Home' FLEXO Magazine : February 2015 Contents Bobst N.A. Announces
ROSELAND, NJ---Bobst North America
announced the organization of a new Process
Optimization Team. " is is just another
example of our commitment to our custom-
ers as BOBST continues its drive to become
the benchmark for services in the packaging
industry," said Bob Pordon, CEO and head of
the Bobst Service Center North America.
is group of experts is available to cus-
tomers to assess current work processes and
environments in order to develop a strategy
and customized action plan to ensure all pro-
duction targets are achieved and maintained.
Process optimization provides an outside
set of expert eyes focused on overall facility
e ciency, data collection, eliminating bottle-
necks and increasing quality; while reducing
set up times and waste. A er a detailed
evaluation and analysis, the group can create
and implement a comprehensive program
designed to suit a plant's needs.
e team is comprised of industry special-
ists with more than 100 years of experience.
BOBST's process optimization experts utilize
all the company's service o erings, including
e-Services, personalized training, products
and proactive programs.
Rob McCann, the process optimization man-
ager leading the team, adds, "Using varying
combinations of these services along with
our team's experience, we have helped some
of our customers reduce their setup times
as much as 50 percent. We look forward to
working with all of our customers to increase
their productivity and pro tability."
Plastic Film Market to $26.2 Billion
U.S. demand for plastic lm is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 16.4
billion pounds, valuing the market at $26.2 billion. e Freedonia Group's study, Plastic Film,
notes factors in uencing the material's expansion include:
• Increased disposable income
• Improved manufacturing output
• Price stabilization for plastic resin
• Growth of pouches
ese are partially tempered with the sustainability concerns inherent in the use of plastic lm;
speci cally, plastic retail bags.
Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) comprised nearly half of resin usage in 2013 and is
expected to continue to grow through 2018. LLDPE's high strength source reduction capa-
bilities have helped spur gains in multiple markets, including pouches for food products and
pharmaceutical packaging. On the other hand, low density polyethylene (LDPE) demand is ex-
pected to grow more slowly as it is replaced by LLDPE in some functions and already reached
market maturity in many of its primary markets.
Above average growth is forecast for polypropylene lm, driven by usage in packaging for the
fresh produce market and di erent types of snack food packaging. High density polyethylene
(HDPE) lm will see minimal growth through 2018, with opposition to single use plastic bags
o setting the aforementioned gains seen in food packaging. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
lm demand will grow modestly through the reported period, with healthy gains in food
packaging applications replacing demand from the declining magnetic tape and photographic
Below average growth is expected for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), hampered by continued
declines in nonfood applications, including pharmaceutical and medical products. Degradable
plastic resins will experience the highest growth rate of all lm types, due to increasing a ord-
ability and adoption by packaging converters.
As is the case with other market segments, food packaging is the variety most responsible for
driving lm demand, largely on the back of pouch popularity as well as active and intelligent
packaging's growth. Pharmaceutical and medical packaging will lead the non food area, which
will also see above average growth.
e non packaging lm market will see below average growth. According to Freedonia Group,
that's because of the maturity of trash bags and decreased usage of both magnetic and photo-
graphic lms. Lagging all formats, secondary packaging will grow the slowest, due to garment
and retail bag declines.
For more information on Plastic Film and to obtain a copy of it or any other reports, visit Freedo-
nia Group's website at www.freedoniagroup.com.
L to R: Rob McCann, Brian Moritz, Martin
Jobe, Matthew Michna
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