• 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…

  • Labelstock production in Germany

    November 18, 2008
    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

    November 18, 2008
    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

    November 18, 2008
    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

    November 18, 2008
    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

    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…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 13, 2008
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  • Agfa: a digital dilemma

    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…

  • Gardeners’ special

    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…

  • Acronym soup

    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…

  • Talking turkey

    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…

  • Sales up, profits down

    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…

  • A Paragon of virtue

    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…

  • All done with mirrors:

    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…

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