• 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…

  • IML doing nicely

    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…

  • Beer and whisky

    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,…

  • Wine packaging innovations provokes Gallic grumblings

    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…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 21, 2008
    Europe's press makers: Under siege?

  • On the trade show trail

    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…

  • Heidelberg hard hit by the rising euro

    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…

  • The burning problem

    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…

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