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An industry-wide workforce study conducted by FTA and Avenue M last year provides insight on the challeng- es of attracting and retaining work- ers in the flexographic industry.With more Millennials and Generation Z workers rising through the ranks, what unique difficulties does the flexographic industry face? The study answered this question and more.The idea was to collect in- dustry employment market data to help attract the next generation with- in the workforce. Collecting Data Avenue M conducted interviews and collected questionnaires. Audi- ence segments included company owners, managers, HR professionals, educators, and young and seasoned flexographers. Avenue M also con- ducted an environmental scan, com- piling publicly available research, data and trends related to the pack- age printing industry, US economy and labor market, demographics in the US, education and mentoring.

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L inerless labels have started to penetrate the retail market, ac- cording to a recent report from Future Market Insights.The re- port cites rising efforts across the world to reduce the incidence of counterfeiting as a driving force behind linerless label demand. Consistent growth of the logistics sector across all geographies, coupled with high requirement of linerless labels for inventory management, asset tracking, and goods distribution, is steadily driving the linerless labels market.

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Retail-Ready Packaging Market To Reach $77 Billion The latest release from Smithers, The Future of Re- tail-Ready Packaging to 2024 , forecasts that the val- ue of the global retail-ready packaging market will increase from $60 billion in 2019 to more than $77 billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent. This growth is set to be driven by evolution in store formats and the opening of transition economies, which will drive increased demand for retail-ready and shelf-ready packaging. Other contributing factors in- clude the evolution of convenience and discount for- mat stores and the expansion ofWestern-style retailing into new countries. The report identified several key drivers and barriers for the global packaging industry: Retail trends — The advantages of retail or shelf- ready formats remain fundamentally the same for both retailer and brand owner, but new technologies will entrench these further across the forecast period. Convenience and discount model stores — Conve- nience store and discount supermarket chains are in- creasingly popular in more developed economies.Their basic layouts and typically lower staffing levels, are stim-

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Linerless Labels (Cont’d from Page 1) to offer sustainable and environment-friendly pack- aging solutions to various end use industries, the report notes. North America and APEJ are expected to account for a major portion of the linerless labels market share. Rapid expansion of pharmaceutical and food and bev- erage industries is boosting the growth of the linerless labels market in these regions. Flexo printing and dig- ital printing are projected to dominate the global lin- erless labels market, and hold nearly half of the market share by the end of 2029. Focus On The Environment Packaging manufacturers continue to seek environ- ment-friendly packaging solutions.This shift is driven by an increasing focus toward reducing waste, and consumer preference toward highly sustainable and eco-friendly packaging solutions. Manufacturers are striving to maximize their manufacturing capacities to meet the rising demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions. Additionally, linerless label manufacturers are expanding business boundaries to reinforce their market position. In June 2019, RR Donnelley expanded its liners less labels manufacturing platform by adding a new liner- less press.This enabled the company to expand its lin- erless label production to provide linerless labels and enhance operational effectiveness. In July 2019, Cov- eris completed its acquisition of Amberley Labels, a U.K.-based manufacturer of high quality self-adhesive labels. In February 2017,CCL industries completed the acquisition of Innovia Group, a producer of linerless la- bels and packaging solutions, for around $1.13 billion. Flexo printing currently accounts for 1/4th of the market share and this trend will continue to grow during 2019-2029.This is largely driven by high quality print on a wide range of labels at a high speed. Food & beverage industry is a prominent end user of linerless labels,owing to increasing demand for canned & packaged foods and consumer awareness towards the authenticity of the products. Similarly, adoption of linerless labels by the retail industry accounts for 31 percent of the total revenue share. Demand will con- tinue to increase, due to growing incidence of theft in the retail sector.

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Nosco, Inc., a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc., has acquired the assets of Haapanen Brothers, Inc., a full-service graphic arts and printing company located in Gurnee, IL, USA.

