Vol. 23 No. 4 An N.V. Publication Market News FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry For More Than Two Decades ®
February 15, 2021
FPA Releases LCA Case Studies
FLAG Introduces Two New Programs FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) has introduced two new programs to facilitate Member and Vendor Partner communication and connections in 2021. The first program is a series of monthly Round Tables, which were first introduced at the FLAG Virtual Summit in October, 2020. Round Ta- bles provide a way that independent converters can share business chal- lenges and opportunities in a frank and open setting.Although FLAG has been offering Peer Groups for years, the new Member-only Round Tables are ad hoc and require no long-term commitment. They were reportedly so popular at the Virtual Summit that FLAG has made them a regular part of their ongoing programming. Round Tables The first monthly Round Table took place on January 28 and was attend- ed by 14 individuals from 11 FLAG Member companies. The second program enables FLAG Vendor Partners to share new prod-
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T he Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) Sustainability Life Cycle and Economic Impacts of Flexible Packaging in E-com- merce Report has been released, providing a holistic view of the sustainability benefits that flexible packaging offers in e-com- merce and quantifies the environmental and economic ship-
ping impacts by comparing flexible packaging to other formats across a range of products. For the report, FPA partnered with PTIS, LLC, and five different LCA case studies were developed using the EcoImpact-COM- PASS LCA software, which allows for quick life cycle compari- sons between different package formats, including peanut butter packaging; cereal packaging; shoe packaging; laundry detergent packaging; and e-commerce mailer. All primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging, including dun- nage from the packages,were used for the assessment. Dunnage
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APR, Fathom Optics Sign Technical Support Agreement All Printing Resources (APR) and Fathom Optics have signed an exclusive US technical support agreement. Fathom Optics, a software development company spun-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technol- ogy (MIT), has introduced a software platform that brings printed 3D and motion graphics to packaging without requiring specialty inks or substrates and without the need for additional materials, such as len- ticulars or foils. Fathom Optics’ algorithmic technology leverages existing press innovations to add depth, motion, and chromatic effects to a wide range of print applications including prime labels, shrink sleeves, and product au- thentication. The software platform fits into standard design and pre-press workflows. It is based on light field technology, originally developed for digital 3D displays, and currently works with offset and roll-to- roll narrow to mid-web printing. The company also plans to expand to digital and other applications in the near future. Through this technical agreement, APR will be a source for process certification, platemaking, produc- tion orders from onboarded/certified converters, and design services.
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may be either paper or plastic based, and includes crumpled paper, corrugated inserts, air pillows, and bubble wrap. A dimensional weight and economics comparison for e-commerce was also developed to highlight that the flexible packaging formats demon- strated clear and distinct advantages in reducing the dimensional weight across the product categories. Additionally, the product-to-package ratio, as well as the amount of packaging that is landfilled for 1,000 kg of each product, was determined. The amount of packaging landfilled was based on the recycling rates for each material while assuming none of the flexible packages were recycled. However, most flexible packaging used in e-com- merce applications, including bubble dunnage or poly mailers, are made of LDPE,which can be recycled with grocery bags and other films as part of the store drop- off program.These materials can qualify for the How- 2Recycle store drop-off designation if they go through the certification process. The results from many of the case studies show that flexible packaging has more preferable environmental attributes for carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, as well as material disposed of when compared to other package formats, according to the report.
