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  • Flytec is acquired

    July 18, 2006
    Flytec is acquired by AB Graphic Int’l. AB Graphic International Ltd., of Bridlington, England, has acquired Flytec Spezialmaschinen GmbH, a German manufacturer of label applicators, dispensers and converting equipment. The acquisition includ…

  • Aquaflex to explain flexible packaging

    July 18, 2006
    Aquaflex to explain flexible packaging F.L. Smithe and Aquaflex will conduct a seminar for small and mid-sized converters at the F.L. Smithe facility in Duncansville, PA, USA. The one-day seminar, to be held on July 26 and again on July 27, is title…

  • Avery Dennison ramps up RFID training

    July 18, 2006
    Avery Dennison ramps up RFID training Avery Dennison RFID is sponsoring $500 RFID training scholarships to help mandated end users quickly and effectively implement RFID within their supply chains. The company has joined with OTA Training, a vendor-…

  • FLEXcon celebrates

    July 18, 2006
    FLEXcon celebrates 50 years in business FLEXcon, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive film and adhesive products, marked the start of its 50th year of operation in March of this year. From its origin as a garage-based business in Spencer, MA, USA,…

  • Harper donates rolls

    July 18, 2006
    Harper donates rolls for Argentine research Harper Corporation of America, Charlotte, NC, USA, recently donated four Platinum XLT anilox rolls to Centro de Investigación Gráfica Juan Gutenberg (Johannes Gutenberg Graphic Research Cent…

  • Press sales at Gallus

    July 18, 2006
    Press sales at Gallus rose 11 percent in 2005 New products and a globally positive economic environment led the Gallus Group to sales of CHF 207 million ($167 million) in 2005, according to an announcement by Peter Hauser, board chairman. Gallus, a…

  • Glennon Group sold

    July 18, 2006
    Glennon Group sold to Pro Mach’s ID Tech Pro Mach Inc., of Cincinnati, OH, USA, announced Monday that its ID Technology division has acquired The Glennon Group, a provider of labeling, marking and packaging systems and services based in Pewau…

  • Seal-It uses PLA film

    July 18, 2006
    Seal-It uses PLA film in shrink production Seal-It, of Farmingdale, NY, USA, is now producing shrink sleeves using EarthFirst film material from Plastic Suppliers, which is made from corn-based resins supplied by Natureworks PLA (polylactic acid).…

  • Lightning Labels blog

    July 18, 2006
    Lightning Labels’ blog explores digital print Lightning Labels, an all-digital label printer in Denver, CO, USA, has announced the launch of its weblog. The Lightning Labels blog provides an inside look into the world of custom labels and dig…

  • LGInternational

    July 18, 2006
    LGInternational to invest in China LGInternational (LGI), a label manufacturer based in Portland, OR, USA, has signed a letter of intent to invest in the Wuxi (China) National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (WND) through the establishment o…

  • Smyth a developer

    July 18, 2006
    Smyth a developer of temperature label Outlast Technologies, of Boulder, CO, USA, and Smyth Companies, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA, have introduced a temperature-buffering label that they call the Cold Wrap. The label is said to deflect…

  • Equity firm buys Fort Dearborn

    July 18, 2006
    Equity firm buys Fort Dearborn Private equity firm Genstar Capital LLC announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Fort Dearborn Company, a provider of decorative labels to the consumer goods industry. Fort Dearborn management, along with m…

  • A Family Affair

    July 17, 2006
    Our first visit to Duck Pond Cellars winery was accidental. My wife and I were heading from Portland, OR, to the Pacific Coast of the United States for a vacation, and I drove past the entrance without even noticing the sign. What grabbed my attentio…

  • Good stewardship

    July 17, 2006
    A few weeks ago I attended a global warming conference. Because I read and constantly hear about the loss of water tables, wind energy, environmental taxation, lack of environmental leadership in Washington, the decline of oil, and on and on ad nause…

  • Think Globally, Organize Locally

    July 17, 2006
    Globalization of our economy has impacted us in so many ways over the past 20 years. And it will continue to grow and change our lives, in most cases for the better. Companies who have recognized this reality of doing business are thriving, not just…

  • Fire in the Hole, Part II

    July 17, 2006
    "After finding no qualified candidates for the position of principal, the school board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David Steele to the post." Although this announcement sounds like something out of a Jay Leno sketch, it was…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    July 17, 2006
    Trade body is upbeat about further label growth

  • Whatever Happened to Mid-Web?

