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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS VI Cott Replaces CEO III Cott Corp. recently re- ; placed Chief Executive Officer Brent Willis with Director !! David Gibbons, who will serve ø as interim CEO, while the Z search for a permanent re- _ placement is underway. VI Cott, an FT A member with VI active participation in the Association's III Consumer Product Company Leadership It: Council, is the world's biggest maker of a. store-brand soft drinks. The firm posted a loss in six of the past 10 quarters as it faced higher expenses and a decline in soda consumption in North America. The soda maker said last month that Wal- Mart Stores Inc., its biggest customer accounting for 39 percent of sales last year, may reduce shelf space for its Sam's Choice soft drinks, which are made by Cotto Willis raised prices in the past year to try to compensate for higher costs for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and corn- based sweetener. Crude oil prices have gained more than 60 percent in the past year, pushing up the price of resin to make plastic bottles. Corn futures climbed 24 percent during that period, driving up the price of syrup used to sweeten soft drinks. Cott said last month that ship- ments of soda in North America dropped 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter. Flint Acquires Siegwerk Packaging Ink Business in Australia Flint Group has signed an agreement with Siegwerk Group on the acquisition of the latter's packaging ink business in Australia and New Zealand. The agree- ment includes the intangible assets, sales, marketing and distribution channels of Siegwerk in both countries. The prod- uct range embraces flexible packaging, sheetfed, and decorating inks and coat- ings. The acquired business in Australia and New Zealand has annual sales of around EUR 2S Million ($38.9 million). The transaction is subject to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approval. MeadWestvaco Becomes MWV in Global Rebranding Initiative MeadWestvaco Corp. unveiled its new corporate identity as "MWV: How brands take shape." The company's revamped brand is designed to articulate in a uni- - MAY 2008 FLEXO fied voice its global packaging capabilities designed to protect and promote prod- ucts, deliver supply chain efficiencies, meet sustainability promises and increase customers' marketplace competitiveness. MWV is stating that its global rebranding intiative reflects the company's heritage, global leadership position and vision for the future. "The new MWV brand identity is part of our company's progression toward our vision of global leadership in packaging and packaging solutions," said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "Now, our visual identity more clearly states to customers that with our complete platform of global capabili- ties and innovative solutions, MWV is uniquely positioned to help their brands take shape." Sani-Blast/ARCS Alliance Sani-Blast and ARCS, manufacturers and distributors of anilox roll cleaning equipment and service, have announced a marketing and service alliance throughout North America. The companies have a 20-year relationship and the new owners of both companies are formalizing their partnership to better serve their client base. Look for synergies such as nation- wide coverage, national account manage- ment, new product and service offerings, and increased industry involvement. ARCS is an authorized distributor of Sani-Blast on-press and off-press anilox roll cleaning systems. Both companies also offer on-press and off-press roll cleaning services, either in-plant or at one of their facilities. DuPont to Offer Sustain- ability Solutions at drupa DuPont Packaging Graphics will show- case new products and workflows at drupa 2008 to illustrate its ongoing commitment to promote the advancement of flexog- raphy for the flexible packaging, tag and label and corrugated industries. The com- pany also will highlight the sustainability advantages of flexographic printing via data-driven analyses of plate making and printing options. "DuPont has been committed to ad- vancing flexography for more than 3S years and our drupa 2008 exhibit is evi- dence of our commitment to the future," said Lisa DiGate, global business director, DuPont Packaging Graphics. "We have worked with our customers and other industry leaders, such as EskoArtwork, to create solutions aimed at enhancing www.flexography.org quality and productivity, while addressing sustainability issues." CAI Inks Expands CAI Inks Canada Ltd. expanded its op- erations in Canada, with the purchase of a plant in Prescott, ON. Production has been on going since this January. Plans are to supplement present production facilities with enhanced equipment. The new plant supplements operations of the facility in Montréal, QC. Flint Group Invests $2 million in New Inks Facility With goals of achieving faster turn- around time for customers, convenient and controlled product testing, and streamlined distribution and warehous- ing, Flint Group is investing $2 million in a new ink manufacturing facility in Atlanta, GA. The company moved into the new facility in early April, and began serv- ing packaging and commercial printers. Susan Kuchta, vice president, general manager of the packaging inks division, said, "Flint Group has been in Atlanta for more than 30 years. We are committed to the customers and employees in this area, and we owe our success to them. The new facility underscores our plan to continue working here and investing in this city for a long time to come. II The S2,SOOsq.ft. facility accommodates solvent, water and paste manufacturing for packaging and commercial applica- tions. The Lean Manufacturing design ensures an efficient workflow and maxi- mized quality control. The site includes space to eventually expand the company's testing capabilities with a printing press for on-site product development. A large customer service laboratory will let Flint Group quickly verify raw materials and finished products, in addition to providing color matches and development work. Parisi Leaves FlexoCleaners George J. Parisi, former FTA president for many years, advises his flexo friends that, effective immediately, his firm FlexoChem Associates is no longer as-