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The organizer of Labelexpo Asia 2019 has confirmed that its 9th edi- tion of Labelexpo Asia was its largest yet, reporting an 18 percent growth in buyer visitors and a floorspace that was 26 percent larger than its previ- ous edition.

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T he flexo industry runs on innovation. This year saw anoth- er 12 months of acquisitions and equipment purchases, as printers fought hard to stay toe-to-toe with their competitors. This week we look back at the first six months of the year, con- tinuing next issue with the final six months of the year.What fol- lows are some of the headlines that made waves in the industry in 2019. Fortis Solutions Group LLC , a portfolio company of Main Post Partners, acquired Infinite Packaging Group, Inc. , a portfolio company of Svoboda Capital Partners LLC. Infinite,

Taking place December 3-6 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), a total of 23,636 visi- tors flocked to the four-day show from a total of 90 countries, compared to 20,084 visitors from 81 countries at the 2017 edition. The show featured more than 350 suppliers from the re- gion and worldwide, showcasing the latest label and package printing ma-

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with facilities in Lewisville, Texas, and Catoosa, Oklahoma, is a full-service converter of label products, including pressure sen- sitive labels, shrink sleeves and complementary products and services. Infinite reportedly serves a diverse group of clients in several consumer vertical markets including consumer products, retail, food and beverage, nutraceuticals and health and beauty. In addition, the company has developed a specialized line of products and solutions for e-commerce sales.

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FTA Forms ‘Women of Flexo’ Committee Following a successful meeting at FORUM 2019 in May and a leadership meeting at Fall Conference 2019 in October, FTA has announced the formation of the Women of Flexo Committee. Dr. Nona Woolbright of Clemson University and Jennye Scott of Berry Global will co-chair the committee, which will work to fur- ther support and promote women in the flexographic industry through a variety of opportunities. As a way of reaching the objectives set forth by its leadership team, the Committee will be organizing and working in four subcommittees, each of which rep- resents a singular objective: • Marketing/Strategy : Increasing awareness of the Committee, and defining its long- and short-term goals; • Recruitment : Coordinating with schools to find Committee members and network; • Mentorship : Develop relationships between Com- mittee members new to the industry and those with experience; and • Leadership Diversity :Work toward increasing fe- male representation on panels, speaking opportunities and industry leadership roles. The next Women of Flexo meeting will take place at FORUM 2020 on Sunday,April 19.

National Railway Museum To Host EFIA Annual Event The European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA UK Ltd) will hold its next annual awards event on March 19, 2020, at the National Railway Museum, York, England. The EFIA Print Awards 2020 Gala Dinner event will once again celebrate the outstanding achievements of the flexographic industry in what has proved to be a turbulent economic and legislative environment. The event celebrates collective and individual successes along with the advancements of the sector, providing a platform to highlight the companies and individuals that make such progress possible. AICC To Host Flexo Printing Seminar AICC will host a seminar, Flexographic Printing:Rais- ing the Standard , on January 29-30, 2020, at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.The seminar will focus on producing clean solids and line work, as well as halftones and spot colors by balancing classroom ses- sions and time on press. By this method, participants will reportedly have a deeper understanding of the con- cepts and gain experience building standard works.

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The show’s new feature areas included Flexpack Asia, which displayed the latest flexible packaging technology. A series of packed live demonstrations at the Flexible Packaging Arena took place on the show floor each day of the show.Making its debut, and intro- duced barely three months ago at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in September, this area of the show enabled visi- tors to see two press lines in action showcasing flexi- ble pouch production. Similarly, the returning Smart Zone enjoyed a con- stant flow of visitors. Displayed products included next generation 3D holograms, nano-materials, ad- vanced decoration technology, special inks and RFID/ NFC labels. TRESU Creates Customer Care Business Unit Printing equipment and machine manufacturer TRESU has created a new business unit in order to pro- vide its customers with lifetime support and help cus- tomers drive down excess waste, cost and down time. TRESU Customer Care reportedly helps customers in- crease their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE),which impacts the costs of production and yields a lower cost to print.TRESU Customer Care has two primary goals:maxi- mizing uptime and driving down the cost to print. Among the features of the comprehensive program are a technical hotline for urgent assistance; sched- uled maintenance; spare part assistance and an online “webshop”with original spare parts and consumables, ready for daily shipments. Augmenting those provi- sions are programs of remote management,machinery upgrades and hands-on training at TRESU’s Training and Demo Center in Denmark.

