• Days Between

    Steve Katz, Editor July 15, 2016
    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…

  • Touching the future

    May 20, 2016
    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…

  • New normal

    Steve Katz, Editor April 8, 2016
    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.…

  • On the move

    Steve Katz, Editor March 21, 2016
    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…

  • 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…

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