• Emballage Packaging Show (Paris)

    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…

  • Relocation revs up

    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…

  • Print machinery giants

    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…

  • No smoke without beer

    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…

  • Vatican library goes digital

    January 27, 2009
    Vatican library goes digital RFID labels are now widely used by libraries worldwide to keep track of their books. They are stuck into books and are not meant to be removable. However, for ancient or very valuable books and manuscripts, another solut…

  • Cutting waste

    January 27, 2009
    Cutting waste With little prospect of rising sales in 2009, label equipment manufacturers are concentrating on cost-cutting measures. One major label converter who claims to be reducing production costs while at the same time polishing up its &ldquo…

  • If you can’t stand the heat…

    January 27, 2009
    If you can’t stand the heat… Germany’s Schreiner Group, which recently opened a plant in Blauvelt, NY, USA, has now set up a sales office in Shanghai. According to the company, this is “a first step towards moving out into t…

  • …come into the cold

    January 27, 2009
    …come into the cold From its headquarters in a genteel resort town on England’s South coast, Computer Imprintable Label Systems Ltd. (CILS) makes and distributes a wide range of labels for “extreme” labeling situations. One…

  • Sell call for Korunas

    January 27, 2009
    Sell call for Korunas With the media fully occupied reporting rising unemployment and world economic meltdown, one piece of good news seems to have escaped attention. On January 1, 2009, Slovakia became the 16th country to join the Euro, the Europea…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 14, 2009
    New label trade show taking shape in England

  • What is packaging?

    November 18, 2008
    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…

  • Shall they beat

    November 18, 2008
    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…

  • Eastern underwear

    November 18, 2008
    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…

  • A roll call of prestigious brands

    November 18, 2008
    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…

  • blacksmith – that was the conventional wisdom a couple of decades ago.

    November 18, 2008
    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…

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