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  • 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…

  • Freeloaders hurt Germany’s Green Dot recycling scheme

    October 15, 2007
    Freeloaders hurt Germany’s Green Dot recycling scheme Germany’s pioneering Green Dot packaging recycling scheme is on the brink of collapse, says recycling firm Interseroh. Unscrupulous firms are apparently counterfeiting labels carrying…

  • British label converters finish last in profitability

    October 15, 2007
    British label converters finish last in profitability As in other countries, British label converters face strong competition, with overcapacity prevalent throughout the industry. However, it is still surprising to learn that they have the lowest pr…

  • Revamped Labelsco elevates

    October 15, 2007
    Labelsco Ltd., a major independent label converter, was recently acquired by the MSO Group. Soon afterward the Belfast based packaging company merged Labelsco with its Hannibal Labels division, acquired only last year. Most of Hannibal’s equipm…

  • Labelexpo Europe 2007

    Labelexpo Europe 2007

    October 9, 2007
    Record crowds and a record number of exhibitors made this year's Labelexpo the industry hot spot.

  • Edale launches narrow web coating machine

    September 29, 2007
    Edale used Labelexpo Europe 2007 to launch a dedicated, narrow web offline coating machine for a wide range of coating applications.

  • Narrow Web Europe

    September 27, 2007
    Revamped Labelsco elevates MSO’s position in UK labeling

  • Turret Rewinders

    Turret Rewinders

    September 27, 2007
    These pieces of equipment ensure that labels are placed on cores correctly for distribution. They can save converters time and ultimately money in the process.

  • Automated roll handling benefits Swiss printer

    September 17, 2007
    Automated roll handling benefits Swiss printer The trend toward high performance presses among the larger European converters has seen a corresponding increase in nonstop roll handling. Martin Automatic in particular has carved out a useful niche in…

  • Artwork-Esko merger creates a $249 million prepress giant

    September 17, 2007
    Artwork-Esko merger creates a $249 million prepress giant The words “prepress” and “consolidation” are intrinsically linked, but the latest megabucks deal will put many in the shade. It combines two of the industry’s la…

  • Latest technology

    September 17, 2007
    Latest technology for wine labels in Verona Wet glue applied labels still dominate the European wine scene. Nevertheless, rollfed pressure sensitive labels are steadily increasing their share of the market, especially in Italy. This has led several…

  • Brussels show promises further advances in full color

    September 17, 2007
    Inkjet color printing has promised much, but has yet to make any meaningful impact on the digital label printing scene. Of course, the process is already well established in wide format display printing, as well for handling transactional print on hi…

  • Nazdar

    September 17, 2007
    Nazdar Nazdar expands into the Narrow Web Market with a full line UV and Water-based Flexo, Overprint Varnishes, UV Rotary Screen, and UV Offset inks. Contact Nazdar for all your Narrow Web printing ink needs at 1-800-767-9942 or Email: custse…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 31, 2007
    Brussels show promises further advances in full color inkjet printing

  • Narrow Web Profile: Resource LabelGroup

    Narrow Web Profile: Resource LabelGroup

    Jennifer Dochstader || August 31, 2007
    A recent merger and new press acquisition position this Tennessee converter for continued growth.

  • Gallus Group relocates screen plates facilities

    July 19, 2007
    Gallus Group relocates screen plates facilities The Gallus Group has opened new manufacturing facilities for Screeny printing plates used with the company’s Rotascreen system. (Practically all Gallus combination label presses are installed wit…

  • Conductive inkjet system drives down RFID costs

    July 19, 2007
    Conductive inkjet system drives down RFID costs The fortunes of industrial inkjet applications and low cost RFID antennas are inextricably linked. Other applications include flexible circuits and thin-film batteries. Just rolled out is the Metaljet…

  • Artwork sees large drop

    July 19, 2007
    Artwork sees large drop in prepress revenues Artwork Systems, the Belgium based prepress group currently undergoing a strategic review, posted a significant drop in sales and profits for the second quarter. Revenues for the three months to March 31…

  • Esko adds dynamism with a visual angle

    July 19, 2007
    Esko adds dynamism with a visual angle Dynamic print visualization sounds like someone has been at the magic mushrooms. In fact, the patented technology is said to give users a realistic rendering of substrates, inks and special finishes for design,…

  • Offset option from Dutch

    July 19, 2007
    As noted in the January/February issue of L&NW, more label and packaging converters are taking an increasing interest in rollfed UV-cured offset. This demand prompted MPS to approach Drent Goebel as an OEM supplier of offset technology for its ne…

  • t’s a long trail a-winding

    July 19, 2007
    t’s a long trail a-winding to spread the digital gospel This summer and early fall, spare a thought for the operators, organizers and sundry gofers involved in what is probably the graphics industry’s largest ever European road show. Th…

  • Scitex downgrades

    July 19, 2007
    Scitex downgrades Creo shareholding Scitex has sold half of its remaining shares in Creo. These were obtained when Scitex merged its graphic arts business with the Vancouver-based workflow and computer-to-plate specialist three years ago. At that…

  • Giebeler moves in

    July 19, 2007
    Giebeler moves in with Drent Goebel Consolidation in the European narrow web world creeps along, usually forced by someone hitting a financial brick wall. The latest casualty is Giebeler of Langenfeld, Germany, whose assets and intellectual proper…

  • Shedding some light

    July 19, 2007
    Nobody can guess how many billions of prime product labels are produced for private label brands, also known as “own label” or retail brands, but they surely represent a large slice of the labeling market. As in the USA, they represent a…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    June 28, 2007
    Offset option from Dutch flexo press manufacturer

  • Narrow Web Training

    Narrow Web Training

    Michelle Sartor || June 27, 2007
    Whether in the formal setting of a trade school, or in the label shop itself, training for narrow web printers is a necessary practice that continues to evolve.

