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  • Collotype Labels acquired by Multi-Color

    November 6, 2007
    Multi-Color Corporation announced Monday the signing of a letter of intent Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd., headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • Pazazz Phase 2 earns FSC certification

    November 6, 2007
    Pazazz, a printing company based in Montreal, QC, Canada, has announced that its integrated label company, Phase 2, has earned FSC certification.

  • Label World wins Best Workplace award again

    November 6, 2007
    Label World, in Rochester, NY, USA, continues to let the industry know just how great a place it is to work. Nearly every year since 2000, the company has won the Best Workplace in the Americas Award from the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Te

  • New lab tests matrix removal

    November 5, 2007
    Precision AirConvey has opened a testing lab that allows customers to personally test matrix removal systems using their materials.

  • Blogs for a Digital World

    November 2, 2007
    We live and work in a digital world; a world that is far different from the one most of us grew up in. Digital technology pervades so many areas of both our work and personal life, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. What we need is a helpful gui…

  • Reducing setup time

    November 2, 2007
    Last issue we talked about Value Stream Mapping and how value stream maps (also known as "material and information flow diagrams") can help you "see" extraordinary amounts of waste inherent in your system. These are caused by: Overproduction: Prod…

  • Cool (and hot) labels

    November 2, 2007
    American Thermal Instruments (ATI), of Dayton, OH, USA, has been in the business of manufacturing a wide range of temperature monitoring products since 1981. Included in its product offerings are reversible (liquid crystal) and irreversible temperatu…

  • Better chemistry

    November 2, 2007
    Do you recall the reference in my last column to the battle with British Petroleum's (BP) wish to send increased quantities of effluent from its refinery in Indiana into Lake Michigan? Well, we won the battle. BP is retreating, at least temporarily,…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 2, 2007
    Two plants are sold as Macfarlane gets back to basics

  • Variable Information Printers

    Variable Information Printers

    November 2, 2007
    These pieces of equipment allow converters to offer more options to customers: printing of bar codes, coupons, tickets, and security features.

  • Brand Security Forum

    Brand Security Forum

    Michelle Sartor || November 2, 2007
    AWA Alexander Watson Associates and the Brand Protection Alliance hosted the annual Product Authentication and Brand Security Conference

  • Security Labeling

    Security Labeling

    November 2, 2007
    As protecting intellectual property becomes increasingly important, labels containing security features will be in higher demand.

  • The Top 10 Challenges of Digital Printing

    The Top 10 Challenges of Digital Printing

    Peter Renton || November 2, 2007
    Suggestions from a practitioner

  • Digital Print Update

    Digital Print Update

    November 2, 2007
    Now a strong force in the label converting industry, digital printing is accomplished using several competing processes.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Macaran Printed Products

    Narrow Web Profile: Macaran Printed Products

    Jack Kenny || November 2, 2007
    Higher than average growth, a focus on continuous improvement and the environment, and technically oriented customer service are the hallmarks of this well established New York converter.

  • PRP Flexo creates flat-top dot on digital plate

    November 1, 2007
    Following in the footsteps of its patented analog plate with a flat topped dot (ExSpect), PRP Flexo has announced that it has achieved the same profile within a digital environment, thereby enabling the same print advantages of their analog plate but with

  • The Rossini Group acquires Mastergraphics

    October 31, 2007
    After two years of partnership, The Rossini Group has completed the acquisition of Mastergraphics LLC, located in Stow, OH, USA.

  • York Label acquires Cameo and Package Service

    October 30, 2007
    York Label, of Omaha, NE, USA, has announced the acquisition of two label converting companies: Cameo Crafts and Package Service Company.

  • Label Impressions becomes FSC certified

    October 30, 2007
    Label Impressions Inc. has become the first flexographic printer in North America to obtain FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification and obtain Carbon Neutral status through

  • Label Traxx Partners with UPM Raflatac to streamline electronic ordering

    October 30, 2007
    Tailored Solutions’ Label Traxx, the print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, now connects its European users with UPM Raflatac.

  • New studies examine South American and sleeve markets

    October 30, 2007
    AWA Alexander Watson Associates has published two reports.

  • Tools & Production expands in Eastern Europe

    October 30, 2007
    Tools & Production (T&P), a manufacturer of rotary punch units, slitters and diecutting equipment for the narrow web market, has appointed Novum Graphics, headed by Larissa Eitner, to represent its products in the Eastern Europe area stretching from Latvi

  • Multi-Color announces expansion plan

    October 26, 2007
    Multi-Color Corporation (Nasdaq: LABL) has announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations with the purchase of a 247,000 square foot building in Batavia, OH, USA.

  • Mark Andy and KECO Coatings combine forces

    October 25, 2007
    Mark Andy and KECO Coatings have combined forces to offer their collective customers a new aftermarket process improvement program designed to reduce cycle times.

  • HP improves ElectroInk manufacturing process

    October 24, 2007
    HP announced that it has improved its manufacturing process for HP ElectroInks, the liquid inks used in HP Indigo presses — a change that it says has yielded significant benefits in productivity and energy efficiency.

  • Clemson University hosts VDP workshop

    October 24, 2007
    Clemson University's Department of Graphic Communications is hosting a two-day workshop titled Variable Data Printing: Database, Design & Delivery, December 6-7, 2007.

