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April 15, 2019
Open House Showcases Nilpeter Technology
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N ilpeter held an Open House,March 28,at its U.S.headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Celebrating the centennial of its found- ing, the company welcomed more than 80 attendees to the event, which looked at the many changes affecting the packaging indus- try in what Nilpeter refers to as The Age of Automation . The company has made massive financial investments in its op- erations recently, resulting in a lights out facility with two fully automated machining centers.
For exclusive content and breaking news p lease visit www.flexomarketnews.com In addition to the show floor, the conference program offered more than 50 training, technical and pro- cess sessions took place during the three-day event. The full program included three (Cont’d on Page 9) do, Florida.The show was held at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
“That allows us to do less with more,” said Paul Teachout,Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Nilpeter. The all-new FA, FB-350, and Panorama presses were demon- strated at the Open House. The FA press is, according to Nilpeter, designed for the modern, intuitive press operator.This approach eliminates previous manual controls; quick lock handles are replaced with touch screen con- trols,all printing unit covers can open individually or simultaneously Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Nilpeter, explains the company’s clean hand technology at the Open House.
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AICC Joins The Small Business Legislative Council AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has joined The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC). The SBLC is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations who share a com- mon concern for the future of small business.The pur- pose of SBLC is twofold: to consolidate the strength and maximize the influence of business on legislative and Federal policy issues of importance to the entire small business community; and secondly, to dissemi- nate information on the impact of public policy on small business. Extending Reach “Joining SBLC further extendsAICC’s reach to ensure that the voice of the independent packaging industry is being heard inWashington,D.C.,”AICC Government Affairs Sub-Committee Chairman Eric Elgin of Oklaho- ma Interpak stated. “SBLC’s advocacy with and access to the govern- ment’s administrative and legislative processes will provide important feedback for AICC members on im- portant issues that affect their businesses.,” said Mike D’Angelo,AICC Vice President.
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CCE Attracts Largest Ever Crowd
CCE International, the International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry, took place for the 4th time at the MunichTrade Fair Centre in Germany, from March 12-14. A total of 2,406 visi- tors from 79 countries came to Munich to discover the wide range of machinery, accessories and services covering the entire production and processing chain of corrugated and folding carton. The number of visitors has risen by 13 percent com- pared to 2017. Once again, the live demonstrations at the stands of the 155 exhibitors from 23 countries at- tracted a highly international expert audience, 69 per- cent of whom came from outside Germany.
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through the automation, and the gearless plate sleeves have an automatic cleaning function before release. Nilpeter feels the increased technological advance- ments included in its presses will attract young, for- ward-thinking people to the converting industry, peo- ple who grew up with disruptive technology. “It will ultimately lead more young people to pur- sue the converting industry as a career,” Teachout told Flexo Market News last year before the FA press made its North American debut at Labelexpo Americas.“The age-old image of a printing press operator wearing an apron, covered in ink are still prevalent. Nilpeter is actively participating in workforce development pro- grams with associations, high school and vocational schools so that students understand not only the vital- ity of today’s printing industry but how modernized and technology-based it has become. It is a very so- phisticated industry and offers the chance of a reward-
Dan Muenzer, TLMI President, tells Open House attendees about the growth in the label market.
ing career. By focusing on clean-hand technology, Nil- peter can reach an entirely new workforce. “Clean-hand technology is the key to the success of our new FA line of presses, and it is the reason these machines are so easily adapted by today’s workforce,” Teachout continued.“A generation raised on disruptive technologies expects that level of technology from all manufacturing companies. Our new FA press is op- erated by a tablet with virtually no knobs or handles on the machine. All print controls are now managed through motion control motors.” At the Open House, Nilpeter announced a strategic partnership with Screen, which aims to bring added
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Production Seminars Hosted At Pacific Southwest Container AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for Production Leadership: Next Level Supervision of People & Process and Produc- tion Measurement: Benchmarking & Buy-in , to be held June 4-5 and June 6-7 at Pacific Southwest Con- tainer in Modesto, California. Production Leadership: Next Level Supervision of People & Process will address the constant changes in the marketplace and workforce. Production Measurement: Benchmarking & Buy-in , will welcome attendees to the War Room, where pro- ductive team members practice using tools to increase productivity and reduce employee turnover. Both seminars will be led by Dr. Scott Ellis, Ed.D, Prin- cipal,WorkingWell LLC. FTA Launches Women In Flexo Initiative FTA has launched a new, member-driven initiative in response to the growing trend of women entering the flexographic industry.The meeting will be held during Forum 2019 in New Orleans at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6. It is open to any actively employed women in
the flexographic community, as well as FTA stu- dent members. According to initiative organizers Nona Wool- bright, Clemson University, and Katie Graham, Pa- marco, their plan is to gauge the desire for such a group and what purpose/goals participants would like to see it have.Their hope is to devel- op a group that advances leadership skills, offers mentoring and builds a network that women in flexo can turn to for support. Printing Industries of America is seeking speak- ers for its COLOR20 Conference to be held Jan- uary 11-14, 2020, at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in San Diego, California. COLOR20 focus- es on color reproduction, management, consis- tency, and accuracy throughout the entire print production supply chain. Speakers are needed for both general sessions given to the entire con- ference audience and practical, in-depth topics presented in breakout sessions. PIA Seeks Speakers For Color Conference
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WestRock Commits Paperboard To Independents WestRock and AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, announced an agreement whereby the company has committed 2.2 million tons of contain- erboard and paperboard grades over the next three years to the independent sector.The three-year agree- ment, which is effective April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2022, includes all containerboard and paperboard products that WestRock produces. AICC’s Board of Directors approved the new agree- ment in principle at a meeting held in January of this year, and AICC President Steve Young, acting on be- half of the AICC Board, and Jeff Chalovich,WestRock’s Chief Commercial Officer and President of its corrugat- ed packaging business, signed the agreement on Sun- day, March 31. The agreement commits no fewer than 1,200,000 tons per year of containerboard and no few- er than 1,000,000 tons per year of paperboard grades.
