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eDossier: “Labelexpo Europe 2015 – Stories and comments”

Labelexpo Europe officially reported record breaking numbers in terms of visitors, exhibitors and exhibition space for its 35th anniversary. Held as usual at Brussels Expo from 29 September to 2 October, 2015, the show was a great success.

Record figures

Held every two years, Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry. According to the show organisers, the 2015 edition attracted altogether 35,739 visitors, which represents an increase of 12.4% compared with 2013’s total of 31,795 coming to Brussels.

Visitors came from 146 countries, with most attending from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the UK. The show also recorded an increase in visitors from outside Europe with 19.6% of the total traveling from Asia, North and South America and Africa. Covering 34,566 sqm, the show’s foot print also increased by 11.65% on 2013, while exhibitor numbers rose from 600 to just over 650. Read the full article in our eDossier “Labelexpo Europe 2015 – Stories and comments.

Beyond the scope of labels In 2013, Labelexpo Europe had already made the effort to diversify outside the scope of pressure-sensitive labels by highlighting the printed flexible packaging and cartons market segments. This made the headlines before the 2015 show when Managing Director Lisa Milburn declared that over half of the exhibitors would be exhibiting packaging-related equipment or materials. In this she was, to a large extent, “preaching to the converted”, since most of the major label press manufacturers have for some years been offering finishing equipment for making folding cartons.

Major new developments

The show again saw many major new developments being unveiled including Soma Engineering’s Optima 820 press for labels and packaging. Other highlights included new digital presses from manufacturers such as EFI, Epson and Screen. HP Indigo also showcased its HP 20000 and WS6800 digital presses, while Mark Andy showed both its Digital Series and Performance Series P4 and MPS, Nilpeter and Omet debuted their hybrid conventional and digital presses. It was also significant that some technologies were not so obvious at this year’s show. RFID, which a decade ago was on everybody’s lips, seems to have taken a back seat and only Melzer, Bielomatik and a handful of other exhibitors showed this technology. In order to get more information, visit our shop to download the whole article for EUR 3,30.

Digital label printing

Over fifty exhibitors, or nearly one in ten, was showing some kind of digital press. HP Indigo, with the biggest stand at the show, and Xeikon showed new equipment for labels and packaging. Other digital presses were nearly all inkjet-based, using printheads from Xaar, Kyocera, Memjet and a very few other suppliers. Digital press makers including Durst, EFI Jetrion, Domino, Markem-Imaje and SPGPrints (to name but a few), all stressed faster running speeds and higher quality in order to win a bigger share of this increasingly crowded market.

The year of the hybrid

As expected, this was the year of the hybrid, with a dozen or more major press manufacturers either exhibiting, or announcing, flexo/digital combinations. These were undoubtedly the major attraction, drawing large crowds to each demonstration. For example, Gallus introduced the DCS 340 which is the company’s first ever modular digital converting system, whereas MPS presented their EF SymJet press. Launched in cooperation with technology partner Domino, the press was sold during the show to German label printer Optikett. Learn more about the “Labelexpo Europe 2015 – Stories and comments” – you can easily download it for EUR 3,30 in our shop.

Andreas Keller

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