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  • Adhesive system

    September 13, 2006
    Adhesive system Acucote Graham NC USA Acucote Incorporated introduces its new GPX adhesive system. This water based acrylic permanent pressure sensitive adhesive has been formulated to provide high initial tack to both high and low energy surfaces…

  • Charging bar

    September 13, 2006
    Charging bar MKS, Ion Industrial Windsor Locks CT USA MKS, Ion Industrial introduces the 7430 Charging Bar specially designed for the demands of converting operations, including surface pinning, temporary bonding, product stacking, flexible packag…

  • Ink system

    September 13, 2006
    Ink system Colorcon Chalfont PA USA Colorcon No-Tox Products Division has introduced an ink system that will allow printing on untreated polypropylene without the need for corona treatment. According to the company, No-Tox MD-1608 provides excelle…

  • Semi-rotary letterpress

    September 13, 2006
    Semi-rotary letterpress Matik North America West Hartford CT USA Matik North America has made available the Codimag Viva 420 Semi-Rotary press. The Viva 420 is based on the Viva 340 semi-rotary system. All job changes are performed without removin…

  • Polypropylenes

    September 13, 2006
    Polypropylenes FLEXcon Spencer MA USA FLEXcon announced its new FLEXmark polypropylene products for bumper stickers, vehicle window stickers and promotional decal applications. The line is called FLEXmark PP 360 and comes in clear and white. The c…

  • Prepress literature

    September 13, 2006
    Prepress literature Anderson & Vreeland Bryan OH USA New literature from Anderson & Vreeland presents an overview of prepress equipment and supplies, including digital imagers, workflows, proofing systems, and digital platemaking materials…

  • Imaging process

    September 13, 2006
    Imaging process XSYS Print Solutions Trelleborg Sweden XSYS Print Solutions has expanded its range of patterns and colors available in the HolographINK Process. The HolographINK Process is a patent-pending speciality imaging process that provides…

  • Film ink

    September 13, 2006
    Film ink Water Ink Technologies Lincolnton NC USA Water Ink Technologies introduces Optifilm, a new water based film ink. Optifilm is a low viscosity ink that features what the company calls excellent press stability. It is backed by Water Ink Tec…

  • By Barry Hunt

    September 13, 2006
    By now, many of North America’s flexo and gravure packaging and label printers should have a clearer picture about the capabilities of Drent Goebel’s VSOP (Variable Sleeve Offset Press). The company held a fairly well attended open house…

  • Mark Andy Comco’s C2

    September 13, 2006
    Mark Andy, which has owned Comco since 2001, unveils at Labelexpo Americas the Comco C2, a servo driven printing and converting machine that was constructed from the bottom up based on the needs of the people who use and profit from these presses. T…

  • New print cylinder

    September 13, 2006
    Every press operator knows what gear marking is, and it’s the last thing he or she wants to see on a print job. Operators who know their machines well learn how to compensate for vibration when setting impression and while running a job, even i…

  • Sonoco gift to launch new Clemson institute

    September 13, 2006
    Sonoco gift to launch new Clemson institute A $2.5-million gift will create a new institute at Clemson University. Sonoco Products Company and Clemson officials announced this week that the donation launches the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design…

  • Allen Datagraph moves to new plant in NH

    September 13, 2006
    Allen Datagraph moves to new plant in NH Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. (ADSI) has moved its manufacturing operations to a new plant in Derry, NH, USA. ADSI designs and manufactures precision motion control systems for the label, monument and laborato…

  • XericWeb to market new UV system in N. America

    September 13, 2006
    XericWeb to market new UV system in N. America XericWeb Drying Systems, of Neenah, WI, USA, and UV Ray of Milan, Italy, have formed an alliance to bring a new UV curing system to the North American narrow web flexographic printing market. UV Ray wi…

  • DiTrolio Institute offers

    September 13, 2006
    DiTrolio Institute offers 3 student scholarships DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, of Broadview, IL, USA, has earmarked three scholarships for participants in the 2006 International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. The scholarships will…

  • PS materials sales rise at Avery Dennison

    September 13, 2006
    PS materials sales rise at Avery Dennison Sales of pressure sensitive materials by Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) for the second quarter were $810 million, up 1 percent from the prior year. “Underlying unit growth improved sequentially for the roll…

