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  • Inkjet takes on new

    July 19, 2005
    Inkjet takes on new anti-counterfeiting role Possibly for the first time, inkjet technology plays a key role in an anticounterfeiting feature for packaging and labels. The technology was jointly developed by Dotrix in Belgium and the Swiss securit…

  • Swiss materials company in new hands

    July 19, 2005
    Swiss materials company in new hands More tidying up in the label stock world. As reported in the last issue, financially-troubled SJP UK becomes a subsidiary of ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive materials, and was renamed ScandSti…

  • New data label operation

    July 19, 2005
    Following a group-wide review, which was completed last year, Avery Dennison Business Media has sold its European label converting plants to a management buy-out team led by Svend Jørgensen, who becomes chairman. The new group, Sentega Holding…

  • Nilpeter showroom opens in Malaysia

    July 19, 2005
    Nilpeter showroom opens in Malaysia Nilpeter, the Danish manufacturer of narrow web printing presses, will open a new showroom facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the premises of Intergrafica Print & Pack, which hosts Nilpeter&r…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Allied Label Printing Systems

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Allied Label Printing Systems Inc. is located in Flowery Branch, GA, out among the rolling land northeast of Atlanta. This year the business will take in about $2 million as a course of steady growth continues.

  • Dupont-Brunner deal

    July 19, 2005
    Dupont-Brunner deal points to flexo standards An agreement between DuPont Imaging Technologies and System Brunner of Switzerland is intended to enhance the accuracy of Eurostandard Cromalin contract proofing for offset printing. However, Paolo Barb…

  • Web press agreement

    July 19, 2005
    Web press agreement unites two heavyweights The decision by Montreal-based RDP Marathon Inc. to market and support Drent Goebel web presses in the US and Canada underscores the fierce competition in the narrow and mid-web offset market. Both compan…

  • Customized colors

    July 19, 2005
    Customized colors swing a digital decision The ability to deliver consistent customized colors for labels and packaging at a reasonable speed has always been a weakness of digital color printing. HP Indigo’s answer to this is the new seven-co…

  • ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones

    July 19, 2005
    ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones In another label stock development, ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive label substrates, has rescued Samuel Jones Group (SJP UK Ltd.) from a form of financial protection named “administration.&…

  • Consolidation continues

    July 19, 2005
    There’s a touch of unfinished business about this column, in fact as Yogi Berra quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Readers may remember that the last column led with some observations about the troubled labe…

  • Grayscale inkjet head

    July 19, 2005
    Grayscale inkjet head comes out of the closet For several years we have been hearing how grayscale-quality inkjet will be the next big breakthrough in digital color printing. One of the noisiest vendors in this field has been Xaar, based in Cambrid…

  • Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly)

    July 19, 2005
    Gallus shake-up opens rumor mill (possibly) This close-knit industry naturally has its full share of rumors and speculation about who is doing what to whom, especially where press makers are concerned. Among the more trivial of pursuits by industry…

  • Flint Ink and Gebrder Schmidt complete merger

    July 19, 2005
    Flint Ink and Gebrüder Schmidt complete merger The new Flint-Schmidt organization is now one of the largest ink companies in Europe following the completion of the merger between Flint Ink Corporation and German ink manufacturer Gebrüder S…

  • Smaller coaters feel

    July 19, 2005
    The gloss has gone out of the label stock laminating business. Mergers and business failures have become commonplace. Simultaneously, the larger international end users have forced the pace in encouraging a globalized environment. This has led the le…

  • CREO Booth 6111

    July 19, 2005
    CREO Booth 6111 Image Capture, Workflows, Proofing, Computer-to-plate Systems Creo products help streamline production for flexographic and offset label and narrow web printing facilities. Creo is presenting image capture systems, Prinergy Powerp…

  • FTA survey charts narrow web printer

    July 19, 2005
    Short run lengths, fast turnaround times, lack of customer loyalty, competitive price pressures, and increased demand for high-quality graphics that rival results of offset and gravure — these are the demands that continue to challenge plant pe…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Allen-Bailey Tag & Label

    July 19, 2005
    A third-generation converting company maintains a strong presence in the tag market.

