• Xeikon fails

    July 19, 2005
    Xeikon fails to secure funding As a sequel to the Xeikon story in the last issue, it is now official: the Belgian company has gone bust. Last November it entered an equivalent of Chapter 11 protection and was given four months by the courts to secu…

  • Paxar acquires

    July 19, 2005
    Paxar acquires French fashion label specialist By acquiring Europrint SA for $7 million for cash, Paxar Corporation consolidates its already strong position within the European garment labeling scene. It’s also a prestigious deal. Based ne…

  • The Future of Labels and Labelling for the European Market,

    July 18, 2005
    The Future of Labels and Labelling for the European Market, published in the UK by Pira International, covers the years from 1995 to 2000 and predicts events up to 2003. A reader will discover quickly that the European labeling markets are in a state…

  • Xeikon is now

    July 18, 2005
    Xeikon is now a protected species Digital printing may be a hot topic, but it’s not just users who need deep pockets and strong nerves. Investors in Xeikon, for example, have their own anxious moments. Its subsidiary Xeikon France was the fir…

  • SE Labels acquired

    July 18, 2005
    SE Labels acquired by Scandinavian group Skanem Industries, a Norwegian-based packaging company, has its sights on SE Labels. With a turnover of over $170 million, the SE group is arguably Europe’s largest producers of self-adhesive labels: I…

  • Retrofit print module

    July 18, 2005
    Digital printing is evolving fast and the latest technical options could signal a greater involvement among converters. It is also creating some unlikely partnerships among suppliers. One of the latest brings together Mark Andy and Barco Graphics&rsq…

  • Window on annual paper

    July 18, 2005
    Window on annual paper and film label stock trends The European Pressure Sensitive Manufacturers Association’s (EPSMA) annual report always provides a useful snapshot of the European self-adhesive label market. And 2000 may prove to have bee…

  • Milk supplier takes

    July 18, 2005
    Milk supplier takes the wrap-around option Stretch-sleeve polyethylene labels now have a large share of the highly competitive beverage markets, especially soft drinks and mineral waters, throughout Europe and North America. Like shrink sleeves,…

  • Simple, yet effective

    July 18, 2005
    Simple, yet effective carton cutting The best ideas are the simplest, especially when someone has applied some lateral thinking to a seemingly unchangeable principle. A good example comes from Gerhardt International Group, based in Copenhagen. It…

  • Avery Dennison set

    July 18, 2005
    Although rumors abounded, Avery Dennison’s proposed acquisition of Jackstädt — its former Germanbased rival — still signals the most surprising event to have hit the pressure sensitive materials industry in recent years. Re…

  • Merger Mania Takes Hold

    July 18, 2005
    Merger mania takes hold One takeover that really came out of the blue was Hewlett-Packard’s decision to acquire Indigo. As a technology partner, it already had a 13.4 percent shareholding of Indigo. Subject to the usual controls, it looks s…

  • Packaging a novel repro service

    July 18, 2005
    Packaging a novel repro service The old certainties about label converting, with its relatively good growth and margins, are changing fast. At its most extreme level, globalized trading and communication systems are altering the nature of markets…

  • Recovery reported

    July 18, 2005
    Recovery reported for UK materials consumption The UK is the largest user of self-adhesive labeling material in Europe. After three successive quarters of disappointing growth, the Pressure Sensitive Manufacturers Association was encouraged to s…

  • Environment agency

    July 18, 2005
    An ability to produce linerless labels could be a timely development for UK label converters if some proposed government legislation is adopted. It all stems from the fact that siliconized release liners in the cradle-tograve waste chain are a bi…

  • Launch of all-in-one

    July 18, 2005
    Launch of all-in-one linerless UV flexo press Perhaps some of these converters should take an interest in the Webmaster 2400. It’s a UV flexo press with a difference: It can produce linerless labels. Introduced at Labelexpo Europe 2001 by…

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