• 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…

  • Remote reading pack

    July 19, 2005
    Remote reading pack security gets thinner For several years Flying Null (www.flying-null.com) has been developing “smart” magnetic tags as a chipless alternative to low-cost RFID tags and labels at its Cambridge headquarters. It has no…

  • Xaar finalizes deals

    July 19, 2005
    Xaar finalizes deals with ink companies Inkjet technology specialist Xaar has extended an ink licensing deal with Avecia, which makes dye-based colorants, as well as UV-curable and oil based inks for inkjet applications. The business connection da…

  • Consolidation continues

    July 19, 2005
    There’s a touch of unfinished business about this column, in fact as Yogi Berra quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Readers may remember that the last column led with some observations about the troubled labe…

  • ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones

    July 19, 2005
    ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones In another label stock development, ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive label substrates, has rescued Samuel Jones Group (SJP UK Ltd.) from a form of financial protection named “administration.&…

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