FMN | April 30th, 2018

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April 30, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 9

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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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