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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
Fusion UV: Now Heraues Technology Group Co. Fusion UV Systems, Gaithersburg, MD , was formally ac- quired by Heraues Noblelight, Hanau, Germany, Jan. 31, 2013. Fusion UV Systems a leading provider of UV light sources, will come under the umbrella of the Heraeus Technology Group. Customers will benefit from the unique expert applica- tion knowledge, a technology portfolio covering all known methods of UV light generation and a global presence in all important industrialized markets. Nordmeccanica Group Introduces Nordmeccanica Vacuum, Expands Product Offerings to Metallizers Nordemccanica Group has acquired certain assets of Gali- leo Vacuum Systems, Florence, Italy. Antonio Cerciello, presi- dent, Nordemccanica Group, announced the development in late February. The action results in an exclusive license to use Galileo’s technology, brands and patents. Nordmeccanica will expand its product range by adding the new line of metal- lizers to the core business, consisting of coating and laminat- ing machinery. The operational headquarters of the new Nordmeccanica Group Company will be in Piacenza, Italy and will operate as: Nordmeccanica Vacuum. Scope of the business will be the manufacturing of metallizers, re-engineered in accordance to the Nordmeccanica Group standards, and servicing new and existing Galileo Equipment worldwide. High Speed Converting, Greater Efficiencies: Talk of Marketplace “ Highly competitive,” “mature” and “attractive”—that’s how market watchers at Flint ink are describing the current state of label and flexible packaging converting—particlularly nar- row web. • Growth is forecast • Shrink is outpacing traditional surface print • High speed converting continues to gain momentum • Top priorities remain increasing capacity and reducing waste Specifics were provided by two Flint executives, Grant Shouldice, vice president technology and marketing/packag- ing North America; and Mike Buystedt, vice president narrow web/North America. Shouldice observed, ”The North American industry is expected to continue to grow at GDP levels or above—with some segments, such as shrink label, outpacing other tradi- tional surface print applications. ” He added, “As one might expect, in this mature but attractive market, competition is fierce resulting in an expressed need for efficiency at all levels of the value chain. “ Top priority for the industry is to capture the value from efficient use of assets using innovative consumables that enable this to happen. At the same time, the aesthetic quality, sustainability story and the functionality of the applications must continue to improve in support of this growth,” accord- ing to Shouldice. Buystedt noted, “As it relates to narrow web, the pressure sensitive business market continues to be consolidated; larger companies are driving down prices, which is squeez- ing the smaller companies. Converters are looking for niche markets, like narrow web packaging to grow business.” Elaborating on his point, Buystedt said, “Driving overall cost down, improving uptime and reducing waste are top priorities that continue to challenge the market. We do expect to see growth in the pressure sensitive market, albeit small at 2-to-3 percent. In narrow web, flexible packaging and shrink sleeve is taking market share from pressure sensitive labels.” Pointing to likely developments, Shouldice explained, “The move to high speed converting operations, enabled by a holistic systems approach, where all aspects from consum- ables to manning are considered, will be the main technical advancement we talk about in the future. At the same time, a move to universality in consumables definitely serves to sim- plify the converting operation creating efficiencies at many different levels.” Buystedt maintained, “In narrow web, servo presses, with quick change and automated technology, have simplified the flexographic process. Additionally, presses have better curing/drying capabilities to improve press speeds. These increased press speeds coupled with more efficient change- over result in increased uptime and press capacity.” Koenig & Bauer Acquires Flexotecnica Koenig & Bauer acquired a majority stake in Flexotecnica, a Cerutti Group company, Feb. 28, 2013. The announcement came at press time and it indicated that Koenig & Bauer and Cerutti will work through the restructuring process in a man- ner that strengthens the relationship between the two groups. Ultimately, the aim is to improve Flexotecnica’s position in the marketplace. Koenig & Bauer will work with Cerutti in expanding Flexotecnica’s product portfolio, particularly its flexographic press line. 12 FLEXO march 2013 www.flexography.org business