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  • Graphic Solutions now GSI Technologies after reorganization

    March 19, 2007
    Graphic Solutions now GSI Technologies after reorganization Graphics Solutions International, a manufacturer of labels, industrial graphics and functional printing based in Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has reorganized, added senior management and changed it…

  • Daetwyler develops enclosed chamber test machine

    March 13, 2007
    The Max Daetwyler Corporation, Huntersville, NC, USA, has developed an Enclosed Chamber Test Machine used for the research, development and testing of steel and plastic doctor blades, end seals, cleaning chemistries, inking system magnets, and filter…

  • FFTA Forum & Info*Flex attract flexo users to Montreal

    March 13, 2007
    This year’s Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) Annual Forum — titled “Crossing Borders … Flexo’s Global Gateway” — takes place May 6-9 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal…

  • Voting under way for Label Industry Global Awards

    March 13, 2007
    The fourth annual Label Industry Global Awards will be presented in September at Labelexpo Europe 2007. Nominations for the four awards have been posted online, and members of the industry are eligible to vote for the nominees today. An explanation o…

  • Andrews Decal installs Gallus EM 280

    March 13, 2007
    Andrews Decal Company, a Chicago, IL, USA converter of pressure sensitive labels for the HBA, promotional, household, sporting, industrial, and security markets, recently acquired an 11", eight-color Gallus EM 280 UV flexo combination printing p…

  • Mark Andys Europe Tech Center opens officially

    March 13, 2007
    Mark Andy, a manufacturer of narrow web flexo presses and equipment based in St. Louis, MO, USA, officially opened its European Advanced Technology Center in Basel, Switzerland on February 6. The 1,000 square meter facility houses a showroom/demonstr…

  • Luminer, Stixon, Belmark and Consolidated win TLMI Singer awards

    March 6, 2007
    The prestigious Eugene Singer awards, presented by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute each year for the best managed label companies, were presented in late February to Stixon Labels, Luminer Converting, Consolidated Label, and Belmark. The…

  • Edelmann presses introduced in North America by Matik

    March 6, 2007
    Matik North America, of West Hartford, CT, USA, the exclusive distributor for Edelmann Graphics GmbH of Germany, has launched the latest generation of narrow web presses from Edelmann in North America. Edelmann is a manufacturer of offset narrow w…

  • MPI recognized for quality, delivery and cost-saving ideas

    March 6, 2007
    MPI Label Systems, of University Park, IL, USA, has been recognized by Berry Plastics as the first Berry Exceptional Supplier Team (B.E.S.T.) award recipient in the labels division. The award is a result of MPI’s outstanding product quality, co…

  • Overnight Labels wins FTAs Environmental Excellence Award

    March 6, 2007
    Overnight Labels Inc., of Deer Park, NY, USA, is the winner of the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 7th Annual Environmental Excellence Award. The competition was open to any company active in the flexographic printing industry and wa…

  • PTS and Mark Andy announce business alliance

    March 6, 2007
    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy and Printing Technology Services Inc. (PTS), of Clearwater, FL, USA, a supplier of variable data inkjet printing systems, have entered into an alliance whereby PTS’ JetFlex inkjet printing systems can be…

  • UPM Raflatac expands RFID, opens China plant

    March 6, 2007
    UPM Raflatac, a Finnish manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, has announced that it is doubling the RFID tag and inlay production capacity at its Jyväskylä production plant in Finland. With this capacity increase the company addresses rapid…

  • RSS Feeds

    February 27, 2007
    We have been exploring blogs now for a few issues so I thought it was time to explain how to make the most of your time reading blogs. You might have noticed the little orange icon (at far right) on blogs and web sites. This icon means that there is…

  • Spice and tradition

    February 27, 2007
    Located in Charleston, SC, USA, in the heart of the coastal Low Country, the Gullah Gourmet gift shop and mail order business serves up a bountiful offering of colorfully labeled and tasty unusual foods. "We've been in business 12 years and have cont…

  • Waste & Consequences

    February 27, 2007
    During the last several months I've traveled to Russia, India and five or six countries in Europe. All of my travels are driven by business, not by some whimsical curiosity. I visit converters, press manufacturers, laminators, coaters, paper mills, a…

  • Ideas that go Trump in the night

    February 27, 2007
    I'll admit it. I watch "The Apprentice". Guilty as charged. I have seen every episode of every season of the darn show, following groups of overcaffeinated Type-A contestants vying to win sponsor-oriented "business" tasks assigned to them by Donald T…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    February 27, 2007
    Its on the label: You are what you eat

  • Printed Electronics

    Printed Electronics

    Jack Kenny || February 27, 2007
    A new industry, in its embryonic stage today, can shape the future of printing, as well as just about every other industry on the planet.

