International suppliers are increasing their focus on Southeast Asia’s fast-growing label market. Aakriti Agarwal reports

Brenton Barrett, president Asia-Pacific at Multi-Color Corporation, echoes that there is a wide room to grow with ASEAN’s per capita pressure-sensitive label consumption sitting at 1.6sqm.

2019 saw much activity in the region’s label industry, including multinational companies moving into...

The North American label industry sees investment from private equity, as it grapples with ongoing issues. Chelsea McDougall reports

Much of the mergers and acquisitions activity in 2019 was driven by growing interest from private equity in the labels space. The year started with a blockbuster merger between two of the region’s biggest label suppliers, when Multi-Color Corporation was acquired by Platinum Equity, the PE group...

Andy Thomas-Emans reports on a slowing market beset by economic and political worries – but looking to bounce back in 2019-20

This slowdown was also reflected in Finat’s Radar converter and end user trends report, which saw converter sales growth fall dramatically from 8.3 percent in 2018 to 4.9 percent in Q1 2019.

Finat’s survey does reveal a remarkable shift from growth in non-prime labels in 2017 to higher...

M&A trends in 2019 and what to expect in 2020

The best way to answer this is to review pressing trends. While there are considerations in every segment, there are drivers behind label M&A in general. Here are the top four we saw this year and how they might play out in 2020. Keep in mind that as an election year in the US, new dynamics...

The Becks artist limited edition bottles launched on the UK market

The company is the world’s largest brewer, with global brands including Becks and hundreds of other beers. 

The direct-to-container project has been running since 2014, and while AB InBev has tested small batches to mark specific occasions, it has now rolled out a 200,000 Becks bottled...

Guanajuato is in the Bajio region, a dynamic economic zone where world-class automotive companies and their suppliers are clustered

The new company, Sato Productivity Solutions Mexico SA de CV, has a strategic focus on the automotive industry. Sato provides auto-ID technology for manufacturers in the automotive sector and more such as barcode and RFID systems, voice and image recognition, and real-time location systems to...

Guaranteeing that labels are legible and compliant can prove labor-intensive, as German logistics and fulfilment specialist Erdt Group found. However, a device from Printronix Auto ID has revamped its validation process and ultimately improved its productivity. Erdt Group specializes in assembly and contract packaging, particularly of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. It processes more than 60 million items a year from its 14,000sqm logistics space. Given how highly regulated this industry is, Erdt’s cus

Guaranteeing that labels are legible and compliant can prove labor-intensive, as German logistics and fulfilment specialist Erdt Group found. However, a device from Printronix Auto ID has revamped its validation process and ultimately improved its productivity.

Erdt Group specializes in...

Pharma label converters must not only follow the evolving regulatory environment, but also prepare for technological developments emerging in the fight against piracy.

Regulatory pressure placed on the pharmaceutical companies is passed down the supply chain to label converters. At this point, it is then magnified with additional product-specific requirements alongside marketing and communication needs.

According to Agata Kowalska, pharma division...

Chase Lehigh, digital specialist, Jan Lehigh, president, and Bob Peretic, print products manager, with Alpine’s digital press and Scubby, the office mascot

Alpine Packaging was producing ‘scratch and sniff’ labels for a line of car air freshers. It’s not just bubblegum scents that it can produce: cherry, strawberry, citrus and jasmine are just some of the scents Alpine has in stock. While brands producing car fresheners love these products, Alpine...

Digimarc partnered with Walmart for a holiday catalog

Digimarc Barcode is applied to print-ready, color-separated art files. The barcode is a patterned graphic treatment applied to individual color separations in the artwork. Like a traditional barcode, the pattern carries product data, which can be scanned by barcode scanners or smartphones...

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