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50th Anniversary book

In 2008, FINAT celebrated its 50th anniversary and in order to commemorate this event several festivities were planned. One of the them was the publication of a book on 50 years FINAT history. A small Editing Committee already met in October 2007 and in May 2008 completed the work.

The Committee, consisting of Ron Spring, Tony White, Mike Fairley and Mans Lejeune, agreed on the way the book was to be composed. As the spectacular growth of the self-adhesive labelling industry took place in the years of FINAT’s existence, it was agreed to start the book with the story about the invention of pressure sensitive label in 1935 by Stanton Avery and the way in which a great number of other pioneers, particularly in the field of machinery and dies, made the system work.

Consequently the book factually starts prior to the foundation of FINAT. It explains the way in which the industry grew and makes clear what the contribution of FINAT has been in this process. Great care was taken by the editors to illustrate the text. The balance is about 1:3, which means that on average, one text page will be accompanied by three pages of pictures and illustrations. Great care was also taken to make the book a story of the individuals.


All FINAT Presidents since 1958 still alive have contributed and so have a number of committee chairmen and individuals. This input is of particular importance because FINAT was created and managed over the years by individuals and in order to fully understand the success story of the association it is important to have their input.

Important over the years were the annual congresses, the seminars and certainly also the study tours. All these events will be included in the book, underlined by numerous pictures. Important over the years has also been the Labelling Competition as this annual event greatly contributed to make the converting industry inventive and quality conscious.


The book counts 216 pages. It was officially presented at the joint FINAT/UNFEA congress 2008 in Paris. Interested? Contact the FINAT secretariat and order your copy now.

FINAT members receive one copy for free. Further copies can be ordered at a price of Euro 25 per copy (= also the price for non-members).


We like to thank the following companies for granting their financial support to the realisation of the book:

  • Avery Dennison
  • Codimag
  • Gallus Ferd. Rüesch
  • Gidue
  • HP Indigo
  • Kanzan Spezialpapiere GmbH
  • Labelexpo Global Series/Labels & Labeling
  • MPS
  • Nilpeter A/S
  • Sun Chemical
  • UPM Raflatac
  • VPF GmbH & Co. KG