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  • Avery Dennison highlights growth at investor meeting

    March 8, 2006
    Avery Dennison Corporation says that it has doubled its share of sales in emerging markets over the past five years, and that revenue from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe currently represent more than 20 percent of the company’s total sa…

  • Plastic Suppliers wins FTA Environmental Excellence Award

    March 8, 2006
    Plastic Suppliers Inc., of Columbus, OH, USA, is the 2006 recipient of the Environmental Excellence Award from the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). The award is given for the category of innovative technology for Plastic Suppliers’ Ear…

  • Pamarco Technologies acquired by equity firm J.P. Kotts

    March 8, 2006
    Pamarco Technologies Inc., of Roselle, NJ, USA, a manufacturer of anilox rolls, has been sold by Bradford Investments to the private equity firm J.P. Kotts & Company. Pamarco Technologies, which has several divisions serving the printing industry…

  • Indigo users form Dscoop support group

    March 8, 2006
    Owners of HP Indigo presses have formed Digital Solutions Cooperative — Dscoop — to help users leverage their investments in HP’s digital print technology. Dscoop now comprises press owners and users as well as HP representatives an…

  • Labels for function and decoration on insulation, glass and coolers

    March 3, 2006
    Located almost dead center in the US state of Indiana is Madison County, home to the small town of Markelville and Reflectix Inc., a global supplier of aluminum bubble foil insulating products since 1979. The county population is about 135,000 with…

  • Worker safety

    March 3, 2006
    Letters from the Earth is a rather ubiquitous column. It allows the author plenty of liberal editorializing. While topics are or should be generally "green", the column can engage readers in any area of environment or health or safety. Or, at least,…

  • Painting by numbers

    March 3, 2006
    When we were children we were exposed to visual stimuli of all types. As we grew, we captured much of what we saw in the world around us and committed it to memory. As we developed still further, we found that we could transfer many of these memories…

  • Living in a high rant district

    March 3, 2006
    It's not easy bein' green," crooned Kermit the Frog a number of years back. In today's label printing economy, we could fill Radio City Music Hall with a chorus of business owners singing, "It's not easy being a converter." A recently released sur…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    March 3, 2006
    Narrow Web Europe From cans to labels: Skanem marks a century By Barry Hunt This year the Skanem group celebrates its century. It began as Stavanger Bliktykkeri, a small Norwegian tin printing firm. Today it is one of the world’s largest…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Topflight Corporation

    Narrow Web Profile: Topflight Corporation

    Jack Kenny || March 3, 2006
    For more than half a century, this converter has been at the forefront of innovation. Today it remains a technology and business leader.

  • Specialty Converting Equipment

    Specialty Converting Equipment

    Jack Kenny || March 3, 2006
    Whether the task is RFID placement and inspection, lamination, diecutting, adhesive application or any other precision process, post-press converting equipment is custom configured for the job.

  • RFID

    RFID

    Michelle Sartor || March 3, 2006
    Analysts expect RFID to continue to evolve and increase in use, which has many converters wondering to what extent, if any, they should get involved.

  • Avery Dennison unveils new range of Gen 2 RFID inlays

    February 28, 2006
    Avery Dennison RFID, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation and a provider of RFID inlays, has unveiled a broad portfolio of high-performance Gen 2 RFID inlays at RFID World 2006 in Dallas, TX, USA. The portfolio includes products for carton/p…

  • Simco celebrates 70th anniversary

    February 28, 2006
    Simco, a manufacturer of static control systems, celebrates 70 years in business. Founded in 1936 by Hortense and Julius Simons, Simco started in a one room shop in Philadelphia. Today, Simco has offices in Kobe, Japan; Lochem, Holland; and its headq…

  • McDowell, Dow, York win FLEXcon awards

    February 28, 2006
    FLEXcon, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive film products based in Spencer, MA, USA, has announced the winners of its 2005 Awards For Innovation Contest. The competition celebrates innovative uses of pressure-sensitive film by FLEXcon customers, re…

  • CPFilms revamps its product web site

    February 28, 2006
    CPFilms Inc., a manufacturer of coated films for electronics, medical, high-technology, industrial, commercial, and solar control applications based in Fieldale, VA, USA, has launched a revamped web site. The site, www.cpfindusprod.com, covers the…

  • Paragon Data Systems launches RFID web site

    February 28, 2006
    Paragon Data Systems, a provider of bar code, RFID and data collection products based in Cleveland, OH, USA, has launched a web site designed to assist companies with meeting RFID compliance mandates. The address is www.paragonrfid.com. The site a…

