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Demand for retail-ready packaging is coming from emerging and transi- tional economies,withAsia-Pacific ac- counting for 4.5 million metric tons, nearly half the total global demand, according to a new report from Smithers, The Future of Retail-Ready Packaging to 2024 . Western markets, which are rela- tively mature, will show below-aver- age growth through 2024. South and Central America will account for the second-highest volume demand, at 1.7 million metric tons. The total global demand is 9.1 million metric tons. Worldwide Demand Global demand in value for re- tail-ready packaging (RRP) exceed- ed 29.1 million metric tons in 2018, having grown by an average of 4 per- cent annually since 2014. The mar- ket was worth an estimated $57.46 billion in 2018. RRP consumption is expected to increase on average by 5.4 percent

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B rand owners for consumer packaged goods (CPGs) face an increasingly competitive landscape coupled with rapidly changing consumer tastes and preferences.As they seek to adapt

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American Packaging Corp. Provides Funding To RIT The American Packaging Corp. recently renewed its funding support to Rochester Institute ofTechnology and its packaging science program with a gift of $1 million. Funding from the long-time corporate partner will support two packaging centers at the university: the American Packaging Corp. Center for Packaging Inno- vation, a teaching, research and testing laboratory; and the Center for Sustainable Packaging. Both centers are located in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology and focus on producing flexible packaging solutions, the development of sustainable packaging materials and in providing relevant educational opportunities for students in the growing packaging industry. Since the American Packaging Corp. Center was es- tablished more than 10 years ago, the university’s De- partment of Packaging Science has pursued research in the area of sustainable materials with many solu- tions incorporated into products for APC customers. Students at the university work alongside packaging faculty and company researchers, getting hands-on ex- periences prior to co-ops and being hired in businesses across the country. Collaborative courses were devel- oped withAPC’s sponsorship include: Packaging Devel- opment, Packaging Design, and Senior Studio One.

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CPGs Focus (Cont’d from Page 1) in the first quarter of 2019, L.E.K. Consulting conduct- ed its second annual Brand Owner Packaging Study with 250 brand owners across the CPG spectrum, in- cluding food, beverage, pet products, healthcare and personal care. The analysis of the study — called Packaging Cuts Through the Clutter — was written by Thilo Henkes and Jeff Cloetingh, Managing Directors, and Amanda Davis Winters, Senior Engagement Manager, in L.E.K. Consulting’s Paper & Packaging practice. The findings underscore the growing significance of packaging:A full 90 percent of brand owners say that packaging is important to their brand’s success. In fact, they rate the importance of packaging at 5.7 out of 7, with 7 being “very important,” up from 5.5 in 2018. Reflecting their belief in the central role of packag- ing, brand owners are planning to open their wallets.

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Three-quarters (75 percent) anticipate an uptick in packaging spend next year — up from 40 percent who predicted an increase in 2017 and 65 percent in 2018. Of those who plan to raise spending, nearly a third (32 percent) expect to do so by more than 10 percent. To get a deeper understanding of the environment in which packaging decisions are made and why brand owners see packaging as a critical element of their brand’s strategy, L.E.K. asked them to choose both the top three growth drivers and top three barriers to their business. Respondents were also asked to peer into the future and say how they believe these drivers will shift and what impact they will have on packag- ing. The study’s findings reveal six consumer trends with particular importance for packaging. 1. Convenience Is King If there is one thing that characterizes today’s con- sumer, particularly the increasingly important millen- nial consumer, it might be the phrase “I want it now.” Brand owners say that over the past two years, de- mand for more convenient and “on the go” products has been a top driver of brand growth. Brand owners in the pet and household categories were significantly more likely than those in beauty and personal care to

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Uteco Group, ESI Strengthen Relationship

operating fleet flexo, thermal and digital press systems serve a wide range of end-use sectors including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and industrials. Craftsman claims the switch to MacDermid plates will save more than $80,000 over the course of a year. Glenroy Joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition Glenroy Inc., a converter and printer of flexible pack- aging for more than 50 years,has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and the How2Recycle label program effective January 1. The membership allows Glenroy to expand its sustainable packaging portfolio with How2Recycle labeled store drop-off recyclable flexible packaging options. Glenroy has a dedicated team of professionals re- searching and developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of its already sustainable pack- aging portfolio.Adding store drop-off recyclable pack- aging products to their portfolio further expands the company’s sustainability initiative. Glenroy plans to utilize SPC’s How2Recycle label program on its new store drop-off recyclable products to highlight the sus- tainable benefits of the packaging and communicate step-by-step instructions to the consumer.

