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  • Data privacy fears over RFID tags and labels gain ground

    July 20, 2005
    Plenty has been written about RFID technology and its potential to influence supply chain management systems. Based on tiny microchips, the technology has shrunk in size and is now found in everything from swipe cards to tags to trace just about anyt…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Lightning Labels

    Jack Kenny || July 20, 2005
    Only digital labels are produced by this Denver converter.

  • Narrow web division launched at Sun Chemical UK

    July 20, 2005
    Narrow web division launched at Sun Chemical UK The narrow web inks market is set to become even more competitive in the UK now that Sun Chemical has belatedly set up a division dedicated to this sector. “We have been a bit of a sleeping gian…

  • Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses

    July 20, 2005
    Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses If the inclusion of ultra niche markets into a technology’s portfolio of “can-do” attributes is anything to go by, then perhaps we should see digital color printing in a more compre…

  • An insiders view on how offset stacks up against flexo

    July 20, 2005
    t its more sophisticated level, converters’ working methods do not differ much from one side of the globe to the other. Even the different patterns in the way individual print processes were once used, at least in the various European countries…

  • RFID label to monitor

    July 20, 2005
    RFID label to monitor temperature of drugs in transit Holding products within certain temperature ranges is a critical factor in guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of pharmaceutical products. With this in mind, Schreiner MediPharm, a divis…

  • Press makers get

    July 20, 2005
    Press makers get the three-year itch It is said that not all marriages are made in heaven, least of all among press manufacturers, it would seem. Citing a “diversification of strategic interests,” Mark Andy and MPS mutually agreed to c…

  • Punch acquires

    July 20, 2005
    Punch acquires front-end expertise In the spirit of the ever-changing and complex saga that makes up the European prepress scene, the Belgian company Punch has acquired Esko Graphics’ Digital Printing Products Department. Punch achieved a so…

  • Drop-in screen units follow Nilpeter and Stork collaboration

    July 20, 2005
    UV-cured rotary screen printing is synonymous with premium quality self-adhesive labels. For some flexo converters, cost is an inhibiting factor, but NiIpeter thinks it has an affordable answer with its “drop-in” screen unit. The main dra…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Taylor Made Labels

    Jack Kenny || July 20, 2005
    An Oregon family's converting business shares the wealth with employee owners.

  • Its a long trail a-winding

    July 20, 2005
    It’s a long trail a-winding to spread the digital gospel This summer and early fall, spare a thought for the operators, organizers and sundry gofers involved in what is probably the graphics industry’s largest ever European road show. T…

  • Scitex downgrades

    July 20, 2005
    Scitex downgrades Creo shareholding Scitex has sold half of its remaining shares in Creo. These were obtained when Scitex merged its graphic arts business with the Vancouver-based workflow and computer-to-plate specialist three years ago. At that…

  • Giebeler moves in

    July 20, 2005
    Giebeler moves in with Drent Goebel Consolidation in the European narrow web world creeps along, usually forced by someone hitting a financial brick wall. The latest casualty is Giebeler of Langenfeld, Germany, whose assets and intellectual proper…

  • Shedding some light

    July 20, 2005
    Nobody can guess how many billions of prime product labels are produced for private label brands, also known as “own label” or retail brands, but they surely represent a large slice of the labeling market. As in the USA, they represent a…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Adams & Tapp

    Jack Kenny || July 20, 2005
    Two award-winning converters from Canada form a powerful bond.

  • Creo Combines Operations

    July 20, 2005
    Creo combines operations in key sectors Creo Middle East and Africa is consolidating its prepress manufacturing and supply activities with those of Creo Europe. By combining the two organizations, Creo says it can make greater use of the existing…

  • Upgrade for Raflatacs

    July 20, 2005
    Upgrade for Raflatac’s Spanish coating plant After a year’s planning and reorganization, a redesigned factory for Raflatac Iberica SA is now fully operational. The Spanish subsidiary of the label stock group is located just outside of…

  • Large UK retail chain boosts RFID tagging for clothing

    July 20, 2005
    Large UK retail chain boosts RFID tagging for clothing The long term future of RFID tags and labels obviously depends on gaining sufficient volumes to drive down unit and system operating costs. The fact that Marks & Spencer will apply RFID tags…

  • Innovative Boston label printer applies a name change

    July 20, 2005
    Innovative Boston label printer applies a name change Thousands of converters supply self-adhesive labels in Europe, but only a handful both print and apply labels. One that does is Sutterton Label Printers and Packaging (SLPP), a privately owned co…

  • Upbeat Irish packaging group buys Spiralkote

    July 20, 2005
    Upbeat Irish packaging group buys Spiralkote After posting “record” results for the year ending December 2002, the Irish-owned Clondalkin Group is now assimilating its first US foil and laminate producer. Spiralkote, based in Orlando, FL…

  • How much doom and gloom in the UK label industry?

    July 20, 2005
    Industry-wide surveys from commercial enterprises often make good copy. Some reader caution is necessary, however, when they are as doom-laden as the latest labeling report from Plimsoll Publishing Ltd. “Zero growth, sliding profits and escalat…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Graphic Solutions Inc.

    Jack Kenny || July 20, 2005
    Bold steps take this Illinois converter well into the 21st Century.

