Tom Polischuk

Tom Polischuk
Integration Is Key at Multifilm Packaging

The common trait of successful companies in a competitive market is doing whatever they do really well. For Multifilm Packaging, that requires a laser-like focus on a particular segment of food packaging. "We are not a general converter or a one-stop shop," affirms CEO Olle Mannertorp. "We specialize in the confectionary market and piece-wrap materials and produce barrier structures and materials for high-speed packaging lines. Integration is our key, including in-house extrusion and metallization."

Luminer Enhances Short-run Capabilities with Digital Inkjet Printing

Luminer is not your ordinary label converter. The company specializes in prime and secondary labels, on-pack/in-pack promotional products, multi-web advanced label constructions and a host of specialty converted products. And it doesn't hesitate to take on new challenges.

packagePRINTING Talks With Clarence W. Schawk, Chairman of SGK

The story of Clarence W. Schawk is a classic American success story and a uniquely Chicago one, spanning six decades and five continents. Clarence W. Schawk, now 87, is the chairman of SGK. Almost every day he drives ten minutes to the global headquarters of his company, a business he started in his aunt's basement 60 years ago.

Generational Traits –Polischuk

TLMI held its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, last month under the theme of "My Generation – Leading Strategies for Multigenerational Trends and Technologies." As the theme suggests, the focus of the session presentations was on generational tendencies and technology trends and leadership.

And the TLMI Converter of the Year is...

What makes the annual TLMI Converter of the Year award so special? There's a seemingly endless reservoir of people who could merit this recognition. Jeff Dunphy, president/CEO of Design Label Manufacturing—steps in easily to this long line of top industry leaders.While Dunphy virtually grew up in his father's print shop, he also had some early positive exposure to TLMI. Design Label has been a member of TLMI for about as long as the Dunphy's have owned the company.

PRINT 13 and CPP EXPO: Wrapping It All Up

PRINT 13 and CPP EXPO had a successful five-day run in McCormick Place. "Two common themes seemed to be repeated by attendees and exhibitors alike at the show this year," reported Ralph Nappi, president of the Graphic Arts Show Company. "First, a sense of optimism existed that has not been evidenced in our industry for a few years; the second was the surprising number of deals that were inked at the show."

Ahead of the Pack –Polischuk

There is no doubt that competition is fierce in the folding carton market. Associations such as the Paperboard Packaging Council's (PPC) can provide invaluable resources to help companies stay ahead of the pack.

2013 Excellence Awards: Simply a Great Piece

The 27th edition of packagePRINTING's Excellence Awards competition lived up to its name. A wide array of entries representing the breadth of the package-printing industry—labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated—again reflected what is happening throughout the industry as a whole.


Of significant interest to package printers is the strategic co-location of CPP EXPO at PRINT 13, which reflects the ever-growing importance of the package-printing segment in the graphic communications industry. Show attendees planning to attend either PRINT 13 or CPP EXPO will gain single-pass entry to both events.

Converting Suppliers Meet Short-run Needs

The impact of shorter production runs, combined with the established practices at lean, productive companies to minimize inventories at all stages of production, has resulted in many supply chain changes, including those at converters that supply materials to package printers.

FTA Forum 2013

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) is all set to celebrate its 55th anniversary at its big bash—the annual FTA Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition. With a theme of "Right Here. Right Now.", this year's technical conference and exhibition will take place at the San Diego Convention Center in beautiful San Diego, California from April 28 to May 1.

Editor’s Notes: Flex Pack Power –Polischuk

Coming on the heels of the Flexible Packaging Association's (FPA) highly successful 2013 Annual Meeting held late last month, this March issue of packagePRINTING includes several feature stories on this dynamic packaging segment.