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FTA Launches Aggressive Campaign to Boost Membership

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), a society dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining the advancement of flexography, has launched a rigorous drive aimed at recruiting new members. The campaign, "FTA Recruiter Rewards Program," encourages existing members to recruit new members into FTA. For every new member who joins, the recruiter earns rewards.

Sollas Offers New Wrapping and Banding Options

Sollas Packaging Machinery introduces two wrapping machines and a banding machine, the Sollas 20, M60/80, and Bandum 25/50.

P show will meet in Stuttgart, Germany

P, the International Trade Fair for Process-Oriented Packaging Protection, will take place June 15-18, 2005. The estimated world market value for packaging and world packaging is €350 billion, with the German market alone estimated at €23 billion; coupled with an EU study that named Stuttgart the leading high-tech location in Europe, it seems natural that Stuttgart’s Trade Fair Centre will host the latest industry event.

Moog Delivers First Press in the United Arab Emirates

H.C. moog GmbH, a producer of multicolo sheetfed gravure presses, continues to enter new markets. After establishing themselves on the American continent in 2003, in September 2004 it delivered its first three-color sheetfed gravure press to the Near East Region.

Heidelberg's Speedmaster SM 52-D Wins InterTech Award

Heidelberg USA's Speedmaster SM 52-D with inline die-cutting won PIA/GATF's InterTech Award for innovation, the only offset press in the industry to achieve this honor this year. The win marks the 21st InterTech Award for Heildelberg since the program began in 1978.

Daetwyler and Disti Kleen Work Together on Behalf of Renzmann

Max Daetwyler Corp. and Disti Kleen are working together to sell and service Renzmann, Monzingen, Germany, products to both printing and non-printing customers. Disti Kleen has been the exclusive representative for Renzmann equipment in the chemical industry in the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America since 1981. Daetwyler has been selling and servicing Renzmann products for the printing industry for over 20 years. Additionally, they are now responsible for service support and spare parts for the Disti Kleen customers.

FTA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Excellence Awards

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) is accepting applications for the 5th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, a program that recognizes companies implementing innovative and sustainable environmental practices. Awards are granted based on a company’s efforts to help make progress in achieving a cleaner environment.

Pira Launches 4th Annual Future of Packaging Conference

On Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday December 1, Pira will host it’s 4th Annual Future of Packaging conference at the Renaissance Salzburg Hotel in Salzburg, Austria. The European conference will allow global players to give strategic views on the future of their brands and packs. The conference will also be available as a live webcast.

Esko-Graphics Highly Commended at Label Industry Global Awards

Esko Graphics was among many companies recognized for contributions to the narrow web label printing and converting industry at Labelexpo Americas 2004 this past September.

FDA Approves BASF's Heliogen Green K 9360 Pigment for Plastic Food Packaging

According to BASF, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the manufacturer approval for its phthalocyanine pigment Heliogen Green K 9360 under the Food Contact Notification (FCN) program.

RadTech to Hold 2005 Fall Membership Meeting Same Time as Las Vegas-Based CPP Expo

Organizers of CPP Expo 2005 report that RadTech International North America will holds its 2005 annual fall membership meeting in Las Vegas, NV, USA, September 26-28, 2005, the same days CPP Expo will be operating at the Sands Convention Center.

PMMI Acquires Full Ownership of Expo Pack Mexico

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) reports it has acquired the remaining shares of Expopak de las Americas Inc., an event which formerly was a joint partnership between PMMI and Oprex.

Maxcess Intl. to Give Away Daytona 500 Trip at Pack Expo Intl. 2004

Maxcess International reports it will choose one Pack Expo Intl. 2004 registered attendee to win a free trip to the Daytona 500.

Celplast Metallized Products Named Exclusive NA Distributor of Alcan's Ceramis Film Products

Canada-based Celplast Metallized Products reports it is Alcan Packaging’s exclusive North American agent/distributor for the entire line of Ceramis films.

