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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS VI III :) VI VI - ø z - VI VI III It: a. - MWV Receives SFI and PEFC Certifications Global packaging leader MWV an- nounced it has received chain of cus- tody certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) chain of custody standards. The certifi- cation provides third-party validation of MWV's sustainable fiber sourcing prac- tices, and helps assure its customers and consumers of the company's responsible environmental stewardship. Chain of custody is the process of tracking and recording the possession and transfer of wood fiber from the forest of origin, through manufacture, production and processing stages and, ultimately, to its end use. The dual certification covers the com- pany's four U.S.-based paperboard mills in Covington, VA., Evadale, TX, Mahrt, AL., and Charleston, sc. The certifica- tions also apply to the company's sheet- ing and extruding facilities in Low Moor, VA., Silsbee, TX, and Venlo, Netherlands, as well as 12 of the company's integrat- ed package converting plants in North America, Europe and Asia. Under the certification, MWV's pa- perboard products will begin carrying the SFI certification label. Customers serviced from the company's convert- ing facilities that have obtained the dual Harpers Inducted into NTHS Hall of Fame Founders of the global anilox manufacturer Harper Corporation of America, Ron and Katherine Harper, have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Hall of Fame for Educational Excellence. The induction is concurrent with the couple's winning of the Silver Star Award, which is presented jointly by the American Technical Education Association (A TEA) and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), and recognizes exceptional support and commitment to advancing postsec- ondary technical education. "The sheer volume of what Ron and Katherine Harper have done to further technical education is astonishing," said Betty Krump, executive director of the A TEA. Krump flew to Charlotte for a special awards dinner to present the Harpers with the Silver Star Award, which includes a large, framed and mat- ted NTHS Hall of Fame award citation and a handsome medallion. Rich Wagner, vice president of Academic Affairs at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN, nominated the Harpers for the award. Active NTHS chapters are invited to submit names of heroes who give gen- erously to the students, schools, and other entities that make up the techni- cal community. Ron and Katherine Harper are the founding sponsors of the Flexographic Technical Association's TEST (Technical Education Services Team). FLEXO 2008 JUNE www.flexography.org chain of custody certification may label their products as well. FDA Approves UV/EB Inks for Food Contact The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Food Contact Notification (FCN) 772 to allow direct food contact with UV or EB ink and coating formulations. FCN 772 clears that the UV- or EB-cured formulations may be used as coatings or components of coatings (both including inks) on polymeric substrates, paper and paper- board, metal substrates, or as a compo- nent in adhesives. FCN 772 has been promoted by the Food Notification Alliance, a sub-group of RadTech USA, starting from its estab- lishment in 2004. Since then, the FDA evaluated the work done by the Alliance and after long and accurate analysis provided the notification's clearance that allows any combination of cleared materials in direct food contact, and it is expected to widen the use of UV and EB in food packaging. This is the first time that a regula- tory institution defines measurable threshold values under which the use of UV technology for food packaging is allowed. Coast Paper Enters Flexo Market Coast Paper is pleased to announce its entry into the flexographic print- ing supplies business with two flagship product lines. The first will be Kodak Flexcel Printing Plates, including the re- cently developed Flexcel NX System. The Flexcel NX Plate delivers flat tops with a stable shape for consistent dots as small as 10 microns and true size dots. Coast also sells Kodak CTP devices, proofing devices and software, as well as analog flexo plates to support this business. The second major line is Hostmann- Steinberg's line of water-based and UV-curable flexographic inks for the label and wide web flexible packag- ing markets. Hostmann-Steinberg is a