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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
MEMBERS & MANEUVERS 124 FLEXO | MAY 2014 Allstein Moves to New, Larger Facility STEINHAGEN, Germany---Due to the successful introduction of innovative new central impression presses and the over- whelming acceptance of the equipment by the packaging industry, Allstein GmbH. is moving from Bielefeld to a new, larger facility in a neighboring locale. The move to Steinhagen provides expanded capacity in a number of areas. It also allows for further growth in engineering, purchasing, administration and service. A primary benefit of the transition is the greatly enlarged assembly area enabling a range of press- es to be built simultaneously. The result: enhanced delivery times and extensive product testing. "We are very excited about the market reaction to the many innovations our equipment provides, and the latest orders we have received confirm market acceptance," said Kurt Flath- mann, North American sales manager. "This expansion will allow us to handle the additional demand the equipment's success has created." To achieve the highest level of cost effec- tive performance, Allstein relies on comprehensive, innovative design engineering, precision machining, advanced electron- ics and robotics. Dixie Graphics Achieves WBE Certification NASHVILLE, TN---Pat Meadows, pres- ident of Dixie Graphics Inc., (DG) an- nounced the company's recent WBE certification by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), effective March 11, 2014. As a brand services partner with consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs), packaging printer/converters and architectural signage fabricators and designers, WBE certifi- cation places DG in a select group. According to the Center for Women's Business Research, only 15 percent of women owned businesses are categorized as providing professional, scientific or technical services. WBENC is the largest third party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with 14 regional partner organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women owned busi- nesses as suppliers to Ameri- ca's corporations. "Dixie Graphics proudly promotes diversity in employ- ment and purchasing, and in doing so, selecting the best," Meadows said. "With our WBE certification, we can assure customers of diversity in their own selection of vendors and promote partnering on the basis of best quality and service delivery." Diversity in the CPG industry has grown largely because of groups such as the Network of Executive Women, founded in 2001 by a group of industry executives who believed there were not enough female leaders in consumer products and retail. The industry 's largest learning and leadership commu- nity, the network has more than 8,000 members, 700 compa- nies and founding sponsors including PepsiCo Inc., Procter & Gamble, Kraft Food Group Inc., Nestlé Group, Mondelez Int'l, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. Xeikon Café to Focus on Labels, Packaging in Montreal ITASCA, IL---Xeikon NV held another event in its series of signature Xeikon Café events, an educational and knowl- edge exchange platform covering different aspects of digital printing. The event, held April 8, focused on the label and packaging market. Helping Xeikon welcome guests to the event was two time Olympic moguls skiing champion Alex Bilodeau of Team Canada. Fresh from the Winter Olympic Games, Bilodeau gave a luncheon speech. The event also featured several educational presentations on the opportunities presented by the latest in digital production technology from Xeikon cus- tomers in North America and Europe as well as InfoTrends analyst Bob Leahey. Representatives from Canflexographics, Xeikon's channel partner in the Canadian market, were also present. "The labels and packaging industry continues to experi- ence change and innovation rapidly and on a large scale. Taking the time to come together and learn best practices from others faced with the same challenges is the idea that Flint Group Appoints Freudenthaler VP Marketing & Technology Flexographic Products STUTTGART, Germany---Flint Group has appointed Dr. Eva Freudenthaler, vice president marketing and technology, flexographic products. At the same time, she became a member of the divisional leadership team for Flint Group Flexographic Products. After studying chemistry, Freudenthaler started her professional career in 1997, as R&D manager at BASF Aktiengesellschaft. In 2003, she moved to the former BASF Printing Systems business and was initially in charge of the global marketing management and controlling of the printing plates business unit. Since the formation of Flint Group, she has held various positions, including vice president marketing and technol- ogy Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web. Latterly, as vice president Flint Group strategic development, she was involved in the formulation of the company 's strategy and its implementation into the different business units. With her excellent knowledge of products and industry, she will further promote the divisional innovation process. Freudenthaler succeeds Dr. Uwe Stebani, who as vice president technology, played an important role in helping to shape the technological direction of Flint Group Flexograph- ic Products and is considered one of the main architects in establishing the successful printing plates business.