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  • Kodak and Xeikon join forces to promote web based label production

    June 2, 2009
    The alliance is aimed at streamlining ordering and production via the internet to businesses in the US and Canada.

  • Accounting blogs

    May 8, 2009
    I was chatting with my accountant the other day and he mentioned something that surprised me. He said he works with over 100 small business owners and around 95 percent of them have little interest in or understanding of accounting practices. Most of…

  • Wired to reward: Recognition and rewards in any economy

    May 8, 2009
    Can you remember the first gold star you received in grade school or the blue ribbon you earned for a science fair project that your teacher found was an effort worthy of a prize? Can you remember your first winning baseball season where everyone on…

  • European press manufacturers 'down but not out'

    John Penhallow || May 8, 2009
    Reports of my death,” wrote Mark Twain on one occasion, “are greatly exaggerated.” In a similar vein, Netherlands based label press manufacturer MPS, about whose future rumors were circulating, has just issued a statement saying tha…

  • VIPColor opens training center in Barcelona

    May 4, 2009
    The center provides skills training for the VP485e on-demand digital label printer.

  • Digital Label Summit draws a large crowd to Barcelona

    April 13, 2009
    The conference was considered successful despite hard times.

  • Info Label acquires new HP Indigo WS6000 digital press

    April 6, 2009
    The company’s digital presses now can accommodate short, medium and long runs, as well as flexible packaging, its president says.

  • Branding blogs

    March 31, 2009
    Branding is something that we are all exposed to hundreds of times every day. But few of us think about it, unaware of how much branding impacts our buying behavior. As label converters, we are direct contributors to the power of branding, since the…

  • Press on regardless

    John Penhallow || March 31, 2009
    Take a trip round the websites of the principal manufacturers of conventional label presses in continental Europe and you will experience a deafening silence on the subject of new presses sold since the start of 2009. This may be a sign of discretion…

  • Weber Marking Systems adds an HP Indigo press

    March 30, 2009
    The company plans to accommodate customers with a need for lower quantity labels.

  • Food blogs

    March 9, 2009
    No, we are not discussing cooking blogs with this column, but rather the business of food. A significant percentage of the labels printed by converters every day end up on some kind of food product. But food labels have unique requirements that are i…

  • Europe's narrow web equipment makers feel the squeeze

    John Penhallow || March 6, 2009
    A glance at the Labelexpo Europe show guides of 1997 and 2007 is instructive: Labelexpo 1997 was a resolutely European show, with 83 percent of exhibitors from Europe, 12 percent from North America and just 5 percent from the rest of the world (mostl…

  • Food Labeling

    Food Labeling

    March 6, 2009
    Issues abound in this complex segment of the packaging industry.

  • Digital print users weigh in on benefits of the process

    February 24, 2009
    Three converters spoke of their experiences with digital label presses at the TLMI Converter Meeting

  • Primera's CX1200 digital color label press now shipping

    February 17, 2009
    The 12" wide webfed press prints at up to 27 feet per minute.

  • Primera Technology

    January 27, 2009
    Primera Technology has introduced its new CX1200 color label press. The press delivers short-run, full-color digital label printing at the price of US$14,995 (MSRP) in the USA and Canada. Features of the CX1200 press include a 12" unwind/rewind,…

  • Primera launches new digital label press

    January 27, 2009
    Primera launches new digital label press Primera Technology, Plymouth, MN, USA, has announced the introduction of its CX1200 Color Label Press. The press delivers short run, full color digital label printing at a price of US$14,995 (MSRP) in the USA…

  • Blogging India

    January 14, 2009
    While their neighbor to the northeast, China, is a very challenging country to understand for westerners (both the culture and language), India is less challenging at least from a language perspective, due to their 19th Century colonization by the Br…

  • A good run

    January 14, 2009
    For the past eight years or so, I have been privileged through this column to share my thoughts, ideas, and observations with the readership of Label & Narrow Web magazine. Each issue has presented me with the challenge of utilizing 1,200 to 1,400 wo…

  • Digital Dogma

    Digital Dogma

    January 14, 2009
    No flexo, no offset, no screen. Just digital labels with fast turnaround.

  • Primera launches new digital label press

    December 16, 2008
    The CX1200 color label press features 2,400 dpi resolution and can attain a speed of 27 feet per minute.

  • Digital labelstock line introduced by MACtac

    November 18, 2008
    Digital labelstock line introduced by MACtac MACtac, a supplier of pressure sensitive substrates based in Stow, OH, USA, has introduced the INDIE line of labelstocks engineered for HP Indigo presses. “Studies show that approximately 35 percen…

  • Social media blogs

    November 13, 2008
    Social Media. You have probably read about it, but what is it really? Wikipedia's definition is the best I have seen: Social media is really just a set of online tools that help people share and discuss information. Social media is really starting to…

  • Promotional Labeling

    Promotional Labeling

    Steve Katz || November 12, 2008
    Economic strife has retailers, marketers and converters exploring the impact this diverse niche of products can provide.

