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  • Beyond pressure sensitive

    Beyond pressure sensitive

    John Penhallow || September 7, 2015
    Time was, men were men and labels were labels. You knew where you were then. If you were a pressure sensitive label converter, you made PS labels. Period. And if you were a label press manufacturer, you made special presses that were quite different…

  • 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…

  • More beer labels now say ‘Skål’

    April 16, 2015
    It has been unkindly remarked that every edition of Narrow Web Europe reports on some aspect of beer, wine or spirits labels. This has nothing to do with your correspondent’s drinking habits but simply reflects the importance of this sector of…

  • Currency swings and roundabouts

    John Penhallow || March 9, 2015
    Violent exchange rate fluctuations have been rare in recent years. This year looks like the exception. In late January, and to general surprise, the Swiss Central Bank stopped intervening to hold down the value of the Swiss franc. Within minutes, the…

  • 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…

  • No business like trade show business?

    John Penhallow || October 9, 2012
    Last month’s Narrow Web Europe column reported on European trade shows, several of which are struggling. Prospects for the UK-based Ipex show, coming up in 2014, took a knock when HP announced that it would not take part. Now comes the double-w…

  • Old wine in new packs

    Old wine in new packs

    John Penhallow, Contributing Editor || September 1, 2012
    If this column frequently reports on wine labeling it is not because the product interests your correspondent (although it does). Wine labels are very big business in Europe, which produces 20 billion bottles of the stuff (or 60% of total world consu…

  • Label materials business booming

    Label materials business booming

    John Penhallow || May 22, 2012
    Between raw material price hikes and stagnant European demand, not many labelstock manufacturers are making really good money at the moment. Meet the exception: Herma, based in Germany, which has just announced record 2011 sales of €237 million.…

  • New Europe label show

    July 20, 2005
    The announcement of a new European label show has predictably set the cat among the pigeons in certain quarters. The three-day show, named Interlabel 2004, is projected to open at the Messe Stuttgart next December. The organizer says it will cover th…

  • 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…