Following the success of previous editions, Xeikon Café Conference and Exhibit will be back for its fourth edition in 2018. Experts from worldwide suppliers, representing every aspect of digitalising the print manufacturing chain, will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on packaging innovations during the four-day event, which will take place March 20–23, in Belgium.
In 2017, Xeikon Café attracted more than 800 visitors from around the globe. Encouraged by the positive feedback from participants and attendees, the event will run again in 2018. “We have been delighted with the success of the Xeikon Café in recent years, and it has given us the confidence and the impetus to not only do it again, but do it bigger and better every time,” said Danny Mertens, Xeikon Café.
“In 2018, we are confident we will attract even more visitors. Educational events like the Xeikon Café are what people in our industry seek so as to learn and explore new opportunities. As such we will be raising the bar in bringing together top notch technologies, the latest packaging innovations and thought-provoking conference speakers.”
The fit of technology today is very much driven by end-use applications, which is why the Xeikon Café 2018 will focus on new and innovative applications available in the label and packaging market. Printers and converters looking for new solutions to improve offers to their customers can use the event to identify solutions for this — from digitally produced cups to pharmaceutical leaflets to self-adhesive labels for beer bottles. “Our goal is to show visitors to the Xeikon Café how they can evolve their business by applying the technologies that are right for them,” Mertens added. “We are keen to educate the market on the fact that technology and innovation do not exist for their own sake, but that they can actually make a difference to your business and profit margins if used correctly.”
The Xeikon Café Conference includes two tracks, business and technical, which will ensure that participants receive tailor-made information suited to role and educational needs. The Business Conference will cover a range of topics related to industry trends, best practices and expert views on current and future packaging challenges. The Technical Conference will focus on practical knowledge sharing technical specifications for a wide array of end-use applications, including self-adhesive labelling, paper cups, leaflets, in-mould, folding carton and heat transfer. It will also offer insights into every aspect of digital manufacturing from software, consumables and media to digital printing, embellishments and finishing.