NAFTA flexible packaging market including the US, Canada and Mexico will reach $22bn by 2015, growing 3.5% annually, according to a market report. Nearly 90% sales of flexible packaging material is concentrated in the US, while Canada and Mexico account...

Top-Rated Company Rock-Tenn's (RKT) business of paper packaging might not be as exciting as high-tech gadgets, robotic surgery systems or the like. But investors apparently are showing enthusiasm for the growing geography of markets it serves. The Norcross, Ga.-based company is a giant in corrugated and consumer packaging products as well as recycling services. Most of Rock-Tenn's sales — $5.4 billion in fiscal 2011 — hails from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Rock-Tenn also serves markets in Chile,

The Domino label press, its first foray into printing presses, is in the field with the company expecting a flood of orders over the next year DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES HAS produced a 5% increase in sales for 2011 to £314.1 million, the 33rd year of growth for the Cambridge business. Pretax profits also rose to £57.4 million, up 10%. The company found it tough going in North America and parts of Europe, the UK and Germany excepted, but noted good growth in the developing markets in central Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company has increased its staff

Currently there is not a good enough infrastructure in place to get optimum benefit from biodegradable packaging, even if it is widely available. Europe leads regulatory reform, with the US trailing behind. Asia and Australia are making headway, but Asia (and in particular China) suffer from a confused approach. Consumers are driving demand, with major retailers including Coca-cola and Walmart getting on board. However, despite increased demand, the key cost barriers for suppliers are R&D costs, production costs, and economies of scale. PLA dominates bioplastics use, but new materials are being developed from algae and microbacterial sources and advances

Cary Sherburne analyses the current trends and oportunities in large format printing and looks at what we can expect to see at drupa next year. As we approach drupa 2012 we can look forward to a big presence in the large format market as digital offerings in that sector continue to mature, improve in price/performance, and displace conventional analogue sign and display graphics technologies, such as screen printing, for many applications. The Market Digital large format printers

DALLAS—Nov. 2, 2011—KBA North America announces that its latest corporate report includes informative articles on three of its successful U.S. print customers. These “real-world” stories capture the advanced technology, the thriving expansion, and the strong partnership forged with KBA. Expansion is the key theme of the article on Motivating Graphics, a global printing company based in Fort Worth, TX. This customer purchased a new Rapida 162 64˝ six-color press, making it the third KBA press for the large sheetfed and web firm that provides packaging and printing for the high-tech telecommunications market in North America, South America, Central America,

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