An N.V. Publication FLEX
April 30, 2018
Vol. 20 No. 9
Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry In Print and Online at www.nvpublications.com
Packaging Market Remains Dynamic
For exclusive content and breaking news please visit www.flexomarketnews.com “Moving the show from Orlando to Louisville has been very well received and is contributing to our early suc- cess,” said Julie Ford, ICE USA Exhibi- tion Manager. “It brings the show closer to the heart of the converting industry, making it easier for both ex- hibitors and visitors to participate.” ICE USA will again be co-located with InPrint USA in 2019. ICE USA Prepares For Louisville Move Exhibit sales for ICE USA 2019, the International Converting Exhibition, are reportedly strong with more than 50% of exhibit space already sold.The 5th edition of ICE USA scheduled for April 9-11, 2019, at the newly renovat- ed Kentucky International Conven- tion Center in Louisville will feature machinery and products for the con- verting of paper, film, nonwovens and other web-based materials. ICE USA will reportedly bring more than 250 exhibitors together with thousands of packaging, paper, non- woven and adhesive industry profes- sionals. Exhibitors showcase their latest equipment and technology from all key areas of converting like web coating, laminating, slitting, rewinding, coating, pouch making and more.
P rinters and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ econom- ic performance, according to the newly released Global Trends Report from drupa. This year, performance patterns were tracked over the years. Packaging remains the most dynamic market and there has been a steady improvement in confi- dence over the five years among commercial printers.
“The report indicates that print can be optimistic about the future,” said Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa at Messe Düs- seldorf.“After the 2008 global recession and the consumer shift to digital communications, printers and suppliers are taking full advantage of the slow but clear global economic recovery. They develop new business models, innovative future tech- nologies and broaden the versatile application of print.” More than 700 printers and almost 250 suppliers (senior managers who visited drupa 2016) participated in the survey. “Both printers and suppliers clearly understand the strategic challenges that print faces,” said Richard Gray, Operations
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FINAT Offers Three-Month Trial Membership FINAT, the European association for the self-adhe- sive label industry, now offers all label printers and their suppliers within the European labelling indus- try, who are not currently members, a 3-months’ trial membership. Being Connected Being a FINAT member entitles all employees of a member company to become connected with an in- dustry-wide network of peers, to meet them at differ- ent events such as the annual European Label Forum, to acquire and exchange relevant knowledge and in- formation such as the exclusive 6-monthly FINAT RADAR market report, the FINAT webinar series, as well as papers and articles on relevant topics in the FINAT’s online member library. Promoting Solutions The association also promotes industry solutions in the field of release liner recycling, offers tools and guidance on Life Cycle Assessment and the handling of self-adhesive labels for food packaging.
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In September 2018, Bobst Lyon will open its Com- petence Center at its Bron site near Lyon, France.The construction of this new 114-meter-long demonstra- tion facility, spanning 2,000 square meters, began in October 2017. For the first time, Bobst Lyon will have its own showroom dedicated entirely to its equipment. Cus- tomers will be able to come and learn about its full production lines in real operating conditions. Bobst engineers and technicians will also use the Compe- tence Center to improve their own skills and develop new machines. The next phase of the project to ex-
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Director at Printfuture, one of the companies that conducted the survey. “However there is increasing confidence in a strong future for printers in most markets and regions, as long as they analyze their tar- get markets carefully and make suitable innovations to meet the future needs of their clients’ customers.” Regionally, the situation is positive in general but with exceptions. North America has consistently been the strongest region over time, although Europe has shown steadily increasing confidence while Africa and the Middle East see clear decline in confi- dence over time. Globally, this is the fourth year of increasing confi- dence reported by suppliers. Noticeable is the in- crease in sales of core equipment/software/materials (+29 percent net total). Overall, all supplier revenue streams showed their best ever net positive balance. Printers globally report that the pressure on prices and margins continues and is coped with best by ever increasing capacity utilization and hence rev- enues which hold costs as steady as possible.There is evidence that over time the squeeze on prices and margins is somewhat decreasing globally. However, regionally the situation is inconsistent. While North America reported some increase in prices, Aus- tralia/Oceania reported a clear drop in pricing. Pack- age printing prices are holding up globally while publishing and — to a lesser degree — commercial printing prices continue to decline. Digital Progression The transition to digital print continues but slowly, with only a few packaging printers currently report significant digital sales. Just 12 percent of packaging printers report that more than 25 percent of their turnover is digital. Globally, printers were more willing to invest: 42 per- cent reported an increase in capital expenditure com- pared to the previous year while 9 percent reported a decline — a positive net balance of 33 percent. North America performed best with a net balance increase of 51 percent, while Australia/Oceania lagged farthest behind with a net increase of only 18 percent. Not surprisingly, packaging printers reported the largest positive net balance at +45 percent, functional at +42 percent, commercial at +30 percent and publishing at +20 percent. Finishing is the most popular focus for investment for the second year in a row, followed by print technology and prepress/workflow/MIS. Plans for print investment in 2018 depend on the market sector, with flexo as the most popular choice in packaging, fol- lowed by sheetfed offset.
