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FLEXO Magazine : September 2009
www.flexography.org SEPTEMBER 2009 FLEXO 17 INDUSTRY INDICATORS Expert + Supplier Sleeves and Rotary Screen p STORK PRINTS AMERICA, INC 3201 ROTARY DRIVE CHARLOTTE, NC 28269 -- USA P 704.598.7171 + F 704.596.0858 firstname.lastname@example.org Rotary Screen Integration Units (RSI's): A complete portfolio of rotary screen print units with up to 36" width and 28" repeat. Ultimate quality results with our unique screen material for our rotary screen units or other rotary screen heads already on the market. RotaMesh® & RotaPlate®. Sleeves: A complete portfolio of sleeves for both flexo and gravure applications. Seamless OptiFlex® ITR blanks. Custom and specialty applications. + + + The complete study, "World Labels to 2013," is available from Freedonia Group for $5,800. To order, visit www.freedoniagroup.com or call 440-684-9600. industry." Also watch for further development of environmental- ly friendly resins, such as polyactic acid, and the popularity of 360 degree graphics, plus unique contouring and the " no-label look," all of which bolster sales of sleeve labels. MEXICO Analysts note, "Mexico's label market totaled 990 million square meters in 2008." Demand is projected to expand 3.6 percent per year through 2013 to 1.2 billion square meters." They dub that forecast, "respectable," and say the county is known for an already sizeable food and beverage sector. Findings indicate that leading users of labels in Mexico are large multi-national consumer product companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. Rising use of label intensive plastic packaging in food, beverage, pharma- ceutical and personal care markets will buoy label sales. Over the past decade, Fredonia reviewers say, "Plastic bot- tles and jars have rapidly supplanted the traditional glass types in Mexico, benefiting pressure sensitive and alternative labels at the expense of wet-glued products. In the carbonated soft drink market, for example, PET bottles, virtually non-existent in the 1990s, now account for the vast majority of sales. CANADA Canada consumed 775 million square meters of labels in 2008. Demand is projected to advance 2.9 percent annually through 2013 to 895 million square meters, which is respect- able considering the country 's high level of economic devel- opment, Fredonia researchers observe. Newer application methods, especially shrink sleeves and in-molds, will log even faster gains from a relatively low 2008 base. "Pressure sensitive labels accounted for 63 percent of Canada's market in 2008, well above the global average and higher even than in most developed countries. As in other developed countries, above-average gains for self adhesives will be based on their aesthetic and perfor- mance advantages and disproportion- ate use in growth applications rang- ing from electronic article surveillance to variable information printing and smart label- ing." Source: The Freedonia Group, Inc. Mexico 10.2% Canada 8.0% United States 81.8%