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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
Primed for action; intent on moving forward while providing value to the cus- tomer; focused on people, product and profit... Triple bottom line econom- ics—it ’s a familiar and common force binding nearly every label printing and converting enterprise operating today to the next. That was clearly evident at Labelexpo of the Americas 2012, a three-day, Sept. 11-13 event, where 14,300+ attendees, self-described as, “creators of value” and “proponents of automation,” came together to dissect global trends, examine digital business opportunities, chart the future of flexography and strengthen both brand image and integrity. Shorter runs, speedier deliveries and affordable positioning strategies ranked among top concerns affecting their every move through the halls of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Machinery hummed constantly. Live demonstrations showcased current capabilities and at times entranced audience members intent on identifying tools that can propel their individual operations on to becoming the best possible print shop. The basis of their plan as it evolved: diversi- fication and specialization. As thousands of packaging’s narrow-web entrepreneurs networked with 400+ exhibitors—nearly 25 percent, 94—of whom turned out for the first time—several different themes spoke directly to the printers’ challenges. Suppliers clearly SIGNIFICANT SHOW, STRONG STATS • 14,355 Attendees • Traffic up 12% from 2010’s 12,761 • 400 + exhibitors, 94 of whom turned out for the first time • Conference sessions attract 1,000+ • Better than 80% of booth space for 2014 reserved www.flexography.org november 2012 FLEXO 51