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FTA has launched a new training course, designed to provide a detailed understanding of color theory, color formulation, and how to work with flexographic color. The course, “Flexographic Color Fundamentals,” is comprised of three 90-minute classes taught by FTA Director of Education Joe Tuccitto and SmileyColor & Associates’ Steve Smiley. Each class focuses on a specif- ic color discipline.Those who attend all three classes will receive a certificate of completion. Classes are taught live on specific dates and times through FTA’s Virtual Campus, where thousands of flexographers have earned FIRST Individual Certifica- tion over the past decade.The classes and their focuses are: • Essentials of Color Theory :The fundamental logic of color structure, color terminology, the evolution of color theory, how color systems are applied in flexog- raphy, the 3-D structure of color, and more ( February 22 ); • Principles of Color Formulation : Process color reproduction in connection with FIRST Methodology and CGATS TR012 2020, spot color formulations com- pared to industry-specific recipes,how to use measure- ment instruments to manage process and spot color output, using various types of data to manage process and spot color, and more ( March 8 ); and • Measuring and Controlling Flexographic Color : Measurement devices used to measure, monitor and control color in a flexographic workflow, control tar- get selection and utilization, how to measure charts and run targets, performing corrective action, and more ( March 22 ). AICC Offers New Webinar AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, will help attendees answer the common question “why should we buy from you” during the Delivering Im- pactful Value Statements webinar, February 16, with speakers EdWallace, Managing Director,AchieveNEXT Relational Capital and Mark Allen Roberts, CEO, OTB Solutions. In this webinar Salespeople and Sales Managers will learn: •What a value statement is from a sales standpoint; • How to develop “sources of value” for their offer- ings in words the customer understands; and • A simple approach to develop a situational value statement through the eyes of the customer that cre- ates a benefit aligned with their needs.
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chain,working together to make all flexible packaging in Europe circular by 2025. In addition to Mosora’s ad- dress, three additional subject matter experts will also discuss critical sustainability issues facing the industry: •Frasier Waldie, NOVA Chemicals: Designing Colla- tion Shrink Films for Achieving Aspirational Sustain- ability Goals; • Larry Effler,The Dow Chemical Company:A Journey to Commercialize Recyclable Flexible Packaging; and • Andrea Auchter, Nature Works: Rethinking the Pa- per Cup – Beginning with Extrusion Process Optimi- zation for Compostability and Recyclability.
ucts and services to FLAG members through engag- ing virtual trade show booths.The virtual trade show booths were also introduced at the FLAG Virtual Sum- mit and have been extended indefinitely due to great interest and positive feedback from both Vendor Part- ners and Members. They will be updated quarterly with new videos, literature and information by partici- pating Vendor Partners. FPA Partners With TAPPI The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is partner- ing with TAPPI’s International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division’s (IFPED) upcoming Circular Econ- omy for Flexible Packaging Virtual Conference. The conference will be held on March 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EST). With an intense focus on sustainability and its sig- nificance to the success of the industry, this special conference begins with a keynote address from Dana Mosora,Workstream Consultant, CEFLEX. The CEFLEX initiative is a collaboration of more than 160 European companies, associations, and organiza- tions representing the entire flexible packaging value
FTA Plans In-Person Forum & INFOFLEX
The FTA’s annual exhibition is set to take place May 3-4 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Coming off a year where decision-makers relied on virtual open houses and online demonstrations, INFO- FLEX 2021 will provide an opportunity to return to an in-person and on-the-show-floor environment. INFOFLEX 2021 will be held in conjunction with FO- RUM 2021, FTA’s annual technical conference, which takes place May 2-5 at the Loews Kansas City Hotel.
