FMN | September 17th, 2018

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September 17, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 19

Market News


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Labelexpo To Open World Of Possibilities reported by Greg Kishbaugh LL abelexpo Americas 2018 is coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, from Sep-

P&G Wins Dow Packaging Award The Dow Chemical Company an- nounced the winners of the 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innova- tion, which recognizes the packag- ing industry’s top achievements in innovative packaging designs, mate- rials, technologies and processes. Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Pack- aging Innovation successfully con- tinues the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program, which is the industry’s longest-run- ning independently judged packag- ing awards program. As in years past, the judging panel featured ex- perts with diverse backgrounds, pro- viding global perspectives across design, engineering, retail, convert- ing and academia. The highest honor, the Diamond Award, went to Procter & Gamble’s Air Assist, a breakthrough in perfor- mance and sustainabili- ty for e-commerce and brick-and-mortar pack- aging. The liquid pack- aging technology uses compressed

tember 25-27. Labelexpo Americas 2018 is a win- dow to a whole new world of label and pack- age printing possibilities. Visitor s can see live

demonstrations of the latest technologies, including presses, finishing units, inks, dies and substrates. Some of the industry- leading companies that are exhibiting, along with where they can be found on the show floor, are as follows:

Anderson & Vreeland Booth 929

Two centerpieces at Anderson & Vreeland will be the Flint Xpress Thermal Plate Processor and the Xeikon ThermoflexX digital imager. The made-in-the-USA Xpress features remote service and diag- nostics, the scalability to handle plates up to 42 x 65 inches and a short-wave IR heating system for precise heating depth control, resulting in excellent dimensional plate stability with- out the need for a chiller. And, with an eye on the environ- ment, the Flint Xpress offers a waste recovery program for all consumables produced by the machine. The Xeikon ThermoflexX 30 digital imager combines digital technology with an open, modular workflow to accelerate the platemaking process while producing high-quality flexograph- ic and letterpress plates at resolutions up to 5080 DPI, accord- ing to the company.

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UPM Raf latac has completed its acquisition of the assets of Seattle, Washington-based Converters Express, Inc.

Coveris Wins FINAT Sustainability Award

FINAT, the international association for the self-ad- hesive labelling industry, named Coveris this year’s winner of the 2018 FINAT Recycling and Sustainabili- ty Awards at its annual European Label Forum. The jury recognized that the Coveris facility was al- ready recycling more than 6,500 tons of materials that would normally go into the waste stream and this was not only recycled material generated by Cov- eris, but also by its customers. In addition, Coveris has developed the world’s first automated delaminator of waste material to actively address a major obstacle in label material recycling. To swiftly complete the project, and to recycle mater- ial that could not be processed by its own system, Coveris has embraced collaboration with strategic supply chain partners.

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Innovation Awards ( Cont’d from Page 1)

gas to provide tailored rigidity to create structure in f lexible films. By utilizing a proprietary one-way valve, the new packaging form delivers cleaner dis- pensing, more controlled dosing and more conve- nient one-handed use while still being tough enough for e-commerce shipping without extra protection. Air Assist also uses 50 percent less plastic than a tra- ditional rigid bottle and has a 360-degree palette for design, making it a more resource-efficient solution. The judges evaluated more than 200 entries from companies in 30 countries. In addition to the Diamond Award, the top honor of the competition, the judges also selected nine Diamond Finalist Winners, eight GoldAwardWinners and eleven Silver Award winners: DiamondWinner • Air Assist —Procter & Gamble Diamond Finalists • Febreze ONE — Procter & Gamble • Flat Wine Bottle — Delivering Happiness Limited T/A GarçonWines • LDS 2cc ECOM Dispensing Pump — Rieke • LiquiForm —Amcor Rigid Plastics • Seed Phytonutrients Shower-Friendly Paper Bottle — Ecological Brands, Inc. • Simply Beverages Recycle Code No. 1 Extrudable PET Juice Container —The Coca- Cola Company • StealthWrap — Sealed Air • Tubairless — Pumpart System •Waterless Internet Flower Packaging — Uflex Limited Gold AwardWinners • Doritos Crunch Prism Pack — PepsiCo Frito-Lay • Doritos E-Z SnackPak — ProAmpac • Dual Hoop Catheter DISK — CleanCut Technologies • Extra Rich Rosy Foam Facial Wash Packaging — Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. • Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak — Sonoco Products Company • Head & Shoulders Beach Bottle — Procter & Gamble • VOLTAREN“No Mess”Applicator — GSK •Wave Seal Technology —Wave International Silver AwardWinners • ASAHI SUPER DRY ICE COOLER PACK — WestRock, K.K. • CleanPouch Aseptic Spouted Pouch System – Scholle IPN • Danoninho para Levar — Danone Brazil • Downy (Lenor) Parfum des Secrets Package — Procter & Gamble

