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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Coming (Back) To America Labelexpo Americas Marks 25th Anniversary Every year, Labelexpo Americas and Label- expo Europe alternate: In odd numbered years, the European show takes place in Bel- gium; in even numbered years, the Ameri- can iteration takes place in Rosemont, IL. And like a ping pong ball bouncing from one player to another, it returns each time with more force and power than when it le : • Labelexpo Europe 2011, in Brussels, saw 28,636 visitors---a near- ly 19 percent increase over two years prior---and 550 exhibitors • Labelexpo Americas 2012, just outside Chicago in Rosemont, had 14,335 attendees---up 12 percent on 2010's show---and 400 exhibitors • Labelexpo Europe 2013, back in Brussels, brought in 31,795 visitors---an 11 percent bump---and more than 600 exhibitors Like any good return serve, Labelexpo Americas 2014 is poised to trump 2012's numbers, expecting record attendance and 415 exhibi- tors across nearly 200,000 sq. . of oor space. e show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Sept. 9--11. Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo America's event director, said the record numbers are the result of some changes made to the show for 2014. "Our main goal will be to engage with existing and new visitors and o er them easier and more e ective ways to improve and add value to their businesses," she explains. SHOW ATTRACTIONS It isn't just the record attendance and exhibitor numbers that are worth noting. e world of exography also makes a sizable impres- sion, accounting for roughly 60 percent of all printed packaging and labels in North America. Even more inspiring to the community, 90 percent of all North American label converters have at least one exo press on their shop oor, and many have several. at's according to Tarsus team member and Labelexpo show planner Mike Fairley. He also notes that nearly 60 percent of all new press installations in U.S. self adhesive label plants are of the exo variety. And new digital exo developments, some of which will be on the slow oor, are enabling exo to compete for more short run jobs by o ering automated job changeover and operator free press setup. "We have seen exography move in two directions," notes Andy omas, also a Labelexpo show planner and team member at Tarsus. In one direction, highly e cient presses designed for short to medium pressure sensitive runs, avoiding complex auto register systems and instead relying on operators. And in the other, highly automated, multi substrate presses that use robotic register and pressure setting systems. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Labelexpo Americas has two days of programs scheduled, beginning Tuesday with a panel discussion on business strategies from successful converters. Among them will be several CEOs from FTA member companies, including: 46 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 INDUSTRY INDICATORS