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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
publisher’s ink Dynamics & Demographics Got data? Now what? Those are the questions being taken up in Kansas City next month. For now, however, here at FTA, we’ve certainly got data and lots of it. That is conveyed in the pages of this issue, filled with valued and highly insightful statistics. We’re talking the latest demographics on the label market, here in North Amer- ica, across Europe and around the globe. Also featured is a folding carton brief, as well as an in-depth assessment of where flexographic printing and converting stands as an industry. Views expressed are those of FTA’s valued members. Profes- sional analysts, from the likes of AWA Associates, Smithers Pira and FINAT, weigh in as well. Sales growth is projected. Production volumes are on the rise. Smart technolo- gies offer opportunities. Costs, environment, waste management and process efficiencies are high on the list of everybody ’s concerns. Emerging trends are being both watched and embraced. Innovation is evident everywhere. With foods, beverages and health care unaffected by economic downturns, new demands for packaging solutions are being created. Added value finishing options are proving attractive. Global demand for convenience has given birth to single sizes and retail-ready packs. Decorative processes with the sole purpose of accen- tuating the impact of already high-end graphics are requested every day, if not, as some will attest, on every job. Estimates hint at flexo’s market share of the global packaging pie being larger than 60 percent. That is tens of billions of dollars in each of several different market segments. Droves and droves of data clearly hold that this industry is financially stable; actively integrating new technologies; improving quality, efficiency and cost effec- tiveness; stands well positioned for healthy growth and is adapting to the changing face, format and function of every printed package. Brand differentiation is here to stay and its dynamics are responsible for shap- ing nearly every progressive action taken on the production floor. We’re charting tremendous growth. Five-year patterns are positive. The forecast is favorable and a winning attitude is certainly being exhibited by flexo’s practitioners. Everyone’s eyes are focused on the bottom line. Downtime, cleanup, makeready, turnaround, statistical process controls and more automated workflows remain priority concerns. Opportunities are being identified to drive variables out of the process. The focus, in our world, as always is quality, consistent, repeatable, print results—the first time on press and every time thereafter. Nothing less is acceptable, nor should it be. Clearly, flexography is committed to continuous improvement. That said, the future looks to be secure. 12 FleXO september 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Jim Nelson Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt FFTA Chair Elect Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Jason Barrier FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations Printpack Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. John Crammer FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Best Label Jack Fulton FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers Printron Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Peter Hartman Polymount U.S. , L LC Ian Hole Esko Eric Jones The Label Company Kelly Roberts Canflexographics Mary Sullivan Mark Andy Inc. Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. Anderson & Vreeland Incorporated FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd “The F&K 20SIX allows us to set-up jobs in a fraction of the time it used to take.” Rich Speeney Managing Director and co-owner of MRI Flexible Packaging See video here: www.bobst.com/f&k20six www.bobst.com F&K 20SIX CI flexo press INTELLIGENT DESIGN. INTELLIGENT ECONOMICS. The new benchmark for flexible packaging.