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December 24, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 26

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Flexo Innovation Ushers In New Year by Greg Kishbaugh

SGP Promotes Print Sustainability The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has launched its sister company SGP Foundation, Inc. (SGPF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educa- tional organization. The mission of the SGPF is to pro- vide education and awareness on the best practices associated with sustainability in the printing indus- try, including printers, suppliers and customers/print buyers. SGPF key focus includes: • Promote sustainable & techno- logical innovation, • Advocacy for sustainable supply chain, • Forum for sustainability discus- sions, and • Educate public on the sustain- ability of print. SGPF will be chaired by long-time supporter of SGP, Jonathan Graham of TE Connectivity. “Companies, es- pecially in the retail space, require printers to be part of a more sustain- able supply chain,” Graham said. “SGPF plans to provide educational programs and information that will

AA s the flexo industry moves into another new year, full of promise, Flexo Market News concludes its overview of 2018, focusing on the last half of the year. Filled with an abun- dance of M&A activity and equipment upgrades, 2018 paved the way for flexo’s increasing market share in packaging and converting; 2019 promises another year of strong returns. TLMI leadership and staff joined nearly a dozen other spon-

sor ing organizations on Capitol Hill at the annual Print and Packaging Legisla- tive Summit. The Summit marked a milestone for the organization, as it was the first formal event on Capitol Hill for TLMI. This year’s event saw the Summit’s highest attendance to date, with more than a 100 par- ticipants engaged on impor- tant legislative and regulatory issues. Leader- ship from the Printing In- dustries of America (PIA), Association for Print Tech- nologies (formerly NPES) and the Specialty Graphic

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Imaging Association (SGIA) were just a few of the allied organi- zations TLMI spent time with discussing legislative, regulatory and industry initiatives. Fortis Solutions Group , Virginia Beach, Virginia, a portfolio company of Main Post Partners, acquired Lewis Label Products

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Greif Acquires Caraustar Industries

Greif, Inc.,Austell, Georgia, has entered into a defini- tive agreement to acquire Caraustar Industries, Inc., a recycled paperboard and packaging solutions compa- ny, from an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, in a cash transac- tion valued at $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of calendar year 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory clearances. Caraustar produces uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) and coated recycled paperboard (CRB), with a variety of applications that include tubes and cores and a diverse mix of specialty products. Caraustar’s footprint includes more than 80 operating facilities throughout the United States. For the last twelve months ended September 30, 2018 Caraustar generated sales of $1.4 billion and EBITDA of $174 million. Based on trailing twelve month actual volume, adjusted for current market conditions as of September 30, 2018, the run-rate EBITDA is $220 million. The percentage of Greif’s sales from paper packaging will expand to approximately half of total consolidated revenues compared to 23 percent for fiscal 2018.




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Flexible Packaging Market Expected To Reach $342B The global flexible packaging market is expected to reach $342.85 billion by the end of the forecast peri- od at Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.92 per- cent, according to a new repor t from Market Research Future. The flexible packaging market is compelled by sev- eral factors such as increased consumption of packed and wrapped foods & beverages. Moreover, environ- mental benefits of flexible packaging are also stimu- lating the growth of the market. On the basis of the regions, the global flexible pack- aging market has been segmented into North Ameri- ca, Europe,Asia Pacific, and Rest of theWorld (RoW). Asia Pacific region accounted for the 29.41 percent share of the market in 2016, in terms of value. It is ex- pected to grow at a CAGR of 6.18 percent during the forecast period. Exponential growth in the packaging industry in Asia Pacific region is the key factor fuel- ing the growth of the market. Increasing numbers of supermarkets in the region will also likely to boost the demand for flexible packaging products. China, India, Japan, and Thailand are the main contributors to the Asia Pacific market. China accounts for the largest market share in the region due to rapid urban- ization and industrial development. North America is another major flexible packaging market in the globe. Expansion in confectionery, dairy, and medical industry, technological advance- ment in barrier materials coupled with rising retail business, stand up pouches usage are likely to trigger the industrial growth for North America. The pouches segment accounted for the largest, 36.46 percent share of the market in 2016, with a mar- ket value of $85.45 billion and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.95 percent during the forecast period. It is most widely used flexible packaging prod- uct. It is available in different types such as stand up pouches, retort pouches, and pillow pouches. The stand-up pouches are displaying high growth rate due to high barrier properties against moisture and oxy- gen coupled with low material usage and cost-effec- tive properties. Bags segment was the second-largest market valued at USD 75.79 billion in 2016. The flexography segment accounted for the largest market share of 45.54 percent in 2016, with a market value of $10.6.72 billion and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.59 percent. The food & beverages segment dominates the glob- al f lexible packaging market with 38.16 percent share in 2016, in terms of value. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.12 percent.






