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  • Multi-layer items

    March 19, 2007
    Multi-layer items Schober USA Cincinnati OH USA Schober USA announces new literature on its Dragon technology for converting multi-layered self-adhesive products in a single pass, the MLPP-5.The heart of the system is a central converting drum wit…

  • Beverage labelstock

    March 19, 2007
    Beverage labelstock FLEXcon Spencer MA USA FLEXcon has a new option for front and back beverage labels that require no-label-look graphics for beer, juice, soda, wine, spirits, and water: the optiFLEX PP 200 H Clear TC-332 A-208 TRACrite 100. The…

  • Printing the antennas

    March 19, 2007
    Four hundred people attended IDTechEx’s annual Smart Labels USA conference in Boston, MA, USA in February. The conference focused on RFID technology: its history, where it is today and future predictions. Representatives from industries i…

  • Imagine: 500 digital press users in

    March 19, 2007
    HP Indigo users flocked to Florida last month to learn and exchange ideas. Among them was Lightning Labels’ Peter Renton, who contributed this report. The largest gathering ever of HP Indigo digital press owners — at least 500 of them…

  • DiTrolio school reaches out to regional teens

    March 19, 2007
    DiTrolio school reaches out to regional teens DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), Broadview, IL, USA, has launched an effort to educate high school students in the Chicago area about the benefits of flexo training and a future in the industry. Sa…

  • TLMI plans technical conference in Chicago

    March 19, 2007
    TLMI plans technical conference in Chicago The Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) will hold its eighth technical conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago September 4-6. Titled “Tech 007: For Your Eyes Only”, the event will…

  • Loparex invests in North American capacity

    March 19, 2007
    Loparex invests in North American capacity Loparex, a global producer of silicone release liners, has announced several capital investments to add paper coating and film blowing capacity, and to streamline operations within North America. A high-sp…

  • Harper’s Road Show visits six US cities

    March 19, 2007
    Harper’s Road Show visits six US cities Harper GraphicSolutions, the technical service division of anilox supplier Harper Corporation, launched its 2007 Flexographic Solutions Tour in February. Industry experts join the Harper team for a serie…

  • Label Traxx gets first customers in UK

    March 19, 2007
    Label Traxx gets first customers in UK Tailored Solutions, developer of the Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, has installed Label Traxx at two United Kingdom customers. The inst…

  • GIDUE introduces a new UV curing system

    March 19, 2007
    GIDUE introduces a new UV curing system GIDUE, a manufacturer of narrow web presses based in Turate, Italy, has introduced UV TIME!, an ultraviolet curing system described as environmentally friendly and oxygen-free. The system was produced in partn…

  • Aquaflex reports sales nearly doubled in 2006

    March 19, 2007
    Aquaflex reports sales nearly doubled in 2006 Aquaflex, a manufacturer of narrow web presses, reports that the company “significantly exceeded” its 2006 sales projections, nearly doubling its sales over the previous year. Aquaflex is own…

  • Phoenix Challenge holds successful fundraiser

    March 19, 2007
    Phoenix Challenge holds successful fundraiser The fourth annual Phoenix Challenge Fund Raising Luncheon, organized to support the 2007 Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition and the new PC College Competition, took place rec…

  • Label.Com adds new press from Aquaflex

    March 19, 2007
    Label.Com adds new press from Aquaflex Label.Com, of Bradford, PA, USA, recently accepted delivery of a new flexo label press manufactured by Aquaflex. The press is an ELS Servo 1000. The company has equipped the press with a turnar for front and b…

  • Water Ink Technologies supports Careerline Tech

    March 19, 2007
    Water Ink Technologies supports Careerline Tech Water Ink Technologies Inc., of Lincolnton, NC, USA, recently donated water based flexo inks in support of the Printing and Graphic Arts Program at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, MI, USA. The…

  • Etimex acquires two

    March 19, 2007
    Etimex acquires two new presses from J&H J&H Printing Solutions Inc., of Pewaukee, WI, USA, has installed two new JH1300 13” wide flexographic printing presses at Etimex, a converter of labels and tickets in Monterrey, Mexico. J&H…

  • Etiko expands with new Mark Andy press

    March 19, 2007
    Etiko expands with new Mark Andy press Etiko, a label converter based in Szczecin, Poland, has invested in a new Mark Andy LP3000 flexo press, installed by Mark Andy AG, based in Switzerland. The press is an eight-color 13” (330mm) machine wit…

