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  • Flexo trade association launched in Twin Cities

    July 20, 2005
    Flexo trade association launched in Twin Cities The Twin Cities Flexo Association (TCFA) has been formed to provide a local opportunity for individual and organizational technical development for flexographic professionals in the Minneapolis/St. Pau…

  • New Flint company

    July 20, 2005
    New Flint company to make conductive ink Flint Ink, Ann Arbor, MI, has launched a separate business unit called Precisia LLC, which will produce conductive and advanced printing inks, and printed electronics technology and processes. The new subsid…

  • to make conductive ink

    July 20, 2005
    to make conductive ink Flint Ink, Ann Arbor, MI, has launched a separate business unit called Precisia LLC, which will produce conductive and advanced printing inks, and printed electronics technology and processes. The new subsidiary will be respon…

  • 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…

  • Pitman hosts NELMA members

    July 20, 2005
    Pitman Company recently held a prepress open house for Northeast Label Manufacturers Association (NELMA) members at its Totowa, NJ facility, featuring presentations from DuPont, Artwork Systems and Agfa. In addition to the presentations and a Pitman…

  • WS acquires Gorilla Label in Arizona

    July 20, 2005
    WS Packaging Group has purchased the assets of Gorilla Label, a flexographic converting company in Scottsdale, AZ. Gorilla was founded in 1998 by Rick Timone, who remains the head of the new WS division. The operation eventually will move to the cor…

  • RadTech urges clearance

    July 20, 2005
    RadTech urges clearance for UV food contact use Food packaging clearances for direct food contact using UV and EB materials such as coatings, inks and adhesives are being pursued by RadTech, an industry trade association. “Thermally cured so…

  • A&V adds Cortron

    July 20, 2005
    A&V adds Cortron to its product mix Anderson & Vreeland has been appointed distributor of Cortron eXact flexo exposure systems. The company, based in Bryan, OH, and Fairfield, NJ, is a manufacturer and distributor of flexographic printin…

  • Inge Kuschnitzky retires;

    July 20, 2005
    Inge Kuschnitzky retires; founder of I.KELA Inge M. Kuschnitzky, founder of I.KELA Company and current operations manager, retired July 31. Kuschnitzky started the company in the Philadelphia area in 1985 as one of the first distributors of UV cur…

  • Wal-Mart pushes

    July 20, 2005
    Wal-Mart has announced that it will require its top 100 suppliers to begin using RFID technology at the case and pallet level by January 2005. Linda Dillman, senior vice president and chief information officer for the company, made the announcement a…

  • Sun Chemical opens

    July 20, 2005
    Sun Chemical opens ink plant in Poland Sun Chemical Corporation, the world’s largest ink manufacturer, has opened a plant in the Polish city of Marki, near Warsaw. “Poland is an important center for the media, printing and packaging, a…

  • Stork Materials lines up

    July 20, 2005
    Stork Materials lines up two US distributors Stork Materials Technology, a manufacturer of anilox rolls located in Milwaukee, WI, has reached an agreement with JV Imaging Systems (JVIS) of Princeton, MA, and Correct-Touch Graphic Arts (CTGA) of San…

  • Technicote to distribute

    July 20, 2005
    Technicote to distribute for Valéron materials Valéron Strength Films, a Houston-based producer of film substrates, has formed a distributor partnership with Technicote Inc., of Miamisburg, OH. Technicote, a provider of pressure sens…

  • AET Films centralizes

    July 20, 2005
    AET Films centralizes operations in Delaware Better service and greater efficiencies were cited as motivations for AET Films to centralize their North American customer service staff in New Castle, DE. The company’s new customer service opera…

  • Webex Inc. acquires

    July 20, 2005
    Webex Inc. acquires Wisconsin roll maker Webex Inc., a manufacturer of rolls and custom web handling machinery located in Neenah, WI, has purchased Fox Companies Machining Inc., a roll manufacturer and specialty machine shop located in Greenville,…

  • Two firms receive

    July 20, 2005
    Two firms receive ISO 9001:2000 status Two companies that serve the narrow web industry have been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification. SICPA North America’s packaging inks manufacturing plant in Prescott, ON, has been audited and registered.…

  • Canflexographics reps Mark Andy in Canada

    July 20, 2005
    Canflexographics reps Mark Andy in Canada Canflexographics Ltd., of Brampton, ON, and Mark Andy have announced the signing of an agreement appointing Canflexographics its exclusive sales agent for Canada (excluding British Columbia). Mark Andy, bas…

