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FPPA Plans Pre-Press Workshop The Flexographic Pre-Press Plate- makers Association (FPPA) will host its annual Fall Workshop on Septem- ber 25-26. Offering insights to plant, production, and technical managers in the flexo pre-press industry, this two-day workshop gives attendees the opportunity to learn on a live flexo press at Clemson University. Hands-On The technical and production staff who manufacture flexographic print- ing plates rarely see their work in ac- tion—and that is a missed opportunity to better serve printers and understand the process as a whole. A unique op- portunity, Fall Workshop offers this im- portant holistic perspective.Attendees will spend the first day at Clemson Uni- versity, learning on a live flexographic press. Led by staff from the university’s Graphic Communications Department, workshop attendees will go through a press set-up and run, complete sub- strate print comparisons, and do on- press troubleshooting.
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tage in all environmental impact categories.This finding is a re- sult of a third-party peer-reviewed study conducted by Quantis, a leading independent sustainability consulting group. A life cycle assessment is a standardized, scientific tool to assess environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product’s life, from cradle to grave or raw material extraction to end-of- life. LCAs are used to inform public policy; assist in research and development; and aid in decisions surrounding waste manage- ment, biofuels and renewable energy.
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The first day will also feature a tour of the Sono- co Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics on Clemson’s campus. There, attendees will get a deep- er knowledge of pre-press processes and see cut- ting-edge equipment. The second day of the work- shop will feature classroom-style sessions.Bringing the hands-on component full circle, attendees will analyze samples from the press run the previous day. They’ll also learn from industry experts on technical consid- erations in paper and corrugated, inks, and machines. Labelexpo Europe To Debut Flexible Packaging Arena Labelexpo Europe 2019, taking place September 24- 27 in Brussels, Belgium, has announced details con- cerning its Flexible Packaging Arena. Seen for the very first time at the show, the Flexible Packaging Arena will showcase both conventional and digital converting of stand-up pouches to GMP quality assurance standards, along with information on the op- portunities currently offered by short run value added flexible packaging on mid-web in-line presses. Bobst and its REVO partners Apex,AVT,DuPont, Esko, Flint Group and X-Rite will show a conventional Bobst M6 combination press with inline lamination. There
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AICC Annual Meeting To Examine Workplace Issues AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, is of- fering key HR training for U.S. and Canadian manufac- turing companies during the AICC 2019 Annual Meet- ing, September 16-18, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The two-day workshop features Christine V.Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Sole Proprietor, FiveL and Michelle Henry, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLP) LLP, to speak on HR laws and regulations in the United States and Canada, respectively. Christine Walters has been engaged as an expert wit- ness for the defense,presented at conferences across the country, testified before U.S. Congressional and state leg- islative committees and federal administrative agencies. She has been interviewed and quoted in a variety of media, including television, radio, and print media. Her first book From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations was one of the publisher’s (SHRM) “Great 8” best-sellers in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Employee Issues Michelle Henry is a partner in the Labour and Em- ployment Group in the BLG Toronto office. She advis- es employers on various employment-related matters, such as workplace restructuring, workplace investi- gations, employment contracts, employee termina- tions, discipline, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety matters,workplace violence, employ- ment standards, and human rights. Henry represents employers in employment-related litigation, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, and in- junctions proceedings. The first session“Got Pot? Marijuana in theWorkplace & SubstanceTesting,”will address the legal trends relat- ed to marijuana legalization; decriminalization: and le- gal use of medically prescribed marijuana.The impact on the workplace and the employers’ related policies, practices, and programs will also be discussed. “Top 10 Trends Impacting Employee Practices,” the second session, provides an overview of ten of the most common and current legislative proposals im- pacting employment policies, practices and proce- dures, including advocacy tips for developing your business case and helping to shape these important policy issues. The workshops are being offered during the Annual Meeting, which will feature a three-day series of gen- eral sessions, workshops, plant tours, and networking and social events.The meeting will also showcase the biennial Independent Package Design Competition.
