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PPC Reports Folding Carton Shipments Show Sustained Growth in 2004

According to the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), December was a strong month for folding carton shipments, which increased 4.3 percent by value and 2.8 percent by volume year-over year. For the full year 2004, folding carton shipments grew 4.4 percent by value, and 4.3 percent by volume. Based on projections, the folding carton market reached $9 billion in 2004. Measured by volume the market grew to 5,825 thousands of tons.

Ticona Increases Price of its Polyester Products

Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese Corp., Kelsterbach, Germany, will increase the price of its polyester products effective on all shipments made on or after February 14, 2005. This increase reflects the continuing rise of polyester feedstock costs, currently at record levels.

Kodak Acquires Creo

Eastman Kodak has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Creo, a supplier of prepress systems for commercial printers. Kodak will pay approximately $980 million in cash ($16.50 per share) for all the outstanding shares of Creo on a fully diluted basis.

Converters Predict an Improving Economy in 2005

According to a recent survey conducted by CMM Intl., worldwide converting professionals project 2005 will be a year of solid economic growth. The almost 100 converters and converting machinery and materials suppliers polled also expressed opinions on company sales, hiring plans, industry challenges, and the CMM show in an e-mail survey conducted in December 2004.

Gidue Appoints New Distributor for Italy

With the appointment of Fabrizio Decio, GIDUE has named Outsoucing, Gallarte, Italy, a new distributor for Italy.

Centrexpo Announces Changes to Show Line-Up

Centrexpo’s board of directors have decided to discontinue GEC and extend the time interval between Graftalia and Converfelx to reflect the industry’s economic situation. The dates for Graftalia/Converflex are now May 2006 and May 2009.

Interpack 2005 is Larger Than Ever

interpack 2005, the 17th Intl. Trade Fair for Packaging Machinery, Packaging and Confectionery Machinery, has already booked over 2,200 exhibitors from 56 countries, reserving 1.7 million sq. ft. of net exhibit space in 18 halls. Messe Dusseldorf, the show’s organizers, reports the show has never before been so big.

AVT Wins FlexoTech Prize for Innovation

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) has won the award for innovation in Printing Press/Finishing from the European Flexographic Technical Assn. (EFTA). EFTA presented the award for AVT’s SpectraLink system at the 2004 FlexoTech Intl. Print and Innovations Awards ceremonies in London.

ANI Reports Raw Material Supply Crisis for UV and Water-Based Inks

Based on recent negotiations with its key suppliers, ANI Printing Inks reports a drastic shortage of acrylic acid, one of the key base raw materials used to produce binders for UV and water-based inks. ANI further reports the short affects supply capabilities and prices.

Film Trends Focus of of Plastic Packaging Conference

InnoPlast Solutions and Gehrke, Kaas, & Assoc. announce the second annual conference on "Global Trends in Plastic Packaging Films," scheduled for February 28–March 3 at the Hilton Hotel-Airport, New Orleans, LA. The conference will be preceded by an optional course on the "Fundamentals of Flexible Packaging."

New Report Focuses on Worldwide Nonwovens Industry

The Assn. of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and the European Disposables and Nonwovens Assn. (EDANA) have compiled and published "Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry," a report intended to guide manufacturers, suppliers, and converters of nonwovens into the future of the market--expected to grow more than seven percent a year through 2009.

Bemis Acquires Majority Ownership of Dixie Toga

Bemis Co. has acquired majority ownership of Dixie Toga, San Paulo, Brazil, one of the largest packaging companies in South America. Bemis acquired the voting common stock and 43% of the outstanding, non-voting preferred stock of Dixie Toga for approximately $250 million, financed with commercial paper.

Omron Donates Nearly $1 Million Towards Asian Tsunami Relief

Omron Corp., a leader in automation, sensing, and control technology, will donate 100 million yen (close to $1 million US dollars) through the Japan Community for UNICEF for victims of the Asian tsunami. Local Omron offices and affiliated companies will also offer donations.

Ampac Packaging Acquires Flexicon

Ampac Packaging, a producer of high-performance film structures for bags and food packaging—ranging from monolayers to nine-layer coextruded barrier films—has acquired Flexicon, a manufacturer of high-performance, flexible packaging materials for the pharmaceutical, medial, healthcare, chemical, food, and industrial markets. The amount was undisclosed.