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Primoreels Acquires All New Nilpeter FA Press Danish packaging company, Primoreels A/S, has ac- quired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter to in-
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Packaging Hall of Fame Nominations Open
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The Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame Commis- sion will be accepting nominations for the 2018 Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame class from April 16 to June 15. Coordinated by PMMI,The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the Pack- aging Hall of Fame awarded packaging leaders who substantially impacted the industry from 1971 until 2014.As the industry evolved, the Hall of Fame Com- mission paused for a cycle to ensure it included an accurate representation of all deserving nominees. With its return this year at PACK EXPO International, being held October 14-17 at McCormick Place, Chica- go, Illinois, processing professionals will join packag- ing nominees for the first time. PACK EXPO International and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO will reportedly bring to- gether 2,500 exhibitors showcasing their packaging innovations to 50,000 attendees in more than 1.2 mil- lion net square feet of exhibit space. Print Technologies Association Joins CPO The Coalition for Paper Options (CPO) — the only stand-alone coalition devoted exclusively to protect- ing citizen access to paper-based information — has welcomed its newest members: the Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) and the Ideal- liance.These new members have joined with Printing Industries of America, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Envelope Manufacturers Association and a host of individual corporations in the paper manufacturing, printing and mailing industries as fi- nancial supporters of the Coalition for Paper Op- tions’ efforts to protect access to paper-based resources and information. Harper Receives New ISO Certification Harper Corporation of America, Charlotte, North Carolina, has achieved certification to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System The certification is valid for three years and is provided by DNV GL – Business Assurance. ISO 9001 is the most widely used quality manage- ment standard and has recently undergone a periodic update to better reflect modern business challenges. Last modified in 2008, the new version of ISO 9001 is the result of input from business and technical ex- perts around the world.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics www.cyrel.com/na
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European Label Forum 2018 Spotlights Young Managers A Young Managers Club (YMC) workshop has been added to the program of this year’s FINAT European Label Forum (ELF).The 4th edition of the annual ELF takes place in Dublin, from June 6-8. The workshop comes 10 years after the YMC was established in 2008, at the occasion of FINAT’s Gold- en Jubilee congress in Paris, France, to meet an in- creasing need for up-and-coming managers in small to medium-sized, and often family-run, enterprises. These young professionals wanted help in becoming tomorrow’s leaders and to expand their knowledge about self-adhesive labels. The club helps develop emerging management talent by providing needed educational and vocational opportunities. Taking place on Wednesday afternoon prior to the start of ELF, the workshop will include a competition that will see young versus old battle it out in a business simulation workshop. During the main ELF program, the opening keynote speaker on the second day of the event, Sarah Sladek, author, speaker and CEO of XYZ University, will also address the generation question. Her company has helped hundreds of organizations grow membership and reduce turnover among younger generations. She will discuss her experience in helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent and share ideas about best practices. The YMC will also be able to benefit from the forum’s broader program, which will cover a wide range of issues pertinent to labels and packaging so- lutions providers across Europe including. • The European label industry after Brexit; • Diversification of the labels and narrow web in- dustry into short-run packaging; • Intelligent labels and packaging; • Recruitment and retention of talent; • The state of affairs in digital label printing (based on FINAT commissioned research); • The total cost of ownership (TCO) of different label printing technologies; • The latest innovations in brand protection; • Branding your company via online marketing; • Managing food compliance regulations; and • Preparing for upcoming legislation on serializa- tion and tamper evidence. Other keynote speakers are TV commentator and spokesman of former British PM Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, who will address Brexit; and Professor Noreena Hertz, economist and author, who will offer guidance on how to make the right decisions in an increasingly complex business environment.
