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  • Rotary screens

    January 23, 2007
    Rotary screens Lebanon Valley Engraving Lebanon PA USA Lebanon Valley Engraving now offers Galvano screens, rotary engraved screens specifically designed for hot melt adhesives. The product is available in repeat sizes 25.25", 27.109", 3…

  • Coatings

    January 23, 2007
    Coatings Starna Industries Chadwell Heath UK Starna Industries has developed new environmentally friendly primer coatings. Curecoat 1 is a water based coating suitable for use on most papers and plastics. The company says it promotes excellent adh…

  • Electrostatic charging generator

    January 23, 2007
    Electrostatic charging generator MKS, Ion Industrial Windsor Locks CT USA The charging system from MKS, Ion Industrial is designed for the demands of converting operations. The 7305 Charging Generator, a microprocessor-based DC power supply, provi…

  • Tension meter

    January 23, 2007
    Tension meter MAGPOWR Oklahoma City OK USA MAGPOWR offers the Digital Tension Meter (DTM), a low-cost solution to display web tension in areas of the web where access to a tension control unit is not required or convenient for the operator. DTM fe…

  • Automatic core cutter

    January 23, 2007
    Automatic core cutter Appleton Manufacturing Neenah WI USA The A301 automatic core cutter with new PLC control package from Appleton Manufacturing quickly and automatically cuts batches of consistent cores with minimal operator labor. The PLC-base…

  • Laminating adhesive

    January 23, 2007
    Laminating adhesive Northwest Coatings Oak Creek WI USA Northwest Coatings offers electron beam (EB) curable laminating adhesives, which are FDA compliant for food packaging applications. The adhesives provide good bonding to a variety of substrat…

  • Doctor blade

    January 23, 2007
    Doctor blade Max Daetwyler Corporation Huntersville NC USA Max Daetwyler Corporation (MDC) has developed the StableFlex, a precision doctor blade that the company says substantially reduces or eliminates chatter, allowing for the press to run at m…

  • EDP labelstock

    January 23, 2007
    EDP labelstock MACtac Stow OH USA MACtac offers EDX9512, a new EDP labelstock that uses a premium 50# uncoated smudge resistant paperstock. EDX9512 features ST-95, a wide web converting acrylic emulsion permanent adhesive. According to MACtac, ST-…

  • UV curing system

    January 23, 2007
    UV curing system Research Inc. Eden Prairie MN USA Research Inc. introduces the Model 3000 Instant Start UV Curing System. The Model 3000 systems are shutter-less and feature instant on/instant off capability. According to the company, a compact 4…

  • Semi gloss substrate

    January 23, 2007
    Semi gloss substrate Spinnaker Coating Troy OH USA Spinnaker Coating features its 40# Semi Gloss, a bright white sheet with a smooth printing surface. It has the flexibility required for tight radius labels (to 1⁄4") and other difficult…

  • RFID machine

    January 23, 2007
    RFID machine Schober Eberdingen Germany Schober has upgraded its RFID-TI machine, which was launched three years ago. It was initially designed for the production of smart labels for automatic product recognition, inventory management of palletize…

  • Brand protection and anti-counterfeiting

    January 23, 2007
    Global counterfeiting and brand protection was the theme of a two-day conference in December, sponsored by Intertech-Pira. The Global Brand Protection Summit was held in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Attendees were presented with many statistics at the sem…

  • Students test new coated flexo cylinder

    January 23, 2007
    Students test new coated flexo cylinder A new print cylinder that contains a patent-pending coating to absorb and displace energy was tested recently by students at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) under the auspices of HarperScientific, bo…

  • Variable data study now available

    January 23, 2007
    Variable data study now available The Industry Measure (formerly TrendWatch Graphic Arts) has released a study on variable data print (VDP)/variable imaging (VI) pricing practices. The Industry Measure mini-report, “Pricing for Variable Data P…

  • GRE moves Asia operation to Kowloon

    January 23, 2007
    GRE moves Asia operation to Kowloon GRE Digital Solutions, a subsidiary of GRE Engineering Products AG of Steinebrunn, Switzerland, has announced the move of its Hong Kong operations center to new premises in Kowloon to further reinforce sales, dist…

  • J&J Converting Machinery relocates

    January 23, 2007
    J&J Converting Machinery relocates from Kansas to Missouri J&J Converting Machinery, an equipment dealer and engineering company specializing in used and rebuilt label presses, has relocated from Lenexa, KS, USA to a to a new 10,000 square…

