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  • Siegwerk acquires US-based Environmental Inks

    December 6, 2010
    The acquisition strengthens Siegwerk’s presence in the narrow web printing market.

  • New liners for old

    November 11, 2010
    In an age when almost every type of paper-based product is being recycled in a cradle-to-cradle process, release liner stands out as a black spot on a green horizon. Nobody loves spent liner, and end users have to pay good money to have it taken away…

  • MPI Label acquires ROI Printing

    October 18, 2010
    The Baltimore acquisition brings MPI’s locations in the USA to nine.

  • Monroe Doctrine

    October 11, 2010
    The acquisition of Monroe Etiquette by US-based Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), reported in the e-news version of L&NW and in the Industry News in this issue, could be a taste of things to come. With the notable exception of CCL, few British or No…

  • Flint names narrow web award winners

    September 21, 2010
    The annual awards given by the ink company were presented at Labelexpo.

  • Spreading waste-lines, and British bolshiness

    August 27, 2010
    Spent liner… landfill… sustainability… impossible to open a label or packaging-related magazine these days without being bombarded with articles telling us to do something about waste. The problem is not the same for industrialis…

  • Flint to raise ink and coatings prices for narrow web

    July 19, 2010
    The increases, caused by rising raw materials prices, will take effect August 1.

  • The digital band wagon

    July 14, 2010
    Few people would quarrel with the word exponential to describe the rise in the number of manufacturers offering narrow web digital presses. At the Labelexpo show in Brussels in 2003 there were just three companies making them. By last year there were…

  • IPEX 2010

    IPEX 2010

    Adrian Tippetts || July 14, 2010
    Despite the economic woes and ash clouds, there was plenty of optimism about the biggest printing fair in the English-speaking world, and a host of technological breakthroughs to see from digital printing press vendors.

  • Multi-Color and Yerecic Label receive TLMI LIFE certification

    July 12, 2010
    Certification signifies successful implementation of sustainable practices.

  • Panflex named Edale distributor in Slovakia and Czech Republic

    July 6, 2010
    The distributor will represent Edale at FachPack in September.

  • Rogers Corporation receives Chinese honors

    June 21, 2010
    The US company was recognized for its employee management practices and contribution to society.

  • New Martin MBSC/STR combo aimed at narrow web market

    May 24, 2010
    The splicer/rewind unit is designed for web widths up to 13” and smaller roll diameters up to 31.5”.

  • Digital’s role in narrow web explored in new report

    May 17, 2010
    Author Karstedt Associates plans more industry reports in the future.

  • Food for thought

    May 7, 2010
    This month’s letter from Europe starts with a short dissertation on British food. Readers who have lived or worked in Britain can skip the next paragraph. There have been huge advances in British food since the days of over-boiled vegetables a…

  • Edale signs new distributor for Australia

    April 26, 2010
    Label converter Daycon adds the British press line to its equipment representation.

  • Manufacturing is still moving east

    March 30, 2010
    Despite the protectionist rodomontades of some of Europe’s leading politicians, manufacturing industries continue to move out of the high-cost Western European theatre. Much of the benefit is going to the countries on the eastern fringe of the…

  • Recession recedes, sales still stagnate

    March 15, 2010
    Despite competition from the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, it will not have escaped L&NW’s readers that all was not well with Europe’s economies at the start of 2010. The Euro went down against the dollar, which pleased Europe&r…

  • Narrow Web Print Awards planned by Flint Group for Labelexpo Americas

    March 8, 2010
    A new award will be presented this year for products printed using Flint’s Flexocure Force inks.

  • Flint expands ink operations in North America

    February 9, 2010
    Details of the move ensure the continuous supply of narrow web inks throughout the transition period.

  • Goss enters narrow web market with new press

    February 1, 2010
    The international maker of newspaper and commercial presses introduces a new variable sleeve offset press for the narrow and wide web markets.

  • Never make predictions

    John Penhallow || January 15, 2010
    The previous Narrow Web Europe update expressed surprise that so few European press manufacturers had gone out of business. The ink was not dry on that text before another press maker went under. Werner Kammann Maschinenfabrik, with 260 employees, wa…

  • European thinking in times of adversity

    John Penhallow || November 13, 2009
    The surprising thing about Europe’s narrow web press manufacturers is not that some of them have gone out of business this year, but that so many of them haven’t. Gaetan de Charry, sales director of Spain’s Rotatek, reckons that be…

  • Apex partners with Pitman in narrow web anilox market

    November 2, 2009
    Pitman will distribute the Apex Unifli 2G anilox rolls throughout the USA.

  • Mitsubishi receives TLMI LIFE certification

    October 26, 2009
    The polyester films company’s site in South Carolina has met the sound environmental practices goals of the program.

  • Labelexpo and beyond: Reports from the European markets

    John Penhallow || October 7, 2009
    After four days at Labelexpo Europe being bombarded by the sights and sounds of 500 exhibitors, many visitors (including your correspondent) were reduced to a near-zombie state with the rational mind switched off. Now that he has recovered most of hi…

  • Sun Chemical brings new narrow web inks to Labelexpo

    September 25, 2009
    The inks offer efficient printing, easy print finishing and optimized cure.

