The Americas’ label converting industry in robust health as over 13,000 visitors attend.
Labelexpo Americas 2022 was hailed an outstanding success as over 13,000 attendees flocked to the Donald E Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
In total Labelexpo Americas 2022 attracted 13,569 attendees from 77 countries. It was notable that attendees stayed at the show longer than in previous years, up from an average of 1.8 days in 2018 to 2.0 days this year, and that it welcomed large numbers of first-time attendees, particularly from Latin American countries.
The key theme at Labelexpo Americas 2022 was the digital transformation of the labels industry. The focus was squarely on the latest developments in digital printing and digital embellishment, along with sustainability and workflow automation.
There were many global digital press debuts at the show, including HP Indigo’s V12 digital press, the Durst 20in Tau RSCi and Dantex Pico 1200e. On the converting side, automation and digital replacement of analog processes were key themes, with new machine lines from a range of companies.
Sustainability was demonstrated across the show floor, with TLMI holding a series of presentations on its Eco Stage and arranging the recycling of printed rolls into fuel pellets. Labelexpo Americas 2022 featured a packed education program including conference sessions and master classes. The Digital Embellishment Trail allowed visitors to assess printed examples of tactile finishes and digital metalization.
Reviewing the show, Haim Levit, SVP and general manager of HP’s Industrial Print Business, said, 'HP Indigo’s vast portfolio of solutions for label production are allowing more and more converters to capitalize on the growing advantages of digital printing. And it was clear from the event that more and more industry professionals are looking to do just that. In fact, over the course of the show, sixteen letters of intent for the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press were signed by customers around the world, eleven of which are based in North America, and five in Europe.
Matt Burton, global sales director, A B Graphic International, said: ‘Labelexpo Americas was an overwhelming success for ABG. The level of interest we received across a whole range of finishing lines was really gratifying after a few years of no exhibitions. On a personal level, it was great to be back at Labelexpo meeting customers and partners in person. It’s these moments that make the label industry a great place to work.’
Steve Lynn, director labels and packaging, Durst North America added, ‘Labelexpo 2022 was an excellent event, everything the Durst team had hoped for after not being able to showcase our company and technology for several years.’
Stated Victor Gomez, director, industrial labels, Epson America, Inc, ‘It was the most successful Labelexpo Americas at which I’ve exhibited. Labelexpo Americas continues to be the most important trade event for the narrow web industry in North America, as well as Latin America. Customers at our booth seemed to be jostling to have a close look at our SurePress digital UV label presses. More importantly, they seemed to have come with investing in mind. We came away from the show with units sold, and with many solid prospects with whom we expect to conclude business shortly.’
Linnea Keen, president of TLMI, commented, ‘Labelexpo Americas 2022 was a fantastic event for our association and our members. The energy was infectious. Visitors were eager to learn, reconnect, engage, and conduct business. After four long years of conducting business virtually, it’s clear that exhibitions like Labelexpo are vital to the health of our dynamic industry. TLMI couldn’t be prouder to partner with Tarsus Group and Labelexpo on its much anticipated, and successful return. It was the reunion we all needed!’
Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas show director, commented, ‘It was wonderful to finally welcome the label industry back to Rosemont. The show floor was buzzing with excitement during the three days of the show, multiple deals were done, and visitors got the chance to see close up the new presses, materials and converting equipment developed by suppliers over the four years. We look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors back to Labelexpo Americas 2024!’
"Labelexpo Americas 2022 certainly lived up to our high expectations. It was the ideal platform to launch our new ACTExact SafeShield low migration ink range as well as showcase our other latest innovations in inks, coatings and varnishes to an excited, captivated audience. Of course, though, perhaps our most rewarding takeaway from the show was the chance to properly connect with the industry - our customers, prospects and peers - something that we were all so eagerly anticipating these past few years and we're so pleased to have this important event back in our tradeshow calendars."