  • acpo is recertified for ISO 9001:2000

    January 23, 2007
    acpo is recertified for ISO 9001:2000 acpo ltd., of Oak Harbor, OH, USA, has received a certificate of registration for complying with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems. This registration covers the quality management syst…

  • IoPP forms Sustainable Packaging Task Group

    January 23, 2007
    IoPP forms Sustainable Packaging Task Group Recognizing the interest in sustainable packaging by both the packaging community and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) membership of over 5,000, IoPP’s Technical Council recently appro…

  • Enercon launches

    January 23, 2007
    Enercon launches multi-language web site Enercon, a manufacturer of surface treating equipment based in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA, has announced the launch of a multi-language web site. In addition to English, users can now retrieve product informa…

  • Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe

    January 23, 2007
    Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe Mark Andy, a major supplier of narrow web printing and converting equipment worldwide, has invested in a new Advanced Technology Centre for its European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Designed to meet a…

  • Connemara Converting adds space and equipment

    January 23, 2007
    Connemara Converting adds space and equipment Connemara Converting, a converter of specialty paper, film and board products based in Bolingbrook, IL, USA, has announced a 90,000 square foot expansion of its production plant, and the installation of…

  • Masterpiece Graphix receives

    January 23, 2007
    Masterpiece Graphix receives HP designation for specialized coatings Masterpiece Graphix, located in Fenton, MO, USA, has announced that it has been approved as North America’s first HP Authorized Media Treatment Center. The company offers s…

  • Water Ink Technologies signs

    January 23, 2007
    Water Ink Technologies signs new distributor in Mexico Water Ink Technologies, of Lincolnton, NC, USA, recently signed FotoTec to be its distributor in Mexico. Fototec is a supplier to the graphic arts and printing industries throughout Mexico. F…

  • Loparex expands with extrusion line in China

    January 23, 2007
    Loparex expands with extrusion line in China Loparex, a global manufacturer of release papers and films, has invested in a new extrusion line in its Guangzhou plant in China. The investment is part of Loparex’s strategy to strenghten the compa…

  • GEW strengthens Italian and Swiss UV force

    January 23, 2007
    GEW strengthens Italian and Swiss UV force GEW, a UK based manufacturer of UV curing systems, has announced the appointment of Punto Luce Srl and Celi S.a.s. to support its growing activities in the Italian and Swiss printing markets. Punto Luce ma…

  • Label Traxx now linked to MACtac materials

    January 23, 2007
    Label Traxx now linked to MACtac materials Tailored Solutions’ Label Traxx, the print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, now connects with MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesive c…

  • ProLabel advances its workflow, CTP systems

    January 23, 2007
    ProLabel advances its workflow, CTP systems ProLabel, of Cumming, GA, USA, took a major step recently and acquired new prepress and workflow systems, all from Kodak. The systems include the Matchprint inkjet proofer, the Thermoflex narrow platesette…

  • Chemsultants reorganizes, names Gary Avalon COO

    January 23, 2007
    Chemsultants reorganizes, names Gary Avalon COO Chemsultants International, of Mentor, OH, USA, has organized its staff to address the needs of its growing business, according to Richard P. Muny, founder and CEO. Muny announced the promotion of Gar…

  • Mark Andy renovates the Model 2200 flexo press

    January 23, 2007
    Mark Andy renovates the Model 2200 flexo press Mark Andy says it has completely renovated its classic Model 2200 flexographic press, and will feature it at the Graphics of Americas show in Miami, March 2-4, 2007. According to Steve Schulte, nationa…

  • Lightning Labels orders new HP digital press

    January 23, 2007
    Lightning Labels orders new HP digital press Lightning Labels, one of the nation’s first all digital label printers, is expanding its capacity by ordering a new ws4500 digital label press from HP. The newest version of the Indigo press, launch…

  • French label printer adds Codimag servo press

    January 23, 2007
    French label printer adds Codimag servo press Codimag announced the installation of a Viva 420 press at Stic’Image, a label printer from the Lyon area in France. The Viva 420 is the newest generation Codimag press. The press is a five-color le…

  • GM Nameplate wins flexo achievement award

    January 23, 2007
    GM Nameplate wins flexo achievement award The California Division of GM Nameplate, a printing and converting company in Seattle, WA, USA, a leading manufacturing solutions provider, has been awarded a 2006 Premier Print Award for outstanding achieve…

