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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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
IML – doing nicely More than 80 delegates from all over Europe attended the first-ever European Conference on In-Mold Labeling, IMLCON08, organized by AWA. Speakers reported that IML has only 3 percent of the total European label market, but i…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
Beer and whisky A short while ago, US based brewer Anheuser Busch sold its packaging unit – PPPI, which prints 28 billion labels per year – to Spear, which operates label plants in the US, UK and South Africa. Now, Anheuser Busch itself,…  Read More »
September 3, 2008
Wine packaging innovations provokes Gallic grumblings News just in from South Africa and America has had French wine lovers rioting up and down the Champs Elysées, while wine label printers from Alsace to Bordeaux have been seen, ashen-faced…  Read More »
August 21, 2008
Europe's press makers: Under siege?  Read More »
July 23, 2008
Readers of this column may recall the woes of the Russian Label Show, scheduled for October 2008, which seemed to be attracting very few exhibitors. Happily, there has been a unexpected rise in interest, and the provisional exhibitor list now counts…  Read More »
July 23, 2008
Heidelberg – hard hit by the rising euro Heidelberg is Europe’s (and probably the world’s) biggest print machinery manufacturer. Commenting on the group’s results for the year ending March 2008, Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schrei…  Read More »
July 23, 2008
The burning problem of waste National and European authorities are always on the lookout for new ways to cut packaging waste, and label converters tremble every time a new restriction is announced. Now print and packaging expert Peter Prinz takes…  Read More »
July 23, 2008
Musical chairs Italian press manufacturer GIDUE has been making some changes in its agents, appointing Global Print Services Ltd. in UK, changing the name of its Australian sales office to Universal Print Partners, and terminating its agreement with…  Read More »
July 23, 2008
More news about ‘green’ substrates If Europe’s labelstock manufacturers were to invent a common slogan, it would probably be “anything you can make I can make greener.” Britain’s Smith & McLaurin, it seems, is…  Read More »
July 23, 2008
And finally… Scotch labels go digital As its name indicates, Smith & McLaurin is a Scottish company, and another product of Scotland has been in the news lately. Not everyone appreciates how just-in-time deliveries and the proliferation o…  Read More »
July 22, 2008
On the trade show trail  Read More »
May 20, 2008
It is a sobering thought that 75 percent of the world’s present population was as yet unborn when, back in 1958, a small group of British and continental label specialists met in Nice, France, to found the world’s first international pres…  Read More »

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