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  • Toray to build film plant this year in France

    March 25, 2008
    Toray to build film plant this year in France Toray Films Europe (TFE), an arm of Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan, will begin construction this year of a plant for production of Torayfan biaxially oriented polypropylene high-barrier metalized film.…

  • FFTA launches 2008 Regional Workshop tour

    March 25, 2008
    FFTA launches 2008 Regional Workshop tour The Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) began a regional tour of its educational workshops in early March. The first was held March 5 at Arizona State University (ASU), Mesa, AZ, USA, and…

  • Stora Enso sells unit, opens new US office

    March 25, 2008
    Stora Enso sells unit, opens new US office Paper supplier Stora Enso has finalized the divestment of Stora Enso North America Inc., its North American subsidiary, to NewPage Corporation, a coated paper producer based in Miamisburg, OH, USA. Followi…

  • New UV heat control developed by GEW

    March 25, 2008
    New UV heat control developed by GEW GEW Ltd., a UK based UV systems manufacturer, has announced the development of a new heat management product. According to a company statement, the new product, AIRFilm, “permits processing of a wide range…

  • Cyrel announces price increases in US, Canada

    March 25, 2008
    Cyrel announces price increases in US, Canada DuPont Packaging Graphics, of Wilmington, DE, USA, has announced a price increase in the US and Canada effective March 1 for all DuPont Cyrel products. The increases range from 3 percent to 8 percent, de…

  • Technicote adds new adhesive coater

    March 25, 2008
    Technicote adds new adhesive coater Technicote Inc., an ISO 9001:2000 certified company headquartered in Miamisburg, OH, USA, announced the addition of a new wide web adhesive and specialty coater at its manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, IN, USA.…

  • Label Traxx represented in Australia, NZ, SE Asia

    March 25, 2008
    Label Traxx represented in Australia, NZ, SE Asia Tailored Solutions, the producer of Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, has named Peter Adam its exclusive agent in Australia and…

  • MicroClean establishes anilox cleaning service

    March 25, 2008
    MicroClean establishes anilox cleaning service Flexo Concepts, which manufactures of MicroClean dry media anilox cleaning systems and TruPoint plastic and composite doctor blades, has announced the launch of its MicroClean Anilox Roll Cleaning Servi…

  • Novum wins award

    March 25, 2008
    Novum wins award from Tools & Production Novum Graphics, the Swiss company set up by Larissa Eitner in 2004, has been named “Fastest Growing Dealer” by Tools & Production (T&P), the US manufacturer of rotary punch units, sli…

  • New Raflatac plant

    March 25, 2008
    New Raflatac plant now fully operational UPM Raflatac’s new special products coating line at the Tampere factory in Finland is now fully operational and delivering self-adhesive label materials to label converters. The design of the new coati…

  • Maxson announces major expansion

    March 25, 2008
    Maxson announces major expansion Maxson Automatic Machinery Company, of Westerly, RI, USA, a manufacturer of sheeters, has announced a multi-million dollar expansion that will include additional office and production facilities for greater capacity…

  • Harper seminars focus on sleeve care

    March 25, 2008
    Harper seminars focus on sleeve care Anilox supplier Harper Corporation of America, of Charlotte, NC, USA, has created an educational program about anilox sleeves, which it has presented to customers at its headquarters and also at its plant in Gree…

  • BST Pro Mark makes sales force changes

    March 25, 2008
    BST Pro Mark makes sales force changes Webconvert Ltd., of Toronto, ON, Canada, has been appointed sales representative for BST Pro Mark, of Elmhurst, IL, USA. BST manufactures web inspection and web guiding equipment. Webconvert will market the com…

  • J&H opens an office

    March 25, 2008
    J&H opens an office in Latin America J&H Printing Solutions, of Pewaukee, WI, USA, has announced the opening of J&H Latin America. The company is a distributor of narrow and wide web flexographic printing and converting equipment made i…

  • Pulse introduces

    March 25, 2008
    Pulse introduces new cold foil adhesive Pulse Roll Label Products, of Bristol, England, has announced the development of Coldfix, a UV curable, through-cure adhesive formulated for cold, die-less foiling on a wide range of substrates. According to…

