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of FLEXO iQ,
another big event
The third issue of
this year comes
hot on the heels
of Labelexpo Americas 2016. The event,
held Sept. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center in Rosemont, IL,
attracted more than 17,000 visitors.
They came to see the wide world of
opportunities made possible by today’s
narrow web printing. With digital printing’s
increasing popularity in the segment,
presses are becoming more affordable,
running faster and continuing to deliver
on the short lead times, variable data and
customized demands of CPCs.
Whether you made it to Rosemont or not,
you’ll want to see our coverage, beginning
on page 10.
Cover photo courtesy of Tarsus Group
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OCTOBER 2016, VOLUME 2, NO. 3
Inside Labelexpo Americas 2016
The verdict is in! Multiprocess printing and converting will
impact all of our lives to a greater and greater degree as the
future unfolds. FLEXO iQ was founded on that premise. Now,
nearly two years later, strong and public statements made at
Labelexpo Americas 2016 support and uphold that vision.
Printers believe in it. Manufacturers embrace it. Analysts are fore-
casting unprecedented growth. Seems we’ve been onto something
here. As the world takes notice, it’s great to see our vision affirmed.
Sitting in a press conference and listening to the statement, “Hybrid’s day is coming!” simply
made my day. Even more foretelling was the immediate followup: “Hybrid is not a big part of
digital today, but we’ve reached the point in volume and throughput where it is not easy to sep-
arate printing from converting. Within three years, the hybrid segment will be an established
market with a normalized growth rate of 10 percent to 20 percent.”
Wow! Not that long ago, hybrid was merely a thought. Obviously, that has changed. It’s an im-
portant part of today’s reality, as we print, convert and finish all inline, all in a single pass with
an appreciation of the benefits that linking different print processes together can bring.
TODAY & TOMORROW
No one argues that this business requires intricate levels of sophistication and detail. Likewise,
everyone truly believes that flexibility and productivity concerns will drive business.
In the last few years, we’ve reported on ambitious efforts by entrepreneur after entrepreneur
that modified their operation’s product and service portfolio when and where demands re-
quired it. All succeeded in reducing touches and driving efficiencies.
Innovative thinking gave birth to modular platforms and simple man/machine interfaces. The
result saw the creation of high speed presses that address our high end market. Printers are pro-
ficient in foiling, varnishing, laminating, curing, applying spot colors, holding high end graphics
and, of course, speeding completed, customized packaging to market. Runs are short. Job chang-
es are constant. Automated work flows and application of best practices have become critical.
By many accounts, the story is just beginning. There is far, far more to come. FLEXO iQ is intent
on reporting on those developments. To date, we’ve been devoting one issue after another to the
combination of flexo and a sister process, say gravure, screen, offset and the obvious digital.
As 2017 approaches, evolution is on the calendar. We’ll continue to address the combination
of all those processes and the applications that they make stronger and better. What will be
different? We plan on a quarterly, in depth examination of multiprocess print in one of four
specific market segments.
You guessed it—One issue will look exclusively at labels, a second flexible packaging, another
corrugated and one more will delve into carton. All, of
course, will link printing, converting and finishing op-
tions to the world’s ever changing packaging portfolio.
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