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Under the terms of the commitment, containerboard includes linerboard, corrugating medium and white top products,while paperboard includes solid bleached sul- fite (SBS),coated natural kraft (CNK),uncoated recycled board (URB), and coated recycled board (CRB) prod- ucts.This is the third agreement AICC has signed with WestRock and its antecedent companies RockTenn, Kapstone, Smurfit-Stone and Solvay Paperboard. Other companies have in past years signed set-aside At the AICC 2019 Spring Meeting in Miami rep- resentatives of WestRock and AICC singed the set-aside agreement. From left ( back row ) Steve Young, President, AICC; Dale Nolden, Senior Vice President- Sales, WestRock; Kevin Ausburn, Chair- man & CEO, SMC Packaging Group & AICC Pa- perboard, Regulations & Sheet Supply Committee Chairman; ( seated ) Joseph M. Palmeri, President, Corrugated Packaging, Jamestown Container Companies & AICC Chairman; Tom Stigers, Exec- utive Vice President - Corrugated Paper Solutions.
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judges join an existing nine-member panel represent- ing companies across industry supplier categories.The association’s Annual Awards Competition recognizes achievement in the narrowweb industry including tags and labels, cartons, flexible packaging and non-wovens across conventional and digitally printed applications. Winning entries are displayed and the Awards are an- nounced at the TLMI Annual Meeting held every Octo- ber. In the coming weeks,TLMI will also publish the as- sociation’s inaugural Awards Portfolio Book.The Awards Book lists all converter and supplier member winners from last year including Eugene Singer Award winners, TLMI Annual Label Awards winners,World Label Awards winners, Converter of the Year, Supplier of the Year, and the association’s Environmental AwardsWinners. TLMI’s 2019 Judging Panel Members: Paul Teachout, Nilpeter,TLMI Judging Panel Chair; and Mike Buystedt, Flint, Judging Mediator. New Judges for 2019: Gary Walton, Cincinnati State, (Educator); Matthew Condon, Domino; Catherine Haynes, APR; Lisa Muennich, Avery Dennison; and Johnny Stamey, Daetwyler. Existing Judges continuing in 2019: Chip Tonkin, Clemson (Educator); Mark Barnard, K Laser; Richard Black, Techkon;Andre Blais, Gallus; Jim Harris, ACTE- GA; Steve Schulte, Mark Andy; and RobWray, HP.
