Thursday, March 19, 2015

AWA unveils latest global release liner market update

Release liner is unquestionably a key enabler for applying labels and tapes, protecting the seals on envelopes, hygiene and consumer wound care products, as well as a variety of industrial uses. It is also the subject of considerable focus today in relation to reuse and recycling - particularly in the high-volume labelstock market.

The current profile of this wide-ranging market is the subject of AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ Global Release Liner Market Update 2015. Now in its eighth edition, this focused annual market report provides insights of value to all involved in, or seeking to explore, the release liner supply chain, in terms of current and forecast future status.

Market data
AWA record that estimated global volume consumption of release liner was 43,984 million square meters in 2014. Regionally, Asia consumed 37% of this total - ahead of both Europe and North America, each of which had a 28% market share. The emerging economies, South America and Africa and the Middle East, now represent 4% and 3% of the world market respectively. Pressure-sensitive labelstock remains the prime end-use segment for both paper- and film-based liner, and grew by 4% in 2014, but it was the market for pressure-sensitive tapes that grew globally most dynamically - at 9.7%.

Scope of the report
The report brings together the important facts on volumes, growth rates, market structure and regional characteristics, as well as raw material trends and costs, regional differences, end-use markets, and environmental issues. It also features the unique documentation of around 100 market participants’ views of the release liner industry’s business platform, as recorded in the company’s annual ‘voice of the industry’ survey, which spans globalization, M&A activity, sustainability and environmental issues, industry costs and profitability, and growth expectations by region.

Release liner in all its aspects is a speciality of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, whose published reports on the subject are complemented annually by the Global Release Liner Conference, alternating between Europe and North America, and held this year in March in Denver, Colorado. Global Release Liner Market Update 2015 is available to order online now, via the AWA Alexander Watson Associates website, www.awa-bv.com

Henkel further concentrates on Food Safe Packaging

Food packaging safety is an issue to which Henkel - as the world's largest adhesive manufacturer - is deeply committed. The "Food Safe Packaging" knowledge platform launched by Henkel nearly two years ago is now being made even more appealing - launching a number of new features.

The offerings available on the website www.henkel.com/foodsafety include white papers, webinars, and videos dealing with the key matters of food safe packaging. All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks to bring the basics up on screen. Those wishing to look into the topic more closely are invited to register for access to the Premium Area.

Upcoming webinars
Also in 2015 Henkel will be holding live webinars on its website in which our experts will talk about different topics relating to packaging and the requirements that food packaging has to satisfy. The year will start with the first session of the new "Global Food Safe Packaging Webinars" series in English language. Considering the time differences all over the world every webinar of this series starts at 9 a.m. CET for interested parties from the eastern world and again at 4 p.m. CET for the western part of the world.

On April 24, Dr. Monika Tönnießen, responsible for Henkel's European product safety and regulatory affairs within the Adhesive Technologies division, will speak about the topic "Ways to improve Food Safety". Those interested in participating can already register at www.henkel.com/foodsafety.

Updated Premium Area
Besides the webinar offerings, the Premium Area comes up with three new features. Several white papers have been translated into European key languages. Furthermore, the white paper section has been changed now, providing a clearer overview of the languages in which each document is available for downloading. The visitor can see all language versions of a document and download them without changing the view.

A new whitepaper relating to packaging trends has been published recently answering the question of how demographic changes impact packaging design. The five requirements presented in the document clearly demonstrate that adhesives play an important role in the functional design of a packaging and that the right choice of adhesive needs to be considered very early in the packaging design process.

And there are new questions presented in the FAQ section with competent answers by Henkel experts. The list includes many of the questions asked in the course of the live webinars regarding Paper Packaging, Raw Materials and Flexible Packaging.

Henkel's Food Safe Packaging initiative addresses food safety officers, quality managers, packaging developers, buyers and other stakeholders from the food and beverage industry who wish to learn more about the issues and developments relating to this important subject.

The food packaging applications for which Henkel adhesives are used range from cereal boxes, beverage bottle labeling and glossy pouch packages for potato chips, to film packaging for sausage, cured meats and cheese. With their know-how, Henkel's specialists ensure that producers are able to offer the highest possible level of safety in their food packaging.