The relationship between Uteco Group and ESI is re- portedly strengthened as the commercialization of the Gelflex-EB technology begins to make an impact;Uteco’s Diamond Flexo press is designed to accommodate this technology.GelFlex-EB technology reportedly offers cus- tomers a cost-effective path to gain high-resolution print quality that removes more than 90 percent of solvents and is sustainable through its use of EB technology. UTECO and ESI have been involved for years in the development of this technology, which is presented as a solution for food-safe packaging applications pro- viding different surface print options, promoting less plastic material and higher recyclability as well as core, reverse-print applications both with significant, sus- tainable results. Craftsman Label Switches To MacDermid Plates Craftsman Label, Portland, Oregon, switched to Mac- Dermid LUX ITP plates and APR’s Supplysentry RFID inventory management system to improve print quali- ty and decreased production costs, the company said. Craftsman Label is a full-service narrow web company

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view convenience as a growth driver (27 percent ver- sus 18 percent). Clearly, new product formats that emphasize conve- nience will call for major changes to packaging, and brand owners are responding in a number of ways, in- cluding developing packaging that is easier to open (57 percent of respondents), developing more sin- gle-serve package sizes (51 percent), and stepping up placements in new distribution channels, such as convenience stores (49 percent). The increase in sin- gle-serve options in particular will likely require the use of more packaging materials, while package rede- sign might be necessary when entering new distribu- tion channels. 2. Premium Plays A Plum Role With the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms, consumers are turning more often to premi- um products as a way to convey their unique personal tastes and preferences.This trend has led 42 percent of brand owners in our survey to expand their premium offerings. In addition, 35 percent are changing their promotional strategies, while 32 percent are expand- ing their price-pack offerings — an array of packaging size and attribute options that capitalize on different consumer trends. Packaging is usually central to the marketing of premium offerings, since it is often the packaging quality and graphics that signal a product’s high-end status.Brand owners will need to think about packaging when making changes to price-pack offer- ings, since these often have unique requirements. 3. Customization Is Key A broad array of new technologies has made prod- uct customization far more feasible at a cost-effec- tive price point. As a result, consumers have gained a fondness for specialized products that cater to their particular tastes and needs. Brand owners say consumers’ penchant for customization has been an important growth driver for them over the past two years, and an equal number expect it to continue to have this effect for the next two. Consumer prefer- ence for customized offerings has resulted in a flurry of new subproducts and stock-keeping units (SKUs) that micro-target distinct buyer groups or address highly specific consumer needs. For example, more than half of brand owners have increased product personalization in the past two years, and 42 percent have implemented additional customization of their products.This trend is not expected to abate anytime soon, which may be why brand owners say they plan to launch an average of 91 new SKUs over the next

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annually from 2019 to 2024, reaching a total of nearly 40 million metric tons valued at $77 billion at constant 2018 prices. The use of RRP in the fresh produce, dairy and bakery markets accounted for more than half the total volume consumed in 2018.These three sectors are expected to retain their dominant market share over the medium term. Overall, there is expected to be a slight shift in market share in favor of non-food items through 2024. Innovation is at the forefront of development in the RRP industry, with many end-use sectors enjoying the benefits of new designs in RRP. Frozen foods and household care products will show the highest growth among the various end-use sectors for RRP, at CompoundAnnual Growth Rates of 8.1 per- cent and 6.9 percent respectively.The lowest growth lies in pet food (2.51 percent) and canned food (2.58 percent). Die-cut containers account for 55 percent of the vol- ume demand for RRP in 2018 with plastic making up nearly a quarter of the total. By 2024, these two for- mats will maintain their relative positions, but the ma- jor shift will be from shrink-wrapped trays to modified cases, with a 2 percent market share changing places between these two formats. Through 2024, the growth will be fastest in modified cases, with a 10.1 percent CAGR by volume pushing consumption from 2.44 million tons (2019) to 3.93 million metric tons (2024).There will be new demand for shrink-wrap trays will be low, at a sluggish 1.8 per- cent CAGR, and demand will actually drop in devel- oped economies, including Western Europe, the Unit- ed States, Canada and Japan. Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica Launches New Flexo Press Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica recently launched a brand new high performance compact CI flexo press--- the Evo XC---to join its line of Evo models.The eight-col- or press offers a small footprint and is available in two different versions with a maximum repeat length of up to 850 mm and printing speeds up to 400 m/min. Wrapped in the Koenig & Bauer design, the Evo XC reportedly features solid machine engineering in com- bination with the intuitive HMI,a completely new dryer concept as well as the latest digital Industry 4.0 features. The new Evo XC from Flexotecnica made its maiden debut at the K2019 fair in Düsseldorf, Germany,where it drew crowds to view its several live demonstrations each day and will next appear at the Koenig & Bauer booth at Drupa 2020 in Düsseldorf.

