• Major new force

    October 18, 2005
    The global nature of label production favors consolidation, especially among European and US converters. The latest example is the formation of IlloSpear, which brings together the European operations of Illochroma Labelling Group and the filmic labe…

  • Rako to install

    October 18, 2005
    Rako to install two Gallus RCS 330 presses Rako Etiketten has bought two Gallus RCS 330 servo-driven platform presses to expand capacity for small and medium sized runs on various substrates at its plant in north Germany. Both modular machines have…

  • New UK company formed with two new press agencies

    October 18, 2005
    New UK company formed with two new press agencies LPP Ltd., a newly formed company in Manchester, England, has been appointed agent for Aquaflex covering the UK and Ireland. Rotoflex, a Barcelona based manufacturer of forms and label presses, has ma…

  • Wal-Mart plans entry strategy

    October 18, 2005
    Wal-Mart plans entry strategy for Eastern Europe Label and packaging groups with interests in Eastern Europe, or indigenous companies themselves, will have noted with interest the announcement by Wal-Mart’s CEO, Lee Scott, that his company i…

  • Stora Enso refocuses

    October 18, 2005
    Stora Enso refocuses labels strategy The sales organization of Stora Enso’s Global Specialty Papers group is being reorganized to combine its Label Papers and Technical Papers businesses into one sales team. “We have identified growing…

  • More paper price hikes

    October 18, 2005
    More paper price hikes are expected Not surprisingly, the effects of higher oil and energy prices have begun to feed through to the price of raw materials. All types of global converters and label stock manufacturers can expect many more hikes of t…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    October 18, 2005
    Esko-Graphics' parent sells its packaging division

  • Private equity

    September 12, 2005
    Only a few months ago BASF Printing Systems and ANI Printing Inks merged to create XSYS Print Solutions. Now it plans to swallow up Flint Ink, a sizeable group in its own right. The as-yet unnamed group will create the world’s second largest in…

  • Canadian manufacturer goes Dutch in web press deal

    September 12, 2005
    Canadian manufacturer goes Dutch in web press deal Another major industry acquisition, this time privately funded and involving two press manufacturers with a lot in common. It is of course the news that Drent Goebel has acquired RDP Marathon. The D…

  • CCL rescues former Avery-MBO converter

    September 12, 2005
    CCL rescues former Avery-MBO converter Merroc Ltd. in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland, has found a buyer after going into receivership. The firm was rescued by CCL-Pachem, saving 15 jobs. The officially-appointed receiver — whose job is to…

  • Label companies take reflexive action

    September 12, 2005
    Label companies take reflexive action There’s nothing wrong with a bit of consolidation now and then. Especially when you have a label group consisting of three companies with disparate names, such as Easedale Labels, Scanvaegt Labels and Icon…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    September 8, 2005
    Private equity funding creates an ink and plates giant

  • Yet another

    September 7, 2005
    Readers with long memories might recall an item about Harlands of Hull in East Yorkshire, which appeared in the December 2003 issue. It mentioned that the venerable firm — established in 1832 no less — had been rescued from near oblivion…

  • Skanem builds bridge to Eastern European

    September 7, 2005
    Skanem builds bridge to Eastern European Yet more news of a major labeling group seeking to increase its business in the developing regions of Europe. This involves the Norwegian labeling company Skanem, which is moving into Central and Eastern Euro…

  • Agfa and partners target industrial inkjet market

    September 7, 2005
    Agfa and partners target industrial inkjet market Advances in inkjet technology now offer viable alternatives to current digital color printing methods. A major step was when Agfa Graphic Systems acquired Dotrix in 2004 to further develop its color…

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