Vol. 22 No. 1 FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry In Print and Online at www.nvpublications.com ® An N.V. Publication Market News
January 6, 2020
Retail Trends To Shift In 2020
2019: A Last Look Back
In this issue, the first of the new year, we complete our look back at some of the most important news items from 2019. Finishing equipment manufacturer AB Graphic International joined forces with Kocher+Beck , producer of cutting and printing tools, to ac- quire the Spanish labeling, convert- ing and packaging equipment manu- facturer Enprom Packaging . Multi-Color Corporation ’s acqui- sition by an affiliate of Platinum Equi- ty, a private equity firm, was complet- ed. Multi-Color Corporation merged with a subsidiary of WS Packaging , another label supplier within Plati- num Equity’s portfolio of companies. Flexible packaging provider, Flex Pack SAS , installed Flexo Wash tech- nology at its plant in Bogota to help improve the quality of work being pro- duced on its two flexo printing presses. Following a visit to Labelexpo in Chica- go,Illinois,and a meeting with the Flexo Wash team, the decision was made to invest in a PW82WR Plate Washer and an FW992XLAniloxWasher.
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W hile a new year may bring more than a handful of un- knowns, consumers are already planning how they’ll shop in 2020.And one thing is for certain: physical interactions with products still play a major role in purchasing decisions.The over- whelming majority (82 percent) of consumers say that seeing, holding or demoing a product in-person makes them more in- clined to actually purchase at the counter.
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Shopkick, a shopping rewards app, surveyed more than 16,000 consumers across the country to gain insights into 2020 shop- ping habits. Shopkick looked at purchasing behavior, the use of mobile, brand loyalty and more. Seventy-three percent of consumers across generations plan to shop more frequently at retailers that align with their core values,with 64 percent planning to spend more money at those retailers.
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Uteco North America Sales Hit All-Time High
Uteco North America, producers of printing equip- ment for the flexible packaging industry, has reported record sales for the North American market in 2019, demonstrating double-digit growth over 2018. “Uteco takes pride in focusing on market demands and providing customers with world class equipment manufactured with the highest standards of quali- ty to provide tailor made solutions to its customers,” said Mario Mucciacciaro, Executive Vice President of Sales for North America. “With the successful launch of new products such as the digital platform, Sapphire Evo, coating and laminating lines, Uteco NA was able to achieve record sales and beating its own expecta- tions. Uteco NA plans to continue this success in 2020 with new product launches and world-class service and support.” The company also credits its record year to results stemming from its Modern Quality Organization, which incorporates Lean, 6-Sigma, and its production management systems that are operated according to the most modern Industry 4.0 criteria. The company, which has experienced constant ex- pansion, is now composed of four plants, one of which (Cont’d on Page 12)
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AICC Hosts Seminar To Build Customer Relationships AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration on its latest sales seminar, Build- ing Long Term Customer Relationships, to be offered March 3-4, in College Park, Georgia. Taught by Keith Thomas, Director of Business De- velopment, Michigan City Paper Box Co., this seminar will help attendees learn specific and tangible ways to build trust, dependability and integrity throughout the entire sales process.They will also uncover hidden areas where these three character traits are most of- ten compromised and techniques to accelerate trust to help shorten sales cycles. The competitiveness of today’s print and packaging landscape often has us focusing on the short-term ben- efit – i.e., the close of a deal.While this is what all sales professionals want, there are different ways to go about getting there.With a longer-term perspective in mind, attendees will learn to close current deals while simul- taneously building a relationship with a client or pros- pect that will position them to order repeatedly after the successful execution of the first order. More infor- mation about the seminar and hotel reservation infor- mation can be found at www.aiccbox.org/calendar .
