Bob Cronin of The Open Approach on how to leverage the six factors which accelerate buyer interest.

Tradeshow season is always an exciting time. Not only can we view all the new technology, we also network with our colleagues and constituencies. While there are fewer new companies joining the label and packaging space, there are more players than ever. Venture capitalists, private equity firms...

The Mike Fairley Column

Many of these start-ups were spin-offs from Cambridge Consultants in the UK, with a whole cluster of inkjet companies being formed in the Cambridge area, including Xaar, Domino, Epson, Danaher (Videojet, Elmjet, Willet), Linxs and Xennia. Names that are still at the forefront of inkjet evolution...

Opinion – Digital finishing in the real world

‘We operate a Smag Digital Galaxie machine and Grafotronic DCL and DCL2 lines. The Smag system includes screen, hot foil, embossing, UV flexo varnish, lamination, semi-rotary die-cutting and rewind. The Grafotronic lines feature UV flexo varnish, lamination, semi-rotary/ rotary die-cutting,...

What to consider when deciding on in-line or off-line production?

‘At CS we have increasingly moved away from short run digital to concentrate on providing digital solutions which invariably means that we will run jobs considerably in excess of 20,000 linear meters. 

Operating in-line can substantially improve productivity but needs to be weighed up...

The Mike Fairley column: Label converters still have time to leverage their digital expertise to find opportunities in flexible packaging and folding carton production.

The label industry has been investing in digital printing presses for more than 20 years, initially with the toner technologies and then, more recently, with inkjet. Put together over that period, the label industry will have installed around 4,500 or so digital presses – of which more than two-...

Bob Cronin of The Open Approach outlines a new strategy to set your growth trajectory.

It's also a good time to review what you're thankful for. While it sounds trite, this practice can be helpful as you map your long-term strategy. In fact, it's often at the crux of overall decision-making. 

Every company will at some point be either buyer or seller. Even if you aren't ‘...

A brand owner’s perspective on Latin America

The group’s principal activities are producing, distributing and selling cold cuts, biscuits, chocolates, coffee, ice cream and pasta. In 2004, the group began a program of international expansion, acquiring several companies in Central America and the Caribbean. The company now markets its...

Durst and Omet partnered for the XJet hybrid press

Over the last decade this multi-facetted and complex industry has transformed dramatically, with major advances in inkjet press design and printhead technology, as well as developments in substrate materials and inks formulations.

It is Vandagraf’s view that growth of color inkjet digital...

An MPS EF 530 drew lots of interest at K-Print 2018

The label and package printing industry in South Korea is similarly intriguing. Continuing to be dominated by conventional print processes – namely letterpress and gravure – the market is seen as conservative and considered. ‘Korea is a very different market, with lots of intermittent offset and...

MPS and Domino hosted two open houses in Arnhem to demonstrate the EF Symjet

In October 2018, MPS and Domino held two open houses in Arnhem, inviting label converters from across Europe to examine the EF Symjet hybrid label production system combining MPS flexo printing and converting platform with Domino’s N610i inkjet integration module. It is named for symbiosis, the...

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