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  • Narrow Web Europe

    May 11, 2006
    Narrow Web Europe UK printers face slow growth and further restructuring By Barry Hunt The UK printing industry provides products and services to every business sector of the UK and makes a net contribution to the UK balance of payment…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Stratus Group

    Narrow Web Profile: Stratus Group

    Jack Kenny || May 11, 2006
    Folding carton and label manufacturing take center stage at a growing, family owned converting company in Ohio.

  • Beauty & Personal Care Labeling

    Beauty & Personal Care Labeling

    May 11, 2006
    The popularity of beauty and personal care items on store shelves has increased demand for labels and made the industry an important one for converters to recognize and understand.

  • Rotary Screen

    Rotary Screen

    May 11, 2006
    Decoration, security, RFID, and now braille imaging are among the many capabilities of this versatile printing process.

  • Glennon Group sold to Pro Mach’s ID Technology

    May 9, 2006
    Pro Mach Inc., of Cincinnati, OH, USA, announced Monday that its ID Technology division has acquired The Glennon Group, a provider of labeling, marking and packaging systems and services based in Pewaukee, WI, USA. ID Technology, which is based in…

  • FLEXcon celebrates 50 years in business

    May 9, 2006
    FLEXcon, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive film and adhesive products, marked the start of its 50th year of operation in March of this year. From its origin as a garage-based business in Spencer, MA, USA, FLEXcon has grown into a premier polymeric…

  • GRE forms inkjet alliance with Impika

    May 9, 2006
    GRE Engineering, of Steinebrunn, Switzerland, has formed an alliance with inkjet printing systems manufacturer Impika Jetting Solutions of Aubagne, France, that will integrate the product lines of both companies. GRE provides custom converting system…

  • Punch Graphix announces new CEO for North America

    May 9, 2006
    Punch Graphix has appointed Patrick Canavan president and CEO of its North American operations, based in Itasca, IL, USA. He succeeds Kristof Vereenooghe, who moved back to Europe. Canavan is the former president of LG Philips’ USA division,…

  • New trade show planner serves narrow web market

    May 9, 2006
    Taylor Trade Show Management and Marketing Communications has been established as a trade show logistics and planning service for the suppliers to the narrow web industry. The owner is Jenny Taylor of St. Louis, MO, USA, a 25-year veteran of experien…

  • Mark Andy wins FTA Technical Innovation Award

    May 2, 2006
    Mark Andy’s integrated RFID tag insertion system is the recipient of the 2006 Technical Innovation Award from the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). Presentation of the award was made Sunday in Louisville, KY, USA, at the Foundation of F…

  • Gallus’ sales rise 11 percent in 2005

    May 2, 2006
    New products and a globally positive economic environment led the Gallus Group to sales of CHF 207 million ($167 million) in 2005, according to an announcement by Peter Hauser, board chairman. Gallus, a manufacturer of narrow web presses and screen p…

  • Technicote founder Dirk Desanzo dies

    May 2, 2006
    Dirk J. Desanzo, who founded Technicote in 1980, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 25, at the age of 63. He was born in Beaver Falls, PA, USA and lived in Stow, OH, USA before moving to Naples, OH in 1987, where he resided until his death. He was a…

  • Edale expands its presence in North America

    May 2, 2006
    British press manufacturer Edale is expanding its sales and service network with the appointment of a North American sales manager and the establishment of a service and parts center in Raleigh, NC, USA. Karl Schmucker, an 18-year graphic arts indust…

  • Avery Dennison introduces Tree-Free facestock

    April 25, 2006
    The Fasson Roll North America division of Avery Dennison Corporation, Painesville, OH, USA, has expanded its 2006 wine label portfolio offering with Fasson Tree-Free facestock. Made from a combination of bamboo pulp, ditch reed and cotton linters, Fa…

  • Harper donates anilox rolls to Argentinean foundation

    April 25, 2006
    Harper Corporation of America, Charlotte, NC, USA, recently donated four Platinum XLT anilox rolls to Centro de Investigación Gráfica Juan Gutenberg (Johannes Gutenberg Graphic Research Centre), a nonprofit educational institution noted…

  • Gallus demonstrates press at Label Summit Latin America

    April 25, 2006
    Gallus Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA, will be demonstrating the Gallus EM 280 narrow web combination press during the Label Summit Latin America 2006 in Mexico City, Mexico. The press demonstrations will show applications for UV and water based, four c…

  • UVitec partners with Flexsolutions

    April 25, 2006
    UVitec Printing Ink Inc., a manufacturer of UV inks and UV coatings located in Lodi, NJ, USA, announces a partnership with Flexsolutions of Marlton, NJ, USA, a distributor of printing plates and other items for the narrow web printing industry. &ldqu…