  • Coating company switches to wind power

    March 25, 2008
    Coating company switches to wind power Masterpiece Graphix, of Fenton, MO, USA, has launched a wind power program, making it the first digital top coater to exclusively use wind to power its entire facility. The move came in response to an increasin…

  • New firm to distribute Sensotec systems

    March 25, 2008
    New firm to distribute Sensotec systems Sensotec automatic print registration systems, manufactured in Germany by Sensotec GmbH, will be distributed in North America by Innovative Printing Technologies. Sensotec has installed more than 350 systems w…

  • FLEXcon and MassMEP host Lean roundtable

    March 25, 2008
    FLEXcon and MassMEP host Lean roundtable Fifty representatives of 20 manufacturing companies from Massa-chusetts were briefed on the successful Lean Manufacturing initiatives of FLEXcon recently at a Lean Champions Roundtable hosted by FLEXcon and t…

  • 19 companies form Flexo4all alliance

    March 25, 2008
    19 companies form Flexo4all alliance A group of 19 suppliers in the narrow and wide web converting industries has formed an alliance called Flexo4all, which will meet for the first time at Drupa 2008 in Germany. According to the group’s statem…

  • Collotype to cost

    March 25, 2008
    Collotype to cost Multi-Color $185 million Multi-Color Corporation (Nasdaq: LABL), of Sharonville, OH, USA, has announced the signing of a binding agreement to acquire Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd. for approximately US$175 million plus…

  • Clondalkin Group acquires Accutech Films

    March 25, 2008
    Clondalkin Group acquires Accutech Films Clondalkin Group, an international producer of flexible and specialist packaging products, has acquired Accutech Films Inc., of Coldwater, OH, USA, a producer of customized flexible plastic films for industri…

  • Kocher + Beck buys American Die Tech

    March 25, 2008
    Kocher + Beck buys American Die Tech Kocher + Beck, a manufacturer of flexible dies headquartered in Germany, has acquired American Die Technology of Suwanee, GA, USA. The acquisition gives the company production facilities with more than 100 employ…

  • CCL forms joint venture with Russian converter

    March 25, 2008
    CCL forms joint venture with Russian converter CCL Industries has entered a joint venture in Russia to create a new label company, CCL-Kontur, to serve Russia and other CIS countries. CCL-Kontur is jointly owned by CCL Label and Ilgar Mamedov, an en…

  • RotoMetrics acquired by management and investment firm

    March 18, 2008
    RotoMetrics, the narrow web industrys largest die manufacturer, has been acquired by Morgenthaler Partners in conjunction with RotoMetrics management.

  • Gallus reports profitable 2007

    March 18, 2008
    The Gallus Group, a manufacturer of narrow web presses and screen printing equipment based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, reports turnover for 2007 at CHF289 million (US$295 million), up CHF6 million from 2006.

  • Stork Prints to supply screen units for Omet presses

    March 18, 2008
    Stork Prints, a producer of rotary screen technology, based in Boxmeer, the Netherlands, will supply Italian press manufacturer Omet with dedicated RSI (Rotary Screen Integration) modules for the Varyflex 520mm and 670mm combination presses.

  • Channeled Resources opens two recycling centers

    March 18, 2008
    Channeled Resources Group, headquartered in Chicago, has announced the opening of two North American Recycling Service Centers.

  • Raflatac marks 100 million RFID inlays delivered into tickets

    March 18, 2008
    UPM Raflatac, based in Tampere, Finland, has manufactured and supplied 100 million RFID inlays to mass transit ticketing applications globally.

  • WS Packaging implements Radius Solutions PECAS Vision

    March 18, 2008
    WS Packaging Group, headquartered in Algoma, WI, USA, has implemented Radius Solutions PECAS Vision business information management/enterprise resource planning system at three of its sites.

  • Mondi presents Tape Innovation Days conference

    March 18, 2008
    Tape Innovation Days will be held May 28 to 29 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

  • Sani-Blast forms alliance with ARCS

    March 18, 2008
    Sani-Blast and ARCS, manufacturers and distributors of anilox roll cleaning equipment and service, have announced a marketing and service alliance throughout North America.

