As end-user marketing budgets became ever tighter and product cycles shorter, inefficient print companies simply went to the wall, or were acquired by bigger groups, and the industry was forced to take on board new technology to increase efficiency and protect margins.

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Being a label converter in the 21st century has undoubtedly come at one of the most demanding periods in the industry’s recent history. Run lengths are decreasing, lead times continue to get shorter, environmental and waste pressures continue to grow and quality demands increase.

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L&L: General secretary Qiu Xiaohong, can you introduce the major team leaders of the label printing branch, and the functions and position of the label printing branch within PEIAC?

Qiu Xiaohong: Right now there are four honorary presidents in our...

The label and packaging business is comprised largely of entrepreneurs. Successful companies are built upon their founders’ blood, sweat and tears. It only goes to figure that the two become virtually synonymous – and that separating an entity from its owner would mean sure demise for both of...

In the above image carousel are highlights from issue 6, 2016's Label & Packaging Showcase. Curated by Aakriti Agarwal.

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Founded by Vince DiTrolio 17 years ago, the institute offered narrow web industry-specific training for flexographic press operators. It quickly won the support of key industry suppliers. Vince DiTrolio told L&L that it was becoming increasingly difficult to find funding at state...

Open-loop tension controls tend to be simple, inexpensive and can be very effective for providing constant unwind tension for web-based processes. While we can mostly agree that a closed-loop tension control system provides the most accurate and consistent form of web tension control, there may...

The need to minimize wastage and achieve higher levels of productivity is a key priority for label converters, who often struggle to determine whether contact or non-contact cleaners are the best option for dealing with the removal of contamination from their web process.

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In February of this year the European Parliament published an updated version of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), amending the list of mandatory security characteristics for medicinal product packaging. The revised FMD requires a unique identifier and an anti-tampering device on...

A number of years ago, I produced an article which was published in the Finat Yearbook entitled ‘Let’s push things forward’. The crux of the piece was intended as a stark warning: if we don’t encourage the best young talent to flourish in our industry, the future may not be rosy as many would...

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