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2019 In Review (Cont’d from Page 1) Uteco Group , in the wake of the U.D.A.A. (Uteco Data Acquisition and Analysis system) a project pre- sented in Drupa 2016, officially presented the SQL by Uteco interface. The database managing system uses the SQL (Structured Query Language) and allows not only data acquisition but a real exchange, an IN & OUT of machine production data or the most complete in- tegration of a machine to its management systems. Sustainable packaging producer Genera received more than $118 million in new funding for its first manufacturing facility to produce its Earthable line of sustainable packaging products. The Tennessee-based firm will use grasses and other agricultural crops to make compostable foodservice packaging products like plates, bowls, and takeaway containers at a new facility in Vonore,Tennessee. An affiliate of Siris completed its previously an- nounced acquistion of Electronics For Imaging (EFI) for approximately $1.7 billion. Graphic Packaging Holding Company reached an agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Artistic Carton Company through a subsidiary.The business includes one coated recycled paperboard (CRB) mill located in White Pigeon, Michigan, with annual production capacity of approximately 70,000 tons and two converting facilities located in Auburn, Indiana, and Elgin, Illinois. Tropic Plastic & Packaging , a South African flexi- ble packaging producer, acquired a Comexi F2 MB, the third within the last two years.This latest acquisition will be installed in the company’s Durban facilities. Prudentia Capital , a French private equity firm, purchased Arjobex from Arjowiggins Group, a man- ufacturer of creative and technical papers. Arjobex specializes in the production of synthetic papers used for tags and labels (food, industrial and security appli- cations) sold under the Polyart registered trademark. Schur Star Systems , Carlsbad, California, installed the new Flexo Wash Laser Anilox Cleaner. Introduced in 2018, Flexo Wash laser cleaners reportedly offer a fully-automatic, environmentally friendly option for deep cleaning anilox rolls,with low energy use and no ongoing consumables or waste. Eaglewood Technologies completed the purchase of Mid States Flexo Cleaning , an anilox cleaning ser- vice provider. Mid States Flexo had focused on clean- ing anilox rolls in corrugated and packaging facilities since 1999, using sustainable technology created by Eaglewood Technologies. Dip Co added two new quick-change disposable ink liner systems for Omet ’s XFlex X5 line.Press models ben- (Cont’d on Page 7)
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2020 Retail Trends (Cont’d from Page 1)
2020 trends will include: In-Store Strolls : Boomers and Gen Zers lead the in- store charge by planning to do the majority of their 2020 shopping in physical retailers (67 percent and 61 percent, respectively), with Gen X (59 percent) and Millennials (57 percent) close behind. Conscious Consumers : Despite popular belief, boomers lead the pack in planning to shop more fre- quently at retailers that align with their core values (75 percent), followed closely by Gen X (72 percent), Millennials (70 percent) and Gen Z (68 percent). How- ever,younger consumers are more likely to feel a sense of loyalty to brands. Sixty-four percent of Gen Z report feeling a sense of brand loyalty compared to 47 per- cent of Boomers. More Mobile Moments : Eighty-eight percent of shoppers plan to use their mobile devices while shop- ping in-store, with consumers reporting they’ll do so most often to find deals and coupons or to price com- pare.And with more and more mobile capabilities, 50 percent of consumers plan to use their mobile devices in-store more frequently in 2020. Staying Out of Debt : Half of consumers (50 per- cent) plan to make the majority of their purchases with debit cards in the new year. Credit cards come in second at 27 percent, followed by cash (15 percent), app-based payment methods (6 percent) and gift cards (2 percent). However, Gen Z is the only generation planning to pay more often with cash over credit (29 percent and 15 percent, respectively). Pay Now, Not Later :While more retailers are offer- ing installment plans or pay-later options, the clear ma- jority of shoppers don’t plan to actually use them (83 percent and 87 percent, respectively). Shop Your Feed : Most consumers don’t plan to shop on social platforms in the new year, but for those who do, Facebook is the most popular platform, ac- cording to Millennials, Gen X and Boomers (26 per- cent, 26 percent and 29 percent, respectively). Mean- while,Gen Z is the only generation more likely to shop on Instagram (20 percent). Gaining Insight “We’re continuing to gain valuable insights into how Americans’ shopping habits are changing, and 2020 will be a defining year for the types of brands that will thrive in this new era of consumerism,” said David Fisch, General Manager of Shopkick. “Consumers are more informed than ever before, resulting in very de- liberate shopping decisions at retailers that can meet and exceed their expectations.”
