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  • Lightning Labels orders new HP digital press

    December 19, 2006
    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, launched in September at Labelexpo in Chicago, will…

  • Raflatac launches label design contest in China

    December 19, 2006
    UPM Raflatac, headquartered in Tampere, Finland, has launched a label design competition in China. The Label Design Awards 2007 encourages Chinese designers to revolutionize the way labels are designed. The company has organized the awards in coopera…

  • Water Ink Technologies signs new distributor in Mexico

    December 19, 2006
    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. FotoTec will supply and provide technical support for Wat…

  • Plastic Suppliers PLA film wraps environmental documentary

    December 19, 2006
    Plastic Suppliers Inc., of Columbus, OH, USA, is now part of the best-selling documentary “An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning”. The company’s EarthFirst PLA film is used to make the clear sleeve in which the DVD case is housed.…

  • Enercon launches multi-language web site

    December 19, 2006
    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 information, basic sealing information, frequently…

  • York continues acquisitions with QAL division

    December 12, 2006
    York Label, headquartered in Omaha, NE, USA, has acquired the Asheville, NC, USA division of Quality Assured Label (QAL). This follows closely upon York’s purchase of LSK Label in California just over a month ago. The Asheville division of Q…

  • Raflatac completes Europe line, plans Indian facility

    December 12, 2006
    UPM Raflatac has announced that it will open a new slitting and distribution terminal in Mumbai, India, next year. With the new terminal, UPM Raflatac says it will streamline its processes to meet customer demand for shorter delivery times while offe…

  • Mark Andy renovates the Model 2200 flexo press

    December 12, 2006
    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, national sales director, the 2200 is available in thr…

  • Loparex expands with extrusion line in China

    December 12, 2006
    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 company’s operations in Asia and to expand th…

  • J&J Converting Machinery relocates to Missouri

    December 12, 2006
    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 foot building in Grandview, MO, USA. The new plant includes a com…

  • GEW strengthens Italian and Swiss UV force

    December 4, 2006
    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 manufactures equipment for the production of…

  • Connemara Converting adds space and equipment

    December 4, 2006
    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 a Marquip Sheet Wizard board/paper precision sh…

  • IoPP forms Sustainable Packaging Task Group

    December 4, 2006
    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 approved the formation of a Sustainable Packaging Task G…

  • ProLabel advances its workflow, proofing and CTP systems

    November 28, 2006
    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 platesetter and the Printergy Powerpack workflow system…

  • acpo is recertified for ISO 9001:2000

    November 28, 2006
    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 system for the manufacturing of self-wound…

  • MPS celebrates a decade of manufacturing

    November 28, 2006
    Multi Print Systems, also known as MPS, celebrated its 10th anniversary in November. The manufacturer of narrow web servo driven presses is headquartered in Didam, the Netherlands. Company officials report that in its first decade MPS manufactured…

  • Mhlbauer systems active in Slovenian passports

    November 28, 2006
    The Mühlbauer technology group, based in Roding, Germany, has joined with the government of Slovenia to personalize the nation’s passports. Mühlbauer is a partner of Cetis, a Slovenian producer of security printing products.  …

  • Domino acquires Danish thermal transfer company

    November 28, 2006
    Domino Printing Sciences has acquired Easyprint A/S from Easyprint Holding ApS and Vald.Nielsen & Son Export A/S. Based in Karlslunde, Denmark, Easyprint specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative thermal transfer overc…

  • Metro Label acquires Gordon Graphics, Aluglass

    November 20, 2006
    Metro Label Group, headquartered in Toronto, ON, Canada, has acquired two label printing companies: Aluglass, also of Toronto, and Gordon Graphics, of Novato, CA, USA. Aluglass, formerly a public company with a plant in Canada and one in the US, w…

  • Chemsultants reorganizes, names Avalon COO

    November 20, 2006
    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 Gary A. Avalon to the position of chief operating…

  • Masterpiece Graphix receives HP treatment status

    November 20, 2006
    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 specialized coating services. “What makes Masterpiece Graphix di…

  • Variable data study now available

    November 20, 2006
    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 Print: Baseline Data on What the Ind…

