Labelexpo Americas 2018 – Largest show to date recorded

Visitors to Labelexpo Americas 2018 (Source: Labelexpo)

USA • The organizer of Labelexpo Americas reports that the 16th edition of the biennial trade show was the largest in its history. A total of 487 exhibitors were spread across the biggest floorspace yet, at 203,642 sqft, with almost 30% of exhibitors new to this year’s show.

During the course of the three day show, which took place from 25 to 27 September at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, an increase in attendees to 16,413 from 86 countries passed through its doors. According to the organizer, the Latin America region was especially strongly represented*, with a 95% increase on its 2016 show attendee total. Day three, traditionally a quieter day, saw over 11% more visitors than on the same day in 2016. By the end of day three, the show organizer reported an 83% rebook rate for its 2020 event.


At Labelexpo Americas 2018 new products were showcased to the US market, with press unveilings including: the Mark Andy P9E, P7E, and P5E; Xeikon’s entry-level label printing and converting option, Label Discovery; Epson’s UV LED cured L-6534 digital press; Grafisk Maskinfabrik’s DC330Mini converting machine; and AB Graphic’s new ILC760 in-line coating machine.

Among the solutions launched at the show were:

Mark Andy at Labelexpo Americas 2018 (Source: Labelexpo)

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas event director reports “numerous sales achieved on the show floor and a strong international focus”. She further states that “The Automation Arena and TLMI Ecovillage proved to be huge hits, with many packed out demonstrations on the show floor“.

She continues: “140 exhibitors and 800 attendees opting in to our brand new Label Connections 1:1 matching program, and all attendees using our lead retrieval touch NFC badges offering for the very first time.”

Federico D’Annunzio, strategic product marketing director, Bobst, said: “The quality of attendance at the show was very high, it was not only a US show, but we had very international visitors, so it met our objectives.”

Dan Muenzer, president of TLMI, agreed: “It’s been a great show, not only in terms of the new innovations and technology that we share, but in relation to the amount of business that was actually written.”

Micheal Lane, CEO, The Meyers Printing Companies reports a “positive buzz from the economy” and adds: “People are buying. This show is as good as any I’ve ever seen. And there’s more options, more solutions, than perhaps ever, and this whole idea of digital and flexo, melding together to create different solutions than existed before […] My expectations this year for Labelexpo have been exceeded.”

During a demonstration of a Bobst line at Labelexpo Americas 2018 (Source: Labelexpo)

Three popular Label Academy master classes were led by Mike Fairley and Andy Thomas-Emans, covering shrink sleeves; inks, coatings and varnishes; and MIS workflow automation. This was complemented by a two-day conference program, with highlights including a CEO converter panel discussion presided over by Craig Moreland, a panel discussion on package printing, plus sessions on workforce development, flexible packaging, and creating products with stand-out presence.

The quality of show visitors was consistently highlighted. Ed Dedman, flexo technical support/product manager, Zeller+Gmelin, said: “I can tell you that from my personal perspective, and for Zeller+Gmelin as an exhibitor, Tuesday and Wednesday were probably the best two trade show experiences I can recall for my almost 40 years in the industry.”

The next edition Labelexpo Americas will take place in 2020. Next year, in 2019, Labelexpo Europe, the largest Labelexpo show will again take place in Brussels, Belgium.

An extensive range of pictures from the show find in the following posts:

Cartes demonstrating their lines during the label show in Chicago (Source: Labelexpo)

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