The M&A locomotive shows no signs of slowdown. Barely two weeks go by without another notable transaction. Big companies, mid-sized entities and small businesses are all getting in on the action – shedding off some lesser-known and family names to forge brands that will become the next major players.

Indeed, labels and packaging remains one of the most sought-after platforms for investors. Despite all of the changes and turbulence we’ve seen over the last 15 years, the economics and durability of our industry prevail. Businesses and consumers still want – and need – the value made possible...

How packaging haptics and the power of touch build brand loyalty
Saving Apple boxes is a thing. Just ask the internet. A 2021 tweet about the collectible packages collected nearly 700,000 likes and fans created their own hashtag: #TeamKeepTheBox. And whether its boxes from Apple, Samsung, Hermes, Tiffany’s or Target, I’ve heard of people who use their...
A new generation of high-speed digital presses is closing the speed and productivity gap with flexo

A new generation of digital presses operating at speeds of 100m/min (328ft/min) and upwards is closing the speed and productivity gap with flexography and changing the way we view the conventional-digital equation. 

During recent open houses at Bobst, HP Indigo and Durst, a new generation...

After two years of pandemic restrictions, the industry has a new set of problems to face over the next 12 months
Just when the label industry thought it might be coming to the end of the, virtually global, Covid pandemic and the various lockdowns, the working from home restrictions, materials  and labor shortages, supplier bottlenecks, extended supplier lead times, and cost and price increases, so...
Editor's note - The next phase of digitalization

At that time, this discussion was often framed as a debate – ‘digital versus flexo’ – and positions adopted by technology suppliers and industry commentators alike were frequently absolutist: one would ultimately triumph over the other. Since then, the technologies have settled amicably...

Enhancement of shrink sleeves with 3D single images requires a machine that can place individual images in register. Pantec’s Cheetah N system places 20 images per second on up to six foil streams

The demand for shrink sleeves packaging is continuously growing. Brand owners are looking for new embellishments for this kind of packaging to attract customers’ attention. It is well known, and studies have proven, that haptic effects are the best embellishment option to gain attention....

OPM commercial director, Arnie Ellison, writes how savvy labels add value
Often an unsung hero of retail, the label is often the first opportunity to impress, and as a result, can be an enormous driver in commercial success. Like packaging, labels are a key part of the overall purchase experience. It’s a chance to showcase brand identity and make a strong value...
Mike Rottenborn, CEO of Hybrid Software Group, will discuss how automation adds value to pre-press

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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...

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