FINAT European Label Forum 2017– Review with picture gallery

FINAT European Label Forum 2017: a thrilling and most interesting label event (Source: G&K TechMedia)

GERMANY • “In the world of labels and labelling change is the constant as it is in every aspect of our lives today” – this sentence published in the newly released “FINAT yearbook 2017” could be the result of the FINAT ELF 2017 which took place from 7 to 9 June in Berlin. Visitors experienced lots of FINAT news, interesting presentations including visitors participation via smartphone as well as an eye-opening speech of former German foreign minister and vice chancellor Joschka Fischer.

Take a look on our picture gallery reviewing the FINAT European Label Forum 2017:


The FINAT European Label Forum took place from 7 to 9 June 2017 in Berlin, Germany
Thomas Hagmaier, for the last two years FINAT president, introduced…
…the new president of the association, Chris Ellison, OPM Group owner and CEO
Following the general assembly, the ceremony of the World Label Awards took place – here with Anthony White (right) and Ciftsan Label (left), winner in class 17 “screen printing”
The most expected news of this evening were the announcement of the Finat label award winners
A great range of samples were shown in the exhibition area of the event. More details and pictures please find here:
Our publishing house G&K TechMedia was also part of the table-top exhibition showing the latest issue of our magazine NarrowWebTech and the German sister magazine Etiketten-Labels (Source: G&K)
The second day of FINAT ELF 2017 started with a warm welcome of Thomas Hagmaier. He introduced Michael Jackson …
… or to be more precise: “the other Michael Jackson” with a rousing talk about the challenges of change. Starting with “the more things change, the more they stay the same” he comes to his key message to the label industry: “simplify, specialise, smarten up”
Further part of the programme was a panel discussion with Andy Hobsbawm, Evrythng, Jan Denys, Randstad Group, Stephan Lechel, Porsche Consulting and FINAT ELF programme committee member Marc Büttgenbach (from left to right). This discussion with audience participation through smartphone was followed by a workshop session with different label industry scenarios for 2020 to 2015
After a delightful dinner event with the official start of Chris’ presidency the last day of ELF 2017 started with the market session opened by Corey Reardon, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
According to a research study released in cooperation with FINAT the global label demand by application for in-mould is only 2%. The greatest part “pressure sensitive” is more detailed in the graphic right
Jules Lejeune, FINAT managing director, presented the six-monthly market review, the FINAT Radar, and the annual update of the labelstock market
The same day, the results of the workshop session the day before were presented by Paul de Ruijter and discussed by Chris Ellison, FINAT president, Geoff Martin, CCL Label, Mike Henry, Constantia Flexibles Label Division, Adrian Tippenhauer, ALL4Labels and Paul de Ruijter (from left to right)
Keynote speaker Joschka Fischer, former Minster of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005, closed the FINAT European Label Forum 2017
“We should invest much more in the European future”– this and more insistent words were listened attentively by the audience in Fischer’s speech about the future of the European political and economic landscape
It will be more than thrilling to stay up to date and to meet once again in a year: at FINAT European Label Forum 2018!

For sure, one of the most interesting parts of the first evening was the ceremony of the FINAT Competition Label Awards as well as of the FINAT recycling awards. Please find more details and pictures of the FINAT Label Award winners in this news.

FINAT presidency change

After being hold twice in Amsterdam, this year label event took place in Berlin, Germany. After two years Thomas Hagmaier is now past president, passing over the presidency to Chris Ellison (OPM Group, UK). New vice president of FINAT is Francesc Egea.

Christopher Jones from Alphasonics serves as the new Young Manager Club (YMC) liaison of the main FINAT board. The new board of FINAT YMC further includes: Mikaela Harding, Pulse Roll Label Products, Bart van Kempen, SPGPrints, Matthias Vollherbst, VollherbstDruck, Alexander Wilkie, Edale, Dana Kilarska, Purgina Labels and Rainer Urlich, Ulrich Etiketten.

Events since the last year European Label Forum included the L9 event, the FINAT label competition judging meeting (picture gallery), FINAT Young Manager Club congress as well as several trade show participations and webinars. The label associaiton also released its FINAT yearbook 2017 with 90 pages about the latest events, developments, decisions, a last comment of BPIF Label leaving chairman John Bambery and more information for FINAT members.

The L9 event brought together nine trade associations from Australia (FPLMA), New Zealand (SALMA), Brazil (ABIEA), Mexico (AMETIQ), India (LMAI), China (PEIAC Labels), Japan (JFLP), North America (TLMI) and Europe (FINAT). The second and latest L9 meeting was hold for the first time in Asia – in Beijing, PRC in April 2017.

A detailed review of the event together with an interview with new FINAT president Chris Ellison as well as interviews with winners of the FINAT Competition Label Awards will be published in the August issue of NarrowWebTech.

Source of all pictures: G&K TechMedia / NarrowWebTech

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