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  • Label materials take a hit

    In what could be a sign of tougher times ahead for certain sectors of our industry, UPM, the Finnish papermaking giant, is reducing capacity. It is closing three of UPM Raflatac’s older pressure-sensitive coating lines in Tampere, Finland, plus…
    01.16.08

  • Spotlight on end use

    Spotlight on end use of waste plastics What happens to waste plastics in the recycling chain might not be of immediate interest to narrow web converters, but there is an obvious connection given a greater accent on packaging. In many European count…
    01.16.08

  • Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels

    Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels So far it has been largely impractical to print quality images directly onto a packaging medium using inkjet technology. Tonejet thinks it has cracked the problem. As part off The Technology P…
    01.16.08

  • Stork Prints sold

    Stork Prints sold to equity firm The takeover of Stork Prints Group by fellow Dutch company Bencis Capital Partners means that most of the major international prepress suppliers have given up their independence to become part of largely anonymous i…
    01.16.08

  • Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile

    Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile Ditone Labels, part of Clondalkin’s specialist packaging division, has won an order to produce 20 million Braille labels over the next two years for Aspar, a manufacturer of analgesic products…
    01.16.08

  • Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst

    Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst According to business analyst Plimsoll Publishing, UK label converters face tough trading conditions. “Almost every sector of British business stands at a crossroads as it prepares for the comin…
    01.16.08

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    Label materials take a hit as UPM cuts back production
    01.15.08

  • Two plants are sold

    The Macfarlane Group, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of packaging for consumer products, has sold two “non-strategic” and loss-making operations in California and Mexico to Specialized Packaging Group (SPG) for US$7.73 million in…
    11.19.07

  • Madico introduces

    Madico introduces cryogenic labelstocks Cryogenic labeling is one of the industry’s more esoteric applications. It is used by clinical and biomedical research laboratories, and in similar scientific environments, to identify plastic and glas…
    11.19.07

  • Multi-ply products boost

    Multi-ply products boost for German label converter To meet increased sales of multi-ply promotional labels, Rolf Ritter GmbH recently installed its fourth MPS UV flexo press, an EF 410 model. The servo-driven configuration includes 10 flexo units…
    11.19.07

  • RFID growth down

    RFID growth down on the farm? Animals, food and farming will represent the largest RFID market according to a report from IDTechEx, an educational, seminars and consultancy group based in Cambridge, England. Author Peter Harrop says, “RFID w…
    11.19.07

  • Sales boost for GIDUE at high-end of press market

    Sales boost for GIDUE at high-end of press market A sales growth of approximately 22 percent over the previous year helped GIDUE post a turnover of over 28 million euros (about $US40 million) for the year 2006/2007. “Our turnover shows a visib…
    11.19.07

  • MIS vendor offers online ordering of labelstocks

    MIS vendor offers online ordering of labelstocks European users of the Label Traxx management system from Tailored Solutions can now access the UPM Raflatac Raflink Business Line directly from their software. Said to be…
    11.19.07

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    Two plants are sold as Macfarlane gets back to basics
    11.02.07

  • Revamped Labelsco elevates

    Labelsco Ltd., a major independent label converter, was recently acquired by the MSO Group. Soon afterward the Belfast based packaging company merged Labelsco with its Hannibal Labels division, acquired only last year. Most of Hannibal’s equipm…
    10.15.07

  • British label converters finish last in profitability

    British label converters finish last in profitability As in other countries, British label converters face strong competition, with overcapacity prevalent throughout the industry. However, it is still surprising to learn that they have the lowest pr…
    10.15.07

  • Freeloaders hurt Germanys Green Dot recycling scheme

    Freeloaders hurt Germany’s Green Dot recycling scheme Germany’s pioneering Green Dot packaging recycling scheme is on the brink of collapse, says recycling firm Interseroh. Unscrupulous firms are apparently counterfeiting labels carrying…
    10.15.07

  • Going green can

    Going green can actually save costs It seems there is no escaping the environmental zeitgeist, especially in cases which show that altruistic concerns and economic expediency are not necessarily mutually exclusive. That is one way of looking at the…
    10.15.07

  • Raflatac RFID tags

    Raflatac RFID tags in healthcare distribution MBA Grupo, a European healthcare distributor headquartered in Spain, has adopted UPM Raflatac’s UHF EPC Generation 2 tags. This type of RFID technology is expected to improve stock management, all…
    10.15.07

  • Threefold boost

    Threefold boost for HP Indigo HP Indigo has notched up some noteworthy orders in the UK for its seven-color ws4500 digital press. Baker Self-Adhesive Labels in London recently installed a ws4500 following a successful move into digital label printi…
    10.15.07