Formed four years ago to give small and medium businesses access to short run, high quality flexible packaging, ePac now runs 12 production plants and has plans for continued expansion.

‘Our strategic plan is to populate ePac locations in as many as 15 locations around the United States. It’s really just a question of which one goes next,’ said Carl Joachim, ePac’s chief marketing officer in August 2016 at the opening of its second production plant. 

His prediction...

A widespread talent shortage in manufacturing is squeezing the printing industry

Near-historic low rates of unemployment in the US have created what some experts are calling ‘the tightest labor market in recent history’. It’s not only making hiring incredibly difficult, it’s holding back the industry. All of manufacturing seems to be struggling under the weight of more open...

Interview with Suresh Gupta, the former executive chairman of Huhtamaki PPL

L&L: What is your prediction for the label and packaging industry in 2020 and beyond? 

SG: The label and packaging industry is linked to the status of the economy, because we are involved in every sector. The industry is doing better than the Indian economy as we...

M&A: To sell or to hold

Sometimes the simplest advice can glean the greatest rewards. To this end, I always start our consulting and M&A ventures with this mantra: look ahead. Envisioning the future is far wiser than pondering on the past. Outside of evaluating the last 12 months’ trends and what they may mean to...

Mike Fairley column: A business review for success

Retail sales in the EU28 countries are up just 0.4 percent – and that includes eastern European countries that are generally doing better. The US has also reported declining retail footfall; international retail sales are said to be down by around 1.6 percent, while the UK recently announced...

Andy Thomas-Emans column: New opportunities in commercial print

I pose this question because the retail landscape is undergoing a seismic shift, with start-up ‘challenger’ brands taking on the established global players and carving out new niches, especially amongst younger, more social media savvy and lifestyle-conscious consumers. These brands do not have...

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, USA, won a Best of the Beset award for its ‘Drawbridge Gin’ label

As the level of quality improves year on year, we often deliberate long and hard in making the decision as to which labels will earn the honor of being selected as a category winner followed closely by the Honorable Mention awards. From the winners of each category group the judges will select,...

Gabriel Ramirez and Luis Ricardo Marquez Gete from Multi Color Corporation Mexico at the TLMI Annual Meeting

‘One main disruptor in our industry is sustainability and in order to tackle it we need to bring the tag and label industry together. We need to break down barriers and anticipated legislation, and outside forces that are shaking up the status quo,’ said Nick Tucci of Avery Dennison, the host of...

Bruce Hanson, labels and forms division president, addresses the  crowd during an engineering day hosted at RRD’s Milwaukee facility

While those tech disruptors may have decimated some of the companies that RRD previously called customers, they didn’t take down RRD. That’s because there is a common denominator that RRD has employed over the years: a willingness to reinvent itself and evolve with the market. 

This...

Environmental protection drives Guangdong Yingcai growth

Indeed, Guangdong Yingcai is seen as a model enterprise for environmental protection and waste treatment in China’s domestic flexible packaging industry, and recently invited representatives of flexible packaging converters from 35 provinces in China to learn from their experience. 

Feng...

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