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June 8, 2020
Esko, a developer of integrated hardware and software and AVT In- spection Systems, provider of print inspection, process control and quality assurance technologies have announced the integration of their businesses. Effective immediately, the integra- tion is designed to deliver simplicity and extended connectivity for both Esko and AVT customers by incorpo- rating automated quality inspection into the connected packaging and labeling value chains. Expanding Business The combined business will see expansion of its sales and technical service teams with enhanced local representation. The aim of the new organization is for customers to communicate and measure print quality and color, from end to end on a global basis, deliver- ing easier, faster, and more accurate right first time production to boost operational performance and ulti- mately customer satisfaction.
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C -P Flexible Packaging, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, has forged an aggressive path forward during these chal- lenging times. The company has introduced a number of new initiatives recently, including the launch of a new line of sustain-
able packaging solutions and investment in DuPont plate technology. The company was estab- lished in 1958 as a potato chip company, which produced its own packaging for its prod- ucts. The side business out- paced the core business and C-P Flexible Packaging was born. The company currently operates four manufacturing facilities — two in York, Penn- sylvania, one in Bristol, Penn- sylvania, and one in Buffalo, NewYork. The company has 14 flexog- raphic presses,which includes extended gamut, in operation
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According to the latest study by AWA Alexander Wat- son Associates, Asia will continue to claim the largest labeling market share, which is estimated to reach 45 percent by the end of 2022. The 14th edition of AWA’s Global Annual Review Labeling and Product Decoration explores all the dif- ferent facets of the subject, across the main labeling formats – pressure-sensitive, glue-applied, sleeving, in- mold labels – and their supply chain characteristics. Label Demand In 2019, AWA estimate that global label demand approximated to 66,216 million square meters — showing growth of some 3.2 percent over the prior year. While these figures span all the label and prod- uct decoration technologies, 40 percent of these vol- umes were in pressure-sensitive labels, 35 percent in glue-applied labels and, today, 19 percent in the sleeve labeling technologies. Regionally, the countries ofAsia continue to claim the largest market share with 45 percent of the total, fol- lowed by Europe with 25 percent share, North Ameri- ca with 18 percent, South America with eight percent and Africa and the Middle East with four percent.
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C-P Flexible Packaging (Cont’d from Page 1) GreenStream sustainable packaging solutions, recent- ly introduced by C-P, is a line of flexible packaging op- tions designed for sustainability utilizing post-consum- er recycled content, recyclable materials, compostable materials, downgauged materials, and/or materials de- rived from renewable resources. The C-P GreenStream line of flexible packaging re- portedly includes options that reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream, as well as options that allow post-consumer recycled content to re-enter the stream of source materials. The C-P GreenStream portfolio includes flexible packaging materials with more than 40 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin. C-P GreenStream PET flexible packaging is available with up to 100 percent PCR content—without sacri- ficing barrier performance, according to the company. It also reportedly maintains the same look and feel as flexible packaging sourced from virgin PET resin. And to address the inability to recycle multilayer film structures composed of dissimilar resins, C-P Green- Stream store drop-off recyclable flexible packaging features single-source construction, with all layers made from the same material. C-P GreenStream recyclable flexible packaging can be recycled at more than 18,000 store drop-off loca- tions across the United States. “To achieve our vision of providing packaging with less environmental impact, we developed this C-P GreenStream line of flexible packaging which address- es recyclability, compostability, renewable resources, source reduction and post-consumer recycled con- tent,” said Mike Hoffman, CEO of C-P Flexible. “As a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the How2Recycle program, we are continually invest- ing in technologies that will minimize our impact on the environment.” C-P has also addressed the recent COVID-19 outbreak by offering its customers the ability to conduct press checks and approve graphics remotely. The virtual press check system was developed to allow manufacturers of these essential products to quickly conduct press checks remotely while comply- ing with the guidelines of the CDC. Using light booths, 4K webcam equipment and se- cure videoconferencing software, C-P Flexible Packag- ing’s virtual press check system eliminates the need for on-site press checks. Making It EASY To increase its high-definition and expanded gamut flexographic printing capabilities, C-P has invested in
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Rol-Tec Purchases Axis Machine Co.