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de Valldigna near Valencia and Fraga in Catalonia and two in the province of Huelva not far from Seville.Ac- cording to International Paper, Envases Grau employs 70 people. Durst , a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, entered into a 50/50 joint venture with printing press manufacturer Koe- nig & Bauer for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for folding car- ton and cartonboard corrugated industry. BST eltromat International , a manufacturer of quality assurance systems for web-processing indus- tries, and cooperation partner Nyquist Systems, man- ufacturer of the TubeScan portfolio for 100 percent inspection and web monitoring for the narrow web market, celebrated the 1,000th TubeScan produced. TSC Auto ID Technology , a global presence in the AIDC bar code printer industry with an American headquarerts in Brea, California, acquired Diversi- fied Labeling Solutions, Inc. (DLS).Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, DLS was founded by Bob Hakman in 1985.Today, DLS is a labeling solutions provider with more than 200 team members; four locations: Illinois, Georgia, Texas, and Nevada; and more than 320,000 square feet of production space.

PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC , a provider of cus- tom flexible packaging for specialty food and health- care markets, acquired Payson, Utah–based Temkin International . PPC, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is a flexographic printing and converting of flexible films, bags and pouches. Temkin International, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Payson, Utah, is a provider of rollstock, stand-up pouches and floral sleeves and operates manufacturing facilities in Payson, Utah, and Bogota,Colombia with offices in Miami, Flor- ida, and Toronto, Canada. AR Packaging Group AB , Lund, Sweden, acquired all outstanding shares in Istragrafika, d.d. , a produc- er of folding carton products for the tobacco, food and consumer goods segments. Istragrafika, headquartered in Kanfanar, Croatia, has a workforce of approximate- ly 160 employees. Istragrafika was established in 1956 and previously owned by TDR, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc. International Paper took over Envases Grau in Spain, a company with four packaging plants and ca- pacities of around 15,000 tons per year. Envases Grau is a family-run manufacturer of corrugated board and wooden packaging, especially for fruit and vegetables. The company operates four sites, one each inTavernes

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MacDermid Launches Solution For Post-Print Corrugated MacDermid Graphics Solutions has launched LUX ITP EDGE, an In-The-Plate flat top dot solution for post-print corrugated. With an optimized dot struc- ture, LUX ITP EDGE reportedly reduces fluting with- out the use of additional plate making techniques or exposure systems. LUX ITP EDGE, the latest addition to MacDer- mid’s LUX ITP product portfolio, is designed to print high-quality images on post-print corrugated with near 1:1 reproduction up to 120 lpi and proven results with minimal bump requirements up to 150 lpi. LUX ITP EDGE can print retail-ready packaging featuring high- end graphics with fine highlight dots on corrugated surfaces, according to the company. AICC Announces 2020 Spring Meeting Registration Registration for the 2020 Spring Meeting hosted by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, April 1-3, at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, in Carlsbad, California, is now open. The meeting will feature a three-day series of gener- al sessions, workshops, and networking events that of- fer information and new trends.The meeting will also feature the 7thAnnual Independents Cup Charity Golf Tournament. In conjunction with the meeting, AICC will offer a revamped Sales Management Forum and program for AICC Emerging Leaders. Keynote speakers include Steve Robinson, former CMO and EVP, Chick-fil-A, and Captain Richard Phillips, the real-life inspiration for the movie“Captain Phillips” and Author. The focused session,“The Climate for Your Compa- ny’s Growth in 2020” will feature speakers; Adam Jo- sephson, Director, Equity Research, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc. (Packaging Sector) and Mitch Klingher, CPA & Partner, Klingher Nadler, LLC, who will offer an overview of containerboard and box demand num- bers and what they mean, as well as, an update on M&A. Nathan Safran,Vice President, Research, NAPCO Media, will share findings that highlight trends, adop- tions, and behaviors of brand owners and the pack- aging sector. The session will close with a member panel that will discuss their thoughts on the current climate and the factors they consider when making capital investments, acquisitions and their views on organic growth. Panelists & Moderator include; Gene Marino, EVP, Rusken Packaging, Mike Akey, President, Akers Packaging Inc. and Nick Smith, President & CEO, Rand-Whitney.

