• nterLabel cancelled

    July 20, 2005
    InterLabel cancelled A lack of industry support, especially from the key crowd pullers, has caused the cancellation of InterLabel, a European labeling exhibition. It was due to be held December 7-9 in Stuttgart, Germany, and the debate it aroused wa…

  • CCL and Steinbeis to merge European and Asian operations

    July 20, 2005
    t’s not hard to see how global buying trends among the larger FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) corporate end users have reshaped the structure of the label industry. Several key consolidations have led to the formation of some really large ent…

  • Big BOPPer converts from films to drugs

    July 20, 2005
    Big BOPPer converts from films to drugs After 30 years making specialized films and chemicals, UCB Group is cashing in its chips and investing the money in cutting-edge drugs. The Belgian based organization is selling UCB Surface Specialties (former…

  • Focus on direct laser engraving for new flexo operation

    July 20, 2005
    Focus on direct laser engraving for new flexo operation The direct laser engraving of flexo plates and sleeves is no longer restricted to wide web applications. Downsized systems that work within integrated prepress workflows have widened the applic…

  • Best practices for printing Tyvek tags and labels

    July 20, 2005
    Best practices for printing Tyvek tags and labels DuPont Cyrel and DuPont Tyvek Medical Packaging are two quite separate business units, but for the first time they decided there was a commonality of interests to further their business aims. They ac…

  • Kugler-Womako moves into

    July 20, 2005
    Kugler-Womako moves into labeling machinery Kugler-Womako of Nürtingen in south Germany has acquired the Combina labeling machine business from Schäfer-etiketten, its near neighbor. The latter now concentrates on its core business of prin…

  • Plate plant follows favorable flexo trends

    July 20, 2005
    Plate plant follows favorable flexo trends Construction of a new flexo plate manufacturing site is well under way…

  • Paper industry price-fixing probe

    July 20, 2005
    Allegations of illegal cartel agreements and/or anti-competitive price fixing now appear to be a regular feature of the European paper and board industry. The latest inquiry, which began on May 25 with a series of raids prompted by the European Commi…

  • French label printer gets first RDP sleeve press

    July 20, 2005
    French label printer gets first RDP sleeve press The top end of the web offset press market is rarefied territory for most label converters, specially when it involves a new type of plate/sleeve technology. Illochroma France is a large producer of c…

  • Small-run UK label printers form self-help organization

    July 20, 2005
    Small-run UK label printers form self-help organization Continued pressures on small to medium sized self-adhesive label printers in a highly competitive market have prompted some UK label converters to form the British Short Run Label Association (…

  • Stork enters laser engraving flexo plate market

    July 20, 2005
    Stork enters laser engraving flexo plate market In the fast-moving world of plate imaging, the latest development involves a collaboration between the Dutch-based Stork Prints and BASF’s plate division. Stork offers its patented triple-beam la…

  • Philips and Checkpoint

    July 20, 2005
    Philips and Checkpoint form RFID partnership The successful implementation of any low-cost RFID technology within the supply chain clearly depends on sound partnerships between the providers of RF-based product identification systems and the electr…

  • Flint Ink boosts investments

    July 20, 2005
    Flint Ink boosts investments in Austria and Poland Flint-Schmidt is investing heavily in its label and packaging ink manufacturing facility in Vienna to introduce higher efficiency and improve productivity. The investment forms part of a program of…

  • Rising raw material costs may force label stock price increases

    July 20, 2005
    In common with other industries, rising raw material costs have become a serious factor for manufacturers of label laminates. Tough international competition may dampen the overall effect, but label converters can expect higher prices for self-adhesi…

  • Comprehensive CTP flexo

    July 20, 2005
    Comprehensive CTP flexo for Newcastle trade house With increasing pressures to reduce turnaround times, the label and packaging world would seem to be natural targets for prepress vendors. The accent is on highly automated workflows, as typified b…

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