FINAT, the Europe based label association, is preparing for its 2009 annual congress, to be held in Antalya, Turkey, in June. The Turkish label association, which is co-hosting the event, last year set itself the ambitious target of topping the one thousand delegate mark for the first time ever. Alas, recession has intervened and even some regular attendees have decided that to be seen between the golf course and the deep blue sea (not their main reasons for attending, of course) might just conceivably send the wrong message to customers, employees and bankers back home. Fortunately for FINAT, this is a minority view, and the delegate count, though below expectations, will be “respectable,” according to the association.
While it is unkind to say that the German label association VskE is run “by engineers, for engineers,” it is not entirely untrue. Its next congress, set for the end of April in Zurich, will discuss inline coating, the challenge of IT,