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gies R&D for Designtex and incoming SGP Chair, led several discussions including a case study of the SGP Sustainability Tracker and the recycling efforts at De- signtex. In addition to presenting the benefits of using the SGP Impact Tracker, Glynn shared how SGP Commu- nity Day 2017 in Oregon inspired the Portland, Maine- based Designtex to reexamine its recycling efforts. Before SGP Community Day, new SGP Resource Partner Cincinnati State College hosted the SGP Ex- ecutive Committee for an discussion with students studying graphic arts, print and production. The school joins Appalachian State University and Rochester Institute of Technology along with associa- tions and professional organizations in the SGP Re- source Partner program. In other news, Cincinnati State has been an- nounced as the newest resource partner for The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). The college joins a growing list of leading brands and organizations that support sustainable printing initiatives. This fall, the Cincinnati State Graphic Imaging Tech- nology program celebrates 52 years of graphic arts training.

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positively impact sustainability success with our SGP certified facilities, brands, suppliers and the printing industry as a whole.” For 2018, the 10th anniversary year of SGP, the in- troduction of SGP Foundation is a key milestone along with introduction of the SGP Impact Tracker and merger of the TLMI L.I.F.E. certification program in SGP. On other news,The SGP held its 2018 SGP Commu- nity Day in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 14. The fifth annual SGP Community Day included in-depth dis- cussions on a variety of issues and challenges facing the printing industry and the retail market along with talks on sustainability metrics, circular econo- my, green procurement and recycling. Sustainable Engine In her keynote, Building a Community: The Heart and Engine of Sustainability , Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Director of Cincinnati’s Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance, spoke about building a com- munity and included group interaction on finding commonality to develop goals. Paul Glynn, Manager of Materials Digital Technolo-

printTHINK Summit Sept. 11-13, 2019 Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL

Industry Events

Luxepack February 27-28, 2019 Barker Hanger Santa Monica, CA

Graph Expo 19 Sept. 22-25, 2019 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

Packaging Innovations February 28-March 1, 2019

Labelexpo Europe Sept. 24-27, 2019 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium Print19 Oct. 3-5, 2019 McCormick Place Chicago, IL

NEC Birmingham Birmingham, UK

TLMI Converter Meeting March 10-13, 2019 Omni Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC

American Packaging Summit April 15-17, 2019 Westin LombardYorktown Center Chicago, IL FTA Annual Meeting May 6-7, 2019 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans, LA

TLMI Annual Meeting October 27-30, 2019 Omni LaCosta Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin,TX

