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  • And finally Scotch labels go digital

    July 23, 2008
    And finally… Scotch labels go digital As its name indicates, Smith & McLaurin is a Scottish company, and another product of Scotland has been in the news lately. Not everyone appreciates how just-in-time deliveries and the proliferation o…

  • More news about green substrates

    July 23, 2008
    More news about ‘green’ substrates If Europe’s labelstock manufacturers were to invent a common slogan, it would probably be “anything you can make I can make greener.” Britain’s Smith & McLaurin, it seems, is…

  • Musical chairs

    July 23, 2008
    Musical chairs Italian press manufacturer GIDUE has been making some changes in its agents, appointing Global Print Services Ltd. in UK, changing the name of its Australian sales office to Universal Print Partners, and terminating its agreement with…

  • The burning problem

    July 23, 2008
    The burning problem of waste National and European authorities are always on the lookout for new ways to cut packaging waste, and label converters tremble every time a new restriction is announced. Now print and packaging expert Peter Prinz takes…

  • Heidelberg hard hit by the rising euro

    July 23, 2008
    Heidelberg – hard hit by the rising euro Heidelberg is Europe’s (and probably the world’s) biggest print machinery manufacturer. Commenting on the group’s results for the year ending March 2008, Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schrei…

  • On the trade show trail

    July 23, 2008
    Readers of this column may recall the woes of the Russian Label Show, scheduled for October 2008, which seemed to be attracting very few exhibitors. Happily, there has been a unexpected rise in interest, and the provisional exhibitor list now counts…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    July 22, 2008
    On the trade show trail

  • Gallus USA names new president

    July 16, 2008
    Gallus Inc., the North American arm of the Swiss manufacturer of narrow web printing presses, has a new president.

  • Stork Prints unveils narrow web inkjet system

    June 17, 2008
    The Stork Prints Group, Boxmeer, Netherlands, introduced a drop-on-demand inkjet system for narrow web applications at drupa 2008.

  • Les femmes

    May 20, 2008
    Les femmes Gender correctness is maybe less acute in Europe than in North America, but French label magazine Etiq & Pack took the bull and the cow by the horns with an investigation on women in management positions in the French label industry.…

  • Green monsters

    May 20, 2008
    Green monsters Amorphous but vocal anti-packaging movements exist in many European countries, and nowhere more vocal than in the UK. As a result package and label suppliers as well as retailers are falling over each other in the rush to demonstrate…

  • Focus on pharma and food

    May 20, 2008
    Focus on pharma – and food The recent acquisition of Paxar has led to structural changes in Avery’s business in Europe. One plant which has benefited from this change is the Avery Printer System Division plant in Eching, Germany. Two hun…

  • Cheaper chips

    May 20, 2008
    Cheaper chips A symposium organized by the German Packaging Institute in Dresden in December 2007 reported on successes achieved by German label and packaging converters like August Faller and Bartsch International in supplying RFID-enabled entry ti…

  • Auto-RFID

    May 20, 2008
    Auto-RFID With an output of nearly 2,000 vehicles per day, the Ford plant in Cologne, Germany, is one of the biggest in the country, and shipping the finished product to dealers by road, rail or canal is a logistical nightmare. Ford went looking for…

  • Homage to Catalonia

    May 20, 2008
    Homage to Catalonia Less well reported is another 50th anniversary, this time in Spain. Back in 1958 Caposa Company, in one of the barrios of old Barcelona, produced Spain’s very first pressure sensitive label, using the invention made famous…

  • FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty

    May 20, 2008
    It is a sobering thought that 75 percent of the world’s present population was as yet unborn when, back in 1958, a small group of British and continental label specialists met in Nice, France, to found the world’s first international pres…

  • Driving Green

    May 13, 2008
    The president called me and asked, "Are we green?" "Heavens no," I responded. There was a pause and he asked, "Can you help us get green?" I replied, "Sure, I can help you. But at the end of the day it's up to you, you and your team. You have to driv…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    May 13, 2008
    FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty

  • European Label Markets

    European Label Markets

    John Penhallow || May 13, 2008
    Europe is a grand mixture � an agglomeration, some might say � of cultures and economies. The label scene, still healthy but in flux, mirrors the continent's diversity.

  • Narrow Web Europe

    April 8, 2008
    Return of the non-returnable bottle

  • Signing off with a look back at European trends

    March 25, 2008
    Signing off with a look back at European trends After nine years or so, this is my final Europe column. Wearing my somewhat battered freelance hat, I will still be scribbling selectively on the labeling scene, but it’s now time to be doing oth…

  • GEW and Sadechaf

    March 25, 2008
    GEW and Sadechaf form Benelux alliance GEW (EC) Ltd. has strengthened its presence in the Benelux countries by forming an alliance with Sadechaf UV and IR Technology to sell and service its equipment in the region. The Belgium company is privately…

  • Joint leaflet-label

    March 25, 2008
    Joint leaflet-label venture in India Fix-a-Form International, the UK-based licensor of multi-page leaflet labels, has set up a joint venture in India to become an equal partner with Unick FAF & Printers. It has also funded the installation of…

  • Industry boosters flaunt facets of flexo at Drupa

    March 25, 2008
    Industry boosters flaunt facets of flexo at Drupa Normally flexo plays a walk-on part at the Drupa shows. This time an alliance of 19 graphic arts suppliers intend to raise its profile and “change perceptions about using the process in packagi…

  • Followers of the latest trends in industrial inkjet printing will have much

    March 25, 2008
    Followers of the latest trends in industrial inkjet printing will have much to digest at Drupa, the world’s largest druckfest, held again in Düsseldorf (May 29 - June 11). Among the major suppliers of printheads, inks and systems integrato…

  • The Label & Narrow Web

    March 25, 2008
    The Label & Narrow Web Supplier Gallery is a special presentation of new and important products. Contact the companies directly to receive more information about the products featured here.…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    March 14, 2008
    Drupa is the showcase for the latest inkjet technology

  • XSYS Print Solutions changes name to Flint Group Narrow Web

    March 3, 2008
    The name change is the last in a long series of re-branding moves for the narrow web ink maker before its acquisition by Flint Group.

