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  • Gemba walks

    Tom Southworth || March 8, 2012
    Let me start off by asking you a question. Have you heard of the word gemba before and, if you have, what does gemba mean to you?  Gemba is a Japanese word that means the real or actual place. Walking the gemba, the real or actual place, is a k…

  • Fire sale in Germany, Renaissance in Italy

    John Penhallow || March 8, 2012
    The Manroland saga continues to make headlines in the European press. The German press manufacturer, until recently a world leader, filed for bankruptcy in late 2011. Its three production plants, all in Germany, have been offered for sale separately,…

  • Nutraceuticals Labeling

    Nutraceuticals Labeling

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || March 8, 2012
    The nutraceuticals market – loosely defined as products intended to improve health – is garnering a lot of attention.

  • Flexo Presses

    Flexo Presses

    Steve Katz, Editor || March 8, 2012
    Considered the backbone of the industry, flexo presses continue to evolve in order to keep pace with a printer’s wants and needs.

  • Flexo Prepress Technology

    Flexo Prepress Technology

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || March 8, 2012
    Prepress technology can make or break image quality for a converter. Here's how manufacturers have kept pace with broad changes in flexo presses, met customer requirements and kept it eco-friendly.

  • Labeltronix

    Labeltronix

    Jack Kenny || March 8, 2012
    A growing California converter takes digital – and flexo – in a new direction.

  • Dscoop7 partners set to reveal new products

    March 7, 2012
    Dscoop will host more than 90 Partners at Dscoop7, its seventh annual conference, taking place March 22-24, 2012 in Washington, D.C. With drupa taking place six weeks after Dscoop7, HP Graphic Arts customers will be able to preview many new product r…

  • In-Mold Update

    In-Mold Update

    March 7, 2012
    Brian Graham is a patient man.  The president and founder of in mold labeling (IML) automation integrator idesign IML has advocated the advantages of IML for almost 20 years to a North American molding industry that remains slow in adopting the…

  • IST METZ officially launches the MBS-6

    IST METZ officially launches the MBS-6

    March 7, 2012
    In January, UV curing specialist IST METZ hosted a select group of journalists and converters to announce the official launch of the new MBS-6 UV curing system. The event included detailed presentations about the MBS-6 from IST executives and engi…

  • Correction

    March 7, 2012
    In last month’s feature on flexible dies,  Atlas Die’s website was incorrectly identified. The tooling manufacturer’s correct web address is www.atlasdie.com.…

  • Omet gets HD flexo certification

    Omet gets HD flexo certification

    March 7, 2012
    The EskoArtwork HD Flexo certification seal Italian press manufacturer Omet is now HD certified by EskoArtwork. HD Flexo is a new process for making digital flexographic plates and the process is rapidly gaining popularity. HD Flexo achieves sha…

  • Martin Automatic teams with Taiyo in Beijin

    Martin Automatic teams with Taiyo in Beijin

    March 7, 2012
    A Martin Automatic butt splicer at Taiyo Kikai’s booth at the All in Print China Show Martin Automatic partnered with Taiyo Kikai at the recent All in Print China show, which was held in Beijing, to demonstrate two Taiyo Kik…

  • SATO introduces Econano series

    March 7, 2012
    SATO has announced the release of its new Econano series of labels, which absorb and reduce the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere when they are incinerated. This technology is made possible through a carbon dioxide-absorbent that is…

  • InfoTrends announces digital front-ends study

    March 7, 2012
    InfoTrends, a research and consulting firm based in Weymouth, MA, USA, has announced the completion of a new multi-client study addressing critical issues surrounding digital front-ends (DFEs) – an important component of a digital print workflo…

  • MACtac receives UL recognition

    March 7, 2012
    MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives, has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recognition for inks used with its durable film product line, including 3.4-mil. white vinyl, 2.6-mil. white polypropylene, 2.0-mil. white polyester and 2…

  • New Fasson PS products launched at wine show

    March 7, 2012
    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials introduced five new Fasson label products at the recent 2012 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center. “We continuously invest in the wine segment to provide it with an i…

