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  • The History of Labels

    Recently, I read an interesting article in the April edition of Package Printing Magazine about the history of labels posted by Advanced Labels NW. I have been in the industry for 25 years but much of this I did not know.

    Labels began in the 1880’s and grew out from the practice of painting on crates to identify them as the country began to ship products nationwide. Lithography was the very first method of labels. You had to lick or get them wet to activate the stickiness. The self-adhesive label was invented by R. Stanton Avery who started Avery Dennison Corp., in 1935. Heavy labels began to be replaced by more text centric labels geared to marketing to consumers. Early flexographic (flexo) was originally known as “aniline printing” because of the hazardous analine oil-based inks that became banned in the 1940’s by the FDA. Safe inks were then approved.

    In 1951 the trade magazine had a contest to rename aniline printing process to “flexographic process” to sever any association with analine inks. Large images on labels were the thing until the 1950’s when there was a shift away from images to bold lettering with a solid background. This was caused by the self-service supermarkets where consumers could directly touch the products rather than everything being behind a counter.

    The 60’s became the “golden age” of advertising with unlimited innovations and creativity for packaging.

    Today we have so many options for labels. Flexography took off in the 1990’s and is a thriving printing process used extensively today for label printing.

    Early 2000’s digital printing evolved using inkjet technology offering high quality full-color labels with less labor and less waste than conventional flexographic printing.

    There are benefits to both digital and flexo. Today’s label designs vary widely from simple to complex and are the most versatile effective packaging ever.


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  • Flexible Packaging Association 2013 Industry Report


    The Flexible Packaging Association recently published its 2013 State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report, which provides an overview of the performance of the U.S. flexible packaging industry and the “value added” segment of the industry in 2012.

    The Report indicates that the U.S. flexible packaging industry experienced positive growth, with annual sales increasing to $26.7 billion in 2012 from $25.7 billion in 2011. Today, the U.S. flexible packaging industry represents 18 percent of the $145 billion U.S. packaging industry and remains the second largest packaging segment. The Report also examines the value added segment, which enhances flexible materials by performing multiple processes such as extrusion, lamination and printing. This segment represents $20.9 billion of annual U.S. flexible packaging industry sales.

    The State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report is a definitive source of information regarding industry size, structure, market segments, and key packaging products. Data in the Report is based on primary research including surveys of FPA members including flexible packaging converters and material/ equipment suppliers. Survey participants represent 72 percent ($15 billion) of the $20.9 billion value added segment, which includes retail and institutional packaging, industrial materials, shrink wrap and stretch films. Secondary data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor and Commerce, industry analysts, and investment banking reports, is also included within the Report.

    Aspects of the industry examined within the report include:
    • Performance (sales, volume)
    • Materials and processes (printing, expected material usage)
    • End-uses (end-use forecast, U.S. Census Bureau retail segments data - 2010)
    • Structure and consolidation (M&A activity)
    • Imports and exports (trade outlook)
    • Industry vision, challenges, and trends Over the next few months, the FPA Update will include reviews of key sections within the 2013 Report.

    Following in this issue is an overview of the “Industry Performance” and “Materials” sections of the Report.

    U. S. Flexible Packaging Industry Performance

    Growth of the U.S. flexible packaging industry remains positive. Over the past ten years the U.S. flexible packaging industry has grown from $20 billion (in 2002) to $26.7 billion (in 2012) with a compound annual growth rate of approximately 2.9 percent per year. Industry performance compares favorably with the growth of the U.S. economy and revenue and volume growth is projected to continue in 2013. Sixty-six percent of flexible packaging converters expect higher sales and volume in 2013.

    The U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Performance section of the Report also provides information on flexible packaging suppliers’ sales revenue performance, converters’ inventory, profitability, capital spending, the U. S. flexible packaging industry by NAICS 2012, and the global flexible packaging market.

    Materials and Processes

    Information provided in the Materials and Processes section of the 2013 Report details flexible packaging material purchases in 2012, flexible packaging film and resin use by converters and suppliers, net scrap as a percentage of materials used, manufacturing processing utilized by converters, flexible packaging structures sold, estimated dollar revenue and volume of various flexible packaging formats, printing processes, and expected material usages for the next 3-5 years.

  • Flexographic Growth in the Coming Year

    The flexible package printing market is growing, even in light of our global economy’s uncertain future. In 2008, shipments of printed packaging totaled about $79.7 billion in North America alone. Out of that total, flexible packaging made up about $28 billion, according to a recent study commissioned by the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR). PRIMIR estimates that, by 2013, flexible packaging shipments will grow to $31.1 billion dollars in the United States.

    Globally, flexographic printing makes up about 60%—which translates to roughly $260 billion—of the world’s $440 billion printed packaging market. As countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China continue to develop, the demand for pre-packaged foods and other goods, and in turn, the flexible packaging needed to contain those goods, will likely grow.

For moving delicate equipment, we recommend using an air ride equipped truck.

Make the skid big enough to support the equipment and prevent it from fork lift damage.

Make sure it is secured to the skid or 4 x 4's.

Always shrink wrap the machine to protect it from the elements.

Attach an address label to each piece in case they get separated.

If the piece of equipment is top heavy always remember to put a Warning sticker on it stating it is top heavy.

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