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Friday, September 19, 2014

Labelexpo Americas Marks 25th Anniversary with Record Edition

Labelexpo Americas 2014 closed last week after enjoying its most successful ever edition. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the show registered a 12% increase in footfall with 16,029 show visitors and achieved an 83% onsite rebooking rate for 2016’s event.

Boasting over 440 exhibitors, Labelexpo Americas again played host to several hundred product launches. Highlights included new digital presses such as HP’s WS6800 and the Cheetah from Xeikon. Other major launches included Mark Andy’s Digital Series hybrid inkjet/flexo press and Nuova Gidue’s M5 UV flexo press. In addition numerous new inks, ancillary products and label stocks were unveiled including new point-of-purchase and vulcanization tire label portfolios from Avery Dennison, Flint Group’s expanded EkoCure UV-LED range, Sun Chemical’s new Solaris System and UPM Raflatac’s thinner PET film label stocks.

As well as a bustling show floor, Labelexpo Americas 2014’s new feature areas were well received by show visitors. The twice-daily Package Printing Workshop sessions presented by Delta Industrial and Xeikon were well attended by label converters looking for new ways to diversify and grow their business. The interactive Smart Mart demonstrated some of the latest developments in active and intelligent labels and packaging with the newest advances in augmented reality, QR codes and scanners, RFID and NFC-enabled smart tags, temperature indicating packaging and films that prevent food spoilage all showcased.

The conference program attracted almost 1,100 delegates (its highest ever number) and consisted of 16 different sessions and 64 individual moderators, panelists and speakers. Highlights from the conference program included the CEO and converter panel discussions as well as the ‘Internet of things’ and inkjet technologies presentations.

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas’ event director commented: “Thank you to everyone including the TLMI, all of our exhibitors and industry partners who have helped make our 25th year the best and biggest yet! The show’s success underlines just how much confidence has returned to the American label and package printing industry. People were there to do serious business and from the feedback we’ve had, we know many exhibitors have enjoyed healthy sales as well as generating a high volume of good quality sales leads.”