FMN | September 14th, 2020

Vol. 22 No. 19 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

September 14, 2020

Sustainable Flexo Ink Launched

NAM Releases Outlook Survey

The National Association of Manu- facturers has released its third quar- ter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. The manufacturing economy has re- bounded since the second quarter of 2020. In the latest quarterly Manufac- turers’Outlook Survey, conductedAu- gust 14–28, 66.0 percent of respon- dents reported a positive outlook for their company in the third quarter (Figures 1 and 2), up from 33.9 per- cent in the second quarter. As such, positive sentiment in the manufactur- ing sector has nearly doubled since May, rebounding from the worst read- ing since the Great Recession, even as challenges persist and the outlook remains below the historical average of 74.4 percent. A Different Landscape Demand and business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic se- verely challenged the manufactur- ing sector earlier in the year, with the global economy suddenly enter- ing a sharp downturn. Real GDP fell dramatically by an annualized 31.7

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T he ongoing need for suppliers to introduce new products into the flexo marketplace that help printers achieve higher levels of sustainability becomes more urgent with each passing day.Werner & Mertz, in cooperation with its Recyclate Initiative partners, has launched a new printing ink system that promises applications beyond its industry.

Working with ink manufacturer Siegwerk Druckfarben, the EPEA Switzerland GmbH (Environmental Protection Encour- agement Agency), and the global packaging and paper company Mondi,Werner & Mertz has developed a recyclable printing ink system for flexography which has been awarded Material Health Certification (MHC) GOLD. The Recyclate Initiative was formed with the guiding princi- ple Cradle-to-Cradle, designed from the start to go into a closed Awarded the Material Health Certification (MHC) GOLD, the recy- clable printing ink system for flexography is used in the recyclable stand-up pouch for the Frosch brand. Copyright Werner & Mertz .

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Registration Opens For “Virtual Label Summit” TLMI has partnered with Tarsus Group for the first-ever Virtual Label Summit. Spread over five days and broadcasted early in U.S. Central Time to enable participation from a global audience, it is the first time an entire Labelexpo conference has been host- ed online. Designed to keep the worldwide label and package printing industry connected outside of Labelexpo shows and equip attendees with up-to-date knowl- edge, the Virtual Label Summit offers exclusive insight into how converters and label and package printing suppliers can simultaneously futureproof and move the global industry forward during these changing times.To this end, this knowledge hub of vital learning resources will also be made available to attendees for three months after the event closes. Metsä Board Opens New Finnish Excellence Center Metsä Board has started up operations in its new Excellence Center at the unique bioeconomy site in Äänekoski, Finland.The resources and capabilities will be shared across all of Metsä Board’s locations, includ-

ing the United States. The center, with technology for R&D, packaging de- sign and paperboard and packaging performance, aims to accelerate material and packaging innovation and provide a collaboration platform for customers and technology partners globally. Virtual collaboration workshops will enable joint de- velopment and co-creation when physical meetings are not possible. “As the amount of packaging continues to grow, new, sustainable solutions are needed to replace fossil-based materials and ensure circularity,” said Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board. “The Excellence Center concept enables paperboard and packaging solutions that examine the entire value chain.With the material knowhow, competence and tools now available, we can optimize performance throughout the packaging lifecycle.” The Excellence Center, which covers a total of 16,000 square feet, includes R&D facilities, a packag- ing design studio, a customer feedback center and a laboratory providing more than 100 different measure- ment methods and analytics.The center also features a virtual store and a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool to allow sophisticated simulation and analysis of packaging performance.

