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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
A New World of Print Quality Photopolymer Plates • Equipment 5210 Phillip Lee Drive, Atlanta, GA 30336, USA • Telephone: +1 800.348.7201 • www.macdermid.com/printing © 2013 MacDermid, Inc. All rights reserved. With LUX® Flat-Top Dots from MacDermid When you want to elevate the quality and consistency of your flexo print, look to the global leader in flat-top dots, MacDermid’s LUX Platemaking process. With more than 150 installations spread throughout the world, MacDermid’s LUX Platemaking process has proven that it can consistently rival the quality of gravure and offset. LUX is touted by users around the globe as technology that enables other pre-press print technologies to perform even better. And as the simplest, most cost-effective way to incorporate flat-top dots into your workflow, choosing LUX is one of the easiest decisions you can make for your business. When you’re looking to take your flexo print to new heights, count on the global leader in flat-top dots, MacDermid. DuPont Survey Reveals Packaging That Changed Our Lives WILMINGTON, DE — Recloseable packaging and microwaveable plastic trays were named top packaging breakthroughs that most impacted peoples’ lives over the last 25 years in an on-line survey hosted by DuPont. To- gether the two categories of invention captured 48 percent of the votes. The online survey was available to industry professionals from April 9 through May 10, 2013. Recloseable packaging, which includes food-storage zip- per locks and stand-up pouches, earned 27 percent of the votes. Microwaveable meals, enabled by “oven-able” pack- aging materials, captured 21 percent of the votes. Recycled content in consumer, industrial and community programs that support social goals earned 18 percent of the votes. “ Over the 25 years, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation has attracted a wide variety of truly innovative packaging developments, making this anniversary event the perfect time to honor those past achievements,” said Shanna Moore, leader of the DuPont Packaging Awards program. “In reflecting back on these breakthroughs, it’s hard to imagine what everyday life would be like today without them.” DuPont created the voting project after reviewing hun- dreds of past winners and identifying six breakthrough groups that impacted our lives. Those breakthroughs ranged from packaging that has enabled our current “on-the-go” lifestyle to centralized processing and pack- aging of meat that reduced waste and kept meat fresh longer. DuPont announced the breakthroughs that most transformed our lives during the company ’s celebration of the winners of the 25th DuPont Awards for Pack- aging Innovation in Wilmington, DE. Nearly 300 people voted on the breakthrough choices. BASF Expands Production, Modernizes Facilities CHARLOTTE, NC — BASF announced plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for products marketed under the Joncryl trade name at plants located in Wyandotte, MI; and Monaca, PA; to support customer growth in the printing, pack- aging, and industrial coating markets. These investments will provide additional capacity, operational flexibility and reliability as BASF continues to invest in the industry ’s most cost-effective, state-of-the-art emulsion polymer and resin manufacturing facilities. In November, 2012, BASF announced a major investment in emulsion polymer manufacturing capacity in Freeport, TX; and held an official groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8 , 2013. The plant is expected to be operational by the summer of 2014 to support customers’ growth expectations. BASF has also made the decision to close its Seaford, DE , manufacturing site, which has produced emulsion polymers since 1986. The Seaford site will close by the end of 2013 and production will be transitioned to BASF’s Wyandotte and Monaca sites. “ T he decision to make these investments, while optimizing our manufacturing footprint to our largest and most modern facilities, demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers and growth in the North America region,” said Derek Fairclough, senior vice president, Dispersions and Pigments for BASF in North America. 18 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org Tavara, Ruenzel Take New Roles PARSIPPANY, NJ — Fernando Tavara has been named president of Sun Chemical Latin America. In this role, Tavara will be responsible for all of Sun Chemical’s Central and South American and Caribbean ink business. Tavara brings 30 years of experience and knowledge to the position and most recently worked as the vice president of sales at Sun Chemi- cal Latin America, where he managed all sales and operations from Mexico throughout Northern Latin America, including the Andean Region, the Caribbean and Central America. Tavara replaces Gregory Lawson, who will retire at the end of 2013 after more than 10 years of distinguished service at Sun Chemical. Lawson will remain on hand to help Tavara transi- tion into his new role. GERMANTOWN, WI — Faustel announced that Rick Ruenzel has joined the company in the capacity of sales engineer. He is charged with further developing the portfolio of national and international accounts. Ruenzel has extensive experi- ence in capital equipment, with an emphasis in films and flexible packaging. He brings with him over 30 years of paper, nonwoven and film converting experience. Ruenzel has held memberships with a number of industry associations includ- ing Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).