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  • Ink degradent option

    July 18, 2006
    Ink degradent option Fujifilm Sericol USA Kansas City KS USA Fujifilm Sericol USA has introduced the Xtend GreenLine “One-Step” Product Combination, a newly packaged product option for its XID-480 ink degradent. This product redu…

  • Polyethylene film

    July 18, 2006
    Polyethylene film FLEXcon Spencer MA USA FLEXcon introduces its new glow-in-the-dark polyethylene film, Phosphorescent PE 600 Lt. Green V-465 90 PFW, which is intended for indoor novelty sticker applications. The film is printable with UV and solv…

  • Conveyors

    July 18, 2006
    Conveyors QC Industries Cincinnati OH USA QC Industries introduces the 400 Series line of heavy duty conveyors, which combines a low profile (3") with load carrying capacities to 1,000 pounds and speeds of up to 2,000 fpm. The company s…

  • CTP platesetter

    July 18, 2006
    CTP platesetter Screen USA Rolling Meadows IL USA Screen introduces the PlateRite FX870, a computer-to-plate (CTP) platesetter for both flexographic and letterpress printing. Developed by the Media Technology Company of Dainippon Screen Manufactur…

  • Curing system

    July 18, 2006
    Curing system Nordson Amherst OH USA Nordson Corporation has introduced the UV Star Curing System that concentrates maximum UV energy only where needed for optimal operating efficiency. Nordson UV Star Systems are designed to fit into the ti…

  • Overlaminate film

    July 18, 2006
    Overlaminate film acpo Oak Harbor OH USA acpo ltd. introduces 691V, a UV resistant overlaminate film created to give label manufacturers an alternative to using expensive UV inks in their label printing processes. The company says it is a clear, d…

  • EB flexo inks

    July 18, 2006
    EB flexo inks Sun Chemical Parsippany NJ USA Sun Chemical, maker of inks and pigments, has introduced WetFlex. It is a new printing process designed to improve print quality and efficiency for flexible packaging using a new generation energy…

  • Label applicator

    July 18, 2006
    Label applicator Avery Dennison Printer Systems Philadelphia PA USA Avery Dennison Printer Systems offers ALS 204, a new industrial-grade label applicator for continuous duty applications in shipping, packaging, loading-dock, warehouse, and distri…

  • Electronic flow control

    July 18, 2006
    Electronic flow control EXAIR Cincinnati OH USA EXAIR’s new EFC is a user-friendly electronic flow control for compressed air that is designed to minimize compressed air use on blowoff, drying, cooling, conveying, and static elimination oper…

  • Carbon fiber rolls

    July 18, 2006
    Carbon fiber rolls Webex Neenah WI USA Webex offers an extra-thick outer epoxy layer on carbon fiber rolls, which protects the roll’s strength layers of wound filaments while providing the ideal surface for custom roll treatments. The surfac…

  • Doctor blades

    July 18, 2006
    Doctor blades XSYS Supplies Plymouth MN USA XSYS Supplies North America now offers the new One-step Blade from Max Daetwyler doctor blades. The One-step Blade is meant to lessen the downtime related to ink spitting when running UV flexo inks. The…

  • Dissolver/cleaner

    July 18, 2006
    Dissolver/cleaner Max Daetwyler Huntersville NC USA The Max Daetwyler Corporation introduces its new MDC1 Ink Dissolver/ Cleaner as part of a full line of flexo consumable products. It is for use on anilox rollers, gravure cylinders, presses, ink…

  • Offset hybrid press

    July 18, 2006
    Offset hybrid press GIDUE Turate Italy GIDUE introduces its new Xpannd UV offset hybrid press. The press can be equipped with a number of combination processes including UV flexo and screen printing technology. The press is available in 14.5"…

  • Power supply

    July 18, 2006
    Power supply GEW (EC) Surrey UK GEW has added a new 3.6kW power supply to its range of UV curing systems that is designed to offer narrow web printers an alternative to its larger 9kW version. The new e-System mini electronic UV system is specific…

