FMN | December 21st, 2020

Vol. 22 No. 26 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®

December 21, 2020

Consumers Remain Eco-Friendly

FPA, PSI Reach Agreement

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) announced an agree- ment on eight legislative elements of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill for packaging and paper products (PPP). Shared Vision This shared vision for a packaging EPR program that includes flexibles was developed through a year-long dialogue designed and facilitated by PSI. The FPA/PSI dialogue marks the first time in the United States that producers of flexible packaging, state and local government agencies, envi- ronmental groups, and recyclers have collaborated to develop a legislative framework for packaging EPR. “Flexible packaging has many attri- butes that make it environmentally preferable, but it has limited opportu- nities for collection and recycling at its end-of-life,” said Alison Keane, Esq., IOM, CAE, and President and CEO of the FPA. “FPA needed a platform to educate policy-makers and ensure

by Greg Kishbaugh

T he packaging industry, like the economy as a whole, has strug- gled with the grim year that was 2020. And although consumers have

suffered numerous setbacks and challenges, as well, their commitment to sustain- ability seems unwaver-

ing.The Avery Dennison Market Research Team has analyzed the trends affecting the market and how those trends will play out in 2021.

First of all, Avery Den- nison feels that demand for sustainable packaging is continuing to grow. In the consumer packaged goods indus- try,according to the Harvard Business

Review,between 2013 and 2018,50 percent of growth came from products marketed as “sustainable.”Yet, these products represent- ed only 16 percent (approximately) of the category. In fact, products marketed as sustainable grew five times faster than those that were not. In 90 percent of consumer packaged goods categories, products marketed as sustainable grew faster than their conventional counterparts. Products such as milk, yogurt, coffee, salty snacks, and bottled juices had the largest share — 18 percent — of sustainably mar- keted products. Laundry detergents and floor cleaners had less than 5 percent of that share.

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Avery Dennison Advances Sustainability Actions In 2020 Avery Dennison Corporation has announced a series of recent actions that further acknowledge its acceler- ated sustainability efforts, ending the year with contin- ued progress against its 2025 sustainability goals and re-committing to its role as a sustainability leader with- in the global value chain. Last week, the company reportedly received im- proved scores on its transparency and actions on cli- mate change, water, and forests by the Carbon Disclo- sure Project (CDP). CDP operates a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and re- gions to manage their environmental impacts. Avery Dennison earned an A- on Forests and scored a B for Climate Change and for Water Security. This achievement follows decisive positions taken in 2020 on transparency, human rights, and climate change. The company’s actions include: • Defining Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies and metrics as part of its ESG Download to clearly link sustainability to the company’s business strategy. • Publishing a policy on Human Rights, upholding the fundamental principles and requirements of basic hu-

Eco-Friendly (Cont’d from Page 1)

Secondly, shoppers report positive feelings when choosing products from companies whose packag- ing aligns with their sustainability practices. Accord- ing to EcoFocus, around two-thirds of consumers have positive feelings toward packaging that is either recyclable, made from recycled materials or renew- able resources, biodegradable, compostable, or plant- based. Numbers were slightly higher for millennials, but baby boomers also scored above 50 percent in all these categories. When asked which packaging material seemed ex- tremely or very eco-friendly, consumers rated glass bottles and jars highest, at 54 percent. Various pa- per-based packaging types followed, and then alumi- num cans. Plastics generally ranked lowest. Reports also show that consumers are willing to pay more for sustainability. According to Evergreen Packaging, more than 50 percent of consumers say they would pay extra for goods that are environmen- tally friendly.Almost two-thirds of millennials say that they’d be willing to spend more for such products, compared to 38 percent of baby boomers. Nielsen projects that consumers will spend $150 bil- lion on sustainable products by 2021, up from $135 billion in 2019.