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Corporation, located in Fort Worth,Texas. Lewis Label is a custom manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging products, estab- lished in 1964. Some 200 guests, staff and pupils celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Koenig & Bauer on-site vo- cational school inWürzburg, Germany. Initially found- ed to train Franconian winegrowers to work in the factory, today the school is the company’s modern “talent factory”. Since its foundation on July 2, 1868, well more than 7,000 people have taken the first steps in their professional careers at the vocational school. In its anniversary year, it is responsible for the qualification of 120 apprentices. Packtime Innovations Pvt. Ltd , headquartered in New Delhi, India, has invested in an Omet XFlex X6 narrow web combination printing and converting flexo press. The equipment has been installed at its location in Pune, Maharashtra. Inovar Packaging Group , a portfolio company of AEA Investors LP, has acquired Topp Labels , Miami, Florida. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Inovar is a specialty converter of prime labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging solutions serving blue-chip customers within a diverse set of end markets, in- cluding, among others, health and personal care, sports nutrition/nutraceuticals, industrial products, pet food and supplies, and food and beverage. As an exclusive agent of Pamarco for nearly 20 years, Bingham Flexo Services again signed a multi-year agency agreement to represent Pamarco’s full line of flexo and coating products. Headquar- tered in Pamarco’s Batavia, Illinois, manufacturing fa- cility, BFS services the central United States. Labelmaster , Chicago, Illinois, installed a brand-new FA press from Nilpeter.The press offers a host of fea- tures such as clean-hand technology; vertical auto- lock system; driven chill rollers; multi-operator interface; custom-built configuration; new CLEANINKING design; multi-substrate printing; sleeve-based printing; and value-adding units ready. The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute ’s L.I.F.E. (Label Initiative for the Environment) Certifi- cation program merged with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification program. Lollicup USA, Inc. , a beverage and disposable goods supplier and manufacturer for the food service industry, purchased a Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecni- ca EVO XG press. Lollicup has quickly expanded to encompass five locations including its current head- quarters in Chino, California, and its new 660,000- square-foot production and manufacturing plant in

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Rockwall, Texas, which is currently being built. It is this new facility that operates the new Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica EVO XG press. Labelink , a Montreal, Canada-based label manufac- turer, acquired the assets and the business of Safety Seal Plastic Inc. , based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Since 2004, Labelink has completed six acquisitions. Ultimate Packaging , a UK flexible packaging man- ufacturer, invested in a new Bobst 20SIX CS print press, with further plans to invest in an additional laser perforation machine in January 2019. The new 20SIX CS 8-color press features a downstream unit for film coating with a web width of 1300mm and speed of 500 meters per minute. The press also al- lows Ultimate to print using water based inks open- ing up new markets. Graphic Packaging International , reached an agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of the foodservice business of Letica Corporation , a subsidiary of RPC Group PLC, for $95 million. Progressive Label Manufacturing , Commerce, California, installed a new Mark Andy Performance Series Press. The company is going green with the new P-5 LED/UV technology. Bertram Capital announced the completion of the sale of WH Acquisitions, Inc. , the parent company of Maxcess to Berwind Corporation. Maxcess is a glob- al manufacturer of systems and equipment for web- handling applications. This transaction represented Bertram’s 11th exit since the firm’s launch in 2006. Resource Label Group , a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, acquired In- genious Packaging , Toronto, Canada, a labeling so- lutions provider. AWT Labels & Packaging , Minneapolis, Minneso- ta, closed on the acquisition of Citation Clinical La- beling Systems , Hauppauge, NewYork. Overnight Labels , Deer Park, New York, a full-ser- vice, label and flexible packaging printing company, added a 13th press, a new Nilpeter FB 4200. It is an 8-color press with UV and hot air drying for UV and water-based inks.This machine can run labels, shrink sleeves and f lexible packaging, and is ONL’s 6th Nilpeter press. On the occasion of its 200th anniversary last year, KBA went back to its roots and returned to its found- ing name Koenig & Bauer as part of a global brand re- launch. In a continuation of this rebranding, the company changed the names of all of the global busi- ness units, subsidiaries, and agencies to be aligned with this new brand and to better reflect its international (Cont’d on Page 10)


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meeting in Toledo, Ohio, Willie was recognized with the award for the support and guidance he provided to FLAG President and Founder John McKay. Printing Industries of America Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced the election of its 2019 Officers and Board of Directors. The installation ceremony took place at the PIA Fall Administrative meetings held in Grapevine, Texas. New board members inducted during the ceremony are: John Fulena, Ricoh; Joe Lyman, Great Lakes Graphics Association; Mike Magerl, Trabon; Cathy Skoglund, ASU Printing & Imaging Lab; and Kerry Summers,Vibrant Group. Officers include: Chairman of the Board — Bryan T. Hall; Graphic Vi- sual Solutions, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina. First Vice Chairman — Paul Cousineau; Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey. Second Vice Chairman — Michael M. Marcian; Cor- porate Communications Group, Lanham, Maryland. Secretary to the Board — Roger Chamberlain; Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Fairfield, Ohio. Treasurer — John E. LeCloux;WS Packaging Group, Green Bay,Wisconsin.

