Signing of the first Labelexpo and Finat sponsorship agreement in 1991. At the signing were Harry van Eijk (seated left), Clive Smith (seated right), Mans Lejeune (standing left) and Mike Fairley

This was the beginnings of his fascination with the label industry and label technology. In 1974 he was instrumental in organizing for Pira an international conference on trends and developments in labels – bringing together speakers from across Europe to talk about label substrates, adhesives,...

L-R: Ron Spring, Mans Lejeune and Mike Fairley at the Finat Congress in 2008

An industry that managed to more than duplicate itself in Europe over the past two decades; that now masters virtually all printing processes; a variety of adhesive and non-adhesive substrates on rolls; excels in versatility in terms of run lengths, order lead times, variable information...

Unilever uses Avery Dennison’s CleanFlake white BOPP for its Love Beauty and Planet brand

At the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, a growing list of companies announced sustainability goals aimed at reaching 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging within the next decade. The companies – Amcor, Ecover, Evian, L’Oréal, Mars, Marks & Spencer, PepsiCo...

Label production at the forefront of printing industry change

With the rise of digital printing, servo technology, sophisticated management information systems, color control, web inspection and, most recently, the introduction of increasing levels of management and workflow automation, success is becoming almost as much to do with software and IT...

Web cleaning system from KSM Superclean

One of the main barriers to the printing-press specific overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in the label printing industry is loose contamination present on the material to be printed. There are many sources of contamination, all of which are difficult to avoid. The three key sources are...

Flexo Wash launched a new system

Color-Dec introduced Finedome for producing elegant metallic looking labels. No tooling, chemicals, PVCs or electro-forming are required. 

Dover Flexo Electronics launched SteadyWeb6, a closed-loop automatic tension controller with a back-lit, color,...

South Africa is home to one of the world’s most advanced label converting industries

A recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report, ‘Beyond the BRICs: A broader look at emerging market growth prospects’, takes a look beyond the ‘E7’ emerging economies. ‘The general message is that investors with long-term horizons should look beyond the BRIC’s.’ South Africa is clearly on that horizon...

GM launched the fourth generation of its DC330Mini

From ETI’s upgraded Cohesio line, the SEI Laser Labelmaster and DPR’s new desktop Virgo digital label finishing systems, to Fix-a-Form’s AF500 next-generation leaflet label machine, such systems are designed to offer the latest...

RotoMetrics won the Label Industry Global Award for Innovation

Kocher+Beck launched the TecScreen Processing Unit, a compact and economical wash device for fully automated washing and drying process of all nickel based screen-printing plates. The company also offered a full range of screen fabrics, flexible dies including laser long life...

Wikoff Color’s new Photoflex LED inks were running on a 6-color Etirama Fit flexo press

Initiatives such as the UVFoodSafe industry group are doing their bit to facilitate this, while ink and curing specialists continue to enhance their UV offering with new technologies to provide a wider scope of application and increase adoption.

These could be seen first-hand at Labelexpo...

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