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  • MPS customer wins Japanese award

    March 18, 2013
    Takara Pac Ltd.'s winning label was printed on an MPS EC330 UV full servo 8-color flexo press.

  • How do we label the future?

    How do we label the future?

    Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, FINAT || March 18, 2013
    As the industry moves forward, a look at routes to successful growth and profitability.

  • Reputation management drives marketing success

    Mark Lusky, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    In the days before ubiquitous, instant worldwide communication, company reputations took longer to build – and longer to break. News of both good and bad deeds generally spread much more slowly than today, and consumer sentiment about those dee…

  • LABEL PRINTERS

    LABEL PRINTERS

    March 13, 2013
    K-Sun has introduced the new PEARLabel 270 and PEARLabel 360 label printers, which include a lifetime warranty, mobile printing app, wider formats, new intuitive software and expanded bar coding including QR and data matrix. The label makers are d…

  • INDUSTRIAL SYMBOL LIBRARIES

    March 13, 2013
    Built upon the success of its ROBAR Enterprise Label Management System and three decades of AS/400 and iSeries product development, Innovatum now has iROBAR, which is currently implemented and operational at a number of IBM installations. iROBAR was…

  • RELEASE LINER ALTERNATIVE

    March 13, 2013
    Mondi has developed a new, more natural release liner alternative: the EcoLiner. The paper substrate used for the EcoLiner is produced without the use of any bleaching chemicals and, on demand, can be made of pulp certified according to the Forest St…

  • STATIC CONTROL

    STATIC CONTROL

    March 13, 2013
    Meech Static Eliminators USA will be showcasing its brand new static elimination bars, the Hyperion 971IPS and Hyperion 929IPS, along with its recently released non-contact web-cleaner, the CyClean, at this year’s ICE USA (April 9– 11,…

  • LED UV CURING SYSTEM

    March 13, 2013
    Sterling Toggle now offers the Eco Cure series of LED UV curing products for all sheet-fed offset presses, flexographic, digital label presses and finishing equipment. The Eco Cure system offers flexibility in the production of roll and sheet labels…

  • ANTISTATIC TAPES

    March 13, 2013
    Polyonics’ new antistatic tapes are designed to solve ESD problems before they can damage static sensitive devices. The tapes offer surface resistances at the heart of the static dissipative range—10^5 to 10^9 Ohms—that help sa…

  • INKJET PRINTER

    March 13, 2013
    Relyco has introduced the Formax ColorMax7 Digital Inkjet Color Printer. The ColorMax 7 is a high-speed inkjet printer powered by Memjet technology and was designed for full-bleed color printing of envelopes, pressure seal forms, marketing materials,…

  • DIECUT SHEETS

    DIECUT SHEETS

    March 13, 2013
    Badgetec Corporation has developed a new product line of wearable badges and tags for laser and inkjet printers. The new product line consists of laser/inkjet printable diecut sheets and new clothing attachments, including the new Contour Clip, wh…

  • PLATE IMAGER

    March 13, 2013
    Esko has announced a new addition to its CDI flexo plate images with the introduction of the CDI Spark 2420. It is designed specifically for narrow web label converters; it accommodates plate sizes up to 609 mm x 508 mm, and can also handle a wider r…

  • FOIL SEAL DESIGN

    FOIL SEAL DESIGN

    March 13, 2013
    Univacco has redesigned its foil seal for the first time since 2005, and began applying it in February of this year. It is a non-tear off   release liner design (5mm) on the backside of the seal with repeatable tear resistance. The blue bac…

  • NANOCLEANER

    NANOCLEANER

    March 13, 2013
    A greatly enlarged version of the Nanocleaner NWC-1200 was unveiled in the last quarter of 2012. The proven concept of parts cleaning with simultaneous recycling of the detergent fluid was maintained. The vast washing chamber of 120 cm x 60 cm is…

  • FREEZER-GRADE ADHESIVE

    March 13, 2013
    UPM Raflatac launched a range of products featuring RH15, a new freezer-grade hotmelt adhesive for the Americas market. RH15 is designed to adhere to frosty, wet or moist packaging. And, it can also be used for standard, unfrozen applications. H…

  • ICE USA Preview

    ICE USA Preview

    March 13, 2013
    This year’s show features experts, education and 100 new exhibitors.

