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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
Industry IndIcatOrs Photos: Labelexpo of the Americas T Q: 30 he label industry is a changing universe. Facing many of the same challenges as the rest of the flexographic print- ing and converting industry, label manufactures are in a Labels, Flexo and the Future Q: transitional state. The good news: it’s also a state of growth, par- ticularly for producers of flexo labels and other types of narrow- web and mid-web packaging. Many of the most prevalent trends can be examined, and solutions sought, at Labelexpo Americas 2008, Sept. 9-11 in Chicago, IL. FLEXOsat down with Mike Fairley, resident label guru for Tarsus plc, to discuss both the current state of the market and technologies. Can you estimate the size of the global and North American label industry in terms of U.S. dollars? Various studies over the past couple of years have indicated that the total global label market this year will be around $65 to $70 billion, with North America in excess of $20 billion—perhaps nearer $25 billion. Overall, world label growth is forecast at be- tween 5 percent and 7 percent. FLEXO AuguS t 2008 Q: Global Growth Fairley Speaks on Can you give us a snapshot of the current levels of satura- tion of flexo in the global label market? Before every Label Summit we do an Internet survey. In these surveys, we ask the printers what processes they use. According to results, 90 percent of them say they use flexo in North America. In South America this figure is more like 60 percent and in Japan there is hardly any at all. Can you explain the wide gap in flexo’s acceptance in differ- ent parts of the world? The pressure-sensitive industry grew up in the U.S. Stan Avery worked quite closely with Mark Andrews Sr. atMark Andy. So the technology that was developed in the states was flexo. Asia has always been more traditionally letterpress. Specifically, the Japanese market is predominately small backstreet label printers with a lot of hand application. Their labels are more small runs for TVs and computers and other electronics. In Europe, through the 1970s and 1980s, it was all letterpress. www. f le xography. org LabELs
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