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  • What’s next for release liner?

    What’s next for release liner?

    Ann Hirst-Smith || November 5, 2013
    The recent AWA seminar on label release liner focused on issues and opportunities.

  • Heidelberg Label Days focuses on IML

    Heidelberg Label Days focuses on IML

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 17, 2013
    At the Print Media Center, the Speedmaster XL 106-6-P+L UV with CutStar showcased its flexibility in producing high-quality in-mold labels.

  • Staples adds a pair of HP Indigo WS6600 presses

    October 17, 2013
    Growth in Staples’ prime label and flexible packaging business has fueled greater demand for shorter printing runs and customization.

  • Label Arts acquired by investment firm

    October 16, 2013
    The Texas-based converter specializes in medical and industrial labels.

  • Screen USA launches inkjet label printing system

    October 14, 2013
    The Truepress Jet L350UV delivers a printing speed of 164 feet per minute.

  • ASL Print FX wins 'Best of the Best'

    October 14, 2013
    Announced by Kodak, the Ontario-based company was awarded for its Rennie Estate Winery Label at the Global Label Awards.

  • Companies to Watch:  Telrol

    Companies to Watch: Telrol

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 14, 2013
    Telrol Bolderweg 53 1332 BA Almere, the Netherlands +31 (0)36 – 5494160 • www.telrol.nl Telrol is not your average label printer. Founded in 1995, the company has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Part of The L…

  • Companies to Watch:  MEI Labels

    Companies to Watch: MEI Labels

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 14, 2013
    MEI Labels 19014 E Admiral Place, Catoosa, OK, USA 74015 918-258-8321 • www.meilabels.com MEI Labels is embarking on its next chapter, with new leadership, equipment, an acquisition, and a growth strategy that reflects the latest tr…

  • Companies to Watch:  The Label Smith

    Companies to Watch: The Label Smith

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 14, 2013
    The Label Smith 904 Perla Road Pasadena TX USA 713-378-6599 www.thelabelsmith.com For Tim Smith, when one door closes, another one opens, and this has been a recurring theme for himself as well as for his company. Aptly named The Label Smit…

  • Lessons from Print 13: It’s about more than machines and technology

    Rock LaManna || October 14, 2013
    Print 13 and CPP Expo recently concluded in Chicago, and the trade show validated something many of us have been saying for years: The label industry is a very good place to be. Print 13 is geared mainly toward commercial printers. This year Print 1…

  • A world without packaging

    A world without packaging

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || October 14, 2013
    A symposium with this provocative title took place recently in Belgium. Among the speakers was Bruno Ponsard from the Montreal Institut des Emballages et du Génie Alimentaire (non-French-speaking readers should note that Génie has nothi…

  • Consolidated Label publishes sustainability trends report

    October 14, 2013
    Consolidated Label Company has published a report on sustainability trends in the label industry to help consumers better understand how some in the industry are responding to environmental concerns. The report also offers advice to label customers o…

  • MAXstick introduces platen roller for linerless printers

    October 4, 2013
    The new compound platen roller is designed to work with linerless label printers to accommodate hot melt rubber based adhesives.

  • Vintage 99 expands in Northern California

    October 4, 2013
    The new V99 North, the wine label specialist's second plant, is in the epicenter of Northern California’s wine industry.

  • Print 13 & CPP provide ‘Must See ‘Ems’ in Chicago

    Print 13 & CPP provide ‘Must See ‘Ems’ in Chicago

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || September 17, 2013
    Some of the label industry’s leading suppliers were represented and honored.

  • OVERLAMINATES

    OVERLAMINATES

    September 13, 2013
    STA has introduced new overlaminate films: the 1132 and the 1332 clear polypropylene Thermal Transfer Printable Overlaminates.   These polypropylene products aim to provide exceptional performance of printability for the thermal printing…

  • Labelexpo Europe 2013 Workshops

    Labelexpo Europe 2013 Workshops

    September 13, 2013
    The theme of the 2013 Labelexpo Europe revolves around wonderment and magic, and those interested in getting educated on the label industry’s latest trends and technologies can attend the “Workshops of Wonder.” Through these worksho…

  • PS Adhesives

    PS Adhesives

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 13, 2013
    A label’s stickiness involves chemistry, and determining just what it’s supposed to do.

  • Asia’s Label Markets

    Asia’s Label Markets

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || September 13, 2013
    This expansive region is finding the balance between economic growth and environmental impact.

  • Consolidation is coming

    Rock LaManna, Contributing Editor || September 13, 2013
    What does history teach us? Or, more appropriately, what will we allow history to teach us? In the case of consolidation and the label industry, it entirely depends on one thing: Fear. As I’ve said many times before, fear is a four-letter word…

  • Could this be a silver lining?

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || September 13, 2013
    It is starting to happen at last. And it’s not just Angela Merkel, François Hollande and José Manuel Barroso trying to pull Europe up by its bootstraps. No lesser authority than The Economist has just gone on record as announcing:…

  • RotoMetrics refines flexible die product line

    September 13, 2013
    One of the bigger label industry M&A stories in recent years was the 2011 RotoMetrics acquisition of Gerhardt. Driven by the proliferation of flexible die usage in the label converting industry, the deal brought together two industry leaders and…

  • Sending a message

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 13, 2013
    Washington State is turning into the figurative, national battleground over “genetically altered foods,” and the push for foods that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled as such. In 2013, 28 states introduced bills…

  • RotoMetrics recalibrated

    RotoMetrics recalibrated

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 10, 2013
    Karen Moreland, VP of global marketing for RotoMetrics, discusses the new, streamlined flexible die portfolio.

