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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.

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.

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