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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
Bringing “Big” Graphics to Market Jim Nelson, President: “Deliver High Quality at Competitive Prices” FLEXO: Can you begin by assessing the state-of-the-industry as it exists today? NELSON: The corrugated industry continues to transition to more graphics packaging. The retail market continues to request more colors and impact from corrugated packaging and point-of-purchase displays that differentiate their product from the competition. This has resulted in more corrugated converters adding more print stations to the new or existing presses that they use in their converting process. FLEXO: What are its top priorities and challenges? NELSON: The top challenge is to deliver high quality graph- ics at competitive prices. Also, to print high flexo graphics on lighter board combinations. FLEXO: What is the outlook for efficiency, productivity, quality, safety and profitability? NELSON: Corrugated press manufacturers are looking to provide machines that allow for quicker set-ups between jobs, increased machine performance and printing on lighter board combinations. Sustainable printing has provided opportunity for new business, but has also caused us to educate our customers to required changes in the printing process. Some have made us more efficient; others more socially respon- sible and safety minded. FLEXO: Is growth, both in volume and dollar sales likely this year and into the future? NELSON: I see both volume and sales growth for both this year and the future. Why? The market is looking for pack- aging with graphic appeal driven by club stores and other discount retailers. We actually see corrugated moving to larger packages to support shelf-ready requirements of the club stores. FLEXO: What technical advancements have simplified the flexographic process in recent years, particularly since Su- perCorrExpo was last staged in 2008? How have they served to reduce waste, enhance efficiency, improve time to market and alleviate other challenges? NELSON: The biggest technical advantage in the industry is the ability to reduce set-up times through the continuous run process. New corrugated presses allow for reduced waste, faster running speeds and much faster set ups. GREAT LAKES PACKAGING CORP., GERMANTOWN, WI • Founded in 1963, the company takes pride in doing the “unique” for the customer while delivering service and quality unsurpassed in the industry • 125+ employees • Capacity meets changing needs of customers from two plants (Germantown and Madison) • Strengths = state-of-the-art design capabilities, manufacturing and converting expertise, in-depth knowledge of the markets in which it competes • Provides value-added, cost-effective products and solutions • Adaptable and responsive to changing needs. • Partnerships forged to meet time and budget commitments • Strategic Plan: Invest in the future by maximizing profits and the return on total capital employed • Last profiled in FLEXO—Nov. 2010, pages 68-70 • FTA Member for 14+ years Jim Nelson, president, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. and current chairman of Foundation of FTA’s Board of Trustees. 74 FLEXO sePTemBer 2012 www.flexography.org IndusTry IndiCATors grEat LakEs packagIng cOrp FTA MEMBERSHIP PORTRAIT: