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January 27, 2009
The European Union’s latest Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste imposes penalties on converters and end users who fail to reduce or recycle their packaging. However, not everyone agrees on what constitutes packaging, and in particular wh…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Shall they beat their liner into decking? Major labelstock manufacturers meanwhile have all seen the writing on the wall, and have no wish to be found wanting. UPM Raflatac must surely get high marks for its RafCycle and ProFi initiatives (as repo…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Eastern underwear The British clothing retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S), affectionately known as Marks & Sparks, is a pioneer in using RFID labels to move stock more easily through its supply chain. (A few years ago M&S caused constern…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
A roll call of prestigious brands While Ukraine is welcoming Western apparel, Russia and other Eastern European countries continue to see an influx of factories making fast-moving consumer goods, and not just in the major population centers. This ye…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Cheaper chips Electronics will do away with paper, and printers will go the way of the blacksmith – that was the conventional wisdom a couple of decades ago. You have only to look around your shopping mall (or your desk) to realize it hasn&rsq…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Labelstock production in Germany Sandwiched uncomfortably between global market leaders and small, highly specialized producers, Herma is a medium sized labelstock manufacturer producing some 700 million square meters of product per year, and sellin…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
An inclination to Port Portugal’s second city, Oporto, is the heart of the Port wine industry. Gone are the days when Port was a vintage luxury consumed by Oxford professors and retired officers in London clubs. Today this export-oriented indu…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
European patent awarded Montreal based manufacturer ETI Converting has now received a patent covering all 27 European Union countries for its “Labeline” equipment, which, in a single inline process, can print onto unsupported film, then…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
FINAT and Russia The Europe based label association is also extending a hand to Russian label printers, hoping to enroll them as members and to encourage them to attend the next FINAT congress in Antalya, Turkey. “We provide the means for all…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Business booms in Balkans Most machinery suppliers have fought shy of the Balkans over the past decade. Wars, ethnic cleansings and corruption have grabbed the headlines ever since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990. But Italian narrow web press manu…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Whether it be whippet racing, old cars or madrigals, the first thing that British enthusiasts do when they meet other enthusiasts is to form a club or association, complete with statutes, chairman and annual dinner. Why, people ask, has the UK label…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Emballage Packaging Show (Paris) The 38th World Packaging Exhibition, held in Paris in November 2008, boasted around 2,000 exhibitors and just over 100,000 visitors, 6 percent down from the previous Paris show held in 2006. The exhibitors were inter…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Relocation revs up As competition for new business intensifies among the developed world’s 30 or so narrow web press manufacturers, the trend toward shifting production to lower-cost regions seems to be intensifying. Italy’s Omet looked…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
Print machinery giants cut back Two of Germany’s leading press and print machinery manufacturers, Heidelberg and KBA, both reduced working hours for their employees as of November, blaming reduced sales. Both have already started cutting thei…  Read More »
January 27, 2009
No smoke without beer in Russia Hampered by falling oil prices but helped by a falling ruble, Russia’s economy is still in better shape than most other European countries (see table on next page), with an estimated 7 percent growth of GDP in…  Read More »

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