Labelexpo Europe 2017 gears up for its biggest edition to date as it returns to Brussels Expo, Belgium, on 25-28 September. Aimed at printers, brand-owners and designers, it is the largest all-inclusive trade fair for label and package printing professionals. With 650 exhibitors, Labelexpo Europe will have the latest machine displays and live demonstrations.
At Labelexpo Europe 2017, visitors will be able to sample the latest tech and next-generation materials from exhibitors including Avery Dennison, Bobst, Codimag, Domino, Durst, EFI, Epson, Esko, Flint Group, FUJIFILM, Gallus, HP Indigo Konica Minolta, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, Omet, Ritrama, Screen Europe, SPGPrints, Sun Chemical, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon. There will also be two dedicated feature areas with the debut of the groundbreaking Automation Arena and return of the Linerless Trail, as well as several educational paid-for master classes run in collaboration with the Label Academy.
Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Demonstrating this shift towards combining industry with the internet of things, the Automation Arena is a practical live workshop featuring two automated press lines for digital and conventional label production. It will show visitors how information management can integrate workflow and automate production, working towards better performance, reliability and profitability for today's printer.
Located in Hall 11, the Automation Arena is being held in collaboration with Cerm, Esko, Xeikon, MPS, Kocher + Beck, AVT, Rotocontrol, Matho and Wasberger. Three half-hour-long real-time presentations will run daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm over the show's first three days, and once at 11:00am on the final day. These sessions will be filmed live and relayed via large screens to show visitors every single, detailed aspect of the job.
The Linerless Trail returns with a focus on in-house production and new materials. Linerless labels incorporate an adhesive and a release coating, eliminating the need for a separate release liner, and will benefit printers looking to improve their green credentials. Bringing together Evonik, Henkel, Maan, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe, Ritrama and Transfer Trade, participants will be organising live demonstrations on their stands as well as handing out samples.
Two masterclasses will give participants the opportunity to enhance and further their technical knowledge from educational presentations by industry experts. The masterclasses - Management Information Systems (MIS) and Workflow Automation, and Shrink Sleeve Technology - are being run in association with The Label Academy alongside the inaugural Inks, Coatings and Varnishes workshop.
The Academy is the global training and certification programme for the label and package-printing industry, and is supported by FINAT, the TLMI and LMAI. Consisting of a series of self-study modules, combining free access to a detailed synopsis, relevant articles and videos with paid-for text books, the academy is sponsored by Cerm, Flint Group, Gallus, MPS, Taghleef Industries (Ti) and UPM Raflatac.
The show will also host the 14th Label Industry Global Awards and gala dinner on the first night of the show. Four prestigious industry gongs will be up for grabs with the label community celebrating the industry's trailblazers, and their efforts in pioneering innovation and sustainability. Renowned as the Oscars for the label printing trade, the awards provide the sector's finest a worldwide stage to celebrate and showcase excellence, innovation and best practice.
Visitors can register online and learn more about the show's feature areas and exclusive Label Academy masterclasses on the Labelexpo website.