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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
Industry Indicators their choice for evaluation. A panel of industry judges will place the entries in categories related to technology and application. Criteria for judging includes: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality and degree of diffi- culty. In addition, the judges review each label for creative use of inks and color. At Labelexpo in Chicago in Septem- ber 2010, awards were presented in nine different categories, and all were print submissions using inks, coatings and specialty products supplied by Flint Group Packaging & Narrow Web. Winners in 2010 included Baumgarten Grafica Ltda (Brazil), Smyth (U.S.), Col- lotype Labels R.S .A . (South Africa), S.E . Industries Inc. (Philippines), Automacao Ind. E . Com. De Rotulos Etiquetas Ltd (Brazil), M&R Graphics (U.S.), Consoli- dated Label (U.S .), Nosco (U.S .), Label Works (U.S.) , Skanem Skurup (Sweden). “ We look forward to the label submis- sions each year and are proud of the results printers put forth using our prod- ucts,” says Niklas Olsson, brand man- ager, Flint Group Packaging & Narrow Web. “ T he entries continue to amaze the judges with the outstanding quality of design and print. We are extremely proud, as an ink supplier, to host these awards each year, and receive great response from our customers.” The following guidelines apply: • Each entry must be printed using inks from Flint Group. • Entries can be a commercial label or a promotional label. • Entries can be sent in roll or sheet form with no less than 100 of each label. • Entries should be received no later than Aug. 1, 2011. • Entries should be submitted directly to Flint Group Packaging & Narrow Web. For more information, please contact Niklas Olsson in Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deanna Whelan in the U.S. at Deanna.email@example.com Smyth Acquires dow Industries Two of the premier label printers in the country, both long-time Flexographic Technical Association members, are now one entity, as Smyth Companies, LLC, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., has acquired Dow Industries of Wilm- ington, Mass. Dow Industries maintains that it is the world’s most decorated label printer, winning countless awards around the globe for its unsurpassed high-definition flexographic printing processes, used in the health and beauty markets and other demanding consumer goods segments. “ Walter Dow has been a long-time friend whose company I’ve admired from afar, and I’m delighted that he has decided to tie the knot with Smyth,” says John Hickey, Smyth CEO. “ Our goal will be to provide the industry ’s highest qual- ity label production for those companies who demand the very best!” Smyth has been in business for 133 years, With established production locations in Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado, and the addition of the Dow facility in Massachusetts, Smyth will now employ approximately 400 people (See FLEXO April 2011, page 38 for profile.) The company specializes in package label- ing for mass marketed consumer goods products, and serves clients in the food and beverage, personal care, household care, and beer markets, among others. Smyth sought the acquisition of Dow because of Dow ’s eastern U.S . location, market reach and print technologies employed. Dow Industries was founded in 1976 by Walter Dow. Branding Initiative Brings new names to Avery dennison Business Units Avery Dennison renamed its busi- ness units to communicate its focus on market-driven solutions that help make brands more inspiring. As of March 18: • Roll Materials became Label and Packaging Materials to reflect that its innovations in self-adhesive technology extend beyond label- ing to packaging applications and solutions. • Retail Information Services is now Retail Branding and Information Solutions to reflect its comprehen- sive suites of products and services for retailers and apparel brands. • Office Products became Office and Consumer Products to reflect the relevance of its organization and identification solutions to the home as well as the office. • Graphics and Reflective Products is Graphics and Reflective Solutions. • Specialty Tape Division became Performance Tapes. • Specialty Converting Division, which includes Industrial and Automotive Products, Performance Films, Business Media and Security Printing, is now Designed and Engi- neered Solutions. • Medical Products, the RFID Division and Automotive are now Medical Solutions, RFID and Automotive Solutions, respectively. 10,000 and Counting Apex Group of Companies, a lead- ing manufacturer of anilox rolls and sleeves, recently reported the 10,000th installation of what it describes as its “ revolutionary Genetic Transfer Tech- nology (GTT) ink metering surface—the next-generation replacement of conven- tional hexcell anilox rolls.” Since GTT’s introduction in Europe and Asia in 2008 (and a stealth 2010 rollout in the U.S .), hundreds of printers, converters, coaters and OEM manufac- turers have successfully converted to GTT to gain results they find superior to its closed-cell predecessors. What makes the GTT ink-to-plate transfer surface different is the elimi- nation of conventional closed-hexcell anilox technology, according to Apex. GTT employs a continuous Slalom Ink Channel surface geometry, enabling ink to flow freely in a controlled manner on the roll surface, rather than being trapped along with air and pressure into confining hexcells. Apex customers continually report that GTT’s reduction of ink aeration, bubbling and spitting typically allow lower blade and plate pressure as well as lower ink viscosities, yet produce stronger and cleaner results at higher press speeds. 16 FLEXO april 2011 www.flexography.org