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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Berry Plastics Corp Alsip/708-396-7688 www.berryplastics.com Clear Lam Packaging Inc Elk Grove Village/847-439-8570 www.clearlam.com Graphic Packaging Intl Inc Consumer Packaging Carol Stream/847-956-3231 www.graphicpkg.com HS Crocker Co Inc Huntley/847-669 -3600 www.hscrocker.com MPI Label Systems University Park/708-534-5111 www.mpilabels.com Multifilm Packaging Corp Elgin/847-695-7600 www.multifilm.com PeelMaster Packaging Corp Niles/847-966-6161 www.peelmaster.com Prairie State Group Franklin Park/847-801-3100 www.psglabels.com Reliable Label Inc Downers Grove/630-620-8100 www.reliablelabel.com The Label Printers Aurora/630-897-6970 www.thelabelprinters.com INDIANA (5) Bemis Performance Packaging LLC Terre Haute/812-466-2213 www.bemis.com Berry Plastics Corp Evansville/812-459-0959 www.berryplastics.com Bomarko Inc Plymouth/574-936 -9901 www.bomarko.com Mossberg Co Inc South Bend/574-289-9253 www.mossbergco.com Printpack Inc Bloomington/812-339 -9294 www.printpack.com IOWA (2) American Packaging Corp Story City/515-733-1400 www.ampkcorp.com Graphic Flexible Packaging Des Moines/515-286-4540 www.graphicpkg.com KANSAS (8) Berry Plastics Lawrence/785-842-3000 www.berryplastics.com Packaging Dynamics Bagcraft Div Baxter Springs/620-856-2800 www.packagingdynamics.com Packaging Products Corp Mission/913-262-3033 www.packagingproductscorp.com Phenix Label Co Inc Olathe/913-327-7000 www.phenixlabel.com Pioneer Balloon Co El Dorado/316-321-4551 www.qualatex.com PALLAVI JOYAPPA, COO, EMERALD PACKAGING What is the state of the flexible packaging industry? The flexible packaging industry is still the second largest in the packaging segment, with 18 percent of the $145 billion market (FPA, 2013). Food packaging continues to hold the majority of the market share, however some of the other verticals—like consumer goods, cosmetics and health care—are now grow- ing rapidly. Our market, produce packaging, continues to see healthy growth, although the medium term outlook is clouded due to extreme drought conditions in growing regions. What does the future hold for the flexible packaging industry? With the proliferation of SKUs and with the need for macrosegmentation, we are seeing a shift toward shorter runs, customization and sustainability. Green flexible packages with innovative natureflex materials are in demand. The next few years will also see an influx of new technology that will bolster flexi- ble packaging’s market share. Digital printing is picking up steam, with presses barging their way in with faster speeds and wider web widths, thus challenging the norms of traditional flexo presses. The flexible and printed electronics indus- try—with smart technology embedded in the package, providing real time data (inventory and product quality)—is in its infancy but gaining ground. What is the importance of process control in the flexible packaging industry? Effective process control in manufacturing improves the overall quality of prod- ucts, which, in turn, increases sales and market share for a company or other business. Standardization is key and standardization only works with effective process control. We follow the flexible packaging industry standards very closely to outline the best practices, principles and procedures necessary to ensure optimal product quality. These standards serve as the basis for many manufacturing process control regulations. 30 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org