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efiting from the new systems include the 370 and 440. The Indian subsidiary of Nilpeter , headquartered in Chennai, was the country’s first customer of Luchs IV register measuring system from PITSID.The LUCHS IV system is reportedly an advanced quality control sys- tem that gives a statistical calculation of the color reg- ister on the printed web,which enables Nilpeter India to qualify its presses for highest quality compliance. BST eltromat International decided to close parts of its BST ProControl business unit. Deliveries of new measuring systems and system upgrades from BST ProControl ceased at the end of 2019.The Service de- partment remains in place. A team of seven people continue to serve the existing customers of BST Pro- Control around the world. The Klingele Group , Remshalden, Germany, an in- dependent manufacturer of corrugated base paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, and printing machine manufacturer Koenig & Bauer reached a new mile- stone in their parnetship with the successful factory acceptance testing of a newly developed CorruCUT high board line rotary die-cutter by Klingele after con- ducting a test phase with the prototype. Koenig & Bau- er completely redesigned the 6-color machine in close cooperation with Klingele and adapted it to the specific market and production demands. Funds advised by Triton reached an agreement to acquire a stake in All4Labels – Global Packaging Group (“All4Labels”), Frankfurt, Germany. Triton in- vested together with the current management of All- 4Labels who continues to run the business while the minority shareholder Genui Partners sold its shares. Global packaging merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deal volume surged in the first half of 2019, reaching its highest level since 2015, according to Mesirow Fi- nancial . In line with volume, deal value climbed to $15.0 billion in the first half of 2019, compared to $9.7 billion in the first half of 2017 and $12.5 billion in the first half of 2018, pointing to a trend of increasing deal activity in the segment. Albéa , a global manufacturer of laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging, further invested in Nilpeter technology with the acquisition of new FA presses for company sites in India, Brazil and Poland. Wink acquired Bandstahlschnitte Jeurink , a steel rule die maker based in Neuenhaus, Germany, and its Munich, Germany-based subsidiary ImaPack Stanzfor- men, as it sought to expand in the packaging market. Graymills , Broadview, Illinois, which manufactures ink pumps, metalworking pumps, and parts washers, celebrated its 80th anniversary in business. Canadian packaging provider Ellis Paper Box , a
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member of the Ellis Group, added a new Koenig & Bauer Duran Omega Allpro 90 folder gluer---the first in North America--- to its post-press department at its 60,000-square-foot Mississauga, Ontario. Nilpeter ’s agent in South Africa, CSM Machine Sales [PTY] Ltd, assisted long-time partner Uniprint, now First Impression , with a comprehensive company relocation to its new Hirt & Carter site at the Cornubia Industrial Business Estate in Durban, South Africa.The finishing touch was the installation of a new 17-inch Nilpeter FA-Line press. Pak Solutions LLC , having substantially modern- ized its Lancaster, New Hampshire-based facility with five new converting lines and additional lines on order, installed a new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO XD eight-color press. Labelink ,a Montreal,Canada-based label supplier,ac- quired Quebec, Canada-based label provider Labelix . At Labelexpo Europe 2019 Nilpeter launched its 17-inch-wide FA-Line press featuring cold foil, lami- nation and its new high-speed semi-rotary die-cutting unit; BOBST unveiled its new hybrid flexo press; and OMET launched its new X7, a flexo printing machine for labels and flexible packaging with 26-inch web width and the latest in its XFlex line. DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) celebrated the installation of its 1500th DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal flexographic plate processing system.The current gener- ation of Cyrel FAST systems now have one of the most advanced emissions systems available, according to the company,reducingVOCs by more than 98 percent versus solvent-based systems and providing emissions far below even the most stringent environmental regulations. Fortis Solutions Group LLC expanded its national network of manufacturing facilities with a new loca- tion in Napa, California, to provide pressure sensitive labels to the wine, craft beer and spirits industries.The Napa facility features in-house plate making, digital off- set and flexographic printing processes, and specialty secondary finishing options. PPC Flexible Packaging LLC , Buffalo Grove, Illi- nois, a provider of custom flexible packaging, acquired McKinney, Texas–based Popular Ink, LLC . Popular Ink was the fifth acquisition of specialty and differenti- ated flexible packaging firms by PPC. Previous acquisi- tions include Fisher Container and Packaging Products Corporation in 2017,Temkin International in 2018 and HFM Packaging in 2019. General Data Company, Inc. , Cincinnati, Ohio, installed a new 13-inch FB-Line press from Nilpeter adding further options and capabilities to its portfolio of specialized medical products.