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Printing, Packaging Industry Shows Support For STRIPE All Printing Resources (APR) has become the fifth industry sponsor to support STRIPE, a novel virtual online educational tool for the package printing indus- try developed by the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University.APR joins other STRIPE sponsors, which include Poteet Printing Systems, Harper Corporation, Anderson & Vreeland and the Flexographic Technical Association. STRIPE was initially developed as a virtual reality tool for print training and recruitment in 2018. Shortly thereafter, Sonoco Institute staff began showcasing it live at trade shows across the country to gauge inter- est. It gained momentum and in 2019, FTA became the inaugural sponsor of STRIPE VR. Going Online When the COVID-19 pandemic hit early in 2020, the Sonoco Institute pivoted STRIPE VR to become acces- sible online through a web browser. Co-branded STRIPE Online, development of the browser-based tool has progressed tremendously with the help of critical feedback from sponsors and educa- tors in the field. Student interaction with the beta version of STRIPE Online will continue on, as it is planned to be utilized as the main platform during the annual Phoenix Chal- lenge flexographic press competition taking place virtually Spring 2021. To date, the platform has been shared with around 34 educators who have helped make recommendations on its development for use in the classroom. “Our hope is to be able to share this tool with uni- versities, technical colleges and even career centers at high schools so that more students will be able to get acquainted with flexographic printing,” said Bobby Congdon, assistant director of the Sonoco Institute. Slated to launch early in 2021, the STRIPE develop- ment team is also working to implement a wide-web, central impression press alongside the current inline, narrow-web press for expanded flexographic training. Fortis Solutions Group Acquires Kala Packaging Fortis Solutions Group LLC has acquired Kala Pack- aging, based in Orem, Utah. Kala Packaging is a print- er of pressure sensitive labels and flexible packaging. Offering variable content printing, anti-counterfeit and security solutions, and food safe flexible packaging in- cluding pouches, Kala serves the food and beverage, health and beauty and nutraceutical end-markets.

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Global Graphics Enters Deal To Acquire Hybrid Software Global Graphics has entered into a binding condi- tional agreement with Congra Software for the pro- posed acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Hybrid Software Group from Congra. Hybrid Software is a group of software development and marketing companies focused on enterprise soft- ware for the graphic arts industry, with a strong fo- cus on labels and packaging. It is registered in Luxem- bourg and has subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and the United States. Hybrid Software’s two main product lines,Cloudflow and Packz, offer native PDF workflow and editing, vari- able data linking and imposition, vendor-independent software based on industry standards, scalable tech- nology and low total cost of ownership. These prod- ucts are used by more than 1,000 customers world- wide in all areas of pre-press and printing, including labels and packaging, folding cartons, corrugated, and wide format. Consideration for the acquisition is EUR 80 million, which will be satisfied in full by issuing 21,074,030 Global Graphics shares to Congra (the Consideration Shares).

Fujifilm Achieves G7 Master Qualification On Flexo Press FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Graphic Sys- tems Division Graphics Innovation Hub in Hanover Park, Illinois, has achieved G7 Master Qualification with Targeted compliance (CRPC6) on its flexograph- ic press, awarded by Idealliance (Alexandria, Virgina), a not-for-profit industry group dedicated to guiding print production best practices, specifications, and standards worldwide. G7 is Idealliance’s set of global standards for achieving gray balance to obtain visual similarity across all print processes. The application of this method enables printers to reproduce a consistent visual appearance across all printing types and substrates. Hamillroad Appoints Alpha Clicheria As Partner in Brazil UK-based prepress company Hamillroad Software has appointed Alpha Clicheria, a flexographic plate-maker, to take its Bellissima DMS screening to market in Brazil. Brazil is the fifth-largest packaging market globally, and the demand for producing sustainable packaging is reportedly increasing in the region.

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FPA, PSI Agreement (Cont’d from Page 1)

that any extended producer responsibility legislation in the United States for packaging provided an on- ramp for the circularity of flexible packaging.” “Municipalities face skyrocketing recycling costs to manage an ever more complex packaging waste stream over which they have no control,” said Scott Cassel, PSI’s Chief Executive Officer and Founder. “With this agreement, FPA member companies and PSI mem- ber governments, companies, and organizations have started down a path together to provide desperately needed fiscal relief for municipalities while fixing and expanding our national reuse and recycling system.” Reaching An Agreement Participants reached an agreement on eight legisla- tive elements of the highest priority for FPA and its members, including the types of packaging to be in- cluded in legislation, entities from which packaging would be collected, and the definition of produc- ers, who are legally responsible. Agreement was also reached on funding for collection, transportation, and processing of packaging for reuse and recycling, pub- lic education, and government oversight. Participants agreed that funding should go toward system changes needed to recycle flexible packaging, as well as pay- ing for litter abatement and prevention programs, and not to manage garbage and disposal systems. How to set performance targets and recycling goals were also outlined, as were financial incentives for producers to make more sustainable packaging, including the use of recycled content. Prior to discussing legislative elements, PSI first helped participants reach an agreement on four foun- dational aspects, including the benefits of flexible packages, a multi-faceted problem statement, and de- tailed attributes of a sustainable system for managing flexible packaging. Dialogue participants included FPA member companies; PSI state and local govern- ment agencies from states that introduced or were developing EPR legislation; statewide environmental groups; and recyclers. The dialogue process included stakeholder interviews, web-based calls, and a two-day in-person meeting, and was designed to identify the most important priorities in managing flexible packag- ing waste, as well as unique challenges and opportuni- ties, from manufacturing and design to post-consumer collection, reuse, and recycling. PSI and FPA representatives have also met with indi- vidual local and state government officials developing EPR for PPP bills. PSI will continue to facilitate these FPA state-by-state conversations, using these elements as a reference and discussion tool.

