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  • No smoke without beer

    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…
    01.27.09

  • Vatican library goes digital

    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…
    01.27.09

  • Cutting waste

    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…
    01.27.09

  • If you cant stand the heat

    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…
    01.27.09

  • come into the cold

    …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…
    01.27.09

  • Sell call for Korunas

    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…
    01.27.09

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    New label trade show taking shape in England
    01.14.09

  • What is packaging?

    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…
    11.18.08

  • Shall they beat

    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…
    11.18.08

  • Eastern underwear

    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…
    11.18.08

  • A roll call of prestigious brands

    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…
    11.18.08

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

    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…
    11.18.08

  • Labelstock production in Germany

    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…
    11.18.08

  • An inclination to Port

    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…
    11.18.08

  • European patent awarded

    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…
    11.18.08

  • FINAT and Russia

    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…
    11.18.08

  • Business booms in Balkans

    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…
    11.18.08

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    What is packaging?
    11.13.08

  • Agfa: a digital dilemma

    Photographic films were for decades the flagship product of Belgium based Agfa. Then digital cameras came along and the flagship ran aground. Agfa has since done a creditable job in reinventing itself, developing in particular prepress systems and in…
    10.14.08

  • Gardeners special

    Gardeners’ special In many European countries, and particularly in Britain, consumers actively compost their garden waste at home, either in compost bins or compost heaps. Under such conditions, certain compostable materials will not degrade s…
    10.14.08