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Harper Flexo Ctr. Appealing to High School Students

Harper National Flexographic Center says it's placed a renewed emphasis on attracting more area high school students for future study. Based at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, Harper's Flexo Center provides students with hands-on training in prepress and flexo printing utilizing two Mark Andy flexo presses and one Comco (a div. of Mark Andy) press.

Black Clawson to Exhibit at PTSC in May

Black Clawson Converting Machinery Inc. reports it will be exhibiting at the upcoming PTSC Tech XXVI. The converting equipment manufacturer says it will exhibit on May 8 from 11 am to 2 pm, booth #117, at the Washington Hilton & Towers venue.

Customers Like Upgrades to IP Bleached Board Biz

International Paper says "a major effort" by IP's bleached board business to improve customer service is paying off. According to the company's latest customer satisfaction tracking survey, the effort, which includes enhancements to the IP web site, "shows that customers recognize and appreciate the efforts."

Ahlstrom Flex Pack/Label Prices Up May 1

Ahlstrom's LabelPack division, "one of Europe's main producers of specialty papers for flexible packaging and labeling," announces a price increase of EUR 100/tonne for all paper grades.

MeadWestvaco Seals Deal with Women in Packaging

Women in Packaging Inc. (WMPKG) and MeadWestvaco Corp. report the two entities recently sealed a new corporate partnership "that promises to expand the frontiers of possibility for generations of packaging professionals."

FPA Prez Says Flex Pack Faces Challenges and Opportunities

The realities of the flex pack converter's future were part of FPA president Marla Donahue's presentation at a CMM luncheon sponsored by Bobst Group and Rohm and Haas Adhesives and Sealants, Wednesday, April 16, 2003.

CMM Opens: Creo Esko Imaging Upgrades Push Flexo

Converting Machinery/Materials (CMM) International 2003 opened this morning in an unusally warm and sunny Chicago. While foot traffic was moderate on the four-day show's first day, there are unconfirmed reports of large equipment sales.

EPA Packaging Design Winners to Display at Pack Expo LV

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste, in partnership with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) reports it will display the winners of the first ever "Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge for E-Commerce Shipping Packaging and Logistics" at Pack Expo Las Vegas, October 13-15, 2003.

PSTC Seminar Aimed at 'Mastery' of Adhesion Science

TECH XXVI and Tape University: "Learn to Succeed": Two complementary programs aimed at mastery of the science of adhesion. May 5-9, 2003, Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington D.C.

Drupa 2004 Sells All 17 Halls

Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) reports that all 17 halls for Drupa 2004 are already sold out—more than a year before the start of the print media trade fair. Slated for May 6-19, 2004, at the Düsseldorf, Germany, fairgrounds, Drupa's 17 halls include more than 1.7 million sq ft of net exhibit space.

BST Pro Mark Inspection Sales Up

BST Pro Mark reports its sales of web inspection and print management systems were up 21 percent last year versus the previous year. According to the company, it shipped more than 1,000 combined units last year and now has 11,000 installations worldwide.

NPTA Celebrates 100 Years

This year marks 100 years since he National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) was founded in 1903. According to the industry group, it begins a year-long celebration of its founding and a salute to the rich history of the industry.

Enercon to Get Corona Treating Technical at CMM

Enercon reports that Dave Markgraf, sr. VP, sales and marketing, will be making two presentations at the Converting Machinery/Materials Exposition in Chicago this year.

Vigitek America to Debut at CMM

Vigitek, manufacturer of automated print inspection systems, reports it's launching an American sales and service organization at this year's CMM Inernational.

Creo Consolidates Operations: Europe, Middle East, Africa

Creo reports that Creo Middle East and Africa is consolidating its activities of those of Creo Europe, effective April 1, 2003.

Lance Snack Co. Honors Sonoco Once Again

Sonoco reports snack company Lance has named it its top packaging supplier for 2002. Sonoco adds its the third time in five years it has received the honor from the US-based snack maker; Lance honored Sonoco in 1998 and 1999 as well.

Stora Enso Streamlines Core Product Areas

Stora Enso recently announced it's changing its organizational structure to reflect the group's strategic principle of being operated and managed as one industrial group. The new structure will be streamlined around Stora Enso's core product areas, paper, packaging, and forest products, says the Finnish company.

Valmet Sells First Sheeter in Spain

Valmet Converting reports it has sold its first sheeter in Spain to the converting company Proembasa.

Tetra Recart Wins EAFA Award Makes Inroads for Retort

Tetra Pak reports its Tetra Recart, "the first fully retortable carton system," recently was bestowed with an EAFA (European Aluminum Foil Association) Foil Pack of 2002 award.

Coates Screen Gets SGIA Environmental Honors

Coates Screen USA, St. Charles, IL, reports it recently received a 2003 Environmental Recognition Award from the Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) International.

The Label Co. Serves with Printcafe

Printcafe Software Inc. reports that The Label Co., St. Louis, MO, is using its PSI Flexo print-management system to "better serve [The Label Company's] customers."

Paperboard Packaging Co. Is Result of Riverwood Holding Graphic Packaging Deal

Riverwood Holding Co., parent co. of Riverwood Intl. Corp., and Graphic Packaging Intl. Corp. report the companies have signed a definitive merger agreement that will create a global paperboard packaging company.

National Starch Reports Price Increase for Adhesives

National Starch and Chemical Co. announces an 8 to 12 percent price increase on all its adhesive products (via National Adhesives) sold in the US, effective April 1, 2003.

AmeriStar Calls for Package Entries

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) recently announced its call for entries for its 2003 AmeriStar Package Award competition. According to IoPP, "AmeriStar Package Awards honor the best packages of the year. The results are rewarding and educational for the innovators, the achievers, the judges, and the profession."

Piper Jaffray Launches Monthly Packaging MA Newsletter

US Bancorp Piper Jaffray (Piper Jaffray) reports the launch of a monthly packaging mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A) newsletter. "The packaging M&A newsletter provides timely M&A highlights and trends related to the packaging industry including: M&A volume, valuations, and a round-up of recent transactions and acquirer profiles," says the M&A newsletter publisher.

War Expected to Have Minimal Impact on CMM

Paperloop Events, CMM International organizers, says the conflict with Iraq should have minimal impact on attendance at CMM International 2003, slated for April 14 thru 17, Chicago, IL, USA.

DuPont Packaging Industrial Polymers Ups Price on Its Elvanolt

DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers reports a price increase for all grades of its Elvanol polyvinyl alcohol (PVA/PVOH) of US $.20/lb, effective April 1, 2003.

Latin American Seminar Added to CMM Show

CMM International reports a useful new seminar focusing on the current and future Latin American converting and package-printing market.

Flink Ink and Sicpa Finalize Transactions

Flint Ink Corp. and the Sicpa Group, Lausanne, Switzerland, report they have finalized several business transactions. According to a recent release, Flint Ink has acquired Sicpa's worldwide heatset and coldset ink business, and Sicpa has acquired Flint Ink's worldwide business for security inks used on currency and other negotiable instruments. The companies says the closing was final on March 14, 2003.

Economic/Marketing Trends in the Global Converting Industry at CMM

Be sure to sign up for the PFFC-moderated CMM conference session, "Marketing Trends in the Global Converting Industry," slated for Monday, April 14, 2003, 8:30am-12 noon, McCormick Place, Room S102 B-C, Chicago, IL, USA.

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