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Vol. 23 No. 5 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

March 1, 2021

The Shift In Consumer Attitudes

FTA Moves FORUM To Virtual Events FTA has announced a change of venue for its FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021. Previously scheduled as hybrid events—both in-person and virtual— they will now take place solely in a virtual environment. The decision comes following a careful review of the present and forecasted pandemic environment, as well as months of discussions with FTA members, FORUM speakers and INFOFLEX exhibitors. Beyond its two tentpole technical conferences, FTA organized and pro- vided virtual events to its members and non-members on a frequent basis last year. “Between Membernars, FLEXO Tech Talks, sustainability webinars and other online gatherings, our As- sociation held more than two dozen virtual events in 2020—on average, one every other week,” noted FTA Vice President Brad Pareso. Additional details, including new dates for FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021 and a revised schedule for both events, will be coming soon.

by Greg Kishbaugh

A t this point, there is little question that Covid fatigue has reached epic proportions. It has so consumed our everyday lives for so long, it is now hard to remember a time before the pandemic began.With vaccines available and numbers finally de-

clining, it is time to appreciate what we have collectively been through, but it is equally important to not underestimate how much change still lies ahead. The long-term effects of the pan- demic will undoubtedly continue to effect packaging and print- ing for years to come and will forever alter some of the ways in which consumers interact with brands. To gain a better understanding of the pandemic’s reach, DS Smith recently recruited consumer research company Ipsos MORI to see how, if any, consumer attitudes toward packaging have changed.A clear concern as the pandemic began was the possibility of this global upheaval would lesson consumers’ con- cerns about the environment. But study after study have shown that this is not the case.

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Existing research shows sustainability issues contin- ue to be considered as serious as the COVID-19 pan- demic, and now DS Smith’s latest research suggests a similar trend. Despite changing shopping habits, consumers con- tinue to prioritize sustainable packaging, and it con-

tinues to be an opportunity for competitive advantage and to drive sales. The study also found the pandemic has not dimin- ished nor impacted the willingness of consumers to take positive action on sustainable packaging. In fact, it has marginally increased. Cost associated with sustainable choices may contin-

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Mondi Partners With United Nations

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Mondi Group,a global packaging and paper company, has committed to a three-year strategic partnership to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) efforts to change lives around the globe. The collaboration will see Mondi make a $1 million in-kind and financial contribution to help WFP im- prove how it delivers nutritious food over a complex humanitarian supply chain, with an aim to reduce food waste and mitigate the impact of packaging on the environment. The partnership will draw on the infrastructure and expertise from Mondi’s corrugated packaging, paper bags and consumer flexibles businesses. Over the next three years, the goal is to develop effective guidance for WFP’s global network of food manufacturers and local suppliers as well as for the wider humanitarian community. Ultimately, the part- nership aims to design and develop more sustainable packaging to better protect food and maintain its qual- ity as it is subject to a wide variety of storage, transport and handling challenges in different climates. “One-third of the world’s food is currently wasted each year.,” said Andrew King, Group CEO of Mondi. “That’s enough food to feed 2 billion people, the equiv- alent populations of Africa and Europe combined. ” N.A. Flexible Packaging Market Valued At $40.14B The North American flexible packaging market was valued at $40.14 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $48.39 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 3.16 percent over the forecast period (2021-2026), ac- cording to a new report by Research & Markets. The growing market demand for customer-friendly packag- es and heightened product protection is expected to boost flexible packaging as a viable and cost-effective substitute. Flexible packaging in North America is rising faster than many other forms. It includes trends, like e-com- merce, digital printing, and sustainability,which can be used to drive market development and growth. Cus- tomers in the region are eager to pay more for certain product attributes boosted by flexible packaging, ac- cording to the report. For instance, according to the Flexible Packaging Association, more than 60 percent of North American consumers are keen to pay more for tangible and func- tional packaging benefits, such as product protection, shipping friendly, and supply chain efficacy, among others.

