At this year’s European Label Forum – organised by the international label industry association FINAT, and taking place in Berlin, June 7-9 – management across the value chain will come together to review and debate the past year’s developments.
The new business focus at the label industry’s annual get together, makes this a must attend event for participants at all levels of the label value chain.
The label industry strongly recovered from the global economic recession, with self-adhesive labelstock consumption growing in Europe at a cumulative 22.9 per cent between 2010 and 2016. While 72 per cent of brand owners, surveyed in FINAT’s latest (2016) edition of the European RADAR market analysis, stated that they would not be migrating from their core technology choice of self-adhesive labels. Many label converters have broadened their production repertoire, to include other popular label production options, such as sleeve labels, flexible packaging, and in-mould labels, to create new business and enhance their status with demanding brand-owner customers.
Digital print and labels
FINAT’s RADAR analysis also suggests that about 10 per cent of European label market sales revenue is produced digitally. A presentation on the qualitative and quantitative findings of a research study into the current and future development of digital versus convention printing in Europe, commissioned by FINAT, will be delivered at the Label Forum.
The industry’s present leadership will conduct an assessment of possible business drivers for the next three to five years at the European Label Forum. There will also be the launch of a combined FINAT and national associations initiative to ensure that young talent within the next generation of managers and operators is attracted to the label industry.
Combining presentations, workshops, a tabletop exhibition, networking opportunities and a lively social programme, the FINAT European Label Forum, says Jules Lejeune, FINAT managing director, “represents a valuable starting-grid for the European label industry’s growth and profitability”.