News | New Products

X-Rite Q3 2004 Operating Income 117 Percent Higher Than Q3 Last Year

X-Rite Inc. recently announced its third quarter (2004) financial performance. According to the manufacturer of color measurement technology, X-Rite grew its operating income 117 percent over the same period measured last year (2003).

Ceradyne Inc. Acquires ESK from Former Parent Mfr. Wacker-Chemie

Ceradyne Inc. reports the acquisition of ESK from its former parent company, Wacker-Chemie, a German silicon and chemical manufacturer.

Fresh-Cut Produce Processor Pairs Products with NatureWorks PLA-Based Packaging

Fresh-cut produce processor Club Fresh, West Sacramento, CA, USA, is giving its pre-cut fruits and vegetables “all-natural” appeal by pairing them with NatureWorks PLA packaging, says NatureWorks PLA manufacturer Cargill Dow. (

OPP Film Peru Enters US Market with "Great" BOPP Products

OPP Film Peru, "with the mission of delivering superior BOPP [biaxially oriented polypropylene] products and service excellence," reports it now offers its products and services to United States-based converters.

DuPont Teijin Films US to Up PET Films Price

DuPont Teijin Films US reports, effective November 1, 2004, the price of all DuPont Teijin US branded PET polyester films will increase by a minimum of US $0.15/lb, "as a result of unprecedented increases in raw material, utilities, and transportation costs," adds the material supplier.

PCMC Opens New Demo/Technology Center

Paper Converting Machine Co. (PCMC) reports the opening of a new Demo/Technology Center at its Glory Road Facility in Green Bay, WI, USA.

PLGA's 'Gravure, the Quality Advantage' Slated for March 2005 in Miami

The Packaging and Label Gravure Association (PLGA) says its Eighth Technical & Operational Conference, "Gravure, the Quality Advantage,"(March 2-4, 2005, Miami, FL, USA) will cover such topics as service, turnaround time, sleeves, costs, new products, selling gravure, and gravure vs. flexo.

FTA Calls for Excellence in Flexo Entries: Deadline Is December 17, 2004

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) says converters and flexographic printers have until December 17, 2004, to submit entries to FTA's 2005 edition of its "Excellence in Flexography" award competition.

Raymond Report Sheds Light on Packaging 'Trash Wars' between Michigan and Ontario

Raymond Communications' new report, "Canadian Recycling Policy: The Complete Guide for Product Makers," says the author, "sheds some light on how many major US-based manufacturers and retailers have come to complain about having to pay 50 percent of Ontario's $118 million [Canadian dollars] 'Blue Box' recycling program."

Creo Demos Staccato at Graph/Converting Expo

During Graph/Converting Expo 2004 (held Oct. 10-13, McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL, USA), Creo showcased the capabilties of its Staccato screening application in demonstrations by KBA North America, MAN Roland, and Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses.

Management Buys Out Galileo Vacuum Systems

Officials at Galileo Vacuum Systems report the manufacturer's CEO, Pietro Profumo, is leading a management buy-out of the Italian company from Fata Group, the company's former majority shareholder.

FCC Extends Stay of Revised Junk Fax Rules

Kampf Adds Ion Industrial Static Control to Slitters/Rewinders

Ion Industrial reports Kampf GmbH & Co. will integrate Ion Industrial static control systems on its slitter/rewinder equipment in order "to optimize web-handling speeds through the use of Ion's high-performance static neutralizers."

Sun Chemical Acquires Brand Protection Assets of Veritec

Sun Chemical Corp. reports acquired the brand protection assets of Veritec Group, Inc., including the Veritec trade names.

CEMA Slitting & Rewinding Fundamentals for Converters 2004 Slated for Mid-November

Converters and converting industry professionals interested in upping their operations' slitting and rewinding expertise can "Tap the Experts!," at the upcoming Converter Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) seminar (Nov. 16-17, 2004, Atlanta, GA, USA).

Graphic Solutions International Hosts Plant Tour for International Editors

Graphic Solutions is taking time out of its busy schedule on October 7, 2004, to host a plant tour for dozens of international printing and publishing trade pub editors. According to the Chicagoland-based converter, the editors represent the leading print industry magazines in Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, and Mexico.

Karlville and Martin Automatic Partner to Provide Higher Productivity on 300D Seamer

Karlville Development Group and Martin Automatic say a new alliance between the two companies can help provide higher productivity for converters investing in Karville's 300D high-speed, non-stop seamer.

New Tech Pavilions' Floor Space Sold Out for Pack Expo Intl.

Pack Expo International producer, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, reports it has sold all available exhibit space in the multiple new techology pavilions debuting at this year's venue.

Union Industries Orders Nordmeccanica Laminator

Nordmeccanica reports that Union Industries, Providence, RI, USA, has placed an order for the installation of the manufacturer's solvent-free laminator, the Super Duplex Compact SL.

Rock-Tenn Dotrix Partner to Revolutionize Digital Inkjet for Packaging and Display

Rock-Tenn Company and Dotrix NV have announced a strategic partnership "leading to the first high-speed, wide-web, digital inkjet solution in North America," reports a Dotrix press release.

DuPont Teijin to to Increase Prices on PET and PEN Films

Effective for shipments on or after July 1, 2004, the price of all DuPont Teijin Films branded PET and PEN polyester films will increase by a minimum of $0.15/lb, says the film manufacturer.

Software Upgrade for SCRAP TRAKKER Version 5.0

Tescusil-Corr is said to be a suitable food grade release lubricant for Corrugator Razor or Thin Blade slitting tooling. Adhesion of starch on the flanks

Get FREE Tech Tips on Closed-Loop Tension Control from Maxcess Intl.'s Magpowr E-Seminar

Register online at to participate in Maxcess Intl.'s FREE tech-tips seminar, The New Technology of Closed-Loop Tension Control ( May 18, 2004, 2pm EST).

PIRA Conference in Italy to Cover Future of Eastern Packaging Markets; June Meeting Held Same Time as IPACK IMA Show

Pira Intl. presents its brand new event, "The Future of Eastern European Packaging Markets," June 9 - 10, 2004, BolognaFiere Fairground, Bologna, Italy. (

Rockwell Automation Technical Support Centers Worldwide Earn Prestigious SCP Certification

By its technical support centers earning Support Center Practices (SCP) certification, Rockwell Automation says it joins an "elite group of organizations." According to the automation technology supplier, currently, more than 200 technology support organizations around the world participate in the SCP program: Only three have received certification worldwide. For more information about SCP, visit

PFFC Economic Monitor: Subscribe Today

Pricing Pressure Is Prevalent in Converting Industry*"With the exception of flex-pack converters, most converters are experiencing the same inability

Subscribe to PFFC's EClips Newsletter