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Designing Collation Shrink Films for Achieving Aspirational Sustainability Goals FraserWaldie NOVA Chemicals
Registration for TAPPI Members: $99, Non-Members: $129
A Journey to Commercialize Recyclable Flexible Packaging Larry Effler The Dow Chemical Company
Rethinking the Paper Cup: Beginning with Extrusion Process Optimization for Compostability and Recyclability Andrea Auchter NatureWorks
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Smurfit Invest $40m In Latin America Business Smurfit Kappa is investing $40 million in its paper sacks business in Latin America, expanding and mod- ernizing its operations. The company said it was making the investment in response to market trends and the need for environ- mentally sustainable paper sacks.Among the planned work is the further modernization of machinery in Co- lombia, with a new machine already installed at the Palmira facility and fully operational. The $9.5 million investment has increased capacity at the plant by 100 million paper sacks per year, and reportedly improved quality. Smurfit plans to modern- ize sack paper machinery in Cali, Colombia, with a $19 million investment that will increase production capacity as well as the quality and performance of the sacks paper. In Costa Rica, a $1 million investment is set to further improve the plant in San José.The company said a new flexographic printer is ready for installation there. Wasatch Container Opens Doors For AICC Members Founded in 1995, Wasatch Container is a custom packaging design and manufacturer in Salt Lake City, Utah.Wasatch specializes in corrugated shipping box- es, retail boxes, point of purchase displays, foam fab- rication, and wooden crates.The company opened its doors, virtually, to more than 300 AICC members. The tour was guided by Jerry Frisch, the founder of Wasatch Container. After a brief company history, Frisch invited the second generation of Wasatch Con- tainer, Lauren and Ryan Frisch, to give an overview of some of the company’s specialties. Frisch then walked participants onto the floor of their original building, a 30,000-square-foot facility built in 1995, which houses its mini flexo folder gluer, a 50-inch flexo, several rotary die-cutters, unitizers, and several other machines in their compact space. The tour then moved onto the design department, sharing their 2-D and 3-D rendering capabilities and their new, high-speed CAD cutting table.After a visit to Wasatch’s ink kitchen, and spending time at each ma- chine, the tour moved to the other buildings that house their crate and foam divisions. In the foam space, Frisch showed how they do die-less die cutting and how their waterjet die cutter works and other foam fabrication. AICC’s upcoming virtual tours include The BoxMak- er in Kent, Washington, on Wednesday, February 17, and Utah PaperBox in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, March 9.
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BestBrightHalfHOUSEfour.qxp_Layout 1 9/13/18 3:04 PM Page 1 The support offered by these companies is critical to the success of the Foundation for Packaging Educa- tion’s mission to support the development and deliv- ery of employee education and training resources for All companies making pledges or donations through November 2021 will forever be the Inaugural Donors of the Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of the Inaugural Do- nors thus far, Bay Cities; BCM Inks; Buckeye Boxes, in honor of Robert B. Hoyt; Central Package & Display; Deline Box & Display; Harris Packaging; Jamestown Container Companies; Michigan City Paper Box; Okla- homa Interpack; Package Crafters; Packaging Express; StandFast Packaging Group; SUN Automation; and Wasatch Container, the Foundation is fast approaching its first-year goal of 2 million dollars. Foundation For Packaging Education Surpasses $750K The Foundation for Packaging Education has re- ceived $725,000 in pledges and donations since launching in November 2020. The Foundation began fundraising with a million-dol- lar match offered by AICC. All donations and pledges received in the first year, up to one million dollars,will be matched by AICC, allowing donors to have double the impact with their contribution.
workers in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries. A well-trained workforce assures proficiency in a discipline, an increase in employee retention, and the opportunity for advancement as the employee learns more.
AICC’s Plans Next Virtual Plant Tour
The next stop in AICC, the Independent Packaging Association’s Virtual Plant Tour Series, is at The Box- Maker on Wednesday, February 17, at 2:00 pm ET. Vir- tual plant tours are free for AICC members, but regis- tration is required. The BoxMaker is located in Kent,Washington. Since 1981 The BoxMaker has served the Pacific Northwest and beyond as an all-in-one supplier of packaging inno- vation,providing integrated services and solutions that effectively address client business needs. The virtual tour of The BoxMaker has been pre-re- corded and will be showcased during a live Zoom event. Employees fromThe BoxMaker will be available to answer questions following the tour, along with AICC supplier member companies who are represent- ed in the host plant.
