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  • Pro Label acquires Xpanded Label Technology

    January 24, 2006
    Pro Label Inc., of Appleton, WI, USA, has purchased the assets and intellectual property of Xpanded Label Technology LLC, also of Appleton. The acquisition allows Pro Label to provide a broader range of service and product offerings to former Xpanded…

  • Raflatac and UPM Rafsec merge to form UPM Raflatac

    January 24, 2006
    Raflatac, one of the world’s leading pressure sensitives suppliers, and UPM Rafsec, a manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, have merged to form a new business entity, UPM Raflatac. Both have been subsidiaries of UPM, of Finland. The new company…

  • Sun Chemical becomes MetalFX supplier

    January 24, 2006
    Sun Chemical, the world’s largest ink maker, has announced a licensing agreement under which it will make and sell MetalFX inks, a technology that can be used to print up to 104 million metallic colors. Sun Chemical will have five locations…

  • L&NW launches Label Symposium

    January 17, 2006
    Label & Narrow Web magazine will sponsor the L&NW Label Symposium, an educational program for narrow web converting professionals, in May 2006. The symposium is the first in a continuing series. Described as “The Event that Enables Y…

  • Flexo temp agency opens in Chicago area

    January 17, 2006
    FlexoTemps Ltd., a job placement bureau affiliated with DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), has been established in the Chicago area. The announcement was made by Vincent DiTrolio, founder of the institute. “FlexoTemps fills positions in…

  • Clemson seminars focus on color management

    January 17, 2006
    Clemson University’s Department of Graphic Communications will conduct two of its most popular symposia concerning the management of color in the coming months. Both 2.5-day programs will link industry experts and innovators with university fac…

  • Major UK licensing deal

    January 16, 2006
    Major UK licensing deal for color-change labeling Sherwood Technology Ltd., a UK-based color change specialist, has teamed up with label converter Sessions of York in a worldwide licensing deal. It means Sessions can produce Gamma Sterilization Ind…

  • Recycling initiative keeps valued items out of the trash

    January 16, 2006
    Recycling initiative keeps valued items out of the trash Even the best run label converting businesses accumulate rolls of unused materials or even pieces of equipment. They often retain some degree of value, but are usually trashed. As a rebuttal t…

  • German retailer pilots RFID labels with Gen 2 inlays

    January 16, 2006
    German retailer pilots RFID labels with Gen 2 inlays The first application of the latest Gen 2 RFID technology at retail pallet level is being operated by the REWE Group in Germany. It has over 11,500 shops and 195,000 full-time employees, with food…

  • New company follows

    January 16, 2006
    To the surprise of some, the American owners of Sherman Treaters decided to close its UK and world headquarters, located some 30 miles north west of London. A corporate decision to consolidate its activities and move administration, sales and service…

  • SATO AMERICA INC., Charlotte, NC, USA The company has appointed Terry Bresin

    January 16, 2006
    SATO AMERICA INC., Charlotte, NC, USA — The company has appointed Terry Bresin as the new western regional sales manager. He will be responsible for the continued development and growth of channel business within the western territory. He will…

  • PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC), Green Bay, WI, USA The company has announced that Frederick W. Baer

    January 16, 2006
    PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC), Green Bay, WI, USA — The company has announced that Frederick W. Baer has assumed the new role of executive vice president of corporate development following the change in ownership to Barry-Wehmiller Co…

  • NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA The company has announced the addition of Kim Tanis

    January 16, 2006
    NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA — The company has announced the addition of Kim Tanis as southeast regional sales manager. He is a 30-year veteran of the converting industry, spending his first 10 years as a service technician and more than 2…

  • MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA Mike Flannigan

    January 16, 2006
    MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — Mike Flannigan has been promoted to sales manager for corporate user accounts at Maxcess International as part of the company’s effort to better serve its larger corporate customers.…

  • AVERY DENNISON CORP., Pasadena, CA, USA The company announced that its board of directors has elected Kent Kresa

    January 16, 2006
    AVERY DENNISON CORP., Pasadena, CA, USA — The company announced that its board of directors has elected Kent Kresa as non-executive chairman. He takes over for Philip M. Neal who has retired from his position of chairman and former chief execut…

  • ADHESIVES RESEARCH INC., Glen Rock, PA, USA The company named Geoff Bennett

    January 16, 2006
    ADHESIVES RESEARCH INC., Glen Rock, PA, USA — The company named Geoff Bennett to lead the new ARcare division as vice president and general manager. ARcare will focus on adhesive coated products, films and laminates for the pharmaceutical, medi…