Integral to this initiative is Henkel's commitment to share knowledge, interact and collaborate with all partners along the value chain. The company is constantly building on its in-house competence, leveraging its activities in central analytics, toxicology and product development, and with a specialist team to deal with all the regulatory issues.

Mecmesin announces new Friction, Peel And Tear Tester

Leading testing instruments manufacturer Mecmesin has introduced its latest model, the FPT-H1 horizontal friction peel and tear tester. Designed for ease of use and supplied pre-programmed for all the main industry standard friction-testing methods for plastic films, paper and board. With fixtures also for peel and tear testing, it is ideally suited to the packaging industry, and for manufacturers, converters and users of sheet materials.

In the dynamic environment of sheet and web-fed machinery, quick and accurate measurement of the coefficients of friction is vital. Machine speeds can only be only optimised for productivity if tearing, jamming and misfeeds are prevented, so the FPT-H1 is designed for reliable and rapid testing. With an integral touch screen to access test routines, and guidance through each run, testing requires minimal training with maximum repeatability.

For quality testing of seals, closures and perforations, and the tear strength of sheet materials, the FPT-H1 presents convenience and high throughput. Affordable for the smaller user, it is also robust and reliable for the more demanding environment. With Mecmesin’s powerful Emperor software for control, data acquisition and analysis, the FPT-H1 is also ideally suited to detailed laboratory testing and extension into other tensile testing.

When fitting plastic film samples it is vital not to compromise the surface being tested, so to minimise handling, the FPT-H1 employs quick-attachment grips, and coefficient of friction (COF) sample sleds with magnetic grips. The plane bed itself is easy-clean stainless steel.

Sample sleds are available to comply with the weights and dimensions requirements of all the main test COF standards, with linkages as defined for static and dynamic coefficients of friction and avoidance of stick-slip behaviour.

ISO 15359 is the paper and board coefficient of friction standard that sets the testing bar highest. By requiring a mechanised set-down and lifting mechanism and guide rails, it seeks to eliminate operator variance, and sled rotation and drift caused by surface variability (inks, embossing and textures). The FPT-H1 has these facilities as an optional built-in feature, with operation fully integrated into the supplied ISO 15359 test program.

The FPT-H1 can be employed equally for tear and peel testing in packaging situations, including fixturing for 90 and 180 degree and T-peel standard methods, and trouser tear or perforation line testing.

In launching the FPT-H1, Mecmesin Managing Director John Page stated:


“Mecmesin understands industry’s need for dedicated yet versatile testers. With the FPT-H1 we have put ease of use and clean design at the forefront. This is a market-leading machine suitable for continuous daily use, but also for finer and more detailed laboratory friction testing.”

Wow factor for out of the box packaging redefined at CosmoPack

Packaging production has been given its very own makeover by Mimaki, and the results, along with the market’s latest looks, will be revealed at Cosmopack, part of the 48th Cosmoprof, being staged on March 20-23 in Bologna, Italy. Mimaki will be located in Hall 20, stand C9-D8 at the show. Solutions on display will address the need to create stunning cosmetics packaging that stand out on the shelf, while at the same time taking cost out of the manufacturing and distribution supply chain by enabling affordable shorter runs, more customized packaging and faster time to market. Unique to these solutions is the ability to print awesome imagery and labeling directly onto cylindrical objects as well as creating beautiful folding cartons ready for the final folding/gluing/packing process.

Mimaki, the global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, will highlight how efficient, high quality creasing and cutting on packaging board is made possible with Europe’s first showing of the new Mimaki CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutter. This solution delivers cost-effective designs, smoothly and quickly, for even the shortest runs. Moreover, this outstanding flatbed cutter facilitates a fast and free-flowing design process that promotes creative results and a fast route to market with immediate finishing of packaging and packaging prototypes using multiple functions in an all-in-one approach to the needs of agencies, designers, brand owners and converters.

