Labelexpo Europe 2015 Sets Records

Labelexpo Europe reports record breaking results for new visitors, exhibitors, and exhibition space for its 2015 edition. Held at Brussels Expo from September 29 to October 2, 2015, the show marked its 35th anniversary with its largest edition ever.

Attracting 35,739 visitors, attendance figures were up 12.4% on 2013’s total of 31,795. Visitors came from 146 countries, with most attending from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium. and the UK. The show also posted an increase in visitors from outside Europe with 19.6% of the total visitors traveling from elsewhere, including Asia, North and South America, and Africa. Covering 34,566 sqm, the show grew its footprint by 11.65% on 2013, while exhibitor numbers rose from 600 to just over 650.

Held every two years, Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry. Dominated by new product launches, the show again featured unveilings of many major new developments, including Soma Engineering’s Optima 820 press for labels and packaging and the Gallus DCS 340 which is its first ever modular digital converting system. Other highlights included new digital presses from Epson, Screen, and EFI. Also showcased was the HP Indigo 20000 and WS6800 digital presses, while Mark Andy showed both its Digital Series and Performance Series P4, and MPS and Nilpeter debuted their hybrid conventional and digital presses.

As well as hosting the 12th annual Label Industry Global Awards recognizing Kurt Walker (FINAT’s former president), GEW, HP Indigo, Lake Image Systems and Lintec, Labelexpo Europe 2015 also included several new feature areas. The Packprint Workshop was well attended with live press demonstrations given by Xeikon using its 3500 for digital folding cartons and Nilpeter showing its FA* flexo press for flexible packaging capabilities. The Smart Packaging Lab covered some current developments in active and intelligent with contributions from Avery Dennison, Blippar, EyeC, and Seido Systems. The show also hosted the inaugural Linerless Trail which promoted the benefits of linerless labels with industry partners working together, including Maan Engineering, Appvion, Henkel, MPS, Ravenwood Packaging, Sato, and Bostik.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series commented: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s show. The feedback has been genuinely phenomenal and our exhibitors have been extremely pleased with many of the press manufacturers experiencing record sales and lead generation. The main trends coming out of this year’s show are the continued move to package printing as we see more manufacturers bringing short run production printing presses, which backs up our strategy going forward, and the ongoing dominance of digital as more and more hybrid digital printing presses flood into the marketplace. We’ve had an amazing show with fantastic testimonials and it certainly is a fitting way to celebrate our 35th anniversary.”

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