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FINAT to 'redesign the label' at tech seminar

February 4, 2014

The detailed program of this year's event in Barcelona has been released and registration is open.

FINAT, the Europe-based association for the self-adhesive labeling industry, will return to Barcelona this year for its biennial technical seminar. It will take place March 5-7 at the Fira Palace Hotel. The detailed program of this year's edition has been released and registration is open. The theme of this year's event is "Redesigning the Label."

"In today's changing world, the self-adhesive label industry is constantly evolving," says Kurt Walker, president of FINAT. "During the Technical Seminar we'll share with the industry the state of the art today and the latest developments in self-adhesive technology that will help redesign the labels of the future."

The one-and-a-half day seminar, with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish, is aimed at all levels of the technical community, from research and development to production to technical directors and executives. Attendees will be updated on a broad range of issues, such as legislation, materials science, converting technology and end applications for self-adhesive labels. Presentations will be delivered by industry and business experts, who will offer practical advice to help delegates make their own infrastructures more efficient and  productive and their business more profitable.

Technical Seminar Program 2014

After the welcoming activities on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, the seminar begins on Thursday, March 6.

Thursday, March 6
09.00 - 09.15 Opening of the seminar and short FINAT introduction by Kurt Walker, FINAT President and introduction by Sean Duffy, Chairman FINAT Seminar

09.15 - 09.50 Keynote speech: Trends in self-adhesive labelling as perceived by a label converter – Alan Hazlewood, Skanem

09.50 - 10.30 State of the global label market – William Llewellyn, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

10.30 - 11.00 FINAT update on global food contact regulations – Mark Macaré, FINAT

11.30 - 12.00 How can new UV curing approached for radiation curable pressure sensitive adhesives contribute to the redesign of labels – Wolfgang Aufmuth, Collano Adhesives AG

12.00 - 12.30 The role of silicones in flat release, and recent developments to improve their high speed release performance – Alex Knott, Dow Corning Europe

12.30 - 13.00 Boundless possibilities in label finishing – Ulrike Plaia, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG

14.30 - 15.00 Behavior of label materials during diecutting – Dirk Burth, University of Applied Sciences Munich

15.00 - 15.30 Laser diecutting: a new approach – Mike Bacon, Spartanics

16.00 - 16.30 Adhesion on rough surfaces: the role of viscoelasticity – Anke Lindner, University of Paris - ESPCI

16.30 - 17.00 Multilayer adhesives: physics, chemistry, philosphy – Marcus Gablowski, Herma GmbH

17.00 - 17.30 Security labels provide effective brand protection – Dirk Matthias Rauhut, Drewsen Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG (D)

Friday, March 7
09.00 - 09.30 Linerless Labeling – Rako/Evonik

09.30 - 10.00 Ravenwood Packaging "10 years of a commercial linerless system" – Paul Beamish, Ravenwood Packaging

10.00 - 10.30 Recyclable polypropylene (Proliner story) – Neil Fedorowycz, UPM Raflatac

10.30 - 11.00 Converting technology for sustainable label – Maxime Bayzelon, ETI Converting Equipment

11.30 - 12.30 Release liner recycling initiatives discussion panel – moderated by Mike Fairley; panelists: Avery Dennison, Channeled Resources Group, C4G, Reculiner, UPM Raflatac

12.30 - 13.15 Closing speech: Trends in self-adhesive labeling as perceived by a brand owner – Tony Barnett, Procter & Gamble

For full details on the Technical Seminar 2014 go to

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