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February 20, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 4

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MPI Label Systems Acquires Label Gallery reported by Greg Kishbaugh M PI Label Systems has acquired Label Gallery, Inc., a flexo- graphic and digital printer in Norwich, New York, a com- pany that specializes in the pharmaceutical, wine & spirits, and food markets. Label Galler y was founded in 1993 by Chr is and Ana Ulatowski. Chris was a sales representative for another printer at the time, and Ana worked as a designer.They used their ex- perience to start a company focused on customer service pro- viding an array of labels.

drupa 2020 Dates Moved

The dates for drupa 2020 were moved by one week and the trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from Tuesday, June 16 to Friday, June 26, 2020 in Düssel- dorf, Germany. This was agreed by the drupa Committee and Messe Düsseldorf at their meeting on Feb- ruary 15. The key argument for this decision is the fact that in some Eu- ropean countries as well as in Ger- many the summer holidays would have already started during the ini- tially planned dates (June 23 - July 3, 2020). By changing the dates, Messe Düsseldorf is responding to requests from both exhibitors and visitors. According to the research findings from Future Market Insights’ report, titled Smart Labels Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016–2026 , nearly 400,000 thousand units of smart la- bels sold globally in 2016 were ac- counted by Radio-Frequency Smart Labels To Hit $22.6B

“Our focus on customer service and our commitment to ‘Printing Problem Solved’ has always been the driving force behind my team and we see this great tradition of excellence continuing as we move forward as part of the MPI team,” said Chris Ulatowski, owner of Label Gallery.

The company utilizes DuPont Cyrel FAST digital platemaking for its prepress needs, “We are excited to add Label Gallery, Inc. to the MPI family to strengthen our position in the Northeast with additional flexo and digital capabilities,” said Randy Kocher, President of MPI Label Systems. “We share the same values of high quality and exceptional customer service, giving our customer what they want, when they want it, and how they want it.” Ulatowski will assume the role of general manager for MPI Labels of NewYork / Label Gallery and will continue to offer a complete range of label solutions using the latest flexographic and digital technologies. Headquartered in Sebring, Ohio, MPI has 11 manufacturing locations in North America and more than 500 employees.

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Online Voting Open For ICE Europe 2017 Jubilee Awards ICE Europe will take place for the tenth time from March 21-23 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Ger- many. To celebrate this jubilee event, the organizer, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, will present the ICE Europe 2017 Jubilee Awards for best practice, excellence, in- novation and extraordinary performance in the con- verting industry. The submission of entries for the awards by exhibit- ing companies is now closed; a large number of this year’s exhibitors have participated with their prod- uct innovations and technical advances. Casting Your Vote Now the entire converting community is invited to cast a maximum of four votes online for their fa- vorites, one in each category. The online voting ends on Sunday, March 5 at mid- night. Participation in the voting is free of charge. The winners of each category will be honored in an official awards ceremony at ICE Europe 2017, on Tuesday, March 21, at 3 pm. To vote, visit english/awards/view.

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RR Print Appointed As Rotoflex Agent

RR Print is the newly appointed agent for the Rotoflex suite of inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting equipment for Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. Based near Copenhagen, the company was founded in 1968. RR Print led the recent sale and installation of a Rotoflex VLI 600 for offline finishing of unsupported film at label printer Dan Labels in Denmark, that has demonstrated reliable slitting of 600mm wide rolls of PP and PE material with a variety of thicknesses, and at high speed for long runs. RR Print’s partners include Colordyne, Pulse Roll Label Products, Praxair, Recyl, Flexo Concepts, LasX, and most recently Lombardi. Harper Kicks Off 2017 Harper Roadshow Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America will be kicking off its 2017 Harper Road- show in Clemson, South Carolina. This complimenta- ry one-day seminar will feature a variety of experts from throughout the industry, including Harper’s own flexographic printing experts. Speakers will in- clude representatives from Harper, Dupont, Flexo Concepts, and Siegwerk. The Harper Roadshow event will be held on Thurs- day, March 9 at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging & Graphics – Clemson University, Clemson, South Caroli- na. The event is free to attend, but seating is limited and fills up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. To register, visit shows/Clemson-SC/311 . Continuous Improvement Conference Sets Speakers Printing Industries of America has announced the line-up of speakers for the 2017 Continuous Im- provement Conference on April 2–5 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joe Murli, CEO, The Murli Group; Michael Bremer, President, Cumberland Group–Chicago; Greg Glebe, Founder and CEO, Xylem Design; Jamie Parker, Dis- trict Manager, Manufacturing Network, FedEx Office; and Rich Diviney, Director of Outreach, Barry- Wehmiller will provide guidance and share experi- ences during the multi-day event focused on Lean manufacturing and other quality management con- trol systems.Attendees can view full keynote session descriptions, speaker bios, and register for the confer- ence at .