Flexible solution for the volatile fashion cycle
“Packaging design has never been so flexible,” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Creativity is no longer restrained by long cycles of design, approval, implementation and production. Shorter runs, versioning and promotions can now be supported by highly flexible manufacturing technologies that aid a significantly faster route to market. Highly responsive production techniques also eliminate storage requirements and support more imaginative design implementation on an increasingly wider array of substrates. Mimaki’s portfolio has not only been designed to transform the final product, but also to help create a more attractive end-to-end supply chain that saves both time and costs.”

A print solution for any packaging design
Mimaki will also demonstrate how short run on-demand printing of premium, high end and luxury items is made possible by the compact desktop Mimaki UJF-3042. It offers unrivalled versatility and high quality print reproduction on a wide range of materials, products and substrates. An enhanced level of creativity is offered by the kebab option that allows 360° direct printing on cylindrical items, including glass and plastic containers. “You have to see this to believe it, the packages are virtually jumping into the consumer’s shopping cart,” Horsten adds.

All of the capabilities of the Mimaki UJF-3042 are also available in the larger A2 format Mimaki UJF-6042. Both printers allow greater versatility and photo-quality print reproduction on a wide range of materials, objects and substrates. An array of beauty and cosmetics packaging samples will be produced using these printers during the show.

Carton board packaging will be produced throughout the show by the compact footprint Mimaki JFX200-2513. The latest addition to Mimaki’s family of UV LED flatbed printers, the JFX200-2513 offers a range of inks, including white and clear, that can print on a broad array of substrates.

Last but not least, silver ink will be used to print metallic labels with Mimaki’s CJV150-75. Thisintegrated printer/cutter from Mimaki can also run orange and light black inks to provide high performance, creativity and versatility. Throughout the show the CJV150-75 will be producing stunning packaging printed on transparent media with silver ink and cut/creased in one integrated process.

Horsten adds, “Mimaki’s family of solutions supports designers and brand owners who are striving to develop packaging that wows. We have everything from an entry-level machine that allows them to check, simply, quickly and cost effectively, whether or not the design of the packaging hits the marketing sweet spot, all the way to high quality systems that address a broad range of high impact solutions. We have also developed highly versatile machines that support a flexible approach to design and production, allowing brands to be imaginative beyond their wildest dreams and test the water profitably without the commitment of expensive longer runs that take up costly inventory space, incur additional distribution costs and often are discarded due to obsolescence. Our motto is run what you need, when you need it, and change it as often as you want. We are looking forward to showing brand owners and specifiers at Cosmopack how they can give their thinking a make-over, helping bring out a new look of their own.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

UPM Raflatac appoints Praveen Gupta as GM & Business Development Director in South Asia

UPM Raflatac has appointed Praveen Gupta as General Manager and Business Development Director in South Asia. Praveen brings with him a decade of project management and business development experience in India. During the last years, he has successfully led UPM’s Paper business in India. He has also been instrumental in driving the growth and success of India Recypa Pvt Ltd engaged in RCP collection and trading business.

Commenting on his appointment, Praveen said: “The self-adhesive label market in India and across South Asia continues to offer a very promising future. I look forward to developing UPM Raflatac’s label stock business further and strengthening our relationships with domestic brands and label printers by delivering reliable high quality products and services.”

UPM Raflatac is one of the world’s leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labelling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. 

Flexo Image Graphics opens Sales Office in Dubai

Having expanded its flagship company Flexo Image Graphics into two distinct companies last year, Flexo Image Graphics DWC LLC that comprise the distributorship of Mark Andy and Rotoflex for the Middle East and African markets is now pleased to announce their Dubai office in the heart of the city. This move is an extension of FIG DWC LLC broadening its horizons by leveraging its strengths and its core team to empower their customers to realize their full potential in the MEA region.

Till now, Flexo Image Graphics had been working with a representative office in the region. However, it has now taken a step forward with the establishment of the Dubai office, which is located in DWC Business Center, Dubai. This new office structure is sure going to give a big boost with Gourav Roy as Managing Director and Pankaj Sehgal helming the responsibility as Territory Manager for MEA region.

Gourav Roy says: “With the opening of this new Dubai office of Flexo Image Graphics DWC LLC, we see this as a sign of FIG DWC LLC continuing to be the technology leader, with a range of innovations to suit all types of narrow web applications. This facility will enable FIG to further support the expanding markets of the MEA and, with the expanded facilities and with experienced print, sales and technical support, I am very optimistic about our future in this region.”