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percent in the second quarter, the largest quarterly de- cline in the history of the series, which dates to 1947. In addition, manufacturing production dropped 20.2 percent between February and April, with employ- ment in the sector off by a whopping 1,363,000 over that time frame. The Institute for Supply Management® reported that manufacturing activity expanded in August at the fastest pace since November 2018, buoyed by growth in orders that was the strongest since January 2004. Though it will take a while for output and hiring in the sector to recover to pre-recessionary levels, the survey indicates that production is on the rise. Higher Production Indeed, 50.6 percent of manufacturers report high- er production in the third quarter than in the second, with 22.7 percent predicting output will be lower and 24.8 percent feeling there will be no change (Figure 3). Similarly, 30.0 percent and 26.8 percent of those com- pleting the survey anticipate that hiring and capital spending will increase in the third quarter, respective- ly, with roughly 45 percent seeing no change in either measure relative to the second quarter. Relief funds played a significant role in helping businesses weather these challenges. Of the 82.7 percent of respondents who say COVID-19 had or will have a negative impact on their cash flow, 72.1 percent noted they had ob- tained funds through the Paycheck Protection Pro- gram, Main Street Lending Program or other liquidity programs. More importantly, of those firms taking ad- vantage of such programs, 91.6 percent reported that those funds helped keep their business afloat, retain their workforce or meet other necessary expenses. Returning To Normal Respondents were asked when they expect revenues to return to pre-pandemic levels. Sixty-two percent expect their firm’s revenues will not get back to pre- COVID-19 levels until 2021 or later (Figure 4). Just 17.6 percent note their revenues had already recovered, with 12.5 percent predicting them to bounce back in either the third or fourth quarter of 2020. The NAM Manufacturing Outlook Index measured 44.5 in the third quarter, up from 23.3 in the second quarter (Figure 5).The latest data suggest the current outlook is 0.55 standard deviations below the histori- cal average. Over the previous five quarters, large manufacturers (i.e., those with 500 or more employees) have been the least positive in their outlook likely due in part to trade uncertainties. That turned around in the latest

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Sustainable Ink (Cont’d from Page 1) material cycle and to pose no risk to human health and the environment. Formulating a sustainable print- ing ink is a key component to that principle. The certified ink series, in the spirit of the Open In- novation approach, is not patented so that it can be used by other companies. Torsten Haas, Packaging Developer at Werner & Mertz, stated that sustainable and healthy raw materi- als are just as important as packaging’s recyclability af- ter its use phase.That’s why, in addition to the bottles and caps made of recyclates, sustainable printing inks are critical for a product’s recyclability. New Green Deal The new solvent-based flexo printing ink, called NC 270, is scientifically confirmed for biological cycles by the Material Health Certification. In accordance with the MHC, Gold certification is awarded exclusively to products that do not contain carcinogens,mutagens or reproductive toxicants with plausible exposure routes. “The New Green Deal of the EU Commission calls for safe and reliable plastic packaging that is sustainable for coming generations and the environment,” said Al- bin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland, an accredited as- sessment body for Cradle-to-Cradle Certified and MHC Standard.“This project is the guide to that goal. It has been confirmed by an independent third-party with the only certification system for cycles.” In 2017Werner & Mertz, Siegwerk and EPEA Switzer- land developed a sustainable UV ink for offset printing as many pigments used in the standard process did not comply with the Cradle to Cradle Certified require- ments for certification. Working Toward The Future With the ink series NC 270 for flexographic printing, theWerner & Mertz Recyclate Initiative has developed its second important printing process for packaging. The flexographic printing ink system can be used to print polyolefin plastic sheeting such as polethylene and polyproplylene. It is also reportedly well suited to the stability and resistance properties required for the stand-up pouch. In other nrews, Siegwerk has developed a series of UV offset inks and UV flexo varnishes with deinking properties to improve the recyclability of UV-coated paper and board packaging “Our new UV flexo varnishes are recyclable by the standard flotation deinking process also used for the recycling of printed ink films on paper and virgin fiber board without any adaption,”explainedThomas Glaser, Head of Technology Sheet-Fed at Siegwerk.


