FMN | March 20th, 2017

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March 20, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 6

Market News


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ICE USA Prepares Educational Sessions reported by Greg Kishbaugh I CE USA, the International Converting Exhibition, has an- nounced its lineup of keynote speakers, industry fundamen- tal workshops, and technical education sessions for

TLMI Awards Singer Winners

At the recently heldTLMI Converter Meeting at the Don Cesar Hotel and Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, the association honored this year’s win- ners of the Eugene Singer Award for Best Managed Company. The award, which is given each year in four cate- gories, recognizes label companies who demonstrate excellence in busi- ness management as measured by a set of growth and profitability ratios that are calculated as part of TLMI’s annual Management Ratio Study. The Singer Awards attract more than 90 entries from TLMI member converters throughout the United States and Canada.At the March 7 awards dinner, the following compa- nies received the award: • Columbine Label Company , Centennial, Colorado, Small Compa- ny category. • Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc. , Keene, New Hampshire, Mid- range Company category . • The Label Printers , Aurora, Illi- nois, Medium Company category. • Consolidated Label Co. , Sanford, Florida, Large Company category. For exclusive content and breaking news please visit

professionals at all levels in the convert- ing industr y at the show in Orlando, Florida,April 25-27. ICE USA 2017, mark- ing its fourth edition in the Americas, will bring more than 250 exhibitors together to showcase their latest

equipment and technology from all key areas of converting like web coating, laminating, slitting, rewinding, coating, pouch making and many more. Highlights of the ICE USA Conference Educational Sessions include: • Keynote Presentation — Dr. Robert Fry, Chief Economist, will present his outlook for the global economy in 2017 and beyond, with emphasis on U.S. manufacturing. In addition to covering the usual array of economic statistics, he’ll address the vital role of oil prices, the likely impact of the new adminis- tration’s policies on U.S. economic growth, and the potential for strong growth when the economy is at “full employment.” • AIMCAL Fundamentals — The AIMCAL Fundamentals Course is a one-day program for anyone involved in Coating & Drying or Slitting & Rewinding operations of paper, film, non- wovens and other continuous flexible materials. • ICE USA Technical Sessions — Topics include research, (Cont’d on Page 12)


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Mark Andy To Host Open House In Poland Mark Andy will host an Open House at its European headquarters inWarsaw, Poland,April 5-7. “This Open House will offer printers an opportunity to view our complete range of solutions,” stated Tom Cavalco, Managing Director, Mark Andy Europe. “Re- search indicates that an increasing number of brand owners are demanding their label vendors have digital printing capabilities.We want our customers to under- stand the benefits of all Mark Andy technologies— flexo, digital, hybrid—and help them make the right decision for the future of their business.” The program will feature live demonstrations of the latest inline digital hybrid and flexo printing solu- tions, including the Digital Series, Digital One, and the European debut of the latest Performance Series flexo press platform. Company experts will be on hand to provide personalized consultation on Mark Andy’s total solutions offering, from prepress to in- line printing and converting to offline inspection and rewinding by Rotoflex.There will also be representa- tives from the company’s expanding service and sup- port team to discuss post-installation opportunities, such as training, rebuilds, and retrofits, including the Digital +3600 solution.


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March 22, 2017: Open House to be held at our UTECO N.A. Facility in Kennesaw, GA “ The Perfect & Clear Choice”

The Crystal is the ideal answer for Converters who require higher production, flexibility and consolidation of equipment to streamline operation. Features that separate the Crystal from other presses: Direct Drive Evo® : advanced Uteco Electric Shaft technology Touch&Go® : automatic setting-up of the contact point at the start-up Kiss&Go® : automatic setting of the contact point at the start-up P2P® : dynamic adjustment of printing pressures Tune&Go ®: auto tuning of servomotors at every job start-up SprintWash® : automatic washing system with double pump ShopWareVHP ®: easy HMI to manage very high productivity

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AVT To Be Acquired By Danaher

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pelican Merger Holdings Israel Ltd. pursuant to which it will be ac- quired by Danaher Corporation’s Product Identifica- tion Platform. Pelican Merger Holdings Israel Ltd. will acquire all of the outstanding shares of AVT for Euro 14.50 per share in cash. Many of AVT’s customers are served by X-Rite and Esko, companies within Danaher’s Product Identifica- tion Platform. Combining AVT’s position in print in- spection and quality control with X-Rite’s color inspection capabilities, and Esko’s packaging work- flow will enable all three companies to offer solutions that reportedly simplify management of complex packaging value chains for both packaging converters and CPG brand owners, according to the new owners. AVT’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction.The transaction is subject to custom- ary conditions, including approval by AVT’s share- holders.The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. AWA To Bring Sleeve Label Conference To Miami For the 11th year running, the sleeve labeling sec- tor of the world’s packaging industry will come to- gether at the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2017, taking place April 6- 7 in Miami, Florida, at the Hilton Miami Airport. The event represents a forum where experts in relat- ed specialist disciplines address key issues and opportu- nities for the industry, across the value chain and across the globe. A special feature of the program will be the presentation of the 2017AWA Sleeve Label Awards. 2017 Premier Print Awards Now Open for Submissions Printing Industries of America is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Premier Print Awards. All entries must be received by May 19. All entries are competing for the Best of Category “Benny” award in recognition of superior craftsmanship. En- tries may also be recognized with an Award of Recog- nition of Certificate of Merit. Winners from this year’s Premier Print Awards Com- petition will be honored at the Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech Technology Awards on Sunday, September 10, at the Chicago Marriott in con- junction with PRINT17.

