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October 14, 2019
AICC Sets Sights On Industry’s Future
FINAT Label Forum Focuses On Strategy The 2019 FINAT European Label Forum brought together a large pro- portion of the extended label indus- try value chain in Copenhagen, Den- mark, in June.The agenda focused on business strategies for a successful future — the core target for FINAT, the international association linking the label community. The Road Ahead The conference was introduced by association president Chris Ellison, of OPM Labels & Packaging, who highlighted the key challenges today: economic uncertainty in Europe, and, in the face of an aging popula- tion and changing skill sets, the need for initiatives to reach out to, and en- gage, the next generation of talented business leaders, engineers and de- signers for the label industry. He out- lined the relevant pathways FINAT is working on to help members solve these issues. President of the Danish Label Asso- ciation Frederik Krause of TickoTryk A/S welcomed delegates to the city
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A ICC, The Independent Packaging Association, hosted more than 550 people September 16-18, in Toronto, Ontario, Can- ada, for the 2019 AICC Annual Meeting.The three-day event of- fered attendees workshops,general sessions,five plant tours,and networking opportunities. Attendees were also able to review entries for the Independent Package Design Competition and vote for the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award.
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During the AICC meeting Joe Palmeri ( right ) completed his term as AICC Chairman and Jay Carman began his tenure as chair during the election of the Slate of Officers.
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On Monday, the meeting kicked off with nearly 100 people taking part in tours of Kruger Packaging and Royal Containers. While the tours were going on, 21 members participated in the Practical Innovation in Package Design Forum.The one-day
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The organizer of Labelexpo Asia 2019 is hosting a series of morning roadshows across China during October in conjunction with key industry partner, the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Asso- ciation of China (PEIAC). Held in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, the three events are an opportunity for printers and media to gain an exclusive insight into what the 2019 edition of Labelexpo Asia has in store. Each roadshow will be led by Kevin Liu, Labelexpo Asia Project Director, who will reveal the latest indus- try trends as well as present show highlights. He will be joined by representatives from PEIAC, and, for the event in Guangzhou, leaders from Guang- dong Printing Association and Guangdong Packaging Association. The roadshow dates and locations are as follows: Beijing :Asia Hotel Beijing, October 16 Guangzhou : DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou, October 17 Shanghai : Shanghai Huating Hotel, October 18 Aimed at printers,designers,brand owners and indus- try suppliers, Labelexpo Asia will run December 3-6 at Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
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Stora Enso Recognized For Sustainability Communications Stora Enso has received the highest rating for sustain- ability communications in a study assessing 95 com- panies listed on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm Large Cap Index in Sweden.The study is conducted with the aim to explore and measure publicly available sustain- ability communication, as it has been recognized that companies play a key role in enhancing sustainable de- velopment.The report is commissioned by the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM) at the Stock- holm School of Economics. Walk The Walk The companies included in the study named “Walk- ing theTalk”are rated based on what they say that they will do (“talk”), and what they say that they have done (“walk”) with regards to Sustainability/Corporate Re- sponsibility.Stora Enso achieved the highest total score of 37/40 as one of two companies and received the highest possible score of 20/20 within the “talk” cat- egory. In the “walk” category, Stora Enso achieved the high rating of 17/20. In addition to the MISUM report, Stora Enso’s Annual report 2018 including the Sustain- ability report, has been top-ranked by ReportWatch.
