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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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Prepress giant builds on its Chinese base Esko-Graphics (the Belgium-based prepress group that evolved from last year’s merger between Barco and Purup-Eskofot) is the latest European graphics vendor to invest heavily in Asia-Pacific expansio…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
X-ident joins ‘smart label’ integration group For a relatively young company, X-ident GmbH has seen plenty of action on the take-over front. It was one of the first companies in Europe to develop special materials for producing smart l…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Ford to upgrade security labeling Automotive manufacturers have long been plagued by large-scale counterfeiting of spare parts, backed with convincing faked packaging. Ford Europe’s latest initiative is to beef up the security labeling on al…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
AIM opens US center AIM, the automatic ID trade association (the web address is www.aimglobal.org) plans shortly to open a US office in Pittsburgh. It will host an umbrella organization representing US-based companies who manufacture, test and sell…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
After a quiet spell on the merger front, CCL Industries Inc. has broken ranks by widening its considerable interest in consumer-based packaging and labeling. The Toronto-based organization has bought a 51 percent controlling interest in Pachem AG, a…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Renaissance reorganizes UK business interests More transatlantic label business, this time involving Renaissance Mark. Since acquiring Mail-Well’s label division in May last year, this Denver-based company has examined its English inheritance…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
European support for latest narrow web entrant At one time Webtron was a major player in the narrow web flexo press sector. It certainly helped the process to become established in many parts of Europe from the late 1980s. As elsewhere, it lost mar…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Trespaphan’s PP business changes hands again The wheeling and dealing that goes on in the international plastic films business almost overshadows the complexities of the actual manufacturing processes. The latest example involves Celanese AG i…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
A further step for electromagnetic ID technology Van den Bergh Engineering in Belgium specializes in manufacturing off-line paper processing modules, including integrated forms/label systems. Its machinery can handle RFID technology, hot foil stam…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Delay for UPM acquisition of MACtac Bemis Company Inc. does not expect to draw a line under the sale of its MACtac pressure sensitive mate…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
As we are constantly reminded, a major attraction of digital color printing is its capacity to open up new business opportunities, including some that do not even exist at present. In recent years this factor has rightly begun to assume greater signi…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Consortium formed to promote smart labels Smart labels based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology have been miles ahead of any meaningful market acceptance. Now several technology suppliers, standards bodies and associations, as well…  Read More »

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