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  • Laser cutting service launched by Spartanics

    October 19, 2006
    Laser cutting service launched by Spartanics Spartanics, of Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, has initiated its Laser Cutting Contract Manufacturing Service for converters who want tool-free cutting technology but seek an alternative to purchasing laser cut…

  • Acucote expands its

    October 19, 2006
    Acucote expands its capabilities, distribution Acucote Inc., of Graham, NC, USA, a manufacturer of specialty self-adhesive label materials, has expanded its business in the cut-sheet marketplace. Acucote’s new sheeter installation complement…

  • CTC opens demo unit

    October 19, 2006
    CTC opens demo unit at flexo institute CTC International, of West Caldwell, NJ, USA, has formed a partnership with DiTrolio Flexographic Institute to provide a Midwest demonstration center for CTC’s line of label automation products. DiTrolio…

  • BASF to expand PSA capability at PA plant

    October 19, 2006
    BASF to expand PSA capability at PA plant BASF has announced that it is investing $4.9 million in its acrylic emulsion manufacturing facility in Monaca, PA, USA, to increase its capability to produce coater-ready adhesives. At Labelexpo 2006 the com…

  • Mühlbauer security aids Portugal’s passports

    October 19, 2006
    Mühlbauer security aids Portugal’s passports The Mühlbauer Technology Group, based in Roding, Germany, a manufacturer of security products for the packaging market, has installed personalization equipment for the new electronic passp…

  • Avery Dennison acquires RFID start-up company

    October 19, 2006
    Avery Dennison acquires RFID start-up company Avery Dennison RFID, a division of the label materials giant that produces radio frequency identification products, has acquired RF IDentics of Grand Rapids, MI, USA, a start-up company that has develope…

  • Two converters install

    October 19, 2006
    Two converters install HP Indigo presses Logotech Inc., of Fairfield, NJ, USA, and Profecta Labels Inc., of Bouchervillee, QC, Canada, have installed new ws4050 digital presses by HP Indigo. Logotech also installed an AB Graphics finishing machine…

  • Kodak podcasts focus

    October 19, 2006
    Kodak podcasts focus on growth, profitability Print providers interested in learning how to increase services, capacity and revenue can turn to a new source of information: a series of podcasts on the value of unified workflow and details on a Koda…

  • UPM Raflatac updates Raflink Business Line

    October 19, 2006
    UPM Raflatac updates Raflink Business Line UPM Raflatac is launching robust ordering and claim tracking self-service tools with the latest update of its eBusiness platform, the Raflink Business Line. North American customers will be able to use the…

  • AVT enters sheetfed printing market

    October 19, 2006
    AVT enters sheetfed printing market Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) has announced its entrance into the sheetfed printing market. “The demand for high-end quality and 100 percent fault free products in industries such as pharmaceuticals, ciga…

  • Comco wins Russian packaging award

    October 19, 2006
    Comco wins Russian packaging award Leading Russian print for packaging Group, Alaska-Poligrafoformlenie, has won the main award in the All-Russia contest for printed packaging. The Grand Star of Russia was won with an entry in the Packaging for Food…

  • Esko enjoys strong business performance

    October 19, 2006
    Esko enjoys strong business performance Esko, a leader in packaging prepress products based in Gent, Belgium, announces a continued strong business performance during the second quarter of 2006, with consolidated net revenues increasing by 17 percen…

  • Tailored Solutions opens office in Europe

    October 19, 2006
    Tailored Solutions opens office in Europe Tailored Solutions, the producer of Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, has opened a sales and support office to service users in Europe.…

  • TLMI previews label study at Labelexpo

    October 19, 2006
    TLMI previews label study at Labelexpo Converters and suppliers received a preview of the North American Label Study soon to be published by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). The TLMI label study, updated by the association every t…

  • Avery Dennison RFID introduces training tool

    October 19, 2006
    Avery Dennison RFID introduces training tool Avery Dennison RFID, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation, has produced a multimedia training tool: RFID 101. The tool combines a live narrator with animations, photos and video to walk the viewe…

  • Gallus joins Brand Protection Alliance

    October 19, 2006
    Gallus joins Brand Protection Alliance The Brand Protection Alliance (BPA) announces the inclusion of Gallus Inc. as its newest member. Ken Goetze, vice president of the BPA says, “In addition to building application-specific printing presses…

