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  • Wilson Manufacturing completes 35,000 sf expansion

    May 9, 2007
    Wilson Manufacturing, a rotary die manufacturer based in St. Louis, MO, USA, has completed a 35,000 square foot expansion that increases its total square footage to 81,000. New sales and administration offices were included with the expansion, along…

  • Label Traxx partners with three more materials suppliers

    May 9, 2007
    Three coating material suppliers — Acucote, Technicote, and Spinnaker Coatings — have partnered with Tailored Solutions to interface with Label Traxx, a print business management system for flexo converters manufactured by Tailored Soluti…

  • GIDUE expands press manufacturing to Brazil

    May 9, 2007
    GIDUE, the press manufacturer based in Turate, Italy, has introduced its first Combat press manufactured in Brazil. The 370 UV S-Combat “Fabricada no Brasil” is the result of the partnership between GIDUE and Raeder, a manufacturer locate…

  • AB Graphic opens new plant, introduces rewinder

    May 9, 2007
    AB Graphic International will host an open house in June to celebrate the official opening of its new manufacturing plant located at Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England. The event will take place June 20, and will be repeated in the same format on J…

  • GRE Engineering Products is sold

    May 9, 2007
    GRE Engineering Products AG, of Steinebrunn, Switzerland, has been sold to Roger Wey, formerly of Datacon GmbH, a supplier in the field of semi-conductors. The seller was Rolf Reichle, managing director. “I reached a point in my life where I…

  • Avery Dennison and Motorola join forces for RFID production

    May 1, 2007
    The new enterprise mobility business from Motorola Inc. and Avery Dennison Corporation have announced a strategic relationship under which Avery Dennison RFID will supply EPCglobal Gen 2 RFID tags to Motorola, increasing the speed of RFID deployments…

  • Canadian students sweep Phoenix Challenge

    May 1, 2007
    Two days of intense competition culminated in victories for the Canadian competitors at the 10th Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition, when the team of Allan Tran and Tim Govey of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in…

  • Checkpoint combines EAS and RFID in new label

    May 1, 2007
    Checkpoint Systems Inc., of Thorofare, NJ, USA, a manufacturer of identification, tracking, security, and merchandising systems for the retail industry and its supply chain, has introduced the Evolve family of labels. Described as dual-function EAS-E…

  • Devrim acquires its second Omet press

    May 1, 2007
    Turkish converter Devrim, located two hours from Istanbul, has acquired its second Omet press, a Varyflex. Devrim specializes in the production of tea bags and counts some of the industry’s biggest international names among its clients. The com…

  • Tadbik Pak adds new Drent-Goebel press

    May 1, 2007
    Tadbik Pak, of Teradion, Israel, is known for its shrink sleeves, in-mold labels and blow-mold labels. To meet growing demand, the company has installed a second Drent-Goebel offset-gravure combination press. The new press prints on a 680mm web wi…

  • AccuWeb wins Wisconsin manufacturing award

    May 1, 2007
    AccuWeb, a manufacturer of electronic edge detection and guide systems based in Madison, WI, USA, has been recognized as a 2006 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in the Small Company Grand Award category. The selection was based on various criteria,…

  • My three favorite blogs

    April 27, 2007
    I subscribe to dozens of blogs. But when I get busy I spend less time reading these blogs than I would like. However, there are three blogs I make an effort to read no matter how busy I am. These blogs provide such a wealth of practical information a…

  • Cleaning up, naturally

    April 27, 2007
    In this era of glitzy, flashy, eye-popping packaging, the lineup of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products has kept its uncomplicated natural look, which now distinguishes it on the shelf. Made with naturally derived, eco-friendly ingredients, the labels re…

  • Process control for narrow web flexo

    April 27, 2007
    We have discussed the concept of process control in several previous articles. Most of the focus from our perspective has been on the prepress end of the business. We need to review the downstream operations beyond prepress to understand the reality…

  • Waste or by-product?

    April 27, 2007
    During a recent AWA conference on release liners, Corey Reardon, principal of AWA, summarized the key factors affecting global demand for liners. His final slide was titled, "Threats". There were three: linerless labels, waste and alternative technol…

  • Atmospheric Pressures or, Culture Does Matter

    April 27, 2007
    In 1993, I was living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released. That Saturday night, some friends and I made sure to see the movie at a theater that was specially equipped with an oversized screen and…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    April 27, 2007
    Inkjet/film development opens up printed memories

  • Web Exclusive: India Label Summit

    Web Exclusive: India Label Summit

    April 26, 2007
    A fast growing label market in a strong domestic economy is pursuing avenues to ease participation in the global marketplace.

