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January 7, 2019

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Host Of Acquisitions Ring In New Year by Greg Kishbaugh TT he new year has begun with several key industry acquisi- tions. Fortis Solutions Group LLC, a portfolio company of Main Post Partners, has acquired Infinite Packaging Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Svoboda Capital Partners LLC. Infinite, with facilities in Lewisville,Texas, and Catoosa, Okla- homa, is a full-service converter of label products, including pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and complementary

Retail Trends To Shift In 2019

In 2019, the retail market will be defined by emerging technologies that change the way consumers in- teract with their favorite brands, a shift in preferences, and the emer- gence of new battle lines for e-com- merce, according to Himadri Buch, in an article for . A comprehensive understanding of the changing retail market is of paramount importance for packag- ing designers, providers and con- ver ter s as they help their CPG partners in facing each new chal- lenge and opportunity. As we move toward 2019, here are some of the key developments that have been predicted to reshape the retail industry: Experiential Retail Experiential retail draws the focus to a customer-centric approach where the customer is able to inter- act with product or brand rather than being a passive participant. As consumers choose to invest in experiences rather than products,

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products and services. Infinite reportedly serves a diverse group of clients in several consumer vertical markets includ- ing consumer products, retail, food and beverage, nutraceuti- cals and health and beauty. In addition, the company has developed a specialized line of products and solutions for e- commerce sales. Infinite CEO Lynn Higgs will reportedly remain in place at the organization.

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Omet Plans Open House In Italy

Omet has scheduled an Open House on January 24- 25. The “Omet Hybrid Experience” Open House will focus on the opportunities offered by hybrid digital printing technology in the label market. The event will be held in the new Omet Drome, lo- cated in Molteno, Italy, where guests will have the op- portunity to see the hybrid printing performances of new Omet XJet powered by Durst and to attend spe- cial live demonstration on the iFLEX, set up in a hy- brid curing configuration with UV and UV LED. Standwill Packaging In other news, Standwill Packaging in Long Island, New York, has invested in a Durst Tau 330 RSC UV inkjet digital label press. The agreement through Durst strategic partner Omet America will reportedly enable Standwill Pack- aging to re-engineer its flexo print production and in- crease efficiencies, as well as open up new business opportunities. Standwill Packaging has been servic- ing the cosmetic industry for more than 40 years. It specializes in cosmetic, personal care and beauty la- bels and packaging products.


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Durst, Koenig & Bauer Enter Joint Venture

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer for the joint development and mar- keting of single-pass digital printing systems for fold- ing carton and cartonboard corrugated industry. As a leader in inkjet printing, Durst hopes to bundle its exper tise with the market presence and renowned mechanical engineering of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which, with more than 5,700 employ- ees, is one of the world’s major suppliers of packag- ing and banknote printing. In the future, fully automated production lines will be developed in the joint venture and distributed worldwide. The new partner company will be based in Germany and will also manage the service and ink business in close cooperation with the global net- work of both companies. Rotometrics Expands Into China RotoMetrics has opened a repair facility and con- verting technology center in Suzhou, China.The cen- ter is equipped to repair RD300 solid dies.

With this resource in China, RotoMetrics said it will be able to evaluate specific requirements to convert label materials, carry out fast investigations of cus- tomer concerns, and also carry out repairs on magnet- ic cylinders and anvils without the need to go through lengthy and difficult export and import procedures. “Globally, Rotometrics repairs more than 30,000 solid dies each year, mainly in North America and Eu- rope,” said Paul McKay, General Manager for Asia,“and we look forward to adding significantly to that num- ber with this new facility that will allow us to grow our business here in China.” Paul McKay ( center ) and the Rotometrics China team celebrate the official opening of the new facili- ty in Suzhou.

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In other acquisition news, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC, a provider of custom flexible packaging for spe- cialty food and healthcare markets, has acquired Payson, Utah–based Temkin International. PPC, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is a f lexographic printing and converting of f lexible films, bags and pouches. PPC is reportedly a pioneer in cleanroom packaging for healthcare and medical applications, “better for you” snack organic brands, produce, pet food and bakery. The firm operates three manufacturing facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illi- nois, Mission, Kansas, and Rome, Georgia. Its facilities are SQF and ISO-9001 certified. The company was founded in 1968.

