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  • AC Labels claims world record bar code label

    AC Labels claims world record bar code label

    October 9, 2012
    The UK converter celebrated the 60th anniversary of the bar code by printing one 40 meters long.

  • 3M and Avery Dennison nix office products deal

    October 9, 2012
    The US Justice Department opposed the proposed deal because of antitrust concerns.

  • MCS launches inkjet controller platform

    October 9, 2012
    Raptor controller software drives the newest generation of MCS Falcon and Eagle inkjet systems.

  • Siegwerk plans expansion

    October 9, 2012
    The company has begun construction on a Center for Printing Excellence.

  • EFI unveils Fiery FS100 Pro

    October 9, 2012
    The first digital print engines to feature Fiery FS100 Pro will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2013.

  • InfoTrends announces substrate study

    October 9, 2012
    Early subscriber rates are available through November 15.

  • Masterpiece Graphix named Xeikon Aura Partner

    October 9, 2012
    The Xeikon Aura Partner Network is designed to bring together information about Xeikon partners and their integrated products into a centralized location.

  • CV Labels installs fifth Omega inspection rewinder

    CV Labels installs fifth Omega inspection rewinder

    October 9, 2012
    Equipped with FleyeVision 100 percent print face inspection, the new Omega HSR and camera will enable the company to handle increased production needs.

  • Pulse announces Ukraine distributor

    October 9, 2012
    The move expands the supplier's sales and support network in Eastern Europe.

  • Speaker line-up announced for first Print United

    October 9, 2012
    The inaugural Dscoop EMEA conference will feature Ken Schmidt, communications strategist for Harley-Davidson.

  • Esko, Southern Lithoplate form partnership

    October 9, 2012
    The strategic alliance aims to help companies that produce commercial printing, folding cartons and offset labels manage and grow their businesses.

  • SGP launches 'Take Action' campaign

    October 9, 2012
    Goals of the campaign include encouraging members of the graphic communications industry to seek certification through SGP.

  • Linerless Labels

    Linerless Labels

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || October 9, 2012
    Sustainable and efficient, the popularity of linerless labels is expected to grow as quickly as the technology that supports it.

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 9, 2012
    Examining a label’s life cycle is paramount to developing a greener product.

  • Companies to Watch

    Companies to Watch

    October 9, 2012
    Companies to Watch is a special feature of Label & Narrow Web that pays tribute to a select group of converters who are making noteworthy contributions to the health of the industry.

  • Coming to Walmart: The Ecoslide-RX

    Coming to Walmart: The Ecoslide-RX

    October 9, 2012
    The retail giant is implementing an environmentally sustainable pharmaceutical compliance package.

  • Beware the Lottery Strategy

    Rock LaManna || October 9, 2012
    Pot-of-gold thinking can crash a merger and acquisition.

  • SKU proliferation

    Jack Kenny || October 9, 2012
    A new study shows that the pain of short run production is not limited to label converters.

  • Do you believe?

    Calvin Frost || October 9, 2012
    Since I’ve been writing this column I’ve tried to follow a schedule of topics that I believe are important and interesting to our industry. I create the schedule late in the fall and as the year progresses gather information on a topic in…

  • No business like trade show business?

    John Penhallow || October 9, 2012
    Last month’s Narrow Web Europe column reported on European trade shows, several of which are struggling. Prospects for the UK-based Ipex show, coming up in 2014, took a knock when HP announced that it would not take part. Now comes the double-w…

  • FTA unveils theme, logo for Annual Forum

    October 9, 2012
    More than 1600 flexographic printing professionals are expected to attend the Flexographic Technical Association’s 55th Annual Forum in San Diego, CA, USA, April 28 - May 1, 2013. The conference will be chaired by Bob Mullen of Sun Chemical…

  • Industry People

    October 9, 2012
    1 2 3 4 7 AGFA GRAPHICS, Elmwood Park, NJ, USA – Danielle Muller has joined the company as internet marketing manager. DAVIS-STANDARD, Fulton, NY, USA – Don Teich (1) has been promoted to vice president of liquid coat…