  • TrendWatch mini-report reveals packaging trends

    April 25, 2006
    TrendWatch Graphic Arts, New York, NY, USA, has released a detailed mini-report on the status of packaging as part of commercial printers’ overall service mixes. “Printers & Packaging 2006” is a 37-page report that looks at who&…

  • The Label Printers adds digital print capability

    April 18, 2006
    The Label Printers, of Aurora, IL, USA, has expanded its production capabilities with the addition of an HP Indigo ws4050 press. According to CEO Bill Kane, the acquisition allows the company to meet changing customer demands. “Our customers…

  • Esko reports 2005 growth above 15 percent

    April 18, 2006
    Esko, a manufacturer of packaging prepress systems headquartered in Gent, Belgium, reports growth in excess of 15 percent for 2005. Net revenues for the year totaled €116.6 million ($143.1 million). Carsten Knudsen, president and CEO, says all o…

  • Graphic Solutions’ thin battery in new Lauder patch

    April 18, 2006
    Estée Lauder’s latest innovation is called the Perfectionist Power Correcting Patch for Deeper Lines and Wrinkles, and it contains a printed battery manufactured by Graphic Solutions International, a prominent converting company in Burr…

  • FFTA and WVU Tech to sponsor educational seminars

    April 18, 2006
    The Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) has formed an educational alliance with the Department of Printing at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech), in Montgomery, WV, USA. The seminars, hosted at WVU Tech, w…

  • Boise Paper to invest $72 million in PS stock production

    April 12, 2006
    The directors of Boise Paper, of Boise, ID, USA, have approved a $72 million capital project to expand Boise’s production of pressure sensitive paper. The project involves adding new capability to the existing 250" #3 paper machine at Bois…

  • HP donates Indigo press to Cal Poly’s graphics school

    April 12, 2006
    California Polytechnic Institute’s Graphic Communication Department has received a Hewlett-Packard Indigo 3050 variable data digital printing press. The equipment, valued at approximately $350,000, is capable of seven-color printing on a wide v…

  • Label Industry Awards now open for voting

    April 12, 2006
    Judges in the third Label Industry Global Awards have announced the list of nominees for the prestigious accolades, which recognize and celebrate excellence in the industry. The awards will be presented in front of an audience of around 500 industry…

  • Omet draws US converters and suppliers to folding carton seminar

    April 12, 2006
    The printing and converting equipment of Omet, the narrow web press manufacturer based in Lecco, Italy, was the focus of a day-long open house and educational program April 11 in Edison, NJ, USA, sponsored by Matik, the company’s North American…

  • Smart labels that say ‘Don’t eat me’

    April 7, 2006
    Smart labels that say ‘Don’t eat me’ There's just room for yet another smart label contender. This one is a patented microbiological freshness indicator named Traceo, developed by Cryolog in France. The transparent label includes…

  • Meeting standards for secure coded labeling system

    April 7, 2006
    Meeting standards for secure coded labeling system Another clever labeling application relates to the arcane world of tracking and tracing pharmaceutical, veterinary and biological products. Prisym Medica, a UK developer of marking and coding softwa…

  • Clever labels that push pressure sensitive boundaries

    April 7, 2006
    Clever labels that push pressure sensitive boundaries Labels that accurately measure elapsed time or temperatures just keep getting smarter. As an example, Timestrip Plc now offers time-lapse labels for use with ethylene absorption filters that are…

  • Why a metallic inks company is sponsoring

    April 7, 2006
    Why a metallic inks company is sponsoring a very fast boat Company sponsorships among print-related suppliers were all the rage in the 1980s when brand building stepped up a gear. Inflationary pressures then kicked in and so the bean counters were…

  • Norprint takeover strengthens

    April 7, 2006
    Norprint Labelling Systems of Boston in Lincolnshire, was among those featured in L&NW’s Companies to Watch feature in the October 2005 issue. Things have moved along since then. The UK company is still worth watching, but it is now owned b…

  • ROTEC HUELSENSYSTEME, Ottenstein, Germany — Birgit Verwold

    April 7, 2006
    ROTEC HUELSENSYSTEME, Ottenstein, Germany — Birgit Verwold took over the newly created position of marketing and sales coordination at the company. She is responsible for coordination of sales activities, adjustment with agencies, exhibition ma…

  • PRISYM INC., Charlotte, NC — Michael Guthauser h

    April 7, 2006
    PRISYM INC., Charlotte, NC — Michael Guthauser has been appointed as the company’s new strategic accounts manager.…

  • MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA The company has added Scott Haney

    April 7, 2006
    MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL, Oklahoma City, OK, USA — The company has added Scott Haney as MAGPOWR product manager. He will lead product development for MAGPOWR brakes, clutches and tension control products.…

