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FLEXO Magazine : April 2009
INDUSTRY INDICATORS DuPont Vice President: Economy Will Change Titanium Dioxide Industry New economic realities resulting from the global recession will permanently change the business landscape,a DuPont vice president recently told business leaders. “Although it is diffi cult to predict when global economies will rebound from the current downturn, the new economic reality will force major industries to per- manently change the way they operate,” Richard C. Olson, vice president and general manager, DuPont Titanium Technologies, said at a global conference focused on the titanium dioxide industry. DuPont is the world’s largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, a white pigment used widely in coatings, plastics and paper. In a keynote speech at “TiO2 2009,” pre- sented by Intertech Pira, Olson said during the economic downturn the titanium diox- ide industry must operate more cautiously, keeping inventory at levels only suffi cient to satisfy customer requirements, scruti- nizing all capital expenditures and avoid- ing investment in new capacity without some certainty of a reasonable return. The titanium dioxide industry is widely regarded as a bellwether business because it is closely tied to the construction and automotive industries, as well as a broad range of large consumer goods such as appliances. PMMI: Growth in U.S. Packaging Machinery Exports U.S. exports of packaging machinery from January to December 2008 were up 9.5 percent from the same period in 2007, totaling $950 million, PMMI recently re- ported. The data, based on the U.S. Census estimates, also showed U.S. imports reached U.S. $2 billion, a slight increase of .27 percent. Double-digit growth for exports to specifi c emerging markets is indicative 16 FLEXO APRIL 2009 of consumer packaged goods companies expanding operations into China (+38.29 percent), India (+44.81 percent) and Latin American countries including Mexico (+24 percent), Brazil (+19 percent) and Venezuela (+25 percent). From January to December 2008 U.S. exports to Mexico reached $121 million, according to U.S. Census data reports. The increased demand for packag- ing equipment indicates production of pharmaceutical, food and beverage products in Mexico are poised to main- tain growth. For example, Mexico is the largest producer of pharmaceuticals in Latin America and the ninth-largest pro- ducer worldwide. In addition, Mexico is the second largest market for soft drink products and the third largest beer pro- ducer in the world. Further, CANAINCA, the Mexican Chamber of Processed Foods, predicts 4-5 percent growth in the Mexican processed food market for 2008 and 2009. Labelexpo Europe 2009 Takes Shape On Sept. 23-26, Labelexpo Europe will return to Brussels Expo in Belgium. Exhibition space for this year’s show is now exceeding that of the record-break- ing 2007 event. In addition to launching an impressive array of new products in six halls, many exhibitors are focusing their attention on providing solutions that can help converters and brand owners make the most of the current economic climate. This year there will be a host of new feature areas at Labelexpo Europe including: The Digital Printing Experience: Leaders in digital printing will gather in this area to showcase the latest in digi- tal technology. Visitors will see the best pick of digital presses, as well as digital prepress software, platemaking and post- press fi nishing, with live demonstrations running continuously. Green Park: This feature will allow sup- pliers to display their environmentally friendly projects and enable visitors to see the latest developments in green and sus- tainable technology giving them valuable information about what action to take to help reduce the impact of their business on the environment. www. f le xography. org GETTING PERSONNEL Anderson & Vreeland—David Batt is now 3M certifi ed spe- cialist. In his new position, Batt will be responsible for sales and support of 3M industrial products for A&V in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Batt brings 24 years of fl exograph- ic experience to the position, complement- ed by eight years of technical sales. ARC International—Jonathan Chamberlain has been hired as southeast territory business manager. He brings 11 years of outside sales experience, with more than nine of those years as a direct manufacturer’s representative. FLXON Inc.—Ryan Sharkey assumes the newly created position of supply chain man- ager. Sharkey earned degrees in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Engineering from NC State University in 2005. He has since held industry related positions as an ap- plications engineer and district sales engineer. Pamarco Global Graphics— Dave McBeth is now global vice president of sales and mar- keting for the Flexo Division. Previously, he was vice presi- dent of sales and marketing for Pamarco Global Graphics Europe and Canada. McBeth has more than 24 years experience in the printing and graphic arts industry. Phototype—Steve Carter is the new director of IT. Carter brings cohesive long-term strategy to Phototype’s supply chain management expertise. He comes with nearly 30 years of experi- ence in the packaging industry. He cur- rently serves as co-chair of the Ghent PDF Workgroup Packaging Subcommittee and sits on the board of the EskoArtwork Users Group International. Rogers Corp.—Olaf Burgers has been promoted to new market development manager, printing. In his new position, he will be responsible for improving market presence in emerg- ing growth countries like Brazil, India and China, and for increasing the sales for fi lm, label and corrugated printing applications. PRESSING ISSUES