Editorial


  • Getting Technical

    In this issue, we’re delighted to feature an article authored by Sean Teufler of Harper Corporation of America. He takes our readers on a deep dive into the intricate world of anilox engraving specification. While we are learning new things abo…
    Steve Katz, Editor 07.14.17

  • Age and Education

    We’re always learning. We can’t help it. Whether it’s from watching television, speaking with friends, or even eavesdropping on a stranger’s conversation, we can’t help but absorb information. Some of what we learn is…
    Steve Katz, Editor 04.07.17

  • An Industry to Watch

    I’m often asked what qualifies a label company for our annual “Companies to Watch” feature. For starters, I tell them, it’s not a ranking of any kind. A company can be worth watching even if there are only a handful of employe…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.14.16

  • It is time

    Finally. It’s your time. I’m talking specifically to North American label converters, the group that comprises the vast majority of L&NW’s readership. And to commemorate the occasion, in partnership with our friends at Kurz, we&…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.07.16

  • Days Between

    We’ve hit the midway point of 2016, and these are the “Days Between.” Between what, you may ask? Well, it’s summer, so July and August certainly qualify as the days between spring and autumn. But here’s where I’m g…
    Steve Katz, Editor 07.15.16

  • Touching the future

    There’s a lot going on in our industry right now – way more than usual. This is a drupa year, and with printing technology changing rapidly, the most comprehensive international printing industry event has announced the move from a four-y…
    05.20.16

  • New normal

    So the new normal in the narrow web label converting industry is discussing flexo and digital in the same breath. Take the recent FTA Forum & INFO*FLEX. Catering to the tag and label market, there were a total of 15 digital solutions exhibitors.…
    Steve Katz, Editor 04.08.16

  • On the move

    The label industry is in constant motion. From label salespeople visiting customers, suppliers meeting with converters, and the machinery itself humming along sometimes two and three shifts a day, it seems there is no rest for the weary. Then there a…
    Steve Katz, Editor 03.21.16

  • A lively start

    As the calendar turned, activity within the label printing industry picked up right where 2015 left off, with a whirlwind of M&A news. Last year closed with the news that Flint Group acquired digital press manufacturer Xeikon, a move that brings…
    Steve Katz, Editor 01.25.16

  • Fever pitch

    Our November/December issue is L&NW’s last of 2015, so it’s fitting to take a moment to reflect on some of the year’s highlights. The label industry is in the midst of a very active era, and on the heels of the largest Labelexpo…
    Steve Katz, Editor 11.20.15

  • Worth watching

    I’m often asked how we choose which label businesses to include in our annual Companies to Watch feature. It’s a good question, because it’s not an exact science. Several of L&NW’s sister publications here at Rodman Media…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.13.15

  • Beer & Brussels

    Each year our September issue coincides with both the end of summer and the ramp-up to the label industry’s largest and most important event of the year, Labelexpo. It’s a nice time of year, savoring the last few weeks of summer, and for…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.07.15

  • It’s happening

    For the label industry, the future is now. Once dominated by analog technology, digital printing is proliferating and snowballing more than ever. As we go to press, Nilpeter comes with the announcement that it is launching a digital press in Septembe…
    Steve Katz, Editor 07.21.15

  • Grouping

    Over the last couple months, we’ve learned of some big news coming from a few label companies I’ve gotten to know well. Each case involves the formation of a “Group.”  Though they have their differences, what these indivi…
    Steve Katz, Editor 06.03.15

  • Decade

    Ten years makes for an interesting span of time. It’s not so long ago that it’s a distant memory, yet though I remember it well, I don’t quite recall it like it was yesterday. So much has changed for me in ten years. In 2005, I was…
    Steve Katz 04.16.15

  • Transparency

    In my experience, there are two types of label business owners. There are those that are open and forthcoming, willing to speak candidly about their customers, employees, business model, equipment and plans for the future. And on the flipside, there…
    Steve Katz, Editor 03.09.15

  • Cheers

    In a blind taste test, I can’t tell the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, a Shiraz or a Merlot. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the occasional glass (or bottle) of wine, I just prefer beer, and lately I’ve taken a li…
    Steve Katz, Editor 01.26.15

  • Perspective

    The November/December issue of L&NW puts the spotlight on digital printing, not that the industry needs to be directed toward what is clearly today’s most buzz-worthy topic. Digital is everywhere, and it seems I’ve been writing about…
    Steve Katz, Editor 11.17.14

  • Drunk on digital?

    During Labelexpo, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion titled “Bringing the Supply Chain Together.” Joining me on the panel was a handful of editors representing various trade publications covering the labels, flexible p…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.10.14

  • Transition

    Transition. The dictionary defines the term as “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” At some point, just about any entity – whether it’s an individual, company or industry – experi…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.09.14