AWA Conferences and Events

AWA Inkjet & Digital Label/Packaging
Print Seminar

January 29 - 30, 2013

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

In conjunction with

Information Management Institute's
Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences

Seminar Focus

The versatility and flexibility of inkjet and other digital printing technologies is creating significant developments, trends and new applications in the global label and packaging markets.

During this market-oriented, comprehensive one-day seminar, industry experts will share their knowledge, insights and innovations. Join them to discover how the digital print platforms can benefit labels and packaging in your business.

AWA Alexander Watson Associates is a global business-to-business market research, publishing, and advisory services company with a unique focus on the specialty packaging, coating, and converting industries. Established in 1971 by Alexander Watson, the company has a reputation for providing focused, practical, reliable, and cost-effective information, and for a high degree of integrity in maintaining the confidentiality and trust of its industry information sources. As an added guarantee of consistency and quality assurance, AWA's Principals are personally involved at every stage of a project.

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Seminar Leader
Corey Reardon, AWA
Seminar Speakers
Tom Erickson, The Label Printers
Lawrence Gamblin, Collins Ink Corporation
Victor Gomez, Durst
David Gustafson, UPM Raflatac
Lou Iovoli, Hammer Packaging Corporation
Kirit Naik, UPM Raflatac
Greg Palm, Mark Andy
Tom Roetker, Memjet Labels
Andy Scherz, Epson America
Sean Skelly, EFI Jetrion
Dr. Dene H. Taylor, SPF-Inc
Speakers' Biographies

AWA Inkjet & Digital Label/Packaging Print Seminar
January 29-30, 2013
Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

  Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  11:00 a.m.Seminar Registration & Welcome Coffee

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session

Seminar Opening and Welcome

Corey Reardon, AWA Alexander Watson Associates Labeling & Product Decoration Markets - Global Review 2012
Corey Reardon, President & CEO - AWA, Alexander Watson Associates

Timely overview of the global labeling and product decoration markets, opportunities and challenges. Assessment of Main Labeling Technologies as well as the different Geographical Areas

Dr. Dene Taylor, SPF Recent Developments in Digital Printing for Labels & Packaging
Dr. Dene Taylor, President, Specialty Papers & Films, Inc.

A presentation which will cover technologies including: Inkjet, Electrophotography, Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer. Topics will also include: Expanding L&P Applications; System developments; Hardware, software, inks & finishing. It will conclude by comparing digital to analog and further discussing limitations and prospects.

Victor Gomez, Durst Printing labels with digital ink jet: state of the art and what to expect in 2013
Victor Gomez, VP of Narrow Web Products, North America, Durst Image Technology US a division of Durst Phototechnik, AG

Digital ink jet as a print technology for labels is now established as a viable alternative to conventional and toner based printing methods. This presentation takes a look at where ink jet technology stands as we begin 2013 (print quality, productivity, markets), its successes and areas that still need improvement. Ink jet printing differs from other technologies in many significant ways; we will explore how these differences affect workflow, roles in production, skill sets needed and pricing strategies. Finally, we will take a look at 2013 and the direction in which ink jet will evolve during the next 12 months.

Lou Iovoli, Hammer Packaging Understanding How Ink Jet and Digital Printing Impact Work Flow in a Mixed Packaging Printing Operation
Lou Iovoli, V.P. Strategic Partnerships & Marketing, Hammer Packaging Corporation

Hammer Packaging is one of the largest Packaging Printers in North America. Hammer has been a leader in our industry through strategic investments in technology. They are the largest user of Web Offset Printing for packaging, have the most unique configuration of sheetfed offset formats for packaging, and continue to buy the newest technologies in narrow web flexo. This discussion will be based on the challenges associated with understanding how ink jet and digital printing fit within the portfolio of Hammer's business and growth.

Tom Erickson, The Label Printers Ink Jet & Digital Printing: A Converter's Story
Tom Erickson, Plant Superintendent, The Label Printers

Presentation on The Label Printers experiences with three types of digital printing: Electron Beam Imaging; UV ink jet; and digital offset. Tom will present the challenges and opportunities of each technology including why they are used, how they use them, and when they use them. One color digital to seven color digital printing will be examined.

Sean Skelly, EFI Jetrion The Do's & Dont's of Digital Printing
Sean Skelly,VP and General Manager, EFI Jetrion

In this presentation, Mr. Skelly will share best practices for selecting a digital label press, employing successful implementation strategies and optimizing its use within your overall business. This will be based on the lessons learned from over 150 digital label press installations by EFI Jetrion.

  5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  8:30 a.m. Session 2

Lawrence Gamblin, Collins Ink Corporation  Inkjet Ink from a Nerd's Perspective
Lawrence Gamblin, President, Collins Ink Corporation

This presentation will comprise of two parts, technical and business.
Technical: What Challenges do Ink Formulators Face, Comparison of Inkjet Chemistries and Implications for Printers, What is Achievable now & What will be Achievable in the Future?
Business: True Cost of Printing, Market Model (Customer, OEM, PH Mfg), What Does it Cost to Manufacture Inks & How will the Market Develop?