  • MECA expands its engraving capabilities

    July 20, 2005
    MECA expands its engraving capabilities MECA & Technology Machine Inc., of Green Bay, WI, has expanded its mechanical engraving capabilities and services following the acquisition of equipment from the former Southern Flexographic/Coatings Divis…

  • Daetwyler to market

    July 20, 2005
    Daetwyler to market Rotocolor presses Max Daetwyler Corporation, Huntersville, NC, has been named US distributor of Rotocolor printing presses, manufactured in Switzerland. Rotocolor machines are designed with modular inserts for quick changeover…

  • Labelexpo adds 4th day

    July 20, 2005
    Labelexpo adds 4th day to 2004 Chicago show Tarsus Group, the British company that produces Labelexpo Americas, has expanded the 2004 exhibition from three days to four, citing increasing demand from exhibitors and visitors. The show, originally s…

  • GiDue retains QAM as its North American rep

    July 20, 2005
    GiDue retains QAM as its North American rep Italian press manufacturer GiDue has appointed QAM Inc. to represent its interests in North America. QAM, based in Herndon, VA, buys, sells and brokers printing, converting and packaging machinery. T…

  • Weber Marking adds presence in France

    July 20, 2005
    Weber Marking adds presence in France Weber Marking Systems, Arlington Heights, IL, has acquired K-Roll/Etik Industrie, of Toulouse, France. The French company manufactures labels and distributes labeling and coding equipment. Weber manufactures ind…

  • Arcar Graphics is acquired

    July 20, 2005
    Environmental Inks and Coatings Corporation (EIC), of Morganton, NC, recently signed an agreement to acquire Arcar Graphics, a subsidiary of Flint Ink North America Corporation. The transaction was expected to close at the end of August. Arcar Graph…

  • Mark Andy & MPS

    July 20, 2005
    Mark Andy & MPS dissolve partnership Citing a diversification of strategic interests, Mark Andy and MPS have mutually agreed to end their three-year technology partnership, which saw the US company undertake sales and service responsibilities o…

  • Rodman launches Medical Product Outsourcing

    July 20, 2005
    Rodman launches Medical Product Outsourcing The inaugural issue of Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO), a global magazine devoted to the growing trend of medical device and in-vitro diagnostics outsource manufacturing, is available from Rodman Publish…

  • Graphic Solutions buys EL lamp supplier

    July 20, 2005
    Graphic Solutions buys EL lamp supplier Graphic Solutions Inc. (GSI), of Burr Ridge, IL, has purchased the assets of BKL Inc., of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. BKL manufactures electroluminescent lamps (EL). GSI produces PS labels, aluminum namepla…

  • Allied Gear ceases

    July 20, 2005
    Allied Gear & Machine Co. of St. Louis, MO, has ceased manufacturing printing presses and has laid off its employees, according to a company official. The official, who asked not to be identified, says that Allied Gear’s owner “has t…

  • Channeled Resources opens on East Coast

    July 20, 2005
    Channeled Resources opens on East Coast The products of MaraTech International & Channeled Resources, of Wausau, WI, are now available from a plant in Holliston, MA. The companies provide high quality B-grade substrates. MaraTech/Channeled Reso…

  • Recycling firm focuses

    July 20, 2005
    Recycling firm focuses on adhesive foil stocks Connecticut Metal Industries has developed a proprietary process for recycling of adhesive-coated tapes and labels, according to VP Bill Bailey. The company, based in Monroe, CT, has recovered 12 mill…

  • Premier Sales launched

    July 20, 2005
    Premier Sales launched as narrow web supplier Premier Sales Ltd., of Wakefield, RI, was incorporated in the summer of 2003. The company serves the prepress, printing and converting segments of the packaging graphics manufacturing industry. The fou…

  • Kopco Graphics buys Premiere Labels

    July 20, 2005
    Kopco Graphics buys Premiere Labels Kopco Graphics Inc., of Cincinnati, has acquired the assets of Premiere Labels, of Sarasota, FL. The acquisition is the first for Kopco, a narrow web converting company founded in 1989. According to Doug Kopp, pr…

  • Akzo Nobel completes US plant investment

    July 20, 2005
    Akzo Nobel completes US plant investment Akzo Nobel Inks, a manufacturer of printing inks, has completed a…

  • BASF adds laser plate equipment to showroom

    July 20, 2005
    BASF adds laser plate equipment to showroom BASF Printing Systems recently installed a laser in its Charlotte, NC, technical center showroom. The laser eliminates the need for film processing and produces print quality said to be higher than convent…

