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  • Lessons from Print 13: It’s about more than machines and technology

    Rock LaManna || October 14, 2013
    Print 13 and CPP Expo recently concluded in Chicago, and the trade show validated something many of us have been saying for years: The label industry is a very good place to be. Print 13 is geared mainly toward commercial printers. This year Print 1…

  • Science and glue

    Science and glue

    Jack Kenny, Contributing Editor || October 14, 2013
    Lab masters study nature, babies and tape for new ideas.

  • A complex relationship

    Calvin Frost || October 14, 2013
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (in Old English, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is the story of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.  The Mariner stops a man who is on his way to a wedding and begins t…

  • A world without packaging

    A world without packaging

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || October 14, 2013
    A symposium with this provocative title took place recently in Belgium. Among the speakers was Bruno Ponsard from the Montreal Institut des Emballages et du Génie Alimentaire (non-French-speaking readers should note that Génie has nothi…

  • ‘Turning Vision Into Reality’ at TLMI Tech Conference

    ‘Turning Vision Into Reality’ at TLMI Tech Conference

    October 14, 2013
    More than 350 attendees gathered September 4-5 for TLMI’s Technical Conference, an association event held biannually in Chicago. Over the course of two days more than 70 presenters, session chairs and panelists led technical discussions and gav…

  • New president for Nilpeter USA

    October 14, 2013
    Effective August 31, 2013, Andy Colletta ceased his function as president and CEO of Nilpeter USA. Colletta joined RotoPress in 1993, which was purchased by Nilpeter in 2001. Since the acquisition, Nilpeter has established itself as a key player and…

  • People in the News

    People in the News

    October 14, 2013
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 3C! PACKAGING, Clayton, NC, USA – Russell Hill (1) has been hired as technical innovations manager. ARC INTERNATIONAL, Charlotte, NC, USA – Tom Cassano has joined the company as technica…

  • Rako Etiketten adds Durst label press

    Rako Etiketten adds Durst label press

    October 14, 2013
    Rako Etiketten, headquartered in Witzhave, Germany, has recently ordered its first UV inkjet label press, the Durst Tau 330 from Chromos GmbH, the Durst distribution and service partner in Friedberg, Germany. The decision for this model with seven co…

  • Esko reports rapid growth for HD Flexo Certification

    October 14, 2013
    Esko reports the continuous success of its HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo Certification. The prepress specialist says the number of certified customers, partners and vendors grows at an ever faster pace and reached the point where brand owners can turn t…

  • Harper Asia/Pacific wins ‘green’ award

    October 14, 2013
    Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America has announced that Harper Asia/Pacific Company, Ltd, located in Bangkok, Thailand, has been granted the Green Industry Award from the country’s Ministry of Industry. This recognition is…


    October 14, 2013
    Lightning Labels is contributing custom labels and stickers to the House That Beer Built, a Habitat for Humanity project. The contribution is aimed at helping spread awareness of the initiative and encouraging others to join the efforts. The Denver,…

  • Beverage packaging market to grow to $125.7 billion by 2018

    Beverage packaging market to grow to $125.7 billion by 2018

    October 14, 2013
    According to a new report by MarketsandMarkets, a global US-based market research company, “Beverage Packaging Market By Beverage Types, Packaging Types, Material – Global Trends & Forecast To 2018,” the beverage packaging marke…

  • PCMC hosts successful Harper Roadshow

    October 14, 2013
    Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) recently hosted the Harper Roadshow, a seminar series for the flexographic printing industry. The event was a tremendous success, organizers said, welcoming more than 100 visitors from around the United States…

  • Impressions Incorporated adds HP Indigo

    October 14, 2013
    Impressions Incorporated, a St. Paul, MN, USA-based printing and packaging company, has announced the addition of a HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press. The Indigo WS6600 can print on a wide range of substrates from .5 mil films to 18 pt. paperboard, offe…

  • IPT Digital introduces digital label conversion system

    IPT Digital introduces digital label conversion system

    October 14, 2013
    IPT digital, a new company and an offshoot of Innovative Printing Technologies, has introduced the JFlex870 digital label conversion system, a retrofit unit designed to turn existing presses into high-speed digital printing platforms. Using Memjet in…

