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Packaging Digest, April 2013

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www.PackagingDigest.com APRIL 2013 // BEST PRACTICES is Printed Specialties in Carrollton, GA. Te vendor provides GSC Packaging primarily with offsetprinted solid bleached sulfate (SBS) cartons in the 15 to 18 pt range for carton counts from 10 to 200. Te print may include specialty metallic inks. "Tey do a tremendous job for us," adds Shapiro. He says that customers often provide their own qualified suppliers: "We're happy to work with any supplier." Tey are also open to work with just about any customer as well. While the company is 100 percent devoted to flexibles, GSC Packaging is open to non-flexibles, too. "We are a contract packer," reminds Shapiro. "I tell prospects there's nothing I like more than buying machines. If someone wanted to package into rigid 33 containers, we'd consider it. While we're exclusively flexible packaging, that's as of today." Some time ago Shapiro realized that companies that call on contract packagers want an extension of their own packaging operations—they don't they want to hear about any limitations. Remaining flexible will remain fundamental to GSC Packaging's continued success. GSC Packaging views stick packs as one of the company's big opportunities for growth. PHOTO CREDIT: DAEMONPICTURES.COM stick packs and other products. "Lithotype is extremely capable across many different formats," says Shapiro. "Tey have wide- and narrow-web presses to do jobs both large and small." Te vendor provides four basic film structures using various combinations of polyester, metallized low-density polyethylene, paper and foil. For example, a typical HFFS film is paper/LDPE/foil/LDPE. A common stick-pack structure is polyester/LDPE/foil/LDPE. Stick packs are offset-printed in as many as eight colors, though six is typical. A new, fifth film structure introduced in February 2013 that is currently being evaluated by GSC Packaging consists of an outer layer of cellophane to replace the LDPE for stick packs. According to a Lithotype manager, the resultant EZ Tear material is an improvement over tear notches and laser score opening because the material can be easily opened at any point. Another key film supplier is Chromatic Label, based in Irvine, CA. "We've worked very successfully with them," says Shapiro. Shapiro's go-to company for folding cartons, which he prefers to source locally due to shipping costs, Chromatic Label, 949-475-2300 www.chromaticlabels.com Donaldson Torit, 952-887-3131 www.donaldson.com Flexicon Corp., 610-814-2400 www.flexicon.com GSC Packaging, 404-505-9925 www.gscpackaging.com KHS Bartelt, 941-359-4000 www.khs.com The Lithotype Co., 800-871-8973 www.lithotype.com Printed Specialties, 770-832-1341 www.printedspecialties.com Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies, 920-564-5051 www.vikingmasek.com -RXVSHYGMRKM 8IGL 'SHMRKERHQEVOMRKMRXIPPMKIRGIXLEXLIPTW]SYHSQSVIJSVPIWW M8IGLJIEXYVIWQEOIGSHMRKERHQEVOMRKSTIVEXMSRIEWMIV¯[MXLPS[IVQEMRXIRERGI PIWWWIVZMGMRKERHWMQTPIVMRWXEPPEXMSR (7IVMIW 0EWIV :7IVMIW 8LIVQEP8VERWJIV 'SRXE 'SRXEGX(SQMRSXSHMWGYWWLS[M8IGLGEREPPS[]SYXSHSQSVI [[[HSQMRSREGSQ magenta cyan yellow black %7IVMIW -RONIX (SQMRS(SQSVI ES220891_PD1304_033.pgs 03.27.2013 01:58 UBM

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