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  • Kodak launches podcasts on enhancing growth and profitability

    August 29, 2006
    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 Kodak Unified Workflow solution. The first program,…

  • Avery Dennison RFID introduces new multimedia training tool

    August 29, 2006
    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 viewer through the history of RFID, technology basi…

  • Exploring the blogosphere

    August 28, 2006
    Welcome to a new column here at Label & Narrow Web. We are going to be exploring something completely different in this column - weblogs, or blogs as they are more commonly called. Many of you have probably heard this term being used, but may not be…

  • Fruits of labor

    August 28, 2006
    A visit to Robert Rothschild Farm, in Urbana, OH, USA, a quiet town located west of Columbus, is a visual treat. Flowers abound from spring to late fall and the weathered clapboard building that houses production, office space, gift shop, and restaur…

  • Facts and hogwash

    August 28, 2006
    Would it be too presumptuous to ask your indulgence as I scroll through a few environmental news briefs? I believe it will help set the stage for the continuing need for change that will make us a better industry. Remember, these are "Letters from th…

  • A funny thing happened on the way to this column

    August 28, 2006
    After a successful career, a human relations guru found herself standing before the pearly gates. "We've never had a human resources director make it this far," declared St. Peter, "so we're not really sure what to do with you. So we'll let you exper…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 28, 2006
    Skanem on schedule with Asian labeling house

  • Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Jack Kenny || August 28, 2006
    High end production and Lean Manufacturing drive change at a family owned company.

  • A Seller

    A Seller's Market

    Jennifer Dochstader || August 25, 2006
    Navigating the waters to position your company for sale in a market whose time has come

  • Digital Prepress

    Digital Prepress

    August 25, 2006
    Prepress manufacturers speak out on today’s practices and tomorrow’s trends

  • Film Substrates

    Film Substrates

    August 25, 2006
    An overview of new and recently introduced film products for the label and narrow web converting market.

  • Film Label Advancements

    Film Label Advancements

    Michelle Sartor || August 25, 2006
    With a variety of film options, converters are able to meet the challe

  • Mark Andy to launch new Comco C2 servo press

    August 22, 2006
    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy held a quiet event for a few trade press editors last week at the Milford, OH, USA production plant for its Comco line of converting equipment. Company officials gave a preview of the C2, a new Comco press driv…

  • Printed electronics is focus of Arizona conference

    August 22, 2006
    An international conference on the subject “Printed Electronics USA” takes place in Phoenix, AZ, USA, December 5-6, sponsored by IDTechEx, an organization that has produced highly regarded RFID conferences for several years. The printed e…

  • AB Graphic expands, invites industry to visit

    August 22, 2006
    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 Yorkshire, England, for the past 30 years. The n…

  • Laser cutting service launched by Spartanics

    August 22, 2006
    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 cutting equipment. The contract manufacturing ser…

  • Logotech installs HP Indigo digital press

    August 15, 2006
    Logotech Inc., of Fairfield, NJ, USA, has installed a new Hewlett Packard Indigo ws4050 digital press and an AB Graphics finishing machine. The 12-inch, seven-color press and offline finishing unit complement the company’s Gallus letterpress an…

  • XericWeb and UV Ray form alliance

    August 15, 2006
    XericWeb Drying Systems, Neenah, WI, USA, and UV Ray S.r.l., Milan, Italy, have formed a strategic alliance to bring the next generation of UV curing to the North American narrow web flexographic printing market. UV Ray will manufacture the Maxwel…

  • MKS, Ion Industrial expands static control product line

    August 15, 2006
    MKS, Ion Industrial, a product group of MKS Instruments Inc. located in Windsor Locks, CT, USA, has extended its product line for industrial electrostatic applications with the 30kV/3mA DC-25 charging generator, RC-type charging bars with stainless s…

  • Tailored Solutions Joins CIP4 Consortium

    August 15, 2006
    Tailored Solutions, developer of Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, Milwaukee, WI, USA, has joined the CIP4 consortium, the organization that coordinates the implementation of JDF…

