FMN | December 10th, 2018

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December 10, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 25

Market News


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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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ment will be featured again, allowing attendees to connect with industry experts ready to answer any questions they might have and problem solve busi- ness ideas. Nearly 200 exhibitors have already committed to the show, with more being added. A comprehensive directory and product search are available on the ICE USA website: . Novelty Creations Invests In Nilpeter FB330 Press Gujarat, India-based converter Novelty Creations has invested in an 8-color Nilpeter FB-330 press as the offset printer looks to diversify into roll-to-roll label production. “We are an offset label printer and print high vol- ume jobs from 50,000 to 100,000 labels for the agro- chemical industry, and we cater to pharmaceutical industry as well,” said Baby Joseph of Novelty Cre- ations. “We felt the need to convert labels in roll-to- roll form so have opted for a UV flexo press with value-added features such as cold foil, delam/relam and turnbar, among others.”


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Year In Review ( Cont’d from Page 1)

Container Graphics Corporation , Cary, North Carolina, acquired General Graphics and its loca- tions in Jacksonville, Florida, and Winter Haven, Flori- da. Both locations manufacture flexographic printing plates and rotary and flat cutting dies for the corrugat- ed industry as well as for other packaging segments. ProAmpac , Cincinnati, Ohio, acquired Oregon- based Bonita Pioneer Packaging Products , a com- pany specializing in paper packaging products including custom and stock shopping bags, merchan- dise bags, foodservice packaging, and folding cartons. UK packaging manufacturer Castle Colour in- stalled a Bobst Expertfold 80 folder-gluer from Bobst UK & Ireland Ltd . Fort Dearborn Company completed its acquisition of NCL Graphic Specialties, Inc . NCL has two facili- ties located in Waukesha and Menomonee Falls, Wis- consin, bringing to a total of 17 production locations across NorthAmerica for the combined organization. AWT Labels & Packaging installed a Mark Andy P5 Series 17-inch press. The new ten-unit press is equipped for rotary screen, cold foil, film package, full chill system, LED curing, and has a rail for the turn bar and unwind/rewind units. It also features a Quick Change Die Cut System, which allows for die change overs in less than two minutes. Anilox roll manufacturer Apex International ex- panded its relationship with Anderson & Vreeland Canada, whereby Anderson & Vreeland Canada will become the Apex North America exclusive partner for sales and support for all Canadian provinces for the anilox market.Anderson & Vreeland has serviced the Quebec and Eastern Canadian provinces for the last 12 years. WestRock Co. , Norcross, Georgia, agreed to buy KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp ., Northbrook, Illinois, for about $3.5 billion. WestRock said the deal was valued at about $4.9 billion, including assumption of KapStone’s net debt of about $1.36 billion. TrojanLabel , a Danish manufacturer of digital inkjet label printing machines, and Nilpeter A/S es- tablished an international agreement for the distribu- tion of the Trojan2 digital label press.The agreement covers the specific markets of Nilpeter USA Inc., Nilpeter do Brasil, Nilpeter Asia Pacific, and Nilpeter Ltd. in the UK and Ireland. Multi Packaging Solutions ’ (MPS) facility in Leicester, England, installed a Bobst Novacut 106 ER Autoplaten die-cutter. WS Packaging Group , Green Bay, Wisconsin, was acquired by Platinum Equity, who acquired the com- pany from J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. WS Packaging

