FMN | July 19th, 2021

Vol. 23 No. 15 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

July 19, 2021

Fort Dearborn, Multi-Color Merge

Apex Unveils Demo Center

With the recent installation of a Bobst M5 narrow-web press to com- plement the DuPont fast plate-mak- ing system and a full Esko software suite,Apex International and its part- ners are set to launch the Asia-Pacific FlexoKite experience center in Au- gust 2021. FlexoKite offers live training, sup- port, and education from its pur- pose-built production facility in In- dia. Live-streamed webinars featuring real-time flexo operations and prob- lem-solving workshops will be broad- cast from the FlexoKite center near Mumbai. Offering Education Located within Apex International’s Asia-Pacific anilox manufacturing fa- cility, FlexoKite live and virtual pro- grams offer knowledge on how an anilox roll is manufactured and en- graved, and then to see the physical results produced on-press from that engraving. Coupled with full plate screening, plate-making, and other equipment and supplies necessary

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P rivate-equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice will acquire and combine Fort Dearborn, Elk Grove, Illinois, and Multi-Col- or Corporation (MCC), Batavia, Ohio, to reportedly create the world’s largest label solutions company serving customers

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worldwide. CD&R is acquiring Fort Dearborn and MCC from global private equity investors Advent International and Plati- num Equity, respectively.

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and currently serves on the Fort Dearborn Board of Directors. “We believe the growth opportunities that this com- bination and new investment partnership with CD&R present will greatly benefit our customers, suppliers, and employees alike,” said Kevin Kwilinski, President and CEO of Fort Dearborn. Closing Conditions The acquisitions and merger are subject to custom- ary closing conditions and are expected to be com- pleted by the end of 2021. With offices in NewYork, NewYork, and London, En- gland,CD&R has invested more than $35 billion in 100 companies since it was founded in 1978.

Advent acquired Fort Dearborn in 2016 from Denver, Colorado-based KRG Capital Partners. Platinum took Multi-Color private in 2019 in a deal valued at $2.5 billion including debt and merged it with a subsidiary of its portfolio companyWS Packaging Group, another label maker. The deal values the combined company at around $6 billion including debt. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We see strong strategic logic and promising value creation potential in bringing these two leading la- bel manufacturers together,” said Nate Sleeper, CD&R Chief Executive Officer. Combining Assets The combination of Fort Dearborn and MCC will create a diversified platform across label technologies, end categories, geographies and customers. It will serve a diverse mix of customers active in a number of end categories, including wine and spirits, food and beverage, beer, and home and personal care.The com- bined company is expected to generate approximately $3 billion of annual revenue. David Scheible, Operating Advisor to CD&R, will serve as chairman of the combined company. Scheible is the former chairman and CEO of Graphic Packaging

Coveris Opens New Facility In Germany

Coveris, a European flexible packaging manufactur- ers, has opened a new medical site in Rohrdorf, Ger- many, in line with its modernization and expansion program to grow the medical segment with significant investments toward industry 4.0. For the opening cel- ebrations, Jakob A. Mosser, Group CEO at Coveris, vis- ited the new, modern, and energy-optimized building. The site features an ISO Class 7 cleanroom.

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for flexo production, the FlexoKite experience offers opportunities to witness and participate in all aspects of an end-to-end flexo operation. FlexoKite runs a fully-equipped integrated work- flow of the latest-version equipment from Apex International (anilox), Bobst (inline flexo press), Flint Group (inks), DuPont (plate, Cyrel Fast ther- mal platemaking equipment), Esko (pre-press equip- ment), Tesa (double-sided adhesive-tape), Avery Dennison (label stock), Max Speciality Films (BOPP film), Numex (pre-press), Swed/Cut (doctor blades), and ESON (flexible dies). Since its launch in November 2020, FlexoKite webi- nars have reached thousands interested in flexography and addressed flexo problems such as ink foaming, press standardization, and opaque white ink printing. Upcoming FlexoKite webinars will address the chal- lenges of corrugated printing and other topics. Avery Dennison Launches Sustainable ADvantage Avery Dennison has launched Sustainable ADvan- tage, its new flagship products and solutions portfolio. While many products and solutions within the portfo- lio have been readily available, bringing them together under one identifiable umbrella will give customers confidence in meeting their own sustainability goals, the company said. Sustainable Goals By creating a clear standard, according to the com- pany, Sustainable ADvantage will enable companies across global industries to use fewer natural resources, cut carbon emissions, reduce waste, and build toward a low-carbon, circular economy. Through digital strat- egies and intelligent labeling solutions, Sustainable ADvantage reportedly drives circularity and provides customers with insight on their supply chain impact. This can further efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, satisfy consumer demand and expectations, increase recyclability, and respond effectively to gov- ernment regulations, while achieving their own sus- tainability goals. The products within the range include adhesives that enable more plastic to be recycled;water-efficient digital printers; labels and tags made with 100 percent certified paper; industrial tapes to replace heavier fas- teners;compostable paper packaging for shipping;dig- ital ID technologies; and tools and services to empow- er companies to make not just their products more sustainable, but their operations too.