  • Flint Group publishes first sustainability report

    October 14, 2013
    Flint Group has announced the publication of its first externally available sustainability report providing comprehensive economic, social and environmental data, detailing the Group’s strong performance over the last several years within the s…

  • Fujifilm launches new UV inkjet press

    October 14, 2013
    Adding to its lineup of UV Inkjet presses, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, along with United Kingdom-based FFEI Ltd., has announced the launch of Graphium, a new high speed UV inkjet press with a 16" print width tar…

  • Profecta Labels adds Nilpeter UV flexo press

    October 14, 2013
    Canadian label printer Profecta Labels Inc. has purchased its first Nilpeter FB-3300 13" UV flexo press. Founded in 1992, the St-Hubert, Quebec-based company has offers both flexo and digital printing under one roof. Through constant investment…

  • Rogers Corp. named top tech company

    October 14, 2013
    Rogers Corporation has been named one of the Top 40 Technology Companies in Connecticut by the Marcum Tech Top 40. The annual award, presented by Marcum LLP, one of the largest independent accounting and advisory services firms in the US, is given to…

  • Consolidated Label publishes sustainability trends report

    October 14, 2013
    Consolidated Label Company has published a report on sustainability trends in the label industry to help consumers better understand how some in the industry are responding to environmental concerns. The report also offers advice to label customers o…

  • Gallus Inc. handling sales and support for CSAT America

    October 14, 2013
    In a new agreement with Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), Gallus, Inc. has been appointed to handle sales and customer support of Heidelberg’s CSAT digital printing line in North America. Purchased by Heidelberg in 2011, CSAT products…

  • Komori to market INX International’s inkjet label press

    October 14, 2013
    INX International Ink Co. announced it has reached an agreement to partner with Komori  America Corporation to sell and market the NW140 inkjet UV digital narrow web press. Komori will serve as the sole national dealer in the US, effective immed…

  • Esko to acquire CAPE Systems

    October 14, 2013
    Esko has announced its intent to purchase CAPE Systems, a provider of software products for packaging design, pallet load optimization and supply chain profitability. CAPE is active worldwide through a network of resellers, and is headquartered in Al…

  • Karstedt Partners to provide digital consulting for FLAG

    October 14, 2013
    Karstedt Partners, LLC has announced that it has entered into a National Vendor Agreement with the Flexo Label Advantage Group, LLC (FLAG) to provide FLAG members with consulting services in the area of Digital Printing and associated technologies. T…

  • CRC introduces bar code tracking system

    October 14, 2013
    CRC has introduced Inventory Automation, a complete bar code tracking system for raw material, finished goods, and work-in-process inventory. This new product provides a significant addition to Nucleus, CRC’s comprehensive Print MIS system. Us…

  • MPI purchases PCMC ELS press

    October 14, 2013
    Aquaflex PCMC, a designer and manufacturer of in-line presses, has announced that MPI Label Systems recently purchased the new ELS Max mid-range inline flexographic press. “MPI was looking for a new press to support our growing unsupported bev…

  • Label Traxx launches tools for HP Indigo 20000

    October 14, 2013
    Label Traxx MIS has prepared for the launch of the HP Indigo 20000 by including the press’ costing model in the software’s estimating module. The 20000 model prints up to 29"/74 cm wide and is aimed at converters who also print, or a…

  • BOPP film demand returns to the West

    BOPP film demand returns to the West

    October 14, 2013
    After several years of negligible increases in bi-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film usage in Western Europe, specialty films consultancy PCI Films Consulting Ltd, predicts a return to growth for this sector of the European polypropylene (PP) film ma…

  • German converter beta tests Xeikon’s ICE toner

    October 14, 2013
    Specializing in the production of self-adhesive roll labels, Germany-based bsb-label is a fast-growing, independent arm of Bielefeld-based printers bsb-bentlage GmbH and Co KG. The international clientele of bsb-label is sourced from a range of diver…

  • MEI Labels acquires TVC

    October 14, 2013
    MEI Labels Holdings, LLC has acquired the operating assets of TVC Label, Inc. and TVC One, Inc. Management of  TVC will continue to operate and own a significant portion of the combined business. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Lewisville,…

