FMN | February 1st, 2021

Vol. 23 No. 3 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

February 1, 2021

Consumer Trends Shift In COVID’s Wake

Smurfit Kappa Ups Sustainability Goals Smurfit Kappa, a paper-based pack- aging solutions provider with head- quarters in Dublin, Ireland, has re- ported new sustainability targets in a number of different areas. The com- pany said the new targets focus on a further reduction of its environmen- tal footprint, increased support for the communities in which it operates and further enhancement to the lives of its employees. Target Upgrade These targets, according to Smurf- it Kappa, build upon the company’s sustainability record, on which it has been reporting since 2005, and are contained in the Better Planet 2050 commitments. Better Planet 2050 quantifies Smurf- it Kappa’s continued commitment to sustainability, targeting environ- mental and social sustainability in ar- eas where it believes it can have the greatest impact. These include deliv- ering sustainable packaging to cus- tomers, reducing its environmental

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C onsumer trends typically follow a somewhat predictable arc from year to year. But, as with all things, the pandemic has accelerated some trends and inexorably altered others.

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cising has become a higher priority for them since the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic will, hopefully, fundamentally alter the ways in which societies view mental health and brands have the opportunity to lead that charge. “Globally, the pandemic has put health at the fore- front of consumers’ daily lives,”said the report.“As con- sumers move forward beyond the pandemic, they will experience a new type of gratitude for what it means to have a healthy body. Brands can lead with that note of positivity and gratitude and shift the conversation away from aesthetics and body image.” Collective Empowerment Another clear trend witnessed over recent years is consumers push toward equity and equal rights for all people. Consumers are utilizing technology, including social media, to form virtual communities in which they trust those around them, as they do not always feel they can trust the government and long-established brands. These consumers very much want to support compa- nies and brands that align with their core beliefs. “The conscious consumer is evaluating more close- ly the brands from which they shop,” said the report, “expanding the definition of what an ethical company

One result of the pandemic is an increasing aware- ness of wellbeing by consumers. Months of isolation and uncertainty have unmoored many consumers and made them realize the importance of better taking care of themselves. Mintel suggests that a playbook for how to respond to this burgeoning awareness does not yet exist and that brands have an enormous opportunity if they po- sition themselves at the forefront of this trend. Wellbeing, as defined in the report, encompasses the most fundamental basic needs, and the way con- sumers process decisions for their wellbeing is both direct and indirect. The holistic nature of wellbeing ensures it has a consistent place in brand messaging; it’s just a matter of brands determining where they fit into the narrative. For example, ‘self-care’ can be so broad that it can apply to any decision, whereas functional ingredients are designed with a clear and direct purpose. Statistics back up the uptick in mental health con- cerns since the pandemic first hit. More than 73 per- cent of U.S. consumers who experienced a mental health disorder in the past year have diagnosed them- selves. Just over 5o percent of UK consumers have used some form of health technology (eg nutrition app), while 59 percent of Chinese adults say that exer-

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footprint in water usage, waste and carbon emissions and supporting its communities, promoting inclusion and diversity as well as health and safety.According to Smurfit Kappa, the targets identified are specific, mea- surable and provide a road map to deliver results in the short, medium and longer time frames. Smurfit Kappa said it plans to further increase its cer- tified deliveries to customers to 95 percent, up from its current 90 percent target. Chain of custody-certi- fied deliveries are essential in providing transparency and traceability to customers who have trust and con- fidence that our raw materials are sustainably sourced, the company stated. Caring For People As a large processor rather than a large consumer of water, the company plans to reduce its overall wa- ter intake with the updated target. As a manufacturer of products that are renewable, recyclable, recycled and biodegradable, the company said it will continue to seek alternative ways to reuse, recycle and recov- er waste material to reduce waste to landfill. In 2020, Smurfit Kappa said it set its most ambitious target to date when it announced a goal to achieve at least net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Demonstrating Smurfit Kappa’s care for its people and support for communities in which it operates, the company is targeting a range of measures including a further annual reduction in its total recordable injury rate (TRIR). Separately and in addition, the company says its ambition is to ensure female gender represen- tation is above 30 percent. Finally, Smurfit Kappa is committing to donate more than 24 million euros (or about $29 million) in the next five years to support community initiatives. Additionally, Smurfit Kappa recently aligned its sus- tainability ambitions and targets into its financing by embedding its sustainability targets via key perfor- mance indicators into its existing 1.35 billion euros (or about $1.64 billion) revolving credit facility, creating a sustainability-linked revolving credit facility. Rol-Tec Begins Headquarter Expansion Rol-Tec recently began construction of a 15,700-square-foot addition to its Green Bay, Wiscon- sin, headquarters where it manufactures rubber cov- ered rollers, metal roller bases, laser-engraved flexo sleeves, and tungsten carbide roller coatings for print- ing, industrial and converting operations throughout North America.

