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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Eye On Competition The color digital label and packaging (CDLP) market will grow strongly between now and 2016, with an 18 percent compound increase in digital press revenues according to InfoTrends. Most important technology additions will be high-end color electrophotographic (EP) and inkjet presses, ones that will steer color digital printing much more into folding cartons and flexible packaging sectors. “ Two megatrends among brand owners support the growth of the color digital press market in label and pack- aging uses,” says Bob Leahey, associate director, Color Digital Label and Packaging Service. “One is the brand owners’ focus on target marketing and the other is their focus on lean manufacturing. Together, these influences have caused brand owners to order packaging and labels more frequently and in smaller amounts. For convert- ers of labels and packaging, this situation has and will continue to result in increasing numbers of short-run print jobs; which color digital presses, such as HP In- digo, Xeikon, and Jetrion accommodate. Some say, they can print such jobs more efficiently than conventional presses. Looking forward, the market will soon change with the arrival of a new generation of machines, most of which were introduced at drupa 2012. These new presses will be high capacity models—most with web width of at least 26-in.— twice the width of most current CDLP models. That will drive use to new levels in folding cartons and flexible packaging, two important applications where current models have only a limited role today. M&A Outlook For 2013 Mesirow Financial is reporting that, “The packaging industry remains attractive to private equity. ” Why? • The industry is growing • It is not particularly cyclical and offers opportunities to grow strategically through acquisition • Many private equity groups, both large and mid- sized, continue to look for investment platforms in the packaging industry • Every sector of packaging includes large strategic acquirers that consistently use M&A to further their corporate objectives Given the dynamics, the firm’s “Packaging Perspec- tives” briefing, issued this month, makes it clear that Mesirow ’s analysts expect an active merger and ac- quisitions (M&A ) market in 2013, particularly for middle market businesses. 14 FLEXO january 2013 www.flexography.org 2013 OPERATION AL EXCELLENCEANDLEANM AN UFACTURING 2013 Continuous Improvement Conference April 7–10 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Refining Your Business Collaborate with other attendees and build lasting, resourceful relationships Gain a competitive edge Hone your problem-solving skills Benchmark your performance Take advantage of the creativity and ideas of your employees Gain new tools to attack waste and inefficiency The only conference for the printing industry focused on Lean Manufacturing, process improvement, corporate culture, and operational excellence. www.printing.org/ciconference CI Ad (for Dalim's Magazine).indd 1 12/20/12 4:27 PM