Andy Thomas on what to expect at the Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels

Flexo press automation and embedding presses into factory-wide management systems is a key trend, while MIS suppliers launch ‘intelligent’ tool selection and sequencing systems. 

Hybrid press technology will be another key trend at the show, with the emphasis moving towards making digital...

Editor's note: Trade association events–yes or no?

Finat has been making major efforts to ensure that both its ELF and annual technical conferences are relevant to label converters of all sizes. TLMI has also been pushing a number of initiatives and research programs of direct interest to label converters in an effort to convince the bulk of the...

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 sheer variety of printing processes, inks and substrates have created a significant challenge for brand owners and converters to achieve color consistency

Brands spend millions on their logos, color schemes and packaging designs. Maintaining a consistent brand is strategic and critical for all of them. If a brand’s colors are inconsistent across different packaging or customer touch points, it may suggest a lack of quality and can cause confusion...

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 ‘...

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