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Attendees can visit A&V’s blog for added informa- tion concerning the show: www.andersonvree- . Allison Systems Booth 5700 Allison Systems Corporation, an ISO 9001:2015 reg- istered company, is a manufacturer of doctor blades and related products.With the capability to produce a variety of edge configurations on metal, composite and plastic materials, the company can supply the best performing blade for specific applications. In ad- dition, Allison Systems offers chamber end seals and cleaning products for water-based and UV inks. Alli- son is proudly proclaiming that 2018 represents 50 years of manufacturing excellence in the USA. Apex Booth 1802 The introduction of an RFID-equipped anilox roll has reportedly enabled Apex customers to reach new levels in automation and process control. This ‘Smart Anilox’ is able to automatically share status informa- tion with intelligent systems. The Smart Anilox data will be integrated into the MIS, simplifying scheduling jobs on various presses and shortening makeready times.And the system provides feedback that enables preventive anilox maintenance to take place in time. By reinventing the very concept of anilox ink-to- plate transfer with its patented GTT Open Slalom Ink Channel anilox geometry,Apex is reportedly pro- viding a unique solution to prevent ink spitting from occurring. Apex formed Aniken Graphics International, a joint venture with UK-based prepress expert Hamillroad Software, to bring Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening into the flexographic mainstream. ARC International Booth 3002 The company’s new U.S.-made NickelBack Sleeve System is reportedly more durable and safer to use than ordinary fiberglass sleeves. The company will have the latest laser-engraved ce- ramic anilox surface technologies on display, as well as its complete line of narrow web press rollers and doc- tor blades and carbon composite ink chamber systems. As a full-service supplier, ARC International offers impression cylinders, rubber rollers, peristaltic ink pumps, and cleaning supplies.


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Global Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market Surges The global anti-counterfeit packaging market is pro- jected to reach $208.4 billion by 2023, according to a new report from Based on technology, the anti-counterfeit packaging market is categorized into covert, overt, forensic, and track and trace. Of these, the track and trace technolo- gy has been the largest category in the market, with a contribution of more than 45 percent in 2017. This is attributed to the fact that manufacturers are now pre- ferring tracking and tracing their shipments in order to avoid any technological complications. This packaging technology uses mass serialization and unique codes to provide unique identity to every item and product, which enable the manufacturers to track their prod- ucts. Location and other relevant information about the products can also be traced using this technology. Covert Operations Covert technology is categorized into security la- bels, invisible printing, and others; overt technology is segmented into holograms, color shifting inks, and others; and similarly, track and trace technology is further categorized into machine readable data, radio- frequency identification (RFID), and others. On the basis of application, the anti-counterfeit packaging market is categorized into pharmaceutical and healthcare, food and beverage, clothing and ap- parel, and others. Among these, pharmaceutical and healthcare is the leading category, with a revenue contribution of more than 25 percent in 2017, which is attributed to the growing health concerns and ris- ing pharmaceutical production. In this category, this packaging lends safety to the products and combats the illicit drug market. Secured packaging is required to thwart the sales of fake products and ensure that drugs are not easily imitated. During the forecast period, the fastest growing market is expected to be Asia-Pacific, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 13.5 percent.Growing awareness about the unscrupulous counterfeiting activities among manu- facturers and a decrease in the cost of tracing anti-coun- terfeit technologies is expected to fuel the market growth of the region in the coming years. However, North America was the leading regional- level anti-counterfeit packaging market, with a rev- enue contribution of more than 40 percent in 2017. Increasing awareness about the importance of brand protection among companies is expected to create growth opportunities in the anti-counterfeit packaging market.

