Traffic at Labelexpo’s closing day has been rather calm, making it easier for visitors and exhibitors to wrap up loose ends and finetune decisions on investments and material purchases. Most of the visitors have actually been sourcing ancillary devices, particularly converting and finishing equipment to extend their production lines or to venture into new businesses, such as shrink sleeves, standup pouches, and container lids.
Some of the converting machinery, press, software, and consumables manufacturers had their largest Labelexpo presence ever, such as AB Graphic, Bobst, Cartes, CERM, Codimag, Domino, Flint/Xeikon, Grafotronic, Heidelberg/Gallus, Lombardi, Mark Andy, SMAG and UPM.
Labelexpo tried to follow the industry’s expansion into flexible packaging by providing a rather small space to demonstrate three flexible packaging configurations with digital presses from HP Indigo and Xeikon and a hybrid press from Bobst, backed up with systems, software, and materials from Apex, AVT, Dupont, Esko, Flint, GEW, the UV-Foodsafe Group, and X-Rite Pantone.
However, on the exhibition floor, most press manufacturers and converting and finishing machinery suppliers showcased presses geared at larger webs and other flexible packaging requirements, even though the substrate manufacturers at the show focused on label stock rather than anything else.
We will provide a more detailed recap on Labelexpo’s exhibits in our November issue.