The label industry recovered strongly from the global economic recession, with self-adhesive labelstock consumption growing in Europe overall between 2010 and 2016 at a cumulative 22.9%. While 72% of brand owners surveyed in FINAT’s the latest (2016) edition of the European RADAR market analysis stated that they would not be migrating from self-adhesive labels as their core technology choice, many label converters have broadened their production repertoire, alongside this traditional route to success, to include other popular label production options today – such as sleeve labels, flexible packaging, and in-mold labels – to create new business and enhance their status with demanding brand-owner customers.
Digital print technologies – inkjet-, toner- and laser-based – have joined narrow web flexo and litho print in the main stream of production; and, indeed, FINAT’s 2016 surveys for its RADAR analysis confirm that today about 10% of European label market sales revenue is produced digitally today. An additional feature of the Label Forum agenda will delve deeper into the subject.
Combining expert presentations, in-depth workshops, a supplier tabletop exhibition, peer networking opportunities and a social program for participants and partners, 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.”