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MeadWestvaco Merges Westvaco Brand Security into Packaging Biz

MeadWestvaco Corp. reports it's closing its Westvaco Brand Security (WBS) business and merging the wholly owned subsidiary's brand-protection services into the company's core packaging business.

Appleton Papers Changes Name

Appleton Papers Inc. to be known as just "Appleton."

Six Sigma Keeps Intelicoat Technologies on Target

Intelicoat Technologies reports its Runcorn site now is reaping the benefits of its commitment to the Six Sigma methodology for the last five years.

Catalog a Resource for Converting/Package Printing Tech Books

Jelmar Publishing Co. Inc. reports the availability of a new FREE four-color short-form catalog that includes brief descriptions and color photos of technical books for printers, package printers, package designers, and corrugated and folding carton converters.

Esko-Graphics Updates Packaging-Design Software: ArtiosCAD 5.0

Esko-Graphics reports the release of its new version of its flagship computer-aided packaging design software ArtiosCAD. In addition to a suite of user-interface enhancements, ArtiosCAD 5.0 includes new drafting, die tooling, and manufacturing tools, says the manufacturer.

Creo Now Offers Environmentally Friendly Option for Plate Imaging

Creo reports it's now imaging chemical-free plates on the Trendsetter 800 Quantum and Lotem 400 Quantum platesetters.

Alcan Pharma Center Installs Rotomec Gravure Press

Valmet Converting, manufacturer of Rotomec printing presses, reports the installation of a Rotomec 3000-5 ES gravure press at the Alcan Pharma Center, Shelbyville, KY, USA. According to Valmet, the Rotomec four-color press is designed to handle both aluminum foil and various plastic film types.

Kroenert Now Parent Co. for Former Jagenberg Sub. Bachofen and Meier

HAMBURG, GERMANYMaschinenfabrik Max Kroenert GmbH & Co. reports it recently took over Bachofen + Meier AG, Bülach, Switzerland from Jagenberg AG, Neuss,

Envelope Manufacturers See Growth in Soft Packaging Niche

Envelope manufacturers are finding a ready market in soft packaging, a niche that encompasses a variety of packaging applications (soft goods and/or security packaging).

Graphic Arts Industry Portal Features Education Discounts Section

RESTON, VA, USAA new "Education Discounts" section on Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) website, GRAPHIC COMM CENTRAL (http://www.teched.vt.edu/gcc/HTML/EdDiscounts/EdDiscounts.html),

Chromas Offers Lean Manufacturing to North America

Canadian-based flexographic press manufacturer Chromas reports its new web site, chromaslean.com, promotes 'Lean Manufacturing,' a philosophy that's been garnering more and more attention these days.

Air Products Polymers Announces Price Increase in Emulsion Products

Air Products Polymers recently announced a two-and-a-half-cent (US $0.025) price increase per wet pound for vinyl acetate homopolymer and copolymer emulsions as well as for all ethylene, vinyl chloride-based emulsions.

K 2004 Exhibitors: Plastics' Show Kits Soon Available

Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) reports exhibitor kits for K 2004 will be available February 2003. The deadline for reserving exhibit space, says show sponsor MDNA, is May 31, 2003.

Metlon Corp. Updated Portal: Easier Access to Product Info

Metlon Corp. says its new web site will give users easier access to information about the company's product information.

Bestcolor Offers Color-Management Class

Bestcolor USA—a subsidiary of Best GmbH—reports it's offering a new color-management class specifically designed for end users.

AWA Reviews Releaser Liner Market/Self-Adhesive for Graphic Arts

Package printing and converting industry market-research firm AWA Associates says international market study, Release Liner Market and Trends in the Self-Adhesive Graphic Arts Industry 2002, now available.

Five Paper Solutions to Improve Product Quality and Enhance Production

Converting involves a range of complex processes that add value to substrates. With a focus on optimizing processes such as printing, folding, cutting perforating, and gluing, converters often overlook a key component in the process -- paper. But a few simple procedures involving paper can deliver significant results in product quality and production workflow.

EUROMAP Surveys Converting/Flexo: Data on European Plastics/Rubber Industry Now Available

EUROMAP is the European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industry (Europäisches Komitee der Hersteller von Kunststoff- und Gummimaschinen); (Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Machines pour Plastiques et Caoutchouc); (Comitato Europeo Costruttori Macchine per Materie Plastiche e Gomma).

Creo Americas Moves Head Office to Boston Area

Last week, Creo Inc. announced the relocation of its headquarters for North, South, and Central America. The prepress and digital workflow product manufacturer says it will make its new home in a 90,000-sq-ft facility just outside of Boston, MA, USA.

Creo and Xerox Partner for Strategic Hardware/Software Delivery

Creo and Xerox Corporation report the two companies have signed a contract under which Xerox will purchase Spire color servers from Creo (for a period of five years), to be offered for sale with current and future Xerox high-end digital printers.

PCMC February Open House Focuses on Narrow Web Flexo

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announces an upcoming two-day open house at its Glory Road facility . Company officials say the the event will focus on the introduction of new narrow web press technology; attendees will be able to view the latest in-line flexographic press from PCMC, Evolution.

Dow Announces Acetone Price Increase

The Epoxy Products and Intermediates business of the Dow Chemical Company reports it's increasing both the North American list and offlist price for all grades of acetone. The price increase becomes effective January 1, 2003, for all customers, or as contracts permit; Dow says it will increase acetone by $0.03/lb from current levels.

Global Packaging Study Reviews Top 100 Players

AWA Alexander Watson Associates, specialist market research consultants to the packaging, converting and printing industries, reports it's now offering "The Global Packaging Market: The Top 100 Players," an "authoritative new guide to the top players in the global packaging market."

Bone Up on Environmental Awareness/Compliance at NEHS Spring '03

Eighth Annual National Environmental, Health, and Safety Conference (NESH) for the Graphic Communications Industries, March 23 - 25, 2003, Hyatt Regency, Louisville, KY, USA, features informative sessions for variety of printers: flexo, gravure, screen, litho, digital, etc.

NIP19: Intl. Conference on Digital Printing Calls for Papers

IS&T invites authors interested in submitting original technical contributions on advances and future directions of digital printing to do so on or before March 7, 2003; planned notification of acceptance will occur at approximately the end of April 2003. Papers must have significant technical content.

EMA Applauds President Bush's Postal Study

The EMA (Envelope Manufactuers Association) Foundation for Paper-Based Communications reports it's pleased with President Bush's formation of a presidential commission to study the future of the postal service.

PIRA Study Breaks Down Security Packaging Outlook

Pira's latest report The Future of Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection, and Security Packaging II provides exclusive new data, detailed quantitative forecasts, and expert analysis that provides an overview of things to come in the security packaging realms, says the market research organization.

RadTech Europe Calls for Papers

The RadTech Europe Association is urging interested radiation curing experts to submit papers for its 2003 meeting, which is slated for November 3 - 5, 2003, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany.

Creo, Komori, Adobe, Printcafe Collaborate for Networked Production

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADACreo reports it's working among printing (graphic arts) industry leaders to deliver networked graphic production. According to the

GASC Charlotte Show Offers Flexo Deal

Flexo printing will be a highlight of GASC's The Charlotte Show this spring. Event sponsor GASC says it's offering a new exhibit opportunity—FlexoTek Showcase—to equipment manufacturers and service providers in the flexo printing community for the bargain price of $900.

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