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  • IMDA announces 2013 awards competition

    January 29, 2013
    The best in in-mold product decoration are chosen based on creativity in design, engineering and innovation.

  • INX, Oldham Group expand distributor agreement

    January 29, 2013
    The agreement will now include UV, traditional offset, UV flexo and water flexo inks.

  • Expansion complete at Hammer Packaging

    January 29, 2013
    The project added 13,000 square feet to its existing building in New York.

  • EFI reports record results

    January 29, 2013
    For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the company reports record revenue of $174.1 million.

  • Webex acquired by Bertram Capital

    January 29, 2013
    The deal marks Bertram’s second investment in the web handling equipment industry.

  • EFI Connect highlights digital opportunities

    January 24, 2013
    This year's event featured more than 150 sessions covering MIS/ERP software, inkjet printing and Fiery technology.

  • Plusses, perils of immediate customer service gratification

    Tammie MacLachlan and Mark Lusky || January 23, 2013
    Instant gratification has become the paramount rule of engagement in many customer service interactions. Increasingly, the pressure is on customer service representatives across corporate America to effect rapid resolutions. Faced with mandates from…

  • NELMA Expo 2013

    January 23, 2013
    The 11th annual Expo will be held at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater. …

  • Ink System

    January 23, 2013
    INX International Ink Co. has recently made available its AquaTech ION Label ink systems, first introduced at the Labelexpo Americas 2012 show last September. These water-based flexographic printing ink formulations are designed for paper (ION-P), fi…

  • Laminated Pouch Structure

    January 23, 2013
    Multi-Plastics Inc. has introduced EZTear, a laminated pouch structure for use in easy open stick packs or similar flexible packaging applications. This laminated structure addresses the mechanical aspects regarding tear initiation and control of tea…

  • Digital Media

    January 23, 2013
    Kent Adhesive Prodcuts Co. (KAPCO) has introduced Racy Color Media, which was developed with a proprietary topcoating chemistry for inkjet dye-based inks, specifically the Memjet waterfall printheads. The Racy Color Media products aim to deliver wate…

  • Color Management

    January 23, 2013
    Schawk, Inc. has launched ColorDrive, which the company says is the industry’s first cloud-based, print-quality management platform. ColorDrive aligns measured and calibrated visual scores throughout the packaging development supply chain proce…

  • Polyester Materials

    January 23, 2013
    Polyonics has designed two new polyester label materials to adhere to smooth and textured LSE plastics, such as polypropylene, polyethylene or TPO, which are commonly found in the automotive industry. The XF-455 is an opaque, 2 mil gloss white polyes…

  • Microliner

    January 23, 2013
    Outlook Group Packaging & Printing Solutions has developed a pressure sensitive labeling product that expands the Microliner thin label product into new applications. Reverse print Microliner RVP technology allows converters to print on the under…

  • Embossing Rolls

    Embossing Rolls

    January 23, 2013
    Embossing rolls from Webex are commonly machined or engraved to within .001" tolerances according to customer-specific embossing depths and patterns. Embossing rolls designed for heat transfer applications are engineered using proprietary heat t…

  • Synthetic Papers

    January 23, 2013
    Masterpiece Graphix has released a new line of synthetic paper stocks to the digital printing industry: Masterpiece Xquisite. The line is being rolled out with four new varieties: Xquisite, XquisiteTitanium, XquisiteOnyx, and XquisitePlatinum. Xquisi…

  • Sleeve Storage System

    Sleeve Storage System

    January 23, 2013
    Flex Essentials Inc. has recently re-engineered its edge sleeve storage system to create FlexStor IV. Similar in functionality to previous FlexStor sleeve storage systems, it has been redesigned to reduce assembly time, increase performance and reduc…

  • Pet Label Film

    January 23, 2013
    Hanita Coatings has recently added a dozen new flame retardant films to its portfolio of specialty labelface products. These black, white and translucent 1 and 1.5 mil (25 and 36 micron) printable facefilms meet the demanding UL 94 VTM-0 flame retard…

  • Spectrodensitometer

    January 23, 2013
    Konika Minolta has announced that its FD-7 spectrodensitometer is now supported by SpotOn! Flexo, a pressroom software package for color matching. The FD-7 features include Konica Minolta’s original VFS technology and First Automatic Wavelength…