components:AIMCAL Fundamentals, the ICE USATech- nical Conference and the Future of ConvertingTheater. AIMCAL Fundamentals took place on Tuesday before the show floor opened and there were all-day training sessions targeted to newcomers to the converting in- dustry.Attendees can choose between two sessions — Coating & Drying and Slitting & Rewinding. The ICE USA Technical Conference sessions were held all three days of the show before the show floor opens. These 30-minute sessions were led by indus- try experts and equipment engineers and focused on new advances in technology and processes. Sessions included topics like Data Analytics for Roll-to-Roll Pro- cesses;WebTensions Control Fundamentals; and Static Electricity: Causes and Cures in Converting. On the show floor, the Future of Converting Theater offered topics on the disruptive innovations affecting the converting industry. Kicking off each day was a keynote presentation. TLMI Adds To Awards Judging Panel TLMI announced that five new industry members have joined the association’s Judging Panel for the TLMI Annual Label Awards Competition.The five new
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Flexo Recognized At EFIA Awards
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The 2019 European Flexographic Industry Associa- tion (EFIA) Print Awards were held at the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester, England. Companies that picked up awards included Contact Originators, Parkside, Hamilton Labels and Coveris. Leading the winners were DS Smith and Smurfit Kap- pa who both took home a haul of 13 accolades, with Interflex picking up a total of 6 awards. For the third year in a row,Amcor Flexibles Cumbria, was the overall winner of the event, winning Best in Show for its Kellogg’s Extra Chocolate Muesli pack; Coveris claimed second place in the category,with DS Smith finishing third. Supplier of the Year was handed to Sandon Global who has now successfully won the award, based on an EFIA membership vote, every year since 2015. In its inaugural year, the Environmental and Sustainabili- ty award was handed to Earth Inks and Smurfit Kappa for their work in creating a Huggies baby wipes pack. Emmerson Packaging Management Recognized For the tenth year in a row, Amherst, Nova Scotia’s Emmerson Packaging has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Emmerson Pack- aging’s second plant is located in Belleville, Ontario. The family-owned company has been supplying flex- ible packaging solutions for more than 60 years. Founded as PolyCello Bag Ltd. in 1956 by Philip Em- merson, the firm started as a paper distribution busi- ness before turning to flexible packaging. Emmerson Packaging currently offers mono- and co-extruded films and laminates, flexographic printing, and a range of pre-press, printing, distribution, and marketing ser- vices to clients. Kodak Completes Sale Flexo Division To Montagu Kodak Company and Montagu Private Equity LLP have completed the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Pack- aging Division (FPD). Now part of Montagu’s portfolio, the division operates as a standalone company known as Miraclon. As previously announced, Kodak’s flexog- raphic leadership team has transitioned as part of the deal and will continue to directly manage this business. Proceeds at close were approximately $320 million, which included the gross purchase price of $340 mil- lion less agreed indebtedness,other items,and delayed proceeds related to a deferred close entity.
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DuPont Scientists Named 2019 Heroes of Chemistry DuPont Advanced Printing announced that five of its scientists were recognized with the prestigious Amer- ican Chemical Society’s (ACS) Heroes of Chemistry Award for their discovery and development of DuPont Cyrel EASY. The DuPont scientists are Adrian Lungu, Robert Blomquist,Mark Hackler,Violeta Lungu and Raj Subramanian. Heroes of Chemistry is an annual award sponsored by the American Chemical Society that recognizes the role industrial chemical scientists and companies play in improving human welfare through commercial in- novations and products. The 2019 Heroes of Chemistry awards ceremony will take place Sunday,August 25, in San Diego. DuPont Introduces Cyrel DLC Plate For Corrugated Printing DuPont Advanced Printing has announced the com- mercial availability of the newest addition to the award-winning DuPont Cyrel plate platform, the Du- Pont Cyrel DLC. Cyrel DLC is a soft digital plate that uses a new polymer formulation developed especially for the corrugated market. Its low durometer is reportedly designed for better printing on lower quality recy- cled and thinner liner corrugated board using wa- ter-based inks. Delivering the ink from the plate to the substrate in a way that provides excellent solid ink coverage, while not crushing the board with over-impression, has been a challenge, but is now achievable with the Cyrel DLC plate, according to the company. Edge crush test (ECT values) are reportedly kept virtually unchanged after printing. The Phoenix Challenge College Competition will be held May 4 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; leading into the FTA Annual Forum held May 5-8 in New Orleans. The competition brings 50-60 students from col- leges across NorthAmerica and continues to drive the mission of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation: to pro- vide access, support, competition and scholarship for students who are pursuing education and careers in flexography and graphic arts. For additional information or to make donations please visit www.phoenixchallenge.org . Phoenix Challenge To Precede FTA
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An agreement between Bobst North America and Apex NorthAmerica establishes Apex as the preferred anilox manufacturer for theWeb-fed Division (flexible packaging, pre-print and narrow-web presses) for the United States and Canada. The agreement allows Apex and Bobst to work to- gether to promote the REVO program and the key added value around a solution-based offering to the market. “Apex and Bobst have been working together for many years globally,now being chosen as the preferred vendor for Anilox for the Bobst North America Web- fed division flexibles, pre-print and the key partner for the REVO narrow-web presses allows both companies to promote each other technologies and the signifi- cant value they bring to our customers and prospects throughout the United States of America and Canada,” said David McBeth,Vice-President of Sales,Apex North America LLC. This annual recognition was given to member com- panies that had a 2018 OSHA Recordable Incident Rate less than 2.5 and 2018 OSHA Lost Work Days In- cident Rate of zero.All rates (Recordable Incident Rate and the Lost Work Days Incident Rate) were calculat- ed by AICC using a company’s signed OSHA 300A. This year’s winners were: Abbott-Action, Inc., Attle- boro, Massachusetts; Akers Packaging Solutions, Inc., Huntington, West Virgina; Akers Packaging Solutions, Inc.,Middletown,Ohio;Akers Packaging Solutions, Inc., Oreana, Illinois; Alliance Sheets, LLC, Bristol, Indiana; Arrow Box Company of St. Louis, Kirkwood, Missouri; Box-Board Products,Greensboro,North Carolina; Buck- eye Boxes, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; Hoosier Container, Inc., Richmond, Indiana; Jamestown Container Cleve- land, Macedonia, Ohio; Jamestown Container, HP Nuen Division, Lyons, New York; Lawrence Paper Company, American Packaging Division, South Hutchinson, Kan- sas; McElroy Packaging, Inc., Orrville, Ohio; and Wun- derlich Fibre Box Company, St. Louis,Missouri. The next Independent Safe Shop Awards will be giv- en during theAICC 2020 Spring Meeting in San Diego, California. AICC Recognizes Safety Excellence AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, rec- ognized 14 member companies for outstanding per- formance in plant safety through the Independent Safe Shop Awards during the AICC 2019 Spring Meet- ing in Miami, Florida.