    Whatever Happened to Mid-Web?

    Mac Rosenbaum || July 17, 2006
    A brief look at the short history - and promising future - of an overlooked web format.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Metro Label

    Narrow Web Profile: Metro Label

    Jack Kenny || July 17, 2006
    In Canada, a major converter pursues an aggressive environmental strategy.

  • Narrow Web Profile: The Label Printers

    Narrow Web Profile: The Label Printers

    Michelle Sartor || July 17, 2006
    Quality, customer service and added value are important aspects of how The Label Printers does business.

  • 2006 International Buyers Guide

  • Smyth expands with Omet, Mitsubishi presses

    July 11, 2006
    Smyth Companies Inc. of St. Paul, MN, one of the USA’s largest label printers, has purchased two new presses. The acquisitions will increase Smyth’s rollfed label product offering for full body shrink sleeves and pressure sensitive labels…

  • Multi-Color named to Fortune 100 small companies list

    July 11, 2006
    Multi-Color Corporation has been listed on the FSB 100, the 2006 presentation of the USA’s fastest-growing small public companies by Fortune magazine. Multi-Color is ranked 89th, with revenues of $197.2 million for calendar year 2005. This y…

  • Plastic Suppliers recognized for exports, job growth

    July 11, 2006
    Plastic Suppliers, a manufacturer of film products based in Columbus, OH, USA, is one of 29 Ohio companies to be recognized for its efforts in exporting Ohio-made products, while growing Ohio jobs in relation to increased exportation. Ohio’s Go…

  • TLMI revamps its web site

    July 11, 2006
    The web site of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) has been completely overhauled. The redesigned site — — is now more visually appealing and includes a more comprehensive search engine that allows visitors to…

  • Allen Datagraph moves to new plant in New Hampshire

    July 11, 2006
    Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. (ADSI) has moved its manufacturing operations to a new plant in Derry, NH, USA. ADSI designs and manufactures precision motion control systems for the label, monument and laboratory testing industries, and for other graph…

  • Loparex Group acquires Douglas-Hanson

    July 5, 2006
    Loparex Group, a manufacturer of release coated papers and films, has acquired the Douglas-Hanson Company of Hammond, WI, USA. Douglas-Hanson, established in 1973, manufactures silicone-coated release papers and films, and extrudes polycoated papers…

  • Treofan to double capacity at Mexico plant

    July 5, 2006
    Treofan Group, a manufacturer of specialty BOPP films based in Raunheim, Germany, says it intends to double the capacity of its plant in Zacapu, Mexico. The company plans to invest about US$45 million in expanding production and R&D facilities, i…

  • Pitman Company acquires Charrette

    July 5, 2006
    Pitman Company, a North American graphic arts supplier based in Totowa, NJ, USA, has announced the acquisition of Charrette LLC, a provider of digital and traditional imaging supplies, equipment and services to the graphics, corporate and technical d…

  • Roy Webb named VP at Mark Andy

    July 5, 2006
    Roy Webb, an industry veteran and top sales executive at Mark Andy for many years, has been named vice president of global and strategic accounts at the narrow web press manufacturing company, based in Chesterfield, MO, USA. In his new position, W…

  • Label Traxx now links to Green Bay Packaging

    July 5, 2006
    Tailored Solutions’ Label Traxx, a print business management software for narrow web flexo converters, now connects with Green Bay Packaging, a supplier of pressure sensitive stock to label printers. With this new feature, available in Label Tr…

  • Genstar Capital acquires Fort Dearborn Company

    June 23, 2006
    Private equity firm Genstar Capital LLC announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Fort Dearborn Company, a provider of decorative labels to the consumer goods industry. Fort Dearborn management, along with many of the current shareholders,…

  • Gerhardt cuts magnetic cylinder price in half

    June 23, 2006
    Gerhardt USA has announced that it will be offering its magnetic cylinders at 50 percent of the standard price to all customers in the United States for a limited time. In addition, says CEO Bill Reichard, the company “will guarantee our flexib…

  • Enercon offers Plasma3 trial program

    June 23, 2006
    Many of Enercon’s customers who have conducted trials of atmospheric plasma on 60" wide laboratory line have requested an opportunity to test Plasma3 on a smaller scale in their own facilities. In response, Enercon now offers a new Plasma3…

