PRESS RELEASE: FINAT announces programme for March’s Technical Seminar


The Hague, The Netherlands – 4 December 2019 – FINAT will be holding the 2020 edition of the Technical Seminar from 4 – 6 March in Barcelona, Spain. The one and a half-day seminar – in English – is designed to help companies understand the added value of technology on their products and what techniques can be used to improve their organisational efficiency, customer service and profitability. Papers presented will show from a technical standpoint new features and requirements in printing, converting, and processing that keep the labelling industry moving forward and help to add value in the supply chain.

Technical community

Technical community The biennial seminar brings together all levels of the technical community, from R&D or production to technical directors and executives, to network, learn and discuss the topics at the forefront of the European labeling industry. This year’s sessions will take attendees through a wide range of topics that address the central day-to-day issues converters and industry suppliers face, in addition to the drivers and key trends that are reshaping our market. Some of the seminar session topic highlights include:
Digital, Flexo or Hybrid?

Digitalization is changing the future of the label industry. Innovative digital or digitalized printing and converting technologies are explained in detail, focusing on pros and cons and comparisons. The most knowledgeable industry experts confront on performances and opportunities. Main topics on display are current & future challenges and new technologies in flexo, digital automation in analogue converting and flexo, current & future challenges and new technologies in Digital Inkjet inks, hybrid, and new Digital and Analogue Embellishment solutions.
Going big on regulatory affairs, sustainability and adhesives
This edition will cover a wide range of hot topics in the area of regulatory affairs and sustainability. There will be a focus on food packaging with presentations on risk assessment of pigments for food contact applications, an update on UVFoodSafe UV ink, and food contact regulations for ink, followed by an introduction to sustainable label markets and presentations on various solutions in this sector.
The second part of this parallel session will focus on adhesives and adhesion. After a general overview on adhesive technologies and coating methodology, smart and sustainable solutions will to create the future of the label industry will be presented.
Economic comparison between technologies
The economic consequences of technical choices are a risk or opportunity for the “digitalized” label converter. New technologies enable new production and business models. A wider scenario of business opportunities, and related TCO/ROI programmes are confronted to develop a common understanding of the new value creation in the Label industry.
Innovation is key
The keynotes on the second day are all linked through innovation. First up is a broad overview of the production of PMMA as well as its processing into a wide variety of semi-finished products, particularly films with thicknesses in the 50 – 1000 μm. Then HERMA will present their newly developed InNo-Liner system which enables labelling without liner, followed by Ecoleaf of Actega Metal Print, a sustainable metallization technology that significantly reduces the amount of material, waste, cost and production time for creating decorative embellishments. The seminar will be concluded with the Powerdrop, a process that has been developed to enable non-contact coating at high speed and low waste.
Turn technology into value Make sure not to miss this two-day seminar. Attendees can register for the FINAT Technical Seminar 2020 here. For more information, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Converters and suppliers discussing multi-layer peel & read construction methods in production during one of the parallel sessions at the FINAT Technical Seminar 2018.

FINAT, founded in Paris in 1958 with headquarters in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the worldwide association for manufacturers of self-adhesive labels and related products and services. With more some 550 members in over 50 countries around the world, FINAT has much to offer to labels and package printing converters and all suppliers to the industry in terms of information exchange and in terms of international networking.
For more information, please contact:
Elke Verbaarschot, tel. + 31 70 312 39 10;