Sun Chemical has opened an ink manufacturing plant at Marki, near Warsaw. It will produce both paste and liquid inks.

Sun Chemical Tel: +1 708 236 3533

Colour Control and Measurement is the subject of a two-day workshop to be staged by EFTA on September 17-18. It will be held at The Rock Inn, Halifax, UK. The fee of £250+ VAT for EFTA members, £350+VAT for non members includes a detailed workbook and accommodation costs.

EFTA Tel: +44 (0)1458 241455

Austria’s Neusiedler Group is investing approximately e45M to upgrade the cut-size finishing at its Ybbstal plant by the end of 2004.

Neusiedler Tel: +43 (0)7475 5000

Spooner Industries has secured contracts worth £3M to supply drying equipment to Swiss manufacturer Bachofen and Meier, for use on paper converting machinery to be installed in Scotland and Belgium.

Spooner Industries Tel: +44 (0)1943 609505

Two new pigments have been introduced by BASF to comply with the stringent requirements regarding colour, rheology, gloss and transparency in solvent packaging inks. Heliogen Green K 8725 (P.G.7) and Heliogen Blue D 7107 (P.B.15:4) are for nitrocellulose and solvent based inks systems, respectively

BASF Tel: +49 621 60 41769

GEC 03, the Milan based printing and converting exhibition, closed with “a huge return in international visitors”, according to organizer Centrexpo. The five-day event in June recorded 35,000 visitors, with 14 per cent from abroad.

Centrexpo Tel: +39 02 331 98 11

The management team of Extrusion Dies Industries has purchased the company in its entirety from Minneapolis based US Bank for an undisclosed sum. The buy-out came just eight months after US Bank had purchased EDI in a transaction that stemmed from a 1998 recapitalization. See November issue.

EDI Tel: +1 715 726 1202

More than half the floorspace for Digital Print World has now been contracted, reports organizer IIR Exhibitions. Exhibitors booked for the event include Domino, Duplo, Electronics for Imaging, Print Café, Morgana, Yuan Yuan Digital Media, Canon UK, Tharstern, BABS International, Neusiedler (UK) and Adobe. Digital Print World will be held at Olympia, London during November 25-27, co-located with Pira’s Digital Print World Conference.

IIR Tel: +44 (0)20 7344 3910

Marks & Spencer is the first UK retailer to use LeanCover for butter wraps. The new packaging material from Ecolean is said to be very resource efficient and have low environmental impact. Last year, Carrefour, in France, switched all its butter wrapping to LeanCover.

Ecolean Tel: +46 (0)424 504500

C&B Creation, of Zwolle, in The Netherlands, won a Xeikon Diamond Award for excellent digital printing in the ‘Labels and Packages’ category. C&B produces labels for dairy products on a MAN Roland DICOpress.

MAN Roland Tel: +49 821 424 3058 www,

UK carton manufacturer Benson Box has invested in a Bobst Alpina 75-A1 folder gluer. The machine is capable of running at up to 625m/min.

Bobst Group Tel: +44 (0)1527 519700