FINAT – European Label Forum briefs the industry
THE NETHERLANDS • Familiarly known as “ELF”, the annual European Label Forum takes place this year in Berlin, Germany, from 7 to 9 June. This event will bring together a spectrum of industry participants, from raw material suppliers to end users, to debate current major strategic business topics and gain in-depth wide-spectrum market knowledge from the formal speaker agenda. One of the key speakers will be Joschka Fischer, ex-German foreign minsiter and vice chancelor.
The impact of Industry 4.0
An extensive keynote session will feature the definition and impact of “the fourth industrial revolution” on the label industry, a special agenda item will see all the session’s individual speakers come together on the podium: Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder of Internet of Things “Smart Platform”; Stephen Lechel, partner in Porsche Consulting (DE); and Jan Denys (BE), labour market expert at employment group Randstad. FINAT ELF Committee Members Niklas Olsson (SE) and Marc Büttgenbach (DE) will interview them, and drill down into their combined expertise to determine their focussed vision of the future for the label industry.
The FINAT business debate
Equally valuable insights will be provided the next day by the FINAT business debate, featuring three international label industry leaders – Geoff Martin, President of CCL Label (CN); Adrian Tippenhauer (DE) from All4Labels, the recently-merged international label converter group; and Dan Muenzer (US), vice president marketing, for Constantia Flexibles Labels Division. They will debate with the audience on label industry scenarios for, specifically, 2020-2025 – led by moderators Paul de Ruijter (NL) of De Ruijter Strategy and Chris Ellison (UK), incoming FINAT President and owner/CEO of OPM Labels & Packaging. The highly-relevant focal point for the debate will also form the core of a full afternoon’s workshop, hosted by De Ruijter Strategy, on the prior day.
Comprehensive event programme
Major innovations, challenges, and opportunities for the label industry will be addressed in the event’s full schedule of presentations, and FINAT ELF participants can also benefit from extensive networking around a supplier tabletop exhibition, a lively social programme and the annual presentation of the prestigious FINAT Label Competition and Recycling Awards.
Our editorial team of NarrowWebTech will also participate at FINAT ELF 2017 and will report in detail about this event!