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Patrick Henry

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Is There a Case to Be Made for “CPOs”? Kodak Thinks So

Published February 27, 2015

By now, you may have heard about Kodak’s ChiefPackagingOfficer, a new online resource for packaging professionals. If you haven’t, its publisher, Joshua Fedeli, wants you to know why the portal is worth your time, attention, and participation.

 

IDEAlliance Makes A Little Knowledge “Just Enough”

Published February 25, 2015

IDEAlliance has a handy information resource it calls the Just Enough Video Knowledge Bank. It’s a visual glossary of print and publishing technology terms that offers exactly what the name says: “just enough” information about these topics to get a conversation started or to serve as a starting point for deeper research.

 

Regis Delmontagne Comments on Outlook for U.S. Shows

Published February 18, 2015

We heard from Regis Delmontagne in response to a post about the impact of the drupa decision on the timing and planning of U.S. printing trade shows operated by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). Delmontagne was president of the National Printing and Equipment Association (NPES), as it was called during his tenure, from 1976 to 2005. He also was president of GASC in the years when the Print and Graph Expo shows reached their peaks of attendance and exhibitor participation.

 

Premium Content What’s New at “the New MBO” Packaging Production, Among Other Things

Published February 17, 2015

Say “MBO” to anyone in the industry, and the reply will be “folders.” That answer still passes the word association test, but it’s far from being the full story of what this diversified supplier of graphic equipment now has to offer printers and packagers.

 

Timing Change for drupa Flutters Pages of U.S. Trade Show Calendar

Published February 13, 2015

Like a pair of planets with intersecting orbits, the drupa and Print expos are going to cross paths on the calendar in 2025 and overlap in six additional years after that through the end of the century.

 

The Water “Bottle” You Can “Eat,” and Other Definition-Stretchers

Published February 12, 2015

What does a package do? It contains, protects, transports, and identifies what’s inside it. That’s the neat, four-cornered functional description of a package. Here are some edgier ones—and a couple that don’t have edges at all.

 

“Radius” of Label and Packaging Capability Grows Longer Within New EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite

Published February 10, 2015

Radius software for MIS/ERP has been at work in label and packaging printing plants for many years. Now part of EFI, Radius will significantly expand its toolkit within a new framework called EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg’s “Vision 2020” Hinges on Growth in Services and Consumables

Published February 3, 2015

When a business model needs reinvigorating, the first thing to do is to revisit the fundamentals. Heidelberg acknowledges this with “Vision 2020,” a strategic redirection that places new emphasis on the non-machinery parts of its portfolio.

 

What We Mean—and Don’t Mean—When We Say, “Sustainable”

Published February 3, 2015

Will it surprise anyone to learn that there’s no universally accepted definition of “sustainable packaging”? Probably not, but the extent of the confusion raises eyebrows all the same. Readers of Packaging Digest discovered this when they scanned the results of a recent survey by the magazine and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) into what’s standing between packagers and their desire to make their products more sustainable.

 

Premium Content From Across the Atlantic, Lessons to Be Learned About Sustainable Packaging

Published January 27, 2015

A review of recent news about sustainable packaging initiatives in the U.K. and Europe raises confidence that global strategies for managing packaging’s impact on the environment can be developed.

 

AF&PA’s PaperRecycles.org Sends the Right Message the Right Way

Published January 27, 2015

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has done a nice job of consumer outreach with PaperRecycles.org, a new web site that aims at better educating the public about recovering paper and paper-based packaging for recycling.

 

Guinness record: World’s largest wad of paper!

Published January 21, 2015

We can’t improve upon a recent press release from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the creation of the world’s largest ball of paper—a stunt with an important point to make about recycling for packaging.

 

Pennsauken, NJ Printer Follows “Value Stream Map” to Packaging Success

Published January 20, 2015

At Contemporary Graphic Solutions, manufacturing efficiency and process improvements are 24/7 preoccupations, especially as they apply to the company’s demanding but rewarding packaging business.