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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.
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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. www.markandy.com
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FPA Launches New Sustainable Packaging Report The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has pub- lished a new report on sustainable packaging, A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World . FPA commissioned PTIS, LLC to provide a holistic view on the sustainability benefits that flexible packaging offers; provide foresight into future sustainability implications for flexible packag-
ing; and develop six Life Cycle Assessment case stud- ies comparing flexible packaging to other packaging formats across a range of products. The report focuses on the segment of the industry that adds significant value to flexible materials, usual- ly by performing multiple processes such as printing, laminating multiple layers, and adding coatings, all of which aid in performance of the material, improve the consumer/user experience, and/or extend the shelf life of the product. It focuses on the U.S. per- spective, though global data and context are utilized to provide a broader picture and looks at the current state for flexible packaging, while also providing fore- sight into potential future implications. Life Cycle For the report, six different LCA case studies were developed using the EcoImpact-COMPASS LCA soft- ware, which allows for quick life cycle comparisons between different package formats. The results from the case studies, according to the report, show that flexible packaging has more preferable environmental attributes for carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, product-to-package ratio, as well as material to landfill, when compared to other package formats. According to the study, flexible packaging offers a number of sustainability benefits throughout the entire life cycle of the package, when compared to other package formats including: material/resource efficien- cy; lightweight/source reduction; transportation bene- fits due to inbound format and lightweight nature; shelf life extension; reduced materials to landfill; high prod- uct-to-package ratio; and beneficial life cycle metrics. Despite the number of sustainability benefits, there are challenges facing the flexible packaging industry. (Cont’d on Page 16)
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Uteco Launches Digital Press
Esko Prepares For EskoWorld 2018
Uteco Group, in partnership with Kodak, has an- nounced the commercial availability of the Sapphire EVO digital press. The press is said to address a full range of low and high-volume applications that pro- duce up to 20 million square meters per year. The Sapphire EVO press can reportedly print more than 9,000 linear meters per hour, while utilising Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology. The Sapphire EVO press uses media up to 650 mm in width and prints at up to 622mm and offers CMYK printing as well as options for in-line priming and varnishing. Using environmentally friendly water-based inks to print on a variety of flexible substrates, including BOPP, PET and paper, Kodak’s inks and pre-coating flu- ids used with the Sapphire EVO press complies with regulatory requirements for indirect food contact in the EU and the US, as well as brand specific require- ments and the EuPIA exclusion list. Sold worldwide, the Uteco Group will begin installation of the first unit in June 2018 at an Italian flexible packaging producer for the industrial and fashion industries.
EskoWorld, the 27th annual conference for Esko users, will be held on June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas. Its mission is to create a platform that connects the en- tire packaging supply chain. Leading brands, graphic and structural designers, flexo trade shops, sign mak- ers and packaging and label converters will share ideas, gain product knowledge business expertise and exchange best practices. The three-day event includes nearly 100 education- al sessions developed to help attendees enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions and expand their education on the industry’s latest trends. Inter- spersed will be sessions explaining specific product roadmaps, product training, and lectures on relevant topics. EskoWorld will focus on a number of tracks, allowing attendees, with varied backgrounds and in- terests, to attend sessions that apply most to them. New this year, Esko and its partners will conduct a three-hour opening session where they will share their vision for the industry’s future.