2019 Avery Dennison Supplier Distinction Award winners include: Delfort Group; Mitsubishi Polyester Film; Foshan New Changsheng Plastics Film Co. Ltd. of Amcor Group; Mondi Release Liners; Inteplast Group; Papierfabrik August Koehler Group; Kraton Corpora- tion; RoehmAmerica LLC; and LG Chem. 2019 Avery Dennison Special Recognition recipients include: HSF Films; Moorim Paper Co. Ltd.; Shanghai NAR Industrial; and Siliconature S.P.A. INX International Completes Ruco Acquisition INX International Ink Co has finalized its acquisition of Ruco Druckfarben, a printing ink manufacturer in Eppstein, Germany. Founded in 1857, Ruco Druckfarben is a medi- um-sized system provider of industrial inks for screen, pad, gravure, flexo and dry offset printing. The com- pany has approximately 150 employees with repre- sentatives in more than 70 countries, and a blending and warehouse facility inWood Dale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Moritz Hartmann, a member of the Ruco Druckfarben management team since 2015, has been appointed Managing Director.
Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Rol-Tec has purchased Axis Machine Co, and the Axis operation will remain in Green Bay.Axis Machine is a grinding company for metal rollers and machine parts used in flexographic printing, paper making, industrial, and coating opera- tions.Chrome, steel, tungsten and other high-precision rollers are used by many of the same manufacturers that both Axis and Rol-Tec serve.
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Entries Open For Label Industry Global Awards 2020 Entries are now open for Label Industry Global Awards 2020. These awards recognize organizations and individuals who have excelled in the label and package printing sector in 2019. The top honor, awarded to either an individual or team, is the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison. Introduced at the 2019 Label Industry Global Awards in Brussels, the Rising Star Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison and the Label Academy, once again recogniz- es the emerging talent of an individual starting their label and package printing career, with the potential of becoming one of tomorrow’s leaders. Nominees should have worked in the industry for at least five years and demonstrate a strong potential for appoint- ment at the highest levels of the profession. The award for Innovation is based on size; one for companies with over 300 employees and another for those with less than 300 employees. Entries must be for the development of a specific innovation by a sup- plier or converter company in 2019 and can either be for a new business process or technology related. The Environmental and Sustainability Award ac- knowledges a new sustainable product or process in- troduced by a converter or supplier company in the label industry during 2019. Entry is free and submissions must be received by June 26, 2020. Graphic Packaging To Shutter Louisiana Machine Graphic Packaging International will permanently shut down operation of one of its paper machines in West Monroe, Louisiana. Sun Chemical To Increase Solvent-Based Ink Prices Sun Chemical will increase the prices of its sol- vent-based inks and coatings in North America, ef- fective July 1. Due to the significant increase in the demand for alcohols and solvents for use in sanitizers and pharmaceutical initiatives, the prices of these ma- terials have increased substantially, according to the company. In order to secure the needed components for the production of solvent-based inks and coatings, Sun Chemical has experienced raw material cost es- calation during the second quarter of 2020.These in- creases are expected to remain in place and possibly accelerate throughout the remainder of the year.
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TAPPI To Host Women’s Summit
submit up to three submissions at no cost. The TLMI Annual Awards Competition honors best- in-class package printing in a range of print process categories including flexography, letterpress, offset, multi-process printing and digital. Non-pressure sensi- tive categories including unsupported roll labels and cut & stack are also represented. NAM Survey: Manufacturers Face Major Headwinds The National Association of Manufacturers released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2020 showing that despite a historic drop in optimism, to nearly 34 percent, and challenging business conditions, the vast majority of manufacturers (98.7 percent) have continued or only temporarily halted operations.The survey also shows that manufacturers are innovating to find solutions to keep businesses running and to protect workers and communities, with almost 22 percent retooling to produce personal protective equipment, 67 percent reengineering processes to reflect COVID-19 safety protocols and 12 percent completely reevaluating the mission of the firm.
The TAPPI Women in Industry (WIN) Division will host the 3rdAnnualWomen’s Summit, held for the first time exclusively through a virtual setting on Tuesday, June 30 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. It is a free event, but registration is required. TheWomen’s Summit will feature a Keynote presenta- tion titled Keys to Effective Self-awareness for Women During a Crisis, followed by two breakout sessions (ti- tles to be announced) designed to start conversations and express ideas among an inclusive audience. Regis- trants will receive a curated eBook after the event. TLMI Announces Call For Submissions For Print Awards TLMI has announced a call for submissions for the as- sociation’s annual awards competition.This year marks the association’s 43rd awards competition and every year narrow web converters from across the globe submit hundreds of entries to be considered for the coveted Best in Class and Best in Show honors.
