Conference Program

Technology and the global market

09:15 - 10:00Introduction: global market overview

  • An overview of the global label market
  • Trends and growth region by region
  • US market trends deep dive

10:05 - 10:50Digital embellishment technology

  • Digital coating techniques explained
  • What can digital embellishment achieve compared to plates and screens?
  • Variable varnish, foiling and 3D effects

10:55 - 11:40Panel discussion: What are the benefits of hybrid printing?

  • Optimal flexo+inkjet hybrid configurations
  • ‘Digitizing’ the flexo press – inkjet modules and print bars
  • Hybrid workflow considerations
11:40 - 12:10Coffee break and networking

12:10 - 12:50Panel discussion: Should label converters diversify into flexible packaging?

  • Does flexible packaging fit into your labeling operation?
  • Understanding flexible packaging materials and constructions
  • Key print and converting considerations

12:55 - 13:40Get smarter with the Internet of Things

  • Adding ‘network intelligence’ to labels
  • Cloud technology: consumer engagement and supply chain protection
  • How will the Internet of Things impact labels and packaging?
13:40 - 14:40Coffee and networking

14:40End of conference

Future-proofing your business

09:15 - 10:00Understanding data transparency

  • Brand requirements for ‘frictionless’ data flow
  • Understanding data exchange standards
  • Establishing data links from converter to customer

10:05 - 10:50Panel discussion: How far can automation and Industry 4.0 go?

  • ‘Lights out’ manufacturing. Myth or future reality?
  • The autonomous printing press
  • Machine learning and the intelligent label factory

10:55 - 11:40Panel discussion: How sustainable is your converting business?

  • Inks to adhesives: new technology initiatives for the circular economy
  • Digital watermarking initiative key to plastic recovery
  • Sustainability priorities for the label converter
11:40 - 12:10Coffee break and networking

12:10 - 12:50Creating a culture of continuous improvement

  • Aligning leadership with business process
  • Resources you need to commit and benefits you can expect
  • Overcoming obstacles to continuous improvement initiatives

12:55 - 13:40Panel discussion: How do you recruit and retain young talent?

  • Key future knowledge and skill requirements for the label industry
  • What aspects of company culture attract youth-oriented talent
  • The industry leaders of tomorrow
13:40 - 14:40Coffee and networking

14:40End of conference

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