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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
2013 media kit publisher’s ink 10 Points of Pride Good, if not, great news—this issue is filled with it. To start: 1. Folding carton business is on the upswing with 9 percent growth in sales volume expected over the coming few years 2. Corrugated printing requirements are doing even better—with some 30 per- cent growth expected in the same time period 3. Demand for flexible packaging pouches is on the rise—all formats, stand-up pouches, pillow packs, side-gusseted models, even stick packs, included. An- nual growth is estimated at 5 percent annually through 2016 4. Packaging machinery purchases in the United States are up by double digits, demonstrating growth patterns of better than 20 percent Those four points speak exclusively to volume; both dollar and unit/tonnage. You’ll find even more exciting developments unfolding on the following pages. Here’s a sample: • Polls are indicating that packaging will play a more important role in a prod- uct’s success in the next 10 years • Trend lines are indicating that innovation, collaboration, diversification, right sizing, sustainability, safety and security concerns will shape flexo’s destiny • Traffic has been up at major trade shows, like Labelexpo of the Americas (+12 percent) • Smaller, highly focused and hard-hitting events, like FTA’s Fall Conference, are exerting significant drawing power WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Flexographers are increasingly being seen as “creators of value,” “proponents of automation,” and experts at “printing to the numbers. ” In our world, economics has been linked with uptime. High speed printing is moving toward 3,000 fpm and we’re all focused on sustaining growth. That can be evidenced by the simple fact that, here at Flexographic Technical Association, mem- bership inquiries are on the rise and the recent call for participation in our strategic planning process was well received. Furthermore, as we reported in both September and October, a poll of membership has pointed to significant momentum. To reiterate those facts: • Seventy three percent of respondents said business was better in 2011 than 2010, with greater than 40 percent of them reporting sales in excess of $20 million • Sixty percent believed FTA delivered good value—and in specific questions related to FLEXO, 74 percent paged through the whole magazine; 19 percent read it cover-to-cover; and like FTA, 80 percent credited it with providing ideas that spark continuous improvement That’s 10 very positive points—all speaking to flexo’s hard-earned position as packaging’s brand of choice. This industry got where it is today through dedicated efforts, creative thinking, scientific application of statistical process controls and good, old-fashioned hard work. It will stay there and enhance its reputation in the same way. Let me wrap up simply: We, flexographers, are benchmarking performance, resolving to do better and living up to our word. And that, my friends, is a source of pride. 6 FleXO november 2012 www.flexography.org FTA ToDAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.