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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Plastic Packaging Technologies LLC Kansas City/913-287-3383 www.plaspack.com Robbie Fantastic Flexibles Lenexa/913-492-3400 www.robbieflexibles.com Tabco Inc Kansas City/913-287-3333 www.tabcoinc.com KENTUCKY (5) AEP Industries Inc Bowling Green/270-782-8026 www.aepinc.com Bemis Performance Packaging LLC Shelbyville/502-647-2223 www.bemis.com Distinct Packabilities Publishers Printing Co Shepherdsville/502-543-4300 www.pubpress.com Infinium Printing Louisville/502-493-7900 www.flexible-pkg.com Steinhauser Inc Newport/859-491-7900 www.steinhauserinc.com LOUISIANA (2) Bancroft Bag Inc W Monroe/318-324-2225 www.bancroftbag.com Printpack Inc U.S. Flexibles Shreveport/318-226-8661 www.printpack.com MARYLAND (4) Gamse Lithographing Co Inc Rosedale/410-866 -4700 www.gamse.com Hart Industries Owings Mills/410-581-1900 www.hartind.com Hub Labels Hagerstown/301-790-1660 www.hublabels.com MPI Label Systems Baltimore/410-576-1111 www.mpilabels.com MASSACHUSETTS (3) Dion Label Printing Inc Westfield/413-568-3713 www.dionlabel.com Garlock Printing & Converting Corp Gardner/978-630 -1028 www.garlockprinting.com Prolamina Westfield/413-562-2315 www.prolamina.com MICHIGAN (2) Coveris Battle Creek Battle Creek/269-964-7137 www.exopack.com Dart Container Corp Mason/517-676-3800 www.dartcontainer.com MINNESOTA (2) Flexo Impressions Savage/952-884-9442 www.flexoimpressions.com Hood Packaging Corp Plastic Film Div Arden Hills/651-636 -2500 www.hoodpkg.com MISSISSIPPI (1) Hood Packaging Corp Madison/601-853-7260 www.hoodpkg.com MISSOURI (5) Bemis Performance Packaging LLC Joplin/417-625-1120 www.bemis.com STEVE MULLINS, MANUFACTURING MANAGER, COVERIS What is the state of the flexible packaging industry? I believe we’re still seeing growth but it’s hard fought gains we’re getting. There is a lot of internal competition: different structures for cost competitiveness and higher end printing becoming more the norm and beginning to level the playing field out a little more. I think we’re seeing a rise in innovation as well, with never before imagined packaging appearing and driving technological advances. What does the future hold for the flexible packaging industry? Steady gains aided by advances in film and graphics/plate technology. What is the importance of process control in the flexible packaging industry? Process control in the past has been utilized by printers who wanted to maximize earnings through productivity and reduce claims for poor quality. That doesn’t make it a necessity but it is certainly employed by the wise. In the last few years, with the advent of “HD ” and all that goes with it, it is fast becoming a necessity. Flat top dots, software enhance- ments, high resolution, different surface treatments and myriad plate types have dramatically increased the variability that must be dealt with just to get to the plate stage. If the options selected are not tested thoroughly, proven and verified, and then held under not just tight but extremely tight con- trol, you can easily find yourself with a failure during your first production attempts and starting back at zero again. 32 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org