The first edition of Labelexpo Europe since 2019 closed with a total of 637 exhibitors taking part in the show, which took place between September 11-14 at Brussels Expo in Belgium.
Spread across nine halls and covering 36,588 square meters of floor place, this year’s show featured more than 250 product launches focused particularly on flexible packaging, digitization and automation.
35,889 visitors from 138 countries attended the four-day show. Countries such as Germany, France and Italy were especially well represented, with large visitor delegations.
Equipment manufacturers announced multiple sales across the four days and an exhibitor rebook rate of 96 percent was reported for Labelexpo Europe 2025.
Flexo made a major comeback at this show, with Nilpeter, Lombardi and BOBST demonstrating printing of flexible packaging and unsupported label film materials on 26in/670mm mid-web UV flexo press lines on the show floor. OMET made the show debut of its KFlex modular flexo platform and Mark Andy launched the Pro Series flexo press, upgradable to a hybrid machine.
Other major show features for Labelexpo Europe 2023 included the Automation Arena, which reportedly drew in large crowds to every one of its ten live demonstrations. Visitors witnessed a fully automated workflow from file creation to turret rewind with automated inspection and MIS integration, without any manual intervention. The participants included CERM, Esko, Xeikon, KURZ, Grafotronic and Fedrigoni Self-Adhesive.
Another key show feature was the Flex Pack Trail, where visitors could deep dive into digital and conventional press technologies, flex pack material constructions, coating, laminating, ink and curing requirements, in-line and near-line decoration options, QC and migration testing.
Also reportedly well received was Flexo’s Future – ECG, a series of presentations on Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) printing led by Dr Kai Lankinen. This was supported by guided tours across the showfloor.