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Industry News Loſtware and NiceLabel announce merger


Loftware, Inc., the global leader in enterprise labelling & artwork management solutions and NiceLabel, a leading developer of label management systems has announced plans to combine under the Loftware corporate umbrella.


The union gives customers and partners an expanded choice of solutions, while providing enhanced labelling capabilities and the benefits of greater investment in cloud-based solutions and technologies. It also brings together 60 years of combined expertise in solving labelling challenges for companies of all sizes throughout a wide range of industries across the globe.


“Our customers, channel and technology partners and the overall market will benefit from our strategic vision to provide broader and deeper labelling solutions in addition to expanded scale, world-class services and global support. It also unites the best talent in the industry to drive new levels of innovation,” commented Loftware president and CEO, Robert O’Connor, Jr.


“Loftware and NiceLabel have both seen sustained growth and expansion over the past several years, especially in 2020, when labelling solutions have become so critical to supply chain continuity. This move brings together two thriving organisations, providing momentum for significant expansion over the next decade and beyond,” he added.


NiceLabel’s extensive global partner network includes resellers, ISVs, OEMs and print technology partners that deliver NiceLabel labelling solutions and technology. In a complementary fashion, Loftware brings deep experience in selling, servicing and supporting Enterprise Labelling and Artwork Management solutions to large global organisations. The combined organisation will continue to offer both Loftware and NiceLabel products, providing cloud-based labelling solutions for direct and channel partner customers across the globe.


PulPaper rescheduled to 2022, with virtual event this April


PulPaper will be rescheduled for spring 2022. The decision is due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic situation and travel restrictions. This spring, however, a new online Virtual pre-PulPaper event is organized on Thursday, April 29, 2021.


PulPaper is the leading event within the forest industry, with exhibitors from 28 different countries and visitors from 50 countries in attendence last year. The success of the international event requires the opportunity for participants to travel freely. Although news of Covid-19 vaccinations is promising, the pandemic continues to have major impact on the ability of companies and visitors to prepare for the upcoming event. For this reason, organisers have decided to postpone the event by a year. PulPaper will open next at Messukeskus in Helsinki on March 29-30, 2022. The professional event in the chemical and bio sector ChemBio Finland and the chemical safety expert forum Helsinki Chemicals Forum will also take place at the same time. Meanwhile, a virtual meeting place will be hosted for companies and professionals in the field this spring. Virtual pre-PulPaper – towards 2022 will be organised online on Thursday April 29, 2021. The virtual pre-event is free of charge for visitors and scheduling takes into account participants following the programme globally in different time zones. Visitors can register at www.pulpaper.fi


    ABG installs 2,000th Vectra rewinder


A B Graphic International (ABG) has reached an impressive milestone in the global supply of its market-leading finishing solutions, by recently installing its 2,000th Vectra turret rewinder. The machine, a Vectra ECTR, was purchased by Cleveland, Ohio-based OMNI Systems, the largest, privately owned label converter in the US. The company began manufacturing turret rewinders in 1995 and its


entry-level ECTR 4, in 330mm, 430mm or 530mm web widths, has become the rewinder of choice for many self-adhesive label manufacturers. Perfect for increasing production speed and workflow efficiencies, the ECTR is also fully upgradable, with a wide range of options, including automatic core loading, finished roll closure with print and apply label application, and ABG’s own fleyeVision 100% camera inspection system.


As a long-standing customer of ABG, OMNI was initially looking for a turret rewinder that had the capability of running wound-in rolls along with eliminating tail tie gluing. They had seen the quality of the finished rolls from ABG’s rewinder equipment and have not looked back since. The company made their first order in March 2013 and currently own 16 Vectra ECTR rewinders; two that were ordered in July 2019, but only installed recently due to COVID-19.


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