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  • 16 Dec 2019

Labelexpo Asia reports largest edition to date

Labelexpo Asia reports largest edition to date

The organizer of Labelexpo Asia 2019 has confirmed that the 9th edition of the show was its largest to date with 18 percent growth in buyer visitors and a 26 percent larger floor space than its previous edition.

A total of 23,636 visitors from 90 countries flocked to the four-day show compared to 20,084 visitors from 81 countries at the 2017 edition. Over 350 industry leading suppliers from the region and worldwide exhibited in Shanghai, showcasing the latest label and package printing machinery and technology innovations.  

The many deals announced during the show included first-timer Winbosc, which sold five machines on site and signed a cooperation agreement with Taiyo. First-time exhibitor HanGlobal sold two digital presses on site, with Zhiqin printing investing in its second digital press, and Kunshan Mingting purchasing its 12th machine. Weigang sold 28 flexo presses and eight ZX offset machines, alongside a dozen potential lines of its new  ZP-480 rotary offset press.

Key product launches included: Weigang ZP-480/680/900/1200 rotary offset press;  Spande and Domino Hybrid press; Winbosc Cloud Hybrid RG Series Digital Inkjet Label Printer and Digi Spark digital stamping machine; Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230, equipped with Brotech finishing units; HanGlobal LabelStar digital press; DurstTau 330 RSC; Hongsheng HSR0340/450/660 hybrid press; COASO iCueLabel digital press; Wanjie Digital King 350 digital press; Luster LabelMaster-KA detection system; ADA A6000W wide width RFID laminating machine; Avery Dennison CleanFlake Adhesive Technology and WaveSafe RFID label; and UPM Raflatac Forest Film and UPM CCK.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: ‘We are delighted with the success of this year’s Labelexpo Asia. The huge leap forward in buyer visitors consolidates the show’s position as our largest show in Asia, a growth that is truly inspiring.’

The show’s new feature areas included Flexpack Asia, which displayed the latest flexible packaging technology. Participating companies included Guangdong Olger, which launched the OG330-CL8+1A narrow web satellite flexo, specially designed for flexible packaging products. Other exhibitors included 3G flexo, Epson, GMG, Haozhun, Dongguan Menroland Precision Machinery, Jiangsu Shuangxing, Siegwerk, Taiyo, Yantai Boyuan and Yinjinda.

A series of live demonstrations took place each day at the Flexible Packaging Arena. Making its debut, and introduced barely three months ago at Labelexpo Europe 2019, this area of the show enabled visitors to see two press lines in action: a Xeikon 3030 and a Wanjie 660, showcasing flexible pouch production. 

The returning Smart Zone displayed products including the next generation 3D holograms, nano-materials, advanced decoration technology, special inks and RFID/NFC labels, from Avery Dennison, Guangdong ADA, Guangzhou J-sail, Muehlbauer, Shanghai Jion Point, Trojan Jet, Tysin, Voyantic, Wing Singa and Xinjinglu.

‘The label and package printing industry in China is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented expansion, and flexible packaging and smart labeling in particular are two huge trends we saw dominating this year’s show’, added Milburn.  The packed-out feature areas and numerous live demonstrations are testament to the appetite for this technology, and are further proof that China is rapidly becoming an all-round key market force in an extremely competitive global market.  This bodes extremely well for our two new shows in the region next year, Labelexpo South China and Brand Print China.’ 

‘We were highly impressed with the large number of visitors at our booth and the detailed discussions,’ said Andrea Glawe, regional sales director for Asia-Pacific at Kroenert, a first-time Labelexpo Asia exhibitor. ‘The focus of Kroenert was to show the new developed double-side silicone coating system. The reactions from the visitors were very open minded. Additionally, we saw the interest in new label solutions, recycling trends, integration of RFID and NFC technologies in labels as well as new environmentally friendly concepts for chemicals. The show was for us a good opportunity to keep in contact with existing customers and meet new ones.’

Zhao Jiangwu, general manager at HanGlobal, added: ‘From the development trend of global label industry, the “digital train” is entering the label printing “station” and becoming a new hot spot of the packaging industry. This Labelexpo Asia is the most significant and most comprehensive technology exhibition in recent years. At the show, HanGlobal brought the industrial single pass digital label printer LabStar 330 for the first time at a major domestic industry exhibition. LabStar 330 has attracted many vital business customers.’

‘I am delighted to attend this exhibition,’ commented Qiu Jianmin, CEO of Winbosc. ‘Our sales broke through the expected target. Winbosc not only signed cooperation agreements with six clients, but also gained a lot of prospective customers, especially our new Digi Spark digital stamping machine also obtained high praise. This show is also a good opportunity to communicate with industry peers which motivate us new ideas for future research. We look forward to Labelexpo Asia 2021.’

The educational program, introduced at this year’s show, also proved very popular. Liu Haifeng, general manager of Tianjin Teda Great Print, said: ‘As a Chinese label converter, such international professional training classes will help us learn the forefront technologies and solutions, which is very important to enhance our own companies and integrate with the world. What’s more, integration of domestic and abroad speakers makes it easier for learners to use what we learnt into applications.’


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