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FLEXcon's Sander de Jong to Speak at AWA Conference

FLEXcon Europe's market development manager, Sander de Jong, will present "Choosing the Right Self-Adhesive Film and Print Technology for Your Application" on Friday, December 10, at the AWA Global Self-Adhesive Graphic Arts Conference. de Jong's presentation will discuss industry trends concerning the needs for and benefits of p-s film constructions.

Kugler-Womako and schafer-etiketten Cooperate in the Field of Labeling Technology

Label and packaging materials manufacturer schafer-etiketten and Kugler-Womako, a Korber PaperLink company, plan to cooperate in the field of labeling technology. schafer-etiketten will stop production of Combina labeling machines while Kugler Womako will take over Combina production.

Dec. 7-9: AMI's Polyethylene Films 2004 Will Focus on North American Industry

AMI's Polyethylene Films 2004 will take place December 7-9, 2004 at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and will provide a detailed look at developments in the North American PE film industry, the effect of these developments on film producers, and the implications for the future.

NorthStar Print Group Earns ISO 9001 Certification

NorthStar Print Group, a leading producer of glue-applied, in-mold, and pressure-sensitive labels, have earned ISO 9001:2000 certification for the quality management systems in all three of its production facilities. American Systems Registrar issued the certifications following an extensive review of the company’s quality management program.

New ISO 9001 Registration Program Focuses on the Plastics Industry

Lewis Yasenchak has joined Orion Registrar as business development manager--Plastics. In his new position, he will expand Orion’s management team, and will focus on customizing an ISO 9001 Registration Program to serve top management in the plastics manufacturing supply chain.

Dow Opens First Commercial Plant for Versify Plastomers and Elastomers

Dow announced the successful start-up of the first commercial plant for its new family of specialty propylene-ethylene copolymers, Versify Plastomers and Elastomers, in Tarragona, Spain.

AVT Names Pitman as US Ditributor

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), a provider of process control and quality assurance for the packaging, converting, and label printing industry, has named Pitman Company as the US national distributor of AVT’s automatic inspection solutions for the narrow web market.

Web Converting Acquires KT Converting Services

Web Industries (parent company of Web Converting and FilmX) announced it’s acquisition of the assets of the converting services division of KT industries. The acquisition only involves KT’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, operation and not their ongoing operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (

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.

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