L&L issue 4 – published before Labelexpo Europe or Americas, with thousands of extra editions printed and distributed at the show – is always our biggest of the year, but this one is particularly special. While in recent years issue 4 front covers have frequently hosted impressive designs and glittering foil effects, this is the first time that both the outside and inside covers have combined both, with embossing added for good measure.
The result is surely our most impressive front cover ever, combining with the inside page to create an outdoors/indoors 1920s Chicago speakeasy theme with foiling and embossing effects. Many people joined forces on the project, about which you can read more on page 13, but special thanks go to the good people at foiling specialist Kurz for their unfailing support.
As ever, our comprehensive 30-page Labelexpo Americas preview will help those at the show navigate the multitude of feature areas, educational and networking opportunities, and technology on display in September in Rosemont.
The show sees the Americas debut of the Automation Arena, run for the first time at Labelexpo Europe last year. It demonstrates how software and hardware from pre-press to rewinder, invoicing and dispatch can be integrated using modern MIS technologies. Two automated press lines are shown: a conventional line based around an MPS press and demonstrating for the first time the automated production of shrink sleeves, and a digital line based around a Xeikon press. It’s not to be missed.
Read too about the return of the TLMI Ecovillage, new networking opportunities offered by Labelexpo Connections, and this year’s Label Industry Global Awards ceremony. An A-Z preview outlines the technology that will be on display. See our website and follow us on social media for more product launches and show-related news in the lead-up to the event, as well as live from the show floor – the L&L team will publish a daily online newsletter, to which attendees can subscribe for free when registering for the show.
Through all these channels, you can also help us celebrate L&L’s 40th birthday in the lead-up to our special anniversary edition at the end of the year.
This leader article was first published in Labels & Labeling issue 4, 2018, and can be read here