Labelexpo Americas Show Preview: What You Can See at the Show
Q: What can an attendee who is new to Labelexpo expect to see at the show? What can they expect to take away from the show?Ventimiglia: We’re pleased to announce 2012’s edition will occupy over 185,000sqf and be larger than 2010’s show. We’ve over 400 exhibitors taking part with many local and international suppliers including: Avery Dennison, UPM Raflatac, DuPont, Delta, Gallus, Esko, Nilpeter, Flint Group and Mark Andy. There are also 83 first-time exhibitors who will be showing new innovations to the market.
Uncovering the greatest technological advances of our time is the theme to this year’s event and attendees will be perfectly positioned to make informed choices from many live machinery and material demonstrations. A busy show floor with an unprecedented number of product launches, packed conference program and numerous feature areas means show visitors can expect to hear from and network with leading suppliers and industry experts to deliver real value to their business.
Q: What specifically can flexible packaging industry folks see at the show, to maximize their visit?Ventimiglia: By attending Labelexpo Americas, flexible packaging converters will be able to visit with a number of narrow- to mid-web conventional press manufacturers that will be showcasing complex printing of thin, unsupported films. Designed for rapid changeovers and solid tension control, these exhibitors offer advanced press technology that can effectively produce shorter runs of flexible packaging and shrink labels. For many of them, Labelexpo events are the only place where their equipment is demonstrated live in one place.
Many ink suppliers will be promoting low migration solutions for the food packaging market, which has especially felt legislative pressures in Europe regarding contamination of products packaged with volatile inks that can infiltrate food and harm consumers.
2012 also sees the debut of the Package Printing Workshops. A brand new feature area, the daily workshops will showcase the opportunities digital pre-press and printing can bring to high quality tubes, folding carton production and plastic bucket decoration.
We, along with Xeikon (digital printing/converting), Esko (design, pre-press, workflow), RotoMetrics (die cutting technology) and cartonboard, film and heat transfer materials suppliers have developed three sessions. They’re a valuable addition for label converters looking to diversify into other applications, package printers interested in seeing what digital technology can offer and for brand-owners looking to understand what digital can provide their business in terms of short-runs, different versions and variations, personalization, faster to market and enhanced supply chain solutions.
Q: Any new or exciting additions to the show this year?Ventimiglia: We’ve several other new feature areas for 2012.
The Laser Die-Cutting Workshops will involve a live demonstration and comparison of four machines. Sei Spa, Spartanics, AB Graphic International and Delta Industrial are taking part in four workshops which will be run by a neutral moderator. Each of these manufacturers’ machines will test a different cutter profile: blank die-cut computer-over-printable labels, prime product labels, industrial labels and special label solutions.
The workshops are designed to showcase effective and affordable solutions to help deal with jobs or client demands where run lengths have decreased, label variations have increased and demand for label personalization has grown. With converters challenged to increase commercial viability by reducing setup and changeover times while not compromising on durability or print quality, laser die-cutting technology can be a viable solution.
Better environmental awareness is also being championed. In addition to the launch of new feature area called Ecovillage, there will be a major global first with Labelexpo Americas collecting the waste matrix from the many live press demonstrations over the exhibition’s three day run.
With the help of Greenwood Fuels and Channeled Resources, the matrix will be collected every few hours and taken to the Ecovillage show area to highlight the amount of waste that could potentially be recycled instead of going to landfill. Following the show, the waste will be compacted and picked up by Greenwood Fuels to be turned into fuel pellets. These pellets are a direct, affordable substitute for coal but with a lower carbon and overall emissions’ footprint.
The Ecovillage feature area will include the sustainable forest and exhibitor pavilion. Both will showcase exhibitors who offer products and services to support a better performing, more environmentally conscious label industry.
Q: Will there be conferences attendees can check out while at Labelexpo?Ventimiglia: As with previous years, we’ve a busy two-day conference program. With 16 sessions to choose from, show visitors will hear from 50 speakers in a mix of technical presentations and moderated panel discussions.
The program offers delegates a comprehensive range of educational and topical issues that are designed to address the most pressing issues facing the industry and single out the best ways in which converters can adapt their businesses to ensure growth and success. Issues facing the global converting industry, new technologies, effective sales tools, the benefits of digital printing, brand design and security solutions are just some of the themes being covered.
We will also be staging another Digital Printing Master Class, which is aimed at label and package printing converters looking to invest in digital printing for the first time. The half-day session will look at many key aspects including the main digital printing technologies, workflow and color management and sales and marketing in a digital environment.
Q: Anything else you'd like to add?Ventimiglia: While the show is always designed to look at fresh, radical ways of doing business, there will be ample time for networking and social activities too especially as new entertainment development, the Park at Rosemont, opened this spring. We’re also again delighted to provide the backdrop for the Label Industry Global Awards ceremony and gala dinner. Being held on the first evening at the Aragon Ballroom, we welcome you to join us in celebrating and honoring the sector’s leading companies and individuals for their excellence.
Labelexpo Americas really is a must-attend event for anyone in the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry. This year’s show promises to be the only place to see the latest solutions and technology in action; giving you the perfect platform on which to take your business forward.
Labelexpo Americas Highlights Package Printing OpportunitiesThis year’s Labelexpo Americas sees the debut of the Package Printing Workshops. A brand new feature area, the daily workshops will showcase the opportunities digital pre-press and printing can bring to folding carton production, plastic bucket decoration and high quality tubes.
Xeikon (digital printing and converting), Esko (design, pre-press, and workflow), RotoMetrics (die cutting technology) and cartonboard, film and heat transfer materials suppliers have in conjunction with Labelexpo developed three comprehensive workshop sessions. The sessions are a valuable addition for label converters looking to diversify into other applications, package printers interested in seeing what digital technology can offer, label and pack designers and for brand-owners looking to understand what digital can provide their business in terms of short-runs, different versions and variations, personalization, faster to market and enhanced supply chain solutions.
Preceding each of the three sessions, Esko will guide workshop attendees through the pre-press stages and use 3D visualizing to show how the products have been created to final format before any printing has been agreed, including rotating through 360 degrees, visualizing the finished product on store shelves, and placing jars/bottles inside cartons.
Sample folders of all the workshop printed products will be available following each demonstration, and time will be allowed for question and answers before each session is concluded.
Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, says, “We are delighted to announce the addition of the Package Printing Workshops and would like to thank Xeikon, Esko and RotoMetrics in their support and expertise in bringing this new feature to the show floor. These workshops will provide a valuable chance to see technical demonstrations that will help printers diversify into short to medium run package printing. Focused on opportunities beyond the label, the workshops deliver an insightful and unique platform for converters, printers, designers and brand owners to see some of the latest technology and processes in action.”
What: Labelexpo Americas 2012
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 through Thursday, September 13, 2012
Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois
Show Floor Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily
Contact Information: (262) 754-6931; www.labelexpo-americas.com