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All4Labels Issues Sustainable Report All4Labels Global Packaging Group has released its first global sustainability report to communi- cate the results of the global opera- tions and sustainable initiatives. The report publishes the metrics of the sustainability programs and activities conducted in 2021 across 24 plants, located on three conti- nents and 11 countries. This includes the roll out of All- 4Labels ‘3Ps’ strategy to contribute to the sustainable development of the industry by promoting People Wellbeing, Planet Protection and Sustainable Products Development. Lower Incident Rate In 2021 the implementation of a dedicated health and safety man- agement system led to a reduction of the total recordable incident rate, while reducing the environ- mental footprint by developing new technologies and producing sustainable products and services for the entire value chain of the industry. The group will continue investing in R&D, innovation and technolo- gy to develop and deploy technol- ogies that are globally needed to promote a circular economy with dedicated packaging recycling processes in line with the regula- tory framework, and by proactive- ly contributing to important indus-

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Mondi Analyzes Packaging Trends by Greg Kishbaugh

M ondi has released its fourth annual consumer trend sur- vey, which offers insight into online shopping behav- ior and consumers’ attitudes to packaging. The survey was conducted by RetailX, with 1,000 consumers each in France,

Germany, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. For the first time it also includes an analysis of generational differences in on- line shopping patterns. The research, according to Mondi, has revealed five macro trends shaping the growing eCommerce packaging market. According to the company, fashion is the strongest product segment, followed by homeware, consumer electronics and beauty products.

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Trend 3 : The unboxing moment matters The survey found that awareness of ‘unboxing’ is rising in many markets. In Poland, for example, in 2019, 32 percent of consumers had heard of ‘un- boxing’, compared to 66 percent this year. In 2021, 46 percent of those surveyed said that a unique unboxing experience inspired by standout product packaging due to packaging would convince them to order from the same retailer again. This year, that has risen to 78 percent. Trend 4 : Consumers are increasingly willing to pay a premium for packaging that meets their needs Consumers say they are increasingly willing to pay around $1 extra for packaging that best suits their needs. Willingness to pay for best-fit packaging rose from 48 percent in Poland in 2021 to 81 percent this year and from 56 percent in 2021 in Germany to 70 percent in 2022. Overall in the five markets, 72 per- cent of consumers are willing to pay for packaging, with Generation Z (80 percent) and Millennials (74 percent) being the most likely to agree. Trend 5 : The behavior and trends of Millennials are driving the market These are customers who are shopping online

The survey confirms that across generations and countries, the top drivers for online shopping are lower prices and convenience, specifically saving time and direct delivery to homes. The five key trends found in the report are: Trend 1 : Protection of goods and environmental considerations continue to be two of the strongest customer requirements Nearly 95 percent of consumers cite protection of goods as their most important factor, especial- ly when it is a product of value. This is followed by ease of closing for returns, which has increased from 74 percent in 2019 to 88 percent this year. Packaging being environmentally friendly (84 percent) and easy to dispose of (80 percent) were the next most important factors. Trend 2 : Overpackaging is costing more than ex- pected Oversized packaging annoys 86 percent of consum- ers, up from 79 percent in 2021, and excess internal packaging annoys 78 percent of customers. In fact, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents across the five countries said that overpackaging would deter customers from buying from the brand.

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“The jump from last year’s bronze medal to this year’s silver medal demonstrates that we are on track with our sustainability strategy,” according to Dr. Stefan König, Managing Director at Optima. Since May 2022, Optima’s company-wide sustain- ability strategy “We care for tomorrow” has consisted of three pillars: circular packaging, sustainable tech- nology and corporate sustainability. This means that Optima is targeting packaging solutions for a circu- lar economy along with resource-saving production processes developed in partnership with customers. In addition, past activities are integrated into a com- prehensive environmental and climate strategy. Spe- cific goals for the next few years have been set as well as aspirations in the areas of social responsibil- ity and sustainable corporate governance. EcoVadis’s regular assessment means that optimi- zation processes can be identified at an early stage. The silver medal’s status will remain effective for twelve months and then be re-evaluated. The EcoVadis rating agency was founded in 2007 and has become the world’s leading provider of sustainability ratings, with an international network of over 100,000 rated companies. The rating meth- odology is based on international sustainability standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000.