People & Places

TLMI Jessica Johnson has been named Program Director for TLMI. Johnson will lead the association’s initia-

tives in workforce development, TLMI’s printTHINK education series, and online membership and social media communication. In her new role, Johnson will be a key liaison to TLMI’s Workforce Committee, working closely with the Scholarship, College Advisory and Future Leaders Sub-Committees. She will also play an instrumental role in the development of the Tech-

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nical Committee’s work in developing the program- ing and content for the association’s printTHINK educational series. Flexo Label Advantage Group Andy Willie, a founding member of the Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG) and Executive Director Emeritus, has been presented with a Lifetime Achieve- ment Award from FLAG. During FLAG’s recent annual

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stature in the graphic arts industry. KBA North America Inc. was renamed Koenig & Bauer (US) Inc. And, KBA Canada, Inc. is now Koenig & Bauer (CA) Inc. Green Bay Packaging , Green Bay,Wisconsin, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate its new mill.According to the Governor’s office, the $500 mil- lion project was expected to preserve more than 1,400 jobs and create 200 new ones statewide. Resource Label Group , a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, acquired Paragon Label, a label manufacturer specializing in the premium wine segment. Thai family business Trisan moved to flexo pro- duction with two Nilpeter presses and one Omet machine.To cope with the extra production capacity and the higher quality labels now being produced by its 50 employees, the company decided to invest in Flexo Wash cleaning equipment. Windmoeller & Hoelscher reached a first milestone in its development project with a machine concept for a new digital printing machine.W&H partnered with other industry companies, including inkjet printhead manufacturer Xaar. The digital printing machine from W&H is based on piezo inkjet technology. Pamarco has executed an agency agreement with Trelleborg for distribution of its flexographic prod- uct line in the United States and Canada. Pamarco and Trelleborg will be working together to promote their plate mounting sleeves and bridges/adapters for all flexographic press applications. Amcor , Madison,Wisconsin, announced plans to in- vest more than $25 million to upgrade its Madison fa- cilities starting in 2018 and into 2019 to expand capacity, improve quality and reduce waste while up- dating technology. Nilpeter opened a new manufacturing and devel- opment facility in Mahindra World City, Chennai, India, to expand on the company’s current global setup. The manufacturing site in India complements the current sites in Denmark and the United States. El Dorado Packaging purchased a new Diamond HP Uteco press for installation in its Arkansas site. The company said the Diamond HP’s ability to offer short runs, increased quality and reduced waste and set-up times, influenced its buying decision. Sonoco , Hartsville, South Carolina, completed the acquisition of the remaining 70 percent interest in the joint venture of Conitex Sonoco , a vertically in- tegrated global manufacturer of paper-based cones and tubes. The Conitex Sonoco joint venture was

Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current tech- nology flexo mounting tapes and backing systems for cor- rugated 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 thickness range re- quirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving services for unique customers & applications.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.

A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distributor of flexo- graphic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imag- ing systems and software specifically designed for flexography.

ARC International

ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnolo- gy laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manu- facturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.

Comexi Group Industries S.A.U.

The Comexi Group is a leading supplier of quality flexographic C.I. presses for the flexible packaging indus- try worldwide. We also provide solventless laminators, slitter/rewinders and related peripheral equipment such as automatic wash-up systems, solvent recovery sys- tems, automatic roll unloaders, and plate cylinder/sleeve storage systems. DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading suppli- er of flexographic printing systems in digital and conven- tional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing 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 industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broad- ly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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AICC Offers Best Practices For Corrugator Operations AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is hosting Best Practices for Corrugator and Mainte- nance Operations ,April 17-18 at the Green Bay Pack- aging De Pere Division in De Pere,Wisconsin, and at BW Papersystems’ Four Seasons Learning and Manu- facturing Facility in Phillips,Wisconsin. This seminar will teach best practices for opera- tions of the corrugator in use and to learn how to best maintain the machine. Attendees will see everything from the process for optimal splicing at the wet end to the methods of consistent stack quality at the dry end at Green Bay Packaging. Controls for temperature, adhesive, steam and air use will receive special focus. At the BW Paper Systems Corrugator Headquarters, attendees can observe and explore the hows and whys of maintenance including machine alignment, vibration control, and tooling calibration. This train- ing is a distinct opportunity because the manufac- tured components are not yet in production. During the seminar, operation and maintenance ex- perts will emphasize the prevention of problems and breakdowns by establishing a series of daily checks and observations to maintain an environment of con- tinuous improvement.

