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  • Coke gets it

    Coke gets it

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor || September 13, 2013
    I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the items that I come across during my readings. Beach reading? Not quite, but I call this “summer” column a potpourri of information. I’ll return to my normal messages and ruminat…

  • Could this be a silver lining?

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || September 13, 2013
    It is starting to happen at last. And it’s not just Angela Merkel, François Hollande and José Manuel Barroso trying to pull Europe up by its bootstraps. No lesser authority than The Economist has just gone on record as announcing:…

  • IML award winners announced

    IML award winners announced

    September 13, 2013
    The In-Mold Decorating Association has announced the winners of its Seventh Annual Awards Competition

  • Thomas Moyer, 43, president of Western Shield

    September 13, 2013
    Thomas R. Moyer, 43, of Venice Beach, CA, and formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on August 2, 2013.  Since 2006, Thomas worked for Western Shield Label Company in Rancho Dominguez, CA, initially serving in a sales and marketing role and event…

  • People in the News

    People in the News

    September 13, 2013
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ACIMGA, Milan, Italy – Marco Calcagni (1), of Omet, will serve as the Italian manufacturers’ association of…

  • RotoMetrics refines flexible die product line

    September 13, 2013
    One of the bigger label industry M&A stories in recent years was the 2011 RotoMetrics acquisition of Gerhardt. Driven by the proliferation of flexible die usage in the label converting industry, the deal brought together two industry leaders and…

  • Leadership change at UPM Raflatac

    September 13, 2013
    Tapio Kolunsarka has been appointed executive vice president of UPM Raflatac and a new member of the UPM Group Executive Team as of September 1, 2013. He will transfer to the new position from his current post as senior vice president of UPM Raflatac…

  • Sun Chemical invests $5M in flexo plate facility

    September 13, 2013
    Sun Chemical reinforced its commitment to printers and brand owners operating in the narrow web tag and label (NWTL), wide web, folding carton, and corrugated markets, with the upcoming opening of its new flexographic printing plate manufacturing fac…

  • UPM Raflatac to reduce labelstock production

    September 13, 2013
    UPM Raflatac is planning to reduce labelstock production capacity in Europe, South Africa and Australia to secure cost competitiveness and profitability in low-growth markets. The planned actions are estimated to result in annual cost savings of abou…

  • Multi-Color acquires Flexo Print in Mexico

    September 13, 2013
    Multi-Color Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Flexo Print S.A. De C.V., based in Guadalajara, Mexico. The acquisition was officially completed on August 1, 2013. Flexo Print is a leading producer…

  • Schreiner Group making most of combi-press prepress technology

    Schreiner Group making most of combi-press prepress technology

    September 13, 2013
    Founded in 1951, Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG is a growth-oriented family-owned business. More than 800 employees develop, design and manufacture high-tech-products in six production locations to ensure reliable worldwide customer deliveries. Th…

  • Mark Andy announces new supplies division

    September 13, 2013
    Mark Andy Inc. has officially announced the formation of a new division called Mark Andy Print Products that will provide customers with printing supplies, consumables and small equipment components. This new division of Mark Andy Inc. provides a bro…

  • Domino launches new digital printing microsite

    September 13, 2013
    Digital printing products manufacturer and distributor Domino Amjet has introduced a microsite specifically for digital printing products.  The new microsite www.dominodigitalprinting.com has been created to focus on products, videos and case st…

  • Nosco installs MPS servo press

    Nosco installs MPS servo press

    September 13, 2013
    MPS has announced the successful installation and running of an MPS EF-410 full servo 10-color UV flexo press at Nosco, a Dallas, TX-based packaging supplier. The sale process was led by Denny McGee, president of MPS America. Nosco, a provider of…

  • Horizon Label adds DICE inkjet printer

    September 13, 2013
    DICE Graphic Technologies, LLC has announced the installation of its DICE GT3000 Series digital inkjet printer at Horizon Label LLC’s facilities in West Berlin, NJ, USA. The DICE GT unit was installed onto one of Horizon’s Mark Andy…

