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FLEXO Magazine : October 2009
www.flexography.org OCTOBER 2009 FLEXO 63 Labelexpo Americas 2010 Sept. 14-16 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL www.labelexpo-americas.com Labelexpo Europe 2011 Sept. 27-30 Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium www.labelexpo-europe.com LABEL INDUSTRY GLOBAL AWARDS Almost 500 people attended the gala dinner and award ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels on the first night of the show. This year proceedings were different, with com- panies being allowed to nominate themselves for the Label Industry Award for Continuous Innovation, Label Industry Award for New Innovation and the European Converter of the Year Award. The judging panel then met in Antalya at the FINAT congress in June to make the final decisions and also announce the winner of this year 's R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. The following winners were announced: R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Fairley Label Industry Award for Continuous Innovation: EskoArtwork Label Industry Award for New Innovation: EFI Jetrion European Converter of the Year Award: Rako Group Green Award: GEW The judges selected EskoArtwork as their unanimous winner of the Continuous Innovation Award for "being dedicated to continuously advancing the science and technology of the label industry in both hardware and software for many years. The company is committed to continuing innovation and ensures the ongoing evolution of its software solutions by delivering an average of two software releases per year. Core competen- cies lie in digital flexo, color management, specific prepress software for labels and tags, workflow automation and digital printing workflow. EskoArtwork continues to bring innovation to its portfolio of offerings across a wide range of categories." THANKS AND GOOD BUYS Exhibitors at Labelexpo Europe 2009 reported much higher quality attendance, with many claiming on-the-floor sales. Jakob Landberg, of Nilpeter said, "It was extremely positive to see so many from our industry in such as short time, and most came with a positive feeling and live projects involving invest- ments. I think most have been very conservative since the last show in Brussels, and now they have a desire to progress. We got more orders than we had dreamed of---and a lot of work to do with the projects picked up at Labelexpo Europe 2009." "Labelexpo Europe 2009 was well organized and superbly executed," proclaimed Richard de Boissezon, Hewlett-Pack- ard. "It's also fortunate to serve an industry that has grown at least 4 percent per annum for the last 30 years. For Hewlett- Packard, we exceeded our targets and are extremely pleased with the return on investment. The Digital Label Experience proved to be a success. The educational component adds value to the overall trade show experience." Marco Calcagni of OMET added, "We are very happy about Labelexpo Europe 2009. OMET had a great success with a lot of sales and good new contacts too. We have an op- timistic feeling about the label market, companies are ready to invest again and look for technological innovation." Costanza Cerutti of Cerutti reported, "We had an extremely positive result. Great satisfaction for Cerutti at the end of its first attendance at the show: the brand-new R990 unit--dedi- cated to the short run market and specifically designed to sat- isfy the needs of customers requiring quick job change over and very high printing quality--has received a very encourag- ing feedback from the label printers community. The number of promising contacts has been high, and the fair for Cerutti has been an important occasion to strengthen its interest in this highly dynamic market." Some where not necessarily optimistic going into the event, but those fears quickly subsided. "Given the present economic environment, we were hopeful but guarded in our expectations for the show," said Craig Thomson, Martin Automatic Inc. "By the third day, we had closed orders for five machines in Europe and Asia; given valued support to our OEM partners; and furthered discussions on both existing and, notably, new projects. Converters are understanding more and more that automation will reduce their waste and enhance their profits." Speaking similarly, Filip Weymans, Xeikon, noted, "We moved from Hall 5, away from a prime spot between Gallus, Rotoflex and Fasson, to Hall 9. Well this year, our scanned visi- tors have increased by more than 30 percent! Wednesday, the first day, was just too much for us to handle (booth too small, not enough staff). And on Saturday---normally a tourist day--- we landed three additional orders. I don't need to say more, it has been a fantastic show. It always has been and will be." "Labelexpo Europe 2009 ended very successfully for us," said Felix Egger, Gallus Group. "The granite-based Gal- lus ECS 340, which was launched at the show targeting the commodity label segments, was sold in unexpected high numbers to all parts of the world. Labelexpo Europe 2009 was a great show for us. The industry response to the Gallus ECS 340 was overwhelming, the press concept truly answers the current demands and requirements for cost-effective label manufacturing." Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web, asserted, "We cer- tainly felt that the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit was back in the industry as many visitors was asking for inno- vative solutions to create new featured label and packaging designs. We are very pleased with the visitor numbers for the first 3 days, and measured a 5 percent increase compared to same time in 2007. We had great response to our new milestone development in UV Flexo, Flexocure FORCE where many printers joined the challenge already at the stand. " Eric Hoendervangers, MPS Systems, said, "The commit- ment by MPS to increase its stand size to the largest it has ever undertaken at Labelexpo Europe 2009 has proved to be an excellent strategic decision that will no doubt further enhance our reputation within the narrow web flexographic industry. The numbers of visitors to both the show and the stand was very impressive indeed and once again justified our confidence that constant product innovation is a worth- while exercise in even the worst economic climates." PLANTS & PROCESSES
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