  • Rotary screen inks

    January 16, 2006
    Rotary screen inks UVitec Printing Ink Lodi NJ USA UVitec’s new line of UV inks for rotary screen applications is anchored by an opaque white available in silicone and non-silicone versions. All Pantone bases, PMS shades and spec…

  • Mounting adhesive

    January 16, 2006
    Mounting adhesive Adchem Corporation Riverhead NY USA Adchem now offers the 8311M-76G permanent/removable mounting adhesive on double-coated polyester film. The company says the adhesive delivers a strong yet removable bond to digital imaging, ele…

  • Flexo inks

    January 16, 2006
    Flexo inks Fujifilm Sericol Kansas City KS USA Fujifilm Sericol has introduced Uvisleeve, a UV curable flexo shrinksleeve ink, as part of its UVivid family of UV flexo and rotary screen inks. The company says Uvisleeve was designed to shrink to th…

  • Magnet bracket

    January 16, 2006
    Magnet bracket for ink pails HarperScientific Charlotte NC USA HarperScientific introduces the PMBK ProMag magnet with bracket. It is a 1" diameter grade 35 neodymium rare earth magnet that is designed to hang on the inside of any size ink…

  • Color management

    January 16, 2006
    Color management GretagMacbeth Regensdorf Switzerland GretagMacbeth is bundling its Eye-One Pro color management system with a new ruler system and carrying bag. The new ruler glides over the test chart with no contact with the Eye-One device, whi…

  • Digital films

    January 16, 2006
    Digital films 3M St. Paul MN USA 3M has added two digital products to its line of label materials: a clear polypropylene for the no-label look and a silver polypropylene for a mirror-finish label. 3M says the specially optimized face stocks…

  • Automated hand proofer cleaning system

    January 16, 2006
    Automated hand proofer cleaning system Integrity Engineering Princeton MN USA Integrity Engineering is beta testing a new automated hand proofer cleaning system called The Clean Machine. The product is designed to reduce hand proofer cleaning time…

  • Expanded labels

    January 16, 2006
    Expanded labels Xpanded Label Technology Appleton WI USA Xpanded Label Technology offers expanded content labels (ECLs) made with Polyart synthetic paper. The company says the ECL works well in high moisture environments, including outdoor r…

  • Coating formulation

    January 16, 2006
    Coating formulation Starna Industries Chadwell Heath UK Starna Industries has released Curecoat HV as part of its Curecoat collection. Curecoat HV is suitable for screen printing and litho applications. The company claims Curecoat HV is an easy to…

  • Lamp module

    January 16, 2006
    Lamp module IST Metz Nuertingen Germany UV supplier IST METZ has a new lamp module named MBS-5, which was introduced at Labelexpo Europe in September. The company says the module is efficient, bringing up to 40 percent more UV energy onto th…

  • Surface treater

    January 16, 2006
    Surface treater Enercon Industries Menomonee Falls WI USA Enercon Industries has introduced Dyne-A-Mite IT, a surface treater that provides a safe and effective means of cleaning surfaces and raising surface energy to promote the adhering and bond…

  • Specialty release films

    January 16, 2006
    Specialty release films CPFilms Fieldale VA USA CPFilms offers polyester-based release liners that the company says are especially well-suited for medical applications. The films include UV5A, UV10, UV30, UV50, and UV100 UV-cured and S…

  • RFID assembly line

    January 16, 2006
    RFID assembly line Muehlbauer AG Roding Germany Muehlbauer has introduced the Tag Module Assembly system (TMA) as a new inline equipment solution for the converting industry. The system uses a “strap attach” process which works with RF…

  • Primer system

    January 16, 2006
    Primer system Valéron Strength Films, XSYS Print Solutions Essen Belgium, Trelleborg Sweden Valéron Strength Films now offers a complete inline primer system, which is a joint development with XSYS Print Solutions. The uncoate…

  • Bar code verification

    January 16, 2006
    Bar code verification BST Pro Mark Elmhurst IL USA BST Pro Mark has released the DM400, a bar code verification system designed for use on slitters, rewinders and filling lines. The purpose is to ensure that all bar codes can be read a…

  • Knife positioning system

    January 16, 2006
    Knife positioning system Dienes Werke Overath Germany Dienes Werke now offers QUIK-SET, a knife positioning system that the company says maximizes time savings by moving all knife holders simultaneously. The system uses computer controls, which ma…

  • New machines

    January 16, 2006
    New machines Rotoflex International Ontario Canada Rotoflex introduces the new HLI series of slitting, rewinding and inspection machines available in 13" and 16" web widths. The company says the HLI delivers consistent slitting performan…

