Growth of European PS labels industry by material type (source Finat)

Total consumption of PS label materials in Europe increased by a healthy 4.7 percent in 2017 – the most recent period we have full figures for – representing an average growth of 5.4 percent since 2013.

Filmic rolls continued their growth at the expense of paper, now forming 26 percent of...

Artist Benjamin Von Wong created art to depict the plastics pollution in our oceans

Post-consumer plastics must be successfully recoverable through a viable infrastructure and have a valuable end-use in order to move to a closed-loop Circular Economy. Also imperative is a steady supply of post-consumer content with a consistent quality grade. 

Current global recycling...

The Automation Arenas in Labelexpo Europe 2017 and Labelexpo Americas 2018 attracted around 2,500 visitors

Whether it is the use of smart phones, smart meters, automated payment systems, travel ticketing, navigation, search engines, online assistants (Alexa and Siri), self-driving cars or lawnmowers, smart lighting, social media apps or just ordering an Uber, all are impacted to some degree by...

Bobst M1 shaft-driven press connected live to IoT network

Related to these developments, the last Labelexpo shows in Europe and America revealed a new drive to integrate conventional presses into Industry 4.0 workflows. This means repetitive manual operations are taken over by ‘intelligent’ servo-assisted systems, while press control systems exchange...

During merger and acquisition, communicating value to investor is crucial, writes Bob Cronin

Even if you have a hot property in a high-demand segment, your effectiveness at each sell stage is important. Getting through these wisely – with expert and experienced support – will ensure your best outcome. The typical sale process follows six stages: 1) Preparing an offering memorandum; 2)...

Andy Thomas-Emans looks at the trends in the global label industry

And although the rate of growth has slowed in developing markets, it has remained steady in both Indian and Chinese powerhouses. The materials suppliers have continued to invest in both countries and in the wider Asia-Pacific region in production and distribution facilities.

There are, of...

First Gallus advert in Labels & Labeling

Gallus 
Occupying the inside front cover of volume 1, issue 1, Gallus – through UK distributor Edlon Machinery – has been promoting itself to the market through L&L from the very beginning. In those early adverts, Gallus was promoting machines as offering unique...

Indigo’s Omnius press was launched in 1995

The history of digital printing is almost synonymous with the introduction of the technology into the label industry. The promise of digital printing in a conservative market was a vision that would eventually create an industry.

Step by step, over 23 years, Indigo has not only perfected...

RotoMetrics won the Award for Innovation at the 2018 Label Industry Global Awards. L-R: Butch Schomber and Keith Laakko of RotoMetrics, and Guillaume Clement of Flint Group

In 1957, if you would have asked most people in the American Midwest to identify an engineering marvel, they probably would have named the opening of the mighty Mackinac suspension bridge connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of the US state of Michigan. However, just west of the Mississippi...

Mike Russell has been face of Mark Andy’s international sales for many years

What would we see if we went back to 1978 and looked at the label industry in the US and Europe?

Let me start with the US. There were a lot of older Mark Andy 1-, 2-, or 3-color presses running as label companies were being established. Modern equipment was dominated by Mark Andy and...

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