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  • The pound takes a pounding –  collateral damage to Marmite

    The pound takes a pounding – collateral damage to Marmite

    John Pennhallow || November 14, 2016
    With all eyes on the outcome of the US presidential election, few Americans will have noticed the dramatic slide in the value of the UK pound. A 15% drop since June 2016 is starting to make consumers sit up and take notice in a country that imports m…

  • French labels rising gently

    French labels rising gently

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2016
    Every summer, the French label magazine Etiq & Pack publishes a detailed analysis of the health, or otherwise, of the country’s leading 100 label converters. This year’s statistics reveal much “business as usual” but also…

  • Bad times ahead? Not for Europe’s label business

    John Penhallow || January 25, 2016
    This is the time of year when we are all urged not to look back in anger but forward in hope, putting our shoulders to the wheel, our best foot forward and doing it all with a song on our lips. Well, if you want an antidote to that, look no further t…

  • X-ident joins

    July 19, 2005
    X-ident joins ‘smart label’ integration group For a relatively young company, X-ident GmbH has seen plenty of action on the take-over front. It was one of the first companies in Europe to develop special materials for producing smart l…

  • MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof

    July 19, 2005
    MCG strengthens prepress workflow with RealTimeProof Proofing is the weakest link in many prepress workflows, which vendors of remote proofing software seek to address. A case study within a digital flexo platemaking context comes from MCG Graphics,…

  • Improving engraving screens

    July 19, 2005
    Improving engraving screens Artwork Systems Group in Belgium and ZED Instruments, a UK manufacturer of direct laser engraving systems, have formed a strategic partnership. The former supplies FlexoCal and Hybrid Screening software, which allows flex…

  • BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates

    July 19, 2005
    BASF and Stork to develop direct laser flexo plates BASF Printing Systems has found a new partner with which to build on existing work in developing a direct laser engraving system for flexo plates. The company has joined with Schablonentechnik Kufs…

  • By John Penhallow

    November 30, -0001
    The center of Barcelona may still be bustling, but the region all around is littered with deserted building sites and motionless cranes. This did not stop over 250 delegates from attending a two-day summit meeting about digital label printing organiz…

  • 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…