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EFI Announces Completion Of Acquisition Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has completed its pre- viously announced acquisition by an affiliate of Siris for approximately $1.7 billion. In connection with the closing of the transaction, EFI, which will continue to operate as Electronics For Imaging (EFI), will be wholly owned by an affiliate of Siris, and EFI’s common shares will be delisted from the NASDAQ exchange. The transaction, which was initially announced on April 15, was approved in a shareholder vote on July 15 in which 72.2 percent of EFI’s outstanding shares and 99.7 percent of voted shares were voted in favor of the transaction. GAERF/APTech Recognizes Excellence In Graphics The Graphic Arts Education and Research Founda- tion (GAERF), managed by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), recently recognized talented Graphic Communications contestants from across the country who participated in the SkillsUSA 55th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Championships, held June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. During the week-long event, more than 6,500 (an increase of more than 200 participants from 2018) career and technical education high school and col- lege-level students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leader- ship fields. Industry Help All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and the test com- petencies are set by industry. Medalists for the 2019 Graphic Communications Competition (High School level): Gold — Jordan Martin, S & W Washtenaw Consor- tium, Saline, Michigan Silver — Nicholas Forsyth, Franklin County CTC, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Bronze — Donald Duca, Norwich Technical High School, Norwich, Connecticut Medalists for the 2019 Graphic Communications Competition (College level): Gold — Jade Milloy-Cobb, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois Silver — Hunter Steed,AugustaTechnical College,Au- gusta, Georgia Bronze — Gage Shupard,Thaddeus Stevens College of Tech, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Flexographic Machine Market To Approach $3.5B By 2028 Globally, the production of flexographic printing ma- chines is growing,supported by the demand from coun- tries in APECJ, North America, and Europe, according to a new study released by PMR Research. According to the report, the global market for flexographic printing machines witnessed substantial progress in 2018 and was expected to reach a market value of $1.9 billion by 2018. Additionally, the global demand for flexographic printing machines will also be influenced by growth in motion control systems and rising urbanization in de- veloping economies, such as India and China. Popula- tion growth has also been directly influencing the instal- lation of flexographic printing machines. Inline type flexographic printing machines with 6 colors & above find high adoption in developed econ- omies, especially European countries such as Germa- ny, the U.K., France, and Italy. Stack type flexographic printing machines with advancements in servo tech- nology are gaining traction in developing economies. The growth of flexographic printing machines is posi- tively impacted by their application in electronic prod- ucts. This has led to the growth of the global flexog- raphic printing machine market in countries such as China, the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, and Germany. The establishment of new manu- facturing units for flexographic printing machines and rising investments in developing countries across Asia are expected to enhance the demand for flexographic printing machines over the forecast period. On the basis of product type, inline type flexograph- ic printing machines are expected to remain promi- nent in terms of global market share and reach approx- imately a 57.8 percent share by the end of 2028. Based on coloring capacity, the 6-color & above segment is expected to remain prominent in the global flexog- raphic printing machine market, accounting for an es- timated value of $3.004 billion by 2028 end. In 2018, China and APECJ were pegged to be the at- tractive regions in the flexographic printing machine market, accounting for more than 28 percent of the global market share. Advancements in flexographic printing machines for printing applications in elec- tronic products are expected to drive the demand in regions such as APECJ, China and North America. In terms of market value, the global flexographic print- ing machine market is projected to register a 6.5 percent CAGR during the forecast period and create an absolute financial opportunity worth $1,674.5 million.During the forecast period, APECJ and China are likely to witness high adoption of flexographic printing machines and reg- ister CAGRs of 6.6 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.
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PIA Announces InterTech Award Recipients Ten technologies have been selected to receive a 2019 InterTech Technology Award. More than half of the awarded technologies, including two high-speed inkjet presses, produce or support digital printing. Additionally, the judges recognized technologies that improve quality and sustainability of flexographic printing, reduce cutting errors, and introduce artificial intelligence to layout and imposition.The awards will be presented to companies before an audience of in- dustry leaders during the 2019 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Cere- mony,Wednesday, October 2, in Chicago, Illinois. Graphic Packaging Acquires Artistic Carton Company Graphic Packaging Holding Company has reached an agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Artistic Carton Company through a subsidiary, subject to standard closing conditions. 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 con- verting facilities located in Auburn, Indiana, and Elgin,
