Labelexpo Americas 2018 takes place from 25 to 27 September in Chicago, IL, USA (Source: Tarsus)
USA • Registration for the 16th edition of Labelexpo Americas is now open. Set to take place once again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, from 2 to -27 September, this label and packaging event includes several features such as two-day conference schedule, an Ecovillage and, for the very first time in the US, an automation arena.
According to Tarsus, the organiser of the show, the biennial Labelexpo Americas has become established as the region’s major industry platform for print professionals, brand owners, label and packaging designers and associated graphic industry suppliers. The key focus of the 2018 edition – “Explore Your Future” – will be future technology and environmental issues in the sector, says the organiser. The 2018 show is again strongly supported and endorsed by the trade bodies TLMI, ACOBAN, AIMCAL, AIPIA, FTA and FSEA.
Spread across five exhibitions halls, about 400 exhibitors will be taking part over the three days, including AB Graphic, Avery Dennison, Bobst, Domino, Durst, Epson, Esko, ETI, Flint Group, Fujifilm, HP, Karlville Development, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, Omet, RotoMetrics, Screen USA and Xeikon.
Automation is still an issue, a growing issue. Thus the aumation arena will make its debut. This part of the label trade show is a demonstration of two automated press lines for conventional (shrink sleeve) and digital (label) production, covering job creation right through to pre-press, printing, finishing and invoicing.
Another feature of Labelexpo Americas 2018 will be the TLMI Ecovillage, designed to raise awareness of environmental issues in the sector. Back for the first time since 2012, and sponsored by Convergen Fuels and Channeled Resources Group, the latest products tackling this important issue will be on display.
Additionally, the waste matrix collected from the live press demonstrations over the course of the show will be brought to the TLMI Ecovillage and baled into Convergen Fuel pellets, which have a lower carbon footprint than fossil fuels. There will also be a daily session tackling the big myths surrounding sustainable packaging and current issues of interest to converters.
As in previous years, the 2018 edition offers a educational conference program with 12 sessions and three master classes run in association with the Label Academy. These will cover: 1) shrink sleeve technology, markets and applications; 2) inks, coatings and varnishes, their application in modern narrow web converting operations and legislation; and 3) management information systems (MIS) and workflow automation.