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Sun Chemical to Demo Breadth at Graph Expo

Graph Expo/Converting Expo attendees will get a better understanding of "the breadth, quality, and value of the Sun Chemical product line" in Chicago this fall. According to the company, four divisions of Sun Chemical, for the first time, will combine their displays.

By Popular Demand: Labelexpo Americas to Add Show Day

Organizer of Labelexpo Americas 2004 Tarsus Group reports "increasing demand from exhibitors and visitors has led to an extra day being added" to the North American exhibition.

Avery Dennison to Print USPS Commemorative Stamps Under Long-Term Contract

Avery Dennison Corp. reports the US Postal Service has issued the first commemorative self-adhesive stamps printed under a new long-term contract awarded to the company by the USPS; the agreement calls for Avery Dennison to produce definitive and commemorative self-adhesive postage stamps.

Pack Expo: Winning Packaging Materials Pavilion Spotlighted in Vegas

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), organizers of the upcoming Pack Expo Las Vegas show, report several international associations are slated to showcase packaging innovations in the new Containers & Materials Pavilion during the three-day venue.

FK Awarded Patent for Changeover-Time Reduction Technology

Fischer & Krecke reports its Access technology has been awarded a patent. According to the OEM, Access dramatically reduces changeover-time by allowing operators to set up non-operational print stations of one printing job while the previous job is still running.

Tequity Takes Over Lemo

Jagenberg AG, Neuss, Germany, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall, reports it has sold its Lemo Maschinenbau GmbH, Niederkassel, Mondorf, business operations to Zürich-based Tequity Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG.

Labelexpo Europe: Unparalled Access to Latest Label Trends

This year's main event for the label and product decoration industry is Labelexpo Europe 2003. Barry Hunt places some of the trends and challenges facing converters in the context of the show.

Winning with Covers

The critical question for converters is: "Just how do you work with heavyweights?"

Kraton Increases Focus on Packaging Segment

Kraton Polymers reports it has formed a new business group dedicated to packaging and polymer modification. According to Kraton, the new group will concentrate on the technology enhancements and research needed to provide global packaging and polymer modification markets "with focus, speed, flexibility, and growth."

Moving to Soft Proofs: RealTimeImage Gets GATF InterTech for Online Proofing Application

RealTimeImage reports it has been recognized by GATF (Graphic Arts Technical Foundation) for its "innovative online proofing technology found in...RealTimeImage Express solution."

IP Updates Pocket Pal: New Edition Features Digital Info.

International Paper announces the release of the 19th edition of Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Handbook, "the company's authoritative introduction to the graphic arts for many artists, designers, publishers, advertisers, students and buyers of printing," says IP.

Amberley Adhesive Labels Invests in RK Print Coat FlexiProof 100

Print Coat Instruments reports it has supplied U.K. label producer Amberley Adhesive Labels with a FlexiProof 100, "a precision, bench-top multi-tasking tool that enables users to produce proofs using water, solvent, or UV flexographic inks as well as to undertake accurate quality control and printability tests."

Minimizing Risk: Pira Intl. to Hold Brand Protection Conference in Spain

Pira International reports the full program for Brand Protection 2003 is available for its late-September event. According to Pira, the two-day venue will feature "case studies from an unrivalled line up of speakers from all over the world," addressing brand protection and counterfeiting issues and strategies.

Packaging Groups Form Coalition to Fight FDA

Packaging associations, such as the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC), have formed a coalition to fight the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reports a recent AICC release.

Pillar Seals Deal at NPE 2003

Many projects come to a close at a show," says Pillar Technologies sales manager Scott Kessler, "but few actually start and finish in just one day!" According to the OEM of treating equipment for the converting and plastics industries, that's exactly what happened at NPE 2003.

PCMC Goes Down Under with Avanti Gearless Flexo Press Install

PCMC reports the installation of an eight-color, Avanti gearless, flexo press at Wing Flexible Packaging in South Australia.

