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Polytype Battenfeld Partner in POLYCOAT

Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering, USA, and Polytype, Switzerland, announce a strategic alliance "to integrate advanced extrusion coating and laminating technology into complete converting systems for the converting industry."

AIMCAL Calls for Papers for Fall Tech Meeting

According to AIMCAL, the technical committees currently are accepting abstracts for consideration for the AIMCAL Fall Technical Conference, slated for October 27 - 29, 2003.

CMM Tops 22K; Product Debuts; Show-Floor Sales

CMM International 2003: Attendance more than 22,000. Products, sales, & Chris Hanson is named "Converter of the Year."

Pressure Points of Opportunity

The Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) recently held its annual spring meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX, USA.

SARS Concerns Delay PACex in Canada

The Packaging Association of Canada recently announced the rescheduling of PACex International 2003 due to growing concerns about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Show organizers say the show now will open September 30 and run through October 2, 2003, instead of the original run dates of May 6-8, 2003.

X-Rite Acquires Centurfax Line Reports Positive Q1

X-Rite Inc. reports the acquisition of the ccDot meter product line of Centurfax Ltd., a "successful, London-based company that develops and distributes products serving the prepress and printing industries." Additionally, the company reports net sales are up for Q1 2003 12.7 percent compared to last year.

Industry Comes Together to Fund High School FFTA Flexo

Some high school students in North Carolina and Wisconsin soon will be able to get hands-on flexo training thanks to a few members of the flexographic printing industry.

Daetwyler Gets Clemson University Awards

Max Daetwyler Corp. (MDC) reports it recently was presented with the Clemson University Graphic Communications Corporate Appreciation Award.

Harper Flexo Ctr. Appealing to High School Students

Harper National Flexographic Center says it's placed a renewed emphasis on attracting more area high school students for future study. Based at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, Harper's Flexo Center provides students with hands-on training in prepress and flexo printing utilizing two Mark Andy flexo presses and one Comco (a div. of Mark Andy) press.

Black Clawson to Exhibit at PTSC in May

Black Clawson Converting Machinery Inc. reports it will be exhibiting at the upcoming PTSC Tech XXVI. The converting equipment manufacturer says it will exhibit on May 8 from 11 am to 2 pm, booth #117, at the Washington Hilton & Towers venue.

Customers Like Upgrades to IP Bleached Board Biz

International Paper says "a major effort" by IP's bleached board business to improve customer service is paying off. According to the company's latest customer satisfaction tracking survey, the effort, which includes enhancements to the IP web site, "shows that customers recognize and appreciate the efforts."

Ahlstrom Flex Pack/Label Prices Up May 1

Ahlstrom's LabelPack division, "one of Europe's main producers of specialty papers for flexible packaging and labeling," announces a price increase of EUR 100/tonne for all paper grades.

MeadWestvaco Seals Deal with Women in Packaging

Women in Packaging Inc. (WMPKG) and MeadWestvaco Corp. report the two entities recently sealed a new corporate partnership "that promises to expand the frontiers of possibility for generations of packaging professionals."

FPA Prez Says Flex Pack Faces Challenges and Opportunities

The realities of the flex pack converter's future were part of FPA president Marla Donahue's presentation at a CMM luncheon sponsored by Bobst Group and Rohm and Haas Adhesives and Sealants, Wednesday, April 16, 2003.

CMM Opens: Creo Esko Imaging Upgrades Push Flexo

Converting Machinery/Materials (CMM) International 2003 opened this morning in an unusally warm and sunny Chicago. While foot traffic was moderate on the four-day show's first day, there are unconfirmed reports of large equipment sales.

EPA Packaging Design Winners to Display at Pack Expo LV

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste, in partnership with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) reports it will display the winners of the first ever "Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge for E-Commerce Shipping Packaging and Logistics" at Pack Expo Las Vegas, October 13-15, 2003.

PSTC Seminar Aimed at 'Mastery' of Adhesion Science

TECH XXVI and Tape University: "Learn to Succeed": Two complementary programs aimed at mastery of the science of adhesion. May 5-9, 2003, Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington D.C.

Drupa 2004 Sells All 17 Halls

Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) reports that all 17 halls for Drupa 2004 are already sold out—more than a year before the start of the print media trade fair. Slated for May 6-19, 2004, at the Düsseldorf, Germany, fairgrounds, Drupa's 17 halls include more than 1.7 million sq ft of net exhibit space.

BST Pro Mark Inspection Sales Up

BST Pro Mark reports its sales of web inspection and print management systems were up 21 percent last year versus the previous year. According to the company, it shipped more than 1,000 combined units last year and now has 11,000 installations worldwide.

NPTA Celebrates 100 Years

This year marks 100 years since he National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) was founded in 1903. According to the industry group, it begins a year-long celebration of its founding and a salute to the rich history of the industry.

Enercon to Get Corona Treating Technical at CMM

Enercon reports that Dave Markgraf, sr. VP, sales and marketing, will be making two presentations at the Converting Machinery/Materials Exposition in Chicago this year.

Vigitek America to Debut at CMM

Vigitek, manufacturer of automated print inspection systems, reports it's launching an American sales and service organization at this year's CMM Inernational.

Creo Consolidates Operations: Europe, Middle East, Africa

Creo reports that Creo Middle East and Africa is consolidating its activities of those of Creo Europe, effective April 1, 2003.

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.

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