• 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…

  • Ease of use featured

    September 7, 2005
    Ease of use featured in new flexo plate analyzer Greater emphasis on quality control in the flexo world leads right back to the printing plate itself. The latest offering to measure and analyze flexo plate quality comes from Troika Systems Ltd…

  • Dantex Graphics named Lüscher Flexo distributor

    September 7, 2005
    Dantex Graphics named Lüscher Flexo distributor Lüscher Flexo UK has appointed Dantex Graphics Ltd. a non-exclusive distributor for FlexPose!direct plate and sleeve systems in seven countries in Western Europe. The direct laser engraving t…

  • Harper aniloxes

    September 7, 2005
    Harper aniloxes roll out in Europe Harper Corporation of America has trained personnel at its licensed German subsidiary, Harper Graphics, to produce XLT laser engraved anilox rolls for the start of European production. The company was establishe…

  • Ahlstrom to boost

    July 20, 2005
    espite their financial woes, European converters still serve an expanding market. An indication of this is that label stock manufacturers are still working near to capacity. In the case of release base papers, one of the largest manufacturers —…

  • Esko-Graphics

    July 20, 2005
    Esko-Graphics incorporates Certified PDF Momentum is building to ensure that the Certified PDF format achieves industry-standard status as a preflight tool for modern prepress workflows. It was recently boosted by news that Esko-Graphics has begu…

  • Zipher wins patent suit vs. Markem

    July 20, 2005
    Zipher wins patent suit vs. Markem The United Kingdom Court of Appeal recently ruled in favor of Zipher Ltd. of Nottingham in its lengthy legal battle with Markem Corporation. At stake was the disputed ownership of Zipher’s patented thermal tr…

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