  • Plastic Suppliers wins award, earns ISO

    July 20, 2005
    Plastic Suppliers wins award, earns ISO Plastic Suppliers, a Columbus, OH, manufacturer of plastic films, has been awarded the SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) award for the third time for its safety and health programs. Th…

  • Micro Clean represents Wandres, Cambridge

    July 20, 2005
    Micro Clean represents Wandres, Cambridge Absolutely Micro Clean, of Rancho Cordova, CA, announces it is now representing Wandres, in addition to the Micro Clean line of anilox roll cleaning systems. Wandres, of Ann Arbor, MI, specializes in the &ld…

  • DNA-embedded ink

    July 20, 2005
    DNA-embedded ink introduced to market Applied DNA Sciences Inc., of Los Angeles, has introduced DNA-embedded ink technology into the North American and European markets. Application of the ink is aimed at protecting corporate and government intelle…

  • Vivitek created

    July 20, 2005
    Vivitek created by Sun Chemical Sun Chemical, the world’s largest manufacturer of printing inks and organic pigments, has announced the creation of Vivitek, a services and distribution company that will offer a range of services and non-ink…

  • Raflatac redesigns Spanish operation

    July 20, 2005
    Raflatac redesigns Spanish operation After nearly a year of planning and preparation, Raflatac Iberica S.A. is fully operational. Located in Polinya, Spain, just outside of Barcelona, the factory is central for the transportation of Raflatac materia…

  • Clemson symposia cover flexo and color

    July 20, 2005
    Clemson symposia cover flexo and color Color reproduction for flexographic printing is the subject of a symposium scheduled for September 10–12 at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, sponsored by its Department of Graphic Communications in partne…

  • Phoenix Challenge set

    July 20, 2005
    Phoenix Challenge set for May of 2004 The Phoenix Challenge Foundation recently announced the dates for the seventh annual Phoenix Challenge High School Flexography Competition. Students from throughout the United States and Canada will compete in…

  • Chemsultants receives award for the 2nd time

    July 20, 2005
    Chemsultants receives award for the 2nd time Chemsultants International Network, Mentor, OH, has been awarded the Weatherhead 100 Award for 2002. Chemsultants first received a Weatherhead 100 award in 2001. The award, presented by the Weatherhead…

  • Electro Optic opens subsidiary in USA

    July 20, 2005
    Electro Optic opens subsidiary in USA Electro Optic, a German manufacturer of flexible dies, has announced the opening of its subsidiary, Electro Optic US, in Roswell, GA. The company also manufactures a repair tool for damaged flexible dies. The U…

  • TLMI & FFTA to hold technical conference

    July 20, 2005
    TLMI & FFTA to hold technical conference A technical conference will be held jointly by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) and the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) September 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Ch…

  • NorthStar wins its 6th Miller Brewing award

    July 20, 2005
    NorthStar wins its 6th Miller Brewing award NorthStar Print Group has earned Miller Brewing Company’s “Partners in Excellence “ award for the sixth consecutive year for its performance in 2002. NorthStar supplies all of Miller&rsqu…

  • Label.Com expands

    July 20, 2005
    Label.Com expands to larger facility Label.Com, of Bradford, PA has relocated to a larger facility within the city of Bradford. The move was necessary, says a company spokesperson, to accommodate an increase in sales personnel and the addition of m…

  • CCL acquires Lucas-Insertco

    July 20, 2005
    CCL acquires Lucas-Insertco The Label Division of CCL Industries Inc., Toronto, has acquired the shares of Lucas-Insertco, which manufactures consumer instructional leaflets, commonly known as “inserts” and “outserts”, for th…

  • Packagers in search of the 5-cent

    July 20, 2005
    More than 300 people from around the world, all interested in radio frequency identification (RFID) and its impact on a multitude of industries, packed the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Cambridge, MA, in late March to find out where the technolog…

  • FINAT explores technology at Nice

    July 20, 2005
    This year’s FINAT Technical Seminar was held in the Southern French resort of Nice. One hundred delegates, almost all from European countries, came to take part in two days of intense technical discussions on various technical aspects of the se…

  • Curtis Papers to close

    July 20, 2005
    Curtis Papers to close New Jersey plant Curtis Papers Inc. has announced that it intends to discontinue operations at its Milford, NJ, paper mill by mid-June. The closing will affect 213 salaried and hourly employees. Currently, the facility opera…