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  • Narrow Web Profile: Mac Arthur Corp.

    Narrow Web Profile: Mac Arthur Corp.

    Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor || March 13, 2013
    Running Lean and exemplary customer service have allowed this Michigan converter to thrive, in spite of significant challenges.

  • Horses for courses

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    Several years ago, a number of cases of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “Mad Cow Disease” were diagnosed in England and several other European countries. Beef sales nosedived, and there was an export ban covering all countries where t…

  • Four more facilities come to LIFE

    March 13, 2013
    Four TLMI member company facilities recently achieved LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification. The program’s newly certified plants include Sussex, WI, USA-based Lauterbach Group; Avery Dennison’s Peachtree City, GA, USA…

  • Four more TLMI members come to LIFE

    February 26, 2013
    Three Green Bay Packaging plants and one Loparex plant are now certified.

  • Big Data: The Next Big Thing for Label & Narrow Web?

    Big Data: The Next Big Thing for Label & Narrow Web?

    Rock LaManna || February 4, 2013
    The compilation of large, complex data sets is all around us, from professional sports to big business. The question is: will it filter down to you?

  • Fearing migration

    Fearing migration

    January 23, 2013
    Many European countries, most notably Germany and Britain, seem to have an almost pathological fear of migration. Not the kind that has boat people landing in quiet creeks (though lots of people are afraid of that too), but the migration of nasty che…

  • TLMI awards two more LIFE certifications

    January 23, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN-based Ritrama and Avery Dennison’s Fort Wayne, IN, USA, division have recently been awarded LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification from TLMI. The Project LIFE program was developed in order to assist TLMI memb…

  • Four more facilities come to LIFE

    January 8, 2013
    TLMI has now certified 40 companies through the program.

  • TLMI awards two more LIFE certifications

    December 11, 2012
    Ritrama and Avery Dennison's Fort Wayne, IN division are the latest to be certified.

  • I like it, I’ll take five

    I like it, I’ll take five

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || November 29, 2012
    Rako, one of Germany’s top label and packaging converters, is back in the news again. In September of this year they announced that they had bought no less than five of HP Indigo’s latest label press, the WS6600. Roger Gehrke, Rako&rsq…

  • WS Packaging adds offset booklet printer, comes to LIFE

    November 29, 2012
    WS Packaging Group, Inc. has acquired Business Graphics Printing Inc., which specializes in offset printing and production of instructional booklets and inserts. Business Graphics Printing is an offset printer of product literature booklets, which ar…

  • WS Packaging comes to LIFE

    October 16, 2012
    The Mason, OH division of WS Packaging is the 34th company to achieve TLMI LIFE certification.

  • No business like trade show business?

    John Penhallow || October 9, 2012
    Last month’s Narrow Web Europe column reported on European trade shows, several of which are struggling. Prospects for the UK-based Ipex show, coming up in 2014, took a knock when HP announced that it would not take part. Now comes the double-w…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Steinhauser, Inc.

    Narrow Web Profile: Steinhauser, Inc.

    Steve Katz, Editor || September 1, 2012
    Printing for over a century, the Kentucky converter has reinvented itself as a dedicated packaging provider.

  • Old wine in new packs

    Old wine in new packs

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || September 1, 2012
    If this column frequently reports on wine labeling it is not because the product interests your correspondent (although it does). Wine labels are very big business in Europe, which produces 20 billion bottles of the stuff (or 60% of total world consu…

  • Narrow Web Profile: Forlabels

    Narrow Web Profile: Forlabels

    Steve Katz, Editor || July 10, 2012
    An open mind and a range of packaging capabilities have made this Greek converter an industry leader.

  • An East European backwater opens up

    An East European backwater opens up

    John Penhallow || July 10, 2012
    Belarus is not the easiest European country to do business in

  • FINAT Congress: Greece is the word

    FINAT Congress: Greece is the word

    July 10, 2012
    No doubt about it, the buzz at the recent FINAT Congress in Athens, Greece, held June 6-9 at the Hilton Hotel, was all about the state of the host country. With Greece’s economic future literally hanging in the balance at time of the meeting…

  • Hub Labels comes to LIFE

    June 19, 2012
    The TLMI program helps members find cost effective ways to reduce their environmental footprint.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Pro Label Inc.

    Narrow Web Profile: Pro Label Inc.

    Steve Katz, Editor || May 22, 2012
    Knowing its markets and leveraging new digital capabilities, this Miami converter is poised for growth.

  • Label materials business booming

    Label materials business booming

    John Penhallow || May 22, 2012
    Between raw material price hikes and stagnant European demand, not many labelstock manufacturers are making really good money at the moment. Meet the exception: Herma, based in Germany, which has just announced record 2011 sales of €237 million.…

  • Flint Group announces Narrow Web Print Awards

    May 11, 2012
    The awards will be held at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago on September 12.

  • Gettin’ busy

    Steve Katz, Editor || April 19, 2012
    The readers of Label and Narrow Web – label converters and their suppliers – drive our editorial content. After all, you are the experts. Often times we reach out to you for article input, whether it’s about how you’re convert…

  • Never say no to nano

    Never say no to nano

    John Penhallow || April 19, 2012
    The trouble with nanotechnology is that even some moderately intelligent people like your correspondent don’t really understand it.

