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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…

  • 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…

  • The best of both worlds

    The best of both worlds

    John Penhallow || November 21, 2013
    If you come from the German-speaking part of Italy, you need to acquire the best of both worlds: Italian flair combined with German precision. And if you are combining these successfully while building narrow web digital presses in the town of Brixen…

  • Xeikon is now

    July 18, 2005
    Xeikon is now a protected species Digital printing may be a hot topic, but it’s not just users who need deep pockets and strong nerves. Investors in Xeikon, for example, have their own anxious moments. Its subsidiary Xeikon France was the fir…

  • 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…

  • Silicone Value

    November 30, -0001
    Silicone Value Silicone represents only some 5 percent of the material cost of labelstock, but in these hard times every cost element is coming under scrutiny. Germany’s Wacker Silicones reckons it has come up with a winner. Its latest silico…