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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.

RadTech Votes PPG's Diehl Its Prez

RadTech International North America reports David A. Diehl, senior scientist with PPG Industries Inc., has assumed office as RadTech president for a two-year term.

Flint Ink Launches Jetrion

Flint Ink Corporation announces the creation of Jetrion LLC, a new global company providing a full range of industrial inkjet products, services, and custom printing solutions.

Raflatac Soups Up Global Web Portal

Raflatac reports it's launchesd the company's redesigned global website, which now offers more region-specific content for the company's European, North American, and Asia-Pacific areas. In addition to English, the company's site is now accessible in French, German, and Spanish.

Counterfeiting and Converting Industry Connections

Reconnaissance International’s "Protecting Medicines & Pharmaceuticals: A Manual of AntiCounterfeiting Solutions" is a 229-page book dedicated to the problem of counterfeiting and the solutions to combat it.

Flint Ink Latin America Establishes Focused Customer Service

Flint Ink Latin America reports a focused customer-service program that will provide support tailored to address the specific regional needs of graphics communications professionals.

Sun Chemical Buys Bayer Hi-Performance Pigment Biz

Sun Chemical Corporation reports it has completed the acquisition of Bayer Polymers LLC's high-performance organic pigment business, Bushy Park, SC, USA.

Lithotype Adds 8-Color Capability for Flexible Packaging

Lithotype Company announces the installation of a new Sanden eight-color printing press. "As part of [our] ongoing program to offer its customers the industry's best flexible package printing, the Sanden press enables [us] to offer state-of-the-art eight-color printing with inline electron beam (EB) coating capabilities," states Lithotype.

Enercon's ELF Roll Designed for Thin Film Converters

Enercon Industries Corporation reports the development of ELF—Enercon low friction—roll specifically designed lighter weight film substrates.

Dow Ups Price for Specialty Olefin Film

Dow Chemical Co. reports, effective February 15, 2003, it will increase selling prices of its Integral, Trenchcoat, Covelle, and LDF specialty olefin films by US$0.05 per lb., as contracts permit.

Brckner at BrasilPlast 2003 Brazil's Plastic Sector's Biggest Showcase

Brückner (Booth E 76) reports it will show its "advanced product range" at BrasilPlast 2003.

Danaher Controls Offers 24/7 Ordering

Danaher Controls reports it's one of the first major suppliers for encoders for motion-control applications to offer 24 hr/day/7 days/week (24-7) ordering via its web site www.dynapar-encoders.com.

Heidelberg Buys Jagenberg Die-Cutting and Folding Carton Operations

Jagenberg AG, Neuss, Germany, reports it's sold its folding carton production unit to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG as of January 1, 2003.

Flexo 2003: AVT to Show Range of Inspection Solutions

Advanced Vision Technology Ltd (AVT) reports it will be demonstrating three machine vision-based solutions and its range of options for package printing and converting applications at its stand at Flexo 2003.

Smurfit-Stone Intensifies NA Packaging Focus

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. announces its plans to focus on North American (US and Canada) market solely regarding its packaging operations. The company reported a late-January 2003 agreement under which it will exchange its European packaging operations for Jefferson-Smurfit's 50 percent ownership of Smurfit-MBI, a Canadian packaging business.

GAMIS 2002 Stat Book on Graphic Art Industry Available

The Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS), a special industry group of the Printing Industries of America, reports it's recently published the 2002 edition of the "Statistical Handbook for the Graphic Arts Industry."

National Adhesives to Feature High Productivity Products at CMM

National Adhesives, a unit of National Starch & Chemical, reports it will feature specialty "high productivity" adhesives at the upcoming Converting Machinery/Materials trade show, slated for April 14 - 17, 2003, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA.

Bobst Group to Show at Diecutting Odyssey This Spring

Bobst Group USA reports it's pleased to be part of the 2003 Diecutting Odyssey (May 14 -16, 2003, Rosemont, IL, USA), an "informative and important industry gathering" for diecutters and diecutting-related businesses.

SPI Study Ranks Plastics Industry 4th Largest in US

A recently released report from The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI) shows the US plastics industry employed more than 1.5 million workers nationwide in 2001.

Phoenix Flexo Competition Needs Frequent Flyer Mile Donations

As of January 2003, the Phoenix Challenge Executive Board has confirmed 36 students and 19 teachers as participants in the 2003 Phoenix Challenge Flexo Competition. According to Bettylyn Krafft, chairperson of the event and president of Krafft Printing Systems, "Due to this tremendous increase in school participation, we need the help of the printing industry to provide frequent flyer miles for the students and teachers to travel to the competition."

ICC Reports Advances in System Interoperability

The International Color Consortium (ICC) reports progress on several initiatives to improve prepress and display systems' interoperability following its recent meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

Creo Updates Packaging Software & More

Creo recently announced updates and upgrades to its packaging software solutions, including its production workflow products, remote and hard proofing solutions, and flexo and offset computer-to-plate (CTP) devices for converters and prepress trade shops.

Stanford Products LLC Celebrates 60 Years of Service

Stanford Products LLC reports this year the company celebrates its 60th year of service to the flexible packaging industry.

DiTrolio Flexo Institute House to Feature Workforce Pros

DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI) announces its third annual open house (March 26, 2003, Broadview, IL) and invites interested converting/flexible packaging professionals in for a look to see how the training center "has been working to unite quality training, growth in the flexographic industry, and government agencies."

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