  • FINAT YMC announces Summit 2013 Program

    August 30, 2013
    The Summit is open to both Young Managers Club members and non-members under the age of 40.

  • Consolidated Label publishes sustainability trends report

    August 27, 2013
    The report offers advice to label customers on things to consider when considering eco-friendly labels.

  • Expansion aspirations in India

    Expansion aspirations in India

    Harveer Sahni || August 20, 2013
    Zircon, a 6-year-old label converter, has acquired an Omet Varyflex – perhaps the largest press delivered to India so far.

  • STA introduces new overlaminates

    July 23, 2013
    The two new products are available in 0.95 and 1.30 mil thicknesses.

  • Beverage Labeling

    Beverage Labeling

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || July 17, 2013
    This highly differentiated market is both competitive and (potentially) lucrative.

  • Critical Lean Operations

    Critical Lean Operations

    Rock LaManna, Contributing Editor || July 17, 2013
    The good news:  The label business has been a reliable source of growth, even through the recent recession, and things look even better for the future. The bad news: Unless you’re integrating Lean Manufacturing operations into your busines…

  • Record setting

    Record setting

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || July 17, 2013
    It is a fact not widely known (i.e. your correspondent has just found out) that the feast-day of John the Baptist, on June 24, is also the ‘fête des imprimeurs’. The French city of Strasburg this year used the occasion to celebrate…

  • FINAT looks toward the future

    FINAT looks toward the future

    July 17, 2013
    Predictions and positivity took center stage in Munich.

  • HP enhances Indigo workflow portfolio, expands into wide web label market

    July 17, 2013
    HP has announced new end-to-end workflow systems and product enhancements that span the HP Indigo portfolio for labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging to help converters improve efficiency and accommodate high-value applications. The announce…

  • Modest growth in Europe

    Modest growth in Europe

    Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, FINAT || July 9, 2013
    With consumption levels reaching maturity in Western Europe, self-adhesive demand has become more sensitive to the volatility of consumer behavior.

  • Prati appoints new sales agent in Spain

    July 2, 2013
    Maquinaria Esagraf of Barcelona will represent Prati's products range to the label industry in Spain.

  • Strong, local converters resist consolidation

    Strong, local converters resist consolidation

    Rock LaManna || July 1, 2013
    While M&A's are happening with larger label companies, the trend is yet to reach many smaller businesses.

  • HP enhances Indigo workflow portfolio

    June 18, 2013
    New end-to-end workflow systems and product enhancements reinforce HP Indigo's digital label press capabilities.

  • Tomas Rink honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

    June 18, 2013
    The Ritrama Group's president will be presented with the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award during Labelexpo Europe.

  • FINAT looks toward the future

    FINAT looks toward the future

    Steve Katz, Editor || June 13, 2013
    ‘Label Your Future’ was the theme at the 2013 FINAT Congress in Munich.

  • Trends, sustainability featured at Label Summit Latin America

    June 4, 2013
    Nearly 650 attendees attended this year's show in Sao Paulo.

  • Cycling to Labelexpo

    Cycling to Labelexpo

    Steve Katz, Editor || June 4, 2013
    Herma’s salespeople-turned-cyclists are raising money for charity, biking from company headquarters in the UK to the steps of Labelexpo in Brussels.

  • Raising a glass to labels

    Raising a glass to labels

    Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, FINAT || May 31, 2013
    I believe that it is to the whisky and brandy distillers of Europe that we, in the self-adhesive label industry, should drink a long toast. They were one of the key early market sectors to realize the potential of our labeling technology – and…

  • Why M&As are the hot tool for growth

    Rock LaManna, Contributing Editor || May 31, 2013
    For regional label and narrow web companies, one of the strategies used only by larger businesses – the merger and acquisition – has suddenly become a realistic option for growth. I’d like to enlighten you on why high-level financia…

  • NAPL conducts tag & label acquisition outreach

    May 31, 2013
    The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) Mergers & Acquisitions Team has announced that it is conducting an acquisition outreach initiative on behalf of a prominent global label supplier in the Midwest Region of the United States.…

  • FINAT calling for technical papers

    May 28, 2013
    Submissions are due by August 1.

  • Label Industry Global Awards open for entries

    May 21, 2013
    The tenth annual ceremony will be held during Labelexpo in September.

  • Suite 12.1 launched, Simon James honored at Eskoworld

    Suite 12.1 launched, Simon James honored at Eskoworld

    Steve Katz, Editor || May 21, 2013
    In Phoenix, Esko users get a first look at Suite 12.1 and bid farewell to Artios founder Simon James.

  • NAPL conducts tag & label acquisition outreach

    May 14, 2013
    The association's M&A team has been retained to assist in a strategic growth plan for a Midwest US label supplier.

  • Middle East Label Markets

    Middle East Label Markets

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || April 10, 2013
    A changing Middle East is becoming more hospitable to converters and suppliers alike.

  • Flexible Packaging

    Flexible Packaging

    Steve Katz, Editor || April 10, 2013
    Narrow web label printers have what it takes to offer convenience and versatility in a one-stop-shop.