  • New US converter installs Chinese flexo label press

    August 8, 2006
    SynEctic Packaging LLC, a newly established converting company in Redwood City, CA, USA, is printing labels and packaging materials on a new flexographic press manufactured in China. The press is imported by J&H Printing Solutions Inc., of Brookf…

  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals acquires MetalFX

    August 8, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals, of Basel, Switzerland, has acquired a majority share in the company MetalFX, creator of an innovative print concept that allows thousands of metallic effects to be produced accurately in one run on a five-color press. The Me…

  • TLMI to preview label study at Labelexpo

    August 8, 2006
    Converters and suppliers who would like a preview of the North American Label Study soon to be published by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) should visit the institute’s booth (99) at Labelexpo Americas 2006. Labelexpo will be…

  • Flint opens new flexo plate plant in Germany

    August 8, 2006
    After two years of construction, Flint Group Printing Plates (formerly BASF Drucksysteme) has opened its new manufacturing plant in Willstätt, Germany. Speaking at the inauguration of the new plant was Thomas Telser, president of Flint Group Pri…

  • Atlantic Packaging buys Prestige Label

    August 1, 2006
    Prestige Label, of Burgaw, NC, USA, was sold Tuesday to Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington Inc., of Wilmington, NC. The buyer is known in the industry as Atlantic Packaging. Atlantic Packaging is a family owned company begun in 1946 as a newspaper…

  • UPM Raflatac to build new plant in US

    August 1, 2006
    UPM Raflatac has announced its plan to build a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory in Dixon, IL, USA, 105 miles west of Chicago. The new factory will focus on supplying materials to the Midwest marketplace, which has a concentration of label co…

  • Stork Prints opens tech center in Netherlands

    August 1, 2006
    The Stork Prints Group has unveiled a 2,300 square meter Technology Centre at its world headquarters in Boxmeer, the Netherlands. The center represents a significant investment in rotary screen printing research, development and training facilities.…

  • Nashua ramps up RFID production with Omega unit

    August 1, 2006
    AB Graphic International has supplied an Omega 1600 RFID converter for labels to Nashua Corporation’s plant in Tennessee, USA. Nashua has also received a designation from Alien Technologies, an RFID chip supplier, as a preferred converter. T…

  • Nashua Corporation invests in Tec Print

    July 25, 2006
    Nashua Corporation, a manufacturer of labels and thermal and specialty papers based in Nashua, NH, USA, has announced its acquisition of 35 percent of the shares of Tec Print LLC, a minority-owned business enterprise located in Memphis, TN, USA. T…

  • Multi-Color, United Silicone combine label technologies

    July 25, 2006
    Multi-Color Corporation and United Silicone have joined forces to provide high speed application of flameless heat transfer decoration to blow molded PET and HDPE containers. The combined technologies apply heat transfer labels to containers at rates…

  • PS materials sales rise at Avery Dennison

    July 25, 2006
    Sales of pressure sensitive materials by Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) for the second quarter were $810 million, up 1 percent from the prior year. “Underlying unit growth improved sequentially for the roll materials business in North America, as cu…

  • DiTrolio Institute offers three student scholarships

    July 25, 2006
    DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, of Broadview, IL, USA, has earmarked three scholarships for participants in the 2006 International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. The scholarships will provide education to students at the school, which i…

  • bielomatik celebrates 60th anniversary

    July 25, 2006
    Neuffen, German, was the site of the 60th anniversary celebration recently of the founding of bielomatik, a technology company that manufactures paper processing and plastic welding machinery, as well as lubrication technology. Pioneering spirit a…

  • Sonoco gift to launch new Clemson institute

    July 18, 2006
    A $2.5 million gift will create a new institute at Clemson University. Sonoco Products Company and Clemson officials announced this week that the donation launches the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University, in Clemso…

  • Cenveo buys Rx Label Technology

    July 18, 2006
    Cenveo Inc., the $1.8 billion envelope and commercial printer headquartered in Stamford, CT, USA, has entered the pharmaceutical label market with the acquisition of Rx Label Technology Corporation, of Joplin, MO, USA. Rx Label Technology, a pressure…