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two years, compared with only 64 two years ago — an increase of 42 percent. Because each additional subproduct calls for differentiated and effective pack- aging, there is likely to be considerable activity in this area as SKUs proliferate. 4. Healthy Holds Its Own Demand for more healthy products or products con- taining natural ingredients is stronger than ever, and respondents considered it to be one of their top three growth drivers over the past two years. Responses var- ied by industry,with 25 percent of beauty and person- al care respondents pointing to this as a growth driver, compared with only 17 percent of food and beverage respondents and 15 percent of respondents in the pet and household products sector. Interestingly, while 23 percent of local or niche brands considered it to be a growth driver, only 5 percent of global brand owners felt the same way. Companies have addressed the healthy trend by mak- ing adjustments to their product offerings and substi- tuting more healthy or natural ingredients. For exam- ple, 60 percent of brand owners introduced all-natural or non-processed products in the past two years, and 53 percent introduced “health-focused products” during this period.As a result, brand owners have had to revamp product labeling on their packaging. It’s worth noting that a number of national and small- er regional brands are developing healthy products designed to take market share from the larger global brands. Given that these healthy products are often offered at higher price points, brand owners see pack- aging as an effective way to articulate the product’s healthy and natural messaging to an increasingly dis- cerning health-conscious consumer. 5. Green Is Growing Environmentally friendly products and services have begun to move out of their corner niches onto center stage.The growth in green is the combined re- sult of consumer demand, corporate public relations initiatives and greater (mostly local) regulation. Brand owners, regardless of company size, see this as a top growth driver over the next two years, and packag- ing will certainly play a critical role in the transition to more sustainable products. In fact, a shift has al- ready begun. For example, respondents report that the use of sustainable packaging material has grown in the past two years, with the trajectory expected to continue through 2020.Around 85 percent of respon- dents made at least one significant change to packag-

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Global Food Packaging To Hit $400 Billion By 2025 The global food packaging market will approach $400 billion by 2025, making operational improve- ments and new equipment critical for consumer pack- aged goods (CPG) companies to keep pace, according to the newly released Trends and Advances in Food Packaging and Processing infographic and report from PMMI,TheAssociation for Packaging and Process- ing Technologies. Single-serve packaging, ready-to-eat meals, healthy options and enhanced convenience options are some of the continued contributing factors. More recently, a growing supply chain, plant-based alternatives and the demand for food delivery services have emerged as new drivers to the combined annual growth rate of four to five percent. To meet the ever-evolving trends, 70 percent of food manufacturers from the report cite flexibility and fast- er changeover as the most desired machine improve- ments at a time when 72 percent expect to spend money on new machinery and 80 percent report an interest in modular equipment. The most significant wants for future operational improvements revolve around automation and getting the most out of each piece of machinery. Installing more automation, in general, leads the way with 52 percent, with deploying robotics an impending devel- opment among 40 percent of respondents.Thirty-two percent intend to introduce overall equipment effec- tiveness into their operations going forward, with a goal of improving manufacturing productivity. With meeting production demands one of the most critical immediate concerns noted in the report, com- panies seeking machinery improvements or an ex- pansion of their operational abilities can find the lat- est technological solutions and innovations at PACK EXPO East (March 3-5, 2020, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). Produced by PMMI, the show offers a projected 7,000 attendees the opportunity to gather insights from 400 exhibiting companies as well as network with industry peers.An opening Taste of Philly reception welcomes attendees and exhibitors on March 3, followed by the Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Net- work’s Financial Empowerment and Fixing the Bro- ken Rung breakfast event on March 4. Keynote speak- ers, Kweilin Ellingrud, a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and Kelly Coyne, Vice President of Global Women’s Strategies, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax Ellevate Management LLC,will address the issues of the“power of parity”and accelerating gender equality.