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WorldStar Packaging Award Winners Announced TheAustralian Institute of Packaging announced that 11 Australian and New Zealand companies have been recognized with 13 wins across six categories in the WorldStar Packaging Awards, run by the World Pack- aging Organization.The categories include Food, Bev- erage, Labeling & Decoration, Health & Personal Care, Household, and Packaging Materials & Components. Winners from Australia and New Zealand also re- ceived the third-highest number of WorldStar Pack- aging Awards, behind Japan and China.Winners from Australia and New Zealand include PACT Group, in the Beverage category, for the New Zealand brand Lewis Road Creamery post-consumer sourced PCR, 100 per- cent recycled rPET milk bottle range. Stay tray also received an award under the Beverage category, for its re-usable drink tray, designed with 100 percent recycled material sourced fromAustralian busi- nesses to reduce single use. Impact International won an award in the Health & Personal Care category, for the Sarah, Craig and Margorie 100 percent recycled PE and sugarcane PE tubes. Nulon Products Australia & Caps and Closures received an award in the Household category for the Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE fluid transfer sys- tem,which replaces the traditional rigid packaging with a flexible pouch and applicator that makes accessing
hard-to-reach fill points on a car quick and easy. Currie Group was recognized for its printing tech- nology in the Labeling & Decoration category, for packaging that showcases printing, finishing, coding, marking and AR technology, driving awareness to The Australian Rhino Project (TARP). Punchbowl Packag- ing received two WorldStar awards in the Food and Packaging Materials and Components category, for the Kaituna Blueberries peelable, resealable, tamper-proof top seal fibre punnets, which deliver a sustainable solution for consumers that ensures a range of ‘end of life’ options for the packaging. Danone ELN NZ Supply Point received an award in the Food category for its sachet multipack for bothAp- tamil and Karicare Infant Formula ranges, sold in Aus- tralia and New Zealand. OJI Fibre Solutions also won an award in the food category for RJ’s Liquorice open top and open front Shelf Friendly Packaging, designed to withstand export from New Zealand to Australia and handle stacking from pallet displays straight into supermarkets. Hazeldenes’ Chicken Farm & Sealed Air for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray vacuum skin technolo- gy received recognition in the Food category, as it can provide a 25 percent increase in shelf life, over exist- ing MAP applications. Moana New Zealand & Sealed Air received recogni-
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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership To Host Event The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), has launched its newest forum: Sustainability Lunch and Learn: An SGP Community Event. The event will take place on January 15 at REI’s Flagship Store in Se- attle,Washington. Sustainability Lunch and Learn: An SGP Community Event will explore the reasons why sustainable print matters.Led by Brian Hart,Hart Consulting Services,this lunch time discussion will provide attendees with infor- mation that can be put into practice at a print facility. The event features a line-up of diverse speakers that will discuss the various topics regarding sustainabili- ty and the current climate. SGP certified printer and program host, REI, will present on why it chose to not only gain certification for its print house, but why working with SGP printers matters. Other speakers include Marcia Kinter, SGIA, who will explain what it takes to become SGP certified and Todd Ebersole, Forge GraphicWorks,will provide an inside look of the certification journey. MPS, Esko, Cerm To Present Performance Connected MPS, Esko and Cerm will welcome customers to join the Performance Connected event on January 29-30. The aim of the seminar is to show visitors how to im- prove their performance by 30 percent, by increas- ing productivity and business efficiency. Performance Connected will be held at the MPS Technology & Ex- pertise Centre in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Part of the event program are live demonstrations of hybrid printing, extended gamut printing, and custom- er cases. Cerm will demonstrate how its Management Information System (MIS) connects with Esko pre- press and the MPS press, and what the advantages are in daily business. Esko will present how Value Stream Mapping (VSM) can benefit the label business.VSM focuses on a com- pany’s value creation workflow, exposing waste and delays based on numbers and insights gathered from employees, and revealing opportunities to improve productivity and throughput.
