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  • Rotoflex plant is back in action

    January 27, 2009
    Outstanding equipment orders are now being fulfilled since the acquisition by Mark Andy in December.

  • Kammann integrates into one North American unit

    January 27, 2009
    The merger of sales and service for the converting equipment manufacturing company is aimed at better serving an expanding customer base.

  • Clemson presents new graphics and packaging seminars

    January 27, 2009
    Flexography and color management are two of several planned events at the new Sonoco Institute.

  • Material waste calculator now available online

    January 27, 2009
    Rotary Technologies calculator can be used to identify surprising hidden costs.

  • Sell call for Korunas

    January 27, 2009
    Sell call for Korunas With the media fully occupied reporting rising unemployment and world economic meltdown, one piece of good news seems to have escaped attention. On January 1, 2009, Slovakia became the 16th country to join the Euro, the Europea…

  • come into the cold

    January 27, 2009
    …come into the cold From its headquarters in a genteel resort town on England’s South coast, Computer Imprintable Label Systems Ltd. (CILS) makes and distributes a wide range of labels for “extreme” labeling situations. One…

  • If you cant stand the heat

    January 27, 2009
    If you can’t stand the heat… Germany’s Schreiner Group, which recently opened a plant in Blauvelt, NY, USA, has now set up a sales office in Shanghai. According to the company, this is “a first step towards moving out into t…

  • Cutting waste

    January 27, 2009
    Cutting waste With little prospect of rising sales in 2009, label equipment manufacturers are concentrating on cost-cutting measures. One major label converter who claims to be reducing production costs while at the same time polishing up its &ldquo…

  • Vatican library goes digital

    January 27, 2009
    Vatican library goes digital RFID labels are now widely used by libraries worldwide to keep track of their books. They are stuck into books and are not meant to be removable. However, for ancient or very valuable books and manuscripts, another solut…

  • No smoke without beer

    January 27, 2009
    No smoke without beer in Russia Hampered by falling oil prices but helped by a falling ruble, Russia’s economy is still in better shape than most other European countries (see table on next page), with an estimated 7 percent growth of GDP in…

  • Print machinery giants

    January 27, 2009
    Print machinery giants cut back Two of Germany’s leading press and print machinery manufacturers, Heidelberg and KBA, both reduced working hours for their employees as of November, blaming reduced sales. Both have already started cutting thei…

  • Relocation revs up

    January 27, 2009
    Relocation revs up As competition for new business intensifies among the developed world’s 30 or so narrow web press manufacturers, the trend toward shifting production to lower-cost regions seems to be intensifying. Italy’s Omet looked…

  • Emballage Packaging Show (Paris)

    January 27, 2009
    Emballage Packaging Show (Paris) The 38th World Packaging Exhibition, held in Paris in November 2008, boasted around 2,000 exhibitors and just over 100,000 visitors, 6 percent down from the previous Paris show held in 2006. The exhibitors were inter…

  • New label trade show

    January 27, 2009
    Whether it be whippet racing, old cars or madrigals, the first thing that British enthusiasts do when they meet other enthusiasts is to form a club or association, complete with statutes, chairman and annual dinner. Why, people ask, has the UK label…

  • Business booms in Balkans

    January 27, 2009
    Business booms in Balkans Most machinery suppliers have fought shy of the Balkans over the past decade. Wars, ethnic cleansings and corruption have grabbed the headlines ever since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990. But Italian narrow web press manu…

  • FINAT and Russia

    January 27, 2009
    FINAT and Russia The Europe based label association is also extending a hand to Russian label printers, hoping to enroll them as members and to encourage them to attend the next FINAT congress in Antalya, Turkey. “We provide the means for all…

  • European patent awarded

    January 27, 2009
    European patent awarded Montreal based manufacturer ETI Converting has now received a patent covering all 27 European Union countries for its “Labeline” equipment, which, in a single inline process, can print onto unsupported film, then…

  • An inclination to Port

    January 27, 2009
    An inclination to Port Portugal’s second city, Oporto, is the heart of the Port wine industry. Gone are the days when Port was a vintage luxury consumed by Oxford professors and retired officers in London clubs. Today this export-oriented indu…

  • Labelstock production in Germany

    January 27, 2009
    Labelstock production in Germany Sandwiched uncomfortably between global market leaders and small, highly specialized producers, Herma is a medium sized labelstock manufacturer producing some 700 million square meters of product per year, and sellin…