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survey. Just more than 70 percent of larger firms felt positive about their company’s outlook. In contrast, 62.0 percent of small manufacturers (i.e., those with fewer than 50 employees) and 65.5 percent of medi- um-sized businesses (i.e., those with 50 to 499 employ- ees) felt positive in their outlook. Challenges Ahead Weaker domestic demand remained the primary business challenge, but the percentage citing that as a concern dropped from 83.1 percent in the second quarter to 66.5 percent in the third quarter (Figure 6). Other top worries among manufacturers included the inability to attract and retain talent (55.1 percent), rising health care and insurance costs (51.1 percent), trade uncertainties (40.0 percent) and weaker global growth and slowing export sales (36.4 percent). Prior to COVID-19,workforce challenges had been the main concern for manufacturing respondents for 10 consec- utive quarters, and the data suggest that it continues to be a struggle despite the dramatically changed labor market. Tracking The Trends Some other trends regarding predicted growth rates over the next year: • Sales: Respondents expect sales to rise 1.9 percent over the next 12 months,a nice turnaround after antici- pating that demand would plummet 4.3 percent in the previous survey.That reading had been the worst since the first quarter of 2009.More than 59 percent of man- ufacturers predict that sales will increase over the next year, with 36.5 percent feeling that orders will rise 5.0 percent or more. Firm size mattered in the data. Large firms anticipate sales rising 2.6 percent,whereas small and medium-sized manufacturers forecast increases of 1.4 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively. • Production: Likewise, respondents expect produc- tion to increase 2.2 percent over the next 12 months, up sharply following an anticipated decline of 3.8 per- cent in the prior release, which registered the lowest reading since the question was added in the second quarter of 2015.Almost 60 percent forecast output to rise over the coming months, with 20.4 percent see- ing declining production. Large manufacturers felt the most optimistic, anticipating 2.8 percent growth in production over the next 12 months. In contrast, small and medium-sized firms expect output to rise 1.7 per- cent and 2.2 percent, respectively. • Full-Time Employment: In the previous survey, re- spondents expected full-time employment to decrease 2.2 percent over the next 12 months, the weakest

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Every two years during Labelexpo, FlexoWash offers a 10 percent discount on FlexoWash Cleaning Systems. As a way to honor this tradition and help its customers and friends during these uncertain times, Flexo Wash is still offering the discount as part of its “Not a Label- expo” Labelexpo Discount for 2020.This discount will be valid thru October 15, 2020. Flexo Wash began a full campaign of virtual sales, service, installations and trainings all in lieu of the regular face-to-face meetings. In lieu of a typical trade show, FlexoWash is offering many ways to virtually see, touch and feel its products: • Check out the expansive online catalogs. • Schedule an appointment to speak with a Flexo Wash Territory Manager. • Schedule a virtual demo or an in-person demo, whichever you choose. • Calculate Return on Investment with a FlexoWash Representative or Online. Optimum Group Acquires Etiketten German label converter SC Etiketten is the latest printer that has been acquired by the Optimum Group, which now consists of 13 member companies based in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. The current management of SC Etiketten will remain in place within the organization. The acquisition of the SC Etiketten is the sixth ac- quisition by the Optimum Group since 2018 including most recently added members such as a Danish Flex- oPrint Group, Dutch converters Telrol, Kolibri Labels and Megaflex among others. Flint Group Files Motion Against Trend Offset Printing Flint CPS Inks North America LLC, recently filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on its breach of contract claim against Trend Offset Printing Services, Inc. in the United States District Court Central District of California — Southern Division. The motion seeks a dispositive judgment for nearly $4 million in monetary damages. This motion arises from a multi-count lawsuit filed on April 2, 2020, by Flint Group charging Trend with breach of contract, account stated, and conver- sion. In addition toTrend failing to pay for goods used, the allegations extend to include wrongful retention of Flint Group’s property and usage of ink products in violation of Flint Group’s legal rights. All of these charges remain at issue.

