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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators and minimum tone values of 3 percent are crucial. But more important: process control. From expanding gamuts expanding minds, Frank Gerace, now-retired president and CEO of Multicolor, joined several other label printing executives for advice on how to be suc- cessful in today ’s market. “ T he recession created a chal- lenging environment,” said Gerace. However, he claimed that “things are not as bad as the media makes us think. ” He predicted that “2011 is going to be a good year.” His advice: • Tune in. • Self regulate. • Self motivate. • Adapt to new realities. • Focus on controllables. • Calibrate resources. • Re-model if necessary. • Rally the troops. This year ’s R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Terry Fulwiler, former CEO and current chairman for WS Packaging, followed Gerace to the podium to talk about motivating employees. “ T he best way to increase profits is to share them,” he said. Fulwiler argued that you are not giving your staff all the information they need, they can’t do their job. To be blunt, he said, “Companies need to give a [expletive] about their people.” Fulwiler insisted that employers “give people something they can sink their teeth into,” and, on top of that, “be thrilled to give out rewards.” Fulwiler advised that label companies do their homework before implementing a profit sharing program, though. “Once you start, it’s hard to change.” In addition, he recommended that any goals be attainable, understandable, and verifiable. Likewise, rewards must be sufficient to motivate and occur often enough. On the show floor, new technology workshops proved an enormous success, with every demonstration being fully packed out. This was a major development for Labelexpo Americas 2010 and took place in a specially dedicated feature area in Hall F. Four working presses from Nilpeter, EFI Je- trion, HP and Xeikon ran alongside each other with a neutral moderator running each demonstration to see how each press was set up to produce the same job origination on identical substrate qualities. The aim was to show attendees how to set-up and run label presses—whether conventional or digital printing - to optimize label print performance and quality, to demonstrate to them how to assess new product and market opportunities and to compare print quality and performance across different conventional and digital printing processes. LabeLexpo Industry award wInners At the recent Labelexpo Americas, a large number of global suppliers, converters, trade associations and media gathered to celebrate and reward excellence in the label industry at the Label Industry Global Awards evening. Winners of the Label Industry Global Awards are put through a comprehensive selection process. An enormous number of high caliber entries put themselves forward to the judging panel. The judges then went through each submission in detail and drew up a shortlist for each of the Awards: Continuous In- novation Award, New Innovation Award and Converter Award for Sustainability/Environmental Responsibility. They also reviewed the votes for the Lifetime Achievement Award following a review of the online votes against the crite- ria with the final selection process for all Awards taking place during the FINAT congress in Valencia, Spain, in June 2010. The judging panel reviewed the short-listed entries for each of the categories, and officially announced the Lifetime Achieve- ment Award winner for 2010. The award winners for the following categories were: the r. stanton avery LIfetIme achIevement award Sponsored by Avery Dennison The Award recognizes the values and vision of Stan Avery and his pioneering efforts in the label industry. Terry Fulwiler, CEO of WS Packaging Group, Inc. Frank Gerace, chairman of board at TLMI and chairman of the judging panel said: “Terry Fulwiler personifies the spirit of this award in that Terry has spent his entire working career in the label industry. He began working in his father ’s small la- bel business, Wisconsin Label Corporation, immediately upon graduating from the University of Michigan in July 1972. Terry became CEO of Wisconsin in 1987. Over the next 20 years he was instrumental and is credited for merging Wisconsin Label with Superior Label and forming WS Packaging Group, one of the largest label companies in North America with sales in excess of $400 million, 1 ,775 employees, and 17 locations.” LabeL Industry award for contInuous InnovatIon Sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web This award is for a long-established supplier or converter company within the label industry that has a long history of innovation and creativity. omet s.r.L The judges selected OMET s.r.l. as their unanimous winner of this Award for “demonstrating a long-term commitment to producing innovative print technology for the label industry since 1963.” They continued by saying: “OMET’s Varyflex flexo printing press was the first to employ sleeve technology in the narrow web market. The Varyflex press was also one of the first presses to utilize gearless technology, a forerunner LabeL convertIng: worLdwIde market snapshot Glue Applied 40% $29.2 billion In Mold 2% $1.5 billion Pressure Sensitive 41% $29.9 billion Sleeving 12% $8.8 billion Other 5% $3.6 billion 58 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 58 10/15/10 12:32 AM
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