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  • L&NW’s 2007 Symposium set for November in New Jersey

    September 11, 2007
    Label & Narrow Web will produce another in its continuing series of industry symposiums November 14 and 15 in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

  • English translation of Practical UV Guide now available

    September 11, 2007
    The Practical Guide to UV Technology is now available in English.

  • Mark Andy expands Europe management team

    September 11, 2007
    Mark Andy has promoted Dieter Huck to chairman of Mark Andy Europe, and has appointed Remy Höhener as European managing director at the Basel, Switzerland office.

  • TLMI packs a crowd for Tech 007 conference

    TLMI packs a crowd for Tech 007 conference

    September 10, 2007
    With a solid reputation for producing informative and educational technical conferences, the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute drew yet another record attendance to its latest, Tech 007, held in early September in Chicago's Fairmont Hotel. Them…

  • Flint Group raises ink prices

    September 10, 2007
    As a consequence of continuously rising raw material prices, Flint Group says that it is raising prices for printing inks in all market segments in North America and Europe.

  • X-Rite to acquire Pantone

    September 7, 2007
    X-Rite, a US manufacturer of systems to measure, formulate, match, and simulate color, has announced that it will acquire Pantone for $180 million.

  • AVT to acquire GMI for $33 million

    September 4, 2007
    Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), a leader in automatic inspection solutions for printing applications based in Hod Hasharon, Israel, has announced the planned acquisition of Graphic Microsystems Inc. (GMI), from Dover Diversified Inc., a subsidiary of Do

  • UV systems cut CO2 emissions, says GEW

    September 4, 2007
    UV systems manufacturer GEW (EC) Ltd. has revealed figures on CO2 emissions with cost savings to date based on the supply of its e-Brick electronic UV curing systems.

  • US demand for active packaging on the rise

    September 4, 2007
    Demand for active and intelligent packaging is projected to climb 13 percent annually to $1.1 billion in 2011.

  • Lean Manufacturing Blogs

    August 31, 2007
    Lean Manufacturing is not about cars anymore. Lean is becoming popular in all kinds of industries, including label converting. Label & Narrow Web just started a column last issue devoted to this very topic. So I thought we should explore what is bein…

  • Waste, waste everywhere

    August 31, 2007
    We took a look in the last issue at something that everyone can see — inventory. This time we're tackling another topic that everyone has seen but most have probably overlooked: waste. I'm not talking about material you can't use or sell. I'm t…

  • Thanks for doing nothing

    August 31, 2007
    As I start this column, those of us who live in the Chicago area of the United States have just learned that the State of Indiana, right nearby, and federal regulators have approved the expansion of a BP refinery in Whiting that will lead to increase…

  • That sinking feeling

    August 31, 2007
    If you scan the bestseller lists these days, you find more than a few books focused on applying the principles of economics to everyday life. While they make for interesting and even illuminating reads, the problem with most of them is that, in the w…

  • Millions and millions of wine labels

    August 31, 2007
    Ever wonder how those rows of wine labels in your local market get to the shelves looking like newly minted $20 bills? And keep on looking fresh and crisp, even when they're highlighted by that "label killer" called fluorescent light? One person who…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 31, 2007
    Brussels show promises further advances in full color inkjet printing

  • Ink Management Systems

    Ink Management Systems

    Jack Kenny || August 31, 2007
    Tools for productivity, waste reduction, inventory control, and in-house production of custom colors.

  • Sleeve Labeling

    Sleeve Labeling

    August 31, 2007
    An international conference attracts different technologies and market performers.

  • Shrink Films

    Shrink Films

    Michelle Sartor || August 31, 2007
    To attract consumer attention, more companies are using the coverage area and interesting visual appeal of shrink films.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Resource LabelGroup

    Narrow Web Profile: Resource LabelGroup

    Jennifer Dochstader || August 31, 2007
    A recent merger and new press acquisition position this Tennessee converter for continued growth.

  • Beverage Labeling

    Beverage Labeling

    Michelle Sartor || August 31, 2007
    A fast changing market, beverage labeling presents challenges in design, production and marketing.

  • UPM Raflatac opens slitting and distribution terminal in India

    August 31, 2007
    UPM Raflatac, of Tampere, Finland, today opens a new slitting and distribution terminal in Mumbai, India.

  • Rotoflex adds magnetic cylinders to portfolio

    August 31, 2007
    Rotoflex Tooling (a division of Rotoflex International), of Mississauga, ON, Canada, is now manufacturing magnetic cylinders.

  • Five label converters rank in Inc. 5000

    August 28, 2007
    Inc. magazine has generated its Top 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States, and five label converting firms are on the list.

  • Esko and Artwork Systems become EskoArtwork

    August 28, 2007
    Esko and Artwork Systems announced the completion of their merger transactions, and declared that the combined business will be known henceforth as EskoArtwork, a name that reflects the strong heritage and broad customer base of the founding companies.

  • Webex finalizes new ownership

    August 28, 2007
    Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity firm based in Chicago, has acquired a majority interest in Webex Inc., a provider of precision rolls for the web handling and converting industries based in Neenah, WI, USA.

  • Apex invests in expanded production facility

    August 27, 2007
    The Apex Group of Companies, based in Hapert, The Netherlands, has embarked on an investment program of more than €7 million to expand its main plant.

  • True Label acquires first Jetrion 4000 color digital press

    August 22, 2007
    True Label Inc., a narrow web converter based in Toledo, OH, USA, has acquired the first Jetrion 4000 UV inkjet system.