  • Innovia unveils interactive label prototype

    March 7, 2012
    Innovia Films recently exhibited a new development in active packaging for plastic products that offers new ways to attract, inform or interact with consumers. In partnership with PragmatIC Printing, a pioneer in imprinted logic circuits, the compan…

  • tesa tape named official supplier for bobsled team

    tesa tape named official supplier for bobsled team

    March 7, 2012
    Tesa’s partnership with the Gold Medal World Cup winners extends through 2014. The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and tesa tape have announced that tesa tape is the official supplier for the US Bobsled and Skeleton team. The…

  • UPM Raflatac launches transparent facestock

    March 7, 2012
    UPM Raflatac has announced the launch of its new Translucent DM labelstock for the Americas market, which features a transparent facestock for wafer seal applications.  “UPM Raflatac’s Translucent&…

  • Columbine Label adds an HP Indigo digital press

    March 7, 2012
    Columbine Label Company, Centennial, CO, USA, has expanded its label options for customers with an acquisition of an HP Indigo ws4500 Digital Press.  The custom label producer has also announced the hiring of four new employees that specialize i…

  • New sustainable wine labelstock is launched

    March 7, 2012
    Monadnock Paper Mills of Bennington, NH, USA, and G3 Enterprises of Modesto, CA, USA, have together developed an environmentally sustainable wine label paper. According to the companies, G-Tree paper can be used on all bottling lines, including those…

  • Nuova Gidue launches new M7 combo press

    March 7, 2012
    Nuova Gidue s.r.l., a manufacturer of printing and converting machines for the labels and packaging industries, unveiled a new press line during an International Open House at its premises in Florence, Italy, February 14-16, 2012.The new M7 Xpannd li…

  • EFI celebrates 20 years on NASDAQ

    March 7, 2012
    EFI marked its 20-year anniversary as a NASDAQ-listed company by ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on Friday, January 27. EFI CEO Guy Gecht and the participating EFI executives wore suits with sneakers to bring awarene…

  • Western Shield launches redesigned website

    March 7, 2012
    Western Shield Label Company has announced the debut of its redesigned website at www.westernshield.com.  “I’m really excited about the new site,” says Dan Stadler, marketing manager at Western Shield. “The new website h…

  • Loparex to expand European facility

    March 7, 2012
    The Loparex Group has announced the expansion of its European operation for release liner production. According to the company, the expansion is part of an ongoing program of global investments intended to enhance Loparex Group’s ability to ser…

  • Harper donates 10 anilox rolls to Fox Valley

    March 7, 2012
    Harper Corporation has announced the donation of 10 anilox rolls to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI, USA, in an effort to support flexographic education initiatives.  Fox Valley Technical College offers a program in package and lab…

  • Avery Dennison to sell OCP Division to 3M

    March 7, 2012
    Avery Dennison Corporation, Pasadena, CA, USA, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Office and Consumer Products business (OCP) to 3M Company for $550 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing con…

  • FLAG partners with Actega WIT

    March 7, 2012
    Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG) and its strategic alliance partner Independent Printers Worldwide (IPW), have announced a new vendor partner, ACTEGA WIT. Already a supplier to many FLAG members, ACTEGA WIT will provide new products and programs t…

  • Pro Label Studio contest winner announced

    March 7, 2012
    The winner has been drawn in UPM Raflatac’s Pro Label Studio campaign aimed at label and packaging designers around Europe. The winner is Gary Page from AD Creative, London. As a prize, he receives a weekend for two at World Design Capital Hels…

  • Tamper Technologies launches linerless label

    March 7, 2012
    With the “Go Green” agenda affecting all aspects of the packaging industry, Tamper Technologies is producing what it says is an easy to apply, environmentally sustainable tamper evident label, reducing packaging waste by up to 50 percent…

  • Yazoo Mills to expand in PA

    March 7, 2012
    Yazoo Mills, a privately-owned manufacturer of paper tubes and cores, has announced that it has gotten approval to build a 45,000 square foot warehousing and manufacturing plant in Hanover, PA, USA. The new facility will be a significant expansion fo…

