packagePRINTING April 2014 Edition


Industry News - April 2014

Industry News on the package printing industry, including Mark Andy, Kodak, Esko, Spectrol, Inc., Nilpeter, Menasha Packaging, FORGE GUARD

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."

Outside the Box: Cracking Down on Drug Counterfeiters

Drug counterfeiting is a growing problem both for pharmaceutical manufacturers and the patients they serve. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it is estimated that 1 percent of all pharmaceutical products in first-world countries are counterfeit, along with up to half of drugs in developing nations. The fakes may be linked to thousands of deaths worldwide and the original manufacturers experience damage to their brand image, sales and revenue.

Pop Goes the Package: Increasing Eye Appeal to Help Packages Sell

Packaging reaches out to shoppers, engages them, informs them and reinforces a brand on store shelve

Product Showcase: Inspection Rewind - April 2014

Featured Products for the flexographic, narrow-web and package printing industries, including Rotoflex, SICK USA, Karlville, Label Vision Systems

Shelf Space: Are You Excellent?

I spent two days last month at the Flexible Packaging Association conference in Scottsdale where the centerpiece of the event was the annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards. It was flat-out inspiring to see the range of creativity and innovation being brought forward throughout this exciting industry segment. It leaves no doubt that flexible packaging is where we'll see some fine work from brand owners, designers and converters in the next few years.

The Changing Shape of Flexible Packaging

It's probably no surprise to flexible package printers and converters that the various markets they serve are expanding. While not quite growing by leaps and bounds, flexible packaging is on the verge of being on a roll, and the future is bright.

The M or the A in Your Future

In this new editorial series for Printing Impressions and packagePRINTING, New Direction Partners will offer guidance in a business strategy that we believe every printer needs to be thoroughly acquainted with: the planning and execution of successful mergers and acquisitions. It's a complex subject, and in columns and blogs to come, we'll detail many of the actions that take place when two printing companies decide to come together to create a whole that's greater than the sum of the parts.