  • Hard to Handle

    Hard to Handle

    Steve Katz, Editor || March 13, 2013
    The industry’s materials handling equipment protects against both worker injury and damaged product.

  • Household Products Labeling

    Household Products Labeling

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || March 13, 2013
    The labels on these essential products in a highly competitive market require a balance of durability and high-impact shelf appeal.

  • Anilox Rolls

    Anilox Rolls

    Steve Katz, Editor || March 13, 2013
    The ‘heart of flexo’ continues to evolve to meet the needs of the advancing label industry.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Mac Arthur Corp.

    Narrow Web Profile: Mac Arthur Corp.

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || March 13, 2013
    Running Lean and exemplary customer service have allowed this Michigan converter to thrive, in spite of significant challenges.

  • The Fanta ‘Funstigator’

    The Fanta ‘Funstigator’

    March 13, 2013
    Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI), the specialized inks company whose innovative offerings are seen on consumer products around the world, continues to carry its message in Australia. Specially marked bottles of Fanta beverages in Australia reve…

  • The two systems that make (or break) a family business

    Rock LaManna, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    It may come as a surprise to you, but a well-functioning family business can outperform a Fortune 500 company.  That’s the good news. The bad news is that a dysfunctional family business can feel a lot like a train wreck.  Why do som…

  • Profit from regulation

    Jack Kenny, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    The continuing expansion of nutritional labeling means business for converters.

  • Healthy relationships

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    It is probably more difficult to affect culture change than develop a meaningful relationship. Let me try to explain. I was thinking about health and safety (and health insurance) and wondered if “relationships,” internal and external, ar…

  • Horses for courses

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    Several years ago, a number of cases of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “Mad Cow Disease” were diagnosed in England and several other European countries. Beef sales nosedived, and there was an export ban covering all countries where t…

  • L9 announces World Label Award winners

    March 13, 2013
    The L9 associations have announced the results of the 2012 World Label awards competition, which was judged by an international jury during Labelexpo in Chicago in September 2012. The L9 is the alliance of global label associations, formulating polic…

  • FLAG announces new vendor

    March 13, 2013
    Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG), a member-driven support organization for independent label converters, has announced that Connext Financial LLC is its newest vendor partner.  Connext Financial LLC is an equipment leasing and financing compa…

  • Four more facilities come to LIFE

    March 13, 2013
    Four TLMI member company facilities recently achieved LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification. The program’s newly certified plants include Sussex, WI, USA-based Lauterbach Group; Avery Dennison’s Peachtree City, GA, USA…

  • NELMA announces date for 11th Annual Expo

    March 13, 2013
    The North East Label Manufacturers Association (NELMA) will hold its 11th Annual Expo and Networking Reception on Thursday, May 2, at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater in Somerset, NJ, USA. The event, which will run from 1 PM to 7 PM., will feature an e…

  • IML seminar coming to Chicago

    March 13, 2013
    The “ABC’s of IML: A Basic Course,” now in its 24th year, will be presented Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago North Shore, Skokie, IL. Offered annually since 1989, this seminar is an i…

  • ‘Sparks’ fly at Dscoop8

    ‘Sparks’ fly at Dscoop8

    March 13, 2013
    The eighth annual Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) conference, Dscoop8: Spark, held February 21-23, 2013, in Nashville, TN, USA, was a sold out affair with more than 2,000 print professionals in attendance and nearly 100 exhibitor/partners taki…

  • Industry People

    March 13, 2013
    ACPO, Oak Harbor, OH, USA – Jack Mitchell (1) has joined the company as director of sales and marketing. ANDERSON & VREELAND, Bryan, OH, USA – Sean Sawa (2) has been appointed regional manager for Anderson & Vreeland Canada ULC.…

  • Omet opens technology center in China

    Omet opens technology center in China

    March 13, 2013
    Omet Suzhou Mechanical Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of the Italian press and converting machinery maker Omet Srl was founded in 2007 and is responsible for the sale of both printing presses and tissue converting machines in China, as well as a large pro…

  • Kocher + Beck visits Herma

    Kocher + Beck visits Herma

    March 13, 2013
    During a recent annual technical meeting of the Kocher + Beck (K+B) team, which was attended by members from the US, UK and Russia, held at its German headquarters, the team was invited to visit label company Herma’s new self adhesive materi…

