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  • It’s on the label:

    March 19, 2007
    Changes in social habits and increased legislation obviously have a big impact on the labeling of consumer goods. It is particularly apparent in the groceries and food sectors. Over the years the amount of information about ingredients and nutritiona…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    February 27, 2007
    It’s on the label: You are what you eat

  • Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Narrow Web Profile: J.R. Cole Industries

    Jack Kenny || February 27, 2007
    A full service printing, packaging and prepress company makes inroads into new technologies.

  • Expansion-minded

    January 23, 2007
    Expansion-minded press manufacturers Two major European narrow web manufacturers have set out their respective stalls as part of their longer term future. First, GIDUE announced a share buyback plan from the Swiss-owned Banque du Gottard, which rep…

  • Stork Prints acquires

    January 23, 2007
    Stork Prints acquires AKL Flexo Technik Expectations of a bright future for flexo sleeve technology have prompted Stork Prints Group to acquire AKL Flexo Technik, a leading producer and innovator of in-the-round flexo sleeves. Stork manufactures fl…

  • Pago Group joins with sleeve label equipment supplier

    January 23, 2007
    Pago Group joins with sleeve label equipment supplier Turpins Packaging Systems (TPS) and the Swiss-based Pago Group have formed a partnership to exploit the fast-growing film sleeve market. Turpins will provide cobranded sleeve systems — sol…

  • Italian press maker

    January 23, 2007
    Italian press maker gains a Finnish sale Tarratuote OY from Tampere — one of the oldest and largest label producers in Finland — is the first company in northern Europe to install the latest version of Omet’s Varyflex UV flexo pre…

  • Major expansion for Belgian drug industry labeler

    January 23, 2007
    Major expansion for Belgian drug industry labeler One of Belgium’s largest label converters, Reynders Label Printing, is investing more than €9.7 million ($12.9 million) to expand its pharmaceutical division and increase sales throughout…

  • Skanem turns waste liner into hand towels

    January 23, 2007
    Skanem turns waste liner into hand towels A pioneering waste disposal project to turn discarded release liners into paper hand towels in India has begun. It follows cooperation between Skanem, a large European group of self-adhesive label converters…

  • Russian buying habits boost premium labeling

    January 23, 2007
    Russian buying habits boost premium labeling Russian consumers may like low prices, but premium retailing is on the rise, says IGD, an international food and grocery research organization. Besides helping to boost the country’s emerging label…

  • More UK roll label converters are expected to consolidate their resources, says an online survey of sector members by the British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF). Apparently, 70 percent of the 40 respondents expect consolidations to increase in the ne

    January 23, 2007
    More UK roll label converters are expected to consolidate their resources, says an online survey of sector members by the British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF). Apparently, 70 percent of the 40 respondents expect consolidations to increase in t…

  • Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe

    January 23, 2007
    Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe Mark Andy, a major supplier of narrow web printing and converting equipment worldwide, has invested in a new Advanced Technology Centre for its European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Designed to meet a…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 11, 2007
    UK roll label converters expect consolidations to rise

  • Narrow Web Profile: G-3 Enterprises

    Narrow Web Profile: G-3 Enterprises

    Jack Kenny || January 11, 2007
    Focusing strictly on wine and spirits labeling, this California converter wants only the challenging work.

  • Narrow Web Offset

    Narrow Web Offset

    Michelle Sartor || January 11, 2007
    Offset offers another printing option for converters and their customers to evaluate. The process differs from flexo, often providing a quality that can be useful in image conscious industries.