  • Chemsultants opens new HQ in 20th year

    July 18, 2006
    This year Chemsultants International marks its 20th anniversary, and it will do so in a big way: opening a new 10-acre campus in Mentor, OH, USA with state-of-the-art testing, product development, research and training facilities to serve its growing…

  • Prairie State buys R/evolution press from PCMC

    July 18, 2006
    Prairie State Group, of Franklin Park, IL, USA, has acquired the first R/evolution press from Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), the next generation of its Evolution press. The R/evolution is a 10-color, 26" wide machine, provides an overh…

  • Swedish converter making major equipment upgrade

    July 18, 2006
    Laritryck, a Swedish label and flexible packaging converter, is making a significant equipment upgrade with the purchase of Stork Prints’ Helios plate engraving system and a new Mark Andy XP 5000 press. The company, located in Ödå…

  • Lightning Labels has fifth record quarter

    July 18, 2006
    Lightning Labels, of Denver, CO, the USA’s first all digital label printer, has announced that it had achieved another quarter of record sales. The second quarter of 2006 was the fifth consecutive quarter of record sales and the first time the…

  • Fix-a-Form partners with UK label equipment supplier

    July 18, 2006
    Fix-a-Form partners with UK label equipment supplier Fix-a-Form International has formed a partnership with Daco Solutions, a manufacturer of inspection rewinders, rotary diecutting modules, turret rewinders and slitter/rewinders based in Beverley,…

  • Funding fuels expansion

    July 18, 2006
    Funding fuels expansion for a global RFID player Here’s another link to Cambridge, this time the one in Massachusetts, and also involving RFID technology. Again, it shows the attraction to high-tech companies in being connected to towns or c…

  • Nipson celebrates

    July 18, 2006
    Nipson celebrates 15 years of VaryPress Long before digital color printing made its mark, several competing non-impact monochrome and spot color technologies were establishing the print-on-demand concept. Loosely termed “laser printing&rdquo…

  • Strategy aims to reduce electronic waste

    July 18, 2006
    Strategy aims to reduce electronic waste Electronic waste is now a huge and growing problem in our throwaway society. For example, most of the 183 million computers sold globally each year are junked within three years or so. But we also throw away…

  • EIS deal strengthens Domino’s technology

    July 18, 2006
    EIS deal strengthens Domino’s technology As the integration of track and trace RFID technology slowly makes headway within the supply chain, we can expect more mergers and acquisitions. The latest involves Enterprise Information Systems Inc. (…

  • Trade body is upbeat

    July 18, 2006
    European consumption of self-adhesive labels increased 3.2 percent last year to reach 4.9 billion square meters (52.8 billion square feet) in 2005. This represents 72 percent growth over the last 10 years, FINAT members were told at their annual Cong…

  • SATO CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC, USA — J. Michael Fowler

    July 18, 2006
    SATO CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC, USA — J. Michael Fowler has been appointed as a director of SATO International Pte Ltd. and president of SATO Holding Americas Inc. He has over 14 years of experience with SATO America Inc. and has worked closel…

  • PUNCH GRAPHIX, Itasca, IL, USA — Patrick Canavan

    July 18, 2006
    PUNCH GRAPHIX, Itasca, IL, USA — Patrick Canavan has been named president and CEO of the company’s North American operations. He succeeds Kristof Vereenooghe, who decided to move back to Europe. Canavan previously worked at LG.Philips as…

  • PRINTSTAFF LLC, Boston, MA, USA — The company has appointed John Lombardo

    July 18, 2006
    PRINTSTAFF LLC, Boston, MA, USA — The company has appointed John Lombardo as area manager at its New Jersey office. In this new role, he will oversee operations and concentrate on new business development at PrintStaff’s offices in Wayne,…

  • NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA — Patricia Anderson

    July 18, 2006
    NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA — Patricia Anderson has been appointed Mid West region manager for the company. She will be handling accounts in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, and West Virginia.…

  • MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — The company has announced Steve Chapman

    July 18, 2006
    MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — The company has announced Steve Chapman as the local representative for North Carolina and South Carolina. He has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and technical product managem…