Once again leaving its marks in the record books, Labelexpo 2013 in Brussels has been the event for label printers and converters, packaging printers and everyone who wants to educate themselves about the industry. Sabine A Slaughter reports from Belgium.
Entering the exhibition halls, the first impression that ones' eyes register is not only the amount of mostly huge booth spaces but the sheer number of machinery. Presses – analog and digital – finishing and converting equipment side by side and in many cases displayed as full production lines – either inline or offline. While at most shows demonstrations are not only set to certain hours, one gets the impression that all halls are constantly on the move – and everything and anything is running at once. Well, that obviously is not true but like in a normal production shop, many machines are running at the same time while the noise is not as aloud as in a single shop due to the high halls where the talks from the overall 31,795 visitors, the close to 600 exhibitors and all the running machines are deviated. The atmosphere is optimistic to say the least. Each and everyone that came to the show reflect the positive upturn that the label market seems to enjoy. Needless to say that many suppliers chose this show for the presentation of new products and new solutions – over 150 market entrances could be seen.