Board Converting News, April 1, 2024

Label Market (CONT’D FROM PAGE 33)

the Asahi Kasei Cor- poration, is starting a new type of operator training courses by combining prepress workflow, platemak- ing and flexo print- ing, together with Gallus and Esko, all under one roof.

to normal in the third quarter of 2022, the economic tide had turned and label printers and label users had filled their warehouses for quarters to come. The downturn was compounded by the effect of increasing raw materials costs that, according to the FINAT RADAR, impacted the procurement of labels more than other packaging types. According to the report, respondents highlighted the significant challenges they encountered due to evolving consumer demands. These challenges included a notice- able shift in consumer preference from branded products to private labels, alterations in seasonal demand patterns, and an oversupply of materials for certain stock-keeping units (SKUs) triggered by an abrupt drop in demand. The decline in consumer confidence across the euro- zone continues to reflect widespread concerns about infla- tion, energy costs, and the potential for economic downturn. However, the slightly brighter outlook from label suppliers and brand owners suggests optimism about the capacity for recovery and growth in the coming quarters. Asahi Begins Training At Gallus Experince Center Asahi Photoproducts, a supplier of flexographic photo- polymer plate development technology and subsidiary of

The first sessions are already planned as part of the Esko MasterClass Series to feature aspects of flexo work- flow and screening technologies, followed by sustainable platemaking production, and then closing the loop by go- ing on-press. The sessions will be held in the Gallus Experience Cen- ter in St. Gallen, Switzerland, which was opened in June of 2023. Topics to be covered include: • Esko screening technologies, workflow, and plate im- aging solutions. • Training on Asahi water-wash platemaking, including calibration of exposure time, plate washout speed, finish- ing and drying time. • Printing the plates on a Gallus press, including curve calibration and print performance checks. • Consolidated view to demonstrate the ease-of-use of plate production from Asahi, Esko and Gallus to deliver sustainable solutions to printing converter.

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