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Twenty percent of UK consumers say they often shop with a retailer that supports a cause they believe in; 6 percent do so always. Nearly 50 percent of Brazil- ian consumers agree that they are prepared to boycott companies who behave unethically, and 72 percent of U.S. consumers agree that they are concerned about corporations abusing technology. The pandemic, while creating an incredible sense of

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isolation, conversely also made consumers understand that they need to be more community minded as the only way to battle the pandemic was to show greater concern for others around you. A resurgence of advocacy has surged as people de- mand positive change, for themselves and for future generations. “There is an opportunity for brands to take a lead in addressing these issues, and they may risk being seen as a hindrance if they fail to do so,”said the report.“In a world forced to go digital, the reliance of global social movements on digital platforms accentuated – in some new and uncomfortable ways – the extent to which technology can be used unethically. This has raised consumer concerns and demands for more equitable access to digital tools and literacy alongside more eth- ical tech usage standards. Brands are, therefore, in a unique position of power to be a guiding source of influence — if led with trust and transparency. Consumers are more tech-savvy than ever before and

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AICC Hosts Converter Think Tank

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, had nearly 40 registrants for the most recent Converter Think Tank held Friday, January 15, which featured Ronda Bayer, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Liberty Diversified Industries (LDI), and ChristineWal- ters, Founder, FiveL Company. Walters reviewed the key points of the latest EEOC guidance, including if and how an employer may re- quire or encourage vaccinations and the implications and legal obligations to consider. She also reviewed changes to leave policies and encouraged all attendees to review their COVID policies to ensure they are up to date with current regulations. Practical Applications After Walters completed the overview of the law, regulations, and recommendations, Ronda Bayer be- gan to offer the practical applications of them at LDI. Bayer provided examples of LDI’s real-life experience of working through issues with their teams in multi- plant,multi-state operations. She offered many specific choices they have made about remote employees, con- tinuing to offer extended leave, recommending but not requiring employees to get a covid vaccine, and much more.. She also shared several actual company policies, which attendees can use as templates, includ- ing their mask policy and the screening questionnaire LDI uses for visitors. The Q&A portion of the event offered attendees the opportunity to clarify legal require-ments and the les- sons learned from LDI. Great Lakes Label Debuts New Web Site Great Lakes Label, Comstock Park, Michigan, has launched a new website. Great Lakes offers flexog- raphic printing, color management procedures, and in- house departments in art and R&D The website features an updated design that is mo- bile-friendly, with updated information and links.

Niagara Label Upgrades With New Nilpeter FA-17

Niagara Label of Buffalo, New York, acquired a new Nilpeter FA-17 to expand embellishment capabilities and substrate range. Niagara Label is a mid-sized, label manufacturer and the company has operated FB-Line presses since the early 2000s.