  • Avery Dennison expands in Malaysia

    September 13, 2013
    Avery Dennison has added wide web, high-speed coating capabilities to its plant in Bangi, Malaysia, the company has announced. The expanded production capacity resulting from the first installation of such technology in the ASEAN region further diffe…

  • Spear receives Food Safety System Certification

    September 13, 2013
    Spear has added Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) to its portfolio of standards. Following the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Spear achieved FSSC 22000 Certification for each of its US-based facilities, South African facility and the FSS…

  • Spartanics acquires hot stamp manufacturing company

    September 13, 2013
    Spartanics, a manufacturer of card equipment and laser cutting systems, has purchased Malahide Hot Stamping Presses, formerly located in Vancouver, Canada.The acquisition strengthens Spartanics’ lineup of full sheet and roll fed hot stamping sy…

  • Loparex expands North Carolina facility

    September 13, 2013
    Loparex has announced the expansion of its Eden, NC, USA release liner manufacturing site. Loparex has secured a 50,000 square foot manufacturing space located directly across the street from the existing 165,000 square foot facility, which currently…

  • DFI unveils new pressroom cleaning products

    September 13, 2013
    The DiTrolio Flexographic Institute has announced two new cleaning products for pressroom use, Pressroom Helper and Pressman’s Assistant. Both are available for purchase from DFI, and proceeds will benefit the education of future DFI students.…

  • Graphic Products introduces custom UV watermark tapes

    September 13, 2013
    Graphic Products has introduced custom UV watermark tapes designed to help protect companies from counterfeits or product-swapping. Similar to a security hologram, these labels feature a nearly invisible watermark printed with fluorescing ink. When l…

  • AWA releases new North American market study

    September 13, 2013
    AWA Alexander Watson Associates has released a new study on the North American label market, its first since 2011.  As market demand recovers following the global economic crisis, North American Label Market Study 2013 records worldwide 2012 gr…

  • Consolidated Label receives LIFE certification

    September 13, 2013
    Consolidated Label Company has received LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification from the Tag and Label Manufacturing Institute (TLMI).  “Becoming a LIFE member is another step towards achieving our goal of streamlining o…

  • Kocher + Beck extends flex die service hours

    September 13, 2013
    In an ongoing effort to provide customers with the best possible service, Kocher + Beck has extended its customer service phone hours. The company’s representatives can now be reached Monday – Thursday, 7:00am – 7:00pm CST, and Frid…

  • Imagine adds digital print capabilities

    September 13, 2013
    Imagine Print Solutions has further expanded its label and packaging offering with the addition of the HP Indigo WS6000. “The HP Indigo WS6000 offers the most productive digital solution for frequent, smaller quantity, quick-turn print runs fo…

  • THe Provident Group Adds Custom Flex

    September 13, 2013
    The Provident Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Custom Flex, a manufacturer and distributor of doctor blades, end seals and other products for the printing industry. According to the c…

  • CDigital Markets installs two Xeikon label presses

    September 13, 2013
    Xeikon has announced that CDigital Markets, LLC, has purchased and installed two Xeikon 3030 digital label presses to solidify its role in providing full color digital heat transfers to the product decoration industry. CDigital, based in a 35,000-squ…

  • HP announces Indigo enhancement package

    September 13, 2013
    HP has announced a new enhancement package for the HP Indigo WS6600 series Digital Press that it says will significantly improve press performance and allow customers to produce more labels with less effort every month. Touching all aspects of a lab…

  • The Kennedy Group acquires Progressive Labels

    September 13, 2013
    The Kennedy Group, a provider of labeling, packaging and identification production, acquired Progressive Labels, LLC on July 16, 2013. Progressive Labels specializes in providing custom labels to a variety of industries. The Kennedy Group will conti…

  • Luminer Converting adds Epson SurePress

    Luminer Converting adds Epson SurePress

    September 13, 2013
    Epson America, Inc. has announced that label printer and converter Luminer Converting Group has purchased and installed the Epson SurePress L-4033AW. Luminer says it purchased the SurePress based on quality, price point, color gamut, and Ep…

