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Labels & Packaging

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the Labels & Packaging print sectors. It feature discussions on technical and business trends that affect all those in the Packaging Supply Chain.

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For Label Specialties, Versatility Is Key
For Label Specialties, Versatility Is Key

Published: December 8, 2020

David Zwang talks to Jenny Johnson Wolf and Mike Wolf of Label Specialties. Based in Louisville, Ky., Label Specialities is a trade printer that uses every technology available, especially flexo and, most recently, digital labels using HP presses. They also offer a variety of finishing and die-cutting services so as to be able to handle whatever requirements a customer may have. Watch Video

Xeikon Moves into Corrugated
Xeikon Moves into Corrugated

Published: December 3, 2020

Daniel Valema, Strategic Director, Digital Solutions, Xeikon, talks to David Zwang about Xeikon’s move into forms of packaging beyond labels, namely corrugated. Watch Video

Canon’s Crit Driessen on the Labelstream 4000 Installation at Germany’s Oschatz Visuelle Medien
Canon’s Crit Driessen on the Labelstream 4000 Installation at Germany’s Oschatz Visuelle Medien

Published: December 2, 2020

Crit Driessen, VP Digital Packaging Print, Canon, talks with David Zwang about the installation of the first LabelStream 4000 series digital label press at Oschatz Visuelle Medien, a full-service visual communications agency based in Niedernhausen, near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Watch Video

Xeikon’s Stefan Clopterop on fleXflow
Xeikon’s Stefan Clopterop on fleXflow

Published: December 1, 2020

David Zwang talks with Stefan Clopterop, Segment Manager, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon, about the Xeikon fleXflow digital pouch production solution. Watch Video

Ed Zumbiel and Packaging’s Digital Transformation
Ed Zumbiel and Packaging’s Digital Transformation

Published: November 19, 2020

David Zwang and Ed Zumbiel, President of Zumbiel Digital, discuss the opportunities and challenges to be found in the digital transformation of packaging. Watch Video

Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine (Part 2)
Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine (Part 2)

Published: November 12, 2020

In part 2 of a two-part video interview, David Zwang talks to Matt Reddington, Director of Global Design Services for Veritiv, about Veritiv Vine, the company’s new packaging and brand design offering. Vine is intended to bridge the gap between design and packaging production, combining design creativity with supply chain expertise. Watch Video

Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine
Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine

Published: November 5, 2020

In part 1 of a two-part video interview, David Zwang talks to Matt Reddington, Director of Global Design Services for Veritiv, about Veritiv Vine, the company’s new packaging and brand design offering. Vine is intended to bridge the gap between design and packaging production, combining design creativity with supply chain expertise. Watch Video

Smithers’ Sean Smyth Talks About Digital Print for Packaging
Smithers’ Sean Smyth Talks About Digital Print for Packaging

Published: October 29, 2020

Smithers print consultant Sean Smyth talks to David Zwang and recaps some of the highlights of Smithers' recent “Digital Print for Packaging” virtual event. Key takeaways included the relative resilience of the digital label and packaging communities, the emergence of cannabis packaging, and how ecommerce is changing the demand for and nature of packaging. Watch Video

EXCLUSIVE: EFI Chief Revenue Officer Frank Mallozzi Provides Details about New Nozomi C18000 PLUS
EXCLUSIVE: EFI Chief Revenue Officer Frank Mallozzi Provides Details about New Nozomi C18000 PLUS

Published: October 27, 2020

EFI launched its digital direct-to-corrugated press, the Nozomi C18000, at drupa 2016. Since that time, the company has placed a number of units, and at least two companies have purchased two units. Now, based on market experience and customer feedback, EFI has launched the second generation, the Nozomi C18000 PLUS, available as a field upgrade. Hear what Frank Mallozzi has to say. Watch Video

Industry Veteran Aviv Ratzman Founds Compack, a New Web-to-Pack Portal
Industry Veteran Aviv Ratzman Founds Compack, a New Web-to-Pack Portal

Published: September 8, 2020

Aviv Ratzman, who spent time at HP Indigo and co-founded Highcon, starts a new venture today. Compack (Com-Pack.net) is an online solution that enables brand owners to compare and choose suppliers who provide on-demand custom packaging services for both primary and secondary packaging. Ratzman explains the strategy behind the business in this video discussion. Watch Video

More Innovation from Tom O'Brien: Flexible Packaging On Demand
More Innovation from Tom O'Brien: Flexible Packaging On Demand

Published: August 17, 2020

Tom O'Brien, founder of AccuLink, now has a new business added to the mix. AccuFlex Packaging is producing flexible packaging on demand with a unique combination of an HP Indigo 20000, Color-Logic print embellishments, E-Beam lamination and pouching. This is a must-watch video for anyone in the packaging industry or any brands looking to produce vibrant and sustainable flexible packaging. Watch Video

Comexi’s Jordi Puig on Energy-Curing Ink for Flexo
Comexi’s Jordi Puig on Energy-Curing Ink for Flexo

Published: August 3, 2020

Jordi Puig, Technical Director Flexo for Comexi, talks about the 60-year-old company and the latest trends in flexo printing—namely, sustainability and a transition to UV- and EB-curing inks. Watch Video

Ashland Adds New Textures to Labels
Ashland Adds New Textures to Labels

Published: June 10, 2020

Amy Gran, LA&C Radcure Tech Service & Product Development Chemist at Ashland, talks about Ashland’s energy-curing adhesives and coatings for the food packaging markets, some of the new product trends coming to market—such as tactile materials like soft-touch coatings, sand textures, and raises images—and the advantages of UV curing for these kinds of applications. Watch Video

Marci Kinter on the Increased Importance of Sustainability in Packaging
Marci Kinter on the Increased Importance of Sustainability in Packaging

Published: May 20, 2020

Marci Kinter, Vice President, Government Affairs, SGIA (now Printing United Alliance) talks about the increased importance of sustainability and the circular economy to packaging producers, brand owners, and consumer products companies. Watch Video

EFI’s Josh Samuel on UV Inks for Packaging
EFI’s Josh Samuel on UV Inks for Packaging

Published: May 11, 2020

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development for EFI, talks about ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curable inks and their advantages for use in packaging printing, especially corrugated. Watch Video

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David Zwang
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