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and efficacy, according to the report. Nonetheless, while consumers value their daily es- sentials, they still seek simple pleasures in splurges that elevate their everyday – they just might need a little extra nudge from brands to allow themselves to feel comfortable with these mini indulgences. Once again, brands have the opportunity the shape consumer spending as consumers report being wor- ried about the long-term changes to their lifestyle. Six- ty-four percent of UK consumers have a budget they try to stick to; 52 percent of U.S. adults are worried about how COVID-19 is impacting their lifestyle; and 82 percent of Chinese consumers think it’s worth pay- ing more for products of a higher quality. Globally, consumers are embracing a scarcity mind- set that makes them monitor their spending more closely and avoid excess consumption. In this search for things that matter to them, consumers are seeking not just affordability and convenience but also safety, protection, and durability of goods. In the very near future, accelerated by the pandemic, cashier-less stores, self-checkouts, home delivery, and consolidated shopping trips will become the norm, and consumers will continue to cut down on non-es- sential goods and services. In this time of incredible uncertainty, brands are tasked with communicating

brands have an opportunity to use technology to con- nect with consumers and rally around causes that are important to them. This puts pressure on brands, in ways that are un- precedented, and the only way for brands to respond is to be clear about their values and brand positioning. Consumers more saliently see and understand the es- sential needs of their immediate physical community, and they are seeking brands that leverage resources to offer positive impacts readily felt on local and regional scales. And while digital capabilities will continue to be crucial in the amplification of grassroots movements and the functioning of society, consumers are wary of surveillance technologies and unsound data collection, raising awareness about ‘ethical’ tech. Priority Shift In addition to the myriad ways in which the pan- demic has forced the world to reevaluate the ways in which health care and government should better serve the general population, it has also shifted consumer perception of value toward minimal consumption that emphasizes affordability, convenience, and protection. Consumers are also redefining value through a re- sults-driven lens, seeking durability, flexibility of use,

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Pack Print International 2021 Dates Announced

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Pack Print International, the International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia,will return to BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 22–25. The show is jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia,The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Associa- tion. Pack Print International 2021 will present global packaging and printing innovations geared toward the Southeast Asia audience. Exhibit highlights at the show will include Artificial Intelligence, premium design, sustainability, security and safety, digital economy and 3D printing. The ex- hibits will be complemented by a conference and sem- inar program. Containerboard Operating Rates Remain High Containerboard production rates increased in De- cember 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. According to theAmerican Forest & PaperAssociation’s (AF&PA’s) latest Containerboard Monthly report, con- tainerboard production in December increased 3 per- cent compared with December 2019, and it was up 4 percent for all of 2020 compared with all of 2019. For December 2020, the containerboard operating rate was at 93.7 percent,essentially flat from December 2019, and up 2.3 percent year to date.The association reports that December 2020 production of container- board for export decreased 22 percent compared with the same month in 2019, and it was up 9 percent year to date. Inventory Increases Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of De- cember 2020 increased 3,000 tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 tons compared with Decem- ber 2019. In addition, AF&PA released its December 2020 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. The association says packaging paper ship- ments in December increased 8 percent compared with December 2019 and were up 5 percent in 2020 compared with 2019. For December 2020, the oper- ating rate for packaging papers and specialty pack- aging was at 83.3 percent, which AF&PA states is up 0.6 percent compared with December 2019 and flat year to date. For packaging papers in December 2020, mill inven- tories increased 2,000 tons compared with the previ- ous month and increased 3,000 tons compared with December 2019.

