Home' FLEXO Magazine : January 2015 Contents U.S . Pouch Demand (in millions of dollars)
2008 2013 2018
5,954 7,490 9,370
4,772 5,735 6,970
2,788 3,290 3,900
Side Seal 1,984 2,445 3,070
Stand Up 1,182 1,755 2,400
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Machinery Shipments Up 6
Percent, Secondary Packaging
Shipments of U.S. packaging machinery grew 6 percent in 2013 to
$7.9 billion. That’s according to a report from PMMI, The Association
for Packaging And Processing Technologies. More than half of all
shipments came from the food and beverage segments, a continued
trend seen for the past decade.
A second PMMI study, this one focusing on the secondary packaging
market, saw a significant update since its last evaluation, in 2008.
Seven years ago, surveyed companies were said to be reducing costs
and improving sustainability in their secondary packaging, all at the
behest of retailers and consumers. In 2014, when the study was up-
dated, nearly half of participants were finished implementing changes.
This study also points to a shifting role for secondary packaging: As
packages go directly from pallet to store shelf, secondary packaging
has shifted to take on a more retail ready format.
CCL Label DES to Expand in
A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging
solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its
manufacturing operations in Laurens County. CCL Industries, Inc. is
investing $30 million to expand its label division—CCL Label DES—
in Clinton, SC. The $30 million investment is expected to create 98
new jobs over the next five years.
CCL Label is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and ex-
truded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional and
functional applications for large global customers in the consumer
packaging, health care, automotive and consumer durables markets.
Additionally, CCL Label provides extruded and laminated plastic
tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision printed and diecut metal
components with LED displays and other complementary products
and services to specific end use markets.
The Clinton, SC site supports customers globally, with highly engi-
neered component products and industry award winning printing for
the electronics, automotive, consumer battery and beverage markets.
This Laurens County expansion will be the result of a 36,000 sq. ft.
addition to the company’s existing facility, located at 29485 Highway
76 East in Clinton. A majority of the construction is expected to be
completed by the end of 2015.
Packaging Industry M&A to
Continue in 2015
There were plenty of mergers and acquisitions in 2014 and according
to a report from the National Association of Printing Leadership, that
trend will continue in 2015. In its Target Report, the group says that
as economic growth drives demand for packaging, plants producing it
will be eyed by companies as means to enter a growing industry.
Some of the recent M&A activity fueling this belief includes:
• Strine Printing in York, PA acquired by Menasha Packaging
• Multi Packaging Solutions acquired the North American and
Asian print divisions of the AGI-Shorewood Group from Atlas
• Hilex Poly acquired a new name, Novolex, concurrently acquir-
ing flexible packaging manufacturer Packaging Dynamics in
• Hilex Poly also acquired Duro Bag Manufacturing in June, 2014
and the flexible packaging unit from the Clondalkin Group,
headquartered in Amsterdam, in April, 2013
• Welch Packaging in Elkhart, IN got into the acquisition mode
this year with two purchases of corrugated carton manufacturers.
Private equity firm Arbor Investments acquired Trojan Litho in
March, and exiting two portfolio companies, Midland Contain-
er and Great Lakes Packaging, sold to Green Bay Packaging in
Association of Independent
Corrugated Converters (AICC)
The Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) has
rebranded as AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. AICC’s
Board of Directors approved the change near the end of 2014.
Founded in 1974, AICC’s primary mission is to serve the independent
sector of the corrugated, folding carton and rigid setup box industries
by being a voice in the industry and before government, providing
networking opportunities, and developing education and training
The Association’s logo has been altered as well. The new logo high-
lights the letter “i” (for independent) and below, “The Independent
Packaging Association” appears. n
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