  • Temporary Adhesive

    January 23, 2013
    NAStar has expanded its temporary adhesive promotional product line with MagneTernative.  According to the company, the auto-applied construction will stick “anywhere a regular magnet will, but also everywhere it won’t.” …

  • Nip Stations

    Nip Stations

    January 23, 2013
    Custom engineered AccuNip nip stations from PFE Rolls, Inc. can be configured for a wide range of uses in the converting industry, including laminating, thermal bonding, web heating/cooling, and web pulling and squeezing. Available in welded steel, c…

  • Magnet Material

    January 23, 2013
    GPA is has introduced a new product that makes printing magnets on an HP Indigo press easier than ever before: DigiMag Plus by Magnum Magnetics. These flexible magnets are ideal for save the dates, sports schedules, calendars, photographs, puzzles, a…

  • Adhesives

    January 23, 2013
    Henkel has unveiled its new Eticol borax- and zinc-free, casein-based labeling adhesives at this year’s Brau Beviale in Nuremberg. The new adhesives are characterized by outstanding bonding power and, with a modified formulation, can contribute…

  • Hotmelt Unit

    January 23, 2013
    ETI Converting has launched a patent pending, high-speed hotmelt clean edge pattern adhesive unit. The unit can be retrofitted on any existing Cohesio machine. This process allows variable repeat from 16" to 24" with automatic register and…

  • Packaging Inks

    January 23, 2013
    Flint Group’s FlexiStar BRC inks for packaging applications have become the first solvent-based flexo inks certified by NAPIN as biorenewable ink with a BRC Index of 80, and was developed using NAPIM certified bio-based raw materials. NAPIM&rsq…

  • Wax Ribbon

    January 23, 2013
    The AWR 8 ribbon is a new, versatile wax ribbon that is compatible with a vast array of label materials and can print equally well on rough uncoated papers and synthetic materials. It is also compatible with most preprinted labels. It was designed fo…

  • Print Management Systems

    Print Management Systems

    Catherine Diamond || January 23, 2013
    The newest generation of print management systems streamline internal processes and communication with customers.

  • In-mold Labels

    In-mold Labels

    Steve Katz || January 23, 2013
    Durable and recyclable, IML also gives brand owners the coveted no-label look.

  • Security Labeling

    Security Labeling

    Catherine Diamond || January 23, 2013
    In a market with guaranteed growth and ever-evolving technology, converters and suppliers must stay on their toes to thrive.

  • Abbott Label

    Abbott Label

    Steve Katz || January 23, 2013
    A legacy of responsiveness and selling exclusively to resellers has this converter poised for continued growth.

  • Pure, pristine and pressure sensitive

    January 23, 2013
    When a product such as Eternal Water is marketed as pure and pristine, finding a label that reflects these attributes is paramount. In the competitive retail landscape of bottled water, standing out on the shelf is essential to success, and catc…

  • Is there $100,000 hiding right under your nose?

    Rock LaManna || January 23, 2013
    New products and new technologies are like bright lights and glittery things to owners. Sometimes we can’t take our eyes off them – even when there might be $100,000 right under our noses. All too often in our line of work, we fail to adh…

  • Workplace ethics

    Jack Kenny || January 23, 2013
    Most people don’t understand anything about journalism, about a journalist’s life and the daily challenges. Sometimes they misunderstand. A few years ago I stopped to chat with a neighbor who was painting his house. He’s a local pol…

  • Music, nature and measurement

    Calvin Frost || January 23, 2013
    Dave Brubeck died. Many of you may not know him. Many of you may not recognize his sound, his music. Those who knew him and listened to his sound realize he was a genius. In my view, he was as creative and innovative as the three B’s: Bach, Bra…

  • Fearing migration

    Fearing migration

    January 23, 2013
    Many European countries, most notably Germany and Britain, seem to have an almost pathological fear of migration. Not the kind that has boat people landing in quiet creeks (though lots of people are afraid of that too), but the migration of nasty che…

