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How One Flexible Packaging Printer Mixes it Up

Accredo Packaging has expanded its product mix to produce flexible packaging with an emphasis on sustainability.

March 2013 By Chris Bauer
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Accredo Packaging Inc., the flexible packaging arm of the API Family of Companies, strives to embody the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability. However lofty these goals, they have their roots in humble beginnings.

The family-owned enterprise was established in October 1986, with operations based in New Orleans as Advance Polybag Inc, a manufacturer of 'T-Shirt' (grocery) bags for the retail and grocery markets. As demand outpaced capacity, new facilities were established in Baltimore, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and Chonburi, Thailand.

Flex pack

In 2007, the company decided to broaden its production base and diversify into flexible packaging. To this end, Accredo Packaging was formed in August 2009, and is based in Sugar Land, Texas.

Accredo Packaging is a fully integrated converting company producing flexible packaging with an emphasis on sustainability. It primarily targets consumer packaged goods (CPG) markets in North America, producing a variety of products including co-extruded, laminated, printed, or unprinted barrier roll-stock; pouches; wicketed bags; and bundling film.

To handle its customers flexible packaging needs, Accredo Packaging relies on its stable of 10-color Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H) state-of-the-art presses, including a range of Novoflex, Vistaflex and Miraflex presses.

Johnny Dye, director of printing technology, says that the W&H presses were chosen for their high-output capabilities, ability to run efficiently at high speeds, and ease of use. "W&H's ability to maintain very precise registration at high rates of speed was a major determining factor in selecting their presses," he notes. "We push W&H presses to their limits and they respond very well."

The Vistaflex press acquired by Accredo Packaging was the first in the U.S. capable of running at 2,600 fpm, the company boasts. In addition, Dye adds that it provides the capability for exceptionally fast changeovers, "thereby increasing our productivity."

Pursuing opportunities

The company's mission is to be the most ecologically aware flexible packaging manufacturer, while producing best-in-class flexible packaging solutions, points out Executive Vice President Rex Varn.

"We're expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets," explains Varn. "We will continue our investment program which has allowed Accredo to gain a foothold in the flexible packaging converting market. With our integrated production under one roof, Accredo is able to provide our customers convenient, efficient service at a competitive price."



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