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training began with Mike Schaefer, President, Tavens Packaging & Display, who began as a designer, sharing the CEO’s perspective of how designers bring value to the company. He explained,“this industry is all about people…when working with salespeople, remember they are your customer…designers can make or break a person’s livelihood depending on how they act or respond to the projects of your ‘customer’.” Later, Brent Lindberg, Founder of Fuseneo, an pack- age design firm,and Graham Hough of PCH Innovation Hub helped attendees design for innovation. Attend- ees learned how to design for waste reduction and the machine’s capability while balancing innovation and practicality in structural and graphic design.These in- dustry experts challenged attendees to consider new designs, incorporate sustainability in designs, and plan for designs that their customers are expecting in e-commerce, retail packaging and more. After the tours, 24 AICC Emerging Leaders,participat- ed in Finding Your Voice & Increasing Your Impact, a session developed specifically for the next generation of leaders to help them gain influence and credibility in the workplace. Emerging E-Commerce The afternoon also brought the focused session, Dis- tribution Packaging in an E-Commerce World, which welcomed Francois Martin, Senior Communications Advisor, Bobst Switerzland; Monica White, Associate Laboratory Director & Certified Packaging Technol- ogist, Advanced Packaging Technology Laboratories; and Paul Chambers, President and Co-Founder of the Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA) and CEO and Founder of Core3 Solutions, a parent company to Ele- ment5 Digital, Gentleman’s Box, Rocket Effect, Moka Boka, and Unity Management System, to the stage. They discussed the challenges faced by CPGs and how e-commerce is transforming the role of consum- er packaging, e-commerce packaging requirements, and the subscription box market and what they are looking for from suppliers. Digital printing was also infused into many of the topics.Martin said,“You need to master digital one way or the other.You decide, or it will be imposed on you.” Floor plant optimization and frustration-free packing were also hot topics of the day. In the discussion on subscription boxes, which is a $20M industry, Cham- bers explained that designing subscription boxes is all about cost and being a one-stop-shop. That evening, 61 new members and first-timers met with their AICC Ambassadors and the Board of Direc-
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DuPont Celebrates 1,500th Cyrel FAST System Installation DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) is celebrating the installation of its 1500th DuPont Cyrel FAST ther- mal flexographic plate processing system. The current generation of Cyrel FAST systems now have one of the most advanced emissions systems available, according to the company, reducing VOCs by more than 98 percent versus solvent-based systems and providing emissions far below even the most strin- gent environmental regulations. In addition to lower VOC emissions, the latest gener- ation of DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal processors report- edly enable greater uptime, thanks to lower mainte- nance requirements and remote diagnostic capabilities not available on previous generations. Labelexpo Reports Largest Edition The 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 recently closed in Brussels, Belgium, with a total of 693 exhibitors participated at the event. The spread over nine halls and covering almost 40,000 square meters of floorspace, up from 37,600 square meters in 2017.This included the fast growing areas of hybrid printing, flexible packaging and automa- tion.Nearly 40,000 visitors from 140 countries attended the four-day show, an increase from the 125 countries that attended the event in 2017. India, China and Japan were especially well represented with large visitor del- egations. Eastern Europe also showed a stronger repre- sentation compared to 2017, in particular Croatia, with a 51 percent increase, Lithuania (36 percent), Romania (25 percent), and Russia (14 percent). Brazil also saw a 14 percent increase on visitors compared to 2017. TLMI Member Rose City Label Achieves SGP Certification Portland, Oregon-based converter Rose City Label Company is the first TLMI member to achieve SGP (Sustainable Green Printing Partnership) certification. SGP is the industry’s leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for label converters and other print manufacturers. Founded in 1928,Rose City Label is a family-owned and operated business that manufac- turers high-definition labels across a range of end-use application sectors including food, beverage, person- al care and industrial products. The company’s press technology includes both flexographic and digital press systems in addition to comprehensive in-house platemaking and graphics services.