 

Premium Content Precision and Pride Drive Label Manufacturing at Mossberg & Company

Published January 13, 2015

Mossberg & Company, a commercial printer since 1930, has built an equally successful label printing business through judicious investments in technology and scrupulous attention to quality assurance.

 

Nous sommes CTD

Published January 12, 2015

In the midst of the grief and the loathing that last week’s terrorist attacks in France stirred in all of us, there was one small scrap of comfort that touched close to home: the fact that no innocent people were killed at the print shop where the Charlie Hebdo gunmen made their final stand.

 

2015 Should Be Chock-a-Block with Opportunity for Packagers, Market Watchers Say

Published January 8, 2015

The end of the year always brings a flurry of state-of-the-market reports from research organizations and commentators tracking the global packaging industry. Here are pulls from some of the year-end pronouncements for 2014 that we gathered last month. They tell us that despite the unpredictability that always has to be factored into forecasts like these, 2015 is shaping up to be a promising year for the world’s packaging printers and converters.

 

Solid Five-Year Outlook for Corrugated and Paper Boxes

Published December 10, 2014

There's encouraging news for producers of corrugated and paper boxes in a newly released research report which forecasts that demand for these products will increase 2.6% per year to $39.4 billion in 2018.

 

Premium Content How Heidelberg Is Realigning Its Product Offerings to the New Realities of the Label and Packaging Market

Published December 9, 2014

Heidelberg's profile as an equipment manufacturer is not the same as it once was, but its interest in label and packaging production is as keen as ever. This report comes from a high-level briefing that WhatTheyThink received on the company's current ambitions in the L&P equipment market.

 

From Europe, a New Definition for Labeling

Published December 2, 2014

This summer, members of FINAT, the international trade association for self-adhesive labeling and related industries, met in Monte Carlo for an annual congress around the general theme of "The Battle for Shelf Appeal." What emerged were an updated redefinition of labeling and a frank reassessment of the role that labels play in a greatly altered selling environment for packaged goods of all kinds.

 

Memo to self: get all the *?@#! toothpaste out of the tube, or die trying

Published November 26, 2014

Did you know—well, heck, how could anybody know?—that some people are willing to injure themselves if that's what it will take to force the last drop of product out of a container? Or that consumers would rather go to the dentist than see product they've purchased go to waste in packages they can't empty completely?

 

Premium Content Past Is Prologue: 150-Year History Spurs DWS Printing Associates to New Ambitions in Label Production

Published November 18, 2014

Continuous reinvestment and continuous reinvention sum up the strategic thinking at DWS Printing Associates, a Long Island label printing firm with deep roots in the past and a progressive view of the future.

 

And the Winner Is...the Package!

Published November 18, 2014

What lends itself more readily to creative competition than a well designed package? The packaging industry is full of contests that showcase the high degree of graphic innovation that can be found in packages of all types and materials. Here is a short list of some of the competitions that celebrated the art of packaging design in 2014.

 

Holiday Season Marketing and Packaging Trends

Published November 12, 2014

Can it be mid-November already, with preparations for the year-end holidays getting into full swing? Just ask International Paper. The Wall Street Journal recently quoted IP’s chief executive Mark S. Sutton as saying that box orders for the online retail segment have been up 15% year-over-year in 2014 and could continue rising, depending on demand. The story reports that the surge in demand for holiday packaging from both online and traditional retailers is helping to improve the performance of IP’s industrial packaging unit, which provides cardboard boxes, specialty packaging, retail displays, and paper bags.

 

New Survey Report Takes Fact-Based Look at Label & Packaging Market Realities

Published November 11, 2014

Filtering what we know from what we think we know about label and packaging market trends is the objective of “Emerging Technologies for Packaging Innovation,” a newly published report from GrCI Cal Poly and Packaging World.

 

The Beauty of Packaging

Published October 27, 2014

Sometimes, it’s good to step back from the speeds, feeds, and tech specs to reflect on the fact that packages and labels can be, well, downright beautiful. Eye-beguiling examples of the aesthetic gems that high-end production makes possible are all over the Internet.

 

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