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Consumer Attitudes (Cont’d from Page 3) ue to rise, and it will be incumbent upon packaging producers to remove barriers to consumers making sustainable packaging choices. Research shows the most important packaging relat- ed themes overall are products being ‘in the minimum


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Consumer Research High- lights Packaging Frustrations How attitudes to packaging and its functionality have changed over the past seven years, based on a detailed survey of 1,000 UK consumers, is the subject of a new White Paper from packaging tapes provider Essentra Tapes. While the survey showed a 15 percent decrease in consumer packaging frustrations during this time, at 70 percent the figure remained high, with difficul- ty in opening packs still a major concern among re- spondents. However, environmental concerns and the huge growth of e-commerce have had a significant in- fluence on consumer opinions, and overpackaging is now seen as the number one frustration. Not surprisingly, the Covid-19 pandemic has also had an impact, with the hygienic benefits of packaging be- coming more important. Age was still a key factor, and the research confirmed that ease of access continued to be a particular prob- lem for consumers more than 55-years-old.Access was also the deciding factor behind consumers’ most and least favorite pack styles. The three most frustrating packs all lacked opening devices with the hard plastic clamshell retaining its top spot from 2013, while juice cartons with screw caps and cans with ring pulls were the number one and two most pleasing packs. In addition, consumers highlighted the importance of sustainability within packaging and ranked recy- clability as their number one issue. Packs that are easy to recycle are what consumers care about and providing simple, clear instructions and the neces- sary infrastructure to help with this is key. It also ap- pears that consumers are starting to expect packs to be designed to be more sustainable, with only a third saying they would be prepared to pay more for sus- tainable packaging. Key findings from the survey included: • Too much packaging is now the number one frus- tration with 58 percent of consumers highlighting this issue, an increase from 49 percent in 2013. • 57 percent of those surveyed cited ‘Difficult to open’ as their top frustration and 48 percent said that they had to use knives or other tools to get into packs. This compares to 61 percent and 69 percent in 2013. • 56 percent of respondents said there was too much packaging in home delivered goods and 40 percent highlighted the amount of waste this generates. • More than 50 percent of consumers are very or extremely concerned about the hygiene of goods in supermarkets and takeaway food deliveries as a result of the pandemic.

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‘the minimum amount of packaging’ is important (with higher than average scores seen across the UK, Germa- ny and Belgium). This is followed by 41 percent stating ‘packaged in recyclable materials’ is important. Concern about the general amount of packaging is a concern that does not seem to be fading, with a third of respondents expecting the amount of packaging will still be important after the Covid-19 pandemic. Sixty-four percent of Europeans reported having shopped more online during the Covid-19 pandem- ic,with 89 percent saying they intended to shop as much online or even more after European lockdowns. This increase is supported by data from Local Author- ities in the UK showing household recycling has risen 50 percent since the Covid -19 pandemic lockdowns began and across Europe household recycling levels are set to reach new heights. Shopping online, which often entails increased pack- aging, rewards consumers with convenience but often leaves them feeling remorseful over the lack of sustain- ability. Forty-three percent consumers feel guilty about ordering items online, which then arrive with either too much or unsustainable packaging. Although the public backlash continues, data sug- gests that consumers may not see the elimination of

plastic packaging as the solution as much as the re- duction of the material. DS Smith sees its position not so much as removing all plastic but on removing all ‘unnecessary’plastic,which tracks very closely to what all packaging producers should be attempting with all substrates and materials. Since the COVID-19 pandemic it has become more important to 40 percent of all adults that the prod-

