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  • By the burnished balls of Brussels

    By the burnished balls of Brussels

    John Penhallow || November 20, 2015
    It is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the label world were riveted on Brussels during the recent Labelexpo Europe show. The The Atomium, built for the World Exhibition of 1958, and recently refurbished, welcomed visitors to Labelexpo Euro…

  • Seeking refuge

    John Penhallow || October 13, 2015
    Readers of this column may remember that KBA, probably still Europe’s second biggest printing press manufacturer, has just entered the narrow web business. Through its subsidiary KBA Meprint, the company launched a new machine at Labelexpo 2015…

  • French leave

    French leave

    John Penhallow || July 21, 2015
    In case any readers of L&NW are planning to holiday in France this summer, they should note that the rentrée this year falls on September 1. In case any readers don’t know what the rentrée is, well, it’s the most importa…

  • 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…

  • Currency swings and roundabouts

    John Penhallow || March 9, 2015
    Violent exchange rate fluctuations have been rare in recent years. This year looks like the exception. In late January, and to general surprise, the Swiss Central Bank stopped intervening to hold down the value of the Swiss franc. Within minutes, the…

  • 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:…

  • 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…

  • Stork Prints sold

    January 16, 2008
    Stork Prints sold to equity firm The takeover of Stork Prints Group by fellow Dutch company Bencis Capital Partners means that most of the major international prepress suppliers have given up their independence to become part of largely anonymous i…

  • SE Labels acquired

    July 18, 2005
    SE Labels acquired by Scandinavian group Skanem Industries, a Norwegian-based packaging company, has its sights on SE Labels. With a turnover of over $170 million, the SE group is arguably Europe’s largest producers of self-adhesive labels: I…