• European support

    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…

  • Trespaphans PP business changes hands again

    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…

  • A further step for

    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…

  • Delay for UPM acquisition

    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…

  • Innovation counts

    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…

  • Consortium formed

    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…

  • Heidelberg intensifies

    July 19, 2005
    Heidelberg “intensifies cooperation” with Gallus At first sight, the statement from Heidelberg about “further intensifying its successful business partnership” suggested that the German graphics giant had exercised its opti…

  • Sentega sets up

    July 19, 2005
    Sentega sets up thermal transfer business Sentega — formed in September from an MBO of Avery Dennison’s European Business Media division — has made a “substantial investment” in the European thermal transfer label mar…

  • BASF breakthrough

    July 19, 2005
    BASF breakthrough in digital letterpress plates Rotary letterpress still maintains a strong hold in many European label houses, which explains why BASF Printing Systems decided to manufacture a digitally-imaged letterpress plate, which is now read…

  • Stork Group reorganizes

    July 19, 2005
    Stork Group reorganizes The Stork Group has consolidated several of its Netherlands-based graphics and textile operations to…

  • New data label operation

    July 19, 2005
    Following a group-wide review, which was completed last year, Avery Dennison Business Media has sold its European label converting plants to a management buy-out team led by Svend Jørgensen, who becomes chairman. The new group, Sentega Holding…

  • Swiss materials company in new hands

    July 19, 2005
    Swiss materials company in new hands More tidying up in the label stock world. As reported in the last issue, financially-troubled SJP UK becomes a subsidiary of ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive materials, and was renamed ScandSti…

  • Inkjet takes on new

    July 19, 2005
    Inkjet takes on new anti-counterfeiting role Possibly for the first time, inkjet technology plays a key role in an anticounterfeiting feature for packaging and labels. The technology was jointly developed by Dotrix in Belgium and the Swiss securit…

  • UK report recognizes

    July 19, 2005
    UK report recognizes packaging as an industry The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has commissioned the Packaging Federation and Pira International to carry out a study of competitiveness within the packaging industry. The issues…

  • Color change label

    July 19, 2005
    Color change label detects damp phones Well known for its innovative non-commodity labels, such as self-test battery sleeves, Schreiner has come up with another ingenious product. This time the German company’s Schreiner Protech division has…

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