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FINAT Technical Seminar 2014

Following the last three highly successful seminars, which each attracted around 200 attendees, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive labelling industry, will again return to Barcelona this year for its biennial technical seminar. It will take place at the Fira Palace Hotel from 5-7 March 2014. The detailed programme of this year's edition has been released and registration is open.

Redesigning the Label

image "In today's changing world, the self-adhesive label industry is constantly evolving," says Kurt Walker, President at FINAT. "During the Technical Seminar we'll share with the industry the state of the art today and the latest developments in self-adhesive technology that will help redesign the labels of the future." Thus with central theme 'Redesigning the Label', this one-and-a-half day seminar, with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish, is aimed at all levels of the technical community, from research and development to production to technical directors and executives. Attendees will be updated on a broad range of issues, such as legislation, materials science, converting technology and end applications for self-adhesive labels. Presentations will be delivered by industry and business experts, who will offer practical advice to help delegates make their own infrastructures more efficient and productive and their business more profitable.


Technical Seminar Programme 2014

After the welcoming activities on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, the seminar starts on

Thursday, 6 March

09.00 - 09.15 Opening of the seminar and short FINAT introduction by Kurt Walker, FINAT President (CH) and introduction by Sean Duffy, Chairman FINAT Seminar Subcommittee (F)

09.15 - 09.50 Keynote speech: Trends in self-adhesive labelling as perceived by a label converter, Alan Hazlewood, Skanem (UK)

09.50 - 10.30 State of the global label market

Dr. William Llewellyn, AWA Alexander Watson Associates (NL)

10.30 - 11.00 FINAT update on global food contact regulations

Mark Macaré, FINAT (NL)

11.30 - 12.00 How can new UV curing approached for radiation curable pressure sensitive adhesives contribute to the redesign of labels

Wolfgang Aufmuth, Collano Adhesives AG (CH)

12.00 - 12.30 The role of silicones in flat release, and recent developments to improve their high speed release performance

Alex Knott, Dow Corning Europe (B)

12.30 - 13.00 Boundless possibilities in label finishing

Dr Ulrike Plaia, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG (D)

14.30 - 15.00 Behaviour of label materials during die-cutting

Prof. Dr. Dirk Burth, University of Applied Sciences Munich (D)

15.00 - 15.30 Laser die-cutting: a new approach

Mike Bacon, Spartanics (USA)

16.00 - 16.30 Adhesion on rough surfaces: the role of viscoelasticity

Prof. Dr. Anke Lindner, University of Paris - ESPCI (F)

16.30 - 17.00 Multilayer adhesives: physics, chemistry, philosphy

Marcus Gablowski, Herma GmbH (D)

17.00 - 17.30 Security labels provide effective brand protection

Dirk Matthias Rauhut, Drewsen Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG (D)


Friday, 7 March

09.00 - 09.30 Linerless Labeling, Rako/Evonik (D)

09.30 - 10.00 Ravenwood Packaging '10 years of a commercial linerless system'

Paul Beamish, Ravenwood Packaging (UK)

10.00 - 10.30 Recyclable polypropylene (Proliner story)

Neil Fedorowycz, UPM Raflatac (UK)

10.30 - 11.00 Converting technology for sustainable label

Maxime Bayzelon, ETI Converting Equipment (CN)

11.30 - 12.30 Release liner recycling initiatives discussion panel moderated by Mike Fairley
Panellists: Avery Dennison, Channeled Resources Group, C4G, Reculiner, UPM Raflatac

12.30 - 13.15 Closing speech: Trends in self-adhesive labeling as perceived by a brand- owner, Tony Barnett, Procter & Gamble Limited (UK)


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