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packaging to minimize labor costs. Demand for environmental performance — Con- sumers are demanding transparency from brands about their environmental activities and the impact of their products and packaging on the climate and the environment. Internet and e-commerce —The rise of online shop- ping and e-commerce continues, hence there is some downside for retail-ready packaging as more shopping leaves retail outlets. Fedrigoni Group, an Italian specialty paper manufac- turer, has completed the acquisition of Ritrama, spe- cializing in self-adhesive products with production facilities in Italy, Spain, UK, Chile and China. The pre- liminary sale agreement was signed in October 2019. The Fedrigoni Group will continue to invest in Ar- convert and Ritrama’s high value-added self-adhesive products.The enlarged portfolio will be already on dis- play at drupa 2020. Ritrama posted total revenues of approximately $443 million in the year ended Decem- ber 31, 2018; Fedrigoni’s total revenues approximated $1.33 billion in the same period. Fedrigoni Completes Acquisition Of Ritrama

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ulating the consumption of retail-ready packaging, albe- it in some instances in less sophisticated forms. ‘Westernization’ of food shopping in developing markets — In transition economies, China is a lead- ing adopter of Western shopping trends, many suppli- ers are embracing this phenomenon by incorporating moreWestern products into their SKUs. Interactivity — Retail-ready packaging plays an im- portant role in establishing and enhancing brand image and message. It creates an opportunity for the brand owner to interact with their consumer, both visually and technologically. Innovation in digital print and fin- ishing systems are now offering a suite of options for tailoring content to specific events, store locations, or customer preferences. Standardization of shelving and pack formats — The efficiency of retail-ready packaging systems is enhanced by the adoption of standardized pack sizes, which require less time on machinery set-up, fewer die-cut variants and, ultimately, that improve efficien- cies for retail store employees. Retail-ready packaging driving flexible packag- ing adoption — In move away from designs that use peg bars to hang pouches, major retailers are encouraging the use of flexible packs in retail ready

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TLMI Members Map Out 2020 At Annual Committee Summit TLMI hosted its Committee Summit in Orlando, Flori- da, January 27-28. Nearly 120 registered attendees rep- resenting five TLMI committees came together for the event, where delegates mapped out each committee’s respective agenda for the coming year.The TLMI com- mittees represented were Technical, Government & Regulations, Marketing, Environmental and Workforce Development. “The TLMI Committee Summit is the first official as- sociation meeting every year as the chairs and mem-

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bers of each committee come together to plan their committee’s activities and set goals for the coming year,” said TLMI Chairman, Michael Ritter. Among the Summit’s delegates were 13 first-time attendees, and nearly 90 companies were represent- ed by the overall attending group. A synopsis of each committee’s activities during their time spent together in Orlando includes: Government & Regulations Committee : Re- viewed a range of current industry issues and had a deep dive into recycling and label compatibility issues. Also held a joint session with TLMI’s Environmental Committee and outlined future webinars and areas for engagement in 2020. Workforce Development Committee : Worked to finalize the DIY Career Concepts Kits for presenting to and educating Middle School and High School stu- dents about the label and packing industry. The kits will be available to all TLMI members soon to utilize in their local communities.All progress on the work can be viewed through the TLMI Engage portal.The com- mittee wrapped up their session by discussing their next major project: Collecting and sharing informa- tion related to improving Employee Retention . Marketing Committee : Identified the ‘issues list’ and selected as a group what the committee felt were the most important three issues to focus on includ- ing: 1) Improving the connection and communication with other committees, 2) Expanding the TLMI Mem- bershipToolkit, 3) Content and testimonials. Technical Committee : Returned to its roots to fo-

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FTA Announces Session Details For FORUM 2020

• The Defectives II: A “Virtual” Guide to Trouble- shooting — Identifying print defects, using audience participation to select a solution, and demonstrating it with a virtual reality press. • FQC: Exploring Technology & Defining Value in Packaging —Technology advancement born from in- depth research conducted by current industry mem- bers and students of flexography. • Press Optimization: Straight from the Mouths of Printers — Establishing a procedure that yields consis- tent print quality, workflow stability and efficiency of operations through press optimization. • Color Consistency: Achieving the Target — How using hardware to capture data and software to visu- alize it enables production crews to print to the num- bers and rely on those numbers to ensure color con- sistency. • Inside the Minds of Brand Owners:Why We Care — Brand owners discuss the ways in which color is important and how its importance affects their pack- age-branding decisions. • Innovation & Technology Born from Frustration — How color is affected by ink, anilox and plate selec- tion—and improved by the latest technologies—along with finding the best combination of consumables.

