Labelexpo Europe 2023 attracts nearly 36,000 visitors

The first edition of Labelexpo Europe since 2019 closed on a high note, with 637 exhibitors participating, attracting 35,889 visitors from 138 countries to attend the four-day event.

Spread across nine halls and covering 36,588 square metres of floor space, this year’s show featured over 250 product launches focused particularly on flexible packaging, digitization and automation.

The unprecedented heatwave in Brussels did not deter 35,889 visitors from 138 countries from attending the four-day show. Countries like Germany, France and Italy were exceptionally well represented, with large visitor delegations.

Equipment manufacturers announced multiple sales across the four days, and an exhibitor rebook rate of 96 per cent was reported for Labelexpo Europe 2025.

Demonstrating how Labelexpo Europe is evolving into a package printing show, digital printing of paper-based flexible packaging materials was evident on the show floor, with paper-based packaging printed by Xeikon on the new TX-500 Titon toner press and Screen on the Truepress Pac520P – seen for the first time at a Labelexpo.

HP launched 200k mid-web digital press, the successor to the hugely successful HP Indigo 20000. The company also ran a ‘digital pouch factory’ ecosystem demonstrating pouch manufacture and finishing of other unsupported films, including shrink sleeve labels.

Durst Group set the benchmark in digital printing by introducing its Durst Hawk Eye technology, which utilises camera vision systems to automate print quality, resulting in significantly reduced waste and improved print quality. 

Flexo made a significant comeback at this show, with Nilpeter, Lombardi and Bobst demonstrating the printing of flexible packaging and unsupported label film materials on 26-inch mid-web UV flexo press lines on the show floor. Omet made the show debut of its KFlex modular flexo platform, and Mark Andy launched the Pro Series flexo press, upgradable to a hybrid machine.

Labelexpo Global Series managing director Jade Grace said: “We’ve just delivered Labelexpo Europe 2023 after a four-year break, and what a show it has been! The feedback we have received from visitors and exhibitors alike has consistently shown the high quality of leads, enquiries and contacts made at the show, with an incredible number of sales secured on the exhibition floor. We have also secured a rebook rate of 96 per cent for Labelexpo Europe 2025, which bodes well for our first show in Barcelona.

“I would like to thank all our exhibitors for your partnership and commitment in supporting the diverse and exciting industry of labels and package printing, together with us. Thank you to all who visited from 138 countries, and to our association and media partners.”

Standby for a detailed review of the show in the October issue of ProPack magazine. 

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