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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 E…

  • 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…

  • Beyond pressure sensitive

    Beyond pressure sensitive

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2015
    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Getting certified

    Getting certified

    John Penhallow || April 15, 2014
    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…

  • 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…

  • Packaging a novel repro service

    July 18, 2005
    Packaging a novel repro service The old certainties about label converting, with its relatively good growth and margins, are changing fast. At its most extreme level, globalized trading and communication systems are altering the nature of markets…