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reading since the first quarter of 2009. In this report, respondents see full-time employment growing 0.7 percent over the coming months—still weak, but an improvement. In terms of trends, the percentage antic- ipating more employment rose from 14.5 percent in the second quarter to 37.9 percent in the third quarter, with those predicting declined hiring dropping from 46.9 percent to 15.9 percent. By firm size, small, medi- um and large manufacturers see full-time employment increasing 0.5 percent, 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. • Employee Wages: Respondents anticipate employ- ee wages (excluding nonwage compensation, such as benefits) to rise 1.4 percent over the next 12 months, up from 0.5 percent in the previous survey,which was the slowest pace since the second quarter of 2009. Twenty percent see wages rising 3 percent or more, with 48.6 percent predicting an increase of up to 3 percent. • Capital Investments: Respondents expect capital spending to rise 0.7 percent over the next 12 months, a significant shift from the predicted decline of 2.5 per- cent in the previous survey,which was the worst since the Great Recession.Thirty-seven percent of manufac- turers anticipate additional capital spending in the next year, with 41.1 percent expecting no change and 21.9 percent forecasting reduced capital expenditures. By firm size, small, medium and large manufacturers see capital spending increasing 0.3 percent, 0.7 per- cent and 0.9 percent, respectively. • Exports: Respondents expect exports to increase 0.4 percent over the next 12 months, up from a pre- dicted decrease of 1.4 percent over the next 12 months in the previous survey, which registered the lowest reading since the question was added in the second quarter of 2011. More than 27 percent antici- pate higher exports over the next year, with 55.3 per- cent seeing no changes. • Product Prices: Respondents expect product pric- es to increase 1.3 percent over the next 12 months, rebounding after being predicted to edge down 0.1 percent in the prior survey.This suggests that pricing power has stabilized somewhat after experiencing de- flationary pressures in the spring. Just more than 46 percent anticipate increased product prices over the coming year, with 44.7 percent seeing no changes. • Raw Material Prices: Manufacturers anticipate raw material prices and other input costs rising 2.2 per- cent over the next 12 months, up from 0.9 percent in the previous release.That had been the lowest rate since the question was added in June 2018. More than 61 percent of respondents cited higher raw material

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PRINTING United Alliance, producer of the PRINT- ING United Digital Experience that replaces this year’s in-person Expo, has announced more details about the event, which now runs October 26–November 12. The online experience will span 14 days of curated keynotes, educational programming, and worldwide product launches and demonstrations being offered at no charge to attendees, as the industry moves toward recovery in 2021. PRINTING United Digital Experience has announced that more than 20 major global product launches are scheduled to take place over the 14 days of the jam-on- line event. Major OEMs and suppliers are preparing to launch new technology on a worldwide stage for the first time in 2020. Attendees can expect to see new technology from Canon, FujiFilm, Heidelberg, HP, Ko- dak, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Rochester Software Asso- ciates (RSA), Roland DGA, Standard Finishing Systems, Xeikon, and more.A number of PRINTING United Dig- ital Experience participants have additionally signed on for PRINTING United 2021, taking place in-person in rlando, Florida, next October. Nestlé On Track To Meet Sustainable Packaging Goal Nestlé SA has increased the share of recyclable or reusable packaging for its products to 87 percent,mak- ing progress toward its 100 percent goal by 2025. Regularly cited by environmental groups such as Greenpeace as one of the top plastic polluters, the food giant has vowed to reduce its use of new plastics by a third by 2025 and spend up to $2.85 billion to boost recycled plastics. “Packaging plays an essential role in preserving the integrity and safety of our food,” Head of Opera- tions Magdi Batato told reporters in a virtual briefing last week. The Swiss-based company said it recently launched a refillable system for pet food in Chile allow- ing deliveries to consumers without extra packaging. Plastic waste caused by takeaway food containers and online delivery packaging has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people ordered food and groceries online. Eliminating packaging is one as- pect of Nestlé’s strategy, while another is replacing plastic with more sustainable materials. Nestlé,which is already selling Kit Kat chocolate bars in paper packaging, said its engineers had developed a new kind of recyclable paper to wrap Maggi bouillon cubes that will soon be launched in France.

