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  • ROLAND DGA CORPORATION, Irvine, CA, USA — The company has expanded its executive management team. Brian McLeod

    January 23, 2007
    ROLAND DGA CORPORATION, Irvine, CA, USA — The company has expanded its executive management team. Brian McLeod has been named VP of corporate marketing, responsible for marketing in North and South America (excluding Brazil). Rick Scrimger join…

  • PARELEC INC., Rocky Hill, NJ, USA — Steven L. Ludmerer

    January 23, 2007
    PARELEC INC., Rocky Hill, NJ, USA — Steven L. Ludmerer, the company’s president, left October 31, 2006. He had been part of Parelec since 1999. Geva Barash, Parelec’s chief executive officer, has been named its new president. Barash…

  • NORDSON CORPORATION, Duluth, GA, USA — Eric Luftig

    January 23, 2007
    NORDSON CORPORATION, Duluth, GA, USA — Eric Luftig has joined the company as marketing manager for the Adhesive Systems Group. He will be responsible for developing and managing marketing efforts for the Packaging and Product Assembly business…

  • MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — The company has promoted Tom Herold f

    January 23, 2007
    MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — The company has promoted Tom Herold from district sales manager to national sales manager. In his new role, he will lead a team of local representatives responsible for the care of Fife, MAGPOWR a…

  • MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA — Christoph Davis

    January 23, 2007
    MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA — Christoph Davis has been appointed sales manager for the company’s web offset technologies division. He comes to Matik from the UK with 15 years experience in the narrow web offset market, spe…

  • KODAK’S GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (GCG), Rochester, NY, USA — Jon Bracken

    January 23, 2007
    KODAK’S GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (GCG), Rochester, NY, USA — Jon Bracken has been named VP of marketing and channels, workflow and prepress equipment (WPE) for the GCG. He is responsible for WPE marketing initiatives, including produc…

  • J&H PRINTING SOLUTIONS INC., Pewaukee, WI, USA — John Wang

    January 23, 2007
    J&H PRINTING SOLUTIONS INC., Pewaukee, WI, USA — John Wang has been hired to head the company’s service department. He will be responsible for the installation of new presses, servicing existing installations and training J&H cust…

  • HARPER GRAPHICS, Charlotte, NC, USA — Christopher Mueller

    January 23, 2007
    HARPER GRAPHICS, Charlotte, NC, USA — Christopher Mueller has joined the company as production manager. He is responsible for the Herford, Germany based facility’s daily production operations, ensuring that anilox rolls are delivered on t…

  • GIDUE, Turate, Italy — The company’s marketing department has added two new members: Raffaella Comunetti

    January 23, 2007
    GIDUE, Turate, Italy — The company’s marketing department has added two new members: Raffaella Comunetti as marketing manager and Valerio Turconi as junior manager. Comunetti is responsible for media relations, exhibitions, advertising, a…

  • DALE LTD., Hampshire, UK — The company has recently appointed Jeremy Westcott t

    January 23, 2007
    DALE LTD., Hampshire, UK — The company has recently appointed Jeremy Westcott to develop worldwide sales of its new Lambda concept. A graduate of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, his previous position was that of a design engineer for…

  • DOW CORNING, Midland, MI, USA Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucrce De Ridder a

    January 23, 2007
    DOW CORNING, Midland, MI, USA — Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucrèce De Ridder as its new global marketing manager for the company’s Pressure Sensitive Industry. She joined Dow Corning in 1996 and…

  • DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES, Cambridge, UK — The company has expanded its group development team with the appointments of Kirsten Telfer

    January 23, 2007
    DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES, Cambridge, UK — The company has expanded its group development team with the appointments of Kirsten Telfer as group software director and Chris Beesley as programme director.…

  • CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CPCC), Charlotte, NC, USA Stephen Gerhardt

    January 23, 2007
    CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CPCC), Charlotte, NC, USA — Stephen Gerhardt takes the newly created position of Harper National Flexographic Center coordinator. He is responsible for establishing a complete series of continuing education f…

  • OSCH REXROTH CORPORATION, Hoffman Estates, IL, USA — Berend Bracht, f

    January 23, 2007
    OSCH REXROTH CORPORATION, Hoffman Estates, IL, USA — Berend Bracht, former CEO of Bosch Rexroth China and former head of the company’s US industrial hydraulics operation, has taken over as president and chief executive officer.…

