Labelexpo Europe 2017 – Record breaking edition
BELGIUM • The largest international label show – Labelexpo Europe 2017 – culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures and show floor occupying nine exhibition halls – 12% bigger than 2015. Held at Brussels Expo from 25 to 28 September, Labelexpo Europe hosted 679 exhibitors, including 198 new exhibiting companies. Attracting delegations from Brazil, China, India and Japan, the show reported 37,724 visitors; an increase of 5.6% on 35,739 visitors in 2015.
With 25% more working machinery demonstrated at the show, 2017’s event was used for a number of product launches with new machines unveiled by press manufacturers. In addition, inkjet technology was a relevant topic at this year’s show.
Running alongside the Linerless Trail, the Automation Arena feature made its debut as it highlighted the latest automated label and package printing technology. It was put on to show the complete automated workflow in action from job creation and prepress through to finishing and customer invoicing. The special feature was run in partnership with AVT, Cerm, Esko, Grafotronic, Kocher + Beck, Matho, MPS, Wasberger and Xeikon.
Growth in the digital printing technology sector remained evident, with high profile launches including Mouvent, a joint venture between Bobst and Radex. ebeam Technologies, Uteco Converting and INX Digital International jointly introduced Gaia, the industrial end-to-end digital narrow web system for mass-personalization of indirect food contact packaging and labels. Other digital launches included Durst’s new high resolution Tau330 RSC and Xeikon adding UV inkjet capability with the global launch of its Panther PX3000 technology. HP Indigo unveiled the GEM digital decoration system in-line with a WS6800 digital press. There was also the latest hybrid press offerings from major conventional press suppliers such as Gallus, Mark Andy, MPS and Nilpeter.
On display were further new conventional flexo press developments with enhanced features for automation, package printing and increased efficiency for short runs. Highlights included Gallus marking the European debut of its LabelMaster press, Nilpeter launching the latest iteration of its established FA-4* press and Omet introducing a film package for its iFlex press.
Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo’s managing director comments: “This edition has broken all previous records and its success is testament to the fact that the label and package printing industry continues to see Labelexpo as being the place to be. […] We look forward to returning to Brussels with an even bigger and better event in September 2019.”
Finally, a revelling part of the Labelexpo Europe were the Label Awards ceremony revealing the winner of this year innovation, sustainabilty and lifetime achievement award – pictures and more details to the Global Industry Labels Awards 2017 find here!