Bobst Group USA to Host Direction '04 Open House

Bobst Group USA will host its Direction '04 Open House, set for November 12th, 13th, and 15th, to introduce to US its premier new products.

Sun Chemical Raises Prices on Packaging Inks

Effective October 1, 2004, Sun Chemical increased prices three to seven percent on all packaging inks and coatings for flexible, folding carton, and paper packaging sold in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The increase reflects the steady rise in raw materials and oil prices.

Cal-Poly Launches Fund-Raising Drive to Commemorate 60 Years of Graphic Communication Education

Founded in 1946, Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. To commemorate its 60 years of service to the graphic communication field, Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department has launched a $2.5 million (US) fund drive in order to continue to offer education and information to the industry. (

X-Rite Q3 2004 Operating Income 117 Percent Higher Than Q3 Last Year

X-Rite Inc. recently announced its third quarter (2004) financial performance. According to the manufacturer of color measurement technology, X-Rite grew its operating income 117 percent over the same period measured last year (2003).

Ceradyne Inc. Acquires ESK from Former Parent Mfr. Wacker-Chemie

Ceradyne Inc. reports the acquisition of ESK from its former parent company, Wacker-Chemie, a German silicon and chemical manufacturer.

Fresh-Cut Produce Processor Pairs Products with NatureWorks PLA-Based Packaging

Fresh-cut produce processor Club Fresh, West Sacramento, CA, USA, is giving its pre-cut fruits and vegetables “all-natural” appeal by pairing them with NatureWorks PLA packaging, says NatureWorks PLA manufacturer Cargill Dow. (

OPP Film Peru Enters US Market with "Great" BOPP Products

OPP Film Peru, "with the mission of delivering superior BOPP [biaxially oriented polypropylene] products and service excellence," reports it now offers its products and services to United States-based converters.

DuPont Teijin Films US to Up PET Films Price

DuPont Teijin Films US reports, effective November 1, 2004, the price of all DuPont Teijin US branded PET polyester films will increase by a minimum of US $0.15/lb, "as a result of unprecedented increases in raw material, utilities, and transportation costs," adds the material supplier.

PCMC Opens New Demo/Technology Center

Paper Converting Machine Co. (PCMC) reports the opening of a new Demo/Technology Center at its Glory Road Facility in Green Bay, WI, USA.

PLGA's 'Gravure, the Quality Advantage' Slated for March 2005 in Miami

The Packaging and Label Gravure Association (PLGA) says its Eighth Technical & Operational Conference, "Gravure, the Quality Advantage,"(March 2-4, 2005, Miami, FL, USA) will cover such topics as service, turnaround time, sleeves, costs, new products, selling gravure, and gravure vs. flexo.

FTA Calls for Excellence in Flexo Entries: Deadline Is December 17, 2004

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) says converters and flexographic printers have until December 17, 2004, to submit entries to FTA's 2005 edition of its "Excellence in Flexography" award competition.

Raymond Report Sheds Light on Packaging 'Trash Wars' between Michigan and Ontario

Raymond Communications' new report, "Canadian Recycling Policy: The Complete Guide for Product Makers," says the author, "sheds some light on how many major US-based manufacturers and retailers have come to complain about having to pay 50 percent of Ontario's $118 million [Canadian dollars] 'Blue Box' recycling program."

Creo Demos Staccato at Graph/Converting Expo

During Graph/Converting Expo 2004 (held Oct. 10-13, McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL, USA), Creo showcased the capabilties of its Staccato screening application in demonstrations by KBA North America, MAN Roland, and Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses.

Management Buys Out Galileo Vacuum Systems

Officials at Galileo Vacuum Systems report the manufacturer's CEO, Pietro Profumo, is leading a management buy-out of the Italian company from Fata Group, the company's former majority shareholder.

FCC Extends Stay of Revised Junk Fax Rules

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