Managing the Ink Films

Last month we discussed ink composition in relation to various printing methods. Now we’ll look at basic differences in ink delivery.

Challengers Press On

The annual label competition hosted by the Tag & Label Mfrs. Institute proves there’s more than one way to produce a winning label.

Sun Chemical Named as Exclusive Distributor for NAMSA

Applications in Intelligent Chromatics (AiC), a div. of Sun Chemical, and NAMSA have announced a marketing agreement in which AiC will be the exclusive distributor of NAMSA's Sterilization Indicating Inks.

TAPPI's PLACE Conference Coming in September

The TAPPI PLACE conference will take place September 17-21, 2006, and will showcase innovations in materials, equipment, and processes in the flexible packaging and converting industry.

MetalFX Receives Awards

MetalFX has been Highly Commended in the “Best Industry Supplier” category of the Printing World Awards.

BASF to Increase Prices

BASF raises prices on straight acrylic and styrene-acrylic latex products, as well as Styrolux and Styroclear styrene-butadiene copolymers.

BASF Increases Prices

BASF increases prices for its coating and polymer immediates in North America.

Graphic Packaging Offers MetalFX

Graphic Packaging Intl. has become the first flexo printer to become an accredited licensee in the United States for MetalFX.

NPE Conference Discusses Cost Savings

A conference at NPE 2006 will discuss the says plastics processors can use commercial purging compounds to lower costs, reduce scrap, and cut downtime.

Ready to Roll

Inventive materials are serving challenging applications in both wide and narrow web markets. What's new for your product line?

Milliken Features Enhanced Lineup of Polymer Additives at NPE 2006

New technology for enhancing the performance and value of polyethylene (PE), coupled with industry-leading innovations in polymer additives and colorants for polypropylene (PP), will highlight Milliken Chemical’s participation in NPE 2006, June 19-23, 2006, in Chicago.

Fint Group Exhibits at Info*Flex

Flint Group will exhibit at FTA’s 2006 INFO*FLEX, April 30-May 1. Attendees will learn about Flint Group’s offerings for flexible packaging printers, including wide web inks, printing plates, narrow web inks and personalized services.

MetalFX Hits Ipex

Come and see a live presentation by MetalFX managing director Andrew Ainge at Ipex's Showcase Theater April 4, 20056.

Applied Films Receives Innovation Award

ICE (Intl. Converting Exhibition) honored Applied Films with its 2005 Innovation Award for Applied Films' Fabry Perot Filter, which produces color shift layers on plastic film by using electron-beam evaporation.

DuPont and Ominflex Finalize Sales Agreement

DuPont Engineering Polymers and Omniflex have finalized a sales agreement to expedite growth of DuPont Active Layer for use in performance apparel and healthcare products industries.

Plastic Suppliers Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Plastic Suppliers has won the Flexographic Technical Assn.'s (FTA) Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Innovative Technology for its EarthFirst PLA film.

Plastic Suppliers Launches EarthFirst PLA film-specific Web Site

Plastic Suppliers has launched a Web site specific to its EarthFirst PLA film, designed to be an informational resource to educate people on the characteristics and uses of EarthFirst PLA film.

BASF Raises Prices on Polyvinylpyrrolidone Products

As of the beginning of the year, BASF has raised prices by 10% in North America on all Luvitec and Luvicross polyvinylpyrrolidone products.

Trends & Technical Solutions

Filmic release liners are used in many pressure-sensitive applications today. The market for filmic release liners is growing at a rate of 10%/yr, fueled in part by the emergence of premium applications that require the level of optical clarity, water resistance, flexibility, or fiber-free performance films can provide.

MetalFX Wins Award

MetalFX has been named the New Product of the Year by the United Kingdom's Growing Business Awards.

Mountain Valley Adds Recycling Capacity

Mountain Valley Recycling has added a new processing line to its existing production facility in Morristown, TN, adding 15 million pounds of recycling capacity annually.

BASF Raises Prices

BASF will increase its list and off-list selling prices for its Caprolactone Monomer, all grades of its NEOL Neopetylglycol, and its 2-Pyrrolidone.

Resin Price Increases Continue, Leveling Off Seen

At its Executive Forum, Resin Technology Inc. advised that the the quality of imported resin is as good or better than those produced domestically, and soon will fill the gap left by production shortages, stemming the rate of price increases.

Stora Enso Raises Prices

Stora Enso Specialty Papers has increased prices for its European customers for its wet strength label and flexible packaging papers.

Fuel Surcharges Hit Shippers

Given the extreme volatility in oil pricing, a fuel surcharge paradigm predicated on rolling average fuel prices that span a period of several weeks no longer may be an adequate formula for ensuring a given carrier can recapture a significant percentage of fuel costs.

To Serve & Protect

Don't fret over your next barrier coatings purchase! The following is advice on how to successfully choose and utilize these protective properties.

Collaboration is Key

Haremar Plastic Mfg. Ltd. has established long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships with key suppliers, most notably Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering and Dow Plastics.

Air Products Polymers Raises Prices

Air Products Polymers has implemented a price increase for acrylic-based polymers and emulsion products in the U.S. and Canada.

Seafood is Served

Covering a wide spectrum of applications from labels to lidding and from packaging to POP displays, today’s new materials deliver problem-solving technology to meet your needs.

Hurricanes Impact Whole Nation

While Gulf Coast residents will bear the brunt of this destruction, my feeling is that the entire country, as well as those countries to which we export our manufactured and agricultural products, will feel the burden as well.

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