Top 10 Posts of 2011: Economics, recycling, package design, labeling, etc.


In the course of reviewing the 65 posts I wrote this year, I came across a pretty astonishing statistic: 17,113 readers came to this site and another 9,045 came to my Blog on the Converting Quarterly Website in 2011. The fact that readers are spending an average of 2½ mins. on each post page says to me, at least, that you’re finding something of value before clicking off somewhere else into Cyberspace.

With that in mind, here’s a rundown on the Top 10 Converting Curmudgeon Posts of 2011, based on which received the most traffic this year (whether WordPress- or CQ-located).

1. 2012 US Economic Forecast: Crystal ball “not so clear”
Will it be a “double-dip” recession or 3-percent rise in GDP? That old adage that says, “Ask two economists their opinion and you’ll get three answers,” certainly seems to be holding true as just about everyone lately tries to figure … Continue reading →

SPC Packaging Recovery Recycling Label2. Get ready for yet another
recycling label system
Sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue just released details on its 2012 national pilot for a new Packaging Recovery Label System (above), a voluntary label developed by the group’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) to tell consumers how to … Continue reading →

Tilex with shrink-sleeve labels3. Sleeve-label market forecast:
No shrinkage in sight

Whether as heat-shrink labels, stretch sleeves or those ROSO (roll-on, shrink-on) shrink sleeves, the global sleeve-label market shows no signs of contracting. And, if anything, it will expand faster than industry averages in the next few years. … Continue reading →

Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD box4. What dog food, chocolates and Elvis have in common
Disclaimer: I attended the 2011 AIMCAL Metallized and Vacuum Coated Product of the Year and Sustainability competition judging today strictly as an observer. While I have been a judge over the past 10 years or so, I’m now also … Continue reading →

Comexi Nexus EVO solventless laminator at ICE USA 2011

5. ICE USA 2011 Photo Gallery:
A show is born

ICE USA  2011, the new biennial converting-industry tradeshow, premiered last week at the Orange County Convention Ctr. in Orlando, FL. All in all, it was a successful first effort for the new American edition of the ICE (Intl. Converting … Continue reading →

6. Why flexible packaging is doing so well
The US flexible-packaging market is projected to grow a healthy 8% this year to reach $27.5 billion in sales in 2011. Across The Pond, the total European flex-pack market will top €11.9 billion in 2014, rising at about 2.5% … Continue reading →

DuPont Moneta film-foil laminate7. Films, flex packs among 23rd DuPont Packaging Awards
Wilmington, DE-based DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers today announced winners in the 23rd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, representing breakthrough developments from global brand giants. Among them were several converted films and flexible-packaging products from companies around … Continue reading →

GPI Kleenex tissue oval canisters8. Top metallized packages
shine in AIMCAL Awards

The Assn. of Intl. Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators bestowed its 2011 Product of the Year Award on the Consumer Packaging Div. of Graphic Packaging Intl. (GPI), Marietta, GA, for a series of oval holiday canisters for Kleenex tissues for … Continue reading →

9. What the global label market will look like in 2015
In a nutshell: More Asian, more pressure-sensitive, more high-tech and more digitally printed. That’s the gist of what was revealed by Dr. William Llewellyn, vp-senior consultant with AWA Alexander Watson Associates, at today’s … Continue reading →

10. What the global release-liner market will look like in 2015
In a nutshell: More Latin American, more plastic and more sustainable. Those are the top descriptions from presentations at the AWA Global Release Liner Conference & Exhibition 2011 in Chicago. Check out these Converting CurmudgeonContinue reading →

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2 Responses to Top 10 Posts of 2011: Economics, recycling, package design, labeling, etc.

  1. I remember, many years ago, hearing that the computer would completely screw printers. Mark’s posts are the best evidence that THEY WERE SO VERY WRONG!

  2. Pingback: Top 10 Posts of 2011: Economics, recycling, package design, labeling, etc. | Converting Guide

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