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  • Innovias NatureFlex film wins two awards

    July 23, 2008
    Innovia’s NatureFlex film wins two awards NatureFlex, Innovia Films’ biodegradable, compostable, flexible film, has won prizes at two packaging awards ceremonies recently: the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, and Canada’s Su…

  • AVT combines EMEA sales, marketing teams

    July 23, 2008
    AVT combines EMEA sales, marketing teams Advanced Vision Technologies (AVT), a manufacturer of high end web inspection equipment, has unified the sales and marketing operations of AVT and GMI (Graphic Microsystems Inc.) Europe, Middle East and Afric…

  • Barry Sanel forms packaging consultancy

    July 23, 2008
    Barry Sanel forms packaging consultancy Barry Sanel, a printing and packaging executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, has launched Barry Sanel Packaging Advisors, a consulting services firm dedicated to the packaging industry. Amon…

  • Demharter to leave Pitman; Moore to lead

    July 23, 2008
    Demharter to leave Pitman; Moore to lead Pitman Company, a major North American graphic arts supplier based in Totowa, NJ, USA, has announced that its president, Joe Demharter, will step down from the post at the close of the company’s current…

  • Martin Automatic forms alliance with Labelmen

    July 23, 2008
    Martin Automatic forms alliance with Labelmen Martin Automatic has entered into a licensing agreement with press manufacturer Labelmen Machinery, of Taiwan. Under the agreement, signed at Drupa 2008, Labelmen will build Martin’s STS automatic…

  • Mark Andy reports success with new 2200

    July 23, 2008
    Mark Andy reports success with new 2200 Mark Andy has reported success with its redesigned model 2200 press, which features servo technology. The company states that it has sold more than 25 of the redesigned presses since the product launch in late…

  • DiTrolio scholarship golf outing set for Sept. 8

    July 23, 2008
    DiTrolio scholarship golf outing set for Sept. 8 The date for the 5th Annual Scholarship Drive Golf Outing has been set for September 8, the day before the start of Labelexpo Americas 2008. The event, sponsored by DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, Br…

  • Sekisui opens Midwest distribution center

    July 23, 2008
    Sekisui opens Midwest distribution center Sekisui TA Industries (STA), a manufacturer of overlamination products based in Brea, CA, USA, has opened a distribution center in Neenah, WI, USA. The 425,000 square foot center covers the states of Illinoi…

  • Ashland to buy adhesive assets from Air Products

    July 23, 2008
    Ashland to buy adhesive assets from Air Products Ashland Inc., Covington, KY, USA, has signed an agreement with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. for an asset purchase of its pressure sensitive adhesive business and its atmospheric emulsions business.…

  • Harper updates Anilox Scoring Prevention Guide

    July 23, 2008
    Harper updates Anilox Scoring Prevention Guide Harper Corporation of America, Charlotte, NC, USA, has published the fourth edition of its Anilox Scoring Prevention Guide. The 20-page booklet covers a range of anilox scoring issues, including how to…

  • Xeikon unveils digital five color label press

    July 23, 2008
    Xeikon unveils digital five color label press Xeikon, a division of Punch Graphix, has introduced a new digital color label press, the Xeikon 3300. The Xeikon 3300 offers true 1200 dpi at 4 bits per spot. With a top speed of 19.2 m/min (63 fpm) it i…

  • Spinnaker opens new slitting distribution plant

    July 23, 2008
    Spinnaker opens new slitting distribution plant Spinnaker Coating LLC, of Troy, OH, USA, has opened a slitting distribution center in New York State for pressure sensitive material. The new facility, located near Newburgh, will allow for a one-day t…

  • Radius, Sun Chemical offer print software

    July 23, 2008
    Radius, Sun Chemical offer print software Radius Solutions Ltd., Chicago, has entered into a partnership with Sun Chemical’s Consulting Division, in which Sun Chemical will customize and re-brand Radius’ PECAS Vision’s Shop Floor D…