Flexo operations are tough to keep healthy. Margins rely on everyone and everything performing and delivering according to plan. That’s why The ARChitects of Flexo should be part of that plan. Behind your ARC International representative is a team of exo-focused gurus. They’re all trained to ensure that everything rolling on your exo line is engineered to give you healthy prots. From ink consumption, to volumes and densities, to hard lines and soft fades— if it involves moving, coating, or printing a substrate, The ARChitects of Flexo have the evidence-based proof and scientic insight to make your line run true and fruitful. Why not put your best team on the line? Contact ARC today. Together we’ll draw up a plan to give you a healthy bottom line. Meet us in Chicago!

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BST Booth 837

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Bobst Booth 5403

BST offers web guiding and inspection for the label printing and the narrow web market. Experts from BST North America and its subsidiary AccuWeb will present and demonstrate a complete range of solu- tions for increasing productivity and assuring print quality through 100 percent inspection, web moni- toring, and workflow management, along with innov- ative web guiding systems. DuPont Booth 749 DuPont Advanced Printing invites visitors at La- belexpo Americas to visit its booth, which will be shared with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP). DuPont will showcase the tag and label offerings of the DuPont Tyvek business, highlighting the total solution DuPont provides customers in the label market. The company will also feature the DuPont Cyrel FAST 2000TD processor and the latest equipment from Esko.

Production of trending label specialties will be the focus of Bobst’s participation at Labelexpo Americas 2018. Mouvent will also present its Mouvent Cluster Technology for digital label printing. The focal point of the show will be the solutions to the challenges in relation to process feasibility and equipment operational efficiency that the market evolution gives to brand owners, suppliers and con- verters alike in meeting the different requirements of the industry. These range from increasingly stringent legal requirements through to consumer expecta- tions and the need for original packaging enhance- ments aimed at product differentiation at point of sales. Challenging applications include production of multi-layered coupons for a variety of food, non-food or pharma products, lamitube, shrink sleeves, securi- ty products and the like. The M6 inline Digital Flexo line will spotlight the advantages of the unique Digital Flexo and Digital Au- tomation workflow technology, including the REVO 7-color extended gamut printing.

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Suitable for food and pharmaceutical packaging

Printing on: Aluminium, Paper, plastic films

Electron beam curing technology

Printing speed up to 320 ft/min with web width of up to 36 inch wide


Gaia is a modular, flexible and easy-to-use digital inkjet printer designed to print on flexible media. It can use inks of different nature to better meet the various market needs.




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Entries, the 2018-2019 Flexible Packaging Buyers Guide, the Report to the Membership, and a list of all FPA members exhibiting at PACK EXPO International and the location of their exhibits. Winning packages of the 2018 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition will also be on dis- play in the PACK EXPO International Showcase of Packaging Innovations, Booth N-5760, in the North Hall of McCormick Place. The tradeshow takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and runs October 14-17, 2018. TLMI Partners With Affinity HR Group TLMI has partnered with Affinity HR Group to give members a range of human resource offerings includ- ing general HR support, recruiting, and retention ser- vices. TLMI’s goal in partnering with Affinity is to ensure TLMI member companies of every size have access to high-level HR services at competitive pric- ing when compared with traditional consultants. Members of the Affinity will be attending future TLMI meetings and will be available at the events to provide on-site HR consulting free of charge to mem- ber companies at the meetings.

• KitKat Celebreak Box — CBA B+G • Mix On Command (MOC) Shaker Bag — JPro Dairy International, Inc. • PaperBoat Thandai Retortable Profile Pouch – Huhtamiaki PPL Ltd. • Ariel PurClean Package — Procter & Gamble • PushPopTechnology —Amcor Flexibles • Stain Remover Qualitá - NewAgain Plastic Container — GPA Group • Two-Layer Laminate Sachet for Packaging Margarine — PrimePak Industries Nigeria Limited. For more information and images of each winning entry, visit . FPA Partners With PACK EXPO International The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has again partnered with PACK EXPO International in the PACK EXPO International Partner Program. The FPA exhibit, located in the North Hall, booth N- 5901, will display the winning packages from the 2018 Flexible Packaging Achievement Award compe- tition. FPA will also distribute copies of the 2018 Achievement Awards and Innovation Showcase, the 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Call for

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Corrugated Market To Increase To $380B