  • Mark Andy to open tech center in Europe

    January 2, 2007
    Mark Andy, a major supplier of narrow web printing and converting equipment worldwide, has invested in a new Advanced Technology Centre for its European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Designed to meet a variety of needs, the new Advanced Tech…

  • Speeding the supply of Toshiba computers in Europe

    November 14, 2006
    Speeding the supply of Toshiba computers in Europe Toshiba Europe is employing UPM Raflatac to develop one of the largest Gen2 RFID supply chain systems in Europe. The deal includes Toshiba TEC, a supplier of RFID label printers, and ADT Security/Ty…

  • RAKO adds more

    November 14, 2006
    RAKO adds more Nilpeter flexo units RAKO Etiketten has increased the flexo capacity of its Witzhave plant near Hamburg, Germany, by installing two Nilpeter UV flexo presses. Both are the recently-introduced FA-4 models each with a 13" web widt…

  • Loparex opens

    November 14, 2006
    Loparex opens liner facility in Poland Despite the political uncertainty in Poland, vast amounts of development money is currently being poured into the country by global investors and manufacturers. It also appears to be among Europe’s leadi…

  • On-pack promotions

    November 14, 2006
    On-pack promotions that tempt fickle consumers Brand owners like on-pack promotions because they can often tempt many consumers to favor one product brand over another. Of course, they also offer many added value opportunities for label converters.…

  • Jetrion purchase reflects growth of narrow web inkjet

    November 14, 2006
    Assuming it clears the legal hurdles, the purchase of Jetrion from the Flint Group by Electronics For Imaging (EFI) is being keenly watched among European OEM partners and other inkjet vendors. This attention reflects a wider interest in single-pass…

  • Private label brands set

    November 14, 2006
    Ongoing shifts in retail patterns naturally affect the way brand managers fulfill their label and packaging needs. One of the more notable of trends concerns the labeling of products manufactured or processed specifically as own label brands (private…

  • Gallus promotes offset with expanded

    November 14, 2006
    In St. Gallen, Switzerland, the Gallus Group has been manufacturing presses for more than 75 years. In that long period of time the company has seen the growth of flexography and rotary screen printing, along with the gradual decline of letterpress,…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    November 1, 2006
    Private label brands set for even faster growth

  • Narrow Web Profile: Label World

    Narrow Web Profile: Label World

    Jack Kenny || November 1, 2006
    A successful converting company aims for greater goals and more demanding customers under new ownership

  • FLEXcon milestone

    October 19, 2006
    FLEXcon milestone in Europe FLEXcon, a global manufacturer of pressure sensitive films and adhesive products, recently celebrated 50 years of operations in Europe. Staff members with varying lengths of service to the company were also recognized at…

  • Plate and ink groups move ahead with developments

    October 19, 2006
    Plate and ink groups move ahead with developments Now that the dust has settled on their corporate mergers, both XSYS Print Solutions Group and its partner Flint Group Printing Plates have recently completed major expansions and product developments…

  • Smith & McLaurin revamped to exploit growth potential

    October 19, 2006
    Smith & McLaurin revamped to exploit growth potential Small-sized producers of specialized coated materials for labels and tags tend to live precarious lives. Smith & McLaurin has certainly had its share of mixed fortunes during its 152 year…

  • Thinking inside

    October 19, 2006
    Thinking inside the offset dot Everyone agrees that flexo printing technology, especially the UV-cured variety, has seen remarkable improvements in quality in recent years. Nevertheless, offset remains the process to beat and it does not appear to…

  • AB Graphic to increase

    October 19, 2006
    AB Graphic to increase UK manufacturing capacity AB Graphic International of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, has built a factory extension comprising 35,000 square feet. It adjoins two existing sites, which it has occupied for the last 30 years. The n…

  • Renowned names

    October 19, 2006
    Renowned names in typesetting merge Monotype and Linotype — two of the most illustrious “names” in the printing industry — have merged. Individually they set benchmark standards for mechanical typesetting, using iconic lette…

  • Alliance of Rx packagers

    October 19, 2006
    Copapharm Europe SCRL (Société Cooperative Responsabilité Limitée) has moved from being a loose association of independent packaging and labeling converters to a more formal cooperative grouping. Currently, Copapharm Europ…

  • Narrow web press

    October 19, 2006
    Narrow web press Matik North America West Hartford CT USANarrow web press Matik North America West Hartford CT USA Matik North America provides the Omet Flexy “S” narrow web press in 10", 13" and 16" widths. The Flexy…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    September 25, 2006
    Alliance of Rx packagers and printers gets serious