  • Edale holds first open house at new facility

    Edale holds first open house at new facility

    March 7, 2012
    Edale hosted its first open house and Expo 2012 at its new facility in Hampshire, UK, on February 8. Attendance at Edale’s recent Open House exceeded expectations. “For a first event, this really exceeded our expectations,” sa…

  • Labeltronix doubles its space with new plant

    Labeltronix doubles its space with new plant

    March 7, 2012
    Labeltronix, a converter in Anaheim, CA, USA, has doubled its work space with the move to a 50,000 square foot facility. The company recently celebrated the relocation with an open house, attended by industry suppliers and community business partners…

  • Spinnaker now 100 percent employee owned

    March 7, 2012
    Spinnaker Coating, a manufacturer of adhesive coated papers and films, announced that the company has become an S Corporation Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP), effective February 1, 2012. In the transaction, prior investors sold 100 percent of th…

  • Avery Dennison earns best-ever safety record

    March 7, 2012
    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials (LPM) has announced that the business’s 2011 worldwide recordable incident rate was 0.46 injuries or illnesses for every 100 employees. “This achievement is a testament of the dedication of our…

  • Schreiner Group founds subsidiary in China

    March 7, 2012
    The Schreiner Group has announced the opening of a new trading company in Shanghai, which will focus on the automotive, electronics and solar industries. According to the company, the subsidiary in China marks an important step in the internationaliz…

  • Xeikon Buys Flexolaser and Thermoflex

    March 7, 2012
    Digital press maker Xeikon has announced that the company has acquired the Flexolaser technology and business from RSD Technik GmbH and Flexolaser GmbH, manufacturers of computer-to-plate (CtP) devices for both flexo and letterpress applications. Xei…

  • RotoMetrics opens new office in Mumbai

    March 7, 2012
    RotoMetrics, a leading rotary die manufacturer, has announced the opening of a new Sales & Liaison office in Mumbai, India. According to Shaun Pullen, RotoMetrics’ regional sales director, the new office reflects the company’s go…

  • Manifest Destiny

    Steve Katz, Editor || March 7, 2012
    My favorite school subject was always history. Mr. Feldstein, my 7th grade teacher, was particularly good, and his lesson on how the United States expanded west of the Mississippi will be one that I’ll never forget. He really hammered home the…

  • Rotocontrol acquires LeoMat

    Rotocontrol acquires LeoMat

    March 7, 2012
    The company also announces the appointment of Peer Gronkowsky as operations manager.

  • MCS releases direct mail survey results

    March 7, 2012
    The survey shows that declining margins and revenues top the list of concerns as they also did in 2007, but postal change concerns now follow close behind.

  • ‘Executing Leadership’ with TLMI

    March 6, 2012
    The 2012 TLMI Converter Meeting is in full swing in Phoenix.

  • UPM Raflatac introduces new VIP film

    March 6, 2012
    Polyjet WFPP combines the visual aesthetics and performance of a prime film product with the printing versatility of a VIP labelstock.

  • FINAT launches new educational handbook

    March 4, 2012
    The new edition replaces the existing version, which was first published in 1996.

  • New Schawk partnership simplifies quality control

    March 2, 2012
    MeasureColor, the Color Management Group (CMG) and Schawk, Inc. now offer print providers a simplified way to collect and deliver print and color metrics.

  • Harper Corporation to talk flexo in Mexico

    March 2, 2012
    Alexander James, director of Harper GraphicSolutions, will give a technical presentation on April 18 at the Label Summit in Guadalajara.

  • Pamarco purchases new laser system

    March 2, 2012
    The system, capable of engraving 35 to 1,500 lines per inch, is being installed in the La Palma, CA, USA plant.

  • Mark Andy distributor expands operations in India

    March 2, 2012
    Flexo Image Graphics' new facility offers excellent transport links, easy accessibility and more modern, up-to-date office space.

  • SPC releases report on recycled fiber in packaging

    March 2, 2012
    The report was completed in collaboration with packaging designers and engineers, as well as pulp and paper mill operations.

  • Label Release Liner Industry Seminar 2012

    March 2, 2012
    The Label Release Liner Industry Seminar 2012 will be held at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.…