National Adhesives Raises Adhesive Prices

National Adhesives, a business unit of National Starch and Chemical Co., is implementing a price increase in North America on all its liquid and hot melt adhesives, effective January 2, 2008

Dow Increases Prices on Polyglycols

Dow Chemical Co. announces that its Polyglycols and Surfactants business has increased the North American off-list prices

Hierarchy of Value: Part II

Last month’s column offered a value model as a way of visualizing the value of a product or service based on price/performance ratio

Interfilm Acquires Brushfoil

Interfilm Holdings, a distributor of industrial films, has acquired the business and assets of Brushfoil LLC, a manufacturer of brushed films and papers.

BE to Showcase AquaFrost Line at K 2007

Visitors to Brampton Engineering’s (BE) booth (17A22) at K 2007 will see AquaFrost film samples demonstrating the clarity and softness of the film.

Book with Colines for K 2007

Colines will display Colines Stretch film for manual use at K 2007. Just prior to the show, it will launch a product-specific Web site,, where visitors can book a visit to the company's stand at the show to be sure to see the line.

Up to the Task

From labels to lidstock, substrates that offer improved performance make living in a “material world” a good thing for consumers.

Peelable PLA for Fresh Produce

Amcor Flexibles has been granted the exclusive sales license from Rockwell Solutions Ltd. to market its Sustainable Peelable PLA film for the global fresh produce market.

Product Protection

Manufacturers of perishable products are well aware that a later “sell by” date on a package can affect a customer’s decision to purchase one brand instead of another. New OPP films offer extended shelf life, and their compatibility with foods made without trans fats creates additional opportunities.

Flint Group Increases Prices

Flint Group's North American Packaging and Sheetfed Div. has increased prices on all packaging and commercial inks.

What's Next for China?

The massive buildup of BOPP film capacity in China affected everyone in the supply chain, but the export figures may surprise you.

A Look at Flame Retardants

For this discussion, flame retardants are additives for adhesives or coatings that make an adhesive or coating resistant to catching fire. This may be an oversimplification, since catching fire can have different meanings.

Water-Based Chemical Products Brochure

ADM Tronics has released a new brochure that covers its entire line of aqueous chemical products.

Sun Chemical Increases Prices

Sun Chemical will increase prices 4%-6% on all packaging inks in North America, effective January 1, 2007.

Ink Mileage: Measure & Manage

In we reviewed ink transfer. With this basic understanding, we can move on to actual numbers on the basis of that which can be measured can be managed. Skeptics abound who believe there are too many variables to get useful data. Others think this is an opportunity to isolate and minimize process variation and thus improve productivity and reduce waste.

Two's Better than One

Atlantis Plastic adds second W&H extrusion line to continue its growth strategy in films.

Managing the Ink Films

Last month we discussed ink composition in relation to various printing methods. Now we’ll look at basic differences in ink delivery.

Challengers Press On

The annual label competition hosted by the Tag & Label Mfrs. Institute proves there’s more than one way to produce a winning label.

Sun Chemical Named as Exclusive Distributor for NAMSA

Applications in Intelligent Chromatics (AiC), a div. of Sun Chemical, and NAMSA have announced a marketing agreement in which AiC will be the exclusive distributor of NAMSA's Sterilization Indicating Inks.

TAPPI's PLACE Conference Coming in September

The TAPPI PLACE conference will take place September 17-21, 2006, and will showcase innovations in materials, equipment, and processes in the flexible packaging and converting industry.

MetalFX Receives Awards

MetalFX has been Highly Commended in the “Best Industry Supplier” category of the Printing World Awards.

BASF to Increase Prices

BASF raises prices on straight acrylic and styrene-acrylic latex products, as well as Styrolux and Styroclear styrene-butadiene copolymers.

BASF Increases Prices

BASF increases prices for its coating and polymer immediates in North America.

Graphic Packaging Offers MetalFX

Graphic Packaging Intl. has become the first flexo printer to become an accredited licensee in the United States for MetalFX.

NPE Conference Discusses Cost Savings

A conference at NPE 2006 will discuss the says plastics processors can use commercial purging compounds to lower costs, reduce scrap, and cut downtime.

Ready to Roll

Inventive materials are serving challenging applications in both wide and narrow web markets. What's new for your product line?

Milliken Features Enhanced Lineup of Polymer Additives at NPE 2006

New technology for enhancing the performance and value of polyethylene (PE), coupled with industry-leading innovations in polymer additives and colorants for polypropylene (PP), will highlight Milliken Chemical’s participation in NPE 2006, June 19-23, 2006, in Chicago.

MetalFX Hits Ipex

Come and see a live presentation by MetalFX managing director Andrew Ainge at Ipex's Showcase Theater April 4, 20056.

Applied Films Receives Innovation Award

ICE (Intl. Converting Exhibition) honored Applied Films with its 2005 Innovation Award for Applied Films' Fabry Perot Filter, which produces color shift layers on plastic film by using electron-beam evaporation.

DuPont and Ominflex Finalize Sales Agreement

DuPont Engineering Polymers and Omniflex have finalized a sales agreement to expedite growth of DuPont Active Layer for use in performance apparel and healthcare products industries.

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