Global RFID Market To Reach $11 Billion

A new report from IDTechEx Research finds that the RFID industry will be a business worth $11 bil- lion in 2018. Of that, passive RFID tags make up $5.01 billion and RFID readers $2.85 billion. The numbers of units sold and their average sales price vary across the range of choices. In 2018, IDTechEx expects that 11.5 billion RAIN RFID labels (RFID operating at ~900MHz) will be sold, versus 4.0 billion HF devices (RFID operating at 13.56MHz).The sales of ICs are higher in the year since it takes time to convert ICs to tags and we account for stockpiling. In 2018, use of RAIN RFID on apparel will reach about 10 percent of the total addressable market of tagging retail apparel — estimated to be 80 billion units per year. By 2023 IDTechEx forecast the number of tagged apparel items will grow to 21 billion units. Particularly strong growth is expected for tagging airline baggage. This year the key body, IATA, an- nounced that they are developing an RFID standard for baggage tagging with the aim of airlines rolling out RFID in 2020. Delta Airlines is already an early mover. The market has a total addressable market of 3.6 billion tags a year. IDTechEx finds 2 billion RAIN RFID tags will be used for asset tracking in 2018 alone across many industries.

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Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market To Hit $9.4 Billion The Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market size is pro- jected to grow from $5.3 billion in 2018 to reach $9.4 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 12.1 percent, ac- cording to a new report from MarketsandMarkets. The global anti-counterfeit packaging market is wit- nessing significant demand owing to the rise in man- ufacturing activities. The market is driven by factors such as strong growth in the demand from the food & beverage and pharmaceutical & healthcare sectors. The growing pharmaceutical & healthcare industry and an increasing number of counterfeit products in the market are the major drivers of the anti-counter- feit packaging market. The food & beverages segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period (2018-2023). The brand protection solutions are experiencing high demand from the food & beverage industry,mainly due to the growing demand for packaged and branded products. Increasing demand for product differentia- tion and labeling for their authentication is projected to drive the food & beverage packaging segment. The anti-counterfeit packaging market, on the basis of usage feature, is classified into track & trace tech- nology, tamper evidence, overt feature, covert fea- ture, and forensic marker s. The track & trace technology segment accounted for the largest share in 2018 as it can locate the package at any point dur- ing the delivery process. The Asia Pacific region, with emerging economies such as China and India, is projected to drive the anti-counterfeit packaging market. China is projected to account for the largest market share and dominate the Asia Pacific anti-counterfeit packaging market throughout 2023. The growing pharmaceutical & healthcare and food & beverage industries are pro- jected to drive the demand for brand protection in China. In addition, the country’s large consumer base, overall economic growth, and an increase in manufacturing activities are projected to drive the demand in the packaging industry. Haney Receives DuPont Platemaking Certification Haney, The Packaging Microfactory, Cincinnati, Ohio, has joined a select group of DuPont Cyrel Qual- ity Assured Platemakers.The DuPont Cyrel Quality As- sured Platemaking program is designed to assist users to consistently achieve the highest print quality and on press performance from the DuPont Cyrel flexographic printing plates.


Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies is the Anilox Roll Cleaning Ex- pert! We are the creators of Laserlox™ Systems, Sanilox™ Systems and Sani-Blast™ Mobile Service. Laserlox™ and Laserlox™ Flexi are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning. Sanilox™ Systems are the global standard of reli- able, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offers several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, manufactur- ers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consum- ables, including: nyloflex® photopolymer 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. Flint Group

Harper Corporation of America

We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or cor- rugated markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics.

