Brands often recognize the advantages of new label technologies, but find it too disruptive to change production line technology

The news in this issue of L&L of a potential breakthrough in clear-on-clear self-adhesive label technology is an exciting one. Signite is a technology developed by Actega...

Digital printing has had a major impact on the label industry over the past four decades.

It's now more than 40 years since Labels & Labeling first started to carry news and features about digital printing technology, both inkjet and toner. Printing capability was black-only in those early days, and applications were primarily for marking or simple coding of address labels,...

People need people, and the return of trade shows will provide a welcome fillip, writes James Quirk, L&L's managing editor

In the last issue of L&L, Stratus Packaging CEO Isidore Leaser likened running a business during the pandemic to playing a video game – stuck behind a screen...

How do you recruit and retain young talent?

If the labels and packaging industry is going to continue to thrive, it needs to be reinvigorated with a new generation of workers. Employee attrition is one of the greatest concerns the industry is facing, which is now compounded by growing labor shortages. It is imperative that new, younger...

RK Print Coat Instruments’ VCML-Lab/pilot coater
Label and packaging converters and their customers – as well as the many others that have a say or are involved in product output – have to take into consideration many factors before making a final commercial and process commitment. Decision-making is a joined-up affair. Economic,...
New tactics are needed for the post-Covid world, writes Bob Cronin of The Open Approach

Labels and packaging have always been important facets of our customers’ businesses, be it housing for barcodes, ingredient information, product display/protection, or simply carriers for high-impact visual merchandising and branding. But their perceived worth by the buyer has changed. While end...

Digimarc chain of custody
The Label Academy’s third virtual master class covered the state of the art in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting technologies.  
 
As James Bevan, director of consultancy Vandagraf, noted, the scale of the global counterfeiting problem is terrifying....
As global brands increasingly adopt automated workflows across their supply chains, label and packaging converters must find ways to integrate

A recently announced tie-up between X-rite/Pantone and global packaging supplier L&E International demonstrates the direction of travel for brands as they look to automate and standardize workflows – in this case color management – across their supply chain. 

It clearly demonstrates...

The importance of share-worthy packaging
A key factor is for brands to understand the overlap between real life experiences and the virtual world – and that people want both. How can brands leverage that overlap? With
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Image examples of common flexible packaging types. Source: Esko

Flexible packaging can be defined as primary packaging without any fixed shape that is designed to hold products, goods, solids, liquids, creams, pastes or powders. 

A range of factors need to be taken into account when designing flexible packaging for a particular application. How will...

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