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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
and 25 percent explained they have never used water-based inks for flexible packaging. For current label production, 75 percent indi- cated that they currently use water-based inks on narrow web presses and 25 percent did not. However, the trend they noted is toward UV inks in the label market. This being said, because of the FDA constraints for food packaging, the only remaining markets would be the shrink sleeve or specialty labels. When asked, “Would a mid-web 27-in. or 34-in. CI flexo press running water-based inks be more profitable for short run flexible packaging within your business?”, 33 percent said, “absolutely,” 25 percent stated, “possibly,” and 41 percent said, “ no, not our industry. ” Similarly, 33 percent ex- pressed the belief that, in the flexible packaging/ shrink sleeve market, using an in-line, all servo, 27-in. or 34-in. wide combination UV and water- based flexo press configuration would be more profitable. Sixteen percent said, “possibly,” and 50 percent did not work in flexible packaging. Prompted to think about running multiple SKUs on a mid web press and/or duplicate or multiple SKUs across on the same web, 25 percent said multiple SKUs would be more profitable, 16 per- A rotary diecutter can also be positioned on press. www.flexography.org september 2012 FLEXO 71 A picture is worth 1,000 words. Leading Cleaning Technology 888.493.5396 • www.flexowashus.com FLEXO WASH CLEAN THEIR CLEAN A picture is worth 1,000 words. FLEXO WASH CLEAN THEIR CLEAN