“In the last more than one decade of our operations, we’ve come farther than we could have imagined. The need for a complete office set up in Dubai follows our significant growth in the labeling industry in the MEA region. With this new office, I am inspired to streamline our services even better so that our customers can be better equipped to get better and faster services. This is what we do today, and that’s what we’ll do tomorrow,” added Gourav Roy

Toyo Ink SC Holdings merges two Taiwan subsidiaries

Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd. (President Katsumi Kitagawa) announced today that, effective January 1, 2015, it has merged two wholly-owned subsidiaries Toyo Ink Chemicals Taiwan Co., Ltd. and Toyo Ink Taiwan Co., Ltd. into a single operating entity. The reorganization also resulted in a name change of the newly formed company and a relocation of its head office.

The merger entailed the absorption of Toyo Ink Taiwan, which imported and sold Toyo Ink Group color and functional materials, polymers and coatings, into the structure of the successor company Toyo Ink Chemicals Taiwan, which manufactured and sold resist inks used for LCD color filters. Thereafter, Toyo Ink Taiwan was dissolved, and the name of the successor entity was changed to Toyo Advanced Science Taiwan Co., Ltd.

With this move, the Toyo Ink Group aims to strengthen and deepen its market presence in the Taiwan region by speeding up and reinforcing new product development and customer response time. In addition, the Group is looking to further boost customer and consumer satisfaction while advancing its businesses not only in Taiwan but also those in the China and Southeast Asia region.

Toyo Advanced Science Taiwan engages in the manufacture and sale of color resist inks for LCDs as well as the import and sale of printing inks, printing-related materials, pigments, optical materials and adhesives. The company was established with a paid-in capital of 600 million Taiwan dollars and a head office located at No. 318, Songjiang Road, 6th floor, in the Zhongshan District of Taipei City. Osamu Ohtake, the former president of Toyo Ink Chemicals Taiwan, serves as president of the newly formed entity.

This merger is between two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Toyo Ink SC Holdings and, therefore, has no impact on the company’s consolidated business performance.

Leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) company broadens Esko solutions suite

Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the USA, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods to Media, Print and the public sector.

“It is Esko’s strategy to digitize and integrate the entire packaging production workflow from design all the way to finished packs and displays in the store. With this acquisition, we further our transformation from a prepress solution provider to an end-to-end supplier in the packaging world“, explains Udo Panenka, Esko President. “Increasing pressure on error-free and timely production of brand expressions across a diverse media range like packaging, in-store displays and online and printed advertising, turns an integrated DAM solution into a cornerstone for both print service providers and brand owners. Adding MediaBeacon tools and expertise expands the Esko Software Suite and brings to market a production workflow solution that keeps pace with the challenges of organizations around the globe.”

To facilitate a smooth integration process, Jason Bright, CEO and founder of MediaBeacon, will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer. Jason, a highly respected thought leader and industry visionary, will work closely with the Esko R&D teams to drive software integration efforts and to ensure ongoing development of the MediaBeacon DAM software. Brett Robertson will assume responsibilities over daily operations as the General Manager of MediaBeacon. Brett was previously the Director Global Product Marketing, Servo Motors with Kollmorgen.

“The prospect of adding MediaBeacon’s development and go-to-market efforts into Esko’s global operations in packaging workflow is very exciting and provides us with a solid platform for growth,” comments Brett Robertson. “Esko’s expertise with packaging assets, including structural design and 3D virtual mockup technology, broadens the scope, depth and breadth of the integrated solution dramatically and will surely also excite our customers.”

Monday, March 16, 2015

X-Rite to demonstrate color control at Gulf Pack and Print

Company to highlight range of solutions that give printers end-to-end color management
X-Rite Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced they are exhibiting at Gulf Pack and Print, the leading event for commercial and package printers in the Middle East and North Africa. X-Rite will be exhibiting in the booth of their Middle East Partner, Phoenix Technologies (Booth #A20). Gulf Pack and Print is taking place April 13 - 16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai UAE.

