A technical seminar "Redesigning Labels" will be presented at the FINAT congress in Barcelona (Spain) from March 5-7, 2014. Participants will gain insight into production of self-adhesive labels, markets and technologies and the latest trends in raw materials, printing, converting and labeling.
The one and a half day seminar is designed for everyone involved in the technical process of label production including R&D departments. Its focus encompasses updates on regulations, legislation as well as new developments within material sciences, processing techniques and applications. Industry experts will offer participants practical advice on how to achieve higher efficiency, productivity and profitability in their own environments. Simultaneous translations into French, German and Spanish will be provided.
Demand for self-adhesive labels in the US is projected to grow annually by 4.2% to US$19.1 billion between now and 2017. While paper based labels will continue to account for the majority of label stock, plastics are expected to capture market share in a wide range of label applications based on aesthetic and especially performance benefits.
Global demand for labels worldwide will pass the 50 billion m2 mark in 2015 as markets for food & beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries are showing steady growth. This is driven especially by increased demand in emerging economies and particularly BRIC countries. Self-adhesive along with glue-applied labels still account for 80% market share although sleeves and in-mould labels are gathering pace, especially in the food and beverage markets.
On a worldwide scale strong increase in demand for labels used for logistics operations – warehousing, transport, handling – is apparent. In addition, a general trend for labels containing variable data, barcodes, traceability, price and weight as well as safety codes can be seen. All these kinds of labels don't require particular printing methods in regard to color.
However, flexibility and precision are the main requirements as those kind of labels usually contain barcodes and, if need be, RFID codes. These paramount demands drive investments into productive and safe finishing machines. PRATI Company's simple and most reliable STARPlus turret rewinder represents such a winning solution that accommodates both today's and future requirements.
Are labels on fruit disappearing? Stickers on apples, bananas and other fruits are there for a reason: Besides indicating retail prices they contain PLU (PriceLookUp) codes that also inform about origin and type of cultivation. Printing of adhesive labels is a profitable business for many printers as it requires no sophisticated printing equipment in addition to a good productive finishing machine for rewinding such as Prati's STARPlus.
However, new EU regulations might make those stickers obsolete because they might be replaced by laser marking. Recently the EU has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides that are "tattooed" on the fruit without penetrating beyond the skin.