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February 8, 2016

Vol. 18 No. 3

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Counterfeiting Fight Intensifies by Greg Kishbaugh

Flint Group Acquires Advanced Color Flint Group, as part of its strategy to grow in strategic market seg- ments, has acquired Advanced Color Systems, Inc. (ACS) located in Tu- alatin, Oregon. Advanced Color Sys- tems manufactures and distributes water-based inks in North America and also exports to some countries outside of North America. Advanced Color Systems, Inc. was established in 2000 by partners Tim Becker and Reed Fowler. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs approximately 6,800 people. Revenues for 2014 were $2.8 billion. Pro Mach Acquires EPI Labelers Pro Mach, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, an integrated packaging solutions com- pany, has acquired EPI Labelers, New Freedom, Pennsylvania. EPI Labelers is a dedicated manufac- turer of labeling products for packag- ing and promotional needs, providing for a large contingent of consumer snack food and bakery brands.

S ustainability may still monopolize much of the discussion in the packaging markets but there remains one key issue that will continue to grow in importance:Anti-Counterfeiting. Counterfeit goods pose serious threats to consumer welfare as well as the brand loyalty of many CPG companies.The suc- cess of CPGs hinges on nothing greater than its ability to con- trol the quality of its products. It is very difficult to gain goodwill among consumers, and once that goodwill is jeopar-

dized it is even more daunt- ing a challenge to regain it. Several reports suggest that the packaging markets will continue to grow by enormous margins as CPGs and retailers struggle to bring this epidemic under control. The Anti-Counter- feit Packaging Market size is projected to grow from

$82.05 billion in 2015 to reach $153.95 billion by 2020, at an estimated Compound Annual Growth Rate of 13.41 percent, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets. The Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market is projected to wit- ness significant growth in the future with the increasing popu- larity of the benefits of authentication technologies and the need for track & trace technologies, which are embedded in packaging. Developing markets such as China, Brazil, and India are emerging as growth frontiers for anti-counterfeit packag- ing, according to the report. Growing economies, globalization, and reduced trade barriers act as the main drivers for in- creased opportunities in these nations. (Cont’d on Page 12)

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