try activities like HolyGrail 2.0, CELAB, Petcore and RecyClass. “When we speak about sustainability, I like to look at metrics and concrete progresses, and our first sustainability report identifies a significant re- duction of greenhouse gas emissions versus 2020,” said Gabriela Neves Ferri, Vice President of Global R&D and Sustainability at All4Labels. “By promot- ing and investing in green energy we were able to decarbonize our global operations by 22,199.42 t C02e, while we are also introducing more and more equipment manufactured C02 neutral.” OPTIMA Awarded Silver Medal From EcoVadis The EcoVadis rating agency has awarded Optima a silver medal for its core sustainability strategy “We care for tomorrow”. This places the Optima Group in the top 25 per- cent of the companies rated by EcoVadis. The areas assessed were the environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Optima’s sustainability strategy is assessed annu- ally by EcoVadis to identify new potential initiatives and promote existing activities.


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FINAT Announces 2022 Sustainability Awards

FINAT announced the winners of its 2022 Sus- tainability Awards during a ceremony at the FINAT Technical Seminar 2022 held in Barcelona, Spain, on November 23. This year five initiatives were en- tered in the competition, covering innovative pa- per-based labels, renewable energy generation, decorations optimized for environmental impact, and compostable flexible packaging. The jury judged the submitted data for its demon- stration of improved environmental and social im- pact, achievements, relevance, cooperation along the value chain and overall uniqueness. The Jury decided to award two initiatives among the received ones, in the categories of Converter Small & Medium, and Converter Large. Securikett Ulrich & Horn won in the category of Converter Small & Medium with its entry IT’S PAPER series – VOID Labels and VOID Tapes. The initiative was prized by the jury for incorporating renewable content, contributing to the recyclabili- ty of packaging including security features, and for providing a unique solution that replaces film with fibre-based materials. All4Labels Group won in the Converter Large category with its initiative Starshine. The jury cited the reduced environmental impact of the products, including a reduction of use of hazardous materials, reduced energy consumption and the elimination of plastic filmic materials required for the process. The initiative is the result of cooperation within the organization, from R&D and sustainability to mar- keting and sales. FGS Wins Six ATEF Awards With Bellissima DMS International prepress software company ‘Hamill- road Software’ has announced that FGS - Flexog- raphic Solutions S.L., Spain-based flexo prepress supplier to the European market, brought home six awards for ‘standout’ print and packaging all using Bellissima DMS screening technology. FGS won the awards at the ATEF (Technical Asso- ciation of Flexography) Gala Awards ceremony in Barcelona this month. The six awards covered multiple categories, in- cluding First Prize and ‘Best in Show’ for flexible packaging and film. FGS scooped this award with Florbu’s ‘Wafer Mix’, printed by Graficas Llinars. Other winning brands included FRIT Ravich, Agua de Cuevas and Carrefour.

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Coveris Launches ReCover Business Unit

