FMN | December 25th, 2017

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December 25, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 26

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Acquisitions Drive Flexo Industry In 2017 by Greg Kishbaugh T he past few years have seen a tremendous uptick in the number of acquisitions and mergers in the flexographic in- dustry and 2017 was certainly no exception. Consolidations con- tinued at a furious pace for both converters and OEMs alike, reshaping the industry and making way for many more acquisi- tions in the future.

Mark Andy, DuPont Fortify Partnership Supporting Mark Andy’s long-lasting commitment to label and packaging customers, Mark Andy, Inc. has been appointed the exclusive distributor of DuPont Cyrel flexographic platemak- ing systems in the United States. Mark Andy Print Products, the sup- plies and consumables division of Mark Andy, first entered into business with DuPont in early 2014, serving as a distributor for the Cyrel product line including plate material, process- ing equipment, imagers and software. A notable benefit of this new exclu- sive relationship is the ability to bet- ter serve flexography customers by developing plate systems to improve print quality and minimize downtime for optimizing converters’ operations. Distribution Deal Mark Andy will also assume distribu- tion of the full suite of flexographic pressroom supplies previously sold with the DuPont Cyrel product line, in- cluding plate mounting tapes, plate imaging equipment, letterpress plates, and other supplies, complementing the

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The first-part of Flexo Market News ’ exclusive review of some of this year’s most important news items, to be concluded in the next issue, takes a look at the myriad acquisitions and machinery installations that expanded the industry in 2017. Colbert Packaging purchased a new 173,000-square-foot building in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which now houses its flexo- graphic-printed carton, label and insert operations. Fortis Solutions Group ,Virgina Beach,Virgina, a provider of printing, packaging, and labeling solutions, acquired Action Packaging Systems, Ellington, Connecticut. Accurate Box completed phase one of a 200,000-square-foot expansion at its Paterson, New Jersey, facility.

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