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Third Smyth Plant Receives SGP Certification The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) announced that Smyth Companies’ plant in Austin, Minnesota, has achieved SGP certification. This is the third Smyth facility to earn SGP certification, joining Smyth locations in Bedford,Virginia, and Bos- ton, Massachusetts. SGP is the only sustainable printing certification in the United States and Canada requiring a comprehen- sive facility audit evaluating the three areas of sustain- ability – people, planet and profit. “With our third facility SGP certified, we’re showing our industry and communities that Smyth is a sustain- ability leader,” said Scott Fisher, President of Smyth. “Our SGP certification is important to our customers as a vital part of their sustainable supply chain, and our communities are proud that we’re committed to safe and sustainable business practices.” For more than a decade, Smyth has been making a commitment to itself and its customers to protect the health of the earth’s natural environment and conserve its energy resources. SGP’s multi-attribute comprehen- sive certification was a natural progression and signifi- cant next step for Smyth because it fully encompasses operation’s production and office practices along with proven methodology specifically developed for the printing industry. Smyth uses best practices outlined by SGP to enhance its processes for making socially re- sponsible decisions that positively impact the environ- ment, providing its customers with sustainable supply chain options, and safeguarding the health and safety of its employees. TLMI Announces Virtual Spring Summit TLMI has announced that the association will be holding a Virtual Spring Summit, taking place April 14- 15, 2021. The virtual interactive event will open with keynote presenter Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics, who will take attendees through the pandemic’s last- ing impact on the North American business landscape and what to expect through 2021 and into 2022. Oth- er event highlights will include converter panel dis- cussions, a presentation by HR experts on current workforce challenges and a special presentation on howTLMI member companies can protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. In the coming weeks, TLMI will be providing mem- bers with registration information and the event’s full presentation schedule.
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Acucote Expands FSC-Certified Portfolio
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Acucote, a pressure-sensitive adhesive coating manu- facturer, has expanded its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified product portfolio and now offers more than 30 FSC-certified materials. Acucote stocks dye, pigment,UV,HP and Laser digital stocks along with more than 30 prime label materials. The portfolio includes gloss and matte papers, foils, mail tabs, a variety of boardstocks, thermal transfer and a handful of liners including layflat. MacDermid Joins Holygrail 2.0 MacDermid Graphics Solutions has joined the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0. Facilitated by AIM, the European Brands Association, HolyGrail 2.0 is a pi- lot project with the objective to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate sorting and consequently higher-quality recycling, as well as the business case at a large scale. MacDermid is one of more than 100 companies and organizations from the complete packaging value chain, which are part of HolyGrail 2.0. The initiative has ambitious goals to solve the complexities surrounding the recycling of post-consumer plastic packaging for a truly Circular Economy. Digital watermarks are imperceptible codes covering the surface of consumer goods packaging.These codes can be read by cameras and encode a wide range of attributes such as manufacturer, SKU, type of plastics used and composition for multilayer objects, food vs. non-food usage, etc. The information can be used throughout the entire packaging value chain.Ultimate- ly, when the packaging reaches a waste sorting facility, the digital watermarks can be detected and encoded on the sorting line,which then is able to sort the pack- aging in corresponding streams. This would result in better and more accurate sorting streams, thus conse- quently in higher-quality recyclates to be re-used, sup- porting a Circular Economy. Nvent Marketing Joins SGP Nvent Marketing of Phoenix,Arizona, joined the SGP community as a gold SGP Patron. Patrons recognize SGP’s continuing role in advancing the benefits of sus- tainability certification to both the print and buying communities. SGP Patrons demonstrate their commit- ment to a sustainable future and a more sustainable supply chain.