E-commerce, sustainability and digital printing will help demand for corrugated to grow 3.5 percent to 4 percent annually, according to a new study, The Future of Corrugated Packaging to 2023 , from Smithers-Pira. Growth rates for corrugated have dropped from more than 7 percent annually between 2009 and 2010 to just 3.4 percent per annum on average from 2011 to 2017, as the industry came out of the global recession. Two drivers, e-commerce and digital printing, are having an impact on the corrugated industry. E-com- merce packaging favors the use of corrugated board with an estimated $20 billion worth of corrugated materials used in this sector. Markets making use of corrugated for e-commerce fulfillment include consumer electronics, books and media products, fashion, toys, hobbies, and sports equipment. A related trend is the growing adoption of digital printing in corrugated applications. The flexibility of run lengths, savings in set-up costs, and ability to personalize the unboxing experience is leading small and mid-size brands to capture sales and excitement on social media. The study also predicts that the advent of e-com- merce, especially in the grocery sector, is likely to have a slight negative impact on retail-ready packag- ing (RRP) usage, as e-sales do not require any RRP systems. Subscription box services and meal kits that offer direct-to-consumer weekly or monthly delivery of specialty foods will contribute to this slight nega- tive impact on RRP. Resource Label Group, LLC, a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shr ink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, has acquired Paragon Label, a label manufacturer special- izing in the premium wine segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Resource Label is a long-standing portfolio company of First Atlantic Cap- ital, a New York-based private investment firm, and TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG. Located in Petaluma, California, Paragon primarily ser- vices premium wine customers in Sonoma and Napa Counties and offers a full range of flexographic and dig- ital printing capabilities. Paragon is also equipped with proprietary finishing technology that reportedly en- hances the shelf appeal of its customers’ products. Resource Label Group Acquires Paragon Label

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effective when combined with the retrofit G2 Quick- Change Blade Holder designed to present a blade at your optimum contact angle. Additionally, FLXON will display the FLEXO ART low pressure, non-leaking retrofit chambered blade metering systems. Graymills Booth 1616 Graymills will feature information and demonstra- tions for its line of parts washers, inking systems and industrial pumps.The company offers manual, immer- sion and ultrasonic parts washers, in addition to heavy duty spray wash cabinets, and fluid conditioning and green cleaning alternatives. Graymills has worked with press builders, converters, and ink makers developing ink circulating and condi- tioning systems to meet their unique requirements. Be- cause presses vary from narrow web flexo to huge gravure publication presses, Graymills has developed a variety of systems to match press requirements. Graymills pumps applications include: agitator, water and corrosion resistance, high pressure, multi- stage and more.

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Flexo Wash Booth 511

Flexo Wash will be introducing a new product at Labelexpo. Converters and printers will be able to view the FW 2000 Laser Anilox Cleaner and discuss their printing process cleaning needs with Flexo Wash representatives during Labelexpo. The company will also display updates to its popu- lar PK Trolley Load Parts Washer, FW 993 XL Anilox Cleaner and NarrowWeb PlateWashing systems. Learn about FLXON’s New Ink Metering Technolo- gy Solutions for metering white inks, including a new SMART BLADE OPTION developed to resist blade wear and anilox wear at higher speeds — even on white inks. In trials, pressrooms are reporting in- creased production output per blade between + 70 percent and + 300 percent when compared to other longer lasting blades. Attendees can check out FLXON’s new ELMINA- TOR PLUS; an advanced version of the ELM blade in- troduced a few years ago, reportedly especially FLXON Booth 508

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Mark Andy Booth 319

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Mark Andy Print Products and DuPont Advanced Printing will be together at Labelexpo Americas 2018. The co-sponsored booth is the first industry- wide event since Mark Andy Print Products was named the exclusive distributor of DuPont Cyrel flex- ographic platemaking systems in the United States. The booth will focus on ways to enhance your entire workflow, from pre-press, on-press, and postpress. Labelexpo attendees visiting the companies will wit- ness advanced platemaking and processing equipment, best-in-class plate mounting as well as have the opportu- nity to talk with technical experts and learn about the extensive Mark Andy Print Products supply offerings for flexo, digital hybrid, and offset printing equipment. Technology showcased on-stand will include Mark Andy VPM400 Video Plate Mounter, DuPont Cyrel FAST 2000 TD thermal processor, and Esko’s CDI Crystal 4835 XPS system. The VPM400 is a standalone unit with adjustable table, plate cylinder mounting rails and laser point- ers. Live on-demand demonstrations of the VPM400 will be available throughout the show and will sup- port live label production. Mark Andy specialists will

