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Akzo Nobel Inks Becomes ANI Printing Inks

At Drupa, ANI Printing Inks -- formerly known as Akzo Nobel Inks -- made its name change -- and new company goals -- official.

Koerber PaperLink Schneider XT System Helps Converters and Paper Mills Eliminate Dust

Koerber PaperLink will showcase its new Schneider XT system, technology that helps converters and paper mills remove costly dusty problems.

Top of the Line

Premium products deserve premium packaging. NPA honors the year's best folding cartons and rigid boxes.

Unique Issues of Laminating Inks

One of the major advances in flexible packaging was the introduction of film laminated structures. Film lamination allowed different properties to be

Materials

New material products from: Air Products and Chemicals, Environmental Inks and Coatings, Johnson Polymer, MeadWestvaco, and Mitsui Plastics.

Fast & Flawless

Spectratek is converting thin-gauge holographic films at high speeds, thanks to new equipment from Stanford Products.

Zapping Static

Battling static buildup in its slitting process, one nonwovens converter gets results with Simco's static elimination systems.

Innovation on Board

A consumer favorite gets a facelift thanks to innovative use of paperboard packaging.

Gussets Lead to Growth

A paperboard envelope that expands to hold thick, bulky items delivers double-digit growth for Calumet Carton.

Getting Better with Time

It wasn't too long ago water-based inks were thought of more as a solution to protecting the environment than a choice for high quality printing. But

Pliant Corp. Expanding Capacity for Production of Revolution Brand Films

Pliant Corporation reports it is in the process of expanding its capacity to produce Revolution brand stretch-wrap products significantly.

Il Melograno Packs Fresh Salads in Cargill Dow's Maize-Based Nature Works PLA

For additional PFFC coverage of Cargill Dow's Nature Works PLA, check out Stan Sacharow's August 2003 Green Stands for Go feature.

Stora Enso and Xeikon Partner to Develop On-Demand Production Line for DBS Media/Entertainment Packaging

Stora Enso reports it and Xeikon International have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to combine Stora Enso's DBS (Discbox Slider) packaging system with Xeikon digital printing systems. The companies will present the new on-demand production line for CD and DVD packaging for the first time at Drupa 2004. (http://www.storaenso.com/dbs)

National Adhesives to Increase Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Prices Mid-May 2004

A unit of National Starch and Chemical Co., National Adhesives' products are based on polyurethane, acrylic, rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate, expoxy, polyvinyl acetate and starch, and dextrin chemistries. (adhesives.nationalstarch.com)

MonoSol Acquires UK-Based Aquafilm Ltd., Dramatically Expands Offerings in Water-Soluble Films

MonoSol LLC reports it has acquired Worcestershire, England-based Aquafilm Ltd., a producer of blown extruded water-soluble films.

Waste & That Blue Box

More local and regional jurisdictions are seeking to deal with litter and solid waste by embracing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws that place

Film Wettability Not So Simple

When it comes to the subject of everyone has some degree of experience. However, the wetting of a film by a printing ink is a complicated physical/chemical

A Secure Alternative

Micro-optic films have been developed to respond to the ever-diminshing security provided by holograms and DOVIDs.

Bio Break Down

Technological breakthroughs in biodegradable flex-pack products have created a very real competition with their non-biodegradable counterparts.

Materials

News from: Contract Converting, Impregion, International Paper Bleach Board Business, National Adhesives, and Scapa North America.

What Is Cationic UV Technology?

Cationic UV (ultraviolet)-curable inks and coatings have been offered commercially for more than 30 years, but to many printers and converters, it still is a “new technology.”

Aluminum Association to Participate in NAM's Coalition for the Future of Manufacturing in US

The NAM-sponsored "Manufacturing: Making America's Future" Forum and Fly In is slated for February 10 and 11, 2004, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Substrate Developments for RFID Labels

A look at substrates from AWA's new AWAreness Report , RFID Tag and Label Market—A Review of Global Opportunities.

Synthetic Paper: The Real Deal

From labels for food packaging to children's books, synthetic paper applications are finding a niche within the converting industry and beyond.

UV & Jet Inks: An Exciting Combo

Jet ink printers dominate the growth of digital printing. One of the most promising applications of jet ink technologies is radiation-curable jet inks used in package and label printing.

Materials

New materials from: ADM Tronics Unlimited, Amagic Holographics, Arjobex, Avery Dennison Corp., Bostik Findley, Contract Converting, Multi-Plastics, Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Polymeric Converting, and Yupo Corp. America.

Flint Ink Launches X-Treme Dispersions Colorants for Water Inks

More PFFC coverage about Flint Inks' Jetrion Division (digital inks, equipment, and integration) is available at pffc-online.com/ar/paper_whats_ahead_industrial/index.htm.

Converting Industry Material Suppliers Wacker Chemical and Brenntag Announce Distribution Agreement

Wacker Chemical Corp. is the North America-based headquarters for Wacker Silicones and Wacker Ceramics, business divisions of Wacker-Chemie GmbH. Brenntag Inc. is the Reading, PA-based North American operation of Brenntag AG, Mulheim, Germany.

Sniffing Out the Sources of Packaging Odors

Packaging products consist of substrates, and they can contain adhesives, primers, coatings, or inks. Converting processes involved in package manufacturing

Materials

New from: CPFilms Inc., FLEXcon Co. Inc., Iggesund Paperboard, International Paper, Jetrion LLC, MACtac, National Adhesives, Seaman Paper Co., and Transilwrap Co. Inc.

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