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Fortis employs more than 550 employees across 12 sites.The company said it intends to continue its pur- suit of attractive acquisitions to further the breadth of product offerings and locations which can serve its customer base.

Delivering product offerings utilizing flexographic, offset and digital printing capabilities, Fortis offerings include pressure sensitive and shrink sleeve labels, extended booklet printing, folding cartons, variable data printing, multi-ply coupon printing and flexible packaging printing. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the company also has manufacturing and sales offices in Austin, Texas; Catoosa, Oklahoma; Ellington, Connecticut; Flowery Branch, Georgia; Fort Worth,Texas; High Point, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Lewisville, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee;West Chester, Ohio; andWixom, Michigan.

Temkin International, founded in 1980 and head- quartered 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, Florida, and Toronto,

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drupa Garners Immediate Exhibitor Support Shortly after the official registration deadline for drupa 2020, 96 percent of the planned 1.7 million square feet of space had already been booked. Compa- nies from more than 40 countries have already con- firmed their participation, including large global players as well as many smaller companies and promis- ing start-ups. A current list of exhibitors is available at . drupa will take place from June 16–26, 2020 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf,Germany. drupa 2020 will again occupy the entire Düsseldorf exhibition center.The range of exhibits ensures clear structures and consist of the following product groups: Prepress/Print; Premedia/Multichannel; Post press/Converting/Packaging; Future Technologies; Materials; and Equipment/Services/Infrastructure Touchpoint packaging will cover the entire spec- trum of packaging production, from design to new materials, from printing to converting, from embell- ishments to security and track & trace features. The special forum will be organized in cooperation with the European Packaging Design Association (epda), reportedly Europe’s leading association of brand and packaging designers. The enormous potential of additive manufacturing

will be an important topic at drupa 2020.The touch- point 3D fab + print in Hall 7A will complement the exhibitors’ offerings and reflect the entire spectrum of 3D technologies. DNA stands for drupa next age. The special show will be dedicated to the long-term future topics of the industry and stimulate productive exchanges be- tween global players and start-ups aiming at innova- tion in a fast changing world. The special show will build on the start-up area of the previous drupa inno- vation park (dip!) and will be embedded in a new hall concept. Innovators from the start-up sector will have the opportunity to present new product ideas, services and approaches addressing future technolo- gies to facilitate communication around print. drupa cube, the conference and event program for drupa 2020, will focus on the innovative power of print and the exciting potential of diverse print appli- cations in a wide variety of industries and areas of life. This will include new technologies such as printed electronics and creative multichannel applications as well as the use of digital printing techniques in con- ventional sectors like packaging or in numerous verti- cal markets. At the same time, the drupa cube’s interdisciplinary approach will bridge the gap be- tween creative agencies,marketers and brand owners.

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For instance: IkEA launched a new VR experience that places shoppers in the middle of a shoppable, 3D kitchen. Multi-Channel Retail Moving away from the tenants of the traditional re- tail market, multi-channel retailing has gained increas- ing popularity. The aim is for the retailer to be available to the consumer on all devices. The most common device used by shoppers nowadays is their mobile phones. With online shopping available at the click of a but- ton and features like product details, size guide and free shipping, it is imperative for retailers to move their businesses online. Hyper Personalization The driving purpose behind today’s retail trends is to elevate the consumer-retailer relationship by in- creasing personalization, transforming customers into fans and boosting Customer Lifetime Value. Imagine a store where 99 percent of the items are selected for a customer based on their history and preferences. A shoppable virtual fridge stocked with your favorite foods.A smart speaker that knows your

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retailers need to respond to meet the needs of their customers. Customers do not want to just walk into the shop, buy the product and leave because they could do this in the comfort of their own home. For instance: Slew of retailers provide a screen for customers to use where they can sign in and search their purchase history and bucket list, providing cus- tomer insight for the sales assistants. There is also a smart mirror so they can request dif- ferent sizes, alternative products or even pay without leaving the dressing room. Their high tech advance- ments also give the customers the opportunity to customize and order shoes, with different styles and fabrics. Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality Retailers are beginning to experiment with virtual commerce, which leverages virtual and augmented reality devices to create entirely new conveniences for tomorrow’s consumers.Augmented reality (AR) is slightly different from virtual reality (VR) as it over- lays holograms on top of the physical world around us. Experts have noted that by 2020, the retail indus- try is slated to be the top spending industry on AR and VR.

