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Yolanda Simonsis is a 38-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

Labelexpo Follows Trade Show Success Trend

Add another 2010 trade show to the winner’s circle. The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Assn.’s INFO*FLEX started the trend earlier this year in May with an astounding level of attendee participation. Now with the newest show edition, Labelexpo Americas (held September 14–16 in Rosemont, IL), the trend is continuing on the upswing

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Judging Digital’s Best

A mere month ago on August 16, I had the distinct pleasure of joining four other expert judges at HP Indigo’s headquarters in Nes Ziona, Israel, to evaluate the best entries among submissions to HP Indigo’s Fourth Digital Labels & Packaging Awards Contest.

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Response to PET Shortage

Good News: Demand for PET is UP! Bad News: Prices are way UP too! If that weren’t bad enough, availability is still in short supply and is expected to remain that way–unless we have a double-dip recession. Now that’s definitely not good news!

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Shortage of 48-gauge PET Film?

A recent conversation with my good friend John Felinski, president of Filmquest in Bolingbrook, IL, revealed there’s a growing critical shortage of 48-gauge PET film used for converting applications.

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In-Mold’s Best Picks

On July 14, I spent the day with my co-judges (see photo at left) rendering decisions on the best representatives of the in-mold labeling and decorating processes for the In-Mold Decorating Assn., Phoenix AZ. While weather there was a tad on the warm side (how’s 113-deg F?), the judges found the competition entries were even hotter!

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Romancing the Stanley Cup

We can't get enough of that Stanley Cup here in Chicago. The Cup has been making its rounds with Chicagoans following it on Twitter and lining up to give a smootch wherever they can catch it.

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Wrapping It Up at HP Indigo

Our HP Indigo tour was nearly complete except for a final chat with Gary Bernier, HP Indigo's Strategic Business Brand Development Lead. He shared with the mixed audience (both converter customers and editorial-type people like me) the kind of sales support the company provides.

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It’s All About the Ink

In the beginning, Benny Landa created Indigo ink, then came the digital offset press. After our first day at Hilton base camp (see my previous blog entries), HP saw all that we had learned, and said that it was good. So we were off to Rehovot, Israel–the second day–to learn still more about new software support, to see how HP assembles its digital presses, and a tour of its Kiryat Gat facilities where HP Indigo ink is manufactured.

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HP Explores Flexpack, Certifies Media Partners

If you've been following my visit to Israel as a guest of HP, you've learned the time spent at our Hilton base camp was packed with information regarding both the volume and growth of markets HP users serve. Our host also offered attendees the first-hand experience of four of its customers who had adopted HP Indigo technology.

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More on HP’s Israel Visit

June 15 was a busy day for those of us in attendance at HP Indigo’s Labels & Packaging VIP Event, held June 14—17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. After a comprehensive presentation by Alon Bar-Shany, VP & GM HP Indigo Div., in which he shared that the company’s newest WS6000 press is now outselling the 4000 series for its attention to higher productivity and quality, Corey Reardon, president and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Assoc., was next on stage. He shared trends and characteristics of the Label & Product Decoration Market Worldwide.

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