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November 18, 2008
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 »
November 13, 2008
What is packaging?  Read More »
October 14, 2008
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…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
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…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
Acronym soup Last month, readers of this column were introduced to WRAP, Britain’s Waste and Resources Action Programme. Now brace yourself for another acronym which may be heading your way: NAFISPACK (Natural Antimicrobials for Innovative and…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
Talking turkey As already reported in Label & Narrow Web, the 2009 FINAT congress will be held in Turkey, and co-hosted by the Turkish Label Association ESD. Turkey’s population of 73 million places it third biggest in Europe, after Russia…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
Sales up, profits down for French label printers A study carried out in mid 2008 on France’s 60 biggest PS label converters shows rising 2007 sales for all but three of the top 20, but a less encouraging picture for pre-tax profits. Taking an…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
A Paragon of virtue In the UK, landfill is still the number one destination for both household garbage and industrial packaging waste. Now Paragon, one of the UK’s major label and packaging converters, has started offering customers and non-cu…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
All done with mirrors: M&A in UV curing There seems to be no particular reason why German firms should be so strong worldwide in the UV curing sector. It is nonetheless a fact, and Dr Hönle AG has created a stir this year by acquiring two…  Read More »
October 14, 2008
A paper trail to the Kremlin It has so far been a well guarded secret, but your Europe Correspondent can now reveal that Russia’s new president, Dmitri Medvedev, rose to the top by way of the paper and packaging industry. After working in a c…  Read More »
October 8, 2008
Agfa: a digital dilemma   Read More »
September 3, 2008
For many years, Heidelberg has been to the European printing industry what General Motors is to the US automobile business. Now that comparison looks too close for comfort as Heidelberg’s boss, Bernhard Schreier, announced to disgruntled shareh…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
Labelstock news: some good, some bad On the label materials front, the news from Europe is mixed. Both UPM Raflatac and Herma have opened shiny new coating lines recently, in Finland and Germany respectively, but of course these investment decision…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
Waste not, want not A recent survey showed that Americans equate environmental issues mainly with energy saving, while European environmentalists (and the general public) are worked up about a wider range of eco-topics, not the least of which is pac…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
Differing styles for Europe’s national label conventions While the international label association FINAT was holding its annual congress in Paris in June 2008, several other European label associations were also meeting in their respective cou…  Read More »

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