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Flexo Wash Denmark Hosts Virtual Expo

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Flexo Wash Denmark held its first-ever live virtual FlexoWash NarrowWeb EXPO,which took place from June 21-30, 2021. Originally scheduled for five days, it was increased to eight days due to high demand.There

were individual online one-on-one sessions, live ma- chine demos and an online dialogue with Flexo Wash cleaning experts. The Expo featured more than 50 one-on-one live ses- sions and more than 100 machine demos Contact Originators Unveils Platemaking Upgrade Flexographic platemaker, Contact Originators, has unveiled a 24,000-litre distillation unit housed at the company’s new site in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester. It offers three-times the capacity provided at Con- tact’s previous site in Bredbury, Stockport, which was damaged by fire in January 2020. Unlike the one at Stockport, the new still is heated by steam instead of oil as part of Contact Origina- tors’ commitment to creating a wholly sustainable platemaking operation. The still is housed in a sepa- rate building to the platemaking production halls on the 32,000-square-foot site, and the company is now investigating ways to reduce and overcome the chal- lenge of waste produced in the platemaking process, to improve sustainability even further. GM Names Beswick Agent For South Africa Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM) has appointed Beswick Machinery as its distributor for the South Africa mar- ket. Beswick Machinery has supplied equipment and services to the Southern African packaging, printing, and converting industry for nearly 40 years. Today, the company represents many of the world’s leading OEMs in the print business.

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ARC International, DTM Flexo Join Forces In Canada ARC International has entered into a new partner- ship with Canada-based flexographic specialists DTM Flexo Services Inc. to represent its line of anilox and glue roller set products and services in Canada. In ad- dition, the company is announcing its North American partnership for the launch of “Vortex” a new technolo- gy aimed at corrugated post print. ARC International has strategic manufacturing sites in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The location of ARC’s manufacturing site in Las Vegas allows for servicing Central and Western Canadian customers, and the manufacturing facility in Charlotte, can service Eastern Canada customers. DTM Flexo Services will be the exclusive representa- tive in Canada for ARC International with Kerry Byrne, Technical Sales Director for DTM, heading up the sales of the ARC International product lines for the Canadi- an market. TLMI Opens Registration For Annual Meeting TLMI has opened the registration for the face-to-face, two-and-a-half-day Annual Meeting taking place Octo- ber 17-19, 2021, at the Naples Grande Hotel in Florida The event will feature new networking opportuni- ties for members, an expanded supplier showcases and reception, guest speakers, educational program- ming, and the always much-anticipated announce- ments of the Converter of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Sustainability Leadership and TLMI Print Awards winners.Additionally, the winners of this year’s Eugene Singer Award, announced during TLMI’s Virtual Spring Summit, will be honored and celebrated. The meeting will kick off with Alan Beaulieu,trends forecaster and President of ITR Economics. He will take the audience through the state of the market and what 2022 holds for the industry. Other speakers will be addressing some of the most critical issues, includ- ing workforce development, supply chain stability and sustainability. XSYS Joins Forces With Nilpeter, Reproflex XSYS has partnered with narrow web flexo press manufacturer Nilpeter and pre-press specialist Repro- flex Scandinavia. The products included in the new project comprise the nyloflex FTS Digital plates, printing on Nilpeter FA- 17 press and pre-press services by Reproflex.

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Resource Label Acquired By Ares Management

cas. Vortex technology allows post print graphics to be produced at higher screen levels with superior solid coverage, according to the companies. Designs that would normally be printed using a pre-print or digital process, can reportedly now be more cost ef- fective and printed directly on a Corrugated Flexo folder gluer. The new alliance will be supported by Canada-based DTM Flexo Services. Pacificolor, a supplier of prepress services in both the U.S. flexo and offset print indus- tries is also supporting the partnership. ARC International, Reproflex3, DTM and Pacificol- or will officially launch Vortex at the SuperCorrExpo, which takes placeAugust 8-12,2021, in Orlando,Florida. IoPP Salary Survey Reveal Growth, Optimism Herndon,Va.; July 12, 2021 – Even after a year filled with uncertainty surrounding the pandemic that rocked the globe, 70 percent of North American packaging professionals expect to earn more money in 2021 than they did in 2020, according to the find- ings of the newly released 2021 Salary Survey Report, produced by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

Resource Label Group, LLC, Franklin, Tennessee, a provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry has completed a merger agreement with funds managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Cor- poration. Resource Label was previously a portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital and TPG Growth. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Resource Label Group’s executive management team, led by Mike Apperson, President and CEO, will continue to guide the company. Resource Label re- cently completed its 19th acquisition in May 2021 and now operates 19 key manufacturing locations in North America. Resource Label Group, LLC employs more than 1400 associates in the United States and Canada.