Mell Bishop - Global Market Manager, Labels, ACTEGA
“Lemorau adds up a very successful outcome at Labelexpo Americas 2022. This was the third participation at the show and by far the most prosperous one. During the three days of the event, Lemorau counted almost 300 quality leads and a total of 27 sales on the show floor. It was the busiest Americas edition and certainly a very pleasant surprise.”
Natália Lopes - Marketing & Sales, LEMORAU
“After a four-year absence it was great to be able to exhibit again and meet with companies we have been working with virtually and meet face to face. Exhibitions play a vital part in our industry bringing together people from across the world. We have taken a record number of inquiries at the show and hope this will be the start of businesses really getting back to pre-pandemic levels.”
Rachel Littleboy - Marketing Executive, Fix-a-Form International
“Our company had a positive experience at the show, it was well attended and we acquired many leads! Thank you!”
Steve Falcone – Sales Engineer, Dienes
“I’ve been with Wilson Manufacturing for 30 years and this was one of the best Labelexpos in the company’s history. Booth traffic was way up. It was great to see our customers and we made a lot of new contacts during those three days. All “thumbs up” from Wilson!”
Keith Chrisco - VP/Sales, Wilson
“We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to exhibit at Labelexpo Americas 2022, which was the perfect stage to unveil our new AccurioLabel 400 digital label press, along with some other exciting new technology. Our presence at the show allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to this growing area of the industry, catch up with old friends and make some new connections.”
Dino Pagliarello, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta
“This was a fantastic event for our company, we got to speak with more customers that are looking for our solutions than any other show we attended this year. This was the first time an event really felt like an event since the pandemic. See you in 2024!”
Justin Panarello - Territory Sales Manager, Industrial Inkjet Ltd. USA
“Labelexpo Americas 2022 brought the personal element back to doing business, after more than two years of remote work and quarantines. It was both great and important to see our customers and industry friends in person. Labelexpo provided the perfect opportunity to reconnect, to prospect and to stay abreast of all the changes to our industry.”
Bob Flynn - President, Mid-American Rubber
“This was the first time HYBRID Software attended Labelexpo as part of a complete corporate group with our sister companies. The crowds were great. We were busy throughout the entire conference and conducted far more demos than we expected—with more leads than we had collected for any US show during my 10 years at the company.”
Mike Agness - Executive Vice President, Americas, HYBRID Software
“Vemax Finishing Systems participated for the first time in this event. We found it to be rewarding in our interactions with our customers.
We will be participating in Labelexpo Mexico and future Labelexpos in Rosemont.”
Thomas Reardon – GM, Vemax North America
“Labelexpo Americas 2022 was a wonderful industry experience. It wasn’t just an ordinary trade show. It was an opportunity to share ideas, showcase all our newest products, and collaborate with customers, prospects, industry partners, and fellow exhibitors. Can’t wait for the next opportunity to be together in 2024!”
John Corley – VP of Sales & Client Care, Nobelus
“Ricoh Electronics, Inc. has been participating in Labelexpo for years and I can personally say this was one of the better shows we have attended. From the total organization of the show to the level of attendees and the execution of the event and staff, we are very satisfied with the results.”
Kevin Sikes - Marketing Specialist, Ricoh Electronics, Inc.
“Labelexpo Americas far exceeded our expectations. The aisles were buzzing. It was clear that our industry has missed that personal touch and interaction that was hindered these past few years. Suppliers have been hard at work improving their technologies to better suit the needs of our advancing industry and were excited to formally present them.”
Peter J. Mulheran - VP/GM, Eaglewood Technologies, LLC
“Labelexpo is a show that everyone in the industry looks forward to every year. This year was the first time that we have had it since 2019 in Brussels, so it felt even better to be able to showcase our latest water-based digital inkjet technology in Rosemont this year. The response couldn't have been better! With nearly constant attention on our digital printing and finishing solutions, needless to say, Labelexpo Americas was a complete success! The Arrow Systems team is looking forward to continuing to advance the digital space in Brussels in 2023!”
Shaan Patel – Business Development, Arrow Systems Inc.
