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  • More beer labels now say ‘Skål’

    April 16, 2015
    It has been unkindly remarked that every edition of Narrow Web Europe reports on some aspect of beer, wine or spirits labels. This has nothing to do with your correspondent’s drinking habits but simply reflects the importance of this sector of…

  • The end of the United Kingdom?

    The end of the United Kingdom?

    John Penhallow || September 9, 2014
    North American readers surely have more important things to worry about than Scotland’s referendum, but just to remind you that on Thursday, September 18 of this year, when Scots go to the polls to vote on independence – a “yes&rdqu…

  • 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…

  • Old wine in new packs

    Old wine in new packs

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || September 1, 2012
    If this column frequently reports on wine labeling it is not because the product interests your correspondent (although it does). Wine labels are very big business in Europe, which produces 20 billion bottles of the stuff (or 60% of total world consu…

  • Finnish Phoenix

    April 11, 2011
    Metsäliito is not a name that trips easily off the tongue when label people congregate, or even when they don’t. However, this Finnish lumber-to-paper group, via its subsidiary M-real Zanders, has just launched several brand new series of…

  • Signing off with a look back at European trends

    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…

  • Agfa and partners target industrial inkjet market

    September 7, 2005
    Agfa and partners target industrial inkjet market Advances in inkjet technology now offer viable alternatives to current digital color printing methods. A major step was when Agfa Graphic Systems acquired Dotrix in 2004 to further develop its color…

  • Can offset seriously challenge flexo in package printing?

    July 20, 2005
    Can offset seriously challenge flexo in package printing? Sometimes a seemingly minor event points to a wider issue, such as the respective positions of print processes in packaging printing. The event in question was the unfortunate closure of Dren…

  • Milk label specialist installs two more Nilpeter presses

    July 20, 2005
    Milk label specialist installs two more Nilpeter presses The Europe-wide market for self-adhesive paper or filmic labels for polyethylene milk bottles in various sizes and shapes continues to grow. To meet this expansion, LPS Bridgewater in Somerset…

  • Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses

    July 20, 2005
    Invisible ink reveals new uses for Indigo presses If the inclusion of ultra niche markets into a technology’s portfolio of “can-do” attributes is anything to go by, then perhaps we should see digital color printing in a more compre…