QTL president Rob Daniels with  the HP Indigo 8000 digital press

Here’s the thing about Rob Daniels, the third-generation leader at Quality Tape & Label: He’s a ‘yes man’ in the best sense of the phrase. 

There is not a job that’s too small, a project too complicated, or a cutting-edge printing technique that Daniels won’t implore his team to at...

Not the biggest, but the first, this is the philosophy of Erik Grønning, Color Label's CEO

The company was established in 1980 by Erik Grønning, who continues to lead Color Label. From the beginning, his ambition was to create a modern printing company focusing on self-adhesive labels, the latest technologies and offering flexibility to meet customer demand. The company’s unique set...

Olympus Print Group invested in pioneering installation of GEW's LeoLED UV system and a 12-color Nilpeter-Domino hybrid press with in-line foiling

Olympus Print Group has embarked on a new round of investments which includes a pioneering installation of GEW’s LeoLED UV system and a 12-color Nilpeter-Domino hybrid press with in-line foiling, now offering shrink sleeve as well as label production.

Since L&L’s last visit to Olympus...

Formed four years ago to give small and medium businesses access to short run, high quality flexible packaging, ePac now runs 12 production plants and has plans for continued expansion.

‘Our strategic plan is to populate ePac locations in as many as 15 locations around the United States. It’s really just a question of which one goes next,’ said Carl Joachim, ePac’s chief marketing officer in August 2016 at the opening of its second production plant. 

His prediction...

A widespread talent shortage in manufacturing is squeezing the printing industry

Near-historic low rates of unemployment in the US have created what some experts are calling ‘the tightest labor market in recent history’. It’s not only making hiring incredibly difficult, it’s holding back the industry. All of manufacturing seems to be struggling under the weight of more open...

Interview with Suresh Gupta, the former executive chairman of Huhtamaki PPL

L&L: What is your prediction for the label and packaging industry in 2020 and beyond? 

SG: The label and packaging industry is linked to the status of the economy, because we are involved in every sector. The industry is doing better than the Indian economy as we...

M&A: To sell or to hold

Sometimes the simplest advice can glean the greatest rewards. To this end, I always start our consulting and M&A ventures with this mantra: look ahead. Envisioning the future is far wiser than pondering on the past. Outside of evaluating the last 12 months’ trends and what they may mean to...

Mike Fairley column: A business review for success

Retail sales in the EU28 countries are up just 0.4 percent – and that includes eastern European countries that are generally doing better. The US has also reported declining retail footfall; international retail sales are said to be down by around 1.6 percent, while the UK recently announced...

Andy Thomas-Emans column: New opportunities in commercial print

I pose this question because the retail landscape is undergoing a seismic shift, with start-up ‘challenger’ brands taking on the established global players and carving out new niches, especially amongst younger, more social media savvy and lifestyle-conscious consumers. These brands do not have...

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, USA, won a Best of the Beset award for its ‘Drawbridge Gin’ label

As the level of quality improves year on year, we often deliberate long and hard in making the decision as to which labels will earn the honor of being selected as a category winner followed closely by the Honorable Mention awards. From the winners of each category group the judges will select,...

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