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

Can you give us an overview of what you will be speaking about in your session? What do you hope attendees will gain from tuning in?

Mike Rottenborn...

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...

The label industry workflow of tomorrow will certainly be very different from today
The past twenty-odd years have seen the label industry undergo a number of significant developments and changes in the way that labels are produced, and in the way converters work with their brand owner customer specification and compliance guidelines covering print quality and performance,...
Like many roles in the business world, I do a lot of my ‘pen to paper’ work alone. At my desk. With two giant monitors displaying my designs-in-progress. Yes, I meet extensively with clients, conceptualize with creative teams, review research with marketing, collaborate with CEOs, CMOs,...
Editor's note - Calling time on Just-in-Time?

The effect of the strikes has been exacerbated by the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, cutting off alternative sources of wood pulp for paper processing.  

This comes at a time of tightening paper supply globally, with China for example having less export capacity due to strong growth as...

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