Coveris has introduced a new business segment named ReCover, bundling all efforts in waste sourc- ing, processing, and recycling to close the loop for circular plastic recycling As part of its sustainability strategy, Coveris has already announced the ambition of reducing waste in all its forms. Expanding its recycling capacity and capabilities is the next step for avoiding pol- lution and supporting customers in their sustain- ability efforts. Expansion ReCover will act as a separate company supplying Coveris sites on an arm’s length basis but also sup- plying third party customers that are interested in recyclates on a quality level that are not available in the market today. To strengthen and expand its recycling capabili- ties Coveris has recently acquired the site and as- sets from Capital Valley Plastics in the UK, an es- tablished PE recycler, processing post-consumer and post-industrial waste via in-house mechanical recycling extruded mostly into building films. The Blaenavon site is equipped with the latest state-of- the-art mechanical recycling technology, with an annual capacity of 20,000 tons. ICE Europe Prepares 2023 Return ICE Europe will return March 14-16, 2023 in Mu- nich, Germany. Keeping the current market situation in mind, ICE will focus on topics such as efficiency, pro- ductivity, automation, digitalization, as well as sustainability. The ICE Awards, honoring outstanding achieve- ments in the converting industry, are making a comeback at ICE Europe 2023. Honoring The Industry The ICE Awards will honor exhibiting companies from the converting industry, tackling present-day challenges of the industry, for best practice, excel- lence, innovation, and outstanding performances. ICE Europe will take place parallel to CCE Inter- national, an event for the corrugated and folding carton industry, and InPrint Munich. Further information about the ICE Europe 2023 can be found on the show’s website at com/en-gb.html .

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Three Themes Shape Labelexpo Southeast Asia Sustainability, self-adhesive label materials and digi- tal embellishment are three educational themes shap- ing the forthcoming Labelexpo Southeast Asia, tak- ing place February 9-11, 2023, at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand, with learning opportunities at the three-day event in February to include a workshop, show floor themed café, and a trail highlighting innovations from one of the industry’s fastest-growing areas. The technical half-day Label Academy led work- shop takes place on the final day of the show, Sat- urday February 11, focusing on the topic of self-ad- hesive label materials. Over six in-depth sessions, the workshop will cover: PS labels and the circular economy, given by Darren Milligan, VP/GM, ASE- AN, Avery Dennison; paper and synthetic paper face materials; release liner substrates from Elkem; exploring different adhesive types; filmic face mate- rials; and testing methods and procedures. The show floor will also feature a Sustainability in Print Café, which will showcase some of the ways in which technology and products are already start- ing to reduce waste and contribute to a better envi- ronment. Visitors will be able to engage with proj- ects and case studies, as well as learn how these can make a difference to their label and package printing business. Thirdly, a Digital Embellishment Trail, recently seen at Labelexpo Americas 2022 and Labelexpo India 2022, aims to highlight the area of decoration and coating techniques. Examples and samples of these technologies will be available to view across the show. Registration Opens For Labelexpo Mexico 2023 Tarsus Group, the organizer of Labelexpo Global Series events, has announced the opening of regis- tration for Labelexpo Mexico 2023. This will be the first full Labelexpo exhibition to run in Mexico. It takes place April 26-28, 2023, at the World Trade Center Mexico City, a venue in the heart of Mexico City. Entry is free for registered attendees. Labelexpo Mexico 2023 will be Latin America will feature global suppliers of label printing and con- verting equipment and consumables. The show will feature a strong educational element of workshops and master classes. Labelexpo Mexico 2023 is supported by Mexican label associations Acoban and Anpack.

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More than 200 members of AICC Mexico met No- vember 15-17 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 2022 AICC Mexico Annual Meeting and Trade Fair. The three-day event offered educational seminars, general session presentations, and a trade fair fea- turing 37 suppliers of corrugated machinery, equip- ment, and services. Also on the agenda was a tour of Cartographic, a corrugated and folding carton operation in the nearby town of El Salto. The meeting began on Tuesday, November 15, with a daylong seminar, “Packaging Design Work- flow Process Mapping,” by Andrew Hurley, a pro- fessor of packaging science at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. The five-hour session looked at a seven-step process of design for customer-focused, sustainable packaging. Working in teams, the 52 at- tendees created hypothetical products, developed and assembled packaging design prototypes, and then presented them to the group. The meeting continued on Wednesday, November 16, with general session presentations from several industry and business-management speakers. AICC Mexico President Sergio Menchaca, CEO of EKO Empaques, opened the session and welcomed at- tendees. Noting the growth of AICC Mexico in the past two years, he reported that the Association has 75 member companies, up from 40 in 2019. He then welcomed AICC President Mike D’Ange- lo, who reported on activities at AICC International and urged members of AICC Mexico to participate in the Association’s Spanish-language training pro- grams and free online courses. Jana Harris, CEO of Harris Packaging and American Carton in the Dal- las-Fort Worth metro area and Chairman of AICC, also gave welcoming remarks, noting the need for more education about our industry in colleges, uni- versities, and trade schools. The featured industry speaker of the morning was Mark Wilde, Senior Paper & Packaging Analyst with BMO Capital in New York, who gave an overview of the containerboard and corrugated markets in North America. He noted the recent months’ de- cline in box demand and the softening container- board markets as a result and predicted that the major producers will soon be announcing closure of older mill assets, adding that new capacity com- ing onstream in 2023 will also put downward pres- sure on paper prices. Juan Javier Gonzalez, CEO of Cartro, a major in- dependent supplier of sheets located in the Mexico (Cont’d on Page 10)