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Study: Consumers Will Pay For Sustainable Packaging The overwhelming majority of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging in order to decrease the impacts of non-recyclable packaging on the environment, according to new research done by Trivium Packaging. Land-origin plastic pollution has both severe eco- nomic and environmental impacts on the world, its people and businesses, according to Trivium. Plastic pollution could be resulting in an estimated economic loss of $19 billion for 87 coastal countries, according to a recent Deloitte study, while the toll plastics have on ocean ecosystems has been heavily documented. Public opinion, according to the survey, has turned so far against non-recyclable packaging use that a ma- jority of people would pay a premium to see their goods packaged in eco-friendly materials. Responses
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from more than 15,000 U.S., Europe and South Ameri- ca consumers saw nearly three-quarters, or 74 percent of the global survey — developed in partnership with Boston Consulting Group — state they would pay more for sustainable packaging. Willingness to pay was consistent across all income categories, but how much more consumers are willing to pay correlates positively with income. The study surveyed participants for their preferences related to sustainable packaging along with their will- ingness to pay more for products with environmental- ly friendly packaging.Apparently, 65 percent of those polled said they associate plastic with ocean pollution, while 57 percent said they saw it as ‘harmful’. Firms willing to tap into this sentiment could see buoyed sales, even if their products are marginally more expensive.The report pointed to an NYU Stern School of Business survey which found that sustain- ability-marketed products now grow at 5.6x the rate of conventional products. “This increased consumer awareness, driven by in- creased media coverage of the environmental impacts of pollution and large corporations transitioning away
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DuPont Cyrel EASY photopolymer plate technology. In order to provide printing standardization across all manufacturing plants, boost quality, enable faster turnaround times, control operating costs and min- imize support requirements, C-P set out to secure a single-source platemaking workflow. Achieving Peak Performance Benchmark testing was done by the company and reportedly the best performance C-P achieved was through the use of DuPont Cyrel Easy ESP flexographic plates with DuPont Cyrel Digital Imaging Systems and DuPont 4260 in-line processing and drying systems. DuPont’s Cyrel EASY plates are made from a new polymer plate material that produces higher ink trans- fer and higher resolution.This technology incorporates built-in flat top digital dots, resulting in a simpler plate- making workflow with higher quality and consistency. Envases Group Acquires Nilpeter FA-22 Argentinian packaging holding, Envases Group, has acquired a Nilpeter FA-22 Multi-Substrate Press. En- vases Group has plants in Buenos Aires, San Luis and in Cartagena, Colombia, and specializes in aerosol al- uminium and tinplate cans. Last year, the company launched a new pharmaceutical packaging division with the acquisition of the only roll-to-roll Hapa digital printer in Latin America.
In addition, Spanish printing company Sorma Ibérica, located in the Valencia area, has recently acquired a new Nilpeter flexo press. The 14-inch-wide flexographic printing press is part of the FA product line offered by Nilpeter. Designed to produce high-quality labels and flexible packaging, the printing press reportedly offers a high level of auto- mation, high printing quality and the ability to handle quick job change-over.