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FTA’s Forum 2018 To Help Converters Troubleshoot Kicking off the educational program of the FTA Forum and INFOFLEX, being held May 6-9 in Indi- anapolis, Indiana, there will be a free morning session on Sunday, May 6, titled Purchasing Printing/Con- verting Equipment: Flexo’s New Market Scenario , designed to ease the stress of acquiring new machin- ery. Ending the proceedings will be a session on Wednesday, May 9, called “ Troubleshooting Survival Guide ,” a two-part presentation aimed at giving con- ference goers the information and know-how for handling production floor worst-case scenarios. Sunday morning’s session, taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., will be led by co-chairs Claudio Se- menza, Omet Americas, and Doug Bartlett, Multi- Color Corp.The full two hours will entail discussions about key topics including price, purpose and poten- tial technologies that must be analyzed in order to successfully make an investment that will deliver on product and give the best possible ROI. “Our industry is changing and we are seeing more complex printing, interactive packaging expecta- tions, shorter runs and variable information/graph-
ics,” said Bartlett.“To meet these changes, we need to invest in equipment, systems and the knowledge to develop profitable solutions.” Although the session will follow a panel format, multiple presentations will be delivered, including: • Purchasing Prepress Software: Key Factors to Consider — presented by Mike Rottenborn, Hy- brid Printing Software • How Can You Squeeze More Out of Printing? — presented by Simon Gross, Converting Equipment International • A Roadmap to Return Driven Expansion — pre- sented by Jeff Dietz, KBA-Flexotecnica • Where We Began & How We Arrived at Where We Are ” — presented by Mark Turk, International Label & Printing Co Inc • How Digital Can Support Flexo’s New Market Scenario — presented by Matt Condon, Domino Following this and eight additional sessions sched- uled between Sunday and Tuesday will be Trou- bleshooting Survival Guide , scheduled forWednesday, May 9. The final session of Forum 2018 will be co- chaired by Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Inc and Jason Cagle,MacDermid Graphics Solutions.
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Koenig & Bauer Wins ADC Award
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The main challenges are post-consumer packaging ma- terial collection and recycling.There is currently a lack of recycling options for multi-material laminated films, such as snack bags and foil pouches, which are diffi- cult to separate into their various material substrates. The industry is responding to these challenges with new initiatives to improve the sustainability profile of flexible packaging. These include technologies to drive recycling and collection and auto-sortation at scale of flexible materials; investigate new materials including compostable or bio-based structures; and enhance processing technologies that extend and in- crease consumer participation. There are several industry collaborations that are working to identify technologies to make collection and sortation of flexible packaging waste feasible and economically effective, as well as research into chemical recycling, which degrades the mixed plas- tics into monomers or basic chemicals to turn into new products. Other programs such as waste-to-ener- gy (WTE), which use the combustible energy from difficult to recycle plastics are widely used in Europe and Asia, and may provide additional recovery processes in the United States.
Koenig & Bauer has won this year’s Art Directors Club (ADC) award.The Art Directors Club awarded the jubilee publication commemorating the company’s 200-year anniversary with the prize. Every year, several thousand entries from Germany, Austria, Luxemburg and the German-speaking part of Switzerland compete for the bronze, silver and gold ADC award nails.A total of 378 creative judges assessed the originality, clarity, power,workmanship and enjoyment the entries bring. Koenig & Bauer submitted its publication commemo- rating the company’s 200-year jubilee to this year’s ADC award festival. The publication about the Würzburg, Germany, printing press manufacturer’s tradition and modernity won the jury over in the categories “De- sign/Typography”and“Corporate publishing”. “The jubilee publication looks back at our 200-year history and our brand relaunch, while at the same time focusing on the beginning of the company’s third century,” says Dagmar Ringel, Director Marketing and Corporate Communications at Koenig & Bauer. The award ceremony took place on April 19 in Hamburg, Germany.
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INX International After 47 years with the company, Rick Clendenning has stepped aside from his role as President of INX International Ink Co. He will continue as CEO through the end of 2018. In his place, John Hrdlick has been promoted to President/COO and Bryce Kristo to Executive Vice President/CFO. KBA-Asia Pacific Carina Shia has been appointed new Sales Manager for Southeast Asia for The Koenig & Bauer Group. Together with the local KBA-Asia Pa- cific service team, she will support KBA-Flexotecnica with developing their market share in this region. Reflex Labels Plus Orders Mark Andy P7 Press Reflex Label Plus, formerly Labelsco, which became part of the Reflex Group in 2012, has ordered a Per- formance Series P7 from Mark Andy for its plant in Barwell, Leicestershire.The new press, which features the updated P7 platform, brings to 27 the number of Mark Andy presses currently in use at Reflex plants, including the seven P Series presses installed last year at Boston.This will be the first Mark Andy to be installed at the Barwell site. The new P7 has direct servo improvements, fully automated job register, and a more ergonomic design to improve ease of operation. Specification of the 20- inch, 10-color press includes two reverse print sta- tions, delam/relam, and a rail system for foil unwind/rewind, constant tension laminator, and waste rewind. It also has a web translator, single verti- cal die station, QCDC, and chilled impression drums as part of Mark Andy’s film package. Carina Shia
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