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Imagine! Print Solutions in Minneapolis has installed an HP Indigo WS6000 digital press, expanding its label and packaging offering. "We spent a considerable amount of time investigating this acquisition and found the HP Indigo delivers the high quality, high speed and smaller runs customers demand," stated Bob Lothenbach, president.

The food and beverage vertical was identified as the largest end-user of corrugated boxes of all segments in North America, accounting for 51 percent of shipments in 2010. Corrugated for the food vertical is forecast to continue increasing at an average annual rate of 2.4 percent through 2015.

The countdown to ICE USA 2013 has begun. Only a few weeks remain until thousands of converting industry professionals will come together in Orlando to take part in North America's largest converting event, April 9 -11, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center. Going into the home stretch, ICE USA 2013 is already 25 to 30 percent larger than the 2011 biennial event, and will feature more than 100 first-time exhibitors that will join nearly 200 returning exhibitors.

NAFTA’s flexible packaging converting industry is dominated by Bemis Inc. with a 20 percent share, according to PCI Films Consulting Ltd’s latest review of the market. This position was consolidated with the purchase of Alcan Packaging Food Americas in 2010. Bemis is now twice as large as the next biggest player, Sealed Air Corporation, and triple the size of the number three supplier, Printpack. Another important recent development has been the emergence of Prolamina Corporation via acquisition and green field investment as a major new force in the converting industry. With current annual turnover of around $300 million in

ARCHDALE, North Carolina, USA -- Novamelt GmbH has acquired the remaining 49% share of Novamelt-Jowat LLC from Jowat Corporation and Jowat AG. The purchase amount was not disclosed. The wholly-owned subsidiary will now be known as Novamelt Americas LLC. The company will expand its geographic support role to include all customers in North, Central, and South America. Novamelt expanded to North America in 2005 in order to support its global customer base with local manufacturing and R&D, and to establish a direct investment presence in the US Dollar-denominated economy. Jowat Corporation was the perfect partner at that time. Jowat

The Domino label press, its first foray into printing presses, is in the field with the company expecting a flood of orders over the next year DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES HAS produced a 5% increase in sales for 2011 to £314.1 million, the 33rd year of growth for the Cambridge business. Pretax profits also rose to £57.4 million, up 10%. The company found it tough going in North America and parts of Europe, the UK and Germany excepted, but noted good growth in the developing markets in central Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company has increased its staff

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