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ing substrate material in the past two years, most fre- quently because it increased ease of recycling. Finally, brand owners expect that the value of packaging containing biodegradable, recycled or compostable material will grow by 30 percent to 40 percent in the next two years. 6. E-commerce Expands Rapidly It comes as no surprise that more and more consum- ers are choosing to shop online.While 17 percent of brand owners considered the shift to e-commerce to be a growth driver over the past two years, 23 percent expected it to drive growth over the next two years — more than any other trend. Growth from e-commerce also varied by industry, with 25 percent of those in beauty and personal care pointing to it as a source of growth, compared with only 12 percent in the food and beverage sector. Re- sponse also differed depending on brand reach and company size: companies with smaller, local or niche brands were more likely to consider e-commerce as a growth driver. Brand owners have turned to a variety of strategies in response to the shift to e-commerce: 55 percent say they have entered new digital channels in the past two years, 47 percent implemented mobile on-demand or- dering, and 47 percent have increased investment in their websites.As more consumers choose to shop on- line and have goods shipped directly to their homes, brands will need to make changes to packaging to pro- tect against breakage or to maintain freshness during the delivery process. It is also important that any packaging changes maintain a consistent look and feel across multiple channels. A Strong Future For Packaging All indications are that brand owners consider on- going investment in packaging to be critical to their brand’s success. As the competitive landscape for brands continues to be shaped by consumer and oth- er trends, packaging has the unique capacity to make products stand out in a crowded marketplace by communicating both valuable attributes and a potent brand message. It is both a literal and a figurative em- bodiment of the brand. Omet Names Manroland Latina As Agent Omet has named Manroland Latina as its new agent in Mexico,with the target of increasing its presence in the area and being closer to local printers.

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TLMI Begins Year With Record Converter Members TLMI has announced that the association entered the New Year with a record number of converter mem- bers. Since 1933,TLMI has been serving the needs of the North American narrow web printing industry and the association remains committed to providing its converter and supplier members with tools and re- sources to help companies profit and grow in today’s competitive marketplace. “I’m thrilled that we broke the previous record for converter membership as we closed 2019,” said TLMI President, Dan Muenzer. “We have a big year ahead with the Committee Summit in Orlando, Florida, at the end of this month, the Converter Meeting in Austin, Texas, in March and the Annual Meeting in Colorado in October. And of course, we will all come together at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago in September. Our industry is advancing at a faster pace than it ever has in a global market that is constantly being redefined.” Packaging company TricorBraun has acquired Min- neapolis-based Packaging Solutions, Inc. (PSI), a rigid packaging distributor serving several markets, includ- ing pharmaceutical, pet food and personal care. A portfolio company of global private investment firm AEA Investors,TricorBraun has acquired and inte- grated more than 20 companies over the last 25 years. PSI marks the company’s seventh acquisition in the last three years, during AEA’s ownership. AICC Accepting 2020 Safe Shop Award Nominations Each year, AICC, The Independent Packaging Asso- ciation, recognizes AICC Member Companies for out- standing performance in plant safety through the In- dependent Safe Shop Awards. AICC is now accepting applications for the 2020 Awards. This annual recognition is given to all member com- panies that meet the following criteria: • 2019 OSHA Recordable Incident Rate is less than 3.2 • 2019 OSHA LostWork Days Incident Rate = 0 (zero). All rates (Recordable Incident Rate and the LostWork Days Incident Rate) will be calculated by AICC using a company’s signed OSHA 300A. All members that meet the criteria will be recognized and receive a plaque during the AICC 2020 Spring Meeting at The Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Cali- fornia, on Friday,April 3. TricorBraun Acquires Packaging Solutions

