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  • 05 Jul 2016

Label Academy to deliver educational content at Labelexpo Americas 2016

Digital Label and Package Printing will be fronted by Mike Fairley

Labelexpo Americas 2016 is offering print industry professionals a choice of four expert-led educational sessions to expand their knowledge and skill set.

Being run in association with Label Academy, focused master classes are to cover the topics of design and origination, digital label and package printing, and conventional label printing processes, with a workshop exploring shrink sleeves.

First introduced in 2014, Label Academy is the label and package printing industry’s global training and certification program. Label Academy is endorsed by TLMI, Finat and LMAI, and supported by suppliers Flint Group, HP Indigo, MPS, RotoMetrics, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon. The master classes being held at Labelexpo Americas support its dedicated training modules in the same subject areas.

The Design and Origination master class will be presented by training expert Nick Khatker of Jennings Global and will run on September 14. The four-hour program costs 600 USD and will offer a comprehensive insight into the label origination, repro and pre-press processes, and explore in detail the progress of a typical job from design rough through to its arrival on the printing press.

The five-hour Shrink Sleeve Workshop, also on September 14 and costing 600 USD, will provide a clear understanding of design and origination requirements, cover substrates and inks and review the different printing processes available. Presentations will be given by experts from Accraply, Esko, Flint Group and Klöckner Pentaplast.

The two other five-hour long master classes, Digital Label & Package Printing and Conventional Label Printing Processes, will run simultaneously on September 15 and each cost 700 USD. Digital Label and Package Printing will be fronted by Mike Fairley, director of strategic development for Labelexpo Global Series. Specialists from AB Graphic International, Avery Dennison, Domino, Esko, HP Indigo and Xeikon will outline the different presses, materials and finishing options, and discuss the key considerations when running a digital printing operation.

Print industry trainer John Morton of 4impression will present the Conventional Label Printing Processes master class. Attendees will learn about letterpress, lithography, flexography, screen, gravure and combination printing, and also receive a live demonstration of working machinery to gain an in depth understanding of the different processes.

Each price includes the master class as well as a copy of the supporting text book (129 USD if bought separately) and an opportunity to take an online exam afterwards to earn a Label Academy certificate (250 USD if purchased separately).

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas event director, said: ‘Space for the master classes is limited and as they offer a personal and intimate learning environment, they are always well attended. They give attendees a fast and efficient way of learning new skills to apply effectively in their work place and for progressing their careers as each session will share immensely valuable and strategic expertise and really enhance the overall Labelexpo experience.’

Registration for the Label Academy master classes and Shrink Sleeve Workshop can be completed online at

Labelexpo Americas celebrates its 15th edition in 2016 as it returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois on September 13-15. New features at this year’s edition see the addition of the Linerless Trail, which debuted at Labelexpo Europe 2015, and the Digital Finishing Experience.


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