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  • Narrow Web Profile: McDowell Label and Screen Printing

    Leah Genuario || July 20, 2005
    A new location and new capabilities for this Texas converter.

  • UV inkjet ink

    July 20, 2005
    UV inkjet ink Trident Brookfield CT USA BreezeMark UV, a new UV-curable ink jet printing system, includes BreezeMark UV Ink and a Trident UltraJet II or 768Jet printhead. It provides durable solvent-free print on flexible packaging materials.…

  • Packaging experts form

    July 20, 2005
    Packaging experts form The Garron Group The Garron Group Inc., a new consulting firm in the packaging business, has been formed by the merger of R&R Consulting and the consulting arm of Gates Packaging Inc. Ron Ryback is president, and Gary Gat…

  • Pouches

    Leah Genuario || July 20, 2005
    Growth in the pouch market has more converters looking for new opportunities.

  • DuPont affirms packaging presence with new flexo technology

    July 20, 2005
    DuPont Imaging Technologies earns around $500 million from selling Cyrel flexo plates, Cromalin proofing systems and associated hardware. Europe accounts for 40 percent of this revenue. Therefore, it was fitting in a Drupa year to tell the European p…

  • Paper Converting Machine Co.

    July 20, 2005
    Paper Converting Machine Co. Evolution Press Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has developed the Evolution™ in-line flexographic press for tag & label, paperboard, and flexible packaging printing. Available in 18", 22", 26…

  • Holographic label films

    July 20, 2005
    Holographic label films AET Films New Castle DE USA Mirage holographic label films are suited for can and bottle labels in low shrink and non-shrink roll-fed label applications, and in folding carton and flexible packaging applications…

  • Maxson appoints distributor Down Under

    July 20, 2005
    Maxson appoints distributor Down Under Web Dynamics, a supplier to the flexible packaging, printing and converting industries, has been named exclusive agent for Maxson sheeters in the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company is based in Marri…

  • New Europe label show

    July 20, 2005
    The announcement of a new European label show has predictably set the cat among the pigeons in certain quarters. The three-day show, named Interlabel 2004, is projected to open at the Messe Stuttgart next December. The organizer says it will cover th…

  • APEX EUROPE, Hapert, The Netherlands

    July 20, 2005
    APEX EUROPE, Hapert, The Netherlands — The company has signed an agreement with TMT Consommables to serve the flexible packaging and label markets. Thierry Andres has been named regional product manager for Southeast France. Christophe Racinet…

  • Screening technology

    July 20, 2005
    Screening technology Agfa Mortsel Belgium :Sublima is XM screening technology, suitable for offset and flexo processes. The cross modulated technology can achieve line-screen rulings up to 340 lpi. It combines the benefits of amplitude modulated s…

  • Central & Eastern Europe's Label Markets

    Leah Genuario || July 20, 2005
    The Central and Eastern European label industry is young, but it should not be underestimated.

  • Modified film

    July 20, 2005
    Modified film Toray Plastics North Kingstown RI USA PA10 print-grade film and PA20 heat-sealable film are modified polyester films that are FDA compliant. They are suitable for flexible packaging applications and can be used for printing, me…

  • Flexible packagers explore the trends

    July 20, 2005
    Flexible packagers explore the trends The Flexible Packaging Association’s 2003 Fall Executive Conference, titled “Optimizing Opportunities for Flexible Packaging,” will take place October 29 at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Chica…

  • Martin Automatic celebrates 35 years

    July 20, 2005
    Martin Automatic celebrates 35 years In 2003, Martin Automatic Inc., of Rockford, IL, marks 35 years in the web handling business. Starting out as a maker of web guides, Martin has grown to be a supplier of automatic zero-speed splicers, rewinds, te…

  • Rexam sells medical flexible packaging unit

    July 20, 2005
    Rexam sells medical flexible packaging unit UK-based Rexam PLC recently announced that it will sell its Healthcare Flexibles Sector to Amcor Ltd., an Australian company in the flexible packaging business. Rexam Healthcare Flexibles manufactures fle…

  • ExxonMobil Chemical expands film capacity

    July 20, 2005
    ExxonMobil Chemical expands film capacity The Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical, Macedon, NY, recently completed an expansion of its oriented polypropylene (OPP) film manufacturing plant in Shawnee, OK. The installation of a 6.6-meter orienter…

  • Paper Converting Machine Co.

