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Industry News


Editor’s Note H


ello there and welcome to the October issue of Converter. This month’s magazine is an


autumnal feast of packaging products, news and best practise. We delve inside the latest trends on the rise and explore the core topics central to our


industry. As ever, there’s an excess of opinion forming content and technical know-how in our fantastic features, to make sure you’re ready to rock and roll. I’m delighted to be joining this vibrant sector as the new editor and can’t wait to get to grips with all things converting. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for any editorial enquiries, this is your industry and I want to offer you a platform to speak.


Niamh Marriott Editor nmarriott@datateam.co.uk


AWA seminar reviews a changing market


A record attendance at this year’s AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar, located alongside Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, was evidence of strong continuing interest in the opportunities and challenges around release liner used in the pressure-sensitive label segment. The full one-day program, headlined ‘Release Liner in a Changing Market’, reflected all the elements of current interest and concern, from sustainability and release liner recycling and linerless labeling to materials management, in- line narrow-web silicone coating, competing labeling technologies where release liner is not used, and global market data. With the interests of the full pressure-sensitive label and release liner value chain covered in the seminar agenda, participants were provided with an extra and engaging opportunity to focus on the inter-relationships of the various subject elements. A clever illustrator made visual notes during the presentations, providing real-time, eye-catching graphic reinforcement of the speakers’ messages and a visual overview of the day’s discussions. A highlight of the programme was an extensive panel discussion exploring the


likely directions of the pressure-sensitive label and release liner industry over the next five years. Moderated by AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ President & CEO, Corey Reardon, the panel participants – Calvin Forest, Channeled Resources Group; Andy Thomas-Emans, Tarsus Labels Group; Dan Muenzer TLMI; Nick Tucci, Avery Dennison; Jaakko Nikkila, UPM Specialty Papers; and Grace Zhang, Dow Chemical Company were more than able to address the subject, and bring real and thought-provoking insights.


BOBST raises funds for war wounded soldiers


BOBST, a supplier of machinery and services to folding carton, corrugated board and flexible packaging manufacturers, organised an assault course fun day to help raise money for the rehabilitation of injured service men and women. For the second year running, the company encouraged those involved with the print and


packaging industry to get involved with the charity event to support the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre based at Headley Court (DMRC). Neil Jones, managing director of Bobst UK & Ireland, said, “Headley Court is about giving


serving and retired soldiers the best possible treatment they rightly deserve. The centre helps them to get back into social situations, as in most cases it will be their first time being out in public since they were injured. Due to the success of our 2017 event, we were keen on hosting another, to continue our support to those in need. At BOBST, we are proud to raise money for Headley Court and those who are transitioning back into civilian life.” Headley Court provides a range of rehabilitation services for injured service personnel. From outpatients through residential courses for those with sports, exercise and industrial injuries to those with complex life changing trauma injuries including amputation and brain injury, the centre provides much needed help and support to those injured when serving their country. The fundraising day took place at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham on Saturday 29 September 2018.


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Denmark goes digital


Danish label converters, FlexoPrint AS, has installed a Mark Andy Digital Series press at its headquarters in Randers. The inkjet/flexo line is the first in Denmark and was chosen for being a true hybrid. CEO Lars Ole Nauta commented, “We know the flexo process well and see UV inkjet as a stable production platform and the best match for the quality our clients demand. To be able to secure the best of both from one manufacturer made the choice of Mark Andy an easy one.” The company produces a wide range of single and multi-layer labels and tags on a variety of substrates from self-adhesive stock to film and foil, in up to eight colours.


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