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Esko Recognizes “Packaging Heroes”
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While many industries have been hit hard by the un- precedented effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the worldwide packaging community has responded by supporting numerous welfare efforts. “These are the strangest of times,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Marketing Director, Industry Relations and Strat- egy.“With the continuation of the global food, hygiene and pharmaceutical packaging supply chains being so crucial to society, it has been heartening to see the way packaging sectors have sought to not only meet increased consumer requirements but also go above and beyond in their response to the crisis. “Many businesses have reported huge spikes in de- mand for their services during this unprecedented time of challenge,” continued De Roeck. “Yet packag- ing converters around the world have also been in- volved in supporting the front-line efforts of health care workers – and the broader community.” De Roeck said that in the United Kingdom,colleagues at Barnstaple-based Atlas Packaging had garnered praise for keeping the critical supply chain flowing to the NHS, Military and Food Service sectors, while in Leicester, workers at Data Image Group Ltd. had been lauded for using their expertise to produce thousands of vital protection screens. “In the United States, the team at Arkansas-based Re- source Design carried out some amazing work,” said De Roeck, “designing and manufacturing Plexiglas boxes made specifically to shield Health Care Work- ers on the front lines while they save lives intubating COVID-19 patients.” Further north, colleagues at Certa Opportune in Can- ada worked around the clock to produce 1,000 sneeze guards and visors each day,while the team at AG Event Graphics Group in Ontario created effective floor graphics in support of the health care effort. “In Europe, Spanish company Flexogràfico has been hard at work creating face shields for its customers across the country,” said De Roeck, “while the team at Zeefdrukkerij Zeven in Belgium have been putting their digital finishing tables through their paces, cut- ting Plexiglas screens which can be fitted either onto counters or in meeting rooms. “Back in the United Kingdom, the sense of commu- nity responsibility extends beyond health care too,” continued De Roeck.“The Alexir Partnership came up with an amazing initiative to entertain young children with packaging through the Easter break, whilst Ket- tering-based Rigid Containers Limited donated 600 corrugated boxes to Kettering Borough Council for
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from plastics,whether it’s straws, grocery bags or plas- tic water bottles, truly underscores our findings,” said Michael Mapes, CEO, Trivium Packaging. “Consumers’ focus is on sustainable living now more than ever, and they’re willing to pay to protect the planet.This pres- ents brands a real opportunity to impact purchasing decisions by offering environmentally friendly options for their consumers.” However, it would be wrong to assume that simply leaving the market to decide on this will do the trick, according to the report. The researchers also con- firmed that how much more consumers were willing to pay correlated with their income level. Only 9 percent said they would pay in excess of $2 extra for goods with sustainable packaging, while 27 percent said $0.50 was their upper limit. Arctic Blue Gin Wins AIMCAL Product Of The Year Award The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) presented its 2020 “Prod- uct of the Year” award to Hazen Paper Company for an Arctic Blue Gin package. Metsä Board designed the package structure, the original graphics and the em- Sustainable Packaging (Cont’d from Page 8)
bossing.The package uses the lightweight and strong MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright folding boxboard 350 gsm. Labelexpo Americas 2020 postponed Tarsus Group, the organizer of Labelexpo/Brand Print Americas 2020, has confirmed new dates for its co-located shows, taking place in Rosemont, Illinois. Originally scheduled to take place between 15 – 17 September, the 2020 editions of Labelexpo Americas and Brand Print Americas will now take place between March 23 – 25,2021. A virtual conference will precede the show, taking place during the original mid-Septem- ber dates.This will enable the region’s industry to stay connected during this unprecedented period. New dates Announced For Gulf Print & Pack 2021 The organizer of Gulf Print & Pack 2021, Tarsus Group, has confirmed new dates for the show, taking place in Dubai. Originally scheduled to take place between April 6-8, the 2021 edition of the show will now take place from December 14-16, 2021.
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the creation of food parcels for the most vulnerable in the community. “We’ve been continually and simultaneously moved, thrilled and surprised by the work we’ve been wit- nessing by these companies,” summarized De Roeck. “Although none of those involved are seeking reward or appreciation, we feel it only right that they be rec- ognized as packaging and print heroes and we all take pride in being part of this hugely important and im- pressive community.” Flexible Packaging Company Sees Sales Growth Of 23% Infiniti Research, a market intelligence company, has partnered with several global companies across industries to help meet their strategic objectives and implement route-to-market strategies through turn- key solutions.The firm recently teamed with a flexible packaging company to help enhance the packager’s sales by 23 percent. “The global flexible packaging market is currently wit- nessing a period of low growth due to the rising tariffs on raw materials, evolving consumer buying behavior, and flexible packaging companies’ inability to make technology upgrades to meet rising market demands,” said a market research expert at Infiniti Research. The US flexible packaging industry has been experi- encing rapid transformations due to the rising tariff on raw materials and rapidly changing customer buying behavior. In order to adapt to the changes and gain a leading edge, an American flexible packaging firm wanted to gather comprehensive insights into the market’s development, industry regulations, customer needs, and competitive landscape. They approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their exper- tise in offering market research solution. Infiniti’s market research engagement reportedly helped the company in the U.S. flexible packaging in- dustry to understand customers’ buying behaviors and innovate packaging materials to suit online shoppers needs.Also, by closely analyzing competitors’ strategies and business models, they were able to identify the best technologies and processes to invest in to yield savings. In addition, they were able to make technology upgrades before their competitors.This helped them to efficiently meet customers’ needs and demands. In addition, by understanding supply chain challeng- es in advance, they were able to revamp their tradi- tional supply chain models and adopt innovative tech- niques.This helped the client to enhance operational efficiency and product quality.
