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July 10, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 14

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Flexible Packaging Rewards Brand Owners by Greg Kishbaugh T he Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), has released a new infographic that summarizes the association’s recent Flexi- ble Packaging Transition Advantages Study on the reported sales benefits of switching to flexible packaging for brand owners. According to the study, 55 percent of brand owners saw a sales

Bobst, APR To Host Open House Bobst will host a one-day event dedicated to the latest technologies and trends in narrow web printing and converting at All Printing Re- sources Technical Center in Glen- dale Heights, Illinois, on July 20. The Open House will cover pro- duction solutions addressing con- verters’ challenges and topical issues relating to equipment efficiency, process control, digital workflow, and best practices on f lexo shop production floors. These will be ex- plored and discussed by representa- tives from APR, Bobst, GEW, Flint Group and Eaglewood Technologies. Two Bobst inline flexo presses will be demonstrated live: • The M1 in its latest configura- tion — described as a “competi- tively-priced, high quality inline flexo press that is highly efficient for the production of pressure sen- sitive labels.” • The M5 — a full servo, multi-sub- strate inline flexo press, equipped with Bobst Digital Flexo technology, which enables complete automation of the production workflow. For exclusive content and breaking news please visit

increase when asked directly about the impact on sales from switching to flexible packaging.When given the choice between the same product in non-flexible packaging, 71 percent of con- sumers reportedly said they prefer flexible packaging. In the next five years, according to the study, 31 percent of brand owners plan to switch to f lexible packaging, either (Cont’d on Page 4 )


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PACK EXPO Las Vegas To Feature Drone Demo

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 25–27) will feature the “PACK EXPO Drone Demo - Packaging for the Last Mile” interactive display. Show producer PMMI,The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will collaborate with electric truck and drone maker Workhorse, whose clients include UPS, to bring the simulation to life. The announcement comes on the heels of Ama- zon's published — and now patented — vision for drone centers shaped like giant beehives in the mid- dle of major U.S. cities. Mock housing will populate the virtual landscape of the 15,000-square-feet exhibit in the North Hall, complete with mailboxes and doorsteps to accept delivered packages. Workhorse delivery drones will take off from the top of a stationary Workhorse elec- tric van and make deliveries to the mock houses. To complete the simulation, monitors outside of the drone area will broadcast the information available from the delivery van via the Metron application.The screens will also offer the drone perspective via live video from a camera mounted on the drones. Scheduled for hourly demonstrations, the entirely

Harper Brings Road Show To New Jersey

Harper Corporation of America will be heading to East Windsor, New Jersey, for the next stop on its 2017 Roadshow. The complimentary one-day seminar will focus on how to run operations more efficiently and effectively to remain competitive in the market. In addition, atten- dees will also learn how to use the latest flexographic technology and principles to excel in the short run. Presentations span a wide range of topics and will appeal to everyone from print managers, print super- visors, and general managers to graphic designers, pre-press managers and suppliers, operators, and ink and plate suppliers. Speakers at the event will include representatives from Harper, ARCS, Dupont, Flint Group, and ICP In- dustrial.The Harper Roadshow event will be held on Thursday,August 3 at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor, East Windsor, New Jersey.