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Resource Label Group Acquires Labels West

Resource Label Group, a full-service provider of pres- sure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC tech- nology for the packaging industry,has acquired Seattle, Washington-based LabelsWest. Resource Label is a portfolio company of First Atlan- tic Capital, a New York-based private investment firm, and TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equi- ty investment platform of TPG. Providing Solutions Founded in 1978, Labels West provides solutions for the wine, spirits, health and beauty, food and nutraceu- tical industries. With more than 40 years in the pack- aging industry, LabelsWest offers a diverse portfolio of capabilities including flexographic and digital printing, extended content, tamper evident and promotional la- bel solutions. Labels West represents the 17th acquisition for Re- source Label Group. This will be their second location inWashington state.

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Flint Group Packaging Inks Joins HolyGrail Initiative Flint Group Packaging Inks has signed up to the HolyGrail 2.0 project that seeks to solve the complex- ities surrounding the recycling of post-consumer plas- tic packaging. Project HolyGrail was established in 2017 to speed up the transition to a global circular economy for plastics by improving recycling rates through more effective, high quality sorting of materials. In 2020, the second phase of the project, HolyGrail 2.0, was launched to open it up as a cross-value chain initiative with greater scale and scope. Partners involved in the project are exploring the viability of tagging packaging with unique, ma- chine-readable codes to improve automated detection and sorting within current recycling systems. One technique being considered is to apply an optical code utilising digital watermarking technology. The water- mark would be applied directly within the packaging artwork and printed onto the expanse of the printed package, usually in a repeatedly tiled manner. One of the biggest hurdles to achieving high vol- umes of quality recycled plastics lies in the complexity of contemporary packaging designs. While there are numerous packaging formats in use, in many material combinations, current sorting technology is only capa- ble of recognising a limited number of polymers.By in- corporating codes into packaging, the sorting system could ‘read’ a range of important information relating to the packaging manufacturer, SKU, type of plastic used and composition, as well as food vs non-food- grade properties. These data will then enable efficient sorting for onward recycling and reuse,ultimately clos- ing the loop and creating improved circularity in the packaging supply chain.

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All of INX International Ink Co.’s SouthAmerican busi- ness has officially merged with parent corporation INX do Brasil. This process provides a stronger direct ap- proach for INX products in the SouthAmerican market, including acquisitions, branch establishment and future investments, as well as expansion plans for 2021. INX began operations in South America four years ago with the acquisition a manufacturer of flexograph- ic and gravure packaging inks in São Bernardo, Brazil. In 2018, the company opened a new two-piece metal decorating facility in Itatiba, Brazil, and has since in- creased its portfolio by establishing two smaller metal decoration operations in Colombia and Paraguay.

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man rights in the workplace. • Publishing a policy on Climate that acknowledges the imminent threat posed by climate change and the company’s strategy to move toward a lower carbon future, aligned with the Paris agreement and the rec- ommendations of climate scientists.The company has already achieved significant progress to realize its cli- mate goal,reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by more than 44 percent through the third quarter of 2020 against its 2015 baseline, which exceeds the ini- tially set target of a 26 percent reduction by 2025. • Publishing a policy paper on water that acknowl- edges the strategic value of water as a vital resource to ensure the health of communities, businesses, and supply chains. • Updating commitments to Responsible Paper Pro- curement reflective of the company’s role as a signifi- cant stakeholder in the supply chain of pulp and paper products and its role in promoting and providing sus- tainable and socially responsible paper products. Significantly, in 2020,Avery Dennison also took steps to align with the United Nations’ blueprint for a more sustainable future. In November, Avery Dennison joined leading companies and stakeholders globally as a signer of the U.N. Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. The company’s responsible business practices, values, and commitments are embodiments of the Compact’s ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. In addition, Avery Dennison aligned its own eight 2025 sustainability goals more strategically against the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 countries as a plan for ending extreme poverty, reduc- ing inequality, and protecting the planet by 2030. Vintage 99 Installs BST Technology Vintage 99 Label (V99), Livermore, California, has upgraded its entire print inspection and quality con- trol systems.The company put TubeScan 100 percent inspection systems and PowerScope viewing systems from BST NorthAmerica on every press, andTubeScan 100 percent inspection on its rewinder. Vintage 99 then linked every machine and the qual- ity control department with the TubeScan WorkFlow package. Vintage 99 Label Mfg. Inc has 28 employees and operates two plants in Livermore and Santa Rosa, CaliforniA. In Livermore,Vintage 99 prints flexograph- ically and digitally on three presses — Nilpeter, Mark Andy and HP.