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Paper, Packaging Industry Gains Positive Marks In a year like no other, consumers experienced a transition to online shopping, learning, and working, but those aware of the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds campaign reported double-digit boosts in pos- itive attitudes and perceptions of essential, sustainable paper and packaging products. New data from Isobar, a renowned market research company, reveal that consumers aware of the campaign prefer paper-based product packaging nearly 2 to 1 over plastic; and, 33 percent, or one in three, avoid plastic product packag- ing if they can. The Attitude and Usage Tracking (A&U), conducted by Isobar in November 2020, measures the results of the Paper and Packaging Board’s (P+PB) campaign and shows that 86 percent trust the products made by the paper and packaging industry, up 7 points over the five-year average.Eighty-four percent view paper-based product packaging as an essential part of everyday life, up 14 points over the five-year average, and 77 per- cent think more highly of companies that package their products in paper-based packaging, a 14 percent increase over the five-year average, and a 33 percent increase since the start of the campaign in 2015. Isobar’s 2019 Segmentation study for P+PB showed that 84 percent of consumers expressed concern over the environment; however, natural, paper-based mate- rials offer a recognized antidote, with A&U data show- ing that 86 percent report corrugated boxes are easy to recycle and 87.3 percent agreeing that recycling pa- per-based products is still worthwhile. For more information about the findings, read the 2020 Impact Report or learn more about the campaign at www.howlifeunfolds.com . Graphic Packaging Launches ProducePack Paper-based packaging producer Graphic Packaging International has launched ProducePack, a sustainable paperboard packaging range of solutions for fresh pro- duce. Aligned with Graphic Packaging’s Vision 2025 to be better stewards for the environment, the carton offers brands and retailers an eco-friendly solution for a variety of applications with an artisan look that pro- tects, preserves and presents fresh produce, from field to store. ProducePack, available in multiple different configurations and structures, can offer comfortable carrying handles, beautiful branding and product dif- ferentiation. Additionally, ProducePack offers anoth- er level of hygiene protection as the produce is pre- packed and can reduce excessive handling in store.
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AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys- tems for corrugated 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 thick- ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser- vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu- tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical- ly designed for flexography. ARC International www.ARCInternational.com Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. www.andersonvreeland.com ARC International is a world leader in the manufac- turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. DuPont Packaging Graphics www.cyrel.com/na DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin- ishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to to- day’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 performance, and environmental benefits.
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FINAT Label Competition Is Accepting Entries
The FINAT Label Competition is accepting entries. Labels must have been produced between January 1 and December 31, 2020. The goal of our label competition is to: • To promote and highlight the advantages and uses of self-adhesive labels as an effective marketing, pro- motional or identification tool; • To encourage printers/converters to extend the technical and quality boundaries of the self-adhesive and narrow web flexible packaging industries; and • To promote the use of label and narrow web tech- niques on a worldwide basis for the benefit of the la- bel and associated industries in general.
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Sale of Gallus To Benpac Holding Not Completed
The sale of the Gallus Group by Heidelberger Druck- maschinen AG (Heidelberg) to the Swiss company benpac holding ag has not been completed. benpac holding ag did not make the purchase price payment of EUR 120 million agreed at closing on January 29, although all the necessary conditions were met. Looking Over Options The five sites and around 430 employees of the Gal- lus Group will remain with Heidelberg. Nothing will change for Gallus customers. Heidelberg will continue to handle sales and service for the Gallus portfolio and their personal contacts will remain the same. Heidel- berg will now be examining various options for the corporate future of Gallus. Zeus Acquires Austrian Food Packaging Company Irish-owned Zeus Packaging, an independent packag- ing manufacturer and distributor, has acquired Austri- an-based food packaging solutions business, Petruza- lek, which was part of Sirap-Gema Group. In 2020, Petruzalek achieved revenues of approxi- mately EURO 58 million, net assets of EURO16 million and EBITDA of EURO 2.5 million.The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum from Italian investment holding company, Italmobiliare, completes a three-year EURO 40 million acquisition strategy for Zeus. It is the sev- enth business to be integrated into the Zeus family during the past 18 months. Established by Brian O’Sul- livan in 1998, this acquisition brings the number em- ployed by Zeus from 450 people across 14 countries to 670 people across 26 countries.