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entirely or to a higher mix.There are myriad reasons brand owners cite for increasing their flexible pack- aging use in the past five years. Nearly half of the brand owners who increased flexible packaging use cited reduced production cost as the primary driver. Consumer convenience was cited by 45 percent of brand owners as it was for making shipping and transportation more efficient. Nearly 40 percent of brand owners felt that flexible packaging was able to fit consumer lifestyle trends better, while 37 percent made the decision based on hoping to reduce envi- ronmental impact. For brand owners who have switched to flexible packaging in the past five years, 39 percent said they experienced a sales increase and 16 percent said they were able to price their product at a premium. Almost half the brand owners reported experiencing supply chain efficiencies and lowered costs of trans- portation, 57 percent said switching to flexible pack- aging lowered their costs of production, and 37 percent said they improved competitive positioning through consumer appeal. On average, Americans are willing to spend 10.3 per cent more for food packaged in flexible packag- ing, according to the FPA, with Americans aged 35-44 willing to spend 15.5 percent more, parents with children under 18 willing to pay 17 percent more, and Americans aged between 18-34 willing to spend 17.2 percent more. Reportedly, 79 percent of Ameri- cans believe that there are benefits of having food products stored in flexible packaging vs. non-flexible packaging. PIA Releases Report On Changing Industry Structure Printing Industries of America (PIA) has complet- ed a special report on the changing structure of the printing industry. The report is the latest in a series from PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management. Included in the report is a comprehensive examina- tion of the changes to the economic structure of the printing industry from 2004 to 2015, with a focus on trends in employment and number of printing estab- lishments. The report also discusses the future of print and offers a look at future changes to industry structure.A competitive scan for each state is provid- ed to allow companies to get localized information relevant to them. The report is provided free of charge to Printing In- dustries of America members as an added benefit of membership.

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All4Labels Acquires Three Nilpeter PANORAMA Presses Newly formed All4Labels has acquired three new Nilpeter PANORAMA Hybrid digital presses. Recently upgraded with a complete re-design of the converting and flexo printing units, as well as a major upgrade of press software, Nilpeter’s digi- tal product line, PANORAMA, covers a wide and varied spectrum of customer requirements, from stand-alone to all-round, and value-added hybrid configurations. All three of the presses purchased by All4Labels support 5-color InkJet engines in various combina- tions with flexo processes, hot foil/embossing, and Quick-Change die-cutting. “The three PANORAMA Hybrids will be installed at different All4Labels locations across Europe and fol- low our strategy to set new industry standards in terms of flexibility, customization, and supply chain excellence,” said TorstenWietholz, Corporate Director of All4Labels. PIA To Offer OSHA Compliance Workshop The Printing Industries of America will be hosting hands-on, comprehensive OSHA compliance work- shop,Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12, at its headquarters inWarrendale, Pennsylvania. During the workshop, participants will gain an un- derstanding of key OSHA regulations, compliance strategies, elements of required written programs, and how to respond to an OSHA inspection. Partici- pants will receive an OSHA compliance information package complete with written program templates, PIA’s OSHA Primer, and other valuable resources. Ghent Workgroup Welcomes Ultimate TechnoGraphics Ultimate TechnoGraphics, a company that develops and distributes technology to automate and facilitate imposition and finishing for the graphic arts industry, has joined the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), an interna- tional organization of graphic arts users, associations & developers building best practices for publishing, print and packaging workflows. The Ghent Workgroup, formed in June 2002, is an international assembly of Industry Associations, Sup- pliers, Educators and Industry members. The Ghent Workgroup’s objective is to establish and disseminate process specifications for best practices in graphic arts workflows.

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EXPO PACK Guadalajara Outpaces High Expectations EXPO PACK Guadalajara welcomed nearly 16,000 attendees to the Expo Guadalajara held June 13–15, a 45 percent rise in attendance from 2015. More that 40 percent of attendees traveled from outside the immediate area, including international attendance from Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colom- bia, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. All told more than 21,000 packaging and process- ing professionals from 16 countries descended among 757 booths spread across 140,000 net square feet of exhibit space—triple the size of 2015. Interna- tional pavilions included Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Spain and the United States. EXPO PACK General Director Gerardo Barajas opened the show with high expectations based on research from the Mexican Packaging Association (AMEE) that indicated steady growth in the Mexican packaging and processing market. The total produc- tion of the Mexican packaging industry increased 4.6 percent over the previous year and is expected to grow 5 percent by the end of 2017. This data served as the impetus for many education- al opportunities for attendees including a conference session from MILA Managing Director Luis Doménech that outlined the causes of the current stability in the Mexican market and presented a se- ries of strategies for success. Doménech described the market as ripe for investment with multinational consumer packaged goods companies, an exploding beverage sector and an increasing desire for automa- tion driving growth. As in previous years, EXPO PACK Guadalajara’s suc- cess was bolstered by support from most of Mexico’s leading professional industry associations. These or- ganizations include AMEE, Cámara de Comercio de Guadalajara, Cámara de la Industria Alimenticia de Jalisco (CIAJ), Cámara Nacional de Fabricantes de En- vases Metálicos (CANAFEM), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Artes Gráficas de Jalisco (CANAGRAF Jalisco), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Conser- vas Alimenticias (CANAINCA), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Productos Cosméticos y Asociación Na- cional de la Industria de Productos del Cuidado Per- sonal y del Hogar A.C. (CANIPEC), Cámara Nacional de la Industria Farmacéutica (CANIFARMA) and Cá- mara Regional de la Industria de la Transformación del Estado de Jalisco (CAREINTRA). EXPO PACK México will return to Expo Santa Fe México in Mexico City, June 5-8, 2018.

