ucts to customers in the Ural region. The new terminal joins UPM Raflatac’s Russian Ter- minal Network, which includes facilities in St. Peters- burg and Moscow region that opened in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Europe’s Packaging Industry Sees M&A Rise Europe’s packaging industry saw a rise of 3.2 per- cent in overall deal activity during Q3 2019, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database. A total of 32 deals worth $411.04 million were an- nounced for the region during Q3 2019, against the last four-quarter average of 31 deals. Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q3 2019 with 22, representing a 68.8 percent share, fol- lowed by private equity with ten deals, representing a 31.3 percent share, for the region. In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s packaging indus- try with $315.14 million, while M&A deals totaled $95.9 million.

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Pack Expo East March 3-5, 2020 Philadelphia, PA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin, TX

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June 23 - July 3, 2020 Dussedorf, Germany Labelexpo Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

The new plant covers an area of 5,000 square meters, which is 1,000 square meters larger than the previous facility, investing the entire machinery portfolio with the Comexi technology. The company has acquired two flexo presses: a new Comexi F2 MC and a Comexi F2 MB. Sigoplast has also invested integrating slitter Comexi S2 DT with 4 Laser for micro and macro perforations. Xeikon Opens Innovation Center In Shanghai Xeikon has opened an innovation center in Shang- hai, China, where visitors and customers will have the ability to test a variety of applications and options for new revenue streams and business growth. The Shanghai Center will be equipped to house the latest Xeikon equipment and technologies, and Xeikon staff will be on hand to offer expertise, guidance, and demonstrate creative solutions and applications for a significant variety of markets and sectors.

TAPPI/AICC CorrExpo September 14-17, 2020 Orange County Convention Center and Omni Hotel Orlando, FL

GRAPH EXPO 20 October 4-7, 2020 Chicago’s McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre Greater Noida, Delhi NCR Pack Expo International November 8-11, 2020 Chicago, IL

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TLMI At the recent TLMI Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Cali- fornia, the association announced newly elected Board Members.New converter Board Members include:Tara Halpin, CEO of Steinhauser; John McDowell, President of McDowell Label and Screen Printing; and Kristin Yerecic Scott, Marketing Director at Yerecic Label.The newly elected supplier Board Member is David Ellen, Global Divisional Director of Domino Digital Printing.

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Printing Industries Alliance Thomas J. Quinlan, III, Chairman, President & CEO of LSC Communica- tions has been selected as the recip- ient of the 2020 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service from the Print- ing Industries Alliance.

The award, named for Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, will be presented to Mr. Quinlan at the 68th Annual Franklin Event on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue in New York City. Thomas J. Quinlan, III

Fedrigoni Group Acquires Ritrama

Fedrigoni Group, a Verona, Italy-based manufac- turer of specialty papers for packaging, fine printing and self-adhesive labels, has signed an agreement to acquire Ritrama, an Italian multinational group special- izing in self-adhesive products. According to a source quoted by Reuters, the deal is worth between 250-300 million EUR. Ritrama has manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile and China. The Rink family, founders of Ritrama, will maintain ownership of and continue to manage Ritrama’s North American operations, while continuing its business partnership with the rest of the group. Ritrama’s total revenues of approximately 400 mil- lion EUR in the year ended December 31, 2018, cou- pled with Fedrigoni’s total revenues of approximately 1.2 billion EUR in the same period, amount to total revenues of the combined group of approximately 1.6 billion EUR. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, and is subject to certain closing conditions.

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