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  • A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    A tale of two converters: in Germany…

    John Penhallow || April 8, 2016
    France is the home of many good wines, but your (Versailles-based) correspondent is not averse to visiting the beer-drinking regions of Europe. Since the last issue of L&NW he has been traveling to Britain and Germany, and in particular visited t…

  • A drug on the market

    A drug on the market

    John Penhallow || March 21, 2016
    If  2011/62/EU means nothing to you, then you are probably not concerned with the labeling and packaging of pharmaceuticals in Europe. For this is the Falsified Medicines Directive, and it was published by Brussels in its final form last month.…

  • Currency swings and roundabouts

    John Penhallow || March 9, 2015
    Violent exchange rate fluctuations have been rare in recent years. This year looks like the exception. In late January, and to general surprise, the Swiss Central Bank stopped intervening to hold down the value of the Swiss franc. Within minutes, the…

  • A world without packaging

    A world without packaging

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || October 14, 2013
    A symposium with this provocative title took place recently in Belgium. Among the speakers was Bruno Ponsard from the Montreal Institut des Emballages et du Génie Alimentaire (non-French-speaking readers should note that Génie has nothi…

  • Always look on the bright side…

    Always look on the bright side…

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || April 10, 2013
    If the future looks bleak for you, take comfort in the fact that it could be worse. You might for example be the organizer of Ipex, which used to be billed (unofficially) as Britain’s answer to Dusseldorf-based Interpack. The German packaging s…

  • Label materials business booming

    Label materials business booming

    John Penhallow || May 22, 2012
    Between raw material price hikes and stagnant European demand, not many labelstock manufacturers are making really good money at the moment. Meet the exception: Herma, based in Germany, which has just announced record 2011 sales of €237 million.…

  • Never say no to nano

    Never say no to nano

    John Penhallow || April 19, 2012
    The trouble with nanotechnology is that even some moderately intelligent people like your correspondent don’t really understand it.

  • ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    John Penhallow || January 18, 2012
    “Too big to fail” was what they said about Heidelberg, when Europe’s biggest print machinery manufacturer ran out of cash in 2009. The German government, and the banks, duly dipped into their pockets and the patient recovered (and p…

  • Scitex downgrades

    July 20, 2005
    Scitex downgrades Creo shareholding Scitex has sold half of its remaining shares in Creo. These were obtained when Scitex merged its graphic arts business with the Vancouver-based workflow and computer-to-plate specialist three years ago. At that…

  • Flint Ink and Gebrder Schmidt complete merger

    July 19, 2005
    Flint Ink and Gebrüder Schmidt complete merger The new Flint-Schmidt organization is now one of the largest ink companies in Europe following the completion of the merger between Flint Ink Corporation and German ink manufacturer Gebrüder S…