FMN | December 10th, 2018

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December 10, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 25

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2018 Brings Strong Flexo Growth by Greg Kishbaugh

Registration Open For ICE USA 2019 Registration is now open for ICE USA, taking place April 9-11, 2019, at the Kentucky International Conven- tion Center (KICC) in Louisville, Kentucky. ICE USA will offer a hands-on look at the latest equipment, solutions and technology available in the con- verting marketplace. A multitude of educational sessions will also be available, including AIMCAL’s full day Fundamentals sessions taking place the day before the show opens, the ICE Technical Confer- ence, and the Future of Converting Theater, featuring experts discussing the latest issues facing the industry. Topics will include: • Cannabis packaging: One of the industry’s fastest growing market segments; • Closing the technology skills gap; • Industry 4.0: Benefits, costs & challenges; • Mergers & acquisitions; • E-commerce; and • Maximizing machine efficiencies. The popular Ask the Experts seg-

TT he flexo industry enjoyed another strong year in 2018, filled with acquisitions, mergers, technology upgrades and equipment expansions.As we look toward the beginning of a new year, Flexo Market News reviews some of the major news items from the first half of 2018. Fortis Solutions Group , received a strategic growth in- vestment from Main Post Partners, a San Francisco, California-

based private equity firm. I.D. Images LLC , a pres- sure sensitive label convert- er with headquar ter s in Brunswick, Ohio, acquired the assets of Ready Flow Printing in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mark Andy installed a Flexo Wash PK Eco Maxi WR Parts Washer in its new high-tech showroom and demonstration facility in Warsaw, Poland. The Independent Carton Group (ICG) welcomed Vista Color Corporation to its member roster. Vista

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Color, located in Miami, Florida, was approved for ICG mem- bership during the group’s general membership meeting in Wausau,Wisconsin. Mercian Labels completed its plans for consolidation, hav- ing transferred its Derby, UK-based operations into its Burnt- wood, UK, site.

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