    July 20, 2005
    Paper Converting Machine Co. Evolution Press Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has developed the Evolution™ in-line flexographic press for tag & label, paperboard, and flexible packaging printing. Available in 18", 22", 26…

  • Film/flexible packaging printing press

    July 20, 2005
    Film/flexible packaging printing press Ko-Pack Williston VT USA The film/flexible packaging press delivers variable print speeds up to 360 fpm. It can print on flexible film, foil, plastic and laminate and features up to six flexo printing station…

  • TLMI & FFTA to hold

    July 20, 2005
    TLMI & FFTA to hold technical conference The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, (TLMI) and the Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association will hold a technical conference September 10-12 at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The…

  • Prairie State grows, moves to new plant

    July 20, 2005
    Prairie State grows, moves to new plant Prairie State Graphics, a label and flexible packaging converter, is moving in late May to larger quarters in Franklin Park, IL, and has acquired new converting equipment. “We have experienced strong…

  • Food Labeling

    July 20, 2005
    Consumer convenience is driving major changes in the food packaging industry.

  • European support

    July 19, 2005
    European support for latest narrow web entrant At one time Webtron was a major player in the narrow web flexo press sector. It certainly helped the process to become established in many parts of Europe from the late 1980s. As elsewhere, it lost mar…

  • Saint-Gobain

    July 19, 2005
    Copper tape Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Hoosick Falls NY USA CHEMLAM Copper tape is a new CHR adhesive tape designed as a replaceable release surface for packaging equipment. Featuring a layer of PTFE film over PTFE impregnated fiberglass…

  • Label printer

    July 19, 2005
    Label printer QuickLabel Systems Product Group West Warwick RI USA The QLS-4100 Xe is a high speed tabletop label printer. The unit features 200 percent faster on-board processing and 800 percent more on-board memory than its predecessor. It has a…

  • Comco launches new series of flexo seminars

    July 19, 2005
    Comco launches new series of flexo seminars Comco’s popular education programs for flexographers continues in 2003 with five in a series of “Flexo Focus Educator Seminars.” The free seminars have been developed for converters and c…

  • ExxonMobil salutes labels, packaging with annual awards

    July 19, 2005
    ExxonMobil salutes labels, packaging with annual awards ExxonMobil Chemical, Macedon, NY, has honored seven companies for excellence and innovation in flexible packaging and labeling at its 16th annual Golden Mummy and Pyramid Awards ceremony. Held…

  • Swiss materials company in new hands

    July 19, 2005
    Swiss materials company in new hands More tidying up in the label stock world. As reported in the last issue, financially-troubled SJP UK becomes a subsidiary of ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive materials, and was renamed ScandSti…

  • Plastic Suppliers wins

    July 19, 2005
    Plastic Suppliers wins second OSHA award Plastic Suppliers Inc., Columbus, OH, a manufacturer, converter, and distributor of plastic film, has been recognized for a second time for its safety and health programs by OSHA’s SHARP (Safety and He…

  • process

    July 19, 2005
    Phototype, of Cincinnati, a prepress service provider for the packaging industry, has announced the availability of a new imaging process for photopolymer plates that claims to improve flexo printing quality on smooth, non-porous substrates, such as…

  • Web press agreement

    July 19, 2005
    Web press agreement unites two heavyweights The decision by Montreal-based RDP Marathon Inc. to market and support Drent Goebel web presses in the US and Canada underscores the fierce competition in the narrow and mid-web offset market. Both compan…

  • Consolidation continues

    July 19, 2005
    There’s a touch of unfinished business about this column, in fact as Yogi Berra quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Readers may remember that the last column led with some observations about the troubled labe…

  • Idaho converter updates with new equipment

    July 19, 2005
    Idaho converter updates with new equipment Crown American LLC, a label and flexible packaging printer with locations in Idaho Falls and Boise ID, has completed a total update of its Idaho Falls plant. The operation has moved to a new production loc…

  • Flexible Packaging

    Leah Genuario || July 19, 2005
    Narrow web converters are seizing a significant share of this lucrative market.

