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  • What end users need

    January 16, 2006
    And what converters provide

  • A look ahead

    January 16, 2006
    One always seems to wax nostalgic at this time of year. Looking back on tradition and history is a productive way to identify the positive events and milestones that serve to define who and what we are in the present. Using the knowledge of the past…

  • Who Knows Best?

    January 16, 2006
    Happy New Year to you all! 2006 is now well under way, and that means that by now we've all worked through our budgets, business planning, personnel reviews, and other end-of-year exercises that either burden us with unreachable expectations or saddl…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 16, 2006
    Narrow Web Europe New company follows Sherman’s closure of world headquarters By Barry Hunt 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 o…

  • Michael B. Weir retires

    Michael B. Weir retires

    Michael B. Weir || January 16, 2006
    TLMI's legal expert ends 50 years of service

  • Servo Power

    Servo Power

    January 16, 2006
    Impeccable registration, reduced waste, faster setup: these are a few of the benefits of the servo driven press.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Creative Labels of Vermont

    Narrow Web Profile: Creative Labels of Vermont

    Jack Kenny || January 16, 2006
    A family-run firm in the northern US grows through careful planning and a focus on human values.

  • North American Label Markets

    North American Label Markets

    Michelle Sartor || January 16, 2006
    After a reasonably healthy year, narrow web converters in North America prepare for price increases, technological growth, and continued attempts to commoditize quality printed products.

  • WS Packaging buys division from Renaissance Mark

    January 10, 2006
    The narrow web division of Renaissance Mark has been purchased by WS Packaging Group, based in Algoma, WI, USA. Facilities acquired are in Fullerton, CA; Skokie, IL; and Scranton, PA, all in the United States; and in Monterrey, Mexico. The former…

  • RDP Marathon Renamed Drent Goebel North America

    January 10, 2006
    RDP Marathon, the Canadian press manufacturer acquired by Drent Goebel in 2005, has officially changed its name to Drent Goebel North America Inc. The company is located in Montreal. “Since the acquisition, the integration process of both co…

  • Chemsultants growth recognized for 13th straight year

    January 10, 2006
    For the 13th consecutive year, Chemsultants International, of Mentor, OH, USA, has earned recognition as one of Ohio’s fastest growing companies. The company received the honor, known as the “Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50,” from the La…

  • Flint Group is new name for Flint Ink and XSYS Print Solutions

    January 10, 2006
    “Flint Group” has been selected to be the new name for the holding company created by the merger in late 2005 of Europe based XSYS Print Solutions and American-owned Flint Ink Corporation. “Flint Group is a strong new leader in a…

  • Avery Dennison to reduce workforce, divest holdings

    December 13, 2005
    Company-wide cost reductions announced at the end of October by Avery Dennison Corporation were modified this month by the company’s board of directors. The company plans to reduce the number of positions by approximately 700 to 900 around the…

  • Siegwerk Group International announces new organization

    December 13, 2005
    Less than 100 days after closing of the acquisition of SICPA’s packaging ink division, Siegwerk Group International announced the organizational structure for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) operations in sales, technical service and str…

  • Mark Andy lays off 21 in US plants

    November 29, 2005
    Mark Andy, a manufacturer of presses for the narrow web industry, laid off 21 of its US employees in mid-November, both at the Chesterfield, MO, headquarters and at the Comco plant in Milford, OH. Company President Paul Brauss said the reduction in w…

  • MACtac to raise prices 5-6 percent

    November 29, 2005
    Morgan Adhesives Company (MACtac), of Stow, OH, USA, has announced a general price increase ranging from 5 to 6 percent on shipments of its label materials, effective January 6. The announcement was made in a November 21 letter to customers from Tom…

  • Multi-Color again named to Forbes Best Small Companies list

    November 29, 2005
    Forbes Magazine has recognized Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL) as one of the United States’ best small companies. In its October 31 issue, Forbes ranked Multi-Color 41st in its listing of the “200 Best Small Companies in America.&rd…

  • AVT records 15th consecutive growth quarter

    November 29, 2005
    Advanced Vision Technology Ltd. (AVT, Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, ISIN: IL001837248), a provider of automatic optical inspection and quality assurance systems for the printing and packaging industry, has announced rises in profits…

