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Yolanda Simonsis is a 33-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

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CPP Expo Boasts Record Attendance

While most of the kid in me long ago matured, I found it hard to understand why any show organizer would opt to start a show on Halloween of all days. I may never learn why, but the co-located exhibitions of Pack Expo, organized by the Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Inst. (PMMI), and H.A. Bruno’s Converting & Package Printing Expo (CPP) must have had their reasons. So the shows had a slow start to what what ultimately turned out to be one of the best shows I’ve attended in a very long time. Exhibitor personnel–and even editors such as me–forgave all once Monday, November 1, came along. What a turnaround!

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An Unusual and Urgent Personal Request

Don’t think I’ve pulled the “personal” card many times asking anyone through any of my columns to honor a request. . . but I am this time. A dear friend of mine–and many of you as well–needs your help. Her name is Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies LLC in Burr Ridge, IL. She has been an active member of the printing community as a converter, a past Tag & Label Mfrs. Inst. (TLMI) president, and advisory board president of DiTrolio Flexographic Inst. in Broadview, IL. She recently added to her list of accomplishments: published author of A Random Interruption and breast cancer victor. Now here comes the personal request. . .

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What GOOD Trade Shows Are Made Of

Pack Expo/CPP, held October 31–November 3, was an undeniable success. Just look at the traffic–both going and coming–on the third day of the show at Chicago’s McCormick Place! Co-hosts PMMI (Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Inst.) and H.A Bruno had to have been pleased.

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TLMI Honors Best Converter & Supplier

At the Tag & Label Mfrs. Inst. annual meeting held this past October 17–20 at the Boca Raton Resort, in Boca Raton, FL, two were bestowed highest honors for Converter and Supplier of the Year among many label award accolades.

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ICE USA Stirs Up More Activity

Yesterday I mentioned in my Blog that ICE USA had nearly 200 exhibiting companies already reserving more than 40,000 sq ft of space. That’s good news for a show that has yet to prove itself, but even better news is that Mack Brooks Exhibitions had to abandon original plans for the smaller South Hall at the Orange County Convention Ctr. for the larger North Hall.

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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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