  • Narrow Web Profile: X-label

    Narrow Web Profile: X-label

    Steve Katz || April 19, 2012
    Focusing on innovation, logistics and the supply chain, this global label power has its sights set on further expansion.

  • Fire sale in Germany, Renaissance in Italy

    John Penhallow || March 8, 2012
    The Manroland saga continues to make headlines in the European press. The German press manufacturer, until recently a world leader, filed for bankruptcy in late 2011. Its three production plants, all in Germany, have been offered for sale separately,…

  • ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    ‘Man’ the lifeboats

    John Penhallow || January 18, 2012
    “Too big to fail” was what they said about Heidelberg, when Europe’s biggest print machinery manufacturer ran out of cash in 2009. The German government, and the banks, duly dipped into their pockets and the patient recovered (and p…

  • Narrow Web Profile: United Label Corp.

    Narrow Web Profile: United Label Corp.

    Catherine Diamond || January 18, 2012
    Customer service and timely process improvements are the keys to success for this small, New Jersey converter.

  • FLEXcon receives LIFE certification

    December 13, 2011
    The TLMI program addresses clean production, energy and greenhouse gases, product and environmentally preferable materials.

  • Videos

    November 21, 2011
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  • A record year in Brussels

    A record year in Brussels

    November 17, 2011
    Brand owners are using smart labels to ensure product authenticity and value, while improving productivity and the customer experience.

  • Narrow Web Profile:  Disc Graphics

    Narrow Web Profile: Disc Graphics

    Jack Kenny, Editor || November 17, 2011
    A New York carton and label manufacturer takes packaging security to a new level.

  • Flint announces print award winners

    November 8, 2011
    The company hosted its 7th annual Narrow Web Print Awards at this year’s Labelexpo in Brussels. All entries used inks, coatings and specialty products from Flint Group.

  • DecTec and In-Mold conferences set for November

    October 10, 2011
    AWA's Chicago event covers narrow web product decoration, and its Arizona conference focuses on in-mold labels.

  • BST, X-Rite to develop inline color measurement system

    October 10, 2011
    The partnership’s goal is to develop a real time, accurate spectral inline system to deliver the precise results required in the flexo, gravure and narrow web markets.

  • Best of show: Exhibitors unveil their best products

    October 5, 2011
    More than 400 industry vendors displayed their products and materials at Labelexpo Europe. Here is a selection of the outstanding offerings.

  • Anyone for for granite?

    October 4, 2011
    The strength of the alpine franc poses challenges for Swiss manufacturers.

  • Aldred named president of Flint Narrow Web

    October 4, 2011
    The new division president will be responsible for Flint Group’s global packaging and narrow web strategy.

  • LabelTek acquires Relia slitter rewinder from J&H

    October 4, 2011
    Relia Precision Machinery is based in Nanjing, China, and makes a line of servo driven slitter rewinders.

  • Flint Group highlights inks and printing plates

    September 30, 2011
    A range of high performance inks, along with plates and sleeves, were showcased by the Flint team.

  • Beers all round

    September 8, 2011
    Malt beverage growth in Russia, plus reports of label industry movement in Turkey, Egypt and France.

  • Flexlink distributes FiberMark’s tag and label stocks

    August 18, 2011
    The distribution agreement includes Permafiber, a water resistant paper used where a tag or ticket is required to be waterproof and biodegradable.

  • Pulp fiction

    July 12, 2011
    Paper manufacturers might not be making a killing after all. Some are pointing to China’s demand as a top reason for price hikes. It is no news to anyone in the label business that raw material prices are rising. So paper manufacturers must b…

  • Multi-Color receives 4th LIFE certification

    June 29, 2011
    The company’s plant in Scottsburg, IN, has successfully passed its environmental audit.

  • China looks West for investment

    May 24, 2011
    The time is fast coming when we will all have to learn a little more about the geography of China. Most of us could probably locate Hong Kong and Beijing, give or take a few hundred miles, but what about Jiaxing in Zheijiang province? Do I see any ha…

  • Finnish Phoenix

    April 11, 2011
    Metsäliito is not a name that trips easily off the tongue when label people congregate, or even when they don’t. However, this Finnish lumber-to-paper group, via its subsidiary M-real Zanders, has just launched several brand new series of…

  • Flint Group hosts Narrow Web Print Awards for seventh year

    March 21, 2011
    Labelexpo Europe will be the site of the awards presentations to label printers who use Flint products.

  • Label events proliferate

    March 11, 2011
    As reported in last issue’s Narrow Web Europe news, European trade shows in general, and the November packaging show Emballage in particular, are still plagued by falling attendances. This ambient depression does not seem to be affecting prepar…

  • Two more converters come to LIFE

    March 8, 2011
    The Label Printers and Monet Graphics have been certified under TLMI’s Project LIFE, an environmental compliance program.

  • Mark Andy set to host first 2011 Harper Roadshow

    February 18, 2011
    The roadshow will feature brief seminars and live press demonstrations on ways to improve production efficiency.