Welcome to the March edition of Converting Today from your new Editor. I am looking forward very much to providing our readers with the insight and updates on the converting industry that you are familiar with in this established publication.
It has been a busy month, with the conclusion of the headline UK Packaging Innovations exhibition at the Birmingham NEC, 26-27 February, as well as the upcoming IPEX and FINAT's labelling conference, among others.
At Packaging Innovations we were told about the new structure for the easyFairs roster of shows around Europe, as well as taking
part in some excellent discussion and debate at a very lively show.
I am looking forward to IPEX next as I am sure many of you are too. It seems that the consumer need for varied and personalised
mass communications via print and packaging is being met with a range of innovations, and a greatly reduced supply chain. With the
success of the 'Share a Coke' campaign, and the opportunities this will lead to for printing and packaging converters to customise the
label and package to the individual consumer, this promises to be a year of increased activity and opportunity.
In this issue we are speaking with James Siever of the European Rotogravure Association on trends in gravure, as well as looking at
innovation resulting from the ERA packaging conference in November last year (see Features section). I also have insight into corona
treatment from Nick Coombes, based on his interview with Jan Eisby of Vetaphone, whose father created the technology. There is
increased activity in this market, and Vetaphone has set high growth targets, more of which can be found in the Features section.
In addition we are looking at updates in the flexo market, along with the new figures from Smithers Pira's new report on the future
of print up to 2018. While there were historic potential setbacks in changeovers and speed, these are being continually met and
addressed to the benefit of the market. In our Viewpoint feature this month, Terry Thompson of PCT Engineered Systems
discusses electron beam technology.
Enjoy your reading, and please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.