  • Release Liners

    Release Liners

    April 26, 2007
    These vital components of the pressure sensitive laminate are steadily evolving in a marketplace that is changing through competition.

  • Pharmaceutical Labeling

    Pharmaceutical Labeling

    April 26, 2007
    Tough regulations, high standards and utmost quality set drug labels and their converters apart from the rest.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Labelgraphics

    Narrow Web Profile: Labelgraphics

    Katy Wight || April 26, 2007
    Scottish entrepreneur Alex Mulvenny has built one of the most enviable label converting operations in the UK over the last 24 years. He plans to hand the baton to his sons this year, but will still have a role in helping make major strategic decisions.

  • Continuous Improvement

    Continuous Improvement

    Jack Kenny || April 26, 2007
    Lean Manufacturing and other continuous improvement methods have been in place at many converting plants for up to a few years. Here's a progress report.

  • Label Inspection

    Label Inspection

    Michelle Sartor || April 26, 2007
    The tools that help improve color, shape, type and overall precision come in many variations, and the technology continually improves.

  • UPM to invest 90 million in Polish PS materials plant

    April 24, 2007
    UPM, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive materials based in Helsinki, Finland, will build a €90 million factory in Poland to produce self-adhesive labelstock. Construction is expected to start in the third quarter of this year, and start-up is…

  • Phoenix Challenge launches Katherine Harper Teachers Fund

    April 24, 2007
    The Katherine Harper Teachers Education Fund, named in honor of the former Harper Corporation of America president and long-time champion of flexo education, has been established within the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. The purpose of the fund is…

  • McGee and Nard form industry partnership

    April 24, 2007
    Two FTA Hall of Fame personalities, Wally Nard and Denny McGee, are now partners in Novaflex and MPS America. Both are based in Carol Stream, IL, USA. Nard has more than 42 years in the industry and Denny has more than 30 years. Their experience c…

  • FINAT leadership spearheads major membership drive

    April 24, 2007
    FINAT, the European label association, is eager to boost its global membership by at least 100 in the two years up to its 50th anniversary. To that end the association has made a “splendid” start, says GIDUE’s Federico d’Annun…

  • Beau Label adds new Nilpeter press

    April 24, 2007
    Beau Label Corporation, of New York City, has purchased a Nilpeter FB-3300-S servo-driven press in response to the increasing demand for high quality flexographic printing, says President V. J. Melapioni. The new press is expected to improve produ…

  • GEW appoints agent for Thailand sales

    April 24, 2007
    GEW (EC) Ltd., a manufacturer of UV curing systems headquartered in Redhill, England, has announced the appointment of Techno Global Graphics Co. Ltd. as its representative in Thailand. Techno Global Graphics is part of the Techno Global Corporati…

  • Mark Andy Europe launches seminar series

    April 17, 2007
    Mark Andy has planned a series of Educator Seminars at its new Advanced Technology Centre in Switzerland. The seminar series continues a program launched in the United States by the company’s Comco brand in the 1990s, a program that continued i…

  • CMM offers discounts to qualified converters

    April 17, 2007
    Recognizing that education is a part of professional development, CMM management has designed the “Converter Program”, which enables converting companies to send an unlimited number of attendees to the CMM show and full conference for one…

  • New consulting firm specializes in Lean printing

    April 17, 2007
    Southworth Consulting LLC, of Niantic, CT, USA, has recently launched and specializes in assisting printers and other graphic arts firms in the elimination of waste and inefficiency using the principles commonly known as “Lean Manufacturing&rdq…

  • International conference focuses on specialty papers

    April 17, 2007
    A conference on specialty papers is planned for May 15-16 in Finland, sponsored by AWA Conferences. The event is designed for all involved in the specialty papers market: pulp and paper producers, chemical and equipment suppliers, converters, distrib…

  • UV Days 2007 planned by IST METZ

    April 17, 2007
    IST METZ is holding its third UV Days event June 18 at its headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. The event will feature specialist technical presentations and the opportunity to exchange information with leading service providers. The event is fre…

  • German coater plans

    April 11, 2007
    German coater plans to triple PSA production Herma is well under way with a new self-adhesive coating plant under construction in Filderstadt Bonlanden, Germany. The project, which costs some €30 million (US$39.95 million), is scheduled for co…

