FMN | July 20th, 2020

Vol. 22 No. 15 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

July 20, 2020

Surveys Shed Light On Flexo’s Future

FINAT Plans To Resume Events FINAT, which was one of the first to reschedule its events due to COVID-19 is getting ready to open up again. FINAT has provisionally scheduled its next two international events for December 2-4, 2020, (the Technical Seminar) and June 2-4, 2021 (the Eu- ropean Label Forum). Due to a spe- cial COVID-19 arrangement, both events will take place in Barcelona. The European Label Forum 2022 will be held in Rome (the original venue for this year’s “ELF”),with exact dates to be announced. In planning the dates for these events, FINAT has been in close con- tact with its longstanding partner Tarsus. “For FINAT, 2021 is another Labelexpo Europe year,” said show organizers,“but especially in the first half of 2021, there will be a lot of competition for our events from ex- hibitions like Interpack in February, Labelexpo Americas in March, and drupa in April, all rescheduled from 2020.Of course, Labelexpo is the em- bedded label industry expo and its international flagship is Labelexpo

by Greg Kishbaugh

A s the economy continues to claw its way back from the ef- fects of the COVID-19 pandemic, newly published data from various sources sheds some light on the road ahead.

In a hopeful sign, Capstone Headwaters released its Industrials & Manufactur- ing Update, reporting

that after a three month decline that brought United States manu- facturing activity to its lowest level since the Global Financial Crisis, the industry showed signs of slight recovery in May and June. Additionally, the Commerce Department reported last week that retail sales rose 7.5 percent in June.

That was on top of the 18.2 percent jump in May. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales advancing 5 percent in June. In terms of the flexo industry, a new study from Persistence Market Research suggests that, globally, the production of flexo- graphic printing machines is growing, supported by the demand from countries in APECJ, North America, and Europe. Developments in flexographic printing machines, such as auto- mation and production of consumer goods and newspapers are the key driving force behind the growing installation of latest

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