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Omet India Opens In New Delhi

Constantia Flexibles Celebrates Grand Opening Constantia Flexibles unveiled its new plant,Constan- tia Ecoflex Ahmedabad, at a opening ceremony on No- vember 20. More than 300 guests, including the Austri- an ambassador to India, Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofe, and RS Sodhi, Managing Director of Amul industries and expert in the field of sustainability,as well as select- ed media representatives, attended the grand opening. Following the official part of the opening, including speeches and the ribbon-cutting, guests and media representatives attended a guided tour through the new plant.They had the opportunity to take a look at the technology that produces the packaging solution EcoLam by Constantia Flexibles. Ecolam is high barri- er flexible packaging that combines the resource-ef- ficiency of plastic with recyclability back into new packaging films, said Achim Grefenstein, SVP Group R&D, who drew the development of the EcoLam de- velopment in close collaboration with the Indian team. The Ecoflex plant opened after more than two years of intensive preparations.Test runs started in Septem- ber 2019. It has an area of 24,500 square meters and currently employs 50 people.The number is expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.The plant will supply customers worldwide.

Omet India, the new Omet technical-commercial subsidiary headquartered in New Delhi, India,was offi- cially inaugurated on November 29, in the presence of more than 80 members of the Indian printing industry, including printers, suppliers and brand owners. With the India facility,Omet added a new element to its group of branches around the world: Omet Ameri- cas in Elk GroveVillage, Illinois;Omet Suzhou in China; and Omet Iberica in Barcelona, Spain. Local agentWeldon Celloplast has led the installation of more than 30 Omet printing machines in the region. Many Omet customers attended the presentation of the new offices,includingAny Graphics,Zircon and Re- nault,who already works with several Omet machines. Harveer Sahni,Chairman ofWeldon Celloplast,spoke about the birth of the collaboration with Omet since the 1990s, when he met Angelo Bartesaghi, founder of Omet, during his visit to India. Marco Calcagni, Omet Sales and Marketing Director, spoke about the Omet group and officially introduced his son,Andrea Calcagni,who recently joined the company as International Strategy and Business Development Manag- er,and is currently in India to work with Pawandeep Sahni to develop the new Omet business in New Delhi.

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polypropylene (BOPP / MOPP), PVC, and paper sub- strates.At this, the parent plant, the first 570 mm web width Nilpeter FA-Line for water-based inks has now been installed. Designed For Production At the start, the machine was designed for the pro- duction of paper materials, which are used for adhe- sive roll cores, tickets, and other paper products. How- ever, in order to expand the possible product portfolio in advance, the machine is also equipped with a rotary die-cutter, a cross-over unit, and expansion options for UV- and LED-drying.This alternative drying technolo- gy can subsequently also be used in combination with the existing hot air drying system. Due to the high de- gree of automation, the short web path, and the sig- nificantly reduced waste, even very small jobs can be produced with maximum efficiency, according to the company. Through Müroll GmbH’s subsidiary Logett GmbH, which specializes in the production of self-adhesive labels, there is also access to further market segments, which opens up additional synergy effects with the new FA-22.