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for The Influence of Sustainable Package Design on Buyer Behavior , a new webinar, Monday, January 11 at 2:00 pm ET, with Dr. Andrew Hurley,Associate Professor, Clemson University. In this webinar, attendees will learn about a multi- year case study where various packages were opti- mized to communicate sustainability. Attendees will also receive three white papers that detail a process of aligning package design, sustainabil- ity messaging, and promotion, which had a significant influence on shopper attention and decision-making, all while elevating brand equity. Being able to communicate successful storylines for package sustainability is important for sales, market- ing, design, and R&D professionals. Coordinating Packaging Design Dr.Andrew Hurley is an Associate Professor of Pack- aging Science at Clemson University. He coordinates the packaging design curriculum, manages an interna- tionally recognized consumer behavior research lab, and has delivered more than 100 presentations on package design globally. Hurley’s research lab answers complex questions on product marketing and pack- aging. His experienced group has tested thousands of packages for hundreds of brands. Hurley’s efforts have resulted in multiple awards, patents, and increased sales by 40 percent for small and large businesses.The success of his lab catalyzed the formation of Package InSight, a full-service package design and testing com- pany in Greenville, South Carolina. Reaching A Milestone In other news, AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is accepting submissions to the Member Milestone Program and the Independent Safe Shop Awards. The Member Milestone Program is an annual oppor- tunity to recognize member companies, boxmakers and suppliers, celebrating significant anniversaries, such as 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90, 100 (and so on) years of continual operation. Members, in good standing, that wish to be included in this recognition, should be celebrating an anniversa- ry in 2020 or 2021 and will need to provide a 2-3-min- ute video presentation featuring the history of their company and describing their growth. The members that submit qualifying videos by the deadline will be recognized by AICC.The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26, 2021.

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ProAmpac Debuts Recyclable Paper-Touch Packaging ProAmpac has introduced its Signature Surfaces Pa- per Touch Recyclable line of products.This enhanced innovation utilizes ProActive Recyclable film that is flexographically coated with Signature Surfaces Paper Touch coating and runs on vertical or horizontal form/ fill/seal equipment. The natural look and feel of the Signature Surfac- es Paper Touch is said to resonate with organic, and “natural” preferences of many consumers, while offer- ing CPG customers yet another opportunity for their brands to stand apart on the shelf. Signature Surfaces Paper Touch Recyclable is one of the company’s ProActive Sustainability offerings. It is recyclable through polyethylene recycling streams and approved for recycling through store drop-off programs. It offers both standard- and high-barrier, rollstock and pre-made pouch options, with heat-resistance. USDA Appoints Paper, Packaging Board Members The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) announces the appointment of James Harrell, Sonoco; Pete Wat- son, Greif; and, Rob Melton, Domtar for a three-year board term beginning January 2021. Three seats were open on the board including a South seat filled by Harrell and a seat representing the rest of the United States filled by Watson. Melton fills the Importer seat. A nine-member Board of Directors rep- resenting the four grades of paper funding the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds campaign oversees the paper and packaging sectors’ national promotion pro- gram. For 2021, officers and board members include: • Chair , Scott Light, Executive Vice President, Pack- aging & Cellulose, Georgia-Pacific LLC • Vice-Chair , Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group • Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Towler, Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President Global Talent Management, International Paper Co. • Michael P. Doss, President and CEO, Graphic Pack- aging International, Inc. • James Harrell,Vice President and General Manager Paper, NA, Sonoco • Rob Melton, Vice President and General Manager, Paper, Domtar • Kingsley Shannon, SVP, Segment President - Fine Pa- per & Packaging Division, Neenah, Inc. • Steven C.Voorhees, CEO,WestRock • PeteWatson, President and CEO, Greif, Inc.

