Visitors to Labelexpo Europe 2023, the world’s largest label and package printing trade show, will be able to deepen their technical knowledge of flexible packaging, sustainable labels and packaging, and wine labelling technology at three expert-led master classes during the four-day event.
Organised by the Label Academy, the industry’s global training one-stop shop, the in-depth master classes will run as half-day sessions on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September, from 9.45am.
First up is the Flexible Packaging Master Class, which aims to equip label converters looking to enter or expand their production into this highly competitive market with the essential technical knowledge they need.
Topics include substrates such as paper, metallic foil, films and multi-layer constructions; creation of artwork and pre-press; printing processes and techniques; inks, coatings, curing and laminating; and converting flexible packaging.
In addition, an update on the Finat UVFoodSafe initiative will be presented, and a leading converter will showcase the experience of moving into flexible packaging.
Speakers include Nanette Thomas, CEO and owner, Synthogra; Jan de Roeck, Director – Industry Relations and Strategy, Esko; Alberto Redaelli, Sales Manager, Lombardi; Jonathan Sexton, UVFoodSafe Group lead, Finat/Sun Chemical; plus Steve Baker, Managing Director of converter Baker Labels, and son Harry Baker who heads up its BakPac flexible packaging division. Expert speakers will also join from HP, Michelman and Karlville.
Secondly, the Sustainable Labels and Packaging Master Class will provide essential guidance for converters seeking to bolster their green credentials in order to become more efficient with their resources, contribute to a circular economy and meet EU regulations.
Different aspects of the label production process will be covered, including sustainable inks and coatings, PS labels, flexible packaging, options for matrix waste, turning liner waste into an opportunity, and using blockchain to record and meet sustainability criteria. The impact of Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulations and Design for Recycling guidelines will also feature.
Speakers include Pablo Englebienne, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Finat; Federico D’Annunzio, founder and CEO, Traent.com; Pierre Dogliani, R&D Innovation Manager NW Europe, Flint Group; Karsten Kejlhof, Chief Commercial Officer, Lundberg Tech; Ophélie Gourdou, Project Manager, CELAB; and Jan‘t Hart, Project Manager HolyGrail 2.0, AIM (European Brands Association). Sustainability experts from All4Labels and Avery Dennison will also take part.
The final master class, brand new for 2023, is the Wine Labelling Technology Master Class, which will show converters what they need to know in order to move into this highly lucrative sector. Attendees will discover how to meet current, and incoming, EU regulations, and different aspects of the wine label production process will be explored.
This includes specialist inks, coatings and embellishment techniques; paper substrates; printing technology and making the right machinery choices; and the branding perspective on creating the perfect wine label.
Speakers include Ignacio Sánchez Recarte, Secretary General, CEEV (European Committee of Wine Companies); Susana Fajardo, Product Manager, wine spirit and craft beer, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives; Andy Thomas-Emans, Strategic Director, Labelexpo Global Series; Stefano Pistoni, Senior Manager, Business Development, wine, spirits and beverage, EMEIA region, UPM Raflatac; Mark Walkling, Product Manager, ECP Packaging & Narrow Web Labels, Europe, Sun Chemical; and Uffe Nielsen, CEO, GM.
Jade Grace, Portfolio Director, Labelexpo Global Series, said: ‘We are delighted to offer an in-depth technical learning program at the long-awaited Labelexpo Europe 2023. The appetite for updating technical knowledge – and then seeing it in action on the show floor – has never been stronger, and with such a fantastic high-profile speaker line-up, we can’t wait to welcome the industry back to Brussels in September.
“The dedicated flexible packaging master class will, in particular, give label converters a valuable insight into the exciting opportunities, and they can build on this knowledge by visiting showfloor exhibitors specialising in flexible packaging on the FlexPack Trail.”
Master class places cost €595 (including the relevant Label Academy textbook in the case of flexible packaging), which also includes refreshments and lunch. As places are limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to book as soon as possible.
Show visitors will also be able to build on their industry knowledge by attending the two-day Dieline Forum and Awards 2023. Focusing on sustainability, conference sessions will highlight the strategies and practices capturing the hearts and wallets of Gen Z and Millennials set to shape an eco-conscious future.
To view the full program, visit here.
Master classes are a popular part of the Labelexpo experience