  • Film Trends in Narrow Web

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Films are taking market share from papers in high visibility consumer markets.

  • MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof

    July 19, 2005
    MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof Proofing is the weakest link in many prepress workflows, which vendors of remote proofing software seek to address. A case study within a digital flexo platemaking context comes from MCG Graphics,…

  • Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out

    July 19, 2005
    Nipson name revived after Xeikon digital shake out The acquisition of Xeikon’s digital color systems division by Punch International temporary left Xeikon’s black-and-white digital operations in limbo. Punch was not interested in the mag…

  • Renaissance for UK label trio

    July 19, 2005
    Renaissance for UK label trio The UK label market is wide-open. It is not exceptional for the larger operators to change ownership within the space of a few years. Three well-known UK label converters with a varied history typify this situation: Lab…

  • Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management

    July 19, 2005
    Breakthrough in supply chain packaging management Trading Labels of Warrington in Lancashire has developed Webnosys, an integrated information portal which links brand owners, their product suppliers and packaging/printing suppliers.The software dev…

  • Nilpeter unveils

    July 19, 2005
    The first Nilpeter press not manufactured exclusively in Europe received its European debut in mid-June at a three-day open house organized by Nilpeter Ltd. The UK and Ireland sales and service subsidiary near Hull in East Yorkshire demonstrated an F…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Label Haus

    Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    Calvin Reid has been making and selling labels for more than 40 years.

  • Four is good,

    July 19, 2005
    Four is good, but seven is better Opaltone, the Pantone challenger from Australia, has its first European representation. VGM Verpakkingen, a leading Dutch prepress company specializing in packaging, will certify prepress companies, printers and su…

  • Improving engraving screens

    July 19, 2005
    Improving engraving screens Artwork Systems Group in Belgium and ZED Instruments, a UK manufacturer of direct laser engraving systems, have formed a strategic partnership. The former supplies FlexoCal and Hybrid Screening software, which allows flex…

  • Bar code productivity boost

    July 19, 2005
    Bar code productivity boost Whatever happens to RFID products, the demand for bar-coded labeling products keeps on growing. For example, Datamax International Ltd., owned by the Florida-based Datamax Corporation, has installed a seven-color Gallus E…

  • Still waiting

    July 19, 2005
    RFID technology remains an enigma. There have been some encouraging developments, but the soaring rates of growth spoken off in the mid 1990s look as far away as ever. Even the events of last September have failed to expand RFID security usage to any…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Blake Printery

    Kathleen Scully and Jack Kenny || July 19, 2005
    A West Coast team of flexo masters keeps winning awards, and keeps winning awards.

  • BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates

    July 19, 2005
    BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates BASF Printing Systems has found a new partner with which to build on existing work in developing a direct laser engraving system for flexo plates. The company has joined with Schablonentechnik Kufs…

  • Jarvis Porter exits

    July 19, 2005
    Jarvis Porter exits the label world News of the takeover by CCL Industries Inc. of Jarvis Porter’s UK, French and Dutch labels operations came too late for the last column. But an event that leaves the Toronto-based group as one of Europe&rs…

  • CDI upgrades

    July 19, 2005
    CDI upgrades News was given on the progress of Cyrel Digital Imaging (CDI) platesetters. Since 1995 a total of 220 CDIs have been sold out of a total CTP population of 270 machines. DuPont looks forward to the concept of using satellite platesetters…

  • Landmark products

    July 19, 2005
    The word venerable does not come readily to mind when describing many graphic industry suppliers, but it certainly fits DuPont de Nemours like a glove. It recently celebrated its 200th birthday, which coincided with a complete reorganization of its b…

  • Narrow web mounting/proofing press

    July 19, 2005
    Narrow web mounting/proofing press E.L. Harley Riviera Beach, FL USA MVM-18 is a magnified video mounter for precision mounting and proofing. The flat bed proofing system allows the operator to make a composite proof of the mounted printing plates…

  • Very narrow web tension transducer

    July 19, 2005
    Very narrow web tension transducer Dover Flexo Electronics Rochester, NH USA The new VNW transducer is a compact tension sensing device for measuring process tension in narrow webs, ribbon (up to 6" wide) or filament. The shaft insertion dept…

  • UV Curing

    July 19, 2005
    The use of ultraviolet curing continues to grow as more printers discover its benefits.