  • By Michelle Sartor

    July 18, 2006
    By Michelle Sartor Ashley Foster and Amanda Tootill of Career & Technology Center of Anderson in Williamston, SC, USA were awarded first place at the ninth annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. Both girls participated…

  • Aquaflex servo press hits affordable

    July 18, 2006
    Servo technology is usually more expensive than conventional drives, and servo driven presses for narrow web production, complete with electronic brains and memories, have been in the premium price bracket since they started to come into the marketpl…

  • HP sponsors digital print

    July 18, 2006
    The subject of digital label printing drew about 200 graphic arts professionals to the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV, USA, for several days in May. The sponsor was Hewlett-Packard (HP), and the event was the HP Label &̴…

  • Die stations with brains adjust changing

    July 18, 2006
    A US die manufacturer has introduced a new diecutting station that uses electronics and hydraulics to automatically correct many of the problems that plague the cutting process. The new system is described by the developer as “a unique approach…

  • UVitec forms alliance

    July 18, 2006
    UVitec forms alliance with Flexsolutions UVitec Printing Ink Inc., a manufacturer of UV inks and UV coatings located in Lodi, NJ, USA, announces a partnership with Flexsolutions of…

  • Comcos are popular

    July 18, 2006
    Comcos are popular in E. Europe and Asia Sales of Comco ProGlide presses are reported to have risen in 2006, with orders coming from Eastern Europe and Asia, according to Mark Andy, the parent company. Comco has received orders for a six-color 18&…

  • MDC opens online store;

    July 18, 2006
    MDC opens online store; Stork sells blades Max Daetwyler Corporation (MDC), Huntersville, NC, USA, has opened the online MDC store, allowing customers to order flexo consumable items, Polishmaster tools, ultrasonic and prepress chemistry, and prepr…

  • AAA Press buys

    July 18, 2006
    AAA Press buys S&E Engineering AAA Press International Inc. has announced recently that it has acquired S&E Engineering, located in Burbank, CA, USA. S&W is a manufacturer of roll lifts, add-on varnish units and pallet tilters for near…

  • Julie Static Controls now Static Clean Intl.

    July 18, 2006
    Julie Static Controls now Static Clean Int’l. Julie Static Controls President Jim Patterson has announced that the company name has changed to Static Clean International. The company, based in Burlington, MA, USA, manufactures products for sta…

  • GRE forms inkjet alliance with Impika

    July 18, 2006
    GRE forms inkjet alliance with Impika 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…

  • GEW Asia opens

    July 18, 2006
    GEW Asia opens in Mumbai, India UV curing systems manufacturer GEW (EC) Ltd., of Redhill, UK, has opened the first phase of its sales, service and manufacturing operation in Mumbai, India. The facility will service the India and the Southeast Asia…

  • Flytec is acquired

    July 18, 2006
    Flytec is acquired by AB Graphic Int’l. AB Graphic International Ltd., of Bridlington, England, has acquired Flytec Spezialmaschinen GmbH, a German manufacturer of label applicators, dispensers and converting equipment. The acquisition includ…

  • Aquaflex to explain flexible packaging

    July 18, 2006
    Aquaflex to explain flexible packaging F.L. Smithe and Aquaflex will conduct a seminar for small and mid-sized converters at the F.L. Smithe facility in Duncansville, PA, USA. The one-day seminar, to be held on July 26 and again on July 27, is title…

  • Avery Dennison ramps up RFID training

    July 18, 2006
    Avery Dennison ramps up RFID training Avery Dennison RFID is sponsoring $500 RFID training scholarships to help mandated end users quickly and effectively implement RFID within their supply chains. The company has joined with OTA Training, a vendor-…

  • FLEXcon celebrates

    July 18, 2006
    FLEXcon celebrates 50 years in business 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,…

  • Harper donates rolls

    July 18, 2006
    Harper donates rolls for Argentine research 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 Cent…

  • Press sales at Gallus

    July 18, 2006
    Press sales at Gallus rose 11 percent in 2005 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…

  • Glennon Group sold

    July 18, 2006
    Glennon Group sold to Pro Mach’s ID Tech 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 Pewau…

