International Converting Industry News

News from: Ahlstrom, Arjo Wiggins Belgium, ECMA, Elopak, Jefferson Smurfit, K-2001, Lemo, Nilpeter, PAC-EX, Plast-Ex 2001, Rohm & Haas, Roto Press Intl., SMR Stiegler, Stora Enso, Valmet Rotomec SpA, and Yupo Europe.

Bush Administration Acts Fast to Slow Things Down

In a memo released Jan. 22, 2001, Bush chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. requested department heads and acting department heads of federal regulatory agencies to postpone publication of proposed and final rules in the Federal Register. The move will give Bush appointees time for administrative review. Delays could have an impact on converters, suppliers, and their customers.

In This Industry, Green Doesn't Always Mean Go

Because green values may not be entirely indicative of final values, converters may use other techniques in an attempt to predict the final properties of a material when first made.

Wide vs Narrow Web FlexoIt's More Than Just the Width

Flexography is the fastest growing printing process. This growth has come from many flexographic printing sectors, including wide web flexible packaging and narrow web label printing.

A Glossary of Descriptive TermsSixth Installment

Shaftless unwind/rewind stands: Basic pieces of equipment used in holding the supply roll(s) and production roll(s) on the converting machine. These stands


New material products for the converting industry. Suppliers this month include: Equistar Chemicals LP; Hazen Paper Co.; National Starch and Chemical Co.; PaperTyger LLC; 3M; Scapa Tapes; Venture Coating Technologies; and Westvaco Corp.


New from: ADI, Amacoil, Arrowhive, Ashe Converting, Brookfield, Contech, Domino Amjet, Dover Flexo, Dusenbery, Electroid, Electro-Tech, Davis-Standard, Exair, Faustel, Flexo Concepts, Gans Ink, IST America, Kurt J. Lesker Co., Maxson, Megtec, Moisture Register Products, New Era, Nordson, E.T. Oakes, Park Air, Radio Frequency, Slautterback, Spraymation, Superior Solvents, Testing Machines, and Texloc.

Small Inspection Light Proves to Be a Shining Star

Unilux creates a hand-held inspection light for Amgraph Packaging that is not only bright enough but convenient and durable as well.

A Primer on How to Put Substrates Together

To extrusion coat, extrusion laminate, or film laminate? If a composite construction is your goal, there is more than one way to get there.

Core Cutter a Boon to Independent Tube Company

Personalized service and a CoreTech core cutter keep customers happy at Erdie Paper Tube.

FPA Celebrates Excellence in Flexible Packaging

The Flexible Packaging Assn. has announced the winners of its 2000 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards, which honor packaging and converting excellence.

Modifying Adhesives for Superior Performance

Enhanced copolyester resin technology reportedly improves key bond properties of high-performance, flexible laminating adhesives.

European Conference

The European Committee of the Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division will sponsor the 2001 European Polymers, Films, Laminations, and Extrusion Coating

Andreas Ahlbrandt Prize

Enercon Industries in Menomonee Falls, WI, endowed a prize in 1986 to accompany the Leadership and Service Award of the Polymers, Laminations and Coatings

Cast Film Dies and Auxiliary Equipment

Application: Quality of an extrudate in a cast film system depends on the entire die system because of the synergistic effect of the components.

Specially Designed Metallocene Copolymers for Extrusion Coating

Application: New metallocene polymers have equal and sometimes better ultimate hot tack and high temperature hot tack compared with current acid copolymers and ionomers.

Flex-Pack Operation Likes to Convert the Complex

The Netherlands plant of Amcor Flexibles Europe already produces an impressive range of flexible packaging, but it isn't satisfied yet.

On the Move...

News from: AIMCAL, Bobst Group, Brandtjen & Kluge, BST Pro Mark, Corotec, Electrostatic Discharge Assn., DuPont Teijin Films, Econo Products, Elite Cameron, General Formulations, Gravure Education Foundation, Harper Corp. of America, International Paper, Kroenert, Lamart, Marsden, NPES, Polystyrene Packaging Council, Quickdraft, RCS Inc., Rotec North America, SML, TAPPI, and Transilwrap.

Dow Expected to Enjoy Earnings Growth in 2001

Dow Plastics is expected to enjoy earnings growth of 10%/share in 2001 due to expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and new business development, according to new company president and CEO Michael Parker.

Doctor Blades: Making the Most of Mission Critical

Doctor blades are mission critical, asserts Tom Allison, president of Allison Systems Corporation, Riverside, NJ. In today's converting/printing products

Reporter Clips

News from: ABNH, American Ultraviolet, Argent Tape, Chesnut Engineering, CMM, Custom Printed Labels, EMA, EMS, Harper, Labelexpo Asia, Lancer Label, Mark Andy, Plastic Suppliers Inc., RIT, Rotoflex, Scapa Tapes, Seal-It, Sericol, Tesa Tape, Texas Instruments, TLMI, UV Source, Xaar, and Zebra Technologies.

New Label Press Moves Company to the Next Level

Schultz Bros. USA needed another press for its label converting operation, and it wound up being the first customer for the new Mark Andy Scout.


New from: Avery Dennison, Aztech Machinery, Chesnut Engineering, Comco Intl., Craig Adhesives, Emtech, Epsilon-Opti Films, FLEXcon, H.B. Fuller Co., National Starch, Plastiprint Inc., Sato America, Telstar Engineering, and Weber Marking Systems.

Converting Industry News

News from: Advanced Polybag, Hosokawa Alpine, Middleton Paper, P P Payne, Valmet, and Westvaco.

GretagMacbeth Offers Fundamentals of Color Workshops

In an effort to support education in color science, GretagMacbeth is sponsoring a national series of color workshops. Fundamentals of Color will address: color communication within a company's supply chain; resolving specific color issues; and establishing corporate color guidelines.

E-Commerce Can Yield New Growth

Yes, I'm talking about e-commerce again. Consumers like you and me, our families, and our friends have become comfortable enough with the Web to opt for

Converting Industry News

News from: AWS, Cerutti, CMM Intl., Crown Roll Leaf, DuPont Packaging, Grafix NA, Huhtamaki, Mead Corp.,, Packaging Resources, PCI Films Consulting, SPI, Unifoil, VantagePoint Group, and Westvaco.

US and EU Health Activities Are Focusing on Chemicals

Action on chemicals is at the forefront of activities on both sides of the Atlantic, with the potential to affect not only suppliers of chemicals and

New Test May Detect Pathogens in PE Food Wrap

Searching for expiry dates and sniffing food to detect spoilage soon may be things of the past. A development in food packaging will alert consumers to

There Are Many Reasons for Packaging Peculiarities

Do you ever wonder why so many different constructions can exist for a flexible packaging laminate? Do you think life would be much simpler if all items packaged in a flexible laminate product used the same laminate? Unfortunately, this will never be possible. There are many different reasons for the variety of flexible packaging laminates.

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