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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Technical Education Services Team 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: (631) 737-6020 Fax: (631) 737-6813 www.flexography.org FLEXOGRAPHYPrinciplesandPractices6.0 “Finally! A book that demystifies flexographic printing. Bound to be a best seller.” - Dr. Blade “An entertaining ride that touches on everything flexo, from Anilox to Zahn Cup” - Cal Ibration “A masterful compilation of the building blocks of flexography” - Anna Lox “Another fast-paced page turner by FTA that will keep you glued to the couch.” - C.M. Whykay Get a fresh perspective and a new understanding into the principles and practices that have made the flexographic process so successful. Newbies will benefit from content on: presses, ink, ink metering systems, and plate mounting. The more practiced flexographer will find modernized information on topics including: design, platemaking, process color and web inspection systems. And everyone will find use for the updated Flexographic Troubleshooting Guide for those pesky problems sure to arise. A perfect addition to your bookshelf...just be sure to place it within easy reach, you’re bound to be referencing it time and time again. paperback: FTA Member: $130.00 | List: $260.00 Kindle: $99.00 www.flexography.org/fpp 100% Updated. 30% expanded. 100% relevant. Flexo synergy is the extraordinary effect you get by combining best-in-class solutions from Anderson & Vreeland. Flexo Synergy. Anderson & Vreeland. A solutions company. Flexo Synergy Flexo Synergy flexodaily.com fb.com/ andvre twitter.com/ andvre linkd.in/ AndVre youtube.com/ andersonvreeland gplus.to/ andvre theDi fference! Experience 866.282.7697 | fx: 800.223.6869 | www.AndVre.com | info@AndVre.com AV 9670_Flexo_Synergy_ad.indd 1 7/11/13 9:51 AM in printing methods, with an increase in such technologies as QR codes, holographic images and other 3D devices. Techno- logical developments in printed electronics are bringing the development of smart packaging closer to fruition as costs are decreasing. According to Smithers Pira, a global trend toward smaller packs will be offset by an increase in demand for single-serve portion packs. Smaller packs tend to use more total packag- ing material than the larger packs they replace, for the same volume of packed product. According to the report, the personal care market has shown a rapid recovery from the global recession and growth is being stimulated by the use of technology in the form of social media, mobile commerce and in-store digital technolo- gies, targeting the tech-savvy young consumer. Eco-friendly brands are gaining prominence and demand for innovating printing techniques, such as holographic lenses, is grow- ing. Personal care products are responsible for 4 percent of global folding carton production. CATEGORICALLY SPEAKING Consumer electronics continue to offer great opportuni- ties for folding cartons and microflute packs, given continued global growth in demand for mobile phones, tablets, and other personal devices. Health care accounts for nearly 10 percent of folding carton demand. It will see a call for the development of smart packs able to provide a system for monitoring patient medication. The level of counterfeit goods, and the health threats these products pose, is stimulating demand for sophisticated track-and-trace systems in the form of either 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes or radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. Global demand for convenience foods and the develop- ment of niche markets, such as low-calorie products, are growth opportunities for both the dry and frozen foods sec- tors. Some 21 percent of worldwide folding carton production originates in the dry/chilled/ frozen and dairy food grocery classifications. The confectionery market holds 4 percent of folding carton production volume. A perceived over-packaging has been a focus of consumer discontent, leading to considerable inno- vation in the packaging of seasonal products such as Easter eggs and Christmas gift packs. n Editor’s Note: The Future of Folding Cartons to 2018 is available from Smithers Pira, a worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains, established in 1930. Cost is $6,300. Contact: Heather Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel: 207-781-9632. www.flexography.org september 2013 FLEXO 43