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Folding Carton Gluers Find Homes in Italy
Jagenberg reports the first of three Diana 165-4 presses was shipped to Italy and is running at Cartotecnica Grafica Vicentina (CGV). The other two units are in use at Ondulati Maranello and Scatolificio Ceriana.

Says CGV's Luigi Campagnaro, “We realized the new Diana 165-4 would work with a broad range of stock, from very light corrugated board via triple flutes to high-grade, elaborately laminated boxes. What's more, [it] is very versatile and flexible for use with many formats normally only producible with smaller folding carton gluers.”

The manufacturer notes the standard Jagset adjustment unit now makes job changeover easier and quicker than before.
Supplier Information
Jagenberg AG
, Düsseldorf, Germany; +49 211 473-4550; jagenberg.com


Correction
In the Release Liners Supplement to the November 2002 issue of PFFC, an error appeared in the article “Reducing Silicone Mist” beginning on pRL10.

In the graph showing mist reduction vs. wt.% Syl-Off HSXL, an incorrect shift in the X axis by one unit to the left leads the reader to assume no mist reduction is observed at 1%, when in fact excellent mist reduction is observed with 1% of Dow Corning's HSXL products.


Agreements
Creo, Xerox Sign Contract

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA—Creo has signed a contract with Xerox, Stamford, CT, under which Xerox will purchase Creo Spire color servers, for a period of five years, for sale with current and future Xerox digital printers. The agreement expands and strengthens the companies' relationship, establishing a long-term strategic partnership. Creo says it will continue to devote resources to develop advanced color server technologies and workflow and is committed to supporting Xerox customer satisfaction initiatives.


Environmental News
Serving Up Biodegradable Wraps in US Parks

SANTA BARBARA, CA, USA—EarthShell Corp. reports EarthShell Packaging sandwich wraps now are being used in eight national parks throughout the US.

Prior to distribution in the US park system, EarthShell completed what it calls a successful test market of its sandwich wraps in the Baltimore/Washington area over a three-month period. Reportedly, the wraps met test objectives for product performance and price validation in the marketplace.

The wraps use the same ingredients as other EarthShell Packaging products, such as plates and bowls, which also are used in the parks. These ingredients, which include limestone, starch, and other biodegradable materials, are said to result in packaging that is environmentally preferable compared to traditional foil or paper and plastic-laminated wraps.


Supplier News
New Line Enhances Battenfeld Gloucester Tech Center

GLOUCESTER, MA, USA—Battenfeld Gloucester has completed a seven-layer blown film line at its Technical Center.

The lab offers what is described as a state-of-the-art platform for a variety of tasks, including customer and industrial R&D, process training, product development, and technology presentation for blown film, sheet, and cast film.

The line includes Contracool extruders, Automatic Profile Control, Model 1008D winder, Extrol microprocessor control, and the UltraCool Air Ring.

The Technical Center also features a three-layer blown film swing line and a five-layer sheet line.


Show News
Flexo-Focused Area Debuts at Charlotte Show

CHARLOTTE, NC, USA—The Flexotek Showcase will debut at The Charlotte Show 2003, to be held March 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Regis J. Delmontagne, president of show sponsor Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), says, “The goal of [Flexotek Showcase] was to offer companies an economical way of putting their message in front of a superb regional industry audience, whether they were new to the industry, launching a new product, or simply wanted to reach out to new prospects.” He adds, “The early response…demonstrates that this new exhibit opportunity truly meets a need in the flexo community.”

Companies booking space in this area, GASC notes, include Harper Corp., Max Daetwyler Corp., Printers Service, and Prime UV Systems. For more information contact GASC at 703/264-7200; gasc.org.

NPE 2003 Sponsor Offers Visa Help to International Visitors
WASHINGTON, DC, USA—Organizers of NPE 2003, scheduled for June 23-27 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, are urging international attendees to obtain a US visa as soon as possible.

The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), sponsor of the triennial event, is offering assistance in this task. At the Web site npe.org, you will find visa information and a number of links that can help facilitate the process.