  • Flint Group’s Jeff Alexander inducted into LPIA Hall of Fame

    January 23, 2013
    Flint Group’s Jeff Alexander is the 2012 inductee to the Label Printing Industries of America (LPIA) Hall of Fame. Alexander was formally inducted, and presented with an award, during the LPIA conference November 7-9 in San Diego, CA, USA. Ale…

  • DISC named PIA’s ‘Best Workplace’

    January 23, 2013
    DISC, a source of specialty packaging products for more than 40 years, has once again earned a place on the “Best Workplace in the Americas” list from the Printing Industries of America (PIA). It is the tenth time the company has been sel…

  • World Label Awards restructured

    January 23, 2013
    FINAT, the European-based association representing the interests of the self-adhesive labeling industry, has announced that the L9 has decided to substantially restructure the World Label Awards competition. It is also launching the “Best-of-th…

  • Wilson Manufacturing is FLAG’s Vendor of the Year

    Wilson Manufacturing is FLAG’s Vendor of the Year

    January 23, 2013
    Wilson Manufacturing has announced its recent recognition as the FLAG Vendor of the Year for 2012. During the second annual FLAG Members Meeting held in Asheville, NC, USA, November 13-14, the St. Louis, MO-based rotary tooling company was named the…

  • TLMI awards two more LIFE certifications

    January 23, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN-based Ritrama and Avery Dennison’s Fort Wayne, IN, USA, division have recently been awarded LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification from TLMI. The Project LIFE program was developed in order to assist TLMI memb…

  • Dscoop8 to offer ‘Spark’ sessions

    January 23, 2013
    Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) has announced the addition of “Spark” sessions to the 2013 Dscoop annual conference, Dscoop8: Spark, taking place Feb. 21-23, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN…

  • Attendance up at South China Label Show

    January 23, 2013
    The South China Label Show 2012 attracted 5,098 visitors as its second edition was held at the Pazhou Exhibition Center in Guangzhou, December 4-6. The show exceeded previous statistics in attendee and exhibitor numbers and many senior executives vis…

  • Sharon Bagby bids farewell to Spartanics

    January 23, 2013
    Sharon Bagby, marketing coordinator at Spartanics, has said her final goodbyes as she departs the company after 17 years for a well-deserved retirement. Bagby began her career at Spartanics back in 1995 and has been a tremendous asset to the Spartani…

  • EFI adds Technique to MIS family

    January 23, 2013
    EFI has announced that it has acquired Technique, a UK-based provider of MIS/ERP software products for the printing and packaging industries. While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, it is not expected to be material to EFI’…

  • MPS grows in the UK

    January 23, 2013
    MPS has announced a period of growth over the past few months for its UK operation, reflected in sales of press machinery to three premier UK label printers: Reflex Labels, Hamilton Labels and Watershed Packaging. Reflex Labels is now running produc…

  • Channeled Resources launches new website, named ‘Green Master’

    January 23, 2013
    Channeled Resources Group has announced the launch of its redesigned website, www.channeledresources.com. The new site reflects an ongoing effort to enhance the company’s web presence. “Channeled Resources has streamlined the user experie…

  • Lion Labels adds Xeikon 3300

    January 23, 2013
    Xeikon has announced that Massachusetts-based Lion Labels has purchased and installed a Xeikon 3300 digital color press. With 50 years of label printing expertise, Lion Labels produces labels for a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical and…

  • INX International, G.E. Richards reach distributor agreement

    January 23, 2013
    INX International Ink Co. announced a distributor agreement to expand and strengthen its strategic relationship with G.E. Richards Graphic Supplies. The two companies have worked closely together for years and this new agreement reflects INX’s…

  • Yazoo Mills opens second facility

    January 23, 2013
    Yazoo Mills, with corporate offices in New Oxford, PA, USA, opened its second facility at 800 Gitts Run Road in Hanover, PA, on November 26, 2012. The 45,000 square foot facility houses mailing tubes, stock cores, and numerous raw materials. With th…

  • Precision AirConvey expands into new facility

    January 23, 2013
    Precision AirConvey, a designer, manufacturer and installer of trim and scrap removal systems, has announced its expansion into a new, larger corporate headquarters. The new office - which is 26,000 square feet - is located at 465 Corporate Boulevar…