The international association for the self-adhesive label industry FINAT has announced its 2013 key labelling events. The programme gives members the opportunity to network, get informed and exchange information.

The programme includes FINAT Workshop: Lean Manufacturing in the labelling industry on March 21 at the Porsche Facility in Leipzig, Germany. This will focus on how label converters, materials and consumable suppliers as well as equipment manufacturers can learn from the lean manufacturing practice in the car industry.

Another event is the Congress Logo Competition. As every year, the organisation has issued a design competition for its annual congress logo at graphic arts students in Munich. The winner will be honoured during the joint FINAT/VskE Congress – Label Your Future. This will take place from June 12 to 14 at the Grand Westin Hotel, Munich, Germany. This event will inform delegates on a broad range of topics with focus on the industry’s priorities.

For the last few years, FINAT has seen a gradual increase in quality in the labels that have been entered in its annual competition. Deadline for the competition is 8 March, and details and registration forms are available in English, French and German at

Labelexpo Europe 2013 (Brussels Expo) from September 24 to 27 will include a FINAT stand.

The association also works with fellow organisations across Europe. Major events include:

ANFEC, Spain: annual congress on May 9 to12, 2013 in Bilbao. BPIF Labels, UK: on February 5 it will hold a general assembly and meeting at the Confederation of Paper Industries in the UK. For more information go to On May 21 to 22, BPIF Labels will also hold a technical seminar in Derby. GIPEA, Italy: the annual congress will take place on May 24 to  25 in Casabianca di Fermo (AP). UNFEA, France: the annual congress will take place on May 30 to June 1 in Marseille.


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