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Vietnamese Converter Adds Vetaphone Corona Treatment Anlac Labels, a narrow web label converter based in Vietnam,has turned toVetaphone’s corona technology, which has been fitted to its range of flexo and digi- tal presses. The company, which is part of the Liksin Group and one of seven production facilities in the country, employs more than 150 people at its plant in Long An Province, roughly an hour northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Established in 1999 as Liksin Labels Printing Enter- prise, the company installed its first European narrow web press in 2001, a Nilpeter, before founding Anlac Labels in 2004. During that time, a variety of UV flexo and water-based press technology has been added. Anlac was the first manufacturer in Vietnam to attain ISO 14001:2014 prior to moving to its purpose-built 5,000 square-meter facility in Tan Duc Industrial Zone in 2011. The converter’s labels include added-value techniques such as hot and cold foil, embossing, coat- ing, lamination and the use of holographic foil for both decoration and product protection. Anlac supplies a diverse range of industries, includ- ing pharmaceutical and health and beauty, as well as lubricants and agro-chem in the industrial sector and the customary FMCG products like food, drink, and ap- parel. In addition to paper-based substrates,Anlac also uses PP, PET and PVC. All four of the Vetaphone units are the standard nar- row web VE1A type and are fitted to 8-color presses that vary from 10 to 20 years in age.Typical job lengths at Anlac are 100,000 to 200,000 linear meters, run at around 120 m/m, with a split of 65:35 between paper and film substrates. AICC Spring Meeting Offers Innovation Workshop AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, will hold the two-day Supplier Innovations Workshop during theAICC 2020 Spring Meeting onThursday,April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2020. The workshops will allow AICC Associate Members to present their company’s latest innovations in a short, commercial presentation dedicated to the newest technology,product,or service. AICC Associate Members, who have been selected to present,will be given seven minutes to present their lat- est products. Presentations must focus on products that have been introduced to the market after January 2018. The AICC Convention Content Committee will re- view all applications. This Committee is made up of AICC member volunteers, both suppliers and convert- ers, from different sectors of the industry.

Industry Events

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

Propak East Africa March 17-19, 2020 KICC - Nairobi, Kenya Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 May 7-9, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre Bangkok, Thailand

Pack Expo Mexico June 2-5, 2020 Mexico City, Mexico

FTA Europe Diamond Awards June 18, 2000

Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf, Germany drupa 2020 June 16 - 26, 2020 Dussedorf, Germany

Labelexpo Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

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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Flint Group Flexographic Dagmar Schmidt has been named President, Flexographic. Schmidt joined Flint Group from BASF in 2003. Prior to her most recent CTO role, Schmidt led Flint Group’s Flexible Packaging business as GM and prior to this she held various commercial leadership roles (including global key account management), operational and supply chain roles at Flint Group. In her new role, Schmidt will succeedAryan Moelker, who left the business at the end of January 2020. AWT Labels & Packaging Scott Farkas has joined AWT Labels & Packaging, Minneapolis, Minneso- ta, as Senior Production Engineer. Farkas has been in the printing in- dustry for over 20 years, with a focus on flexographic label printing. He has spent the majority of that time as a design engineer, developing label constructions for package applications and operating environments. AIMCAL AIMCAL begins 2020 with a new Executive Director. Chris Kerscher succeeds Craig Sheppard, who retired at the end of 2019 after 21 years at the helm of the association. Kerscher has worked with inter- national teams and all stages of the plastics and specialty material value chain and brings to AIMCAL a strong background in technology, market- ing, sales, association management, and strategy. Kerscher’s background includes many years of association board experience, primarily with the Society of Plas- tics Engineers (SPE), Flexible Packaging Division Dagmar Schmidt Eaglewood Seeks Sales Reps (DJOHZRRG 7HFKQRORJLHV D OHDGLQJ VXSSOLHU RI 6$)( 60$57683(5,25SURGXFWVIRUWKH)/(;2PDUNHWVHHNV ,QGHSHQGHQW )/(;2 VDOHV UHSUHVHQWDWLYHV LQ WKH (DVWHUQ DQG :HVWHUQ UHJLRQV RI WKH 86 WR UHSUHVHQW RXU JURZLQJ SURGXFWSRUWIROLR Please send your inquiries to Petej@eaglewoodtech.com Scott Farkas Chris Kerscher

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