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FLEXO Magazine : September 2010
Industry Indicators GDP growth at a compound rate of 2.3 percent (1999-2009). Printing Of the several printing processes (flexo, gravure, offset and other) utilized in flexible packaging, FPA survey participants indicate that flexographic printing accounts for 63 percent of their flexible packaging sales. Gravure ac- counts for 9 percent, while offset and other printing processes account for a very small portion (1 percent) of convert- er survey participants’ sales. The report also indicates that 27 percent of flexible packaging products manufactured by survey respondents are unprinted. imPorts & ExPorts As flexible packaging companies continue to grow, imports and exports play a significant role in the successful advancement of the industry. U.S . flex- ible packaging exports account for 4 to 6 percent of domestic production, and survey results indicate that 83 percent of FPA converter members are involved in flexible packaging exports. The report notes that U.S. flexible packaging exports fell 12 percent in 2009 to $1.3 billion, and imports of flex- ible packaging into the U.S. declined in 2009, falling 22 percent to $2.8 billion. However, on average, from 1999-2009, exports have increased at the rate of 4.9 percent per year, while imports have risen 63 percent faster, at the rate of 8.0 percent per year. As a result, the flexible packaging industry ’s trade balance (the difference between exports and im- ports) decreased significantly in 2009— down 29 percent to the $1.5 billion level versus $2.0 billion in 2008. Canada and Mexico remain the two largest trading partners for flexible packaging exports and account for more than two-thirds, or 69 percent, of total 2009 exports. n The Flexible Packaging Associa- tion’s annual State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report is a key source of information for industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts. The report provides a historical overview of the per- formance and growth of the U.S. flexible packaging industry. The 2010 FPA State of the Flex- ible Packaging Industry Report is a benefit of FPA membership and is available to FPA members in the Members Only section of the FPA Web site, www.flexpack.org. Cop- ies of the report are also available to FPA non-members for $3,500. For more information about the FPA 2010 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report and the FPA Business and Economic Research Program, contact FPA at 410-694-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. source: Flexible Packaging association. www.flexography.org sePtember 2010 FLEXO 15 To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or To ll Free 800.438.3111 Harper has devoted an entire division to help flexographic printers and converters achieve unprecedented levels of consistency, quality and profitability. Using our exclusive SHarper SystemTM we eliminate variables that impact quality and increase predictability of press results. Call 800-438-3111 for a free copy. GRAPHICSOLUTIONS DIVISION HARPERIMAGE.COM Americas • Europe • A sia ©2010 Smart. FLX_Sept2010_mech.indd 15 9/1/10 8:54 AM