Illinois.The business generated $63 million in revenue during the twelve months ended June 30, 2019. The business is expected to generate approximately $10 million in annualized EBITDA including anticipated synergies over the next 12-18 months.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. Menasha Corp. Publishes 9th Social Responsbility Report Menasha Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin, has pub- lished its ninth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, highlighting the company’s environmental, so- cial and governance performance during calendar year 2018.The report includes updates on GHG emissions, water use, waste, safety, certifications, and acquisition and expansion activities. Accomplishments highlight- ed in the report include: • A 90 percent reduction in water use since 2010 while more than doubling the size of the company. • An 8 percent reduction in waste since 2013. • Contributed $1.75 million in charitable donations to support communities. • Joined the CEOAction for Diversity & Inclusion co- alition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
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Mondi Aims To Produce Sustainable Flexible Packaging Mondi Group has played a significant role in Proj- ect Proof, a Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF).The project has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch in- corporating a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is suitable for packaging household prod- ucts such as detergent. Project Proof is part of Mondi’s commitment to the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Initiative. It is focused on designing products in line with circu- lar economy principles and has shown that it is pos- sible to use unclean and raw post-consumer recycled content to create new flexible packaging. Mondi will now develop the prototype further to ensure it can be rolled out as a commercially viable product for its multinational FMCG customers.This will support Mon- di’s work as a signatory of the New Plastics Economy Commitment to ensure a minimum of 25 percent of post-consumer waste is incorporated across all its flex- ible plastic packaging where food contact regulations allow by 2025. Mondi spearheaded Project Proof to examine wheth- er it is possible to produce two new flexible plastic packaging products: a recyclable plastic for flexible packaging made with a percentage of post-consumer waste; and a form fill and seal (FFS) pouch for food applications. The goal is to replace multi-layer lami- nates, often found in food packaging, and therefore in- creasing recyclability.As the use of recycled materials and the creation of more recyclable plastics in flexible packaging increases in popularity, they will help circu- larity in the marketplace. The second part of Project Proof focused on long-life food pouches.The standards for food applications were held to high technical specifications agreed by the par- ticipating FMCGs.The aluminum barrier often found in food-standard plastic packaging can extend shelf life, but it creates problems in recycling. Project Proof cre- ated an opportunity for FMCG’s to re-evaluate and pos- sibly reduce the specifications for certain requirements allowing more sustainable materials to be used. There are already materials being tested based on a mono-material construction without problematic lay- ers such as aluminum, which would make recycling possible in existing waste-streams. It was concluded that further development in this area was required as current offerings did not achieve the basic minimum specifications set by the brand owners. Joint Devel- opment Agreements are being discussed for future re- search opportunities in this area.
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The corrugated industry’s LCA compares the envi- ronmental impact corrugated boxes and RPCs from raw materials extraction to end-of-life for apples, carrots, grapes, head lettuce, oranges, onions, toma- toes and strawberries.The LCA examined the effects of each system on global warming potential (green- house gas emissions), eutrophication, acidification, non-renewable energy, ozone depletion, respiratory effects, smog formation, freshwater consumption and solid waste. The assessment shows that the two container systems have different environmental impacts that create value-based trade-offs. To minimize the foot- print of delivering products to market, users need to identify the impact categories that are important to them and select the best system accordingly; perfor- mance in each environmental category depends on what’s being shipped, where it’s being shipped and other variables. Working Hard Corrugated manufacturers continually work to increase use of biofuels and decrease use of fossil fuels for energy, and to improve energy efficiency and product performance through better engineer- ing. Between 2006 and 2014, LCA shows that the industry reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent, in addition to improvements in other environmental impacts. Corrugated recovery has increased dramatically in the past 25 years so that corrugated is the most-recov- ered packaging material available today. Increased re- covery of old corrugated containers (OCC), from 72 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2014, is the primary reason greenhouse gas emissions declined 35 percent during the same time. Recycling corrugated makes an important difference and is one of the ways the cor- rugated industry can continue to improve its environ- mental footprint. Packaging represents only 3 percent to 15 percent of a product’s total environmental impact.The rest comes from the product itself, so protecting it from damage and premature disposal is very important. Corrugated suppliers specialize in designing packages optimized for performance and materials use. Source reduction has been practiced within the in- dustry for decades, engineering high performance packaging with the least possible amount of fiber material. In fact, the industry has worked with its customers to reduce the amount of corrugated per unit of U.S. industrial production by 12 percent from 2000 to 2017.