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Group provides labels and packaging solutions for the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical markets. The Independent Carton Group , an association of independently owned and operated folding carton companies, entered its 35th year of service to its mem- bers. The group was first formalized in the early 1980s at an airport lounge with a small group of industry leaders; today, the group’s members, independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers who are not affiliated with a major paper mill, repre- sent a collective $800 million in annual sales. BST eltromat International acquired a stake in Nyquist Systems GmbH , which is based in Lands- berg, Germany. Riyadh Plastic Factory Company, an associated company of Harwal Group, signed a contract for a Bobst 20SIX CI flexo press to extend its capacities for the production of flexible packaging. Affinity Packaging , based in Leyland, Lancashire, UK, invested in a NOVACUT 106 E Autoplaten diecut- ter from Bobst . Affinity Packaging specializes in be- spoke packaging and printing for a wide range of market sectors, from initial design concept through to final product. Model Group installed a Flexo Wash Anilox Roll Cleaner at its plant in Berka/Werra, Germany, which employs 500 people.The Anilox Cleaner was the 200th to be sold by the Danish manufacturer, with the aid of its sales and service partner in Germany,Dortschy. CV Labels , Irvine, Scotland, installed a Mark Andy Digital One press as part of a major investment program in technology and a new extension at its headquarters. Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity invest- ment firm, entered into a definitive agreement to ac- quire ProMach from affiliates of AEA Investors. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Pamarco formed an agency agreement to repre- sent the flexographic and converting product lines of Graymills and GAMA in North America. Cenveo, Inc. reached an agreement with holders of a majority of its first lien debt to support a Chap- ter 11 plan of reorganization, which the company said would significantly increase its financial flexibili- ty by reducing its debt and obtaining new financing. CS Labels , Willenhall, UK, acquired a new dedicat- ed manufacturing facility, part of a £3 million invest- ment that took place in 2018 that also includes the purchase of new machinery and the development of smart productivity solutions. Mal-Pol , based in Olesin, Poland, installed a new Performance Series P5 press from Mark Andy .


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AICC Offers Flexo Best Practices Seminar

FTA Announces INFOFLEX 2019 Theme

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is hosting Best Practices for Flexographic Printing: Raising the Standard , May 22-23 at the PrintCon Cen- ter at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. This course is said to take the challenges out of high- quality flexographic printing on corrugated substrates and combines classroom training with time on press. Over two days, participants will focus on producing clean solids and line work as well as halftones and spot colors. The seminar will address many typical troubleshooting issues, including dot gain, die-cutting, and proper graphic design for corrugated. Participants will take these processes back to their home plants by creating Standard Operation Procedures. One Point Lessons and checklists will reportedly codify the best practices and help partic- ipants learn the concepts more deeply, gain experi- ence building standard works, and return to their plants with tangible plans to put what they learned into action. Kern Cox, a lecturer at Clemson University and Dr. Scott Ellis, Ed.D, Principal, Working Well LLC, will teach the course.

FTA announced the official theme of INFOFLEX 2019 to be Find Your Fit. Expand Your Brand . The event is set to take place May 6-7, 2019, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. When the show opens five months from now, the event will hold a total of 305 booths. The event will house 10 different segments of the package printing and converting industry on the show floor, including: labels, flexible packaging, box- making/folding carton, corrugated display and pack- aging, converting equipment, specialty printing, finishing equipment, envelope decorating, digital printing and premedia. Global Sustainable Packaging Market To Hit $101.19 Billion The global sustainable packaging market is estimat- ed to accomplish $101.19 billion by 2023, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.23 percent throughout the forecast and registered $137.39 bil- lion in 2017.

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Year In Review ( Cont’d from Page 6)

in piece-wraps and high-barrier laminates for the confectionery, snacks and dry foods markets. Cambridge Label of Cambridge, Ontario, acquired an All New FA from Nilpeter . The All New FA is a fully automated 8-color, 17-inch-wide FA flexo press, equipped with full UV. Packaging converter Sonoco acquired Highland Packaging Solutions in Plant City, Florida, for ap- proximately $150 million in cash. Melbourne, Derbyshire, UK-based Positive ID La- bels acquired Limbus Labels of Tiverton, Devon, UK. The addition of the flexo printing press owned by Limbus Labels was installed at the group head- quarters in Derbyshire. Mark Andy acquired Presstek , a global supplier of direct imaging offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and service for commercial and in-plant customers. Constantia Flexibles purchase a majority stake in In- dian flexible packaging firm Creative Polypack for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1986, Creative Polypack produces film-based flexible packaging solutions for the food and home & personal care (HPC) industries. Advanced Labels , Durban, South Africa, installed its fourth Nilpeter flexo press, the All New FA. The (Cont’d on Page 11)

Label and flexible packaging manufacturer Custom Printed Products , Bossier City, Louisiana, added digi- tal capability to its business through the acquisition of a Mark Andy Digital One. ePac Flexible Packaging , a flexible packaging producer, acquired Precision Pouches , located in Schiller Park, Illinois. Precision Pouches, a converter in the flexible packaging industry, became a part of ePac Chicago, and will continue providing pouching services to new and existing customers. Etipress Etiquetas Autoadheribles , a printing company located in Guadalajara, Mexico, installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P5 press. Allison Systems , Riverside, New Jersey, celebrating an important milestone in 2018 — it’s 50th anniver- sary.The company, started out of founder Tom Allison Sr.’s house in Moorestown, New Jersey, is now a man- ufacturer of doctor blades and doctor-blade-related equipment for the global marketplace. Transcontinental Inc. acquired Multifilm Pack- aging Corporation , a flexible packaging supplier lo- cated in Elgin, Illinois, employing more than 70 people.The company produces candy and chocolate packaging verticals in North America, and specializes

