The Hague, The Netherlands – 2017 looks like being a busy year for events for the international labelling association, FINAT. From its headquarters in The Netherlands, it annually brings together the many different sectors of this key sector of the packaging industry in a lively programme of conferences, seminars, webinars, and other activities across Europe, and beyond.
European Label Forum 2017
FINAT’s prime annual event, the European Label Forum, moves this year to Berlin, 7-9 June. The ‘ELF’, as it is familiarly known, welcomes participants from around the world, and is one of the European packaging industry’s most highly-thought-of annual events.
It will bring together a broad spectrum of industry leaders, from label converters to raw material suppliers, media and stakeholders, to debate major strategic business topics, gain in-depth market knowledge, and be inspired by a programme of top international speakers. Coupled with an extensive supplier tabletop exhibition and a first-class programme of social and networking activities, it also hosts FINAT’s annual General Assembly, and the presentations to the winners in the association’s FINAT International Label Competition and FINAT Recycling Awards.
Young Managers Congress
FINAT’s Young Managers Club, bringing together ‘tomorrow’s leaders’ of the label industry, is convening its fourth annual YMC Congress in Lisbon this year, 22-24 March. Participants – the young, up-and-coming generation of managers in all aspects of the label supply chain – will benefit from a highly-participative programme featuring presentations and workshops with experts in relevant disciplines designed to hone participants’ management skills, and fine-tune their abilities to create competitive advantage in the fast-moving and complex packaging marketplace. The event also offers extensive social networking, building personal relationships for the future leaders of tomorrow’s label industry value chain.
As always, FINAT will be a leading participant in Europe’s keynote biennial industry exhibition, Labelexpo Europe -- the largest labelling event in the world -- which takes place this year in Brussels, 25-28 September. As official partners of the show organisers, Tarsus, FINAT will provide a meeting place for visitors on their stand and actively support a number of show-related activities.
International Labelling Competition
Proof of the skills and innovation that are core features of label converting and a mainstay of the industry’s calendar, the 37th FINAT International Labelling Competition that is currently open for entries, and closes on 17 March. Judged by a panel of packaging, print, and design experts, the Competition’s winners will be announced at the FINAT ELF in June.
Partnering the International Label Competition, the FINAT Recycling Awards recognise outstanding achievements at both converter and end-user level, in this headline topic in the broad packaging agenda. They will also be presented during ELF.
FINAT’S in-depth statistics on the self-adhesive and narrow-web labelling value chain are professionally collected regularly for the exclusive benefit of members, and provide up-to-the-minute data on the state of the industry. The first 2017 survey results will be published just after ELF.
FINAT Webinar Series
In addition to the above face to face events and activities, FINAT’s series of bi-monthly webinars will again cover a wide range of technical, management and education topics. The 2017 calendar of this series will commence on 7 February with a webinar on succession planning, and will feature Belgian family succession Professor Lievens. Details about subsequent webinars will be released shortly.