Labelexpo reports largest, most international edition to date
The landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 closed on a high note, with its largest, most international show held to date. A total of 693 exhibitors took part in the show, which took place between 24-27 September, at Brussels Expo in Belgium. Spread over nine halls and covering almost 40,000 sqm of floor space, up from 37,600 sqm in 2017, the show presented the largest offering of label and package printing technologies and live demonstrations seen to date. This included the fast-growing areas of hybrid printing, flexible packaging and automation. Poor weather did not deter 37,903 visitors from 140 countries from flocking to the four-day show – a substantial increase from 125 in 2017. India, China and Japan were especially well represented with large visitor delegations. Eastern Europe also showed a stronger representation compared to 2017, in particular, Croatia, with a 51% increase, Lithuania (36%), Romania (25%), and Russia (14%). Brazil also saw a 14% increase in visitors compared to 2017. Reflecting increasing interest from Asia, and with just two months until Labelexpo Asia 2019, Labelexpo Europe 2019 also hosted its very first China Day on day one. This saw representatives from more than 100 label printers and converters from China visiting the exhibition, including the vice president of trade association PEIAC, key show partner to Labelexpo Asia 2019.