  • New European showcase

    April 11, 2007
    New European showcase for Mark Andy presses Mark Andy has a new European showroom and demonstration facility located in Basel, Switzerland. Named as the Advanced Technology Centre, it has 10,763 square feet of space, which includes a spare parts de…

  • Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology

    April 11, 2007
    Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology Two further signs of the industrial and retail penetration of HF and UHF RFID tags, tickets and smart labels, have come from Finland (which for a small country has the enviable knack of pushing boundaries i…

  • Edale mum on landmark converting concept

    April 11, 2007
    Edale mum on landmark converting concept Companies like to spread the word about their latest equipment, especially when it opens up new opportunities. Problem is, if it is really that great the customers would often prefer that everyone buttoned th…

  • Raflatacs chief reinforces

    April 11, 2007
    Manufacturers of paper products, plastics films and labeling materials have good reasons to take a positive attitude toward reducing pollution, encouraging sustainability and making processes more energy efficient. The Finnish conglomerate UPM Raflat…

  • TORA ENSO, Stevens Point, WI, USA The Speciality Papers business area of Stora Enso

    April 11, 2007
    STORA ENSO, Stevens Point, WI, USA — The Speciality Papers business area of Stora Enso announced the appointment of David Diekelman to the position of vice president, business and product development. He has been with Stora Enso since 1988 and…

  • RADTECH, Chevy Chase, MD, USA The company welcomes a new president and board members.

    April 11, 2007
    RADTECH, Chevy Chase, MD, USA — The company welcomes a new president and board members. Petra L’Abbe, PPG Industries, assumes the presidency for a two year term. New board members include Don Smith, Alcoa; Mike Kelly, Allied Photochemical…

  • PRISYMID, Charlotte, NC, USA The company

    April 11, 2007
    PRISYMID, Charlotte, NC, USA — The company has further expanded its US office in Charlotte, NC. As part of its program of global sales growth, the company has appointed Martyn Kerluk as US manager along with Christine Partridge as strategic acc…

  • PRECISION AIRCONVEY, Newark, DE, USA Jeffrey Kane

    April 11, 2007
    PRECISION AIRCONVEY, Newark, DE, USA — Jeffrey Kane has been named global sales manager for the company. Formerly vice president for a national industrial supply company, he will be responsible for driving the company’s worldwide business…

  • PHOENIX CHALLENGE FOUNDATION, Charlotte, NC, USA Stephen Gerhardt,

    April 11, 2007
    PHOENIX CHALLENGE FOUNDATION, Charlotte, NC, USA — Stephen Gerhardt, Harper National Flexographic Center Coordinator at the Harper Campus of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC, USA, has joined the Phoenix Challenge Found…

  • PAMARCO GLOBAL GRAPHICS, Dallas, TX, USA The company has appointed Arnold Cooper

    April 11, 2007
    PAMARCO GLOBAL GRAPHICS, Dallas, TX, USA — The company has appointed Arnold Cooper sales manager, small offset products. He will be responsible for directing the sales and service operation of the complete line of pressroom products through the…

  • MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA The company has appointed an Edelmann specialist, Chris Davis,

    April 11, 2007
    MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA — The company has appointed an Edelmann specialist, Chris Davis, who has moved from the UK, to raise the profile of the Edelmann press line in the North American market. His official title is sales ma…

  • FLEXO CONCEPTS, Plymouth, MA, USA The company has hired Scott Abber

    April 11, 2007
    FLEXO CONCEPTS, Plymouth, MA, USA — The company has hired Scott Abber in technical sales. He will be responsible for growing the company’s two primary brands, MicroClean and TruPoint, for both the flexographic and sheetfed offset industri…

  • EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES (EDI), Chippewa Falls, WI, USA The company has appointed Ronald J. Allbritton

    April 11, 2007
    EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES (EDI), Chippewa Falls, WI, USA — The company has appointed Ronald J. Allbritton technical service and sales specialist. He will work with customers on technical matters relating to orders and on specifications for opti…

  • ESKO, Gent, Belgium The company has appointed Dieter Janout

    April 11, 2007
    ESKO, Gent, Belgium — The company has appointed Dieter Janout director of the brand owners and major accounts group for EMEALA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America). He is responsible for expanding and developing the company’s…

  • DYNAMIC DIES, Holland, OH, USA Craig Myers

    April 11, 2007
    DYNAMIC DIES, Holland, OH, USA — Craig Myers has been promoted to corporate sales manager. In his new role, he will be coordinating the sales efforts of the corporate wide sales team. He previously held the position of national accounts manager…