  • Narrow Web Profile: Klimax

    Narrow Web Profile: Klimax

    Jack Kenny || June 27, 2007
    A label converter with bold plans to grow through acquisition across Europe

  • Narrow Web Profile: Flexiket

    Narrow Web Profile: Flexiket

    Jack Kenny || June 27, 2007
    Top quality flexo, screen and digital printing are the hallmarks of this well established and growing Danish label converter.

  • for US converters

    May 15, 2007
    for US converters Stork Prints, headquartered in Boxmeer in the Netherlands, has appointed Anderson & Vreeland of Bryan, OH, USA, as its US distributor. The main focus will…

  • Solid base for Nilpeter’s

    May 15, 2007
    Solid base for Nilpeter’s FA-4 UV flexo press According to Jakob Landberg, Nilpeter’s sales and marketing director, the 13" wide FA-3300 UV flexo press has proved to be one of the company’s best sellers in recent years. Howev…

  • Omet and Asahi cooperate for standardized flexo

    May 15, 2007
    Omet and Asahi cooperate for standardized flexo Omet, an Italian flexo press manufacturer, and Asahi Photoproducts, a supplier of photopolymer plates, have produced a series of controlled tests to “define all parameters that influence flexo pr…

  • European sales boost HP Indigo performance

    May 15, 2007
    European sales boost HP Indigo performance After more than a dozen years of solid technical development and intense marketing activity, digital color printing of labels is taken more seriously. A few concerns about the true cost of ownership and con…

  • One of the more intriguing developments involving industrial inkjet

    May 15, 2007
    One of the more intriguing developments involving industrial inkjet printheads is to team them with a thin-film substrate as a memory based image carrier. The project is taking shape following a technology partnership between Xaar plc, the Cambridge…

  • Process control for narrow web flexo

    April 27, 2007
    We have discussed the concept of process control in several previous articles. Most of the focus from our perspective has been on the prepress end of the business. We need to review the downstream operations beyond prepress to understand the reality…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    April 27, 2007
    Inkjet/film development opens up printed memories

  • Narrow Web Profile: Labelgraphics

    Narrow Web Profile: Labelgraphics

    Katy Wight || April 26, 2007
    Scottish entrepreneur Alex Mulvenny has built one of the most enviable label converting operations in the UK over the last 24 years. He plans to hand the baton to his sons this year, but will still have a role in helping make major strategic decisions.

  • German coater plans

    April 11, 2007
    German coater plans to triple PSA production Herma is well under way with a new self-adhesive coating plant under construction in Filderstadt Bonlanden, Germany. The project, which costs some €30 million (US$39.95 million), is scheduled for co…

  • New European showcase

    April 11, 2007
    New European showcase for Mark Andy presses Mark Andy has a new European showroom and demonstration facility located in Basel, Switzerland. Named as the Advanced Technology Centre, it has 10,763 square feet of space, which includes a spare parts de…

  • Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology

    April 11, 2007
    Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology Two further signs of the industrial and retail penetration of HF and UHF RFID tags, tickets and smart labels, have come from Finland (which for a small country has the enviable knack of pushing boundaries i…

  • Edale mum on landmark converting concept

    April 11, 2007
    Edale mum on landmark converting concept Companies like to spread the word about their latest equipment, especially when it opens up new opportunities. Problem is, if it is really that great the customers would often prefer that everyone buttoned th…

  • Raflatac’s chief reinforces

    April 11, 2007
    Manufacturers of paper products, plastics films and labeling materials have good reasons to take a positive attitude toward reducing pollution, encouraging sustainability and making processes more energy efficient. The Finnish conglomerate UPM Raflat…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    March 27, 2007
    Raflatac's chief reinforces a sustainable pledge

  • Narrow Web Profile: Century Label

    Narrow Web Profile: Century Label

    Jack Kenny || March 27, 2007
    A husband and wife have transformed a small Texas label house into a high quality converting company with hard work and brains.

  • FINAT launches info drive

    March 19, 2007
    FINAT launches info drive to improve members’ trade FINAT is targeting end users as part of a marketing initiative to help them increase their knowledge of self-adhesive labeling. The international trade body says the scheme should help its m…

  • Applying laser engraving

    March 19, 2007
    Applying laser engraving to high volume screen output As is widely known, UV rotary screen is one of the prime processes for printing cosmetic and toiletries labels on flexo or offset combination presses. One of Europe’s largest users of the…

  • Packaging plays catch-up with PDF standards

    March 19, 2007
    Packaging plays catch-up with PDF standards After two years of consultation, the Packaging Subcommittee of the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has released its long awaited specifications. They have been adapted from the Portable Data Format workflow stan…