• 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…

  • Its a long trail a-winding

    July 20, 2005
    || It’s a long trail a-winding to spread the digital gospel This summer and early fall, spare a thought for the operators, organizers and sundry gofers involved in what is probably the graphics industry’s largest ever European road show. T…

  • How much doom and gloom in the UK label industry?

    July 20, 2005
    || Industry-wide surveys from commercial enterprises often make good copy. Some reader caution is necessary, however, when they are as doom-laden as the latest labeling report from Plimsoll Publishing Ltd. “Zero growth, sliding profits and escalat…

  • Upbeat Irish packaging group buys Spiralkote

    July 20, 2005
    || Upbeat Irish packaging group buys Spiralkote After posting “record” results for the year ending December 2002, the Irish-owned Clondalkin Group is now assimilating its first US foil and laminate producer. Spiralkote, based in Orlando, FL…

  • Innovative Boston label printer applies a name change

    July 20, 2005
    || Innovative Boston label printer applies a name change Thousands of converters supply self-adhesive labels in Europe, but only a handful both print and apply labels. One that does is Sutterton Label Printers and Packaging (SLPP), a privately owned co…

  • Large UK retail chain boosts RFID tagging for clothing

    July 20, 2005
    || Large UK retail chain boosts RFID tagging for clothing The long term future of RFID tags and labels obviously depends on gaining sufficient volumes to drive down unit and system operating costs. The fact that Marks & Spencer will apply RFID tags…

  • Upgrade for Raflatacs

    July 20, 2005
    || Upgrade for Raflatac’s Spanish coating plant After a year’s planning and reorganization, a redesigned factory for Raflatac Iberica SA is now fully operational. The Spanish subsidiary of the label stock group is located just outside of…

  • Creo Combines Operations

    July 20, 2005
    || Creo combines operations in key sectors Creo Middle East and Africa is consolidating its prepress manufacturing and supply activities with those of Creo Europe. By combining the two organizations, Creo says it can make greater use of the existing…

  • Hovat expands

    July 19, 2005
    || Hovat Ltd., one of the UK’s largest producers of flexo-printed stationery and data labels, has acquired Wydata Ltd., an innovative producer of bar coded stationery and digital printing. The deal, which is worth around £5 million ($8.05 mi…

  • Keeping prying fingers from blister packs

    July 19, 2005
    || Keeping prying fingers from blister packs Pharmaceutical packaging designers must ensure trouble-free access to a product by bona fide users, while safeguarding it against the unwanted attentions of a child’s fingers. Simplicity is a key issue…

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