• GiDue introduces

    July 20, 2005
    GiDue introduces test plates Flexo is slowly getting its act together with respect to measurable print standards, especially with test forms. An example comes from GiDue, the press manufacturer based in Turate, Italy, which has developed three tes…

  • Data privacy fears over RFID tags and labels gain ground

    July 20, 2005
    Plenty has been written about RFID technology and its potential to influence supply chain management systems. Based on tiny microchips, the technology has shrunk in size and is now found in everything from swipe cards to tags to trace just about anyt…

  • Another new chapter

    July 20, 2005
    Another new chapter for Harland Is there an award for companies that hang on in the face of adversity? If so, then give it to Harland Labels of Hull in East Yorkshire, England. Disregard the fact that the company was founded in 1832, although that…

  • Eastern expansion for Raflatac

    July 20, 2005
    Eastern expansion for Raflatac Eastern Europe’s double-digit volume growth for self-adhesive labels contrasts with the generally lackluster performance of the more developed European markets. Not surprisingly, most press makers and material su…

  • New name in the film business

    July 20, 2005
    New name in the film business Competition in the fast-growing global market for polypropylene label and packaging films has intensified in the face of some major consolidations. One of the newest names is the Treofan Group, consisting of three separ…

  • An insiderís view on how offset stacks up against flexo

    July 20, 2005
    t its more sophisticated level, converters’ working methods do not differ much from one side of the globe to the other. Even the different patterns in the way individual print processes were once used, at least in the various European countries…

  • Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses

    July 20, 2005
    Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses If the inclusion of ultra niche markets into a technology’s portfolio of “can-do” attributes is anything to go by, then perhaps we should see digital color printing in a more compre…

  • Narrow web division launched at Sun Chemical UK

    July 20, 2005
    Narrow web division launched at Sun Chemical UK The narrow web inks market is set to become even more competitive in the UK now that Sun Chemical has belatedly set up a division dedicated to this sector. “We have been a bit of a sleeping gian…

  • Drop-in screen units follow Nilpeter and Stork collaboration

    July 20, 2005
    UV-cured rotary screen printing is synonymous with premium quality self-adhesive labels. For some flexo converters, cost is an inhibiting factor, but NiIpeter thinks it has an affordable answer with its “drop-in” screen unit. The main dra…

  • Punch acquires

    July 20, 2005
    Punch acquires front-end expertise In the spirit of the ever-changing and complex saga that makes up the European prepress scene, the Belgian company Punch has acquired Esko Graphics’ Digital Printing Products Department. Punch achieved a so…

  • Press makers get

    July 20, 2005
    Press makers get the three-year itch It is said that not all marriages are made in heaven, least of all among press manufacturers, it would seem. Citing a “diversification of strategic interests,” Mark Andy and MPS mutually agreed to c…

  • RFID label to monitor

    July 20, 2005
    RFID label to monitor temperature of drugs in transit Holding products within certain temperature ranges is a critical factor in guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of pharmaceutical products. With this in mind, Schreiner MediPharm, a divis…

  • Shedding some light

    July 20, 2005
    Nobody can guess how many billions of prime product labels are produced for private label brands, also known as “own label” or retail brands, but they surely represent a large slice of the labeling market. As in the USA, they represent a…

  • Giebeler moves in

    July 20, 2005
    Giebeler moves in with Drent Goebel Consolidation in the European narrow web world creeps along, usually forced by someone hitting a financial brick wall. The latest casualty is Giebeler of Langenfeld, Germany, whose assets and intellectual proper…

  • Scitex downgrades

    July 20, 2005
    Scitex downgrades Creo shareholding Scitex has sold half of its remaining shares in Creo. These were obtained when Scitex merged its graphic arts business with the Vancouver-based workflow and computer-to-plate specialist three years ago. At that…

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