  • AB Graphic expands, invites industry to visit

    October 19, 2006
    AB Graphic expands, invites industry to visit AB Graphic International will host an open house to celebrate the addition of a new 35,000 square foot (3,200 square meter) factory extension close to the two sites it has occupied in Bridlington, East Y…

  • Mark Andy sold to investor & 

    October 19, 2006
    Mark Andy, the narrow web press manufacturer headquartered in Chesterfield, MO, USA, has been acquired by Morgenthaler Partners and Mark Andy management. Morgenthaler Partners is a financial business holding company based in Cleveland, OH, USA and Bo…

  • KPG to represent GIDUE in USA and UK

    October 17, 2006
    GIDUE S.p.a., a manufacturer of label and packaging presses headquartered in Turate, Italy, has appointed KPG Corporation and KPG Europe as its agents for the USA and UK, respectively. KPG is based in the USA in Vermont and in the UK in Peterborough…

  • UPM Raflatac launches enhanced web site

    October 17, 2006
    UPM Raflatac has enhanced and redesigned its web site: www.upmraflatac.com. The most notable content addition is a section dedicated to RFID, which features extensive product information for Rafsec RFID tags and inlays, presentations of various RFID…

  • Green Bay Packaging opens western distribution site

    October 17, 2006
    The Coated Products Operations of Green Bay Packaging Inc. now distributes its pressure sensitive label materials from a facility located in Langley, BC, Canada, near Vancouver. According to Steve Wilcox, VP of sales, the new distribution point is st…

  • Pitman to distribute Rad-Cure products

    October 17, 2006
    Pitman Company, of Totowa, NJ, USA, a North American graphic arts supplier, has been named national distributor for Rad-Cure Corporation, a manufacturer of ultraviolet curable coatings, adhesives and specialty aqueous products for the narrow web, tag…

  • Flexo school claims perfect placement record

    October 17, 2006
    Ditrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), training facility for the flexographic printing industry in Broadview, IL, USA, says it recently celebrated a year of perfect placement of its graduates into the workplace. “We are proud to say that sin…

  • TLMI Awards

    TLMI Awards

    October 9, 2006
    G-3 Enterprises, of Modesto, CA, USA, is the Best of Show winner in the 2006 Awards Competition sponsored by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). The winning entry, a label for Bridlewood Blue Road Syrah, also won a First Place award a…

  • G-3 wins Best of Show in TLMI Label Awards

    October 9, 2006
    G-3 Enterprises, of Modesto, CA, USA, is the Best of Show winner in the 2006 Awards Competition sponsored by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). The winning entry, a label for Bridlewood Blue Road Syrah, also won a First Place award a…

  • RotoMetrics’ new logo wins top prize

    October 9, 2006
    RotoMetrics, a worldwide manufacturer of rotary dies and tooling headquartered in Eureka, MO, USA, has unveiled a new corporate logo, a move aimed at strengthening international brand identity, company officials say. The logo (shown below) includes a…

  • HP Indigo users to meet in Florida in February

    October 9, 2006
    Celebrating its first anniversary and the successes of its inaugural year, the Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) announces the dates for its second annual conference which will take place February 1-3, 2007, at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, F…

  • GRE Americas office opens in Philadelphia

    October 9, 2006
    GRE Digital Solutions, headquartered in Steinebrunn, Switzerland, has established a presence in the Western Hemisphere. GRE Digital Solutions Inc., in Philadelphia, PA, USA, provides sales, marketing, engineering, and service support for the company&…

  • Mühlbauer security aids Portugal’s passports

    October 3, 2006
    The Mühlbauer Technology Group, based in Roding, Germany, a manufacturer of security products for the packaging market, has installed personalization equipment for the new electronic passport in Portugal. Mühlbauer collaborated on the proje…

  • Acucote expands its capabilities, distribution

    October 3, 2006
    Acucote Inc., of Graham, NC, USA, a manufacturer of specialty self-adhesive label materials, has expanded its business in the cut-sheet marketplace. Acucote’s new sheeter installation complements existing roll converting by adding cut sheet…

  • National Starch raises production of adhesives, polymers, electronics

    October 3, 2006
    National Starch and Chemical Company, headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, USA, has expanded its Salisbury, NC, USA plant to increase production of adhesives, synthetic polymers and electronic materials. National says its multimillion-dollar investme…