  • Avery Dennison, CCL complete $500 million deal

    September 13, 2013
    Avery Dennison Corp. has completed the sale of its Office and Consumer Products and Designed and Engineered Solutions businesses to CCL Industries Inc. for $500 million. Pasadena-based Avery Dennison says it expects net proceeds from the sale of abou…

  • Gintzler Graphics installs second Gallus press

    Gintzler Graphics installs second Gallus press

    September 13, 2013
    Gallus, Inc. has announced the installation of a new Gallus ECS 340 flexographic label printing press for Gintzler Graphics, the company’s second since the model was first introduced at Labelexpo 2009 in Brussels. “We use Gallus flexo pr…

  • US Demand for labels to exceed $19 billion in 2017

    September 13, 2013
    Label demand in the US is projected to climb 4.2 percent annually to $19.1 billion in 2017, according to The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm. While the dominant pressure sensitive segment will enjoy healthy…

  • Sending a message

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 13, 2013
    Washington State is turning into the figurative, national battleground over “genetically altered foods,” and the push for foods that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled as such. In 2013, 28 states introduced bills…

  • Kodak celebrates five years of Flexcel NX success

    September 12, 2013
    This system has garnered prestigious industry awards.

  • MACtac gets UL recognition for durable film overlamination

    September 12, 2013
    Converters now have pre-approved compliance ensuring fast market access.

  • MPI purchases PCMC ELS press

    September 11, 2013
    MPI Label Systems has purchased the new ELS Max mid-range inline flexographic press.

  • Klöckner Pentaplast announces global capacity expansion

    September 11, 2013
    The company purports to be the only rigid film producer with manufacturing sites located on four continents.

  • Record numbers expected at FTA Fall Conference

    September 11, 2013
    Fifty exhibitors and 300 attendees are anticipated at the event themed "Got Data? Now What?"

  • Cosmetics packaging slowly going green

    September 11, 2013
    A new report says few steps have been made to tackle the environmental impact of personal care packaging.

  • Edale installs FL-3 servo press in Mexico

    September 11, 2013
    Maypack Impresos has recently installed an eight color, 350mm wide Edale FL-3 UV flexo press into its facilities in Toluca.

  • Flint Group celebrates 10 years of Omega Surface Technology

    September 11, 2013
    Introduced for the first time at drupa 2004 in Duesseldorf, Flint Group says this technology still sets the benchmark in electrostatic conductivity.

  • Schawk! standardizes its proofing technology

    September 11, 2013
    GMG ColorProof and GMG OpenColor are being implemented as the primary proofing and color management technology for all Schawk! locations worldwide.

  • RotoMetrics recalibrated

    RotoMetrics recalibrated

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 10, 2013
    Karen Moreland, VP of global marketing for RotoMetrics, discusses the new, streamlined flexible die portfolio.

  • Harper Asia/Pacific wins 'green' award

    September 10, 2013
    The anilox roll supplier has been granted the Green Industry Award from Thailand's Ministry of Industry.

  • Valeron Strength Films invests in new extrusion line

    September 10, 2013
    "We built the line to produce an even higher quality film with significant improvements in accuracy and efficiency," says System Engineer Luc Geven.

  • Jet Technologies appointed Screen distributor

    Jet Technologies appointed Screen distributor

    September 10, 2013
    The company will distribute Dainippon Screen’s new Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press throughout Indonesia.

  • Print 13 under way in Chicago

    September 10, 2013
    This year marks the first time that CPP EXPO, which serves package printers and converters, is co-located with PRINT 13.

  • Chemsultants, AWA partner for PS workshop

    September 9, 2013
    The two-day introductory class is an opportunity for industry newcomers to gain an understanding of pressure sensitive essentials.

  • Pazazz wins Xerox Best-of-the-Best Award

    September 9, 2013
    Pazazz was the only Canadian printer to win this award.