  • Graphic Solutions now GSI Technologies after reorganization

    March 19, 2007
    Graphic Solutions now GSI Technologies after reorganization Graphics Solutions International, a manufacturer of labels, industrial graphics and functional printing based in Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has reorganized, added senior management and changed it…

  • Daetwyler develops enclosed chamber test machine

    March 13, 2007
    The Max Daetwyler Corporation, Huntersville, NC, USA, has developed an Enclosed Chamber Test Machine used for the research, development and testing of steel and plastic doctor blades, end seals, cleaning chemistries, inking system magnets, and filter…

  • FFTA Forum & Info*Flex attract flexo users to Montreal

    March 13, 2007
    This year’s Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) Annual Forum — titled “Crossing Borders … Flexo’s Global Gateway” — takes place May 6-9 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal…

  • Voting under way for Label Industry Global Awards

    March 13, 2007
    The fourth annual Label Industry Global Awards will be presented in September at Labelexpo Europe 2007. Nominations for the four awards have been posted online, and members of the industry are eligible to vote for the nominees today. An explanation o…

  • Andrews Decal installs Gallus EM 280

    March 13, 2007
    Andrews Decal Company, a Chicago, IL, USA converter of pressure sensitive labels for the HBA, promotional, household, sporting, industrial, and security markets, recently acquired an 11", eight-color Gallus EM 280 UV flexo combination printing p…

  • Mark Andy’s Europe Tech Center opens officially

    March 13, 2007
    Mark Andy, a manufacturer of narrow web flexo presses and equipment based in St. Louis, MO, USA, officially opened its European Advanced Technology Center in Basel, Switzerland on February 6. The 1,000 square meter facility houses a showroom/demonstr…

  • Luminer, Stixon, Belmark and Consolidated win TLMI Singer awards

    March 6, 2007
    The prestigious Eugene Singer awards, presented by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute each year for the best managed label companies, were presented in late February to Stixon Labels, Luminer Converting, Consolidated Label, and Belmark. The…

  • Edelmann presses introduced in North America by Matik

    March 6, 2007
    Matik North America, of West Hartford, CT, USA, the exclusive distributor for Edelmann Graphics GmbH of Germany, has launched the latest generation of narrow web presses from Edelmann in North America. Edelmann is a manufacturer of offset narrow w…

  • MPI recognized for quality, delivery and cost-saving ideas

    March 6, 2007
    MPI Label Systems, of University Park, IL, USA, has been recognized by Berry Plastics as the first Berry Exceptional Supplier Team (B.E.S.T.) award recipient in the labels division. The award is a result of MPI’s outstanding product quality, co…

  • Overnight Labels wins FTA’s Environmental Excellence Award

    March 6, 2007
    Overnight Labels Inc., of Deer Park, NY, USA, is the winner of the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 7th Annual Environmental Excellence Award. The competition was open to any company active in the flexographic printing industry and wa…

  • PTS and Mark Andy announce business alliance

    March 6, 2007
    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy and Printing Technology Services Inc. (PTS), of Clearwater, FL, USA, a supplier of variable data inkjet printing systems, have entered into an alliance whereby PTS’ JetFlex inkjet printing systems can be…

  • UPM Raflatac expands RFID, opens China plant

    March 6, 2007
    UPM Raflatac, a Finnish manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, has announced that it is doubling the RFID tag and inlay production capacity at its Jyväskylä production plant in Finland. With this capacity increase the company addresses rapid…

  • Waste & Consequences

    February 27, 2007
    During the last several months I've traveled to Russia, India and five or six countries in Europe. All of my travels are driven by business, not by some whimsical curiosity. I visit converters, press manufacturers, laminators, coaters, paper mills, a…

  • Ideas that go Trump in the night

    February 27, 2007
    I'll admit it. I watch "The Apprentice". Guilty as charged. I have seen every episode of every season of the darn show, following groups of overcaffeinated Type-A contestants vying to win sponsor-oriented "business" tasks assigned to them by Donald T…

  • Printed Electronics

    Printed Electronics

    Jack Kenny || February 27, 2007
    A new industry, in its embryonic stage today, can shape the future of printing, as well as just about every other industry on the planet.

  • Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Jack Kenny || February 27, 2007
    A full service printing, packaging and prepress company makes inroads into new technologies.

  • RFID Converting Machinery

    RFID Converting Machinery

    February 27, 2007
    The creation of labels containing RFID circuitry requires sophisticated and exacting equipment. Following is an overview of several of the products available in the narrow web marketplace today from some of the industry's top manufacturers.