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Control Group Adds Another Nilpeter Press

Control Group of Norwood, New Jersey, has added a third Nilpeter press, and the second press from Nilpeter’s FA-Line, to its production lineup, a 22-inch FA-6*. Founded in 1971, Control Group delivers spe- cialized printed packaging solutions to the pharma- ceutical, healthcare, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and personal care markets.

The company’s first purchase was a 16-inch FG servo press in 2008 and since installation the compa- ny has reported zero downtime, according to Control Group COO Jim Imburgia. The company added a 22-inch FA-6 in 2012, which offered 13 colors, rotary screen, movable towers, and die-cutting. At the recent LabelExpo Americas 2016, the company purchased its third Nilpeter press, the 22-inch FA-6* on display, and had it configured pre- cisely as the press on show. APR Donates Flexo Software System To Flexo Tech All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! Press have donated the recently released SpotOn! flexo pressroom software to Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Flexo Tech, a not-for-profit education and training center that provides hands-on press operator training for flexographic converters across the United States and Canada. The SpotOn! flexo software donated to the facility al- lows press operators in training to work with a color- matching and color measurement tool. The new SpotOn! flexo software will work in conjunction with a new spectro-densitometer donated byTechkon USA. Control Group owners Bill Cheringal ( left ) and Jeff Levine ( right ) have overseen the purchase of the company’s third Nilpeter press.

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People & Places

Bobst North America Murry Pitts has been appointed CEO-Managing

Director and Head of Bobst Service Center for Bobst North America. Pitts will be responsible for all Oper- ations and Service Business in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The SCIENCE of flexo rollers and sleeves Skilled flexo printers know any variation in temperature, humidity, substrates and a host of other conditions will affect the quality of their work. Cleanliness of lines, accuracy of colors and softness of shades can make or break a job. But if you want to maximize profits, you need to optimize uptime, speed and quality. The anilox rollers and sleeves in your presses are only as good as the science behind them— the technology of precision . ARC rollers and sleeves are built to exacting OEM dimensions, with cell geometries engineered for efficient ink usage and precise volumes. Contact ARC today or visit our website to learn more about what the science of flexography from ARC International can do to enhance your graphics. See us at Info-Flex booth #208 .

SGP The Sustainable Green Printing Part- nership (SGP) has elected four new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected board members include: • Dr. George Glisan, Reese Distinguished Professor of Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology at Appalachian State University. • Paul Glynn, Manager, Materials & Digital Technolo- gies, Research and Development at Designtex • Jessica Lawent, Air Management Transportation Specialist & Printing Sector Specialist at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. • Maureen Tholen, Sustainability Director, Safety & Graphics Business Group and Industrial Business Group, 3M. SGP’s 2017 Board of Directors also includes the fol- lowing members: • Chair Lynn Krinsky, Stella Color • Secretary Jodi Sawyer, FLEXcon • Treasurer Dr. Doreen Monteleone, Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) • Executive Director, Brittany Sutphin • Technical Committee Chair Marci Kinter, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) • SGP Foundation Chair, Jonathan Graham, TE Con- nectivity • Libra Balian,ANN INC. • Paul Douglas, Plastic Packaging, Inc.; George Fuchs, National Association of Printing Ink Manufac- turers (NAPIM); Christine Grant, Digital Color Con- cepts; John Heaney,The Advertisers Printing Co., Inc.; Gary Jones, Printing Industries of America (PIA); Lou Liotta, HomeServe USA; Francis Poirer, Jr., Specialty Murry Pitts

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Printer LLC; Maureen Tholen, 3M; Brett Thompson, Piedmont Plastics; and Theresa Vanna, Consulting. Harper Corp. Josh Kiser has been promoted from OEM Accounts Manager to HarperScientific Product Manager by Harper Corporation of America.