  • Stork Prints & AKL form flexo alliance

    February 21, 2006
    Stork Prints, a pioneer of direct laser engraving, has formed a partnership with AKL Flexo Technik to develop new flexographic products. According to a joint announcement, technicians from both companies are conducting research into seamless sleeves…

  • Smart Labels conference planned for Boston

    February 21, 2006
    Smart Labels USA 2006, a major conference that will address RFID and related issues, will be held March 28-29 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, MA, USA. The organizer is IDTechEx, which is based in Cambridge, England. For the fifth consecutive…

  • Sekuworks Sherwood to chair panel for security group

    February 21, 2006
    Robert Sherwood, vice president of sales and marketing for Sekuworks LLC, Harrison, OH, USA, has been named chairman of the communications and marketing committee for the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO). He will be responsible f…

  • New Label Traxx module links customers to printers warehouses

    February 21, 2006
    Tailored Solutions, the producer of Label Traxx print business management software for narrow web flexo converters, has released a new module for the software suite. The module enables customers of printers who sell stock items to link directly to pr…

  • Seal-It continues to win business awards

    February 14, 2006
    For the second consecutive year, Seal-It Inc. has been named to the Div 500 list of “Top Owned Businesses” by Diversity Business.com. In addition, Seal-It has been named to Diversity Business.com’s list of “Top 500 Women Owned…

  • Harpers Platinum now made and guaranteed worldwide

    February 14, 2006
    Harper Corporation, a manufacturer of laser engraved anilox rolls, has announced that its Platinum XLT (Xtreme Laser Technology) anilox and coating roll manufacturing system is now in operation at all four of its manufacturing facilities: Charlotte,…

  • Matik North America to represent Senntech slitter rewinders

    February 14, 2006
    Matik North America, based in West Hartford, CT, USA, is now representing the Senntech line of slitter rewinders in the US, Canada and Mexico. Matik now will provide owners of existing and new Senntech slitter rewinders access to its experience with…

  • Esko user groups plan education and training sessions

    February 14, 2006
    The Artios Users Group International (AUGI) and the Association of Esko Users Group (AEG), the two user group associations devoted to Esko products, announce that their 2006 annual meetings will be held April 23-36 at the Saddlebrook Resort near Tamp…

  • Metro Label wins Canadas 50 Best Managed Companies award

    February 7, 2006
    One of Canada’s most elite business awards — Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies — has been bestowed upon Metro Label, of Toronto, ON. A second generation family-run business, Metro Label started from humble beginnings in 19…

  • ALTANA Chemie acquires Rad-Cure Corporation

    February 7, 2006
    ALTANA Chemie AG, of Wesel, Germany, signed an agreement in January to acquire Rad-Cure Corporation, a specialist in the field of overprint UV curable coatings and adhesives for the paper and board packaging sector. The completion of the transaction…

  • Novamelt to expand into North America

    February 7, 2006
    Novamelt, an adhesive manufacturer based in Wehr, Germany, has announced that it plans to produce and distribute its products in the United States. Founded in 1989, the company has marketed its pressure sensitive adhesive products exclusively within…

  • Larson-Burton unveils automatic scrap rewind

    February 7, 2006
    The Rollette 400 Trim/Liner/Scrap Automatic Rewind has been introduced by Larson-Burton Inc., of Loves Park, IL, USA. The unit is designed for continuous take-up of scrap material from any converting process. It will rewind miniature rolls then autom…

  • Topflight saluted for supplier excellence by Black & Decker

    January 31, 2006
    Topflight Corporation, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels based in Glen Rock, PA, USA, has received the 2005 Supplier Excellence Award for Exceptional Delivery Performance from Black & Decker (B&D), a global manufacturer of power too…

  • Esko updates identity, reports high revenue for 2005

    January 31, 2006
    Esko-Graphics, of Gent, Belgium, a market leader in packaging pre-production systems, reports substantial revenue growth for 2005, according to Carsten Knudsen president and CEO. “Esko is launched on a solid path of continuous profitable growth…

  • AVT sales up 17.7% in 2005

    January 31, 2006
    Advanced Vision Technology Ltd. (AVT), based in Hod-Hasharon, Israel, has reported sales of US$25.1 million for 2005, an increase of 17.7 percent over the previous year. The company manufactures automatic optical inspection and quality assurance syst…

  • Daetwyler receives award for gravure system

    January 31, 2006
    Max Daetwyler Corporation (MDC), of Huntersville, NC, USA, has received the Innovation Award from the European Rotogravure Association. The award was presented to MDC for its Starbase Cylinder System, a manufacturing process to produce lightweight…

