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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
Industry Indicators Obituary: Robert “Bob” davison Robert F. “Bob” Davison, of Appleton, WI, passed away Oct. 14 , surrounded by family. He was 56. Born in Queens, NY, Davison married his wife Col- leen Lazarus in 1976, and they have three children. As vice president of sales and service for Siegwerk USA, Davison relished working hard, meeting new people and traveling to new places. He especially enjoyed traveling to Europe where he met and worked with many colleagues throughout the years. He is survived by his wife; son, John; two daughters Keri and Eileen; and grandchildren Henry, Mason and Parker. As a committed member of the flexographic community for more than 35 years, Davison was intimately involved in the betterment of the industry. For years he served as the chair, Technical innovation Award Committee and as an FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards judge. Davi- son also held the position of co-chair of the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) Press Characterization Committee. As a dedicated flexo professional, he participated in the FQC Steering Committee. At one point Davison served as FFTA Forum Wide Web session chair; sat on the Supplier Leadership Council; and was an active FFTA Forum speaker. A past pressman himself, Davison once told FLEXO, “Establishing sound manufacturing prac- tices and printing to the numbers builds customer confidence.” In addition to Siegwerk, Davison built his career at firms including: Color Converting Industries, Pechiney Plastic Packaging, American National Can, R.J . Reynolds and Georgia-Pacific. In 1996, Davison was presented the FTA President’s Award in recognition and appreciation for his positive ef- fect on the flexographic community, the association and its membership. Memorial gifts in Davison’s memory can be made to the MDA or American Cancer Society. U.S. Packaging Machinery Shipments Jump 19% in 2011 Shipments of U.S . packaging machinery grew 19 per- cent in 2011, representing a value of $7.7 billion, accord- ing to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI). Its 2012 Shipments Study, put out Oct. 4, 2012, indicates total consumption in the United States actually climbed by 23 percent and equated to $8.8 billion. “ Positive growth is always good news,” explains Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI. “ Within that 19 percent jump in U.S. packaging machinery shipments, we saw 20 percent growth domestically and 16 percent in exports.” Imported packag- ing machinery sales also increased, by about $500 million. Iz- quierdo notes, “U .S . companies spent 35 percent more on imported packag- ing machinery in 2011. ” Distribution of sales among market segments points to food at 36 percent and beverages at 24 percent, as leading the field. By classification, converting machines — container/material manufacturing had the greatest dollar sales in 2011, PMMI ’s Shipments Study finds that with $760 million, it accounts for about 10 percent of the total market. Following, with a 7 percent market share, was coding, print- ing, marking stamping and imprinting equipment. There, value estimates are $520 million. On Dec. 31, 2011, the backlog on orders was $2.3 bil- lion, an increase of 28 percent from 2010’s results, PMMI reports. 10 FLEXO november 2012 www.flexography.org April 28–MAy 1 | MArriott MArquis & MArinA | sAn Diego, CA Are you Going to “The FTA” This Year? www.flexography.org pA rti CipAtionAwArDsnetwork ing e DuCAtionACColADesbusiness PRESSIng ISSUES