Tony Eberlin, who died earlier this year, will be succeeded at Nico Ebergrip by former manager Dave Nickels.

Nico Ebergrip Tel: +44 (0)1242 584112

Messe Düsseldorf has announced the dates for drupa 2008, which will take place in Düsseldorf from May 29-June 11, 2008. Next year’s drupa, (May 6-19,2004) is already fully booked, with around 1,800 exhibitors participating.

Messe Düsseldorf Tel: +49 (0)211 4560 543 465

Increasing demand from exhibitors and visitors has led to an extra day being added to Labelexpo Americas 2004. The exhibition, and conference, will take place September 13 – 16, 2004.

Tarsus Tel: +44 (0) 20 8846 2700

First in Tidland’s new Raptor series of shaftless core chucks is an air powered lug chuck said to enable on-machine maintenance and tool-less adapter changes from 3-6in cores in less than 30s. Operators no longer have to remove the entire chuck from the machine for routine maintenance or core size changes.

Tidland +1 360 834 2345

Gidue has supplied an F Combat 370 UV flexo press to aL Labels & Flexibles, in Reusel, The Netherlands. The 370mm wide, nine colour, machine was purpose designed to print and convert thin film and paper substrates in-line at high speed.

Gidue Tel: +39 02 9668181

Italian plastics processing manufacturer Macchi has entered the North American market by opening an office in the USA. The company will exhibit an advanced three-layer co-extrusion line at K, in Düsseldorf, next month.

Macchi tel. +39-0331-827717

A DW Renzman Roto 1000 distillation system installed at Pomeroy Pressroom Products, in Coleford, UK, is being used by Pomeroy’s specialist flexo printing arm Plastotype, for recycling spent BASF nylosolv A wash-out solution and other chemistries. Following distillation, the regenerated nylosolv A will be returned to printers and plate makers ready for re-use.

Pomeroy Pressroom Products Tel: +44 (0)1594 837474

Converting Solutions has supplied two slitting and rewinding machines to a large foil converter in Istanbul, Turkey. The first machine is a Consol DC-330 two-bar model for hot stamping foils. It has a web width of 1,600mm and a speed of 300m/min. The second slitter is a Consol TDC-150 duplex turret machine for use with thermal transfer ribbons. It has a 1,000mm web width, speed of 300m/min, front loaded integral unwind, and inclined leader trailer insertion unit.

Converting solutions Tel: + 44 (0)7771 735 875

Stork Materials Technology, Milwaukee, has reached an exclusive agreement with JV Imaging Systems, of Princeton, MA, and Correct-Touch Graphic Arts, of San Luis Obispo, CA, to market and sell their anilox products and services in the US. JVIS and CTGA will represent Stork in the Eastern and Western US, respectively.

Stork Cellramic Tel: +1 414 357 0260

Black Clawson Converting Machinery is to supply a three metre wide cast stretchwrap line to Scientex Packaging Films, Sdn Bhd, Shah Alam, Malaysia. It will be the fifth Black Clawson cast film line purchased by Scientex and will increase the company’s total stretch film production capacity to approximately 50,000t/year.

Black Clawson Tel: +1 315 598 7121

The UK based McGurk Group, which offers an end-to-end digital design, print and packaging solution, has acquired design company Design By Storm. Derek Schultz, Design By Storm founder, will oversee the day-to-day running of the newly integrated creative operation, which will trade under the Stephenson McGurk name.

McGurk Group Tel: +44 (0)1482 587117

Harper Corp of America’s website provides easier access to products, technical information and company events. It also offers links to flexo industry suppliers, educational institutions, and to, Harper’s printing supplies division.

Harper Corp Tel: +1 704 588 3371

BASF’s new ester resistant nyloflex FE printing plate is said to be resistant to the ethyl acetates (esters) and alcohols contained in the two-component inks for flexo preprinting white. It is also said to permit a long run length when used with UV printing inks. The evenly good area coverage remains constant over the total print run, and register problems encountered in the use of rubber finished plates do not occur with this plate, says BASF.

BASF Printing Systems: +49 0711 9816 230

Temporary but safe disconnection of power is often critical in paper conversion or anywhere dust could cause explosive atmospheres. To meet this need Hawke International has introduced a series of ATEX approved EExd connectors said to permit the safe and speedy service, repair and replacement of key plant items or provide quick connection to temporary equipment. Each is certified for a safe operating temperature range of -40 to +100degC.

Hawke International Tel. +44 (0)161 308 3611

Prairie State Group, in Franklin Park, Illinois, has installed PCMC’s Evolution in-line converting system. PCMC, in conjunction with Australia and New Zealand representatives Aldus Engineering, also recently installed an Avanti eight colour gearless flexo press at Wing Flexible Packaging in South Australia.

PCMC Tel: +1 920 494 5601