  • Shelf labeling with UPM Raflatac

    October 9, 2012
    UPM Raflatac announces the launch of a range of paper-faced products for shelf labeling applications that provide label converters and retailers with compelling, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional vinyl products. Utilizing Late…

  • Confidex marks RFID milestone

    October 9, 2012
    Confidex, a supplier of high-performing contactless ticketing and RFID tag products, has announced that in August 2012, it exceeded the 300 million pieces milestone in delivering limited use contactless tickets, compliant with NFC Forum Type 2. In ad…

  • Overnight Labels earns Certificate of Merit

    October 9, 2012
    Overnight Labels, Inc., Deer Park, NY, USA, has been awarded a 2012 Premier Print Award, for outstanding achievement in the production of flexographic printing. The Premier Print Awards is one of the graphic arts industry’s largest worldwide pr…

  • Topflight adds MCS Array inkjet system

    October 9, 2012
    MCS, Inc. has announced the acquisition of its MCS Array inkjet system by Topflight Corporation of Glen Rock, PA, USA. Topflight is a manufacturer of labels, precision diecut components, shrink sleeves and conductive parts for the medical device, pha…

  • DigiFlex from A&V transforms analog to digital

    October 9, 2012
    With its appointment as a distributor of DigiFlex prepress products throughout North America, Anderson & Vreeland now offers an inkjet CTP system that transforms analog flexo plates into digital plates. DigiFlex equipment includes the FlexoJe…

  • UPM Raflatac opens slitting center in Ukraine

    October 9, 2012
    UPM Raflatac has opened a new labelstock slitting and distribution terminal in Kiev, Ukraine. The terminal will supply both film and paper label materials to customers in Ukraine. “By opening a terminal, UPM Raflatac is setting superior servic…

  • Fujifilm supports SGP as Gold Patron

    October 9, 2012
    Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, has announced that Fujifilm North America Corporation is a Gold Patron. Fujifilm recognizes the wor…

  • I.D. Images acquires Advent LLC

    October 9, 2012
    I.D. Images, a label converter headquartered in Brunswick OH, USA, has announced its acquisition of Advent LLC, a thermal transfer specialty house in Charlotte, NC, USA. “We are excited to bring the Advent team on board. We believe we have str…

  • Ahlstrom to divest Label & Processing business

    October 9, 2012
    Ahlstrom will demerge its Label & Processing business area, combining it with Miksjö AB to form a new leader in specialty papers. The new company, which will be named Munksjö Corporation, will be listed on the Helsinki NASDAQ in 2013. A…

  • GPA gives back to the community

    October 9, 2012
    On August 18, employees of GPA – a provider of specialty substrates for offset and digital printing – volunteered their time for the second year in a row at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This year, the GPA group helped package…

  • InfoTrends predicts growth despite economic woes

    October 9, 2012
    According to InfoTrends - a market research and strategic consulting firm for the imaging, document solutions, production print, and digital media industries - American print service providers are investing in transformative technology such as web-to…

  • Technicote plant rebuilding effort ahead of schedule

    October 9, 2012
    Technicote has been hard at work rebuilding its Cuyahoga Falls, OH plant, and has provided the industry with an update. It’s been nearly nine months since the fire that destroyed most of the company’s manufacturing facility on Marc Drive…

  • Flint Group’s China Academy finds success

    October 9, 2012
    Flint Group Flexographic Products again organized the Chinese Summer Flexo Academy, which started on July 16 in Shanghai. The subject of this year’s event was flexo wide web printing. The five day program, including classroom training and on-si…

  • Chesapeake adds Gidue M5 Digital Flexo 3.0 press

    October 9, 2012
    Chesapeake, a global packaging manufacturer, has invested in a new Gidue M5 Digital Flexo 3.0 label press which will be installed in one of its UK plants later in the year. Mike Cheetham, Chesapeake’s CEO, comments, “The new Gidue press w…