  • Flint-Schmidt divests metal decorating business

    November 28, 2005
    Flint-Schmidt divests metal decorating business Flint-Schmidt, part of the recently combined group of Flint Ink and XSYS Print Solutions, is selling its metal decorating business to the division’s senior management for an undisclosed sum. It i…

  • GEWs India hub

    November 28, 2005
    GEW’s India hub serves Asia expansion India’s global influence on manufacturing and service industries will soon include UV curing systems for label presses. GEW (EC) Ltd. has started work on establishing a sales, service and manufactu…

  • Booklet Labels

    November 28, 2005
    ooklet labels with smart approach The RFID bandwagon rolls on with several ingenious approaches to integrated production now becoming available. Among the latest is the so called Intelligent Converter, introduced at Labelexpo by the Switzerland ba…

  • Season for price hikes

    November 28, 2005
    Season for price hikes well under way Take a generous pinch of weak economic conditions, throw in the global aftermath of natural disasters, and mix together with some serious supply problems with oil based raw materials. The result is a predictabl…

  • Boost for Scandinavian label stock manufacturing

    November 28, 2005
    Boost for Scandinavian label stock manufacturing Economic pessimism does not seem to be inhibiting certain self-adhesive label stock manufacturers. Raflatac announced that it would double its current filmic label production at the Tampere mill in so…

  • Gallus acquires a stake

    November 28, 2005
    It’s easy to see how producing small folding cartons on reelfed presses, rather than on sheetfed offset presses, can offer real economic advantages. Also, the best of UV flexo will readily match offset quality. Yet, despite the best efforts of…


    November 28, 2005
    SUN CHEMICAL, Northlake, IL, USA — The company announced the alignment of its North American Inks businesses in an effort to better serve its customers in different market segments and to increase the value to the customer. This has resulted in…

  • PRECISION AIRCONVEY CORP., Newark, DE, USA The company promoted Erik Adams

    November 28, 2005
    PRECISION AIRCONVEY CORP., Newark, DE, USA — The company promoted Erik Adams from regional sales manager to global sales manager. He will supervise a team of regional sales engineers and manage a worldwide network of representative firms and di…

  • HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA HarperScientific, the printing and coating supplies division of the company, has hired Bob Cizmar

    November 28, 2005
    HARPER CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC, USA — HarperScientific, the printing and coating supplies division of the company, has hired Bob Cizmar as a technical product specialist. He will be responsible for technical support of HarperScien…

  • GEW (EC) LTD., Surrey, UK The company has named Craig Brawley

    November 28, 2005
    GEW (EC) LTD., Surrey, UK — The company has named Craig Brawley to the position of overseas sales manager.…

  • DOMINO AMJET INC., Gurnee, IL, USA The company has appointed Gary Page

    November 28, 2005
    DOMINO AMJET INC., Gurnee, IL, USA — The company has appointed Gary Page to its newly created position of business development manager. His main responsibility will be to enhance Domino’s presence in RFID solutions through its adoption an…

  • ADHESIVES RESEARCH INC., Glen Rock, PA, USA William M. Stratton

    November 28, 2005
    ADHESIVES RESEARCH INC., Glen Rock, PA, USA — William M. Stratton III was chosen to lead the company’s new division, ARclad, as its vice president and general manager. Stratton was previously general manager of the company’s e…

  • Cleaning anilox rolls using laser technology

    November 28, 2005
    Cleaning anilox rolls using laser technology To the Editor: In your recent feature article on “Anilox Roll Cleaners” [September 2005] you mention a variety of methods but omitted the newest technique, laser cleaning. This technique is…

  • SATO America offers 14.9-cent RFID labels

    November 28, 2005
    SATO America offers 14.9-cent RFID labels SATO America now offers 4" x 2" Gen 2 RFID labels for 14.9 cents each in single roll quantities. The company says this new, low-priced smart label opens the door for immediate adoption of Gen 2 RFI…

  • VIPColor establishes

    November 28, 2005
    VIPColor establishes a presence in Asia VIPColor Technologies of Newark, CA, USA, has announced that it has appointed GRE Digital Solutions Ltd. of Hong Kong as a Master Distributor for the VP2020 Digital Color Label Printer for the Asia-Pacific r…

