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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
Skolnik Joins A&V as Digital Packaging Specialist BRYAN, OH—Ander- son & Vreeland has appointed Jeff Skolnik as its digital packaging specialist. Skolnik will provide digital solutions for Anderson & Vreeland customers serving the printing and packaging markets in the U.S. and Canada. He brings to the new position more than 25 years of sales and graphic arts experience in flexible packaging, cor- rugated, bag, tag and label printing. Skolnik had served as packaging solutions manager for Screen USA and earlier held various sales support positions with Kodak, Pitman and Agfa Graphics Corp. Obituaries RICHARD LEONARD GREEN ADELAIDE, Australia—Richard Leonard Green, a retired production executive, well known in the international flexog- raphic printing commu- nity, passed away in late 2013. Active in the industry since 1968, he was a long standing member of the Australia New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA). Green launched his career at National Paper Vuepak. He was promoted to methods engineer, then following a brief hiatus from the firm, served as assistant factory manager and later production director. He was regularly invited to attend and present at ANZFTA conferences and national and international print shows. Green is survived by his wife Rosaline and children Deborah and Richard. TIM RICHARDSON Tim Richardson, a mainstay in the flexographic industry, died recently. He was 51. He joined Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2000 as a flexog- raphic technologist and taught various FTA seminars. He also attended a number of Forums. Packprint Summit Explores Flexo, Digital Print Positioning MIAMI, FL—The first ever Packprint Summit Americas, a two day confer- ence and tabletop exhibition, held Nov. 5-6 at the JW Marriott Marquis, was attended by 212 delegates. It featured three panel discussions that honed in on market trends, digital printing and converter challenges as well as 11 briefings on strategic directions and success stories. Presentations were offered by a host of printers, designers, manufacturers, consumer product companies and industry analysts. The event, sponsored by The Label- expo Group, included approximately 10 full hours of networking time, split between the tabletop trade floor and a mid afternoon harbor cruise. At kickoff, FTA’s Bob Moran, FLEXO publisher, joined Danielle Jerschefske of Labels & Labeling, Tom Polischuk of Package Printing and David Pittman from Packprint World in assessing in- dustry trends and directions. Moran re- ported that flexo printers are adapting to the changing face, format and func- tion of every printed package and said they are integrating new technologies, improving both quality and efficiency and see themselves as financially sta- ble, poised for growth and committed to continuous improvement. It was noted that a recent poll of FTA members indicated 72 percent of printers experienced sales growth in the past 12 months and 86 percent claimed to have bettered the bottom line five years running. Sixty percent of FTA printer members believe they can improve profitability in makeready, changeover and printrun. Integrated converting technologies are proving critical to their advancement and keeping flexo positioned as the print process of choice. Digital’s foray into new business segments was seen as reflective of flexo’s experience with in line con- verting and one pass printing. With pressroom economics the driving force, customers are seeking product conformity achieved through print con- sistency and repeatability. They don’t really care how a job is printed, so long as quality is maintained and it comes out the same way every time. Event highlights saw Evelio Mattos, creative director at Design Packaging, encourage attendees to “Collaborate. Listen. Set the trend. Live in the future!” Then: • Sarah Goldthwait of Powerful Yo- gurt told the story of the successful strategy behind Powerful Yogurt’s U.S. launch in March 2013. Its unique container, targeted at men, features a bold and distinctive la- bel that is printed flexo by Phenix Packaging • Jerry Henson, sales manager at Mark Andy, delivered the keynote presentation “Changeover times are too long. Setup waste is too high. Too many steps are required in production. There are too many variables to control,” he said. Later Henson noted that new mid web flexo technology can lower overall costs and explained that streamlining printing work can increase productivity and revenue • Stan Usry from Radius Solutions remarked that printers must tran- sit to proactive business manage- ment in the face of constant calls for increased capacity without increased overhead. “Synchronize and optimize, improve control, im- prove accuracy reduce spoilage and improve capacity. Answer the call. Become faster, better and less expensive” To close out the conference, Tom Zumbiel of Zumbiel Packaging, Paul Browning of Palmas Printing and Multi Packaging Solutions’ John Côté delib- erated the challenges facing convert- ers and explained how their firms suc- ceed in differentiating their products and services form their competitors. 62 FLEXO JANUARY 2014 www.flexography.org MEMBERS & MANEUVERS