  • Expanded edition of the Metallized Papers and Films World Sourcebook

    October 24, 2007
    AWA Alexander Watson Associates has published the Vacuum Coated Papers and Films World Sourcebook 2007.

  • Unilux opens Indian sales and service office

    October 23, 2007
    Unilux, a designer and manufacturer of stroboscopic inspection systems headquartered in Saddle Brook, NJ, USA, has opened a sales and service office in New Delhi, India.

  • TMI Group acquires Lako Tool

    October 23, 2007
    The TMI Group of Companies, of Ronkonkoma, NY, USA, a manufacturer of testing instrumentation, has announced that it has acquired Lako Tool, of Perrysburg, OH, USA, a manufacturer of replacement sealing jaws and laboratory testing instrumentation.

  • Lightning Labels purchases second HP Indigo press

    October 22, 2007
    Denver-based Lightning Labels has recently purchased its second HP Indigo press, ws4500, becoming the first North American HP Indigo customer to have a pair of HP’s latest-generation label and packaging digital presses.

  • J & H Printing Solutions installs two flexo presses

    October 19, 2007
    J & H Printing Solutions Inc., a distributor of printing and converting equipment in Pewaukee, WI, USA, has sold and recently installed two narrow web flexographic presses.

  • Pat Technology retains Daco Solutions

    October 18, 2007
    Pat Technology Systems Inc., of Montreal, Canada, a manufacturer of modular narrow web converting and diecutting equipment, has announced its appointment of Daco Solutions Ltd., of Beverley, England, as its sales and marketing representative for the UK an

  • Multi-Color ranks 86th in Forbes 200 Best Small Companies

    October 17, 2007
    Forbes magazine has listed Multi-Color Corporation, of Sharonville, OH, USA, among its 200 Best Small Companies.

  • Gerhardt announces alliance with DMS

    October 16, 2007
    Gerhardt International, a manufacturer of rotary dies, has teamed up with DMS to provide a range of tooling products, technical support and customer service.

  • BST Pro Mark donates web inspection system to DFI

    October 16, 2007
    BST Pro Mark, of Elmhurst, IL, USA, has donated a new Powerscope 3000 video web inspection system to the Ditrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), Broadview, IL, which has been installed on its 13" six-color Profiteer press.

  • Harpers receive honorary degrees from ASU

    October 16, 2007
    Ronald and Katherine Harper, co-founders of Harper Corporation in Charlotte, NC, USA, have each received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Appalachian State University (ASU), in Boone, NC, for their contributions to society, success in busi

  • New water based PSA described as groundbreaking

    October 16, 2007
    Rohm and Haas, of Philadelphia, PA, USA, has announced the development of a new water based acrylic adhesive, Robond Prohesion, designed for pressure sensitive tapes and other demanding applications traditionally served by solvent based adhesives.

  • Interfilm acquires Brushfoil

    October 15, 2007
    Interfilm Holdings Inc., a distributor of industrial films based in Easley, SC, USA, has acquired the business and assets of Brushfoil LLC, based in Guilford, CT, USA.

  • New approach to

    October 15, 2007
    New approach to UV-based brand protection The ultimate aim of all anti-counterfeiting processes is to protect brands with high levels of security that are simple to handle in terms of production technology. Jura JSP in Vienna and the German firm…

  • New linerless labelstock

    October 15, 2007
    New linerless labelstock from Italy The latest development in linerless labeling technology comes from Gruppo Irplast, an Italian labeling technology firm. Besides cost savings, a major impetus has been the EU Packaging Waste Directive introduced i…

  • Threefold boost

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • Raflatac RFID tags

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • Going green can

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • Freeloaders hurt Germany’s Green Dot recycling scheme

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • British label converters finish last in profitability

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • Revamped Labelsco elevates

    October 15, 2007
    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…

  • WIKOFF COLOR CORPORATION, Fort Mill, SC, USA — Geoff Peters

    October 15, 2007
    WIKOFF COLOR CORPORATION, Fort Mill, SC, USA — Geoff Peters has been elected president and chief operating officer. Phil Lambert, former president, will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the company and as chairman of the Board of…

  • TOPFLIGHT CORPORATION, Glen Rock, PA, USA — Michael Falco,

    October 15, 2007
    TOPFLIGHT CORPORATION, Glen Rock, PA, USA — Michael Falco, president, was recently named to the TLMI Board of Directors. He has been a member of TLMI since 2000, while Topflight has been involved with TLMI for over 30 years. He assumed his curr…

  • ROTOFLEX INTERNATIONAL, Mississauga, ON, Canada — Ralph Beier

    October 15, 2007
    ROTOFLEX INTERNATIONAL, Mississauga, ON, Canada — Ralph Beier has been appointed sales manager, Europe. His business background includes more that 20 years sales/management experience leading high technology companies in machine vision, industr…

  • PRISM GROUP HOLDINGS, Wilmington, MA, USA — The company has appointed Filip Buyse

    October 15, 2007
    PRISM GROUP HOLDINGS, Wilmington, MA, USA — The company has appointed Filip Buyse as chief executive officer and president to lead the company’s global operations. He has been recruited to lead the company into a new growth phase, which w…