  • Tilt Lock updates

    November 28, 2005
    Tilt Lock updates its internet site Tilt Lock, St. Michael, MN, USA, has recently updated its web site. The new site offers an extensive source of information on Tilt Lock roll handling products. The site includes detailed product information and s…

  • partners with Raflatac

    November 28, 2005
    partners with Raflatac Tailored Solutions, Milwaukee, WI, USA, has announced that it now offers Label Traxx — the print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters — with Raflatac. With this new…

  • Indigo Ribbon Awards

    November 28, 2005
    Indigo Ribbon Awards HP announced the winners of its inaugural HP Indigo Ribbon Awards competition, which recognizes HP Indigo press users who are producing high value, offset-quality digital printing in the marketplace. Coinciding with PRINT 05 in…

  • Nilpeter, Gallus, MPS & Skanem named industry

    November 28, 2005
    More than 750 converters, suppliers and other industry professionals came together in September in Brussels to honor the winners of the 2005 Label Industry Awards. The R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing vision and pioneering ef…

  • Multi-Color pushes shrink market

    November 28, 2005
    Miller Brewing Company has brought its “Taste Referees” advertising campaign to limited-edition bottles of Miller Lite using full body shrink sleeve labels produced by Multi-Color Corporation, Cincinnati, OH, USA. The bottles’ shrin…

  • XSYS Print Solutions hosts UV flexo seminar

    November 28, 2005
    XSYS Print Solutions hosts UV flexo seminar XSYS Print Solutions played host to a comprehensive seminar addressing the growing market of UV Flexo for shrink applications. This one-day seminar, Market Expansion Through Shrink Conversion, held in Plym…

  • Electron beam

    November 28, 2005
    Jetrion, a supplier of inkjet printers and inks based in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, has formed a partnership with Advanced Electron Beams Inc. (AEB), of Wilmington, MA, USA, to introduce an electron beam (EB or e-beam) curing unit specifically for the narro…

  • Happy holidays

    November 28, 2005
    I thought it appropriate to end the year with a holiday message, one that demonstrates the complexities of eco-economy. It begins with a conversation between God and St. Francis of Assisi. God: "You know all about gardens and nature. What's going…

  • A Little Perspective

    November 28, 2005
    Let's face it: Some people have really different perspectives on life, the kind that make you scratch your head. In college, I had a history professor who was a bit odd, to put it mildly. A mild mannered, middle-aged eccentric with his own point of v…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 28, 2005
    Narrow Web Europe Gallus acquires a stake in folding carton technology By Barry Hunt It’s easy to see how producing small folding cartons on reelfed presses, rather than on sheetfed offset presses, can offer real economic advantages. Als…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Reynders Etiketten

    Narrow Web Profile: Reynders Etiketten

    Jack Kenny || November 28, 2005
    The latest technology and the highest quality are propelling this Belgian converter to global expansion.

  • Static Control

    Static Control

    November 28, 2005
    Small as they are, positive and negative ions can have a significant impact on the outcome of a print job as well as on the safety of workers.

  • Digital Printing

    Digital Printing

    November 28, 2005
    The growth of plateless printing is steady, and is attracting attention from some non-traditional printers.

  • More paper price hikes

    October 18, 2005
    More paper price hikes are expected Not surprisingly, the effects of higher oil and energy prices have begun to feed through to the price of raw materials. All types of global converters and label stock manufacturers can expect many more hikes of t…

  • Stora Enso refocuses

    October 18, 2005
    Stora Enso refocuses labels strategy The sales organization of Stora Enso’s Global Specialty Papers group is being reorganized to combine its Label Papers and Technical Papers businesses into one sales team. “We have identified growing…

  • Wal-Mart plans entry strategy

    October 18, 2005
    Wal-Mart plans entry strategy for Eastern Europe Label and packaging groups with interests in Eastern Europe, or indigenous companies themselves, will have noted with interest the announcement by Wal-Mart’s CEO, Lee Scott, that his company i…

  • New UK company formed with two new press agencies

    October 18, 2005
    New UK company formed with two new press agencies LPP Ltd., a newly formed company in Manchester, England, has been appointed agent for Aquaflex covering the UK and Ireland. Rotoflex, a Barcelona based manufacturer of forms and label presses, has ma…