  • Cheaper chips

    January 27, 2009
    Cheaper chips Electronics will do away with paper, and printers will go the way of the blacksmith – that was the conventional wisdom a couple of decades ago. You have only to look around your shopping mall (or your desk) to realize it hasn&rsq…

  • A roll call of prestigious brands

    January 27, 2009
    A roll call of prestigious brands While Ukraine is welcoming Western apparel, Russia and other Eastern European countries continue to see an influx of factories making fast-moving consumer goods, and not just in the major population centers. This ye…

  • Eastern underwear

    January 27, 2009
    Eastern underwear The British clothing retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S), affectionately known as Marks & Sparks, is a pioneer in using RFID labels to move stock more easily through its supply chain. (A few years ago M&S caused constern…

  • Shall they beat

    January 27, 2009
    Shall they beat their liner into decking? Major labelstock manufacturers meanwhile have all seen the writing on the wall, and have no wish to be found wanting. UPM Raflatac must surely get high marks for its RafCycle and ProFi initiatives (as repo…

  • What is packaging?

    January 27, 2009
    The European Union’s latest Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste imposes penalties on converters and end users who fail to reduce or recycle their packaging. However, not everyone agrees on what constitutes packaging, and in particular wh…

  • 3 SIGMA, Troy, OH, USA The company has announced the addition of Susie Anderson

    January 27, 2009
    3 SIGMA, Troy, OH, USA – The company has announced the addition of Susie Anderson to its customer service staff.…

  • AVERY DENNISON ROLL MATERIALS EUROPE, Leiden, The Netherlands The company has appointed Henrik Kajueter v

    January 27, 2009
    AVERY DENNISON ROLL MATERIALS EUROPE, Leiden, The Netherlands – The company has appointed Henrik Kajueter vice president, marketing. He will be based in Leiden, The Netherlands. He replaces Joao Adao, who has taken up the post of general manage…

  • BOISE LABEL AND RELEASE, Bensenville, IL, USA Dana Morton

    January 27, 2009
    BOISE LABEL AND RELEASE, Bensenville, IL, USA – Dana Morton has been appointed product manager for the pressure sensitive industry and will be based in Bensenville.…

  • RITRAMA, Minneapolis, MN, USA Christopher Paskey

    January 27, 2009
    RITRAMA, Minneapolis, MN, USA – Christopher Paskey has been appointed vice president, Roll Label Division, for Ritrama, Inc. Bill Mulligan has been hired as regional account manager for the East territory and Randy Nicholson has been hired as r…

  • RAYVEN, St. Paul, MN, USA Debbie Jalowitz

    January 27, 2009
    RAYVEN, St. Paul, MN, USA – Debbie Jalowitz has joined Rayven as inside sales manager.…

  • PRECISION AIRCONVEY (PAC), Newark, DE, USA PAC has appointed Robert Snover Jr.

    January 27, 2009
    PRECISION AIRCONVEY (PAC), Newark, DE, USA – PAC has appointed Robert Snover Jr. to the position of customer service manager.…

  • NDC INFRARED ENGINEERING, Irwindale, CA, USA The compnay has announced the appointment of Danut Dragoi

    January 27, 2009
    NDC INFRARED ENGINEERING, Irwindale, CA, USA – The compnay has announced the appointment of Danut Dragoi to the position of senior scientist.…

  • MERCIAN LABELS GROUP, Cannock, UK Mercian Labels Group has appointed Dennis Marrison

    January 27, 2009
    MERCIAN LABELS GROUP, Cannock, UK – Mercian Labels Group has appointed Dennis Marrison as chairman to support its next phase of expansion.…

  • GRAYMILLS, Chicago, IL, USA Graymills Corporation has announced the hiring of William Morrissey

    January 27, 2009
    GRAYMILLS, Chicago, IL, USA – Graymills Corporation has announced the hiring of William Morrissey as director of sales.…

  • GERHARDT, Dallastown, PA, USA Gerhardt announced that it has named Ian Bates to serve as group executive vice president. The company has also promoted Jim Doedderlein

    January 27, 2009
    GERHARDT, Dallastown, PA, USA – Gerhardt announced that it has named Ian Bates to serve as group executive vice president. The company has also promoted Jim Doedderlein to vice president of sales, North America.…

  • FLXON, Charlotte, NC, USA The company has announced that Print Systems Consultant, Derek Parker,

    January 27, 2009
    FLXON, Charlotte, NC, USA – The company has announced that Print Systems Consultant, Derek Parker, is now responsible for the Southeastern US, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New England and Canada. In his role, he is responsible for new custo…