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KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

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 Flexotecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an ex- perienced, dedicated service staff. Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of nar- row and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to in- crease productivity and profitability for the label and pack- aging markets. The company supplies leading global brands including Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy printing/converting machinery and UVTechnolo- gy curing systems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and dis- tribution offices in France, Switzerland, and the UK. Mark Andy, Inc.

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People & Places

Apex Pete Schwab and Kevin Glendon have been added to the Apex North America technical sales team. Schwab is the Technical Sales Representative for the North Midwest of the United States. Glendon is also a new Technical Sales Representa- tive for the Midwest, servicing Apex customers in In- diana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Schwab and Glendon join another new team mem- ber, Gustavo Soto, Direct Technical Sales Representa- tive for Mexico. Atlas Barrie Homewood’s current role of Sales & Marketing Director for Titan products has been expanded to in- clude the Atlas product range. Con- tinued development of the Upgrades and retrofit business will also be within Homewood’s remit. Home- wood joined the company in 2004 as a Sales Manager and has been Director of Titan sales since 2007, joining the board in 2018. Barry Homewood

UPM Raflatac Tim Kirchen has been appointed

Senior Vice Presi- dent, Americas Re- gion, and Timo Kekki has been named Vice Presi- dent, Films SBU for UPM Raflatac. Both repor t to Antti Jääskeläinen, Executive Vice Presi- dent, UPM Raflatac. Tim Kirchen

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Mercian Labels Mercian Labels has appointed a new non-executive chairman, Martin Dallas, following the planned retire- ment of the current chairman, Dennis Marrison. Marrison has served on the Board since 2008 follow- ing a career building brands in manufacturing, includ- ing Hamilton Acorn. He will be succeeded by Martin Dallas, previously CEO of Advanced Coated Products. Dallas has extensive and broad packaging experi- ence, having worked in a variety of senior roles at Cad- bury Schweppes, followed by seven years with Amcor, first as commercial director and later leading the trans- formation of the fresh food market categories.

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formed in 1998 between Texpack, Inc. , a Spanish- based global provider of paper-based packaging products, and Sonoco’s former North America textile cone business. Sonoco acquired the remaining 70 percent interest from Texpack, Inc., along with a composite can plant in Spain for $143 million in cash. In 2017, the joint venture produced total sales of approximately $245 million. Brook and Whittle Holdings, Corp. , North Bran- ford, Connecticut, a provider of pressure sensitive and shrink sleeve prime labels to consumer and med- ical end use markets, invested in Prime Package & Label Co., LLC , St. Louis, Missouri, a producer of pressure sensitive, shrink sleeve and heat transfer la- bels into a variety of consumer end markets. Garlock Printing , Gardner, Massachusetts, in- stalled two Onyx 110 presses from Uteco . Garlock is a privately held company with its own in-house graphics capability, providing pre-press and plate making services. Fortis Solutions Group ,Virginia Beach,Virginia, a port- folio company of Main Post Partners, acquired Premier Georgia Printing & Labels , Flowery Branch, Georgia, andAustin Label Company,located inAustin,Texas. Resource Label Group, LLC , Franklin, Tennessee, a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the pack- aging industry, acquired Spectrum Label Corpora- tion , Hayward, California, a pressure sensitive labeling provider that produces products for various segments including food, medical and pharmaceuti- cal.Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Eastman Kodak Company entered into a defini- tive agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Di- vision to Montagu Private Equity LLP , a private equity firm.After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company that will develop, manu- facture and sell flexographic products, including the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, to the packag- ing print segment. Resource Label Group , a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, acquired Best Label Company . Located in Cerritos, California, and Union City, California, Best Label provides labeling so- lutions across a variety of segments including the food, beverage, health and beauty, pharmaceutical, au- tomotive, agricultural and chemical industries. Mark Andy Print Products , the supplies, and con- sumables division of Mark Andy Inc. , has been named the preferred global distributor of RotoMetrics print cylinders and magnetic cylinders.

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