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company now holds a majority interest in the compa- ny, which makes inspection systems for narrow web printing processes. OPM Group , Leeds, UK, installed a 14-color Nil- peter FA4 flexo press with inline finishing.The press is configured with a Martin Automation MBS auto- matic butt-splicer, an LRD automatic transfer rewind and an AVT Helios 6 inspection system.The Nilpeter FA4 runs with a web width of 420mm and prints at speeds up to 175m/min. It was installed by OPM with de- and re-lamination, UV-lamination, die-cut, screen, hot-foil, cold-foil, embossing, in-setting and cross-over printing units. Celloclair AG , a packaging manufacturer based in Liestal, Switzerland, reportedly became the first com- pany in the country to install a 20SEVEN press, the 10-color CI flexographic printing press from Bobst . It was also the first Swiss company to utilize the new Connected Services offering from Bobst, enabling a new form of cooperative partnership and optimized, connected machinery in the age of Industry 4. Electronics For Imaging (EFI) entered into a de- finitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group, LLC , in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion.

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Great American Packaging , Los Angeles, Califor- nia, purchased a new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecni- ca EVO-XD eight-color press. The press increased the six-color custom printed products currently be- ing produced to eight colors as well as allowed the firm to create multi-color images in both process and spot color. Multi-Color Corporation , Batavia, Ohio, entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Platinum Equity LLC . Golden West Packaging Group LLC , Sacramen- to, California, a holding company for packaging busi- nesses, formed in 2017 by private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg, acquired Allpak Container . This represented Golden West’s third acquisition following its acquisition of five Northern California-based pack- aging manufacturers (Cal Sheets; Capital Corrugated; Heritage Solutions; Packaging Innovators; and Package One), and its acquisition of Southern California-based Fleetwood-Fibre Packaging & Graphics. BST eltromat International , a manufacturer of quality assurance systems for web-processing indus- tries based in Bielefeld, Germany, increased its stake in Nyquist Systems GmbH , Landsberg am Lech, Germany, through its parent company elexis AG. The

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Top Print I-Labels Technology , Chengdu, China, added an Omet XFlex X4 press. Part of a group of com- panies with headquarters in Singapore, the Chengdu facility, which opened in 2013, is complemented by plants in Suzhou and Chongqing, which employ 80 people.The 8-color X4 came equipped with cold foil, twin die stations,web turn bars, and delam/relam facil- ity, able to work to full capacity in the company’s new 6,000-square-meter factory. AWT Labels and Packaging closed on the acquisi- tion of Citation Clinical Labeling Systems , a global provider of clinical labeling since 1963, based in Haup- pauge, NewYork.The business is now owned by AWT and operates under the name of Citation Healthcare Labels. Citation provides clinical trial labels for phar- maceutical and biotechnology companies, clinical re- search organizations, and clinical packagers.The com- pany was founded in 1963 by the family of Richard Bolnick, who remained as President of Citation, as a diversified distributor of printing and labels. Nilpeter USA and Screen Americas , who an- nounced their partnership with the Panorama digital label printing platform, established a comprehensive go-to-market program to help label/packaging printers and converters take advantage of the flexibility built into the Panorama solution and profit from the synergy between the two companies.The Panorama one-source go-to-market program includes market evaluation, utili- zation analyses, ROI data consulting, plus sales, service and supplies. The Panorama product line consists of Nilpeter Flexo units, Screen digital inkjet presses and Nilpeter converting solutions that can be configured to fit customer needs, all inline, all from the Nilpeter and Screen coalition. Panorama can operate as a Stand- alone Digital Press solution, as a combined Digital Press and Converting Solution and as a hybrid that integrates flexo units, the digital press and converting solutions. Global packaging company Sonoco entered a de- finitive agreement to purchase the U.S.-based op- erations of Corenso Holdings America (CHA) for around $110 million in cash. Corenso produces uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) and high-per- formance cores for paper, packaging films, tape, and speciality industries. It generated net sales of ap- proximately $75 million last year.The company cur- rently operates an uncoated recycled paperboard facility in Wisconsin Rapids,Wisconsin, which has a production capacity of 108,000 tons per year. It also has two core converting facilities in Wisconsin Rap- ids and Richmond,Virginia. Fortis Solutions Group , a portfolio company of Main Post Partners, acquired Label Technology Inc. ,