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The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2019 Fall Executive Conference will be held on Thursday, Octo- ber 10, at the InterContinental Chicago. This one-day conference will focus on industry-spe- cific topics including an update on state government affairs; an update on the polypropylene market; global trends in flexible packaging; managing incentives; and an overview of the University of Florida research on the feasibility of high temperature steam gasification of mu- nicipal solid waste.The conference agenda also features Ben Nemtin, a member of MTV’s Hit Show,The Buried Life, a New York Times bestselling author, and recently named one of the 2019 World’s Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus;and Josh Linkner, a world-renowned innovation expert, 5-time tech entre- preneur, and NewYorkTimes bestselling author. Bill Carroll, Senior Consultant, Euromonitor Interna- tional, will discuss global trends in flexible packaging. Carroll helps clients identify,prioritize,and develop ex- port opportunities around the globe, including build- ing reliable and compelling business cases to support and guide market entry and expansion. State Of The Union Andy Hackman, Principle Lobbyist, Serlin Haley, and FPA State Lobbyist,will provide an update on state gov- ernment affairs. Hackman is a registered federal lobby- ist who has testified before the U.S. Senate and lobbied in more than 25 state capitols. Prior to joining Serlin Haley, he served as Vice President of Government Af- fairs for the Toy Industry Association (TIA), where he oversawTIA’s advocacy programs at both the state and federal levels. He also directed the national govern- ment affairs program of the Consumer Specialty Prod- ucts Association. Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit, will provide an update on the polypropyl- ene market. Morales is currently the service leader of three market advisory subscription services:The Glob- al Plastics and Polymers Report, the North American PE Report and the North American PP Report. Steve Rice,Director of Business Consulting,EFI,will dis- cuss managing incentives, a look at the importance of in- centives in setting direction and motivating behavior,and will review some best practices for setting incentives in sales,production, and other parts of the business. Dr. Bruce Welt, Professor, University of Florida, will provide an overview of the University of Florida’s one- year project researching the feasibility of high tem- perature steam gasification of municipal solid waste (MSW) and Florida farm biomass waste.
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AWT Launches Portfolio Of Sustainable Label Materials AWT Labels & Packaging, Inc. (AWT) has unveiled a selection of sustainable label and packaging materials designed to meet the increasing call for ‘earth-friendly’ packaging options by AWT customers and consumers. AWT’s ‘Terrene’ portfolio of materials provide a host of sustainable options that are recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, depending on the labeling or pack- aging goals of AWT clients. The launch comes after extensive research into sustainable material options which will perform in the marketplace and deliver on sustainability promises. Depending on sustainability goals and the final application for the package or label, AWT can offer material options that are composed of a high percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content; recycle-ready; compostable; or biodegradable. Tropic Plastic & Packaging Acquires Fifth Comexi Press Tropic Plastic & Packaging, a South African flexible packaging producer, has acquired a Comexi F2 MB, the third within the last two years.This latest acquisition will be installed in the company’s Durban facilities. The relationship between the two companies dates
back to 2011 when Tropic Plastic & Packaging pur- chased its first Comexi machine, a Comexi FPLUS flex- ographic press. Following this purchase,Tropic Plastic & Packaging acquired a Comexi F2 MP and its last three acquisitions were the Comexi F2 MB. Entries For FPA 2020 Packaging Awards Now Open The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has an- nounced that the 2020 Flexible Packaging Achieve- ment Awards Call for Entries is now open. The dead- line for entries is Friday, October 25. The 2020 Call for Entries provides an overview of the Achievement Awards program, the competition rules, including eligibility requirements, entry fees, and com- plete instructions on how to enter the competition. Awards are given in the following categories: expand- ing the use of flexible packaging, technical innovation, sustainability, printing, shelf impact, and packaging excellence. All entries are judged by an independent panel of experts. The FPA has conducted the annual Flexible Packag- ing Achievement Awards Competition since 1956 to showcase the industry’s innovation and the advances that have changed packaging.
Industry Events printTHINK Summit Sept. 11-13, 2019 Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL Graph Expo 19 Sept. 22-25, 2019 Orange County Convention Center
TLMI Annual Meeting October 27-30, 2019 Omni LaCosta Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA Labelexpo Asia 2019 December 3-6, 2019 Shanghai, China Pack Expo East March 3-5, 2020 Philadelphia, PA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin, TX drupa 2020 June 23 - July 3, 2020 Dussedorf, Germany
Orlando, FL Pack Expo September 23-25, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada Labelexpo Europe Sept. 24-27, 2019 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium Print19 Oct. 3-5, 2019 McCormick Place Chicago, IL All in Print China October 24-28, 2019 Shanghai, China
GRAPH EXPO 20 October 4-7, 2020 Chicago’s McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois Pack Expo International November 8-11, 2020 Chicago, IL
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APTech Seeks Nomination For Its Board Of Directors The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.Members of the Board repre- sent APTech and are advocates for its mission and ac- tivities, with responsibilities for governance and lead- ership of the organization’s programs and activities. The APTech Board comprises of representatives from all aspects of the print industry value chain, including manufacturers, suppliers and print service providers. Since opening up association membership to print service providers, and including printers on the Board, print service providers have been integral in providing a 360-degree view of the state of the industry and in col- laboration with the manufacturers and supplier board members, together they have helped charter the course for the future of the organization and the print industry. Nominees for the Board of Directors must be em- ployed by an APTech member organization. Candi- dates will be elected on the ballot to be distributed by August 18, with elections being held during the An- nual Meeting of the Association to take place during PRINT19 in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place North from October 3-5.
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