“Attendance was amazing! It was great to see so many people ready to congregate in person again!”
Cheryl Brown – Senior Sales Associate, Yazoo Mills, Inc
“It was a great show, we could feel again the life and the excitement of the market. Looking forward to the next show! Grazie – Thank you”
Mirco Palomba - R&D Manager, PRATI
"It was great to see so many familiar faces. The last few years with such limited travel and supply chain issues were a real challenge. But it's clear after spending a week at Labelexpo 2022 that this is a thriving and resilient industry committed to growth and success that will continue for years to come."
Jake Zimmer – Strategic Account Manager, Spinnaker Coating
“It was great to be back meeting customers and industry friends again after four years. We didn’t know what to expect with this being the first Labelexpo for some time, but for us, this was a great show, and our new AeroLED product launch was warmly received with a lot of great interest. It’s good to be back!”
Marcus Greenbrook - Director, International Sales, GEW (EC) Limited
“Sun Chemical was excited to be back at Labelexpo Americas 2022 to interact with our customers and suppliers within this vibrant industry. It was wonderful to see after a long hiatus that Labelexpo continues to highlight and reinforce how this industry continues to evolve and grow.”
Heather Buchholz – Manager Global Marketing, Sun Chemical
“This Labelexpo was just plain fun. We left with a record number of leads but more importantly, we caught up with old friends, suppliers, and customers. Congratulations on a great show.”
Tom Yeager – Vice President, Strata-Tac Inc.
“Today’s Mactac is stronger than ever, exhibiting three brands; Mactac, Lintec and Spinnaker, enabling us to be an exceptional partner for our customers by helping them solve problems and grow their businesses. Being able to meet again at Labelexpo after four years has shown me how strong our customer relationships are and hearing from the customers how our teams have been able to work with their teams through these difficult times. This show reinvigorated everyone to finish the year strong, together.”
Kevin Clunie, VP Marketing and Sales, Mactac
“We were delighted to see so many very interested attendees! The outcome exceeded all our expectations. The Labelexpo formula still works! All visitors were happy to meet their suppliers and their peers. We even had the impression that most visitors were more prepared than ever. Much more than looking around and discovering, they had a well-defined agenda and spent their time well. A perfect illustration of the need to have a professional trade show as well prepared as this one!”
Geert Van Damme – Managing Director, CERM
“It was great to be back at Labelexpo. The quality of leads received for our Silicone Coat Weight analyzers was excellent. We look forward to the 2024 event.”
Robert P. Bartek – President, Rigaku Technologies
“Labelexpo Americas 2022 was such a proud moment for us. We’ve been waiting to showcase our brand-new ERP product, Tharstern Cloud, at an industry event for quite a while now and Labelexpo was definitely the perfect opportunity to do that. We had such a fantastic reception from the labels and flexible packaging visitors and are happy to say we were rushed off our feet! Great event and we’ll see you in 2024!”
Keith McMurtrie - CEO, Tharsten
“Labelexpo Americas was a strategically important show for all companies in our business. This was a long-awaited chance to demonstrate a wide range of our label finishing innovations, and fortunately, it turned out to be a very successful show for us. We had constant activity on our booth, valuable and informative meetings with customers and networking with new prospects – thank you to all who stopped by our booth. We are going back home with many sales and leads and we already look forward to Labelexpo 2023 in Brussels.”
Uffe Nielsen – CEO, GM
“Telstar Engineering has grown its press retrofit and specialty converting machine manufacturing capabilities, so the Labelexpo 2022 promotion of this important category boosted attendance at our booth. The phone is ringing with quote requests and questions about the most challenging press production ideas he always welcomes. Bring on Labelexpo 2024!”
Tom Kirtz - President, TELSTAR ENGINEERING, INC.
