Registration for the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe, the world’s biggest label and package printing industry trade show, is now open.
Set to take place at Brussels Expo on 24-27 September, the four-day event promises hundreds of live demonstrations of the latest technology, three new show features, three expert-led master classes and a workshop.
Since its inaugural event in 1980, the biennial Labelexpo Europe has become established as the leading global industry platform for label and package printing professionals, and renowned for its high number of live machinery demonstrations.
Spread across nine exhibitions halls, over 600 exhibitors will be taking part, including ABG, Avery Dennison, Bobst, Domino, Durst, Epson, ETI, Fujifilm, Gallus, HP, Kocher & Beck, Konica Minolta, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, Omet, RotoMetrics and Xeikon.
Running alongside the exhibition are three new show features. The Flexible Packaging Arena is a demonstration of two press lines – one conventional and one digital – producing indirect food contact flexible packaging to the latest GMP standards. Visitors will gain new insights from the industry-wide UVFoodSafe initiative into best practice for UV curing onto indirect food contact labels and flexible packaging.
At the Brand Innovation Showcase, brand owner visitors will learn the secrets to achieving stand-out shelf presence, explore award-winning label and packaging designs, and take part in an exclusive tour of key supplier stands.
At the Sustainability Insight Café area of the show, visitors will be able to see the latest sustainable products and services designed to support a more environmentally conscious label and package printing industry.
As in previous years, there will also be three half-day expert-led master classes and a workshop run in association with the Label Academy. The master classes will cover flexible packaging; inks, coatings and varnishes; and digital label and package printing. The workshop will focus on self-adhesive materials.
Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: ‘This is a milestone year for Labelexpo as it celebrates an incredible 40 years, so we wanted to mark that by creating our biggest, most ambitious show yet.
‘Our objective is that the buyers attending Labelexpo Europe 2019 will, through live demonstrations, the innovative show features and expert-led master classes, find the right solutions that empower them to create a strategy which moves their businesses – and therefore the industry – forward.’
‘We are especially proud to introduce the three new show features this year. We are very much looking forward to meeting with exhibitors and visitors over the course of the show.’
The Label Industry Global Awards will take place during the event, on the evening of September 24. The six awards include innovation, environment/sustainability and global achievement in the industry. Two of these – and new for this year – also cover industry rising stars and the top European converter.
The gala ceremony will also celebrate Labelexpo’s 40th anniversary and is set to be twice as big as in previous years, according to the Labelexpo team.
An early bird booking discount for Labelexpo Europe 2019 is available until 14 September.