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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
What Do the Stars Hold For Packaging? Industry Forecasts Talent & Training Safety 101 JANUARY 2010 Flip This Issue for a Full Forum Brochure 15 38 The belief that the future can be read in the stars is as old as civilization. Whether this is, was or ever will be possible is up for debate. In the meantime, FLEXO has gone and done the next best thing by compiling a series of studies and forecasts by expert analysts and organizations. The verdict: packaging will continue to remain essential, and will see slow but steady growth. Want more details? They are at your fingertips. JANUARY 2010 VOLUME 35, NO. 1 In This Issue FTA TODAY 6 Pub Ink 14 Association News 52 Engaging Ideas 8 Color Comes FIRST At Printing Industries of America's Color Management Conference, packaging, flexog- raphy and FIRST took top billing. 10 Printing for a Sustainable Future A preview of the 2010 NEHS Conference. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 24 Pressing Issues 16 Green, Government & Growth New study by PRIMIR docu- ments 20 trends affecting the package printing industry in North America, including sus- tainability, government regula- tions and high energy costs. LABELS 18 Smoother Sailing Ahead Andrea Vimercati FINAT predicts a more positive outlook for 2010 than the past few years have provided. RETAIL REPORT 20 Ready for Launch(es) A report cites activity by con- sumer product companies that could lead to a surge in new product launches. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 22 Global Flexible Packaging to Increase 3.2% PCI Films Consulting Ltd. is reporting that cost pressure and packaging reduction will slow growth of flexible packag- ing in 2010. 26 The Crisis of Talent in the Industry Jonathan Graham and Julie Kuhar A new white paper illustrates the difficulty in finding skilled labor in the packaging and paper industries. 30 The Future of Container Decoration Experts at Zeller+Gmellin offer forecasts for the cup and tube industry, including applications for flexography. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 35 Good Information Makes for Successful Coating Applications Sean Teufler The author offers tips to help determine the necessary coat- ing weight and volume for a given project. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 38 Shrink on the Rise Ron Ryback New technologies in shrink sleeves are making this segment more accessible to entry. PLANTS & PROCESSES FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 40 A Better Image Ian Hole By tapping high resolution im- aging technology, Warburger Klischeeanstalt has seen revolu- tionary advancements in its print quality. 44 Flexo Safety Primer Ryan Smith A rundown of essential health and safety issues that all flexo print professionals should be aware of. 46 Reduce Waste, Increase Profitability Craig Thomson Time is money... and so is waste. The author offers tips for cutting down excess waste. FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2010. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or ser vice by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Katie Dubois firstname.lastname@example.org FULL FORUM BROCHURE AT BACK May 2--5, Las Vegas, NV Experience the flexographic ind stry's PREMIUM educational & netwo FFTA Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition www.flexography.org
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