Converter News - July/August 2009
PRINT 09, the year’s largest and most comprehensive print-centric trade show, will come to Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 11-16, 2009. The six-day event, themed “myPRINT,” will include PackPrint, an all-inclusive packaging printing trade-show-within-a-trade-show.
PackPrint, making its debut at Graphic Arts Show Co.’s PRINT 09, covers 49,000 square feet and explores the biggest trends in flexible packaging, including radio frequency identification (RFID), digital printing, flexographic printing, printed electronics and label production. PackPrint also features a free presentation titled “Global Trends in Packaging” on Saturday, Sept. 12, where attendees will learn about challenges facing and opportunities awaiting the package printing industry.
To ensure a robust and productive show for attendees-who, according to show research, react positively to live, hands-on demonstrations involving operating machinery and processes-show management supported PRINT 09 exhibitors with subsidies for machinery and material handling.
To round out the show-going experience, PRINT 09 will feature several show floor pavilions, including GREENspace, an area dedicated entirely to the sustainability trend. Further, the exhibition will offer a full educational seminar program with more than 90 sessions in 14 knowledge categories, including forming a tactical plan for sustainability and color management in printing and packaging. n
Bemis to acquire Alcan’s Food Packaging operations
Bemis Company Inc. announced July 6 that it had signed a definitive agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto to acquire the Food Americas operations of Alcan Packaging. With the transaction, worth $1 billion cash and another $200 million in company stock, Bemis will gain 23 flexible packaging facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand. The plants produce flexible packaging for the food and beverage industries.
With the acquisition, Bemis expects the percentage of net sales to the food packaging space to increase from 57% to nearly 70% of its total net sales. The transaction also will add 4,600 employees to Bemis’ global workforce for a total of over 20,000 employees in 84 manufacturing locations worldwide. n
‘See it all’ with CPP Expo, co-located events
CPP Expo will again join Pack Expo and Process Expo when the converting and package printing show comes to Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 5-7, 2009. More than 20,000 packaging professionals are expected to attend the co-located events, a unique arrangement that allows attendees to take in the packaging industry’s broad landscape while wearing just one show badge.
This year, CPP Expo will be located on the main floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, near Pack Expo’s “Showcase in Packaging” and Containers and Materials section. With CPP Expo, attendees will see evolving technologies in all stages of converting, from digital pre-press and workflow solutions, through finishing processes, including laminating, coating, slitting and rewinding.
Attendees to CPP Expo can also take advantage of several sessions being held as part of Pack Expo and Process Expo. At Pack Expo, numerous programs will touch on the year’s “Maximizing Performance, Sustainability and Economics” theme. Session topics will address several specific trends, including Branding, Converting, Digital Package Printing, Economics, Intelligent Coding, Legal Landscape, Materials, Processing, Sustainability, Sustainable Operations and Vision Systems.
Process Expo will focus on the latest developments in processing technology. Exhibitors will demonstrate equipment, products and service solutions for myriad markets, including the bakery, beverage, confectionery, dairy, fruit and vegetable, ingredients and flavors, meat, pharmaceutical, prepared and snack food industries. n
News BriefsToray Plastics America appoints senior vice president
Michael Brandmeier has been promoted to senior vice president at Toray Plastics America and will serve on the converter’s Board of Directors. Brandmeier joined the company in 1995 as sales and marketing manager of the Torayfan Division and has served as director, senior director and vice president of sales and marketing there.
ISO Poly Films purchases film lines
ISO Poly Films has acquired two Windmoeller & Hoelscher blown film lines, including one 5-layer Varex line with a 63-inch working width and a 3-layer 110-inch Varex machine. Founded in 1998, ISO Poly Films has invested more than $35 million in its 135,000 square foot Gray Court, S.C., plant.
Kendall Packaging adds flexo press
Mequon, Wis.-based Kendall Packaging recently added a 10-color Windmoeller & Hoelscher Primaflex Press. The 52-inch gearless press provides Kendall with quick changeovers for minimum down time and maximum efficiencies. The converter also acquired a new plate mounter to assist in the set-up of print jobs and a sleeve storage system for the safe storage of sleeves for production use.