  • Speeding the supply of Toshiba computers in Europe

    November 14, 2006
    Speeding the supply of Toshiba computers in Europe Toshiba Europe is employing UPM Raflatac to develop one of the largest Gen2 RFID supply chain systems in Europe. The deal includes Toshiba TEC, a supplier of RFID label printers, and ADT Security/Ty…

  • RAKO adds more

    November 14, 2006
    RAKO adds more Nilpeter flexo units RAKO Etiketten has increased the flexo capacity of its Witzhave plant near Hamburg, Germany, by installing two Nilpeter UV flexo presses. Both are the recently-introduced FA-4 models each with a 13" web widt…

  • Loparex opens

    November 14, 2006
    Loparex opens liner facility in Poland Despite the political uncertainty in Poland, vast amounts of development money is currently being poured into the country by global investors and manufacturers. It also appears to be among Europe’s leadi…

  • On-pack promotions

    November 14, 2006
    On-pack promotions that tempt fickle consumers Brand owners like on-pack promotions because they can often tempt many consumers to favor one product brand over another. Of course, they also offer many added value opportunities for label converters.…

  • Jetrion purchase reflects growth of narrow web inkjet

    November 14, 2006
    Assuming it clears the legal hurdles, the purchase of Jetrion from the Flint Group by Electronics For Imaging (EFI) is being keenly watched among European OEM partners and other inkjet vendors. This attention reflects a wider interest in single-pass…

  • Private label brands set

    November 14, 2006
    Ongoing shifts in retail patterns naturally affect the way brand managers fulfill their label and packaging needs. One of the more notable of trends concerns the labeling of products manufactured or processed specifically as own label brands (private…

  • XERICWEB DRYING SYSTEMS, Neenah, WI, USA Kari Meixl

    November 14, 2006
    XERICWEB DRYING SYSTEMS, Neenah, WI, USA — Kari Meixl has been promoted to product manager for the company’s narrow web drying and curing systems. She coordinates all aspects of the company’s narrow web products, from engineering th…

  • PRINTING INDUSTRIES OF AMERICA (PIA)/GRAPHIC ARTS TECHNICAL FOUNDATION (GATF), Sewickley, PA, USA Julie Shaffer

    November 14, 2006
    PRINTING INDUSTRIES OF AMERICA (PIA)/GRAPHIC ARTS TECHNICAL FOUNDATION (GATF), Sewickley, PA, USA — Julie Shaffer has been appointed the new director of the Digital Printing Council. She has been with PIA/GATF since 2000, serving as director of…

  • KODAK GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (GCG), Rochester, NY, USA Jeff Hayzlett,

    November 14, 2006
    KODAK GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (GCG), Rochester, NY, USA — Jeff Hayzlett, chief marketing officer and vice president of Kodak’s GCG, has been elected to the board of directors of the Business Marketing Association (BMA), an internatio…

  • INTERNATIONAL SPECIALTY PRODUCTS (ISP), Wayne, NJ, USA Specialty chemicals sales veteran Darrell Christopher

    November 14, 2006
    INTERNATIONAL SPECIALTY PRODUCTS (ISP), Wayne, NJ, USA — Specialty chemicals sales veteran Darrell Christopher has joined the company’s North America performance chemicals and biocides sales team as key account manager for the Midwest reg…

  • HARPERSCIENTIFIC, Charlotte, NC, USA Jazmin Clark

    November 14, 2006
    HARPERSCIENTIFIC, Charlotte, NC, USA — Jazmin Clark has been promoted to product specialist. She is responsible for developing and assimilating technical marketing information about new and existing products, and distributing it to the marketpl…

  • HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA Gregg W. Pearce

    November 14, 2006
    HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA — Gregg W. Pearce has joined the company as its new corporate purchasing manager. He is responsible for managing and directing all purchasing functions for Harper Corporation of America in the U…

  • GIDUE, Turate, Italy

    November 14, 2006
    GIDUE, Turate, Italy — The company has expanded its marketing and sales activities in Latin America with the appointment of Hector Aguilar to the position of area manager. The Spanish, English and French speaking mechanical engineer brings with…

  • DATALASE, Norcross, GA, USA The company has appointed Chuck Pemble

    November 14, 2006
    DATALASE, Norcross, GA, USA — The company has appointed Chuck Pemble national sales manager for the USA. His responsibilities include providing strategic input for DataLase’s growth within the USA and he will also be instrumental in the s…