  • Swiss backing for licensed metallic ink system

    September 13, 2006
    Swiss backing for licensed metallic ink system In order to strengthen its color management services, Ciba Speciality Chemicals of Basel, Switzerland, has acquired a majority share in MetalFX Technology of Guisely, near Leeds, UK. Launched four years…

  • New press makes labels

    September 13, 2006
    New press makes labels for hazardous substances Occasionally this column gets to hear about a PR application story that penetrates its stringent “ho-hum, so what” barrier. The installation of a five-color Mark Andy 2200 UV flexo press…

  • EyeC expands operations into Benelux

    September 13, 2006
    EyeC expands operations into Benelux Object-based image processing has been around for several years in various industrial quality control applications. In our industry, EyeC GmbH, of Germany, is busy promoting its Proofiler line as a quality contro…

  • BASF introduces

    September 13, 2006
    BASF introduces new adhesive technologies BASF has developed an adhesive coating technology that allows up to three different layers of adhesive to be applied simultaneously onto a carrier material using a multilayer die. When coating adhesive labe…

  • Film packaging prompts switch to direct laser engraving

    September 13, 2006
    Film packaging prompts switch to direct laser engraving Direct laser engraving of flexo sleeves made from elastomer type materials could receive a boost from recent technical advances and trends towards shorter runs of shrink sleeves and film wrapar…

  • Skanem on schedule

    September 13, 2006
    Skanem’s plant in Thailand is on schedule for a start-up planned for early 2007. The factory occupies 45,208 square feet of space and is located 35 miles south of Bangkok. The Olso, Norway based labeling group says the plant will serve as its A…

  • Narrow web press

    September 13, 2006
    Narrow web press Matik North America West Hartford CT USA Matik North America provides the Omet Flexy “S” narrow web press in 10", 13" and 16" widths. The Flexy “S” has two servomotors for each printing unit…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    August 28, 2006
    Skanem on schedule with Asian labeling house

  • Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Narrow Web Profile: Hub Labels

    Jack Kenny || August 28, 2006
    High end production and Lean Manufacturing drive change at a family owned company.

  • Digital Prepress

    Digital Prepress

    August 25, 2006
    Prepress manufacturers speak out on today’s practices and tomorrow’s trends

  • Fix-a-Form partners with UK label equipment supplier

    July 18, 2006
    Fix-a-Form partners with UK label equipment supplier Fix-a-Form International has formed a partnership with Daco Solutions, a manufacturer of inspection rewinders, rotary diecutting modules, turret rewinders and slitter/rewinders based in Beverley,…

  • Funding fuels expansion

    July 18, 2006
    Funding fuels expansion for a global RFID player Here’s another link to Cambridge, this time the one in Massachusetts, and also involving RFID technology. Again, it shows the attraction to high-tech companies in being connected to towns or c…

  • Nipson celebrates

    July 18, 2006
    Nipson celebrates 15 years of VaryPress Long before digital color printing made its mark, several competing non-impact monochrome and spot color technologies were establishing the print-on-demand concept. Loosely termed “laser printing&rdquo…

  • Strategy aims to reduce electronic waste

    July 18, 2006
    Strategy aims to reduce electronic waste Electronic waste is now a huge and growing problem in our throwaway society. For example, most of the 183 million computers sold globally each year are junked within three years or so. But we also throw away…

  • EIS deal strengthens Domino’s technology

    July 18, 2006
    EIS deal strengthens Domino’s technology As the integration of track and trace RFID technology slowly makes headway within the supply chain, we can expect more mergers and acquisitions. The latest involves Enterprise Information Systems Inc. (…

  • Trade body is upbeat

    July 18, 2006
    European consumption of self-adhesive labels increased 3.2 percent last year to reach 4.9 billion square meters (52.8 billion square feet) in 2005. This represents 72 percent growth over the last 10 years, FINAT members were told at their annual Cong…