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People & Places

Fujifilm Fujifilm India has appointed Koji Wada as the new Managing Director. Taking over from Haruto Iwata as he moves to his new role as Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore,Wada will spearhead Fujif- ilm’s operations and business strategy in India. In his new role,Wada will be responsible for organizational growth and profitability with an integrated approach towards sales, marketing, and business policies. Hudson-Sharp Jason Beauleau has joined bag-converting equipment manufacturer Hudson-Sharp as Regional Sales Execu- tive. In his new role, Beauleau will be responsible for the Midwest region,as well as for serving multiple key cus- tomers.He will be replacing longtime Sales Executive John Krebsbach after he retires on October 1, 2021. Beau- leau has more than 25 years of expe- rience in the packaging and printing industry, including 20-plus years with PCMC. AWA In-Person Release Liner Event Comes To Chicago AWA Alexander Watson Associates has confirmed the return of in-person physical events, including The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Ex- hibition 2021, being held on November 15-17, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. This conference, now in its 21st year, and the an- nual meeting place for the release liner industry, is dedicated to sharing ideas, learning about market de- velopments, solving problems, and networking with colleagues across the value chain and all release liner application areas. The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2021 in Chicago will be a “special edi- tion” of the conference, celebrating the 50th Anniver- sary of AWA Alexander Watson Associates. The program will host the CELAB Meeting, the AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award, the special Keynote of JulieA. Schertell,CEO of Neenah, the Indus- try Leadership Panel Discussion, and provide updates on Capacity/Demand Dynamics of materials including Pulp and Paper, Resin Films and Silicone. Koji Wada Jason Beauleau

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Mondi Partners With IUFRO

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Mondi Group, a global packaging and paper com- pany, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have signed a three-year part- nership to identify science-based viable responses to climate-related threats to forests and forest-based industries. Dealing With Climate Change This partnership comes at a time when drought, ex- treme weather events and outbreaks of forest pests and diseases are causing severe damage to forests in many parts of the world. Joining forces to mitigate the impact of climate change is vital for people’s wellbe- ing, biodiversity, the economy, and the forest industry. The forest sector plays a significant role in tackling climate change and contributing to sustainable devel- opment worldwide, as formulated in the United Na- tions 2030 Agenda. A Broad Discussion According to Mondi, climate change requires a broad discussion among policymakers and stakeholders on how future forest landscapes could meet both the sup- ply needs of the industry and the provision of multiple ecosystem services provided by forests.This broad dis- cussion must be supported by the best available scien- tific knowledge to build resilient forests. The IUFRO-Mondi partnership aims to establish a sci- ence-business platform where both organizations will partner to address climate change challenges and iden- tify ways forward for the broader forestry and business community to ensure a sustainable future. Gathering The Latest Data The focus of the partnership will include think tank meetings that provide information on and access to the latest data on climate change and SDGs and iden- tify options for response measures to mitigate risks; stakeholder dialogues to share and discuss findings of studies, and engage partners and public, private, and civil society stakeholders to identify pathways and options for the way forward; scientific studies, work- shops; and regular communications to facilitate best practice sharing. “With around 80 percent of our business fiber-based, we consider sustainability across the entire value chain, including a strong focus on renewable wood fi- ber from sustainably managed forest operations,” said Dirk Längin, group head of fiber sourcing at Mondi and co-chair of the IUFRO-Mondi Partnership Steer- ing Group.


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People & Places

Matik Matik, Inc. has made several additions to its team: Bruce Gawlowicz, Southeast Region Sales Director for SEI Laser products;Patrick Phillips,Midwestern Region Sales Director for SEI Laser products;Gianpaolo Panze- ri, Director of Technical Support; and Sheri Bartucca, Business Development Representative. Phillips has more than 32 years of sales/operations experience. Gawlowicz has more than 30 years’ industry expe- rience, including machine vision, automation compo- nent and system experience. Panzeri has 26 years of experience, recently working for an automation company, and for Koenig & Bauer (Flexo division). He previously worked for Matik and OMET SrL of Italy (Flexo presses and tissue machines). Bartucca has more than 20 years in customer service and management.

