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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
18 FLEXO MARCH 2010 www.flexography.org INDUSTRY INDICATORS Glatfelter Completes Acquisition of Concert Industries Corp. Glatfelter recently announced that it has completed the ac- quisition of Concert Industries Corp. from Brookfield Special Situations Management Ltd., an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. for $235 million. Concert supplies highly absorbent cellulose-based airlaid non-woven materials, used to manufacture a diverse range of consumer and industrial products for growing global end-use markets, including feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, specialty wipes and food pads. Approximately 80 percent of Concert's sales come from the feminine hygiene market, which is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of approximately 5 percent for the next four years. "We are thrilled to add to the Glatfelter family of products another industry-leading global business that sells highly spe- cialized, engineered fiber-based products to niche markets," said George H. Glatfelter II, chairman and CEO. "This acqui- sition combines the strengths of two highly regarded specialty producers and will build upon our respective relationships with premier global consumer products companies." Glatfelter will operate Concert as a third business unit along with its Specialty Papers and Composite Fibers busi- ness units. For more information on this new business unit, please visit: www.glatfelter.com. Gerhardt USA Fire Update As most people are already aware, Gerhardt USA was the victim of a fire on Nov. 8. Fortunately, the fire only caused struc- tural and equipment damage and the firm is happy to say that no employees were injured during this unfortunate event. Also fortunate is Gerhardt's global connection. Within 30 minutes of the outbreak of the fire, all work that was currently in-house at Gerhardt USA was transferred over to the flexible die facility in Derby, England. This allowed the company to be able to continue providing service to its customers and to continue to operate under a business as usual atmosphere. Since the fire, Gerhardt said it has heard many rumors throughout the industry that are simply not true, such as: "Gerhardt USA is not re-opening;" "Gerhardt is going out of business;" "Gerhardt USA is having quality issues due to the fire;" and many, many others. Management maintains "These have all been created by competitors as a sales tool for them." Gerhardt USA would like to assure it's customers that it is continuing forward with the re-building of its operation in York, PA. The company asserts that it is not going out of busi- ness, it is not having any quality issues due to the fire, nor has it had any issues before the fire. Gerhardt USA would like to thank all of its customers and suppliers for their support since the fire and it looks forward to continuing to be the premier flexible die provider in the industry today. Stork and Tiruna Announce Advanced Tungsten Coating Partnership Stork Cellramic of Milwaukee, WI recently announced the finalization of a long-term partnership with Tiruna America of Green Bay. Stork entered into a five-year exclusive agree- ment with Tiruna to provide tungsten coating services for its corrugating rolls intended for the American market. Tiruna corrugating rolls, which are sold in more than 40 countries, are enhanced by a very high-quality tungsten coating process the company developed at its parent company 's research facility in Spain. To meet the requirements of this specialized process, Stork has invested in a new state-of-the-art, robotically equipped thermal spray booth to apply the coatings and accommodate the rolls, which are typically 150in. long and can weigh up to 15,000lbs. In addition, Stork engineers visited Spain to learn the new process, and visiting engineers from Spain were part of the installation and implementation process. After setup and qualification, the first sets of high quality tungsten coated corrugated rollers were successfully released at the begin- ning of 2010. Flint Group Flexographic Products to Hold Regional Seminars A series of four, one-day seminars on flexo technology will be conducted by Flint Group Flexographic Products to introduce the latest in its nyloflex printing plates, rotec sleeves and Flint inks, as well as associated technologies used in flexographic printing. Flexographers are invited to enjoy a free, science-based informational seminar and learn how to make prepress and press operations more sustainable, while printing with higher print quality. To register or for more information, contact Doreen Bailey at 704-504-2625 or e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited. 2010 Seminar schedule March 23 - Seattle, WA March 25 - Los Angeles, CA October 19 - Cincinnati, OH October 21 - Montreal, QC, Canada Pamarco Appoints Presidents Pamarco Global Graphics is pleased to announce the ap- pointments of Bill Ford as president, Offset Division and John Burgess as president, Flexo Division. Pamarco operates with the two divisions for all its global operations. Ford and Burgess have demonstrated their ability to respond to dramatic market changes during the last 12 months, to enable the continued Ford Burgess
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