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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
www.flexography.org JANUARY 2010 FLEXO 25 New Global Org in Self Adhesives World A summit meeting, jointly called by FINAT and TLMI, and held during Labelexpo Asia, has resulted in establishment of the L8 Group---an international consortium of trade organiza- tions, all representing the self-adhesive label industry, and all pledging cooperation in promoting common interests. The group is set to meet in Barcelona, Spain, March 12, in conjunction with a FINAT technical seminar; then again in Chicago this September at Labelexpo of the Americas. Rounding out the roster of founding organizations is: Japan's JFLP, China's PEIAC, India's LMAI, New Zealand's SALMA and Australia's LATMA. It is believed that an eighth member, based in Latin America, will be added shortly. Four areas of interest---networking, knowledge sharing, promotion and problem solving---were identified for collabo- ration on global requirements ranging from standardization to sustainability. Commenting on the L8 Group's pending charter, Andrea Vimercati, FINAT president, said, "The need to create a network of relations to share knowledge, experi- ences and information has become a factor of strategic im- portance to label companies... Elimination of global bound- aries and the emergence of a new generation provide an incentive to change our inward-looking habits and explore the possibility of global collaboration, exchange best practices and/or the exchange of regional solutions on a global scale." Sustainable Packaging: $170 Billion Worldwide Market by 2014 According to a recent report from Pike Research, world- wide packaging industry revenues will increase from $429 bil- lion in 2009 to $530 billion by 2014, representing a growth rate greater than that of the global economy itself. The analysis maintains that, "Eco-friendly (a.k.a. 'sustainable') packaging will nearly double in revenues between 2009 and 2014, from $88 billion to $170 billion." Pike's Managing Director Chuck Wheelock said, "The sustainable packaging challenge is one that must be solved by multiple parties in a spirit of cooperation. The move toward more environmentally responsible packaging is being embraced by consumers, manufacturers, retailers, advocacy groups, and world governments alike." It is anticipated that plastic-based packaging will be the fastest-growing segment of the sustainable packaging sector between now and 2014. "More eco-friendly plastic packag- ing will have a huge impact," said Wheelock, "because it represents more than one third of the total global packaging industry; second only to paper packaging, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the global packaging market." Sustainable Packaging, a study released by Pike Research on Jan. 4, assesses the current market conditions for pack- aging and outlines the future opportunities to create more environmentally responsible, sustainable, and eco-friendly packaging practices. "We examine key market drivers and challenges in various industries around the world, highlight- ing best practices and identifying key trends that will shape the direction of the packaging industry in years to come," Wheelock added. Key questions addressed include: • Why is sustainable packaging necessary? • What is the current growth trajectory of the market? • What are the business opportunities with green packaging? • What are the key limiting factors to green packaging? FTA Member Expands Flexo Division American Packaging Corp. recently announced a $16.5 million expansion project at its Flexographic Printing and Laminating Division in Story City, IA. This is one of the FTA member's several major expansions in recent years. The oth- ers include a $12 million project at the Extrusion, Laminating and Coating facility in Rochester, NY and a $13 million expan- sion at its Rotogravure, Printing and Laminating Division in Columbus, WI. President and CEO Peter Schottland stated, "We are committed to expand and grow our business through strategic investment in our facilities, obtaining the latest tech- nology and most importantly attracting and retaining the best people in the industry ". Over the past decade, American Packaging has invested more than $150 million in new capital equipment and facili- ties, state of the art technology and the training and devel- opment of its highly skilled workforce. This also includes significant financial contributions to educational institutions that specialize in flexible packaging training, research and development with the ultimate objective of furthering the industry as a whole. This commitment has resulted in signifi- cant sales growth, many new jobs and American Packaging Corp. being recognized as one of the top five manufacturers of flexible packaging material in the United States. Schottland added, "This level of investment and growth could not be pos- sible without the dedication of our people; they truly deserve congratulations and a heartfelt thank you for their commit- ment to our company." With a focus on sustainability and being a good neighbor in its local communities, American Packaging has committed significant resources to manage these projects and its manufacturing processes in an environ- mentally responsible manner. INDUSTRY INDICATORS
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