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  • Smaller coaters feel

    The gloss has gone out of the label stock laminating business. Mergers and business failures have become commonplace. Simultaneously, the larger international end users have forced the pace in encouraging a globalized environment. This has led the le…
    07.19.05

  • Flint Ink and Gebrder Schmidt complete merger

    Flint Ink and Gebrüder Schmidt complete merger The new Flint-Schmidt organization is now one of the largest ink companies in Europe following the completion of the merger between Flint Ink Corporation and German ink manufacturer Gebrüder S…
    07.19.05

  • Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly)

    Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly) This close-knit industry naturally has its full share of rumors and speculation about who is doing what to whom, especially where press makers are concerned. Among the more trivial of pursuits by industry…
    07.19.05

  • Grayscale inkjet head

    Grayscale inkjet head comes out of the closet For several years we have been hearing how grayscale-quality inkjet will be the next big breakthrough in digital color printing. One of the noisiest vendors in this field has been Xaar, based in Cambrid…
    07.19.05

  • Nilpeter unveils

    The first Nilpeter press not manufactured exclusively in Europe received its European debut in mid-June at a three-day open house organized by Nilpeter Ltd. The UK and Ireland sales and service subsidiary near Hull in East Yorkshire demonstrated an F…
    07.19.05

  • Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management

    Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management Trading Labels of Warrington in Lancashire has developed Webnosys, an integrated information portal which links brand owners, their product suppliers and packaging/printing suppliers.The software dev…
    07.19.05

  • Renaissance for UK label trio

    Renaissance for UK label trio The UK label market is wide-open. It is not exceptional for the larger operators to change ownership within the space of a few years. Three well-known UK label converters with a varied history typify this situation: Lab…
    07.19.05

  • Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out

    Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out The acquisition of Xeikon’s digital color systems division by Punch International temporary left Xeikon’s black-and-white digital operations in limbo. Punch was not interested in the mag…
    07.19.05

  • MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof

    MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof Proofing is the weakest link in many prepress workflows, which vendors of remote proofing software seek to address. A case study within a digital flexo platemaking context comes from MCG Graphics,…
    07.19.05

  • Still waiting

    RFID technology remains an enigma. There have been some encouraging developments, but the soaring rates of growth spoken off in the mid 1990s look as far away as ever. Even the events of last September have failed to expand RFID security usage to any…
    07.19.05

  • Bar code productivity boost

    Bar code productivity boost Whatever happens to RFID products, the demand for bar-coded labeling products keeps on growing. For example, Datamax International Ltd., owned by the Florida-based Datamax Corporation, has installed a seven-color Gallus E…
    07.19.05

  • Improving engraving screens

    Improving engraving screens Artwork Systems Group in Belgium and ZED Instruments, a UK manufacturer of direct laser engraving systems, have formed a strategic partnership. The former supplies FlexoCal and Hybrid Screening software, which allows flex…
    07.19.05

  • Four is good,

    Four is good, but seven is better Opaltone, the Pantone challenger from Australia, has its first European representation. VGM Verpakkingen, a leading Dutch prepress company specializing in packaging, will certify prepress companies, printers and su…
    07.19.05

  • Landmark products

    The word venerable does not come readily to mind when describing many graphic industry suppliers, but it certainly fits DuPont de Nemours like a glove. It recently celebrated its 200th birthday, which coincided with a complete reorganization of its b…
    07.19.05

  • CDI upgrades

    CDI upgrades News was given on the progress of Cyrel Digital Imaging (CDI) platesetters. Since 1995 a total of 220 CDIs have been sold out of a total CTP population of 270 machines. DuPont looks forward to the concept of using satellite platesetters…
    07.19.05

  • Jarvis Porter exits

    Jarvis Porter exits the label world News of the takeover by CCL Industries Inc. of Jarvis Porter’s UK, French and Dutch labels operations came too late for the last column. But an event that leaves the Toronto-based group as one of Europe&rs…
    07.19.05

  • BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates

    BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates BASF Printing Systems has found a new partner with which to build on existing work in developing a direct laser engraving system for flexo plates. The company has joined with Schablonentechnik Kufs…
    07.19.05

  • Flexo set to build

    Flexo’s widening influence is apparent at Ipex 2002, this year’s big graphic industry event, held April 9-17 at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham in the UK. For the first time, one of the 15 halls will be dedicated to Converf…
    07.19.05

  • AVT trails a closed loop

    AVT trails a closed loop color control system Cylinder pressure and ink viscosity are major components of color control on flexo presses, therefore any change of these control parameters will result in a color variation. Advanced Vision Technology…
    07.19.05

  • Ahlstrom increases

    Ahlstrom increases base paper production The complex European release liner market shows annual growth levels of around 5-6 percent, much as in the US, but well below the 10 percent levels experienced in many Asian markets. Ahlstrom LabelPack tak…
    07.19.05