Lisa Milburn, managing director, Labelexpo Global Series, said:
“While the label and package printing industry has shown incredible ingenuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is simply no substitute for the face-to-face contact that only a unique trade show like Labelexpo can bring. Labelexpo Europe 2021 promises to showcase the very latest advancements in label and package printing. With an abundance of working machinery showing the latest technology, design solutions and feature areas, Labelexpo will bring the future of the industry to life.”
“The industry is expecting us to make this the best, and the safest, show ever, and we will deliver. The health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors is our utmost priority, and intense work is currently going on behind the scenes to make sure this is achieved.
“Firstly, Brussels Expo has invested in a world-leading air filtration and recirculation system which means the quality of air inside the halls is the same as the air quality outside. And as we now know, this is one of the key factors in stopping the transmission of COVID-19.”
Tarsus’ experienced Labelexpo Europe 2021 operations team is already engaged in selecting contractors, cleaning and catering suppliers who will implement the highest standards of safety during the show itself, as well as during build-up and breakdown.
An ambitious feature showcasing the latest innovations in flexible packaging is set to inspire visitors to the show next year.
Chris Ellison, managing director, OPM Labels & Packaging Group, and president, European label federation FINAT, said: “There is only so much you can do and learn online. What I am really missing is the industry buzz you get from the world’s leading label show, not just seeing first hand new and exciting technology developments from the world’s leading suppliers that spark inspiration, but also meeting with old friends and making new contacts in a safe environment.”
Suppliers echoed these sentiments. Sarah Harriman, marketing & communications manager, Pulse Roll Label Products, said: “So much has changed around the world since we were in Brussels last year. However, with twelve months still to go, we are hopeful and optimistic about plans to bring the label and package printing industry safely back together for Labelexpo Europe 2021. We expect that things may need to be somewhat different for both exhibitors and visitors, but we welcome, and look forward to, the opportunity to meet our customers, potential customers, partners and industry friends in person again next September for the world's greatest label show.”
Uffe Nielsen, CEO, Grafisk Maskinfabrik, added “The last few months have resulted in major changes to consumer behaviour, such as increased eating at home, e-commerce and so on. This in turn has led to bigger demand for labels. With trends set to continue, the future of GM, as well as the wider label market, is looking extremely bright. For that to happen though, it’s essential that we have the opportunity to come together with the industry at a live trade show experience.
“I can’t stress enough how important Labelexpo Europe 2021 will be, as an unrivalled global platform to share the knowledge, innovation and technology that’s been key to keeping the industry going in these unprecedented times. All suppliers and manufacturers should get involved in Labelexpo Europe 2021 and keep the industry moving forwards.”
Filip Weymans, vice president, Marketing Communications, Xeikon, also said: “No other show has the same dynamism and energy, that cultivates connections which results in innovation and business. I have said before, Labelexpo Europe is the centre of gravity for the labels industry and we are looking forward to engaging with the industry again.”
For more information, view the Trust Labelexpo: Opening Labelexpo Safely document.
The biennial Labelexpo Europe is part of the Labelexpo Global Series and its largest event. Since the inaugural event in 1980, it has become established as the leading global industry platform for label and package printing professionals, and renowned for its high number of live machinery demonstrations. The show brings together manufacturers and suppliers of the most advanced collection of technology with printers, brand owners and designers under one roof.
The key focus of the 40th anniversary 2019 edition – “Move your business forward” – was on improving business strategy and moving the industry forward. A total of 37,903 visitors from 140 countries attended and 693 exhibitors took part, making it the largest show to date.
The upcoming edition of Labelexpo Europe takes place between 21-24 September 2021.