  • Seal-It uses PLA film

    July 18, 2006
    Seal-It uses PLA film in shrink production Seal-It, of Farmingdale, NY, USA, is now producing shrink sleeves using EarthFirst film material from Plastic Suppliers, which is made from corn-based resins supplied by Natureworks PLA (polylactic acid).…

  • Lightning Labels blog

    July 18, 2006
    Lightning Labels’ blog explores digital print Lightning Labels, an all-digital label printer in Denver, CO, USA, has announced the launch of its weblog. The Lightning Labels blog provides an inside look into the world of custom labels and dig…

  • LGInternational

    July 18, 2006
    LGInternational to invest in China LGInternational (LGI), a label manufacturer based in Portland, OR, USA, has signed a letter of intent to invest in the Wuxi (China) National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (WND) through the establishment o…

  • Smyth a developer

    July 18, 2006
    Smyth a developer of temperature label Outlast Technologies, of Boulder, CO, USA, and Smyth Companies, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA, have introduced a temperature-buffering label that they call the Cold Wrap. The label is said to deflect…

  • Equity firm buys Fort Dearborn

    July 18, 2006
    Equity firm buys Fort Dearborn Private equity firm Genstar Capital LLC announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Fort Dearborn Company, a provider of decorative labels to the consumer goods industry. Fort Dearborn management, along with m…

  • A Family Affair

    July 17, 2006
    Our first visit to Duck Pond Cellars winery was accidental. My wife and I were heading from Portland, OR, to the Pacific Coast of the United States for a vacation, and I drove past the entrance without even noticing the sign. What grabbed my attentio…

  • Good stewardship

    July 17, 2006
    A few weeks ago I attended a global warming conference. Because I read and constantly hear about the loss of water tables, wind energy, environmental taxation, lack of environmental leadership in Washington, the decline of oil, and on and on ad nause…

  • Think Globally, Organize Locally

    July 17, 2006
    Globalization of our economy has impacted us in so many ways over the past 20 years. And it will continue to grow and change our lives, in most cases for the better. Companies who have recognized this reality of doing business are thriving, not just…

  • Fire in the Hole, Part II

    July 17, 2006
    "After finding no qualified candidates for the position of principal, the school board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David Steele to the post." Although this announcement sounds like something out of a Jay Leno sketch, it was…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    July 17, 2006
    Trade body is upbeat about further label growth

  • Whatever Happened to Mid-Web?

    Whatever Happened to Mid-Web?

    Mac Rosenbaum || July 17, 2006
    A brief look at the short history - and promising future - of an overlooked web format.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Metro Label

    Narrow Web Profile: Metro Label

    Jack Kenny || July 17, 2006
    In Canada, a major converter pursues an aggressive environmental strategy.

  • Narrow Web Profile: The Label Printers

    Narrow Web Profile: The Label Printers

    Michelle Sartor || July 17, 2006
    Quality, customer service and added value are important aspects of how The Label Printers does business.

  • 2006 International Buyers Guide

  • Smyth expands with Omet, Mitsubishi presses

    July 11, 2006
    Smyth Companies Inc. of St. Paul, MN, one of the USA’s largest label printers, has purchased two new presses. The acquisitions will increase Smyth’s rollfed label product offering for full body shrink sleeves and pressure sensitive labels…

  • Multi-Color named to Fortune 100 small companies list

    July 11, 2006
    Multi-Color Corporation has been listed on the FSB 100, the 2006 presentation of the USA’s fastest-growing small public companies by Fortune magazine. Multi-Color is ranked 89th, with revenues of $197.2 million for calendar year 2005. This y…

  • Plastic Suppliers recognized for exports, job growth

    July 11, 2006
    Plastic Suppliers, a manufacturer of film products based in Columbus, OH, USA, is one of 29 Ohio companies to be recognized for its efforts in exporting Ohio-made products, while growing Ohio jobs in relation to increased exportation. Ohio’s Go…

  • TLMI revamps its web site

    July 11, 2006
    The web site of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) has been completely overhauled. The redesigned site — — is now more visually appealing and includes a more comprehensive search engine that allows visitors to…