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  • The times they are-a-changing – back to what they were

    You have only to open a newspaper to know that money is slopping around the European economy like water in an overfilled bathtub. Insecurity about the continent’s future breeds caution, and caution means putting off non-essential investment. De…
    John Penhallow 10.14.16

  • Digital Printing | Europe | Flexography
    Beyond pressure sensitive

    Beyond pressure sensitive

    Time was, men were men and labels were labels. You knew where you were then. If you were a pressure sensitive label converter, you made PS labels. Period. And if you were a label press manufacturer, you made special presses that were quite different…
    John Penhallow 09.07.15

  • Getting certified

    Getting certified

    Some things change: in the recent weeks of unseasonably mild, sunny weather, many citizens of Western Europe have changed over to thinking that maybe global warming isn’t such a bad thing after all. However this early spring has come right on t…
    John Penhallow 04.15.14

  • ‘Talkin’ ‘bout my generation’ with TLMI

    ‘Talkin’ ‘bout my generation’ with TLMI

    The Who’s seminal hit “My Generation” was fitting entrance music for the hundreds of label converters and suppliers gathered in San Antonio, TX, USA, for the TLMI 2013 Annual Meeting. The event, themed “My Generation – L…
    Steve Katz, Editor 11.21.13

  • Strong, local converters resist consolidation

    Strong, local converters resist consolidation

    While M&A's are happening with larger label companies, the trend is yet to reach many smaller businesses.
    Online Exclusives Rock LaManna 07.01.13

  • How to Get Along Better With Your Banker

    How to Get Along Better With Your Banker

    Communication is key to keeping this relationship healthy.
    Online Exclusives Rock LaManna 05.14.13

  • ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    “Too big to fail” was what they said about Heidelberg, when Europe’s biggest print machinery manufacturer ran out of cash in 2009. The German government, and the banks, duly dipped into their pockets and the patient recovered (and p…
    John Penhallow 01.18.12

  • Food for thought

    This month’s letter from Europe starts with a short dissertation on British food. Readers who have lived or worked in Britain can skip the next paragraph. There have been huge advances in British food since the days of over-boiled vegetables a…
    05.07.10

  • Press on regardless

    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…
    John Penhallow 03.31.09

  • Specialist vs. generalist

    Here is an interesting ornithological fact: Certain birds of prey have features that have evolved over time which enable them to hunt for kinds of food other birds are unable to even pursue. The osprey, for example, has eyes with a particular trait t…
    09.27.07