At the event, X-Rite will be showcasing their range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control in the print production process. This high level of color control enables commercial and package printers to deliver maximum color consistency to their clients while achieving a higher level of efficiency in their operations.

At Gulf Pack and Print, X-Rite Pantone will be showing:
  • eXact and eXact Scan – This next generation in handheld color measurement enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color, avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.
  • i1 Professional Color Management Solutions – A collection of color profiling tools that offer an unprecedented level of flexibility to address the needs of digital imaging workflows. It features a number of unique color management capabilities, giving users power and control in creating professional quality profiles.
  • The Ci64 Ci6x Series Portable Spectrophotometers – The Ci6x family of handheld spectrophotometers - Ci60, Ci62, Ci64 & Ci64UV - enables printers to manage color in all stages of production. These spectrophotometers ensure printers are confident in their color data, regardless of where or when the measurements are collected.

Simone Viscomi, Sales Director, says “Printers everywhere are under pressure to deliver exceptional work while also controlling costs. X-Rite’s color management solutions help them to succeed at both goals. Rework and customer rejects are greatly reduced because color is ensured at each step of the process. Best of all, the customer receives the color quality they expected. We look forward to joining our partners Phoenix Technologies at the show, and to helping printers in the Gulf region succeed.”

Toray presents exciting benefits of waterless printing technology at XFair in Vienna

Waterless printing offers advantages for a broad array of printing market segments
Toray Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of waterless CTP plates, announced that it will be showcasing products printed with waterless technology at Xfair. Toray will be in stand B07 at the show which takes place from 15-17 April 2015.

“We are excited to participate in Xfair, a local event for print, publishing and media, and to be able to spend time with visitors from the DACH region, Central and Eastern Europe,” said Mitsunori Hayashi, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for the new Toray Graphics factory in the Czech Republic. “We believe waterless UV printing technology, which has proved to be effective in providing quality enhancements and cost savings on non-absorbent substrates such as synthetic materials, brings significant added value to high end commercial-, label- & packaging- printers as well Cold Set printers. At the show, Toray experts will be available for one-on-one consultations, explaining how implementing waterless printing in these segments can deliver amazing results, including increased quality and reduced waste, while enabling a safer working environment and broadening the range of applications that can be produced.”

High quality, environmentally friendly
Toray printing plates incorporate a silicone coating to replace the dampening solution normally used in conventional offset printing. This printing system not only enables an environmentally friendly operation by eliminating harmful pressroom chemicals, but also improves productivity.

Waterless offset printing provides:
  • High resolution prints with higher contrast, greater color gamut, better color consistency and less dot gain, resulting in brighter, cleaner and sharper images.
  • Improved competitive positioning for printing companies by expanding their product range and reducing costs.
  • The most environmentally friendly printing process available, with no dampening solution chemicals and lower VOC emissions in the pressroom. Printers and print buyers alike can differentiate their products from others by using the butterfly logo which represents ecological printing.

“Visitors to the Toray stand will have a hands-on opportunity to examine the quality of products printed with waterless technology as compared to conventional printing techniques,” added Mr. Hayashi. “This includes UV-cured prints, microprint security features, high resolution images and packaging, as well as stunning prints on a broad range of substrates that can be difficult to use with conventional water-based printing processes. We welcome visitors to the Toray stand to learn about all of these opportunities."


For more information about Toray and Toray’s waterless offset printing technology, please visit www.toray.com and www.waterless-print.com/en
Toray presents exciting benefits of waterless printing technology at XFair in Vienna

Waterless printing offers advantages for a broad array of printing market segments

Toray Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of waterless CTP plates, announced that it will be showcasing products printed with waterless technology at Xfair. Toray will be in stand B07 at the show which takes place from 15-17 April 2015.
“We are excited to participate in Xfair, a local event for print, publishing and media, and to be able to spend time with visitors from the DACH region, Central and Eastern Europe,” said Mitsunori Hayashi, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for the new Toray Graphics factory in the Czech Republic. “We believe waterless UV printing technology, which has proved to be effective in providing quality enhancements and cost savings on non-absorbent substrates such as synthetic materials, brings significant added value to high end commercial-, label- & packaging- printers as well Cold Set printers. At the show, Toray experts will be available for one-on-one consultations, explaining how implementing waterless printing in these segments can deliver amazing results, including increased quality and reduced waste, while enabling a safer working environment and broadening the range of applications that can be produced.”

