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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…

  • 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…

  • Playing the game

    John Penhallow || November 17, 2014
    Few people, even in France, know that the second biggest “instant game” lottery in the world is French. The Française des Jeux (FDJ) is a government-controlled quasi-monopoly which also runs betting and a host of other gaming-relat…

  • Stralfors strengthens

    January 16, 2006
    Stralfors strengthens its pharmaceutical presence Stralfors, a major independent Swedish label and forms group, is developing its Pharmakett labeling division by opening a separate factory in Gothenburg. It will operate entirely separately from the…

  • 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…

  • Recovery reported

    July 18, 2005
    Recovery reported for UK materials consumption The UK is the largest user of self-adhesive labeling material in Europe. After three successive quarters of disappointing growth, the Pressure Sensitive Manufacturers Association was encouraged to s…

  • Europes narrow web

    November 30, -0001
    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…

  • M&A

    November 30, -0001
    M&A CCL recently acquired German label converter Eltex (specializing in making high-tech PS labels for the automotive and household appliance sectors), but the global downturn has not yet seen many mergers, acquisitions or disappearances among E…

  • The preposterous pipeline

    Calvin Frost || March 9, 2015
    Lester Brown will close the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) at the end of June. He will retire and EPI will cease to function as a global environmental think tank. I was sad to hear this but understand his rationale. Lester is 80 and good for him to rec…