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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
INDUSTRY INDICATORS 22 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org New Home for National Paper National Paper Co., an active FTA member in good stand- ing, is marking a series of milestones this month, as it cel- ebrates the seventh anniversary of its incorporation. The firm, and its eight-member staff, led by Steve Manno, president, recently located to new quarters. It now operates from: 330-10 Knickerbocker Ave., Ste. 10 Bohemia, NY 11716-3130 Tel: 631-580-5500 E-mail: email@example.com. Manno reports that the move brings with it an increase in both storage and equipment space. As a result, National Paper has orchestrated a series of capital equipment pur- chases that include a power unwind stand, forklifts and other warehouse furnishings. National Paper is a reseller/distributor of pressure sensitive label stock to include films, foils, paper, paperboard, synthetic paper and specialty commodities like laser fluorescent films and holographic materials. Manno maintains that the client base is expanding and notes that the firm experienced record sales for 2008, then eclipsed those results for several months in 2009. National Paper is associ- ated with all major coating mills and it guarantees that all orders ship the day they are placed. EskoArtwork Challenges Packaging Professionals and Students to Design its Suite 10 Software Package EskoArtwork is inviting packaging professionals and stu- dents to show off their creative flair and enter the EskoArtwork Software Packaging Challenge. The competition tasks en- trants with designing the packaging for EskoArtwork's Suite 10. The winner will receive $2,500---or a $5,000 EskoArtwork software voucher---at the EskoWorld User Conference to be held April 18-21 in Tampa, FL. The winner is also guaranteed excellent exposure, as the winning entry will be used to ship more than 10,000 EskoArt- work Suite 10 software packages. And EskoArtwork will make sure everyone knows about the winner's design! The company is seeking new and innovative packaging beyond the traditional folding carton shelve box. It will supply the design brief, branding elements, technical support and logistics. From there, it's up to the participants to create a packaging design that stands out! • Who can enter? EskoArtwork welcomes entries from anyone involved in packaging---from design agencies, tradeshops and converters to educational institutions and students. • Can I submit a joint entry with another company or educational institution? Yes, EskoArtwork encourages collaborative work! Just remember to name on your sub- mission form everyone who worked on the design. • Who's judging the competition? Not EskoArtwork! An independent panel of industry experts from around the world will evaluate the entries. • When's the deadline? March 1. • When will the winner be announced? After April 18th, 2010. • Where can I find more details? www.esko.com/contest Clear Lam Packaging Exceeds 1,000 Twinlock Print Sleeves Clear Lam Packaging, a printer/extruder/converter located in Elk Grove Village, IL has nearly completed a full conversion to Twinlock print sleeves, moving away from mounting tape. Twinlock sleeves have led to a reduction of bounce on press, allowing for faster press speeds while improving print qual- ity. Recently, Clear Lam and OEC Graphics visited Polymount International in Holland to receive the 1,000th sleeve from Jan Willem Boers, owner and Twinlock developer. With more than 100,000 environmentally sustainable sleeves in operation worldwide, Twinlock sleeves eliminate the need for mounting tape and reduce operational costs by increasing pressroom efficiencies. Printers may expect up to a 25 percent or greater increase in press speeds and up to a 40 percent increase in mounting efficiencies. OEC Graphics Inc. is the sole North American distributor of Twinlock, work- ing together with Polymount's new manufacturing facility in Newnan, GA. Asahi Photoproducts Places Platemaking System at Clemson's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics Clemson students, faculty, and researchers will gain hands-on experience with the latest in digital platemaking technology thanks to a recent installation of equipment by Asahi Photoproducts. Asahi placed its new AWP 230W water- washable plate processor along with its AFP 912 exposure/ drying/light finisher unit at Clemson's Sonoco Institute. The equipment will aid the institute with its exciting and innovative research in the printing and packaging industries. Left to right: Bruce Hinkel (OEC Graphics), Jan Willem Boers (Polymount Int'l B.V.), Jim Hirst (Clear Lam Packaging) and Lenny Bastidas (Clear Lam Packaging).