  • Paxar acquires

    July 19, 2005
    Paxar acquires French fashion label specialist By acquiring Europrint SA for $7 million for cash, Paxar Corporation consolidates its already strong position within the European garment labeling scene. It’s also a prestigious deal. Based ne…

  • Xeikon fails

    July 19, 2005
    Xeikon fails to secure funding As a sequel to the Xeikon story in the last issue, it is now official: the Belgian company has gone bust. Last November it entered an equivalent of Chapter 11 protection and was given four months by the courts to secu…

  • Raflatac reorganizes

    July 19, 2005
    Raflatac reorganizes European operations All the major label stock manufacturers are striving to cut costs and increase efficiencies in a highly competitive and increasingly globalized market. Raflatac is no exception. The Finland-based group plans…

  • Ahlstrom increases

    July 19, 2005
    Ahlstrom increases base paper production The complex European release liner market shows annual growth levels of around 5-6 percent, much as in the US, but well below the 10 percent levels experienced in many Asian markets. Ahlstrom LabelPack tak…

  • AVT trails a closed loop

    July 19, 2005
    AVT trails a closed loop color control system Cylinder pressure and ink viscosity are major components of color control on flexo presses, therefore any change of these control parameters will result in a color variation. Advanced Vision Technology…

  • Flexo set to build

    July 19, 2005
    Flexo’s widening influence is apparent at Ipex 2002, this year’s big graphic industry event, held April 9-17 at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham in the UK. For the first time, one of the 15 halls will be dedicated to Converf…

  • SE Labels acquired

    July 18, 2005
    SE Labels acquired by Scandinavian group Skanem Industries, a Norwegian-based packaging company, has its sights on SE Labels. With a turnover of over $170 million, the SE group is arguably Europe’s largest producers of self-adhesive labels: I…

  • Xeikon is now

    July 18, 2005
    Xeikon is now a protected species Digital printing may be a hot topic, but it’s not just users who need deep pockets and strong nerves. Investors in Xeikon, for example, have their own anxious moments. Its subsidiary Xeikon France was the fir…

  • The Future of Labels and Labelling for the European Market,

    July 18, 2005
    The Future of Labels and Labelling for the European Market, published in the UK by Pira International, covers the years from 1995 to 2000 and predicts events up to 2003. A reader will discover quickly that the European labeling markets are in a state…

  • Simple, yet effective

    July 18, 2005
    Simple, yet effective carton cutting The best ideas are the simplest, especially when someone has applied some lateral thinking to a seemingly unchangeable principle. A good example comes from Gerhardt International Group, based in Copenhagen. It…

  • Milk supplier takes

    July 18, 2005
    Milk supplier takes the wrap-around option Stretch-sleeve polyethylene labels now have a large share of the highly competitive beverage markets, especially soft drinks and mineral waters, throughout Europe and North America. Like shrink sleeves,…

  • Window on annual paper

    July 18, 2005
    Window on annual paper and film label stock trends The European Pressure Sensitive Manufacturers Association’s (EPSMA) annual report always provides a useful snapshot of the European self-adhesive label market. And 2000 may prove to have bee…

  • Retrofit print module

    July 18, 2005
    Digital printing is evolving fast and the latest technical options could signal a greater involvement among converters. It is also creating some unlikely partnerships among suppliers. One of the latest brings together Mark Andy and Barco Graphics&rsq…

  • Narrow web tension transducer

    July 18, 2005
    Narrow web tension transducer Dover Flexo Electronics Rochester, NH USA The NWI narrow web tension transducer is a cantilevered, bearing-mounting idler roller with two built-in tension sensing elements. It is offered with an optional digital LED t…