Pamarco Will Become Exclusive UK and Ireland Distributor for Rotec

Effective February 1, 2005, Pamarco Global Graphics will become the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for Rotec, a member of the Day Intl. Group. Pamarco will sell the full range of Rotec sleeves, Greyback buildup material, and PRC plate cleaning machines.

EMA Opens Up Membership to Non-European Metallizers

Members of the European Metallizers Assn. at the autumn general meeting approved an amendment that will—for the first time—allow paper and film metallizers from outside of Europe to join the association.

Ipex 2006 Adds 6000 sqm to Broaden Reach

To accommodate expanded prepress coverage, Ipex 2006, sponsored by IIR Exhibitions, has secured tenancy of Hall 20 at Birmingham’s NEC.

ASC Announces Call for Papers: Collaborating for Success in the New Economy

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces its Call for Papers for the ASC Spring 2005 Convention and Exposition. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 28, 2005.

Frank Romano to Speak at Cal Poly

Frank Romano, a leading authority on the impact of market and technology forces on the graphic communications industry, will provide a public presentation at Cal Poly on January 19, 2005, at 8 p.m. in room 209 of the University Union. He will discuss technology trends influencing printing and publishing markets. The event is free to the public.

Sun Chemical Forms New Business Unit, Sun Chemical Security

Printing ink and organic pigment manufacturer Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a range of products with incorporated security measures to print packages, documents, and currency. The unit will also market forensic security systems to ensure the authenticity of the products themselves.

Maxcess Offers Training Modules for Fife, Tidland, and MAGPOWR Products

Maxcess Intl. has introduced a new series of "Tech Tips," online training modules intended to teach customers how to conduct routine maintenance and offer better understanding of the theory behind Fife, MAGPOWR, and Tidland products.

Bobst Group USA and ei³ Enter Partnership

Bobst Group USA has entered into a partnership with ei³ Corp. to provide customers in the flexible materials business are with 24/7 engineering support and productivity software.

Vancouver Sharp Imaging Installs Creo's Thermoflex Mid

Vancouver Sharp Imaging is the first company worldwide to install the next generation ThermoFlex Mid digital imaging device, developed specifically for packaging industry requirements, from Creo.

Speaker Line-Up and Agenda for 2005 RFID Journal LiVE! Conference

RFID Journal, the producer of RFID Journal LIVE!, has announced the speakers and agenda for its thrid annual RFID executive converence.

Cal Poly Recognizes Max Daetwyler

Max Deatwyler Corp., a manufacturer of doctor blades and precision equipment for the printing industry, received recognition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, for its donation to the Graphics Communications Dept. for the Collage software and engraver upgrade.

Singapore Show Helps Nilpeter Spread its Asian Influence

Nilpeter showcased its approach to narrow web label and packaging converting at Labelexpo Singapore, held in late November. The main attraction at the company,s booth was live demonstrations of the recently-introduced FA-3300, shown with eight UV-flexo printing units, a freely-interchangeable "Drop-In" rotary screen unit, and a cold foil station for metallized effects.

CMM 2005 AIMCAL Pavilion Almost Sold Out

CMM Intl. show management have announced that the space allocated for the AIMCAL pavilion at the 2005 event is nearly sold out. The pavilion ("The World of Metallizing, Coating, and Laminating Solutions") has already surpassed the 2003 CMM show in the number of exhibitors and square feet sold.

CMM Seeks Nominations for 2005 Converter of the Year

CMM Intl. is seeking nominations for the 2005 Converter of the Year award to be handed out prior to the show. Nominations are due by January 31, 2005, and should include a brief description of the nominee and their contribution to the converting industry.

BASF to Raise Prices in U.S. and Canada

Effective January 1, 2005, or as contracts allow, BASF will raise prices in the U.S. and Canada on several brands, including Acronal, Acronal Optive, and Basonal.

ICE 2005 Exhibitor List Continues to Grow

With nearly a year to go, the ICE 2005 paper, film, and foil converting trade fair already has more confirmed square meters of stand space than was on show at ICE 2003. Potential exhibitors are encouraged to book quickly, as only about 1,500 square meters remain.

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