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Biodegradable Polymers Report

Biodegradable polymers have experienced strong growth over the last three years and will make further progress into markets traditionally dominated by conventional thermoplastics, according to the "Biodegradable Polymers Report" from Research and Markets.

Wanted: Used Kluge Presses

Used Kluge presses and folder/gluers are on the wanted list and Brandtjen & Kluge will pay top dollar for the right product.

Graphic Packaging Offers MetalFX

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

Smurfit-Stone Initiates Offer on Senior Notes

Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., intends to commence a cash tender offer for up to $400 million of its outstanding senior notes.

Happy Anniversary, Praxair!

Praxair Surface Technologies is celebrating 25 years as a provider of anilox roll technology.

Davis-Standard Organizes into Converting and Extrusion Units

Davis-Standard has restructured its business into two operating units to better support its global customer base: Converting Systems and Extrusions Systems.

Galas de Mexico Installs Daetwyler Line

Galas de Mexico will install a Max Daetwyler fully automated Laserstar-E engraving system this year.

Enfocus at On Demand

Enfocus, Philadelphia, PA, brought its entire line of certified PDF solutions, including its recently unveiled PitStop Professional 7, to the On Demand Conference & Expo May 16-18, 2006. Partners, including Creo Print-On-Demand Solutions Group and Ultimate Technographics, demonstrated combined solutions.

Sigdopack Opens Plant in Latin America

Sigdopack has opened a new production plant to produce Capran Medallion and OxyShield BOPA films for Central and South America.

Esko User Groups Merge

The Artios Users Group Intl. (AUGI) and the Assn. of Esko Users Group (AEG), the two user group associations devoted to Esko products, have merged into one organization.

Eastman Offers Solution for Isoprene Shortage

Eastman Chemical Co. offers a new formulation strategy that can reduce the use of isoprene by more than 50% in hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesive formulations.

Drent Goebel Hosts Open House

Drent Goebel will demonstrate a variable sleeve offset printing (VSOP) press in its newly acquired facility in Montreal, Canada, June 22-27, 2006.

AVT Records 17th Consecutive Quarter of Growth

Advanced Vision Technology announced sales for Q1 2006 of $6.8 million, up 13% over the same period in 2005, and 3% over Q4 2005. These results mark AVT's 17th consecutive quarter of growth.

Universal Laser Systems Awarded Patent

Universal Laser Systems has been awarded a U.S. Design patent for its VersaLaser laser cutting and engraving system.

Adhesives Research Launches New Web Site

Adhesives Research has launched adhesivesresearch.com to better reflect the organization's structure following the company's reorganization last fall into four new operating divisions.

AIMCAL Paper Deadline Extended

The deadline for papers for the AIMCAL Fall Technical Conference has been extended one week to May 22, 2006. Submit papers at aimcal.org.

KBA's Q1 Sales and 2006 Outlook

KBA won contracts worth 346.6 million euro in the first quarter of 2006, 10.9% below the record figure of 382.4 million euro for the corresponding period in 2005.

Indian Plastic Manufacturer Strikes Alliances

New Appointment to Apprenticeship Council

Smurfit-Stone Sells Consumer Packaging Segment

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its consumer packaging segment to a company formed by Texas Pacific Group (TPG) for approximately $1.04 billion in cash.

CMM Call for Papers

CMM Intl. now is accepting abstract submittals for the 2007 conference program. Submit your abstract by September 1, 2006.

CFC, Graphic Packaging, Alcan, and InkSure Announce Q1 Results

CFC Intl.'s net income decreased to $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2006, down 23.2% from 2005. Graphic Packaging Corp. reported a net loss of $31.5 million for 2006, compared to a $29.6 million loss for 2005. Alcan income was $1.21 per share compared to $0.56 a year earlier and a loss of $.091 in Q4. InkSure Technologies increased revenues to approximately $538,000 in the first quarter of 2006, compared with revenues of $494,000 in the first quarter of 2005.

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.

Whitlam Label Implements CRC System

Whitlam Label will implement CRC Information Systems' THE System business management software for the graphic arts industry.

Applied Materials to Acquire Applied Films

Applied Materials has entered into an agreement to acquire Applied Films Corp. as part of its strategy to expand its nanomanufacturing technology solutions and enter new businesses.

InkSure Web Conference Discusses Q1 and Year Plan

InkSure Technologies will host an investor conference call to discuss its first quarter operating results and the outlook for the remainder of the year at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 11, 2006.

The Future of Printed Electronics

At Printed Electronics Europe 2006, it was revealed that inorganic electronic inks and materials are becoming more important.

WebAwards Call for Entries

The Web Marketing Assn. announces a call for entries for its 10th annual international WebAward competition. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2006.

Apex Appoints Russian Representative

Apex has appointed ZAO Elastic as its representing company for the Russian market.

Kluge Succeeds at Ipex

The Kluge UniFold ran a CD sleeve that proved to be a folding and gluing job of interest to a lot of finishers. Brandtjen & Kluge also demonstrated the TXR automatic blanking system.

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