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Guangzhou, China’s Pazhou Exhibition Center played host to the biggest Labelexpo South China yet with the 2014 edition reporting a 4 percent increase in footfall.

Held Dec. 3-5, 2014, the trade exhibition welcomed 5,297 visitors (up from 5,098 in 2012).

“The team has again worked incredibly hard to build, improve and ultimately deliver the show,” said John Davy, divisional director, Labelexpo South China. “Labelexpo South China 2014 has been an even more valuable event for Chinese printers with the addition of the Live Technology Clinic while the conference program’s content once again appeared to resonate with the audience.”

Around 150 exhibitors showcased their latest products and services. New product launches included presses from Nuova GIDUE, Venture Electronics and WeiFang DongHang Precision Machine Co.

“Achieving our highest ever onsite rebook rate in South China to date with 31 percent of the space signed up for 2016, Labelexpo South China continues to go from strength to strength in what is a formidably competitive marketplace,” Davy added.

The exhibition was also supported by a two-day conference. Well-attended and received, conference program highlights included the keynote presentation given by Jari Haavisto and Heini Lehti of UPM Raflatac along with John Li, senior packaging development manager at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group Asia-Pacific. Both companies have collaborated to find sustainable labeling solutions and gave their practical insight into how sustainability must go together with profitability in everyday business practices.

Another big draw was an overview of the latest smart products being used to encourage consumer interaction and spending with presentations by Top Print Labels, Peng Cheng Li Cultural Technology and Sun Chemical.

The interactive Live Technology Clinic, which made its debut at this year’s show, also proved popular as two hour-long sessions gave show visitors access to one to one discussions with a panel of label and package printing experts. At the clinic, experts from companies including Kinglabel Adhesives, YUPO and the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC) amongst others, were on hand to advise on all aspects of label and package printing technology as well as help printers realize their potential, solve challenges and increase their opportunities.

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