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printTHINK Summit Sept. 11-13, 2019 Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL

Industry Events

Luxepack February 27-28, 2019 Barker Hanger Santa Monica, CA

Graph Expo 19 Sept. 22-25, 2019 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

Packaging Innovations February 28-March 1, 2019

Labelexpo Europe Sept. 24-27, 2019 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium Print19 Oct. 3-5, 2019 McCormick Place Chicago, IL

NEC Birmingham Birmingham, UK

TLMI Converter Meeting March 10-13, 2019 Omni Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC

American Packaging Summit April 15-17, 2019 Westin LombardYorktown Center Chicago, IL FTA Annual Meeting May 6-7, 2019 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans, LA

TLMI Annual Meeting October 27-30, 2019 Omni LaCosta Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin,TX

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“Register is perfect”

“The image pops off the web”

“Highlight dots are clean, crisp and solid”

Yabba dabba doozie! Windmoeller & Hoelscher congratulates Transcontinental Robbie on winning Gold and Best of Show at the Flexographic Technical Associations (FTA) 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards in the wide-web category. These jump-off-the-package Fruity Pebbles ™ and Cocoa Pebbles ™ cereal wrappers were printed by TC Robbie on a 10-color MIRAFLEX press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher. We’re not the only ones who are excited. Based on what the judges had to say, they were, too. “The image pops off the web!”, “Highlight dots are clean, crisp and solid”, “Register is perfect”. W&H congratulates all of this year’s winners and entrants for their pursuit of brilliant flexographic print quality.


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order history and can order your usual coffee with a simple voice command. A store where the inventory, messaging, prices and sizes are dynamically changed for you. It will soon seem absurd that we ever wasted time shopping at stores not designed for us. Automated Retail The retail industry is slowly working toward creat- ing a human interaction-free experience for the con- sumer. Moving rapidly toward automation on all fronts, many retailers have already adopted the cashier-less model. Automated retail is now a broad area including everything from vending machines to unmanned kiosks to unattended grocery stores. FTA-Europe wi l l aga in present i t s Di amond Awards at its meeting, June 18, 2020.The event will be held at the occasion of drupa 2020 in Düssel- dorf, Germany. The FTA-Europe Diamond Awards have had two edi- tions, the first in 2016 during drupa and this year dur- ing Print4All in Milan, Italy. The selection for the FTA-Europe Awards is based on the winners of the national flexo awards of all FTA-Europe member associations.These winners will automatically be competing for the European Dia- mond Awards. A jury meeting will take place late March 2020 for the evaluation. Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market To Surge The global market for anti-counterfeit packaging is projected to grow from $5.3 billion in 2018 to reach $9.4 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12.1 percent, according to a new report from, the second such report to reach this conclusion on the past month. The anti-counterfeit packaging market is driven by factors such as the increasing number of counterfeit products in the market, growing brand awareness among buyers about product information, the expan- sion of the e-commerce industry, developments in printing technologies, and concerns regarding the impact of counterfeit packaging on the brand image of products.The clothing & apparel sector is project- ed to be the fastest-growing end-use sector in the next five years. FTA-Europe Prepares For Diamond Awards

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 broad- ly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print perfor- mance, and environmental benefits. DuPont Packaging Graphics