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. Apex International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Apex International is an award-winning global lead - er of anilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, metering prod - ucts, and print maintenance solutions. With five production facilities on four continents, a grow - ing portfolio of clients in over 80 countries, and a high-performance continuous-improvement culture, Apex’s mission is the customer’s production suc - cess. Through technical innovation, service, and manufacturing precision, Apex delivers reliable, durable, and predictable metering solutions to its client’s presses every day. ARC International 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. 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.

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Obituary James Feeney, the first president of Windmöller & Hölscher’s North American operations, passed away on July 2 at the age of 85.

It was reportedly due to Feeney’s foresight and belief in the poten- tial of W&H Corp. in the U.S. market that German management agreed to open a sales and service subsidiary in Rhode Island in 1977. Jim was the un- disputed choice to become the first president of W&H’s North American operations. Feeney served on the boards of the industry’s major trade associations,

James Feeney

including as president of the Flexible Packaging Asso- ciation (FPA) and chairman of the Packaging Machin- ery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI). In addition, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) honored him with the President’s Award in 1999 and later inducted him into the FLEXO Hall of Fame.

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DS Smith Hits Key Sustainability Milestones

were ISO 50001 certified. This globally recognized standard enables a coordinated approach for monitor- ing progress against targets. The Sustainability Report 2021 is the company’s first progress update since launching its Now and Next sus- tainability strategy in September last year. The report also showed that DS Smith had reduced carbon emis- sions by 23 percent per ton of production compared to 2015 and by 4 percent per ton of production com- pared to last year – supporting the company’s commit- ment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

BestBrightHalfHOUSEtwo.qxp_Layout 1 9/12/18 4:28 PM Page 1 The report revealed the company had achieved its target to source 100 percent recycled or chain of cus- tody certified papers, and it had also ensured all sites accounting for 90 percent of its energy consumption Every DS Smith site with more than 50 employees had been engaged in a program of activities to support the local community, while plans to reduce, reuse and recycle water were implemented at 25 of the compa- ny’s sites at risk of water stress, supported by regular water performance reviews. DS Smith, a sustainable packaging company, has re- portedly hit seven of its key sustainability milestones, including meeting targets on the circular economy, for- est management, community engagement and water. The company’s Sustainability Report 2021 revealed that it had trained all 700 designers on the circular economy over the last year, enabling them to build cir- cular design principles into hundreds of thousands of packaging designs for customers. All of the company’s forests had achieved forest man- agement certification and it maintained Forest Stew- ardship Council (FSC) certification for all of its sites, meeting the highest sustainable forestry standards on the market.

Pack Expo Las Vegas To Reunite Industry

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO will be held September 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Show producer PMMI, The Asso- ciation for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will reunite the packaging and processing community with more than 1,500 exhibitors, targeted education and networking opportunities. “Registration is already exceeding expectations, and we anticipate well more than 20,000 packaging and processing professionals in attendance this Septem- ber,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO, PMMI.

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People & Places

EverGreene Tag & Label EverGreene Tag & Label Group has hired Lou Kier-

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nan as Senior Account Manager for the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States. He will be responsible for effectively plan- ning, organizing, and conducting all related sales activities, and be based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Kiernan has more than 30 years of experience serving a wide range of industrial and CPG markets. EverGreene Tag & Label Group has also named Greg Leighty as General Manager for its Dixie Labels convert- ing operation in Ooltewah,Tennessee, and named Brad Tullock as General Manager for its ALG Labels & Graph- ics converting operation in Birming- ham,Alabama. Leighty most recently served as plant manager with Multi-Color Cor- poration at its facility in Norwood,

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 to - day’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 performance, and environmental benefits. 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 quality of your graphics. 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 Flexo - tecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an experi - enced, dedicated service staff. KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

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Ohio. He executed full plant responsibility for the op- eration, which produced $50 million in annual sales. Prior to joining ALG Labels & Graphics,Tullock was General Manager with Fort Dearborn Corporation at its plant in Sparks, Nevada, where he had direct re- sponsibility for profit and loss performance for the plant, with 115 employees and annual production of $30+ million.