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Fortis Solutions Group Expands In California
Fortis Solutions Group LLC has expanded its national network of manufacturing facilities with a new loca- tion in Napa, California, to provide pressure sensitive labels to the wine, craft beer and spirits industries. The Napa facility features in-house plate making,digi- tal offset and flexographic printing processes, and spe- cialty secondary finishing options. Fortis is planning a customer event in January for people interested in touring the plant and experienc- ing the printing processes first-hand. PPC Flexible Packaging Acquires Popular Ink PPC Flexible Packaging LLC, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a provider of custom flexible packaging, has acquired McKinney,Texas–based Popular Ink, LLC. Popular Ink is the fifth acquisition of specialty and differentiated flexible packaging firms by PPC. Previous acquisitions include Fisher Container and Packaging Products Cor- poration in 2017, Temkin International in 2018 and HFM Packaging in 2019. PPC operates six manufacturing facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Mission, Kansas; Rome, Georgia; Payson, Utah;Pewaukee,Wisconsin;and Colombia,SouthAmer- ica. Its facilities are SQF and ISO-9001 certified. Founded in 2007, Popular Ink is a specialty packag- ing provider for the health and beauty and nutraceu- tical markets. Key products include printed laminated roll stock, gel and stick packs, stand up pouches, labels and sleeves. Ferrero Targets Move To Sustainable Packaging The Ferrero Group plans to make all its packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The producer of Nutella spread, Kinder chocolate and TicTac mints has also signed the Ellen MacArthur Foun- dation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Ferrero said it is committing to eliminating problem- atic or unnecessary plastic packaging through rede- sign, innovation and new delivery models. The confectioner will invest in R&D and open in- novation departments to maximize the use of recy- cled materials and explore projects to test new com- postable packaging materials. To boost local plant waste recycling initiatives, Ferrero is partnering with actors such as recyclers, national waste management systems and non-food companies to explore applica- tions for difficult to recycle packaging structures and identify projects to use plant packaging waste.
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Bobst Wins Sustainability Awards
Hybrid Software Reports Record Labelexpo HYBRID Software reported that the company set new records for both demonstrations and sales at La- belexpo Brussels. More than 500 companies visited HYBRID Soft- ware’s stand for product demos during the four days of Labelexpo, and 27 customers purchased VDP (Variable Data Printing) software from HYBRID at the show. VDP is available as an option for HYBRID Software’s native PDF editors PACKZ and Stepz, with accelerated processing available through HYBRID’s CLOUDFLOW workflow. Mark Andy Reports 20 Press Sales at Labelexpo Mark Andy reported garnering 20 press agreements on the show floor at the latest Labelexpo Europe event, 10 flexo and 10 digital. Live demonstrations were con- ducted daily on the brand new Evolution Series and Digital Pro 3 with semi-rotary, as well as the single source hybrid press, Digital Series HD. Evolution Series, an entry-level full servo flexo press, debuted at the show as did two models of the Digital Pro line.
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Coca-Cola Continues Sustainable Packaging Push Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is switching the carriers on its multipacks from shrink wrap to paper- board to reduce packaging waste. CCEP estimates this change in its beverage packaging will remove about 4,000 metric tons of single-use plastic per year from its current supply chain. CCEP’s paperboard multipack carriers will be made from recyclable, sustainably sourced paperboard. The material will be certified via either the Forest Steward- ship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorse- ment of Forest Certification (PEFC). The change of secondary packaging material aligns with Coca-Cola’s Action on Packaging Sustainability Ac- tion Plan,which focuses on making all of the company’s packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. CCEP plans to eventually make not only its primary packaging, but also its secondary packaging, as sustainable as possible. Coca-Cola’s Action on Packaging plan includes sourc- ing recycled packaging materials, with a specific com- mitment to obtain at least 50 percent of the plastic for its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from recycled plastic.The company reports that in 2018, 98 percent of its packaging in Western Europe was recy- clable, and that about 28 percent of the plastic it used for packaging was recycled material. CCEP is also collaborating with technology partners such as Loop Industries to transform low-value plastic waste into high-quality PET resin. CCEP plans to sell the Honest tea, Glacéau Smartwa- ter and Chaudfontaine brands in bottles made from 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) starting in 2020. Unilever Vows To Reduce Plastic Packaging Use Unilever, the British-Dutch conglomerate that owns Ben & Jerry’s,Vaseline, Dove and more, plans to halve its non-recycled plastic packaging by 2025.According to Unilever, the company currently uses about 700,000 tons of plastic packaging every year. Unilever has pledged to invest in several alternatives, such as reusable and refillable materials. Its goal is to reduce plastic use by 100,000 tons.The remaining re- duction will be covered by replacing new plastic with recycled materials. The company also said it will collect and recycle over 600,000 tons of plastic every year. The company plans to set its 2018 plastic use as a baseline. By 2025, Unilever hopes to use no more than 350,000 tons of non-recycled plastic.