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Coming Together The isolation and loneliness associated with the pan- demic have made consumers reflect upon the impor- tance of community and mutual support. Consumers are coming together online, forming communities that unite to help one another. Forty-six percent of U.S. consumers feel giving back/ helping others is one of the top five values most Amer- icans live their lives by. Just more than 40 percent of UK consumers say they feel more connected to their neighbors due to COVID-19, and 80 percent of Chi- nese consumers say it is important for them to feel part of a community. This increased importance consumers feel in trying to belong to a like-minded community offers brands the opportunity to support these communities in new and supportive ways. “The cancellation of social gatherings opens endless possibilities for online and digital communication,”the report stated.“The longterm impact of this shift is that we will see innovation across online and digital com- munication continue at pace to cater to changing con- sumer expectations.” Virtual Lives Experiential attitudes toward brands are increasing and can no longer be viewed as fads or marketing tools. Consumers are experiencing powerful emotional con- nections to brands that are creating a point of differen- tiation.Technology has made experiences available to the masses while simultaneously creating a counterde- mand for offline interaction with brands. Both act as a means for consumers to feel like they are stepping out of their comfort zones. People are challenging themselves in more demand- ing ways than ever before, while others seek thrills in the ‘nothing experience’ and recognise the impor- tance of shutting down, switching off, or simply not doing anything at all. Consumers are becoming familiar with various forms of digital experiences that allow them to relax, social- ize, learn and create,” said the report. More than 60 percent of Chinese consumers agree some online entertainment activities (eg fitness,music festival) conducted at home through short video plat- forms can replace offline activities. More than 30 per- cent of UK consumers who use mobile apps say using an app to experience a virtual exhibition (eg museum, art gallery) appeals to them. (Cont’d on Page 11)

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Arjobex Acquires MDV Group

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Arjobex,a manufacturer and supplier of high-end sus- tainable synthetic paper,under the brand name Polyart for the printing, tag and label markets, has acquired 100 percent shares of the MDV Group. The Krishna and Reichert families, prior owners of the MDV Group, were looking for a new investor to ensure the future of their company. Consolidation MDV is a niche manufacturer and coater of special- ty papers and films for the print, packaging, medical, sign/display, and building industries. It is, according to the company, the European market leader of fluores- cent papers under the brand Fluolux, and is involved in the films and synthetic paper market with brands like Robuskin and Satinex.With two coating facilities in Germany and one HDPE blown film manufacturing facility in the UK, this acquisition will expand the Ar- jobex footprint in Europe. The new entity, with headquarters in France, will have a consolidated revenue of approximately 65M euro with two 280 employees throughout six manu- facturing sites in Europe and the United States.

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Xeikon Plans First Café TV Editions

Xeikon has announced that the first Xeikon Café TV of 2021 has been scheduled for February 11 & 25.The theme of this two-part online event is the Benefits of Digital Printing and is specifically focused on the interests of current conventional flexo owners. This event, as are all Xeikon Café TV online events, is open to the public and complimentary. Miraclon Extends Flexo Innovation Awards Deadline Miraclon extended the deadline for its Global Flexo Innovation Awards, allowing KODAK FLEXCEL NX us- ers to submit their entries until March 26th with an additional two months to finalize their submission af- terwards. Recognizing the feedback received on the addition- al priorities, challenges and demands the industry is facing due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the new deadline offers an extended opportunity for compa- nies to participate in the awards. The Global Flexo Innovation Awards celebrate pre- press providers, printers and brands that are pioneer- ing the transformation of the flexo industry.

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use personal data; 38 percent of U.S. adults say they would spend a lot of money on wearable technology that detects potential health issues; and 56 percent of UK Gen Z consumers say they are concerned about the mental health implications of using technology de- vices too often. “What it means to connect with a brand virtually will evolve,” said the report.“It won’t be enough to just be online; rather, brands should consider how to deploy innovative tech to deliver elements of their brand, products and services in ways that add discernible ex- periential value that can’t be obtained through a static product page.” As social and environmental concerns continue to become increasingly central in the public conscious- ness, brands will be expected to creatively use digital technologies to make it easier for a broader spectrum of consumers to participate in philanthropic and/or environmentally responsible activities in their own capacity. Sustainable Spaces Sustainability has been a primary concern for con- sumers for many years and the pandemic, like so many others areas of their daily lives, has made the increas-