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Koenig & Bauer, Duran Machinery Unite


Koenig & Bauer has agreed with Duran Machinery in Istanbul,Turkey, to take over 80 percent of its fold- er gluer business and integrate it into the group under the name Koenig & Bauer Duran. Together with the Rapida sheetfed presses from

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.

Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, flatbed die cutters from Koenig & Bauer Iberica and the folder gluers from Duran, Koenig & Bauer can now offer complete lines for the printing and processing folding boxes from a single source, with products made in Europe. AWA 2019 Sleeve Label Awards Accepting Entries AWA Alexander Watson’s annual International Sleeve Label Awards, in its third year, are now open for entries for the 2019 competition. Participants at all levels of the shrink and stretch sleeve label industry supply chain, from material sup- plier and designer to end user/brand owner, can sub- mit entries. A special entry category rewards a notable environmental contribution, and the judges may also award a “Best of Show” trophy to an entry they consider outstanding. Entries will be accepted until the end of February 2019 and winners will be announced and awards pre- sented during the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition held in Amsterdam, April 1-2, 2019. Entry forms for the AWA International Sleeve Label Awards can found at . ( From left to right ): Christopher Kessler, legal counsel Koenig & Bauer; Patrick Masson, CEO of KBA-Iberica; Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the Koenig & Bauer man- agement board; Oktay Duran, chairman of Duran Machinery; and Apo Kücükaras, Duran Machinery, after signing the contract.

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 broad- ly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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Year In Review ( Cont’d from Page 9)

company aims to add capacity in the self-adhesive market and insource production of yoghurt lids and in-mould labels. Advanced Labels purchased its first Nilpeter FB-2500 seven years ago and has since added another two of the same model. This was its first FA flexo press. Reflex Label Plus acquired a new 14-color FA flexo press from Nilpeter , with 10 flexo printing units, two hot foil/embossing units, cold foil, and two fully inde- pendent RSI screen, for its Keighley site in England. Transcontinental Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Coveris Amer- icas , a business held by Coveris Holdings S.A., a port- folio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. The purchase price was $1.32 billion. DowDuPont planned to make a series of invest- ments totaling approximately $100 million over the next two years to expand manufacturing capacity and to modernize facilities at the Sabine River Works (SRW) plant in Orange County,Texas. Nestlé announced plans to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, would end up in landfill. DuPont Cyrel EASY Plates have been approved for use with Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS), according to UK-based prepress company Hamillroad Software . Bellissima DMS is distributed by Apex International , a global anilox and meter- ing solutions provider. Danish packaging company, Primoreels A/S, ac- quired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter to in- crease printing quality, capacity, and efficiency in their production of dairy, water, and juice lids among others, and to meet growing demands from cus- tomers such as Arla Foods and Danone. Uteco Group announced the commercial availability of the Sapphire EVO digital press.The press is said to ad- dress a full range of low and high-volume applications that produce up to 20 million square meters per year. Uteco announced a strong start to 2018 with several press installations across North America. Colorado Label , located in Littleton, Colorado, installed an Onyx XS; Amerifilm , based in Kearny, New Jersey, recently installed an Onyx 808; and LPS Industries , located in Moonachie, New Jersey, also installed an Onyx XS. Ennis, Inc. , through one of its subsidiaries, acquired Allen-Bailey Tag & Label of Caledonia, New York, in a purchase of assets and assumption of trade payables. MPS Group was acquired by ABN AMRO Partici- paties , an independently managed private equity

