During the course of the three-day show, which took place from Sept. 25-27 at the Stephens Convention Ctr. in Chicago, an increase in attendees to 16,413 from 86 countries passed through its doors. The Latin America region was especially strongly represented, with a 95% increase on its 2016 show attendee total. Day Three, traditionally a quieter day, saw over 11% more visitors than on the same day in 2016. By the end of Day Three, the show organizer reported an 83% rebooking rate for its 2020 event.
Labelexpo Americas 2018 was the perfect place to showcase new products to the US market, with key press unveilings including: the Mark Andy P9E, P7E, and P5E; Xeikon's entry-level label printing and converting option, Label Discovery; Epson's UV LED cured L-6534 digital press; Grafisk Maskinfabrik's DC330Mini converting machine; and AB Graphic's new ILC760 in-line coating machine.
Among the many innovations launched at the show were: Avery Dennison's heat-sealable reclosure technology; Flint Group's portfolio of food compliant inks for short-run flexible packaging including the web based Vivi Colour Solutions; Phoseon Technology's FireJet FJ605, a self-contained and air-cooled UV LED curing lamp for flexographic applications; Kodak's Flexcel NX Ultra Solution, a solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based system; and GEW's E4C UV curing system, engineered to offer converters access to higher power in a compact footprint.
Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas event director, says, "The tremendous feedback we've had from exhibitors and visitors alike at this year's Labelexpo Americas demonstrates that there's a real momentum in the industry right now, and that was reflected in the buyer's mood, with numerous sales achieved on the show floor and a strong international focus. This year's theme 'Explore your Future' really was evident, with more fascinating innovations than ever before providing even more choice for buyers, and a significant increase in exhibitors. It really shows that press manufacturers and the industry supply chain are upping their game. The Automation Arena and TLMI Ecovillage proved to be huge hits, with many packed out demonstrations on the show floor, and are further proof that the industry continues to evolve.
"This show is very much about the visitor experience, and it was fantastic to see this pay dividends with 140 exhibitors and 800 attendees opting in to our brand new Label Connections 1:1 matching program, and all attendees using our lead retrieval touch NFC badges offering for the very first time. These really helped connect suppliers and buyers more effectively than ever before.
"In summary, we are delighted with yet another hugely successful show. This continued rise in exhibitor numbers, the increasing interest from Latin American visitors, alongside the rebook rate for our 2020 show, are testament to Labelexpo Americas' unrivaled quality and variety. All of these reaffirm Labelexpo Americas' position as the number one label and package printing show in the Americas."
Dan Muenzer, president of TLMI, agrees, "There's a lot of excitement around this Labelexpo that I haven't seen before. There are more innovations being launched here than in previous issues, just because the speed of technology introduction is changing. It's exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were high. I had the chance to talk to a lot of people and there hasn't been anybody who hasn't said it's been the most energetic, successful Labelexpo they've ever experienced. It's been a great show, not only in terms of the new innovations and technology that we share, but in relation to the amount of business that was actually written. People absolutely see the value in Labelexpo."