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costs, including 17.2 percent feeling that input prices would rise at least 5 percent. • Inventories: Respondents anticipate inventories will decline 0.4 percent over the next 12 months, solid improvement after being expected to fall 2.8 percent in the May survey. Nonetheless, it was the sixth con- secutive quarter with expected declines in invento- ries. Roughly 31 percent of manufacturers anticipate reduced inventories over the next year, with 24.9 per- cent expecting increases and 44.0 percent seeing no changes. The reduction in inventories over the past few quarters means that stockpiles are becoming de- pleted, and if demand accelerates, that should necessi- tate additional production. • Health Insurance Costs: Manufacturers predict health insurance costs will rise 5.8 percent over the next 12 months, edging up from 5.7 percent in the previous survey, which had been the lowest rate of growth since the question was added in the third quar- ter of 2014. In the latest figures, 56.5 percent expect costs to increase 5 percent or more, and 15.3 percent see costs rising 10 percent or more. Packaging Industry COVID-19 Videoconferences Return After taking a summer hiatus,AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, is offering its next COVID vid- eoconference Friday, September 18, at 11:00 am EST. This session, titled COVID-19 & FFCRA Updates - What’s Now &What’s Next , will feature guest speaker Christine Walters, J.D., MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, & Inde- pendent Consultant, FiveL Company. On April 1, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) took effect as did the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations. Since then, the U.S. EEOC and DOL have published updates, interpretations, and guidance advising employers on how to comply.Then, on August 3, a judge ruled that four (4) provisions of the DOL’s regulations were not enforceable. The vid- eoconference will review the latest news and devel- opments. Additionally, the AICC, with the support of AICC Ed- ucation Investor Pamarco, is offering Anilox Selection/ Maintenance & Ink Management/Control, a new webi- nar,Wednesday, September 16, at 2:00 pm EST. This webinar will discuss in detail the key drivers in selecting the correct engraving for an application, establishing an understanding on volume, and devel- oping the maintenance procedures to get maximum value from the company’s anilox investment through proper care and handling. Manufacturers’ Survey (Cont’d from Page 8)

Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys- tems for corrugated 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 thick- ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser- vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu- tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical- ly designed for flexography. ARC International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. ARC International is a world leader in the manufac- turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. DuPont Packaging Graphics DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin- ishing 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 indus- tries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits.

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Flint Unveils Sustainable White Paper

Esko Donates To Packaging Students

In a new white paper unveiled by Flint Groip Pack- aging Inks, an ambition to achieve transparent and sus- tainable supply conditions for the print and packaging supply chain is outlined. The white paper explores four key initiatives that have been developed as part of the Sustainable Supply Mod- el. These include: a Supplier Selection Process, which sees potential new suppliers undergo checks and finan- cial assessment to ensure appropriate trading capability is in place; a Sustainability Performance Assessment to compare supplier performance against 10 UN Global Compact principles and some of its sustainable devel- opment goals; a Health Safety & Environment Review to assess delivery processes and compliance to local and international packaging and labelling legislation; and a Quality and Regulatory Assessment, which considers compliance with regulatory requirements according to product, service,market and geography. Potential suppliers are provided with a score and if all parts of the Sustainable Supply Model have been effectively addressed, can begin working with Flint.

Esko has made a multi-million dollar donation to sup- port college and university students in their packaging engineering and technology studies. Esko has extended its no-charge donation of software licenses to leading educational institutions across the United States.The investment comes ahead of the com- mencement of the new school year and includes its structural design and production software platforms. Among more than 40 schools utilizing Esko software are Clemson University, Cal Poly University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, University ofWisconsin – Stout,Dunwoody College ofTechnology, Michigan State University and Indiana State University. “It’s widely accepted that our sector has an aging workforce and a skills gap continues to become more and more apparent,”said Melissa Plemen, Senior Direc- tor of Inside Sales and Marketing at Esko.“As techno- logical advances lead to changes within the sector, it’s vitally important that the industry supports the educa- tion and training of young people as we drive to de- velop and inspire the packaging experts of the future.”