  • Digital Finishing

    Digital Finishing

    November 12, 2008
    The manufacturers of digital finishing equipment are enjoying the popularity of todays digital printing presses.

  • Digital Printing

    Digital Printing

    November 12, 2008
    Its enthusiastic acceptance by converters of all sizes has helped the large player, the smaller suppliers and the hopefuls meet growing demand and introduce more powerful products.

  • RBCOR and Xeikon create joint referral partnership program

    October 20, 2008
    Under the arrangement, RBCOR will offer its clients the opportunity to expand into digital label printing.

  • HP names winners in digital label competition

    October 14, 2008
    HP names winners in digital label competition Hewlett Packard announced the winners of the second HP Indigo Digital Label & Packaging Competition at an awards gala held at Labelexpo Americas in September. The competition recognizes customers fro…

  • Digital labelstock line introduced by MACtac

    October 14, 2008
    The new pressure sensitive substrates are aimed at users of HP Indigo presses.

  • Blogging China

    October 8, 2008
    You can't read a business magazine today without reading about China. Having staged a successful Olympic Games and endured a devastating earthquake, China has been in the news a lot this year. With the world's largest population and the second larges…

  • Labelexpo Americas

    Labelexpo Americas '08

    throughout the three-day event. || October 8, 2008
    Mark Andy's booth at Labelexpo drew crowds

  • Companies to Watch

    Companies to Watch

    John Penhallow, Steve Katz, and Jack Kenny || October 6, 2008
    L&NW pays tribute to a select group of converters who are making noteworthy contributions to the health of the industry.

  • HP names winners in digital label and package printing competition

    September 17, 2008
    More than 140 companies entered for awards in various market categories.

  • More from Labelexpo Americas

    September 15, 2008
    The new products keep rolling out.

  • Avery Dennison joins EskoArtwork and ExxonMobil Chemical in PacVantage venture

    September 11, 2008
    The market leaders team up to deliver a 'color guarantee.'

  • HP rolls out newest Indigo label press WS6000

    September 10, 2008
    The high-end industrial label press can print four colors at 100 feet per minute, and two colors at twice that speed.

  • EFI and Pitman sign distribution agreement for Jetrion

    September 10, 2008
    The indirect channel aims to complement direct sales and speed adoption of digital color label press

  • Xeikon rebounds with introduction of a new digital label press

    September 10, 2008
    The company also won the Label Industry Award for New Innovation.

  • Epson introduces digital inkjet label press

    September 9, 2008
    The short run press, still in development, prints in seven colors at about 16 feet per minute.

  • Beer and whisky

    September 3, 2008
    Beer and whisky A short while ago, US based brewer Anheuser Busch sold its packaging unit – PPPI, which prints 28 billion labels per year – to Spear, which operates label plants in the US, UK and South Africa. Now, Anheuser Busch itself,…

  • A think tank for ink

    September 3, 2008
    A think tank for ink Another major eco-problem for European label converters is the de-inking of recycled labels and packaging. INGEDE is a Europe-wide research group composed of leading paper makers and laboratories set up to research better de-ink…

  • Sales management blogs

    August 21, 2008
    It seems that sales managers not only like to sell (and manage I presume), they also like to write. There are literally hundreds of sales management blogs written by everyone from experienced sales managers who have spent a long career in selling to…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 21, 2008
    Europe's press makers: Under siege?

  • Economics blogs

    July 22, 2008
    With the housing crisis, the high cost of gasoline, the slide of the US dollar, inflation and unemployment rates creeping up, the economy has been in the news a lot in recent months. Keeping tabs on where the economy is going and the impact it will h…

  • 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…

  • Digitalabel launches

    May 20, 2008
    Digitalabel launches an expanded website Digitalabel launched its new website,, featuring samples, substrate suggestions, a quote request form and more. “We offer a fully electronic, computer-to-print, narrow web metho…

  • Workplace Safety Blogs

    May 13, 2008
    Let's face it, a printing plant can be a dangerous place to work. We work with large and powerful machines that need a high level of training to operate. But it is easy to take plant safety for granted until there is an accident and if you work in…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    May 13, 2008
    FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty

  • European Label Markets

    European Label Markets

    John Penhallow || May 13, 2008
    Europe is a grand mixture � an agglomeration, some might say � of cultures and economies. The label scene, still healthy but in flux, mirrors the continent's diversity.

  • Color Management Blogs

    April 8, 2008
    For every label printer, managing color is a critical part of the operation. If you can't reproduce color accurately and consistently then you will not stay in business very long. Color management is a very broad topic so I have tried to present a cr…