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...

Presenting your company to the discerning acquirer is crucial, writes Bob Cronin

Making the most of your management presentation is essential. Stage two in the selling process, it’s your time to shine. What you say, do, omit or imply will determine whether an acquirer moves forward. Take these seven steps to ensure that what’s seen by acquirers represents the company’s true...

Mark Andy Digital Series HD hybrid press

From early beginnings with the retrofitting of CMYK inkjet heads on to existing flexo presses just eight or ten years ago, hybrid printing has advanced rapidly, moving through flexo press manufacturers building digital into entry-level hybrids with flexo options for spot colors and/or cold...

Each year on September 24, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day. This year saw some stunning packaging reflecting for this special day, reflecting strong design influences.

It’s clear that the stubborn relics of Africa’s post-colonial struggles are finally crumbling – in ways that clichéd narratives and labels such as ‘Africa Rising’ or ‘emerging markets’ could never quite capture. Unlike the past, where foreign intervention was common, Africa is now liberating...

Labelexpo India 2018 was a landmark event in the country in terms of the quality levels of machinery displayed and being sold

According to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), India’s per capita GDP is expected to reach US$3,273 in 2023, up from US$1,983 in 2012. The main consumer spending rises are likely to occur in food, housing, consumer goods, transport and communication sectors.

IBEF also states that...

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