  • ID Technology adds RFID to label printer applicator system

    June 23, 2006
    ID Technology, a provider of labeling, coding and marking solutions, announced that its Knock-Down Carton Label Printer Applicator system now applies printed and encoded RFID labels. The IDT Model 250r printer applicator, a heavy-duty, vacuum-free…

  • Calvin Frost wins Label Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

    June 20, 2006
    The judges of the Label Industry Global Awards have unanimously voted to bestow one of the industry's highest honors upon Calvin Frost, chairman of Channeled Resources Group. Frost will receive the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award at Label…

  • Security group gives Sekuworks its top certification

    June 20, 2006
    Sekuworks, a label manufacturer in Harrison, OH, USA, that specializes in complex printing and converting for anti-counterfeiting and package security, has been certified by the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) as the first Class…

  • Swedens Lexit expands with international food labels

    June 20, 2006
    The ability to produce peel and peel/reseal labels for its blue chip portfolio of international food clients has resulted in Swedish converter Lexit Label installing a second 16" (410 mm) Mark Andy 4150 flexo press. The latest (both were supplie…

  • More label awards for Multi-Color

    June 20, 2006
    Multi-Color Corporation continues its award-winning tradition with its most recent achievements: winning the Gold Cylinder Award from the Gravure Association of America for Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice Beer metalized label, and a World Label Award…

  • Mark Andy seminar focuses on films

    June 20, 2006
    Space is filling up rapidly for “Film Labels Done Right”, next in the series of Mark Andy Educator Seminars. The program will take place July 12 at the company’s headquarters in Chesterfield, MO, USA. The seminar focuses on film,…

  • LGInternational to invest in China

    June 13, 2006
    LGInternational (LGI), a label manufacturer based in Portland, OR, USA, has signed a letter of intent to invest in the Wuxi (China) National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (WND) through the establishment of operations at the Wuxi Singapore Ind…

  • Aquaflex seminar to explain flexible packaging

    June 13, 2006
    F.L. Smithe and Aquaflex will conduct an informational seminar for small and mid-sized converters at the F.L. Smithe facility in Duncansville, PA, USA. The one-day seminar, to be held on July 26 and again on July 27, is titled “From Labels to F…

  • Avery Dennison RFID qualifies eight more converters

    June 13, 2006
    Avery Dennison RFID has announced that eight more RFID label converters have met the company’s standards to become Avery Dennison “Qualified Converters”. The converters are Brady Corporation, Intermec Technologies Corporation, Marnl…

  • Loparex opens sales offices in Japan and Thailand

    June 13, 2006
    Loparex Group, a manufacturer of siliconized release liners and speciality papers, is strengthening its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. New sales offices have recently been opened in Japan and Thailand. Loparex Japan KK started operations Ju…

  • Dow Corning sets new price structure for PS products

    June 6, 2006
    Dow Corning, of Midland, MI, USA, will implement a platinum index-based pricing system for its global pressure sensitive product line starting July 1, according to Shelley J. Bausch, global industry director for Dow Corning Pressure Sensitive Industr…

  • ASL Group acquires Gallus RCS 330 press

    June 6, 2006
    ASL Group (All Stick Label), of Toronto, ON, Canada, has announced the acquisition of a new Gallus RCS 330 press. President and CEO Charlie MacLean says that the investment is “in response to market trends and more specifically customer demand.…

  • Maxson Automatic acquires steel fabricator

    June 6, 2006
    The intellectual property and certain assets of Hillside Industries of Middletown, CT, USA, have been acquired by Maxson Automatic Machinery Company, of Westerly, RI, USA, a manufacturer of rotary cutters and sheet handling systems. The announcement…

  • Julie Static Controls now called Static Clean International

    June 6, 2006
    Julie Static Controls President Jim Patterson has announced that the company name has changed to Static Clean International. The company, based in Burlington, MA, USA, manufactures products for static and contamination control and reduction. &ldqu…

  • Nilpeter showcases 200 line screen flexo at open house

    May 30, 2006
    Nilpeter USA showcased its FB3300A press at an open house in Cincinnati, OH, this month. The demonstration of the inline flexo press used 200 line screen photopolymer plates. Nilpeter partnered with Enovation Graphic Systems and MacDermid Printing…

  • GEW Asia opens in Mumbai

    May 30, 2006
    UV curing systems manufacturer GEW (EC) Ltd., of Redhill, UK, has opened the first phase of its sales, service and manufacturing operation in Mumbai, India. The facility will service the India and the Southeast Asia markets. The operation is headed b…