• 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…

  • It’s 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 Raflatac’s

    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…

  • Prepress giant builds

    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…

  • X-ident joins

    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…

  • Ford to upgrade

    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…

  • AIM opens US center

    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…

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