The North American label industry sees investment from private equity, as it grapples with ongoing issues. Chelsea McDougall reports

Much of the mergers and acquisitions activity in 2019 was driven by growing interest from private equity in the labels space. The year started with a blockbuster merger between two of the region’s biggest label suppliers, when Multi-Color Corporation was acquired by Platinum Equity, the PE group...

Andy Thomas-Emans reports on a slowing market beset by economic and political worries – but looking to bounce back in 2019-20

This slowdown was also reflected in Finat’s Radar converter and end user trends report, which saw converter sales growth fall dramatically from 8.3 percent in 2018 to 4.9 percent in Q1 2019.

Finat’s survey does reveal a remarkable shift from growth in non-prime labels in 2017 to higher...

Keynote speaker at Label Summit Latin America talks about regional trends

Can you tell us why GlobalQuality.space decided to become gold sponsor for this year’s Label Summit Latin America in Chile?

It’s all about automation! [This is what we hear from the market.] Digitalization and automation are still topical issues and the new slogan...

M&A trends in 2019 and what to expect in 2020

The best way to answer this is to review pressing trends. While there are considerations in every segment, there are drivers behind label M&A in general. Here are the top four we saw this year and how they might play out in 2020. Keep in mind that as an election year in the US, new dynamics...

Vicki Strull’s daughter, Eden, reusing an empty furniture box as a canvas

Many brands are getting the message, employing sustainability goals and timelines – Coke, Unilever, Mondelez, Nike, Amazon, L’Oréal and Burger King, to name a few. Still, with the increase in online shopping, we’re seeing an increase in shipping packaging, too. Years ago, we only saw a product’s...

Hernan Braberman, partner and executive design director at Tridimage talks about Label Summit Latin America 2020

Can you tell us why you decided to present at this year’s Label Summit Latin America 2020 in Chile?

I am excited about the possibility of interacting and sharing experiences with the most recognized international experts in the world of packaging. This will be my fifth...

With growth slowing in developed markets, where can the label industry look to for future growth, writes Michael Fairley.

Not all countries and markets have been able to benefit from this evolving global label growth. Most western European countries and the United States are forecast to drop to 1 to 2 percent GDP growth per annum over the next five years. Even that may be optimistic, as the EU has recently...

Editor’s note: Challenges and opportunities

Our global editorial team takes a look at various markets: Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, China, India and Africa. Some common themes emerge. Growth has slowed – both in economic terms and within the label industry (not unrelated, of course) – in the developed markets of North America...

Tecscan inspection system

To ensure that the print quality is not compromised by dust and dirt emanating from the reel of paper or film, it is important that the substrate is kept clean as it enters the press. Equally, the print quality must controlled throughout the press run and factors such as tension and web guidance...

Navigating buyer/seller objectives is what makes or breaks a deal, writes Bob Cronin

1. Does the company really want to buy or sell? The hype surrounding M&A draws in plenty of prospective participants – some who in no way can manage the venture. Whether selling or acquiring, consider the following. What is reason for purchase or sale? Is company leadership...

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