  • US court upholds Kennedy Group patents

    February 27, 2007
    US Federal District Judge Patricia Gaughan has upheld a jury verdict in favor of MPT Inc., the owner of two patents licensed to The Kennedy Group, Willoughby, OH, USA, covering the use of The Kennedy Group’s Container Placards. In doing so…

  • Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Jack Kenny || February 27, 2007
    A full service printing, packaging and prepress company makes inroads into new technologies.

  • RFID Converting Machinery

    RFID Converting Machinery

    February 27, 2007
    The creation of labels containing RFID circuitry requires sophisticated and exacting equipment. Following is an overview of several of the products available in the narrow web marketplace today from some of the industry's top manufacturers.

  • Converters & RFID

    Converters & RFID

    February 27, 2007
    Major converters share their thoughts about RFID in their businesses and in the industry as a whole.

  • Williamson to distribute DuPont flexo products in Canada

    February 27, 2007
    DuPont Packaging Graphics, of Wilmington, DE, USA, has chosen Williamson Printing Materials Limited, of Grimsby, ON, Canada, to distribute its line of flexographic products in Canada. “We put a lot of thought into how we could enhance our su…

  • Gallus to produce flexo sleeve seminar in Germany

    February 27, 2007
    Inspired by the success of its industrial manufacturing seminar focusing on offset printing workflow in last year, Gallus has added a seminar on flexo sleeve workflows, to be held March 21 and 22 at its German manufacturing site close to Frankfurt. G…

  • XSYS hosts print awards at Labelexpo Brussels

    February 27, 2007
    XSYS Print Solutions, the narrow web ink manufacturer headquartered in Sweden, has announced a call for entries to the XSYS Print Awards 2007. The third annual event will be held at Labelexpo Europe 2007 in Brussels on September 29. Label converte…

  • 3 Sigma acquires PWC in Ohio

    February 27, 2007
    3 Sigma Corporation, of Troy, OH, USA, a supplier of specialty coated and adhesive products, recently purchased the equipment and assets of PWC Incorporated in Springboro, OH. PWC manufactured custom pressure sensitive products, and performed contrac…

  • MACtac adds to capabilities with Pennsylvania coater

    February 27, 2007
    MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesive materials headquartered in Stow, OH, USA, has purchased a new coater. The investment is part of the company’s growth initiatives affecting all of the commercial areas it serves, and will be inst…

  • RFID Market Update

    RFID Market Update

    Michelle Sartor || February 26, 2007
    RFID growth did not meet expectations in 2006, but those involved believe that adoption will continue as businesses realize the benefits of the technology.

  • Cenveo acquires Printegra Corporation

    February 20, 2007
    Cenveo Inc. (NYSE: CVO), based in Stamford, CT, USA, has announced the acquisition of Printegra Corporation, a provider of business forms, office documents, checks, and labels, headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, USA. Among Printegra's divisions is…

  • Western Shield Label announces relocation

    February 20, 2007
    Western Shield Label, a converter based in Gardena, CA, USA, has signed a five year lease on a 17,000 square foot facility in Rancho Dominguez, also in California, and will take possession in May 2007.   “We’re really excited abou…

  • Alden & Ott celebrates 50 years in business

    February 20, 2007
    2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Alden & Ott Printing Inks. Joe Alden and Henry Ott founded the company in 1957 as an offset ink manufacturer. Ott, who was the company chemist, decided to pursue other interests. Alden purchased his shares in th…

  • Edale showcases RFID at open house

    February 20, 2007
    Edale, a press manufacturer based in Romsey, England, recently sponsored an open house to showcase its Lambda press, which was configured for offline RFID inlay affixing, incorporating a Tamarack P500 RFID unit. More than 50 customers from the UK and…

  • In-mold association launches web site

    February 20, 2007
    The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) has officially launched its web site, which is dedicated to in-mold labeling and decorating. The internet address is The site includes a calendar of events relating to in-mold decor…