Dr. Kirit Naik, UPM Raflatac David Gustafson, UPM Raflatac Pressure Sensitive Substrates: Challenges & Opportunities within Print-on-Demand Label
Dr. Kirit Naik, Product Manager, Prime Films & Digital Products, UPM Raflatac
David Gustafson, Product Manager, VIP Films, UPM Raflatac

The printing industry has reached a point where it is now driving, requiring, material solutions that meet the needs of new and innovative technologies, such as POD Ink Jet. We will be reviewing the state of the interactions between labelstock media and new Print-on-Demand technologies as it pertains to where the challenges exist and how we all may help each other solve them for the future growth of OUR industry.

Tom Roetker, Memjet Labels Achieving Success with Digital Pagewide Inkjet Label Presses
Tom Roetker, Vice President of Engineering, Memjet Labels

Traditional and digital printing offer different advantages and capabilities. Pagewide inkjet presses can provide a productive solution to many label printing applications. This presentation discusses the different Inkjet technologies and the ways to achieve the best results with inkjet Label presses.

Greg Palm, Mark Andy Digital Production Systems for the Label and Packaging Markets
Greg Palm, EVP Business Development, Mark Andy

Today's digital web printing systems provide print-specific solutions for short run and ultra-short run jobs. Realizing the potential of digital systems to unlock more value in today's converter will require a production focused approach. Similar to the historic development of scalable, multi-process, narrow web presses - future Digital Production Systems will need to strike the production balance that is missing from today's digital point solutions. This presentation will explore the converting and economic needs of a Digital Production System for the Label and Packaging markets.

 Andy Scherz, Epson America Competitive Technologies Target New Challenges in Labeling
Andy Scherz, Sr. Product Manager, Epson America

Increasing use of color, improving image expectations and expanding numbers of SKU's coupled with pressures to reduce costs and improve efficiency are placing challenges on the traditional thermal transfer labeling process creating opportunity for new on-demand color labeling technologies.

 12:00 Noon Seminar Adjournment

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IMI Conferences in January - February 2013

3D Printing: Opportunities & Challenges Symposium
January 28-29, 2013

AWA Inkjet Label & Packaging Print Seminar
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22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30 - February 1, 2013

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Hotel Information

IMI's AWA's Inkjet & Digital Label/Packaging Print Seminar is being held in conjunction with IMI's Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant. Early booking is advised as the special meeting rate of $124 (includes daily resort fee) for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until January 6, 2013. After that date, the group meeting rate will be on a space available basis.

To make reservations, go to or call +1-480-991-1414. You must identify yourself as part of ?Information Management Institute Group? to obtain the group rate by phone.and to assure that the $15.00 daily resort fee is waived. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed.

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Scottsdale is serviced by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) which is approximately 12 miles from the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and is served by over 15 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical nonstop service to over 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

Super Shuttle is available at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is located outside the baggage claim areas. Super Shuttle's current price from Sky Harbor Airport to the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is $16 per person each way. Taxi fare should be approximately $30 to $35. Door to door limousine service is also available outside baggage claims.

Additional information on Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and available services can be found at

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Location & Information

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is a peaceful, green 25 acre retreat tucked into the Sonoran Desert.

Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain and drenched in sunshine an astonishing 300 days a year, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites desert resort is an inviting oasis in Scottsdale featuring exotic desert flora, clean crisp air, and breathtaking mountain views. Everything has been designed for ultimate comfort and supreme relaxation including our beautifully manicured grounds, two swimming pools, fitness center, tennis courts, putting greens, and nature trail where guests often spot cottontail rabbits and quail in their natural habitat.

The casita-style guest rooms are unique and offer a private at home feel. All casita-style guest rooms feature beautiful appointed décor, luxury bedding with duvet, 300 thread count Persian linens and pillow top mattress and private patios. Complimentary internet is provided in guest rooms and the conference center.

Dining options within a ten minute walk of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites include J. Alexander's, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Veneto Trattoria, Houston's, Rancho Pinot, Tottie's Asian Fusian, Fogo De Choa, Blue Wasabi and more! There is also a Trader Joe's Supermarket adjacent to the hotel as well as numerous shops.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is located approximately 1 ˝ miles from Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ollie the Trolley operates from December thru March stopping at the The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites every twenty minutes (2012/2013 schedule will be posted when announced). Also, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Town Car Service operates within a 3 mile radius of the hotel - subject to availability.

Arizona means golf to some visitors. While golf abounds in all areas of Arizona, there are four courses within minutes of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Concierge can assist with your arrangements to play McCormick Ranch Golf Course, Camelback Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club and Talking Stick Golf Club as well as others. Dolce Salon and Spa is located adjacent to the hotel. Dolce is a two-story 13,083 square foot location with 21 spa rooms, 10 manicure and pedicure thrones, 28 styling stations, 1 Versa Spa spray tanning booth, 1 make-up counter, 1 Brow Bar and a cafe. Hotel concierge can make arrangements for your desired treatments.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites plus the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and the State of Arizona provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

Dress for IMI's Digital Print World 2013 Conferences will be casual.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites address is:

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
6160 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Phone: +1-480-991-1414
Fax: +1-480-951-3350
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