Image examples of common flexible packaging types. Source: Esko

Flexible packaging can be defined as primary packaging without any fixed shape that is designed to hold products, goods, solids, liquids, creams, pastes or powders. 

A range of factors need to be taken into account when designing flexible packaging for a particular application. How will...

In the post-Covid world, employers must pay closer attention to staff well-being
There can be little doubt that the past 12 months or so have been a very different and challenging time for many in the label industry. Some end-user sectors have done better than others, but on/off lockdowns, furlough schemes, working from home initiatives, sudden changes to the way...
A typical web-fed hybrid label press construction. Diagram based on images originally developed by FFEI and Canon

More recently, the major conventional press manufacturers have moved to building new generation flexo printing and finishing machines, maybe incorporating screen as well, that have four, five or more inkjet units incorporated into one complete production line. Such machines are now classified...

Paul Brauss, former CEO of Mark Andy and a past board member of TLMI, is a consultant and executive coach

Business leaders often have a hard time grasping the concept of aligning the leadership function to the business processes of the company. When organizations are looking to continuously improve, it’s easy to get stuck in the silos of functions rather than processes. This roadblock to improvement...

Amid a host of thought-provoking revelations, it shows that – despite the pandemic – sales revenues increased for 72 percent of the surveyed TLMI converter members, with 19 percent reporting sales declines. For those whose business volumes increased, 23 percent reported 15 percent sales growth...

Higher line counts will provide a finer ink distribution

1. Select the right line count 
The screen specification of an anilox roll is an important consideration which will impact print quality. The objective is to use always the finest anilox screen count possible, providing we can achieve the required color densities.

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Synthetic labels stand up well to harsh shipping and environmental conditions

Do you have an application that requires a label that is waterproof, scuff-resistant and tough enough to withstand excessive handling? Or maybe you need it to be secure, or have some specific functionality? There are a number of factors and functional needs where the total range of benefits of...

To what extent are label converters looking to diversify their businesses?

But the core product manufactured on these machines – pressure-sensitive labels – remained remarkably constant for most of this time. 

The reason is not hard to find – there was little motivation to change. The two decades from the mid-1970s were a period of sustained growth for PS labels...

Bernhard Grob has spent a productive lifetime at Edale working through the golden years of the narrow web industry – and particularly pioneering flexo press sales in the old Soviet Union.

L&L: What year did you enter the narrow web label industry? 
Bernhard Grob: I entered the narrow web label industry in January 1987, having moved from Switzerland to the UK to join Edale. My focus was to expand its export sales, which at the time were 5...

Young managers – Elizabeth Yerecic, Yerecic Label

There was never any pressure to join the family company. That’s something my parents excelled at, making sure we landed where we were passionate about in our career. I never thought I would be a key account manager for labels, but I really enjoy it. I enjoy the people in the industry, I learn...

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