  • Avery Dennison expands PET recycling program in Europe

    October 14, 2013
    Avery Dennison has expanded its PET recycling program with the addition of two new collection facilities in Europe. Waste PET liners can now be sold directly to Avery Dennison’s recycling partner Morssinkhof Rymoplast, either at its main plant…

  • Rose City Label is LIFE certified

    October 14, 2013
    TLMI has announced that Portland, OR, USA-based Rose City Label has recently become LIFE Certified and that the company is the 49th facility to achieve TLMI LIFE Certification. The LIFE program was developed in order to assist TLMI members in findin…

  • I.D. Images acquires Hi-Tech Printing

    October 14, 2013
    I.D. Images announced the acquisition of Hi-Tech Printing Co. of Cincinnati, OH, USA. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hi-Tech Printing specializes in custom printing through sheetfed, web-fed and flexographic printing. The company serves…

  • Digital’s growth continues

    October 14, 2013
    Label and packaging converters worldwide spent $201 million on new color digital label and packaging (CDLP) printing presses in 2012 according to InfoTrends, a specialist consulting firm. This digital press market will grow strongly, InfoTrends says,…

  • Overwhelming

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 14, 2013
    I’m fresh back from Brussels, and while our post-show report will wait for our November/December issue, I want to share my take on the 2013 edition of Labelexpo while it’s fresh on my mind. Especially for those traveling some distance to…

  • Image Test Labs launches assessment service

    October 10, 2013
    The technology is designed to allow print providers to take full advantage of existing presses.

  • Landa reveals new enhancements, upgrades

    October 10, 2013
    According to the company, the new changes firmly place Nanographic Printing presses as a production-oriented digital printing product for mainstream applications.

  • Packprint Summit Americas conference program revealed

    October 10, 2013
    Focused exclusively on the North and Latin American package printing industry, the show will be held next month in Miami.

  • Mondi now offers film-based differential release liners

    October 10, 2013
    Differential release liners consist of a substrate with a different release coating on each side.

  • UV LED Summit zeroes in on technology

    October 10, 2013
    The UV/EB East 2013 Conference was held October 1-2 in Syracuse, NY, USA.

  • Two SGK brands win Pentawards

    October 10, 2013
    Brandimage received a gold award for its work on a water bottle, while Anthem won bronze for supermarket labels.

  • The European label printers’ role in food safety

    The European label printers’ role in food safety

    Jay Betton, Business Segment Manager (Food and Retail Labeling), UPM Raflatac EMEA || October 10, 2013
    Label printers who supply to the EU food industry have a key role to play in new regulations.

  • Neenah named HP Indigo Preferred Media Partner

    October 9, 2013
    “This recognition is the result of many years of cooperation to create a larger market for premium papers within the digital print market," says Neenah Paper's Kingsley Shannon.

  • Sun Chemical product manager to speak at 2013 AIMCAL Conference

    October 9, 2013
    Robert O'Boyle will conduct a seminar at the annual Web Coating and Handling Conference in South Carolina.

  • AVT, Nilpeter announce collaboration

    October 9, 2013
    The companies have introduced new integrated features to AVT's Microcolor/Mercury digital ink color control system.

  • Avery Dennison introduces new silicone-based adhesive

    October 9, 2013
    S8092 is designed to improve performance when labeling silicone-coated materials.

  • The Labelmakers Group acquires Kolibri Labels

    October 8, 2013
    With this acquisition, The Labelmakers Group broadens its range of self-adhesive labels while strengthening its position in the Pan-European market.

  • Goss to open new Packaging Technology Center

    October 7, 2013
    The 7,000-square-foot Center will be equipped initially with a Goss Sunday Vpak 500 press system configured for printing on film and paper substrates.

  • Clysar names its 2013 Distributor of the Year

    October 7, 2013
    Associated Packaging of Gallatin, TN, USA has earned this award for a second time - the only company to ever do so.

  • UPM Raflatac introduces new Fit range

    October 7, 2013
    Raflacoat Fit PEFC introduces much needed efficiency to high-volume food applications.