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Packprint Summit Explores Flexo, Digital Print Positioning

MIAMI, FL--The first ever Packprint Summit Americas, a two day conference and tabletop exhibition, held Nov. 5-6 at the JW Marriott Marquis was attended by 212 delegates. It featured three panel discussions that honed in on market trends, digital printing and converter challenges; as well as 11 briefings on strategic directions and success stories. Presentations were offered by a host of printers, designers, manufacturers, consumer product companies and industry analysts.

The event, sponsored by The Labelexpo Group, included approximately 10 full hours of networking time, split between the tabletop trade floor and a mid-afternoon harbor cruise.

At kickoff, FTA’s Bob Moran, FLEXO publisher, joined Danielle Jerschefske of Labels & Labeling, Tom Polischuk, Package Printing; and David Pittman, Packprint World, in assessing industry trends and directions. Moran reported that flexo printers are adapting to the changing face, format and function of every printed package and said they are integrating new technologies, improving both quality and efficiency and see themselves as financially stable, poised for growth and committed to continuous improvement.

It was noted that a recent poll of FTA members indicated that 72 percent of printers experienced sales growth in the past 12 months and 86 percent claimed to have bettered the bottom line five years running. Sixty percent of FTA printer members believe they can improve profitability In makeready, changeover and printrun. Integrated converting technologies are proving critical to their advancement and keeping flexo positioned as the print process of choice.

Digital’s foray into new business segments was seen as reflective of flexo’s experience with in-line converting and one-pass printing. With pressroom economics the driving force, customers are seeking product conformity achieved through print consistency and repeatability. They don’t really care how a job is printed, so long as quality is maintained and it comes out the same way every time.

Event highlights saw Evelio Mattos, creative director, Design Packaging, encourage attendees to “Collaborate. Listen. Set the trend. Live in the future!” Then:

To close out the conference, Tom Zumbiel of Zumbiel Packaging, Paul Browning of Palmas Printing and Multi Packaging Solutions’ John Côté deliberated the challenges facing converters and explained how their firms succeed in differentiating their products and services form their competitors.

Captions from top: David Pittman (L), Tom Polischuk and Bob Moran (R) participate in editorial panel discussion on market trends.

Jerry Henson, Mark Andy, delivers keynote address to 200+ delegates.

FTA member firms exhibiting at Packprint Summit included: Durst Image Technology, EFI, Enercon Industries, Epson America, Flint Group, GEW, Goss, Harper Corporation of America, INX International, K Laser Tehnology, Karlville Development, Mark Andy, MPS America, Muller Martini, Nilpeter, Nuova Gidue, Omet, Polymag Tek, Rotometrics, Sun Chemical, Tresu, Wilson Manufacturing and Xeikon America.