The world of labels and packaging is unquestionably a core feature of branding, product security, and consumer approbation; and achieving these three ‘peaks’ is a complex mixture of technologies and design thinking. It is therefore hardly surprising that the international label association, FINAT, has created a highly-relevant and focused resource: the FINAT Young Managers Club. The FINAT YMC is dedicated to bringing together the younger generation in the broad industry’s management teams to equip them with leading-edge thinking on key topics that will put them – and the companies they support – in pole position for future success. Headline subjects include the central requirement of enhancing the younger generation’s own people-management skills as well as in-house HR relationships, logistics, and steering innovation. Says YMC President Chris Jones – himself a young manager and Vice President and Business Development Manager for Alphasonics USA. ‘Our mission is to build a relationship between the different streams in the supply chain in a way that ensures a professional, highly-competent, and market-responsive future for this industry.’

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‘Intelligent, innovative, in-mold’ was how AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ President and CEO Corey Reardon summarized the content of the company’s 2018 IMLCON, IMDCON, IMECON conference, held in Amsterdam this year in September (and alternating between Europe and North America). This established event in the company’s calendar featured unrivalled, expanded program content investigating the tremendous growth in the use of in-mold production in end-use market sectors as diverse as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and automotive. The agenda spanned not only in-mold labeling, but also in-mold product decoration and in-mold electronics, and brought together an impressive array of industry players and innovation leaders.

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A record attendance at this year’s AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar, located alongside Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, was evidence of strong continuing interest in the opportunities and challenges around release liner used in the pressure-sensitive label segment. The full one-day program – headlined ‘Release Liner in a Changing Market’ -- reflected all the elements of current interest and concern, from sustainability and release liner recycling and linerless labeling to materials management, in-line narrow-web silicone coating, competing labeling technologies where release liner is not used, and global market data.

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Five percent of the total print volume – two-digit growth opportunities in digital inkjet printing

Asia the market with the strongest growth – followed by Europe and the USA
Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus continues to expand its digital product portfolio for label printing
Over twenty Gallus Labelfire digital printing systems already sold worldwide
Digitization increases machine availability

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