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AICC Announces J. Richard Troll Scholarship Recipients AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced the recipients for the 2019-2020 J. Richard Troll Scholarship and the winners of the 2019 Annual Student Packaging Design Competition. This year, the first-place student design winners and all scholarship recipients were offered an all-expense paid trip to the AICC 2019 Annual Meeting taking place September 16-18, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. All the winners in the student design competition receive a monetary award and plaque. The Troll scholarship recipients receive a plaque and a monetary scholarship is sent to their respective schools for the next calendar year. Design to an Opportunity – Structural Challenge • The First Place winners were Kelsey Gunsky, Nirav Chhajed, and Dane Holst from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo for their entry titled “Lite.Fit.Fun.” • The Second-Place winners were Cynthia Lee, An- drew Monson, Hanna Crowley, and Sydney Meertens (Cont’d on Page 13)
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of Copenhagen and outlined the association’s efforts to attract young participants to the industry. “If you want a breakthrough, look outside your cur- rent environment,” challenged Hamish Taylor in his opening keynote address to the delegates. Taylor’s business career path has spanned such top brands as Procter & Gamble, Price Waterhouse, British Airways, Eurostar, and Sainsbury’s Bank. He provided a presentation on how to change the way attendees think, learn, and understand the needs and wants of our customers. A theme common theme of the event:“Everyone is a customer.”Everyone in this complex supply chain, said Hamish Taylor, is a customer – including colleagues in the company in which you work. The key to success, he underlined, is to act like a master thief — to “steal ideas” from one situation and apply them in a totally different one. It is a prov- en, major winning strategy, he himself has proved for brand success. His wake-up call was that you need to show you really care about your customers’ business, and to get closer to them than anyone else. After all, he said, in the world of labels and packag- ing, you “spend your time painting the face of the world’s leading brands.” Drawing A Portrait Lars Ole Nauta, CEO of Flexoprint AS and Vice Pres- ident of the Danish Label Association, and Leif Pers- son, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Sweden’s StrongPoint organization, drew a portrait of trends in the Nordic label market. In the self- adhesive label market, Lars Ole Nauta predicted that consolida- tion, environmental concerns, leadtimes, and — again — the need to attract young industry participants as they exit from university education will be ongoing concerns. The latter is already an active platform in Sweden, as Persson demonstrated. He also highlighted local business issues, with the changing focus of a printed label — in terms of word content (due to legislation, food safety, and other is- sues) rather than simply branding. Trending Upward Jules Lejeune, FINAT Managing Director, reported on European market statistics, trends, and developments. In terms of label substrates, non-paper rolls increased their market share to 27 percent of total demand in 2018, and sheet label consumption declined again by over 2 percent. He said that the top five label market countries in Europe — Germany, UK, France, Italy, and
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from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo for their entry titled “Nailed It.” • The Third-Place winners were Alyssa O’Halloran, Sa- mantha Stahl, and Juan Carlos Mosqueda from Califor- nia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo for their entry titled “Toolbox 2 Go.” Design to an Opportunity – Graphics Challenge • The First-Place winners were Jonathan Murillo, Mat- thew Gordon, Hector Ramirez and Vijay Singh from the University of Texas at Arlington for their entry ti- tled “The Mill Bird Cabin.” • The Second-Place winners were Maria Nino, Lydia Davis, Caitlin Jacobs, and Courtney Thompson from the University of Texas at Arlington for their entry “TreeHouse Hardware” • The Third-Place winners were Joshua Judson and Kory Yamafuji from Indiana State University for their entry “K&J Chalkpaints” Design to an Opportunity – Corrugated as Art • The First-Place winners were Alexander Hall and Maddie Zuzek from Dunwoody College of Technology for