  • Enercon offers Plasma3 trial program

    September 13, 2006
    Enercon offers Plasma3 trial program Many of Enercon’s customers who have conducted trials of atmospheric plasma on 60" wide laboratory line have requested an opportunity to test Plasma3 on a smaller scale in their own facilities. In resp…

  • MKS, Ion to distribute

    September 13, 2006
    MKS, Ion to distribute Tantec brand products MKS, Ion Industrial, of Windsor Locks, CT, USA, has extended its product line for industrial electrostatic applications with the 30kV/3mA DC-25 charging generator, RC-type charging bars with stainless st…

  • Chemsultants opens new HQ in its 20th year

    September 13, 2006
    Chemsultants opens new HQ in its 20th year This year Chemsultants International marks its 20th anniversary, and it will do so in a big way: opening a new 10-acre campus in Mentor, OH, USA with state-of-the-art testing, product development, research,…

  • Lederle Machine donates rewinder to flexo school

    September 13, 2006
    Lederle Machine donates rewinder to flexo school Lederle Machine Co., of Pacific, MO, USA, a manufacturer of rotary dies and label inspection machines, has given a model 730 10" rewind table to the the Flexographic Trade School, Ft. Mill, SC, U…

  • Treofan to double capacity at Mexico plant

    September 13, 2006
    Treofan to double capacity at Mexico plant Treofan Group, a manufacturer of specialty BOPP films based in Raunheim, Germany, says it intends to double the capacity of its plant in Zacapu, Mexico. The company plans to invest about US$45 million in ex…

  • UPM Raflatac to build new plant in US

    September 13, 2006
    UPM Raflatac to build new plant in US UPM Raflatac has announced its plan to build a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory in Dixon, IL, USA, 105 miles west of Chicago. The new factory will focus on supplying materials to the Midwest marketplace…

  • Smyth expands with Omet, Mitsubishi presses

    September 13, 2006
    Smyth expands with Omet, Mitsubishi presses Smyth Companies Inc. of St. Paul, MN, one of the USA’s largest label printers, has purchased two new presses. The acquisitions will increase Smyth’s rollfed label product offering for full body…

  • Multi-Color Corporation has been listed on the FSB 100, the 2006

    September 13, 2006
    Multi-Color Corporation has been listed on the FSB 100, the 2006 presentation of the USA’s fastest-growing small public companies by Fortune magazine. Multi-Color is ranked 89th, with revenues of $197.2 million for calendar year 2005. This yea…

  • Esko enjoys strong business performance

    September 12, 2006
    Esko, a leader in packaging prepress products based in Gent, Belgium, announces a continued strong business performance during the second quarter of 2006, with consolidated net revenues increasing by 17 percent compared with the first quarter, and by…

  • Avery Dennison acquires RFID start-up company

    September 12, 2006
    Avery Dennison RFID, a division of the label materials giant that produces radio frequency identification products, has acquired RF IDentics of Grand Rapids, MI, USA, a start-up company that has developed processes for producing high quality products…

  • AVT enters sheet-fed market

    September 5, 2006
    Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) has announced its entrance into the sheet-fed printing market. “The demand for high-end quality and 100 percent fault free products in industries such as pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, wine, cosmetics, and securit…

  • Comco wins Russian packaging award

    September 5, 2006
    Leading Russian print for packaging Group, Alaska-Poligrafoformlenie, has won the main award in the All-Russia contest for printed packaging. The Grand Star of Russia was won with an entry in the Packaging for Foodstuff category. It was presented at…

  • UPM Raflatac updates Raflink Business Line

    September 5, 2006
    UPM Raflatac is launching robust ordering and claim tracking self-service tools with the latest update of its eBusiness platform, the Raflink Business Line. North American customers will be able to use the Raflink Business Line to research UPM Raf…

  • Free e-seminar for taper tension

    August 29, 2006
    MAGPOWR will host a free, hour-long e-seminar on taper tension live from booth 829 at Labelexpo on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The seminar will give Labelexpo attendees and online participants a better understanding of taper tension for web handli…

  • Avery Dennison RFID introduces new multimedia training tool

    August 29, 2006
    Avery Dennison RFID, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation, has produced a multimedia training tool: RFID 101. The tool combines a live narrator with animations, photos and video to walk the viewer through the history of RFID, technology basi…

