Avery Dennison's hemp label material is 25 percent hemp and 75 PCR

While hemp may have gained some traction in the last few years, this is not a new material by any means. According to the Hemp Foundation, ‘The first known use of hemp paper was in China way back in 200-150 BC.’ While it fell out of favor due to government bans, the benefits of this material...

The North American label industry has historically been a very fragmented space, with a large number of converters operating on a local-to-regional level for decades. However, after an influx of M&A activity over the past few years, it’s clear that this dynamic is shifting.

‘The US industry is absolutely going through a consolidation. Some of which are significant, where most of the larger players are getting much larger,’ says Bob Cronin, L&L columnist and managing partner at The Open Approach, an M&A consultancy focused on the world of print.

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UK converter Mercian Labels helps its customers to reach circular economy goals by running a liner recycling service – just one of a host of sustainability initiatives.

Mercian Labels has been operating since 1969. It started in a small building in Penkridge and has since expanded to a 24,000 sqft factory in Burntwood, Staffordshire, UK. 

With a combination of flexo, screen, digital toner and inkjet technologies, it specializes in short and long-run self...

Industrial labels might lack the glamour and design efforts that go into customer-focused, attention-grabbing primary labels. However, they are an essential ingredient in keeping the wheels of global industry turning. In most cases, industrial labels must be machine-readable and be adapted to...

Philippe Voet is CEO of Belgium-based label printer Etivoet
L&L: Tell us about your career to date.
 
Philippe Voet: I qualified as an industrial pharmacist and spent 12 years working as a production manager and then a supply chain manager in the pharmaceutical industry before joining...
Young managers – Jessica Hung

For Maxcess and all its brands, which include RotoMetrics, Fife, Tidland, and more, I focus on the digital communications and initiatives that help our marketing team support everything from sales to customer service to our educational programs. It is common to hear that someone didn’t...

From left to right: Philip Coates, Bruce Hanson, John Borrelli, Andrew Boyd, Catharine Heckman, Jim Sheibley

The multi-day event featured speakers from across the label and packaging industries, covering topics such as sustainability, hiring talent, and the ongoing paper and materials shortages.

Leading day one of conferences, Bradley R. Scoular, partner and financial planner of Global Wealth...

Karis Copp, founder of Karis Copp Media

I’m lucky enough to work with loads of amazing businesses; my clients span a fantastic variety of businesses across different industry sectors. One of those businesses is FuturePrint. I have stepped up the work I am doing with them recently since they have had so many successful events...

Herma InNo-Liner applicator machine

L&L investigated two promising technologies and spoke to  applicator manufacturer Herma to see how these companies overcome end user hesitancy.

Actega’s Signite

Signite decorating technology, developed by Actega, essentially prints a label in reverse. The...

As aluminum cans become harder to source, craft brewers are looking to converters for alternative labeling techniques

Maneuvering around the materials shortage and supply chain disruptions is an all-too-common practice that practically every industry has been dealing with for the past year and a half.

In the craft brewing business, blank, unprinted aluminum cans have been increasingly difficult to...

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