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ICE USA To Host 3M Technology Chapter

expo Asia in Shanghai, taking place December 5-8, 2017, will now be renamed Labelexpo China to re- flect the show’s visitor demographics. Like other Labelexpo events, Labelexpo Southeast Asia will attract label and package printing convert- ers/printers, brand owners, designers and industry suppliers. Large delegations are expected to attend from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and across the wider region including Japan, South Korea,Australasia and Taiwan. CCL Enters India’s Label Market CCL Industries Inc. has announced that the Pac- man-CCL joint venture, headquartered in Dubai, has signed a binding agreement to acquire a 70 percent stake in privately owned, India-based Super Label Manufacturing Company. Based in Mumbai, Super Label focuses on pressure sensitive labels for large consumer products and healthcare customers with operations in India. Pacman-CCL will invest $3.75 million in the venture to acquire its stake, reduce debt and provide funding for future expansion. Super Label will continue to be headed by its founder, Bharat Mehta..

ICE USA, the International Converting Exhibition, is partnering with 3M to host its Engineering and Man- ufacturing Technology Chapter (EMTC) at the show in Orlando, Florida,April 25-27th. ICE USA 2017, marking its fourth edition in the Americas, has reportedly become an important meet- ing place for companies to host divisional or special interest group meetings, conduct internal training, or hold hospitality events for their customers or team. To help accommodate this need, Show Manage- ment has launched a VIP Program offering additional services and benefits for companies bringing more than 15 people to the show, like 3M. Labelexpo Global Series Expands Into Southeast Asia The organizer of the Labelexpo Global Series events has announced the launch of Labelexpo Southeast Asia. Focused on the region’s strong and fast growing market, the latest edition to the world- wide event portfolio will take place May 10-12, 2018, at BITEC in Bangkok,Thailand. With the advent of Labelexpo Southeast Asia, Label-

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Pressure Labels Market To Grow To $92.46 Billion The pressure labels market size is estimated to grow from $74.14 billion in 2015 to $92.46 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.52 percent, according to a new report from Marketsand- Markets. The technological advancements and indus- trialization combined with an increasing population in developing economies and increasing demand by various end-user industries such as food & beverage, consumer durables, pharmaceutical and home & per- sonal care are the major factors driving the growth of the pressure labels industry. Increasing Demand Factors such as increasing demand in Asia-Pacific, growing demand from the pharmaceutical sector, and wide application of pressure labels in diverse in- dustries drive the pressure labels market. However, rising raw material costs act as a restraint for the market. Growth of the food & beverages, con- sumer durables, pharmaceutical, and home & personal care industry in the developing and under-developed regions provides an opportunity to the pressure labels market to grow even further. The food & beverages segment is projected to be the fastest-growing end-user industry in the next five years. Furthermore, due to the growth of the pres- sure labels industry, pressure labels such as release liner labels and linerless labels are extensively used. The pressure labels market is also projected to wit- ness growth in the consumer durables, pharmaceuti- cal, home & personal care, and retail labels sectors, during the forecast period. Leading The Market The release liner labels segment is estimated to contribute the largest market share, whereas linerless labels, at the highest CAGR, will play a key role in changing the pressure labels landscape during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific region leads the market due to its large population and its proven identity of a major manufacturing hub that offers production opportuni- ties at affordable costs to companies. As pressure la- bels are used widely by different industries, such as food & beverages, consumer durables, pharmaceuti- cal, and home & personal care, the Asia-Pacific re- gion, which is witnessing major growth in these sectors as well, has become a large market for these labels. This is followed by Europe, which is the next largest market for pressure labels followed by North America and Rest of theWorld.

