• Customized colors

    July 19, 2005
    Customized colors swing a digital decision The ability to deliver consistent customized colors for labels and packaging at a reasonable speed has always been a weakness of digital color printing. HP Indigo’s answer to this is the new seven-co…

  • Web press agreement

    July 19, 2005
    Web press agreement unites two heavyweights The decision by Montreal-based RDP Marathon Inc. to market and support Drent Goebel web presses in the US and Canada underscores the fierce competition in the narrow and mid-web offset market. Both compan…

  • Dupont-Brunner deal

    July 19, 2005
    Dupont-Brunner deal points to flexo standards An agreement between DuPont Imaging Technologies and System Brunner of Switzerland is intended to enhance the accuracy of Eurostandard Cromalin contract proofing for offset printing. However, Paolo Barb…

  • Smaller coaters feel

    July 19, 2005
    The gloss has gone out of the label stock laminating business. Mergers and business failures have become commonplace. Simultaneously, the larger international end users have forced the pace in encouraging a globalized environment. This has led the le…

  • Flint Ink and Gebrüder Schmidt complete merger

    July 19, 2005
    Flint Ink and Gebrüder Schmidt complete merger The new Flint-Schmidt organization is now one of the largest ink companies in Europe following the completion of the merger between Flint Ink Corporation and German ink manufacturer Gebrüder S…

  • Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly)

    July 19, 2005
    Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly) This close-knit industry naturally has its full share of rumors and speculation about who is doing what to whom, especially where press makers are concerned. Among the more trivial of pursuits by industry…

  • Grayscale inkjet head

    July 19, 2005
    Grayscale inkjet head comes out of the closet For several years we have been hearing how grayscale-quality inkjet will be the next big breakthrough in digital color printing. One of the noisiest vendors in this field has been Xaar, based in Cambrid…

  • Nilpeter unveils

    July 19, 2005
    The first Nilpeter press not manufactured exclusively in Europe received its European debut in mid-June at a three-day open house organized by Nilpeter Ltd. The UK and Ireland sales and service subsidiary near Hull in East Yorkshire demonstrated an F…

  • Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management

    July 19, 2005
    Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management Trading Labels of Warrington in Lancashire has developed Webnosys, an integrated information portal which links brand owners, their product suppliers and packaging/printing suppliers.The software dev…

  • Renaissance for UK label trio

    July 19, 2005
    Renaissance for UK label trio The UK label market is wide-open. It is not exceptional for the larger operators to change ownership within the space of a few years. Three well-known UK label converters with a varied history typify this situation: Lab…

  • Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out

    July 19, 2005
    Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out The acquisition of Xeikon’s digital color systems division by Punch International temporary left Xeikon’s black-and-white digital operations in limbo. Punch was not interested in the mag…

  • MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof

    July 19, 2005
    MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof Proofing is the weakest link in many prepress workflows, which vendors of remote proofing software seek to address. A case study within a digital flexo platemaking context comes from MCG Graphics,…

  • Still waiting

    July 19, 2005
    RFID technology remains an enigma. There have been some encouraging developments, but the soaring rates of growth spoken off in the mid 1990s look as far away as ever. Even the events of last September have failed to expand RFID security usage to any…

  • Bar code productivity boost

    July 19, 2005
    Bar code productivity boost Whatever happens to RFID products, the demand for bar-coded labeling products keeps on growing. For example, Datamax International Ltd., owned by the Florida-based Datamax Corporation, has installed a seven-color Gallus E…

  • Improving engraving screens

    July 19, 2005
    Improving engraving screens Artwork Systems Group in Belgium and ZED Instruments, a UK manufacturer of direct laser engraving systems, have formed a strategic partnership. The former supplies FlexoCal and Hybrid Screening software, which allows flex…

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