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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
Plants & Processes A New Press Out of Reach? rebuilds & retrofits Provide alternative Means of ramping Up capabilities By leah Genuario According to recent data from market researcher The Freedonia Group, the top five label suppliers in the U.S . account for only 12 percent of sales. A highly fragmented industry, the rest of the percentage is divided up between thousands of players. Label converter operations run the gamut, from large, glob- ally-recognized brands to small, one-press shops. They serve an equally diverse clientele, churning out highly sophisticated labels in the adult beverage industry, for example, all the way down through utilitarian labels used strictly for identification. The dynamic label marketplace continues to evolve, with an ever-changing landscape that can warrant major technol- ogy upgrades, consolidations, and sometimes, business dis- AftermArket, Not AN Afterthought • 400 presses for sale in the U.S . marketplace, five at Mark Andy • Trade-in terms negotiated, unit ships to Hqs. • Press is exhaustively cleaned and inspected • New parts—tension system, gears, rollers—are ordered and then installed • Refurbished machine is subjected to a battery of tests to ensure it holds up to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards • It’s like a new press when all is said and done converters may choose to retrofit newer equipment with the latest technology offerings. this is the case with many who have chosen to retrofit their Performance series machines with QcDc (Quick change Die cut) technology. 36 FLEXO March 2013 www.flexography.org