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AIMCAL Approves Merger with CEMA

AIMCAL members have given final approval for the merger with another converting industry trade association CEMA (Converting Equipment Manufacturers Assn.).

Black Clawson Converting Machinery, Inc., Is New Company

Black Clawson Company, Inc., reports the sale of one its division's assets (Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC) to a new company formed by the management team of Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC and investment partners Hamilton Robinson LLC. The new entity, Black Clawson Converting Machinery, Inc., will operate from its existing Fulton, NY, location and has offered employment to all of Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC active employees.

Flexo Prepress for Boxmakers

Antioch, California, the "Gateway to the Delta," according to the city’s welcome sign. And now it’s the home of the brand new flexo prepress house SunGraphics.

Environmental Compliance Compendium for Printers

Environmental-regulation compliance getting you—and your profits—down? If you print, coat, laminate, or seal, Environmental Regulations for Printers, a new book by printing industry veteran Fred Shapiro, may just be the lift you need.

GN Packaging Launches Newly Redesigned Internet Portal

Pouches, pouches, pouches—they're standing tall these days among flex pack structures. Converters that want more information about the manufacture of these fast-growing flexible packages now can visit GN Packaging's newly redesigned website.

Flexo Prepress for Boxes; SunGraphics in Bay Area

Equipped with what reportedly is the "West Coast's largest imagesetter," SunGraphics now provides prepress services for boxmakers. Situtated in the San Francisco/Oakland area in Northern California, SunGraphics' newly opened "state-of-the-art facility provides package design and finished flexographic printing plates used in the production of paper packaging such as corrugated boxes, folding cartons, and retail point-of-purchase displays."

KPG and Presstek Partner to Expand DI in North America

Presstek and Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) announce a partnership under which KPG will market, sell, and service direct digital imaging presses and related consumables in the US and Canada.

W&H Newsletter Keeps Customers in "the Know"

Windmöller and Hölscher reports its recently launched customer newsletter: "W&H Extra."

Koerber PaperLink Helps Weyerhaeuser Record

According to Körber PaperLink, Weyerhaeuser's new Ridgefields converting plant has set a world record for converting and wrapping paper.

DuPont Proofing & Cyrel Distribution Ctr. Opens in NY Metro Area

DuPont Imaging Technologies reports it's opened a new warehouse and distribution center in Parlin, NJ, for DuPont Color Proofing and DuPont Cyrel packaging graphics products.

Green Printing & Packaging Garners Printing Ind. of Carolinas Awards

Green Printing and Packaging reports it recently was presented with 11 awards at The Printing Industry of the Carolinas annual award competition for printing excellence (2002).

PICA & Flexo Industry Sponsor 2003 Phoenix Challenge

PICA, a regional printing trade association and several companies from the flexographic printing industry are underwriting the cost of the 2003 Phoenix Challenge High School Flexo Competition being held March 20-21, 2003.

Agfa and PIA-GATF Team Up for Print IT! Campaign

Agfa has joined PIA-GATF in its industry-wide campaign "Print IT!"

Bostik Findley Nonwoven/Adhesives Div. Reports Price Increase

Bostik Findley's Nonwoven and Industrial Adhesives Div. announces a price increase for all products lines. According to the co., the increase is required to offset the impact of continued high energy and raw material costs and will range from five to eight percent, effective March 15, 2003, or as contracts follow.

CEMA C&L Registration Deadline March 14

The Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association reports the deadline for registration for its upcoming coating and laminating seminar is fast approaching: March 14, 2003.

Polytype Starts Up Polytype Converting Ltd

Polytype Ltd Switzerland, manufacturer of paper, film, and foil converting equipment as well as decorating of tubes, cans, soups and lids, reports it's establishing a separate company for its converting machinery division: Polytype Converting Ltd (PCF).

Comco to Host First in a Series of Education Seminars

The first 2003 Comco Educator Series seminar, "Flexo Focus—Cut-N-Stack Markets," will be held Wednesday, March 12, at the Advanced Training & Technology Center near Cincinnati, Ohio.

AVT Reports Record Year

Advanced Vision Technology Ltd. (AVT) recently reported its 2002 results "with record revenues and orders." According to the supplier of automatic optical inspection systems for web printing applications, 2002 revenues were US $12.5 million, an increase of 35 percent over 2001, while net loss decreased by 50 percent from $5.7 million to $2.8 million.

Esko-Graphics Moves North American Headquarters

Esko-Graphics, the graphics arts supplier created in last year's merger between Barco Graphics NV and Purup-Eskofot A/S, announces it's opened the doors to its new North American heaquarters "across town" in Kennesaw, GA.

RFID Reader Said to Break Barrier in Technology Adoption

Matrics Inc. reports the release of a new 'Advanced RFID Reader,' which the company says "breaks [the] barrier to radio frequency identification (RFID) adoption."

H.B. Fuller Reports Price Increases

H.B. Fuller Company recently announced its adhesives business segment will implement a price increase of 6.5 percent for water-based adhesives; a 4.5 percent increase for hot melt adhesives; and specific individual increases for various other products.

Graphics of the Americas Reports Strong Numbers

Despite unusually chilly weather, numbers were up at this year's Graphics of the Americas (GOA). Held January 24—26, 2003, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Latin American-oriented trade event drew more than "21,000 visitors from around the world," reports event sponsor Printing Association of Florida (PAF).

PCI Publishes European PET Supply-Demand Report

PCI, PET Packaging, Resin & Recycled Ltd., reports the publication of the fifth edition of the European Supply-Demand report on the PET market in Europe. The 350-page report, says PCI, covers both Eastern and Western Europe.

Agfa Acquires Printing Techniques Ltd.

Agfa-Gevaert reports an agreement with Printing Techniques Ltd. (PTL) by which it will acquire the U.K.-based company.

Exopack and RJR to Supply Retort Pouches

Exopack LLC will now have the capability to supply retort pouches for food and pet food. The manufacturer of stand-up pouches announces an alliance with RJR Packaging that "enables an important domestic supply of this fast-growing package format."

Blue Ridge Paper to Close Jersey DairyPak Packaging Operation

A Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc.-owned liquid packaging production facility in New Jersey is slated for closure late this summer. According to the North Carolina-based paper manufacturing and converting company, the closure of its Morristown, NJ, DairyPak liquid packaging converting operation, late summer 2003, will result in the elmination of 115 jobs.

Rexam Healthcare Flexibles Invests in Pouchmaking

Rexam Healthcare Flexibles reports new "state-of-the-art" pouch manufacturing capacity in its US Midwestern plant.

<WGMT Offers PAF Assn. Member Discount

Women in Graphic Media and Technology (WGMT) reports a "mutually beneficial relationship with the Printing Association of Florida (PAF); (pafgraf.org and wgmt.org).

Tailored Solutions to Teach Profitable Print Job Planning

Tailored Solutions Inc. announces an affordable evening workshop for printing industry job estimators and planners.

Creo Offers Affordable Prepress

Creo reports it's launched a line of Creo-certified, remanufactured prepress systems for the graphic arts industry. Creo Remanufactured Solutions include Trendsetter and Lotem platesetters; Dolev imagesetters; EverSmart scanners; Iris proofers; and Brisque and Prinergy workflow-management systems.

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