April 2000 Issue


2000 Top Flexible Packaging Converters

Process Key: F=Flexo, G=Gravure, L=Letterpress, O=Offset, S=Screen, D=Digital/Plateless 1. Sealed Air, Saddle Brook, NJ Industries Served: Meats, Pet Foods, Cheese, Produce, Bakery Principal Officer: T.J. Dermot Dunphy 1999 Rank: 33 # of Employees: N/A # of Presses: N/A # of Facilities: N/A Processes: F 2. Bemis Co., Minneapolis, MN Industries Served: Meat, Pet Food, Medical, Candy, Consumer Products Principal Officer: John Roe 1999 Rank: 1 # of Employees: N/A # of Presses: N/A # of Facilities: 35 Processes: F,G 3. Printpack, Inc., Atlanta, GA Industries Served: Food/Beverage, Confections, Snacks Principal Officer: Dennis Love 1999 Rank: 2 # of Employees: 4,200 # of Presses:

Colors of Our World

A primer on the foundations of color communication. By Terri McConnell In the ideal world…the brand manager for a new line of lunch-box juices envisions his Citrus Cooler eight-pack carton: a brilliant, sun-ripened orange on a soft, butter-yellow field with the Florida Fun logo emblazoned in warm, metallic gold. The designer, working from the manager's creative brief, mocks up the package using his favorite DTP programs, and e-mails the concept to the manager as a PDF file. The manager views the PDF on his PC monitor, and sends a note back: "Perfect! Let's see a prototype on Tuesday." The designer forwards the PDF to

Move From Multi-web?

Are advances in film barrier technology to the point that multi-web structures could soon be obsolete? Or is multi-web still preferred to produce today's high-end packaging? By Chris Bauer PRODUCERS OF FLEXIBLE packaging materials are constantly on the lookout for products that help bring down costs while speeding up the process. film suppliers now have the ability to add more sophisticated barrier properties to a single layer of film. So does this mean single layers of film for packaging have the potential to replace common multi-web structures? "We are actually seeing more multiple layer structures being put together at this point," says Rich Eichfeld,

No Lethargy for Letterpress

Letterpress printers should stay sharp on options in combination process, web widths, and overall press design. By Susan Friedman Package printers who have grown sleepy at the helm of traditional letterpress operations should perk up: developments in various combination platforms, wider webs, and in-line designs could offer new business opportunities. The potential for specific printing processes to partner with letterpress appears intriguingly open-ended. According to John Little, president of Nilpeter, UV screen and hot stamping are its most common complements, with UV screen typically used to lay down a solid white background or solid borders. John Warwick, sales director at Ko-Pack, reports his company's

The World of Wide-web

Package printers are finding faster options in the wide-web market, allowing for more jobs to go the wide-route. By: Chris Bauer THE SLOW SET-UP of wide-web presses has long been a thorn in the heel of printers faced with short-run jobs. And in this day of print-on-demand, just-in-time delivery, and more personalized jobs, that thorn is digging deeper into shops that are trying to meet these demands while still needing to turn a profit. To bring some relief to printers in this position, vendors have been working to reduce make-ready times and the labor involved in setting up the press. Tom Jacques, marketing strategist