Label Congress 2021 announces educational program

A range of leading speakers from the label and packaging printing industry are set to participate in the Label Congress 2021 educational program which will run alongside the main exhibition on the first two days of the show. . This is the first live event of its kind to take place this year in North America.

The program includes a two-day thematic conference offering a mix of 10 presentations and panel-led sessions to be held on September 29-30. A technical master class led by the Label Academy also takes place on the third day of the show.

The first day of the conference focuses on global market trends and key technologies. Highlights of the session included the opening joint presentation providing a view of the global market, led by TLMI President Linnea Keen and AWA President Corey Reardon. Other highlights from day one include Filip Weymans, VP of Global Marketing, Flint Group Digital / Xeikon, and Jim Kehring, Regional Sales Director for the West Coast of AB Graphic International, who will showcase the technology of digital embellishment. Other topics for the session include: a panel discussion examining whether converters should diversify into flexible packaging, with panelists including Matt Bennett, global vice president, packaging strategy, Fujifilm; and another panel discussion on the benefits of hybrid printing. Avery Dennison will also present how to get smarter with the Internet of Things. Participating converters include Mark Wegmann, owner of Wegmann Companies, AWT and Premier Markings.

The second day is dedicated to the sustainability of your business. Highlights include the opening session on data transparency, led by Federico D’Annunzio, founder of and winner of the Global Label Industry Global Award 2020 Achievement Award. Mike Rottenborn, CEO of Global Graphics, Geert Van Damme, CEO of Cerm, and Robert Buongiorno, President of BST North America, are among the panelists in a subsequent discussion on how far Industry 4.0 and automation can go; while sustainability is the subject of another roundtable with Julian Cass, VP North America NW, Flint Group, Kevin Clunie, VP sales & marketing / CELAB VP, Mactac, and Abby Meyer, research engineer, Belmark. Other topics for discussion include creating a culture of continuous improvement and how to recruit / retain young talent.

Additionally, the in-depth master class hosted by Label Academy on October 1 will cover self-adhesive label materials. Delegates will gain a technical understanding of the nature and construction of pressure sensitive laminates, their manufacture, the importance of materials and the need for different adhesives. They will also learn why different laminate constructions are needed, their use, how to identify them, and different procedures for testing stickers. Presenters include Cynthia Frost White, President and CEO, Channeled Resources Group, who will provide an overview of release coating substrates (papers and films), and Melissa David, Product Line Manager – Packaging Division, FLEXcon, who will cover the identification and characteristics of self-adhesive materials. Avery Dennison will present on paper and synthetic paper faceplates, while 3M will walk attendees through some of the adhesive systems and substrates.

All conference sessions will be available on request the day after they are held. Tasha Ventimiglia, Label Congress 2021 Event Manager, comments: “We look forward to bringing the industry together at the only event of its kind this year in North America. Industry learning is an ongoing process, so we are delighted to be able to provide attendees with an on-site opportunity to continue as we enter the post-pandemic recovery phase, with a high level of speakers addressing the issues. most pressing topics in the industry. Additionally, by also making this content available on demand digitally, we can provide this learning opportunity to a wider global audience that is unable to attend in person.

Echoing this, Corey Reardon said: “I am looking forward to participating in one of the industry’s first face-to-face gatherings since the start of the pandemic, and I also look forward to supporting this event by providing information. , alongside Linnea Keen of TLMI, in the product labeling and decoration market. Together, Linnea and I will set the stage for this premier labeling event, creating an interactive ‘offline’ exchange of information, thoughts and ideas, reflecting the challenges and opportunities in an industry. ‘post COVID-19 labeling. “

Mike Rottenborn adds: “Innovation is particularly strong in the label and packaging market, so we are delighted to participate in the Automation Roundtable, which is the next logical step for this dynamic industry. Digital presses need to be smarter to take their place in the smart printing factory, and greater automation will not only bring greater productivity to production lines, but provide the ability to collect detailed data from it. an individual press and share them with the whole company.

Matt Bennett says: “Digital packaging, especially flexible packaging, is still in its infancy, but is expected to experience robust growth. This creates a huge market opportunity for label converters looking to enter high growth areas like flexible packaging. I am happy to share my insights and business potential on how a label converter can take advantage of this opportunity.

Ventimiglia adds: “Places are limited for all conference and master class sessions, so participants are strongly encouraged to book as soon as possible. “

Label Congress 2021 takes place from September 29 to October 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, USA.

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