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Specialty chemicals group Altana is taking over the Swiss overprint varnish specialist Schmid Rhyner. Schmid Rhyner specializes in print finishing systems. In 2018, it generated sales of roughly EUR 50 million with around 80 employees.
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chain under the principles of ‘Educate, Innovate, Col- laborate, and Legislate’. As the topic of sustainability continues to dominate the news agenda, EFIA has begun to host Breakfast Meetings that break the complex topic down into smaller, more focused themes, connecting directly with the needs of the flexographic printing industry. The event will once again involve a panel of speakers that represent the broad spectrum of the packaging, print and recycling supply chain to debate and deter- mine a strategy for the sector. The meeting will hone in on how the flexo indus- try can harness innovation to boost sustainability performance. The event is set to open dialogue on the technology, workflow, operational and marketing innovations that will help the industry meet the sus- tainability goals and challenges presented by brands and consumers alike, particularly in today’s turbulent legislative environment. “The core theme of innovation is so crucial to the fu- ture of flexo,” said Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Consultant CEO of EFIA.“Businesses live and die by their efficien- cies, which means that technology and operational workflows need to incorporate new capabilities and ways of working.”
tion in the Food category for the Cryovac Grip and Tear (including ‘small tab’), designed for ease of use for packaged meat, poultry and seafood products for pro- cessors, foodservice and the retail market.PlanticTech- nologies also earned an award in the Food category, for the NEAT Meat Tray, using Plantic RV high-barrier Skin Pack recyclable material. Woolworths also received recognition in the Food category, for undertaking a project replacing their previous black plastic non-re- cyclable plastic trays with a renewable sourced pulp/ plant-based fibre sourced from unbleached bamboo (40 percent) and unbleached sugarcane (60 percent). Winners will collect their trophies at the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards at Interpack in Düssel- dorf, Germany. EFIA Plans Sustainability Breakfast Meeting The European Flexographic Industry Association (‘EFIA’) has announced the details of its next Sustain- ability Breakfast Meeting. Taking place February 7 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, En- gland, the next Breakfast Meeting hopes to continue the Association’s drive to unite the wider flexo supply
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Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. and Xeikon America, Inc. entered into a definitive agreement under which Anderson & Vreeland will sell the Xeikon line of dry toner and inkjet-based digital label and packaging presses in the United States and Canada. Fedrigoni S.p.A. , an Italian manufacturer of special- ty papers and high value-added products for packag- ing and fine printing and self-adhesive labels, signed an agreement to acquire the Ritrama Group , an Italian multinational group specializing in self-adhesive prod- ucts.Ritrama has manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile and China. Long-standing Nilpeter partner, Geostick Group , added two additional Nilpeter 17-inch FA presses to its line-up of seven Nilpeter presses in the company’s three production plants in Utihoorn,Heumen, andThe Hague, Holland. The two new presses have been in- stalled in The Hague plant. Royston Labels , located south of Cambridge, En- gland, purchased a new Nilpeter FA-4* with multi-lay- er capabilities, bringing its Nilpeter press total to four. The new FA-4* will be utilized for the production of high-end drinks and personal care labels. All American Label and Packaging , Dublin, Cali- fornia, acquired Label Art of California ,Oakland,Cal- ifornia.All American currently produces labels, shrink sleeves, folding cartons, and flexible packaging for the food, beverage, wine, spirits and cosmetics markets. Smartrac Technology Group , RFID technology and IoT specialist, reached a definitive agreement to sell its RFID Transponder Division to Avery Denni- son , which is seeking expansion of its intelligent la- bel portfolio. The Danish manufacturer of paper bags and car- riers, Scanbag A/S , installed a laser anilox cleaner from Flexo Wash for its production plant in Skive. The FW 2000 model, which was introduced in 2018, is the first laser model in the company’s anilox clean- ing range that dates back 25 years and involves more than 3,000 installations. Grupo Lappí Etiquetas of Spain signed for the ac- quisition of a new Nilpeter FA-17,with Nilpeter agent, Maquinaria Esagraf SLU. Fedrigoni Group, a Verona, Italy-based manufactur- er of specialty papers for packaging, fine printing and self-adhesive labels, signed an agreement to acquire Ritrama , an Italian multinational group specializing in self-adhesive products. Kodak introduced its ULTRASTREAM technology in the new Uteco Sapphire EVOW, the first flexible pack- aging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology.
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Corrugated Tackles E-Commerce’s Challenges E-commerce shipments increased globally by 33 per- cent between 2014 and 2016, according to a survey from Smithers’ Pira. Packaging, according to the report, played a pivotal role in the explosive growth of e-com- merce in recent years. The success and growth of e-commerce depends on the smooth running of a complex supply chain. Corru- gated packaging is one element that contributes to the successful performance of this interconnected supply chain.To deliver products safely and efficiently and sat- isfy customer expectations requires packaging that is functional and protective, which corrugated delivers. Whether the customer is buying online,or in a retail en- vironment, the experience should be the same, in terms of the look and feel and quality of the product. Packag- ing remains a key point of communication with the con- sumer as the doorstep has replaced the brick and mortar store in being the first physical touchpoint between cus- tomer and the product and brand. Well-designed boxes help increase customer satisfaction and creates a lasting emotional bond with the brand. The popular trend of “unboxing” videos that appear frequently online are a demonstration of this phenomenon. The packaging for products shipped via e-commerce must be strong and protective, because of the high numbers of touchpoints during a product’s journey. Logistics are a challenge, especially “the last mile” and delivery to the customer. Corrugated packaging typically includes: excellent cushioning properties; lightweight, slim and strong structures to ensure the safe transit of the product; tai- lor-made solutions for optimal space utilization; and fea- tures such as adjustable sizes due to pre-cuts, automat- ically locking bottoms for easy assembly, tamper-proof locks and resealable packaging for return shipments. As sustainability issues continue to be a huge con- cern for consumers, corrugated packaging offers an eco-friendly packaging solution. It is a 100 percent re- cyclable and biodegradable material; the fibres are re- cycled to make new corrugated packaging, as, on aver- age, a new box contains 88 percent recycled content, and paper fibres can be recycled 25 times or more. Eaglewood Seeks Sales Reps (DJOHZRRG 7HFKQRORJLHV D OHDGLQJ VXSSOLHU RI 6$)( 60$57683(5,25SURGXFWVIRUWKH)/(;2PDUNHWVHHNV ,QGHSHQGHQW )/(;2 VDOHV UHSUHVHQWDWLYHV LQ WKH (DVWHUQ DQG :HVWHUQ UHJLRQV RI WKH 86 WR UHSUHVHQW RXU JURZLQJ SURGXFWSRUWIROLR Please send your inquiries to Petej@eaglewoodtech.com
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