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Smurfit-Stone Streamlines Sourcing with Perfect Commerce Software

Perfect Commerce, Inc., a supplier of enterprise supply management (ESM) software and services, recently announced a Smurft-Stone investment in its product technology.

Converting Industry Exhibitions Show Promise

Converting industry trade shows: If one tried hard enough, one might be able to visit an industry-relevant exhibition every month.…In this article, PFFC provides information about trade show attendance and planning as well as links to various industry expo sites.

May 6, 2002Offers for Jefferson Smurfit Continue

DUBLIN, IRELAND & NEW YORK, NY -- Jefferson Smurfit Group plc, made the following announcement recently regarding recent market speculation that a buyer

RadTech 2002 Yields High Performance

RadTech 2002: Curing at the Speed of Light. Attendance at the ultraviolet/electron beam technology conference/expo last month seems to be in keeping with the science and industry utilization of UV/EB technology: it's expanding...

Better Days Ahead? Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Index Says Yes

Packaging machinery manufacturers are optimistic about a North American economic turnaround. According to the monthly Business Conditions Index (BCI) of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), shipments jumped from 8.2 points to an index of 60.7; quotations measured up 6.6 points to an index of 67.4; general business conditions jumped 5.7 points to an index of 61.9, and new orders were up 1.6 points to an index of 60.7.

Stand-Up Pouches 2002 to Feature Expanded Tech Exhibit

If you're interested in emerging pouch packaging technologies and the overall state of the pouch market, then Stand-Up Pouches 2002 is an event you'll want to attend June 10-11, 2002, at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL.

Harper Releases Platinum Anilox Report

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Harper Corp. of America reports the release of its "Platinum™ White Paper," authored by Art Ehrenberg, VP of operations in the co.'s

Midwest Converters See Foiling Future at Propheteer Presentation

Propheteer International says it recently hosted a foiling seminar for converters/printers based in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Sonoco Ups Euro Coreboard Prices; Packaging Provider also to Close California Bag Plant

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM Sonoco recently announced its intent to increase prices (for all paper grades manufactured at its European mills) by 40 to 50 Euro per

DuPont Chemical Solutions Acquires French Surface Protection Biz Unit

PARIS, FRANCE -- According to DuPont Chemical Solutions, as part of its strategy for sustainable growth, the co. has reached a business agreement with

Fox Valley Tech Advances into Gearless with PCMC Avanti Purchase

GREEN BAY, WI, USAPaper Converting Machine Co. (PCMC) reports Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), in neighboring Appleton, WI, recently purchased an

International Containerboard and Corrugated Meeting to Explore Fast-Emerging Markets

he 10th International Containterboard/Corrugated Conference is slated for October 17–18, 2002, in Chicago, IL.

"Make Your Mark" Materials Hit Nation's High Schools

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) reports it's distributing industry-related curriculum materials and information to 65,000 high school teachers and guidance counselors. The program, "Make Your Mark in Graphic Communications," says GAERF, "has the potential to reach more than six million high school students nationwide."

Nominations Open for Living Inductees to Plastics Hall of Fame

The Plastics Academy reports it's accepting nominations for induction into the Plastics Hall of Fame of living individuals whom have made outstanding contributions to the plastics industry in the US. Nominations will close December 1, 2002.

Ashland Specialty Chemical Company Ups Resin Prices

The Composite Polymers Div. of Ashland Specialty Chemical Co. is increasing the price of its polyester and vinyl ester resins, low-profile additives and gel coats by 4 cents (USD) per lb, the co. reports in a recent press release. Ashland says the price increase will be effective with shipments on and after May 13, 2002.

School's IN for Summer: AIMCAL Extends Curriculum

The Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) has added a full track of courses to it highly acclaimed summer school curriculum and extended the 2002 session by one day, the industry group reports.

Graphics of the Americas Gains "First Priority" Status

According to PAF, Graphics of Americas celebrated its 20th consecutive show this past February at the Miami Beach Convention Center; this newly earned status (the highest conferred) will ensure GOA maintains its position as the first printing, converting, and design trade show every year, adds the event sponsor.

Seybold Paper Cutter Parts Division Now Part of Colter & Peterson Inc.

Colter & Peterson, Inc., reports it recently purchased the Harris-Seybold paper cutter parts division from Graphics Systems and Services, Inc. According to C&P, the co. has a long history with Seybold paper cutters, dating back to 1918 when one of the company founders, Erik Peterson, began working for Seybold Machine Co.

Gutenberg Show Offers Widest Range of Product & Education on West Coast

Gutenberg Festival, reportedly the largest industry exhibition and education event on the West coast, will offer a wide range of equipment demonstrations and training and networking opportunities during its stint this year (May 30 through June 1, 2002).

Man Roland Renews Vow to Xeikon

WESTMONT, IL -- Man Roland reports it will continue efforts to bring cost-effective digital printing to the market; the recent Xeikon acquisition by Punch

Shrink Sleeve Market & Techology: AWAreness Report Now Is Available

Alexander Watson Associates (AWA) BV says its AWAreness Report, "Shrink Sleeve—Market & Technology Review," is now available. According to AWA, "This new AWAreness Report evaluates current and future trends in ["sleeving," a] dynamic new segment of the packaging and labelling market."

Clemson Students to Use xPackage.com

PHOENIX, AZ -- xPackage.com says senior students in Clemson University's department of packaging science will be using "MyDesign," the mfr.'s package-design

Packaging Design Now Part of Artwork Systems/Co. Reports Agfa Alliance

Artwork Systems Group reports it has completed the acquistion of Dimensional Impressions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; the company also says it has entered a integration allliance with Agfa Corp.

MeadWestvaco Buys Irish Pharm-Packaging Operation

MeadWestvaco acquires Kartoncraft Ltd. The addition of Kartoncraft reflects the CPG's plans to grow with customers in targeted strategic markets to meet their complete needs.

Agfa Installs 100th XCalibur at Display/Commercial Printer Park Printing

Agfa Corp. recently announced the installation (at Park Printing, Minneapolis, MN, USA, a point-of-purchase display and commercial printing operation) of its 100th Xcalibur VLF platesetter.

The Power of Gravure: GAA Annual Mtg

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Gravure Association of America, Inc. (GAA) urges industry professionals to "experience the power" of gravure at its 2002 annual convention

Dive in the Ipex "SEE" of Technology

12 April 2002: Ipex, the Global Technology Event for Print, Publishing and Media, is here. The 15-hall show features an astounding array of printing and converting technology, with more than 1,500 companies exhibiting in 85,000 square meters of floor space.

DuPont & EarthShell to Accelerate Environmentally Preferred Packages

EarthShell Corp. and DuPont recently announced they have expanded their relationship to accelerate environmentally preferred packaging. According to the companies, the strategic alliance originally was formed in April 2001; the companies say, initially, they will focus on the $1 billion global food-service wraps market.

Ipex News: Creo's Workflow Features Enhanced Flexo Features

Creo exhibits at Ipex, showcasing various innovations in flexographic printing technology, as well as upgrades in current systems, one of which involves the company's packaging workflow.

Flint Ink UV: "Ideal" for Packaging

Flint Ink says it has inks ideal for CD, DVD, video, and software packaging; UV ink systems that produce durable, razor-sharp, high-gloss images that enhance in-store marketing and merchandising appeal.

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