  • Raflatacs Europe plants now ISO 14001 certified

    July 23, 2008
    Raflatac’s Europe plants now ISO 14001 certified UPM Raflatac has received Europe-wide ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification for the design, manufacture, slitting, sheeting and sale of self-adhesive labelstock. The certi…

  • Multi-Color wins Miller supplier award again

    July 23, 2008
    Multi-Color wins Miller supplier award again Multi-Color Corporation, based in Sharonville, OH, USA, is the winner of Miller Brewing Company’s “Freddie Award” as Miller’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. While Miller gives out seve…

  • Cortegras website lets customers track orders

    July 23, 2008
    Cortegra’s website lets customers track orders Cortegra Group Inc., headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, USA, recently launched its new website at The site features information about Cortegra’s many products and services. T…

  • Hooven-Dayton wins minority business loan

    July 23, 2008
    Hooven-Dayton wins minority business loan Hooven Dayton Corporation, based in Dayton, OH, USA, has been awarded a $350,000 Minority Business Direct Loan by the Minority Development Financing Advisory Board of the state of Ohio. The loan will enable…

  • Pitman Company acquires National Graphic Supply

    July 22, 2008
    Pitman Company, Totowa, NJ, USA, a leading independent North American graphic arts supplier, has announced that it has acquired National Graphic Supply of Albany, NY, USA.

  • FTA previews FIRST 4.0

    July 22, 2008
    Flexographic printers/converters in the Milwaukee, WI, USA, region learned about some of the new additions and modifications to the Flexographic Technical Associations (FTA) premier technical manual, FIRST 4.0 (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specificati

  • GMG reports first half sales success

    July 22, 2008
    GMG, supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, announced that the company has succeeded in achieving significant sales growth in the first half of 2008.

  • Adchem announces launch of revamped website

    July 22, 2008
    Adchem Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high performance pressure-sensitive adhesive tape systems, announces the launch of its new website,

  • Acquisition saves jobs at UK labeling company

    July 22, 2008
    Thanks to an acquisition, more than 100 jobs have been saved at a long-standing Stockport, UK, printing company.

  • Economics blogs

    July 22, 2008
    With the housing crisis, the high cost of gasoline, the slide of the US dollar, inflation and unemployment rates creeping up, the economy has been in the news a lot in recent months. Keeping tabs on where the economy is going and the impact it will h…

  • Manufacturing Extension Partnerships

    July 22, 2008
    Throughout the past year we've discussed many topics related to Lean and printing and have even answered a few questions along the way (keep those coming). Many questions have had one central theme: "How? How do I get started?" Well, with a single ph…

  • Learning from students

    July 22, 2008
    Several weeks ago, I was so frustrated with the "I'm gonna do it" group. These are the people and companies that are forever proud of their future changes and achievements. The problem is that they never do it, they never make the changes. I was so f…

  • Dealing with the Curve

    July 22, 2008
    Every industry is myopic to some extent. That is, business people tend to focus exclusively on the trends and challenges of their own company and industry, failing to recognize that their issues are inherently similar to those faced by executives in…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    July 22, 2008
    On the trade show trail

  • Anilox Roll Specifications: Line Count or Volume?

    Anilox Roll Specifications: Line Count or Volume?

    Dan Foy || July 22, 2008
    The author makes a case for the use of anilox cell volume as the best specification for achieving optimum ink performance and color reproduction.

  • 2008 Mid-Year Economic Report

    2008 Mid-Year Economic Report

    Jack Kenny || July 21, 2008
    A year of challenge

  • Waste Recycling

    Waste Recycling

    Steve Katz || July 21, 2008
    As label converters strive for sustainability, it's important to take a look at what can become of the waste.

  • Mid Atlantic Label

    Mid Atlantic Label

    Steve Katz || July 21, 2008
    It's an exciting time for this award winning Maryland converter.

