Mark Andy and UPM Raflatac announce strategic partnership in label printing

Mark Andy (Chesterfield, Missouri) and worldwide sustainable label materials provider UPM Raflatac, have announced a strategic partnership in the North American pressure-sensitive label market that leverages the knowledge and strength of both suppliers in the narrow-web label space. The companies said that the new partnership will deliver to the industry more high-quality, sustainable printing options for both flexographic and digital converters. Operating in 40 countries, UPM Raflatac offers a huge portfolio of sustainable labeling solutions that meet the evolving needs of converters and brands. Mark Andy is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of narrow-web and mid-web printing and finishing equipment.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Mark Andy, one of the most respected label and packaging printer OEMs in the industry,” said Dr. Kirit Naik, PhD and Director of Global Printing Technologies at UPM Raflatac. “Their philosophy of providing full-circle customer care aligns with our vision of being the partner of choice in labeling a smarter future. The narrow-web market, both digital and flexo, continues to experience healthy growth, and we’re looking forward to continuing to best serve that market by providing high-quality solutions proven on high-quality presses,” Naik added.

“Sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a responsibility,” said Dave Medlar, Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Mark Andy Digital. “We’re excited to join forces with UPM Raflatac, who leads the way in balancing sustainability innovation while still maintaining high-quality performance. We’re also excited to see our advanced press technologies benefit from working closely with UPM Raflatac by pooling our talents to bring the most value to all our customers.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.