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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 broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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Inland Achieves Idealliance G7 Master Qualification Inland, a label and package printer that serves the food, beverage, health and beauty and consumer goods industries, has achieved G7 Master Qualifica- tion, awarded by Idealliance, a not-for-profit industry group dedicated to guiding print production best practices, specifications, and standards, worldwide. FTA Fall Meeting To Coincide With Memorial Tournament Registration is now open for the Flexographic Tech- nical Association’s Fall Conference 2017, themed The Gateway to Technology . This year, for the first time, Fall Conference will coincide with the Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Re- gency St. Louis at The Arch, in St. Louis, MO October 9-11. Presentations will be given by FTA’s Technical Innovation Award winners. Attendees will witness a full demo of a hybrid printing project that combines flexographic and digital printing. Plus, attendees will get a glimpse into calibration, fingerprinting and opti- mization through the eyes of Flexographic Image Re-

productions Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST). Following the conference, there will be a comple- mentary tour of the Mark Andy Inc. facility located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on October 8, the Sunday prior to the Con- ference. Net proceeds for the outing will go to the Gary Hilliard Scholarship Fund. Bobst Celebrates 75 Years Of Folder-Gluer Production In 2017, it will be seventy-five years since Bobst started designing and producing folder-gluer ma- chines for the packaging industry. One of the very first such machines, a PCR382, was set up in 1942 at the Zeiler company near Bern, Switzerland.This same company, which under its cur- rent name, Limmatdruck Zeiler, is now a successful part of one of Europe's leading manufacturers of fold- ing boxes — the RLC Packaging Group — is, to this day, still a Bobst client. Today’s client can purchase complete folding-gluing lines that reportedly combine configurable machines with top-of-the-range peripher- als to provide integrated and automated solutions.

Industry Events

Flexographic Technical Association October 9-11, 2017 Fall Conference St. Louis, MO

PrintTHINK Summit September 5-7, 2017 Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL PRINT 17 September 10-14, 2017 McCormick Place Chicago, IL Pack Expo September 25-27, 2017 Las Vegas, NV Labelexpo Europe September 25-28, 2017 Brussles Expo Brussels, Belgium

CorrExpo October 16-18, 2017 Rhode Island Convention Center Providence, RI

Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute March 11-14, 2018 Converter Meeting Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego, CA Labelexpo Americas September 25-27, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute March 10 – March 13, 2019 Converter Meeting The Omni Grove Park Inn Ashville, NC

Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute October 8 – October 11, 2017 2017 Annual Meeting Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa Scottsdale,AZ

