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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Model Graphics & Media West Chester/513-541-2355 www.mgmi.com MPI Label Systems Sebring/330-938-2136 www.mpilabels.com Packaging Materials Inc Cambridge/740-432-6337 Plastic Packaging Technologies LLC Columbus/614-876-1204 www.plaspack.com Univenture Inc Marysville/937-645-4600 www.univenture.com OKLAHOMA (2) Berry Plastics Corp McAlester/918-421-7319 www.berryplastics.com Regency Flexographic Oklahoma City/405-682-3460 www.regencyflexo.com PENNSYLVANIA (9) Bemis Performance Packaging LLC Lebanon/717-279-5000 www.bemis.com Bemis Performance Packaging LLC W Hazleton/570-455-7741 www.bemis.com C-P Flexible Packaging York/717-764-1193 www.cpflexpack.com Global Packaging Oaks/610-666 -1608 www.glopkg.com Fres-co System USA Inc Telford/215-721-4600 www.fresco.com Mangar Industries Inc Doylestown/215-230-0300 www.mangar.com MRI Flexible Packaging Newtown/215-860 -7676 www.mriflex.com Superpac Inc Southampton/215-322-1010 www.superpacinc.com Unique Industries Inc Montoursville/215-218-4266 www.favors.com SOUTH CAROLINA (5) CL&D Graphics Inc Rock Hill/803-985-7000 www.cldgraphics.com Coveris Spartanburg/864-596-7300 www.exopack.com Cryovac Sealed Air Corp Duncan/864-433-2000 www.sealedair.com Cryovac Simpsonville/864-967-1965 www.sealedair.com Sonoco Flexible Packaging Hartsville/843-383-7230 www.sonoco.com TENNESSEE (7) Bemis Performance Packaging LLC Shelbyville/931-680 -4000 www.bemis.com Bryce Corp Memphis/901-369 -4400 www.brycecorp.com Jet Printing Dickson/615-446-7366 www.jetprintingtn.com Johnson Bryce Inc Memphis/901-942-6500 www.johnsonbryce.com DAN DOHERTY, EXECUTIVE VP OF OPERATIONS, PRINCIPAL, PRAIRIE STATE GROUP What is the state of the flexible packaging industry? Flexible packaging continues to be a strong and growing market due to cost advantages, sustainability concerns and functionality for the consumer. It will continue to erode some of the packaging options available historically, like rigid containers, boxes and, more recently, liquid packaging (cans and bottles). The state of the flexible packaging industry looks strong. What does the future hold for the flexible packaging industry? Continued strength in the consumer market as well as industrial markets. The bakery, meat and cheese and snack markets—and others—will continue to expand. The growth we have all seen in the pouching market will remain steady. We see strong growth in the liquid packaging and single serve mar- kets in the coming years. What is the importance of process control in the flexible packaging industry? Unlike the label market, flexible packaging needs to have all the functionality of a rigid container, bottle or can. This could include barrier properties for shelf life and puncture resistance. Understanding the raw materials’ proper- ties, as well as the properties of a final structure, which may include multiple layers of various films, foils, adhesives and inks, is critical for performance. Process control during printing is necessary for repeatable and predictable graphics (a la FIRST) and it is expected. Clients will continue to ask us to raise the bar on graphic reproduction. 34 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org