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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS Photo courtesy Tarsus plc. Long Live Labels Labelexpo: Industry Shows Strength and Durability By Christian R. Bonawandt and Robert Moran “N o limitations!” “No compromises!” “Continuous improvement is the order of the day!” Challenges are out there. Printers are pursuing reduced costs, increased margins, increased throughput, additional capac- ity, higher earnings and process integration. These statements paraphrase the thoughts expressed on both the floor and confer- ence rooms of Labelexpo of the Americas, Sept. 9-11, 2008. The event drew 12,000 to Rosemont, IL and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Some 420 national and international suppliers brought their latest developments in technology and materials to demonstrate to the North American market. For them, the show was not only a great launch pad, but also a highly effective medium to make sales and set up new partnerships, according to exhibition man- ager, Tarsus LLC. Sales orders kept coming in, and the suppliers witnessed a lot of purchasing power coming from Latin America and Eastern Europe. One press manufacturer sold 29 presses at the show, five in the first three hours! By the event’s conclusion, more than 80 percent of the exhibition space had been rebooked for Labelexpo Americas 2010. Printers/converters, who constituted a major portion of the assembly, stood with a cautious eye on the world economy, but indicated that they are studying and acting on value proposi- tions that will bring new flexibilities, efficiencies and custom- 1 6 F LEXO ers to their plants. From the conference kick-off to the trade exhibition’s completion, challenges and critical solutions re- mained in the spotlight. For example: Keynote Speaker Dean A. Scarborough, president and chief executive officer, Avery Dennison Corp., said the difficult economic environment in North America offers the labeling industry an opportunity “to reposition, refocus and recharge” its business. FORECAST FOR OPPORTUNITY “There are many great opportunities to grow our business— from innovative packaging solutions for the food and bever- age market, to RFID (radio frequency identification), to eco- friendly products, to geographic expansion and diversification,” Scarborough advised. “We can prosper with strong product lines, creative product solutions, outstanding service, distinct competi- tive advantages and employees who are engaged in the process of discovery and growth.” Scarborough called the current rate of inflation “the worst I’ve seen in 10 years.” The biggest challenge to all in the labeling industry—raw material costs. He noted that polypropylene prices have risen 20 percent in the past year. But there are opportunities out there, he insisted. RFID is tak- ing hold in Europe, he claimed. “Our RFID sales increased four- fold in the first quarter this year.” He also stated that Marks and NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g LABELS