Labelexpo Europe 2023 has closed on a high note, with 637 exhibitors and 35,889 visitors from 138 countries.

Spread across nine halls, the four-day event covered 36,588 square metres of floor space. It featured over 250 product launches focused particularly on flexible packaging, digitisation, and automation.

An unprecedented heatwave in Brussels did not deter visitors. Germany, France and Italy sent large visitor delegations.

Equipment manufacturers announced multiple sales across the four days. Organisers reported a 96 per cent exhibitor rebook rate for Labelexpo Europe 2025.

As Labelexpo Europe evolves into a package printing show, visitors saw plenty of digital printing on paper-based flexible packaging materials. Screen debuted its Truepress Pac520P.

HP launched The HP Indigo 200K Digital Press, the successor to the 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 a new benchmark with its Durst Hawk Eye technology. This solution uses 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 printing for flexible packaging and unsupported label film materials. Omet highlighted its KFlex modular flexo platform, and Mark Andy launched the Pro Series flexo press.

Jade Grace, managing director for Labelexpo Global Series, says, “We have just delivered Labelexpo Europe 2023 after a four-year break. What a show it has been.

“Feedback from visitors and exhibitors has shown the high quality of leads, enquiries and contacts made at the show. We have seen an incredible number of sales secured on the exhibition floor. The rebook rate of 96 per cent for Labelexpo Europe 2025 bodes well for our first show in Barcelona.

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

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