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Omron Donates Nearly $1 Million Towards Asian Tsunami Relief

Omron Corp., a leader in automation, sensing, and control technology, will donate 100 million yen (close to $1 million US dollars) through the Japan Community for UNICEF for victims of the Asian tsunami. Local Omron offices and affiliated companies will also offer donations.

Ampac Packaging Acquires Flexicon

Ampac Packaging, a producer of high-performance film structures for bags and food packaging—ranging from monolayers to nine-layer coextruded barrier films—has acquired Flexicon, a manufacturer of high-performance, flexible packaging materials for the pharmaceutical, medial, healthcare, chemical, food, and industrial markets. The amount was undisclosed.

Pamarco Will Become Exclusive UK and Ireland Distributor for Rotec

Effective February 1, 2005, Pamarco Global Graphics will become the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for Rotec, a member of the Day Intl. Group. Pamarco will sell the full range of Rotec sleeves, Greyback buildup material, and PRC plate cleaning machines.

EMA Opens Up Membership to Non-European Metallizers

Members of the European Metallizers Assn. at the autumn general meeting approved an amendment that will—for the first time—allow paper and film metallizers from outside of Europe to join the association.

Ipex 2006 Adds 6000 sqm to Broaden Reach

To accommodate expanded prepress coverage, Ipex 2006, sponsored by IIR Exhibitions, has secured tenancy of Hall 20 at Birmingham’s NEC.

ASC Announces Call for Papers: Collaborating for Success in the New Economy

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces its Call for Papers for the ASC Spring 2005 Convention and Exposition. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 28, 2005.

Frank Romano to Speak at Cal Poly

Frank Romano, a leading authority on the impact of market and technology forces on the graphic communications industry, will provide a public presentation at Cal Poly on January 19, 2005, at 8 p.m. in room 209 of the University Union. He will discuss technology trends influencing printing and publishing markets. The event is free to the public.

Sun Chemical Forms New Business Unit, Sun Chemical Security

Printing ink and organic pigment manufacturer Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a range of products with incorporated security measures to print packages, documents, and currency. The unit will also market forensic security systems to ensure the authenticity of the products themselves.

Maxcess Offers Training Modules for Fife, Tidland, and MAGPOWR Products

Maxcess Intl. has introduced a new series of "Tech Tips," online training modules intended to teach customers how to conduct routine maintenance and offer better understanding of the theory behind Fife, MAGPOWR, and Tidland products.

Bobst Group USA and ei³ Enter Partnership

Bobst Group USA has entered into a partnership with ei³ Corp. to provide customers in the flexible materials business are with 24/7 engineering support and productivity software.

Vancouver Sharp Imaging Installs Creo's Thermoflex Mid

Vancouver Sharp Imaging is the first company worldwide to install the next generation ThermoFlex Mid digital imaging device, developed specifically for packaging industry requirements, from Creo.

Speaker Line-Up and Agenda for 2005 RFID Journal LiVE! Conference

RFID Journal, the producer of RFID Journal LIVE!, has announced the speakers and agenda for its thrid annual RFID executive converence.

Cal Poly Recognizes Max Daetwyler

Max Deatwyler Corp., a manufacturer of doctor blades and precision equipment for the printing industry, received recognition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, for its donation to the Graphics Communications Dept. for the Collage software and engraver upgrade.

Singapore Show Helps Nilpeter Spread its Asian Influence

Nilpeter showcased its approach to narrow web label and packaging converting at Labelexpo Singapore, held in late November. The main attraction at the company,s booth was live demonstrations of the recently-introduced FA-3300, shown with eight UV-flexo printing units, a freely-interchangeable "Drop-In" rotary screen unit, and a cold foil station for metallized effects.

CMM 2005 AIMCAL Pavilion Almost Sold Out

CMM Intl. show management have announced that the space allocated for the AIMCAL pavilion at the 2005 event is nearly sold out. The pavilion ("The World of Metallizing, Coating, and Laminating Solutions") has already surpassed the 2003 CMM show in the number of exhibitors and square feet sold.