Explains Jordan L. Morgenstern, SPI VP of trade shows, “Since the [Sept. 11, 2001] terrorist attacks in the US, the time required for processing visa applications from many parts of the world has increased to three or four months, and delays may lengthen during the transition period if responsibility for processing visa applications is transferred from the US State Department to the Department of Homeland Security. We are advising prospective international visitors to start the visa process now, even if they are only considering attendance at NPE 2003.”

Pack Expo Proves to Be an International Resource
ARLINGTON, VA, USA—Pack Expo International lived up to its vision to be “the leading global resource for packaging,” reports sponsor Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI). Held Nov. 3-7, 2002, at Chicago's McCormick Pl., the show attracted more than 46,000 attendees. The event also lived up to its “international” designation with 5,978 visitors from 92 countries. A three-day conference program attracted 830 attendees and addressed trends and technologies ranging across the industry.

With 2,007 exhibiting companies, Pack Expo offered something for everyone in the packaging industry. Says PMMI show committee chairman Mark Garvey, “Over the next 12 months, Pack Expo attendees will purchase billions of dollars worth of packaging equipment, materials, components, and containers.”

For more information contact PMMI at 703/243-8555; pmmi.org.


Acquisitions
Hazen Buys Decorated Paper

HOLYOKE, MA, USA—Hazen Paper Co. has acquired Decorated Paper, Camden, NJ, the manufacturer of Cadillac Cover, Metallic Cover, Sun Cover fluorescent stocks, and Stellar Cover UV coated stock. Hazen president John Hazen says, “We're committed to enhancing both the quality and service delivered to Decorated's loyal customer base and [we're] excited by the prospect of expanding the lines.”


Awards
Glenroy Takes Home Multiple Honors

MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, USA—Glenroy Inc. proudly reports it took home five awards for excellence in flexographic printing in recent months: a Bronze Award from the Flexographic Technical Association; a Best of Category, Award of Excellence, and Certificate of Merit from Printing Industries of Wisconsin; and a “Benny” for the Best of Category (flexo printing) from Printing Industries of America.


Projects
Committee Will Study PDF Archiving

RESTON, VA, USA—NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, will partner with the Association for Information and Image Management International (AIIM) to develop an international standard that defines the use of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for archiving and preserving documents.

The project will address the need to electronically archive documents in a way that will ensure preservation of their contents over an extended period of time and will further ensure those documents will be able to be retrieved and rendered with consistent and predictable results.

The work will address the use of PDF for multi-page documents that may contain a mixture of text, raster images, and vector graphics. It will address the features and requirements that must be supported by reading devices that will be used to retrieve and render the archived documents. The associations encourage anyone with an interest in the work to participate. Register for the committee at aiim.org/pdf_a.


Industry Studies
P-S Tapes to Expand Annually

CLEVELAND, OH, USA—The world market for pressure-sensitive (p-s or self-adhesive) tapes is projected to expand at an annual pace of 5.5% through 2006 to 25.4 billion sq m, valued at $20.8 billion. This is the conclusion of a new study from the Freedonia Group.

The study says gains off a depressed 2001 base will be supported by a global economic recovery, which will boost fixed investment, motor vehicle output, corrugated packaging demand, and other tape-intensive sectors of the economy.

For more information on World Pressure Sensitive Tapes, contact Freedonia at 440/684-9600; freedoniagroup.com

World Pressure-Sensitive Tape Market
(million sq m)

% Annual Growth

Item

1996

2001

2006

01/96

6/01

North America

5,344

5,757

6,760

1.5

3.3

Western Europe

3,869

4,559

5,320

3.3

3.1

Asia/Pacific

4,912

6,822

10,250

6.8

8.5

China

1,906

3,423

6,035

12.4

12.0

Japan

1,365

1,405

1,515

0.6

1.5

Other Asia/Pacific

1,641

1,994

2,700

4.0

6.2

Other World

1,883

2,301

3,070

4.1

5.9

World Tape Sales 16,008 19,439 25,400 4.0 5.5

Source: The Freedonia Group Inc.



 

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