Valued as an economical process, flexo continues to dominate the packaging industry, while making inroads into new applications.
Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor09.12.05
Finished flexo labels leave the press. (Photo courtesy of Mark Andy)
Once again, despite a challenging year for printers, the flexo market continues to dominated the packaging industry, as well as making inroads into new markets. Many ink companies reported modest growth for flexo in 2003.
“Most of flexography’s recent growth has come in the packaging market, where it is already the predominant printing process in many types of packaging,” said Chris Parrilli, vice president, packaging, Sun Chemical North American Inks. “Packaging grew slightly in 2003. We believe the use of flexo increased also, as converters looked to reduce their costs while improving print quality due to recent technological advancements in flexography.”
“The doldrums that we went through in late 2001 and most of 2002 seems to be behind us,” said Jim Freid, product manager, fluid inks and coatings for Wikoff Color. “Approximatel
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