Forward thinking print companies whose expertise lies in labels and packaging, as well as those who are considering adding labels and packaging to their commercial repertoire, will already be familiar with the Xeikon Café event.
This year Print Business has joined forces with Xeikon Café, not only to support this fourth outing of this highly informative event, but also to contribute to the content of the programme.
Packaging and labels are thriving and diverse sectors, rapidly changing and full of potential. There is always something to learn, even for those who remember the excitement of installing their first modern flexo press towards the end of the 20th century.
Print Business editor Gareth Ward will be present at the Xeikon Café. Although more associated with commercial print, Print Business has always reported on the innovations in the packaging and labels sectors and is launching a packaging website this spring, aimed at short run work. Regular readers will be aware of the labels and packaging themed issues, featuring companies such as Qualvis on the cover.
The Xeikon Café takes place in at Xeikon’s HQ in Lier, Belgium, on 20-23 March* and delegates will stay in nearby Antwerp. It comprises an exhibition of Xeikon digital presses with related equipment from a range of partners and a packed conference programme in the impressive auditorium.
It is anticipated that close to 1,000 printers, converters and suppliers will attend over the course of the event. The subject matter is diverse and there is plenty for everyone: folding cartons, blow mould labelling, pharmaceutical leaflets, flexible pouches, direct thermal labels, commercial print and all points in between. The subjects are laid out in detail under the About The Event section of Xeikon.com website.
The programme of the conference is equally compelling. Gareth Ward will examine the developing demand for digital packaging, along with the opportunities and the barriers for both labels and packaging printers and those entering the market.
Alongside the presentations by industry experts there are workshops from some of the many partners of the Xeikon Café. These will encompass the digital production of labels, packaging and commercial print.
*The dedicated Print Business dates are 20 & 21 March.
The new Academy will be a mix of workshops and presentations. The interactive workshops will be designed to help attendees acquire knowledge and make the right decisions for their businesses.
Going beyond product specifications, the workshops will cover topics related to Food Safety, Automation, Exploring the Creativity of Digital, Saving on Cost and Print Technologies.
The presentations in the Academy will focus on the main packaging decoration techniques available today, while covering all aspects of digital production – from workflow, print media and print engines to consumables and finishing equipment.
Attendees can choose from a range of topics, including self adhesive, heat transfer, wet glue, flexible packaging, among others, and attend the sessions most relevant for their business.
Each presentation is concluded with a technology demonstration in the exhibition area of the Xeikon Café, making it highly practical and hands on.
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The Xeikon Café is an established event in the mould of Hunkeler Innovation Days. Label printers, packaging printers and commercial printers will all find new and pertinent information on how to make the most of digital print, both practically and for better business.
Print Business has teamed up with Xeikon to bring delegates an extra dimension to an excellent event. Editor Gareth Ward will be on hand on 20 & 21 March to give UK visitors introductions and summaries of each day’s proceedings and be on hand to give impartial advice throughout both days.
Delegates will be provided with • Flights • Airport transfer • Hotel reservation* • Shuttle between Antwerp and Lier • Refreshments during the event • Dinner • Social itinerary • Visit to the Xeikon toner ink plant.
* Delegates are responsible for hotel expenses. A single room at the Crowne Plaza Antwerp booked with Xeikon is €125.
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The trip comprises a session with one of Duvel’s beer sommelier who will explain about each beer as it is sampled, and guests will take away a gift.
The brewery trip is optional and with the compliments of Xeikon.
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Delegates are responsible for their own hotel accommodation. This is the only aspect of the event that is not covered by the host, but Xeikon has secured a special rate at the Crowne Plaza Antwerp. There is choice of a standard room at €119 per night or a superior room at €134 per night.
To book a room, please email email@example.com and quote “Xeikon Café” for the preferential rate.
Please note that rooms are limited so book early for the best available options.
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