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BestBrightHalfHOUSEtwo.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:28 PM Page 1 Eighty percent of Chinese adults say app developers should be transparent about how they monitor and “There is a need to make online experiences more diverse and inclusive and appeal to new and existing audiences,” said the report. “Online personalities and influencers will be key in achieving this, as will having a clear understanding of consumers’ individual needs.” Digital Dilemmas The benefits of a digitally connected life have been established but there are undeniable concerns, as well. There are certainly many negative impacts that may not be entirely understood for years. Consumers are now increasingly living in a digital world, and the trends seen in areas like gaming will have an impact on other consumer and brand inter- actions, whether in retail, entertainment, or commu- nications. The pandemic will continue to expand digital expe- riences,making them increasingly a part of consumers’ lives, irregardless of demographic. This will provide opportunities for brands to cater to different types of consumers who are more accustomed to online ser- vices and interactions.

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More Webinars Added To AICC All Access Pass

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has added new webinars to its calendar, and that means more webinars are available at no additional cost to those with the All Access Pass. When a company purchases the All Access Pass, all employees can register for AICC webinars through Au- gust 2021 for no additional cost. More than 70 webi- nars and recordings are included with the Pass. Upcoming webinars include Which Flexo Folder Gluer is Right for the Job? ; How to Reduce Risk in Major R&D Projects ; Corrugator Roll Alignment ; and Maximizing Prospecting Effectiveness Leveraging LinkedIn and other Social Media Tools . BOBST Hosts Virtual Open House Event BOBST hosted a virtual event from its Competence Centers in Bielefeld, Germany, and San Giorgio Mon- ferrato, Italy. The Innovation in Flexible Packaging event on Jan- uary 20 dedicated to CI flexo printing and laminating technologies featured keynote speakers including the CEO of BOBST, Jean-Pascal Bobst, and live demonstra- tions of three products that demonstrated the compa- ny’s vision for the future of the CI flexo industry. Evolving Segments Insights into the evolving requirements and outlook for the future in different segments of the flexible packaging industry were shared by three major con- verting companies with operations in Europe and the United States. The three machines on show at the Open House event were the VISION CI flexo press, the solventless NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR and the MASTER CI flexo press.Attendees were able to see live demonstrations of each machine. APR, SpotOn! Launch Color Management Software All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! have in- troduced SpotOn Color, a new color management plat- form for the pressroom and other areas of production. APR is the exclusive distributor of the new software tool. SpotOn Color reportedly combines all of the features of SpotOn! Flexo software with new solutions for job management, production setup, process control and overall job and color assessments.

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ingly aware of the spaces in which they live and has driven their demand for sustainability even higher. The report surmises that population stress and a new climate reality will drive politics,societies,science,and economics to innovate how we use our space more ethically. Consumer consciousness of sustainability

TLMI Converter Meeting March 21-23, 2021 Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, LA

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will evolve beyond recycling and carbon emissions into a more holistic, longer-term view. More than 40 percent of Americans strongly agree that it’s worth making individual sacrifices to protect the health of the greater community; 61percent of Canadian adults disagree that nothing can be done to save the environment at this point; and 48 percent of Indian consumers strongly agree that, post COVID-19, they will buy more from local businesses. As consumers continue to demand increased trans- parency, they will increasingly scrutinize how brands plan to tackle sustainability challenges. Offsetting pro- duction processes will no longer be enough: consum- ers will want brands to be actively part of the solution, not just to clean up after themselves, according to the report. “Consumers are more aware of how a culture of con- sumption has impacted the environment and left them disconnected from how and where their purchases are produced,” stated the report.“They are looking for brands to offer a better vision of how we reconnect with our spaces and resources in the future.”

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The PMMI Foundation and Enercon Industries Cor- poration have selected Max Klein, a junior packaging engineering student at Indiana State University, as the recipient of the 2020 Bill Zito Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor Packaging Hall of Famer and longtime Enercon employee Bill Zito, who strongly believed in the importance of edu- cation in the packaging field. Awarded to students in their junior year at a PMMI Education Partner school who major in packaging engineering or a related field, candidates must show interest in the packaging industry and have excellent academic achievement.

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