Italy’s Bielloni Castello has appointed Polygraphica Equipment as its UK agent.

Polygraphica Tel: +44 (0)1924 200444

Amcor Australasia’s new $22M flexo facility at Scoresby is claimed to be one of the world’s largest fully automated preprint operations, producing over half a million tonnes of corrugated box material annually. It is equipped with an eight colour Fischer & Krecke press capable of up to 300m/m.

Fischer & Krecke Tel: +49 (0)521 30 480

New from Dover Flexo, the iAmp in-line amplifier interfaces the 0-to-500mV signal from tension sensors installed in a machine’s web path to a drive, PLC or other control device operating on a 0-10V DC input.

Dover Flexo Electronics Tel: +1 603 332 6150

German electrostatic control equipment specialist Eltex is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Eltex-Elektrostatik Tel: +49 (0) 7621 79050

JM Heaford and PCMC are the latest companies to join Picon, the UK industry suppliers’ body.

Picon Tel: +44 (0)1483 412000

Surface Specialties UCB has raised the prices of its radiation curing products in Europe by between 3 and 5 per cent, effective June 1, 2003.

Surface Specialties Tel: +32 475 380 629

In the USA, a Schiavi Idea gravure press has been installed at Pechiney Plastic Packaging’s plant in Asheville, North Carolina. The 57in web width press is equipped with 10 print units and a Bobst Registron S-5100 automatic register control system. It features an on-press wash-up system.

Bobst Group Tel: +44 (0)1527 519700

A new company launched this month, Webtek UK will service a broad spectrum of web converting needs which include: static neutralization equipment from Ion Industrial, and RKB web inspection and splice detection systems. Also available are self centring multi bladder extruded aluminium and steel airshafts, shaftless unwind and rewind chucks, and fully automatic core cutters.


Ahlbrandt claims its latest narrow web corona treater is so compact and reliable, it can be used on the majority of label presses at very high speeds. The electrode station, is also of a compact design and includes the Air Flow cooling and ozone removal system.

Ahlbrandt Tel: +44 (0)1296 719999

Mondipackaging is one of several UK corrugators to install a series of Equa-Liner 1000 rolls to improve web tension. Requiring no electricity or compressed air to eliminate cross-web tension and reduce wrinkles and sagging edges, the rolls are said to be compact and easy to install.

GTS (Europe) Tel: +44 (0) 1622 873187

Creo has introduced new trapping and colour management technologies for the Prinergy PDF workflow management system. The trapper features enhanced functionality and ease of use. The colour management improves handling of Hexachrome and other N Colour profiles, and serves as the foundation for Creo’s new Spotless workflow, said to give spot colour performance on a process colour budget.

Creo Tel: +44 (0)1923 470508

Global Graphics Software has established a registered company in Japan. The new office in Tokyo is staffed by a Japanese national, Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, and will provide local support for the company’s existing Japanese customer base, as well as new business opportunities in the Far East.

Global Graphics TEL: +81 3 5532 7340

Papermaker Curtis Fine Papers, one of the UK’s earliest MBO’s of 2002, has reported a return to profit for its first year as an independent company. Sales revenues for the year to December 31, 2002, were down slightly to €56.3M from €59.1M. Pre-tax profits climbed to €1.89M from a loss of €295,000 in 2001.

Curtis Fine Papers Tel: +44 (0) 1334 834117