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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS McDonough Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Neil McDonough, president of FLEXcon Co. Inc. was selected by an in- ternational judging panel as the winner of the Label Industry Global Awards’ 2008 R Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. FLEXcon Co., a long-standing FTA member, is a global polymeric coater and provider of pressure-sensitive films and adhesive products. McDonough has dedicated a quarter of a century to the label industry and has always been a force of inspiration to his colleagues and peers. Before becoming president of FLEXcon in 1990, he held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales, and management, including director of marketing. Among the innovations he fostered Coke Piloting New Bottle Shape Coca-Cola is testing a new shape for its two-liter bottles, the company’s North American division said. The new “iconic contour” bottle, said to be easier to hold and pour, debuted in Birmingham, AL, and Chattanooga, TN in June. The com- pany claims the new bottle will revitalize sales. Heinz Expands Product Line H.J. Heinz has announced plans to introduce 400 new products over the next two years and inject roughly $100 million into a marketing plan to keep business growing. Heinz produces more than 650 million bottles and 11 billion packets of ketchup annually. But it also oversees a diverse portfolio of brands such as Weight Watchers, Smart Ones, Bagel- Bites and Ore-Ida potatoes. It plans to build upon its core portfolio, particularly in the health-and- wellness segment. 24 F LEXO as president was the “no-label” look for glass bottle labeling with Clearly Canadian in the 1990s—a concept that is now a staple of the labeling industry. McDonough’s continuous contribution to the labeling industry is reflected in the company’s distinctive focus, which is to work closely with customers to develop unique customized pressure- sensitive solutions. This approach has helped inspire longstanding relation- ships between FLEXcon and the labeling customers it serves. Other FTA members earning awards this year include 3M Corp. and CCL Label, which were recognized for Continuous Innovation. In addi- tion, Overnight Label and Metro Label Group have received Sustainability/ Environmental Responsibility Awards. Free Flexo Plates PRPflexo is currently seeking print- ers for additional trials of its new, patent-pending digital flexo plates. Participants will be asked to utilize the new plates on their presses to run existing work where comparisons are available. Initial results have indicated that the new plates outlast conventional digital plates by as much as 200 per- AUGUS T 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g cent. In return for participation, print- ers will be provided the plates at no charge for a mutually agreed upon job. Documentation of the run data must be provided, with results of the testing to be reported in industry publications. Interested parties, please respond to Christopher Green at 317-690-3009 or email@example.com. Ink & Coating Prices Hiked Due to a dramatic spike in raw mate- rial, energy and transportation costs, several ink and coating manufacturers are once again raising prices. Sun Chemical Corp.’s Performance Pigments Division has increased global pigment prices on average by 10 to 30 percent. This price in- crease is in addition to those announced in February, and will affect pigments in all forms, including dry, preparations and flushes. In addition, Sun Chemical North America has implemented energy/materi- al surcharges on inks sold in the U.S. and Canada. A 10 cent per pound surcharge will be applied to solvent-based packag- ing and energy-cured inks. Water-based packaging inks will be subjected to a six cent per pound surcharge. FlintGroup North America has insti- tuted a surcharge of $0.10 on all solvent, energy curable and paste products, and a $0.06 surcharge on water-based inks, coatings, extenders/blend vehicles and additives. It has also raised prices by 5 to 7 percent on solvent-based, water-based and energy-curable inks, extenders/blend vehicles and additives. Earlier this month, Fujifilm Sericol North America boosted prices between 5 and 10 percent, with a few exceptions up to 15 percent, on all product technologies including UV, water-based, and solvent- based inks. Coating manufacturer Michelman Inc. also announced 15 - 25 percent price in- creases on coatings and additives across all product categories in the Americas region. PRESSING ISSUES
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