Conference Program Unveiled for Inaugural Label Summit Africa

The conference program for the first ever Label Summit Africa has been announced. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 19-20 March, Label Summit Africa 2012 will examine the opportunities for the label and package printing industry as the rapid growth of supermarkets continues by both local and international chains.

The keynote address will be given by Jay Gouliard, vice president – global segment innovation at Avery Denison Label and Packaging Materials. Highlighting sustainability, Gouliard will look at eco labels and the innovative packaging market. Other presentations on day one include an overview of emerging trends and the latest developments in the African market by Corey Reardon of AWA Alexander Watson Associates and Gill Loubser of PACKAGiNG & Print Media. The virtues of installing a new digital press and creating new business opportunities will be explored through a live case study from leading Californian-based wine label printer Jay Tapp, while Calibre Brand Solutions’ Nigel Deary will discuss innovative label and packaging design and creating packaging that ‘sells’.

Day one will also feature two panel debates which will be chaired by Andy Thomas from Labels & Labeling. Thomas will be joined by Callie de Wet from Paarl Labels, Jeremy Ferrow of Ferroprint, Leal Wright from Uniprint and Interlabels Africa’s Sachen Gudka as part of the printer panel discussion. They will address the problems facing label converters and look at export and import opportunities as well as consider South Africa as an entry point for doing business in the rest of Africa. The retailer panel discussion will focus on private labels versus premium brands and personalization and short run promotions. Panellists include Mark Anley of Shoprite and Adele Carstens and Susane Exsteen from Clicks.

Day two will explore trends in the South African and global beverage labeling industry. Presentations will include Gallus’ Kishore Sarkar looking at wine bottle decoration trends and solutions and Zoyon le Sueur from Multi-Color Corporation highlighting new innovations in labeling including applications for pressure sensitive labels. The beverage panel discussion will look at new technologies and creating business opportunities. Confirmed panellists include Stefan Gerber of wine producer Boer & Brit.

Supporting the conference program, Label Summit Africa will feature a table-top exhibition with over 30 leading global suppliers. In addition, delegates will also enjoy an exclusive dinner and party on the beach at Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay on the opening evening and an excellent networking opportunity with a tour, tasting and wine blending session at the stunning Zevenwacht wine estate.

Roger Pellow, Labelexpo Global Series managing director said: “We are delighted to be holding Label Summit Africa for the first time. Africa is an increasingly important market and South Africa is the perfect platform from which to explore why the region is showing fast growth across the label and package printing sectors of the printing industry. The event promises to serve African converters well as it will give them the chance to meet international/local suppliers, brand owners, designers and printers, as well as share best practice and learn about global branding issues, advances in technology/materials and what the biggest issues facing them are and how to deal with them.”

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