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Abitech has supplied a 1,650mm single shaft Goldmann Auto Slicing Lathe to Circuit Components Supplies, of Bolton, UK. The machine is to be used in supplying small diameter rolls of die cut electrical and technical tapes. John Mullins, CCS managing director says: “The ability for us to cut a variety of sizes down to as little as 1mm will prove invaluable.”

More information from: Bob Blakemore, Abitech Div – TEL: +32 55 23 51 51. EMAIL: bob@idealabi.com

Xynatech has filed US and European patents on an improved cutting die. The Sure Feed is said to produce carton blanks that are very flat – of particular importance for flip top cartons, to ensure unimpeded flow through the folder/gluer and filling machines.

More information from: Jim Redd, Xynatech – TEL: +1 800 289 3437. EMAIL: info@xynatech.com

Version 2.0 of Pandora, the ScenicSoft imposition and layout tool for packaging and labels, features automated bleed path creation with overlap detection and correction, double sided working, automated die station marks and a JDF export facility.

More information from: Ivor Dixon, Positive Focus – TEL: +44 (0)1458 274528. WEBSITE: www.scenicsoft.co.uk

The next ICE International Converting Exhibition will be held in Munich, from November 18-20, 2003. The show will focus on coating, laminating, metallizing, slitting, winding and finishing. More information from Michael Boyle on +49 (0) 8033 91231. Email: mboyle@t-online.de Website: www.ice-x.com

Serendipity Software’s BlackMagic 2.6 digital contract proofing solution, is now running on Macintosh OS-X. Existing users will be able tothe Macintosh version if required.

More information from: Prabodh Joshi, Serendipity Software – EMAIL: pjoshi@serendipitysoftware.com

Meech Static Eliminators has appointed Barcelona based Mag-D-Print as its distributor for Spain and Portugal.

More information from: Sue Gray, Meech -TEL: +44 (0)1993 706700. EMAIL: marketing@meech.co.uk

CIMPEX – the Converting, Industrial Marking and Printing Exhibition – will be held in London on April 8-10, 2003. For details call Dave Tinsley, at Batiste Communications on +44 (0)20 8340 3291. Email: dtinsley@batiste.co.uk

Avecia and Xaar have extended their ink licensing agreement of the last eight years to develop and launch a range of oil and UV cure based inks for use in Xaar’s printheads. The extended agree- ment covers product R&D and material supply on a rolling basis into the future.

More information from: Fiona McKinlay, Xaar – TEL: +44 (0)1223 423663 EMAIL: fmckinlay@xaar.co.uk WEBSITE: www.xaar.co.uk

According to a new study from The Freedonia Group, the world market for pressure sensitive tapes will expand at an annual rate of 5.5 per cent to 2006, to 25.4 billion m2, valued at $20.8 billion. China will account for nearly a quarter of global demand and will surpass the USA as the world’s largest market by 2006. More information from Corinne Gangloff on +1 440 684 9600. Email: pr@freedoniagroup.com

Futec Europe has supplied three Italian flexible packaging organizations with new generation 100 per cent automatic defect detection systems. Eight systems have been delivered for inspecting flexible packaging, and two for laminated cartonboard.

More information from: Ray Scragg, Futec – TEL: +44 (0)1442 214700. EMAIL: post@futec.co.uk WEBSITE: www.futec.co.uk

Techshop, the die cutting converting industry’s fully operational trade show in Chicago, next May 14-16, will present technical solutions for die cutting folding cartons, plastics, corrugated, natural materials, composite materials, paper, film and foil. The event offers real-time demonstrations on functioning equipment. For more information call +1 815 455 7519, or visit www.iadd.org/odyssey

Manchester, UK, based repro house GBM has acquired design and packaging firm Breakaway Design for an undisclosed sum.

More information from: GBM – TEL: +44 (0)161 273 5277.