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FPA Opens Flexible Packaging Competition Call For Entries The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has an- nounced that the 2021 Flexible Packaging Achieve- ment Awards Call for Entries is now available. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 6, 2020. The Call for Entries provides an overview of the Achievement Awards program, the competition rules, including eligibility requirements, entry fees, and complete instructions on how to enter the compe- tition. Awards are given in the following categories: expanding the use of flexible packaging, technical innovation, sustainability, printing, shelf impact, and packaging excellence. 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. Flexible Industrial Packaging Market Grows Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Flexible Industrial Packaging, estimated at $15.7 bil- lion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of $21.5 billion by 2027, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.5 percent over the period 2020-2027, according to a new study by Research & Markets. Chemical, one of the segments analyzed in the re- port, is projected to grow at a 3.9 percent CAGR to reach $8.9 billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the construction segment is readjusted to a revised 4.7 percent CAGR for the next 7-year period.This seg- ment currently accounts for a 34.4 percent share of the global Flexible Industrial Packaging market. Global View The Flexible Industrial Packaging market in the United States is estimated at $4.6 billion this year.The country currently accounts for a 29.44 percent share in the global market. China, the world’s second-largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of $3.8 billion in the year 2027, trailing a CAGR of 4.3 percent through 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each fore- cast to grow at 4.3 percent and 3.6 percent respec- tively over the 2020-2027 period.Within Europe, Ger- many is forecast to grow at approximately 3.8 percent CAGR while the Rest of Europe market (as defined in the study) will reach $3.8 billion by 2027.

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PMMI Awards Student Scholarships

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PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Process- ing Technologies, recently awarded fifteen students $5,000 scholarships from the PMMI Member Family Scholarship. This scholarship was created to support immediate family members of member company em- ployees who are pursuing packaging and processing as a career choice. The winners of the 2020 Member Family Scholar- ship are: • Milena Arsic,Midwestern University. Member Com- pany : PMI KYOTO. • Prabhjot Bains, University of Guelph. Member Company : Peel Plastic Products Ltd • Emma Davidson, Brigham Young University. Mem- ber Company : Kala Packaging, LLC • Samuel Goldberg, Northeastern University. Mem- ber Company : Econocorp, Inc. • Eugene Hugus, Central Westmoreland Career Techni- cal Center. Member Company : FOX IVTechnologies, Inc. • Michael Kelly, West Chester University. Member Company : Image Fillers, Inc. • Jasmine Levy,University of Colorado Boulder. Mem- ber Company : Point Five Packaging, LLC •Monica Malloy, Cretin-Derham Hall. Member Com- pany : SICK, Inc. • Anna Manak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Member Company : ProMach, Inc. • Kaylee Meyer, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Member Company :Aagard • Joshua Navin, Milwaukee School of Engineering. Member Company :Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc. •Brandon Niemuth,University ofWisconsin. Member Company : HolwegWeber • Jarod Parsons, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Member Company : OPTIMA Machinery Corporation • Michelle Saganich,University of Notre Dame. Mem- ber Company : Baumer • Noah Terminella, University of Arkansas. Member Company : Pacmac, Inc. IoPP, SPE Launch Virtual Plastics In Food Packaging The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will host a virtu- al conference Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition . Set to take place over 1.5 days on Oct. 14-15, 2020, this event will include three half-day segments focusing on sustainability, plastics ensuring food safety and the range of styles in which plastics materials can be used.

FTA Fall Conference October 4-7 Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter Cincinnati, OH Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre

Greater Noida, Delhi NCR Pack Expo International November 8-11, 2020 Chicago, IL TLMI Converter Meeting

March 21-23, 2021 Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, LA drupa 2021 April 20 – 30, 2021 Dusseldorf, Germany FTA InfoFlex 2021 May 3-4, 2021 Kansas City, MO SuperCorrExpo 2021 August 8–12, 2021 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL Labelexpo Europe September 21-24, 2021 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium CorrExpo 2021 September 27 - 29, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri FTA Fall Conference October 4-6, 2021 Frisco, TX TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL

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