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SOMA, producer of flexographic printing presses, plate mounters and slitter rewinders, is partnering with DTM Flexo Services as its sales agent in Canada. DTM Flexo Services will be representing the entire SOMA range of equipment to the Canadian market. Based in Stoney Creek, nearToronto,Ontario,Canada, DTM Flexo Services is a Canadian flexographic print- ing and converting industries sales and service repre- sentative serving the Canadian flexographic market from coast to coast. DTM Flexo’s team has more than 70 years of com- bined hands-on technical flexo experience, and a com- plete understanding of the flexo process, from pre- press to press to post press. 2021 Innovator of the Year Opens Call For Entries AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, Board Converting News (BCN), and Corrugated Today have issued a call for entries in the 2021 Innovator of the Year Competition. This years’ category is Machinery. The Innovator of the Year Competition (IOY), held in conjunction with the AICC/TAPPI 2021 SuperCorrEx- po,August 8-12, at the Orange County Convention Cen- ter, Orlando, FL, will highlight the best AICC Associate members have to offer. Developed more than two decades ago as a forum for AICC members to share their best ideas, Innova- tor of the Year has evolved into a highly competitive arena that showcases solutions AICC Members have developed. The entries submitted into the Innovator of the Year Competition are first judged by a panel of industry ex- perts on the AICC Plant Innovations Committee, who select the finalists. Finalists are featured at SuperCor- rExpo, and meeting attendees vote by ballot to name the Innovator of the Year. The Machinery category, open to AICC Associate (supplier) Members, focuses on innovations of equip- ment, products, or services that are directly related to the mechanical converting process.Innovations should benefit the paperboard packaging industry through enhanced efficiency, quality, productivity, and/or safety of converting plants. The “mechanical converting process” covers all op- erations that involve direct contact with corrugated, folding carton, or rigid box substrates (i.e., printing, cutting, creasing, scoring, stitching, gluing, material handling, etc.). Entries must be received by Friday, June 4.

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ucts that they buy are ‘produced in my country’— the greatest increase in importance over all other pack- aging considerations. Forty-eight percent of all people surveyed feel that ‘produced in my country’ will con- tinue to be more important in the future. The impor- tance of ‘local’ is particularly high in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

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The attraction of locally sourced products to con- sumers, combined with more commercial and logis- tical supply and demand challenges due to the Covid -19 pandemic, may result in more local supply chains and significant changes to their packaging perfor- mance needs. While sustainability remains a huge concern, Covid has dramatically increased how consumers feel about hygiene in packaging. The importance of products ‘packaged in hygienic packaging’ increased and almost half (45 percent) say they now prioritize hygiene over sustainability. Manufacturers and retailers will therefore need to balance sustainability and hygiene in current and fu- ture product development and promotion. The opportunity to educate the public about hy- giene and packaging presents itself as another huge opportunity. Between one third and two thirds of people in every market say they have purchased on- line more frequently during the Covid-19 pandemic. Forty-eight percent have experienced what they call ‘unsustainable packaging,’ in which — unlike in retail — consumers receive packaging that the consumer re- ceives over which they have no control due to online ordering.This adds to the feelings of guilt, mentioned earlier, that many consumers feel. (Cont’d on Page 11)