  • RFID blogs

    March 14, 2008
    Type "RFID" into Google these days and you get more than 34 million hits. A Google blog search yields over five million articles. Clearly there is a great deal of interest in this emerging technology. In my research for this column I came across just…

  • Kaizen

    March 14, 2008
    Over the past several months we've discussed several tools of Lean as they apply to the printing industry. We've looked at creating a safer, cleaner, better organized workplace using 5S: "seeing" wast…

  • Hang it all

    March 14, 2008
    Nioxin is a $40 million dollar hair care industry provider that sells a wide variety of hair cleansers, conditioners and treatments through professional salons. The goal of the company, as stated by founder Eva Graham, is to provide natural solutions…

  • We just don't get it

    March 14, 2008
    To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology." Or, " Such a product fulfills the manufacturer's desires…

  • King of the Concrete Jungle

    March 14, 2008
    Our firm recently conducted a strategic brainstorming session with the managers of a label converter client. As the full day session drew to a close, I summed up the perspective of ownership by using the title of the off-Broadway show "I Love You, Yo…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    March 14, 2008
    Drupa is the showcase for the latest inkjet technology

  • Foil: Challenges & Solutions

    Foil: Challenges & Solutions

    March 14, 2008
    Foil: Challenges & Solutions By Brian Hill Foil stampers face challenges every day, but knowing how to handle them can make the converter a valuable partner to the customer. Foll…

  • The Importance of Maintaining & Managing Anilox Inventory for Flexo Operations

    The Importance of Maintaining & Managing Anilox Inventory for Flexo Operations

    Bill Poulson || March 13, 2008
    The anilox roller is a critical component in flexography operations on a day-to-day basis, and the ceramic laser engraved anilox in particular has lent stability to the flexo process. These two facts alone are reason enough to pay special attention t…

  • Static Control

    Static Control

    March 13, 2008
    A moving web will create static electricity under any conditions.

  • Smart Labels

    Smart Labels

    Leah Genuario || March 13, 2008
    Today's smart labels come in many forms and functions, not just RFID.

  • RFID Label Market

    RFID Label Market

    Leah Genuario || March 13, 2008
    A look at the RFID label industry since Wal-Mart's well known mandate.

  • Dion Label Printing

    Dion Label Printing

    Jack Kenny || March 13, 2008
    Market diversity, pursuit of digital printing and a focus on environmental quality are hallmarks of this Massachusetts converter.

  • Best managed label companies named by TLMI

    March 12, 2008
    The Eugene M. Singer Awards for Best Managed Company were unveiled last week as members of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute gathered in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for their yearly Converter Meeting.

  • York Label acquires two converters in Chile

    March 12, 2008
    York Label, headquartered in Omaha, NE, USA, continues its expansion with the acquisition of Etiprak S.A. through its Cameo-Marinetti joint venture, and a 50 percent interest in Etiquetas Industriales Ltda., both located in Santiago, Chile.

  • HP Indigo introduces the ws6000

    March 12, 2008
    A new digital label and packaging press from HP Indigo will be unveiled in May at Drupa, the large German print show.

  • Wausau Coated offers reduced minimums on HP Indigo roll products

    March 12, 2008
    Wausau Coated Products, of Wausau, WI, USA, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive roll and sheet label products, has announced lower minimum order quantities on all stocked HP Indigo products.

  • Digital proofing seminar at Clemson back by popular demand

    March 12, 2008
    The Graphic Communications department of Clemson University will present two back-to-back reprises of one of its most popular seminars: Digital Proofing for Flexography, May 13-14 and May 15-16.

  • FTS to demo Mark Andy equipment at April open house

    March 12, 2008
    The Flexographic Trade School (FTS) will conduct an open house Tuesday, April 8, at its facility in Fort Mill, SC, USA.

  • XSYS Print Solutions changes name to Flint Group Narrow Web

    March 3, 2008
    The name change is the last in a long series of re-branding moves for the narrow web ink maker before its acquisition by Flint Group.