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People & Places
Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 September 10-12, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre Bangkok, Thailand FTA Fall Conference October 4-7 Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter Cincinnati, OH TLMI Annual Meeting Industry Events
FEFCO Fady Gemayel, co-owner & Hon- orary Chairman at Gemayel Freres S.A.L., a family-owned corrugated cardboard company, was elected Fef- co President for a two-year term. He is succeeding Jan Klingele, Managing Partner, Klingele Papierwerke, who has been on duty for four years and will now act as Fefco Vice-President. Saverio Mayer, CEO Europe – Smurf- it Kappa Group,was re-elected asVice
Oct 11-13, 2020 The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, CO Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre Greater Noida, Delhi NCR Pack Expo International November 8-11, 2020 Chicago, IL TLMI Converter Meeting March 21-23, 2021 Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, LA FTA InfoFlex 2021 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 TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL
President together with Nina Iversen,Managing Direc- tor, Glomma Papp, who will remain as Fefco Honorary Vice President.
Esko Esko has appointed Isabelle Manche to the position of General Manager for France to support the growth and development of the brand locally and in French-speaking countries. Man- che brings more than twenty years of experience in sales and marketing of software and equipment for the print- ing and graphic arts market, including a company specializing in cloud tech- nologies for data management and storage.
Rotocontrol ROTOCONTROL has appointed Davis Graphics S.A. as the local distributor for The Southern Cone region including Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Altana Supervisory board of Altana elected Dr Matthias L.
Wolfgruber, who has been a member of the board since March 2016, as its new chairman. Wolfgruber holds a doctorate in chemistry and in the past was the chairman of the man- agement board of Altana. He succeeds Dr Klaus-Jürgen Schmieder, a former member of the management board of L’Air Liquide, who left the supervisory board at the end of his term of office. Prof. Dr Frank Richter, who will be-
come Managing Director of SKion on July 1 was newly elected to the supervisory board. Ulrich Gajewiak and Susanne Klatten remain deputy chairpersons.
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People & Places
Obituary Dr. Reinhard Ulbrich, the former Business Director of DuPont’s Cyrel flexo printing plates division in Eu- rope, has passed away at the age of 89. Ulbrich was widely known throughout the printing and packaging industry around the world and played a major role in the development of flexo printing from being almost a cottage industry to the high precision printing technique it is today. Many still regard him as the “King of European Flexo”. Joining DuPont in the Mylar film division in Switzer- land in the early 1960’s, Reinhard progressed up the corporate ladder, moving to Düsseldorf in 1969 as the Manager for films in Germany. A short spell at DuPont’s U.S. corporate headquar- ters in Wilmington, Delaware, he returned to the Pho-
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to Products department in Frankfurt, Germany, and eventually took on the role of Business Manager for the Cyrel business in 1982. Flexo printing at that time was very much the stepchild of the printing in- dustry and DuPont’s flexo plates were all made in the United States. After in- tensive lobbying and persuasion, Dr. Ulbrich persuaded DuPont manage- ment to install a new production line
for Cyrel plates based in Frankfurt and hired young, enthusiastic printing engineers and sales staff to ag- gressively grow the business. Born in Silesia, then a part of Germany that today belongs to Poland, Reinhard turned his attention east after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He focused on growing flexo printing in the former eastern bloc and Russia, in particular where many credit him with in- troducing flexo printing there, helping to build the economy there after the revolution. Even after his re- tirement from DuPont, Dr. Ulbrich traveled frequently to Moscow and helped introduce flexo printing cours- es at the Russian Academy of Printing in Moscow, for which he was awarded an honorary doctorate. Dr. Ulbrich leaves behind Katrin, his wife of many years and his two daughters, Barbara and Caroline as well as grandchildren Alicia and Gabriel. Strat-Tac Ralph Adkins will assume the role of Marketing Di- rector for Strata-Tac, St. Charles, Illinois, a manufactur- er of pressure sensitive self-adhesive products and top coated films.
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