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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…

  • No recession in pharmaceutical labels and packaging

    No recession in pharmaceutical labels and packaging

    John Penhallow || March 13, 2014
    It is an established fact that the French are Europe’s leading pill-pushers. However, that is surely not the only reason for the success of the Pharmapack show, held in late February in Paris. The themes of the show can be counted on one hand:…

  • The best of both worlds

    The best of both worlds

    John Penhallow || November 21, 2013
    If you come from the German-speaking part of Italy, you need to acquire the best of both worlds: Italian flair combined with German precision. And if you are combining these successfully while building narrow web digital presses in the town of Brixen…

  • Record setting

    Record setting

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || July 17, 2013
    It is a fact not widely known (i.e. your correspondent has just found out) that the feast-day of John the Baptist, on June 24, is also the ‘fête des imprimeurs’. The French city of Strasburg this year used the occasion to celebrate…

  • Fearing migration

    Fearing migration

    January 23, 2013
    Many European countries, most notably Germany and Britain, seem to have an almost pathological fear of migration. Not the kind that has boat people landing in quiet creeks (though lots of people are afraid of that too), but the migration of nasty che…

  • Talking turkey

    October 14, 2008
    Talking turkey As already reported in Label & Narrow Web, the 2009 FINAT congress will be held in Turkey, and co-hosted by the Turkish Label Association ESD. Turkey’s population of 73 million places it third biggest in Europe, after Russia…

  • 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…

  • Ahlstrom to boost

    July 20, 2005
    espite their financial woes, European converters still serve an expanding market. An indication of this is that label stock manufacturers are still working near to capacity. In the case of release base papers, one of the largest manufacturers —…

  • 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…