  • UPM Raflatac acquires Gascogne’s labelstock operations

    October 9, 2012
    UPM Raflatac has completed its acquisition of the labelstock business operations of Gascogne Laminates Switzerland of the Gascogne Group, which was announced on June 1 of this year. Gascogne Laminates Switzerland employs approximately 110 people in i…

  • Hammer expands IML capabilities

    October 9, 2012
    Hammer Packaging has announced he acquisition of a web-fed Berhalter diecutter, which it says “uniquely positions the company in the complex IML-I and lidding market and takes Hammer to a new level in supporting its customers’ IML-I needs…

  • Avery Dennison opens Knowledge Center in India

    October 9, 2012
    Avery Dennison Corporation has opened a new Knowledge Center for educating, training and sharing the best practices involved in label printing. Located at Avery Dennison’s premises in Bangalore, India, this center is the first of its kind for t…

  • Dantex acquires RBCOR

    October 9, 2012
    Dantex Corp USA has announced the acquisition of San Marcos, CA, USA-based RBCOR. RBCOR has long been recognized as a leading supplier of letterpress and flexo plates to North American end users. Dick Bein, president of RBCOR, says, “Our deal…

  • Chicago Tag & Label upgrades to EFI Radius

    October 9, 2012
    EFI has announced that Chicago Tag & Label has selected EFI Radius as its new MIS/ERP software. In business for more than 65 years, Chicago Tag & Label is a national supplier of custom tags, custom labels and label-form combinations. The comp…

  • Harper reports successful summer Roadshows

    October 9, 2012
    Held on Thursday, August 23, the “Quantifying the Process” themed Clemson stop on the Harper Roadshow, hosted by global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America, was a success. The Minneapolis stop, which took place on Wednesday…

  • TLP acquires Stratix’s label business

    October 9, 2012
    Tailored Label Products, Inc. (TLP), a custom manufacturer of engineered labels and diecut adhesives, announced that it has acquired the Label Products Division of Stratix Corporation, a leader in enterprise mobility systems to Fortune 500 clients.…

  • Made in USA’ matters

    October 9, 2012
    In the latest shopper research survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS), results indicate that four out of five shoppers notice “Made in the USA” claims on packaging – similar to 2011 levels (83% vs. 80%)…

  • ILS and Color-Logic share HP award

    October 9, 2012
    Color-Logic, a developer of the Process Metallic Color System, and Innovative Labeling Solutions     (ILS), a licensed Color-Logic printer producing digital and flexographic labels and packaging, are joint winners of a 2012 HP Print…

  • Five HP Indigo presses

    October 9, 2012
    HP has announced that RAKO Etiketten purchased five new HP Indigo WS6600 digital presses “to increase efficiency and productivity as it extends the benefits of digital label printing to a wider market.” With headquarters in Witzhave, nea…

  • Spinnaker Coating opens LA distribution center

    October 9, 2012
    Spinnaker Coating has announced the expansion of its US footprint with the opening of a distribution facility in Los Angeles, CA. Spinnaker, which makes adhesive coated papers and films, also recently opened a distribution facility in Atlanta, GA. W…

  • OKI Data partners with Mark Andy

    October 9, 2012
    OKI Data Americas, headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ, USA, has announced a strategic alliance with Mark Andy to increase availability of short run digital color label printing systems in the US beginning immediately. As part of this relationship, OKI…

  • Mark Andy launches digital label printer

    October 9, 2012
    In recent years, Mark Andy has reinforced its commitment to deliver productive and profitable short run flexo printing solutions by offering the Performance Series - a narrow web flexo printing platform focused on cost savings and profitability fo…

  • Customer-driven

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 9, 2012
    As I go over my piles of notes, press kits and photos from Labelexpo, there is something that stands out. In talking with exhibitors and attending press conferences, I noticed a particular emphasis on the customer – getting to know who you are…