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All In Print China Closes To Record Results The 7th All in Print China (AIP 2018) recently closed with record results in Shanghai: 1,030 national and in- ternational exhibitors showcased printing technology trends and developments on almost 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space — a 34 percent increase compared to the last staging — to 100,933 visitors. With the theme Enter the Era of Intelligent Print- ing , AIP 2018 was designed according to the “7+3” plan, covering all segments of the industry. These in- cluded the seven classic themed pavilions: Digital Pre-press Pavilion, Comprehensive Printing Pavilion, Post-press Converting Pavilion, Packaging Equipment Pavilion, Label Industry Pavilion, Ink & Innovative Ma- terials Pavilion as well as the Comprehensive/Packag- ing Pavilion. New were the three special areas of Flexible Packaging Equipment, Corrugated Box Equipment and Spay Printing Equipment. In order to present a wider range of intelligent manufacturing, innovative and technological developments and high- light the theme of the exhibition, the AIP organizers also set up two special zones — the Innovation Fac- tory and the Intelligent Factory. The exhibits at AIP 2018 were supported by more than 100 forums, technical exchanges and confer- ences. At the 2018 World Printing and Communica- tion Forum Council Meeting, representatives from various countries held in-depth discussions on how to better promote the development of the printing industry in their own countries and how to enhance the social status of the printing industry. The Dialogue with the World: Face a New Era of Intelligent Printing - 2018World Printing and Com- munication featured Liu Xiaokai, Director General of Department of Printing and Distribution, SAPPRFT, as the keynote speaker and industry associations from China, the United States, Japan, India, and Australia.At the 2018 All in Print China Conference The Future of Intelligent Manufacturing , seven suppliers present- ed intelligent manufacturing-related technologies. More than 300 participants took part in the 2018 Global Label Technology Summit Forum and the In- telligent Label - 2018 “Sun Cup”Awards Ceremony of Asia Label Printing. Other events included the 2019 China International Paper Packaging Forum & Paper Industry Chain Solution Demonstration, the C9 Print- ing and Packaging Quality Control and Evaluation Conference, and the 2018 Digital Printing in China Technology Summit Forum.The 8th All in Print China will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from October 12–16, 2020.

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AICC Releases Score Cracking Whitepaper AICC,The Independent Packaging Association, has re- leased Score Cracking: Causes, Characteristics, and Cures , a free whitepaper curated by AICC Corrugated Technical Advisor RalphYoung.The free paper address- es score cracking, an issue faced by all corrugated con- verters. Besides containerboard and the combining processes, the paper also briefly focuses on die cutting and other finishing operations as contributors to, and possible cures for, score cracking and liner rupture. More information about this publication and other publications can be found at www.aic- . Labelexpo India 2018 Reports Record Numbers Labelexpo India, in its sixth edition, took place at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida from No- vember 22-25, 2018.This marked the largest show to date in the region, as a total of 9,851 visitors from 55 countries passed through its doors over the four days of the show, a 22.7 percent increase from the last edi- tion in 2016 and the biggest visitor increase to date. The show was also 28 percent larger in size, with 250 exhibitors occupying a total floorspace of 7,073 square meters compared to 200 across 5,899 square meters in the 2016 edition. This makes the 2018 edi- tion the biggest Labelexpo show in the region to date. Complementing the Expo, a well-attended Brand In- novation Day took place on day one of the show. Brand owners and designers from a wide range of sectors took part in an exclusive series of seminars and educational sessions aimed at equipping them with expert insight into making the most out of their brand, how they can overcome key challenges on the path to future growth, and stay ahead of the competi- tion in a fast-paced industry. Nyquist, BST Sell 1,000th Print Inspection System BST eltromat International, a manufacturer of quality assurance systems for web-processing industries, and cooperation partner Nyquist Systems, manufacturer of the TubeScan portfolio for 100 percent inspection and web monitoring for the narrow web market, cele- brated the 1,000th TubeScan produced. The 1,000th system to be manufactured is a TubeScan Digital Strobe 4k. This system celebrated its world premiere at last year’s All4Pack exhibition in Paris, and was sold to the Paris-based company Smag Graphique.


Eaglewood Technologies, LLC

Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning Sitex- co Laser Systems, Sanilox ™ Systems and Sani-Blast ™ Mobile Service. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers. Sanilox ™ Systems are the global standard of reli- able, environmentally safe anilox roll cleaning. Sani-Blast ™ cleaning service has been cleaning rolls for over 20 years and offer several cleaning options to minimize downtime. 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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Canada. Offering in-house graphics and plate making capability, the company represents key target seg- ments including food, fresh produce, floral and sta- tionary and craft.The company is AIB certified. The combined company will operate under the name PPC Flexible Packaging and its go-to market strategy for the produce and floral segments will continue to operate under the Temkin brand. In additional news, AR Packaging Group AB, Lund, Sweden, has acquired all outstanding shares in Istra- grafika, d.d., a producer of folding carton products for the tobacco, food and consumer goods segments. Is- tragrafika, headquartered in Kanfanar, Croatia, which has a workforce of approximately 160 employees. Istragrafika was established in 1956 and previous- ly owned by TDR, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc. In more M&A news, International Paper is in the process of taking over Envases Grau in Spain, a com-

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