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May 20, 2008
Homage to Catalonia Less well reported is another 50th anniversary, this time in Spain. Back in 1958 Caposa Company, in one of the barrios of old Barcelona, produced Spain’s very first pressure sensitive label, using the invention made famous…  Read More »
May 20, 2008
Auto-RFID With an output of nearly 2,000 vehicles per day, the Ford plant in Cologne, Germany, is one of the biggest in the country, and shipping the finished product to dealers by road, rail or canal is a logistical nightmare. Ford went looking for…  Read More »
May 20, 2008
Cheaper chips A symposium organized by the German Packaging Institute in Dresden in December 2007 reported on successes achieved by German label and packaging converters like August Faller and Bartsch International in supplying RFID-enabled entry ti…  Read More »
May 20, 2008
Focus on pharma – and food The recent acquisition of Paxar has led to structural changes in Avery’s business in Europe. One plant which has benefited from this change is the Avery Printer System Division plant in Eching, Germany. Two hun…  Read More »
May 20, 2008
Green monsters Amorphous but vocal anti-packaging movements exist in many European countries, and nowhere more vocal than in the UK. As a result package and label suppliers as well as retailers are falling over each other in the rush to demonstrate…  Read More »
May 20, 2008
Les femmes Gender correctness is maybe less acute in Europe than in North America, but French label magazine Etiq & Pack took the bull and the cow by the horns with an investigation on women in management positions in the French label industry.…  Read More »
May 13, 2008
FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty  Read More »
April 8, 2008
Return of the non-returnable bottle  Read More »
March 25, 2008
Followers of the latest trends in industrial inkjet printing will have much to digest at Drupa, the world’s largest druckfest, held again in Düsseldorf (May 29 - June 11). Among the major suppliers of printheads, inks and systems integrato…  Read More »
March 25, 2008
Industry boosters flaunt facets of flexo at Drupa Normally flexo plays a walk-on part at the Drupa shows. This time an alliance of 19 graphic arts suppliers intend to raise its profile and “change perceptions about using the process in packagi…  Read More »
March 25, 2008
Joint leaflet-label venture in India Fix-a-Form International, the UK-based licensor of multi-page leaflet labels, has set up a joint venture in India to become an equal partner with Unick FAF & Printers. It has also funded the installation of…  Read More »
March 25, 2008
GEW and Sadechaf form Benelux alliance GEW (EC) Ltd. has strengthened its presence in the Benelux countries by forming an alliance with Sadechaf UV and IR Technology to sell and service its equipment in the region. The Belgium company is privately…  Read More »
March 25, 2008
Signing off with a look back at European trends After nine years or so, this is my final Europe column. Wearing my somewhat battered freelance hat, I will still be scribbling selectively on the labeling scene, but it’s now time to be doing oth…  Read More »
March 14, 2008
Drupa is the showcase for the latest inkjet technology  Read More »
January 16, 2008
In what could be a sign of tougher times ahead for certain sectors of our industry, UPM, the Finnish papermaking giant, is reducing capacity. It is closing three of UPM Raflatac’s older pressure-sensitive coating lines in Tampere, Finland, plus…  Read More »

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