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with the greatest frequency and are the most likely to be buying online at least once a day (8 percent) and more than once a week (37 percent). They are also spending heavily across sectors. Their views are also some of the strongest, with Millennials the most likely to rate the various packaging charac- teristics as being crucial to them when compared to other generations. They are also the generation with the greatest willingness to pay extra for pack- aging that suits their needs. All4Labels Group Acquires Centro Grafico DG All4Labels Global Packaging Group has acquired Italy-based Centro Grafico DG, a converter with more than five decades of experience in security printing, holographic film, and foils production. Centro Grafico DG specializes in the formula- tion, production, and delivery of base foils for the holographic industry, security materials for brand protection, IDs, travel documents authenticity and data protection, official documents, currency, and credentials. Founded in 1970, Centro Grafico’s relationships with governments, industry and commerce aim to understand the issues of security and authenticity attending to today’s market requirements and secu- rity demands of the future. All4Labels Global Packaging Group currently op- erates 42 facilities worldwide with more than 4,000 employees and more than 10,000 customers. Labelexpo India Welcomes Record Attendance Labelexpo returned to India, welcoming more than 12,000 visitors to the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi. The atten- dance was an increase of 22 percent compared to the last show in 2018. The show featured more than 250 exhibitors from around the world, and particularly showcased the advances made by the Indian supplier industry in the four years since the last India show. Labelexpo India partners include the Labels Man- ufacturers Association of India (LMAI), All India Federation of Master Printers, World Print & Com- munication Forum, World Packaging Organisation, Printing Industry association of Bangladesh and the Sri Lanka Association of Printers. Labelexpo India will return in November 2024.

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City area, presented a leadership discussion on the qualities and characteristics of the chief executive. Saying that most management and leadership train- ing focuses on the lower level positions in the com- pany and overlooks the CEO, Gonzalez outlined key characteristics needed for a successful company ex- ecutive. They include: mental and physical energy; sound mind; emotional equilibrium; maturity; good work habits and refined social skills. All these, he said, contribute to effective and ethical leadership. Geopolitical Order Continuing in the program, Rodrigo de Leon, a professor of political science and economics and IPADE, the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direc- cion de Empresa, spoke about the new geopolit- ical order in the post-pandemic world and Mexi- co’s increasingly important role. De Leon cited four factors that will influence the geopolitical structure into the mid-21st century: demographics; geopoli- tics; democracy and sustainability. Rounding out the keynote presentations in the day was Simon Cohen, CEO of the global logistics company HENCO, who discussed “The Secrets of an Entrepreneur who, in Search of Success, Found Happiness.” Cohen described how in his early days of building his company he suffered a heart attack and in rehabilitation re-ordered his life priorities to family, faith and friendship. His book, Pleno, tells the story of his journey. The program also included AICC Mexico’s annu- al Hall of Fame award, this year presented to Jose Diaz of EAM Mosca. Diaz has been a member of AICC Mexico’s Board of Directors since 2002 and has been instrumental in its growth over the past 20 years. Flint Group Packaging Launches Online Webshop Flint Group Packaging has launched a new Web- shop platform. Underlining the company’s vision of a connected future, the online store is designed with ease-of- use front of mind, with the company’s range of inks and coatings available to order 24/7 in just a few clicks. The purpose, according to Flint, is to provide cus- tomers with more versatility, flexibility and perfor- mance in managing consumables procurement. The Webshop reportedly enables simple, fast or- dering and reordering of inks and coatings.