  • Roll microscope

    January 16, 2006
    Roll microscope Max Daetwyler Huntersville NC USA Max Daetwyler has added the Heavy Duty Roll Microscope to its product line. The microscope views cells on ceramic or chrome rollers. The company says it is an economical way to view microscopically…

  • Alternative film

    January 16, 2006
    Alternative film Fasson Roll North America Painesville OH USA The Fasson Roll North America division of Avery Dennison has introduced EarthFirst PLA film to its product offering. The company says the film offers a high gloss and scratch-resistant…

  • Alternative film

    January 16, 2006
    Alternative film Fasson Roll North America Painesville OH USA The Fasson Roll North America division of Avery Dennison has introduced EarthFirst PLA film to its product offering. The company says the film offers a high gloss and scratch-resistant…

  • Retrofit equipment

    January 16, 2006
    Retrofit equipment Telstar Engineering Burnsville MN USA Telstar Engineering has released the Flexo-Screen DUO, a switch-out system that utilizes the same base frame for both screen or UV-flexo printing. The device allows printers to have both rot…

  • Magnetic cylinders

    January 16, 2006
    Magnetic cylinders T.D. Wright St. Paul MN USA TDW has expanded its line of modular magnetic cylinders. From rotary magnetic/solid anvil solutions to cylinders for matched male/female wrap die sets, TDW offers repeat ranges from 6" to 6…

  • Flexo plate imagers

    January 16, 2006
    Flexo plate imagers Esko-Graphics Ghent Belgium Esko-Graphics has added two new models to its line of Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI) flexo imagers. The CDI Spark 4260 images plates as large as 42" x 60" and runs in front of any solvent proce…

  • Plate cleaning system

    January 16, 2006
    Omet offers a new plate cleaning system that the company says eliminates machine stops for cleaning and guarantees a constant high-quality print. The cleaning head moves transversally on the printing unit and is adjustable for all of its functions: s…

  • Printco Industries moves to new facility

    January 16, 2006
    Printco Industries moves to new facility Printco Industries, a manufacturer of custom flexo and gravure machinery and a marketer of enclosed doctor blade systems, has moved to a new facility. New contact information is Printco Industries LLC, 3807…

  • Avery certifies 17

    January 16, 2006
    Avery certifies 17 in RFID program Avery Dennison RFID, Clinton, SC, USA, has announced that 17 RFID converters have met rigorous standards to become Avery Dennison “Qualified Converters.” The company designs and manufactures high volum…

  • GiDue forms alliance

    January 16, 2006
    GiDue forms alliance for offset development Italian flexo press manufacturer GiDue has allied with Nuova Castagnoli, an Italian offset press maker, to develop new UV offset technology. The companies announced recently that they will share technolog…

  • PLGA Global expands scholarship program

    January 16, 2006
    PLGA Global expands scholarship program The Packaging & Label Gravure Association Global continues to expand its scholarship program. Executive Director Bill Klein announced that since its inception in 2002, the PLGA Global has added another sch…

  • AB Graphic opens new plant in Midwest

    January 16, 2006
    A three-day open house in Elgin, IL, in November marked the official opening of AB Graphic International’s new Midwest facility. The event drew 151 representatives from 68 companies in the industry. Live presentations from Hewlett Packar…

  • Alien certifies MPI

    January 16, 2006
    Alien certifies MPI for RFID label sales MPI Label Systems, of Sebring, OH, USA, has enhanced its relationship with Alien Technology, a provider of RFID products, and has received qualification from Alien that allows MPI to convert, test and direct…

  • Raflatac celebrates completion of new

    January 16, 2006
    Raflatac recently hosted Pro Label Day to celebrate the completion of a new coating line and the company’s expansion in North America. More than 300 people attended the November event, which began in Asheville, NC, USA, at the Grove Point Inn R…

  • Gerhardt and RTI

    January 16, 2006
    Gerhardt and RTI merge operations Gerhardt, a Danish manufacturer of solid and flexible dies for the narrow web industry, recently announced a merger with Rotary-Tooling International (RTI), of Haarlem, Netherlands. RTI was founded 25 years ago as…

  • Label & Narrow Web magazine will sponsor the L&NW Label

    January 16, 2006
    Label & Narrow Web magazine will sponsor the L&NW Label Symposium, an educational program for narrow web converting professionals, in May 2006. The symposium is the first in a continuing series. Described as “The Event that Enabl…

  • Multi-Color again named to Forbes list

    January 16, 2006
    Multi-Color again named to Forbes’ list Forbes Magazine has recognized Multi-Color Corporation as one of the United States’ best small companies. In its October 31 issue, Forbes ranked Multi-Color 41st in its listing of the “200 B…