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  • French leave

    French leave

    John Penhallow || July 21, 2015
    In case any readers of L&NW are planning to holiday in France this summer, they should note that the rentrée this year falls on September 1. In case any readers don’t know what the rentrée is, well, it’s the most importa…

  • Balkan business booms

    Balkan business booms

    John Penhallow || June 3, 2015
    Srbija is not the easiest word to pronounce, and even in its more usual spelling of Serbia, it is a country which Narrow Web Europe News has until now overlooked. Not any longer. With its capital, Belgrade, and its population of just over seven milli…

  • Playing the game

    John Penhallow || November 17, 2014
    Few people, even in France, know that the second biggest “instant game” lottery in the world is French. The Française des Jeux (FDJ) is a government-controlled quasi-monopoly which also runs betting and a host of other gaming-relat…

  • Getting certified

    Getting certified

    John Penhallow || April 15, 2014
    Some things change: in the recent weeks of unseasonably mild, sunny weather, many citizens of Western Europe have changed over to thinking that maybe global warming isn’t such a bad thing after all. However this early spring has come right on t…

  • No recession in pharmaceutical labels and packaging

    No recession in pharmaceutical labels and packaging

    John Penhallow || March 13, 2014
    It is an established fact that the French are Europe’s leading pill-pushers. However, that is surely not the only reason for the success of the Pharmapack show, held in late February in Paris. The themes of the show can be counted on one hand:…

  • Record setting

    Record setting

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || July 17, 2013
    It is a fact not widely known (i.e. your correspondent has just found out) that the feast-day of John the Baptist, on June 24, is also the ‘fête des imprimeurs’. The French city of Strasburg this year used the occasion to celebrate…

  • Always look on the bright side…

    Always look on the bright side…

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || April 10, 2013
    If the future looks bleak for you, take comfort in the fact that it could be worse. You might for example be the organizer of Ipex, which used to be billed (unofficially) as Britain’s answer to Dusseldorf-based Interpack. The German packaging s…

  • A challenge to IML

    November 30, -0001
    A challenge to IML FESPA Digital is a trade show for digital printing, focusing on screen printing, industrial packaging and signage applications, and taking place in Amsterdam in May 2009. Digital label press manufacturer Xeikon will use the show…

  • Is the digital label business recession-proof?

    November 30, -0001
    Is the digital label business recession-proof? The short answer to that is, of course, no. The slightly longer answer is that label converters are still showing a flicker of interest for investing in digital presses. Clever Etiketten in the Hague (N…

  • Silicone Value

    November 30, -0001
    Silicone Value Silicone represents only some 5 percent of the material cost of labelstock, but in these hard times every cost element is coming under scrutiny. Germany’s Wacker Silicones reckons it has come up with a winner. Its latest silico…