  • A break in the (economic) clouds

    John Penhallow || September 3, 2009
    In France, and to some extent in the rest of Europe, nothing much happens in July and August because the journalists are all sunning themselves on a beach. Some, however, soldier on, and those that do sometimes find that the economic and business lif…

  • Screen Printing

    Screen Printing

    September 2, 2009
    A powerful printing process maintains its strong presence in the narrow web industry.

  • Belgian company enters narrow web digital inkjet press arena

    August 17, 2009
    One Solution will present Calisto at Labelexpo Europe next month.

  • UPM Raflatac receives TLMI LIFE certification

    August 11, 2009
    The pressure sensitive materials supplier is the fourth company to be certified for its environmental best practices.

  • Color Resolutions expands narrow web ink blending to Northeast US

    July 28, 2009
    The geographic expansion will allow same or next day delivery to regional customers.

  • Altana acquires Water Ink Technologies

    July 16, 2009
    The US manufacturer of inks for the narrow web market will be integrated into Altana’s coatings and sealants division under the name Actega WIT.

  • Acquisitions, ownership and global pursuits

    John Penhallow || July 7, 2009
    The hottest news from France, as already reported in L&NW’s online version, is the acquisition, by the country’s third biggest label converter, of Bopack, hitherto the biggest. This will create a market leader with a 15 to 20 percent…

  • Flint hosts annual Narrow Web Print Awards at Labelexpo Europe

    June 2, 2009
    Criteria for winning includes registration, smoothness of dot, overall print quality and degree of difficulty.

  • European press manufacturers 'down but not out'

    John Penhallow || May 8, 2009
    Reports of my death,” wrote Mark Twain on one occasion, “are greatly exaggerated.” In a similar vein, Netherlands based label press manufacturer MPS, about whose future rumors were circulating, has just issued a statement saying tha…

  • Digital Label Summit draws a large crowd to Barcelona

    April 13, 2009
    The conference was considered successful despite hard times.

  • Press on regardless

    John Penhallow || March 31, 2009
    Take a trip round the websites of the principal manufacturers of conventional label presses in continental Europe and you will experience a deafening silence on the subject of new presses sold since the start of 2009. This may be a sign of discretion…

  • Europe's narrow web equipment makers feel the squeeze

    John Penhallow || March 6, 2009
    A glance at the Labelexpo Europe show guides of 1997 and 2007 is instructive: Labelexpo 1997 was a resolutely European show, with 83 percent of exhibitors from Europe, 12 percent from North America and just 5 percent from the rest of the world (mostl…

  • UV Curing Technology

    UV Curing Technology

    March 6, 2009
    Improvements in equipment and inks continue as the UV curing market experiences steady growth. Plus, a look at electron beam curing for narrow web systems.

  • Sell call for Korunas

    January 27, 2009
    Sell call for Korunas With the media fully occupied reporting rising unemployment and world economic meltdown, one piece of good news seems to have escaped attention. On January 1, 2009, Slovakia became the 16th country to join the Euro, the Europea…

  • come into the cold

    January 27, 2009
    …come into the cold From its headquarters in a genteel resort town on England’s South coast, Computer Imprintable Label Systems Ltd. (CILS) makes and distributes a wide range of labels for “extreme” labeling situations. One…

  • If you cant stand the heat

    January 27, 2009
    If you can’t stand the heat… Germany’s Schreiner Group, which recently opened a plant in Blauvelt, NY, USA, has now set up a sales office in Shanghai. According to the company, this is “a first step towards moving out into t…

  • Cutting waste

    January 27, 2009
    Cutting waste With little prospect of rising sales in 2009, label equipment manufacturers are concentrating on cost-cutting measures. One major label converter who claims to be reducing production costs while at the same time polishing up its &ldquo…

  • Vatican library goes digital

    January 27, 2009
    Vatican library goes digital RFID labels are now widely used by libraries worldwide to keep track of their books. They are stuck into books and are not meant to be removable. However, for ancient or very valuable books and manuscripts, another solut…

  • No smoke without beer

    January 27, 2009
    No smoke without beer in Russia Hampered by falling oil prices but helped by a falling ruble, Russia’s economy is still in better shape than most other European countries (see table on next page), with an estimated 7 percent growth of GDP in…

  • Print machinery giants

    January 27, 2009
    Print machinery giants cut back Two of Germany’s leading press and print machinery manufacturers, Heidelberg and KBA, both reduced working hours for their employees as of November, blaming reduced sales. Both have already started cutting thei…

  • Relocation revs up

    January 27, 2009
    Relocation revs up As competition for new business intensifies among the developed world’s 30 or so narrow web press manufacturers, the trend toward shifting production to lower-cost regions seems to be intensifying. Italy’s Omet looked…

  • Emballage Packaging Show (Paris)

    January 27, 2009
    Emballage Packaging Show (Paris) The 38th World Packaging Exhibition, held in Paris in November 2008, boasted around 2,000 exhibitors and just over 100,000 visitors, 6 percent down from the previous Paris show held in 2006. The exhibitors were inter…

  • New label trade show

    January 27, 2009
    Whether it be whippet racing, old cars or madrigals, the first thing that British enthusiasts do when they meet other enthusiasts is to form a club or association, complete with statutes, chairman and annual dinner. Why, people ask, has the UK label…