• What is packaging?

    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…

  • Shall they beat

    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…

  • Eastern underwear

    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…

  • A roll call of prestigious brands

    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…

  • Cheaper chips

    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…

  • Labelstock production in Germany

    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…

  • An inclination to Port

    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…

  • European patent awarded

    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…

  • FINAT and Russia

    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…

  • Business booms in Balkans

    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…

  • New label trade show

    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…

  • 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…

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