FTA has announced session details for FORUM 2020, its four-day technical conference themed, Color, Brands, Technology: The Complete Package . Through nine technical sessions, industry experts will lead more than 30 presentations explaining how to deliver consistent and accurate color, brand ex- pectations and the capabilities they want from print partners. The sessions will also explore a wide range of applications and the corresponding technologies shaping flexography. The nine-session agenda includes: • Evaluation, Optimization, Control: The Com- plete Plate Making Package — Building an approach to adopting ever-changing plating technologies when transitioning legacy files while maintaining process control. • Print Quality Scoring: Friend or Foe? —An inside look at print quality scoring from a brand that requires it, agencies that monitor it and printers who control it. • Contrast in Print Technologies: Preprint vs.Postprint —A comparison of modern preprint and postprint tech- nologies, and how corrugated printers and their custom- ers can choose the right process for each job.

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According to the report, personalization, changing consumers preferences and the integration of digital technology are expanding growth for package printing in the United States. Changing consumer preferences and advances in digital technology and automation are expected to drive growth and opportunities for pack- age printing companies “to deliver more customized, high-quality labels faster and will reduce manual labor that printing companies’ staff are typically required to perform.” When it came to the labor market, the environmen- tal scan revealed two barriers to growth for U.S. com- panies: multiple job changes throughout a career and a lack of qualified workers. This has the potential to affect young people entering the labor market, who could assume there are not enough stable positions and career advancement opportunities in package printing. Changing Workforce Regarding demographic trends, the report stated that although the demographic makeup of the workforce is changing, organizations and companies are slow when it comes to removing barriers to entry and creating advancement opportunities. Companies that embrace these changes “may find themselves well-positioned to attract and retain the next generation of professionals.” “When seeking and accepting a new job, individuals may consider the experience and opportunities for ca- reer advancement, as well as the level of diversity and inclusion.” According to the report, a growing youth population means there may be a need for more affordable, en- try-level training and education. In order to attract and retain Millennial and Generation Z workers, compa- nies may need to re-examine how entry-level employ- ees contribute to decision-making in the workplace, and managers and supervisors will need to understand what motivates the next generation of professionals. The study found more students are enrolled in trade schools, with the number of apprentices and bache- lor’s degrees having increased in recent years. But those wishing to increase their skillset outside of a tra- ditional four-year, postsecondary program have many options to choose from. In addition, the increasing cost of postsecondary education may influence some high school graduates to seek alternative educational or training opportunities. The study also looked at the importance of mentor- ing, which has evolved into creating relationships that match individuals with others who have the skills and knowledge they need. Mentorship is expected to con-

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TLMI (Cont’d from Page 6) cus on providing technical content throughout the year to TLMI membership: 1) Developing a 90-min- ute educational session on Lean through Automa- tion, for presentation at Labelexpo Americas; 2) Cre- ating a calendar for technical “tips, tricks, trends” to be included in a monthly association newsletter; 3) Exploring an LED Case Study to be presented in a small, regional event sometime in 2020; 4) Exploring the adoption/adaption of an introductory “Labels 101” educational series for training via on-demand access by membership. Environmental Committee : Met with the Govern- ment & RegulatoryAffairs Committee to discuss poten- tial extended producer responsibility (EPR) state legis- lation and its possible implications for members.Broke into three sub-committees to discuss the next steps for three important focus areas: One each to plan greater participation in liner recycling and landfill avoidance for matrix waste, and one to increase engagement in sustainability through greater participation in environ- mental awards and recognition programs. There are numerous opportunities for converter and supplier members to be part of a TLMI committee in their area of interest and expertise.For more information visit www.tlmi.com or contactTLMI headquarters. All Printing Resources (APR), Glendale Heights, Illi- nois,will hold a one-day Regional Workshop on Flexo Troubleshooting February 25th at its Technology Cen- ter and headquarters.The workshop will outline best flexo practices and solutions to improve pressroom efficiencies and is the first in a series of regional flexo troubleshooting workshops to be additionally held in Greenville, South Carolina;Vancouver,Washington; and San Leandro, California in the coming months. Work- shops will also be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Houston, Texsas, in the fall with locations to be an- nounced at a later date. APR’s RegionalWorkshops for FlexoTroubleshooting are created for personnel who have a base understand- ing of the fundamentals of the flexo print process and want to gain advanced knowledge of methodologies to optimize and troubleshoot their companies’ flexo applications.The workshop will include presentations on the tools essential for process control in prepress, platemaking, the ink room and the pressroom.Attend- ees will discover methods for determining the root causes of common challenges encountered in flexog- raphic printing and how to solve these challenges. APR Kicks Off Regional Flexo Workshop Series