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Fathom Optics Introduces Pricing Structure Fathom Optics (formerly Lumii, Inc), an effects soft- ware company spun off from MIT, has introduced in- troductory pricing for its software platform that brings printed 3D and motion graphics to packaging. Con- verters can now access depth and motion graphic ef- fects without specialty inks or substrates and without the need for additional materials, such as lenticulars or foils, according to the company. The introductory pricing is split between two soft- ware tools.The first, Fathom Designer, is offered to art departments of converters and/or their brand owners or outside designers. With Fathom Designer, design- ers can integrate and preview moving graphics on 3D models and share online, end-to-end. Fathom has re- cently introduced a Fathom Effects plug-in for Adobe Illustrator to ensure a seamless experience for design- ers. Fathom Designer also includes an ever-expanding effects library. Secondly, Fathom Producer is a software tool that converters use to take graphic designs cre- ated in Fathom Designer and bring them to press, at production scale, on the equipment they normally use. Label Academy To Host Third Virtual Master Class Label Academy, the global training provider for the label and package printing industry, will host its third virtual master class aimed at an international audience in March. This latest learning opportunity will cover brand protection for the first time. As with the previous two virtual master classes, Brand Protection will be presented by Labelexpo’s strategic director Andy Thomas-Emans, who will be joined by guest speakers from companies including the American Apparel and Footwear Association,Avery Dennison, Digimarc, HP, the International Hologram Manufacturers Association, INX International, Mercian Labels,Vandagraf,VerifyMe and Vicki Strull Design.The master class will also be split into two two-hour parts; Part One will take place onTuesday,March 23, and Part Two takes place on Tuesday, March 30. Part One will present a range of brand protection perspectives, with sessions including: an overview of the counterfeiting market, a brand owner perspective on what’s important, the brand consultant perspec- tive, and the label converter perspective on the chal- lenges of meeting a brand owner’s needs. PartTwo will focus on some of the key overt and covert technolo- gies, with sessions covering inks, anti-tamper materi- als, print processes, RFID and NFC tags, holograms and watermarking.

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Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys- tems for corrugated 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 thick- ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser- vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu- tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical- ly designed for flexography. ARC International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. ARC International is a world leader in the manufac- turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. DuPont Packaging Graphics DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin- ishing 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 indus- tries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits.

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ways relied on their ability to connect with consumers directly through retail channels. The circular economy will continue to be at the heart packaging producers heading into the future.However, DS Smith’s research suggests there is low awareness of the term ‘circular packaging’ in most markets, while ‘reusable packaging’ is much more familiar. Brands and retailers must become more circular to drive awareness, according to DS Smith. Consumers need to understand more what circular packaging can be, in practice. Alu-Lids Purchases MPS Flexo Press Alu-Lids, a provider of aluminium lids for the larg- est cosmetic companies in Poland, purchased a fully automated MPS EFA 430 flexo press. Also purchased was the MPS Performance Program to ensure long- term efficiencies and productivity from their press and operators.Together with MPS’ new representative Reprograf-Grafikus in Poland, MPS Regional Sales Di- rector Anton Zhukov presented Alu-Lids the features of the EFA 430 flexo press that could elevate their pro- duction such as special aluminum packaging.

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BestBrightHalfHOUSEtwo.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:28 PM Page 1 A huge hurdle in educating the public is that con- sumers are spending massively less time in stores per- sonally perusing the shelves. Sixty-eight percent of consumers how say they ‘try to spend as little time in-store as possible,’ since the pandemic began. This poses a formidable challenge to brands that have al- Clarity Of Information The location and clarity of packaging information (materials and recyclability) is also important, with 38 percent looking for such information in-store, and 53 percent saying they would look for this information on the products themselves. But with nine out of ten consumers believing that Covid can live indefinitely on packaging materials, brands are presented with a huge shift in how con- sumers will interact with their products. Another huge opportunity exists for packaging pro- ducers who still allow consumers some ownership of the type of packaging they receive when ordering online. Since the onset of the Covid pandemic, 64 percent of people say they are prepared to shop elsewhere if this means less packaging.

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FPA Publishes Annual Report To Members

