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FINAT: Fighting fit at fifty

May 20, 2008

It is a sobering thought that 75 percent of the world’s present population was as yet unborn when, back in 1958, a small group of British and continental label specialists met in Nice, France, to found the world’s first international pressure sensitive label association, which they called the Fédération Internationale des Fabricants Transformateurs d’Adhésifs et Thermocollants sur Papiers et Autres Supports. These founding fathers wisely decided to shorten the name to FINAT, and FINAT it has remained to this day.
To celebrate this half century, the annual FINAT congress will be held this year in France (June 19-20), and a book on the association’s history will be launched. Speakers at the congress will include the ubiquitous Mike Fairley, Corey Reardon, president of the conference and research company AWA, and Jules Lejeune, who, eight years ago, succeeded his father, Mans, as managing director of FINAT.
To add spice to the event, Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Everest from both the north and south sides, will give delegates an illustrated account of her exploits. The occasion will be co-hosted by the French label association, a more recent creation whose 150 members include most of France’s leading label converters.