• 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…

  • A paper trail to the Kremlin

    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…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    October 8, 2008
    Agfa: a digital dilemma

  • Europes press makers:

    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…

  • Labelstock news:

    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…

  • Waste not, want not

    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…

  • Differing styles for Europes national label conventions

    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…

  • RFID tags slower growth

    September 3, 2008
    RFID tags – slower growth Proponents of RFID tags, who only a few years ago were shouting predictions of sky-high growth, have been keeping their heads below the parapet of late, but Europe’s RFID revolution is far from dead, especially…

  • A think tank for ink

    September 3, 2008
    A think tank for ink Another major eco-problem for European label converters is the de-inking of recycled labels and packaging. INGEDE is a Europe-wide research group composed of leading paper makers and laboratories set up to research better de-ink…

  • A Bavarian success story

    September 3, 2008
    A Bavarian success story Any number of successful businesses were started in a garage, but Helmut Schreiner, head of the $150 million Schreiner Group, goes one better. He started off in the family washroom next to his father’s small print shop…

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