  • Xaar extends range of Fujifilm Sericol UV inks for printhead use

    January 16, 2008
    Xaar has extended its partnership with Fuifilm Sericol with the approval of three more UV curable inks.

  • Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst

    January 16, 2008
    Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst According to business analyst Plimsoll Publishing, UK label converters face tough trading conditions. “Almost every sector of British business stands at a crossroads as it prepares for the comin…

  • Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile

    January 16, 2008
    Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile Ditone Labels, part of Clondalkin’s specialist packaging division, has won an order to produce 20 million Braille labels over the next two years for Aspar, a manufacturer of analgesic products…

  • Stork Prints sold

    January 16, 2008
    Stork Prints sold to equity firm The takeover of Stork Prints Group by fellow Dutch company Bencis Capital Partners means that most of the major international prepress suppliers have given up their independence to become part of largely anonymous i…

  • Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels

    January 16, 2008
    Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels So far it has been largely impractical to print quality images directly onto a packaging medium using inkjet technology. Tonejet thinks it has cracked the problem. As part off The Technology P…

  • Spotlight on end use

    January 16, 2008
    Spotlight on end use of waste plastics What happens to waste plastics in the recycling chain might not be of immediate interest to narrow web converters, but there is an obvious connection given a greater accent on packaging. In many European count…

  • Label materials take a hit

    January 16, 2008
    In what could be a sign of tougher times ahead for certain sectors of our industry, UPM, the Finnish papermaking giant, is reducing capacity. It is closing three of UPM Raflatac’s older pressure-sensitive coating lines in Tampere, Finland, plus…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 15, 2008
    Label materials take a hit as UPM cuts back production

  • MIS vendor offers online ordering of labelstocks

    November 19, 2007
    MIS vendor offers online ordering of labelstocks European users of the Label Traxx management system from Tailored Solutions can now access the UPM Raflatac Raflink Business Line directly from their software. Said to be…

  • Sales boost for GIDUE at high-end of press market

    November 19, 2007
    Sales boost for GIDUE at high-end of press market A sales growth of approximately 22 percent over the previous year helped GIDUE post a turnover of over 28 million euros (about $US40 million) for the year 2006/2007. “Our turnover shows a visib…

  • RFID growth down

    November 19, 2007
    RFID growth down on the farm? Animals, food and farming will represent the largest RFID market according to a report from IDTechEx, an educational, seminars and consultancy group based in Cambridge, England. Author Peter Harrop says, “RFID w…

  • Multi-ply products boost

    November 19, 2007
    Multi-ply products boost for German label converter To meet increased sales of multi-ply promotional labels, Rolf Ritter GmbH recently installed its fourth MPS UV flexo press, an EF 410 model. The servo-driven configuration includes 10 flexo units…

  • Madico introduces

    November 19, 2007
    Madico introduces cryogenic labelstocks Cryogenic labeling is one of the industry’s more esoteric applications. It is used by clinical and biomedical research laboratories, and in similar scientific environments, to identify plastic and glas…

  • Two plants are sold

    November 19, 2007
    The Macfarlane Group, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of packaging for consumer products, has sold two “non-strategic” and loss-making operations in California and Mexico to Specialized Packaging Group (SPG) for US$7.73 million in…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 2, 2007
    Two plants are sold as Macfarlane gets back to basics

  • Narrow Web Profile: Macaran Printed Products

    Narrow Web Profile: Macaran Printed Products

    Jack Kenny || November 2, 2007
    Higher than average growth, a focus on continuous improvement and the environment, and technically oriented customer service are the hallmarks of this well established New York converter.

  • Mark Andy and KECO Coatings combine forces

    October 25, 2007
    Mark Andy and KECO Coatings have combined forces to offer their collective customers a new aftermarket process improvement program designed to reduce cycle times.

  • New approach to

    October 15, 2007
    New approach to UV-based brand protection The ultimate aim of all anti-counterfeiting processes is to protect brands with high levels of security that are simple to handle in terms of production technology. Jura JSP in Vienna and the German firm…

  • New linerless labelstock

    October 15, 2007
    New linerless labelstock from Italy The latest development in linerless labeling technology comes from Gruppo Irplast, an Italian labeling technology firm. Besides cost savings, a major impetus has been the EU Packaging Waste Directive introduced i…

  • Threefold boost

    October 15, 2007
    Threefold boost for HP Indigo HP Indigo has notched up some noteworthy orders in the UK for its seven-color ws4500 digital press. Baker Self-Adhesive Labels in London recently installed a ws4500 following a successful move into digital label printi…

  • Raflatac RFID tags

    October 15, 2007
    Raflatac RFID tags in healthcare distribution MBA Grupo, a European healthcare distributor headquartered in Spain, has adopted UPM Raflatac’s UHF EPC Generation 2 tags. This type of RFID technology is expected to improve stock management, all…

  • Going green can

    October 15, 2007
    Going green can actually save costs It seems there is no escaping the environmental zeitgeist, especially in cases which show that altruistic concerns and economic expediency are not necessarily mutually exclusive. That is one way of looking at the…