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  • The pound takes a pounding –  collateral damage to Marmite

    The pound takes a pounding – collateral damage to Marmite

    John Pennhallow || November 14, 2016
    With all eyes on the outcome of the US presidential election, few Americans will have noticed the dramatic slide in the value of the UK pound. A 15% drop since June 2016 is starting to make consumers sit up and take notice in a country that imports m…

  • French labels rising gently

    French labels rising gently

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2016
    Every summer, the French label magazine Etiq & Pack publishes a detailed analysis of the health, or otherwise, of the country’s leading 100 label converters. This year’s statistics reveal much “business as usual” but also…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Harper aniloxes

    September 7, 2005
    Harper aniloxes roll out in Europe Harper Corporation of America has trained personnel at its licensed German subsidiary, Harper Graphics, to produce XLT laser engraved anilox rolls for the start of European production. The company was establishe…

  • nterLabel cancelled

    July 20, 2005
    InterLabel cancelled A lack of industry support, especially from the key crowd pullers, has caused the cancellation of InterLabel, a European labeling exhibition. It was due to be held December 7-9 in Stuttgart, Germany, and the debate it aroused wa…

  • Keeping prying fingers from blister packs

    July 19, 2005
    Keeping prying fingers from blister packs Pharmaceutical packaging designers must ensure trouble-free access to a product by bona fide users, while safeguarding it against the unwanted attentions of a child’s fingers. Simplicity is a key issue…

  • Stork Group reorganizes

    July 19, 2005
    Stork Group reorganizes The Stork Group has consolidated several of its Netherlands-based graphics and textile operations to…

  • ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones

    July 19, 2005
    ScandStick acquires Samuel Jones In another label stock development, ScandStick, a Swedish manufacturer of self-adhesive label substrates, has rescued Samuel Jones Group (SJP UK Ltd.) from a form of financial protection named “administration.&…

  • Eastern Europe

    November 30, -0001
    Eastern Europe While label consumption in Western Europe has slowed almost right across the board, some small items of good news are coming in from farther east. Giant food concern Nestlé has confirmed its intention to expand operations in Po…