  • Converters & RFID

    Converters & RFID

    February 27, 2007
    Major converters share their thoughts about RFID in their businesses and in the industry as a whole.

  • Williamson to distribute DuPont flexo products in Canada

    February 27, 2007
    DuPont Packaging Graphics, of Wilmington, DE, USA, has chosen Williamson Printing Materials Limited, of Grimsby, ON, Canada, to distribute its line of flexographic products in Canada. “We put a lot of thought into how we could enhance our su…

  • Gallus to produce flexo sleeve seminar in Germany

    February 27, 2007
    Inspired by the success of its industrial manufacturing seminar focusing on offset printing workflow in last year, Gallus has added a seminar on flexo sleeve workflows, to be held March 21 and 22 at its German manufacturing site close to Frankfurt. G…

  • 3 Sigma acquires PWC in Ohio

    February 27, 2007
    3 Sigma Corporation, of Troy, OH, USA, a supplier of specialty coated and adhesive products, recently purchased the equipment and assets of PWC Incorporated in Springboro, OH. PWC manufactured custom pressure sensitive products, and performed contrac…

  • MACtac adds to capabilities with Pennsylvania coater

    February 27, 2007
    MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesive materials headquartered in Stow, OH, USA, has purchased a new coater. The investment is part of the company’s growth initiatives affecting all of the commercial areas it serves, and will be inst…

  • RFID Market Update

    RFID Market Update

    Michelle Sartor || February 26, 2007
    RFID growth did not meet expectations in 2006, but those involved believe that adoption will continue as businesses realize the benefits of the technology.

  • In-mold association launches web site

    February 20, 2007
    The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) has officially launched its web site, which is dedicated to in-mold labeling and decorating. The internet address is www.imdassociation.com. The site includes a calendar of events relating to in-mold decor…

  • GIDUE introduces a new UV curing system

    February 13, 2007
    GIDUE, a manufacturer of narrow web presses based in Turate, Italy, has introduced UV TIME!, an ultraviolet curing system described as environmentally friendly and oxygen-free. The system was produced in partnership with Air Liquide France. &ldquo…

  • 2007 North American Label Study published by TLMI

    February 13, 2007
    The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) has published the 2007 edition of the North American Label Study (NALS), which provides an overview of the pressure sensitive label and product decoration market. The study gives TLMI member companies…

  • Kodak to address platemakers at annual convention

    February 13, 2007
    Managing last minute changes with PDF technology is the focus of a Kodak presentation at the annual Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) convention, scheduled for Feb. 18-20 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, U…

  • TLMI plans technical conference in Chicago Sept. 4-6

    February 6, 2007
    The Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) will hold its eighth technical conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago September 4-6. Titled “Tech 007: For Your Eyes Only”, the event will offer a range of technical presentation top…

  • Etiko expands with new Mark Andy press

    February 6, 2007
    Etiko, a label converter based in Szczecin, Poland, has invested in a new Mark Andy LP3000 flexo press, installed by Mark Andy AG, based in Switzerland. The press is an eight-color 13" (330mm) machine with full UV curing. It joins three Mark And…

  • Phoenix Challenge holds successful fundraiser

    February 6, 2007
    The fourth annual Phoenix Challenge Fund Raising Luncheon, organized to support the 2007 Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition and the new PC College Competition, took place recently in Charlotte, NC, USA, and boasted a reco…

  • Graphic Solutions becomes GSI Technologies in reorganization

    January 30, 2007
    Graphics Solutions International, a manufacturer of labels, industrial graphics and functional printing based in Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has reorganized, added senior management and changed its name to GSI Technologies. “The new name, which is…

  • Label Traxx gets first customers in UK

    January 30, 2007
    Tailored Solutions, developer of the Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, has installed Label Traxx at two United Kingdom customers. The installations — at Hamilton Adhesive L…

  • Loparex invests in North American capacity

    January 30, 2007
    Loparex, a global producer of silicone release liners, has announced several capital investments to add paper coating and film blowing capacity, and to streamline operations within North America. A high-speed paper coating line has been started up…

  • Water Ink Technologies supports Careerline Tech Center

    January 30, 2007
    Water Ink Technologies Inc., of Lincolnton, NC, USA, recently donated water based flexo inks in support of the Printing and Graphic Arts Program at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, MI, USA. The Careerline program offers a compete course in g…