• A lively start

    Steve Katz, Editor January 25, 2016
    || 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…

  • Fever pitch

    Steve Katz, Editor November 20, 2015
    || 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…

  • Worth watching

    Steve Katz, Editor October 13, 2015
    || 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…

  • Beer & Brussels

    Steve Katz, Editor September 7, 2015
    || 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…

  • It’s happening

    Steve Katz, Editor July 21, 2015
    || 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…

  • Grouping

    Steve Katz, Editor June 3, 2015
    || 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…

  • Decade

    Steve Katz April 16, 2015
    || 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…

  • Transparency

    Steve Katz, Editor March 9, 2015
    || 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…

  • Cheers

    Steve Katz, Editor January 26, 2015
    || 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…

  • Perspective

    Steve Katz, Editor November 17, 2014
    || 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…

  • Drunk on digital?

    Steve Katz, Editor October 10, 2014
    || 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…

  • Transition

    Steve Katz, Editor September 9, 2014
    || 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…

  • L&FP&NW?

    Steve Katz, Editor July 21, 2014
    || Label & Narrow Web has always prided itself as being “the most targeted magazine in the industry,” targeting, as our name suggests, the label industry specifically. While we have no plans to change the name of this publication, there…

  • Paying for it

    Steve Katz, Editor June 2, 2014
    || I really enjoy the candid conversations I have with label printers, especially the ones where they preface what they’re about to say with an “off the record,” or conclude their thought with a “you can’t print that.&rdquo…

  • Synergy

    Steve Katz, Editor April 15, 2014
    || Synergy is defined as the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects. The word comes from the Greek word synergia, which translates to “working together.&…

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