  • Nanotechnology comes to film packaging

    October 3, 2006
    A packaging films producer and a nanotechnology products company have joined forces to create and commercialize new packaging products that make use of nanoparticle based inks and coatings to be used in printed electronics. The companies, both in…

  • EFI acquires Jetrion from Flint

    September 27, 2006
    EFI, a public company that produces inkjet systems and print management products, has announced its intention to acquire privately held Jetrion LLC, a subsidiary of Flint Group Incorporated, for approximately $40 million in cash. Jetrion manufactures…

  • Mark Andy managers remain after acquisition

    September 26, 2006
    The acquisition this month of Mark Andy by Morgenthaler Partners and Mark Andy’s management will not be apparent to the customers of the narrow web press manufacturer, according to company President and CEO Paul Brauss. “The transition of…

  • CTC has new demo center at DiTrolio Flexo School

    September 26, 2006
    CTC International, of West Caldwell, NJ, USA, has formed a partnership with DiTrolio Flexographic Institute to provide a Midwest demo center for CTC’s line of label automation products. The first unit to be displayed will be the STACRW4-8 Servo…

  • Yupo plans capacity increase for synthetic paper

    September 26, 2006
    Yupo Corporation America, of Chesapeake, VA, USA, has announced new capacity improvements to address demand for the company’s synthetic papers. The improvements, says the company, will result in production output of up to 20 percent. “…

  • Maxcess launches web handling education program

    September 26, 2006
    Maxcess International, of Oklahoma City, OK, USA, a group of companies that manufactures web handling equipment, has created Maxcess University, an educational program that combines hands-on training and online resources to improve the web handling p…

  • The AIMCAL Blogs

    September 25, 2006
    Welcome to the second issue of The Blogsmith, the only column devoted to exploring the blogs that are of interest to the label and converting industry. In case you missed the first column, here is a brief definition of a blog. A blog is a frequently…

  • Flags, labels and fund raising

    September 25, 2006
    The American Legion, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, USA and a major operation in Washington, DC, has departments in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and the Phillipines. There are numerous posts with…

  • Leadership does matter

    September 25, 2006
    The importance of developing a team of first-rate managers and supervisors has never been more important. Whether you are a converter or supplier, an owner or senior manager, your company is perhaps the most significant investment in your life. I'm n…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    September 25, 2006
    Alliance of Rx packagers and printers gets serious

  • Labelexpo Americas 2006

    Labelexpo Americas 2006

    September 25, 2006
    The show of the year featured evolutionary technologies for converters eager to expand into new markets.

  • Asian Label Markets

    Asian Label Markets

    Leah Genuario || September 25, 2006
    The fastest growing market for labels commands the attention of the rest of the packaging world.

  • Laser Diecutters

    Laser Diecutters

    Jack Kenny || September 25, 2006
    Slow to be adopted in the narrow web market, laser cutters show steady technological improvements.

  • Rotary Dies

    Rotary Dies

    September 25, 2006
    Solid and flexible dies each have advantages in certain applications, though flexible dies are gaining ground on the traditionally more popular solid dies.

  • Swiss backing for licensed metallic ink system

    September 13, 2006
    Swiss backing for licensed metallic ink system In order to strengthen its color management services, Ciba Speciality Chemicals of Basel, Switzerland, has acquired a majority share in MetalFX Technology of Guisely, near Leeds, UK. Launched four years…

  • New press makes labels

    September 13, 2006
    New press makes labels for hazardous substances Occasionally this column gets to hear about a PR application story that penetrates its stringent “ho-hum, so what” barrier. The installation of a five-color Mark Andy 2200 UV flexo press…

  • EyeC expands operations into Benelux

    September 13, 2006
    EyeC expands operations into Benelux Object-based image processing has been around for several years in various industrial quality control applications. In our industry, EyeC GmbH, of Germany, is busy promoting its Proofiler line as a quality contro…

  • BASF introduces

    September 13, 2006
    BASF introduces new adhesive technologies BASF has developed an adhesive coating technology that allows up to three different layers of adhesive to be applied simultaneously onto a carrier material using a multilayer die. When coating adhesive labe…

  • Film packaging prompts switch to direct laser engraving

    September 13, 2006
    Film packaging prompts switch to direct laser engraving Direct laser engraving of flexo sleeves made from elastomer type materials could receive a boost from recent technical advances and trends towards shorter runs of shrink sleeves and film wrapar…