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FPA Updates Flexible Packaging Market Tracker The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has updat- ed its Flexible Packaging MarketTracker with the most recent market data from Euromonitor International. The update also includes information on COVID-19 im- pacts on the industry. In the COVID-19 section, mem- bers can view an overview of COVID-19 conditions; the impact of COVID-19 on the gross domestic prod- uct (GDP); the impact on sector growth; and the im- pact on the flexible packaging market.The COVID-19 section will be updated quarterly, while the main mar- ket tracker data is updated annually. For the Market Tracker, FPA partners with Euromon- itor International, an independent provider of strate- gic market research.The tool features 20 key flexible packaging country markets and highlights market dynamics, trends, and opportunities to expand busi- ness internationally. The Market Tracker is an online research tool to enhance the FPA website and tracks and compares flexible packaging markets around the globe to help members better understand, prioritize, build business cases, and capture global market oppor- tunities for flexible packaging. It enables members to access market information from around the globe, not only on flexible packaging materials and markets but on competing products for those markets as well. FTA Announces FORUM 2021 Theme The FTA’s FORUM 2021,the 63rd iteration of the tech- nical conference, will show how to “Prosper Through Efficiency” when it convenes May 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. “We’re all anxious to leave 2020 behind, but this year taught us valuable lessons about how to do business in extreme circumstances,” said FORUM 2021 Chair El- len Farrell of DuPont Image Solutions.“The conference agenda we’re putting together will feature printer suc- cess stories, empowering technologies and out-of-the- box thinking that every flexographer can carry into the future.” That agenda includes the real-world results of Print Quality Scoring from a brand owner and its print part- ner, an examination of advanced color theory and its applications, and how to enhance print quality through screening.Plus,back-to-back session covering the estab- lishment of standard operating procedures and how to recover when those procedures are not followed.And, the return of The Great Plate Debate 2021 and The De- fectives. FORUM 2021 will be held in conjunction with INFOFLEX 2021,which takes place May 3-4.

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LLFlex Relies On Legacy Technology From Flexo Wash FlexoWash’s first FW 3000 FlexoWash Anilox Clean- er,which was sold and distributed in the United States more than 18 years ago, is still in continual use and reportedly performing well for LLFlex. LLFlex, a manufacturer based in Louisville, Kentucky, uses the product to clean one anilox at a time, and while it takes substantially longer than the newer mod- els, it offers reliability. Good things really are built to last, said FlexoWash. Liner Materials LLFlex manufactures various paper, board, foils, films, MET PET and holographic laminates for flexible pack- aging applications such as folding carton basestock, lotto/gaming board,convolute canister stock,gift wrap and various other applications. The company, accord- ing to Flexo Wash, is North America’s largest suppli- er of cigarette inner liner materials and also produces printed innerframe. LLFlex operates in a 100-year old building in the heart of Louisville. Clean anilox rolls line the plant, all carefully wrapped in craft paper and covered in a fit- ted tarp to protect them. Prior to the purchase of the Flexo Wash Anilox Cleaner, anilox rolls were cleaned on press with scrub brushes. Nothing was near the original cell depth, as it could not be cleaned as well by hand.Washing one roll was four hours of downtime. In addition, there was no assurance that the roll was truly clean, leaving opera- tors just to“guess and check”to see it that was in clean condition. Paying For Itself LLFlex’s Jessica Bradley was surprised to know that the FlexoWash Anilox Cleaner that they use every day was 18 years old. Even though the machine takes 45 minutes to clean an anilox roll, and it does not dry it (new models do) there is no comparison, in their opinion, to the cleaning done manually. It is still faster, more efficient and totally clean compared to manually cleaning it as they did before. Bradley cannot remember the last time something was plugged or bad after starting a job. They “always know it’s clean now” after a run through the anilox cleaner.As LLFlex has grown in the last few years, their bottom line has increased, as well.Taking all the down- time away and the guesswork of anilox condition, pro- duction has increased with the demand. The longevity of the Flexo Wash Anilox Cleaner is most notable, said LLFlex. It has more than paid for itself many times over.

Industry Events

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

Labelexpo Americas June 8-10, 2021 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

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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