  • 3 SIGMA CORPORATION, Troy, OH, USA — Larry Slaven

    January 23, 2007
    3 SIGMA CORPORATION, Troy, OH, USA — Larry Slaven has been promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer. He has been with 3 Sigma since 1997 and most recently was the company’s vice president and general manager.…

  • Shippers

    January 23, 2007
    Shippers Badger Plug Greenville WI USA Patented Lock Box shippers from Badger Plug protect large rolls from damage during handling and transit. The roll suspension system uses pre-configured wooden walls with interlocking tabs and slots to create…

  • UV curing system

    January 23, 2007
    UV curing system Xenon Wilmington MA USA Xenon introduces a new, energy efficient pulsed UV curing system that operates with low heat and is suited for integration into inline printing and packaging systems. The CoolCureXL RC-801 Curing System fea…

  • UV system

    January 23, 2007
    UV system GEW Surrey UK GEW has developed a new UV lamp head cassette design that the company says provides significant productivity increases while significantly cutting press downtime and electrical consumption costs. The XC, “extreme cure…

  • Inspection system

    January 23, 2007
    Inspection system AB Graphic International Yorkshire UK Following its recent acquisition of Flytec, AB Graphic International now offers the fleyeVision Standard, an electronic print face inspection system with 100 percent inspection capabilities.…

  • Electrostatic charging generator

    January 23, 2007
    Electrostatic charging generator MKS, Ion Industrial Windsor Locks CT USA The charging system from MKS, Ion Industrial is designed for the demands of converting operations. The 7305 Charging Generator, a microprocessor-based DC power supply, provi…

  • Tension meter

    January 23, 2007
    Tension meter MAGPOWR Oklahoma City OK USA MAGPOWR offers the Digital Tension Meter (DTM), a low-cost solution to display web tension in areas of the web where access to a tension control unit is not required or convenient for the operator. DTM fe…

  • Automatic core cutter

    January 23, 2007
    Automatic core cutter Appleton Manufacturing Neenah WI USA The A301 automatic core cutter with new PLC control package from Appleton Manufacturing quickly and automatically cuts batches of consistent cores with minimal operator labor. The PLC-base…

  • Laminating adhesive

    January 23, 2007
    Laminating adhesive Northwest Coatings Oak Creek WI USA Northwest Coatings offers electron beam (EB) curable laminating adhesives, which are FDA compliant for food packaging applications. The adhesives provide good bonding to a variety of substrat…

  • Doctor blade

    January 23, 2007
    Doctor blade Max Daetwyler Corporation Huntersville NC USA Max Daetwyler Corporation (MDC) has developed the StableFlex, a precision doctor blade that the company says substantially reduces or eliminates chatter, allowing for the press to run at m…

  • UV curing system

    January 23, 2007
    UV curing system Research Inc. Eden Prairie MN USA Research Inc. introduces the Model 3000 Instant Start UV Curing System. The Model 3000 systems are shutter-less and feature instant on/instant off capability. According to the company, a compact 4…

  • Semi gloss substrate

    January 23, 2007
    Semi gloss substrate Spinnaker Coating Troy OH USA Spinnaker Coating features its 40# Semi Gloss, a bright white sheet with a smooth printing surface. It has the flexibility required for tight radius labels (to 1⁄4") and other difficult…

  • RFID machine

    January 23, 2007
    RFID machine Schober Eberdingen Germany Schober has upgraded its RFID-TI machine, which was launched three years ago. It was initially designed for the production of smart labels for automatic product recognition, inventory management of palletize…

  • Students test new coated flexo cylinder

    January 23, 2007
    Students test new coated flexo cylinder A new print cylinder that contains a patent-pending coating to absorb and displace energy was tested recently by students at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) under the auspices of HarperScientific, bo…

  • GRE moves Asia operation to Kowloon

    January 23, 2007
    GRE moves Asia operation to Kowloon GRE Digital Solutions, a subsidiary of GRE Engineering Products AG of Steinebrunn, Switzerland, has announced the move of its Hong Kong operations center to new premises in Kowloon to further reinforce sales, dist…

  • J&J Converting Machinery relocates

    January 23, 2007
    J&J Converting Machinery relocates from Kansas to Missouri J&J Converting Machinery, an equipment dealer and engineering company specializing in used and rebuilt label presses, has relocated from Lenexa, KS, USA to a to a new 10,000 square…

  • IoPP forms Sustainable Packaging Task Group

    January 23, 2007
    IoPP forms Sustainable Packaging Task Group Recognizing the interest in sustainable packaging by both the packaging community and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) membership of over 5,000, IoPP’s Technical Council recently appro…

  • Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe

    January 23, 2007
    Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe Mark Andy, a major supplier of narrow web printing and converting equipment worldwide, has invested in a new Advanced Technology Centre for its European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Designed to meet a…

  • Connemara Converting adds space and equipment

    January 23, 2007
    Connemara Converting adds space and equipment Connemara Converting, a converter of specialty paper, film and board products based in Bolingbrook, IL, USA, has announced a 90,000 square foot expansion of its production plant, and the installation of…

  • Masterpiece Graphix receives

    January 23, 2007
    Masterpiece Graphix receives HP designation for specialized coatings Masterpiece Graphix, located in Fenton, MO, USA, has announced that it has been approved as North America’s first HP Authorized Media Treatment Center. The company offers s…

  • Label Traxx now linked to MACtac materials

    January 23, 2007
    Label Traxx now linked to MACtac materials Tailored Solutions’ Label Traxx, the print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, now connects with MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesive c…

  • ProLabel advances its workflow, CTP systems

    January 23, 2007
    ProLabel advances its workflow, CTP systems ProLabel, of Cumming, GA, USA, took a major step recently and acquired new prepress and workflow systems, all from Kodak. The systems include the Matchprint inkjet proofer, the Thermoflex narrow platesette…

  • Chemsultants reorganizes, names Gary Avalon COO

    January 23, 2007
    Chemsultants reorganizes, names Gary Avalon COO Chemsultants International, of Mentor, OH, USA, has organized its staff to address the needs of its growing business, according to Richard P. Muny, founder and CEO. Muny announced the promotion of Gar…

  • Mark Andy renovates the Model 2200 flexo press

    January 23, 2007
    Mark Andy renovates the Model 2200 flexo press Mark Andy says it has completely renovated its classic Model 2200 flexographic press, and will feature it at the Graphics of Americas show in Miami, March 2-4, 2007. According to Steve Schulte, nationa…

  • French label printer adds Codimag servo press

    January 23, 2007
    French label printer adds Codimag servo press Codimag announced the installation of a Viva 420 press at Stic’Image, a label printer from the Lyon area in France. The Viva 420 is the newest generation Codimag press. The press is a five-color le…

  • GM Nameplate wins flexo achievement award

    January 23, 2007
    GM Nameplate wins flexo achievement award The California Division of GM Nameplate, a printing and converting company in Seattle, WA, USA, a leading manufacturing solutions provider, has been awarded a 2006 Premier Print Award for outstanding achieve…

  • TimeMed awarded Premier contract

    January 23, 2007
    TimeMed awarded Premier contract TimeMed Labeling Systems Inc., of Burr Ridge, IL, USA, has signed a three-year contract to supply labels and related products to members of Premier Purchasing Partners, the largest healthcare alliance in the United S…

  • Aquaflex reports sales nearly doubled in 2006

    January 16, 2007
    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 owned by F.L. Smithe Machinery and is located in D…

  • Nilpeter and AVT sign China distribution agreement

    January 16, 2007
    Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), a manufacturer of automatic inspection systems for printing applications, has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Nilpeter China. The agreement, says AVT, is targeted toward the label and narrow we…

  • DiTrolio flexo school reaches out to regional high schools

    January 16, 2007
    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. Says DFI representative Tom Anderson, “We w…

  • Brady to market Nanoventions’ micro-optic security film

    January 16, 2007
    Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Nanoventions Inc. of Alpharetta, GA, USA, to develop product identification and anti-counterfeiting security products utilizing Nanoventions’ Unison micro-optic sec…

  • Commercial Printing Blogs

    January 11, 2007
    The label industry is ultimately about printing ink on a substrate - the same basic premise that has ruled printing for more than 500 years. So we deal with many of the same issues as our commercial printing counterparts, which is why I find it usefu…

  • Cheese specialties

    January 11, 2007
    Bel Brands, the US subsidiary of the French cheese company Fromageries Bel, is located some 20 miles southwest of Green Bay, WI, in Little Chute. Bel Brands manufactures a variety of popular cheeses in Wisconsin, from the Connoisseur brand to Kaukaun…

  • Packaging trade shops

    January 11, 2007
    A long, strange trip, or a well executed directional strategy?

  • The new equilibrium

    January 11, 2007
    "Close your eyes when you don't want to see. Stay at home when you don't want to go. Only speak to those who will agree. And close your mind when you don't want to know." Billy Joel might not be Peter Drucker or W. Edwards Deming, but there's n…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 11, 2007
    UK roll label converters expect consolidations to rise