  • INNOVIA FILMS INC., Atlanta, GA, USA The company has appointed Joe Piccione

    April 7, 2006
    INNOVIA FILMS INC., Atlanta, GA, USA — The company has appointed Joe Piccione as president. He has worked in the packaging and plastics sectors for 20 years.…

  • HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA The company has made some changes to its laser operations staff. Ray Fulk

    April 7, 2006
    HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA — The company has made some changes to its laser operations staff. Ray Fulk, formerly a laser technician, has been promoted to laser maintenance specialist. Shawn Rego has been promoted to sen…

  • GERHARDT USA, Dallastown, PA, USA The company announces two additions to its sales team. Dan Shaffer

    April 7, 2006
    GERHARDT USA, Dallastown, PA, USA — The company announces two additions to its sales team. Dan Shaffer has been chosen as sales manager. Jim Breig has joined the team as regional sales manager.…

  • FLINT GROUP PRINTING PLATES, Luxembourg, Germany — Thomas Linkenheil

    April 7, 2006
    FLINT GROUP PRINTING PLATES, Luxembourg, Germany — Thomas Linkenheil has assumed the position of head of the key account management at Flint Group Printing Plates. He succeeds Holger Neumann, who took over the position of head of the printing p…

  • DEGUSSA GOLDSCHMIDT CHEMICAL CORPORATION, Hopewell, VA, USA — Jeffrey Birkes

    April 7, 2006
    DEGUSSA GOLDSCHMIDT CHEMICAL CORPORATION, Hopewell, VA, USA — Jeffrey Birkes has been appointed as market manager for the Americas for silicone release coatings. He is responsible for managing the sales of TEGO RC silicone release coatings for…

  • Corporate Express

    April 7, 2006
    CORPORATE EXPRESS DOCUMENT & PRINT MANAGEMENT (CEDPM), Omaha, NE, USA — The company has named Daniel C. Brown as its new vice president of strategic accounts. He previously worked at Cenveo as regional vice president of sales and gene…

  • COATES SCREEN, St. Charles, IL, USA — Barry Marshall,

    April 7, 2006
    COATES SCREEN, St. Charles, IL, USA — Barry Marshall, president of Coates Screen, has announced plans to retire. He first began working with the company in 1968. Coates Screen is a member of the Sun Chemical North American Commercial Group.…

  • ANDERSON & VREELAND, Bryan, OH, USA — The company has appointed Mark Kyle

    April 7, 2006
    ANDERSON & VREELAND, Bryan, OH, USA — The company has appointed Mark Kyle technical sales representative. He will provide technical sales and service support for A&V customers throughout Michigan and areas in adjoining states.…

  • AETEK UV SYSTEMS, Romeoville, IL, USA — The company has named John Emmons

    April 7, 2006
    AETEK UV SYSTEMS, Romeoville, IL, USA — The company has named John Emmons as the Midwest regional sales manager representing the Aetek product line in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, S…

  • Coatings

    April 7, 2006
    Coatings UVitec Printing Ink Lodi NJ USA UVitec Printing Ink introduces two coatings. The UV flexo gloss benzophenone free coating, 21163-87, was designed to provide high performance on press and match the stringent criteria for pharmaceutical pac…

  • Labelstocks

    April 7, 2006
    Labelstocks UPM Raflatac Fletcher NC USA UPM Raflatac has released two high performance synthetic paper labelstocks designed for outdoor and industrial applications that require tensile strength, environmental resistance and print integrity. The K…

  • UV system

    April 7, 2006
    UV system GEW North Royalton OH USA GEW introduces the e-System mini electronic UV curing lamp head, which is designed for press widths up to 14" (350 mm). The company says the product features single phase, energy saving 4kW powe…

  • Digital printer

    April 7, 2006
    Digital printer Matan Digital Printers Rosh Ha’ayin Israel Matan Digital Printers is expanding its thermal transfer product line with the Matan Spot36. The new digital printer was designed to meet the specialized requirements of wayfinding a…

  • Module for software

    April 7, 2006
    Module for software Tailored Solutions Milwaukee WI USA Tailored Solutions has released a new module in its Label Traxx software suite. The new Traxx Link module enables customers of printers selling stock items to link directly to printers&…

  • Roll storage system

    April 7, 2006
    Roll storage system Max Daetwyler Corporation Huntersville NC USA Max Daetwyler Corporation has added a roll storage system for anilox rolls and gravure cylinders to its new product line. The company says the new storage system reduces the possibi…

  • Brewery label papers

    April 7, 2006
    Brewery label papers Stora Enso Stevens Point WI USA The Global Specialty Papers Group of Stora Enso has initiated development of a new label paper grade for self-adhesive labeling applications used by breweries. The product is being designed for…