Harper will be exhibiting several of its products this year and discussing how available programs, ser- vices, and anilox technology can enhance print re- peatability and improve profitability. One of the systems on display will be Harper’s award-winning patented QD ink proofing and flatbed printing system, which uses flexographic and gravure processes.This system is able to be configured at four different speed units. The maximum travel speed is 150 fpm, and travel distance can be adjusted any- where from 12 to 33 inches in one-inch increments. It is also available in either a 2.75-inch or 5-inch proofer width. Representatives will be on hand to address ques- tions regarding not only the pressroom, but also cleaning supplies for effective care and maintenance of their anilox inventory.The company will be ready to answer any questions on its newest addition, the Harper Performance Wash, which is a fast-acting, low foam, highly alkaline-based anilox roll cleaner. The Performance Wash is reportedly effective at re- moving water-based, UV, and solvent inks and can penetrate through multiple layers of ink.

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educate attendees on plate mounting best practices and the recipe for high quality print — pairing DuPont Cyrel plates and tesa mounting tape during the demonstrations. Additionally, attendees will get to experience the benefits of DuPont Cyrel FAST 2000 TD, a thermal solvent-free flexographic plate processor. The equip- ment is environmentally friendly with no solvents to handle, store or recycle and no drying time is re- quired, enabling businesses to create high-quality Cyrel FAST press-ready pates in less than an hour. Nilpeter Booth 3205 Nilpeter will showcase three presses at Labelexpo Americas 2018; The All New FA, the PANORAMA Hy- brid, and the new FB-350. The FA and the PANORA- MA Hybrid will be on display on the Nilpeter booth while the FB-350 will be featured on the KURZ booth (1816, 1817). All three presses make their U.S. debut at the Chicago show following the worldwide product launch at last year’s Labelexpo Europe in Belgium. Nilpeter’s new offerings are reportedly ideally suit- ed for the next generation of printers, and the needs of Industry 4.0. By automating almost all processes, Nilpeter has maintained a competitive advantage while solving challenges for today’s print workforce. The new FA, for example, offers complete clean- hand operation from wireless tablets, hand held or positioned anywhere on the front of the machine.All new machines offer total job store and recall, com- pletely automated controls and full connectivity. Nilpeter’s digital product line, PANORAMA, covers a wide and varied spectrum of customer requirements — from stand-alone to all-round, and value-added hy- brid configurations. The PANORAMA Hybrid on dis- play will feature an advanced 5-color digital InkJet print engine, UV-lamination, and a semi-rotary die sta- tion, among others. The FB-350 has new features such as Automated Plate Positioning System (APPS), pre-register and re- register functionality in new design. The press on display features both hot foil and the new DM- LINER UV-INK Roll-to-Roll: Built-on unit from KURZ. Omet Booth 3123 OMET is launching in the United States its new hy- brid OMET XJet powered by Durst, which can be

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Benefits include: • Reliable and secure bonding on demanding cylinder; and sleeve surfaces; • Fast and easy plate mounting and demounting; • Reusable under specific conditions. Plate mounting on cylinders and sleeves is the focus application for the new technology. The Flexo Factor Booth 3807 The Flexo Factor is equipped to be a one-stop shop for flexographic printers. The company offers flexographic cleaners, ultrason- ic cleaning systems, slitter-rewinding machines, diecutting equipment, printing presses, anilox rolls, roll handling, mounting, converting equipment, web cleaning and inspection systems.

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configured with a range of X6 print and converting units along with the Durst Tau digital engine. The press is 330 mm wide with a print speed up to 78m/min. Also on display, and with live demonstrations, is the latest version of the iFlex, now equipped with chill rollers. The standalone Tau 330 RSC by Durst, a digital UV inkjet labels and packaging printer with a print width of 330 mm and a printing speed of up to 78 running meters per minute will also be exhibited. tesa tape Booth 112 tesa will launch tesa Softprint FE in FLEX Design, which is specially developed for plate mounting on demanding cylinder and sleeve surfaces and if the customer requires the reusability of the tape. Its main features include: • Compensating product design with the best cushioning and resilience properties; • Plate side adhesive with low surface tack; • Strong adhesive on cylinder/sleeve side; • Optimized balance between plate and cylinder/ sleeve-side adhesive.

