Narrow Web Europe


  •  A toast to Champagne and Labelexpo

    A toast to Champagne and Labelexpo

    There will be just two topics in this edition of Narrow Web Europe: Labelexpo (which will not surprise you), and champagne (which will probably not surprise you either). With 600+ exhibitors at Labelexpo Europe, not all of them could get the press…
    John Penhallow 11.17.17

  • Heavy Levy

    The United Kingdom has particularly draconian packaging regulations. All UK companies with a turnover of more than $2.7 million must assess how much packaging they have placed onto the UK Market. If the volume exceeds 50 metric tons per year, then th…
    John Penhallow 10.06.17

  • ...and brew it mein way

    Many readers of L&NW may have forgotten the Great Beer Battle, which inflamed the drinking classes of Europe in the 1960s. An ancient German law called the Reinheitsgebot, dating back to the 16th century, laid down the only ingredients allowed fo…
    John Penhallow 09.11.17

  • Rule the data, rock the world

    Rule the data, rock the world

    The Internet of Things has become a buzzword, but not everyone can explain it as well as Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder of the organization EVRYTHNG (this is not a misprint). He foresees that the Amazons of this world will make serious inroads into retail…
    John Penhallow 07.14.17

  • English eccentrics

    English eccentrics

    Your correspondent was visiting central London a few years back, when round the corner came two cyclists. What’s so special, you say? What was special is that they were both totally naked. They were followed by some 50 other cyclists, also as n…
    John Penhallow 05.30.17

  • Decline and fall

    Decline and fall

    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…
    John Penhallow 04.07.17

  • Landa Hoy!

    Landa Hoy!

    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…
    John Penhallow 03.13.17

  • Why Belgium?

    Why Belgium?

    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…
    John Penhallow 01.20.17

  • The pound takes a pounding –  collateral damage to Marmite

    The pound takes a pounding – collateral damage to Marmite

    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…
    John Pennhallow 11.14.16

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

    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…
    John Penhallow 10.14.16

  • French labels rising gently

    French labels rising gently

    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…
    John Penhallow 09.07.16

  • Did drupa droop?

    Did drupa droop?

    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…
    John Penhallow 07.15.16

  • Landa lands back at drupa

    Landa lands back at drupa

    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…
    John Penhallow 05.20.16

  • A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    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…
    John Penhallow 04.08.16

  • A drug on the market

    A drug on the market

    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.…
    John Penhallow 03.21.16

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

    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…
    John Penhallow 01.25.16

  • By the burnished balls of Brussels

    By the burnished balls of Brussels

    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…
    John Penhallow 11.20.15

  • Seeking refuge

    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…
    John Penhallow 10.13.15

  • Digital Printing | Europe | Flexography
    Beyond pressure sensitive

    Beyond pressure sensitive

    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…
    John Penhallow 09.07.15

  • Europe
    French leave

    French leave

    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…
    John Penhallow 07.21.15