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RFID Tags Experience Surging Demand, Says Report Nearly 400,000 thousand units of smart labels sold globally in 2016 were accounted by Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which amounted to an estimated $2,493.9 million, according to the re- search findings from a new Future Market Insights’ report, titled Smart Labels Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016–2026 . Surging demand for RFID tags in the global retail in- dustry have been pivotal in boosting sales of smart la- bels, globally. Furthermore, the advantages of RFID smart labels in maintaining, tracking and updating stock & inventory databases is predicted to continue driving their demand around the globe in the coming years. According to Future Market Insights, the global market for smart labels amassed revenues worth $4.7 billion in 2016, and is likely to reach $22.6 billion market value by the end of 2026. During the forecast period, the global smart labels market size is antici- pated to expand robustly at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 17 percent. Rampant Growth Organized retail sector will continue to drive ram- pant growth in global smart labels sales, while ware- housing businesses in the world are expected to actively adopt smart labelling for their benefits in tracking products. Growing sales of biologics and specialty drugs that require thermal-sensitive packag- ing are promoting the use of smart labels that are equipped with temperature-control functions. Smart labels will be integrated in drug monitoring systems across pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world, fa- cilitating efficiency in transportation, anti-counterfeit measures, and damage control. Key highlights of the research report exhibit RFID as the dominant labelling technology, however, Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and sensing labels are also expected to gain traction while independently regis- tering a rise at more than 16 percent CAGR over the forecast period. By the end of 2026, global retail indus- try will be the largest end-user of smart labels by procuring global revenue share of more than 30 per- cent. On the other hand, healthcare, automotive and logistics will be considered as lucrative end-user indus- tries for smart labels, collectively accounting for sales of more than 1,561,000 thousand units by 2026-end. Flexographic and gravure printing technologies are predicted to dominate the global smart labels market in terms of revenues. Over the forecast period, more than $8 billion revenues are will be accounted by flexographic smart labels, while smart labels manu-

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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.

J I MacWilliam Co., Inc.

Used equipment for flexible packaging, folding carton, paper, film, foil and non-woven industries. Professional, knowledgeable service for more than 30 years.

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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factured through gravure printing technology will amass an estimated 6.4 billion market value. North America’s smart labels market is anticipated to procure more than 40 percent of the global rev- enues, throughout the forecast period. Smart label revenues in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region are projected to rise at the fastest CAGR — 18.2 percent, while Western Europe smart labels market is likely to reach an estimated 3.6 bil- lion market value by the end of 2026. Folienprint Adds Two Bobst 20SIX Flexo Printing Presses Folienprint, located in Gallin, Germany, has installed two new type “20SIX” central cylinder printing ma- chines from Bobst. The new 10-color machines have a web width of 1,100 mm and a maximum repeat length of 800 mm at a maximum production speed of 400 meters per minute. “Sustainability is an important pillar of our compa- ny philosophy,” said Doris Erhardt-Freitag, Managing Director of Folienprint.“That applies not only to our products but also to the production machines that we employ. When we bought the new machines, it

was therefore vitally important to us that they were equipped with state-of-the-art technology for reduc- ing waste and boosting energy efficiency.” That is why both machines boast the smartGPS graphics positioning system, which was developed by Bobst, and are also fitted with the LEO (Low Ener- gy Operation) system.

Hermann Koch, Bobst ( from left to right ); Darko Maurer, Technical Manager Folienprint; Doris Erhardt- Freitag, Managing Director Folienprint; and Karsten Meissner, Print Manager Folienprint, celebrate the new press during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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tion of America as Technical Service Representative for the Central Plains and Southwest regions.

Horney brings with him more than 30 years of experience in f lexo- graphic and offset printing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences from Rochester Insti- tute of Technology, as well as his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and FIRST Implementation Specialist Level III Certification. MacDermid MacDermid Graphics Solutions, a division of MacDermid Performance Solutions, has appointed Melanie Galloway as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Based in At- lanta, Georgia, Galloway is responsi- ble for the global Graphics Solutions business and charged with leading the organization to continued suc- cess. Galloway has more than 20 years of global commercial leadership and senior management experience. FINAT Chris Ellison, Managing Director of OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Ltd (UK) has been elected to the position of President of FINAT, the European la- belling association based in The Netherlands. At the FINAT General Assembly,Aydin Okay, Canpas, was re-elected to the Board. Newly elected to the Board were Ilkka Yilipoti, Aurapr int; and Günther Dierof f, Benelli. Alex Knott, Dow, was appointed Technical Committee Representative. Chris Jones,Alphasonics, was appointed Young Man- agers Club Representative. Melanie Galloway Greg Horney

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