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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
FTA TODAY Forecast • Positive outlook for 2012 and beyond thanks to innovation and performance. 4-5 percent annual growth for flexography is predicted through 2013. Carton demand is set to grow 4.4 percent annually through 2016. Forecasters indicate Asia will continue with steady, strong growth at 6.5 percent annually with the United States and Europe close behind. With a 60 percent market share in the packaging do- main, flexo’s future remains bright. Co-mingling of digital and flexographic presses in a single operation may become more prevalent. Demand for active, intelligent packaging is projected to climb 8.3 percent annually to $1.9 billion in 2013. • Flexography remains “a key growth engine” for both the graphic communications industry and its packaging sector. Technologies of interest include expanded gamut print- ing, digital printing, flat-top digital plates, G7—near neutral calibration—color separations, in-the-round plate technology, and online defect detection. Print Industry Market Information and Research Orga- nization (PRIMIR) estimates, on a global scale, flexo dominates the flexible packaging sector with more than 64 percent market share. Waste-reduction strategies and quality control mea- sures that guarantee consistent, repeatable print results, from one run to the next, remain paramount concerns. • North America boasts one of the world’s most sophisticat- ed label industries and stands at the forefront in develop- ing labeling technologies. Plants & Processes Fromconceptualizationtocompletion,verylittleescapes noticeatFLEXSTARPackagingInc.,Richmond,BC, Canada.Here,attentiontodetailistheorderoftheday. With$22millioninannualsalesandwhatseemstobean ever-evolving pressroom floor;process, product and progress standinunison. Capitalequipmentexpendituresarelinked tocontinuousimprovement.Deliveryofsignificantvalue, throughserviceandquality,speak tothestaff’scommitment tocustomers;aswellasitspromiseofworld-classconverting. Thisplantisdrivenbytechnology.It’sbeenthatwaysince thestartof2005 whenFLEXSTAR,whichwasformerlySonoco Produc t s Co., tr ans iti oned to p riv ate owners hip . Today’s61,000sq.ft.facilityactuallydates backtothe1970sandoperatedunderthese names:SeaforthPlastics,CrownZellerbach, Flex pa k, Crown Forest , Flet ch er Chal leng e, GravureInternational(aflexoop- erat ion) , Grap hic Pa ck ag ing Corp. and S onoc o. FLEXSTARisownedbyateamofinvestors(many fromParianCapital)andledbyfirmpresident, MarcBray,whofortwoyears,servedasSo- n oco ’s on- si te general m anag er. Brayrecalled.“Onceweac- quired the assets of the busi- ness,wekeptitrunning. That’satestamentto thestaff,plusthe serviceand q ual- ProfileinPlantProductivity • ID: FlexiblePackaging’sService/ Quality Leaderon West Coast. • ProcessControlistheFirstStepinQualityAssur- an ce. • GMPsEmphasize “DoingitRighttheFirstTime. “ • BestPracticesEnsureRepeatability • CapitalEquipmentUpgradesareContinuous. In-Plant Technologies Drive Process Improvements FleXstar Packaging: an ever-evolving Plant & a Passion for customer service By robertMoran 18 FLEXO FeBruary 2011 www.flexography.org FLX _Feb11_mec h. i ndd 18 2/10/1 1 1:44 AM Plants & Processes FLEXSTAR is owned by a team of investors (many from Parian Capital) and ledby firm president, Marc Bray, who fortwoyears, served as So- noco’s on-sitegeneral manager. Bray recalled. “Oncewe ac- quired the assets of the busi- ness,we kept it running. That’s a testament to thestaff, plus the serviceand qu al- stand-uppouchesare conceptualizedandcompleted atFleXsta r Packaging’s richmond,Bc,canadaplant. Photos:FleXstarPackaging. In-Plant Technologies Drive Process Improvements FleXs tar Packaging: an ever-evolving Plant & a Passion for customer service By robert Moran www.flexography.org FeBruary 2011 FLEXO 19 FLX_ Feb11_mec h. i ndd 19 2/10/11 1:45 AM Looking Back, Moving Forward A Bright Future For Flexography Compiled by Steve Deering 48 FLEXO DeCemBer 2011 www.flexography.org