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Labelexpo Americas 2008: New products, quality attendees

September 15, 2008

The biennial Chicago show drew converters from North and South America and beyond to examine the latest technological marvels in the narrow web industry.

Although attendance was down from previous years, Labelexpo Americas was described by many exhibitors as a “quality” event, attended by the right people from productive converting companies from North and South America and beyond.

“We didn’t have the traffic that we had in past years,” said Pat Hague of Water Ink Technologies. “But I have to say that the people who came by were the ones that we really wanted to see. They were the right individuals.” The event was held September 9-11 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, USA.

Dean Scarborough, president and CEO of Avery Dennison, kicked off the event with his keynote address titled “Opportunities and challenges in the North American label markets.” Drawing upon the phrase “What does not kill us makes us stronger,” Scarborough discussed the two major challenges facing the US market: slow growth and inflation. He said he’s still optimistic despite the rising costs of fuel, resin, PE resin, and paper products. “There are plenty of opportunities for us to grow our business.” Scarborough said.

In particular, Scarborough stated that these areas for growth include RFID, the food and beverage market, eco-friendly products, and globalization. “I remain highly confident in our industry not only to endure but to prosper,” he said. “I look forward to walking around the halls and seeing the exciting products you all are bringing to the industry.”

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