TRESU Booth 1308

TRESU’s will highlight its ancillaries, including car- bon fiber and ceramic doctor blade chambers, the F10 iCon automatic ink control system and the Max- iPrint Concept chamber.Videos, information and sam-

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FPA Publishes 2018 Flexible Packaging Industry Report The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) has re- leased its 2018 State of the Flexible Packaging Indus- try Report, which provides industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts with insight into the performance (i.e. growth, revenue/volume expecta- tions, profitability, and capital spending) of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year. This source of data and information also examines several other aspects of the U.S. flexible packaging industry including: • Performance (growth, revenue/volume expecta- tions, profitability, and capital spending) • Materials and processes (printing and expected material usage) • End-uses (end-use forecast and U.S. Census Bureau retail segments data) • Structure and consolidation (M&A activity) • Imports and exports (trade outlook) • Industry vision, challenges, and critical issues The total flexible packaging industry is estimated to be approximately $31 billion in annual sales for 2017. The $31 billion includes packaging for retail and institutional food and non-food (including med-

ical and pharmaceutical), industrial materials, shrink and stretch films, retail shopping bags, consumer storage bags, and wraps and trash bags. The focus of this report is on the segment of the in- dustry that adds significant value to the flexible ma- terials, usually by performing multiple processes, such as printing, laminating, coating, extrusion, and bag/pouch manufacturing.This segment of the indus- try is estimated to be about $24.1 billion for 2017, and does not include retail shopping bags, consumer storage bags, or trash bags. Flexible packaging represents approximately 19 per- cent of the total $167 billion U.S. packaging industry, and is the second largest packaging segment behind corrugated paper and just ahead of bottles and mis- cellaneous rigid plastics packaging. Flexible packag- ing’s solid long-term strength, coupled with flexible packaging replacing other packaging formats, resulted in the growth of flexibles from 17 percent in 2000 to the current level of 19 percent in 2017. This year’s State of the Industry Report includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of Manufac- tures (ASM) full set of reports for all U.S. NAICS in- dustries. Census Bureau data for 2017 is not expected to become available until late fall 2019 or early 2020.

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Labelexpo Americas 2018 TRESU Booth #1308 25-27 September, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

TRESU Group is a highly-specialized company offering flexible, customized solutions of flexo printing machines and ancillary products for flexo, digital and offset printing to the graphic industry. At Labelexpo Americas 2018, TRESU Group will showcase complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on flexo presses for more efficient label and carton board production. The Flexo Innovator printing line for high-speed paperboard applications and coating systems for digital folding carton lines will also be presented at the TRESU booth.

High-performance lightweight chamber doctor blade enhances process efficiency in narrow-web flexo printing

The TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade is designed as lightweight fast-change inking system for narrow web flexo printing to help you achieve optimum performance of the printing without using an ink pump. With shorter runs and faster turnarounds, label converters are under increased competitive pressure to eliminate waste. TRESU’s single-component SAVEink system makes an attractive option for an efficient label printing workflow, with its fast setup times, minimal maintenance requirements and capability for consistent quality at high speed.

Air-tight chamber Safely removal in five seconds without ink spilling The chamber can hold 250ml - 2000ml of ink Very easy handling Streamlined and compact design High quality doctoring for perfect printing For water based and UV-inks / coatings Patented TRESU seals guaranteeing authentic quality

PIA Adds Color Management Course To iLearning Center Printing Industries of America recently launched a new Color Management Fundamentals course to the iLearning Center. Presented by Joe Marin, Vice Presi- dent of Education and Training, the course is avail- able to Printing Industries of America printer members as a free benefit of membership. Students will learn: • Color management basics, terminology, and workflow • Why we need color management and what it can and cannot do • Basic requirements for creating ICC profiles • Gamut compression and rendering intent • Delta E, color tolerances, what’s possible, and what’s not For more information about the iLearning Center, visit . From a simple beginning in 2000, printing labels on letterpress machines, Thai family business Trisan has moved to flexo production with two Nilpeter press- es and one Omet machine. To cope with the extra production capacity and the higher quality labels now being produced by its 50 employees, the com- pany has decided to invest in Flexo Wash cleaning equipment. The first FlexoWash cleaning system at Trisan was an anilox cleaner. So, whenTrisan saw the need for a plate washer, it invested in more FlexoWash technology. It is the first parts washer that Flexo Wash/TGG will install, and the target is that the installation will reduce the manpower involved in cleaning atTrisan’s plant. W&H Develops Digital Flexible Packaging Press Windmoeller & Hoelscher has reached a first mile- stone in its development project with a machine con- cept for a new digital printing machine. W&H has partnered with other industry companies, including inkjet printhead manufacturer Xaar.The digital print- ing machine fromW&H is based on piezo inkjet tech- nology. W&H has been conducting research in the field of digital printing for several years. Since 2016, the digi- tal printing team has driven forward the implementa- tion with a development project involving investments in the millions. Flexo Wash Completes Installation In Thailand


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. 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 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. Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.

