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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Kodak Expands Packaging Team in U.S., Canada ROCHESTER, NY---Kodak is forming a Special Operations Group within its U.S. and Canada packaging team to help generate and drive sales for the FLEXCEL Direct System, PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow, Brand Pro- tection Solutions, DESIGN2LAUNCH Solutions, inkjet technology and other functional printing applications. Nick Brunk will assume a new role as sales and marketing development manager, packaging and functional printing. He will be joined by new Kodak team member Marshall Hogenson, who will be sales and marketing develop- ment manager, packaging. Together, Brunk and Hogenson have 26 years of experience selling leading prepress solutions into packaging and security printing markets, which serve brand owners, trade shops and printers. Precision Color Graphics Announces Opening of Specialty Packaging Technologies, Inc. FRANKLIN, WI---Precision Color Graphics has announced plans to open Specialty Packaging Technol- ogies, Inc. under the leadership of Tony Cherot as president and Jane Dirr as vice president of business development. Specialty Packaging Technologies will focus on customized premade pouches, including spout- ed pouches, offering advantages in shelf appeal, consumer convenience, brand recognition, economical price points and eco friendly options. Customized pouches provide dis- tinction, style, convenience and added functionality to suit an increasing ar- ray of product applications targeting a variety of markets including, but not limited to, consumer product goods, retail food and beverage, personal care and HBA products, pet products and medical applications. Utilizing the latest innovations and technologies in specialized pouch production equip- ment, all production will be handled in house for quick turnaround and orders of every size. Printpack Technology Scores Visual Knockout ATLANTA, GA---Printpack is revolution- izing thermochromic ink applications by creating technologies that can be ap- plied to flexible labels and by expand- ing its color changing capabilities. "Thermochromic inks are excellent at grabbing a consumer's attention and differentiating a brand," said Mark Brogan, director of technology and innovation at Printpack. "When paired with a clever bit of creativity, products using this technology provide a real visual knockout." Color changing inks are not new to the packaging industry. Most common- ly seen on cans or sticker applications, hurdles previously existed that made thermochromic inks incompatible with flexible packaging. Barrier strengths, bonding mechanisms and perfor- mance were compromised by the chemical properties of the inks. Print- pack's R&D team developed technolo- gies to overcome these hurdles and is now producing packaging that meets all of the performance standards while enhancing the customer experience. Brogan believes this new technology has huge application usage with chil- dren's products as kids enjoy packag- ing that blends their favorite products with visual stimulation. To ensure kids' safety, Printpack has worked with ink developers to make certain the chem- icals in the inks are not harmful when they come in contact with skin. Ther- mochromic inks on flexible packaging allow a child to grip and manipulate the color of the packaging in more diverse ways. Kubicki Is A&V's 3M Certified Specialist BRYAN, OH---Larry Kubicki has been appointed 3M certified specialist for Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., announced Bill Bower, director of sales. "Larry has so much to offer our customers with his in depth knowledge of the packaging industry and natural ability to interact with our customers," said Bower. "His skill set will make him a great asset to our team and our clients who work with him." In his new position, Kubicki will be responsible for sales and support of 3M industrial products for Anderson & Vreeland, including abrasives, adhe- sives, tapes, safety and general MRO supplies. He brings to his new position substantial experience in graphics, prepress, plate mounting, quality con- trol and supply management. Over the past 20 years, Kubicki served as print shop supervisor and most recently as preproduction coordinator for Robbie Flexi- bles, a leader serving the package printing industry. As a 3M certified specialist, Kubicki received advanced technical training led by 3M sales trainers, marketing and technical service groups at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN. Larry is active in FTA, serving on its Excellence in Flexography Awards Committee. Harper Corporation Sets 2014 Road Shows CHARLOTTE, NC---The 2014 Harper Roadshow will begin in April and tour through five cities across the country. Sites for the seminar include: • April 3 - Holiday Inn Nashville Opryland Airport, Nashville, TN • May 15 - Trackside Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL • June 12 - Hotel Somerset-Bridge- water, Somerset, NJ • Aug. 7 - Fullerton College Printing Technologies, Fullerton, CA • Oct. 14 - Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Springdale, AR There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. For more information, please contact Jazmin Cordero at 704-588-3371, ext. 4292, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 74 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org MEMBERS & MANEUVERS