Be Packaging Installs Flexo Printing Press

Be Packaging, an Italian label converter, has installed a new Omet XFlex X7 press. Be Packaging, which is based in Benevento (Southern Italy), specializes in the printing of labels and sleeves. Be Packaging is currently focused on label printing productions for the Italian market, but the new press will help expand its reach.The company is building a foreign sales network,working with clients in NorthAf- rica, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Greece. Its products include self-adhesive labels, warranty seals, resealable multi-layer labels, IML labels, wet-glue labels, shrink sleeves and aluminum caps. Be Packag- ing has invested in equipment to assist with flexog- raphic printing with hot foil, cold foil, UV varnishing, lamination, screen printing, embossing, debossing and digital offset.

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Nosco Begins Carton, Label Production At New Facility Nosco, Inc., a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc., has begun carton and label production at its new 175,000-square-foot Packaging Innovation Center in Pleasant Prairie,Wisconsin. The facility will provide redundant product capabil- ities that will expand Nosco’s efforts into a new era of printed packaging with continued focus on quality, innovation and growth for the healthcare industry. As previously announced in November of 2020, Nosco’s Packaging Innovation Center and headquar- ters building will consolidate much of the company’s northern Illinois workforce. The new Packaging Innovation Center in Pleasant Prairie,Wisconsin will be home to nearly 300 of Nos- co’s 700+ employee owners. All other staff will oper- ate out of Nosco’s existing facilities in Illinois, Texas, NewYork and Pennsylvania. Nosco’s quality system will remain in place across all facilities, including Pleasant Prairie. To assist with au- dits and tours, and provide a unique customer viewing experience, Nosco’s Packaging Innovation Center will feature an observatory bridge overlooking all produc- tion activities. Nosco’s CAD and Solutions Engineering teams will continue to enhance customer packaging with sus- tainable material options, substrate and ink recom- mendations, structural design expertise and more. To promote new product development and team collab- oration, both teams will now work together with cus- tomers out of the facility’s fully-integrated Customer Innovation Hub, alongside MakerSpace. Audits of the new facility will begin in late July, and the full grand opening is slated for Fall of 2021. Xaar Completes Acquisition Of FFEI Xaar has completed the acquisition of print systems and printbar company FFEI Limited. Based in Hemel Hempstead, UK, CEOAndy Cook and CFO Julian Payne will remain in their current roles and report to Xaar’s CEO John Mills. BobWilson, FFEI’s CTO,will join Xaar in a senior position within the prin- thead business,where he will focus on delivering tech- nologies for the company’s UDI customers. FFEI employs more than 60 people and in the year to March 31, 2021 generated revenue of £9.9 million. The initial cash consideration of £3.7 million was paid on completion, which reflects existing FFEI free cash reserves, with an additional £5.4 million deferred con- sideration to be paid out over three years.

Industry Events

SuperCorrExpo 2021 August 8–12, 2021 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

Labelexpo Europe September 21-24, 2021 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium

CorrExpo 2021 September 27 - 29, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri

FTA Fall Conference October 4-6, 2021 Frisco, TX

Label Congress 2021 September 29-October 1, 2021 Brussels Centre Expo Brussels, Belgium

TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL

Labelexpo Europe April 26-29, 2022 Brussels Centre Expo Brussels, Belgium

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People & Places MacDermid Graphics Solutions Steve Molinets as been named Di- rector of Sales, North America for MacDermid Graphics Solutions.

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Molinets brings 25 years of new business development and key ac- count management, most recently with tesa tape. From 2008 to 2013, Molinets worked for MacDermid Graphics Solutions as an Account Manager as part of the U.S. sales team.

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In his new role, Molinets will be responsible for the sales team in the United States and Canada and spe- cific regional strategic accounts. He will be based in Orland Park, Illinois, and will report to Tom Caplinger, Vice President,Americas. MacDermid Graphics Solutions has also appointed Prasenjit Das as cluster Senior Sales Manager for South Asia. Das brings more than 20 years of experience

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Das comes to MacDermid fromApex Asia Pacific, where he served as vice president of marketing for Asia and the Middle East, initiating, developing, and executing the region’s business and strategic marketing plans. His new role at MacDermid will include implementing and managing the sales activities, and identifying new market opportunities. Bobst Raises Money For Charity Bobst UK and Ireland has raised a tremendous GBP 7,500 for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Benevolent Fund during a charity golf day. Held at Redditch Golf Club in the UK and support- ed by event sponsors, 17 teams comprising Bobst em- ployees, suppliers, partners, and customers, played the course, followed by a two-course dinner, raffle, and auction. Bobst has supported DMRC for the past four years and has raised more than GBP 67,500 for the charity in that time through a range of events and fundraising activities. DMRC provides Armed Forces men and women with specialist goods and services while undertaking men- tal and physical rehabilitation programs at the Ministry of Defence facility, Stanford Hall, UK. Prasenjit Das

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