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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Pouches & Pillow Packs The Freedonia Group says demand for converted flexible packaging is projected to increase 3.8 percent annually to $18.2 billion in 2015. Pouches will experience above-average advances, with demand expected to increase 4.6 percent yearly to $8 billion. Growth will be driven by continued conver- sions to stand-up pouches and healthy gains for flat pouches in a number of markets, along with a smaller environmental footprint, due to light weight and reduced material use • Plastic bag demand will outpace that of paper bags due to cost and performance advantages, along with widespread usage in baked goods, produce, meat, frozen food and grain mill product applications • Still, growing efforts by pack- aged goods firms to demon- strate their commitment to sustainability, will lead to some degree of renewed interest in paper, which possesses such qualities as renewability, recy- clability and compostability • Demand in food applications is projected to climb 4.0 percent per year to $12.9 billion in 2015 • Advances will be driven by favorable demographics and rising demand for conve- nience-oriented and other processed food items, which often use more costly higher barrier packaging materials for extended shelf life • Fastest gains are anticipated in beverage, meat and related products, and snack food ap- plications • Demand in nonfood markets is projected to increase 3.2 per- cent per year, where advances will be led by above-average gains in the pharmaceutical and medical product markets www.flexography.org january 2013 FLEXO 13 Your finishing operators know this too. The new VLI delivers greater precision and speed of inspecting, slitting and rewinding. And that means quicker turnaround and perfectly finished rolls, every time. Speed and precision. www.rotoflex.com IT’S NOT ONLY THE SPEED OF THE STEEL,BUT THE PRECISION OF THE CUT AT THE CUTTING EDGE Do you make the cut? Find out at rotoflex.com/thecut RF_FlexoMag_4.5625x7.375.indd 1 4/16/12 4:29:48 PM