After 21 years leading innovation in the label and package print industry, Federico d’Annunzio has been awarded the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award for 2020.

Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award recognizes ‘an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world’. 

In his constant questioning of the limits of flexography, Federico d’Annunzio follows in the footsteps...

Editor's note: Let’s not lose the entrepreneurial spirit

According to the consultancy LPC, of the 2,000-2,200 label converters in the US, 85 percent have a turnover of under 10m USD. L&L and Labelexpo’s own database, meanwhile, shows 80 percent of converters globally have a turnover of below 3-5m USD.
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Pantone CMYK color palette

A major step forward was Pantone’s Extended Gamut Guide, developed to close the gap between CMYK and spot color printing. ‘We have created an essential tool for designers and converters to assess which printing method best enables them to achieve their brand colors, while recognizing the...

Japanese manufacturer Toyobo develops water-wash plates

During Labelexpo Europe 2019 several manufacturers showcased their new flexo presses with faster changeover times going head to head with digital technologies in a race for short run jobs. The speed and efficiency of these presses meant growing pressure to reduce the bottlenecks in the...

L-R: Andy Staib, Tom Staib and TJ Staib of DWS Printing

At that time, this was considered a real technology breakthrough, as prior to this shrink sleeve capability had long been a challenging application for inkjet when compared to toner systems. 

Shortly after the show, MPS, one of Domino’s OEM partners, confirmed its first sale of a Domino...

Anti-bacterial innovations reach label industry

As the science community rallies behind a vaccine, the label and packaging industry is funneling its R&D efforts into antibacterial and antimicrobial materials, inks and coatings that minimize the spread of germs or offer resistance to various types of bacteria, spores and viruses. 

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The award-winning labels for Graham Norton Irish Gin were produced by Watershed

The Watershed Group is Ireland’s largest family-owned label converter with five production sites at locations including the UK, Poland and Germany. The company supplies a host of international brands including Nestlé, Reckitt Benckiser, Tesco, Lidl and Asda Walmart, and has built a reputation...

Laboratory testing at Flint Group’s Global Colour Centre

Color plays a vital role in how the consumer recognizes and recalls a brand. For special shades required for a brand’s logos on a label or package, of iconic elements of a graphic design. Spot color printing, based on a special recipe of base colors, is regarded as the most reliable method of...

GSE’s Colorsat Formula Checkweigh System is an ink dispenser for flexo, offset, gravure, screen and letterpress processes

In conventional process printing for labels and packaging, spot-color printers must control ink-related processes with care to deliver quality, limit costs and maintain uptime. Mixing the right shade requires extreme accuracy. Without computerized equipment, the color making process is...

UPM Raflatac’s Forest Film is made entirely from renewable wood-based raw materials

Environmentally friendly packaging has enormous potential to add value to products, shape brand image and develop customer loyalty. Sustainability and environmental responsibility, for brand owners contending for leading market positions, are nowadays a necessity, not merely a luxury or simply a...

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