High quality, environmentally friendly
Toray printing plates incorporate a silicone coating to replace the dampening solution normally used in conventional offset printing. This printing system not only enables an environmentally friendly operation by eliminating harmful pressroom chemicals, but also improves productivity.

Waterless offset printing provides:
High resolution prints with higher contrast, greater color gamut, better color consistency and less dot gain, resulting in brighter, cleaner and sharper images.
Improved competitive positioning for printing companies by expanding their product range and reducing costs.
The most environmentally friendly printing process available, with no dampening solution chemicals and lower VOC emissions in the pressroom. Printers and print buyers alike can differentiate their products from others by using the butterfly logo which represents ecological printing.

“Visitors to the Toray stand will have a hands-on opportunity to examine the quality of products printed with waterless technology as compared to conventional printing techniques,” added Mr. Hayashi. “This includes UV-cured prints, microprint security features, high resolution images and packaging, as well as stunning prints on a broad range of substrates that can be difficult to use with conventional water-based printing processes. We welcome visitors to the Toray stand to learn about all of these opportunities."


For more information about Toray and Toray’s waterless offset printing technology, please visit www.toray.com and www.waterless-print.com/en

Finat launches the European Label Forum 2015

Emphasis on knowledge sharing and business relevance
Finat, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, has reshaped and rebranded its annual congress to reflect greater industry collaboration and cooperation. Under its new name, the European Label Forum (ELF) will take place June 11-13 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“The annual congress has historically presented key industry updates and insight,” explains Kurt Walker, Finat President. “However, we want to enhance the value of our annual event for business and opinion leaders from around Europe and beyond. This is why we have chosen to ‘re-brand’ the conference as The European Label Forum. The new format will provide insights to attendees on items of relevance for strategic decision making, by connecting different areas of interest and expertise through dialogue and interaction. Sessions will also map the key transformations reshaping the industry, and in doing should help them to identify the opportunities and challenges. In other words, the ELF will offer a unique source of knowledge, experience and networks key to the strategic success of label businesses in an international business environment.”

The panel of keynote presenters will furthermore include:
  • Herman van Rompuy, former EU President and Belgian Prime Minister;
  • Rasmus Ankersen, entrepreneur and bestselling management author;
  • Ramses Dingenouts, Senior Packaging & Identity Design Manager at Heineken;
  • Gordon Crichton, Director of the French Procurement Management Institute (MAI).

There will also be a first-hand preview of the 3rd edition of the Finat RADAR, the association’s half-yearly market overview to be published after the ELF.

Parallel Business Streams
One of the novelties in the ELF will be the series of three parallel programme streams on the first day of the conference, offering a choice of top level expert speakers on three areas of expertise: ‘sales and marketing’, ‘technology and manufacturing’ and ‘management and corporate affairs’. Also new will be a plenary workshop that will take the shape of a ‘lean manufacturing game and exercise’ during the closing session of the event.

“Presenting trends and underscoring market influences is the key role of this event, but the value is in truly understanding how they will impact day-to-day business and shape the future. With topics like ‘the new reality of retailing’, ‘label design that makes products sell more’, ‘competing product decoration technologies’, ‘3D printing business models’, ‘succession planning’ and ‘how to sell your business?’ we are aiming to offer direct business value to a variety of label industry audiences and we are therefore encouraging label printers to consider participating with multiple members of staff to take advantage of this opportunity”, adds Mr. Walker.

“There will be ample opportunity to network so that delegates can share ideas amongst themselves and leave with a clearer idea of how they can make a difference when they return to their operations. We also believe the ELF will help attendees build new relationships that will enable them to interact with like-minded business leaders beyond the conference, collaborating on new ways of working to ensure a long-term profitable future.”

The forum will be the stage for presentation of Finat’s annual awards, too, including the Finat Label Awards and Recycling Award.

Complete details about the awards, congress programme, registration and other arrangements can be downloaded from www.EuropeanLabelForum.com