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Speakers Announced For Label Summit Latin America A host of speakers representing well-known brands and top label and package printing stakeholders are coming together to take part in the forthcoming Label Summit Latin America 2020, which returns to Santiago, Chile. Taking place between March 10-11 at Espacio Ries- co Convention Center, the two-day conference aims to equip delegates with in-depth knowledge, as well as strategic insights into how they can help move the sector forward in Chile and the wider region.The con- ference program has been designed with a strong busi- ness and strategy theme throughout.The key focus for day one will be business markets and opportunities, while day two will focus on packaging, design and branding. Leading the first conference session on day one is Mariana Soto Urzúa, General Manager, CENEM, who will give a presentation on key market trends and sectors in Chile and the Southern Cone. This will be followed by a session led by Javier Ibero Arimany, LAT- AM Manager for EADEC Chile, who will speak on sus- tainability and the circular economy in the region and how companies can address this concern. Further day one highlights include a keynote presen- tation from gold sponsor GlobalQuality.space’s Busi- ness Development Manager, Askold Zimmermann, on workflow automation and quality control for convert- ers and brand owners. Business diversification is the afternoon’s topic, with a session from Ignacio Ramos, Commercial Director at converter R&R Impresores, who will share how the company has expanded its printing business into packaging and labels. He will also join the final session of the day: a converter panel discussion on new areas of investment and using com- petitive pressure to your advantage. Fellow panelist in- cludes Jorge Garrido, Director, Garino Hnos. Day two highlights include a session on designing packaging that sells, led by Luis Arevalo, Packaging Engineering Director, Latin America, Kellogg Compa- ny. Speaking at his fifth Label Summit Latin America, Hernán Braberman, Partner and Executive Design Di- rector, Tridimage, will show delegates how to design products for different markets, ranging from Baby Boomers to Millennials and Generation Z.The focus of the afternoon will be on label design and combating counterfeiting. Ignacio Zermeño, Commercial Direc- tor, MGM México - Witte Group, will give delegates in- sight into increasing sophistication in labeling,while a panel discussion on wine labeling will expand on this and conclude the conference.

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AICC Releases Flexo, Visual Workplace Courses In Spanish AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with AICC Education Investors Pamarco, JB Machinery, Prin- tron, and Absolute have launched Optimizing the Flex- ographic Print Process (Optimizar la Impresión Flex- ográfica), a new free online course available in Spanish to AICC members. With flexography encompassing the largest segment of printing for packaging and labels worldwide, it is a massive industry.This course explains the key com- ponents of the flexo process comparing them to the anatomy of the body: brain, blood, muscle, and heart. Humans go to great lengths to improve upon and optimize their bodies, and the flexo process can be treated similarly. For those who need to eat more fruits and vegetables, this course begins with a brief recap of the overall process of flexography that includes a historical perspective on this print field as well as a contemporary market overview. From here, the course dives into the anatomy of flex- ography and optimization techniques to get a press ready for maximum performance. This course is de- signed to showcase the cutting-edge technologies and systems that can help make your press the best ver- sion of itself. Additionally,AICC has releasedVisualWorkplace (Con- struya un Lugar deTrabajoVisible con 7S), a new course available, for free, to all AICC members in Spanish. The foundation of improvement is organization of the workplace. Until the environment is organized for success, it will be impossible to maintain any gains in productivity.The five S’s are described and the two de- sired results are also included so that employee mo- tivation is aligned with company goals.The concepts and best practices of organization activities and em- ployee agreements necessary to sustain progress are described. Each participant also receives the Visual Workplace Handbook by the Psquared Team. ARC International Partners With Enov Anilox Solutions ARC International, Charlotte, North Carolina, has partnered with David Contant of Enov Anilox Solu- tions in Terrebonne, Quebec to represent its full line of rollers, sleeves and doctor blade chambers and to provide technical support in Ontario, Quebec and the eastern provinces. Contant has completed FTA’s FIRST certification as an Implementation Specialist (level 3) and has also serves as Vice-President of ATFFEQ, the regional flexo and packaging association.

