• GEWs India hub

    November 28, 2005
    || GEW’s India hub serves Asia expansion India’s global influence on manufacturing and service industries will soon include UV curing systems for label presses. GEW (EC) Ltd. has started work on establishing a sales, service and manufactu…

  • Flint-Schmidt divests metal decorating business

    November 28, 2005
    || Flint-Schmidt divests metal decorating business Flint-Schmidt, part of the recently combined group of Flint Ink and XSYS Print Solutions, is selling its metal decorating business to the division’s senior management for an undisclosed sum. It i…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 28, 2005
    || Narrow Web Europe Gallus acquires a stake in folding carton technology By Barry Hunt It’s easy to see how producing small folding cartons on reelfed presses, rather than on sheetfed offset presses, can offer real economic advantages. Als…

  • Esko-Graphics parent

    October 18, 2005
    || he growing financial activity of private equity companies in the graphics industry was noted in the last column, when we reported the XSYS Print Solutions takeover of Flint Ink. No sooner had CVC Capital Partners been given the green light then we he…

  • 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…

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