  • AVERY DENNISON, Pasadena, CA, USA Robert B. Cornick

    November 14, 2006
    AVERY DENNISON, Pasadena, CA, USA — Robert B. Cornick has been appointed vice president and general manager, RFID division. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s RFID business. Previously, he was vi…

  • ARTWORK SYSTEMS GROUP, Gent, Belgium The company has appointed Stan Lemmens

    November 14, 2006
    ARTWORK SYSTEMS GROUP, Gent, Belgium — The company has appointed Stan Lemmens to head its marketing team. He was responsible for the launch of PA:CT within Artwork Systems, having joined the company two years ago. In his new role, he will look…

  • ADHESIVES RESEARCH, Glen Rock, PA, USA Michael Deck

    November 14, 2006
    ADHESIVES RESEARCH, Glen Rock, PA, USA — Michael Deck has been hired as engineered tapes market manager, ARcare Division. He is responsible for identifying new engineered tape market segments and applications in North America.…

  • Thermal transfer

    November 14, 2006
    Thermal transfer Green Bay Packaging Green Bay WI USA The Coated Products Operations of Green Bay Packaging offers two new thermal transfer labelstocks that it says provide customers with an economical alternative to standard thermal transfer labe…

  • Overlaminate film

    November 14, 2006
    Overlaminate film acpo Oak Harbor OH USA acpo introduces 505OB, a photoluminescent self-wound overlaminate film. 505OB contains an optical brightener formulation that glows or illuminates when exposed to black light. Labels laminated with 505OB ca…

  • Seamless screen

    November 14, 2006
    Seamless screen Lebanon Valley Engraving Lebanon PA USA Lebanon Valley Engraving has a seamless screen product meant for use with hot melt adhesives, coatings and blisterpack applications. The seamless screen is offered in repeat sizes 251⁄4…

  • Air knife mounting system

    November 14, 2006
    Air knife mounting system Exair Cincinnati OH USA EXAIR says its new Universal Air Knife Mounting System provides secure, precise positioning for air knives used to blow off, dry and cool. At the end of each production run, the air knife can be mo…

  • Tyvek styles

    November 14, 2006
    Tyvek styles DuPont Nonwovens Wilmington DE USA DuPont Nonwovens has introduced two new styles of Tyvek — Tyvek Brillion DR and Tyvek Brillion DRC — to provide printers and tag and label manufacturers with a greater range of options wh…

  • PLA facestock

    November 14, 2006
    PLA facestock Spinnaker Coating Troy OH USA Spinnaker Coating has added both clear and white EarthFirst PLA film to its product line. EarthFirst is made with NatureWorks PLA and is part of an environmentally responsible approach to labeling. The…

  • Clear-on-clear film

    November 14, 2006
    Clear-on-clear film MACtac Stow OH USA MACtac offers improved clear-on-clear prime film label material (product number PF8992). The product is ideal for beverage bottles, pharmaceutical bottles or any high end packaging application requiring a pri…

  • Clear-on-clear film

    November 14, 2006
    Clear-on-clear film MACtac Stow OH USA MACtac offers improved clear-on-clear prime film label material (product number PF8992). The product is ideal for beverage bottles, pharmaceutical bottles or any high end packaging application requiring a pri…

  • Thermal transfer digital press

    November 14, 2006
    Thermal transfer digital press Matan Digital Printers Rosh Ha’ayin Israel Matan Digital Printers has launched Matan SprinG3, the third generation of the Matan Spring12 product line of industrial six-color thermal transfer digital presses. Th…

  • Gallus promotes offset with expanded

    November 14, 2006
    In St. Gallen, Switzerland, the Gallus Group has been manufacturing presses for more than 75 years. In that long period of time the company has seen the growth of flexography and rotary screen printing, along with the gradual decline of letterpress,…

  • GIDUE expands into

    November 14, 2006
    GIDUE expands into India and Central Europe Press manufacturer GIDUE has announced the formation of GIDUE India, with Reifenhauser India Marketing Ltd. as its agent in that country. The sales effort will be headed by Manish Metha, managing director…