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AWT Labels & Packaging Bill Denzen has joined AWT Labels & Packaging as Vice President of Operations. Denzen has more than 28 years of experience in the printing industry, with most of that time spent in flexographic printing op- erations management. Denzen also brings with him extensive experience in finance and lean manufacturing methodology.

Denzen’s responsibilities at AWT will include operations management, business strategy development, sup- port of sales and marketing strategies, and continuous improvement efforts. He is based at AWT’s headquarters in Minneapolis, Minneapolis, and joined the company in September 2019. Luminer Lead Technician Heather Bookman has been promoted to Prepress Man- ager for Luminer, a label manufactur- er specializing in extended content labels for pharmaceutical ethical and OTC packaging, clinical trials and var- ious other narrow web applications for the cosmetics, F&B and chemi- cals sectors.After more than a decade with Luminer’s prepress team, Book- man will now head the department GEW Jennifer Heathcote has been appoint- ed as Business Development Manager at GEW, manufacturer of Arc and LED UV curing systems based in the UK. Heathcote has been in the UV equip- ment and applications business since 1998 and has worked with several UV suppliers. She has served as an Execu- tive Board Member for RadTech North

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America and most recently has acted as a technical and commercial consulting advisor to the UV curing industry. Heathcote has authored a wide range of articles on the subject of UV curing, and in 2012 co-authoredThe UV LED Handbook. She earned her Bachelor of Sci- ence in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue Univer- sity and her MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

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Year-End Review (Cont’d from Page 10) a printer of flexible packaging, stand-up pouches, and pressure sensitive labels based in Merced, California. Founded In 1986, Label Technology became 100 per- cent employee owned through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) in 2007. Label Technology serves a wide range of industries, including the food, natural products, nutraceutical, cosmetic and health and beauty end markets. Fortis employs more than 700 employees across 13 sites. Flex Pack SAS installed FlexoWash technology at its plant in Bogota, Colombia, to help improve the quali- ty of work being produced on its two flexo printing presses. Founded in 2001 and still owned and man- aged by Carlos Alberto González and his wife Maribel Jácome, the company is vertically integrated offering a variety of services in-house from extrusion to rolling, printing, and valve inserting. Currently around 90 per- cent of all output is printed, and then supplied to mar- kets as diverse as food and beverage, household goods, and medical supplies. Following a visit to Labelexpo in Chicago, Illinois, and a meeting with the Flexo Wash team, the decision was made to invest in a PW82WR PlateWasher and an FW992XL AniloxWasher. A group of associations, educators and industry rep- resentatives formed the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition . As stated in its organizing documents, “The purpose of the coalition will be to coordinate the efforts of all organizations represent- ing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry for creating awareness, recruitment of new people into the industry,providing a framework for ap- prenticeship and training programs, and the retention of the existing workforce. By combining the separate efforts, experiences and initiatives of various organi- zations, coordinating actions and the sharing of ideas and resources, it is expected that all will benefit.”This new initiative will address the number one issue that faces the industry today: recruitment, retention and training of its workforce. CCL Industries acquired the shares of Colle a Moi Inc. (CAM) , a privately-owned company, based in Quebec City, Canada. Founded in 2015, CAM is a man- ufacturer of personalized kid’s labels. Paperboard Packaging Market To Hit $238 Billion The Global Paperboard Packaging Market is expect- ed to exceed more than $238.50 billion by 2024 and will grow at a CAGR of more than 3 percent in the given forecast period, according to a new report from Market Research Engine.

