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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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FPA’s Alison Keane on Flexible Packaging Sustainability
FPA’s Alison Keane on Flexible Packaging Sustainability

Published: February 9, 2023

Alison Keane, President and CEO of the Flexible Packaging Association, talks about the sustainability features of flexible packaging, and identifies that the next step is to integrate flexible packaging into the circular economy. Watch Video

Esko’s Adam Toqe on Packaging Workflow Automation
Esko’s Adam Toqe on Packaging Workflow Automation

Published: February 9, 2023

Adam Toqe, Application Sales Manager for Esko, talks about such industry trends as an increased number of SKUs, faster turnaround times, and staffing challenges, and how Esko’s software automation features can help packaging creators solve these challenges. Watch Video

Bobst oneLabel Inkjet/Hybrid Press Finds Wide Acceptance in N.A. Market
Bobst oneLabel Inkjet/Hybrid Press Finds Wide Acceptance in N.A. Market

Published: December 13, 2022

David Zwang talks to Matt Bennett, Bobst's General Mgr. Label and Mid Web Business NA, about how Bobst has found the sweet spot between digital and flexo for label production, and how the market acceptance has been encouraging. Watch Video

Colordyne’s Judd Quimby on Inkjet Retrofitting
Colordyne’s Judd Quimby on Inkjet Retrofitting

Published: December 6, 2022

Judd Quimby of Colordyne talks about the company’s focus on retrofitting their LED UV inkjet engines onto existing analog equipment, such as flexo and offset presses. This allows the company’s customers to print both analog and digital inline. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Xeikon’s Benoit Chatelard on the Continuing Digitization of Labels and Packaging
Product Strategy: Xeikon’s Benoit Chatelard on the Continuing Digitization of Labels and Packaging

Published: December 1, 2022

Benoit Chatelard of Xeikon talks about top trends impacting labels and packaging, including the increased desire to print on non-paper substrates, the desire to reduce inventory, and a move toward more sustainable processes. These trends and others are continuing the drive toward digital label and packaging printing. Watch Video

Product Strategy: GEW’s Gary Doman on UV Ink Curing for Sheetfed Offset
Product Strategy: GEW’s Gary Doman on UV Ink Curing for Sheetfed Offset

Published: December 1, 2022

GEW’s Gary Doman discusses trends in sheetfed offset and how UV curing can address these trends. Watch Video

Neenah Introduces Curbside Recyclable Mailer for the eCommerce Market
Neenah Introduces Curbside Recyclable Mailer for the eCommerce Market

Published: November 1, 2022

Don't you hate getting all that plastic packaging when you order online, and then trying to figure out if it can be recycled, and if so how, or maybe it just gets thrown away? Neenah has an answer with its new Environment Mailer. Clearly printed on the mailer is the fact that it is 100% curbside recyclable and a patent pending coating repels water and adds strength. Ideal for all kinds of soft goods. Kristen Duncan and Jennifer Dietz of Neenah share the full story, including future plans to expand the product line and options even further. Watch Video

Robert Stabler on Koenig & Bauer and Durst’s Joint Venture into Corrugated Printing
Robert Stabler on Koenig & Bauer and Durst’s Joint Venture into Corrugated Printing

Published: October 31, 2022

At PRINTING United, David Zwang talks to Robert Stabler, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Durst about the joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst to build single-pass inkjet presses for the corrugated printing market. Watch Video

Folding Carton Production: Only for Converters?
Folding Carton Production: Only for Converters?

Published: October 13, 2022

David Zwang talks to HP Indigo Folding Carton Category Manager Glen Adams about how folding carton is the next big opportunity for digital print providers. This is a great interview to learn some of the basics! Watch Video

TLMI’s Linnea Keen on the Resilience of the Label and Packaging Industry
TLMI’s Linnea Keen on the Resilience of the Label and Packaging Industry

Published: October 6, 2022

David Zwang talks with Linnea Keen, President of Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI), a North American association of about 300 label and packaging converters, printers, and suppliers. Like the label and packaging industry in general, TLMI is growing and seeking to add new members in the flexible packaging area. Watch Video

Calyx Containers Specializes in Childproof Containers
Calyx Containers Specializes in Childproof Containers

Published: October 4, 2022

Rob Bullen, Label Production Manager for Calyx Containers, talks to David Zwang at the recent Labelexpo Americas show. Calyx Containers specializes in producing square childproof containers for the cannabis industry—they make the container via injection molding, print labels, and ship them to customers. The company has HP Indigo digital printing equipment, as well as digital embellishment and laser cutting capabilities. Calyx is looking to expand into other markets. Watch Video

Karstedt Partners Acquired by Keypoint Intelligence
Karstedt Partners Acquired by Keypoint Intelligence

Published: September 28, 2022

Kevin Karstedt talks to David Zwang about the history of packaging consultancy Karstedt Partners, which helps companies bring new and disruptive technologies to the market. They work with OEMs as well as brands and businesses throughout the label and packaging supply chain. It was recently announced that Karstedt Partners was acquired by Keypoint Intelligence. Watch Video

HP’s Noam Zilbershtain on the New Indigo V12
HP’s Noam Zilbershtain on the New Indigo V12

Published: September 28, 2022

Noam Zilbershtain, VP and GM of HP Indigo, talks to David Zwang at the recent Labelexpo about the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press for labels and flexible packaging. Watch Video

Brook+Whittle Looks to Expand Digital Printing, Embellishments
Brook+Whittle Looks to Expand Digital Printing, Embellishments

Published: September 27, 2022

David Zwang talks to Jeremy Letterman, COO of Brook+Whittle, a Guilford, Conn.-based prime label printer with 15 locations across the US. They specialize in pressure sensitive and shrink labels as well as flexible packaging, operating a mix of digital (mostly HP), flexo, and rotogravure equipment. Letterman attended Labelexpo Americas to investigate the latest digital label printing technologies, and especially embellishments. Watch Video

HP Indigo Helps Natural State Labels Grow Rapidly
HP Indigo Helps Natural State Labels Grow Rapidly

Published: September 26, 2022

David Zwang talks to Tanner Brooks, general manager of Natural State Labels, at Labelexpo Americas. Founded in 2018, Natural State Labels is 100% digital, running two HP Indigo 6900 Digital Presses and three HP Indigo 8000s. They started off in pressure sensitive labels and had so much success they have since expanded into wine labels, adding hot stamping and embossing capabilities and shrink sleeves. Flexible packaging is in the company’s future. Watch Video

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David Zwang
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