  • AIM opens US center

    July 19, 2005
    AIM opens US center AIM, the automatic ID trade association (the web address is www.aimglobal.org) plans shortly to open a US office in Pittsburgh. It will host an umbrella organization representing US-based companies who manufacture, test and sell…

  • Ford to upgrade

    July 19, 2005
    Ford to upgrade security labeling Automotive manufacturers have long been plagued by large-scale counterfeiting of spare parts, backed with convincing faked packaging. Ford Europe’s latest initiative is to beef up the security labeling on al…

  • X-ident joins

    July 19, 2005
    X-ident joins ‘smart label’ integration group For a relatively young company, X-ident GmbH has seen plenty of action on the take-over front. It was one of the first companies in Europe to develop special materials for producing smart l…

  • Prepress giant builds

    July 19, 2005
    Prepress giant builds on its Chinese base Esko-Graphics (the Belgium-based prepress group that evolved from last year’s merger between Barco and Purup-Eskofot) is the latest European graphics vendor to invest heavily in Asia-Pacific expansio…

  • Keeping prying fingers from blister packs

    July 19, 2005
    Keeping prying fingers from blister packs Pharmaceutical packaging designers must ensure trouble-free access to a product by bona fide users, while safeguarding it against the unwanted attentions of a child’s fingers. Simplicity is a key issue…

  • Hovat expands

    July 19, 2005
    Hovat Ltd., one of the UK’s largest producers of flexo-printed stationery and data labels, has acquired Wydata Ltd., an innovative producer of bar coded stationery and digital printing. The deal, which is worth around £5 million ($8.05 mi…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Convergent Label Technology

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Long runs, high volumes and low cost production attract blue-chip customers.

  • Delay for UPM acquisition

    July 19, 2005
    Delay for UPM acquisition of MACtac Bemis Company Inc. does not expect to draw a line under the sale of its MACtac pressure sensitive mate…

  • A further step for

    July 19, 2005
    A further step for electromagnetic ID technology Van den Bergh Engineering in Belgium specializes in manufacturing off-line paper processing modules, including integrated forms/label systems. Its machinery can handle RFID technology, hot foil stam…

  • Trespaphans PP business changes hands again

    July 19, 2005
    Trespaphan’s PP business changes hands again The wheeling and dealing that goes on in the international plastic films business almost overshadows the complexities of the actual manufacturing processes. The latest example involves Celanese AG i…

  • European support

    July 19, 2005
    European support for latest narrow web entrant At one time Webtron was a major player in the narrow web flexo press sector. It certainly helped the process to become established in many parts of Europe from the late 1980s. As elsewhere, it lost mar…

  • Renaissance reorganizes UK business interests

    July 19, 2005
    Renaissance reorganizes UK business interests More transatlantic label business, this time involving Renaissance Mark. Since acquiring Mail-Well’s label division in May last year, this Denver-based company has examined its English inheritance…

  • Austrian deal

    July 19, 2005
    After a quiet spell on the merger front, CCL Industries Inc. has broken ranks by widening its considerable interest in consumer-based packaging and labeling. The Toronto-based organization has bought a 51 percent controlling interest in Pachem AG, a…

  • Label & Narrow Web

    July 19, 2005
    Label & Narrow Web The Most Targeted Magazine in the Industry Label & Narrow Web magazine is the only magazine based in North America devoted solely to the global manufacture of labels and other products using narrow web technology. Launche…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Inovar Packaging Group

    Leah Genuario || July 19, 2005
    A Texas converter with a diverse customer list and a wide range of capabilities.

  • Stork Group reorganizes

    July 19, 2005
    Stork Group reorganizes The Stork Group has consolidated several of its Netherlands-based graphics and textile operations to…

  • BASF breakthrough

    July 19, 2005
    BASF breakthrough in digital letterpress plates Rotary letterpress still maintains a strong hold in many European label houses, which explains why BASF Printing Systems decided to manufacture a digitally-imaged letterpress plate, which is now read…

  • Sentega sets up

    July 19, 2005
    Sentega sets up thermal transfer business Sentega — formed in September from an MBO of Avery Dennison’s European Business Media division — has made a “substantial investment” in the European thermal transfer label mar…

  • Heidelberg intensifies

    July 19, 2005
    Heidelberg “intensifies cooperation” with Gallus At first sight, the statement from Heidelberg about “further intensifying its successful business partnership” suggested that the German graphics giant had exercised its opti…

  • Consortium formed

    July 19, 2005
    Consortium formed to promote smart labels Smart labels based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology have been miles ahead of any meaningful market acceptance. Now several technology suppliers, standards bodies and associations, as well…

  • Innovation counts

    July 19, 2005
    As we are constantly reminded, a major attraction of digital color printing is its capacity to open up new business opportunities, including some that do not even exist at present. In recent years this factor has rightly begun to assume greater signi…

  • Narrow web is focus

    July 19, 2005
    Narrow web is focus of PCMC open house PCMC In-Line Systems, manufacturer of Webtron and Zigzag presses, announces an open house at its Green Bay, WI, Glory Road manufacturing facility February 18 and 19. The event will focus on the introduction of…

  • Asian Label Markets

    Leah Genuario || July 19, 2005
    Rising consumer demands and changing culture fuel growth in labels throughout Asia.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Multi-Color Corporation

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Successful and growing, this major player can offer every type of package decoration.

  • Xaar finalizes deals

    July 19, 2005
    Xaar finalizes deals with ink companies Inkjet technology specialist Xaar has extended an ink licensing deal with Avecia, which makes dye-based colorants, as well as UV-curable and oil based inks for inkjet applications. The business connection da…

  • Remote reading pack

    July 19, 2005
    Remote reading pack security gets thinner For several years Flying Null (www.flying-null.com) has been developing “smart” magnetic tags as a chipless alternative to low-cost RFID tags and labels at its Cambridge headquarters. It has no…

  • Color change label

    July 19, 2005
    Color change label detects damp phones Well known for its innovative non-commodity labels, such as self-test battery sleeves, Schreiner has come up with another ingenious product. This time the German company’s Schreiner Protech division has…

  • UK report recognizes

    July 19, 2005
    UK report recognizes packaging as an industry The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has commissioned the Packaging Federation and Pira International to carry out a study of competitiveness within the packaging industry. The issues…