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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
Plants & Processes Plastic Packaging Inc. Resets The Bar through capital and staff Improvements, PPI outperforms By steve Deering Technology moves at a blistering pace. What is current today could be obsolete tomorrow. Plastic Packaging, Inc. (PPI) understands this and is up to the challenge. The company is a full-service, fully integrated flexible packag- ing company with two manufacturing locations in North Caro- lina and seven sales offices throughout the United States and takes the old, yet heralded, saying, “The customer is always right” to heart. It is the Hickory, NC-based company ’s adher- ence to this mantra that has propelled it to award-winning printer status. The high quality products result from an extensive cus- tomer service experience, the skill of its employees and the company ’s commitment to those workers. Add the way the company embraces technology and you have a real and proven recipe for success. Plastic Packaging creates a large number of products including stand-up pouches, which are available with or without a re-sealable feature in single or multi-layered laminations; side- and bottom-gusset pouches with multiple film lamination structures including high-barrier film com- binations; specialty cube-shaped pouches; and rollstock in laminated or surface print. These products can be seen in a vast array of markets with special emphasis on food products, pet products, confec- tion, lawn and garden, health and personal care, consumer products as well as tobacco. With such a diverse group of clients, PPI must be able to handle any variety of jobs quickly and efficiently. In order to offer such a large number of products to mul- tiple markets, PPI is at the cutting edge in terms of capabilities and services. With some of the most advanced flexographic printing equipment in the world, PPI employs computerized controls ensuring consistent and appealing products. From prepress in-house digital workflow to plate making and slitting capabilities, PPI is literally a one-stop flexographic printing giant. Also, their intergraded support network brings a unique, customer first mentality. From the outset, PPI’s com- mitted customer support associates will respond to ensure high quality products. One of the more innovative options PPI provides is the in-house graphics team. This full service, on site benefit offers quick turnarounds and reduced time to market for our customers. IncoRPoRaTIng Technology In the past four years alone, PPI has spent more than $23 million in capital expenditures and improvements, according TRAINING & TECHNOLOGY GO HAND-IN-HAND • Being in step with technological advancement can prevent future obstacles • Staff must be an integral part of plant improvement • Employees are the best asset and must be encour- aged to grow • Green technology doesn’t have to hurt profitability—it can even improve it • The high quality products result from attention to customer service 16 FLEXO january 2012 www.flexography.org