  • Gallus USA names new president

    July 16, 2008
    Gallus Inc., the North American arm of the Swiss manufacturer of narrow web printing presses, has a new president.

  • Maestro Label Designer unveiled by Online Labels

    July 15, 2008
    Online Labels Inc., a supplier of blank labels for laser and inkjet printers, announces the official launch of Maestro Label Designer, an internet based label design software program that allows anyone to create, save and print labels with no downloads ne

  • Raflatac offers custom non-PS stocks in small volumes with fast delivery

    July 15, 2008
    UPM Raflatac has introduced Fast Face, an ordering program for non-adhesive products.

  • Aztech, Power Forward form manufacturing venture

    July 15, 2008
    Aztech Converting Systems of Tempe, AZ, USA, and Power Forward Inc. of Toronto, ON, Canada, have formed a venture that will manufacture and market a line of equipment for converters in the extended content (ECL) and coupon label markets.

  • More price increases from industry suppliers

    July 15, 2008
    Fujifilm Sericol, an ink manufacturer, and Loparex, which supplies release liners, announced price increases in the past week.

  • SMAG to market Aquaflex equipment in Europe

    July 8, 2008
    After its velvet divorce from GIDUE, and having installed 26 of the Italian manufacturers presses in France, SMAG has now announced a new partnership with Aquaflex, a manufacturer of flexographic presses for labels and flexible packaging.

  • Mhlbauer unveils fast RFID inlay machine

    July 8, 2008
    Mhlbauer Technology Group, headquartered in Roding, Germany, says it has developed the worlds fastest and highly flexible RFID inlay production line: TAL 20000.

  • Prices of packaging materials continue to rise

    July 8, 2008
    Among the most recent announcements of price increases are those from Sun Chemical, the worlds largest ink manufacturer, Valron and Michelman.

  • A city acts to keep CCL Label from relocating

    July 8, 2008
    A report from North Carolina, USA, says that CCL Label plans to move from its leased building in Charlotte into a building that it will own.

  • CCL plans $25 million expansion in Asia

    July 1, 2008
    CCL Industries has announced that it will invest US$25 million over 2008 and 2009 to expand its CCL Label operations in Asia.

  • TLMI introduces industry trends report for members

    July 1, 2008
    The Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) has begun publication of a quarterly report for its members titled The TLMI Index & Trend Report.

  • FLEXcons McDonough wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    June 27, 2008
    Neil McDonough, president of FLEXcon, is the 2008 winner of the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Schreiner MediPharm opens first US facility

    June 24, 2008
    Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based pharmaceutical label converter, recently opened its first US production facility, Schreiner MediPharm, L.P., just outside of New York City, in Blauvelt, NY.

  • Sun Chemical Performance Pigments to increase global pigment prices

    June 24, 2008
    Due to a spike in raw material, energy and transportation costs, Sun Chemical Corporations Performance Pigments Division will increase global pigment prices on average by 10 to 30 percent effective July 1.

  • GEW launches IsoCure UV curing system

    June 24, 2008
    With the launch of its IsoCure UV curing system for web offset applications, GEW, Surrey, England, has announced its intention to enter new market sectors of the printing and converting industries.

  • Flexo plate manufacturer offers free plates to technical trial participants

    June 24, 2008
    Plate manufacturer PRPflexo, Indianapolis, IN, USA, is currently seeking flexo printers for additional trials of their new patent pending digital flexo plates.

  • 3 Sigma makes 54 master roll widths available

    June 24, 2008
    3 Sigma, Troy, OH, USA, has announced the availability of 54 master roll widths for standard circle coupon.

  • Stork Prints unveils narrow web inkjet system

    June 17, 2008
    The Stork Prints Group, Boxmeer, Netherlands, introduced a drop-on-demand inkjet system for narrow web applications at drupa 2008.

  • GIDUE names new distributor for France

    June 17, 2008
    Graphic Evolution, which represents GIDUE in the northern regions of Africa, is now representing the Italian manufacturer of printing and converting machines in France.