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  • Why Belgium?

    Why Belgium?

    John Penhallow || January 20, 2017
    Readers of L&NW, who are mostly a well-traveled lot, will not need to be told about Belgium. It is that small, flat, triangular shaped country awkwardly placed between France, Germany and Holland. Because it is so flat it gets invaded regularly a…

  • 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…

  • Domino beefs up RFID supply chain capabilities

    March 9, 2006
    Domino beefs up RFID supply chain capabilities Domino Printing Sciences in the UK is the latest coding and marking company to take the RFID and smart tag/label markets more seriously. It has formed an Integrated Solutions Group to increase its share…

  • Agfa and Xaar collaborate

    July 20, 2005
    Agfa and Xaar collaborate on new inkjet technology The high-resolution, UV-cured inkjet printing scene continues to arouse keen interest. Among the latest partnership deals is an agreement between Agfa and Xaar to cooperate in the research, develop…

  • 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.&…

  • 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…