their entry “Canada Maple Leaf” AICC 2019-2020 J. Richard Troll Scholarship Recipients Graduate Student Recipient: • First Place Winner: Seena Salehian, California Poly- technic State University, San Luis Obispo Undergraduate Student Recipients: • First PlaceWinner: ErinWilson,Virginia Tech • Second PlaceWinner: John Edward Dizon,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • Third Place Winners: (tied) Morgan Gavin, Clemson University and Justin Chan, Ryerson University. FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) has reached a milestone with the addition of its 100th member: Adcraft Labels in Anaheim, California. Since the firm started in 2009, FLAG has retained more than 90 percent of its members. Adcraft Labels was found- ed in 1977 when the call for high-quality flexographic printing for the demanding medical and electronic in- dustries became evident. For more than 30 years Ad- craft has supplied other industries including health & beauty, personal care, pharmaceutical, nutritional, food, beverage, consumer goods, and security printing. FLAG Signs 100th Converter Member
All in Print China October 24-28, 2019 Shanghai, China
TLMI Annual Meeting October 27-30, 2019 Omni LaCosta Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA FTA Fall Conference October 28-30, 2019 Sheraton Charlotte Hotel Charlotte, NC
Labelexpo Asia 2019 December 3-6, 2019
Shanghai, China Pack Expo East March 3-5, 2020 Philadelphia, PA TLMI Converter Meeting March 8-10, 2020 Austin, TX Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020 May 7-9, 2020 Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre
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Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf, Germany drupa 2020
June 23 - July 3, 2020 Dussedorf, Germany Labelexpo Americas September 15-17, 2020 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL
GRAPH EXPO 20 October 4-7, 2020 Chicago’s McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois
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Spain — account for almost 60 percent of the total, with Russia and Poland now“knocking on the door.” Only two countries in the broader European market – UK and Turkey – evidenced any market decline in 2018 over prior year. The industry profile, he showed, exhibits a remark- able shift in end-use markets over 2017, with only pharmaceuticals, personal care, and household chem- icals exceeding growth rates of the prior year. While 2017 was the year of “non-prime” (variable informa- tion) growth, 2018 showed stronger performance of the “prime” labeling sectors. Converters surveyed in FINAT’s research projected that their purchases of conventional analog presses would outnumber those of digital presses in 2019 and 2020. In the sustainability arena, recycling of all spent re- lease liner is now actioned by around 1/5 of label con- verters surveyed, with a further 11 percent recycling some, and a further 33 percent engaged in planning a system setup in the next year.With short-run digital print and the current focus on innovative decoration aspects, the label market’s prospects are still promis- ing, Lejeune noted. Enjoying A Majority Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AlexanderWat- son Associates, analyzed the broader global labeling and product decoration market. By technology, he said self-adhesive labels still enjoy the majority share, at 40 percent,with glue- applied labels in second place at 35 percent. Sleeve labeling technologies are now in third place at 19 percent. While self-adhesive labels continued to grow by more than 5 percent in 2018, thanks to their flexibility, variety, and efficiency, sleeve labeling grew faster, and in-mold labeling also grew at above 4 percent. Indus- trial/variable information print label applications still represent the majority end-use shareholding, at 45 per- cent, but primary product labels are now just 1 per- cent behind them in terms of global volumes. Asia is the largest regional market — and also the fastest-growing for all labeling formats — but the label market enjoyed growth globally in 2018 at more than 4 percent. Reardon’s analysis spanned digital packag- ing and label print, direct-to-container print, merger and acquisition activity and industry consolidation and the industry’s recyclability issues which, he said, are“not just a problem for pressure sensitive technolo- gy” in terms of release liner and matrix waste, but also for shrink films in sleeving applications.
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