ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Arpeco, a line of U.S.-made inspection rewind equipment, has been acquired by Mark Andy. The rewinder line will be integrated into the Rotoflex business unit.
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Arpeco, a line of U.S.-made inspection rewind equipment, has been acquired by Mark Andy Inc. The rewinder line will be integrated into the Rotoflex business unit.
Combining in-line processes provides the key to distinctive products. COMBINING A VARIETY of processes in package-printing applications is being seen more and more often. This does not mean that it's becoming routine—by any sense of the imagination—just more popular. Commenting on last year's TLMI Awards Competition, Ray Mackura, technical marketing manager for Avery Dennison, Fasson Roll North America and a judge in the competition, said, "The use of combination printing is becoming quite common, and printers are getting really good at it." The reason why combination printing is not routine (and hopefully, will never reach such a stagnant milestone) is that it provides a
Narrow-web flexo converters look to benefit from new technologies and market trends, but competitive pressures will be formidable. BRAND OWNERS WANT high-quality packaging and labels that increase product differentiation, produced in shorter runs. Those are taxing demands, but the narrow-web flexo industry is positioned to deliver. Today's market trends offer an opportunity for narrow-web flexo converters to grow their businesses in the face of industry consolidation, competition, and financial pressures. It's a simple formula: What consumers want is what consumer product companies (CPCs) want their converters to deliver, and new narrow-web technologies are making that possible. "Narrow-web converters, press manufacturers, and CPCs are all
Divide and conquer may be the key to success in some endeavors, but for package printers, combining processes is a clearer way to winning. COMBINATION PRINTING MEANS different things to different people, but that's the nature of the beast. It includes different printing processes, along with various other processes, to accomplish one thing—add value to the printed product. That is the game—adding value to the product to meet customer needs. By combining a number of processes, printers can use the strengths of each particular process to provide the best possible look for a product. There are several requirements driving
Experts say much of narrow-web flexo's growth lies in films, but converters must carefully choose technological tactics to combat the competition. "Paper or plastic?" used to be a standard question grocery shoppers would hear on their way through the checkout line. These days, many store clerks don't even bother to ask for a preference. Plastic bags have captured more than three-quarters of the grocery and convenience store market, and are often the only type of bag seen at the checkout. The grocery bag debate has long been closed, but "paper or plastic?" is becoming an ever-more-burning question for printers in