Kevin Karstedt

Kevin Karstedt

Digital4Packaging (D4P) is a forum to present ideas concerning the fast-charging application of a range of digital technologies that are transforming package printing. Kevin Karstedt, CEO of Karstedt Partners LLC, began his career in the “digital” world of packaging in the mid 1980s. His firm has worked with consumer product companies from the Fortune 1000 and 100 lists, package printers and converters from all market segments, and suppliers of products and services targeted at the packaging marketplace. The company has published a number of industry reports and is one of the foremost thought leaders regarding technology innovations for packaging and packaging graphics. More information about Kevin can be found at Karstedt Partners LLC

How ICG Members are Keeping the Supply Chain Rolling While Giving Back

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating unprecedented challenges, members of the Independent Carton Group have been working hard to keep their plants operating safely. ICG members have also been on the front lines of contributing much needed protective equipment for medical professionals and first responders.

Where is Digital headed for Folding Cartons?

There have been some notable developments in the digital production landscape for folding cartons, but overall the landscape has not changed significantly in the past year and a half.

Interview with Benny Landa on Komori Strategic Partnership

Digital printing for folding cartons has been in the news a lot over the past year. The success seen by HP Indigo with its 30000 carton press and by Xeikon with its 3500 series press are evidence that the industry is looking to address unmet needs in the supply chain.

Update from Benny Landa on Digital Press for Folding Cartons

PRINT 13 started out very nicely for me as my first official meeting was a breakfast meeting on Sunday morning with Benny Landa as he shared the updates on the packaging versions of the new nanographic digital press line that was introduced at drupa last year.

Interview with JoAnn Hines, The Packaging Diva

JoAnn is a syndicated packaging writer who is arguably the most prolific “packaging person” on social media. I have been following her for years and thought it extremely appropriate to have her featured on the Digital4Packging Blog.

What Will It Take to Survive?

Events during the last six months have made research for this article a real challenge. It’s almost like writing an article on the state of the commercial airline industry for the November 2001 issue of “Your Aviation Monthly Magazine.”

Packaging Graphic Production in a Flat World

What does the fall of the ­Berlin Wall in 1989 have to do with getting packaging graphics from a computer screen onto a folding carton or label? Until I read Thomas L. Friedman’s 2007 book, “The World Is Flat,” I would have said the two were not at all related. However, having read the book, I can see a direct correlation—and so might you. Wikipedia describes the book as an international bestseller “analyzing the progress of globalization with an emphasis on the early 21st century. The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as flat or level in terms of commerce and competition,