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ICE USA Programming ( Cont’d from Page 1)


new technology and best practices in web coating, printing, drying, web handling, converting, finishing, adhesives, coatings and substrates. • Future of Converting Theater – Presentations on the show floor will discuss best business practices, M&As, sustainability, industry forecasts, and more. In addition, show registration grants attendees free admission to InPrint USA, the industrial print show co-locating with ICE USA. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is now in the fourth year of a plan to transform its business model through its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) and become a leader in responsible production. The company has highlighted its ongoing commitment to the four key principles of the FCP: halting all natural forest clear- ances; best practice in peatland management; part- nership with local communities; and responsible global supply chain management. A recent report published by APP looks back at progress in 2016 and reportedly confirms the company is on track in im- plementing its zero-deforestation commitments. The report highlights areas of progress over the past year, including Protecting National Forests; Peatland Best Management Practices; Social Engagement & Res- olutions; and Sustainable Fiber Supply & Sourcing All existing and potential suppliers are evaluated against the Supplier Evaluation & Risk Assessment (SERA) to ensure continued compliance to the FCP as well as to evaluate risks based on their operations. This will include also small scale suppliers, consisting mostly of community forest groups that APP is cur- rently assessing for inclusion in its supply chain. APP Marks Anniversary Of Conservation Policy Idealliance, the communications industry associa- tion representing all facets of the global omnichannel media value chain, has been retained by a client lo- cated in the Midwest Region of the United States to acquire a company that is focused on the pressure sensitive label market and ideally has revenues in the range of $3 million and $20 million. The client represented by Idealliance is said to be fi- nancially sound, well-capitalized, and invests continu- ously in people, processes and technology.The client offers a complete line of quality specialty printed items. Its broad selection of products reaches almost any business or industry, according to Idealliance. Idealliance Seeks Label Converter Acquisition

Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current tech- nology flexo mounting tapes and backing systems for cor- rugated plate mounting. Flexstik hard vinyl, FlexSoft, bi.esse brand, Gold Series Thin tapes for sleeve and Narrow web plate mounting. Specialty tapes that cover the vast thickness range re- quirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving services for unique customers & applications.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.

A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distributor of flexo- graphic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imag- ing systems and software specifically designed for flexography.

ARC International

ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnolo- gy laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manu- facturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.

Comexi Group Industries S.A.U.

The Comexi Group is a leading supplier of quality flexographic C.I. presses for the flexible packaging indus- try worldwide. We also provide solventless laminators, slitter/rewinders and related peripheral equipment such as automatic wash-up systems, solvent recovery sys- tems, automatic roll unloaders, and plate cylinder/sleeve storage systems. DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading suppli- er of flexographic printing systems in digital and conven- tional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to today’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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RotoMetrics, Electro Optic Merge

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RotoMetrics and Electro Optic will merge. RotoMet- rics will continue to operate from its global head- quarters in St. Louis, Missouri, with supporting offices across the globe and manufacturing facilities on five continents. Electro Optic will continue to operate its global headquarters in Großmehring, Germany, and have a supporting office in Mumbai, India servicing India, Asia and Africa, while the Alpharetta, Georgia, manufacturing, service, and support site will contin- ue to service the Americas. Altana Acquires Landa Metallography Technology Altana has acquired Landa’s Metallography technol- ogy, which is reportedly a sustainable alternative to foil-transfer processes. Landa will progressively trans- fer the remaining development and engineering work to Altana’s Actega Coatings & Sealants division, which will be bringing the Metallography technology to market in the coming years. Flexo Market News® is published bi-weekly by NV Business Publishers Corporation, in association with Board Converting News®, Corrugated Today® Recycling Markets®, International Paper Board Industry®, Folding Carton Industry®, and Board Converting News International. Editorial/Production offices: 540 W. Frontage Rd., Suite 3124, Northfield, Illinois 60093. Phone: (847) 441-5645, Fax: (847) 441-5652, Marketing and Cir- culation offices: PO Box 802, Manasquan, NJ 08736-0802, Phone: (732) 502-0500, Fax: (732) 502-9606. Subscription Rates in U.S. and Canada $60 per year or $105 for two years. Overseas rate per year $80 USD. Current issue single copies (pre-paid only) $5.00 in U.S. (elsewhere $7.50); add $5.00 per order for shipping & handling. No part of this publication may be trans- mitted or reproduced without permission from the publisher.

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies offers the Sanilox™ Anilox Roll Cleaning System, an innovative, environmentally safe sys- tem. Sanilox™2.0 uses a touch-screen interface to clean rolls in-line or off-line with the simple touch of a button. It can be operated in English or Spanish and monitor roll in- ventory by entering roll information into the touch-screen interface. Eaglewood Technologies offers cleaning service in your facility, or a ship-in roll cleaning program. Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, manufactur- ers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consum- ables, including: nyloflex® photopolymer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Flint Group

Harper Corporation of America

We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or cor- rugated markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics.

J I MacWilliam Co., Inc.

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

KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change® system and Speedy Clean® auto washup system are designed to give converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s commitment to research and development. Sales, service and support for Flexotecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an ex- perienced, dedicated service staff. Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of nar- row and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to in- crease productivity and profitability for the label and pack- aging markets. The company supplies leading global brands including Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy printing/converting machinery and UVTechnolo- gy curing systems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and dis- tribution offices in France, Switzerland, and the UK. Mark Andy, Inc.

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