  • Sun Chemical reports suppliers’ eco-footprint

    March 13, 2013
    Sun Chemical has released its 2012 Sustainability Report, which showcases Sun Chemical’s leadership in eco-efficiency through established data-driven metrics, as well as examples of how raw material suppliers are contributing to the company&rsq…

  • DuPont announces Cyrel price increase

    March 13, 2013
    DuPont Packaging Graphics has announced a global price increase for DuPont Cyrel products, effective March 4, 2013, as the company continues to pursue manufacturing productivity improvements and cost reduction initiatives to offset higher raw materia…

  • CTC enlists new sales agent in Australasia

    March 13, 2013
    Seeking to strengthen its presence in Australia and New Zealand, CTC International Inc. has enlisted Nekkorb Solutions as its new sales agent for its Label Automation line of products in the area. The partnership has been in effect since last fall.…

  • FLEXcon achieves ISO Class 7 Cleanroom certification

    March 13, 2013
    FLEXcon has announced its new cleanroom has achieved its ISO Class 7 Cleanroom certification from Certification and Calibration Services, Inc. With this new certification, FLEXcon is implementing a new standard of manufacturing for pressure sensitive…

  • Lotus Labels invests in Xeikon 3300

    March 13, 2013
    Xeikon has announced that Lotus Labels, a Brea, CA, USA-based manufacturer of custom-made labels and tags, has purchased and installed a Xeikon 3300 digital color press to open up new business opportunities in the production of pressure sensitiv…

  • R&R Inc. opens service center for shrink sleeve testing

    March 13, 2013
    Ryback & Ryback Incorporated (R&R Inc.) has recently opened a Technical Service Center in Monroe, NC, USA to provide customers an unbiased shrink sleeve trial facility for small orders, test runs & training. This service center will allow…

  • Wink Grows in Asia

    March 13, 2013
    German diecutting tool manufacturer Wink has strengthened its presence in growing Asian markets. The company has named Winchance (HK) for China/Hongkong, Taiwan and South Korea, and IGS Asia Pacific for Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the…

  • Clean-running nyloflex ACE Digital plates gets high marks

    March 13, 2013
    Flint Group’s new nyloflex ACE Digital plate was recently introduced into the market, and the company reports there have been excellent customer reviews, including reports that the plate runs much cleaner on press, without the need to stop for…

  • TOPP DLS earns G7 certification

    March 13, 2013
    TOPP Digital Label Solutions, a Xeikon 3050 customer in Miami, FL, USA, has received G7 certification from the IDEAlliance. G7 certification means that TOPP’s print personnel are experts, trained in the field of color management, process and qu…

  • The Label Smith adds Xeikon 3500 digital press

    March 13, 2013
    Xeikon has announced that Pasadena, TX-based The Label Smith has purchased and installed a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to support its growing digital business. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Label Smith has grown into one of the region&r…

  • Kocker + Beck expands Georgia tooling facility

    March 13, 2013
    Kocher + Beck USA LP has announced the completion of a major expansion to its hard tooling production facility in Suwanee, GA, USA. A recent installation of two of the very latest high caliber CNC milling machines adds to the existing range of equipm…

  • SATO increases Econano production capabilities

    March 13, 2013
    SATO, a producer of barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID products has announced its plans to increase production of Econano labels – the world’s first label series able to reduce CO2 emissions released at the point of incineration. AC…

  • GreenBlue to offer package design assessment

    March 13, 2013
    Sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue has announced the addition of a new service to its Advisory Services offerings—a standardized packaging design assessment. Companies interested in designing more sustainable packaging can now take advantage of…

  • Steinhauser Inc. earns 2013 Maxwell Award

    Steinhauser Inc. earns 2013 Maxwell Award

    March 13, 2013
    On January 26, Steinhauser Inc. was presented the 2013 Maxwell Award from the Southern Region Printing Week Council. Each year the council awards a market leader in the printing industry that has demonstrated technical proficiency, continued suc…

  • Bunting Magnetics responds to industry changes

    March 13, 2013
    Bunting Magnetics Co., a producer of magnetic products for the worldwide printing, automobile, plastics, food, and electronics industries, has announced changes in how it supplies flexible dies to label manufacturers. The changes are the result of ex…

  • Digital Label System

    March 13, 2013
    At the recent WestPack 2013 in Anaheim, CA, USA, Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. (ADSI) introduced its new iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label System, a complete digital solution built to print and finish labels for label convertors and brand owners of all siz…