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  • 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…

  • What

    What's Your Worth?

    Rock LaManna || October 8, 2012
    You could be worth more (or less) than you think.

  • Trends in Label Printing

    Trends in Label Printing

    October 3, 2012
    2:00 P.M.  EST As brand owners continue to look for packaging solutions that stand out in a sea of consumer choices, label printers are consistently looking for new ways for their customers’ packages to pop off the shelf. At the same time…

  • Electro Optic opens new US production plant

    Electro Optic opens new US production plant

    October 2, 2012
    The flexible die specialist will manufacture its full line of products at the new Alpharetta, GA, facility.

  • EFI acquires Online Print Solutions

    October 2, 2012
    While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, the transaction is not expected to be material to EFI's 2012 results.

  • New sales rep appointment at A&V

    October 2, 2012
    Dale Grabow will provide technical sales and support to A&V customers in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.

  • Flint Group to present free seminar

    October 2, 2012
    The one-day seminar will be held in Newark, CA, USA this November.

  • WS Packaging acquires offset booklet printer

    October 2, 2012
    Business Graphics Printing specializes in offset printing and production of instructional booklets and inserts.

  • Wink US joins TLMI

    October 2, 2012
    The diecutting tool manufacturer is expanding its international presence.

  • Stork Prints wins award for EcoSleeve concept

    October 2, 2012
    EcoSleeve was introduced to the European market at drupa, and to the North American market at Labelexpo.

  • Scottish converter adds new Nilpeter press

    October 2, 2012
    The Nilpeter FB-2500 UV flexo press was purchased to help CV Labels meet demand for its niche product range.

  • Two promotions at Channeled Resources

    October 2, 2012
    Tim Isbell and Mario Salamanca have been promoted to industry managers.

  • Datamart Direct deems MCS an instant success

    October 2, 2012
    The digital marketing technology company expects annual savings in excess of $50,000.

  • Grupo Fibrafil invests in Gallus press

    October 2, 2012
    Based in Lima, Peru, Grupo Fibrafil is one of the leading Latin American manufacturers of two agro-industrial products used in greenhouses.

  • Davis-Standard opens new facility in China

    October 2, 2012
    The company says this plant represents its commitment to its customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

  • FLEXcon's Ken Koldan honored at AIM Summit

    October 2, 2012
    Koldan was named the AIM North America Professional of the Year.

  • Flint Group to raise prices on plates

    October 2, 2012
    Citing general cost increases,the company will raise prices for photopolymer printing plates by 3% next year.

  • PRPflexo unveils new website

    October 2, 2012
    The new site offers a print troubleshooting reference library and the newly-released online estimating program.

  • APR and Techkon to show SpectroEdge this fall

    October 2, 2012
    SpectroEdge will be showcased at the TLMI annual meeting and at the FTA fall conference.