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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
Survey Says: Flexo Plants Are Financially Stable, Positioned For Long-Term Growth SLC Poll Identifies Key Market Metrics A FLEXO Exclusive The flexo industry is constantly evolving and it is doing so at an increasingly rapid pace. That makes keep- ing a finger on its pulse a difficult affair but one that can provide valuable insight into a number of key metrics. FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council (SLC), in its FTA Printer/ Converter Process & Technology Survey 2013, has done just that, mining troves of data from businesses in all areas of the industry. Survey findings include: • Printers and converters in the flexographic industry seem to be financially stable and are experiencing sales and revenue growth when many industries are struggling • Flexo plants have been actively integrating new technolo- gies and manufacturing practices, and are continuing to Big Data takeaways • 150 printers/converters polled • 70 percent saw sales growth in past 12 months • Facilities with in-house platemaking capabilities post faster turnaround times • Employee safety viewed as customers’ most important concern • End seal leakage most common issue • Greatest area of improvement in prepress workflow said to be “Better communication between customer, prepress provider and printer” Pressroom floor, Spear USA, Mason, OH. Spear’s proprietary combination presses (11 total in operation) combine UV Flexo with rotary screen and hot-stamping. Left and Center — On press at Paragon Label Disclaimer: Pictured printers are FTA members who may or may not have been involved with the survey. 24 FLEXO SePteMber 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY On press at Global Packaging Ultra Flex FLeXStArPackagingInc.,richmond,bC,Canada