New Market Opportunities: Comco Flexo Label Seminar

Comco, a div. of Mark Andy, announces the fourth in the Flexo Focus Seminar Series: "Flexo Focus on the Future—Roll-Fed, Roll-Fed Shrink-Sleeve Labels, and Other Shrink Labels." The seminar is slated for September 3, 2003, at the Comco Advanced Training and Technology Center, Milford (Cincinnati), OH.

Pactiv Launches Revamped Tuff-Kraft Mailer Line

Pactiv Corp. recently unveiled the latest version of its Tuff-Kraft mailer line with new and repositioned product offerings under the Hefty Express Tuff-Kraft mailer and Hefty Express Tuff-Kraft BRIGHTS brands, says the packaging manufacturer.

IMI Supplies Shorewood with H+S UF Retrofit

Independent Machinery Inc. (IMI) reports the installation of an Heiber + Schröder universial feeder retrofit for Shorewood Packaging Corp.'s Indianapolis plant. The converting equipment supplier adds Shorewood invested in the UF feeder in order to produce large runs of promo work requiring rigid window placement.

Converting Info at Your Fingertips: Jelmar Provides Folding Carton Environmental Regs for Printers Pubs

Jelmar Publishing Co. (jelmarpublishing.com) reports the availability of books of interest to converters and printers: The Handbook of Folding Carton Production and Environmental Regualtions for Printers.

Avery Dennison to Sell European Package Label Biz

Avery Dennison Corp. reports it's signed an agreement to sell its package label converting business in Europe to CCL Industries Inc., a label and packaging solutions company based in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Science or Science Fiction? FFTA TLMI Bring Technology into Focus

The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Assn., in conjunction with the Tape and Label Manufacturers Institute, announce the upcoming FFTA/TLMI Technical Conference Science or Science Fiction? Bringing Technology into Focus, September 10 thru 12, 2003, Chicago, IL.

RadTech Pursues FDA Clearance for UV/EB Food Packaging

RadTech reports it's pursuing explicit Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for packaging manufactured with ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) cured materials.

Lean Leadership Workshop: Do More for Customers for Less

IDEAlliance and Raine Consulting announce a new 'Lean Leadership in Print Media' workshop, slated for August 20, 2003, in Chicago, IL. According to the series' co-sponsors, it offers participants "an overview of the 'Lean Thinking' vision, concepts, and tools that have made tremendous changes in other industries."

Pliant Corp. Introduces New Films

Pliant Corp. reports the introduction of two new film products: a new Maxilene retort grade sealant film and Revolution film R410, a new hand-wrap film for securing pallet loads.

3M Combines Label Business with Emtech Emulsion Technologies

Last month, 3M and Emtech Emulsion Technologies Inc. announced an agreement to combine Emtech and 3M's label business into a single 3M operating unit. As part of the agreement, 3M will acquire Emtech's assets; terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Star Packaging Prints Up to 10 Colors with New Nordmeccanica Press

In early May, Star Packaging Corp. announced the purchase of a new Nordmeccanica SprintFlex 10, "a state-of-the-art, 10-color, quick-change flexo press." According to the company, the new press will provide the converter the capacity to print up to a 28-in. repeat and 47-in. web width in up to 10 colors.

Synergy for Flexo Success IPA and FTA Webinars

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and the International Prepress Association (IPA) report an agreement "whereby FTA becomes a 'promotional partner' in the flexo industry for IPA's on-line educational 'webinar' training programs."

Syracuse Label Cuts Proofing Time with Latran Proofing System

Syracuse Label Co. has 'closed the digital loop' in its prepress operation and moved from analog to high-end digital halftone proofing with the installation of Latran Technologies' Prediction 1420 system.

Koenig Bauer AG Buys Metal-Decorating Press Mfr.

Koenig & Bauer AG reports it has acquired Bauer + Kunzi, "the global leader in metal-decorating presses," says the press mfr. "Bauer + Kunzi's press line includes the MetalStar 2 models, which are used to produce metal boxes as a premium form of packaging."

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