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  • 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…

  • The happy pessimists

    John Penhallow || January 26, 2015
    Writing this in France at the start of 2015, your correspondent wonders why the French came bottom in a poll of forty countries for “confidence in the future,” while the same poll shows that over 80% of French people say they are “h…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Beers all round

    September 8, 2011
    Malt beverage growth in Russia, plus reports of label industry movement in Turkey, Egypt and France.

  • Stralfors strengthens

    January 16, 2006
    Stralfors strengthens its pharmaceutical presence Stralfors, a major independent Swedish label and forms group, is developing its Pharmakett labeling division by opening a separate factory in Gothenburg. It will operate entirely separately from the…

  • Beverage labels hauled into court

    Jack Kenny || October 10, 2014
    Lawsuits rise in the US against claims made on labels.

  • Companies To Watch: AWT Labels & Packaging

    Companies To Watch: AWT Labels & Packaging

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 10, 2014
    AWT Labels & Packaging 600 Hoover St NE #500, Minneapolis, MN 55413 USA www.awtlabelpack.com AWT Labels and Packaging, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, USA, has label printing roots that go back to 1976, when the company was founded a…