  • Pro Label acquires Xpanded Label Technology

    January 24, 2006
    Pro Label Inc., of Appleton, WI, USA, has purchased the assets and intellectual property of Xpanded Label Technology LLC, also of Appleton. The acquisition allows Pro Label to provide a broader range of service and product offerings to former Xpanded…

  • Raflatac and UPM Rafsec merge to form UPM Raflatac

    January 24, 2006
    Raflatac, one of the world’s leading pressure sensitives suppliers, and UPM Rafsec, a manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, have merged to form a new business entity, UPM Raflatac. Both have been subsidiaries of UPM, of Finland. The new company…

  • Sun Chemical becomes MetalFX supplier

    January 24, 2006
    Sun Chemical, the world’s largest ink maker, has announced a licensing agreement under which it will make and sell MetalFX inks, a technology that can be used to print up to 104 million metallic colors. Sun Chemical will have five locations…

  • L&NW launches Label Symposium

    January 17, 2006
    Label & Narrow Web magazine will sponsor the L&NW Label Symposium, an educational program for narrow web converting professionals, in May 2006. The symposium is the first in a continuing series. Described as “The Event that Enables Y…

  • Flexo temp agency opens in Chicago area

    January 17, 2006
    FlexoTemps Ltd., a job placement bureau affiliated with DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), has been established in the Chicago area. The announcement was made by Vincent DiTrolio, founder of the institute. “FlexoTemps fills positions in…

  • Clemson seminars focus on color management

    January 17, 2006
    Clemson University’s Department of Graphic Communications will conduct two of its most popular symposia concerning the management of color in the coming months. Both 2.5-day programs will link industry experts and innovators with university fac…

  • New Jetlaser Duoface

    January 16, 2006
    New Jetlaser Duoface from Raflatac Raflatac has produced a new angle on reducing or even eliminating the backing liner for manually applied labels, such as those used in transport or logistic labeling. Its double-sided Jetlaser Duoface is claimed t…

  • The UV Protocol

    January 16, 2006
    The UV Protocol, a European partnership Ultraviolet curing of inks and coatings offers numerous production benefits, but it also helps to reduce the industry’s emissions of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This area is of special co…

  • Major UK licensing deal

    January 16, 2006
    Major UK licensing deal for color-change labeling Sherwood Technology Ltd., a UK-based color change specialist, has teamed up with label converter Sessions of York in a worldwide licensing deal. It means Sessions can produce Gamma Sterilization Ind…

  • Trade report urges converters to turn to drink

    January 16, 2006
    Trade report urges converters to turn to drink Self-adhesive labels account for only 7 percent of the European bottled drinks market, but this still represents a huge and growing market in volume terms, with rising consumption offering further produ…

  • Stralfors strengthens

    January 16, 2006
    Stralfors strengthens its pharmaceutical presence Stralfors, a major independent Swedish label and forms group, is developing its Pharmakett labeling division by opening a separate factory in Gothenburg. It will operate entirely separately from the…

  • Recycling initiative keeps valued items out of the trash

    January 16, 2006
    Recycling initiative keeps valued items out of the trash Even the best run label converting businesses accumulate rolls of unused materials or even pieces of equipment. They often retain some degree of value, but are usually trashed. As a rebuttal t…

  • German retailer pilots RFID labels with Gen 2 inlays

    January 16, 2006
    German retailer pilots RFID labels with Gen 2 inlays The first application of the latest Gen 2 RFID technology at retail pallet level is being operated by the REWE Group in Germany. It has over 11,500 shops and 195,000 full-time employees, with food…

  • New company follows

    January 16, 2006
    To the surprise of some, the American owners of Sherman Treaters decided to close its UK and world headquarters, located some 30 miles north west of London. A corporate decision to consolidate its activities and move administration, sales and service…

  • SATO AMERICA INC., Charlotte, NC, USA The company has appointed Terry Bresin

    January 16, 2006
    SATO AMERICA INC., Charlotte, NC, USA — The company has appointed Terry Bresin as the new western regional sales manager. He will be responsible for the continued development and growth of channel business within the western territory. He will…

  • PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC), Green Bay, WI, USA The company has announced that Frederick W. Baer

    January 16, 2006
    PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY (PCMC), Green Bay, WI, USA — The company has announced that Frederick W. Baer has assumed the new role of executive vice president of corporate development following the change in ownership to Barry-Wehmiller Co…

  • NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA The company has announced the addition of Kim Tanis

    January 16, 2006
    NILPETER USA, Cincinnati, OH, USA — The company has announced the addition of Kim Tanis as southeast regional sales manager. He is a 30-year veteran of the converting industry, spending his first 10 years as a service technician and more than 2…