  • TimeMed awarded Premier contract

    January 23, 2007
    TimeMed awarded Premier contract TimeMed Labeling Systems Inc., of Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has signed a three-year contract to supply labels and related products to members of Premier Purchasing Partners, the largest healthcare alliance in the United S…

  • Aquaflex reports sales nearly doubled in 2006

    January 16, 2007
    Aquaflex, a manufacturer of narrow web presses, reports that the company “significantly exceeded” its 2006 sales projections, nearly doubling its sales over the previous year. Aquaflex is owned by F.L. Smithe Machinery and is located in D…

  • Nilpeter and AVT sign China distribution agreement

    January 16, 2007
    Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), a manufacturer of automatic inspection systems for printing applications, has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Nilpeter China. The agreement, says AVT, is targeted toward the label and narrow we…

  • DiTrolio flexo school reaches out to regional high schools

    January 16, 2007
    DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), Broadview, IL, USA, has launched an effort to educate high school students in the Chicago area about the benefits of flexo training and a future in the industry. Says DFI representative Tom Anderson, “We w…

  • Channeled Resources Group announces consolidation

    January 16, 2007
    The Channeled Resources Group, a worldwide marketer and distributor of reprocessed specialty paper and film, has announced the consolidation of all its businesses into one entity, the Channeled Resources Group (CRG), of Chicago, IL, USA. The merge…

  • Brady to market Nanoventions micro-optic security film

    January 16, 2007
    Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Nanoventions Inc. of Alpharetta, GA, USA, to develop product identification and anti-counterfeiting security products utilizing Nanoventions’ Unison micro-optic sec…

  • Commercial Printing Blogs

    January 11, 2007
    The label industry is ultimately about printing ink on a substrate - the same basic premise that has ruled printing for more than 500 years. So we deal with many of the same issues as our commercial printing counterparts, which is why I find it usefu…

  • Cheese specialties

    January 11, 2007
    Bel Brands, the US subsidiary of the French cheese company Fromageries Bel, is located some 20 miles southwest of Green Bay, WI, in Little Chute. Bel Brands manufactures a variety of popular cheeses in Wisconsin, from the Connoisseur brand to Kaukaun…

  • Packaging trade shops

    January 11, 2007
    A long, strange trip, or a well executed directional strategy?

  • The new equilibrium

    January 11, 2007
    "Close your eyes when you don't want to see. Stay at home when you don't want to go. Only speak to those who will agree. And close your mind when you don't want to know." Billy Joel might not be Peter Drucker or W. Edwards Deming, but there's n…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 11, 2007
    UK roll label converters expect consolidations to rise

  • Narrow Web Profile: G-3 Enterprises

    Narrow Web Profile: G-3 Enterprises

    Jack Kenny || January 11, 2007
    Focusing strictly on wine and spirits labeling, this California converter wants only the challenging work.

  • PS Adhesives

    PS Adhesives

    Jim Duvall & Joe Mausar || January 11, 2007
    Replacing three standard PSA property tests with one new analytical test

  • Narrow Web Offset

    Narrow Web Offset

    Michelle Sartor || January 11, 2007
    Offset offers another printing option for converters and their customers to evaluate. The process differs from flexo, often providing a quality that can be useful in image conscious industries.

  • Opportunities South of the Border

    Opportunities South of the Border

    Jennifer Dochstader || January 11, 2007
    A newfound resilience in Latin America and still a place where regional label printers, and their foreign suppliers, profit.

  • CCL to acquire ITW's shrink sleeve label business

    January 11, 2007
    CCL Industries Inc. has announced an agreement to acquire the sleeve label business of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) on a debt free basis for approximately C$105 million in cash. ITW produces shrink-film sleeve labels for the European and North A…

  • 3M enhances small quantity roll program

    January 9, 2007
    US converters in need of smaller quantities of label materials for short runs or custom orders now have access to 3M’s Mini Master Program and 2-Day Service. 3M recently updated the Mini Master Program with pre-slit 6" and 4.5" rol…

  • DCM, Acucote extend sales agreement

    January 9, 2007
    Diversified Converter Materials Inc. (DCM), of Cincinnati, OH, USA, and Acucote Inc. of Graham, NC, USA, have announced a multi-year extension to their joint sales and marketing agreement for DCM’s proprietary line of MagikStik and sheetfed med…