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Barcelona, Spain
2 - 4 December 2020

FINAT Technical Seminar 2020

Dear Participant,

The past few days, the FINAT Executive Board and organizing committee of the FINAT Technical Seminar have been monitoring the events evolving around the outbreak of the COVID19 (‘Corona’) virus in Europe. As you will have read, also a number cases of the virus have been popping up in Spain as well.

Although authorities in different countries are taking drastic measures by (self-)isolating persons who have been in the vicinity of infected persons, the virus has still not reached the status of a pandemic.

Having weighed the various options, the Executive Board of FINAT has taken the difficult decision to postpone the FINAT Technical Seminar and all meetings preceding the event next week. The reason for this decision, apart from the (limited) individual health risk, is the associated business risk for the participating members, their companies and the label industry at large, for instance in the case of an enforced 14 days’ quarantine period during the event, or a few weeks later if an infection caught up elsewhere emerges at home in the company.

The costs of such a lockdown for the industry in the long run could well exceed the cost of rescheduling in the short run. Several attendees and sponsors have already informed us that they have imposed a travel ban on their employees to manage this risk.

More than 60 years ago, FINAT was formed to act, maintain standards, well-being, safety, and above all the best interests of the self-adhesive label industry. It is in this spirit that this decision to postpone has been taken, given the current coronavirus global climate.

We sincerely regret that the efforts made by the Seminar Programme Committee to put together an excellent programme will not come to fruition in Barcelona next week, and that the engagement of various speakers to share their expertise have to be put on hold. However, we are looking for an alternative date and venue later in the year. More information will follow in due course.

We rely on your understanding for this difficult decision, and look forward to your continued support of our wonderful organisation.

On behalf of the FINAT Executive Board,

Jules Lejeune

Managing Director

The one and a half-day seminar - in English - is designed to help companies understand the added value of technology on their products and what techniques can be used to improve their organisational efficiency, customer service and profitability. Papers presented will show from a technical standpoint new features and requirements in printing, converting, and processing that keep the labelling industry moving forward and help to add value in the supply chain.


For the brochure click here. For a general overview see further below under 'a closer look'.


Delegate participation: Closed

Tabletop registration: Closed.

Hotel reservation at the Crowne Plaza: The online booking link is no longer valid, but you can still reserve rooms at the Crowne Plaza. Please send an email to Annie Nicolau annie.nicolau@crowneplazabarcelona.com titled 'FINAT Technical Seminar Room Reservation'.


FINAT members: € 675,-
Non-members: € 850,-
FINAT active committee members: 50% discount
Tabletop: € 850,-


Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center
Avda Rius I Taulet, 1-3, Barcelona
Tel: +34-93-4262 223
URL: www.crowneplaza.com/barcelonafira

Room prices: Euro 175 (single) Euro 195 (double) Breakfast included, 7% city tax excluded

Book your room here

Cancellation policy


Full refund of the participation fee will be given to cancellations received in writing before 15 February 2020. Between 15 and 28 February a refund minus Euro 150 handling fee will be applicable for each cancellation. No refund will be given to cancellations received after 28 February. All cancellations must be done in writing.


You can cancel your reservation free of charge one month prior to the event, i.e. before 4:00 PM (local hotel time) on Tuesday, 4 February. A cancellation of the reservation after 4 February, 4:00 PM will be charged in full.

A closer look at the programme

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

17.00 Arrival & registration
19.45 Welcome drinks & opening of the tabletop exhibition
20.30 Dinner and networking

Thursday, 5 March 2020

09.00 Opening of the seminar
09.05 Introduction of the seminar
09.15 Brand owner session
10.30 Coffee break & opportunity to visit the tabletop
11.00 Start of parallel working sessions
12.30 Lunch & opportunity to visit the tabletop
14.00 Continuation of parallel working sessions
15.30 Coffee break & opportunity to visit the tabletop
16.00 Continuation of parallel working sessions
17.30 End of Day 1
19.30 Departure for dinner at Can Travi Nou


Stream A: Technology & Business

Session A1: Technology - Digital, flexo or hybrid? What to choose in your situation? Technology overview and comparison

Session A2: Business - Evaluation of TCO and ROI approaches


  • Federico d'Annunzio | Bobst (IT)
  • Philip Easton | Domino Digital Printing Solutions (UK)
  • Martin Leitner | Durst Phototechnik (IT)
  • Geert De Proost | Esko (BE)
  • Håkan Sundqvist | Grafotronic (PL)
  • Thomas Schweizer | Heidelberg (CH)
  • Thomas Macina | HP Indigo (ES)
  • Alan Mills | Phoseon (UK)
  • Chiara Prati | Prati Company (IT)

Stream B: Regulatory affairs, Sustainability & Adhesives

Session B1: Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability

11.00 Sustainable PSA Labels | Jan 't Hart, Avery Dennison (NL)
11.30 Risk Assessment of Pigments for Food Contact Applications | Ruth Bauer, BASF Colors & Effects (DE)
11.50 UVFoodSafe: Compliant Printing for Food with Confidence | Jonathan Sexton, Sun Chemical (FR)
12.10 Food Contact Regulations for Ink | Sarah-Lisa Theisen, Siegwerk Druckfarben (DE)
14.00 Introduction to Sustainable Label Markets | Corey Reardon, AWA (NL)
14.15 Energy - the Most Viable Solution for Non-Recyclable By-Product | Calvin Frost, Channeled Resources (USA)
14.30 Release Liner Recycling - A Sustainable Solution | Mikko Rissanen, UPM Specialty Papers (FI)
14.45 Panel Discussion Sustainability of PS Labels and the Entire Label Construction

Session B2: Adhesives and Adhesion

16.00 PSA Adhesive and Coating Technologies and their Use on Different End-use segments | Carles Anadon, UPM Raflatac (ES)
16.30 Smart and Sustainable Solutions to Create the Future of the Label Industry | Jérémie Peyras, Bostik (FR)
16.50 Waterbased Acrylic PSA | Pavel Janko, Dow Chemical Company (ES)
17.10 Biobased, Compostable or Recyclable? The artimelt Approach | Nicole Senn, artimelt (CH)

Friday, 6 March 2020

08.45 Innovation & New Developments Session
08.45 EU Green Deal and the New Circular Economy - news from Brussels | Krassimira Kazashka, Fefco (BE)
09.15 Polymethyl Methacrylate for the Label Industry | Markus Parusel, Röhm (DE)
09.45 Herma InNo-Liner: Innovation Linerless Labelling System | Markus Mateescu, Herma (DE)
10.15 Coffee break & opportunity to visit the tabletop
10.45 Ecoleaf - Sustainable Metallisation for Graphic Arts | Dario Urbinati, Actega Metal Prints (DE)
11.15 Powerdrop: Enabling Non-Contact Coating With Difficult Materials | Guy Newcombe, Archipelago Technology (UK)
11.45 Brand Protection: Threats, Challenges & Opportunities | Patrick Graber, HP Indigo (ES)
12.15 Sustainable Labels Market Overview | Corey Reardon, AWA (NL)
12.45 Closure of the seminar
12.50 Lunch and opportunity to visit the tabletop
13.30 Optional visit to HP Experience Center

Previous Editions

Watch the video of the FINAT Technical Seminar 2018 to get a better idea of what to expect.