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IMLCon2002/ASIA: New Technology to Accelerate IML

The 11th Annual International In-Mold Labeling Conference (September 23–25, 2002, at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai) in China will bring a wealth of IML technology and information to the Asian labeling and packaging industries, say event sponsors RBS Technologies, Inc. and Abacus Corp. Ltd.

Valmet Inaugurates Italian Tech Center

Valmet, a member of the Metso Corp., reports the successful inauguration of its new Technology Center at Valmet Rotomec SpA, San Giorgio Monferrato in northern Italy.

FPA Urgent Request for Input for Proposed EPA Revision

The Flexible Packaging Assn. (FPA) is requesting information from its members regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed revision "to 'cover' mixing operations in the web coating MACT."

AmeriStar Call for Entry Extended

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) has announced an entry extension for its 2002 AmeriStar Package Awards; the submission deadline July 15, 2002.

Need Practical, Usable Solutions? Go to AIMCAL Summer School

Converting challenges affecting your bottom line? If so, then AIMCAL's summer school (July 22 through 25, 2002, Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, Charlotte, NC) is for you and your operation.

High Definition Flexo Consortium Directors Close the Non-Profit Group

The board of directors of the High Definition Flexo Consortium (HDFC) reports the close of the non-profit organization as of May 15, 2002.

BST Pro Mark Studies Register Control Benefits for CI Flexo

Bst Pro Mark reported the results of its year-long study on "setting register on flexo CI presses" recently, which, according to the co., shows "CI register control technology substantially reduces flexo CI make-ready time [as well as reduces the amount of] material used."

Davis-Standard & Coperian Alliance Good for Customers

PAWCATUCK, CT RAMSEY, NJ, USADavis-Standard Corp. (a extrusion equipment manufacturer) and Coperion Corp. (a compounding equipment manufacturer) report

Atofina to Outline Metallocene MDPE Niche at MetCon 2002

According to Atofina Petrochemicals, a company representative will present a paper entitled "Creating a Market Niche for Metallocene MDPE" at MetCon 2002.

Mail-Well Sells Label Div. for $75 Mil

Mail-Well, Inc., recently announced the sale of its Mail-Well Label Div. for $75 million (US), subject to post-closing adjustments, to Renaissance Mark, Inc., Denver, CO.

AWA Label Conference to Explore Industry Dynamics around Globe

Labeling Technologies Conference, September 26 - 28, 2002; Golden Tulip Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Standard Standards

From FTA's FIRST to ISO certification to CIP4's new JDF spec, industry standards are all the rage. Find out what these standards mean, why the industry is turning to them to deliver quality and service, and how to get info from the various industry-related standard-making organizations.

Pactiv to Buy Winkler Forming

Pactiv Corp. reports an agreement to purchase Winkler Forming, Inc. Pactiv says it will purchase the thermoformer of amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET) for food packaging for $72.5 million (approximately 7 times EBITDA)

Avery Completes Jackstadt Acquisition

Avery Dennison Corp. recently announced the completion of its acquisition of Jackstädt GmbH. The transaction, for which the definitive agreement was announced early last September, had a purchase price of approx. $295 million, including assumption of debt.

Applied Films: German Operations One

Applied Films Corp. reports on March 1, 2002, the company celebrated the production commencement of its first chamber of its vacuum web coating system in its new manufacturing facility in Alzenau, Germany

Protective Packaging Study Says Demand to Expand Due to E-Commerce

According to Freedonia Group, an industrial market research firm, "Protective packaging demand is projected to increase nearly five percent annually to $3 billion (US) in 2006, benefitting from expanding Internet and mail-order catalog sales and the highly customized requirements of end-use packaging applications." Freedonia says its study, Protective Packaging (published 05/2002, 170 pgs) is available for $3,700.

Smurfit's New KBA Offset Press Capable of 12 Colors

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. reports the successful start-up of a new 64-inch KBA Rapida offset sheet-fed, eight-color, plus coating, press at its St. Charles, IL, litho label facility.

Data Collection Assn. Targets AIM Site

AIDC launches new website, cleaner and more accessible. Targets AIM Inc., reaching a global audience and key touch point for all AIM members.

US Firm Behind Smurfit Bid, Says Co.

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- Late last week, Irish packaging company Jefferson Smurfit Group confirmed the bid approach it received early this month was from Madison

DuPont to Increase PVA Price

DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers reports it will charge five cents more per pound for all grades of Elvanol polyvinyl alcohol (PVA/PVOH), effective June 15, 2002.

Ergonomics: In a Box?

Out-of-the-box thinking from Ergonomic Technologies Corp. has resulted in a cost-effective way for your operation to have an "ergonomist in a box."

DuPont Expands Packaging Website

DuPont expands their website, offering more information of the packaging spectrum (described and illustrated). Also offers the range of DuPont services for the packaging industry.

Sonoco to Raise Paperboard Prices

Sonoco reports it will raise prices on uncoated recycled paperboard by $50 (US) per ton, effective June 4, 2002.

Open Up Package Possibilities at Comco/Mark Andy Flexo Open

Comco/Mark Andy's "Flexo Open" will showcase new possibilities in printing, packaging, and converting. Live demonstrations on a variety of techniques.

tesa tape Saves Big Bucks with ei3

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- ei3 Corp. says by investing in its online-engineering and web-enabled productivity software tools, tesa tape will save approximately

ASC Call for Papers: Leading Industry Change

ASC to hold 2002 fall Convention Expo "Leading Change in the Industry." Disscussion of various topics in sealant and adhesions, packaging, and converting. Submit papers!

Labelexpo Americas 2002: Exhibitors and First-Timers Growing

Labelexpo Americas 2002 show organizer, Tarsus, recently announced: "the roll call of exhibitors signing up to be showcased at [the upcoming event] is growing longer weekly, now stands at 400, and among them are 45 [exhibitors] that will be showing for the first time."

KidderComexi Demos "True" Direct Drive

KidderComexi welcomed more than 125 guests to view its FP 1808 Direct Drive gearless press this spring. Held April 23–25, 2002, at KidderComexi in Agawam, MA, the open house demonstrated what the company calls the "first true gearless press on the market, featuring "zero transmission error" technology.

Smurfit-Stone Streamlines Sourcing with Perfect Commerce Software

Perfect Commerce, Inc., a supplier of enterprise supply management (ESM) software and services, recently announced a Smurft-Stone investment in its product technology.

Converting Industry Exhibitions Show Promise

Converting industry trade shows: If one tried hard enough, one might be able to visit an industry-relevant exhibition every month.…In this article, PFFC provides information about trade show attendance and planning as well as links to various industry expo sites.

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