  • Novaflex Inc. Booth 343

    July 19, 2005
    Novaflex Inc. Booth 343 Narrow Web Gravure Press Novaflex/DCM is presenting Biva 4, the new 31" wide press with short run and quick change advantages designed for narrow web gravure. The drying system and tension controls are designed for prin…

  • Rohm and Haas builds two new plants

    July 19, 2005
    Rohm and Haas builds two new plants Rohm and Haas Co., of Philadelphia, has constructed an adhesives plant in Jacareí, Brazil. The $15 million plant was opened in the spring. The company also has opened a Midwest Technical Center in Elgin, IL…

  • Novaflex and Robinette

    July 19, 2005
    Novaflex and Robinette to market PSI machines Novaflex Inc., of Carol Stream, IL, and Robinette Machinery, of Bristol, TN, have formed a partnership to manufacture, install, and service converting equipment formally manufactured by Preferred System…

  • Film Trends in Narrow Web

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Films are taking market share from papers in high visibility consumer markets.

  • Photopolymer plate

    July 19, 2005
    Photopolymer plate MacDermid Printing Solutions Atlanta GA USA Flex-Light ULT 5.0 for the narrow web market can be used for labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging, and multi-wall bags. It is slightly softer than MacDermid’s Encore plate…

  • Mark Andy seminars

    July 19, 2005
    Mark Andy seminars set for May and June Two educational events for converters have been scheduled by Mark Andy/Comco, one in Worcester, MA, and the other in the Cincinnati area. The company’s sixth Educator Series seminar, The 2002 Comco Fl…

  • Plate Mounters

    July 19, 2005
    From the simplest of designs to the most complex, these machines take the guesswork - and the potential for waste - out of plate alignment.

  • Flexo set to build

    July 19, 2005
    Flexo’s widening influence is apparent at Ipex 2002, this year’s big graphic industry event, held April 9-17 at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham in the UK. For the first time, one of the 15 halls will be dedicated to Converf…

  • Paper Converting Machine Company

    July 19, 2005
    Paper Converting Machine Company Webtron/Zigzag Narrow Web Flexo Presses Offering the full-line of Webtron/ZIGZAG flexographic printing presses in web widths from 7.5" and up. Perfect for your tag, label, folding carton and flexible packaging…

  • Uncapped plates

    July 19, 2005
    Uncapped plates MacDermid Graphic Arts Atlanta, GA USA Encore, a new uncapped sheet photopolymer product, is designed for high quality printing on flexible packaging, folding cartons, preprint linerboard, multiwall bags, and labels. The plates are…

  • Valmet Converting opens tech center

    July 19, 2005
    Valmet Converting opens tech center Valmet Converting has announced the launch of a new Converting Technology Center (CTC) at Valmet Rotomec SpA, near Milan in northern Italy. The CTC will be a research and development facility for improving cust…

  • Uncapped sheet

    July 18, 2005
    Uncapped sheet photopolymer MacDermid Graphic Arts Atlanta, GA USA Encore is a new uncapped sheet photopolymer designed for high quality printing on flexible packaging, folding cartons, preprint linerboard, multiwall bags, and labels. Encore pl…

  • Label marketer opens national sales office

    July 18, 2005
    Label marketer opens national sales office Pocono Packaging Specialties has established a national sales office in Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, PA. The company, owned by Michael P. Keklak, is a sales and marketing firm that offers PS labels, folding c…

  • North American Label Markets

    Jack Kenny || July 18, 2005
    The narrow web industry battles recession and stays afloat.

  • Offset film press for flexible packaging

    July 18, 2005
    Offset film press for flexible packaging Giebeler Druckmaschinen Langenfeld, Germany The Advantage R520 & R680 presses have been developed to provide flexible packaging printers with an effective alternative to gravure for high quality graphic…

  • ExxonMobil begins major plant expansion

    July 18, 2005
    ExxonMobil begins major plant expansion ExxonMobil Chemical Company has broken ground on a 100,000 square foot building to house a new production unit at the company’s oriented polypropylene (OPP) manufacturing plant in Shawnee, OK. The…