Labelexpo Southeast Asia proves to be surprise hit

When the Labelexpo Southeast Asia at Bangkok, Thailand was announced by the Tarsus Group, there was mixed reaction all around the industry. Yet another Labelexpo! It meant more investment in shows by exhibitors and dilemma in minds of visitors as to which edition of Labelexpo was the most appropriate for them. Undoubtedly Labelexpo Europe remains the flagship show that attracts international label fraternity across the globe to Brussels every two years. Other than that there are Labelexpos in Am

28 May 2018 | By PrintWeek India

One can understand the regional focus, as it brings important exhibitors to the region at least for those printers who cannot travel to faraway destinations or for those who aspire to invest in manufacture of labels. The regional shows do bring in new enquiries that otherwise are extremely difficult to locate due to an extremely widespread industrial base.

However, given the relatively smaller size of the label industry in Thailand, as compared to Europe, America, China or India, Bangkok as a venue for Labelexpo was surprising. One would imagine that the show would have more of those visitors who wished to enjoy this holiday destination. A two-in-one motive would bring in the visitors driving in value for exhibitors and organisers.

Surprisingly, the show registered success.

Labelexpo SEA was held on May 10-12 2018 in one of the halls spread over 4,100 sq/mts at BITEC-Bangkok, a world-class venue with a total event space of 70,000 sq/meters having large food courts and impressive infrastructure. The vast, column-free event venue has been custom-designed for ease-of-use and can accommodate up to 40,000 delegates within fully flexible spaces that include 10 expansive exhibition halls, six grand convention halls and 28 breakout meeting rooms.

The turnout of visitors at Labelexpo SEA was impressive as visitors came from the entire spread of Asia Pacific region. Total 7,934 visitors came to visit the show from 62 countries! One could see visitors from Thailand, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.

It was a show that was not restricted to just one country. Most of the regular exhibitors of Labelexpo registered their presence at the show lending to it the importance, indicating their efforts to expand the label markets to different geographical zones that have potential of growth. As the established western markets show signs of saturation Labelexpo moves to centres in the midst of countries that have double digit growth despite substantial population.

Leading press manufacturers exhibiting at Labelexpo SEA included Nilpeter, OMET, Mark Andy, Bobst, Lombardy and Weigang. Other leading industry suppliers who exhibited include Epson, Flint Group, GEW, HP, Konica Minolta, Lintec, UPM Raflatac, Xeikon and Yupo Corporation.

A large number of Indian visitors were also seen. Leading printers who were present from India included Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon, Anuj Bhargava from Kumar Labels, Deepak Gupta of Shree Lamipack, D Sarkar of Classic Image Offset, Vipul Gulati from Alpine and Anbhazagan R from Retail Solutions and Technologies. Indian labelstock manufacturer Stic-On papers was an exhibitor while suppliers who visited the event included Rohit Mehta of SMI Coated Papers the largest Indian labelstock manufacturer and press manufacturer Amit Ahuja from Multitec. When asked about their experience at the show, most people expressed satisfaction and felt that given the fact it was the first show in this sector, it delivered well.

Lisa Milburn, managing director, Labelexpo Group, said, “We are extremely happy with the event and have excellent feedback.”

Jakob Landsberg, sales and marketing director, Nilpeter, said, “I felt the first Labelexpo show in SEA was a good beginning, despite some few challenges in the setup and tear-down phases. We experienced a good volume of quality visitors from all over Asia - and even a few Africa, Middle East and South America. We closed deals, took leads and found new projects that have to be handled in busy months to come.”

Paolo Grasso, head of sales, labels business unit press, Omet, said, “Labelexpo Southeast Asia went beyond the expectations we had. We had a great amount of visitors from all over Asia. It was a nice and clean venue where all the exhibitors could build top-quality booths.”

Mike Russel, vice-president, international sales, Mark Andy, said, “I was very impressed by the turnout of so many influential customers from all over Asia-Pacific. This is the type of visitors that we need to make it a truly regional rather than country specific show. I am hoping that the next show expands on this.”

Hope Hu of Martin Automatic, said, “There were many visitors from Thailand, Indonesia, India and other countries. We saw new prospects as well.”

Amit Sheth of Label Planet said, “Being the first show, it has been very encouraging and productive for long run.”

David Jones of Alphasonics said, “We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and number of visitors from across the world. The next event should be interesting.”

Vipul Gulati of Alpine Containers said, “It was enlightening, informative and futuristic! No new inventions are complete without new discoveries.”

Anuj Bhargava of Kumar Labels said, “I saw new products in addition to the regular ones. The event was well organised as always.”

Rohit Mehta of SMI Coated Products said, “Labelexpos have always been successful. Labelexpo Southeast Asia is yet another example. Visiting the show and seeing the footfall and quality of exhibits shows that Southeast Asia has huge potential of opportunity and growth.”

Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon Technologies said, “Like all Labelexpos, this one also delivered value. The opportunity to see and network with such a diverse congregation of printers from across Asia Pacific gave the credence and immense value to this event. I look forward to the next edition already.”

(Harveer Sahni is the chairman of Weldon Celloplast)