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Pixelle Acquires Two Paper Mills From Verso

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Pixelle Specialty Solutions has completed the acqui- sition of two specialty paper mills from Verso Corpo- ration, reportedly becoming one of the largest paper producers in North America, manufacturing currently over one million tons annually. The company specializes in multiple paper grades including release papers, thermal labels, food and bev- erage labels, food packaging papers, inkjet papers,cast- ing liners, book papers, carbonless and forms, security papers, envelope and converting papers, and various niche products. Pixelle now operates a four-mill specialty paper sys- tem: Jay, Maine; Chillicothe, Ohio; Spring Grove, Penn- sylvania; and Stevens Point,Wisconsin.Three have on- site pulp mills. Collectively the mills deploy 12 paper machines and produce more than one million tons of paper annually. In addition, Pixelle operates a convert- ing facility in Fremont, Ohio and strategically located wood sourcing operations committed to sustainable forestry throughout its operating regions. Resource Label Acquires Axiom Label & Packaging Resource Label Group, a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the label and packaging industry, has acquired Los Angeles, California-based Axiom Label & Packaging. Axiom represents the company’s sixth acquisition in California. Resource Label is a portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, a New York-based private invest- ment firm, and TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG. Located in Compton, California, Axiom is a supplier of label and packaging products to California business- es and national brands.Axiom offers pressure sensitive, shrink sleeve, extended content and flexible packag- ing solutions that serve customers across a broad spec- trum of industries, including food, beverage, nutraceu- tical, personal care and health and beauty. FPA Partners With PACK EXPO East The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is again partnering with PACK EXPO East in the PACK EXPO East Partner Program. FPA joins several associations who are leading forces in the exchange of ideas and collaboration with an invested interest in the future of packaging and processing.

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tinue playing a crucial role in career advancement, al- though women and minorities may find it difficult to match with a mentor within the workplace, according to the report.When seeking and accepting a new job, individuals may consider the experience and oppor- tunities for career advancement, as well as the level of diversity and inclusion. “In order to attract and retain Millennial and Gen- eration Z workers, companies may need to re-exam- ine how entry-level employees contribute to deci- sion-making in the workplace, and managers and supervisors will need to understand what motivates the next generation of professionals.” For companies in the flexographic industry, recruit- ment and retention are top challenges,with contribut- ing factors including: • Lack of awareness of the industry among students and recent graduates; • Low unemployment rates; and • Scarcity of flexography education programs. Technological advances in flexography can be difficult to keep up with, but are also a source of excitement. “With the future looking so bright — smart pack- aging, interactive packaging — it’s only going to get more appealing and more sophisticated as we move on.That would lend itself to a modern workforce that has been raised by disruptive tech,” said Paul Teachout, one of the professionals interviewed for the study. Interviewees suggested FTA can support recruitment by: • Increasing outreach to high school students and administrators, and other educational institutions; • Promote and increase awareness of the industry overall; • Offer specialized education and more specific training related to the printing process; and • Attend career fairs and host regional events and a job board. Esko Releases Digital Transformation Strategy Guide Esko has introduced a new resource for packaging and print suppliers across the globe: a strategic model to guide individual businesses on their entire journey to digital maturity. Developed as a result of analyzing hundreds of cus- tomers’ operations worldwide, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions has launched its Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers (DMM) program to equip businesses to im- prove productivity, efficiency and overall profitability through a complete digital transformation.

Pack Expo East March 3-5, 2020 Philadelphia, PA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin, TX

Propak East Africa March 17-19, 2020 KICC - Nairobi, Kenya FTA Annual Meeting/INFOFLEX April 19-22, 2020 Columbus, OH Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 May 7-9, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

Bangkok, Thailand Pack Expo Mexico June 2-5, 2020 Mexico City, Mexico FTA Europe Diamond Awards June 18, 2000

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TAPPI/AICC CorrExpo September 14-17, 2020 Orange County Convention Center and Omni Hotel Orlando, FL Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre Greater Noida, Delhi NCR

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Nazdar Ink Technologies Dean Allen has been named OEM Business De- velopment Manager for EMEA and North America for Nazdar Ink Technologies. Allen joins Nazdar’s international sales team and will be responsible for developing industrial OEM partnerships.

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