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business of ABN AMRO, from majority shareholder Braver Investments, Oost NL and the founders of MPS. Badger Tag & Label, Random Lake, Wisconsin, held a grand opening for its new facility. Following an official ribbon cutting, members of Badger’s manage- ment team gave guided tours, explained highlights of the new facility, and detailed Badger’s capabilities. The new facility serves as Badger’s main office, as well as the production areas for digital and flexo- graphic printing, and the rewind operations. Harper Corporation of America donated six anilox rolls to Fundeplast , a non-profit flexographic training foundation. Headquartered in San Salvador, El Salvador, Fundeplast has received a donation totaling $18,000. Continental Datalabel installed three Mark Andy Performance Series P5 presses for its three manufac- turing facilities in Texas, California and Illinois. The 17-inch P5 presses, each equipped with 8 flexo sta- tions, are the first 8-color machines for the printer. The press configurations are identical at each plant, equipped with Mark Andy’s QCDC (Quick Change Die Cut) finishing technology, a cold foil unit, and smart blade system. Belgian label converters Desmedt invested heavily in a package of cleaning technology manufactured by Flexo Wash . The overall investment, which exceed- ed € 150,000, was part of a major re-organization of Desmedt’s production capability at its plant in Bornem, close to Brussels. Geostick Group , a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels, acquired a new Nilpeter FA to future-proof production and add capabilities in flexible packag- ing, special tags, and self-adhesive labels. Geostick has a long-standing relationship with Nilpeter, and the new FA complements its existing line-up totalling five Nilpeter FA-4 presses at locations in Utihoorn and The Hague, Holland. Koenig & Bauer won two awards at this year’s Ger- man Stevie Awards ceremony at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, Germany. K&B won a Gold Stevie Award for its product campaign “Built for your needs.The B2 press- es” in the category Marketing Campaign of the Year Agriculture / Industry / Construction and a Silver Ste- vie Award for Communication or PR campaign of the Year in the field of Marketing / Business to Business. Mark Andy acquired Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc. , a U.S.manufacturer of finishing equipment for foil stamp- ing, die cutting, folding and gluing, and UV coating. Graphic Packaging International , Atlanta, Geor- gia, agreed to acquire substantially all the assets of PFP, LLC , and its related entity PFP Dallas Convert- ing, LLC . PFP is an independent converter focused

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitex- co 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 reli- able, 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. 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.

KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

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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“Register is perfect”

“The image pops off the web”

“Highlight dots are clean, crisp and solid”

Yabba dabba doozie! Windmoeller & Hoelscher congratulates Transcontinental Robbie on winning Gold and Best of Show at the Flexographic Technical Associations (FTA) 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards in the wide-web category. These jump-off-the-package Fruity Pebbles ™ and Cocoa Pebbles ™ cereal wrappers were printed by TC Robbie on a 10-color MIRAFLEX press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher. We’re not the only ones who are excited. Based on what the judges had to say, they were, too. “The image pops off the web!”, “Highlight dots are clean, crisp and solid”, “Register is perfect”. W&H congratulates all of this year’s winners and entrants for their pursuit of brilliant flexographic print quality.


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on the production of paperboard-based air filter frames, and operates two manufacturing facilities in Lebanon,Tennessee, and Lancaster,Texas. Olympus Print Group , UK specialists in self-adhe- sive labels and large format digital print, increased ca- pacity and market share in wine and beverage and high-end labels with the acquisition of three Nilpeter FA-4* flexo presses over the course of the last 18 months. Repacorp, Inc. , a label manufacturer with head- quarters in Tipp City, Ohio, acquired Hooven-Day- ton Corp. ’s assets and intellectual property. The asset purchase terms were not been disclosed. Some equipment was planned to be incorporated into Repacorp’s three facilities located in Ohio,Wisconsin and Arizona. Constantia Flexibles Commits To Fight Pollution Flexible packaging producer Constantia Flexibles has signed the Global Commitment to eliminate plas- tic pollution.The New Plastics Economy Global Com- mitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. It was officially unveiled at the foundation’s Ocean Conference held October 29 in Bali and signed by 250 organizations. Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the early 1950s.About 60 percent of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment. If cur- rent trends continue, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, according to Ellen MacArthur Foundation. One of the most important targets of the Global Commitment vision is transitioning from linear to cir- cular packaging models. Participating companies and organizations have made the commitment to focus on developing packaging innovations that ensure easy and safe reuse, recycling, or composting. There- fore, Constantia Flexibles recently pledged that 100 percent of its packaging will be recyclable by 2025. TLMI Launches PET Release Liner Recycling Program TLMI has launched a PET release liner recycling program in close conjunction with Lincoln, Califor- nia-based Circular Polymers. For the last year,TLMI has been working with Circu- lar Polymers to qualify PET release liner from associa- tion members as a supply stream into Circular Polymers’ recycling process.

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