Labelexpo Americas 2022 unveils its educational program

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Organizers of Labelexpo Americas 2022 have confirmed details of the event’s conference and learning program for the region’s largest trade show for the label and packaging printing industry, including is now in its 17th edition. The speaker list includes representatives from ACTEGA, Avery Dennison, Blue Label Packaging Company, Cartes, Cerm, Channeled Resources, FINAT, Fortis Solutions Group, GM, Henkel, HP Indigo, Kurz, Label Traxx, Mactac, S-One LP , TLMI, UPM Raflatac, Xeikon and 3M.

The three-day educational program includes: six thematic one-hour conferences which will take place on September 13 and 14, 13-14, the first two days of the three-day fair; as well as two Label Academy technical half-days led master classes during the second and third days of the show.

The first day of the conference is designed to explore some of the key technologies and trends in the label and packaging printing industry, including Industry 4.0/automation and supply chain challenges. supply. Among the highlights of the session is “What does an automated future look like?”, chaired by Steve Metcalf, Director of Marketing and IoT, Baldwin Technology, which will include a case study presentation followed by a discussion exploring how the automation will change the industry, the powerhouse of Industry 4.0 and the next generation of fully automated digital conversion. Panelists include: Geert van Damme, Managing Director, CERM; Christian Menegon, Global Business Development Manager, Labels & Packaging, HP Indigo; Rob Mayerson, President, Label Traxx; and Andrew M Boyd, President, Blue Label Packaging Company. Other speakers on day one include: Linnea Keen, President of TLMI, Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of FINAT, and John Wynne, CEO of Fortis Solutions Group, who will open the conference with a joint overview of the global label market; while Mike Ferrari, founder of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, will chair a panel discussion on supply chain complexities.

The second day is designed to ensure the sustainability of your business. Topics include mergers and acquisitions, the changing industry landscape, and diversification. Session highlights include a panel discussion on “The Changing Market Landscape” chaired by Bob Cronin, Managing Partner, The Open Approach. This will look at how mergers and acquisitions are shaping the label and packaging printing industry, and how converters are adapting. Other Day 2 speakers include AWT CEO Bruce Hanson, who, along with Cronin, will precede this roundtable with an opening session on M&A and Competitiveness. The conference concludes with a presentation of case studies and a panel discussion chaired by S-One LP Vice President of Sales, Tom Hauenstein, on the theme “Opportunities Beyond PS Labels”, which explores some of the innovative ways in which the industry is diversifying. Among the panelists was Martin Leitner, Product Manager (Labels & Flexible Packaging) at Durst Group.

The two in-depth masterclasses will cover digital embellishment on September 14 and self-adhesive label materials on September 15. The first offers thematic sessions such as: inkjet coating and varnishing given by Filip Weymans, marketing vice-president, digital solutions, Xeikon; special effect inks and coatings, donated by Mohammad S Farahat PhD, Director of R&D, Novel Device Technology, Sun Chemical; digital foil techniques, given by Michael Aumann, director – digital embellishment solutions, Kurz; digital embellishment and laser cutting, donated by Virgilio Micale, Sales Director, Cards; an ACTEGA Ecoleaf case study; digital beautification and workflow given by Uffe Nielsen, CEO, GM; integrate digital beautification into existing systems; and the design and brand perspective, given by Doris Brown-McNally, North America brand innovation manager, HP Graphic Arts. Attendees will also be able to see this theory in action at the show, with cutting-edge examples highlighted from the various technologies of participating companies on the Digital Embellishment Trail.

Topics covered in the self-adhesive labeling materials masterclass include: an introduction to the different materials on the market, given by Andy Thomas-Emans, Strategic Director, Labelexpo Global Series; Release Substrates, donated by Bruce Ruppert, Product Development Manager, UPM Raflatac; different types of adhesives donated by Valérie Alexis, Senior Application Specialist, Henkel; paper and synthetic facestocks donated by Angel Harvey, senior product manager – premium paper and VI, Avery Dennison; 3M paperless front ends; identification and characteristics of Mactac self-adhesive materials; new uses for tag waste, given by Calvin Frost, founder and president, CEO of Channeled Resources; and test methods and procedures.

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas Event Director, comments: “Since our last show in 2018, the industry has evolved significantly, primarily due to the covid pandemic and ongoing supply chain challenges, which is hence our much-awaited opportunity to offer a face-to-face educational platform in the region, where participants can update their industry knowledge. They will be able to hear and learn from our lineup of top speakers addressing the most pressing issues through a robust mix of panels, technical presentations and practical case studies highlighting real-life experiences and lessons learned. Seating is limited for all lecture and master class sessions, so I strongly encourage visitors to book as soon as possible.

Echoing this, Wynne said, “I’m really looking forward to attending Labelexpo Americas. The two-day conference program addresses the areas most relevant to our industry and appropriately helps define the opportunities and challenges ahead. Additionally, the event is an opportune time to network with industry experts and key industry vendors. »

Weymans adds: “Over time, the market has embraced the possibilities of digital printing. We are at a point where this inspires digitization of the broader aspect of label production, beyond printing, embellishment and converting. Different options are available, but which solution is best for your business? In this session, we will discuss beautification processes achieved through workflow, online and offline printing. Different capabilities, different business benefits, with potential value for your business.

Alexis says, “I’m really excited to share the different types of adhesives used in label applications. Understanding adhesive limitations and end-use performance requirements helps in choosing the right adhesive for applications used in label printing, so this session will be especially useful for converters, and in fact for all participants at Labelexpo Americas 2022 wishing to deepen their knowledge!”.

Labelexpo Americas will take place September 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont in Chicago, IL, USA. Spread over 5 exhibition halls, more than 400 exhibitors will participate.

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