• 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…

  • Balkan business booms

    Balkan business booms

    John Penhallow June 3, 2015
    Srbija is not the easiest word to pronounce, and even in its more usual spelling of Serbia, it is a country which Narrow Web Europe News has until now overlooked. Not any longer. With its capital, Belgrade, and its population of just over seven milli…

  • More beer labels now say ‘Skål’

    April 16, 2015
    It has been unkindly remarked that every edition of Narrow Web Europe reports on some aspect of beer, wine or spirits labels. This has nothing to do with your correspondent’s drinking habits but simply reflects the importance of this sector of…

  • Currency swings and roundabouts

    John Penhallow March 9, 2015
    Violent exchange rate fluctuations have been rare in recent years. This year looks like the exception. In late January, and to general surprise, the Swiss Central Bank stopped intervening to hold down the value of the Swiss franc. Within minutes, the…

  • The happy pessimists

    John Penhallow January 26, 2015
    Writing this in France at the start of 2015, your correspondent wonders why the French came bottom in a poll of forty countries for “confidence in the future,” while the same poll shows that over 80% of French people say they are “h…

  • Playing the game

    John Penhallow November 17, 2014
    Few people, even in France, know that the second biggest “instant game” lottery in the world is French. The Française des Jeux (FDJ) is a government-controlled quasi-monopoly which also runs betting and a host of other gaming-relat…

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