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has pub- lished its latest Report to the Members.The report pro- vides an overview of the many initiatives and activities FPA conducts on behalf of its members. The report highlights current and ongoing FPA pro- grams that are ensuring that the environmental benefits and sustainability advantages of flexible packaging are communicated and understood; advocating to protect against potential barriers to growth, combat regulato- ry burdens, and build relationships with diverse stake- holders; promoting the advantages and benefits of flex- ible packaging; communicating to keep members and stakeholders informed and engaged; providing industry data to the membership and investment community; and creating networking and education opportunities to connect the membership.The report also includes a listing of FPA members, the FPA Board of Directors, and the FPA mission statement and strategic goals. The report provides information on FPA Commu- nications; the FPA Advocacy Program, on both the Federal and State levels; the activities of the FPA En- vironmental, Health, and Safety Committee and indus- try-specific regulatory and legislative issues that are on the committee’s radar; the activities of the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC); and the FPA Flexible Packaging Financial Benchmarking Program, which includes several surveys and reports that assist FPA members in making informed business decisions. Information on FPA events such as the Annual Meet- ing and Fall Executive Conference are detailed in the re- port, in addition to the FPA Flexible Packaging Achieve- ment Awards Program.The report also provides a look at “What’s to Come” for the Sustainability,Advocacy, In- dustry Data, and Communications programs. Hot Stamping Foils Market To Reach $7.8B By 2027 The global market for hot stamping foils estimated at $6.8 billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of $7.8 billion by 2027, growing at a Com- pound Annual Growth Rate of 2.2 percent over the analysis period 2020-2027, according to a new report from Research and Markets. Metallic Foils, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 2.2 percent CAGR and reach $2.8 billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Pigment Foils segment is readjusted to a revised 1.6 percent CAGR for the next 7-year period.

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitexco Laser Systems, Sanilox ™ Systems and Sani- Blast ™ Mobile Service. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. Sanilox ™ Systems are the global standard of reliable, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast ™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offer several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, man- ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopoly- mer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr ® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Harper Corporation of America We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than any- one in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated markets, Harper continu- ously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the

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Avery Dennison Acquires JDC Solutions

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Avery Dennison has announced an agreement to acquire JDC Solutions, Inc., a privately-owned man- ufacturer of pressure-sensitive specialty tapes head- quartered in Mount Juliet,Tennessee, for the purchase price of $24 million. JDC employs approximately 75 employees located at its headquarters and manufacturing site in Tennessee, with approximately $30 million in annual revenue. JDC manufactures specialty tapes for use in a vari- ety of industrial applications, and reportedly has long- standing relationships with U.S. converters serving the automotive, consumer appliance, and building and construction industries, among others. Upon completion of the acquisition, JDC’s manufac- turing operations, workforce and product portfolio will become part of Avery Dennison’s Performance Tapes North America business. The acquisition is expected to close in Q1, subject to customary conditions and approvals. Siegwerk’s Raw Materials Supply Chain Under Pressure Ink manufacturer Siegwerk is facing increased pric- es on pigment raw materials, petrochemical price in- creases and supply constraints and higher freight costs due to the reduced availability of containers. Prices around the globe have seen sharp increases in the first quarter for pigment raw materials, including titanium dioxide (TiO2). Key drivers for the increas- es include: high demand across all industries, greater domestic supply requirements and broad demand pressures and higher costs.While the actual costs vary widely from region to region, higher than average per ton costs have been aggravated by significantly higher freight costs. Similar to pigments, petrochemical raw materials, which include UV resins, polyurethane resins, solvents and acrylic resins, have recently experienced higher prices beginning in Q2 2020.This is as a result of short- ages of epoxy resins,higher demand for polypropylene glycol in flexible foams and acrylic acids, among other things.All have seen increases at varying rates depend- ing on the location. In addition, due to the ongoing freight constraints, Siegwerk is experiencing longer delivery times and ongoing higher container shipping costs. The underlining issue affecting much of global commerce is the disruption in the world’s shipping trade due to the erratic business requirements which the Coronavirus pandemic has created for internation- al customers.

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K Laser Technology JustinApolito has joined the K Laser Technology inside sales team as the Inside Sales Coordinator. Apolito will serve as the main point of contact for the outside sales team, as well as expanding the company’s customer base and increasing brand awareness. A veteran at K Laser, Apolito joined the team in 2015. Hamillroad Software Carl Brock has been appointment Senior Application Specialist for UK- based prepress company Hamillroad Software. Starting his career as a plate- maker, Brock has worked in multiple companies; he has more recently worked as a consultant for Catapult. Brock will assist new customers with their onboarding process for Bel- lissima DMS.

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