Industry 4.0 intro
Steve Metcalf, Chief IoT Officer, Baldwin provides an introduction to Industry 4.0
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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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...

The fallout from Covid-19 continues to deliver one new blow after the other. Just when we think things are getting better, we encounter another hurdle. Rather than striving to increase sales and clients, our great label and packaging industry is just striving. Striving for normalcy. Striving for opportunity. And striving for things to calm down long enough for owners to figure out the next best move to grow their business.

The energy surrounding our industry has historically been one of vibrance and positivity. But we’re now feeling that we’ll face Covid issues forever. We’re focusing on shortages of substrates, suppliers, customers and employees. Yet the biggest shortage is our confidence.

As advisors, we...

The emphasis on improvement has never been more important for converters

I heard how the large roll-up of private-equity-backed converters placed burdens on competitiveness. Small and mid-sized converters felt squeezed as material allocations hindered their response to growth opportunities. All converters continue to be put to task, and the complaints were the same...

Cloud computing is set to revolutionize the label and packaging print industry across the entire supply chain from artwork design to delivery of a fully quality assured final product. Let’s go through a few of the key areas where this is already happening and how it might develop.

To start with color management – the most basic function of ensuring that the label design signed off by the brand manager is delivered with exactly those colors whatever the material and whatever the type of press the job is finally printed on.

The best way of achieving this is to place...

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...

Alexander Watson Associates (AWA) held a Global Release Liner Pre-Conference Forum virtually on March 18, 2022, covering the state of the global pressure-sensitive and release liner market and the supply chain challenges, subsequent shortages, and long-term effects of the ongoing disruption.

With perspectives from speakers across the industry, from supplier to converter to the associations, the ongoing materials shortages and the Finnish Paperworkers’ Union strike were talking points throughout the Forum.

‘Since Europe is, at the moment, in the spotlight, I would characterize...

Domino Digital Printing Solutions has registered substantial investment by label converters into adding variable data printing (VDP) of tracking codes for online retail supply chain requirements

According to Domino, the number of codes being printed has almost doubled in the last two years. The company has witnessed a substantial growth for variable data printing, both in the number of K600i printers installed, with the uptake of wider and higher speed configurations, with systems...

Calvin Frost, chairman of Channeled Resources Group, discusses his history in the industry, his passion for sustainability, and Channeled Resources' waste to energy project.

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