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December '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2017 • 15 INX Hosts International Partners/ Distributors Meeting Schaumburg, Illinois-based ink manufacturer INX International announces what it says is was its largest turnout in recent years as 32 people—representing 16 countries—took part in the company's bi-annual international partners and distributors meeting in mid- September. Multiple presentations were held both days and a group dinner took place on the first night. The gathering took place at INX's research and development facility in suburban Chicago, and in attendance was a member of Brazil's Creative Inks that INX purchased in December 2016. Avery Dennison Gains on Sustainability Goals Mentor, Ohio-based graphic films manufacturer Avery Den- nison announces that it is making progress toward its 2025 sustainability goals. The company's 2014-2016 sustain- ability report, called "All of Us, Every Day," details how the company is leveraging its size and scale to drive change across its operations, industries and communities. Achievements of note include a reduction of location- based absolute CO 2 emissions of 3.2 percent in 2016 and market-based absolute emissions (includes renewable energy instruments) by nearly 12 percent. Avery Dennison is also on target to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3 percent year-over-year starting in 2016. In other Avery Dennison news, the firm announces a capital investment in Israel-based liquid crystal specialty films developer Gauzy. Gauzy is a vendor of material sci- ence which develops, manufactures and markets liquid crystal materials that are embedded into raw materials. Under the agreement, Avery Dennison will receive world- wide distribution rights to sell Gauzy's retrofit solution for switchable films. Laird Plastics Becomes SGP Gold Patron Irving, Texas-based Laird Plastics, which makes products that serve a variety of industries including the signage and display markets, has become a new patron of the Sayville, New York- based Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. Laird joined SGP at the gold level. SGP is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainability certification in the graphics communication industry. Founded in 1981, Laird Plastics' multinational team services more than 25,000 customers and offers a comprehensive network of service centers and inventories with an extensive product range, including such major segments as acrylics and polycarbonates, graphics materials and mechanical/engineering materials. Additionally, Laird says it is the only nationwide plas- tic distributor to have a dedicated business unit solely focused on the recycling of plastics. Ricoh Europe Opens UK Meeting Space Ricoh Europe, that continent's division of Tokyo-based Ricoh, a manufacturer of commercial inkjet printheads and office imaging equipment, announces the opening of a new meeting center inside its Customer Experience Centre in Telford, England. The company says it invites clients, partners and organizations to come and "co-create" at the 245-square- meter—approximately 803-square-foot—center. It says the space is designed to facilitate high-level global meetings as well as "private and focused collaborations." The meeting center incorporates a flexible, boardroom-style meeting room equipped with Ricoh technology including a projector, interactive whiteboard and a unified communications system for interactive video and audio conferencing, according to the company. Nearly 1,000 students toured Rowmark's headquarters over four days as part of National Manufacturing Day (images courtesy of Rowmark). Findlay, Ohio-based engraving substrate manufacturer Rowmark hosted approximately 1,000 eighth-grade stu- dents in early October as part of the National Association of Manufacturers' and Manufacturing Institute's "Dream it! Do it!" program. The "Dream it! Do it!" program aims to introduce stu- dents to all aspects of manufacturing and associated ca- reer opportunities. It teaches students about the advanced technologies and state-of-the-art facilities that are part of today's manufacturing environment. During the four days of tours at Rowmark's headquar- ters, students got to view several different aspects of the company's operations, including shipping, warehousing and logistics, plastic extrusion, quality testing and fabrication. "What we heard most often during the tours was that the students were surprised at how much technology was involved in our processes," says Rich Zydonik, Rowmark's vice president of sales and business development. "From the bar coding in the warehouse to the technology used to calibrate the thickness of the sheet materials we produce, it was an eye-opener for them to see what a modern manufacturing facility looks like." Rowmark Hosts 1,000 Students for National Manufacturing Day SDG

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