April 1, 2021

Featured Resources

Sponsored by Color Ink

A Marketing Approach to Packaging Development

Click to contact Color Ink for assistance on your next packaging project. We have the tools to produce short-run prototypes and long-run folding cartons for the consumer product and food packaging markets. Ask us about incorporating textured UV or foil to differentiate your products from the competition. We’re a one-stop shop for everything from structural packaging & art development to market roll-out of converted folding cartons.

Sponsored by Wilson Manufacturing

Re-engineering Service to Earn Your Trust.

The quality of our dies isn’t the only thing that sets Wilson apart. We combine technical expertise with a human touch to get your questions answered and solve problems quickly. Call or visit us online to get started-(800) 634-5248


Calling All Packaging Printers and Converters: Entries Are Now Open!

Is your production top of the line? We’d love to see it! The Premier PRINT Awards is the industry’s most prestigious award competition honoring the very best in print communications. Recognizing excellence in quality, creativity, and innovation, the awards exemplify the very best in the printing industry. Submit your entries today!


It’s Time to Bring the Printing Community Together Again

As the first significant gathering of the industry in two years, the PRINTING United Expo will be more important than ever this year. To help you make the most of your time at the show, we’re introducing a new Expo Experience for 2021 – a digital pre-show platform, a 3-day live event, and a post-show wrap-up. Save the date to join in on this experience as we come together again under one roof in Orlando!


2021 – The Best Time in Over a Decade to Sell Your Company?

Peter Schaefer and Paul Reilly of New Direction Partners, two of the most experienced investment bankers in the printing and packaging industries, will guide you through the complexities of today’s M&A world. They will explain how pending capital gains tax increases can wipe away any improvements that might be achieved by waiting for your profits to increase, as well as how rising interest rates will impact the ability of buyers to complete acquisitions.


Digital Packaging Summit Series

We had so much great content from our sponsors at the 2020 Digital Packaging Summit that we wanted to share it with you in this special section. If you are interested in participating in the next Summit, email dpsinfo@napco.com

Sponsored by INX International Ink Co.

The Next Generation of Digital Product Decoration

With chemists, engineers and software experts focused on inkjet formulations and print drive electronics, INX Digital can provide cost-effective customer-driven solutions. For optimizing an entire inkjet system or any part of it, INX Digital has the experience and resources to explore new possibilities for customization and integration.

Sponsored by XEIKON

Trade Label Printer Adds Xeikon Folding Carton Solution

Stouse, LLC, examined various digital press options and quickly concluded that the Xeikon 3500 digital press was particularly well-suited for folding cartons. “Xeikon was a natural and it was an easy decision to make. “They’re the clear leaders in the digitally printed folding carton space.


Weekly Headlines


Connecting With Consumers Via Digital Embellishments

by Joseph Marin

A label or package that engages multiple senses is sure to stand out on shelf. Digital embellishment platforms have emerged to take on these opportunities.


ProAmpac Extends Recyclable Fresh-Food-To-Go Packaging to North America

Widely recyclable in paper streams, each product in the fresh-food-to-go packaging portfolio strives to remove avoidable plastics and use the least amount of materials possible.


Yellowstone Plastics Installs PCMC Fusion C Flexographic Press

Since the installation of the Fusion C, Yellowstone Plastics has increased the quality and quantity of its product offerings, thanks to innovative Fusion C features including Flextreme drying, 100% web inspection, the Intelliprint auto-impression setting, and SteadyPrint.


Twin Rivers Addresses Food Safety Concerns with Expanded EcoBarrier PFAS-Free Packaging Paper Offering

Twin Rivers Paper Company has aggressively invested in its PFAS-free grease-resistant food packaging brand, EcoBarrier. The company worked closely with the largest fast-food, quick-serve, and fast-casual restaurants to engineer a food-safe non-fluorinated product.


Michelman Hires Two Associates to Better Serve its Digital Printing and Flexible Packaging Customers

Michelman has further invested in its printing and packaging business segment by adding two new associates to better anticipate and serve its customers’ needs in the digital printing and flexible packaging markets.


Thomas Faugno Joins Macaran Printed Products as Business Development Manager

Faugno will be responsible for introducing Macaran to new customers within core markets, pursuing new market opportunities, and will take on various special commercial projects in an effort to increase Macaran’s presence in the label and packaging industry throughout North America.


GEW Reaches 20,000 Installations Milestone

System number 20,000 is a 35 cm width, four lamp configuration of GEW’s highly successful GD3 lampheads, which were retrofitted to a Gallus Labelfire 340 press at FlexON’s label printing facility in Vestec, Czech Republic.


PPC Flexible Packaging Acquires Target Labels and Packaging

PPC Flexible Packaging has announced its acquisition of North Salt Lake, Utah-based Target Labels and Packaging. Target is the seventh acquisition of specialty and differentiated flexible packaging firms by PPC in the past four years.


FPA Develops Road Maps to Align Flexible Packaging Supply Chain to a Circular Economy Framework

To close the gaps and move the industry forward with flexible packaging aligned to a circular economy framework, roadmaps are needed to guide key players involved in the packaging supply chain.


Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging Named Among Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2021

Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging announced that it has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for the 17th consecutive year.


Package of the Week


How a Classic Card Game Leverages Packaging for a Fresh Look

On today’s episode of POW!, we take a look at the Artiste Series from Uno, which gives the Mattel classic a new look with an infusion of eye-catching graphics from a variety of artists.