in RFID program
Avery Dennison RFID, Clinton, SC, USA, has announced that 17 RFID converters have met rigorous standards to become Avery Dennison “Qualified Converters.” The company designs and manufactures high volume RFID tags.
The converters named to the certification program include CCL Label, Kennedy Group, Lowry Computer Products, Mid South Graphics, Moore Wallace, MPI Label Systems, Nashua, National Label, NCR Systemedia Division, Paxar Americas, R&V Group, RSI ID Technologies, Sato America, Topflight Corporation, Weber Marking Systems, WS Packaging, and Zebra Technologies Corporation.
To become a “Qualified Converter,” the companies worked with technical staff from Avery Dennison for several months to conduct comprehensive evaluations of both Avery Dennison’s RFID inlays and the converters’ manufacturing and testing capabilities. The company said that alignment of these capabilities is critical to ensure a high-quality, high-yield RFID label for end users. Avery Dennison is undergoing similar efforts with converters in Europe.
“Each converter worked diligently with us to enhance the label product durability and performance,” says Mathew Mellis, vice president of RFID at Avery Dennison. “We consider these converters to be our business partners. Given the label converting proficiencies demonstrated by the 17 converters announced today, we will confidently recommend these names to end users that specify Avery Dennison RFID products.”
Avery Dennison RFID recently announced that it is the first company to offer a high volume Gen 2 inlay. Also in September, Avery Dennison announced that it would offer Gen 1 and Gen 2 inlays for 7.9 cents each, the lowest price in the industry, on orders of one million or more.
Ahlstrom invests in new co-generation plant
Ahlstrom, a manufacturer of fiber-based materials such as nonwovens and specialty papers, recently announced a €7 million investment in the construction of a co-generation facility at its plant in Turin, Italy.
The new facility, planned for completion in early 2007, will produce steam and electricity to serve the energy needs of the plant. It will be built and run by an external partner under an “own and operate” agreement.
The Turin plant manufactures release base papers for the self-adhesive labeling industry and filtration media for automotive and specialty applications.