The international label association, FINAT, and Labelexpo Europe founders, Tarsus, are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their partnership this year at Labelexpo Europe, Brussels Expo, September 25-28, 2017.
An industry initiative
At the heart of the co-operation of the two companies is the establishment of the Labelexpo Advisory Board (‘LAB’), composed of representatives from Labelexpo organisers Tarsus, FINAT board members and show exhibitors. In an industry that is continually growing and changing, the LAB’s key mission has been, and continues to be, to expand the event’s profile to include all new technologies that form a part of the definition of a label, and to make both exhibiting and participation in the associated events programme a special experience. Tarsus and FINAT’s efforts, coupled with the results of long-term investment by the event venue, will deliver improvements in logistics, facility management, and visitor convenience for this year’s show, which features a total of 700-plus exhibitors from more than 40 countries around the world.
The show itself is enhanced by a lively agenda of on-site workshops, seminars, and, of course, the presentation dinner at which this year’s Global Label Industry Awards will be presented.
FINAT will be welcoming members, potential and existing, to their booth, Hall 11 Stand A31 to preview the new advanced online features that the members-only website offers today. Additionally, a strong year-round events programme including a series of webinars; FINAT’s biennial Technical Seminar next March, updating members on self-adhesive technology along the supply chain; its major annual opinion-leading event for senior managers, the European Label Forum in June; and for young managers in the label industry’s many and varied disciplines, the lively Young Managers Club Congress, which takes place in 2018.
European digital label study
Labelexpo 2017 will also be the launch platform for FINAT’s Digital Label Study, an authoritative report, commissioned from LPC – a company specialised in research within the printing and packaging industry – that will offer a critical analysis of the current digital label printing technology landscape in Europe, as well as identifying trends and future projections across different regions and sectors.
Young talent initiative
The report is based on a survey conducted with more than 100 label companies across Europe. The companies were asked questions on topics ranging from the profitability of their digital presses, the most significant challenges associated with digital label production and the opportunities they see for digital label printing in the near and longer-term future.
FINAT will also present an update on the important topic of attracting young talent to the labels and package printing industry. At the beginning of this year, FINAT launched an initiative, together with the German label association VskE and other associations, with an objective to develop an industry campaign that will attract the next generation workforce to the European label industry.
A special feature on FINAT’s stand will, once again, be the Recycling Desk, at which visitors can obtain information about the various recycling solutions for spent release liner. Also, a special video will be launched to promote awareness among both users and manufacturers of labels concerning the necessity and benefits of secondary uses for spent liners.
On display on the FINAT stand will be the winning entries in this year’s FINAT Label Competition. Not only are these labels best in class, they also have interesting stories behind their success. FINAT will present a series of video-recorded interviews with the winning companies in the main category groupings to provide a source of inspiration for continuous improvement and innovation.
The label academy
FINAT will also be encouraging participation in Tarsus’ growing Label Academy initiative that provides the label and packaging industry with online technical training in topic-specific modules and the opportunity for students to acquire technical certification for each successfully completed module. Today, Label Academy certification is accepted around the world as a valuable, industry standard qualification.
A must-attend event
FINAT managing director, Jules Lejeune, said, “For all concerned in the label and product decoration value chain, from raw material supplier to brand owner and retailer, Labelexpo Europe 2017 is a must-attend event.”