  • ERHARDT + LEIMER, Duncan, SC, USA The company has announced the appointment of Udo Skarke

    January 27, 2009
    ERHARDT + LEIMER, Duncan, SC, USA – The company has announced the appointment of Udo Skarke as CEO of its North American headquarters. He replaces David Merritt, who retired after 31 years with the company. Todd Guzzardo, who has been with E+L…

  • ELECTRO OPTIC US, Alpharetta, GA, USA Electro Optic US has announced the hiring of David Brewer

    January 27, 2009
    ELECTRO OPTIC US, Alpharetta, GA, USA – Electro Optic US has announced the hiring of David Brewer as its sales manager for the central region of the USA.…

  • DSCOOP (DIGITAL SOLUTIONS COOPERATIVE), Chicago, IL, USA The company has announced the addition of R. Craig Curran

    January 27, 2009
    DSCOOP (DIGITAL SOLUTIONS COOPERATIVE), Chicago, IL, USA – The company has announced the addition of R. Craig Curran to its board of directors.…

  • CHEMSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL, Mentor, OH, USA The company has announced the addition of David A. McCann

    January 27, 2009
    CHEMSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL, Mentor, OH, USA – The company has announced the addition of David A. McCann as director of research and development.…

  • Bert Lamberti

    January 27, 2009
    Bert Lamberti Tools & Production, Inc. (T&P), Temple City, CA, USA, has reported the passing of its former owner, Bert Lamberti. Lamberti was instrumental in directing the company’s…

  • Teresa Miller

    January 27, 2009
    Teresa Miller Teresa M. Miller, co-owner of KeeBar Enterprises, a label printing business located in West Chester, PA, USA, died November 2, 2008, at age 51. She was the wife of Steven A. Miller, her business partner and husband of 29 years. The Mi…

  • Philip M. Neal

    January 27, 2009
    Philip M. Neal Philip M. Neal, retired chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison, died October 29, 2008, of heart failure. He was 68. Terry Schuler, a former senior VP at Avery, said Neal was influential in three areas key to the company's growth: leaders…

  • Primera Technology

    January 27, 2009
    Primera Technology has introduced its new CX1200 color label press. The press delivers short-run, full-color digital label printing at the price of US$14,995 (MSRP) in the USA and Canada. Features of the CX1200 press include a 12" unwind/rewind,…

  • AMAGIC Foils

    January 27, 2009
    AMAGIC Foils, author of “Cold Foil For Dummies,” has introduced its new KOLDfoil SX line of security cold foils in 3 standard security patterns and custom design holograms. The KOLDfoil SX is an anti-counterfeiting tool that can be easily…

  • SMAG draws hundreds to open house in France

    January 27, 2009
    SMAG draws hundreds to open house in France Discovery 2008, an open house organized by SMAG every two years, took place at the company’s Savigny sur Orge factory in France during three days in November. The company, which manufactures and dist…

  • Gerhardt establishes alliance with Rotometal

    January 27, 2009
    Gerhardt establishes alliance with Rotometal Gerhardt International, a supplier of rotary tooling based in Denmark, is forming a strategic alliance with Rotometal of Poland. Rotometal will supply Gerhardt with magnetic and print cylinders for its co…

  • Asahi Kasei partners with CT Graphic Arts

    January 27, 2009
    Asahi Kasei partners with CT Graphic Arts Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation, Tokyo, has announced that Correct-Touch Graphic Arts Inc. has become its national US distributor, offering Asahi AFP flexographic analog and digital plate materials. CT Gra…

  • Lederle moves into Asia with Weldon Celloplast

    January 27, 2009
    Lederle moves into Asia with Weldon Celloplast Lederle Machine Company, a US based manufacturer of rotary cutting dies, printing cylinders and label inspection tables for the narrow web printing and converting industry, has retained Weldon Celloplas…

  • Denmark makes plans for PS postage stamps

    January 27, 2009
    Denmark makes plans for PS postage stamps Denmark will introduce self-adhesive technology to its postage stamps this year when its postal service, Post Danmark, switches from gum-backed stamps in response to public demand. The Danish postal service…

  • Spartanics publishes laser cutting guide

    January 27, 2009
    Spartanics publishes laser cutting guide Label converters seeking guidance on how to best configure laser cutting technology for their specific application requirements now have access to a comprehensive guide compiled by Spartanics: Laser Cutting T…