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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. Apex International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Apex International is an award-winning global lead - er of anilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, metering prod - ucts, and print maintenance solutions. With five production facilities on four continents, a grow - ing portfolio of clients in over 80 countries, and a high-performance continuous-improvement culture, Apex’s mission is the customer’s production suc - cess. Through technical innovation, service, and manufacturing precision, Apex delivers reliable, durable, and predictable metering solutions to its client’s presses every day. ARC International 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. Eaglewood Technologies, LLC Eaglewood Technologies provides the award-winning 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. Sanilox ™ 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.

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Registration Opens For FTA’s Forum, Infoflex 2023 FTA’s annual conference, FORUM 2023, will return with the theme “Tradition Reimagined,” which calls upon the deep-rooted traditions of package print- ing alongside the rapid change in technologies The four-day technical conference will take place April 16-19 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. Registration has been opened for the event, with more information at . In tandem with the conference, attendees will have the chance to network, learn, and discover the latest in products and services at INFOFLEX 2023. The 41st iteration of the exhibit will take place on April 17-18, hosting 180 exhibitors over 25,000 square feet at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Mondi Recognized With Two Sustainability Awards Mondi has been recognized in two categories at the Sustainable Packaging News Awards 2022 for the circular economy and the overall category. The awards, presented by Sustainable Packaging News magazine, recognize environmentally friend-

ly and innovative packaging and recycling solutions as well as packaging-related improvements in oper- ational processes such as production, logistics and distribution. Circular Reasoning The Tesco shopping bags, made from EcoVantage paper produced at Mondi’s Steti mill in the Czech Republic, show how suppliers can work with retail- ers to develop circular systems and turn waste back into a valuable resource. ABG Showcases Technology At Open House Finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), held an open house event at its manufacturing facility in Girona, Spain. The site, used by Enprom Solutions, jointly ac- quired by ABG and Kocher+Beck in July 2019, manufactures ABG’s non-stop winding machines, converting lines, sleeve machines and automated customized products. The event itself included a mixture of presen- tations and demonstrations aimed at displaying ABG’s technology.

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GEW Vini Munzberg has been promoted to the role of sales manager, Latin America for GEW. Based at GEW in Cleveland, Ohio, Munzberg will be responsible for all sales across the region, in-

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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. Flint Group Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, man - ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopoly - mer 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. Harper Corporation of America We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than any - one in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated markets, Harper continu - ously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics. 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 Flexo - tecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an experi - enced, dedicated service staff. KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

cluding Mexico. She will travel ex- tensively and will have the support of an established network of GEW distributors throughout Central and South America. Her entire career has been with- in customer service and distributor management for Latin America. Munzberg has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in international business

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from Southern New Hampshire University. She was recently named to SNHU’s honor roll, in recogni- tion of learners who excel at the University. Polyart

Francisco Morelos has joined the Polyart leadership team as Pres- ident of Sales and Marketing in North America. He brings more than 20 years of work experience in sales, mar- keting and product development

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leading teams in North America, LATAM and APAC, including his most recent position as product man- agement Director for Berry Global. Prior to Berry Global, Morelos was with Cummins Inc. as part of the commercial team. He holds a bachelor’s in marketing from the In- stituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. GSE’s Releases Ink Hazard Warning Software GSE Dispensing has introduced a software mod- ule for tracing and labeling hazardous chemicals in ink ingredients of spot colors. GSE Hazard symbol printing allows the user to as- sign up to five symbols – denoting physical, health and environmental risks - to base components list- ed in the user’s inventory database. The software ensures that the assigned symbols are printed on the label for any dispensed ink mix- ture containing affected base components.

