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July 19, 2005
Four is good, but seven is better Opaltone, the Pantone challenger from Australia, has its first European representation. VGM Verpakkingen, a leading Dutch prepress company specializing in packaging, will certify prepress companies, printers and su…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
The word venerable does not come readily to mind when describing many graphic industry suppliers, but it certainly fits DuPont de Nemours like a glove. It recently celebrated its 200th birthday, which coincided with a complete reorganization of its b…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
CDI upgrades News was given on the progress of Cyrel Digital Imaging (CDI) platesetters. Since 1995 a total of 220 CDIs have been sold out of a total CTP population of 270 machines. DuPont looks forward to the concept of using satellite platesetters…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Jarvis Porter exits the label world News of the takeover by CCL Industries Inc. of Jarvis Porter’s UK, French and Dutch labels operations came too late for the last column. But an event that leaves the Toronto-based group as one of Europe&rs…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates BASF Printing Systems has found a new partner with which to build on existing work in developing a direct laser engraving system for flexo plates. The company has joined with Schablonentechnik Kufs…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Flexo’s widening influence is apparent at Ipex 2002, this year’s big graphic industry event, held April 9-17 at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham in the UK. For the first time, one of the 15 halls will be dedicated to Converf…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
AVT trails a closed loop color control system Cylinder pressure and ink viscosity are major components of color control on flexo presses, therefore any change of these control parameters will result in a color variation. Advanced Vision Technology…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Ahlstrom increases base paper production The complex European release liner market shows annual growth levels of around 5-6 percent, much as in the US, but well below the 10 percent levels experienced in many Asian markets. Ahlstrom LabelPack tak…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Raflatac reorganizes European operations All the major label stock manufacturers are striving to cut costs and increase efficiencies in a highly competitive and increasingly globalized market. Raflatac is no exception. The Finland-based group plans…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Xeikon fails to secure funding As a sequel to the Xeikon story in the last issue, it is now official: the Belgian company has gone bust. Last November it entered an equivalent of Chapter 11 protection and was given four months by the courts to secu…  Read More »
July 19, 2005
Paxar acquires French fashion label specialist By acquiring Europrint SA for $7 million for cash, Paxar Corporation consolidates its already strong position within the European garment labeling scene. It’s also a prestigious deal. Based ne…  Read More »
July 18, 2005
The Future of Labels and Labelling for the European Market, published in the UK by Pira International, covers the years from 1995 to 2000 and predicts events up to 2003. A reader will discover quickly that the European labeling markets are in a state…  Read More »
July 18, 2005
Xeikon is now a protected species Digital printing may be a hot topic, but it’s not just users who need deep pockets and strong nerves. Investors in Xeikon, for example, have their own anxious moments. Its subsidiary Xeikon France was the fir…  Read More »
July 18, 2005
SE Labels acquired by Scandinavian group Skanem Industries, a Norwegian-based packaging company, has its sights on SE Labels. With a turnover of over $170 million, the SE group is arguably Europe’s largest producers of self-adhesive labels: I…  Read More »
July 18, 2005
Digital printing is evolving fast and the latest technical options could signal a greater involvement among converters. It is also creating some unlikely partnerships among suppliers. One of the latest brings together Mark Andy and Barco Graphics&rsq…  Read More »

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