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 Editor’s Note

I’ll start by wishing you all a happy New Year – although talk of a fresh start seems a little trite this year, when there is an overwhelming feeling that we are right back where

we started and about to face a replay of 2020.

I hope this is just the January blues talking. Yes, the pandemic is still in full swing and the UK is languishing in lockdown 3.0 but there is hope on the horizon with the vaccine. Also, 10 months in, many companies in our sector have adapted to the ‘new normal’ and are well practised at working within the regulations. They are still trading and even seeking out new opportunities. Meanwhile, packaging continues to play an increasingly vital role in the nation’s everyday lives, with restaurants and cafes now solely reliant on a takeaway service and retail outlets’ return to a dependence on internet sales. If Christmas saw an influx of online orders arriving at my door, you should see the steady stream now I am attempting to homeschool my son. And, I am not alone, as I regularly meet the panicked eyes of other parents in my road opening the door to the DHL driver or scooping up Amazon packages in hopes they contain something that might hold our children’s attention for more than 10 minutes. I know our Tesco delivery drivers fairly well (any kind of social interaction is welcome) and indulge in takeaways more frequently. Changing consumer habits like this, with the added push for sustainability, are placing huge demands on the converting sector but I see many industry players – in this edition alone – who are rising to meet the challenge.

Fiona Garcia Editor

Dantex signs digital distributor partnership for Indian sub-continent

i2r Packaging Solutions targets US market growth

Underlining an ongoing commitment to expand its digital business globally, Dantex’s digital division, part of the Dantex Group, has recently signed a new distributor partnership with Printers Supply Co. Pvt. Ltd – a Kolkata, India-based supplier of print solutions to the labels market.

The agreement, which covers the Pico range of Digital UV inkjet printing press equipment and related consumables for the Indian subcontinent territory, namely India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, follows similar agreements covering the MEA region and South Africa. Commenting on the arrangement, Printers Supply managing director, Amitabh Luthra, said: “Dantex, with its many years of experience in the packaging industry, has an excellent understanding of market requirements and is a trusted solutions provider. Having a similar mindset, we felt that it would be an ideal and constructive partnership.

“There is a marked increase in short run print jobs as the Indian label market is expanding and, obviously, digital is the only way to go to meet this demand. In terms of print quality and cost economy, the PicoColour and PicoJet cater to key market requirements and customer needs.”

Strategic investments, impressive growth in capacity over the past 12 months and ongoing market penetration, particularly overseas, has resulted in i2r Packaging Solutions establishing a presence in the US. In developing the operation, i2r has also recruited a national sales manager, Dave Cobb, to oversee its interests. Mr Cobb joins i2r from a similar account management role in the aluminium industry. Commenting on his new role, he said: “i2r is a rapidly-expanding

business with a fresh and unique take on the packaging market... The North American market will undoubtedly present us with a range of opportunities, which I look forward to pursuing.”

Part of the Italian Laminazione Sottile Group, i2r was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, earlier in the year. Being one of only 220 UK organisations to win a Queen’s Award in 2020, the company was recognised for its excellence in international trade, which has seen the firm return outstanding year-on-year growth in the past three years. i2r last expanded its international operation in 2017 with an investment in South Korea. Following its ongoing success in Asia and likely opportunities in the US, the firm has not ruled out further investment to expand its overseas operations.

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