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Dynamic Dies Celebrates 50 Years
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Dynamic Dies is currently celebrating 50 years in business and has recently been named a 2021 Top Workplace by Energage, a research firm on organi- zational health and employee engagement. Survey results showed that Dynamic Dies ranked above the benchmark national average for both employee partic- ipation and employee engagement. Retaining Employees More than 42 percent of Dynamic Dies employees have been at the company 10 or more years and more than 29 percent of the employees have been part of the company for more than 20 years. Production Started At Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill Stora Enso has completed the conversion of its Oulu, Finland, paper mill for production of packaging board. The pulp mill has been in production since mid-Janu- ary and the newly converted machine is in a start-up phase.The project began in May 2019 following a de- cision to invest EUR 350 million, and it was completed within the budget frame.The packaging machine will now be ramped up during the first quarter and is ex- pected to reach its designed production capacity by the end of this year. Serving The Globe The new line producing kraftliner will serve glob- al customers in demanding packaging end-uses. The product,AvantForte by Stora Enso, has three fiber lay- ers, making it the strongest kraftliner in Stora Enso’s portfolio. Packaging applications include fresh, fatty or moist food, as well as high-end e-commerce packaging. In the conversion project, one of the two former pa- per machines was converted for packaging board pro- duction.The pulp mill and drying machine were modi- fied to produce unbleached brown pulp (530,000 tons annually), out of which about 150,000 tons are sold externally. The capacity of the new kraftliner line is 450,000 tons per year.When fully ramped up within a year, Oulu Mill will generate a EUR 300 million annual sales increase for the Packaging Materials division. McCracken Label installs Water-Wash Plate System All Printing Resources (APR) has installed a Fujifilm Flenex FW water-wash plate system at McCracken La- bel in Chicago, Illinois.
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Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-win- ning Sitexco 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. San- ilox ™ Systems are the global standard of reliable, 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, man- ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photo- polymer 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 qual- ity and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Flint Group www.flintgrp.com
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drupa 2021 (Virtual) April 20 – 30, 2021
FTA InfoFlex 2021 May 3-4, 2021 Kansas City, MO
an annual educational event bringing industry influ- encers, professionals and customers together to learn more about the flexo industry. Esko Mazau Mesika has been appointed Sales Account Manager for Esko’s integrated AVT quality inspection systems business across France, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Mazau joined Esko in January from Adents, where she was Key Account Manager working closely with customers to deliver specialist software dedicated to unique identification for the pharmaceutical supply chain industry. Domino Several new hires have recently taken place at Dom- ino North America. Chris Elsmore joined Domino with 17 years of field service experience.Elsmore was previously with Durst where he was a service engineer for eight years, ser- vicing industrial grand format printing solutions in UV cured roll to roll and flatbed printers across the nation. Kevin Bailes has joined Domino with 13 years of field service experience.He was previously with Durst where he was a service engineer for the past 3 years servicing their large format printers. Scott Freebersyser joined Domino with 10 years of field service experience. Freebersyser previous- ly worked for Mark Andy where he spent 18 months installing and servicing their hybrid printing presses both domestically and internationally as a Digital Field Technician. Bob Becker has joined Domino with 20 years of field service experience. He was previously with Konica Minolta, where he served as their National Industrial Print Solutions Service Specialist supporting the MGI JetVarnish Printers nationwide.
Labelexpo Americas June 8-10, 2021 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL
SuperCorrExpo 2021 August 8–12, 2021 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL
Labelexpo Europe September 21-24, 2021 Brussels Expo Brussels, Belgium
CorrExpo 2021 September 27 - 29, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri
FTA Fall Conference October 4-6, 2021 Frisco, TX
TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2021 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL
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Macdermid Graphics Solutions Adam Kellogg has been appointed Senior Account Manager, Upper Midwest, USA, for MacDermid Graphics Solutions.
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Kellogg joins MacDermid Graphics Solutions after 13 years with Bottcher America Corporation. Ennis Ennis, Inc. has announced three or- ganizational changes to its manufac- turing operations. Wade Brewer has been promoted
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