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Labelexpo Europe 2003 Was 'Best-Attended Yet'

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—According to Tarsus, the event sponsor, Labelexpo Europe 2003 closed on a high note in terms of volume and quality of attendees—with over 20,000 attendees, "making it the best attended Labelexpo yet."

Tarsus says, besides being a showcase for self-adhesive labeling, Labelexpo Europe now embraces all the narrow web labeling technologies, including product decoration, shrink sleeves, film wraps, and in-mold labels (IML), with roll-fed carton printing also figuring largely. "In addition," states Tarsus, "the show reflected a general move from commodity markets into higher-margin alternatives by established converters. At the same time, growing globalization is opening up markets for printers and converters from Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia. Such trends contributed to a dynamic buzz that kept most of the 400-plus exhibitors busy throughout the four-day [trade event]."

Tarsus provides the following comments made by a few of the show's exhibitors:

"It was the best show ever. I lost a kilo in weight, and our sales bell rang 20 times. We had record sales in value terms with offset in the shape of the new servo-driven MO-3300 being the highest, followed by the new FA-3300 UV flexo press. The show proved that even in harder times people at the mid-to-top end of the market will still invest in products where innovation gives them an edge."
Jakob Landberg, Sales Director, Nilpeter

"The response to all of our presses has been excellent. We should comfortably meet our targets, so I am happy with the overall result."
Klaus Bachstein, CEO, Gallus

"We were very happy with the attendance. In the first two days we generated as many leads as we obtained at the whole show two years ago. Labelexpo Europe also proved that digital-color printing is no longer a niche technology, which allows us to focus more on its business opportunities."
Danny Dams, Marketing Manager, HP Indigo

"This was our first [Labelexpo] exhibition, and we did not really know what to expect. Most exciting for us was that our name was up there with everyone else in the industry. We had visitors from across Europe and a lot of interest in our relief varnish for tactile labels. As a result of the show, we have received a number of requests from new customers and companies wishing to represent us as distributors in the European ink market. We have learned a lot and plan a bigger and better stand in 2005."
Gary Seward, Managing Director, Pulse Roll Label Products

Learn more about Labelexpo at labelexo-europe.com.

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