• Decline and fall

    Decline and fall

    John Penhallow || April 7, 2017
    It is said that the decline of the Roman Empire began when the emperor and his court started spending more time in-fighting than on running the show. Much the same thing seems to have happened, on a rather smaller scale, with the Ecocis reprocessing…

  • Landa Hoy!

    Landa Hoy!

    John Penhallow || March 13, 2017
    The business press is generally loud in its praise and soft in its criticism. If a product fails to live up to the bleeding edge quantum-leap technological breakthrough promised by its PR people, the business press will say it “needs time to fu…

  • Why Belgium?

    Why Belgium?

    John Penhallow || January 20, 2017
    Readers of L&NW, who are mostly a well-traveled lot, will not need to be told about Belgium. It is that small, flat, triangular shaped country awkwardly placed between France, Germany and Holland. Because it is so flat it gets invaded regularly a…

  • The pound takes a pounding –  collateral damage to Marmite

    The pound takes a pounding – collateral damage to Marmite

    John Pennhallow || November 14, 2016
    With all eyes on the outcome of the US presidential election, few Americans will have noticed the dramatic slide in the value of the UK pound. A 15% drop since June 2016 is starting to make consumers sit up and take notice in a country that imports m…

  • The times they are-a-changing – back to what they were

    John Penhallow || October 14, 2016
    You have only to open a newspaper to know that money is slopping around the European economy like water in an overfilled bathtub. Insecurity about the continent’s future breeds caution, and caution means putting off non-essential investment. De…

  • French labels rising gently

    French labels rising gently

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2016
    Every summer, the French label magazine Etiq & Pack publishes a detailed analysis of the health, or otherwise, of the country’s leading 100 label converters. This year’s statistics reveal much “business as usual” but also…

  • Did drupa droop?

    Did drupa droop?

    John Penhallow || July 15, 2016
    The weather in Düsseldorf was hot and sultry, there was a major fire in an outlying hall being used to house refugees, police detained three men allegedly planning a terrorist attack in the city – and despite this, nearly all the exhibitor…

  • Landa lands back at drupa

    Landa lands back at drupa

    John Penhallow || May 20, 2016
    Readers of L&NW will remember reports of Benny Landa’s very considerable media splash at the drupa 2012 show in Dusseldorf. The Nanographic digital press was about to take the printing world by storm – and it may yet do so. But as one…

  • A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    John Penhallow || April 8, 2016
    France is the home of many good wines, but your (Versailles-based) correspondent is not averse to visiting the beer-drinking regions of Europe. Since the last issue of L&NW he has been traveling to Britain and Germany, and in particular visited t…

  • A drug on the market

    A drug on the market

    John Penhallow || March 21, 2016
    If  2011/62/EU means nothing to you, then you are probably not concerned with the labeling and packaging of pharmaceuticals in Europe. For this is the Falsified Medicines Directive, and it was published by Brussels in its final form last month.…

  • Bad times ahead? Not for Europe’s label business

    John Penhallow || January 25, 2016
    This is the time of year when we are all urged not to look back in anger but forward in hope, putting our shoulders to the wheel, our best foot forward and doing it all with a song on our lips. Well, if you want an antidote to that, look no further t…

  • By the burnished balls of Brussels

    By the burnished balls of Brussels

    John Penhallow || November 20, 2015
    It is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the label world were riveted on Brussels during the recent Labelexpo Europe show. The The Atomium, built for the World Exhibition of 1958, and recently refurbished, welcomed visitors to Labelexpo E…

  • Seeking refuge

    John Penhallow || October 13, 2015
    Readers of this column may remember that KBA, probably still Europe’s second biggest printing press manufacturer, has just entered the narrow web business. Through its subsidiary KBA Meprint, the company launched a new machine at Labelexpo 2015…

  • Beyond pressure sensitive

    Beyond pressure sensitive

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2015
    Time was, men were men and labels were labels. You knew where you were then. If you were a pressure sensitive label converter, you made PS labels. Period. And if you were a label press manufacturer, you made special presses that were quite different…

  • French leave

    French leave

    John Penhallow || July 21, 2015
    In case any readers of L&NW are planning to holiday in France this summer, they should note that the rentrée this year falls on September 1. In case any readers don’t know what the rentrée is, well, it’s the most importa…

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