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Kodak, Uteco Sell First-Ever Ultrastream-Powered Press Kodak is introducing its ULTRASTREAM technology in the NEW UTECO Sapphire EVOW, the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s lat- est continuous inkjet technology. The first ULTRASTREAM system with a print width of 1.25 meters has been sold into the market in ad- vance of its expected debut at drupa 2020 in Dussel- dorf, Germany, with a healthy pipeline of active pros- pects, according to the company. The wide format of the new Sapphire EVO W allows brands to leverage digital printing in their traditional flexographic print formats.

Industry Events

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

Propak East Africa March 17-19, 2020 KICC - Nairobi, Kenya Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 May 7-9, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

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

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As packaging converters and brands look for more cost-effective solutions for shorter production runs, Kodak and Uteco have created an industry-changing press. Enabled by water-based inks and production speeds equivalent to analogue presses, the Sapphire EVO W can print short- to medium-run length jobs, achieving price points favorable to flexography. Sapphire digital solutions execute variable data campaigns and reduce waste and excess inventory delivering increased sales at lower costs. Included in the delivery of the Sapphire EVOW is Kodak’s environmentally friendly and indus- try compliant inks and fluids, which reportedly open the door for applications in food, beverage, and per- sonal care. Pamarco Appoints Flexi-Vel S.A. de C.V. As Rep Pamarco has appointed Flex-Vel S.A. de C.V., a Mexi- can and Central American supplier in consumables for the flexographic industry, to represent the company in the wide web market.Pamarco is pleased to join forces with a company that is known for its commitment to outstanding customer satisfaction, cutting-edge tech- nology, and a superior product portfolio.

June 16 - 26, 2020 Dussedorf, Germany Labelexpo Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL

TAPPI/AICC CorrExpo September 14-17, 2020 Orange County Convention Center and Omni Hotel Orlando, FL

GRAPH EXPO 20 October 4-7, 2020 Chicago’s McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Labelexpo India October 28 - November 1, 2020 India Expo Centre Greater Noida, Delhi NCR Pack Expo International November 8-11, 2020 Chicago, IL

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Koenig & Bauer Preston Neetzel has been promoted to the position of Director of Flexo Sales for Koenig & Bauer. In this new role, Neetzel will expand on his cur- rent direct sales responsibilities by providing his in-depth expertise to the firm’s CI flexo team in the United States and Canada. Printing Industries of America. Estab- lished in 1950, the Lewis Award pays homage to business leaders who have made major, long-term contributions to the graphic arts industry and have been a significant force in shaping the business of printed communications. The award was presented at the Ben Franklin Honor Society Award Dinner during the Fall Administrative Meet- ing of Printing Industries of America in Houston,Texas. Lawton is the President of Law- ton Printing, Inc. and File-EZ Fold- ers, Inc., both located in Spokane, Washington. She is the fourth gen- eration to join the family business, working full-time beginning in Jan- uary 1991 and becoming President in October 2001. In other news, June Crespo, Direc- People & Places Printing Industries Of America Laura Lawton has been named the 2019 Lewis Me- morial LifetimeAchievement Award recipient from the tor of Board &Affiliate Relations of Printing Industries of America, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Naomi Berber Memorial Award. This award honors outstanding women in the graph- ic communications industry for their exceptional re- cord of accomplishments, extraordinary contributions toward the development of the graphic communica- tions industry, and for having advanced the interests of the industry. Amongst Crespo’s career achievements are the fact that she is only one of two PIA employees to have twice been voted by her peers as the Peer Employee of the Year and has been recognized frequently with the PIA Employee of the Quarter Award by PIA’s Chief Executive Officer and was also awarded PIA Employee of the Year in 2013. Preston Neetzel Laura Lawton June Crespo

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