  • Exploring the blogosphere

    August 28, 2006
    Welcome to a new column here at Label & Narrow Web. We are going to be exploring something completely different in this column - weblogs, or blogs as they are more commonly called. Many of you have probably heard this term being used, but may not be…

  • Fruits of labor

    August 28, 2006
    A visit to Robert Rothschild Farm, in Urbana, OH, USA, a quiet town located west of Columbus, is a visual treat. Flowers abound from spring to late fall and the weathered clapboard building that houses production, office space, gift shop, and restaur…

  • Facts and hogwash

    August 28, 2006
    Would it be too presumptuous to ask your indulgence as I scroll through a few environmental news briefs? I believe it will help set the stage for the continuing need for change that will make us a better industry. Remember, these are "Letters from th…

  • A funny thing happened on the way to this column

    August 28, 2006
    After a successful career, a human relations guru found herself standing before the pearly gates. "We've never had a human resources director make it this far," declared St. Peter, "so we're not really sure what to do with you. So we'll let you exper…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 28, 2006
    Skanem on schedule with Asian labeling house

  • Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Jack Kenny || August 28, 2006
    High end production and Lean Manufacturing drive change at a family owned company.

  • A Seller

    A Seller's Market

    Jennifer Dochstader || August 25, 2006
    Navigating the waters to position your company for sale in a market whose time has come

  • Digital Prepress

    Digital Prepress

    August 25, 2006
    Prepress manufacturers speak out on today’s practices and tomorrow’s trends

  • Film Substrates

    Film Substrates

    August 25, 2006
    An overview of new and recently introduced film products for the label and narrow web converting market.

  • Film Label Advancements

    Film Label Advancements

    Michelle Sartor || August 25, 2006
    With a variety of film options, converters are able to meet the challe

  • Mark Andy to launch new Comco C2 servo press

    August 22, 2006
    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy held a quiet event for a few trade press editors last week at the Milford, OH, USA production plant for its Comco line of converting equipment. Company officials gave a preview of the C2, a new Comco press driv…

  • Laser cutting service launched by Spartanics

    August 22, 2006
    Spartanics, of Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, has initiated its Laser Cutting Contract Manufacturing Service for converters who want tool-free cutting technology but seek an alternative to purchasing laser cutting equipment. The contract manufacturing ser…

  • XericWeb and UV Ray form alliance

    August 15, 2006
    XericWeb Drying Systems, Neenah, WI, USA, and UV Ray S.r.l., Milan, Italy, have formed a strategic alliance to bring the next generation of UV curing to the North American narrow web flexographic printing market. UV Ray will manufacture the Maxwel…

  • MKS, Ion Industrial expands static control product line

    August 15, 2006
    MKS, Ion Industrial, a product group of MKS Instruments Inc. located in Windsor Locks, CT, USA, has extended its product line for industrial electrostatic applications with the 30kV/3mA DC-25 charging generator, RC-type charging bars with stainless s…

  • Tailored Solutions Joins CIP4 Consortium

    August 15, 2006
    Tailored Solutions, developer of Label Traxx print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, Milwaukee, WI, USA, has joined the CIP4 consortium, the organization that coordinates the implementation of JDF…

  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals acquires MetalFX

    August 8, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals, of Basel, Switzerland, has acquired a majority share in the company MetalFX, creator of an innovative print concept that allows thousands of metallic effects to be produced accurately in one run on a five-color press. The Me…

  • TLMI to preview label study at Labelexpo

    August 8, 2006
    Converters and suppliers who would like a preview of the North American Label Study soon to be published by the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) should visit the institute’s booth (99) at Labelexpo Americas 2006. Labelexpo will be…

  • Flint opens new flexo plate plant in Germany

    August 8, 2006
    After two years of construction, Flint Group Printing Plates (formerly BASF Drucksysteme) has opened its new manufacturing plant in Willstätt, Germany. Speaking at the inauguration of the new plant was Thomas Telser, president of Flint Group Pri…

  • UPM Raflatac to build new plant in US

    August 1, 2006
    UPM Raflatac has announced its plan to build a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory in Dixon, IL, USA, 105 miles west of Chicago. The new factory will focus on supplying materials to the Midwest marketplace, which has a concentration of label co…