“Labelexpo Americas is the premier event to communicate with the most important decision-makers and influencers in the Americas, both north and south, for all things flexo, label, and converting related. It is truly a great platform to connect with the marketplace and we're glad to participate in it. The Tarsus Group team members, both here in the U.S. and in the UK, many of whom we know and have been working with for many years, have always been very responsive and available, personable, and extremely customer service oriented, reliably providing the all-important customer service and support that helps to make our shows easier and more successful.”
Stuart Serchuk - Director, Sales & Marketing, Beta Industries
“Labelexpo Americas was a tremendous success for Double E Group. The visitors were plentiful and very engaged. At times we had crowds of five people deep watching our demos and requesting further info.”
Henry Krauzyk - Marketing & Creative Director, Double E Group
"Labelexpo Americas 2022 turned out to be the BEST Labelexpo for Yupo Corporation America to date. We were very surprised with the amazing turnout this year, as well as a huge increase in Latin American attendees and the quality of leads collected."
Bill Hewitt - Marketing Manager North and South America, Yupo Corporation America
“Labelexpo Americas 2022 was the first trade show in years where the energy, attendance, and number of interested customers with real market demand was up to - and above - pre-pandemic levels. It left us very optimistic about the expanding interest in RFID across industries and getting back on a strong growth path!”
Dimitri Desmons, VP Sales & Marketing, BoingTech
“This was our first time exhibiting at Labelexpo Americas under our new brand identity Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives, the umbrella brand for Acucote, Arconvert, Ritrama, IP Venus and Tageos, and it did not disappoint. We had a very successful show and enjoyed meeting many of our customers and prospects face-to-face after a long hiatus.”
Fernando Giron - Marketing Director, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives
“The show was timed perfectly with the launch of our new Dual UV Print Monitoring System - something our customers really need to see and test-drive before making a decision. With a four-year hiatus, we thought Labelexpo Americas 2022 was the year to make an investment and showcase our best equipment on a running machine, versus playing it safe with brochures and videos. I’m happy to say that investment really paid off."
Tom Herold - VP Sales/ Americas, Unilux
“After four years of connecting remotely, it was great to be together as an industry once again! The conversations were lively, the attendees were engaged and the opportunities to collaborate and grow were creative and meaningful.”
Lisa DiGate - Global Business Vice President, Michelman
“Labelexpo Americas 2022 proved to be time very well spent for printIQ. We received dozens of great leads, had many amazing conversations with visitors to our booth, and were able to connect with both customers and other partner companies. It was great to be a part of Labelexpo and demo and unveil some of the innovative and new features we have in our software platform for the label industry. We are excited to continue nurturing and growing the new relationships from the show and look forward to participating in the next one.”
Craig Powell - Customer Success Manager, printIQ
"FLXON Inc has exhibited in 15 Labelexpo shows. Labelexpo Americas 2022 far exceeded our expectations. The quality and volume of traffic at our booth was excellent, resulting in greatly qualified leads. We were most surprised by the number of pressrooms we engaged that we had not known existed. Now we have a lot of follow-up work to do – a good thing! It was nice seeing friends and making new ones."
Paul Sharkey - CEO, FLXON Incorporated
“As the largest international event in the industry in the post-epidemic era for the past 3 years, Labelexpo Americas 2022 provides the best showcase for global digital printing and labeling companies. North America and Latin America have always been the most important and strategic markets where we have more than 20 excellent agents and already successfully installed hundreds of machines, this is an important cornerstone for Brotech to realize the strategic layout of globalization. Thanks, Labelexpo Global series providing the great platform.”
Ramon Lee - Managing Director, Brotech Digital Graphics Co., Ltd.
“This edition of Labelexpo Americas was an all-time record high attendance for us despite the crisis we all hear about! Moreover, we had extraordinarily well-targeted leads. It was Christmas in September!”
Louis Rouhaud - Global Marketing Director, Arjobex Synthetic Paper
“Labelexpo Americas traffic exceeded expectations. It was refreshing to see attendees actively looking for new solutions as we had tangible new concepts at our stand people seemed to embrace, particularly our TwoFer Linerless Label Solutions.”
John Short - Marketing Director, NAStar Inc.