CMM Seeks Nominations for 2005 Converter of the Year

CMM Intl. is seeking nominations for the 2005 Converter of the Year award to be handed out prior to the show. Nominations are due by January 31, 2005, and should include a brief description of the nominee and their contribution to the converting industry.

BASF to Raise Prices in U.S. and Canada

Effective January 1, 2005, or as contracts allow, BASF will raise prices in the U.S. and Canada on several brands, including Acronal, Acronal Optive, and Basonal.

ICE 2005 Exhibitor List Continues to Grow

With nearly a year to go, the ICE 2005 paper, film, and foil converting trade fair already has more confirmed square meters of stand space than was on show at ICE 2003. Potential exhibitors are encouraged to book quickly, as only about 1,500 square meters remain.

A&V Named Distributor for BASF nyloflex® Printing Plates

BASF Printing Systems has appointed Anderson & Vreeland as a distributor of the company's nyloflex® photopolymer printing plates in the US and Canada. A&V will provide sales and technical support.

AIM RFID Mark Standard Now Available for Download

The AIM RFID Mark and all associated graphics are now available for download from the AIM Global website. The RFID Mark provides a standard way to clearly show the presence of an RFID transponder, its frequency, and data structure.

FLEXcon's Sander de Jong to Speak at AWA Conference

FLEXcon Europe's market development manager, Sander de Jong, will present "Choosing the Right Self-Adhesive Film and Print Technology for Your Application" on Friday, December 10, at the AWA Global Self-Adhesive Graphic Arts Conference. de Jong's presentation will discuss industry trends concerning the needs for and benefits of p-s film constructions.

Kugler-Womako and schafer-etiketten Cooperate in the Field of Labeling Technology

Label and packaging materials manufacturer schafer-etiketten and Kugler-Womako, a Korber PaperLink company, plan to cooperate in the field of labeling technology. schafer-etiketten will stop production of Combina labeling machines while Kugler Womako will take over Combina production.

Dec. 7-9: AMI's Polyethylene Films 2004 Will Focus on North American Industry

AMI's Polyethylene Films 2004 will take place December 7-9, 2004 at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and will provide a detailed look at developments in the North American PE film industry, the effect of these developments on film producers, and the implications for the future.

NorthStar Print Group Earns ISO 9001 Certification

NorthStar Print Group, a leading producer of glue-applied, in-mold, and pressure-sensitive labels, have earned ISO 9001:2000 certification for the quality management systems in all three of its production facilities. American Systems Registrar issued the certifications following an extensive review of the company’s quality management program.

New ISO 9001 Registration Program Focuses on the Plastics Industry

Lewis Yasenchak has joined Orion Registrar as business development manager--Plastics. In his new position, he will expand Orion’s management team, and will focus on customizing an ISO 9001 Registration Program to serve top management in the plastics manufacturing supply chain.

Dow Opens First Commercial Plant for Versify Plastomers and Elastomers

Dow announced the successful start-up of the first commercial plant for its new family of specialty propylene-ethylene copolymers, Versify Plastomers and Elastomers, in Tarragona, Spain.

AVT Names Pitman as US Ditributor

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), a provider of process control and quality assurance for the packaging, converting, and label printing industry, has named Pitman Company as the US national distributor of AVT’s automatic inspection solutions for the narrow web market.

Web Converting Acquires KT Converting Services

Web Industries (parent company of Web Converting and FilmX) announced it’s acquisition of the assets of the converting services division of KT industries. The acquisition only involves KT’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, operation and not their ongoing operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (

FTA Launches Aggressive Campaign to Boost Membership

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), a society dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining the advancement of flexography, has launched a rigorous drive aimed at recruiting new members. The campaign, "FTA Recruiter Rewards Program," encourages existing members to recruit new members into FTA. For every new member who joins, the recruiter earns rewards.

Sollas Offers New Wrapping and Banding Options

Sollas Packaging Machinery introduces two wrapping machines and a banding machine, the Sollas 20, M60/80, and Bandum 25/50.

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