• 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…

  • Austrian deal

    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…

  • Renaissance reorganizes UK business interests

    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…

  • 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…

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