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September 9: Release Liner Conference, Hyatt Regency, Rosemont (Chicago), IL (+31 (0) 20 676 2069;

September 10–12, 2002: Labelexpo Americas, Donald E. Stephens Convention Ctr., Rosemont (Chicago), IL (262/782-1900;

September 24–25, 2002: IMLCON 2002/Asia, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Shanghai, PR China (480/473-0301;

Indigo Names Distributor In Australia
MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS—Indigo has appointed graphic arts distributor Currie & Co. to sell its complete range of digital offset color presses in Australia.

Andy Middleton, Indigo's general manager of World Distributor Channels, says, “The appointment of Currie & Co. will provide Indigo with a large sales and support structure across the whole of Australia and New Zealand. The reputation they have gained over the years makes the company one of the leading distributors in its field and a fitting choice for Indigo's leading-edge technology.”

Adds David Currie, managing director of Currie & Co., “We represent a number of leading graphic arts players and are delighted Indigo has joined our portfolio. The majority of commercial printers in Australia and New Zealand are now looking to install digital presses, and we strongly believe this is the future.”

HarperScientific Offers 48-Hr Shipment Via Web
CHARLOTTE, NC, USA—, a div. of Harper Corp. of America, recently added the EchoExpress Anilox Roll Program to its e-commerce site,

This special anilox roll program for narrow web printers consists of an inventory of over 1,000 anilox roll cores, allowing shipment to the converter within 48 hr following an order with engraving specifications. A limit of two rolls per customer is offered under the guaranteed 48-hr shipping commitment.

Double-Faced Tape for Low-Energy Substrates
GLEN ROCK, PA, USA—Adhesives Research Inc. reports Arclad 9030, an orange double-faced tape designed for splicing low-energy surface substrates, features superior adhesion and quick tack properties for splicing low-energy surface substrates such as PE, PP, high-slip films, and other difficult-to-adhere-to surface substrates. Said to allow for faster line speeds when performing flying splices, and it may be used for overlap splicing, core-starting, and roll-finishing splicing applications. Product is “tearable,” so no knife is needed.

The highly visible orange color allows operators to identify splices clearly during applications.

TLMI Honors “Best Managed Companies”
NAPERVILLE, IL, USA—Four converter member companies of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute captured the prestigious TLMI “Best Managed Company Award” at the institute's recent 2002 converter meeting, held in Naples, FL.

Belmark Inc., DePere, WI, was honored for the fifth time in the large company category (more than $35 million in sales).

Los Angeles Label, Commerce, CA, won for the third consecutive year, this time in the medium-range category ($15 million — $35 million).

Graphic Solutions Inc., Burr Ridge, IL, was honored in the mid-range category ($6 million — $15 million).

Amherst Label, Amherst, NH, was honored for the first time in the small-company category (less than $6 million).

These awards recognize excellence in business management, measured by defined business ratios calculated through the TLMI Management Ratio Study. The study was established in 1973 by Eugene Singer. Calculations incorporate profitability, liquidity, growth, efficiency, and capital structure. Visit TLMI at

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