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ples of other TRESU ancillaries will be available as well as for its flagship Flexo Innovator press. The Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi- process inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates, available in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm. TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems include a choice of light-weight corrosion-resistant carbon fiber or ceramic construction. Both systems are de- signed for label, flexible packaging and paperboard printing and coating applications, and are available in widths from 185mm to 6000mm. Uteco Booth 6475 Uteco Converting, in partnership with Ebeam Tech- nologies, has developed a modular, flexible and easy to use Gaia electron beam inkjet printer to print on flexible media, which will be demonstrated at Label- expo Americas 2018. The Gaia is suitable for food and pharmaceutical packaging. It has the ability to print on aluminum, paper and films through electron beam curing tech- nology and can reach max speeds of up to 320 ft/min. The Gaia can be configured up to 36 inches wide.This platform is reportedly ideal for short runs and variable personalized data. A second digital press developed in collaboration with Kodak, the Saphire Evo, will also be showcased. Through the use of water-based inks, the Saphire Evo is reportedly an ideal solution for production digital related to short and medium runs, promotional print- ing with reduced production time, one shoot print- ing, customized adver tising and per sonalized products. It has the ability to print on plastic films and paper reaching speeds of up to 900 fpm. The company is also showcasing the Onyx XS, the compact version of the Onyx range featuring the lat- est Uteco flexo technology designed to optimize short runs and guarantee higher quality printing.The gearless printing group together with the main motor directly seated on the drum shaft. In addition to conventional air drying for water-based and sol- vent based inks, the Onyx XS can be equipped with UV lamps or an EB curing unit.The press offers many unique features, such as touch & go, tune & go, auto- matic impression setting system, and sprint wash sys- tem. The Onyx XS also offers easy access with no ladders or stairs to reach the upper decks. Between color, dryers are easy to remove and can rotate for easy access and cleaning. It is possible to customize the press with a series of optional equipment.

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitex- co Laser Systems, Sanilox ™ Systems and Sani-Blast ™ Mobile Service. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. 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 offer several cleaning options to minimize downtime. Flint Group 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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PMMI The Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame will wel- come five new members as its 45th class at PACK EXPO International 2018, October 14–17, Mc- Cormick Place, Chicago, according to Hall of Fame coordinator and show producer PMMI, The Associa- tion for Packaging and Processing Technologies. This year’s inductees are Tim Bohrer, Keith Pearson, Michael Okoroafor, Susan Selke and ChuckYuska. The Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame recog- nizes career packaging and processing professionals for their significant contributions to the industry and education. An annual event since 1971, the Hall of Fame Commission took a sabbatical after the 2014 class to look internally at its process and ensure it in- cluded an accurate representation of all deserving nominees.With its return this year at PACK EXPO In- ternational, processing professionals were officially eligible for the first time. A 45-year veteran of the packaging industry, Timo- thy Bohrer, Pac Advantage Consulting LLC, is the pri- mary inventor on 15 issued patents. Keith Pearson has experience in manufacturing and converting in the fields of corrugated, carton and print, cores and tubes and multiwall sacks. During his career, he worked in the leadership of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) for more than 15 years, serving as the first African President of WPO from 2006–2011 and as General Secretary from 2012–2017. Michael Okoroafor has 40 patents include everyday items like Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle, Heinz’s Dip N’ Squeeze condiment pack and McCormick & Compa- ny, Inc.’s “First Choice” freshness pack. He also helped develop the flexible film packaging material essential to Coca-Cola’s Freestyle carbonated soft drink dis- pensing system. The current Director of the Michigan State Uni- versity School of Packaging, Susan Selke’s 35 years as a packaging educator includes research on pack- aging sustainability long before sustainability was a buzzword. For nearly three decades, Chuck Yuska served as President and CEO of PMMI, growing the associa- tion’s membership from less than 300 U.S. mem- bers to nearly 850 global members. During his tenure, the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows grew from one show to six, with the trade show success allowing PMMI to raise money for schol- arships, education, workforce development and industry relations.

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