September 24, 2012
Flexo Market News
PIA, National Association For Printing
Leadership Conclude Unification Talks
The joint Unification Task Force, formed last February
to study the possible blending of The Printing Indus-
tries of America and the National Association For Print-
ing Leadership, has announced its recommendation to
cease unification discussions.The two groups have de-
cided to remain independent, but will continue their
active collaboration on key programs and ongoing part-
nerships in the Graphic Arts Show Company, GAERF,
and conferences such as theVision 3 Summit.
The Unification Task Force was made up of repre-
sentatives from both boards and was expanded over
the past six months to include a broader range of af-
filiate managers, vendors, and printer members. The
group studied key issues around the potential of uni-
fication, including legal, financial, governance, mem-
bership structure, and programs.
Ultimately, after careful consideration, the Task
Force concluded that it was not possible to formulate
a combined entity that accommodated the diverse
needs of both a direct and locally delivered structure.
New Report Investigates
Asia’s Labeling Markets
The latest edition of
Labeling Markets: Asian Mar-
ket Study & Sourcebook 2012
from Alexander Wat-
son Associates provides data on all the major labeling
According to the report, world demand for labels, by
region, is now dominated by the Asia Pacific region,
which commands 34 percent of the market. In the
Asia Pacific region, glue-applied labeling technologies
still take the major technology share at 38 percent, al-
though pressure-sensitive labels now claim a 34 per-
cent share. Prime label applications are the main
growth driver, particularly for beverages and food.
China (at 42 percent of the regional market) and
India are today the most active markets for labels, but
there remains huge growth potential in Korea, Tai-
wan, South East Asia, and Oceania.
The AWA sourcebook documents regional prefer-
ences in label materials – paper and film – and identi-
fies trends and forecast growth levels in the medium
term for glue-applied; pressure-sensitive; heat shrink,
stretch, and RFS/ROSO
MD shrink sleeves; and in-
mold technologies. This data is set in the context of
macro market drivers, raw materials price issues, and
environmental concerns. The report concludes with
a directory of companies active within the region in
the fields of press, die, test equipment and inks manu-
facture; label film and paper and release base paper
suppliers; and printers.
Eaglewood Technologies / Sani-Blast™
Eaglewood Technologies, LLC is the maker of Sani-Blast™
anilox roll cleaning equipment and is the pioneer is anilox roll
cleaning. We offer cleaning equipment and service for wide
and narrow web rolls and print sleeves using environmentally
safe baking soda. Eaglewood’s product line also includes is
Variable Data Printing (VDP) equipment. To complete the
product offering is a line of daily press cleaners.
Flexotecnica – Get the Edge
Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change® system and
Speedy Clean® auto washup system are designed to give
converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s com-
mitment to research and development. Service and support
for Flexotecnica presses is provided by North American
Cerutti Corporation in New Berlin, WI, with U.S. resident
technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an expe-
rienced, dedicated service staff. Visit our web site for more
Flint Group
Flint Group Flexographic Products globally offers an out-
standing product range: nyloflex® and nyloprint® photopoly-
mer printing plates for flexographic, letterpress and gravure
applications along with coating plates for offset printing, pro-
cessing equipment, nylosolv® washout solvents, rotec®
sleeves, rotec® adapters and the endless photopolymer
nyloflex® ITR sleeves. Product names marked with ® are
registered trademarks of Flint Group Germany GmbH.
Harper Corporation of America
We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than anyone in the
world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world.
Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated
markets, Harper continuously strives to bring new flexo-
graphic products and services to the printing industry that will
improve the quality of your graphics.
J I MacWilliam Co., Inc.
Used equipment for flexible packaging, folding carton, paper,
film, foil and non-woven industries. Professional, knowledge-
able service for over 30 years.
Mark Andy, Inc.
Mark Andy, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of narrow
and mid-web printing and converting equipment. The compa-
ny has a rich history of delivering solutions to increase pro-
ductivity and profitability for the label and packaging markets.
The company supplies leading global brands including
Comco printing/converting machinery, Mark Andy
printing/converting machinery and UVTechnology curing sys-
tems and replacement parts. Mark Andy, Inc. is headquar-
tered in St. Louis, Missouri, with sales and distribution offices
in France, Switzerland, and the UK.
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