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Label materials business booming
John Penhallow
May 22, 2012
Between raw material price hikes and stagnant European demand, not many labelstock manufacturers are making really good money at the moment. Meet the exception: Herma, based in Germany, which has just announced record 2011 sales of €237 million.…  Read More »
Never say no to nano
John Penhallow
April 19, 2012
The trouble with nanotechnology is that even some moderately intelligent people like your correspondent don’t really understand it.  Read More »
John Penhallow
March 8, 2012
The Manroland saga continues to make headlines in the European press. The German press manufacturer, until recently a world leader, filed for bankruptcy in late 2011. Its three production plants, all in Germany, have been offered for sale separately,…  Read More »
‘Man’ the lifeboats
John Penhallow
January 18, 2012
“Too big to fail” was what they said about Heidelberg, when Europe’s biggest print machinery manufacturer ran out of cash in 2009. The German government, and the banks, duly dipped into their pockets and the patient recovered (and p…  Read More »
October 4, 2011
The strength of the alpine franc poses challenges for Swiss manufacturers.  Read More »
September 8, 2011
Malt beverage growth in Russia, plus reports of label industry movement in Turkey, Egypt and France.  Read More »
July 12, 2011
Paper manufacturers might not be making a killing after all. Some are pointing to China’s demand as a top reason for price hikes. It is no news to anyone in the label business that raw material prices are rising. So paper manufacturers must b…  Read More »
May 24, 2011
The time is fast coming when we will all have to learn a little more about the geography of China. Most of us could probably locate Hong Kong and Beijing, give or take a few hundred miles, but what about Jiaxing in Zheijiang province? Do I see any ha…  Read More »
April 11, 2011
Metsäliito is not a name that trips easily off the tongue when label people congregate, or even when they don’t. However, this Finnish lumber-to-paper group, via its subsidiary M-real Zanders, has just launched several brand new series of…  Read More »
March 11, 2011
As reported in last issue’s Narrow Web Europe news, European trade shows in general, and the November packaging show Emballage in particular, are still plagued by falling attendances. This ambient depression does not seem to be affecting prepar…  Read More »
January 18, 2011
Few people outside France have heard of the JPL Group. By all the laws of economics it should have gone bankrupt. This family-owned label converter played double or quits on a series of acquisitions over the years from 2002 to 2008. When the crisis h…  Read More »
November 11, 2010
In an age when almost every type of paper-based product is being recycled in a cradle-to-cradle process, release liner stands out as a black spot on a green horizon. Nobody loves spent liner, and end users have to pay good money to have it taken away…  Read More »
October 11, 2010
The acquisition of Monroe Etiquette by US-based Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), reported in the e-news version of L&NW and in the Industry News in this issue, could be a taste of things to come. With the notable exception of CCL, few British or No…  Read More »
August 27, 2010
Spent liner… landfill… sustainability… impossible to open a label or packaging-related magazine these days without being bombarded with articles telling us to do something about waste. The problem is not the same for industrialis…  Read More »
July 14, 2010
Few people would quarrel with the word exponential to describe the rise in the number of manufacturers offering narrow web digital presses. At the Labelexpo show in Brussels in 2003 there were just three companies making them. By last year there were…  Read More »

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