  • Nu Tech wins US patent for cylinder coating

    August 21, 2007
    A US Patent has been awarded to Nu Tech Coatings, of Johnson City, TN, USA, for a polymer application utilized on existing or newly manufactured flexographic print cylinders.

  • Kodak introduces digital flexo prepress system

    August 21, 2007
    Kodak has introduced a new digital flexo plate production system which it says provides “previously unachievable near-offset print quality on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, flexible film, foil, and label stock.”

  • Multi-Color declares 3-for-2 stock split

    August 20, 2007
    The board of directors of Multi-Color Corporation (Nasdaq: LABL), of Cincinnati, OH, USA, declared a three-for-two stock split effective late last week.

  • Mark Andy expands operations in India

    August 17, 2007
    Mark Andy, the US-based narrow web press manufacturer, has signed a long-term contract with a multinational engineering and software development firm based in Bangalore, India.

  • Trent retires, Thomson promoted at Martin Automatic

    August 16, 2007
    Martin Automatic Inc., of Rockford, IL, USA, announces the retirement of Allen Trent, the company's sales consultant for the Southeastern United States.

  • Resource LabelGroup merges with Mid South Graphics

    August 14, 2007
    Resource LabelGroup LLC, a manufacturer of high quality label products with locations in Franklin and Memphis, TN, USA, has completed a merger with Mid South Graphics of Nashville, TN.

  • CCL reports 20 percent sales jump

    August 14, 2007
    CCL Industries Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has reported second quarter sales of $357.2 million (Canadian), a figure 20 percent higher than the $296.6 million recorded in the second quarter of 2006.

  • Nilpeter to introduce process color inkjet printer

    August 14, 2007
    Danish press manufacturer Nilpeter will show up at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels this year with a technology that departs from the company's customary line-up of products: a process color inkjet printer.

  • BST adds Mark Andy rewinder to demo center

    August 14, 2007
    BST Pro Mark and Mark Andy have continued an 18-year tradition of cooperation with the addition of a new Mark Andy VSR100 rewinder in the BST demo center in Elmhurst, IL, USA.

  • Lewis Label adds digital imager

    August 14, 2007
    Lewis Label Products, of Fort Worth, TX, USA, has announced the installation of a digital plate imager.

  • Labeltronix launches new wine sales team

    August 7, 2007
    In response to growing demand for custom label solutions, Labeltronix, a converting company based in Orange, CA, USA, has hired two salesmen to serve only the wine industry.

  • Multi-Color invests in HP digital press

    August 7, 2007
    Multi-Color Corporation, of Sharonville, OH, USA, has entered the digital label printing field with the purchase of a new HP ws4500 digital press.

  • PIA/GATF gives education award to Harpers

    August 7, 2007
    Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has named Ron and Katherine Harper the winners of its 2007 Education Award of Excellence for industry representatives.

  • Heidelberg helps Gallus restructure Canadian service

    August 6, 2007
    Gallus Inc., the US arm of the Swiss narrow web press manufacturer, has announced a restructuring of its service support in Canada with the coming expansion of Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited.

  • Smyth Companies acquires printing arm of Stoffel Seals

    August 3, 2007
    Smyth Companies Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN, USA, has completed a purchase of the Printing Division of Stoffel Seals Corporation. The acquisition will give Smyth additional capabilities for package promotion printing as well as added customers.…

  • Esko acquires Artwork Systems

    August 2, 2007
    Two major companies in the packaging prepress field have joined forces. Esko and Artwork Systems, both headquartered in Gent, Belgium, will combine their operations following the acquisition by Esko of a majority of Artwork Systems' shares from the t…

  • WS Packaging to move world headquarters to Green Bay

    July 31, 2007
    WS Packaging Group, one of North America's largest label converting and printing companies, plans to construct a $4 million plant in a new business development park in Green Bay, WI, USA. The company will move its headquarters from Algoma, WI, to 5.7…

  • Gallus and BHS to present folding carton technology seminar

    July 31, 2007
    Gallus, along with BHS, a Gallus-owned company that manufactures folding carton converting equipment, will sponsor a day-long seminar November 1 at Gallus' US headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. The focus of the event will be folding carton technology.…

  • Harper donates flexo simulator and Mac to SC high school

    July 31, 2007
    Anilox supplier and flexo education champion Harper Corporation of America has donated a FlexSys Press Simulator and a Macintosh computer with monitor to Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC, USA. “We are absolutely thrilled to get these m…

  • Label printer warns of large-scale brand theft

    July 31, 2007
    Brand theft is a multi-million dollar industry, and is set to become the fastest growing sector of commercial piracy. That's the belief of Rob Warren, managing director of Adhesif Print Ltd., a label converter based in South Auckland, NZ. Warren put…

  • ChemInstruments' growth prompts global sales conference

    July 30, 2007
    ChemInstruments, a division of Chemsultants International, held its first global sales meeting recently to plan educational programs and other tactics for the future. The session was held in Chemsultants' new international headquarters in Mentor, OH,…

  • Avery Dennison expands film capacity

    July 24, 2007
    The Fasson Roll North America division of Avery Dennison Corporation has invested $20 million in additional coating and finishing capacity at its Quakertown, PA, USA facility.

  • ITW Performance Polymers acquires M&C Specialties

    July 24, 2007
    ITW Performance Polymers, an Illinois Tool Works company, has acquired M&C Specialties Co., a Pennsylvania based contract manufacturer of custom-fabricated diecut adhesive components, tapes and labels to markets around the world.