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...

One of the greatest assets of the label and packaging industry is its ability to innovate, writes Bob Cronin.

We’ve embraced revolutionary technologies (digital printing, RFID labeling), retooled machinery around novel substrates and environmental mandates, and adopted arising methodologies to respond to emerging markets. Namely, we’ve set new standards, locking in our position as one of the most...

Recent developments are giving real substance to a future sustainability roadmap, writes Andy Thomas-Emans

The debate on sustainability has moved on. After a long time spent deciding what sustainability might mean for the label industry, we have seen a recent slew of practical announcements, which is starting to give some real substance to a future sustainability roadmap. These developments are given...

This special front cover of L&L is our first to feature foiling applied by hot stamping on synthetic material. The latter was supplied by Cosmo Films; the foil by Foilco.

The story began when head designer Adam Evans created the cover graphic – a striking whisky label which we personalized to reference this issue’s beverage labeling article. 

‘We have a superb design team at L&L, and when I saw the proofs for the beverage article I knew that it would...

In a year of stay-at-home, how can brands stay top-of-mind, asksVicki Strull

For me and the corner of the business world that I inhabit – print, packaging and design strategy – I will remember 2020 as the year that e-commerce became more than an ‘also-ran’ and overtook the in-store experience as the preferred way of shopping. 

Here’s what that looked like: online...

While preparing for a speaking engagement at the Printing Industries of America Continuous Improvement conference, I was approached by several leaders on the topic of energizing a continuous improvement initiative inside their companies. I believe the information we discussed is now more...

When the pandemic passes, focus on sustainability will only increase

Omet XJet, hybrid flexo and digital in-line printing press

Nick Coombes: In-line or CI is not a new discussion – can you set the flexo scene as you see it today?

Paolo Grasso: The...

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