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Adheso-Graphics, Inc.

AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current tech- nology flexo mounting tapes and backing systems for cor- rugated 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 thickness range re- quirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving services for unique customers & applications.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.

A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distributor of flexo- graphic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imag- ing systems and software specifically designed for flexography.

ARC International

ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnolo- gy laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manu- facturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.

Comexi Group Industries S.A.U.

The Comexi Group is a leading supplier of quality flexographic C.I. presses for the flexible packaging indus- try worldwide. We also provide solventless laminators, slitter/rewinders and related peripheral equipment such as automatic wash-up systems, solvent recovery sys- tems, automatic roll unloaders, and plate cylinder/sleeve storage systems. DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading suppli- er of flexographic printing systems in digital and conven- tional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing 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 industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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Smart Labels ( Cont’d from Page 1)


Identification (RFID) technology, which amounted to an estimated $2,493.9 million. Surging demand for RFID tags in the global retail industry have instru- mented the boost in sales of smart labels, globally. Furthermore, the advantages of RFID smart labels in maintaining, tracking and updating stock & inventory databases is predicted to continue driving their de- mand around the globe in the coming years. The global market for smart labels amassed rev- enues worth $4.7 billion in 2016, and is likely to reach $22.6 billion market value by the end of 2026. During the forecast period, the global smart labels market size is anticipated to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 17 percent. Organized retail sector will continue to instrument rampant growth in global smart labels sales, while warehousing businesses in the world are expected to actively adopt smart labelling for their benefits in tracking products. Growing sales of biologics and specialty drugs that require thermal-sensitive packaging are promoting the use of smart labels that are equipped with tem- perature-control functions. Smart labels will be inte- grated in drug monitor ing systems across pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world, facilitat- ing efficiency in transportation, anti-counterfeit mea- sures, and damage control. Key highlights of the research report exhibit RFID as the dominant labelling technology, however, Elec- tronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and sensing labels are also expected to gain traction while independent- ly registering a rise at more than 16 percent CAGR over the forecast period. By the end of 2026, global retail industry will be the largest end-user of smart la- bels by procuring global revenue share of more than 30 percent. On the other hand, healthcare, automo- tive and logistics will be considered as lucrative end- user industr ies for smar t labels, collectively accounting for sales of more than 1,561,000 thou- sand units by the end of 2026. Flexographic and gravure printing technologies are predicted to dominate the global smart labels market in terms of revenue. Over the forecast period, more than $8 billion in revenue will be accounted by flex- ographic smart labels, while smart labels manufac- tured through gravure printing technology will amass an estimated $6.4 billion market value. Smart label revenues in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region are projected to rise at the fastest CAGR – 18.2 percent, while Western Europe smart la- bels market is likely to reach an estimated $3.6 bil- lion market value by the end of 2026.

Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies offers the Sanilox™ Anilox Roll Cleaning System, an innovative, environmentally safe sys- tem. Sanilox™2.0 uses a touch-screen interface to clean rolls in-line or off-line with the simple touch of a button. It can be operated in English or Spanish and monitor roll in- ventory by entering roll information into the touch-screen interface. Eaglewood Technologies offers cleaning service in your facility, or a ship-in roll cleaning program. Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, manufactur- ers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consum- ables, including: nyloflex® photopolymer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Flint Group

Harper Corporation of America

We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or cor- rugated markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics.

J I MacWilliam Co., Inc.

Used equipment for flexible packaging, folding carton, paper, film, foil and non-woven industries. Professional, knowledgeable service for more than 30 years.

KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change® system and Speedy Clean® auto washup system are designed to give converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s commitment to research and development. Sales, service and support for Flexotecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an ex- perienced, dedicated service staff. Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of nar- row and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to in- crease productivity and profitability for the label and pack- aging markets. The company supplies leading global brands including Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy printing/converting machinery and UVTechnolo- gy curing systems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and dis- tribution offices in France, Switzerland, and the UK. Mark Andy, Inc.

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