Finat has added four converter-only roundtables to the program for this year’s European Label Forum (ELF), providing printers and converters the opportunity to discuss current and future challenges and developments with peers from different countries.
The four roundtables will address sustainability and recycling, technology investment, marketing, and next-generation workforces:
Sustainability & Recycling – labels and flexible packaging are the ‘ambassadors of sustainability par excellence’ as they are everywhere in a consumer’s life. Following the recent public and EU focus on single-use plastics, might there be a changing attitude towards the sourcing of composite packaging materials by brand owners and retailer private brands? What are the industry experiences in proactively offering recycling options to the market?;
Technology Investment – being able to produce digitally printed labels is more and more becoming a vendor requirement from the part of brand owners. Whilst the increasing demand for ever shorter runs, variable information and personalized branding is evident, the inherent over capacity is also a business risk on top of the investment costs for digital label printing equipment. How are label companies handling this dilemma?;
Marketing – label procurement is no longer only a matter of personal relationships between buyer and seller. Procurement departments have been centralized, being increasingly carried out via electronic tenders. In general, the way of marketing has changed with the digital world. How are in overall terms label companies adapting their marketing strategy?; and
NextGen Workforce – recruitment and retention of young talent are among the top three challenges for business leaders in the European label industry. The participants of the roundtable will discuss the industry best practices in bringing in the next generation of talent and what the label industry can do to ensure the alignment of education systems with the changing skillset.
All discussions will comply with Finat’s antitrust guidelines and will take place in accordance with the so-called Chatham House Rule: anyone who comes to the meeting is free to use information from the discussion, but is not allowed to reveal who made any comment. It is designed to increase openness of discussion.
This year’s Finat ELF takes place June 5-7 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Find out about ELF and other industry events in the L&L Events diary