  • GIDUE introduces a new UV curing system

    February 13, 2007
    GIDUE, a manufacturer of narrow web presses based in Turate, Italy, has introduced UV TIME!, an ultraviolet curing system described as environmentally friendly and oxygen-free. The system was produced in partnership with Air Liquide France. &ldquo…

  • 2007 North American Label Study published by TLMI

    February 13, 2007
    The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) has published the 2007 edition of the North American Label Study (NALS), which provides an overview of the pressure sensitive label and product decoration market. The study gives TLMI member companies…

  • Brushfoil attains ISO 9001:2000 certification

    February 13, 2007
    Brushfoil LLC, of Guilford, CT, USA, a manufacturer of brushed films and papers that enhance the appearance of consumer products, has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality management system based on standards set by the International O…

  • Kodak to address platemakers at annual convention

    February 13, 2007
    Managing last minute changes with PDF technology is the focus of a Kodak presentation at the annual Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) convention, scheduled for Feb. 18-20 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, U…

  • TLMI plans technical conference in Chicago Sept. 4-6

    February 6, 2007
    The Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) will hold its eighth technical conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago September 4-6. Titled “Tech 007: For Your Eyes Only”, the event will offer a range of technical presentation top…

  • Etiko expands with new Mark Andy press

    February 6, 2007
    Etiko, a label converter based in Szczecin, Poland, has invested in a new Mark Andy LP3000 flexo press, installed by Mark Andy AG, based in Switzerland. The press is an eight-color 13" (330mm) machine with full UV curing. It joins three Mark And…

  • Phoenix Challenge holds successful fundraiser

    February 6, 2007
    The fourth annual Phoenix Challenge Fund Raising Luncheon, organized to support the 2007 Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition and the new PC College Competition, took place recently in Charlotte, NC, USA, and boasted a reco…

  • ETI users to gather in Barcelona

    February 6, 2007
    The first meeting of the newly formed ETI Users Group will take place in March in Barcelona, Spain. The group will permit users of machinery manufactured by ETI Converting Equipment, of Boucherville, QC, Canada, to exchange and share information. ETI…

  • Graphic Solutions becomes GSI Technologies in reorganization

    January 30, 2007
    Graphics Solutions International, a manufacturer of labels, industrial graphics and functional printing based in Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has reorganized, added senior management and changed its name to GSI Technologies. “The new name, which is…

  • Label Traxx gets first customers in UK

    January 30, 2007
    Tailored Solutions, developer of the Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, has installed Label Traxx at two United Kingdom customers. The installations — at Hamilton Adhesive L…

  • Loparex invests in North American capacity

    January 30, 2007
    Loparex, a global producer of silicone release liners, has announced several capital investments to add paper coating and film blowing capacity, and to streamline operations within North America. A high-speed paper coating line has been started up…

  • Water Ink Technologies supports Careerline Tech Center

    January 30, 2007
    Water Ink Technologies Inc., of Lincolnton, NC, USA, recently donated water based flexo inks in support of the Printing and Graphic Arts Program at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, MI, USA. The Careerline program offers a compete course in g…

  • Harpers Educational Road Show returns in February

    January 30, 2007
    Harper GraphicSolutions, the technical service division of anilox supplier Harper Corporation, will launch its 2007 Flexographic Solutions Tour in February. Industry experts will join the Harper team for a series of six free one-day seminars that foc…

  • Etimex acquires two new presses from J&H

    January 30, 2007
    J&H Printing Solutions Inc., of Pewaukee, WI, USA, has installed two new JH1300 13" wide flexographic printing presses at Etimex, a converter of labels and tickets in Monterrey, Mexico. J&H is a supplier of flexographic presses and other…

  • Esko launches new web site

    January 30, 2007
    Esko, a manufacturer of packaging pre-production systems located in Gent, Belgium, has redesigned its web site to offer new content and format. The site address is According to Esko, visitors can easily go from the home page to the i…

  • Penmar named to top 50 diversity-owned firms in Connecticut

    January 23, 2007
    Penmar Industries, of Norwalk, CT, USA, has been named among the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in Connecticut by The recognition positions Penmar among the nation’s top multicultural revenue earners, which range from…

  • Avery Dennison reports strong 4th quarter

    January 23, 2007
    Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) reports net income of $101.5 million or $1.01 per share for the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with a $6.9 million or $0.07 per share loss last year. Reported results included restructuring and divestiture rela…