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ICPF Launches Packaging Curricula At NC State North Carolina State University (NC State) is adding a new dimension to its Department of Forest Biomateri- als. Through the assistance of ICPF’s corrugated pack- aging awards program, the university is launching its first corrugated packaging and design curricula track. The new program,which will receive ICPF equipment donations and funding over a three-year period as NC State delivers measurable steps, will expand student capabilities and interest beyond the mill into plant production & operations management, design, sales and ultimately mid-level and upper-level executive management. As the first part of the partnership between ICPF and NC State, ICPF is installing a CAD table and Impact de- sign software in NC State’s new corrugated packaging lab this semester. With more than 180 students annually enrolled in the university’s Paper Science & Engineering program, NC State is working to become a major recruitment re- source for ICPF Corporate Partners in the mid-Atlantic, southern and other regions of the United States. Studentswill begin taking mandatory corrugated packaging & design curricula this spring & fall.
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options to the digital hybrid marketplace. Nilpeter’s Panorama press allows printers to utilize a standalone inkjet unit or run it in-line as pat of a hybrid press with FA technology. “The alliance that we have with Screen now ties our sales force, our technical force, our inventories, our consumables and our support,” said Teachout. Dan Muenzer, President of TLMI, provided an over- view of the label industry for Open House attendees. Muenzer described a $13.5 billion industry that con- tinues to expand. “At the end of the day, this little cottage industry of label printers is growing up and making money,”added Muenzer. Using member-provided date, TLMI estimated that the industry saw 6 percent growth last year. TLMI’s median size printer is valued at $11 million. Many businesses, now in their second and third gen- eration of ownership, will be looking at new ways to generate revenue streams.This is where new technol- ogy will continue to help converters. “[The label industry is] getting a lot of interest from outside the industry, be it from flexible packaging or from private equity firms,” said Muenzer.
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Dr. Juanita Parris,Global Director of R&D for Material andAnalytical Science of Sun Chemical; retiree Dr.Don Duncan of Wikoff Color; and Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy of Adobe, have been named the 2019 TAGA Michael H. Bruno Award recip- ients by Printing Industries of America. The award is given by the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) to print professionals with distinguished ca- reers in appreciation of their contributions to the ad- vancement of the graphic arts. ICPF Joe R. Palmeri, Jamestown Container CEO, was in- ducted as the 25th member of the International Corru- gated Packaging Foundation’s Circle of Distinguished Leaders at the recent AICC general membership at- tending the AICC Spring meeting in Miami, Florida. W&H Hosts Future Of Flexo Open House At the end of March, machine manufacturer Wind- möller & Hölscher hosted visitors to the open house “Experience the Future of Flexo”. More than 500 visi- tors from around the globe attended demonstrations. The Open House featured the premiere of the NOVO- FLEX II high-performance flexographic printing press, which is said to be able to print the most challeng- ing jobs at maximum speeds.W&H demonstrated the performance of the new system by switching between two images at a speed of 600 meters per minute. The MIRAFLEX from W&H is the market’s best-sell- ing press with more than 650 machines worldwide. At the Open House, W&H showed the MIRAFLEX II in two versions:The dual-port and a new compact sin- gle-port that requires less floor space. W&H also used the demonstration of the two MIRAF- LEX II versions for a direct comparison of CMYK color separation with multicolor separation.While the single port printed in 4 color, the dual port worked with a fixed 7C color palette. The Information and Diagnostics Center (IDC) demon- strated the use of digital data glasses during live trouble- shooting:A customer who needs technical support puts on the headset with integrated camera and connects to an expert from the IDC.The expert sees everything the customer sees in real time and can help him quickly and easily. In the medium term, the digital services will be used in both service support and training.
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