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Pledges to Reduce Plastic Pollution Have Small Impact Corporate pledges to lower plastic pollution are not translating into lower plastic pollution, accord- ing to a new study from Research and Markets. Ac- cording to the research, done by a U.S.-based team of researchers, voluntary commitments made by the world’s biggest companies emphasize plastic recy- cling over lowering plastic production. While recycling is considered an important part of a circular economy, 80 percent of a product’s en- vironmental impacts are determined when it’s be- ing designed. As of 2015, only nine percent of the world’s plastic was recycled. Most went to landfill, while 12 percent was incinerated, venting green- house gases into the atmosphere. Roughly 11 million tons of plastic flows into the ocean each year, and this number is expected to almost double by 2040. TLMI Commits Sustainability Resources For Members TLMI has announced that two of the association’s Sustainability Committee’s subcommittees have launched interactive maps that show the locations of recyclers and waste disposal sites for liner and matrix materials. The release liner subcommittee has launched a map that indicates paper and PET release liner re- cyclers across the United States and Canada and the matrix subcommittee has launched a map indicat- ing matrix waste byproduct disposal sites. Critical Resources The subcommittees’ goals in making these inter- active maps available to association members is to offer companies critical resources as they develop and carry out their own sustainability initiatives. TLMI started providing association members with sustainability resources that included recyclers and non-landfill matrix disposal sites a decade ago in the association’s Recycling Handbook. The publishing of the handbook was one of the central initiatives of the association’s Sustainability Committee to ensure members had resources avail- able as they began their sustainability journeys and looked for ways to recycle liner waste and to keep matrix byproducts out of landfills. The liner recycling and matrix disposal maps will be available on TLMI’s website in early January 2023.

Industry Events

TLMI Committee Meeting November 30-December 2, 2022 Orlando, FL

TLMI Converter Meeting March 12-14, 2023 Converter Meeting Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort St. Petersburg, FL

FTA Forum April 16-19, 2023 Hilton Columbus Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Labelexpo Europe September 11-14, 2023 Brussels Convention Center Brussels, Belgium

FTA Fall Conference October 9-11, 2023 Louisville, Kentucky

TLMI Annual Meeeting October 15-17, 2023 The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, CO

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People & Places

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Weber Packaging Joseph Weber, Jr., of Weber Packaging, Arlington Heights, Illinois, passed away on October 17, 2022. Weber, Jr. saw the potential of the company found- ed by his father and spent his life building the labeling company.

His vision, business acumen, and genuine concern for his employees helped him to modernize the pack- aging industry with new ideas, in- cluding color pressure sensitive la- bels, computer-based labeling and automated labeling systems. Joseph Weber, Jr., was born in Chi-

Joseph Weber, Jr.

cago on August 21, 1932, the year his father found- ed the Weber Addressing Machine company. He grew up in Prospect Heights and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. Weber then went on to attend Drake University where he graduated with a B.A. Degree. After that, Weber went on to pursue a degree in law from Northwestern Univer- sity Law and graduated in 1954. Law Practice After passing the bar exam, Weber practiced law for two years defending personal injury and work- man’s compensation cases for insurance compa- nies. After those years of civil defense work, Weber joined the Cook County State’s Attorney where he worked for three years. In 1962 he left the practice of law and joined the Weber Addressing Machine Company, located in Mount Prospect, Illinois. At the time the company had 50 employees but Weber saw a great future for the company. Weber helped plan the expansion of the company which moved to a new building in Arlington Heights in 1967. Guiding A Company In 1980, Weber was named President and CEO of the company, now named Weber Marking Sys- tems. Under his leadership the company received many awards, including being named one of the top 10 manufacturing companies in the country. He guided the company forward as it modernized the packaging industry with new methods for labeling products. Today, Weber is still a family-owned glob- al company that employs more than 1,000 people throughout the world at numerous manufacturing and sales locations in North America, Central Amer- ica, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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