• 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…

  • Musical chairs

    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…

  • More news about green substrates

    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…

  • And finally Scotch labels go digital

    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…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    July 22, 2008
    || On the trade show trail

  • FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty

    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…

  • Homage to Catalonia

    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…

  • Auto-RFID

    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…

  • Cheaper chips

    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…

  • Focus on pharma and food

    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…

  • Green monsters

    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…

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