Flint Group Packaging at FTA Infoflex 2022

Flexible packaging, paper and board, and narrow web teams will be onsite

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Flint Group Packaging announced its participation at the FTA INFOFLEX event on 14-15 March in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo Flint Group

Flint Group Packaging is excited to announce its participation at the FTA Infoflex event on 14-15 March in Fort Worth, Texas. The company’s flexible packaging, paper and board, and narrow web teams will be onsite to meet with customers at stand 414 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Nicki Kerrigan, vice-president and general manager for Flint Group Flexible Packaging explains, “In our dynamic package printing market, printers may look to their vendors for support related to areas such as sustainability and simplification, and innovations designed for cutting edge printing systems and techniques. Our teams focus on reducing complexity and improving processes – and, more importantly, we can help our customers become more sustainable.

“At Infoflex, we are excited to discuss our extensive range of ink and coating technologies that drive value for packaging and label printers and to share insight on where real process opportunities lie. Our teams understand today’s print challenges and requirements – and by exhibiting, in person, at Infoflex, we have a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our passion and drive to help printers navigate through the critical topics facing them today.”

Innovation on display during the event will include inks and coatings for flexible packaging, paper and board and narrow web labels. The company’s sustainable offerings will be a focal point of discussion. TerraCode, for water-based package printing, and sustainable evolution ink, coating and primer range for narrow web labels, has been specially formulated to address rising market and consumer demand for a circular economy in packaging.
Visitors to Infoflex can learn more about Flint Group Packaging’s expertise in color management, including consistency across substrates and spot colors. Supporting its growing portfolio of customers, the business is eager to discuss Vivo Colour Solutions, a unique tool designed to increase converters’ color accuracy and press uptime and reduce substrate and ink waste.

Kerrigan concluded, “We look forward to meeting face to face and demonstrating how our teams are well-positioned to help customers, as we highlight our suite of services and our wide range of inks and coatings for packaging and labels.”

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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